Reds, Cardinals prominent among Baseball Hall of Fame's pre-integration finalists

Baseball A pair of longtime Reds teammates who won back-to-back MVP awards in the years before World War II have a chance to go into Cooperstown together.Bucky Walters and Frank McCormick are among 10 finalists under consideration by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s pre-integration committee for the Class of 2016 on a ballot with a strong Midwestern pedigree. MORE: Baseball Hall of Famers on the cover of Sporting NewsWalters was a workhorse in Cincinnati’s rotation after arriving in a trade from the Phillies during the 1938 season. The following year saw him begin a run of three consecutive seasons with at least 300 innings pitched. He started 107 games from 1939-31 and completed an astonishing 87 of them, leading the NL in complete games and innings pitched each season. A six-time All-Star, the right-hander led the majors in wins (27), ERA (2.29), complete games (31) and innings (319) in 1939 on the way to MVP honors, but he went 0-2 in the World Series that year as the Reds were swept by the Yankees.  McCormick was the first baseman on that team and would win the MVP in 1940 behind a .309/.367/.482 slash line and a league-leading 191 hits and 44 doubles for Cincinnati’s World Series champions. That was one of nine consecutive seasons in which McCormick earned All-Star honors for the Reds before he moved on to finish his career with the Phillies and Boston Braves.Four others on the ballot are under consideration for their accomplishments as players, including a regular opponent of Walters and McCormick, 1944 NL MVP Marty Marion of the Cardinals. Marion was known for his glovework and managed to earn the league’s most prestigious award in the depths of the war years despite posting a .686 OPS.Longtime Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell, 19th century star Harry Stovey and long-running NL shortstop Bill Dahlen also are among the finalists.A pair of St. Louis executives are on the list for their contributions off t

he field. The Cardinals won six World Series titles under Sam Breadon’s ownership from 1920-47, as he followed in the footsteps of the franchise’s original owner, 19th century pioneer Chris Von Der Ahe.August “Garry” Herrmann was president of the Reds from 1902-27 and chairman of the National Commission — in many respects, the commissioner before the position existed — from 1903-20.Doc Adams was a player in the mid-19th century who became known for helping standardize baseball’s rules and establishing the shortstop position.The pre-integration committee meets every three years to nominate candidates whose main contributions came before 1947. Candidates need to be named on at least 75 percent of the ballots from the 16-member committee for election, with results set to be announced Dec. 7 at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.All of this year’s candidates are deceased.


Related Posts