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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1947

    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.

    Johnny Bench
    Bob Boone
    Tom Bradley
    Al Bumbry
    Tom Buskey
    Joe Coleman
    Jose Cruz
    Darrell Evans
    Carlton Fisk
    Gene Garber
    Larry Gura
    Richie Hebner
    Larry Hisle
    Johnny Lowenstein
    Roger Metzger
    Bob Moose
    Thurman Munson
    Amos Otis
    Enrique Romo
    Nolan Ryan
    Ken Singleton
    Steve Stone
    Kent Tekulve
    Dick Tidrow

    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
    1948: Steve Garvey (best pitcher: Hough/Nolan)
    1949: Mike Schmidt (best pitcher: Rick Reuschel)
    1950: Ron Guidry (best batter: Brian Downing)
    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)
    1968: Frank Thomas (best pitcher: Mike Mussina)
    12
    Johnny Bench
    50.00%
    6
    Bob Boone
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Bradley
    0.00%
    0
    Al Bumbry
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Buskey
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Coleman
    0.00%
    0
    Jose Cruz
    0.00%
    0
    Darrell Evans
    8.33%
    1
    Carlton Fisk
    0.00%
    0
    Gene Garber
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Gura
    0.00%
    0
    Richie Hebner
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Hisle
    0.00%
    0
    Johnny Lowenstein
    0.00%
    0
    Roger Metzger
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Moose
    0.00%
    0
    Thurman Munson
    0.00%
    0
    Amos Otis
    0.00%
    0
    Enrique Romo
    0.00%
    0
    Nolan Ryan
    41.67%
    5
    Ken Singleton
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Stone
    0.00%
    0
    Kent Tekulve
    0.00%
    0
    Dick Tidrow
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    This one is easy.

    johnny_bench_baseball_card.jpg
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      I, myself, went with Bench and Ryan.

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      • #4
        I didn't notice it previously, but 1947 is the year of the catcher. There's Bench, Fisk, Boone and Munson, catchers with 36 All-Star selections, 21 Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, three Rookie of the Year Awards and three MVP Awards among them. They hit a total of 983 home runs and collected 7,800 knocks.

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