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01-15-2013, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I think Rollins' Hart in 1954 was a "makeup" award, similar to how Ted Kennedy's Hart in 1955 was a "career achievement award." IMO, it seems like the writers got tired of giving awards to Detroit players for a time.

I think Rollins' 1952-53 was a legitimately great season. In his first season in Chicago, he led them to a surprise playoff berth and finished 2nd in Hart voting to Gordie Howe's record breaking season. IMO, writers probably used the 1954 Hart to reward Rollins for his previous season. I know the players voted in a newspaper poll for the "best" player of 1953-54 (rather than most valuable) and Red Kelly won in a landslide.
The problem with Rollins is that I'm not quite sure he had a good enough career to be +-70 spots over Gerry McNeil...

Not only he appears to be inferior to Tim Thomas, but also to Tim Kerr.

And there seems to be absolutely no basis for Rollins' Hart in 53-54, other than having a great 52-53 season.

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