Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers
Buddy Lewis passed away February 18. Largely forgotten now, he might have been a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate except:
1) He played for a now-defunct team, the Senators, so he doesn't have much of a present-day constituency.
2) He played in Griffith Stadium, an extremely tough park to hit in.
3) He missed several years to World War Two, and was never quite the same player whe he returned.
His stats up to 1941 are very impressive, and given a nomal career arc from that point on he'd be a lot more famous than he is. But I'm prejudiced in his favor; I had him in a Diamond Mind historical league a few years ago, and the more I read about him the more he struck me as a genuinely nice guy.
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra