How’s your favorite team doing in the HoME? Twenty-five “years” ago, after the 1951 election, we took our first look at the number of plaques each team has received. The latest is to the right.
I created these standings from the teams tab in our HOME STATS 1976 spreadsheet. It’s a fun resource; check it out and tell us what you see.
This column sums up the percentage of their career plate appearances or batters faced that each HoMEr spent on a team. Paul Waner spent eighty-nine percent of his career with the Pirates, seven percent with the Braves, four percent with the Dodgers, and .0009 percent with the Yankees (ten plate apperances). Yes, yes rounding errors…. We assign those percentages to Waner’s teams. Then we do it for every player, and voila! The Pirates have 5.4 HoMErs in their history through our 1976 election.
Since 1951, the Yankees and Dodgers have zoomed up our standings. The Bronx nine claimed but 2.5 HoMErs after 1951’s election. They’ve since added 5.5 thanks in large part to DiMaggio, Berra, and Mantle playing 99 percent or more of their careers in Yankee Pinstripes. Throw in half of Gordon, almost three-quarters of Ruffing, and you can see how forty-five years of dominance can improve a team’s plaque count. The Dodgers tacked on 4.7 players with big contributions from Drysdale, Robinson, Snider, and Wheat.
On the downside, the Athletics, mired in thirty-five years of losing, added essentially nothing, causing them to drop from second place to eight. Perhaps worse, depending on your perspective, is the ongoing plight of the Reds who scrabbled together just 0.1 HoMErs since our last update. They remain stuck in sixteenth place among the sixteen original teams. Their time will come soon with Frank Robinson and the Big Red Machine represented in the 1980s, but will it be enough to push them ahead of the Twins and Orioles whose best times were the 1960s and 1970s?
This one’s simple. Divide the guys above by the number of years the franchise has been active. The AL teams get a little advantage when we look per year since they are much younger than most of the original NL teams. The Yanks lead the pack here, but the Giants, despite their superannuation are right behind. The Reds and Orioles, on the other hand, have the same HoMErs per year as the expansion Astros and Mets respectively.
If you think that anything with nuance is bullshirt, please try thinking without your amygdala. But we have included this column for you anyway. In it, the Braves lead all comers with parts of twenty-five different Hall of Mill and Eric careers. The Giants are second with twenty-two. No one else is close. Curiously, the Reds have rostered eleven HoMErs, which leads four of the original sixteen teams. They’ve just never been able to get much from them. The next time any expansion-era team comes up with their own HoME player will be their first.
Here is the complete list of HoME members who have played for one and only one team:
- Luke Appling (White Sox)
- Joe DiMaggio (Yankees)
- Don Drysdale (Dodgers)
- Bob Feller (Indians)
- Lou Gehrig (Yankees)
- Charlie Gehringer (Tigers)
- Carl Hubbell (Giants)
- Walter Johnson (Senators/Twins)
- Ted Lyons (White Sox)
- Mickey Mantle (Yankees)
- Stan Musial (Cardinals)
- Mel Ott (Giants)
- Jackie Robinson (Dodgers)
- Bill Terry (Giants)
- Ted Williams (Red Sox)
That’s 12 of our 93 enshrinees, or thirteen percent.
BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK
Who’s gotten to know their travel agent the best? Dan Brouthers and Paul Hines are still the only two players to appear with ten teams. Deacon White and Pebbly Jack Glasscock are still the only two with nine teams. Al Simmons remains our most footloose modern player with seven teams, but Jimmy Sheckard and Wes Ferrell have joined King Kelly at six teams. The average HoMEr played with 3.2 teams.
This is fun stuff. If you have any questions like these that you’d like us to answer, email or post them in the comments.