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  • BBF Progressive HoF Election: 1915

    PLEASE READ BEFORE VOTING!

    Format and Rules
    Voting Rules: Until further notice, voters may vote for between 0-15 candidates. Votes will be made public, and voters are encouraged to post their ballots in the thread and not view results before voting. PLEASE LIMIT YOUR BALLOT TO 15 VOTES AT MOST. EXCESS VOTES MAY RESULT IN YOUR BALLOT BEING DISQUALIFIED.
    -Blank Ballots: A "None of the Above" option is available if you believe no one is worthy and you wish to submit a blank ballot. This option is not to be taken lightly and it is strongly urged that it be used only after the utmost consideration, as non-votes are essentially votes against. Additionally, if using this option, please post your rationale.

    Thoughtfulness and Editing Ballots: Please review and thoughtfully consider the candidates before voting, and make sure you have accurately filled out your ballot before submitting. Requests for editing ballots after the fact will generally not be honored. Exceptions might be made if a voter accidentally voted for the wrong player or accidentally went over the voting limit (but I strongly encourage you to do your best to prevent either from happening).

    Required Support: Players receiving at least 75% support in an election will be elected. Players need at least 5% support to stay on the ballot, with an exception for first-year eligible players, who will need at least 1 vote to appear on the next ballot.

    Player Eligibility: Players eligible for an election will have last played at least 5 years prior to the election year and have appeared in at least 10 Major League seasons . If a player appeared in less than 10 seasons, he may still be eligible if he had a minimum of 3000 ABs or 1500 IP, though extra scrutiny will be applied. Players will remain on the ballot for 15 years, provided they continue to receive at least 5% of the vote, at which point they will become indefinitely eligible for periodic elections conducted by the Veterans Committee.
    - Age Exception: For players 40 or older, they will become eligible the later of either 5 years after their last year of continuous play, or their first inactive year at age 45 or older.

    Election Period: Elections will close exactly one week after starting. The next election might not commence for another day or two.


    1915 Guide
    There are 37 candidates on the 1915 ballot - 26 holdovers and 11 first timers. First time eligible players last played in 1910 (unless qualifying under the age rule).

    First Timers (10)
    Ginger Beaumont
    Elmer Flick
    Clark Griffith – Age Rule
    Harry Howell
    Addie Joss – 1500 IP Rule
    Willie Keeler
    Sam Leever
    Tully Sparks
    George Stone - 3000 AB Rule
    Rube Waddell
    Vic Willis

