1922 National League All-Star Team

Pennant Winner-New York Giants, Won WS, 4-0-1, over New York Yankees 1922 New York Giants Logo

 

 

 

Most Valuable Player-Rogers Hornsby Photo of Rogers Hornsby

 

 

 

 

Cy Young Award-Wilbur Cooper Photo of Wilbur Cooper

 

 

 

 

Rookie of the Year-Dazzy Vance Photo of Dazzy Vance

 

 

 

 

ONEHOF-Sherry Magee

P-Wilbur Cooper, PIT

P-Johnny Morrison, PIT

P-Dutch Ruether, BRO

P-Lee Meadows, PHI

P-Babe Adams, PIT

P-Jeff Pfeffer, STL

P-Pete Alexander, CHC

P-Dazzy Vance, BRO

P-Eppa Rixey, CIN

P-Frank Miller, BSN

C-Bob O’Farrell, CHC

C-Butch Henline, PHI

1B-Ray Grimes, CHC

1B-Jake Daubert, CIN

1B-George Kelly, NYG

2B-Rogers Hornsby, STL

2B-Frankie Frisch, NYG

3B-Babe Pinelli, CIN

SS-Dave Bancroft, NYG

SS-Charlie Hollocher, CHC

LF-Zack Wheat, BRO

LF-Carson Bigbee, PIT

CF-Max Carey, PIT

RF-Curt Walker, PHI

RF-Ross Youngs, NYG

Photo of Sherry Magee

ONEHOF-Sherry Magee, LF

1905 1906 1907 1908 1910 1913 1914 1915

Tom Simon of SABR wrote, “Today we would call Sherry Magee a five-tool player: he could hit, run, field, throw, and hit with power. For more than a decade he was the Philadelphia Phillies’ clean-up hitter and greatest offensive star, setting the all-time team record in stolen bases (387) and ranking among the top ten in almost every other category. Magee’s defense was nearly the equal of his offense; sensational catches with his back to home plate were his trademark, and Pirates scout Frank Haller commented that his every throw was “on a line and right on target.” He was undoubtedly the National League’s most valuable player in 1910, and either he or Johnny Evers deserved the appellation in 1914. That season one Philadelphia writer called Magee “probably the best all-around ball player in the National League,” and a Cincinnati reporter went a step further: “To my mind Sherwood Magee is one of the best all-around players the game has ever seen.”

“Unlike many players of his era, Sherry had no trade to fall back on; for years he had spent the winter with his in-laws in Fulton, New York, “living a life of ease and pleasure from the close of one season to the opening of another.” He was ill-prepared for what to do with the next phase of his life, but an inspiration had come to him while presiding over exhibition games at the Orioles’ 1926 training camp: he would become an umpire.”

 

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P-Wilbur Cooper, Pittsburgh Pirates, 30 Years Old

1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921

23-14, 3.18 ERA, 129 K, .269, 4 HR, 15 RBI

WAR Rank: 2

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: Yes (Inducted in 1921)

 

Led in:

 

WAR for Pitchers-6.3

Complete Games-27 (2nd Time)

Adj. Pitching Runs-30

Adj. Pitching Wins-2.9

Fielding % as P-1.000 (3rd Time)

7th Time All-Star-After making my Hall of Fame last season, Cooper now sets his sights on making the ONEHOF, the One-A-Year Hall of Fame in which just one lucky contestant makes it into that august group. He has a slight chance. Part of the fun of doing this list is being able to research some players with which I’m not all that familiar. I’m a baseball fan (obviously) but I don’t really have a grasp of the history of the game, so to write about a pitcher like Cooper, who just plugged away year-after-year for a bad team, is fascinating.

This was Coop’s best year ever as he finished second in WAR (7.3), behind St. Louis second baseman Rogers Hornsby (10.0); first in WAR for Pitchers (6.3); fourth in ERA (3.18); second in innings pitched (294 2/3), trailing Cincinnati’s Eppa Rixey (313 1/3); fourth in Adjusted ERA+ (129); first in complete games (27); and also hit four dingers.

Pittsburgh, managed by George Gibson (32-33) and Bill McKechnie (53-36), dropped from second to third place with an 85-69 record, eight games behind the Giants. As late as Sept. 21, the Pirates were just three-and-a-half games out of first, but then lost eight of their last nine to fall out of the hunt. Gibson would eventually manage again with the Pirates, along with the Cubs. McKechnie last managed with the Federal League Newark Pepper, but this year is the start of a long Hall of Fame career in the National League. Led by Max Carey, Pittsburgh led the NL in runs scored, while Cooper helped the team lead the league in strikeouts per nine innings.

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P-Johnny Morrison, Pittsburgh Pirates, 26 Years Old

1921

17-11, 3.43 ERA, 104 K, .198, 0 HR, 9 RBI

WAR Rank: 4

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 15 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Shutouts-5 (2nd Time)

2nd Time All-Star-For the second straight year, Morrison, or Jughandle Johnny, made the All-Star team. In 1921, Pittsburgh had four pitchers make the All-Star team, this year it was three. If they had the hitting to back up the pitching, they would have won many pennants in those days. Morrison had his best season ever, finishing fourth in WAR (5.7); second in WAR for Pitchers (6.1), behind teammate Wilbur Cooper (6.3); eighth in ERA (3.43); third in innings pitched (286 1/3), trailing Cincinnati hurler Eppa Rixey (313 1/3) and Cooper (294 2/3); eighth in Adjusted ERA+ (120); and first in shutouts (5).

Morrison started out strong, but after that, according to SABR, “And then the Pirates’ season took a dive like one of John Dewey’s roundhouse curves. Morrison lost his next eight decisions; the Bucs won just nine of their next 36 games, leading to skipper George Gibson’s replacement by Bill McKechnie. Morrison responded to the 35-year-old McKechnie, the future Hall of Famer and acclaimed horse whisperer to pitchers. Morrison heated up, tossing five consecutive complete-game victories, yielding just six earned runs in 45 frames in 18 days beginning with a four-hit shutout against Phillies. That stretch was highlighted by Jughandle’s whitewashing of the McGrawmen at the Polo Grounds on July 30. Morrison was a lifetime .164 hitter with 84 hits, but did his best Ty Cobb impression in Coogan’s Bluff, whacking four hits, and might have had had his only career homer had a spectator not interfered with a hit that, according to Balinger in the Post, bounced off the top rail in the left-field bleachers and through the fan’s hands and ricocheted back on to the field. The umpire ruled it a double despite McKechnie’s protests.”

