Cooperstown Chronicles – Ron Guidry

Jan 29, 2008

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I would have liked to see Ron Guidry get more than the 170 victories he totaled.  If he got 30 more at the same winning percentage (.651), I think he would have been a no-brainer.  He had a nine-year stretch when he was one of the very best pitchers in the game.  His 25-3, 1.74 ERA in 1978 is legendary.  His 3-1, 1.69 ERA in World Series play shows he could elevate his game.  I’m a Red Sox fan, but I appreciate how good Ron Guidry was.  I think he should be a HOFer.  If he’s good enough for to have his number retired by the Yankees and a spot in Monument Park, then he’s good enough for Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
170-91
.651 Winning Percentage (27th All-time)
3.29 ERA
1778 Strikeouts
323 Starts
95 Complete Games (Complete game in every 3.4 starts)
26 Shutouts (Shutout every 12.4 starts)
2392 Innings Pitched

Playoffs:  10 Starts, 5-2, 3.02 ERA, 51 Strikeouts, 3 Complete Games
World Series:  4 Starts, 3-1, 1.69 ERA, 26 Strikeouts, 2 Complete Games

The Awards
1978 Cy Young
1978 Major League Pitcher of the Year
1978 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year
Roberto Clemente Award
4 All-Star Games
5 Gold Gloves
Cy Young votes in 6 Seasons (Runner up in ’85)
MVP votes in 5 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Wins – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
Winning Percentage – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
ERA – 5 Times (1st in ’78 & ’79)
Strikeouts – 7 Times (Runner up in ’78 & ’79)
Shutouts – 5 Times (1st in ’78)
Complete Games – 4 Times (1st in ’83)
Stikeout to Walk Ratio – 9 Times (1st in ’81)

Gator didn’t join the Yankee rotation until he was 26.  All he did was help guide them to back-to-back World Series titles.  He was dominant eight of his first nine seasons.  He needs to be judged on quality rather than quantity.  He doesn’t have the most wins, but his winning percentage is right up there with the all-time greats.  His 1978 season is still one of the best of the ages.  He delivered on the biggest stage.  I think it would only be right if he could his place among the greats of Cooperstown.

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

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Gregory Boudreau
    May 15th, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    I do agree that Ron Guidry should be in the Hall of Fame, all one has to do is look at his numbers, he was a dominat pitcher.

  2. Ryan Lester
    May 15th, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    I totally agree Gregory and this from a Red Sox fan.

  3. Ed Rieke
    July 30th, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    Ron Guidry may not have all the numbers but he certainley has HOF credentials. Guidry deserves a HOF nod. He’s one of the greatest lefties of all time.

  4. LestersLegends
    July 30th, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Ed – This Red Sox fan agrees with you.

  5. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    “Gator” positively belongs in the Hall Of Fame.He was one of the three
    or four best left-handers I’ve seen in my 50 years as a baseball fan.

  6. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    he was something

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    May 7th, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    [...] Gomez* Luis Gonzalez Dwight Gooden Joe Gordon Mark Grace Bobby Grich Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager) Ron Guidry Chick Hafey* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) Gil Hodges Ralph [...]

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    May 13th, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    [...] Gomez* Luis Gonzalez Dwight Gooden Joe Gordon Mark Grace Bobby Grich Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager) Ron Guidry Chick Hafey* Jesse Haines* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) [...]

  9. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    [...] Gomez* Luis Gonzalez Dwight Gooden Joe Gordon Mark Grace Bobby Grich Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager) Ron Guidry Chick Hafey* Jesse Haines* Billy Herman* Keith Hernandez Orel Hershiser Whitey Herzog (Manager) [...]

  10. erik
    August 5th, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    he should get in some day but u know how the writers like to smoke that good crack. they smoke that stuff day and night and when they run out of crack they start huffing gas

  11. david
    December 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    ron guidry had the greatest season I’ve ever seen a major league pitcher have in 1978. june 17th was the day he struck out 18 california angel batters. that was also the game when fans started the clapping when the gator had 2 strikes on a batter. in his career he proved he could compete with the best so why did the yankee front office not give him the manager’s job after joe torre’s stellar career as the yankee skipper. they make joe girardi the manager and then they go out and buy him a world series.

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