Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductions: At Long Last, The Hawk Flies To Cooperstown

Finally, after a nine-year wait, Andre Dawson is officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He's joined by manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey. Catch up with the sentiment, speeches, and silliness here.

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Andre Dawson's Hall Of Fame Induction Speech: 'There's Nothing Wrong With The Game'

At the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, Andre Dawson, at long last, took the podium. His speech, as expected and deserved, was the longest of the afternoon.

He addressed the game's issue with performance-enhancing drugs without explicitly mentioning it, saying:

"Nothing wrong with the game of baseball. Mistakes have hurt the game and taken a toll on all of us. Individuals have chosen the wrong road, and have chosen their legacy... Do not be lured by the dark side. It's a stain on the game. A stain gradually being removed. But that's the people, not the game. Nothing wrong with the game. There never has been."

As is par for the course, he made a few jabs. He recalled that Tommy Lasorda taught him how to get a free meal -- "eat half your steak, then send it back and complain and get a whole new free one" -- and said it was strange that the Hall would allow a manager and umpire (fellow inductees Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey) sit next to one another.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to take away from his speech is that he spent far more time speaking about his time with the Cubs than he did on his years with the Expos, despie the fact that his plaque features him wearing an Expos cap. He thanked Cubs fans multiple times without acknowledging Expos fans once. He also said that he found out what it was like to be loved by a city when he came to Chicago.

Dawson spoke highly of Pete Rose, who, of course, is barred from the Hall of Fame, though he didn't lobby for his induction. He did, however, lobby for former teammates Lee Smith and Tim Raines.

Toward the end, Dawson choked up while thanking his mother, who passed away four years ago.

And finally, as a personal note, I was pleased to see Andre Dawson, a man I will forever associate with the year 1987, wear the most 1987 tie possible.

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Whitey Herzog's Hall Of Fame Induction Speech: 'It's Like Going To Heaven Before You Die'

Whitey Herzog took the podium at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, and proceeded to elicit plenty of laughs from the crowd. Some notes from his speech:

- He said that if it weren't for the Cardinals players he managed, he might still be "digging ditches somewhere." He spent a good amount of time talking about the Cardinals, but curiously enough, he didn't make a single mention of the Royals teams he managed in the 1970s.

- He commended Andre Dawson for running out every play despite his bad knees, and lauded Doug Harvey, though he gave him a bit of a jab. "He wouldn't put the damn tarp on," he said.

- In his closing remarks, Herzog said, while choking up, that being inducted to the Hall of Fame "is like going to Heaven before you die."

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Doug Harvey's Baseball Hall Of Fame Speech: 'I Want You To Notice That I Stopped The Rain'

On Sunday, retired umpire Doug Harvey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The first hour and change of the ceremony reverted between boring and absurd, and thankfully, Doug Harvey broke the tedium by saying something meaningful.

Harvey, who suffers from throat cancer, recorded his speech for broadcast in advance. Here is a partial transcript:

"I realize that for many of you, this may be the only time in your life you will hear from a major league umpire. So there are a few things I would like to share with you. I've heard it said that umpires are necessary evil. Well, we are necessary, but we are not evil. We are hard-working and dedicated people whose primary interest is to make sure the game is played fairly. We are the integrity of the game.

"Before I joined professional baseball, I started umpiring in San Diego, California. I worked 155 games in a five-month season. For three years in a row, I was working tripleheaders on Saturday and doubleheaders on Sunday. I remember that while watching Don Larsen throw his perfect game on TV, I told the guys with me that I was going to go into professional umpiring, and someday they would be watching me on TV. They laughed me out of the room. Eleven years later, they were watching me on TV, working my World Series plate job.

"I studied my rule book two hours a day for every day that I worked in the minor leagues. Two hours every day, and I never missed. All you players, managers, umpires, broadcasters, writers, at any level, I suggest you know the rules. The real rules. Not the made-up kind.

