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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year: 1844

    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.

    Henry Austin
    Frank Barrows
    Harry Berthrong
    Dennis Coughlin
    Bill Craver
    Ed Duffy
    Cherokee Fisher
    Wes Fisler
    Nat Jewett
    Caleb Johnson
    John Kenney
    Steve King
    Fergey Malone
    Jack McDonald
    Charlie Mills
    Tom Pratt
    Josh Snyder
    Warren White
    George Zettlein

    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
    1841: Asa Brainard
    1842: Joe Start
    1843: Jimmy Wood
    1938: McCovey/Perry
    1939: Carl Yastrzemski (best pitcher: Phil Niekro)
    1940: Willie Stargell (best pitcher: Luis Tiant)
    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)
    7
    Henry Austin
    0.00%
    0
    Frank Barrows
    0.00%
    0
    Harry Berthrong
    0.00%
    0
    Dennis Coughlin
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Craver
    14.29%
    1
    Ed Duffy
    0.00%
    0
    Cherokee Fisher
    14.29%
    1
    Wes Fisler
    14.29%
    1
    Nat Jewett
    0.00%
    0
    Caleb Johnson
    0.00%
    0
    John Kenney
    0.00%
    0
    Steve King
    0.00%
    0
    Fergey Malone
    0.00%
    0
    Jack McDonald
    0.00%
    0
    Charlie Mills
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Pratt
    0.00%
    0
    Josh Snyder
    0.00%
    0
    Warren White
    0.00%
    0
    George Zettlein
    57.14%
    4

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I went with George Zettlein, who was one heck of a pitcher in his short, six-year career, and Bill Craver, who led the league in triples in 1875 and who batted a decent .290 in 339 games.

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    • #3
      I agree with tipper when it comes to Zettlein. However, I took Cherokee Fisher over Craver simply because he had 3+ years as a dominant pitcher.
      "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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      • #4
        I gave Fisher some consideration as well. He led the league in ERA two years in a row and in 1875, he was 22-19 with a 1.99 mark. That's excellent.

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