Cooperstown Chronicles – Joe Gordon

Nov 1, 2008


Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

The Veterans Committee is going to vote on twenty players for induction into the Hall of Fame.  There are ten players pre-1943 and ten post-1943.  Today I profile Joe Gordon from that group.

Numbers

Playoffs:  5 Rings, 25 of 103 (.243), 5 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 HRs, 16 RBI, 12 Walks, 2 SBs


Played 1938-1950 (11 seasons)
1566 Games
5707 At Bats
.268 Batting Average
.357 On Base %
.466 Slugging %
914 Runs
1530 Hits
264 Doubles
52 Triples
253 HRs
975 RBI
759 Walks
89 SBs

One .300+ Season
Two 100+ Run Seasons
Two 30+ Double Seasons
Two 30+ HR Seasons
Four 100+ RBI Seasons

Awards
1942 MVP
9 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % – 5 Times
OPS – 4 Times
Games – 5 Times (Led league in 1940 & 1941)
At Bats – 4 Times
Runs – 5 Times
Hits – 1 Time
Total Bases – 6 Times
Doubles – Once
Triples – Once
HRs – 9 Times
RBI – 5 Times
Walks – Twice
SBs – Once
Extra-Base Hits – 6 Times
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 2 (587) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 111 (187) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 29.9 (274) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 87.5 (185) (Likely HOFer > 100)

I can’t figure out while they chose “Flash” Gordon.  Sure he won five World Series titles and was a bopper for a Second Baseman, but that doesn’t seem to be enough in my book.  His Hall of Fame Yardsticks support that claim.  He did miss two seasons for World War II, which I completely respect.  However, in the end I can’t look past his lack of dominance.  Even in his MVP season he did not have numbers that blew you away.  He never led the league in Average, Hits, Runs, Double, Triples, HRs, or RBI.

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
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)
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*
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
Dave Stieb
Mel Stottlemyre
Harry Stovey
Sam Thompson
Luís Tiant
Joe Torre
Alan Trammell

George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
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 Famer

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Geoff
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    A nine-time All Star and MVP should be overlooked for the Hall??? There have been several chapters in several baseball books whose authors claim Gordon should already be in the Hall. As one claimed, Gordon has similar stats to other Hall players, but helped carry that winning attitude for the Yankees. Joe McCarthy loved this player!

  2. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    I hear you, but I just don’t see the dominance.

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