"Sacrifice can be physical as well as mental. In my first year, umpiring in the major leagues, I was working the plate. Bob Gibson was pitching, and the catcher missed. It caromed up under my mask and broke off two teeth, which I spit on the ground. Shag Crawford came up, said, "you're bleeding. What's wrong with you?" When I told him what happened, he said I should have someone look at it.

"The next day I went to the dentist. He said I needed to take time off. I said no. So he gave me a shot to stop the bleeding, and went on my way. Two months later, it was infected. So I went to another dentist. He punched a hole in it and packed it with cotton. But I kept bleeding. So I just stuffed some chewing tobacco in it.

"I also want to thank the National League for their support, and I will never forget the brotherhood of my fellow umpires. Years ago, my dad told me that someday, I would wake up and realize what I had achieved. Today, I woke up in Cooperstown. Now I know what he meant. As we all know, Cooperstown is the home of baseball. One of the many duties of the home plate umpire is to make sure that the runner touches home. Well, if you're a true baseball fan, you need to visit Cooperstown. This is home. And you need to promise yourself that you'll touch home before the end of the game.

"I'll be watching to make sure you do. Thank you."

After his recorded speech, Harvey, whose nickname is "God," stepped to the microphone for a brief message:

"I'll be quick. I won't hold you long. I want you to notice that I stopped the rain."

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Go Away, John Fogerty: The First Hour Of The Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

As is its annual wont, today's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is an exercise in tedium and inconsequence. Here's a brief rundown:

- Every Hall of Famer in attendance is introduced individually. This took about a half-hour, which would be fine if the speaker didn't use such horrible transitions. "This guy beat you with his glove. But Lou Brock beat you with his legs! Speaking of legs, Johnny Bench! Let me tell you about a bench, a bench named Reggie Jackson!" I'm exaggerating, but it was pretty terrible.

- The American and Canadian national anthems were sung. The Canadian anthem, despite being at least twice as good as the American anthem, was completely butchered by a guy whose name I will not include here, because that would just be mean.

- John Fogerty. Just everything about him. Before any of the Hall of Famers got to speak, the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman was given the floor in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his song, "Centerfield."

And look! He's playing with a baseball bat-shaped guitar! And look! He's not actually playing it!

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Luckily, many a Fogerty bro (Brogerty?) was in attendance, and they seemed to enjoy it.

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JOHN FOGERTY SINGING A MEDIOCRE SONG WHILE PRETENDING TO PLAY A GUITAR THAT IS PRETENDING TO BE A BASEBALL BAT HELLLLLLLLLL YES

If I have to listen to it, then you have to listen to it. Enjoy!

 

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Watch The Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Online

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is being streamed live online by MLB.com. Follow along as Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, and Doug Harvey take the podium in Cooperstown.

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How Andre Dawson's Statistics Compare To Baseball's Hall Of Fame Outfielders

On Sunday in Cooperstown, Andre Dawson will -- think about this -- become the eighth outfielder of the 1980s to join the Baseball Hall of Fame. The voters hemmed and hawed over Dawson's Hall of Fame case for years until finally voting him in the ninth time around, and the debate started before he even finished playing.

Let's take a look at how Dawson stacks up against other Hall of Fame outfielders of his era from a purely statistical basis.

Andre Dawson (1976-96)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
21 Seasons 10769 9927 1373 2774 503 98 438 1591 314 109 589 1509 .279 .323 .482 .806 119
162 Game Avg. 664 612 85 171 31 6 27 98 19 7 36 93 .279 .323 .482 .806 119
PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Vs. Reggie Jackson (1967-87)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
21 Seasons 11416 9864 1551 2584 463 49 563 1702 228 115 1375 *2597* .262 .356 .490 .846 139
162 Game Avg. 656 567 89 148 27 3 32 98 13 7 79 149 .262 .356 .490 .846 139
PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Reggie Jackson struck out more times than anyone in the history of the universe, but as is typical of many strikeout-prone power hitters, Jackson also walked a lot -- more than twice as often as Dawson, in fact. As a consequence, his on-base percentage is better.

