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  • Best Player by Birth Year: 1941

    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.

    Ken Berry
    Ed Brinkman
    Clay Carroll
    Dean Chance
    Ray Culp
    Al Downing
    Bill Freehan
    Dick Green
    Ken Harrelson
    Jim Ray Hart
    Ron Hunt
    Darold Knowles
    Paul Lindblad
    Tim McCarver
    Adolfo Phillips
    Pete Rose
    Ken Sanders
    Mel Stottlemyre
    Eddie Watt
    Wilbur Wood
    Clyde Wright

    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
    1942: Fergie Jenkins (best batter: Dick Allen)
    1943: Joe Morgan (best pitcher: Tommy John)
    1944: Tom Seaver (best batter: Nettles/Staub)
    1945: Rod Carew (best pitcher: Jim Palmer)
    1946: Reggie Jackson (best pitcher: Catfish Hunter)
    1947: Johnny Bench (best pitcher: Nolan Ryan)
    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)
    11
    Ken Berry
    0.00%
    0
    Ed Brinkman
    0.00%
    0
    Clay Carroll
    0.00%
    0
    Dean Chance
    0.00%
    0
    Ray Culp
    0.00%
    0
    Al Downing
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Freehan
    9.09%
    1
    Dick Green
    0.00%
    0
    Ken Harrelson
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Ray Hart
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Hunt
    0.00%
    0
    Darold Knowles
    0.00%
    0
    Paul Lindblad
    0.00%
    0
    Tim McCarver
    0.00%
    0
    Adolfo Phillips
    0.00%
    0
    Pete Rose
    63.64%
    7
    Ken Sanders
    0.00%
    0
    Mel Stottlemyre
    9.09%
    1
    Eddie Watt
    0.00%
    0
    Wilbur Wood
    18.18%
    2
    Clyde Wright
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I went with Pete Rose, with a tip of the cap to Mel Stottlemyre.

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