Cooperstown Chronicles – Vic Willis

Jun 15, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Vic Willis, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1995.

The Numbers
Played 1898-1910 (13 Years)
513 Games
471 Starts (63rd All-time)
3996 Innings (40th All-time)
249 Wins (46th All-time) - 205 Losses
.548 Winning %
2.63 ERA (57th All-time) [3.09 League ERA]
1651 Strikeouts
388 Complete Games (19th All-Time)
50 Shutouts (19th All-Time)
11 Saves

Eight 20 Win Seasons
Ten sub-3.00 ERA Seasons
Eight 300+ Inning Seasons

World Series:  1 Ring, 2 Games, 1 Start, 0-1, 4.76 ERA


Top Ten Finishes

Wins – 9 Times
ERA – 5 Times (Led league in 1899)
Strikeouts – 7 Times (Led league in 1902)
Winning % – 6 Times
Games – 9 Times (Led league in 1902)
Starts – - 9 Times (Led league in 1902 & 1909)
Innings – 9 Times (Led league in 1902)
Complete Games - 10 Times (Led league in 1902 & 1904)
Shutouts- 9 Times (Led league in 1899 & 1901)
Saves – 4 Times (Led league  in 1902)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 25 (66) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 204 (35) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 43.0 (59) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 122.0 (65) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Vic reaches the mark on half of the HOF yardsticks above.  That’s kind of where I was at initially when looking at his numbers.  He pitched a ton of Games and Innings, but that was the nature of the beast in his era.  I certainly wouldn’t reward someone for doing the norm.  However, when you look at his Adjusted ERA (118) and his Top Ten Finishes you get a clearer picture.  I would have been nice if his career spanned a little longer so his Win total would be closer to 280 or better.  However, every year he was consistently one of the game’s best pitchers.  While I don’t see him as worthy as Bobby Matthews, I have no problem with Vic Willis’ inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

Past Chronicles

Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*

Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    [...] Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills  Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee Ballot   * Signifies actual Hall of [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    [...] Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee [...]

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