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P-Dutch Ruether, Brooklyn Robins, 28 Years Old

1919 1920

21-12, 3.53 ERA, 89 K, .208, 2 HR, 20 RBI

WAR Rank: 7

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require eight more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Fielding % as P-1.000

3rd Time All-Star-After Ruether was traded to Brooklyn in 1921, he slumped, going 10-13 with a 4.26 ERA and 92 ERA+. This season, he recovered, having his best season ever, finishing seventh in WAR (5.1); third in WAR for Pitchers (4.6), behind Pittsburgh hurlers Wilbur Cooper (6.3) and Johnny Morrison (6.1); fifth in innings pitched (267 1/3); 10th in Adjusted ERA+ (116); and didn’t make an error on the mound in 65 chances.

Brooklyn, managed by Wilbert Robinson, dropped from fifth to sixth, finishing 76-78. Its hitting was poor, as it walked less than any team in the National League, and its pitching was mediocre.

SABR says, “Ruether came back strong in 1922, with his only 20-win season. At 21-12 it was the most wins he garnered in any season in his entire major-league career. Over the next two years his performance weakened, and he fell out of favor with Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets. However, Washington’s ‘Old Fox,’ Clark Griffith, and their ‘Boy Manager,’ Bucky Harris, must have realized that Ruether was still viable. The world champion Washington Senators purchased the lefty on December 17, 1924.

“At the end of the 1936 season, Ruether’s career as a player or manager was over. At the age of 43, he was not through with professional baseball, however. He returned to the Los Angeles area and worked as a scout for the Chicago Cubs for seven years and for the Giants for 24 years.

“Walter Henry Ruether died in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 16, 1970, at the age of 76. He was cremated, and the location of his ashes is unknown. The cause of his death was not included in his obituary in either The Sporting News or the New York Times. He was survived by his son, Walter Jr.”

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P-Lee Meadows, Philadelphia Phillies, 27 Years Old

1919

12-18, 4.03 ERA, 62 K, .314, 0 HR, 5 RBI

WAR Rank: 9

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require nine more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

2nd Time All-Star-This was not a good year for pitchers in the National League or else Meadows, or any of the following, might not normally make the All-Star team. That being said, I’m designating this as Meadows best season ever as he finished ninth in WAR (4.7); fifth in WAR for Pitchers (4.2); and also hit pretty well for his position. I know that 4.03 ERA looks high, but the Adjusted ERA+ is 115, showing there were many runs being scored in the NL this year. Meadows road ERA was 3.28, while at home it was 5.12. From 1916 to 1922, the average runs scored for the teams increased from 3.65 to 5.00 this season. The banning of the spitball and the home run had changed the game of baseball.

Philadelphia, managed by Kaiser Wilhelm (I’m guessing he was German), rose from eighth to seventh, finishing 57-96. So the Phillies said auf wiedersehen Mr. Wilhelm and he’d never manage again. Though Philadelphia led the league in homers, that was due to their home park, because they actually had poor hitting. They also had middle-of-the-road pitching.

SABR says, “Lauded as the Phillies’ ‘whole pitching staff,’ Meadows continued to be plagued by his shoulder for much of the 1922 campaign while rumors swirled for a second season about his eventual trade by the perpetually cash-strapped club. Just 27 years old, Meadows tossed a complete-game four-hitter to defeat the Boston Braves, 7-1, on Opening Day, en route to a 12-18 record and a respectable 4.03 ERA in 237 innings. All pitchers, and not just lefties, were worn down psychologically hurling for woeful teams in the cramped Baker Bowl, with its short, 280-foot right-field wall and shallow, 300-foot right-center-field power alley; however, Meadows trudged on and earned the respect of opposing managers and players. ‘Wise in the art of pitching, a good student of human nature, fighting valiantly for a lost cause,’ read one description of Meadows’ approach to the game.”

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P-Jeff Pfeffer, St. Louis Cardinals, 34 Years Old

1914 1915 1916 1917 1919

19-12, 3.58 ERA, 83 K, .245, 0 HR, 12 RBI

WAR Rank: 10

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require two more All-Star seasons. 1 percent chance)

 

6th Time All-Star-It’s easy to disregard a pitcher like Pfeffer, who’s going to fall a bit short of my Hall of Fame, but had an impressive career, especially for Brooklyn. In 1920, he pitched in relief for the Robins, pitching three innings and allowing one run. He pitched for Brooklyn from 1913-1921 before, in the middle of the 1921 season, he was traded by the Brooklyn Robins to the St. Louis Cardinals for Hal Janvrin and Ferdie Schupp. Pfeffer had one last good season this year, finishing 10th in WAR (4.5); sixth in WAR for Pitchers (4.1); and seventh in innings pitched (261 1/3).

St. Louis, managed by Branch Rickey, stayed in third, finishing with a 85-69 record, eight games behind the Giants. As late as Aug. 10, it was leading the NL by one-and-a-half games, but lost 11 of its next 13 and never came back. The Cardinals, led by Rogers Hornsby, led the National League in runs scored, but also allowed the second most runs in the NL. Their pitching hadn’t caught up with their hitting yet.

SABR says, “[H]e won 19 games in 1922 with the Cardinals, pitching in a career-high 44 games. This fine season would be his major league swan song; after slipping to an 8-9 season in 1923, he was traded to Pittsburgh in July 1924 and was out of the majors for good by the following spring.

“A quiet man who had always let his pitching do his talking, Pfeffer lived a solitary bachelor life, enjoying the outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. His later years were spent as a security officer at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. A few years before he passed away on August 15, 1972, Pfeffer answered a questionnaire from The Sporting News about his days in baseball. When asked about whether he would play pro ball if he had to do it all over again, Big Jeff’s answer was simple: Yes.”