    Holdovers (26)
    Code:
    Player			Year of Eligibility	Previous Support	High Support
    Jake Beckley		4th			73.08%			73.91% (1913)
    Cupid Childs		10th			50.00%			56.52% (1913)
    Larry Corcoran		15th			15.38%			18.18% (1909)	
    Lave Cross		4th			19.23%			30.43% (1912)
    Bill Dinneen		2nd			3.85%			3.85% (1914)
    Hugh Duffy		5th			53.85%			65.22% (1912)
    Hughie Jennings		2nd			50.00%			50.00% (1913)
    Charley Jones		15th			30.77%			34.78% (1913)	
    Fielder Jones		3rd			11.54%			11.54% (1914)
    Joe Kelley		3rd			50.00%			50.00% (1914)
    Herman Long		7th			42.31%			56.52% (1913)
    Jim McCormick		15th			23.08%			40.00% (1910)
    John McGraw		5th			42.31%			47.83% (1912)
    Cal McVey		15th			34.62%			56.52% (1909) 
    Jack O’Connor		2nd			3.85%			3.85% (1914)
    Lip Pike		15th			46.15%			56.52% (1909)
    Hardy Richardson	15th			69.23%			69.57% (1913)
    Claude Ritchey		2nd			3.85%			3.85% (1914)
    Jimmy Ryan		8th			34.62%			48.00% (1908)
    Al Spalding		15th			73.08%			73.91% (1912)
    Joe Start		15th			53.85%			65.22% (1912)
    Ezra Sutton		15th			46.15%			62.50% (1905)
    Mike Tiernan		11th			26.92%			26.92% (1914)
    George Van Haltren	8th			69.23%			69.57% (1912)
    Mickey Welch		15th			53.85%			53.85% (1914)
    Jimmy Williams		2nd			7.69%			7.69% (1914)
    Holdovers Receiving At Least 50% in the Previous Election (10)
    Code:
    Player			1912 Support	Years with At Least 50% Support
    Jake Beckley		73.08%		3
    Al Spalding		73.08%		10
    Hardy Richardson	69.23%		11
    George Van Haltren	69.23%		7
    Hugh Duffy		53.85%		4
    Joe Start		53.85%		10
    Mickey Welch		53.85%		2
    Cupid Childs		50.00%		5
    Hughie Jennings		50.00%		1
    Joe Kelley		50.00%		1
    Hall of “Almost” - Players Receiving At Least 2/3 Support in an Election But Never Elected (4)
    Code:
    Player			High Support	“Almost Years”	Last Year on Ballot
    Jake Beckley		73.91% (1913)	2
    Al Spalding		73.91% (1912)	4
    Hardy Richardson	69.57% (1912)	3
    George Van Haltren	69.57% (1912)	3
    Holdovers Dropped from Last Election (4)
    Code:
    Player			Reason			Years on Ballot		High Support
    Kid Gleason		Lack of Support		2			4.35% (1913)
    Bobby Lowe		Lack of Support		3			9.09% (1913)
    Deacon McGuire		Lack of Support		2			4.35% (1913)
    John Warner		Lack of Support		2			4.35% (1913)
    Last Year of Eligibility (10)
    Code:
    Player	High Support
    Larry Corcoran		18.18% (1909)	
    Charley Jones		32.00% (1910, 1911)
    Jim McCormick		40.00% (1910)
    Cal McVey		56.52% (1909)
    Lip Pike		56.52% (1909)
    Hardy Richardson	69.57% (1913)
    Al Spalding		73.91% (1912)
    Joe Start		65.22% (1912)
    Ezra Sutton		62.50% (1905)
    Mickey Welch		52.00% (1910)
    Penultimate Year of Eligibility (0)


