Next up in my 1876-1976 celebration of the Major League’s 100th anniversary is Cal McVey, an interesting figure in baseball’s long history:
McVey played only nine years of professional ball, five seasons in the
National Association and the first four of the newly formed Major
Yet a strong case should be made for his induction to the Hall of Fame, and not solely on his “pioneering” status.
By the time McVey left the game in 1879 after two seasons with
Cincinnati, he fashioned a .346 lifetime average while leading his
league in runs batted in twice, doubles once, hits twice and runs scored
his “rookie” year of 1871.
He was an important member of the N.A. Boston team that also featured Al
Spalding, the Wright brothers and Ross Barnes (another player grossly
over-looked by the Hall), then went on to team up with Cap Anson,
Spalding, Barnes and Deacon White over in Chicago when the new league
This guy is FULL of important baseball history, while also performing on the field as the numbers show.
Just one of my many gripes with the Hall of Fame (and especially the Veteran’s Committee).