2022 Early Baseball Period Committee Candidates: Invoice Dahlen and Allie Reynolds

The next article is a part of a sequence in regards to the 2022 Early Baseball Period Committee poll, masking managers and long-retired gamers whose candidacies can be voted upon on December 5. For an introduction to the poll, see here, and for an introduction to JAWS, see here. All WAR figures check with the Baseball-Reference model except in any other case indicated.

Bill Dahlen

2022 Early Baseball Candidate: Invoice Dahlen

Participant Profession WAR Peak WAR JAWS
Invoice Dahlen 75.2 40.1 57.7
Avg. HOF SS 67.8 43.2 55.5
2,461 84 548 .272/.358/.382 (110 OPS+)

SOURCE: Baseball-Reference

The lone holdover from the 2016 Pre-Integration Period Committee poll, Invoice Dahlen was the most effective gamers of the late-Nineteenth and early-Twentieth century. A shortstop for 4 groups from 1891-1911, he was famend for his fielding, his ferocious mood — he earned the nickname “Unhealthy Invoice,” and was ejected from a complete of 70 video games as a participant and supervisor — and his carousing, although he was additionally an excellent hitter for his place, particularly in his 20s. His 42-game hitting streak from 1894 nonetheless stands as the fourth-longest in major league history, and due to his prowess on either side of the ball he ranks 11th in JAWS amongst shortstops. Dahlen helped the Brooklyn Superbas and New York Giants to 2 pennants apiece throughout a six-year span from 1899-1905, however he’s in some way slipped by way of the cracks traditionally, to the purpose that he was SABR’s 2012 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend.

Dahlen was born in Nelliston, New York, the son of German immigrants, on January 5, 1870. He was ok at baseball to get a scholarship to the Clinton Liberal Institute, a prep faculty in Fort Plain, the place he pitched and performed second base. After graduating, he performed semipro ball, and commenced his skilled profession when his Cobbleskill workforce joined the New York State League in 1890. His .343 batting common that yr positioned second within the league, although his workforce ceased operation earlier than season’s finish.

Having impressed an umpire who had beforehand performed with Cap Anson within the Nationwide Affiliation, Dahlen was signed by the Anson-managed Chicago Colts (now the Cubs) in late October 1890, starting an eight-year stint with the workforce. He hit very respectable .260/.348/.390 (111 OPS+) with 9 homers and 21 stolen bases as a rookie in 1891, primarily as a 3rd baseman, then break up his time between shortstop and third the next yr whereas hitting .293/.349/.423 (139 OPS+), stealing 60 bases, and rating fifth within the NL in WAR (6.1), not that anybody knew something about WAR on the time.

Dahlen’s offensive numbers improved because the NL’s scoring charges rose properly above six runs per recreation whereas pitchers struggled to adapt to the space change from 50 toes to 60-foot-6 in 1893. He hit .359/.445/.566 in 1894, when groups scored a whopping 7.39 runs per recreation; of these slash stats, solely his slugging share cracked the highest 10, rating seventh, along with his 138 OPS+ and career-high 15 homers each fourth. His 42-game hitting streak, which ran from June 20 to August 7, set a report, and has since been surpassed solely by Willie Keeler (45 video games, 1896-97), Joe DiMaggio (56 video games, 1941), and Pete Rose (44 video games, 1978). After going hitless on August 7 in opposition to the Reds, Dahlen reeled off one other 28-game hitting streak, which means that he collected hits in 70 of 71 video games.

After a down 1895 season, Dahlen was even stronger relative to his league in ’96 than he had been in ’94, hitting .352/.438/.553 with 9 homers. His slugging share ranked second, his 7.1 WAR and 19 triples each third, his 156 OPS+ sixth. The Colts went 72-58 that yr, their first season above .500 since 1891, Dahlen’s rookie marketing campaign.

Dahlen spent two extra years in Chicago, the primary of them shortened by a damaged ankle. By now he was sporting out his welcome, gaining a repute for indifference that countered the depth so usually on show. “Dahlen, with all his expertise, just isn’t a beneficial man to a workforce owing to his peculiar temperament” wrote Sporting Life. He was a part of the workforce’s “Daybreak Patrol,” infamous for carousing, chasing ladies, and skipping curfew. Even an appointment to the function of workforce captain meant little to him till he bought a elevate, and his response was to get thrown out of 10 video games in a single season. As SABR’s Tim Hagerty summarized, “Whereas most of Dahlen’s contemporaries attributed his propensity for ejections to his fiery disposition, some teammates stated it was attributable to his ardour for betting on horse races.”

