Cooperstown Chronicles – Ralph Houk

Feb 13, 2008

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I thought I was done with my Cooperstown Chronicles, but I’ve changed my mind.  I can’t think of any other players I feel should be in, but there are some managers.  One of those manager is Ralph Houk.   It’s not an easy task to replace a legend.  He did that when he took over for Casey Stengel.  He had the “misfortune” of having his success early.  Not many people would complain about winning back-to-back World Series titles, but had they come at the end of his managing career they would likely be the cherry on top of a Hall of Fame career.  As it stands, Ralph is still on the outside looking in.

He currently ranks 14th on the all-time wins list for managers with 1619, ahead of Hall of Famers like Dick Williams, Tommy Lasorda, and others.  He winning percentage was .514, which included twelve seasons over .500.  He had a bad run in the middle of his career with the Detroit Tigers, but he was solid for both the Yankees (.525) and the Red Sox (.539).  Had they awarded Manager of the Year in the 60′s, he would have likely won three straight from 1961-1963.  Just because his success came early, doesn’t diminish what he did.  1600 wins and a pair or World Series titles are enough for me.

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Houk with Yogi, The Mick, and Joltin’ Joe

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | 1800blogger
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    [...] Chick Hafey* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) Gil Hodges Ralph Houk (Manager) Shoeless Joe Jackson Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim Kaat George [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    [...] Jesse Haines* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) Gil Hodges Ralph Houk (Manager) Shoeless Joe Jackson Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim Kaat George [...]

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    [...] Jesse Haines* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) Gil Hodges Ralph Houk (Manager) Waite Hoyt* Shoeless Joe Jackson Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim [...]

  4. Eric Weinhold
    July 10th, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    How come no one ever mentions Jake Daubert for Hall of Fame consideration? Daubert’s numbers include 2,800 hits and a life time batting average of .303 He was also the 1913 National League’s MVP.

  5. LestersLegends
    July 10th, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    He has 2326 Hits, the MVP, two batting titles, which gets him close, but his numbers just weren;t there.

    Here are his HOF yardsticks:
    Hall Of Fame StatisticsPlayer rank in (·)
    Black Ink Batting – 12 (195), Average HOFer ≈ 27

    Gray Ink Batting – 86 (266), Average HOFer ≈ 144

    Hall of Fame Monitor Batting – 70 (255), Likely HOFer ≈ 100

    Hall of Fame Standards Batting – 27 (345), Average HOFer ≈ 50

    Below in each one.

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