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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year: 1934

    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.

    Hank Aaron
    Bob Allison
    Louis Aparicio
    Norm Cash
    Tom Cheney
    Roberto Clemente
    Turk Farrell
    Jim Gentile
    Eli Grba
    Chuck Hinton
    Al Kaline
    Jim Landis
    Don Lee
    Bobby Locke
    Roger Maris
    Jim Owens
    Camilo Pascual
    Wes Stock
    Bill White
    Earl Wilson

    Code:
    Best players by birth year:
    
    1831: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/berkena01.shtml"]Nate Berkenstock[/URL]
    1832: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carlle01.shtml"]Lew Carl[/URL]
    1833: None
    1834: None
    1835: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/wrighha01.shtml"]Harry Wright[/URL]
    1836: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pearcdi01.shtml"]Dickey Pearce[/URL]
    1837: None
    1838: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/birdsda01.shtml"]Dave Birdsall[/URL]
    1839: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barkeal01.shtml"]Al Barker[/URL]
    1840: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reachal01.shtml"]Al Reach[/URL]
    1841: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brainas01.shtml"]Asa Brainard[/URL]
    1842: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/startjo01.shtml"]Joe Start[/URL]
    1843: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/woodji01.shtml"]Jimmy Wood[/URL]
    1844: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zettlge01.shtml"]George Zettlein[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cravebi01.shtml"]Craver[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fislewe01.shtml"]Fisler[/URL])
    1845: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pikeli01.shtml"]Lip Pike[/URL]
    1935: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinfr02.shtml"]Frank Robinson[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gibsobo01.shtml"]Gibson[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/koufasa01.shtml"]Koufax[/URL])
    1936: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/killeha01.shtml"]Harmon Killebrew[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/drysddo01.shtml"]Don Drysdale[/URL])
    1937: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maricju01.shtml"]Marichal[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinbr01.shtml"]Robinson[/URL]
    1938: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccovwi01.shtml"]McCovey[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/perryga01.shtml"]Perry[/URL]
    1939: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yastrca01.shtml"]Carl Yastrzemski[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/niekrph01.shtml"]Phil Niekro[/URL])
    1940: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stargwi01.shtml"]Willie Stargell[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tiantlu01.shtml"]Luis Tiant[/URL])
    1941: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rosepe01.shtml"]Pete Rose[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/woodwi01.shtml"]Wilbur Wood[/URL])
    1942: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jenkife01.shtml"]Fergie Jenkins[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/allendi01.shtml"]Dick Allen[/URL])
    1943: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morgajo02.shtml"]Joe Morgan[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnto01.shtml"]Tommy John[/URL])
    1944: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/seaveto01.shtml"]Tom Seaver[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nettlgr01.shtml"]Nettles[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/staubru01.shtml"]Staub[/URL])
    1945: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carewro01.shtml"]Rod Carew[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/palmeji01.shtml"]Jim Palmer[/URL])
    1946: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksre01.shtml"]Reggie Jackson[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hunteca01.shtml"]Catfish Hunter[/URL])
    1947: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/benchjo01.shtml"]Johnny Bench[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ryanno01.shtml"]Nolan Ryan[/URL])
    1948: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garvest01.shtml"]Steve Garvey[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/houghch01.shtml"]Hough[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolanga01.shtml"]Nolan[/URL])
    1949: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/schmimi01.shtml"]Mike Schmidt[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reuscri01.shtml"]Rick Reuschel[/URL])
    1950: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guidrro01.shtml"]Ron Guidry[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/downibr01.shtml"]Brian Downing[/URL])
    1951: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/winfida01.shtml"]Dave Winfield[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blylebe01.shtml"]Bert Blyleven[/URL])
    1952: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lynnfr01.shtml"]Fred Lynn[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dennyjo01.shtml"]John Denny[/URL])
    1953: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brettge01.shtml"]George Brett[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suttebr01.shtml"]Bruce Sutter[/URL])
    1954: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cartega01.shtml"]Gary Carter[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/eckerde01.shtml"]Dennis Eckersley[/URL])
    1955: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yountro01.shtml"]Robin Yount[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morrija02.shtml"]Jack Morris[/URL])
    1956: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/murraed02.shtml"]Eddie Murray[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/welchbo01.shtml"]Bob Welch[/URL])
    1957: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/whitalo01.shtml"]Lou Whitaker[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stiebda01.shtml"]Dave Stieb[/URL])
    1958: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/henderi01.shtml"]Rickey Henderson[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hershor01.shtml"]Orel Hershiser[/URL])
    1959: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raineti01.shtml"]Tim Raines[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burnsbr01.shtml"]Burns[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mooremi01.shtml"]Moore[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/worreto01.shtml"]Worrell[/URL])
    1960: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ripkeca01.shtml"]Cal Ripken, Jr.[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/valenfe01.shtml"]Valenzuela[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/violafr01.shtml"]Viola[/URL])
    1961: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mattido01.shtml"]Don Mattingly[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keyji01.shtml"]Jimmy Key[/URL])
    1962: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clemero02.shtml"]Roger Clemens[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/strawda01.shtml"]Darryl Strawberry[/URL])
    1963: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnsra05.shtml"]Randy Johnson[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martied01.shtml"]Martinez[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgwima01.shtml"]McGwire[/URL])
    1964: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bondsba01.shtml"]Barry Bonds[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/goodedw01.shtml"]Gooden[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/saberbr01.shtml"]Saberhagen[/URL])
    1965: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/biggicr01.shtml"]Craig Biggio[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brownke01.shtml"]Kevin Brown[/URL])
    1966: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maddugr01.shtml"]Greg Maddux[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walkela01.shtml"]Larry Walker[/URL])
    1967: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smoltjo01.shtml"]John Smoltz[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/loftoke01.shtml"]Kenny Lofton[/URL])
    1968: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/thomafr04.shtml"]Frank Thomas[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mussimi01.shtml"]Mike Mussina[/URL])
    20
    Hank Aaron
    55.00%
    11
    Bob Allison
    0.00%
    0
    Luis Aparicio
    0.00%
    0
    Norm Cash
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Cheney
    0.00%
    0
    Roberto Clemente
    20.00%
    4
    Turk Farrell
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Gentile
    0.00%
    0
    Eli Grba
    0.00%
    0
    Chuck Hinton
    0.00%
    0
    Al Kaline
    20.00%
    4
    Jim Landis
    0.00%
    0
    Don Lee
    0.00%
    0
    Bobby Locke
    0.00%
    0
    Roger Maris
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Owens
    0.00%
    0
    Camilo Pascual
    5.00%
    1
    Wes Stock
    0.00%
    0
    Bill White
    0.00%
    0
    Earl Wilson
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    This one goes to Hank Aaron, though I gave Roberto Clemente some consideration. In keeping of my habit of voting for one batter and one pitcher, I also cast a vote for Camilo Pascual.

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    • #3
      Aaron is the clear best but I gave Clemente and Kaline some love.

      As a side-note I would also say that Maris was a better player than people give him credit for.
      Last edited by 1905 Giants; 11-03-2012, 07:50 PM.
      "The first draft of anything is crap." - Ernest Hemingway

      There's no such thing as an ultimate stat.

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      • #4
        I'm kind of surprised Luis Aparicio hasn't received a token vote yet.

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        • #5
          Aaron never had 50 homers in a season so it can't be him. Has to be Maris. :clowning:

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