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P-Pete Alexander, Chicago Cubs, 35 Years Old

1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1919 1920 1921

16-13, 3.63 ERA, 48 K, .176, 0 HR, 11 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: Yes (Inducted in 1920)

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1938)

Ron’s: Yes (Inducted in 1913)

 

Led in:

 

Fielding % as P-1.000 (3rd Time)

11th Time All-Star-From year to year, I keep track of the greatest players of the game and make a list of my choice for the top 10 players of all time. This year, Alexander entered that list. Here it is in its entirety:

  1. Cy Young, P
  2. Walter Johnson, P
  3. Ty Cobb, CF
  4. Honus Wagner, SS
  5. Tris Speaker, CF
  6. Eddie Collins, 2B
  7. Cap Anson, 1B
  8. Nap Lajoie, 2B
  9. Kid Nichols, P
  10. Alexander, P

This season, Ol’ Pete finished fourth in WAR for Pitchers (4.6) and didn’t make an error in 78 chances. He was a different pitcher than in his youth, not the strikeout master he used to be. He K’d just 48 batters in 244 2/3 innings this season.

Chicago, managed by Bill Killefer, moved up from seventh to fifth, finishing 80-74, 13 games out of first. Despite having Alexander, the Cubs’ pitching was lacking.

The things I learn doing this page! That picture above is Alexander pitching in spring training on Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles. I’ve been to Catalina a couple times in my life and I never knew they did spring training there in the past.

Wikipedia says, “Alexander was the subject of the 1952 biographical film The Winning Team, portrayed by Ronald Reagan. Baseball commentator Bill James called the film ‘an awful movie, a Reader’s Digest movie, reducing the events of Alexander’s life to a cliché.’ Despite James’s opinion, the film earned an estimated $1.7 million at the North American box office in 1952. Alexander has the unique distinction of being named after one U.S. president and being played on-screen by another.” I vaguely remember watching part of this film.

Photo of Dazzy Vance

P-Dazzy Vance, Brooklyn Robins, 31 Years Old

18-12, 3.70 ERA, 134 K, .225, 0 HR, 6 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1955)

Ron’s: No (Would require four more All-Star seasons. Sure thing)

 

Led in:

Strikeouts per 9 Innings-4.909

Strikeouts-134

Shutouts-5

Fielding % as Pitcher-1.000

1st Time All-Star-Helmarblog.com says, “No one ever thought to call Charles Vance “The Orient Express,” but seeing as how he entered the world in Orient, Iowa, a tiny little community that sprung up to accommodate the burgeoning railroad industry in the late 19th century, it may have been appropriate.

“Charles tossed the baseball hard enough in dusty Iowa to get himself a professional contract when he was only 21 years old. That was in 1912, but the tall right-hander with bright red hair didn’t win his first game in the major leagues until 1922 when he was 31. If that doesn’t sound like the beginning of a glorious career in big league baseball, that’s because typically it isn’t. Who gets his first chance when he’s 31 and goes on to glory?

“Vance pitched with pain for more than a decade, bounced around professional baseball, never stuck anywhere very long. One night he was playing poker and he banged his right elbow on the top of the table. The pain felt different and he went to a doctor. The physician performed an operation on Vance’s elbow, most likely to remove bone chips. The random incident turned his career around.

“That fateful poker game occurred in 1920, and Dazzy (as his friends called him) was 29 years old. The following year he pitched without pain for the first time since he was a boy in Iowa, and had a good season for New Orleans. Brooklyn bought his contract for next to nothing, and in 1922 the 31-year old won 18 games and led the National League in strikeouts. He led the league in strikeouts the next year too, and the year after that.”

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P-Babe Adams, Pittsburgh Pirates, 40 Years Old

1911 1913 1914 1919 1920 1921

8-11, 3.57 ERA, 39 K, .286, 1 HR, 6 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: Yes (Inducted in 1921)

 

Led in:

 

Bases On Balls per 9 IP-0.788 (4th Time)

Strikeouts/Base On Balls-2.600 (4th Time)

Home Runs per 9 IP-0.053

Fielding Independent Pitching-2.96 (4th Time)

Oldest National League Player-40

7th Time All-Star-My Hall of Fame is based only on numbers. I take the number of All-Star teams made and multiply it by the player’s Career WAR and if that number is over 300, that ballplayer is in. Adams made it last year, as did Wilbur Cooper, who was just inducted last year also. The unusual thing is neither of these hurlers made Cooperstown. What is it about Pirates’ pitchers that doesn’t get them into the real Hall of Fame? I wrote one of Cooper’s blurbs (I think) that some writer mentioned Pittsburgh didn’t get the publicity of some of the larger cities in baseball. Is that the reason? I have no idea.

After this season, Adams would pitch four more seasons and even pitch in the World Series in 1925. He pitched one inning and allowed two hits, but no runs, as Pittsburgh went on to win that Series over Washington.

His career is wrapped up by SABR, which states, “Adams remained with the Pirates through August 1926, finally being waived out of the league with a career record of 194-140 and a 2.76 ERA. He dabbled one more season in the minors, then returned to his farm in Mount Moriah in 1928.

“In 1958 Babe and Blanche moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, to live with a daughter. Babe died there at age 86 after a long illness. His ashes were returned for burial in Mount Moriah, where the citizens have erected a black marble monument in his honor on the town square. In 2002 the Missouri General Assembly designated a portion of U.S. 136 near Mount Moriah as the Babe Adams Highway.”

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P-Eppa Rixey, Cincinnati Reds, 31 Years Old

1912 1916 1917 1921

25-13, 3.53 ERA, 80 K, .193, 0 HR, 9 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1963)

Ron’s: No (Would require one more All-Star season. Sure thing)

 

Led in:

 

Wins-25

Innings Pitched-313 1/3

Games Started-38

Hits Allowed-337

Batters Faced-1,303

5th Time All-Star-For the second time in his career, Rixey won over 20 games, as he was victor in a career-high 25 games. He also pitched a league-leading 313 1/3 innings. Yet, even at 31, and even as a five-time All-Star, Rixey still hasn’t pitched his best seasons. Those are still coming up in the next few years. No doubt Rixey’s longevity helped him make the Hall of Fame (he pitched until he was 42), but I also think he deserves it regardless.

