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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year: 1928

    Here's a 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.

    Gus Bell
    Bob Buhl
    Roy Face
    Whitey Ford
    Hersh Freeman
    Jim Gilliam
    Don Hoak
    Dick Hyde
    Jim Lemon
    Gil McDougald
    Ray Narleski
    Willard Nixon
    Joe Nuxhall
    Erv Palica
    Rip Repulski
    Pete Runnels
    Willard Schmidt
    Al Smith
    Frank Smith
    Darryl Spencer

    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]
    1846: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leonaan01.shtml"]Andy Leonard[/URL]
    1847: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/whitede01.shtml"]Deacon White[/URL]
    1848: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cummica01.shtml"]Candy Cummings[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bechtge01.shtml"]George Bechtel[/URL])
    1849: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suttoez01.shtml"]Ezra Sutton[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/devliji01.shtml"]Jim Devlin[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111884-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1850"]1850[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/o'rouji01.shtml"]Jim O'Rourke[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spaldal01.shtml"]Al Spalding[/URL]
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111973-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1851"]1851[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mathebo01.shtml"]Bobby Mathews[/URL] (best batter: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shaffor01.shtml"]Orator Schafer[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?112078-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1852"]1852[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/ansonca01.shtml"]Cap Anson[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlge01.shtml"]George Bradley[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?112192-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1853"]1853[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mannija01.shtml"]Jack Manning[/URL]
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?112194-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1929"]1929[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/howarel01.shtml"]Elston Howard[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/simmocu01.shtml"]Curt Simmons[/URL]
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?112079-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1930"]1930[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl/player_search.cgi?search=Harvey+Kuenn"]Harvey Kuenn[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lawve01.shtml"]Vern Law[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111974-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1931"]1931[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mayswi01.shtml"]Willie Mays[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bunniji01.shtml"]Jim Bunning[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111885-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1932"]1932[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/willsma01.shtml"]Maury Wills[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/podrejo01.shtml"]Johnny Podres[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111568-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1933"]1933[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colavro01.shtml"]Rocky Colavito[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/o'delbi01.shtml"]Billy O'Dell[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111475-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1934"]1934[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/aaronha01.shtml"]Hank Aaron[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pascuca02.shtml"]Camilo Pascual[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111351-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1935"]1935[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111224-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1936"]1936[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111134-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1937"]1937[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maricju01.shtml"]Juan Marichal[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinbr01.shtml"]Brooks Robinson[/URL]
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?110934-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1938"]1938[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccovwi01.shtml"]Willie McCovey[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/perryga01.shtml"]Gaylord Perry[/URL]
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?110695-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1939"]1939[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?110421-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1940"]1940[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?110027-Best-Player-by-Birth-Year-1941"]1941[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109867-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1942"]1942[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109748-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1943"]1943[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109644-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1944"]1944[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109523-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1945"]1945[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109337-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1946"]1946[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109207-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1947"]1947[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?109067-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1948"]1948[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108888-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1949"]1949[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108751-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1950"]1950[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108541-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1951"]1951[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108385-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1952"]1952[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108282-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1953"]1953[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108052-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1954"]1954[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107962-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1955"]1955[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107816-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1956"]1956[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107702-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1957"]1957[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107622-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1958"]1958[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107528-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1959"]1959[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107461-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1960"]1960[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107383-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1961"]1961[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107300-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1962"]1962[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107226-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1963"]1963[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107148-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1964"]1964[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?107068-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1965"]1965[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?106994-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1966"]1966[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?106917-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1967"]1967[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?108977-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1968"]1968[/URL]: [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])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111672-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1969"]1969[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/griffke02.shtml"]Ken Griffey, Jr.[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/riverma01.shtml"]Mariano Rivera[/URL])
    [URL="http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?111777-Best-Baseball-Player-by-Birth-Year-1970"]1970[/URL]: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/thomeji01.shtml"]Jim Thome[/URL] (best pitcher: [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/averyst01.shtml"]Avery[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/liebejo01.shtml"]Lieber[/URL]/[URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/seleaa01.shtml"]Sele[/URL])
    14
    Gus Bell
    7.14%
    1
    Bob Buhl
    0.00%
    0
    Roy Face
    0.00%
    0
    Whitey Ford
    50.00%
    7
    Hersh Freeman
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Gilliam
    7.14%
    1
    Don Hoak
    0.00%
    0
    Dick Hyde
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Lemon
    0.00%
    0
    Gil McDougald
    28.57%
    4
    Ray Narleski
    0.00%
    0
    Willard Nixon
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Nuxhall
    0.00%
    0
    Erv Palica
    0.00%
    0
    Rip Repulski
    0.00%
    0
    Pete Runnels
    0.00%
    0
    Willard Schmidt
    0.00%
    0
    Al Smith
    7.14%
    1
    Frank Smith
    0.00%
    0
    Darryl Spencer
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-15-2013, 10:51 AM.

  • #2
    Whoops I didn't see Ford's name can someone fix that?

    For position players I chose McDougald. I've heard nothing but good things about the guy.
    "The first draft of anything is crap." - Ernest Hemingway

    There's no such thing as an ultimate stat.

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    • #3
      I went with Whitey Ford for obvious reasons and Gus Bell - you can't go wrong with 200+ career home runs. I also considered McDougald and Gilliam.

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      • #4
        About two days left.

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        • #5
          I know Whitey Ford will win this, but I voted for two of the biggest reasons why the Yankees and the Dodgers were so successful all those years. Of course I am referencing the versatility of McDougald and Gilliam. I was not sure if they were going to get any votes, so I ensured they would not be shut out.
          Your Second Base Coach
          Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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          • #6
            that's a weak year

            I go with Ford because he is one of the few names of that list that I have heard before.
            I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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