    Hall of Famers

    Players Elected (32)
    Code:
    Player			Year Elected	Election Percentage	Years on Ballot		Position		Primary Team			Active Years			Total Seasons
    Cap Anson		1902		100%			1			First Base		Chicago White Stockings (NL)	1871-1897			27		
    Ross Barnes		1911		76.00%			11			Second Base		Boston Red Stockings (NA)	1871-1879, 1881			9
    Charlie Bennett		1907		75.00%			7			Catcher			Detroit Wolverines (NL)		1878, 1880-1893			15
    Pete Browning		1909		77.27%			9			Center Field/Left Field	Louisville Colonels (NL/AA)	1882-1894			13
    Dan Brouthers		1901		90.00%			1			First Base		Buffalo Bisons (NL)		1879-1896, 1904			18
    Jesse Burkett		1910		92.00%			1			Left field		Cleveland Spiders (NL)		1890-1905			16
    Bob Caruthers		1909		77.27%			9			Pitcher/Right Field	St. Louis Browns (NL/AA)	1884-1893			10
    John Clarkson		1901		90.00%			1			Pitcher			Boston Beaneaters (NL)		1882, 1884-1894			12
    Jimmy Collins		1913		82.61%			1			Third Base		Boston Americans (AL)		1895-1908			14
    Roger Conner		1902		79.17%			1			First Base		New York Giants (NL)		1880-1897			18
    George Davis		1914		84.62%			1			Shortstop		New York Giants (NL)		1890-1909			20
    Ed Delahanty		1908		96.00%			1			Left Field		Philadelphia Phillies (NL)	1888-1903			16
    Buck Ewing		1902		83.33%			1			Catcher			New York Giants (NL)		1880-1897			18
    Pud Galvin		1903		80.77%			3			Pitcher			Buffalo Bisons (NL)		1875, 1879-1892			15	
    Jack Glasscock		1911		84.00%			11			Shortstop		Cleveland Blues (NL)		1879-1895			17
    George Gore		1909		77.27%			9			Center Field		Chicago White Stockings (NL)	1879-1892			14
    Billy Hamilton		1906		82.61%			1			Center Field		Philadelphia Phillies (NL)	1888-1901			14
    Paul Hines		1904		76.00%			4			Center Field		Providence Grays (NL)		1872-1891			20
    Tim Keefe		1901		75.00%			1			Pitcher			New York Giants (NL)		1880-1893			14
    King Kelly		1902		75.00%			2			Right Field/Catcher	Chicago White Stockings (NL)	1878-1893			16
    Joe McGinnity		1913		91.30%			1			Pitcher			New York Giants (NL)		1899-1908			10
    Bid McPhee		1905		75.00%			2			Second Base		Cincinnati Reds (NL/AA)		1882-1899			18
    Tony Mullane		1908		80.00%			8			Pitcher			Cincinnati Reds (NL/AA)		1881-1894			14
    Kid Nichols		1911		100%			1			Pitcher			Boston Beaneaters (NL)		1890-1901, 1904-1906		15
    Jim O’Rourke		1901		90.00%			1			Left Field/Utility	New York Giants (NL)		1872-1893, 1904			23
    Charley Radbourn	1901		95.00%			1			Pitcher			Providence Grays (NL)		1881-1891			11
    Amos Rusie		1906		78.26%			1			Pitcher			New York Giants (NL)		1889-1895, 1897-1898, 1901	10
    Harry Stovey		1907		75.00%			7			Left Field/First Base	Philadelphia Athletics (AA)	1880-1893			14
    Sam Thompson		1907		79.17%			5			Right Field		Philadelphia Phillies (NL)	1885-1898, 1906			15
    John Ward		1907		75.00%			7			Shortstop/Pitcher	New York Giants (NL)		1878-1894			17
    Deacon White		1904		76.00%			4			Catcher/Third Base	Buffalo Bisons (NL)		1871-1890			20
    George Wright		1907		75.00%			7			Shortstop		Boston Red Stockings (NA)	1871-1882			12
    Players Elected by Primary Position
    Catcher (3): Charlie Bennett, Buck Ewing, Deacon White
    First Base (3): Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Roger Conner
    Second Base (2): Ross Barnes, Bid McPhee
    Third Base (1): Jimmy Collins
    Shortstop (4): George Davis, Jack Glasscock, John Ward, George Wright
    Left Field (4): Jesse Burkett, Ed Delahanty, Jim O'Rourke, Harry Stovey
    Center Field (4): Pete Browning, George Gore, Billy Hamilton, Paul Hines
    Right Field (2): King Kelly, Sam Thompson
    Pitcher (9): Bob Caruthers, John Clarkson, Pud Galvin, Tim Keefe, Joe McGinnity, Tony Mullane, Kid Nichols, Charley Radbourn, Amos Rusie

    Players Elected by Year
    1901 (5): Dan Brouthers, John Clarkson, Tim Keefe, Jim O’Rourke, Charley Radbourn
    1902 (4): Cap Anson, Roger Conner, Buck Ewing, King Kelly
    1903 (1): Pud Galvin
    1904 (2): Paul Hines, Deacon White
    1905 (1): Bid McPhee
    1906 (2): Billy Hamilton, Amos Rusie
    1907 (5): Charlie Bennett, Harry Stovey, Sam Thompson, John Ward, George Wright
    1908 (2): Ed Delahanty, Tony Mullane
    1909 (3): Pete Browning, Bob Caruthers, George Gore
    1910 (1): Jesse Burkett
    1911 (3): Ross Barnes, Jack Glasscock, Kid Nichols
    1912 (0):
    1913 (2): Jimmy Collins, Joe McGinnity
    1914 (1): George Davis

    First Balloters (16)
    Code:
    Player			Year Elected
    Cap Anson		1902
    Dan Brouthers		1901
    Jesse Burkett		1910
    John Clarkson		1901
    Jimmy Collins		1913
    Roger Conner		1902
    George Davis		1914
    Ed Delahanty		1908
    Buck Ewing		1902
    Billy Hamilton		1906
    Tim Keefe		1901
    Jim O’Rourke		1901
    Joe McGinnity		1913
    Kid Nichols		1911
    Charley Radbourn	1901
    Amos Rusie		1906