In January 1899, Dahlen was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Gene DeMontreville, however in March he was transferred to the Brooklyn Superbas, who had been owned by the identical syndicate. Although he was lower than thrilled with the way in which issues unfolded, Dahlen helped the Superbas to back-to-back pennants beneath supervisor Ned Hanlon; he hit .283/.398/.395 (116 OPS+) with 4.6 WAR in 1899 however dipped to .259/.364/.344 (92 OPS+) with 3.2 WAR in 1900. The place he’d hit for a 123 OPS+ throughout his Chicago tenure, he was kind of a league-average hitter thereafter, although sturdy protection nonetheless bolstered his worth; that 3.2 WAR was his lowest mark between 1898-1905, a span throughout which he averaged 4.7 WAR.

After three extra seasons in Brooklyn, the final of them value 5.0 WAR (fifth within the NL), Dahlen had apparently worn out his welcome once more. “Within the first place, Dahlen, whereas an ideal participant, by no means was an observer of self-discipline,” wrote the Brooklyn Day by day Eagle. “He appeared upon guidelines from the standpoint that they had been made solely to be damaged, and whereas this has on no account affected his taking part in skill, nonetheless the harm to the workforce in a disciplinary manner has been nice.”

As a result of he wouldn’t conform to a pay reduce, Dahlen was traded once more in December 1903, this time to the Giants in change for Charlie Babb, Jack Cronin and $6,000. The 34-year-old shortstop clicked with supervisor John McGraw, who referred to as the commerce the “most profitable deal I ever made.” Although Dahlen hit a modest .268/.326/.337 (100 OPS+), he led the NL with 80 RBI, anchored the infield protection behind Christy Mathewson and firm, and positioned third with 5.5 WAR whereas serving to the Giants to a 106-47 report and a pennant. Alas, McGraw and Giants proprietor John Brush refused to play the AL champion Boston Individuals within the World Sequence.

Aided by one other sturdy season from Dahlen (5.4 WAR, seventh within the NL regardless of only a 98 OPS+), the Giants received 105 video games and one other pennant in 1905. This time they did conform to play within the World Sequence, and beat the Philadelphia Athletics in 5 video games regardless of Dahlen going 0-for-15. Luckily, his report 0-fer didn’t final lengthy, because the Cubs’ Jimmy Sheckard went 0-for-21 in 1906.

Dahlen’s offense and protection tailed off over the subsequent two seasons; he declined to three.1 WAR after which 0.5. In December 1907, he was a part of an eight-player deal that despatched him to the Boston Doves (previously the Beaneaters, quickly the Braves) for whom he produced a 5.3-WAR season at age 38 on the power of nice protection. Brooklyn proprietor Charles Ebbets tried to commerce for him to handle the Superbas — a lot for that worn-out welcome — however was rebuffed.

After a dismal 1909 season during which he performed simply 69 video games, Dahlen was launched by the Doves. He returned to Brooklyn, the place Ebbets handed him whole management of the workforce, together with authority for all participant strikes. He spent 4 years managing — or not, given his whole of 36 ejections in that capability — and made transient cameos as a participant in 1910 and ’11. The Dodgers might do no higher than a .436 profitable share (65-84 in 1913), however Dahlen did get excessive marks for his management and for laying the inspiration of a workforce that quickly improved beneath successor Wilbert Robinson, profitable the 1916 pennant.

When Dahlen retired, he held the information for many video games at shortstop (2,133, nonetheless twelfth), most putouts (4,856, nonetheless second), and most assists (7,505, nonetheless fourth), in addition to the second-most errors (975); Rabbit Maranville would ultimately surpass him in video games and putouts. Dahlen’s 2,444 video games performed was a report on the time as properly should you don’t think about the Nationwide Affiliation a serious league (Main League Baseball doesn’t, although Baseball Reference does); with NA numbers, Anson held the report. Amongst gamers who spent the vast majority of their time at shortstop, to that time solely Honus Wagner (whose profession spanned from 1897 to 1917) and George Davis (1890-1909) collected extra hits, however each had additionally spent extra time at different positions. Wagner was one of many first 5 gamers elected to the Corridor, whereas Davis wasn’t elected till 1998, 89 years after his ultimate recreation and 58 years after his dying.