Defensively, Dawson was overwhelmingly better: based on total zone data, he was 70 runs above average in the field, whereas Jackson was 23 runs below average. Defense is probably only accountable for around 10% of an outfielder's total value, however, and all things considered, Jackson is statistically better.

Vs. Dave Winfield (1973-1995)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
22 Seasons 12358 11003 1669 3110 540 88 465 1833 223 96 1216 1686 .283 .353 .475 .827 130
162 Game Avg. 673 600 91 169 29 5 25 100 12 5 66 92 .283 .353 .475 .827 130
PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Winfield struck out only slightly more than Dawson did, but drew twice as many walks. Apart from this, the two were remarkably similar in terms of plate production.

But Dawson, despite knee problems that hampered him on the basepaths, stole more bags than Winfield, and while Winfield did win several Gold Gloves, his 91 defensive runs below average suggest that his range was light-years away from Dawson's. If one of these men is statistically superior, he isn't by much.

Vs. Robin Yount (1974-1993)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
20 Seasons 12249 11008 1632 3142 583 126 251 1406 271 105 966 1350 .285 .342 .430 .772 115
162 Game Avg. 695 624 93 178 33 7 14 80 15 6 55 77 .285 .342 .430 .772 115
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Yount didn't play outfield until his career was half over, and like most outfielders, he was no Andre Dawson. Yount was helped by his status as a one-team player and member of the 3,000-hit club. Offensively, Dawson's OPS+ is actually a little higher than Yount's 115, and it's worth noting that while Dawson had to wait for his phone call for nearly a Decade, Yount was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Vs. Rickey Henderson (1979-2003)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
25 Seasons 13346 10961 *2295* 3055 510 66 297 1115 *1406* *335* 2190 1694 .279 .401 .419 .820 127
162 Game Avg. 702 576 121 161 27 3 16 59 74 18 115 89 .279 .401 .419 .820 127
PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Henderson is one of the only players on this list whose outfield ability approaches Dawson's. His career OPS+ of 127 would have been five points higher if he had hung up his cleats after 21 season like a mere mortal would have, and he dominated the stolen base category in more profound fashion than any other baseball player has ever dominated any statistical category. Very few players have put up numbers as valuable as Henderson's, and Dawson wasn't one of them.

Vs. Jim Rice (1974-1989)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
16 Seasons 9058 8225 1249 2452 373 79 382 1451 58 34 670 1423 .298 .352 .502 .854 128
162 Game Avg. 702 638 97 190 29 6 30 113 4 3 52 110 .298 .352 .502 .854 128
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Rice brings up an interesting question. Injuries prevented him from playing more than 16 seasons, and it seems as though four or five extra seasons would have put his plate numbers right up with Dawson's. Longevity is a virtue, though, and thankfully, the BBWAA didn't make Dawson wait as long as it did Rice.

Vs. Tony Gwynn (1982-2001)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
20 Seasons 10232 9288 1383 3141 543 85 135 1138 319 125 790 434 .338 .388 .459 .847 132
162 Game Avg. 679 617 92 209 36 6 9 76 21 8 52 29 .338 .388 .459 .847 132
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Gwynn, like Henderson, was a one-of-a-kind talent, and despite having hit more than three times as many home runs, Dawson can't really touch him.

Vs. Kirby Puckett (1984-1995)

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
12 Seasons 7831 7244 1071 2304 414 57 207 1085 134 76 450 965 .318 .360 .477 .837 124
162 Game Avg. 712 658 97 209 38 5 19 99 12 7 41 88 .318 .360 .477 .837 124
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Generated 7/24/2010.

 

Since Puckett's career was cut short by glaucoma, a comparison of his cumulative statistics wouldn't be very relevant, but I'm posting them here anyway for completion's sake.

As long as there is a Hall of Fame, it will inevitably include some players who are less deserving than others. Dawson was not quite as good as many of the above players, but does his induction lower the statistical bar? Given his outstanding defense, I don't think so.

