Sorry for posting this thread in this forum but I have no idea where else to put it. I just wanted to know if anyone in this forum knew anything about Phil Rizzuto. I mostly know him as a Yankee announcer who retired before all the championship years in the 90s. When I get bored in the middle of the night I sometimes go to http://www.baseball-reference.com
which has statistics for every person who ever played a game of MLB. I always knew Rizzuto was a HoFer but I was shocked to see what his career numbers were. Not even 1600 hits, and only a .273 batting avg. He averaged a pathetic 4 HR and 55 RBI a season. Now I know what some of you might be thinking, maybe he was a defensive genious at SS, so lets see his fielding stats: a .968 fielding percentage with 263 errors in 1647 games. Just for comparison, let's use A-Rod's numbers since he has a couple Gold Gloves. A .977 fielding percentage with 131 errors in 1267 games. As you can see, Rizzuto wasn't actually a defensive specialist either. His one great accomplishment was his MVP award in 1950. Just to clear things up, I am not attacking Rizzuto at all, I'm just wondering how a guy with these kinds of stats made it to the place where baseball enshrines the best of the best. His HoF plaque states:
"OVERCAME DIMINUTIVE SIZE (5'6", 150 LBS) TO ANCHOR SUPERB YANKEE TEAMS WHICH WON 10 PENNANTS AND 8 WORLD SERIES DURING HIS 13 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS". Didn't they have Yogi and DiMaggio anchoring the Yanks during those years? Oh well, just something to think about.
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