Dahlen slipped by way of the cracks to a fair better extent than Davis when it got here to the Corridor, receiving only one vote apiece on the 1936 Outdated Timers poll and ’38 BBWAA one. Per the research of Graham Womack, he was thought-about by the Veterans Committee no less than 9 occasions between 1953 and ’95, however when the method was reconfigured, he wasn’t on a poll once more till 2009, when he acquired “fewer than three votes” on the VC’s pre-1943 poll (Joe Gordon was elected). Nonetheless, with SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee having not too long ago spotlighted his profession, he acquired 62.5% on the 2013 Pre-Integration poll, and 50% three years later. With Doc Adams, the main vote-getter from that latter slate, not on this one, Dahlen’s path to election is extra clear, although the variability and depth of the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues Black baseball candidates threatens to overshadow his trigger.

From right here, it appears clear that Dahlen belongs. His Deadball-era offensive numbers had been good for a shortstop, his defensive numbers excellent. His vary and sturdiness helped him to 139 fielding runs, which is tied for thirteenth on the place. Amongst Deadball-era shortstops, Joe Tinker (180), Germany Smith (160), Jack Glasscock (149), Davis (146), and Art Fletcher (144) outrank him, however not one of the others in addition to Glasscock (112 OPS+ in a profession that spanned from 1879 to ’95) and Davis (121 OPS+) had been in his class as a hitter. His expertise on either side of the ball are why Dahlen ranked amongst his league’s high 5 in WAR 5 occasions, and among the many high 10 eight occasions.

Dahlen ranks eleventh amongst all shortstops in WAR, and actually owns the highest position player WAR of any pre-1950 participant who’s not already enshrined, about 13 wins greater than Glasscock and Shoeless Joe Jackson, the latter of whom is ineligible. Dahlen’s 40.1 peak WAR is just Twentieth amongst shortstops, however that’s partly the product of shortened Nineteenth century schedules; the Colts averaged 138 video games per yr throughout his first eight seasons. Even with these shortened schedules, Dahlen is eleventh in JAWS, beneath 9 Corridor of Famers plus 2022 BBWAA poll debutante Alex Rodriguez, and forward of 14 different Corridor of Famers. Alan Trammell is immediately above him within the rankings, Barry Larkin and Derek Jeter immediately beneath.

Whereas Dahlen might definitely be a handful given his mood and his penchants for ingesting and playing, he was hardly outdoors the norms of Nineteenth and early Twentieth century baseball, and he clearly had the expertise and eager baseball thoughts to stay round even after his finest days as a hitter. I’ve little doubt he belongs within the Corridor of Fame, and would nearly definitely reserve one of many 4 spots on my Early Baseball poll for him if I had one.

Allie Reynolds

2022 Early Baseball Candidate: Allie Reynolds

Pitcher Profession WAR Peak WAR JAWS
Allie Reynolds 25.4 20.9 23.1
Avg. HOF SP 73.3 50.0 61.7
182-107 1,423 3.30 109

SOURCE: Baseball-Reference

Allie Reynolds solely pitched within the majors for 13 seasons (1942-54), however in that span, the hard-throwing righty made fairly an impression, serving to the Yankees to 6 championships, incomes spots on 5 All-Star groups, and in 1951 changing into the primary AL pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the identical season. Not solely was Reynolds a dependable starter, he was usually used out of the bullpen in key conditions as properly. Within the World Sequence, he threw 5 complete-game victories — together with a two-hit shutout in 1949 and a four-hit shutout in ’52, each in opposition to the Dodgers — and notched 4 saves as properly, three of them in sequence the place he’d additionally gone the space.

“Reynolds was two methods nice, which is beginning and relieving, which nobody can do like him,” supervisor Casey Stengel as soon as said in his personal inimitable patois. “He has guts and his braveness is just super.”

