Vada Pinson should be in the Hall of Fame, there's really no way around that.
The only thing holding Pinson back is that he played in an era dominated by some of the best outfielders in the history of Major League Baseball.
Between 1958 and 1975, baseball fans were treated to the likes of Hank Aaron, Duke Snider, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Willie Mays among others.
From 1958-1965, Pinson wasn't even the best outfielder on his own team, Frank Robinson was. However, Pinson shouldn't be denied admission into the Hall of Fame because of these factors.
Pinson has the numbers of a Hall of Famer.
In 2496 career games, Pinson compiled a .286/.327/.442 slash line with 256 home runs, 485 doubles, 127 triples, 1170 RBI, 1336 runs and 305 stolen bases.
Pinson is one of only 21 other players to post a season in which he compiled 200 hits, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases (per baseball-reference.com).
Pinson is the youngest player to accomplish this feat in a single season (20 years old) and also the only of those 22 players to do it more than once. Pinson actually did this three times over the course of his career (1953, '65, '69).
Another interesting fact about Pinson, there are only 11 players in Major League Baseball history to reach 2500 hits 500 doubles, 100 triples and 200 home runs.
Though Pinson is 15 doubles short of this milestone, he is in rare company with his stat line.
Pinson is one of only two players with at least 2700 hits, 450 doubles, 100 triples and 250 home runs. The only other player to accomplish this feat is Willie Mays (per MLB.com).
There is a such thing as meaningless stat combinations but this is hardly one of them.
Whether or not Pinson ever gets in the Hall of Fame is certainly up for debate. However, there's no denying that he could've been inducted had he not played in an era dominated by some of the all-time great outfielders.
Career stat line: .286/.327/.442, 2757 hits, 256 HR, 127 3B, 485 2B, 305 SB, 1170 RBI, 1366 runs, 50.2 WAR