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How The Baseball Hall Of Fame Decides Which Team's Cap A Player Will Wear

When players become eligible to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Writers Association of America is the first committee to decide whether to let them into Cooperstown. From there, the Hall of Fame itself decides which team's cap a player will wear on his plaque. Their decisions are sometimes met with controversy, but they follow a very explicit set of guidelines.

Fortunately, I happened to come across the cap-choosing guidelines used by the Hall. The First Stage determines whether a player qualifies to wear a particular team's cap into the Hall of Fame, and includes a selection process involving all 30 teams. The Second Stage determines what should be done if a player qualifies for multiple teams.

This is a very strange document. Read on.

 

 

First Stage

New York Yankees
Did this person play for the New York Yankees?
OR
Did this person serve in a managerial or front office capacity for the New York Yankees?
OR
Has this person been tangentially and clumsily woven into a movie or book about the 1977 New York blackout?

Boston Red Sox
Did this person play for the Boston Red Sox?
AND
Has a component of the stadium (foul pole, walkway, section of concrete that is liable to crumble off the facade any day now, etc.) been named after this player?

Toronto Blue Jays
Did this person play for the Toronto Blue Jays?
AND
Are you worried that the Toronto Blue Jays might up and head to Wichita and call themselves the Americans or something?

Baltimore Orioles
Did this person play for the Baltimore Orioles?
AND
Open a can of tuna (careful, edges can be sharp!) and place it in the locker once used by Rafael Palmeiro. Place a kitten in front of the locker used by the person in question. Does the kitten fail to smell the tuna, or appear otherwise disinterested?

Tampa Bay Rays

Is this person named Ray?

Chicago White Sox
Did this person play for the Chicago White Sox?
AND
Was this player at least 0.000000000000001% better than Harold Baines?

Minnesota Twins
Did this person play for the Minnesota Twins?
AND
Did this player ever wear a uniform with that weird old Twins logo that was, like, two guys shaking hands, and I think there was a river?

Cleveland Indians
Did this person play for the Cleveland Indians?
AND
Was this player named Nap or Early?
OR
Was this player named any other word that is included in your stream of consciousness at 6:30 on Monday morning?

Kansas City Royals
Did this person play for the Kansas City Royals?
AND
Did this person play for the Los Angeles Raiders?
AND
Are you familiar with justifying your position to skeptics simply by outstretching your palms and saying, "come on, dude," as many times as necessary?

Detroit Tigers
Did this person play for the Detroit Tigers?
AND
Did this person later become a U.S. senator?
AND
Does this U.S. Senator tend to fall asleep in the Senate and filibuster the general welfare?

Los Angeles Angels
Did this person play for the Los Angeles Angels?
OR
Did this person play for the California Angels?
OR
Did this person play for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?
OR
Did this person play for the West Coast Alphabets?
AND
Is this player a one-team fan favorite?
AND
If you cleaned and gutted this person's name, sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and placed it on the grill for six to eight minutes, would it taste terrible? [Editor's note: the BBWAA is a remarkably anti-Tim Salmon, pro-Chili Davis institution.]

Oakland Athletics
Did this person play for the Oakland Athletics?
AND
Is this person Frank Thomas?

Texas Rangers
Did this person play for the Texas Rangers?
AND
Is this player's name an anagram for "Oral Nanny"?

Seattle Mariners
Did this person play for the Seattle Mariners?
OR
Can this person tell us what Jay Buhner is up to these days? Ha! Remember that guy? Or wait, Henry Cotto! Anyway, I'm gonna get another Guinness... hey! When you shake the bottle, there's... there's like a cork or something in it! Dude. We have to open up this bottle. That's our project tonight. We have to open up this freaking bottle and figure out what's in here.

Atlanta Braves
Did this player play for the Atlanta Braves?

