Cooperstown Chronicles – Earl Averill

Jul 13, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Earl Averill, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1975.

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI 

The Numbers
Played 1929-1941 (13 Seasons)
1668 Games
6353 At Bats
.318 Batting Average (58th All-time)
.965 On-base Percentage (76th All-time)
.534 Slugging Percentage (42nd All-time)
.928 OPS (38th All-time)
1224 Runs 
2019 Hits
401 Doubles
128 Triples
238 HRs
1164 RBI
774 Walks
70 SBs

Eight .300 Seasons
Nine 100+ Run Seasons
Two 200+ Hit Seasons
Nine 30+ Double Seasons
Eight 10+ Triple Seasons
Five 100+ RBI Seasons

World Series:  3 Games, 0 of 3 (.000)

6 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 7 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 3 Times
On-base % – 4 Times
Slugging % – 8 Times
OPS – 7 Times
Games - 6 Times (Led league in 1934)
At Bats -6 Times (Led league in 1931)
Runs - 6 Times
Hits - 6 Times (Led league in 1936)
Doubles - 3 Times
Triples - 7 Times (Led league in 1936)
Home Runs – 7 Times
Total Bases - 6 Times
Extra-base Hits - 7 Times
RBI - 4 Times
Walks – Twice
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times (Led league in 1932)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 6 (333) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 145 (99) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 50.0 (73) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 128.5 (105) (Likely HOFer > 100)

I am equally puzzled as to why it took Earl Averill so long to be enshrined into Cooperstown as I am why his Black Ink rating is so low.  He averaged 115 Runs, 189 Hits, 37 Doubles, 12 Triples, 22 HRs and 108 RBI in his first ten years in the league.  He is among the elite in Slugging % and OPS (his rankin would be even higher without the steroid craze).  Some interesting facts about Earl are he hit a HR in his first At Bat and he was the only Outfielder named to the first six All-Star games.  He had a couple of nicknames, “Rock” and ” Earl of Snohomish”).  It’s a shame he didn’t break into the Majors sooner or he would likely have been a first ballot guy. 

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Jennifer Kamstra
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi. I think its cool that you put a profile of Earl Averill. In doing family history about 10 years ago I found out that I am related to him. My grandfather is Delbert M Averill… I just think it is awesome!! Have a great day!!

  2. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Very cool Jennifer. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Stephen Mitchell
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    Thank you for the outstanding article on Earl Averill. Your summation (that it was a shame he did not break into the majors earlier) is right on target.

    More than 30 years ago I was editor of a small sports historical and collecting journal by the name of SPORTS SCOOP. In the August 1974 issue our publisher did a piece entitled “Eleven Baseball Superstars” in which he selected minimum levels of production. The categories (and amounts) were: hits (2,000), doubles (400), triples (100), home runs (200), RBI (1,000), runs (1,000), slugging average (.500) and batting average (.300).

    To that point in baseball history only 11 men had met all of these minimum standards. The players were: Jim Bottomley, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and EARL AVERILL. And Earl did it in the fewest games.

    Again, thank you for remembering the First Earl of Snohomish!

  4. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    No prob stephen. thanks for adding.

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