    Miscellaneous Information
    - Highest Election Percentage: Cap Anson, Kid Nichols – 100%
    - Number of 1st Ballot Electees: 16
    - Number of Electees with At Least 90% Support: 8
    - Most Years on Ballot Before Election: 11 – Ross Barnes, Jack Glasscock
    - Most Electees in One Year: 5 (1901, 1907)
    - Fewest Electees in One Year: 0 (1912)
    - Average Electees Per Year: 2.29
    - Largest Ballot: 78 Players (1901)
    - Smallest Ballot: 27 Players (1908)
    - Most Votes Cast: 26 (1903, 1914)
    - Fewest Votes Cast: 20 (1901)
    - Average Votes Cast: 23.21
    - Team With Most Players Elected: New York Giants - 8
    - Team With Second Most Players Elected: Buffalo Bisons, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs (fka White Stockings) - 3
    - Electee with Longest Career: Cap Anson – 27 Seasons
    - Electee with Shortest Career: Ross Barnes – 9 Seasons
    - Average Career Length of Electees: 15.44 Seasons
    - Highest Election Percentage Among Players Not Elected: Jake Beckley, Al Spalding – 73.91%

    Number of Ballots Submitted in Past Elections
    1901: 20
    1902: 24
    1903: 26
    1904: 25
    1905: 24
    1906: 23
    1907: 24
    1908: 25
    1909: 22
    1910: 25
    1911: 25
    1912: 23
    1913: 23
    1914: 26

    Links to Past Elections (10)
    1901
    1902
    1903
    1904
    1905
    1906
    1907
    1908
    1909
    1910
    1911
    1912
    1913
    1914
    295
    Ginger Beumont, CF (1899-1910) - 1st
    0.34%
    1
    Jake Beckley, 1B (1888-1907) - 4th Year
    4.75%
    14
    Cupid Childs, 2B (1888, 1890-1901) - 10th Year
    3.05%
    9
    Larry Corcoran, SP (1880-1887) - 15th Year
    0.68%
    2
    Lave Cross, 3B (1887-1907) - 4th Year
    1.02%
    3
    Bill Dinneen, SP (1898-1909) - 2nd Year
    0.00%
    0
    Hugh Duffy, CF/OF (1888-1901, 1904-1906) - 5th Year
    4.07%
    12
    Elmer Flick, RF (1898-1910) - 1st Year
    5.08%
    15
    Clark Griffith, SP (1891, 1893-1907, 1909, 1912-1914) - 1st Year
    2.71%
    8
    Harry Howell, SP (1898-1910) - 1st Year
    0.00%
    0
    Hughie Jennings, SS (1891-1903, 1907, 1909, 1912) - 2nd Year
    3.73%
    11
    Charley Jones, LF (1875-1880, 1883-1888) - 15th Year
    2.37%
    7
    Fielder Jones, CF (1896-1908) - 3rd Year
    0.68%
    2
    Addie Joss, SP (1902-1910) - 1st Year
    4.41%
    13
    Willie Keeler, RF (1892-1910) - 1st Year
    5.42%
    16
    Joe Kelley, LF (1891-1906, 1908) - 3rd Year
    3.05%
    9
    Sam Leever, SP (1898-1910) - 1st Year
    0.34%
    1
    Herman Long, SS (1889-1904) - 7th Year
    2.71%
    8
    Jim McCormick, SP (1878-1887) - 15th Year
    2.71%
    8
    John McGraw, 3B (1891-1906) - 5th Year
    3.05%
    9
    Cal McVey, C/1B (1871-1879) - 15th Year
    3.39%
    10
    Jack O'Connor, C (1887-1904, 1906-1907, 1910) - 2nd Year
    0.00%
    0
    Lip Pike, CF (1871-1878, 1881, 1887) - 15th Year
    4.07%
    12
    Hardy Richardson, 2B/LF (1879-1892) - 15th Year
    5.42%
    16
    Claude Ritchey, 2B (1897-1909) - 2nd Year
    0.00%
    0
    Jimmy Ryan, CF (1885-1903) - 8th Year
    1.69%
    5
    Al Spalding, SP (1871-1877) - 15th Year
    6.78%
    20
    Tully Sparks, SP (1897, 1899, 1901-1910) - 1st Year
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Start, 1B (1871-1886) - 15th Year
    5.08%
    15
    George Stone, LF (1903, 1905-1910) - 1st Year
    0.34%
    1
    Ezra Sutton, 3B (1871-1888) - 15th Year
    4.41%
    13
    Mike Tiernan, RF (1887-1899) - 11th Year
    0.68%
    2
    George Van Haltren, CF (1887-1903) - 8th Year
    4.41%
    13
    Rube Waddell, SP (1897, 1899-1910) - 1st Year
    7.12%
    21
    Mickey Welch, SP (1880-1892) - 15th Year
    3.39%
    10
    Jimmy Williams, 2B (1899-1909) - 2nd Year
    0.00%
    0
    Vic Willis, SP (1898-1910) - 1st Year
    3.05%
    9
    None of the Above (Blank Ballot)
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by DoubleX; 08-26-2008, 06:44 AM.