Cincinnati, managed by Pat Moran, moved up from sixth to second place, finishing 86-68, seven games behind New York. Interestingly, they were never in the race, starting out the season 36-39, before going 50-29 to complete the year. Thanks to Rixey, the Reds had good pitching, leading the National League in complete games with 90.

Wikipedia says, “Originally Rixey had trouble controlling his speed, but eventually became one of the most feared pitchers in baseball according to reporters. Rixey was considered a pitcher with an ‘peculiar motion’, who rarely walked a batter. Throughout his long career, the 210-pound Rixey charmed teammates and fans with his dry wit and big Southern drawl. His nonsensical nickname ‘Jephtha’ seemed to capture his roots and amiable personality. Some writers thought ‘Jephtha’ was a part of Rixey’s real name, but it was likely invented by a Philadelphia sportswriter. Rob Neyer called Rixey the fourth best pitcher in Reds history behind Bucky WaltersPaul Derringer and teammate Dolf Luque.”

There is a Jephtha in the Bible. He inadvertently vowed to the Lord to sacrifice his daughter and it caused him great problems.

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P-Frank Miller, Boston Braves, 36 Years Old

1916

11-13, 3.51 ERA, 65 K, .118, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 30 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

2nd Time All-Star-Miller last made the All-Star team in 1916 and then pitched three more seasons with the Pirates. He didn’t play in the Majors in 1920 or 1921, before coming back this year and making a fluke All-Star team as the Braves’ only representative. It’s not that 1922 was a bad season, he did pitch 200 innings with a 113 Adjusted ERA+, but he wouldn’t have made this team normally. His ERA (3.51) was ninth in the league.

Boston, managed by Fred Mitchell, dropped from fourth to eighth, finishing 53-100, 39-and-a-half games back. The Braves couldn’t hit, scoring the least runs in the National League, and couldn’t pitch, finishing with a team ERA of 5.34 or a 91 Adjusted ERA+.

Here’s some history on Braves Field from Wikipedia: “Braves Field was a baseball park in the Northeastern United States, located in BostonMassachusetts. Today the site is home to Nickerson Fieldon the campus of Boston University. The stadium was home of the Boston Braves of the National League from 19151952, prior to the Braves’ move to Milwaukee in 1953. The stadium hosted the 1936 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Braves home games during the 1948 World Series. The Boston Red Sox used Braves Field for their home games in the 1915 and 1916 World Series since the stadium had a larger seating capacity than Fenway Park. Braves Field was the site of Babe Ruth‘s final season, playing for the Braves in 1935. From 1929 to 1932, the Boston Red Sox played select regular season games periodically at Braves Field. On May 1, 1920, Braves Field hosted the longest major league baseball game in history – 26 innings, which eventually ended in a 1–1 tie.”

Its dimensions in 1922 included a leftfield that was 404 feet from home plate and 440 feet to center. Those wouldn’t change until 1928.

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C-Bob O’Farrell, Chicago Cubs, 25 Years Old

.324, 4 HR, 60 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 15 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Def. Games as C-125

Putouts as C-446

Assists as C-143

Double Plays Turned as C-22

Caught Stealing as C-83

Caught Stealing %-65.9

Range Factor/Game as C-4.71

1st Time All-Star-Robert Arthur “Bob” O’Farrell was born on October 19, 1896 in Waukegan, IL. The five-foot-nine, 180 pound righty catcher started with Chicago in 1915. He played two games in 1915, one game in 1916, and three games in 1917, before starting to play regularly in 1918. By 1920, he was the number one catcher on the Cubs. This year, O’Farrell finished seventh in WAR Position Players (4.3); sixth in Offensive WAR (3.9); third in on-base percentage (.439), behind St. Louis second baseman Rogers Hornsby (.459) and teammate Ray Grimes (.442); seventh in Adjusted OPS+ (127); and gunned down the most base runners in the National League.

Wikipedia says, “His first manager was former catcher, Roger Bresnahan, who helped O’Farrell develop his catching skills. After a season on the bench, O’Farrell was sent to Three-I League where he spent two years before returning to the Cubs for the 1918 season. He served as backup catcher working behind Bill Killefer as the Cubs went on to claim the 1918 National League pennant before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the 1918 World Series. O’Farrell went hitless in three at bats during the series.

“O’Farrell had a breakout season in 1922 when he hit for a .322 average along with 4 home runs, 60 runs batted in and a .439 on-base percentage. He also became one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, leading National League catchers in games caught, putoutsassists, baserunners caught stealing and in caught stealing percentage. He became skillful at framing pitches by moving his catcher’s mitt towards the strike zone after having caught a pitch, in an effort to influence the umpire to call a strike.”

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C-Butch Henline, Philadelphia Phillies, 27 Years Old

.316, 14 HR, 64 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 33 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Stolen Bases Allowed as C-78

Fielding % as C-.983

1st Time All-Star-Walter John “Butch” Henline was born on December 20, 1894 in Fort Wayne, IN. The five-foot-10, 175 pound righty catcher started with the Giants in 1921 and played just one game for them before being traded by the New York Giants with Curt Walker and $30,000 to the Philadelphia Phillies for Irish Meusel. His 14 homers this season ranked eighth in the league.

Wikipedia wraps up his career, saying, “Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Henline was working in Cleveland, Ohio in 1918 when a local restaurant owner – aware of Henline’s play on semi-pro teams – encouraged him to contact former star Nap Lajoie, who lived nearby. After doing so, he was signed two weeks later by the Indianapolisclub of the American Association, but did not join the team until the following year due to military service during World War I. In his 1922 rookie year with the Phillies, he led the National League in fielding percentage with a .983 mark, and on September 15 of that year he hit three home runs. In March 1925, Henline was named team captain of the Phillies.

“Henline served as an NL umpire from 1945 to 1948, and officiated in the 1947 All-Star Game. He went on to become supervisor of umpires in the Florida International League from 1949 to 1954 before that league folded. He died of cancerat age 62 at his home in Sarasota, Florida, and his cremated remains were interred at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton.”

He also was a motel operator for a short time.

