Cooperstown Chronicles – Ernie Lombardi

Jun 21, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1986.

The Numbers
Played 1931 – 1947 (17 Years)
1853 Games
5855 At Bats
.306 Batting Average
601 Runs
1792 Hits
277 Doubles
27 Triples
190 HRs
990 RBI
430 Walks
8 SBs

Ten .300 Seasons

World Series:  1 Ring, 4 of 17 (.235), 1 Doubles, 2 RBI, 1 Walks

Awards

1938 MVP
8 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 5 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 7 Times (1938 & 1942 Batting Titles)
On-base % – 3 Times
Slugging % - 8 Times
OPS - 4 Times
Hits - Once
Home Runs - 5 Times
RBI – Twice
Total Bases – Once
Extra-base Hits – Once
Hit by Pitch – 6 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 8 (275) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 83 (280) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 31.9 (231) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 133.0 (100) (Likely HOFer > 100)

When you look at the numbers Ernie Lombardi is a borderline candidate until you consider the position he played.  Batting over .300 ten times as a Catcher is very impressive.  Winning a MVP andtwo Batting Titles is what helps propel him into the Hall of Fame.  What didn’t get him in was his running ability as he is considered one of the slowest players to ever play.  He wasn’t the greatest defensively, but he led the league in fielding percentage on two occasions.  He had some memorable moments like catching Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back hitters.  That high was countered by his low point, the “Lombardi’s Swoon”.  He was crushed in a collision at home plate in the 1939 World Series by Charlie Keller so much so that Joe Dimaggio was able to score as well behind him.  Despite that play, Schnozz was still a Hall of Famer in my book.

 
References
Baseball-reference.com
 

 

 

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    The story is that “The Schnozz” is the slowest object,animate or inani-
    mate,in the Hall Of Fame!!!!!

  2. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    Cat could hit though.

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