New York Mets
Is this person Tom Seaver?
OR
Was this person another character who appeared with Kirk Cameron in the hit television comedy "Growing Pains"?
OR
Was this person a character who appeared with Mike Cameron in the hit television comedy "The New York Mets"?

Philadelphia Phillies
Did this person play for the Philadelphia Phillies?
AND
Is this person an old player who you're always confusing with Bob Feller because you do not read enough books?

Florida Marlins
Did this person play for the Florida Marlins?
AND
Is this person Robb Nen?
AND
Stop laughing! Bruce Sutter got in, and Robb Nen has more saves than that guy despite pitching over 300 fewer innings, and he has a better career ERA+, and he was a postseason legend, and oh just forget it

Washington Nationals
Is your name Stephen Strasburg?
AND
How did you come into possession of this ballot? You don't get a Hall of Fame vote.
YES I DO
Oh.

Montreal Expos
Did this person play for the Montreal Expos?
AND
Are you comfortable with the prospect of littering the Hall of Fame with players whose uniforms are clearly advertisements for AquaFresh toothpaste?

St. Louis Cardinals
Did this person play for the St. Louis Cardinals?
AND
Is this player from one of those Cardinals rosters from the 1980s that everyone can remember for some reason? Like, you might not be able to name five players from the 2006 team that won the World Series, but somehow you remember that Ken Dayley existed. How does that work? Is this R.B.I. Baseball's fault?

Chicago Cubs
Is this person Ron Santo?
AND
As a human being, do you fall somewhere shy of being a cold-hearted idiot jerk buttface?

Milwaukee Brewers
Did this person play for the Milwaukee Brewers?
AND
Did this player play back when the Brewers had the sweet logo that was comprised of the letters "M" and "B" that perfectly formed the image of a baseball glove?
OR
If he wore that bullsquid 1990s-era soulless Brewers logo that any 15-year-old in drafting class could have designed with a pencil, a T-square, and ten minutes, was he really, *really* good?

Houston Astros
Nope! No man has worn an Astros cap on his Hall of Fame cap, because the Astros logo looks like that of a telecommunications company, and that would just be weird.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Is this player Howard Memphis? Howard Memphis broke into the majors for the Pirates in 1994 as a 17-year-old second baseman. He amassed 622 career home runs and maintained a .523 career on-base percentage. In 2000, the Pirates began to double-switch him as a pitcher in late innings, where he posted a 0.34 ERA through 119 innings before retiring in 2003 to pursue his passion of restoring antique furniture. He tends to fall under the radar because curiously enough, on television broadcasts, he was invisible save for a translucent, distorted silhouette on particularly humid days.

Cincinnati Reds
Did this person play for the Cincinnati Reds?
AND
If you spoke this player's name to Joe Morgan, would you see a twinkle in his eye?
AND
Would you be so intrigued by his forlorn gaze that you would be compelled to listen to him broadcast a game of baseball?

San Francisco Giants
We knew we would have to address this controversial issue at some point or another. Given that he only played his final season and a half with the Giants, do you really think Danny Darwin would be happy with wearing a Giants cap on his plaque?

San Diego Padres
Did this person play for the San Diego Padres?
OR
Does this person know how to pronounce, "Phil Plantier"? (This is a trick question; nobody does.)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Did this person play for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
OR
Can this person admit that "Dodger Dogs" are not better than other ballpark hot dogs, because hot dogs are ultimately ground pig snouts and eye jelly, no matter what alliterative term one assigns to them?

Arizona Diamondbacks
Subject to the Arizona Diamondbacks Exception. Please see Second Stage.

Second Stage

If the person qualifies for two teams: the engraver is required to recruit the services of the Sportflics Trading Card Company, who shall affix a card-sized logo on the cap that shows both teams. NOTE: to avoid favoritism, Team 1's logo will appear when viewed from the left, and Team 2's logo will appear when viewed from the right. When standing directly in front of the plaque, the viewer will see an image of Willie Wilson sliding head-first.