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1B-Ray Grimes, Chicago Cubs, 28 Years Old

.354, 14 HR, 99 RBI

WAR Rank: 5

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 29 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Errors Committed as 1B-19

1st Time All-Star-Oscar Ray “Bummer” Grimes was born on September 11, 1893 in Bergholz, OH. The five-foot-11, 168 pound righty first baseman started by playing one game for the Red Sox in 1920. He became the Cubs’ regular first sacker in 1921 and then had his best season ever this year, finishing fifth in WAR (5.6); third in WAR Position Players (5.6), behind St. Louis second baseman Rogers Hornsby (10.0) and New York shortstop Dave Bancroft (6.0); second in Offensive WAR (5.7), trailing Hornsby (11.2); second in batting (.354), behind Rajah (.401); second in on-base percentage (.442), trailing Hornswaggle von Hornsby (.459); second in slugging (.572), behind only the great second baseman from St. Louis (.722); second in Adjusted OPS+ (159), with only, well, let me see, who could it be, oh, yeah, Rogers Hornsby with a higher one (207); and made the most errors of any first baseman in the National League (19). He also set the record for most consecutive games with one or more RBI with 17, a record that still stands.

It certainly looked like Chicago had found its superstar – it hadn’t. After this season, according to Wikipedia, “His career declined after suffering a slipped disc in 1923. as he appeared in only 115 games with the Cubs during 1923 and 1924, and played 32 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1926, his last major league season. In a six-season career, Grimes was a .329 hitter with 27 home runs and 263 RBI in 433 games.

“Grimes was the twin brother of second baseman Roy Grimes, who played briefly for the New York Giants in 1920, and also was the father of Oscar Grimes, an infielder who played with the Cleveland IndiansNew York Yankees, and Philadelphia Athletics between 1938 and 1946. Grimes died of a heart ailment in Minerva, Ohio, at age 59.”

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1B-Jake Daubert, Cincinnati Reds, 38 Years Old

1911 1912 1913 1915 1916 1918

.336, 12 HR, 66 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require one more All-Star season. 1 percent chance)

 

Led in:

 

Games Played-156 (2nd Time)

Triples-22 (2nd Time)

Putouts-1,652

Def. Games as 1B-156 (2nd Time)

Putouts as 1B-1,652

Double Plays Turned as 1B-127 (3rd Time)

Fielding % as 1B-.994 (3rd Time)

7th Time All-Star-In Daubert’s 1918 write-up, I wrote, “Here’s the deal with my Hall of Fame; it’s all based on numbers. I take the number of All-Star teams made and then multiply by a player’s Career WAR. If that total is over 300, the player is in. So for Daubert to make my Hall, he’d have to make eight All-Star teams. He just made his sixth this season and will certainly make in 1922 at the age of 38. There is a possibility he will make it as a Reds first baseman in 1920. That’s the key year for him. If he makes in 1920, he’s in my Hall. If not, he’s most likely out.”

Well, Daubert did not make the All-Star team in 1920 and he is not going to make my Hall of Fame. He’s still a good player, but would play only two more seasons and die young. As Wikipedia says, “Daubert left the Reds late in the 1924 season after falling ill during a road trip to New York.  Against his doctor’s advice, he returned to play in the team’s final home game of the season. On October 2, he had an appendectomy performed by Dr. Harry H. Hines, the Reds’ team doctor. Complications from the operation arose, and a blood transfusion did not improve his health. He died one week after the operation in Cincinnati, with the doctor citing ‘exhaustion, resulting in indigestion, [as] the immediate cause of death’. It was later discovered that Daubert suffered from a hereditary blood disorder called hemolytic spherocytosis, which contributed to his death.”

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1B-George Kelly, New York Giants, 26 Years Old

1921

.328, 17 HR, 107 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1973)

Ron’s: No (Would require 10 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Assists as 1B-103

Range Factor/Game as 1B-11.56 (2nd Time)

2nd Time All-Star-For the second year in a row, the Giants won the World Series without having an All-Star pitcher. They had a good staff, but John McGraw was managing differently than other skippers of his time, as 14 different pitchers started and only one, Art Nehf, started over 30 games. The team finished 93-61, seven games ahead of Cincinnati. They had good hitting, led by shortstop Dave Bancroft, and the best pitching in the league, led by a cast of thousands. They were down by one game as of August 11, but then went 31-17 the rest of the year to sprint to the title.

The Giants again played the Yankees in the Series and dominated, beating them 4-0, with one tie. High Pockets Kelly hit .278 (five-for-18) with no extra base hits, but the rest of the team had no problem hitting Yankees’ pitching. On the other side, the Giants limited the mighty Yankees to a .203 average. However, the American League New York representative isn’t done yet.

Kelly finished 10th in slugging (.497) and played good first base, leading the NL in assists at his position. While I think he is a horrible choice for the Hall of Fame, it doesn’t mean he wasn’t a decent player in his day.

Wikipedia says, “Kelly was known as an excellent defensive first baseman. His positioning and footwork on hits to the outfield became the standard method for teaching future first basemen to handle relays. Frisch considered Kelly the finest first baseman he had seen.

“Kelly also had a reputation as a clutch hitter. McGraw said there was no player he preferred to have bat in a big situation. Waite Hoyt considered him dangerous in clutch situations.”

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2B-Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals, 26 Years Old, 2nd MVP

1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921

.401, 42 HR, 152 RBI

WAR Rank: 1

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1942)

Ron’s: Yes (Inducted in 1918)

 

Led in:

 

1922 NL Triple Crown

1922 NL Batting Title (3rd Time)

Wins Above Replacement-10.0 (3rd Time)

WAR Position Players-10.0 (6th Time)

Offensive WAR-11.2 (6th Time)

Batting Average-.401 (3rd Time)

On-Base %-.459 (3rd Time)

Slugging %-.722 (4th Time)

On-Base Plus Slugging-1.181 (4th Time)

Runs Scored-141 (2nd Time)

Hits-250 (3rd Time)

Total Bases-450 (4th Time)

Doubles-46

Home Runs-42

Runs Batted In-152 (3rd Time)

Adjusted OPS+-207 (5th Time)

Runs Created-202 (4th Time)

Adj. Batting Runs-96 (5th Time)

Adj. Batting Wins-8.9 (5th Time)

Extra Base Hits-102 (3rd Time)

Times On Base-316 (3rd Time)

Offensive Win %-.864 (5th Time)

Power-Speed #-24.2

AB per HR-14.8

Def. Games as 2B-154 (2nd Time)

Putouts as 2B-398 (2nd Time)

Double Plays Turned as 2B-81 (2nd Time)

Fielding % as 2B-.967

7th Time All-Star-Before I start writing, I just have to say, “Wow!” Look at those stats above. No wonder I named Hornsby MVP for the second time.

