Cooperstown Chronicles – Nellie Fox

Jun 11, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Nellie Fox, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1997.


 
The Numbers
Played 1947-1965 (19 Years)
2367 Games (85th All-time)
9232 At Bats (51st All-time)
.288 Batting Average
2663 Hits (61st All-time)
1279 Runs 
355 Doubles 
112 Triples
35 HRs
3347 Total Bases
790 RBI
76 SB 
719 Walks
142 Hit by Pitch (21st All-time)

Six .300+ Seasons
Four 100 Run Seasons
One 200 Hit Season (Five 190 Hit Seasons)
Four 10+ Triple Seasons

World Series (Lost):  6 Games, 9 for 24 (.375), 4 Runs, 3 Doubles, 4 Walks

Awards
1959 MVP
3 Gold Gloves
12 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 10 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Games - 11 Times (Led league in ’54, ’55, ’57, ’58, ’59)
At Bats – 12 Times (Led league in ’52, ’55, ’56, ’59, ’60)
Batting Average – 8 Times
On Base % – Twice
Runs – Seven Times
Hits – Ten Times (Led league in ’52, ’54, ’57, ’58)
Total Bases - Four Times
Doubles - 5 Times
Triples - 11 Times (Led league in 1960)
Walks – Once
Intentional Walks – Twice
Hit by Pitch – 14 Times (Led league in 1955)
Stolen Bases – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 23 (84) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 131 (133) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 30.9 (254) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 163.0 (67) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Nellie was one of the hardest strikeouts the game has ever seen.  His 47.4 At Bats/Strikeout is the fourth best ever.  He was tops in the league at that stat 12 times, including 11 straight.  He never struck out more than 18 times in a season.  That’s a pretty amazing feat.  Almost as impressive is the fact that despite rarely striking out he didn’t ground into a ton of double plays.  Eight times he was in the top two in the league in hits.  He left his mark on the game with his hustle and consistent play.  He missed being elected by The Baseball Writers of America Association by 1 vote (actually if you rounded the percentage up he would have made it).  I can see why the VC put him in.  If I had a vote I would agree that he belongs in Cooperstown.
 
References
Baseball-reference.com

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Albert Belle
Pete Browning
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Joe Carter
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. karen stine.
    November 4th, 2008 at 7:20 am #

    my dad grew up with and was good friends with nellie fox.i grew up knowing how much my dad admired him.even though i never met nellie i always felt that i knew him.my father was fred nelson stine originally of antrim township,franklin county pa.i know very little of m dads family and have recently started a genealogy search if there are people out there that knew nellie maybe they also knew my dad and his family as well!if so PLEASE cotact me at wiccanmae@yahoo.com it is worth a try.thank-you Karen Stine.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 4th, 2008 at 7:56 am #

    Good luck Karen. Thanks for sharing

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