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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1940

    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.

    Jack Aker
    Glenn Beckert
    Horace Clark
    Willie Davis
    Dick Ellsworth
    Woodie Fryman
    Bill Hands
    Tommy Harper
    Ramon Hernandez
    Cal Koonce
    Frank Linzy
    Mickey Lolich
    Jim Maloney
    Tommy McCraw
    Denis Menke
    Joe Pepitone
    Ray Sadecki
    Ron Santo
    Willie Stargell
    Luis Tiant
    Tom Timmermann
    Joe Torre
    Cesar Tovar

    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
    1941: Pete Rose (best pitcher: Wilbur Wood)
    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)
    17
    Jack Aker
    0.00%
    0
    Glenn Beckert
    0.00%
    0
    Horace Clark
    0.00%
    0
    Willie Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Dick Ellsworth
    0.00%
    0
    Woodie Fryman
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Hands
    0.00%
    0
    Tommy Harper
    0.00%
    0
    Ramon Hernandez
    0.00%
    0
    Cal Koonce
    5.88%
    1
    Frank Linzy
    0.00%
    0
    Mickey Lolich
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Maloney
    0.00%
    0
    Tommy McCraw
    0.00%
    0
    Denis Menke
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Pepitone
    0.00%
    0
    Ray Sadecki
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Santo
    29.41%
    5
    Willie Stargell
    47.06%
    8
    Luis Tiant
    17.65%
    3
    Tom Timmermann
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Torre
    0.00%
    0
    Cesar Tovar
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    This one goes to Stargell and Tiant.

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    • #3
      I went with Ron Santo and Willie Stargell
      Last edited by 1905 Giants; 08-20-2012, 07:16 PM.
      “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

      "Fill in any figure you want for that boy (Mantle). Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey

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      • #4
        Stargell by a landslide. This was an easy one...
        "I am not too serious about anything. I believe you have to enjoy yourself to get the most out of your ability."-
        George Brett

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