Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and current Fox Baseball color man Tim McCarver will be part of the election ceremony at Cooperstown this July—much to Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane's dismay.
While Cooperstown gets set to elect the next class into baseball's Hall of Fame, the first sports journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize Red Smith still sits at home in infamy as one who previously suggested that we should simply "blow up Cooperstown and start over."
With Smith's thoughts in mind, here are the 10 worst statistics ever recorded during a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame career.
Lowest Home Run Total: Ray Schalk, Chicago White Sox (11)
Least Amount of Steals: Ernie Lombardi, Cincinnati Reds (8)
Most Strikeouts: Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees (2,597)
Worst Career Batting Average: Ray Schalk, Chicago White Sox (.253)
Lowest On-Base Percentage: Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates (.299)
Least Amount of Wins Recorded: Bruce Sutter, St. Louis Cardinals (68)
Most Losses Recorded: Cy Young, Philadelphia Athletics (316)
Lowest Winning Percentage: Bruce Sutter, St. Louis Cardinals (.489)
Highest Career ERA: Red Ruffing, New York Yankees (3.80)
Lowest K/9 Career: Ted Lyons, Chicago White Sox (2.32)
While these eight men still rank among baseball's elite in some facet of the game, the stats above indicate the type of ammo that Red Smith has in his arsenal to turn Cooperstown around. Here are some facts that shaped Smith's original opinion:
- Babe Ruth is the Yankee legend with a well-documented career involving playing a game drunk, fathering a love child and excessive gambling.
- Remember that iconic New York Yankee donning No. 16? Yes, Whitey Ford even admitted to cheating. The only man to ever pitch a perfect game in the playoffs has admitted to cheating during his career. What's hilarious about Ford's admittance is that he's stated that he "didn't cheat" during his Cy Young Award seasons in 1961 and 1963, yet decided to cheat during the 1962 All-Star Game in San Francisco. Major League Baseball executives have yet to investigate Ford's actions throughout his Hall of Fame career and simply take his word for it.
- The worst hypocrite of all is St. Louis Cardinals legend Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby, the National League's only player to ever win two Triple Crown Awards, was an active member in the Ku Klux Klan. Somehow, this goes unnoticed when fans tour Cooperstown.
While Ruth, Ford, Hornsby and numerous other cheaters are still allowed to be titled as "Hall of Famers," here are nine players who should also be given a fair chance of entering Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame...
Stats taken from Sporcle.