Cooperstown Chronicles – Sherry Magee

Apr 23, 2008

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Third Stone From the Sun, a friend of mine from Sporting News, wanted me to profile Sherry Magee.  Here are my findings. 

The Numbers

2087 Games
7441 At Bats
.291 Batting Average
1112 Runs
2169 Hits
425 Doubles
166 Triples
83 HRs
1176 RBI
441 SB

7th in MVP Votes in 1914

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice (Led league in 1910)
On-base % – Five Times (Led league in 1910)
Slugging % – Eleven Times (Led league in 1910 & 1914)
OPS – Eight Times (Led league in 1910)
Games – Four Times (Led league in 1905)
At Bats – Three Times
Runs – Seven Times (Led league in 1910)
Hits – Six Times (Led league in 1914)
Double – Ten Times (Led league in 1914)
Triples – Nine Times
Home Runs – Seven Times
Total Bases – Nine Times (Led league in 1910 & 1914)
RBI – Nine Times (Led league in 1907,1910, 1914, 1918)
Walks – Once
Hit By Pitch – Six Times
Stolen Bases - Six Times

His numbers aren’t that impressive overall, but you have to consider that he played in the Dead Ball Era.  He was easily one of the best hitters in his era, finishing in the top ten in virtually ever offensive category for a decade.  He ranks 44th on the All-time Black Ink test and 34th on the Gray Ink test to determine his Hall of Fame worthiness.  It’s a wonder to me how he escaped entry into the Hall of Fame this long, but if I were in charge he wouldn’t have to wait one more day.

Baseball Reference

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    Great research. The clincher to me is his stats in HIS era, Top 10 in almost every stat for 5 to 11 times.
    You have proved he is a Hall Of Famer

  2. Ryan Lester
    April 23rd, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    Larry – totally. he was overlooked

  3. Sam Magee
    October 25th, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    This is an Uncle I never knew or was told about. But his brother was a “Great Grandfather”.

  4. LestersLegends
    October 25th, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by Sam.

  5. jeff
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    I heard he had a reputation of being extremely angry, having assaulted an umpire and earning a suspension. perhaps this kept him out of the hall in the early years. I know Cobb had similar altercations, but his numbers were undeniable.

  6. LestersLegends
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Interesting. Thanks for adding Jeff.

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