Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HALL OF FAME #1: LOU BOUDREAU: CLASS OF 1970

Today I want to start up a new thread featuring Hall of Fame members of the decade with card designs for the year of their induction.
Starting off with 1970, I'll go in alphabetical order and start with former Cleveland Indians star shortstop, Lou Boudreau.
Take a look at my design:


This will be a long thread for sure, as I hope to design a card for every PLAYER inducted into the Hall from 1970-1979.
I'll wait on any executives, managers, etc for now, as it seems I'll have my hands full with the players alone.
As for Boudreau, he posted a 15-year career that saw him win an M.V.P. in 1948 when he was player-manager of the Indians, guiding them to a World Series win over the Boston Braves.
That season was spectacular, as Boudreau hit .355 with 18 homers, 106 runs batted in and 116 runs scored while also leading the league in fielding.
For his career, he finished with a .295 batting average, 1779 hits, 68 homers and seven all-star selections.
For 10 consecutive years (1940-1949), he received M.V.P. votes, with a third place finish in 1947 and a fifth place finish in 1940 to go along with his 1948 win as far as top-5 finishes are concerned.
On the defensive side, he led the league in fielding eight times, while also leading in putouts four times, double-plays five times and assists once.
I guess rules were different back then, as Boudreau was finally voted into the Hall 18-years after his last game, getting named to 232 of 300 ballots.

3 comments:

  1. Good start G. Glad you are taking this one on.

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  3. I have a great fondness for Lou having grown up listening to him on WGN radio. The card looks good!

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