Cooperstown Chronicles – Freddie Lindstrom

Jul 12, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Freddie Lindstrom, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1976.


The Numbers
Played 1924-1936 (13 Seasons)
1438 Games
5611 At Bats
.311 Batting Average 
895 Runs 
1747 Hits
301 Doubles
81 Triples
103 HRs
779 RBI
334 Walks
84 SBs

Seven .300 Seasons
Two 100+ Run Seasons
Two 231 Hit Seasons
Four 36+ Double Seasons
Two 10+ Triple Seasons
Two 100+ RBI Seasons

World Series:  11 Games, 13 of 45 (.289), 1 Run, 3 Doubles, 4 RBI, 4 Walks

MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 3 Times
OPS – Once
Games - Once
At Bats - 3 Times
Runs - 3 Times
Hits - Twice (Led league in 1928)
Doubles - 4 Times
Triples – Twice
Home Runs – Once
Total Bases - 3 Times
Extra-base Hits – 3 Times
RBI - Twice
Stolen Bases – Twice

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 3 (508) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 57 (428) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 26.9 (351) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 56.0 (329) (Likely HOFer > 100)

I am truly puzzled by Lindstrom’s inclusion in the Hall of Fame.  Had he been an outstanding defensive Catcher with those numbers, I could justify his inclusion.  However, he didn’t play Catcher.  He played roughly 58% of his games at Third Base and 40% in the Outfield.  He was a decent enough player, but clearly not the best of the best.  He doesn’t come close to reaching any of the necessary milestones, seldom was in the Top Ten in any offensive category, and ranked poorly on the HOF Yardsticks.  He never even received higher than 5% of the vote from the Baseball Writers.  He was the youngers player to ever play in the World Series, but that doesn’t hold much weight in my book.  He even had a “Bill Buckneresque” play in the 12th Inning in Game 7 of the 1924 World Series where the ball took a bad hop and went over his head to allowing the Series-winning run to score.  Another knock against him is the fact that he only had 500+ At Bats in seven seasons (it’s not because he walked a lot either because his career high was 48).  I hate to drag a guy out of the Hall of Fame, but I would give the voters an ultimatum.  Let the truly deserving Third Baseman Ron Santo in immediately or Freddie is out.

BR Bullpen

Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
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
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 Koosman

Bill James & Pete Palmer
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
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
Harry Stovey
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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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    July 13th, 2008 at 12:03 am #

    It seems like he had a couple of HOF seasons but it seems like he did not have much more.
    I agree with your “Santo in” statement,

    Just a side note. It is a very sad day for me as a Yankee fan. Bobby Murcer was one of my alltime favorites, I just got his book on Wednesday.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 13th, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Larry – Thanks for stopping by. Sorry about Bobby.

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