Class 11 Hall of Fame Inductees –
Babe Ruth Is Unanimous Choice;
Clemente, Marichal and Vance Also Selected
Grimes Denied by Single Vote
For Burleigh Grimes the wait continues
Voting for the concluded last week with four new names being added to the TCBA shrine. For those who don’t subscribe to the idea that every vote counts, this election stands in testimony of support for that old the old maxim.
For the first time since the establishment of the TCBA Hall of Fame, a unanimous voice was heard with the election of Babe Ruth. His credentials are impeccable, ranking in the top tier of almost every offensive category:
Runs-#4, Hits-#22, Triples-#30, Home Runs-#5, AB/HR-#2, RBI-#6, Batting Average-#4, On BaseP-#1, Slugging-#1, Walks-#3.
Ruth played for 16 TCBA seasons, all with Larry Smith’s Mimosa Mirthmakers. The Babe led the team to five post-season appearances, including two league championships, in 1925 and 1935.
Joining Ruth in the hallowed hall will be Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal and Dazzy Vance.
Clemente’s career accomplishments are notable, especially considering that his 18-season career was cut short by his untimely death. He helped lead Jeff Sajdak’s Siouxland team to three playoff appearances, including an unsuccessful trip to the World Series in 1961. With 2932 career hits, Clemente attracted over 90% of the Hall of Fame vote.
Juan Marichal (75.9%) had a 15-season TCBA career during which he won 181 games and finished with a 2.96 ERA, good for 14th on the All-Time TCBA list. Ten of his seasons were spent with Ken Sajdak’s Waukesha team, including 1966 when he was 24-8, and 1967, when he compiled a 21-7 record. The Dominican Dandy threw an amazing 168 complete games, including 38 shutouts. Sadly, Juan never had the chance to appear in a TCBA post-season series.
Dazzy Vance, on the other hand, who played for 14 seasons with Jim McEneaney’s Long Islanders, had seven playoff appearances. In the 1929 series, Vance tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Islanders to a TCBA World Series crown. In 1931, Dazzy made three post-season starts, winning two to once again lead the Islanders to a championship. He also appeared in the 1935 in a relief role.
Vance received 70.7% of the vote in recognition of his 205 career wins, 186 complete games and 2428 strike outs.
Aside from the selection of the four players mentioned, one of the more significant results of the Class 11 balloting involved several who did not get in, most notably Burleigh Grimes. Every vote counts, especially for Grimes, who missed being honored by a single vote. With two league members not voting, Grimes found himself outside the Hall with 713 votes (69.9%), just one shy of the required 714. For Burleigh this marked the second time he had been denied entry. The winner of 216 career TCBA games will get another shot in November with Class 12.
Another player who came close was Pete Rose with 67.5% of the vote. Somewhat controversial, even in TCBA, the league’s all-time hit leader (4024) will also be reconsidered with the Class 12 balloting in November.
Among those who were unsuccessful in their last chance at Hall entry were: Kevin Appier, Larry Bowa, Cesar Cedeno, Rollie Fingers, Andres Galarraga, Chick Hafey, Tom Henke, Don Mattingly, Al Oliver, Jesse Orosco, Kirby Puckett, Brooks Robinson, Ed Roush and Maury Wills.
The next class of Hall of Fame candidates will be Class 12, currently scheduled to be announced on November 1, 2014. The vote totals for Class 11 are listed below:
CLASS 11 Voting Totals:
Source: TCBA Encyclopedia