Cooperstown Chronicles – Pee Wee Reese

Jun 26, 2008
Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1984.

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
Played 1940-1958 (16 Years)
2166 Games
8058 At Bats
.269 Batting Average 
1338 Runs
2170 Hits
330 Doubles
80 Triples
126 HRs
885 RBI
1210 Walks (48th All-time)
232 SBs

One .300 Seasons
Two 100 Run Seasons
Two 30 Double Seasons

Playoffs:  1 World Series Ring (in 7 tries), 46 of 169 (.272), 20 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 Triples, 2 HRs, 16 RBI, 18 Walks, 5 SBs


1956 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
10 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 13 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Once
On-base % - 5 Times
Games – 6 Times
At Bats – 6 Times
Runs – 8 Times (Led league in 1949)
Hits – Twice
Doubles - 2 Times
Triples – 3 Times
Walks – 11 Times (Led league in 1947)
Stolen Bases – 12 Times (Led league in 1952)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 7 (306) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 102 (215) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 34.9 (194) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 99.5 (150) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Pee Wee may have come up short in the HOF yardsticks, but he never came up short in the heart of baseball fans.  Despite missing three years to World War II, Pee Wee still produced some solid numbers, especially for a Shortstop.  He easily would have finished with 1500 Runs, which to me basically punches your ticket to Cooperstown.  He was a key member of 7 pennant winning teams.  The New York Yankees sent them packing six times, however.  While his numbers don’t blow you away, I can clearly see why Cooperstown came calling.  He would have my vote.


Past Chronicles
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
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
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
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
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
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 26th, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    He belongs, He was the glue that held the Dodgers together.
    Anyone who can lead his team to 7 pennents with his leadership on the field and in the clubhouse belongs in the Hall Of Fame

  2. LestersLegends
    June 26th, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Totally agree Larry. He easily passes the name test where you say the guys name and you weigh in without looking at numbers.

  3. Fragnoli
    June 26th, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Amazingly enough, there is nothing that wows me about his stats in comparison to other players hall of fame credentials. But then again, when you compare his position against other that played during his era, he very likely deserved his spot.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 26th, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    Frag – He was more than just stats I gather.

  5. Karmic Boomerang
    June 26th, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    I agree completely. Great guy, great player. Too bad he had to wait until the committee came calling, but he got in. Nice work.

  6. LestersLegends
    June 27th, 2008 at 5:05 am #

    KB – Right on point.

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