I find it strange to hear people say that people die in threes. They don’t. Perhaps people who are semi-famous to you die in groups of three when there are two other semi-famous people who die just around the time that a first one dies. Otherwise, you’re not thinking of this silly notion of people dying with two other random folks.
Well, people do get elected into the Hall of Miller and Eric in threes. Sort of. Two weeks ago it was long time Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert. Last week it was Yankee business manager (general manager) Ed Barrow. And today it’s George Weiss, Yankee farm manager, vice president, and general manager from 1932 through 1960. Part of me wants to stop inducting Yankees, but I realize our HoME would fail it didn’t do justice to the most dynastic franchise of all time.
Weiss didn’t pioneer the farm system. That distinction goes to Branch Rickey. He did, however, come close to perfecting it. And in his case, quantity begat quality. The Yankees had four farm teams the year before Weiss arrived. By 1947, they were up to twenty. When you have more players, more money, and a better plan, you win titles. Without a doubt, we have to give Weiss some real credit for the eighteen World Series appearances and fifteen titles. And he probably deserves some of the credit for the four appearances and two titles in the four years right after he departed too.
Three aspects of his career tell us all we need to know about why George Weiss is deserving of enshrinement.
- His farm system produced Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Bill Skowron, Gil McDougald, Vic Raschi, and others.
- He traded for Roger Maris, Allie Reynolds, Eddie Lopat, Johnny Mize, Johnny Sain, and more.
- He hired Casey Stengel.
A great executive, George Weiss is the thirteenth inductee into the Pioneer/Executive wing of the Hall of Miller and Eric.
Next week we’ll induct our 14th of the 28 who will eventually fill that wing. Please check back in a week to find out who will get us half way there.