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1911, Results

1911 HoME Election Results

Congratulations to our third class of inductees: Kid Nichols, Ed Delahanty, Billy Hamilton, King Kelly, and Tim Keefe for gaining entrance to the Hall of Miller and Eric with our 1911 election. The HoME is now populated with eleven of the greatest players in the game’s history.

Per our rules, all five had to be named on both ballots for induction. Let’s look to see how we voted.

Rank

Miller Eric

1

Kid Nichols Kid Nichols

2

Ed Delahanty Ed Delahanty

3

Billy Hamilton Billy Hamilton

4

King Kelly Buck Ewing

5

Tim Keefe King Kelly

6

George Wright

7

Tim Keefe

8

Amos Rusie

9

Old Hoss Radbourn

10

Jesse Burkett

11

Paul Hines

12

Charlie Bennett

13

Ross Barnes

Here’s a brief rationale from each voter for each player.

Miller

Kid Nichols: He and Christy Mathewson vie as the best pitchers the game has seen prior to the existence of the American League who don’t have an award named after them.

Ed Delahanty: Died going over Niagara Falls but lived as, arguably, the best left fielder in the game’s first half century.

Billy Hamilton: The all-time stolen base leader until Lou Brock, Sliding Billy didn’t have to steal his way into the HoME. He’s in on his merits.

King Kelly: A versatile and talented player, Kelly was the best right fielder in the game’s first quarter century.

Tim Keefe: Tenth all time, his 342 wins were too much to deny this time.

Eric

Kid Nichols: Best pitcher we’ve seen so far.

Ed Delahanty: Best LF of 19th C. and probably best before Ted Williams—probably among top half-dozen LFs all-time

Billy Hamilton: Best CF of 19th C. and best before Cobb/Speaker; probably top-10 or better all-time

Buck Ewing: Best C of 19th C. and best before ~1930 (Hartnett)

King Kelly: Best RF of 19th C. and best before Sam Crawford

George Wright: Best player of early game from ~1865 through 1880.

Tim Keefe: There’s no shame in being the 2nd best pitcher of 1880s after John Clarkson

Amos Rusie: Dominant strikeout artist of 1890s, feels to me like the Dazzy Vance or Hal Newhouser of his time

Old Hoss Radbourn: Just a sliver beneath Rusie in terms of value, and conditions for pitching were tougher in 1890s, so Radbourn goes here.

Jesse Burkett: Probably among top dozen or baker’s dozen LFs in history. The Billy Williams of his time.

Paul Hines: Best CF before Hamilton, long career with decent peak

Charlie Bennett: Iron-man catcher of 19th century with top-quality defense, long career (for catcher) and a bat that would have played anywhere. 2nd best catcher before Hartnett.

Ross Barnes: Huge peak, great glove, just enough doubt about quality of play and of opposition (didn’t have to face his own teammates), and fair-foul to push him down a bit this time around.

Please visit our Honorees page to see their plaques and to see more information about the HoME and those who have been elected.

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