DEC: THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
RIGGS (OLD HOSS)
HAS THE 20TH
HIGHEST BA IN THE HISTORY OF THE MAJOR LEAGUES. WHY ISNT HE IN THE
HALL OF FAME?
moment can change the
destiny of things to come:
lands on his shoulder, something snaps, & what could have been a
was his first love. Realizing his football days were over, he concentrated
a first baseman in
the Minors, which wasnt such a good idea. His throwing arm was so weak
that when he came up to the Majors he was quickly converted to the outfield,
which also wasnt such a good idea. It was his hitting though that kept
the Majors. With
because of his poor throwing arm, he was mostly a part time player. Could he hit though! In five years with the Indians his averages were: 1921/330 1922/339 1923/319 1924/371 1925/296.
He played in two WS and had a total of 14 hits in 37 times at bat for a .378 BA.
that football injury! With a decent throwing arm who knows what he could
have achieved. His .336
lifetime BA is the 20th best in the history
of the game. All 19 players ahead of him are in the
ROGER BRESNAHAN/279 FRED CLARKE/312 JIMMY COLLINS/294 FRANK CHANCE/ 296 RABBIT MARRANVILLE/258 RAY SCHALK/253 MAX CAREY/285 CHICK HAFEY/ 317 HARRY HOOPER/281 BABE HERMAN (also a poor fielder)324 BROOKS ROBINSON/ 267 RICK FERRELL/281 JOE MORGAN/271.
Recent newcomer are not much better!
DAVE WINFIELD/283 KIRBY PUCKETT/308 GEORGE BRETT/312 ROBIN YOUNT/290
BILL MAZEROSKI/261 etc. A lot of the aforementioned players made it solely for their glove, so why not old Hoss for his bat.
It seems to me that the 20 th highest batting average in the history of the game that has had over 16,000+ participants should be good enough to qualify for inclusion! Youll notice Riggs is ahead of Dimaggio, Aaron, Mays, both Waners, Eddie Mathews, Frank Robinson, Hack Wilson, Pee Wee Reese, Rizzutto, Eddie Collins, Bobby Doer, etc.
Old Hoss batted .319 or better in 12 of his 14 years. A forgotten player!
RIGGS STEPHENSON: 14 YEARS: 1,310 GAMES: 63 HRs: 773 RBIs: .336 BA: