Half-Baked Hall: 1962

To no surprise, Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer breeze in with 100% of the vote and Amos Otis and Ken Singleton breeze out with 0% of the vote.

1962

Richie Ashburn

That's it. The next best player that retired in 1962 was former Senator Eddie "The Walkin' Man" Yost. I love his player page, but he ain't getting votes.

I'd also like to mention a pitcher with a Top 10 nickname in Vinegar Bend Mizell

Should Richie Ashburn make our hallowed halls?

  • Yes (81%, 13 Votes)
  • No (19%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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21 thoughts on “Half-Baked Hall: 1962”

      1. Here they are:

        Player rWAR Birthplace
        Pete “Old Pete” Alexander 118.9 Elba
        Wade “Chicken Man” Boggs 91.4 Omaha
        Bob “Hoot” Gibson 89.1 Omaha
        “Wahoo” Sam Crawford 75.3 Wahoo
        Richie “Put Put” Ashburn 63.9 Tilden

        Pretty good company. Mel Harder (44.3, Beemer) and Alex Gordon (36.4, Lincoln) are next on the list.

        1. I refuse to call "Pete" Alexander anything but "Grover Cleveland Alexander," like his momma named him.

          In my One Hundred Greatest Sports Heroes, he was Grover Cleveland Alexander, damnit.

  1. Led the league in OBP four times! Defensive metrics love him! Retired relatively early rather than playing out the string.

    If you're planning to vote for Mauer when we get to 2018, you're going to have some explaining to do if you aren't too into Ashburn.

  2. From Ashburn’s SABR bio:

    The term “speed” would always be associated with Ashburn. His high-school basketball teammate Jim Kelly said that Ashburn could dribble down the court faster than the other players could run down it. In his 1948 major-league rookie year, one sportswriter said of the 21-year-old, “He’s no .300 hitter, he hits .100 and runs .200.” And even after his playing days ended, Ashburn challenged a young Dick Allen in a foot race and beat him.

    Assuming this race happened after Ashburn returned to the Phillies to become their color man, that would mean it the earliest it happened was 1963. But Allen only had a cup of coffee in ‘63, so it seems more likely this happened in 1964 (perhaps in Spring Training?), when Ashburn was 37 and Allen 22. A man in his late thirties beating a young man in his early twenties in a sprint is pretty impressive.

    1. Edwin Moses won a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at age 33 with a time of 47.56. I am going to go out on a limb and say he could probably have smoked most MLB rookies when he was 40.

      But then, he was Edwin Moses.

      Carl Lewis was 35 when he won his last Olympic gold (long jump) and created a media frenzy over whether he would run a leg in the 4X100.

      But then, he was Carl Lewis.

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