Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HALL OF FAME #44: WILLIE MAYS: CLASS OF 1979

Here’s the next Hall of Fame inductee in my thread for those that entered the Hall during the 1970’s, all-time great “Say Hey” Willie Mays, about as easy a “no-brainer” as there could be:


What needs to be said about perhaps the greatest player in history?
660 home runs, 3000+ hits, over 2000 runs scored and over 1900 runs batted in, with over 300 stolen bases and a .300+ batting average as well!
He took home the Rookie of the Year Award in 1951, then proceeded to win two Most Valuable Player Awards, the first in 1954 and the second eleven years later in 1965.
Let’s also not forget the 20 all-star nods and 12 Gold Gloves, leaving him in that rarified company of Ruth, Cobb, Aaron and Gehrig as far as accomplishments and legend.
Of course, Hall of Fame voting being what it is, he wasn’t a UNANIMOUS selection because of this silly unspoken rule of “no one gets 100% voting”, something I will NEVER understand.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful card, great photo choice.

    And, yeah, the people who voted against Mays were just plain nuts.

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  2. Curious to know what the percentages were of the first HoF class. Or what the original criteria was. I'm sure it wasn't as screwed up as it is now.

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  3. Answering my own question. Four people did not vote for Cobb and eleven did not vote for Ruth. WTF?
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof_1936.shtml?mobile=false

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    1. And what makes THAT even more incredible is that this myth of "no one gets 100%" wasn't even established yet, so what were THOSE guys smoking that they felt Cobb and Ruth were not good enough to vote for???!!!???!!!
      Baffles the mind...

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