10-time NL All-Star (1941, 1942 & 1946-1953)
NL Hits Leader (1942)
NL Total Bases Leader (1942)
NL Singles Leader (1942)
NL Doubles Leader (1939)
2-time NL Triples Leader (1942 & 1949)
NL RBI Leader (1946)
100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1946, 1950 & 1952)
100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1942, 1946 & 1947)
Won four World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942 & 1946) and the New York Yankees (1956 & 1958)
Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1985
As a pitcher:
147 ERA+ (t-5th all-time)
2 20 win seasons, 1 30 win season
Wood was one of the most dominant pitchers of the early 20th century before a broken thumb forced him to move to the outfield for the final 6 years of his career (where he hit .283/.357/.411 -- a pretty handy trait in a league with no DH.) If he had stayed healthy (or pitched in an era with more modern surgery/physical therapy), he could very well have gone down as one of the greatest starters of all time.
Fun fact from Wikipedia (which never lies!): Walter Johnson once said "Can I throw harder than Joe Wood? Listen, my friend, there's no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!"
2009 Hall of Fame
6 X top 5 MVP voting (including 1978 MVP)
8 X All Star
9 X top 10 total bases (including 4 league leading totals)
7 X top 10 BA
8 X top 10 SLG (including 2 league leading totals)
7 X top 10 in HR (including 3 league leading totals)
9 X top 10 in RBI (including 2 league leadign totals)
John McGraw 3B/SS
Even if McGraw never managed a game, he would have found his way into the Hall of Fame after putting up ridiculous numbers over 16 (often injury plagued) seasons from 1891 to 1906.
His 162 game average stats were 151 R, 2 HR, 68 RBI, 64 SB, .334 BA, .466 OBP (3rd all time)
4 X top 10 in BA
6 X top 10 in OBP (3 league leading totals)
4 X top 10 in SB
4 X top 10 in runs (2 league leading totals)
2 X top 10 in defensive WAR
48.9 career WAR 119 ERA+ Perfect Game in 2009 (No Hitter in 2007) 2005 World Series Champion 2 time IP leader (2004 and 2005) 2.52 Career K/BB
The Indians have decided to carry 3 lefties in this league due to the high number of left handed hitters. Buehrle is currently on an active streak of 12 consecutive seasons of 200 IP or more, and will help ensure my team won't have to dip into the bullpen too often. Buehrle is one of only three pitchers to have thrown a perfect game (2009), a no hitter (2007), and won the World Series (2005) with the same team. Cy Young and Sandy Koufax are the other two.
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5× All-Star (1993–1997)
5× Silver Slugger Award winner (1993–1996, 1998)
AL home run champion (1995)
3× AL RBI champion (1993, 1995, 1996)
First ever player to hit 50 HRs and 50 doubles in a single season.
4th player ever to have 8 straight seasons with 30 HR and 100 RBI
9 consecutive seasons of 100+ RBI's
Led major leagues in the 1990s with 1,099 RBI
381 career HRs
1,239 career RBIs
If you're telekinetic and you know it, clap my hands!
The Pittsburgh Crawfords are pleased to select, MGR - John McGraw. Arguably the greatest manager in baseball history, McGraw's fiery managerial style led to one of the most storied field general careers ever. One of the first to use relief pitchers, McGraw was constantly finding new ways to get to the prize at the end of a season by challenging the norm and extracting the most out of his players via the same no nonsense approach that led to his great success as a player as well. Plus I just thought it would be neat to have the same person drafted twice in the same round.
- BBHOF (1937)
- 3 Time World Series Champion
- 10 National League Pennants
- .586 Career Winning % (7th all time among managers with 600 or more games)
The St. Louis Browns are pleased to select the Freshest Man on Earth, Arlie Latham
7 Top-5 finishes in SB
7th overall in career stolen bases
I did not know much about this player so I took a gander at his wikipedia page. This dude sounds so awesome....love it.
He holds the career record for errors at third base, with 822, more than 200 more than the next player on the list. He apparently had the habit of letting catchable ground balls go past him by standing still as one passed to his side. Until decades after his playing days, when a third baseman did this it was said that he "Arlie Lathamed it."
Latham was major league baseball's first full-time coach. When he was a player, as at that time there were no coaches, he would stand on the third base line and yell insults at the other team's pitcher, attempting to distract him and give the Browns an advantage. One of his techniques was to scream while running up and down the third base line during the pitcher's delivery. The coach's box was introduced to prevent him from doing this.
While Cy Seymour coached third base during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Seymour tackled Moose McCormick as he rounded third base and headed for home plate. When Giants' manager John McGraw asked why, Seymour made an excuse about having the sun in his eyes. This led McGraw, now realizing the need for a full-time coach, to hire Latham for the role, the first full-time coach in MLB. Latham tried to do the same things in New York as he had done years earlier in St. Louis, but times had changed and screaming obscenities was not looked well upon, as baseball was being changed into more of a family-friendly game by then. In the opinion of Fred Snodgrass he was "probably the worst third base coach that ever lived". After the 1910 season, Latham was let go by the Giants.
Latham was considered one of the funniest players in baseball. Nicknamed "The Freshest Man on Earth", Latham was a colorful player known for playing practical jokes, including on Browns owner Chris von der Ahe and manager Charles Comiskey. In one famous stunt, he lit a firecracker under third base in an effort to "wake himself up", after Comiskey had been complaining about him falling asleep on the job. Also he would occasionally put on a clown's nose while walking behind von der Ahe.
With the 336th overall pick in the 2013 HFBoards All-Time Draft the Montreal Expos are pleased to select, from Gerstmeyer High School, a native of Terra Haute, Indiana, LHP Tommy John.
Over a twenty six season career spanning three (almost four) separate decades, John established himself as one of the most durable pitchers in league history. This was ironic given that the surgery that now bears his name was completely experimental when it was performed on him in September 1974 at age 31. It was thought that John, already established as one of the most reliable left-handed starters in the majors to that stage in his career, would likely never pitch again. Not only would he pitch again, but John would real off a streak of longevity and innings on his arm that would see him face his last major league batter fifteen years later at age 46.
John would go on to record three 20 win seasons in four years following the surgery and pitch in three World Series championship series. During that period of his career between 1977 and 1980 John finished runner-up in the Cy Young Award voting twice and recorded a fourth and eighth place finish in the two other seasons. Although he was never a fireballer he used his unique feel for pitching and a keen on-field intellect to baffle opposing hitters with his non-lethal stuff for over a quarter of his century. He ended his career with a 3.34 ERA, 288 wins, the twentieth most innings pitched in league history, a 2.65 career post-season ERA, and four All-Star Game selections.
*288 career wins (26th all-time)
*3.34 career ERA
*111 career adjusted ERA
*162 career complete games
*46 career shutouts (26th all-time)
*2.65 career post-season ERA
*2-time league leader in winning percentage
*3-time league leader in shutouts
*4-time All-Star Game selection
*4-time top ten in Cy Young Award voting (3-times top five)
*6-time top five in league ERA
*6-time top ten in league wins
*56.9 career wins above replacement (57th all-time - pitchers)
*Ranked as the 84th best pitcher of all-time according to JAWS metric