Cooperstown Chronicles – Jimmie Dykes

Feb 14, 2008

 First I’m going to do my part to help Save the Hall of Fame Game.   If you think a tradition that dates back seventy years is important, then Sign the Petition. OK, on to the matter at hand.

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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.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Kristian Connolly
    February 14th, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    Ryan:

    Thanks for helping to save the Hall of Fame Game. It’s important to note to your readers that visiting savethefamegame.com lets them send an email directly to Bob Dupuy, MLB, the MLBPA and the Hall of Fame, while the petition you’ve cited is just that, a petition. PLEASE do both to help save a tradition that dates back to 1940, and that has such great impact on so many people, baseball fans and otherwise, especially in Central New York.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 14th, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    No problem. Thanks for the info.

  3. Big Denny
    February 15th, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Who?

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    May 7th, 2009 at 8:55 am #

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    May 13th, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

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    [...] Stan Coveleski* 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 [...]

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