Neyer: Defending the small Hall … in 1960

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation on December 1, 2012:

While we’re all worrying about how many outstanding Hall of Fame candidates will certainly not be elected this month — and how many will continue to not be elected, for some years to come — I ran across a couple of experts who would probably be thrilled at the prospect of fruitless elections.

in 1960, Washington Post columnist and Hall of Fame voter Bob Addie asked Senators great Sam Rice a simple question: “Suppose you were Bob Addie. Would you vote Sam Rice into the Hall of Fame?”

Rice’s response: “No. I think Rice fell too short. He could hit maybe, but there were a lot of other things he couldn’t do. I wouldn’t have voted for him.”

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Originally published: December 7, 2012. Last Updated: December 7, 2012.