Cooperstown Chronicles – Allie Reynolds

Nov 16, 2008

The Veterans Committee is going to vote on twenty players for induction into the Hall of Fame.  There are ten players pre-1943 and ten post-1943.  Today I profile Allie Reynolds from that group.

Played 1942-1954 (13 seasons)
434 Games
309 Starts
2492-1/3 Innings
182 Wins – 107 Losses
.630 WInning Percentage
3.30 ERA (3.63 League Average)
1.386 WHIP
1423 Ks
137 Complete Games
36 Shutouts
49 Saves

One 20+ Season
Two Sub-3.00 ERA Seasons

Playoffs:  6 Rings, 15 Games, 9 Starts, 77-1/3 Innings, 7-2, 2.79 ERA, 62 Ks, 5 Complete Games

6 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 5 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – 7 Times
Winning % - 8 Times
ERA - 3 Times (Led league in 1952)
WHIP - 3 Times
Games - 3 Times
Starts - 5 Times
Innings - 6 Times 
Strikeouts - 7 Times (Led league in 1943 & 1952) 
Complete Games - 3 Times
Shutouts - 7 Times (Led league in 1951 & 1952)
Saves - 5 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 18 (108) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 161 (78) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 33.0 (115) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 110.0 (82) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Superchief pitched on some great teams, which is evidenced by the World Series rings and his winning percentage.  The rest doesn’t add up though.  He really only had one dominating season (1952).  The rest his ERA hovered around his career 3.30 mark, which is good, but not great condisering the league average was 3.63 at the time.  His postseason record is very impressive, but I’m not sure it merits Hall of Fame induction.  I’d love to overlook the fact that he didn’t win 200 games in his career or that his 110 Adjusted ERA wasn’t tied for 310th.  I just can’t.  He was an important part of the Yankees dynasty, but even that isn’t enough for him in my book.  I have to pass on Mr. Reynolds.


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14 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    November 16th, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    He did have 2 No Hitters in 1952. He is borderline and probobly has better stats than several that are in but I just cannot say Yes without thinking maybe Yes.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 16th, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I just don’t think he defind greatness. He did deliver in the postseason though for a dynasty. I’d give him a maybe too. Wouldn’t be upset if he got in, but I wouldn’t cast his vote.

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  4. Randy Carter
    March 21st, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Read what Casey Stengel had to say about Allie Reynolds. He could start one day, pitch a full game and come back and be a relief pitcher the following day. His arm was phenomenal as compared to todays pitchers who are lucky to get through a half game. Casey said that he could have not used him as a reliever and he would had his 20 game seasons. I am not an expert but Casey know his baseball.

  5. LestersLegends
    March 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for adding Randy.

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  8. jackie turso
    December 26th, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    I was around 12 during the 52 series..say what you want in regard to stats,but the old timers recalled no such thing as closers setup men etc..The game has changed and arms didnt fall off to many times..The super chief started relieved and did just about everything…Had stengal used allie as a starter every fourth day such as Ford they would have won many many more games..

  9. Okie
    January 17th, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I was a Cleveland Indian fan in 1952, but I’m also a proud Oklahoman. Allie Reyneolds should be in the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding? Two no hitters in the same season! He was a feared pitcher in every way. C’mon.

  10. jackie turso
    January 17th, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    i agree many politics and stupid sports writers who some never watched allie on a steady basis when the media was not as hi tech as today…

  11. jackie turso
    January 17th, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    okie remember on allies second no hitter ted williams popped up and yogi dropped it..second time allie hugged yogi berra on that pop up…wowowowowow

  12. LestersLegends
    January 17th, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    Hall of Very Good. Numbers aren’t there.

  13. jackie turso
    January 17th, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    sometimes it takes an outstanding feat..well two no hitters in one season..even Jonny Vandermeer couldnt do it…renember the chef started relieved hit ..stengel hurt the records of allie and whitey…every 4th day lots of 20 game winners..casey use to save these guys for good teams.remember what may have been had whitey started games 1 4 7 in 1960…what if.??

  14. LestersLegends
    January 17th, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    They should commemorate the feat, but not the career. What he did was outstanding and they should have an exhibit, but to be enshrined is something that should go to the best of the best.

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