Cooperstown Chronicles – Charlie Grimm
Like Jimmie Dykes, Charlie had success as both a player and as a manager. His numbers alone don’t merit a HOF berth, but combined with his managerial prowess, I believe he has what it takes.
As a player he racked up 2299 hits (132nd All-time), scored 908 runs, had 394 doubles (161st), 108 triples, 79 home runs, 1078 RBI (194th), with a .290 batting average and a .397 slugging percentage. He received MVP votes in 1925, 1929, and 1931. His top ten finishes include Batting Average (Twice), On-base %, Games (4 times), Hits, Doubles, Triples (Four times), and RBI (twice). He was great with his glove as well, winning nine fielding titles at first base.
His didn’t win a World Series as he played on the Cubs the majority of his career, but he did excel in the nine World Series games he played in. He had 12 hits in 33 at bats (.364) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 1 HR, and 5 RBI.
He also was very successful as a manager. He went 1287-1067 (.547) with four NL Pennants (’32, ’35, ’38 & ’45). In his first nine years as manager he went 706-494 (.588) with those four pennants.
Jolly Cholly played 20 seasons and manager 19 more. He dedicated his life to the game. When you add his accomplishments as a player to his accomplishments as a manager, I think it’s plain to see that Charlie Grimm belongs in the Hall of Fame.
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