Cooperstown Chronicles – Stan Coveleski

May 13, 2009
I decided to profile Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1969.

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI
The Numbers
Played 1912-28 (14 seasons)
215 Wins – 142 Losses
.602 Winning Percentage
2.89 ERA
1.251 WHIP
981 Strikeouts
450 Games
385 Starts
3082 Innings Pitched
224 Complete Games
38 Shutouts
21 Saves

Five 20+ Win Seasons
Two Sub-2.00 ERA Seasons
Six Sub-3.00 ERA Seasons

World Series:  1 Ring, 5 Games, 5 Starts, 41-1/3 IP, 3-2, 1.74 ERA, 11 Ks, 4 CGs, 1 Shutout

MVP Votes in 1925

Top Ten Finishes
Wins - Six Times
ERA - Nine Times (Led league in 1923 & 1925)
Winning % – Four Times (Led league in 1925)
WHIP – Six Times (Led league in 1920)
Games – Six Times
Starts – Ten Times (Led league in 1921)
Innings Pitched – Eight Times
Strikeouts – Six Times (Led league in 1920)
Complete Games – Seven Times
Shutouts – Nine Times (Led league in 1917 & 1923)
Saves – Four Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Coveleski’s HOF standards are half for enshrinement and half against it.  While I would prefer he had more wins, he did have a solid run as one of the game’s best Pitchers from 1917-1925  In fact, the 177 games he won during that stretch were the most by any Pitcher.  Only Walter Johnson and Grover Alexander had lower ERAs.  He had his signature season in 1920 when he was 20-5 with a league best 2.84 ERA.  He went 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA and three Complete games to help Cleveland beat the Brooklyn Robins in the 1920 World Series.  I can see both why he had to wait for the Veteran’s Committee and why they eventually let him in.   


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Jake Beckley*

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Jim Bottomley*
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Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
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Veterans Committee Ballot

* Signifies actual Hall of Famers

Black Ink Pitching – 22 (78), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray Ink Pitching – 193 (48), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame Monitor Pitching – 109 (83), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Pitching – 38 (78), Average HOFer ≈ 50
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  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    [...] Orlando Cepeda* Rocky Colavito Earle Combs* Dave Concepcion David Cone Roger Connor* Larry Corcoran Stan Coveleski* Mike Cuellar Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes [...]

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