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HALL OF FAME IN SCOUTING REPORTS

June 08, 1959
June 08, 1959

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June 8, 1959

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Wonderful World Of Sport
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Pat On The Back

HALL OF FAME IN SCOUTING REPORTS

Compiled by Les Woodcock

Just how do the real oldtimers stack up in modern statistics? What was Wee Willie Keeler's lifetime average, and how does he compare with Joe DiMaggio? Or Christy Mathewson with Dizzy Dean? Here, for the first time, are all the Hall of Fame incumbents, presented in modern Scouting Report form. The reader can run his eye along this gallery and see for himself how Joe Judge's four criteria for selection might be applied. A unique contribution to baseball's encyclopedic history, this record was compiled by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S own Les Woodcock.

This is an article from the June 8, 1959 issue Original Layout

GROVER ALEXANDER
P Won 378 games in 20-year career. Had 90 shutouts
Threw easily and with amazing control. Curve and fast ball.

CAP ANSON
1B 26-year baiting average: .339. Led NL 4 times
Superb fielder. Big and powerful. Line-drive hitter. Rarely fanned.

HOME RUN BAKER
SB Led AL in homers 4 times. Lifetime average: .307
Straightaway power hitter. Fine base runner. Strong arm.

ED BARROW
Executive. General Manager Yankees, 1921-1945
Builder of the modern Yankees, game's most successful team.

CHIEF BENDER
P Won 6 World Series games, 208 in season play
Great clutch pitcher. Had amazing control. Threw extremely fast.

ROGER BRESNAHAN
C Stole 211 bases. Had lifetime average of .279
Power to all fields. Choke hitter, crowded plate. Fine base runner.

DAN BROUTHERS
1B 22-year batting average of .348. Hit 103 homers
Tremendous power. Pulled ball to right. Fine clutch hitter.

MORDECAI BROWN
P Won 239 games in Hi years. Won 5 Series games
Threw overhand. Big curve that sank. Fine control. Good fielder.

MORGAN BULKELEY
Executive. First president of the National League
First patron of game. Prominent businessman and officeholder.

JESSE BURKETT
OF Lifetime average of .342. Hit over .400 three times
Good bunter for base hits. Opposite-field hitter. Very fast.

ALEX CARTWRIGHT
Pioneer. Established basic rules of the game in 1845
Organized first baseball team in 1845 Umpired first recorded game.

HENRY CHADWICK
Pioneer. Chronicler of early games. Devised the box score
Compiled first rule book in 1859. Made many rule changes.

FRANK CHANCE
1B-Manager. Won 4 pennants in 5 years. Balled .297
Inspirational leader. Graceful fielder. Fine base runner. Aggressive.

JACK CHESBRO
P Won 41 games in 1904, 197 in an 11-year career
Threw overhand. Had great fast ball and exceptional spitball.

FRED CLARKE
OF-Manager. Won 4 flags. Hit .315 over 21 years
Aggressive manager. Smooth fielder. Fine arm. Extremely fast.

TY COBB
OF Led AL in killing 12 limes. Lifetime average: .367
Could bunt, pull, hit to opposite field or hit straightaway. Fast.

MICKEY COCHRANE
C-Manager. Batted .320 for career. Won 2 pennants
Fiery competitor. Smooth receiver. Fast. Hit with good power.

EDDIE COLLINS
2B Baited .888 over 25 years. Stole 744 bases
Fine hit-and-run man. Placed hits to either field. Great fielder.

JIMMY COLLINS
3B-Manager. Star fielder. .29 U over 14 years. Won 2 flags
Exceptional skill at fielding bunts barehanded. Terrific range.

CHARLES COMISKEY
1B-Manager. Won 4 straight flags in the 1880s. Hit .269
Brilliant fielder. Great speed. First to play away from bag.

TOM CONNOLLY
Umpire. AL 1901-31. Chief of umpiring staff 1931-53
Great authority on the rules. Always had firm control of game.

SAM CRAWFORD
OF Hit .809, had 2,964 hits over 19 years. 312 triples
Line-drive pull-hitter with plenty of power. Fast on bases.

JOE CRONIN
SS-Manager. .302 for 20 years. Eight 100-RBI years
Hit with good power. Manager for 15 years. Won 2 pennants.

CANDY CUMMINGS
P Played 1866-78. Won 125 games in one 4-year stretch
Threw underhand curve ball. He is supposed to have invented it.

DIZZY DEAN
P Won 133 in 6 years. Had 30-7 record in 1984
Threw with ¾ arm motion. Blazing fast ball with big hop.

ED DELAHANTY
OF-1B Lifetime pct.: .346. Hit .400 in 1894, .408 in 1899
A line-drive hitter with tremendous power. Good base stealer.

