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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1950

    Here's another fun project idea I had - we are going to name the best baseball players by birth year. The rules are simple: Vote for who you believe to be the best player on the given list, with each player on that list sharing the same year of birth.

    You are allowed to vote for a maximum of two players (because oftentimes it seems individuals prefer not to choose between batters and pitchers, rather choosing one of each).

    A few of the early years are already taken care of for us, as there was only one person who played Major League Baseball born that year.

    A couple notes about this project:

    1) The lists are constructed using information from Baseball-Reference.com. They are rather arbitrarily made, however I think they will cover the top players from each year.

    2) The lists will, at most, contain 20-25 names.

    3) Only MLB players (including NA players) are being considered for this project. I am omitting Negro Leaguers, pre-Major Leaguers, Japanese guys etc. for the sake of ease.

    4) Though I am including only major league players, for those who spent time playing in the pre-Major League era or the Negro Leagues (et cetera), you may take into consideration this peripheral playing experience. Weigh it as as you see fit.

    5) The poll will stay open for one week.

    Which of the following individuals was the best player? You may vote for up to two players.

    Doyle Alexander
    Ray Burris
    Doug DeCinces
    Brian Downing
    Bob Forsch
    Ken Griffey
    Ross Grimsley
    Ron Guidry
    Burt Hooton
    Randy Jones
    Bruce Kison
    Greg Luzinski
    Jon Matlack
    Gary Matthews
    Jorge Orta
    J.R. Richard
    Jim Slaton
    Chris Speier
    Gorman Thomas
    Manny Trillo
    Frank White
    Milt Wilcox

    Code:
    Best players by birth year:
    
    1831: Nate Berkenstock
    1832: Lew Carl
    1833: None
    1834: None
    1835: Harry Wright
    1836: Dickey Pearce
    1837: None
    1838: Dave Birdsall
    1839: Al Barker
    1840: Al Reach
    1951: Dave Winfield (best pitcher: Bert Blyleven)
    1952: Fred Lynn (best pitcher: John Denny)
    1953: George Brett (best pitcher: Bruce Sutter)
    1954: Gary Carter (best pitcher: Dennis Eckersley)
    1955: Robin Yount (best pitcher: Jack Morris)
    1956: Eddie Murray (best pitcher: Bob Welch)
    1957: Lou Whitaker (best pitcher: Dave Stieb)
    1958: Rickey Henderson (best pitcher: Orel Hershiser)
    1959: Tim Raines (best pitcher: Burns/Moore/Worrell)
    1960: Cal Ripken, Jr. (best pitcher: Valenzuela/Viola)
    1961: Don Mattingly (best pitcher: Jimmy Key)
    1962: Roger Clemens (best batter: Darryl Strawberry)
    1963: Randy Johnson (best batter: Martinez/McGwire)
    1964: Barry Bonds (best pitcher: Gooden/Saberhagen)
    1965: Craig Biggio (best pitcher: Kevin Brown)
    1966: Greg Maddux (best batter: Larry Walker)
    1967: John Smoltz (best batter: Kenny Lofton)
    z
    16
    Doyle Alexander
    0.00%
    0
    Ray Burris
    0.00%
    0
    Doug DeCinces
    0.00%
    0
    Brian Downing
    25.00%
    4
    Bob Forsch
    0.00%
    0
    Ken Griffey
    12.50%
    2
    Ross Grimsley
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Guidry
    50.00%
    8
    Burt Hooton
    0.00%
    0
    Randy Jones
    0.00%
    0
    Bruce Kison
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Luzinski
    6.25%
    1
    Jon Matlack
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Matthews
    0.00%
    0
    Jorge Orta
    0.00%
    0
    J.R. Richard
    6.25%
    1
    Jim Slaton
    0.00%
    0
    Chris Speier
    0.00%
    0
    Gorman Thomas
    0.00%
    0
    Manny Trillo
    0.00%
    0
    Frank White
    0.00%
    0
    Milt Wilcox
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I went with Guidry and Luzinski.

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    • #3
      I like Downing and Guidry in this one.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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