Cooperstown Chronicles – Tony Lazzeri

Jun 17, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri , who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1991.

The Numbers
Played 1926 – 1939 (14 Years)
1740 Games
6297 At Bats
.292 Batting Average
986 Runs
1840 Hits
334 Doubles
115 Triples
178 HRs
1191 RBI
869 Walks
148 SBs

Five .300 Seasons
Two 100 Run Seasons
Seven 100 RBI Seasons
60 10 Triple Seasons

World Series:  5 Rings, 32 Games, 28 of 107 (.262), 16 Runs, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 HRs, 19 RBI, 12 Walks

1 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in five seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – 3 Times
Slugging % – 4 Times
OPS – 4 Times
Games – Twice
At Bats – Twice
Hits – Once
Triples – 4 Times
Home Runs – 4 Times
Total Bases – 3 Times
RBI – 6 Times
Walks – 5 Times
Stolen Bases – 5 Times
Hit by Pitch – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Gray Ink: Batting – 91 (256) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 37.9 (167) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 89.0 (177) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Well, he had one of the most unusual nicknams in “Poosh ‘Em Up Tony”, and he was a member of five World Series championship teams.  However, I’m not sure he deserved to be enshrined.  He was rarely among the league leaders in most offensive categories.  His overall numbers don’t jump out at you either.  He did drive in a great deal of RBIs for a Second Baseman though.  He did tear up the Pacific League in 1925 with 60 HRs and 222 RBIs.  Those are Ninteno Baseball Stars’ numbers.  Given the fact that he played Second Base and drove in all of those Runs makes me understand his inclusion better.  Throw in his role in Murderers’ Row and all of those World Series rings and I can justify it.  He’s not a slam dunk, but he is deserving.
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