Cooperstown Chronicles – Ted Simmons

Jan 17, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

If you look up to see who has the most hits by a catcher, you may be surprised by the answer.  Obviously, the title of the entry tips my hand, but if you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer is Ted Simmons.  Ted played 21 seasons with St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the Braves.  He will have to wait for the Veterans Committee to induct him, but I think he should already be in.

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
.285 Batting Average (hit .300 or better seven times)
1074 Runs
2472 Hits (90th All-time)
248 Home Runs
483 Doubles (61st All-time)
1389 RBI (68th All-time)

The Awards
1 Silver Sluggers
8 All-Star Appearances
Received MVP votes 7 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Six times (2nd in ’75)
On Base % – Four times
Slugging % – Four times
OPS – Five times
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Eight Times
RBI – Six Times
Total Bases – Four Times


Simmons wasn’t great defensively, which hurts his case as a catcher.  However, he was a major force on offense.  He has more hits and doubles than any Hall of Fame catcher.  Only Yogi Berra has more RBIs.  It’s time to let this member of Harvey’s Wallbangers in the Hall of Fame.

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice

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18 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Keith86
    September 18th, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    If Simmons played in NY, Boston, or maybe LA, he’d be in. He’s deserving and should be in the Hall.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2008 at 5:10 am #

    Keith – Agree. He could flat out hit

  3. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    RIGHT ON!!!!!

  4. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 7:32 am #


  5. roger
    January 31st, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    If simmons doesnt belong than neither does mickey Mantle

  6. LestersLegends
    January 31st, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    I’m not going that far, but he is darn worthy.

  7. Jeff Hall
    February 26th, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Growing up as a Cardinal fan, I watched Ted Simmons from his rookie seasn on. Along with George Brett, nobody in baseball hit the ball as consistently hard as Simmons. He played on some lousy Crdinal teams and had little protection behind him and still put up great numbers. One of the best RBI hitters in either league. Compare his numbers to other HOF catchers and how does one explain he does not deserve to be in the HOF. Having said that, how are Ron Guidry, Andre Dawson, Jim Kaat, Tommy John and especially Bert Blyleven not in? The HOF selection leaves much to be desired. Anybody who studies baseball and watched Ted Simmons play knows he is a true Hall of Famer. Thanks for great memories Ted. Simmons at the plate, Jack Buck behind the mike, Ernie Hays on the organ at the best baseball stadium ever, Old Busch Memorial Stadium. Now that’s baseball!

  8. LestersLegends
    February 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm #


  9. Bill
    May 9th, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Which ML Catcher was second in the most career hits category?

  10. LestersLegends
    May 9th, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    pudge passed simmons moving carlton fisk to third

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  13. Anonymous
    June 6th, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Except Simmons is borderline, at best, and it’s clear to me. I’d put him in as the border. Worse than Ted Simmons? You ain’t a HOFer…Better? Punch your ticket..

  14. LestersLegends
    June 7th, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    If he weren’t a Catcher then I’d agree. The numbers he produced as a Catcher makes it a no-brainer to me.

  15. erik
    August 13th, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    i pride myself with knowing baseball history and stats but i was shocked when i found this website and clicked on ted simmons. i thought he was some guy from 1880. i never really heard of him. the fact that he was a catcher and i never really heard of him also was crazy. after looking at his stats and due to the fact that he was a catcher, he should be in the hall. if you think mike piazza gets in, then simmons should be in. the sad thing is that if he did play for NY or BOS he would have been in or i would have at least known of the guy. i mean i wasnt born when he played but i study all players and some how over looked this guys stats. when i asked my dad about simmons he thought i was talkin about al simmons, then he goes “oh yeah i remember him”. at first he didnt even know, then he figured it out and knew everything about him, but it took him a couple minutes. also have you ever profiled thurman munson? i dont know if you profiled him yet but you should if you have not. munson’s lifetime stats are similar to those of mickey cochrane, another catcher from the 30′s and 40′s. munsons stats were incomplete cause he died, cochrane was just a drunk. anyway munson was a 7-time all star, rookie of the year, 3 time gold glove winner, a mvp, and a world series champ. he would have been a no-brainer if he played about 3 more seasons, but i think he gets in

  16. LestersLegends
    August 13th, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    He never dominated like Piazza, but he was a great hitting Catcher.

    I think Munson should be in. He was easily one of the best in the game, especially at his position. This time the Yankee influence will be deserving.

  17. erik
    August 14th, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    catchers are judged differntly than other positions. jonny bench and simmons revolutionized the position because they were great hitters. before them mickey cochrane was the exception. cochrane didn’t have 2000 career hits but was inducted since he was the greatest hittin catcher until bench and simmons came around. there were other catchers however. one such catcher that is over looked for induction is bill freehan. freehan was an 11-time all star and 5 time gold glove winner. he had 200 HR’s. if he would have had 2000 career hits he would be a no-brainer to me. i say if gary carter is in there than freehan should be in there. what do u think?

  18. MrBoomBoom
    July 23rd, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    I think there are a few things that have combined to make writers look away from Teddy to pay more attention to the Pudges, Piazzas and thte Benches…when Bench was at his best, his success overshadowed Teddy’s, regardless of how both of them revolutionized the postition…Piazza’s bat has helped his cause, because he was a homerun hitter, during a period in baseball that was all about homers…and Pudge was a genius with the glove and arm, which are two of the things that HOF writers have held against Simmons. But at the end of the day, any catcher who caught as many games as Ted..and had as many doubles, along with a high BA, should be in the HOF. Back in his day, playing the position was a grueling job, to say the very least. There wasnt nearly as much protection…there was no hlemet…all you had was a mask that was held together with band aids and spit..and a ballcap turned backwards…and back up catchers were a figment of eveyrbody’s imagination, because players like Simmons GOT PAID TO PLAY EVERY INNING.. Im sure the Veterans’ Committee will get Simmons in. But in my opinion he shouldve been in a long time ago, with the Gary Carters and the Johnny Bench’s..

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