Five HOF’ers in one decade

Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer:

The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one manager to Cooperstown in one decade. Has any franchise ever produced five Hall of Famers inducted in such a short span of time?

They may end up sending six, if HOF voters ever come around on the Crime Dog, who is definitely worthy.

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18 thoughts on “Five HOF’ers in one decade

  1. I’ve already informed the spousal unit that we’ll be attending the HOF ceremony when Maddox and Glavine go in. I guessing the whole gang will be there for that.

  2. The Yankees had six HOFers on the roster at one time, but they were inducted over the span of about 30 years.

  3. In a similar vein, two of the top five third basemen in the game’s history will be in the Hall as Braves.

  4. No doubt he’s a first ballot guy. I’ll miss him. He’ll never replace Murph as my favorite Brave ever, but he’s damn sure a solid #2.

  5. The Cubs had Williams, Banks, Jenkins, Santo and Durocher, but Santo took years to get in.
    The Giants had McCovey, Mays, Marichal and Cepeda.
    The Dodgers at one point had Snider, Reese, Koufax, Drysdale and Walter Alston, but Alston and Reese didn’t go in until much later. In fact I think Snider took a while.

  6. Not to belabor this but what’s the tally among some of the teams who beat the Braves in some of these short series over the years?

    Even when it’s high, it’s often from short term ringers (Molitor and Henderson or Schilling and Johnson) passing through long enough to win a ring and then scatter.

    They can crow all they want about winning a pennant because Joey Hamilton and Sterling Hitchcock got hot at a random time but I’ll take two decades of consistent greatnesss on display, myself.

  7. I’m a little late to the party here, but the mid 60s – early 80s Orioles had as many over a slightly longer period: Aparicio, B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Palmer, Murray, and Cal Ripken. Granted, they didn’t all play together at the same time (Palmer was the only one who was a teammate of the other five), but that was a hell of a franchise. It’s also possible (perhaps not probable) that Earl Weaver could wind up in Cooperstown eventually, so that could be a total of seven.

    I view McGriff’s chances at going to Cooperstown as equal to Boog Powell’s. They were both very good players over a long period of time, but I don’t see either making to the Hall.

  8. McGriff had about 200 more homers than Boog Powell. I think you might need to take a second look at his stats. He has a good traditional stats case and an equally good sabermetric case. Right now he’s being held back by the misperceptions of lazy and unreflective writers.

  9. Earl Weaver is already in the Hall, I think.
    Fred McGriff belongs. He is overlooked because he wasn’t an egomaniac, just a terrific ballplayer and teammate who showed up ready to play every day.

  10. It doesn’t help him that the bulk of his achievement was divided in equal parts among three teams. For lazy and dimwitted writers, that gets confusing.

  11. I personally think that McGriff was better a bit longer than Powell, but I just don’t see him making it into the HOF. If he put up the numbers he did 15 years earlier, then I think he would. I think the offensive explosion of the 90s and aughts diminishes his accomplishments in the eyes of many voters. His closest comps are McCovey and Stargell who both are in, though they both played in a pitchers’ era.

    And, yes, Jack Straw, Weaver is in the Hall. I had forgotten (or maybe I just missed the story).

  12. His numbers are “dwarfed” by people like McGwire and Palmeiro…any writer who credits that as an argument against him is a moron.

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