If the person qualifies for three teams: a propeller beanie sectioned into three colors, each representing one team. The person must also wear a propeller beanie on the podium while giving his speech. If he flies away, serves him right, as playing for multiple teams reflects poor moral character.

If the person qualifies for four or more teams: a trucker's hat with pins of each team stuck into the mesh, you know, like the one worn by that guy at the bar whose field of expertise lies in whether Donald Fagen was Steely Dan.

Arizona Diamondbacks exception: Every player who has ever been considered for the Hall of Fame played on the Diamondbacks' 2001 championship team. As such, players are barred from wearing Diamondbacks caps into the Hall of Fame. Also, if the Diamondbacks' logo is ever cast into bronze, it is feared (though unverified) that a supernatural plague of diamondback rattlesnakes will befall the Earth and the sound will be unbearable.

I hope you find this helpful.

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Doug Harvey: Meet Your Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductee

On Sunday in Cooperstown, umpire Doug Harvey will share the stage with Andre Dawson and Whitey Herzog, both of whom hold far greater name recognition. But know this: unlike anyone else at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Doug Harvey's nickname is, "God."

Yes. "God."

It was a tongue-in-cheek nickname assigned to him by hitters on account of his strict enforcement of baseball's rulebook, but he may well go down as the only baseball personality ever to hold this nickname. Byname-centric curiosities aside, though, Doug Harvey served a remarkable 31-year career as one of the most accomplished umpires ever to stand behind the plate.

Throughout Harvey's 4,670 games, he was unbending and unforgiving, and in spite of it -- or, more likely, because of it -- he drew enormous respect from the other men on the field. He's been subject to quite a wait since his retirement in 1992, having been passed by in 2003 and 2007.

After learning that he would be entering the Hall, Harvey explained in an interview how he came to be a major league umpire.

So I was cleaning bars to earn my money, and there was a guy named Don Larsen, was throwing a perfect game on TV. And I was sitting there at the bar, not drinking, just sitting 'cause I'd finished cleaning it, and there's about twelve guys in the bar.

I said, "that's it!" And the guy next to me said, "what?" I said, "you guys are gonna see me someday, doing just what they're doing up there, except I'm gonna be the umpire!" Well, they laughed me out of the bar. And eleven years later they were watching me work my first World Series.

Harvey was one of the last umpires to never attend umpiring school. If your name is God, though, you probably have no use for it.

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Whitey Herzog: Meet Your Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductee

Joining Andre Dawson and Doug Harvey in Cooperstown this weekend will be Whitey Herzog, a man who famously said, "baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it."

After an unspectacular eight-year career as a player, Herzog served as a general manager, scout, and farm system director, but he's joining the Baseball Hall of Fame on the merits of a managing career that featured three National League pennant wins and one World Series championship.

Rk Year Age Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
1 1973 41 Texas Rangers AL 1st of 3 138 47 91 .341 6
2 1974 42 California Angels AL 2nd of 3 4 2 2 .500 6
3 1975 43 Kansas City Royals AL 2nd of 2 66 41 25 .621 2
4 1976 44 Kansas City Royals AL 162 90 72 .556 1
5 1977 45 Kansas City Royals AL 162 102 60 .630 1
6 1978 46 Kansas City Royals AL 162 92 70 .568 1
7 1979 47 Kansas City Royals AL 162 85 77 .525 2
8 1980 48 St. Louis Cardinals NL 3rd of 4 73 38 35 .521 4
9 1981 49 St. Louis Cardinals NL 51 30 20 .600 2 First half of season
10 1981 49 St. Louis Cardinals NL 52 29 23 .558 2 Second half of season
11 1982 50 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 92 70 .568 1 WS Champs
12 1983 51 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 79 83 .488 4
13 1984 52 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 84 78 .519 3
14 1985 53 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 101 61 .623 1 NL Pennant
15 1986 54 St. Louis Cardinals NL 161 79 82 .491 3
16 1987 55 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 95 67 .586 1 NL Pennant
17 1988 56 St. Louis Cardinals NL 162 76 86 .469 5
18 1989 57 St. Louis Cardinals NL 164 86 76 .531 3
19 1990 58 St. Louis Cardinals NL 1st of 3 80 33 47 .413 6
Texas Rangers 1 year 138 47 91 .341 6.0
California Angels 1 year 4 2 2 .500 6.0
Kansas City Royals 5 years 714 410 304 .574 1.4
St. Louis Cardinals 11 years 1553 822 728 .530 2.9 3 Pennants and 1 World Series Title
Total 18 years 2409 1281 1125 .532 2.8 3 Pennants and 1 World Series Title
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2010.