It had been since 1899 anyone in the National League had batted .400 or above. That was Ed Delahanty who hit .410 for the Phillies. The American League had .400 hitters in 1901, 1911, 1912, and 1920, but in the NL, not even the great Honus Wagner could reach that mark since the beginning of the 20th Century. That is, until this year when Rajah hit.401.

Wikipedia wraps up this incredible season, stating, “By the 1922 season, Hornsby was considered a big star, having led the league in batting average, hits, doubles, and runs batted in multiple times. As a result, he sought a three-year contract for $25,000 per season. After negotiating with Cardinals management, he settled for a three-year, $18,500 contract ($276,912 today), which made him the highest-paid player in league history to that point. On August 5, Hornsby set a new NL record when he hit his 28th home run of the season off of Jimmy Ring of the Philadelphia Phillies. From August 13 through September 19, he had a 33-game hitting streak. Hornsby set National League records in 1922 with 42 home runs, 250 hits and a .722 slugging percentage (still the highest ever for players with 600+ at-bats). His .401 batting average was the highest in the National League since 1897. He won the first of his two Triple Crowns that year, and he led the league in RBIs (152), on-base percentage (.459), doubles (46), and runs scored (141). His 450 total bases in 1922 remain the National League single-season record. On defense, Hornsby led all second basemen in putoutsdouble plays, and fielding percentage. His batting performance that year was, and still is, one of the finest in MLB history, and his 42 home runs are still the most ever for a .400 hitter.”

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2B-Frankie Frisch, New York Giants, 24 Years Old

1921

.327, 5 HR, 51 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1947)

Ron’s: No (Would require three more All-Star teams. Sure thing)

 

2nd Time All-Star-After making the All-Star team as a third baseman in 1921, Frisch now made his first list at second base. He finished sixth in WAR Position Players (4.4); third in Defensive WAR (1.6), behind teammate and shortstop Dave Bancroft (2.7) and Chicago shortstop Charlie Hollocher (1.7); and went a mediocre 31-for-48 stealing.

Frisch had a great World Series. In Game 1 versus the Yankees, his was one of four straight singles in the bottom of the eighth which tied up the game at two and he then scored the third run on a sacrifice fly by Ross Youngs to give the Giants the lead and eventually the victory. In the Giants’ game three win over the Yankees – after Game Two ended in a tie, the last time a World Series game ended up knotted – the Fordham Flash went two-for-two with two RBI. In the fifth and final game, Frisch was part of the winning rally, hitting a double, which gave the Giants the title.

SABR says, “The energetic Frisch was a slashing switch-hitter who made up for his lack of home-run power with a steady barrage of clutch hits and stolen bases. Frisch was a more consistent hitter when batting lefthanded although he had more power righthanded. Hitting from the left side, he was an adroit bunter and, with his speed when he was young, he often drag-bunted for a base hit. He was especially skilled in punching outside pitches to left field.” Frisch was a throwback to the players of the Deadball Era, but still held his own, despite his lack of power.

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3B-Babe Pinelli, Cincinnati Reds, 26 Years Old

.305, 1 HR, 72 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 51 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Games Played-156

Def. Games as 3B-156

Putouts as 3B-204

Assists as 3B-350

Errors Committed as 3B-32

Range Factor/9 Inn as 3B-3.61

Range Factor/Game as 3B-3.55

1st Time All-Star-Ralph Arthur “Babe” Pinelli was born on October 18, 1895 in San Francisco, CA. The five-foot-nine, 165 pound righty third baseman started with the White Sox in 1918, then didn’t play in the Majors in 1919. He then played regularly for Detroit in 1920, then didn’t play in the Major Leagues in 1921. This year, he made the All-Star team, mainly because of a lack of good third basemen in the National League. He finished eighth in Defensive WAR (1.1) and went an ugly 17-for39 stealing.

He became an umpire after his playing career ended. Wikipedia says, “Pinelli wrote an article for The Second Fireside Book of Baseball, titled ‘Kill the Umpire? Don’t Make Me Laugh!’ in which he told about his rookie year of 1935, when he was told that he should not call a strike on Babe Ruth, who was winding up his career with the Boston Braves. Pinelli did not see it that way. When he was behind the plate and Ruth came to bat, and a close pitch went by at which Ruth did not swing, Pinelli deemed it a strike and so called it. Ruth turned to the umpire and bellowed, ‘There’s forty thousand people in this park that know that was a ball, tomato-head!’ Pinelli did not lose his cool. He replied calmly, ‘Perhaps—but mine is the only opinion that counts.’ Ruth had no answer for that.”

That’s a great story, but did Ruth really call Pinelli a tomato-head? Also, was that a huge insult in those days?

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SS-Dave Bancroft, New York Giants, 31 Years Old

1915 1920 1921

.321, 4 HR, 60 RBI

WAR Rank: 3

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1971)

Ron’s: No (Would require three more All-Star seasons. 99 percent chance)

 

Led in:

 

Defensive WAR-2.7 (3rd Time)

Games Played-156

Assists-579 (3rd Time)

Errors Committed-62 (3rd Time)

Def. Games as SS-156 (4th Time)

Putouts as SS-405 (4th Time)

Assists as SS-579 (3rd Time)

Errors Committed as SS-62 (3rd Time)

Double Plays Turned as SS-93 (3rd Time)

Range Factor/9 Inn as SS-6.43 (5th Time)

Range Factor/Game as SS-6.31 (6th Time)

4th Time All-Star-If I had to describe myself, I’m somewhere in the middle between old school and new school. I like the modern stats, though I don’t always understand them, but I also like just being able to look at statistics and make my own judgments. I don’t understand WAR or any of its offshoots, like Offensive and Defensive WAR, but I would like to think I could look at the way Bancroft dominated the shortstop counting stats, as seen above, and this would extrapolate to a lead-leading Defensive WAR. Well, at least for this season, old school and new school came together and Bancroft led the National League in Defensive WAR (2.7).

