Re: RedsZone Hall of Fame - Right Fielders
All right, who didn't vote for Babe Ruth?
Let me stump for two old-timers here:
King Kelly was, arguably, the biggest star of the 1800s. It comes down to him or Cap Anson. The man helped make the game. IMO, the HOF would have a huge, gaping hole without him in there. It's like trying to talk about American history and skipping over Ben Franklin.
Sam Rice lost time to WWI and had less than 1,000 ABs prior to age 29 thanks to that and to folks not thinking a little guy like him could play the game. He had to battle his way in the majors and he wound up with 2,987 hits. Personally I consider him to have 3,006 career hits because I count the 19 he got in the postseason. He's the only player in baseball history who crosses over the 3,000-hit line if you count his postseason accomplishments (which, IMO, should be part and parcel of a player's career totals). He had no HR power, but he was a good doubles hitter and he was a triples machine. If ever a guy scratched and clawed his way into a HOF career, it was Sam Rice.
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