Cooperstown Chronicles – Jimmie Dykes
He came up just short as a player and never finished better than third as a manager, however I think Jimmie Dykes’ involvement in the game of baseball for parts of six decades merits his inclusion in Cooperstown. He had 2256 hits to go along with his 1406 managerial victories joining Fred Clakre and Joe Torre as the only managers to have over 2200 hits and 1400 victories. Dykes’ 1406 victories places him 23rd on the all-time list.
As a player he racked up 2256 hits (139th All-time), scored 1108 runs (222nd), had 453 doubles (78th), 90 triples, 108 home runs, 1071 RBI (201st), 115 Hit by Pitch (42nd) with a .280 batting average and a .399 slugging percentage. He was an All-Star in 1933 & 1934 and received MVP votes in 1922, 1927, and 1936. His top ten finishes include On-base % (twice), Slugging %, OPS, Games (3 times), Doubles, Triples, Home Runs (twice), Walks, and Hit by Pitch (13 times).
Although he didn’t have the success at manager, he did win two World Series with the Athletics in 1929 & 1930. He hit .421 in the 1929 games. In 18 World Series games he had 17 hits (.288), 6 runs, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI, and 11 walks.
His life was baseball. He did it well for 22 seasons as a player and 22 as a manager. He may be under the radar, but I think his longevity and his contributions to the game merit a spot in Cooperstown.
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Ralph Houk (Manager)