Beauty also played in his third World Series, going four-for-19 (.211) with four runs scored. The Giants beat the Yankees in the Series, 4-0-1.

SABR says, “Dave ‘Beauty’ Bancroft was Honus Wagner’s successor as the National League’s premier shortstop. A brainy on-field leader with tremendous defensive range, Bancroft was especially adept at scooping up bad-hop grounders and cutting off outfield throws to hang up runners between bases. He believed that ‘the business of batting and fielding is a contention between minds,’ crediting his uncanny intuition in the field to a rigorous study of opposing batters, but he also had extremely quick hands and could move gracefully in either direction.”

Bancroft’s .321 average this year was his career high, though it is less spectacular in the big hitting era in which he played. He’s still on the borderline of making my Hall of Fame, needing one fluke season to enter.

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SS-Charlie Hollocher, Chicago Cubs, 26 Years Old

1918 1919 1920

.340, 3 HR, 69 RBI

WAR Rank: 8

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require nine more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Caught Stealing-29

AB per SO-118.4

Fielding % as SS-.965 (2nd Time)

4th Time All-Star-After not making the All-Star team in 1921, Hollocher is back, having a good season despite having another terrible year stealing bases, going 19-for-48. After this season, he’s not going to play another full season, but depending on the competition in 1923 or 1924, could still possibly make another All-Star team. However, that’s a lot of ifs and buts, so I’m going to wrap up his career in this write-up.

From SABR: “In 1922 Hollocher looked like the reincarnation of Honus Wagner. Again leading the league in fielding with a .965 average, he batted .340 for the highest average by a shortstop since Wagner hit .354 for the Pirates in 1908 and the best by a shortstop in the majors that season. Reaching career highs with 37 doubles, 69 RBIs and 90 runs scored, he became only the second Cub player in history to attain the magic 200-hit figure with 201.

“Moreover, he set a National League record that still stands (500 at-bat minimum) by striking out only five times in 592 trips to the plate.”

After that he would have unexplained stomach issues over the next two seasons and was out of baseball by 1924. He said to The Sporting News, “During the following winter I rested up and felt fairly well in the spring of 1924, but my health gave way during the season and I had to go home. Now I realize I made my mistake in playing the 1923 season.”

Hollocher committed suicide by shotgun blast on August 14, 1940, dying at the age of 44. He apparently never could get rid of the abdominal pains which plagued his career. I suggest reading the whole SABR article.

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LF-Zack Wheat, Brooklyn Robins, 34 Years Old

1914 1916 1920

.335, 16 HR, 112 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1959)

Ron’s: No (Would require one more All-Star season. Sure thing)

 

Led in:

 

Fielding % as LF-.991 (2nd Time)

Fielding % as OF-.991

4th Time All-Star-Despite hitting .320 in 1921, Wheat didn’t make the All-Star team, but he’s back this year. He’s now made four All-Star teams and they’ve all been in even-number years. This season, Wheat finished seventh in WAR Position Players (4.3); sixth in Offensive WAR (3.9); eighth in slugging (.503); and fifth in Adjusted OPS+ (128).

SABR says, “Zack Wheat remains the Dodgers all-time franchise leader in hits, doubles, triples, RBI, and total bases. Though he threw right-handed, Wheat was a natural left-handed hitter who corkscrewed his spikes into the dirt with a wiggle that became his trademark. Unlike most Deadball Era hitters, he held his hands way down by the knob of the bat, refusing to choke up. ‘There is no chop-hitting with Wheat, but a smashing swipe which, if it connects, means work for the outfielders,’ wrote one reporter. He was an outstanding first-ball hitter, and he was also so renowned as a curveball hitter that John McGraw reportedly had a standing order prohibiting his pitchers from throwing him benders.

“But even after years of hitting .300, it was Wheat’s stylish defense that won him the most admirers. ‘What Lajoie was to infielders, Zach Wheat is to outfielders, the finest mechanical craftsman of them all,’ Baseball Magazine crowed in 1917. ‘Wheat is the easiest, most graceful of outfielders with no close rivals.’ An extremely fast runner, Zack was as close to a five-tool player as anyone of his era. His only weaknesses were his poor base-stealing ability and proneness to injury (his tiny size 5 feet frequently caused nagging ankle injuries).”

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LF-Carson Bigbee, Pittsburgh Pirates, 27 Years Old

.350, 5 HR, 99 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 25 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Singles-166 (2nd Time)

Putouts as LF-336

Assists as LF-27 (3rd Time)

Errors Committed as LF-17

Double Plays Turned as L-7 (2nd Time)

Range Factor/Game as LF-2.47

1st Time All-Star-Carson Lee “Skeeter” Bigbee was born on March 31, 1895 in Lebanon, OR. The five-foot-nine, 157 pound lefty-hitting, righty-throwing leftfielder started with Pittsburgh in 1916. He never really had a good season until this one, where he finished ninth in WAR Position Players (4.2); ninth in Offensive WAR (3.8); fourth in batting (.350); fifth in on-base percentage (.405); 10th in Adjusted OPS+ (124); and finished 24 for 39 stealing.

SABR says he was a hero of the 1925 World Series. It states, “It was pouring rain at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in the waning twilight of October 15, 1925, when Pirates outfielder Carson Lee Bigbee stepped into the left-handed batter’s box to pinch-hit. There were two out in the bottom of the eighth inning of the seventh game of the 1925 World Series. The Washington Senators had Walter Johnson on the mound. Sawdust had just been spread on the wet, sloppy mound at the request of Johnson, who hoped to improve his footing. Pittsburgh was trailing 7-6. Emil Yde stood on second base for Pittsburgh. Bigbee, in his 10th year with Pittsburgh, had once been a starter. He had hit .350 just three years before. But health problems, including an appendicitis attack in 1925, had reduced him to a part-time role (and a .238 batting average). He was not imposing at the plate, at just 5-feet-9 and 157 pounds. After passing on two outside pitches, Bigbee drove Johnson’s third offering into left field for a double, scoring Yde with the tying run. Three batters later, when Kiki Cuyler drove a ground-rule double down the right-field line, Bigbee crossed the plate with the winning run of the series. In less than a year, his time in the big leagues would be over, but for now, Bigbee was a World Series hero.

