Half-Baked Hall: 1951-1956

So you may have heard recently about this guy in the news named Jackie Robinson. As it turns out, he was a pretty decent player and shows up on this ballot. And philosofer was randomly assigned to finding something to write about the guy. Good luck, dude.

Also, last chance to vote for...

Final Ballot

Bill Terry

Returning Players

Wes Ferrell (4th), Gabby Hartnett (4th), Bob Johnson (3rd), Ted Lyons (2nd), Joe Medwick (2nd), Dizzy Dean (2nd), Red Ruffing (2nd), Joe Gordon (2nd), Ernie Lombardi (2nd), Lefty Gomez (2nd), Stan Hack (2nd)

New Hitters

Lou Boudreau (Beau)
Joe Dimaggio (daneekasghost)
Bobby Doerr (CanofCorn)
Bob Elliott (DPWY)
Charlie Keller (CanofCorn)
Ralph Kiner (freealonzo)
Johnny Mize (yickit)
Bill Nicholson (nibbish)
Phil Rizzuto (yickit)
Jackie Robinson (philosofer)
Eddie Stanky (daneekasghost)
Vern Stephens (Beau)

New Pitchers

Harry Breechen (Scot)
Bob Feller (freealonzo)
Dutch Leonard (nibbish)
Hal Newhouser (bhiggum)
Bobo Newsom (New Britain Bo)


16 thoughts on “Half-Baked Hall: 1951-1956”

    1. I should be able to make that work.

      Heck, here is my submission:

      Jackie Robinson: Probably the most essential baseball player ever. He did good. He did well, too, but more importantly, he did good.

          1. I don't know. His #1 comp is George Grantham and I don't recall anyone making a case for him. And really, just five years where he was a real MVP candidate.

            Also, the BBWAA only voted him in at 77.5%.

  1. Louis Norman Bobo Newsom fun facts:

    Born in Hartsville, SoCar (where Aziz Ansari went to school).
    Referred to everyone in the 3rd person (including himself, "Bobo").
    Batted and threw right-handed, 1.91m tall, weighed 91 kg.
    One of 29 players to have appeared in Major League games in four decades.
    One of the 100 winningest pitchers of all time.
    4-time All Star, '47 World Series champ, made Wheaties.
    Played for Dodgers, Cubs, Browns, Senators, Red Sox, Browns, Tigers, Senators, Yankees, Giants, Senators, A's.
    Mentioned in the Ogden Nash poem: Line-Up for Yesterday (the only player mentioned still not in the HOF as of 2016:
    N is for Newsom,
    Bobo's favorite kin.
    You ask how he's here,
    He talked himself in.

    SABR Bobo Anecdote:
    On May 28, 1935, a third-inning line drive by Cleveland’s Earl Averill broke his left kneecap. When Washington manager Bucky Harris reached the mound, Newsom said, "I think it's broke." Harris asked Bobo if he should take him out of the game. "You kidding me? I said it was broke, I didn't say I was dead." Bobo continued to pitch and after every inning would say, "It's broke" His teammates laughed at him, assuming it couldn't be broken because he wouldn't be able to stand up if it was. Following the Senators 5–4 loss, Newsom was hobbling around the lobby of the hotel, still insisting his kneecap was broken. Finally he went to get an x-ray, and it was indeed "broke."

  2. Bobby Doerr
    1937-51; Second Baseman
    Inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986. Previous high by the writers was 25% of the Votes in 1970, his 11th year on the ballot.

    It was Ted Williams who dubbed Bobby Doerr "the silent captain of the Red Sox" and a more down-to-earth Hall of Famer might be hard to find.

    Spent his whole career (1,865 games, 7,100 AB's) with Boston - missed 1945 for military service.

    When he left the defense job to play the 1944 season, he received his draft orders and was told to report at the beginning of September. By the time September came around, the Red Sox were in the thick of the pennant race, just four games out of first place - and both Doerr (.325 at the time, his .528 slugging average led the league) and Hughson (18-5, 2.26 ERA) had to leave. The team couldn't sustain those two losses and their hopes sputtered out. SABR Bio

    Career .288/.362/.461, 115 OPS+, 51.2 WAR (5 seasons in top 10), 43.8 JAWS, 9x All-star, Finished in the top-25 MVP voting 8x

    Part of only 1 postseason - losing to the Cardinals in the World Series in 1946 - but not his fault. In 6 games, Bobby slashed .409/.458/.591 in 22 at-bats.

    Babe Ruth, asked who was the MVP of the American League, said, “Doerr, and not Ted Williams, is the No. 1 player on the team.”

  3. Charlie Keller
    'King Kong'

    1939-52; Leftfielder

    Yankee for 11 years, spent 1950-51 with the Tigers. (1,170 games, 3,790 AB's). Missed 1944 for military service with the Merchant Marines (same as my grandfather).

    Career .286/.410/.518, 152 OPS+, 43 WAR (5 seasons in Top 10), 40.8 JAWS, 5x All-star, Finished in the top-25 MVP voting 4x, including 5th in 1941.

    Had 5 seasons of 5+ WAR between 1940-46, but didn't play more than 83 games in a season from '47-'52 and didn't earn even 1 WAR that entire span.

    On July 18 [1947] doctors removed a slipped disk from Keller’s spine. The club said he might return in September. Instead, Keller’s career was essentially finished.

    Won the World Series three times with the Yankees (as a rookie) in '39, again in '40 and a third (and final) time in 1943. Upped his game in the post season in '39 (.438/.471/1.188) and '41 (.389/.476/.500).

    ...after two evening workouts at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Keller sufficiently impressed manager Casey Stengel for New York to re-sign the slugger as a pinch-hitter. After only one at-bat in two games (a strikeout), Keller was released by the Yankees on October 13, 1952. It was a testament to the Yankees’ respect for him that although he’d been with the team only two weeks in 1952, he was awarded a $1,000 World Series share. SABR Bio

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