Monday, December 29, 2014

HALL OF FAME #3: JESSE HAINES: CLASS OF 1970

One of the more controversial picks for induction, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jesse Haines is the next member of my Hall of Fame sub-set, and the final one selected by the Veteran's Committee in 1970.
Take a look at my card design:


Admittedly, when taking a gander at Haines' final numbers, nothing really leaps out at you: 210-158 record, a high 3.64 earned run average, 23 shutouts and 981 strikeouts over 19-years.
But he WAS an important member of the "Gashouse Gang" Cardinal teams of the era, so I'm sure he got some help by former players who were part of the committee.
All told, Haines had three 20-win seasons, two sub-3.00 E.R.A. years, and went 3-1 in World Series play with a sparkling 1.67 E.R.A., including 2-0 with a shutout in the 1926 championship year for the Cards over the Yankees.
Personally I don't see how Haines made the cut, but then again I didn't see him pitch so I'll chalk it up to the Veteran's Committee knowing what they were doing.
But Bill James and his awesome book "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame" has something to say about it. Worth the read if you haven't already.


2 comments:

  1. A little home cookin there Gio? Never heard of the guy but you have to assume he was worthy by his peers. Funny how absolute guys still aren't unanimous electees yet this guy got in somehow. Nice card regardless.

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  2. For a number of the Veteran's Committee selections of that era, their chief qualification that mattered seemed to be having been a teammate and friend of the committee chairman, Frankie Frisch.

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