 

Midway through the 1975 season, Herzog took over as manager of the Kansas City Royals, who had shown promise in their first six years of existence but had yet to take the next step. Under Herzog's leadership, the Royals finished the season by winning 41 of their final 66 games.

The next season, Herzog led the Royals to what would be the first of three consecutive division titles. They were dealt ALCS losses by the Yankees all three times, but Herzog played a large part in building the foundation for the Royals of the 1980s, who would reach the World Series in 1980 and win it in 1985.

Herzog jumped to the other side of Missouri in 1980 to simultaneously serve as manager and general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, and he used his uncommon degree of authority to bring St. Louis a World Series championship in 1982. He took the Cards to two more World Series appearances, losing to his former Royals in seven games in 1985, and falling to the Minnesota Twins in 1987.

His strategy became known as Whiteyball. Contrary to managerial norms, Herzog valued speed and getting on base over home run power. Look, for example, at his 1982 World Series champions: no players hit more than 20 home runs, and only two registered in double digits, but four players stole 24 or more bases.

Herzog's career .532 winning percentage as a manager, his ability to build a championship team from the front office while managing it in the dugout, and his shrewd, unconventional strategy more than justify his induction into Cooperstown this weekend.

During his acceptance speech on Sunday, Herzog may very well lobby on behalf of his deceased friend, Roger Maris, who is not in the Hall of Fame. Herzog once said this of Maris:

"You couldn't play right field any better than Roger did. He could make every throw, play shallow, and then go get the ball. Roger Maris is probably the best ballplayer to ever play the game who isn't in the Hall of Fame."

This weekend, read fans' thoughts on Whitey Herzog at SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos, and our Royals blog, Royals Review.

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Andre Dawson: Meet Your Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductee

On Sunday at 1:30 P.M. Eastern, Andre Dawson has one more favor to request of his ruined knees: to get him up to the podium. There, in Cooperstown, New York, he'll be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Writers Association of America failed to vote Dawson into the Hall of Fame eight times before he finally reached 77.9% in 2010. Ever since the early 1990s, when Dawson was still playing, there has been debate over whether Dawson would -- or should -- ever make it into the Hall. Some feared that his 438 career home runs would not be enough, especially after he was knocked down the career list by a deluge of sluggers following his retirement, but the fact that he was never associated with performance-enhancing drug use may have aided his case.

