Cooperstown Chronicles – Hal Newhouser

Jun 16, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1992.


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The Numbers
Played 1939-1955 (17 Years)
488 Games
374 Starts 
2993 Innings
207 Wins  - 150 Losses
.580 Winning %
3.06 ERA (3.97 League ERA)
1796 Strikeouts
212 Complete Games
33 Shutouts
26 Saves

Four 20 Win Seasons
Five sub-3.00 ERA Seasons
Six 270+ Inning Seasons

World Series:  1 Ring, 4 Games, 3 Starts, 2-1, 6.53 ERA

Awards
1944 & 1945 MVPs
1944 & 1945 TSN Pitcher of the Year
1945 Major League Player of the Year
1945 Pitching Triple Crown
7 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in four seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Wins - 7 Times (Led leage in 1944,1945, 1946 & 1948)
ERA - 7 Times (Led league in 1945 & 1946)
Strikeouts - 9 Times (Led league in 1944 & 1945)
Winning % - 4 Times
Games - 6 Times 
Starts – 6 Times (Led league in 1945)
Innings - 6 Times (Led league in 1945)
Complete Games - 7 Times (Led league in 1945 & 1947)
Shutouts- 6 Times (Led league in 1945)
Saves – Twice

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 47 (27) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 180 (55) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 34.0 (101) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 140.0 (48) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Prince Hal had the league eating from his hand from 1944-1946.  He had perhaps one of the finest three-year stretches in baseball history going 80-27 (.748) with a 1.99 ERA and an average of 225 Ks per year.  His numbers are a little tainted as he didn’t have to battle the likes of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio from 1943-1945, who were off at war.  In his defense, he did attempt to enlist, but was turned down due to a heart condition.  He had continued success from 1946-1950 before finishing his career as a reliever for the 1954 Cleveland Indians AL Pennant team.  He’s the only pitcher ever to win back-to-back MVP Awards.  I’m a little on the fence with this one, but he passes two of the HOF yardsticks, which makes it hard for me to go against the grain with Prince Hal.  He belongs in the Hall of Fame.
 
References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library

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
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
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
Paul Molitor*

Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills


* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    [...] 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 [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | 1800blogger
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    [...] 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 [...]

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