Cooperstown Chronicles – Johnny Mize

Jul 3, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Johnny Mize, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1981.

The Numbers
Played 1936-1953 (15 Seasons)
1884 Games
6443 At Bats
.312 Batting Average 
1118 Runs
2011 Hits
3621 Total Bases
367 Doubles
83 Triples
359 HRs
1337 RBI
856 Walks 
28 SBs

Nine .300 Seasons
Five 100 Run Seasons
One 200 Hit Season
Six 30 Double Seasons
Three 10 Triple Seasons
Three 40 HR Seasons
Eight 100 RBI Seasons

Playoffs:  Five World Series Rings, 12 of 42 (.286), 5 Runs, 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 9 RBI, 5 Walks.

Awards

1952 Babe Ruth Award
10 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 11 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – 7 Times (1939 Batting Title)
On-base % - 9 Times
Slugging % - 9 Times (Led league in 1938, 1939, 1940 & 1942)
OPS - 9 Times (Led league in 1938, 1939 & 1940)
Games - 5 Times
At Bats - 3 Times
Runs – 6 Times (Led league in 1947)
Hits - 6 Times
Total Bases – Nine Times (Led league in 1938, 1939 & 1940)
Extra-base Hits – 10 Times (Led league in 1938, 1939, 1940 & 1947)
Doubles - 4 Times (Led league in 1947)
Triples – 5 Times (Led league in 1938)
Home Runs – 11 Times (Led leagie in 1939, 1940, 1947 & 1948) 
RBI – 10 Times (Led league in 1940, 1942 & 1947)
Walks – 5 Times
Hit by Pitch – 7 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 50 (26) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 202 (37) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 47.0 (90) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 175.0 (57) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Once again I am befuddled.  Only this time instead of being surprised that someone who’s borderline makes it, I’m left wondering what took them so long.  The Big Cat blew three of the HOF yardsticks out of the water (wonder what’s up with his HOF Standards rating) and was consistently one of the top sluggers in the game.  In fact, his .562 Slugging % is the 18th best total ever (8th if you discount anyone that played during the steroids era).  He hit 40 HRs three different times when hitting 40 HRs meant something.  To make his numbers even more significant, one must consider the fact that he missed the 1943-1945 seasons while in his prime to enlist in the Navy during World War II.  Had he not served, he easily would have reached 400 HRs & 1500 RBI (he would only need to average 14 HRs and 55 RBI per season), If his numbers weren’t enough, he finished his career with the Yankees with 5 straight World Series titles.   He also holds the record with six 3 HR games in his career.  It’s a shame he had to wait so long, but at least he was alive when he was enshrined.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

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Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
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George Davis*
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Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
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Shoeless Joe Jackson
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Tommy John
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
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Graig Nettles
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Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese
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Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
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Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
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Lee Smith
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Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
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* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    July 5th, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    You are so right, Why the wait. I wonder if the writers did not like him or said he is not as great as other Yankees in the HOF. That is a bad reason to keep him out. but it happens in both baseball and the NFL, look at several Dolphin and Steeler players from the 70s that are not in from their great teams. but writers do hold grudges against some players (see Jim Rice) I expect the writers will do the same thing with Schilling and make him wait 10 to 15 years to vote him in,

  2. LestersLegends
    July 6th, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Excellent points. I hope Schilling doesn’t have to wait that long. Some of the writes make it personal, and for that they should lose their vote.

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