Cooperstown Chronicles – Paul Molitor

May 21, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

Leafs7420, a friend of mine from Sporting News, wanted me to profile Hall of Famer Paul Molitor

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
Played 1978-1998 (21 Years)
2683 Games (29th All-time)
.306 Batting Average
3319 Hits (9th All-time)
1782 Runs (18th All-time)
605 Doubles (11th All-time)
114 Triples
234 HRs
4854 Total Bases (22nd All-time)
1307 RBI (94th All-time)
504 SB (36th All-time)
1094 Walks (72nd All-time)
39-Game Hitting Streak

Playoffs:  29 Games, 43 for 117 (.368), 28 Runs, 5 Doubles, 3 Triples, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 15 Walks, 1 World Series Ring. 


1993 World Series MVP
1987 ML Hut Award
1993 Babe Ruth Award
1997 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1998 Branch Rickey Award
4 Silver Sluggers
7 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 9 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – 11 Times
On-base % – 6 Times
Slugging % – Once
OPS – Four Times
Games - 6 Times (Led league in 1994)
At Bats – 8 Times (Led league in 1982 & 1991)
Runs – 7 Times (Led league in 1982, 1987 & 1991)
Hits – 9 Times (Led league in 1991, 1993 & 1996)
Total Bases – 5 Times
Doubles – 6 Times (Led league in 1987)
Triple – 6 Times (Led league in 1991)
RBI – Once
Stolen Bases – 7 Times

The Ignitor surely earned his spot in Cooperstown with his amazing numbers.  He’s one of four guys (Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins) with .300 average, 3000 Hits, and 500 SBs.  He had five 100+ Run seasons, four 200+ Hit seasons, ten 30+ Double seasons, eight 30+ SB seasons, and twelve .300+ seasons.  He primarily played DH, which did not prevent him from being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  He also played 3rd, 2nd, 1B, SS, and OF. He had the seventh longest hitting streak ever when he hit in 39 straight in 1987.  He battled through a drug problem early in his career to become of of the very best to lac up cleats.  He was the first 40 year old to collect 200 Hits.   I could go on and on about the Minnesota native, but you get the point.  The man oozed Greatness and he is more than deserving of his Hall of Fame induction.


Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
Andre Dawson
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
John Franco
Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    [...] Gene Mauch (Manager) Carl Mays 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 [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    [...] Gene Mauch (Manager) Carl Mays 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 [...]

  3. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    The best I’ve seen at dropping a bunt down. He was terrific…

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