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He was living off his 13-year-old son's $7 per week delivery boy salary. The White Sox did help him out when they found out about that.
Oh, the great Buzz Arlett! How did the Hall of Merit wind up dealing with his unusual career?
* Bill Mazeroski only made the Hall of Fame because Rocky Nelson missed the tag on Mickey Mantle in the top of the 9th.
* Catfish Hunter only made it because Rich Reese struck out with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th of this game.
* Ray Schalk only made it because Charles Comiskey passed on the good champagne in 1919.
* George Kell only made it because he had 179 hits in 1949 instead of 178.
Jack Morris will make it because John Smoltz pitched a very good game. Or because Lonnie Smith is Lonnie Smith.
Lefty Grove only made it because, at the turn of the last century, Maryland had temporarily stopped drowning left-handed babies.
Re: Bloomquist -- is there some way to determine which player has the lowest winning percentage in MLB history? It just feels like Bloomquist would be near the top of the leaderboard.
While we're on this topic, doesn't the Hall of Merit have an actual website with voting histories? I seem to recall that existing, but I can't find it anywhere. It'd make looking this kind of information up a lot easier.
This Google Books Link is to the index of a SABR trivia book that has the answer! Yet...the page that would have the answer is not included in the free preview!
This shows links to all of their yearly discussion, ballot, and results threads.
PLAYER W L WP WAR WAAHawk Taylor 100 291 .256 -2.1 / -4.9Elmer Valo 98 248 .283 28.4!/ 9.8Lou Klimchock 91 227 .286 -2.9 / -5.3Faye Throneberry 100 239 .295 -3.7 / -8.2Neil Chrisley 89 211 .297 -1.7 / -3.9Winston Llenas 89 211 .297 -1.0 / -3.0John Stephenson 135 314 .301 -2.3 / -6.2Gene Locklear 88 204 .301 1.5 / -0.6Rod Kanehl 103 235 .305 -1.7 / -5.0Billy Bryan 115 258 .308 -0.3 / -3.8
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