BILL DICKEY
C 202 homers, .313 pet. Caught 100 games 13 years in row
Smooth, smart receiver. Great arm. Hit with good power.

JOE DIMAGGIO
OF 361 homers, .325 pet. in 18 years. Hit in 56 games in row
A pull hitter with plenty of power. Graceful fielder. Strong arm.

HUGH DUFFY
OF .330 pet. for 19 seasons, hit .438 in 1894. Led NL twice
Place hitter with fair power. Speedy, smart base runner.

JOHNNY EVERS
2B .270 average, 1,659 hits, but batted .316 in 4 World Series
Fine drag bunter. Fast. Wide range. Good pivot man on double play.

BUCK EWING
C Led NL in homers in 1883. Lifetime pct. (18 years): .311
Fine receiver with a strong, accurate arm. Fast. Power hitter.

JIMMY FOXX
1B Hit 53i homers, had 1,921 RBIs, batted .325 for 22 seasons
Free swinger with prodigious power. Struck out a lot.

FRANKIE FRISCH
2B-Manager. Hit .316, stole 419 bases. 641 assists in 1927
Great clutch player. Hit to all fields. Good base runner. Fiery manager.

LOU GEHRIG
1B Hit 493 homers, had 1,991 RBIs, bat-led .340 for 17 seasons
Hit with tremendous power. Wide stance, short stride. Strong.

CHARLEY GEHRINGER
2B .321 (19 years). 574 doubles. Led AL in assists 8 times
Wrist hitter who could go to all fields. Smooth, graceful fielder.

HANK GREENBERG
1B-OF 331 homers in 12 seasons, .313 pet. 183 RBIs in 1937
Big, muscular pull hitter. Bashed ball with great power.

CLARK GRIFFITH
P-Manager-Executive. Won 240 games, 204 in 10-year period
Had big sharp-breaking curve ball with good control. Cagey.

LEFTY GROVE
P Won 300, lost only 140, best won-lost record in Hall of Fame
Blinding fast ball thrown overhand from exaggerated wind-up.

GABBY HARTNETT
C Hit 236 home runs, batted .297 over 20-year career
Smooth receiver with strong arm. Hit with good power. Strong.

HARRY HEILMANN
F-1B Led AL batters 4 times, hit .403 in 1923. Career: .342
Extremely powerful hitter who slammed ball hard on line.

ROGERS HORNSBY
2B Led NL batters 7 times, 6 in row. Best NL career pet.: .358
Stood deep in box. Hit sharply to all fields. Great eye.

CARL HUBBELL
P Won 253 games. 45 shutout innings, 1983. Won 4 Series games
Prime pitch a screwball (like reverse curve). Fine control.

HUGH JENNINGS
SS-Manager. Balled .314 (18 years). Won 3 straight pennants
Clutch hitter. Not fast but alert base runner and base stealer.

BAN JOHNSON
Executive. Longtime president (1901-27) of American League
Strong, able administrator. Funded and built American League.

WALTER JOHNSON
P Won 416 games (36 in 1913). Struck out record 3.508 batters
Blazing sidearm fast ball that moved in or out. Perfect control.

WILLIE KEELER
OF .345 pct. for 19-year career. 2,955 hits. Balled .432 in 1897
Slapped ball to all fields. Fine bunter. Great speed on bases.

MIKE KELLY
C-IF-OF-Manager. Hit .313 over 16 years. Led NL hitters, 1886
Extremely versatile. Spectacular on the bases. Strong arm. Colorful.

BILL KLEM
Umpire. NL 1905-40. Chief of staff 1914-51. In 18 World Series
Brisk, trim, fast moving, self-assured. A great play-caller.

LARRY LAJOIE
2B .339 career pet. (21 years). 3,251 hits. Batted .422 in 1901
Stroked savage line drives. Graceful in field. Fast on bases.

JUDGE LANDIS
Executive. First baseball commissioner. Served for 24 years
Uncompromising in his efforts to put baseball on a sound basis.

TED LYONS
P Won 260 games in 21 seasons, 16 of those in second division
Fine fast ball when young. Later relied on good knuckle ball.

CONNIE MACK
C-Manager. Won 9 pennants, 5 Series in 50 years as AL pilot
Patient handler of men. As a catcher, a smart handler of pitchers.

RABBIT MARANVILLE
SS Had record 8,953 assists in 23 years, and over 10,000 A Bs
Tough, scrappy clutch player. Little power. Fast. Agile fielder.

CHRISTY MATHEWSON
P Won 373 games in 17 years. Won 30 or more 4 times
Smooth, overhand delivery. Great control. Sinking curve. Speed.

JOE McCARTHY
Manager. Won 9 pennants (8 AL, 1 NL), 7 Series in 24 years
Great team builder. Remarkable ability for handling players.

