Cooperstown Chronicles – Dwight Evans

Feb 4, 2008

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I’ve profiled a bunch of players that I’d like to see in the Hall of Fame.  I’ve come to the end of this series, unless someone can add another name that I missed.  Perhaps my favorite player of the bunch is Dwight “Dewey” Evans.  He had that great stance that I tried to emulate as a kid.  He had the outstanding arm.  His batting numbers alone don’t get him in the Hall of Fame, but when you factor in his defense, I think he just gets in.  Perhaps I’m a little biased on this one.

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The Numbers
2606 Games (34th All-time)
8996 At Bats (62nd All-time)
.272 Batting Average
1470 Runs (70th All-time)
2446 Hits (99th All-time)
483 Doubles (61st All-time)
73 Triples
385 Home Runs (50th All-time)
1384 RBI (69th All-time)
.470 Slugging %
1391 Walks (26th All-time)
78 Stolen Bases

World Series - 14 games, 50 At bats, 7 runs, 15 hits (.300 average), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HRs, 14 RBI, 7 Walks.

The Awards
3 All-Star Games
8 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 5 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
On-base % – Six times (Led league in 1982)
Slugging % – Four times
OPS – Five times (Led league in ’81 & ’84)
Games – Three times
At Bats – Three times
Runs – Six times (Led league in ’84)
Hits – Three times
Doubles - Five times
Triples – Four times
Home Runs – Five times (Led league in 1981)
Total Bases – Four times (Led league in 1981)
RBI – Five times
Walks – Seven times (Led league in ‘81, ’85 & ’87)

Dewey’s power numbers have been diminished by the steroid era.  However, he still ranks among the top players in several offensive categories.  That wasn’t his bread-and-butter though.  His main contribution came in the field where he played exceptional defense in a tough park and possessed one of the best arms in baseball history.  There is more to baseball than just offense.  I believe Dewey’s offense was just good enough to go along with his stellar defense to put him in the Hall of Fame.

Unless I receive any suggestions or someone pops in my mind, this will be the final installment of the Cooperstown Chronicles.  Thanks for reading.


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly

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17 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Pops
    February 17th, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    Dwight Evans had a cannon.

  2. Old Man
    August 27th, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    Kids today have no idea what a real arm really is because no one today compares to Dwight Evans. How lucky we were to witness his arm!!

  3. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Totally agree OM. Plus he had a great stance.

  4. BraystreetLad
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    Dewey AND Doody(Darrell Evans) should be in the Hall Of Fame!!!!!

  5. LestersLegends
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    I think Darrell just misses

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:12 am #

    [...] Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve [...]

  7. Mike Cross
    May 6th, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Dwight Evans #24 should be retired for the Red Sox, I am sick and tired of watching other players wearing #24 and I accepted it when Manny wore it because of the good things Manny did for the Red Sox, but now the time has come. Jim Rice’s #14 will be retired when he goes into the Hall of Fame. No One has worn Roger Clemens #21 since he left in 1996 and MLB may retire #21 in honar of Reberto Clemente!

  8. Mike Cross
    May 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    And Dewy played for the Sox from 1972-1990 and thats the third longest stretch of years for a player served behind Yaz 1961-1983 and Ted Williams 1939-1960 (5 years lost to milatary service)!

  9. LestersLegends
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    I agree.

  10. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    [...] Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve [...]

  11. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    [...] Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve [...]

  12. erik
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    i have always been on the border with this one. the fact that he had 8 gold gloves puts him over the top. you cant go wrong with guys like this unlike Harold Baines and Edgar. I have nothing against the DH. i like it. but guys like dwight should be considered way before those others. this guy could play. i understand your view on the DH but Harold Baines wouldnt have lasted a decade without the DH. DH’s shouldnt get in. maybe frank thomas and thats it. dwight should be in but you and i know that what happen for a long ass time cause they dont know what they are doing. what do you suggest they do to get more of these guys in? waiting for the VC sucks

  13. LestersLegends
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    To me Harold Baines doesn’t get in cause he was never great. He was a solid hitter who played a long career. The difference with Edgar was he was an amazing hitter. Truly one of the best hitters of his generation.

    If it’s borderline I say the guy who plays good defense gets in, but what about a guy who plays poor defense? Why does that not come up?

  14. Jeremy
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    I agree with most everything (including Shoeless Joe) What do you think of Danny Murtaugh? He represented the pirates for so long and everything I hear about him is good. Also won two world championships.

  15. Jeremy
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    If you need some information, check out

    P.S. Tommy John should be in. I think the hall is a little biased against pitchers.

  16. LestersLegends
    September 3rd, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    You make a good case for murtaugh. I also agree pitchers are slighted.

  17. dbray
    July 22nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Trivia question: Who hit the most home runs in MLB during the 1980s?
    Answer: Dwight Evans

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