Monday, March 7, 2016


Cap Anson, the greatest player of the 19th Century, and one of the most important figures in baseball’s long history, and a guy you cannot leave out of a “100th Anniversary” sub-set celebrating the 100th season of Major League ball for the 1976 set:

Anson put together an outstanding 27-year career between 1871 and 1897, going from the National Association to the Majors and, alongside Al Spalding and George Wright becoming one of the most important figures in the games early league formation.
The first player to reach 3000 hits, Anson collected 3435 total professional knocks along with 2075 runs batted in, 1999 runs scored and 582 doubles before he hung up the spikes, all league records at the time.
During his storied career he led the league in RBI’s eight times, batting average four times, and topped .300 an incredible 24 times, 20 of which were consecutive from the start of his career!
His influence was huge, and not until guys like Cobb and Wagner came into the picture would there be another player like him, and was evident by his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.


  1. I think the biggest strike against Anson, and perhaps the reason that he was left out of that set, was his original and enduring role in keeping African-American players out of MLB. Check out his Wikipedia entry for more information than I can provide here.

    1. Oh yes I do know that. I actually wrote that as part of this post but took it out to keep the "politics" out. But I agree, whenever people talk about the "sanctity" of the Hall of Fame (because of steroids, etc), I always bring up Anson, among a few others in Cooperstown...Thanks for the input!!! Always appreciated..

    2. No doubt that it is a touchy subject to bring up. But, it's well known that Ty Cobb was a big-time racist as well and it's pretty likely that tons of players were betting on their own games prior to 1919 -- like Hal Chase, for one.

      I agree fully as well on the steroid issue. I'd let steroid guys in before I'd let Pete Rose in, to be fair, because Rose *knew* the rules. There weren't rules on steroids.



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