Jim McCormick was one of the top pitchers of the 1800s, whose career WHIP and ERA was superior to the bulk of his enshrined peers. He won over 250 career games and completed over ninety percent of his starts, but completing games was common among hurlers of the 1800s–if you couldn’t finish what you started, you had no business on the diamond. McCormick was a top-flight pitcher whose career seems worthy of Hall of Fame induction. Among his Hall of Fame peers, John Clarkson, Pud Galvin, Tim Keefe, Old Hoss Radbourn and Mickey Welch, only Keefe had a better WHIP while McCormick’s career ERA was far superior to those pitchers who played in his era.
Bedroom-eyed Renee Godfrey was a lesser known actress during the 1940s who possessed the proper assemblage for cheesecake art. With her Amazonian figure, the dark-haired beauty made for an ideal pin-up model. In features, Miss Godfrey typically played the “other woman,” or a mysterious female who dealt in underhanded dealings. She was sharp in Down Missouri Way, a comedy that enabled her to showcase her acting chops.
Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, despite his early exit from the game courtesy a shoulder ailment, is one of the finest all-round offensive weapons in the game’s rich history. An elite run producer, Baggy was a slugger deluxe who also posted on-base percentages well above the league average. So great was Jeff with lumber in his paws, that his career OPS (on-base pus slugging) rests higher than Hall of Fame locks Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays. What Bagwell did throughout his career–play exceptional baseball, for he fielded his position exceptionally to go along with his prodigious swatting–was what legitimate Hall of Famers are made of. For more on Jeff Bagwell, visit my blog exclusively dedicated to getting Jeff inducted into Cooperstown: http://www.baggybelongs.wordpress.com.
The film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s were some of the finest examples of cinema. Their use of lighting, with exceptional cinematography, gave the films that seedy atmosphere many of the plot devices demanded. Whereas many film historians point to the cinematography as the noir’s primary draw, there are other film admirers who might suggest that the lovely femme fatales were the genre’s best attraction. When it came to film noir femme fatales, few could hold a candle to Audrey Totter. The curvaceous blond was in her element portraying cunning dames with nothing but their best interests in mind.
One of the greatest shortstops in baseball history, Dahlen came about his nickname because he was said to have the uncanny knack for enraging umpires with the shortest invective. Although he was quite well-versed in choice phrases, Dahlen was also a gifted shortstop and quite superior to his Hall of Fame peers–with the notable exception of Honus Wagner, the greatest shortstop of all-time. No other shortstop can compare with the Flying Dutchman, but two other shortstops in the Hall of Fame from that era, Joe Tinker and Bobby Wallace, failed to measure up with Bad Bill.
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One of the stateliest actresses of all-time, Joan Bennett possessed an elegant beauty that seemed to warrant comparisons to royalty. What we want our ideal princesses to be is what Miss Bennett had in spades: grace. The stylish beauty became a cinema star with her work under the direction of legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang. Although not the typical cheesecake girl—for Joan didn’t go in for the bathing suit stuff—she nevertheless was the gentleman’s pin-up for her tasteful poses and demure presence.
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Dwight Evans was one of the best all-round performers the game of baseball has ever seen. A longtime member of the Boston Red Sox, Evans patrolled right field at Fenway Park like no player before or since. Regarded for his elite throwing arm, Dwight racked up in the excess of 200 career outfield assists. But Dwight Evans was more than just a man with a muzzle-loader under his right sleeve: he was a talent with hardly a flaw. Dwight could hit for both average and power, but it was his exceptional plate discipline that separated him from the pack. It wasn’t an uncommon feat for Evans to exceed 100 walks a season. His Hall of Fame peers, such men as Andre Dawson, Dave Winfield and his longtime Boston teammate Jim Rice weren’t the on-base dynamos that Dwight was. For a better description of Dwight’s Hall of Fame case, visit my blog: hofdebate.wordpress.com.