Cooperstown Chronicles – George Van Haltren

Mar 1, 2008

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George Van Haltren is another one suggested by Favre is overrated 2007, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

The Numbers
1984 Games 
8021 At Bats
.316 Batting Average (72nd All-time)
1639 Runs (33rd All-time)
2532 Hits (80th All-time)
285 Doubles 
161 Triples (38th All-time)
69 Home Runs
1014 RBI 
3346 Total Bases 
583 Stolen Bases (20th All-time)

93 Games
.563 Win %
65 Complete Games
4 Saves
281 Strikeouts
4.05 ERA
1.528 WHIP

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Four times
On-Base % – Four times
Slugging % – Once
OPS -  Once
Games – Eight times (Led league in 1894, 1896 & 1898)
At Bats – Seven times (Led league in 1898)
Runs – Eight times
Hits – Nine times
Doubles - Twice
Triple – Seven times (Led league in 1896)
Home Runs – Twice
Total Bases – Five times
Extra-base Hits – Twice
Walks – Twice
Stolen Bases – Five times (Led league in 1900)

Winning Percentage – Twice
Stikeouts – Once
Shutouts – Once
Saves – Three times

I didn’t know of George Van Haltren before researching this.  What I found out is “Rip” had eleven seasons of 100+ runs (5 with 120+), eight seasons of 10+ triples, several seasons of .300 or better hitting, solid overall rankings, and even some decent pitching.  He had a strong arm in the outfielder, racking up outfield assists.  He was one of the best of his era and, along with Jimmy Ryan, is the only player (that isn’t banned because of gambling) with 1600+ runs that isn’t in the Hall of Fame.  I think it’s time for that to change.

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 1st, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    Great suggestion by Favre is overrated 2007
    And great research by you Ryan, I never even heard of him, But the Numbers say he absolutly should be in!

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 1st, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    Larry – no doubt. 1600 runs is a must

  3. Francis Amar
    June 24th, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    i’m impressed by all the research that you’ve done. i enjoy your write ups, they are very informative, i had never even heard of van haltren.

    have you done an analysis of vada pinson yet?

  4. LestersLegends
    June 24th, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Francis – Thanks. I’ll add him to the list.

  5. Ian
    December 10th, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Dear lord, I thought I was the only person alive who was rooting for this guy. I’m astounded that the Veteran’s Committee keeps leaving him off their ballots. Has everyone forgotten?

  6. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Ian – I don’t know what their problem is. It’s like they are overcompensating for Frisch’s reign. One of twenty on the recent ballot. Really?

  7. BraystreetLad
    December 31st, 2008 at 8:29 am #

    Van Haltren,Jimmy Ryan,Ed McKean,Bad Bill Dahlen and a few others were
    missed by the original “Old Timers’ Committee”(as the Vets were called
    in the 30′s and 40′s),and by ol’ George’s stats and the things I’ve read
    about him by his compatriots,it is indeed CURIOUS why he isn’t in Coo-
    P.S.This opinion is for those who believe Babe Herman,Ken Williams(the original 30-30 man with the ’22 Browns,not the White Sox’ GM),
    Bing Miller,Lefty O’Doul,Bob Veach,Riggs Stephenson and other one-di-
    mensional .320 hitters of 80 years ago when half-blind men(Chick Ha-
    fey,for one) were hitting .320 should be enshrined.

  8. LestersLegends
    December 31st, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Yeah, this one puzzles me Bray.

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