  • #2
    Sorry for any confusion with this thread. I had to restart it because I left George Stone out originally.

    I've gone full 15 this time given the newcomers:

    Jake Beckley
    Elmer Flick
    Addie Joss - Short career, just 9 years, but all peak and quite an impressive peak at that. It's tough to hold death against a person. Would he really be that much better of a candidate if he was able to play a few more mediocre years?
    Willie Keeler - Something tells me that he'll be treated similarly as Beckley. Keeler was though, without question, a bona fide star of his time, and that should be kept in mind.
    Jim McCormick
    Cal McVey
    Hardy Richardson
    Jimmy Ryan
    Al Spalding
    Joe Start
    Ezra Sutton
    George Van Haltren
    Rube Waddell
    Mickey Welch
    Vic Willis

    As I mentioned in the 1914 election, I've added Spalding to my ballot. I don't support his candidacy per se, but I don't object either, so with him being in his last year, in deference to his supporters which brought him close, I will remove the obstacle of my non-vote, which is essentially a vote against. That vote would otherwise have gone to Joe Kelley. I also dropped Mike Tiernan and Jimmy Williams from my ballot. I gave Williams a charity vote last time. I gave Clark Griffith a lot of consideration as well.

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    • #3
      Addie Joss

      If I'm going to open up my voting standards, it'll have to wait until next year.

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      • #4
        My Ballot

        The guys in italics are all in their last year of eligibility. I'm hoping at least 1 of them makes it this time and that everyone's giving extra consideration to the 15th year guys:

        Jake Beckley
        Larry Corcoran
        Elmer Flick
        Charley Jones
        Addie Joss
        Sam Leever
        Jim McCormick
        Cal McVey
        Lip Pike
        Hardy Richardson
        Al Spalding
        Joe Start
        George Stone
        Ezra Sutton
        Rube Waddell

        In my queue and likely to be added in 1916:

        Clark Griffith
        Willie Keeler
        Joe Kelley

        In my consideration set/will not block on 15th try:

        Cupid Childs
        Vic Willis

        No longer on my ballot:

        Cupid Childs
        Lave Cross
        Bill Dinneen
        Herman Long

        1st time eligibles on my 1916 consideration list:

        Bill Dahlen
        Deacon Phillippe
        Jesse Tannehill
        Cy Young

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Erik Bedard View Post
          Addie Joss

          If I'm going to open up my voting standards, it'll have to wait until next year.
          Addie Joss, but not Rube Waddell or Elmer Flick? No consideration for any of the 15th year guys?
          Last edited by jjpm74; 08-20-2008, 10:55 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Erik Bedard View Post
            Addie Joss

            If I'm going to open up my voting standards, it'll have to wait until next year.
            But not Waddell? This is probably the best collection of players we've had since the first year or two. I find it hard to believe that a voter can find no more than 1 worthy player.

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            • #7
              I'd ask folks to really take a look at some of the old stars who are on their last ballot.

              Spalding has consistently been just short of election. He was the best pitcher of his day, a pretty good hitter too, and then there's his off field contributions if you'd like to include those.