Reynolds was born in Bethany, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma Metropolis, on February 10, 1917. He was three-sixteenths Creek Indian (his grandmother, Eliza Root Reynolds, was three-quarters Creek) however upon rising uninterested in explaining the three-sixteenths, he usually referred to himself as one-quarter Creek. As with a number of different ballplayers of Native American descent, he needed to endure the applying of “Chief” as a nickname; in his case it was “Tremendous Chief,” “Superchief,” or “Large Chief.” Although meant in admiration, the nicknames made Reynolds uncomfortable. From coverage of his 1994 funeral in The Oklahoman:

[Bobby] Brown, the previous American League president, stated it was the New York Metropolis writers who tagged Reynolds because the Superchief whereas he was profitable 131 video games in eight Yankee seasons.

“I suppose it was partly attributable to his Indian heritage,” he stated.

“However for a few of you too younger to recollect, the Santa Fe Railroad at the moment had a crack prepare (name the Superchief) that ran from California to Chicago, and it was recognized for its magnificence, its energy and its velocity.

“We all the time felt the identify utilized to Allie for a similar causes.” Brown stated the identify wasn’t utilized by the Yankees, nonetheless.

“Once we talked with him, we referred to as him Allie,” he stated. “However when he wasn’t within the room, he was known as the Chief, as a result of we felt he was the one on the high, the true chief.” [De Vier] Pierson [a relative of Reynolds] stated Reynolds was not all the time snug with the nickname.

“He knew chief was a sacred title, not conferred flippantly, and he was not formally the chief of any Indian nation,” he stated. “However all American Indians had been proud to name him Chief, as a result of he was an ideal ambassador of American Indian values, and he had the respect and admiration of all tribes and all nations.

Reynolds’ father, a Nazarene preacher, prohibited him from taking part in sports activities on Sunday, which prevented him from taking part in baseball on a workforce till after highschool. He did play softball, monitor, and soccer whereas rising up, and through his senior yr for the Capitol Hill Excessive College Redskins (ugh), he quarterbacked the workforce to an undefeated season. As a result of he was simply 145 kilos, he drew no scholarship provides for soccer, however in 1935 he acquired a monitor and area scholarship from Oklahoma A&M, and as a walk-on was the workforce’s main rusher on the freshman soccer squad. He went on to start out at fullback and defensive again for the varsity.

In 1937, Oklahoma A&M athletic director, basketball and baseball coach Henry Iba noticed Reynolds throwing the javelin, requested if he’d be occupied with throwing batting follow, and wound up issuing him a uniform when he started putting out batters. Reynolds homered and pitched an entire recreation in his first begin, helped Oklahoma A&M win a state convention title in 1938, and threw a no-hitter as a senior in ’39.

Aided by Iba, Reynolds signed with — of all workforce — the Cleveland Indians for a $1,000 bonus. He was the primary of over 60 main leaguers found by legendary scout Hugh Alexander. He started his skilled profession with Springfield of the Mid-Atlantic League, fighting wildness however going 11-8 with a 3.60 ERA. At A-level Wilkes-Barre in 1942, he went 18-7 with a 1.56 ERA and was named the Japanese League’s high right-hander (future Corridor of Famer Warren Spahn was the lefty). Cleveland referred to as him up in September, and the 25-year-old righty, now six toes tall and 195 kilos, debuted with 4 innings of reduction work in opposition to the Senators on September 17, permitting one unearned run regardless of 5 hits and 4 walks.

Reynolds made yet one more look out of the bullpen that yr, then made the workforce the next spring, primarily understanding of the bullpen by way of June however saying his presence with a three-hit shutout of the Yankees on July 2, one in every of three shutouts he threw that yr. He completed the season 11-12 with a 2.99 ERA (104 ERA+) and a league-high 151 strikeouts in 198.2 innings.

Reynolds spent three extra seasons with Cleveland, battling management points (he walked greater than he struck out yearly from 1944-46) with a second-division membership. In the perfect of these seasons, he went 18-12 with a 3.20 ERA (101 ERA+) and a league-high 130 walks (in opposition to simply 112 strikeouts) in 247.1 innings in 1945.

After the 1946 season, Cleveland was scorching to amass All-Star second baseman (and future Corridor of Famer) Joe Gordon regardless of his tough return to play following two years within the navy. The workforce was stated to supply any pitcher apart from Bob Feller; membership president Larry MacPhail had his eye on Red Embree. MacPhail requested Joe DiMaggio for his enter, and DiMaggio supposedly replied, “Take Reynolds. I’m a fastball hitter, however he can buzz his arduous one by me any time he has a thoughts to.”

