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1920 Election Results

I'd expect a guy named "Pants" to look happier.

I’d expect a guy named “Pants” to look happier.

In baseball, 0-3 isn’t good. But it’s not so bad either. If you homer in your next at-bat, that gives you a line of .250/.250/1.000. And today that could be worth about $40 million per season. Enough with the glass-half-full perspective though. After today’s election, we’re not just 0-3; we’re 0-27. A reasonable person may begin to wonder if our two-tiered selection system isn’t a waste of time.

But I still have hope. There are still 73 candidates who we have to look at this go-through. And I’d bet that before long we induct our first managerial HoMEr.

We will dismiss four today, but three others will continue to our project’s second phase.

  • Fred Clarke
  • Clark Griffith
  • George Stallings

One hundred managers started this process with us, and try as we may, none of the 22 who will ultimately fill the HoME have been elected yet. With four more obituaries this time around, we have 82 managers remaining for our 22 spots in the HoME.

Each election I’ll keep you up to date on our process through this chart.

	                                              Remaining     Remaining
Year   Nominees   Elected   Obituaries   Continuing   to Consider   to Elect
=================================================================================
1920      7          0          4            3           82            22
1910      7          0          5            2           86            22
1900     13          0          9            4           91            22

Obituaries

Jake Stahl, manager of the 1912 World Series winning Red Sox, led Boston to 105 wins that year. However, he won only 158 more games as a manager and was done in the dugout part of the way through the 1913 season after a heated argument with Boston president Jimmy McAleer. No HoME for Stahl.

Fielder Jones’ playing record suggests that he knew the value of a walk. And as a manager, his teams drew plenty and allowed few, so he carried that skill with him as a leader. According to Chris Jaffe, he also leveraged his pitchers more than just about any manager ever. Since 1893, there have been only 14 times when pitcher put up double figure starts against one team. Six of those seasons were under Jones. And since he managed only seven full seasons in the bigs, that record is pretty remarkable. Jones’ greatest achievement was leading the Hitless Wonder Chicago White Sox to the 1906 World Series title. He never finished lower than third in six years managing there. His other managerial assignments included the Federal League’s St. Louis Terriers and the St. Louis Browns. But he won only 683 games. He didn’t reach HoME level.

I love the name Pants Rowland. But the story about how he got his nickname, by wearing his dad’s oversized pants and having to hold them up while scoring a run for a team in Dubuque, IL, leaves me wanting more. So does his managerial record. He led the White Sox from 1915-1918 and won the 1917 World Series, their last in 88 years before the 2005 team. But he was fired in 1918 after disagreements with owner Charles Comiskey. As you may have noted from the picture above, he did have a second career in the game as an umpire. Overall, there’s not enough in his record to deserve a HoME plaque.

The Veteran’s Committee got it right in 1953 when they inducted Ed Barrow, the architect of the great Yankee dynasty prior to WWII. It would have been a mistake had they voted for him as a manager though. He won just 310 games in five years running the Tigers and Red Sox, though he did captain the Sox to the 1918 World Series title, their last in 86 years before the 2004 squad. Maybe he’ll make the HoME someday, just not as a manager.

As we continue on schedule, our 1930 candidates will be out on Monday, and results will be shared a week from today. Maybe we’ll even elect someone.

Miller

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