              Welch is a guy I know a lot of folks have a distaste for thanks to some former voters. However, at the current date of 1915, his wins and IP are still impressive totals. For IP, only Cy Young, Kid Nichols, Tim Keefe, and Pud Galvin are better. For wins he's still 8th overall with Young, Mathewson, Galvin, Nichols, Keefe, Clarkson, and Radbourn ahead of him. Eddie Plank passes him in 1916, but no one else is on the radar to challenge his mark. His ERA+ for his peak isn't unreasonably low. And while he pitched on some good teams, its not like he played for a periennial juggernaught. If you supported Mullane, Caruthers, or McGinnty, I'd ask you to take a last look at Welch before voting.

              Joe Start was perhaps the first star of the game. His pro career dates back to the game's origins almost and he had impressive longevity as well - which was really unheard of in his day.

              McVey was another 1860's star who played well in the 1870's. He left the game still very much a productive star. He played all over the diamond, at first, third, outfield, catcher, and even pitched some (poorly though). Wikipedia (I know not the best source) implies that the reserve clause rule may have prompted his decision to move out west. In San Francsico he played for Pacific Coast league for a number of years, also managing there (as he had in the majors at the end of career as well). Wikipedia also says he helped organize teams out west too. I'm not sure if he was involved in the Pacific Coast League or not, but it sounds like he was an important figure in establishing baseball out west. Does anyone else have any other information on his involvement in west coast baseball?

              Lip Pike's career started in 1866. An interesting story was that Pike and 2 other players for the Athletics were charged with being paid under the table by the National Association of Baseball Players. A hearing was scheduled, but no one showed up (as paying players under the table was an open secret) and it helped pave the way for the first openly professional team.

              As a player, Pike played OF mostly, but also did some time in the infield. His hitting numbers speak for themselves. The odd thing about Pike is, after having a pretty solid season in 1878 (137 OPS, though he did finish poorly his last 5 games after being traded), no NL team signed him for 3 years. He came back at 36, but played poorly in a brief appearance (5 games) and was actually banned for playing so poorly. Pike was also a player/manager 3 different years if that sort of thing interests you, though his managerial record wasn't very stellar.
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              - Sammy Sosa

              "Get a comfy chair, Sammy, cause its gonna be a long wait."
              - Craig Ashley (AKA Windy City Fan)

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              • #8
                Beckley
                Childs
                Duffy
                Flick
                Griffith
                Joss
                Keeler
                J. Kelley
                McGraw
                Richardson
                Ryan
                Spalding
                Tiernan
                Van Haltren
                Waddell
                Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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                • #9
                  1915 Ballot

                  G. Davis, Duffy and C. Jones are replaced by Flick, Keeler and Waddell.

                  Beckley
                  Childs
                  Flick
                  Jennings
                  Keeler
                  J. Kelley
                  McVey
                  Pike
                  Richardson
                  Ryan
                  Spalding
                  Start
                  Sutton
                  Van Haltren
                  Waddell
                  Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.

                  Comprehensive Reform for the Veterans Committee -- Fixing the Hall continued.

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                  • #10
                    Missed Waddell. He belongs for sure. I'd request a vote to be added, but I doubt it'll matter. I was kinda in a rush to get to my doctor's appointment (foot surgery) and didn't give it the due diligence. Plus I forgot to vote last time, and I wanted to get my ballot in ASAP. Flick is very, very close as well, but I didn't vote for him. I think I'll loosen my requirements next year, and if Keeler, Flick, or Willis don't get in, they'll all make my ballot next year. I set 1915 as the date after which I will re-examine my procedures, and I'm sticking to that.

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                    • #11
                      Jake Beckley
                      Larry Corcoran
                      Hugh Duffy
                      Elmer Flick
                      Charley Jones
                      Addie Joss
                      Willie Keeler
                      Jim McCormick
                      Cal McVey
                      Hardy Richardson
                      Al Spalding
                      George Van Haltren
                      Rube Waddell
                      Mickey Welch
                      Vic Willis


                      1. Al Spalding
                      2. Willie Keeler
                      3. Hugh Duffy
                      4. Jim McCormick
                      5. Mickey Welch
                      6. Rube Waddell
                      7. Elmer Flick
                      8. Cal McVey
                      9. Vic Willis
                      10. George Van Haltren
                      11. Jake Beckley
                      12. Addie Joss
                      13. Hardy Richardson
                      14. Charley Jones
                      15. Larry Corcoran
                      Last edited by dgarza; 08-20-2008, 02:01 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Hardy Richardson

                        In 1876 and 1877 Hardy Richardson played for the Binghamton NY Crickets, one strong independent club in 1876 (when there were no organizations but the National League and some state associations) and one member of the (National) League Alliance in 1877. The Alliance clubs were affiliated with the National League but did not compete for any pennant. Frank Vaccaro has designated one common lineup for each team, with Richardson batting third and fielding center for Binghamton.