The 30-year-old Reynolds started his Yankees tenure with back-to-back shutouts of the Senators and Purple Sox; his 4 shutouts on the season tied for second within the AL behind Feller’s 5. Bolstered by an AL-high 6.4 runs per recreation of offensive assist — his first of 4 occasions in a five-season span that he’d obtain no less than six runs per recreation — he went 19-8 with a 3.20 ERA (110 ERA+), the workers’s large winner on a workforce that took the pennant by 12 video games. Within the World Sequence in opposition to the Dodgers, he went the space in Sport 2, permitting three runs, however was chased within the third inning of Sport 6. The Yankees received in seven.

Bolstered by sturdy offenses, Reynolds continued to publish spectacular won-loss information with modest ERAs: 16-8 with a 3.77 ERA (108 ERA+) in 1948, 17-6 with a 4.00 ERA (101 ERA+) in ’49; in each years he once more walked extra batters than he struck out. He did make his first All-Star workforce within the latter season, and his efficiency included 15.1 innings of scoreless reduction work, throughout which batters went simply 3-for-49. He made seven begins and two reduction appearances totaling 50.1 innings (with a 2.84 ERA) in September alone whereas serving to the Yankees edge the Purple Sox by a single recreation. Pitching on three days of relaxation, he fired a two-hit shutout on the Dodgers within the World Sequence opener, which the Yankees received 1-0 through Tommy Henrich’s walk-off solo homer off Don Newcombe, then added 3.1 scoreless innings and a save in Sport 4. The Yankees received in 5.

That was the primary of 5 straight championships by the Yankees, and Reynolds continued to play a major half. He made his second All-Star workforce in 1950, and posted his finest ERA+ (115) and WAR (3.2) to this point. In opposition to the “Whiz Youngsters” Phillies within the World Sequence, he pitched a 10-inning, one-run full recreation in Sport 2, and got here out of the bullpen to strike out Stan Lopata — representing the tying run — and full the sweep in Sport 4.

Reynolds led the AL in shutouts in back-to-back seasons in 1951 and ’52, with seven within the former yr and 6 within the latter. Matched up in opposition to Feller and Cleveland on July 12, 1951, he grew to become the primary Yankee in 13 years to throw a no-hitter; Feller, who had thrown his third no-hitter simply 11 days earlier, allowed simply 4 hits and one run. On September 28, within the first recreation of a doubleheader in opposition to Boston, Reynolds added his second no-hitter, capped by retiring Ted Williams on a pop foul for the ultimate out. The feat made him the primary pitcher from both league to tally two in a single season since Johnny Vander Meer did so in back-to-back begins in 1938. To this point, solely 4 different pitchers — Virgil Trucks (1952), Nolan Ryan (1973), Roy Halladay (2010) and Max Scherzer (2015) — have thrown two no-hitters in a season.

Roughed up by the Giants within the 1951 World Sequence opener, Reynolds rebounded with a two-run full recreation in Sport 4; the Yankees received in six. He put collectively his finest yr in 1952, going 20-6 with league bests in ERA (2.06) and strikeouts (160), making his third All-Star workforce. After ending third within the AL MVP voting in 1951, he positioned second behind one other pitcher, Bobby Shantz, in ’52.

Reynolds was a very busy man within the seven-game World Sequence in opposition to the Dodgers in 1952, dropping Sport 1, throwing a four-hit shutout in Sport 4, recording a four-out save in Sport 6, and getting credited with the win for 3 innings of one-run center reduction in Sport 7.

Having collected six saves apiece in 1951 and ’52, Reynolds spent an rising period of time pitching out of the bullpen in ’53. He made simply 15 begins and 26 reduction appearances, notching 13 saves, the league’s third-highest whole (although right here it needs to be famous that the stat wouldn’t turn out to be official till 1969), although he closed the season on a roll as a starter. Within the World Sequence, once more going through the Dodgers, he allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings in his Sport 1 flip, then notched a save in Sport 5. He entered Sport 6 within the eighth inning, with the Yankees holding a 3-1 lead and 6 outs away from their fifth straight title. After a scoreless eighth, he served up a game-tying two-run homer to Carl Furillo within the high of the ninth, however was credited with the win when the Yankees rallied within the backside of the body, with Billy Martin driving within the profitable run. It was Reynolds’ seventh World Sequence victory, tying him with Red Ruffing for the report

Reynolds pitched for yet one more season, going 13-4 with a 3.32 ERA (105 ERA+) in 18 begins and 18 reduction appearances, making his third All-Star workforce. Although the Yankees received 103 video games, they completed eight video games behind a powerhouse Cleveland squad. Now 37 years outdated, coping with arm issues, and starting to construct a profitable oil enterprise, he determined to retire. He continued to work with the Main League Baseball Gamers Affiliation — which had shaped in 1953 however was not but a union — serving to to barter a pension plan tied to percentages of the radio and tv proceeds of the World Sequence and All-Star Sport, in addition to gate receipts from the latter.

