CATCHER: Roger Bresnahan, another sacred name, must have been a great PR man. He is always spoken of as one of baseball's best receivers, but he caught as many as 100 games in only one season. Fast and strong, he played the outfield, too, but in only seven of his 17 seasons did he appear in more than 100 games. His lifetime average was .279. Ernie Lombardi, a lumbering giant (6'3", 230 pounds), may have been the slowest man ever to play in the majors. But he caught 1,542 games, 568 more than Bresnahan, and was an adept fielder. Despite his woeful lack of speed, he won the National League batting title twice and had a 17-year average of .306. And he hit 190 home runs. Bresnahan had 27.
PITCHER: Addie Joss is not in Cooperstown because he played only nine seasons and the arbitrary minimum is 10. It should be waived for Joss, who won 160 games in nine years. When he was in the American League, his rival pitchers included Cy Young, Clark Griffith, Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, Jack Chesbro, Chief Bender, Ed Walsh and Walter Johnson, all Hall of Famers. Joss had a lower lifetime ERA (1.88) than any of them but Walsh, and in his nine seasons he threw 45 shutouts, more than any of the others during that stretch except Waddell. In 1908, Joss beat Walsh in an epic duel, pitching a perfect game as he won 1-0. In 1910 he pitched a second no-hitter. A year later, at 31, he was dead of tubercular meningitis. Jesse Haines won 210 games in his 19-year career, but in only four of those seasons did he win more than 13.
MANAGER: Frank Selee managed for 16 years, won five pennants and has the sixth-best career winning percentage among major league managers. Bucky Harris won pennants as a player-manager at Washington in his first two seasons, but in the 27 years he managed after that, he finished better than fourth only three times and ended up with a lifetime percentage of .493.
CONCLUSION: the Outs would murder the Ins.