Cooperstown Chronicles – Phil Rizzuto

Apr 24, 2008

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mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News, wanted me to profile Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto.  Here are my findings.


Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
1661 Games 
5816 At Bats
.273 Batting Average
877 Runs
1588 Hits 
239 Doubles 
62 Triples
38 Home Runs 
563 RBI
149 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  52 games, 45 Hits in 183 At Bats (.246), 21 runs, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 World Series Rings

Awards
1950 MVP
1950 Major League Player of the Year
1951 Babe Ruth Award
5 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-Base % - Once
Games – Four Times
At Bats – Three Times
Runs – Three Times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Once
Triples – Three times
Walks – Once
Stolen Bases – Eight Times

The Scooter probably doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame based on his numbers.  However, how can you overlook the seven World Series titles as a key member of the team?  How can you overlook his work as an announcer for forty years?  He received MVP votes in virtually every season that he played, which shows his worth.  Scooter is the epitome of baseball.  “Holy Cow” does he deserve to be among the greats in Cooperstown

References
Baseball-reference.com

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Mark McGwire
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Jack Morris
Al Oliver
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Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
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Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
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Don Mattingly
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    April 24th, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Scooter along with Pee Wee Reese are examples that there is more to HOF players than numbers, They were leaders on their teams and set the tone for the Yankees and Dodgers respectivly.

  2. Ryan Lester
    April 24th, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    Larry – Totally agree

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | 1800blogger
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    [...] Parrish Vada Pinson Boog Powell Tim Raines Willie Randolph Pee Wee Reese* Allie Reynolds Jim Rice Phil Rizzuto* Brooks Robinson* Pete Ro$e Amos Rusie* Jimmy Ryan Ron Santo Curt Schilling Red Schoendienst* [...]

  4. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    [...] Parrish Vada Pinson Boog Powell Tim Raines Willie Randolph Pee Wee Reese* Allie Reynolds Jim Rice Phil Rizzuto* Brooks Robinson* Pete Ro$e Amos Rusie* Jimmy Ryan Ron Santo Curt Schilling Red Schoendienst* [...]

  5. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    [...] Parrish Vada Pinson Boog Powell Tim Raines Willie Randolph Pee Wee Reese* Allie Reynolds Jim Rice Phil Rizzuto* Brooks Robinson* Pete Ro$e Amos Rusie* Jimmy Ryan Ron Santo Curt Schilling Red Schoendienst* [...]

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