Cooperstown Chronicles – Bob Johnson

Jul 27, 2008


Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

LoopsandRolls, a friend of mine from the SportingNews Community, asked me to profile Bob Johnson.  Here are my findings.

The Numbers
Played 1933-1945 (13 Seasons)
1863 Games
6920 At Bats
.296 Batting Average
1239 Runs
2051 Hits
396 Doubles
95 Triples
288 HRs
1283 RBI
1075 Walks
96 SBs

Five .300+ Seasons
Six 100+ Run Seasons
Six 30+ Double Seasons
Three 30+ HR Seasons
Eight 100+ RBI Seasons

Awards
8 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – 4 Times (Led league in 1944)
Slugging % – 10 Times
OPS – 9 Times (Led league in 1944)
Games – 4 Times
Runs – 4 Times
Hits – Twice
Doubles – 3 Times
Triples – 5 Times
Home Runs – 11 Times
Total Bases – 8 Times
Extra-Base Hits – 8 Times
RBI – 7 Times
Walks – 8 Times
Hit by Pitch – 3 Times
SBs – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Gray Ink: Batting – 161 (71) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 46.1 (94) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 91.5 (171) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Indian Bob didn’t get started until he was 27.  His first nine years in the league he averaged 102 Runs, 30 Doubles, 7 Triples, 27 HRs, and 107 RBI.  It’s a shame he didn’t get started when he was even 23 years old.  He would have likely cracked the 1500 Run and 1500 RBI mark, which would have likely earned him a spot in Cooperstown.  As it stands, he missed those marks and his exclusion from the Hall of Fame is justified.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*

Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Roger Connor*
Larry Corcoran

Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Bobby Grich
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Billy Herman*
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Travis Jackson*
Tommy John
Addie Joss*
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Chuck Klein*
Jerry KoosmanEarl Averill*
Harold Baines

Bill James & Pete Palmer
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Freddie Lindstrom*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Johnny Mize*
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese*
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Amos Rusie*
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter*
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Mel Stottlemyre
Harry Stovey
Sam Thompson
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
Hack Wilson*

 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    [...] Herzog (Manager) Gil Hodges Ralph Houk (Manager) Shoeless Joe Jackson Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim Kaat George Kell* Joe Kelley* George Kelly* Tom Kelly (Manager) Chuck Klein* [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    [...] Gil Hodges Ralph Houk (Manager) Waite Hoyt* Shoeless Joe Jackson Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim Kaat George Kell* Joe Kelley* George Kelly* Tom Kelly (Manager) Chuck Klein* [...]

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