“After the 1949 season, Bigbee returned home to Portland, where he and Grace would live out the rest of their days. Carson died in his sleep on October 17, 1964.”

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CF-Max Carey, Pittsburgh Pirates, 32 Years Old

1912 1916 1917 1918 1921

.329, 10 HR, 70 RBI

WAR Rank: 6

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1961)

Ron’s: Yes (Inducted in 1922)

 

Led in:

 

Bases on Balls-80 (2nd Time)

Stolen Bases-51 (7th Time)

Def. Games as CF-152 (3rd Time)

Putouts as CF-447 (5th Time)

Assists as CF-21 (4th Time)

Errors Committed as CF-15 (3rd Time)

Double Plays Turned as CF-4 (5th Time)

Putouts as OF-449 (7th Time)

Range Factor/Game as CF-3.08 (5th Time)

Range Factor/Game as OF-3.04 (5th Time)

6th Time All-Star-Once Babe Ruth made home runs a bigger part of the game, steals became less important. So if you were going to be a base stealer, you better be great at it. Carey was. You can see he led the National League in steals with 51, but he amazingly only got nabbed two times, for a 96 percent rate. Incredible! For some reason, Baseball Reference doesn’t list this season as one of the top stealing seasons of all-time. It’s possible it feels there’s incomplete data to work with.

Also, Carey made my Hall of Fame this year, which takes the number of All-Star teams made and multiplies them by Career WAR. If the number is over 300, that player is in and Scoops is in. He joins fellow centerfielders Ty  Cobb, Billy Hamilton, Paul Hines, and Tris Speaker. He also has a chance at making the ONEHOF, my One-A-Year Hall of Fame which inducted one player a year.

I believe this is Carey’s best season ever due to his stealing and his on-base percentage (.408), that was fourth in the league. His Hall of Fame page states, “In 1922, Carey stole 51 bases in 53 attempts. He kept his legs in good shape in the off season and believed it took a smart man to steal bases.

“’Base-stealing is a battle of wits between the runner and the pitcher,’ said Carey.”

There isn’t much stealing in today’s game, mainly because analytics says it’s bad risk, but I miss it.

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RF-Curt Walker, Philadelphia Phillies, 25 Years Old

.337, 12 HR, 89 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: No

Ron’s: No (Would require 13 more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Def. Games as RF-147

Putouts as RF-295

Double Plays Turned as RF-8

Double Plays Turned as OF-8

Fielding % as RF-.955

1st Time All-Star-William Curtis “Curt” Walker was born on July 3, 1896 in Beeville, TX. The five-foot-nine, 170 pound lefty hitting, righty throwing rightfielder started with the Yankees in 1919, batting just one time. He moved to the Giants in 1920 and 1921. Then in the midst of 1921, he was traded by the New York Giants with Butch Henline and $30,000 to the Philadelphia Phillies for Irish Meusel. This season was Walker’s best ever as he finished 10th in Offensive WAR (3.5), ninth in batting (.337), eighth in on-base percentage (.399), and ninth in slugging (.499).

                Wikipedia says of him, “Walker hit over .300 6 times. His best season was in 1922 with the Phillies, hitting .337 with 12 home runs, 89 RBI, 196 hits, and scoring 102 runs, all career highs. On July 22, 1926, he tied a major league record by hitting 2 triples in an inning as a member of the Reds against the Braves. He was also difficult to strike out, fanning only 254 times in 4,858 at-bats. His career batting average was .304. After his baseball career ended, he worked as a funeral home operator and was later appointed Justice of the Peace in Beeville, Texas, a position he held until his death in 1955.”

The Cubs and Phillies played a 26-23 game this season, the highest scoring game of all time. According to sportsblog.com, which has a whole article on the game, Walker went four-for-six with and RBI and two runs scored in the game.

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RF-Ross Youngs, New York Giants, 25 Years Old

1919 1920 1921

.331, 7 HR, 86 RBI

Hall of Fames:

ONEHOF: No

Cooperstown: Yes (Inducted in 1972)

Ron’s: No (Would require six more All-Star seasons. Impossible)

 

Led in:

 

Def. Games as RF-147 (3rd Time)

Assists as RF-28 (3rd Time)

Errors Committed as RF-19 (3rd Time)

Assists as OF-28 (3rd Time)

Errors Committed as OF-19 (2nd Time)

4th Time All-Star-While he played, there weren’t too many rightfielders better than Youngs. He’s only 25 years old at this point and has made four All-Star teams. This wasn’t one of his better years, but Youngs still finished ninth in on-base percentage (.398) and went an okay 17-for-26 stealing. In the World Series, Youngs contributed mightily to the Giants sweep of the Yankees (well, there was a tie) by hitting .375 (six-for-16) with three walks.

SABR states, “Youngs got off to another slow start in 1922 but came alive on April 29 against the Boston Braves in Boston. That afternoon against starter Dana Fillingim and reliever Rube Marquard, he went 5 for 5 and hit for the cycle with an inside-the-park home run, a triple, two doubles and a single in leading the Giants to a 15-4 victory. It was the only cycle of Youngs’s brief career, but one of four five-hit games. That performance got the 25-year-old back on track and he finished the season with a .331 batting average and 86 runs batted in as the Giants won their second consecutive pennant by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds. He also led the league in outfield assists for the third time with 28.

“The Giants again faced the Yankees in the World Series, which reverted to the best-of-seven format. This time McGraw’s boys swept their counterparts in four close games, with a fifth game (Game 2) ending in a 3-3 tie because of darkness. Youngs hit .375 for the Series and drove in the winning run in Game 4, a 4-3 Giants win.”

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