                        In 1878, Hardy Richardson was a star in the International Association, the National League's rival. Apparently a full schedule would have been 48 games/decisions for each team but three of thirteen did not complete the season. Richardson played 40 games for Utica, "of-2b-c" according to the SABR compiler, and the New York Clipper named him the best fielding centerfielder (in IA?). He ranked second in batting average among 20-game players, fourth among all 10-game players. He finished in ties for second in hits, first in doubles, first in extra bases, and fifth in runs.

                        No one has compiled data on the IA home ballparks. Three teams yielded less than 3.00 runs per game (home and away), presumably led by their pitchers Fred Goldsmith, Jim Galvin, and Jim McCormick. Hardy Richardson and batting leader John O'Rourke both played for good teams but neither benefited from playing on one of the stingy teams. The IA median team batting average was .219 (NL .259), IA median team runs scored 4.25 per game (NL 5.17)! Richardson batted .324 and scored 30 runs.

                        Hardy Richardson would be one MVP candidate as many people understand that today, where pitchers have their own award.

                        --
                        There are some more notes on Richardson in the "Group 3" discussion thread at the Hall of Merit, especially #58-64, #72-73, #157-59
                        Last edited by Paul Wendt; 08-20-2008, 03:05 PM. Reason: add HOM references

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                        • #13
                          Davis being elected knocked my ballot down to 11 names which is great because I expected to support four of the newcomers. Unfortunately, I actually support five of the newcomers, skipping over Keeler when I last saw the list. Push comes to shove, I'll give Keeler the vote in the next go-around in order to ensure that the "old-timers" close to election can sneak in.

                          1. Beckley
                          2. Childs
                          3. Duffy
                          4. Flick
                          5. Jennings
                          6. Joss
                          7. McCormick
                          8. Pike
                          9. Richardson
                          10. Spalding
                          11. Start
                          12. Sutton
                          13. Van Haltren
                          14. Waddell
                          15. Willis

                          Ranked By # of Ballot Appearances:

                          Fifteen (1901 onward) - Joe Start
                          Fourteen (1902 onward) - Hardy Richardson
                          Ten (1906 onward) - Cupid Childs
                          Ten (1905 and 1907-1914) - Jim McCormick, Ezra Sutton
                          Nine (1901, 1908-1915) - Al Spalding
                          Eight (1908 onward) - Lip Pike, George Van Haltren
                          Five (1911 onward) - Hugh Duffy
                          Four (1912 onward) - Jake Beckley
                          Two (1914 onward) - Hughie Jennings
                          One (1915 onward) - Flick, Waddell, Willis

                          In my queue: Keeler
                          1955 1959 1963 1965 1981 1988

                          1889 1890 1899 1900 1916 1920
                          1941 1947 1949 1952 1953 1956
                          1966 1974 1977 1978


                          1983 1985 1995 2004 2008 2009
                          2013 2014


                          1996 2006

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                          • #14
                            Childs
                            Duffy
                            Flick
                            Keeler
                            Kelley
                            Long
                            Richardson
                            Spalding
                            Start
                            Sutton
                            Van Haltren
                            Waddell
                            Willis

                            I think Griffith belongs, but more as a VC choice.
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                            Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
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                            • #15
                              --I don't see Joss as anywhere near the best playe or even pitcher on the ballot. The problem is not just his short career, but a lack of in season durability. His quality was high, but not exceptionally so when you compare him only the the primes of other pitching candidates (his high career ERA+ is greatly aided by his lack of decline years - although I'm sure he would have preferred to have had those years regardless of how much it hurt his record). The othe thing is that, even if he had lived, his career was probably not destined to be a long one. He suffered a serious arm injury the year before his death that already threatened his career.

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