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1981, New Candidates

1981 New Candidates


Neither Mr. Blackwell nor Ewell Blackwell would suggest this gentleman was fashionable.

This was a really weird year. The whole strike thing made a mess of 1981, and so the team with the best record didn’t make it to October. That’s weird. What’s weirder was this game that just about everyone in New England claims to have been to. What’s weirder still was Ellis Valentine’s neck growing sideways antlers. And what was weirdest is that they let real baseball players take the field looking like the fellow to the right.

Also, Smurfs.

This election brings us candidates with cautionary tales. Don’t be too quick (even if you’re Sudden), don’t get old quick, and remind yourself to avoid the quick and the dead.

One-hundred and nine down; 103 to go. That’s where things stand at the HoME right now as we enter the 1981 election cycle. In 1980 we managed to get rid of one of those holdovers we’ve been hoarding, and we’re down to only eight of those, for a maximum of eleven honorees. Well, don’t hold your breath on our using them soon.

F = Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member

NEW FOR 1981

Bob Gibson (F,M,S)
Harmon Killebrew (F,M,S)
Lindy McDaniel
Sam McDowell
Vada Pinson
Bill Hands
Claude Osteen
Jim Perry



2 thoughts on “1981 New Candidates

  1. At his peak, the best pitcher I ever saw was Sandy Koufax. For an entire career, the best was Tom Seaver. Gibson is probably second on both lists. Be kind to my man. 🙂

    Posted by verdun2 | April 2, 2014, 9:21 am


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