Of course, one must do more than simply hit home runs to reach the Hall of Fame (see: Kingman, Dave). Here are Dawson's career statistics:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1976 MON 24 92 85 9 20 4 1 0 7 1 2 5 13 .235 .278 .306 .584 63
1977 MON 139 566 525 64 148 26 9 19 65 21 7 34 93 .282 .326 .474 .800 115
1978 MON 157 660 609 84 154 24 8 25 72 28 11 30 128 .253 .299 .442 .740 106
1979 MON 155 684 639 90 176 24 12 25 92 35 10 27 115 .275 .309 .468 .777 111
1980 MON 151 638 577 96 178 41 7 17 87 34 9 44 69 .308 .358 .492 .850 136
1981 MON 103 441 394 71 119 21 3 24 64 26 4 35 50 .302 .365 .553 .918 157
1982 MON 148 660 608 107 183 37 7 23 83 39 10 34 96 .301 .343 .498 .841 132
1983 MON 159 698 633 104 189 36 10 32 113 25 11 38 81 .299 .338 .539 .877 141
1984 MON 138 583 533 73 132 23 6 17 86 13 5 41 80 .248 .301 .409 .710 102
1985 MON 139 570 529 65 135 27 2 23 91 13 4 29 92 .255 .295 .444 .739 109
1986 MON 130 546 496 65 141 32 2 20 78 18 12 37 79 .284 .338 .478 .815 123
1987 CHC 153 662 621 90 178 24 2 49 137 11 3 32 103 .287 .328 .568 .896 130
1988 CHC 157 640 591 78 179 31 8 24 79 12 4 37 73 .303 .344 .504 .849 137
1989 CHC 118 459 416 62 105 18 6 21 77 8 5 35 62 .252 .307 .476 .783 114
1990 CHC 147 581 529 72 164 28 5 27 100 16 2 42 65 .310 .358 .535 .893 135
1991 CHC 149 596 563 69 153 21 4 31 104 4 5 22 80 .272 .302 .488 .790 116
1992 CHC 143 582 542 60 150 27 2 22 90 6 2 30 70 .277 .316 .456 .772 115
1993 BOS 121 498 461 44 126 29 1 13 67 2 1 17 49 .273 .313 .425 .738 92
1994 BOS 75 306 292 34 70 18 0 16 48 2 2 9 53 .240 .271 .466 .737 82
1995 FLA 79 246 226 30 58 10 3 8 37 0 0 9 45 .257 .305 .434 .739 92
1996 FLA 42 61 58 6 16 2 0 2 14 0 0 2 13 .276 .311 .414 .725 92
21 Seasons 2627 10769 9927 1373 2774 503 98 438 1591 314 109 589 1509 .279 .323 .482 .806 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2010.

 

Those familiar only with the tail end of Dawson's career might not remember that he was far more than a one-dimensional slugger. He earned seven gold gloves, as well as his nickname, "Hawk," with his defensive play in the outfield.

He was also a prolific base stealer during his years in Montreal. In fact, Dawson is one of only six players ever to accrue more than 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases, joining a club that doesn't include noted power/speed hybrids such as Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey, Jr. Dawson may have stolen many more bases had it not been for his knee injuries that were chronically aggravated by the Expos' unforgiving Olympic Stadium turf.

Dawson could hit for average, batting over .300 five times. Though he didn't draw many walks, his 143 intentional passes put him at No. 51 on the all-time list.

The powers that be have determined that Dawson will wear a Montreal Expos cap into the Hall of Fame. He'll join Gary Carter as the second, and possibly last, player to wear an Expos cap on his plaque. Unless Vladimir Guerrero reaches the Hall and is recognized as an Expo, Dawson's induction will serve as Major League Baseball's final formal tip of the cap to a team that played in Montreal for 36 years before packing up and heading south.

Of the three men to be inducted this weekend, Dawson will command them most attention. Throughout the weekend, be sure to check out fan reactions from our Cubs blog, Bleed Cubbie Blue, our Red Sox blog, Over The Monster, and our Marlins blog, FishStripes.

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Hall Of Fame Inductions: This Weekend, The Hawk Flies To Cooperstown

On Sunday at 1:30 P.M. Eastern, Cooperstown will cheer three inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's three newest members will be Andre Dawson, who played from 1976 to 1996 with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins, Whitey Herzog, who played eight major league seasons before serving as a manager for 18 seasons, and Doug Harvey, who umpired in the National League from 1962 until 1992.

The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on MLB Network.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream throughout the weekend, as we'll be updating with retrospectives and thoughts on the inductees, a look at Andre Dawson's career stats, and opinions from baseball blogs across SB Nation. We'll also be keeping an eye on the debates that will inevitably pop up. Should Andre Dawson be in the Hall of Fame? Should Andre Dawson be in the Hall of Fame with an Expos cap on? Stick around.

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