As a Corridor of Fame candidate, Reynolds acquired modest consideration from the BBWAA. He truly was not but eligible to obtain votes when he first did so in 1956 (the five-year ready interval had simply gone into impact in ’54), however acquired simply 8.9% in ’60, his first yr of eligibility. He peaked at 33.6% in 1968, and closed with 27.7% in ’74. Between 1980 and 2000, he was thought-about no less than 13 occasions by the outdated Veterans Committee, and in ’94, about 10 months earlier than his dying, reportedly “got here shut,” although no additional specifics had been supplied.

Reynolds acquired 19.8% on the 2003 expanded Veterans Committee poll, however he wasn’t thought-about once more till ’09. On a poll particularly for gamers who made their greatest marks previous to 1943, he acquired 66.7% — eight of 12 votes, one wanting election on a poll the place Gordon, for whom he was traded in ’46, made the grade. Reynolds acquired fewer than three votes on the 2013 Pre-Integration poll, however was left on the subsequent one three years later.

Due to the late begin and early finish to his profession, to not point out the frequency of his reduction appearances, Reynolds didn’t attain any main milestones that might considerably enhance his possibilities for the Corridor. That shouldn’t be too stunning provided that his 2,492.1 innings is fewer than all the enshrined non-Negro Leagues starters in addition to Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax, and Dizzy Dean. Reynolds was nowhere close to as dominant as any of these pitchers, and actually his 109 ERA+ is healthier than simply eight out of 65 enshrinees, and tied with two others.

Likewise, Reynolds doesn’t fare very properly when superior statistics are thought-about. His 25.7 WAR is simply over one-third of that of the common Corridor of Fame starter (73.3), and fewer than half that of teammate Whitey Ford (57.0). The truth is, his whole is decrease than any enshrined non-Negro Leagues starter. Not even my experimental S-JAWS, which limits the height rating impression of Nineteenth and early Twentieth century pitchers with heavy workloads, makes Reynolds appear to be something near a Corridor of Famer utilizing WAR. He’s simply too far off the requirements.

What Reynolds has going for him, primarily, are two issues: a lopsided .630 profitable share and a powerful World Sequence report. On the previous entrance, I famous that in his Yankees years he had a stretch the place he was backed by over six runs per recreation of assist. The truth is, primarily based on analysis I did with Colin Wyers within the service of Baseball Prospectus‘ 2012 e-book Extra Innings, Reynolds was the best-supported beginning pitcher outdoors the Corridor, with assist 22% above the park-adjusted league common; Nineteenth century hurler-turned-executive Al Spalding (34% above) and Newcombe (20% above) are the one two different pitchers in that rarefied air. Provided that, judging Reynolds on his won-loss report is prone to result in wildly inaccurate conclusions about his standing.

As for his World Sequence report, Reynolds went 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 4 saves in 77.1 innings. It’s spectacular stuff, and he nonetheless occupies some top-10 spots on numerous World Sequence leaderboards: tied for second in wins, fourth in WPA (2.4), tied for seventh in begins (9), tied for tenth in full video games (5), and so forth. These rankings communicate extra to his quite a few alternatives than to his dominance; he had some nice World Sequence and a few less-than-great ones, together with three with an ERA beneath 2.00, and three with an ERA above 4.00.

Reynolds would hardly be the primary pitcher elected for what he did in October, however once more, he’d be an unusually weak choice when put next even to the likes of Jesse Haines (32.6 WAR, 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 4 World Sequence), Lefty Gomez (38.7 WAR, 6-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 5 World Sequence), Catfish Hunter (40.9 WAR, 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in six World Sequence), or Jack Morris (43.5 WAR, 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA in three World Sequence). He had a formidable profession however I simply don’t see that it deserves a spot in Cooperstown.

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