Hall of Fame*?

By | July 9, 2007

With the whole scandal that Barry Bonds has become embrolied in many people are forgeting one of the greatest players of all time, Roger Maris. Why? Most likely because he isn’t in the Hall of Fame. And to tell you the truth I think its a shame that he isn’t. He is the only player to ever legitemetly break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Furthermore it took over 30 years for Mark Magwire to break his record and only with performance enhancing drugs.

Now Barry Bonds has come along and drawn all the attention once again to records. He broke the single season home run record himself with 73 and now he is about to break the all time home run record held by Hank Aaron. The big debate is if he will be in the Hall of Fame someday and honestly I believe it is taking the attention away from the real players who are overlooked for the Hall of Fame, Roger Maris. It is obvious that Bonds has used steroids yet people are so starved for something great from baseball that they are willing to embrace him. I think it is about time that the greatest single season home run hitter is recognized and elected to the Hall of Fame*, which I will now write with an asterik until Maris is elected.

I believe that the stats of Roger Maris’ career stand for themselves and so does the website http://pw2.netcom.com/~houdini/maris.html which I will leave these for everyone to comtemplate.

61 Single Season Home Runs (1961)
This record stood for 37 years,
longer than the record Maris broke,
the immortal Babe Ruth’s 60-homers of 1927.
Roger remains one of only four players
to ever hit more than 60 homeruns in a season.

Two-time American League Most Valuable Player
1960 and 1961
Only 11 players have won consecutive MVP awards
— all of the others (who are eligible) have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame —
Jimmy Foxx, Hal Newhouser, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle,
Ernie Banks, Joe Morgan & Mike Schmidt.
Other than those seven,
no other Hall of Famer has achieved this distinction,
including (to name just a few) Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench,
Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Nellie Fox,
Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew,
Willie Mays, Babe Ruth & Ted Williams

3 World Series Championships and 7 League Pennants
New York Yankees 1960-66
Yanks won 5 pennants and 2 World Series in Maris’ 7 seasons
St. Louis Cardinals 1967-68
Cards won 2 pennants and 1 World Series in Roger’s 2 seasons

Lifetime 5.39 Home Run Percentage
Better than Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio (5.29), Hack Wilson (5.13),
Johnny Bench (5.08), Yogi Berra (4.74), Larry Doby (4.73) Billy Williams (4.56)
and the Hall’s most recent inductee — Bill Mazeroski (1.78)
Lifetime .983 Fielding Average and a Gold Glove
Better fielding average than most Hall of Famers,
including Hank Aaron (.980), Joe DiMaggio (.978), Roberto Clemente (.976),
Harmon Killebrew (.976), Ted Williams (.974), Billy Williams (.973),
Babe Ruth (.968), Willie Stargell (.961)
and identical to the Hall’s most recent inductee — Bill Mazeroski (.983)
Maris had a better fielding average than
Mickey Mantle (.982), who was considered a truly superb outfielder.
Maris earned a Gold Glove, even though he played in an era
filled with Hall of Fame outfielders.

Lifetime Batting Average Comparable to Many Hall of Famers
Roger’s .260 lifetime batting average is higher than that of
Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew (.256), identical to Bill Mazeroski (.260),
and in the same range as many other Hall of Famers, such as:
Reggie Jackson (.262), Brooks Robinson (.267),
Mike Schmidt (.267), Al Lopez (.261), Willie McCovey (.270), Luis Aparicio (.262),
Johnny Bench (.267), Pee Wee Reese (.269), and Bobby Wallace (.267)
Selected to, and played in, 7 All-Star Games (1959 – 1962)

If these stats aren’t good enough to make it into the Hall of Fame* then I don’t what someone has to do to make it in, maybe steroids would help?

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