Last week, the inductees were announced for the Baseball Hall of Fame. They were Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with Frank Thomas. Along with these players, managers Bobby Cox, Tony Larussa and Joe Torre were inducted by the veterans committee.
One player who deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame is Jack Morris. This year, he received 61.5 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America, falling short of the 75 percent needed to be inducted. Last year, Morris received 67.7 percent of the vote, which was the highest vote total Morris had received.
Morris, who finished his career with a 254-186 career record, would have the highest ERA of any pitchers in the Hall of Fame at 3.90. His next opportunity to be elected into the Hall Of Fame is in 2017 by the Veterans Committee. Now, what I really want to discuss is some of the other pitchers that have been inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame by the veterans committee.
Jim Bunning pitched from 1955-1971 in the Majors, ending up with a win loss record of 224-184. Inducted into the Hall Of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1996, Bunning did not pitch in a World Series. He only won 20 games once and has a lower career ERA than Jack Morris at 3.27. He walked exactly 1000 batters in his career compared with 1390 walks by Morris.
Bunning fanned 2855 batters compared with Morris’s total of 2478. Bunning struck out 200 or more batters in 6 seasons to Morris’s 200 or more strikeouts in 3 seasons.
Jesse Haines is another pitcher who was voted in by the Veterans Committee. Inducted in 1970 , Haines pitched for 17 seasons in the Majors, most of which were with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1920’s and 30’s. He didn’t strike out has many hitters as Morris with 971, with only 871 bases on balls. He would finish his carreer with a win loss record of 210-158 and would have a career ERA of 3.64. Like Morris, Haines would win 20 or more games in three seasons.
Waite Hoyt was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1969. He pitched most of his career in the 20’s and 30’s, winning three World Series with the New York Yankees in the 1920’s. His Career record was 237-182 with a career ERA of 3.55. He won 20 games twice in a season. he had 1003 bases on balls and 1206 strikeouts.
Burleigh Grimes was another pitcher who was inducted into the Hall Of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1964. He pitched in the Major Leagues from 1916-1934. He would finish with a career record of 270-212 with a career ERA of 3.53. he would win 20 or more games in a season 5 times. he walked 1295 batters in his career while striking out 1512. Six seasons he had 100 or more strikeouts compared to Morris who had 15 seasons with 100 or more strikeouts.