Cooperstown Chronicles – Harry Stovey

May 5, 2008

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I’ve decided to profile Harry Stovey.  Here are my findings.

The Numbers
1486 Games
6138 At Bats
.289 Batting Average
1492 Runs (66th All-time)
1771 Hits
347 Doubles
174 Triples (21st)
122 Home Runs
908 RBI
663 Walks 
509 Stolen Bases (33rd All-time)

Awards


Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Six Times
On-Base % – Seven Times
Slugging % – Eight Times (Led league in 1883, 1889 & 1891)
OPS -Eight Times
Games – Twice (Led league in 1885)
At-Bats – Three Times
Runs - Ten Times (Led league in 1883, 1884, 1885 & 1889)
Hits - Four Times
Total Bases – Eight Times (Led league in 1883, 1889 & 1891)
Doubles – Nine Times (Led league in 1883)
Triples – Seven Times (Led league in 1880, 1884, 1888 & 1891)
Home Runs – Eleven Times (Led league in 1880, ’83, ’85, ’89 & 1891)
RBI - Five Times (Led league in 1889)
Extra-Base Hits – Ten (Led league in 1880, ’83, ’84, ’89 & 1891)
Walks – Eight Times
Stolen Bases – Five Times (Led league in 1886 & 1890)

Harry is one of the forgotten players of the Dead Ball Era.  He played for the Worcester Ruby Legs, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Reds, Boston Beaneaters, Baltimore Orioles, and the Brooklyn Grooms.  He was consistently one of the best sluggers in the game.   He was alos one of the games best basestealers.  His real last name was Stowe, but he used the alternative surname to keep his family from finding out.  He strung together nine straight 110+ run seasons.  He had 509 career stolen bases despite not having any recorded until he was 29 and six years into his playing career.  He was the first player to hit 100 career Home Runs.  His Black Ink and Gray Ink ratings are all above what you typically need to be enshrined.  I don’t know why he was overlooked, but to me clearly he is deserving of enshrinement into the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library

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Rocky Colavito
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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    May 5th, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    I agree with you. He was in the top 10 more enough times and had led the league enough times to say he was one of the very best in his era.

  2. Ryan Lester
    May 5th, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    Totally agree Larry.

  3. Plehooliolajal
    May 8th, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    well done, dude

  4. Ryan Lester
    May 8th, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    Pleh – Thanks much.

  5. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    [...] Ted Simmons Enos Slaughter* Lee Smith Rusty Staub Vern Stephens Dave Stieb Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby [...]

  6. Philip Vaughn
    February 6th, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    For looks at Harry Stovey and his long exclusion from Cooperstown based upon prejudice against players in the fabled American Association (major league circuit, 1882-1891; first competitor of the National League), see both AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning and AMERIDI (American Diamonds): An American Baseball Reader. Both published by Booklocker of Bangor, Maine.

  7. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks for adding Philip.

  8. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    [...] Ted Simmons Enos Slaughter* Lee Smith Rusty Staub Vern Stephens Dave Stieb Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby [...]

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

    [...] Ted Simmons Enos Slaughter* Lee Smith Rusty Staub Vern Stephens Dave Stieb Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby [...]

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