Cooperstown Chronicles – Jesse Haines

May 6, 2009
I decided to profile Hall of Famer Jesse Haines, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1970.
 

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI
 
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The Numbers
Played 1918-37 (19 seasons)
210 Wins – 158 Losses
.571 Winning Percentage
3.64 ERA
1.350 WHIP
981 Strikeouts
555 Games
388 Starts
3208-2/3 Innings Pitched
208 Complete Games
24 Shutouts
10 Saves

Three 20+ Win Seasons
Three Sub-3.00 ERA Seasons

World Series:  2 Rings, 6 Games, 4 Starts, 32-1/3 IP, 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 12 Ks, 2 CGs, 1 Shutout

Awards
MVP Votes in 1927

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – Four Times
ERA – Three Times
Winning % – Six Times
WHIP – Once
Games – Once
Starts – Four Times
Innings Pitched – Twice
Strikeouts – Four Times
Complete Games – Four Times (Led league in 1927)
Shutouts – Five Times (Led league in 1921 & 1927)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink Pitching – 8 (288), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray Ink Pitching – 91 (246), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame Monitor Pitching – 65 (180), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Pitching – 27 (171), Average HOFer ≈ 50

 

I’m a bit puzzled by his inclusion.  His career numbers don’t jump out at year.  His dominance isn’t even evident if you break it down year-by-year.  He had just a handful of excellent years.  He pitched well in the postseason, but he didn’t have enough postseason starts for that to catapult him in.  He was HOF worthy in his 1926 World Series shutout of the Yankees, in which he homered, and his brilliant 1927 season.  Other than the “Pop” was good, not great.  There’s a long list of guys below who I feel are better suited for Cooperstown than Jesse Haines.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Earl Averill*
Harold Baines

Dan Bancroft*
Jake Beckley*

Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Earle Combs*
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Roger Connor*
Larry Corcoran

Mike Cuellar
Bill Dahlen
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Wes Ferrell
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Lefty Gomez*
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Joe Gordon
Mark Grace
Bobby Grich
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Chick Hafey*

Billy Herman*
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Travis Jackson*
Tommy John
Bob Johnson
Addie Joss*
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Joe Kelley*
George Kelly*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Chuck Klein*
Jerry Koosman
Bill James & Pete Palmer
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Freddie Lindstrom*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Rube Marquard*
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Carl Mays
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
Vada Pinson
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese*
Allie Reynolds
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
Vern Stephens
Dave Stieb
Mel Stottlemyre
Harry Stovey
Sam Thompson
Luís Tiant
Joe Torre
Alan Trammell

George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Mickey Vernon
Frank Viola
Bucky Walters
Mickey Welch*
Lou Whitaker
Deacon White
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
Hack Wilson*
Ross Youngs*
Veterans Committee Ballot
 

* Signifies actual Hall of Famers

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    May 13th, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

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