TOM McCARTHY
OF 58 assists in 1893, averaged 30 a year. Career pet: .294
Great fielding skill. Excellent base runner. Good hit-and-run man.

JOE McGINNITY
P Won 247 games in 10 years. Pitched 2 games in 1 day 5 times
Big, roundhouse curve, underhand or sidearm. Fast ball overhand.

JOHN McGRAW
3B-Manager. Batted .334 in career. Won 10 pennants, 3 Series
Strategist and innovator. Fast, daring base stealer. Good bunter.

KID NICHOLS
P Won 360 games in 17 years. Won 30 or more 7 straight years
Good control. Fine fast ball, curve and change-of-pace.

JIM O'ROURKE
C-IF-OF Averaged .315 over 18 seasons. Led NL in 1884
Hit to all fields. Pretty good power. Fine base stealer.

MEL OTT
OF Hit 511 homers in 22 years. Averaged .304. Had 2,876 hits
Pulled ball high and deep to right. Good fielder, strong arm.

HERB PENNOCK
P Won 240 games in 22 years. Had 5-0 record in Series
Effortless motion. Overhand and sidearm curve. Good changeup.

ED PLANK
P One of 12 to win 300 or more games. Eight 20-game years
Big fidgeter on mound. Mixed sidearm crossfire with ¾ motion.

CHAS. RADBOURNE
P Won 308 games in 11 years. Won 49 in 1888, 60 in 1884
Good speed, change-of-pace, curve and sinker. Fine control.

WILBERT ROBINSON
C-Manager. Hit .280 over 17 years. Managed Dodgers 1914-31
Great judge of young players. Had way with veteran pitchers.

BABE RUTH
OF Hit 714 homers (60 in 1927, 59 in 1921). Batted .342
Pulled ball in high are with tremendous swing, powerful wrists.

RAY SCHALK
C Led AL in fielding 8 limes. Holds many records. Baited .253
Smart, steady handler of pitchers. Strong arm. Singles hitter.

AL SIMMONS
OF Balled .334 over 20 seasons. Led AL batters in 1930, 1931
Could both pull and hit with power to wrong field. Good arm.

GEORGE SISLER
1 B Had 2,812 hits in 15 seasons. Hit .407 (1920), .420 (1922)
Hit hard line drives to all fields. Fast base runner. Brilliant fielder.

ALBERT SPALDING
P-Pioneer-Manager-Executive. Won 252, lost 68 (1871-76)
One of baseball's earliest managers and first 200-game winner.

TRIS SPEAKER
OF Hit .344 Had 244 triples in 22 years, 35 assists twice
Amazing arm. Played extremely shallow center. Great hitter.

BILL TERRY
1B-Manager. Balled .401 in 1930, .341 for career. Won 3 flags
Closed stance. Stepped into ball and hit where it was pitched.

JOE TINKER
SS Had 570 assists in 1908. Career totals: .264 pet, 1,565 hits
Always thinking on field. Scrappy, alert. Fine clutch hitter.

PIE TRAYNOR
3B Baited .320 over 17 years. Had 100 or more RBIs 7 times
Skillful fielder, fine base runner. Smart, steady hitter.

DAZZY VANCE
P Won 197 games. Led NL in strikeouts for 7 straight seasons
Big overhand wind-up with leg kicked high. Extremely fast.

RUBE WADDELL
P Won 191 games. Had 200 strikeouts 9 straight years
Almost full overhand motion. Great control of fast ball, curve.

HONUS WAGNER
SS Led NL in hilling 8 times. Stole 720 bases. Batted .329
Hit hard line drives to all fields. Great fielder, base runner.

BOBBY WALLACE
SS 25 years in big leagues. 2,308 hits, .267 pet, 7,412 assists
Great range. Strong, accurate arm. Good base runner.

ED WALSH
P Won 195 games (plus 2 in Series) in 14 years, 40 in 1908
Exceptional spitball that broke in or out. Good control, speed.

PAUL WANER
OF 3,152 hits, .333 pet for 20 years. Nine 100-run seasons
Great two-strike batter. Fantastic eyes. Place-hit line drives.

ZACH WHEAT
OF 2,884 hits, .317 pct for 19 years. Led NL hitters in 1918
Wonderful curve-ball hitter. Strong arm. Cagey base runner.

GEORGE WRIGHT
SS-Pioneer. Balled .630, hit 49 homers for Cincinnatiin 1869
The star hitter and shortstop on baseball's first pro team.

HARRY WRIGHT
Pioneer-Manager, 1869 Red Stockings. Won 4 straight flags
Organized and managed baseball's first professional team.

CY YOUNG
P Won 511 games, still an alltime record. Had 3 no-hitters
Smooth motion. Fine control. Blinding fast ball, good curve.

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