Just how do the real oldtimers stack up in modern statistics? What was Wee Willie Keeler's lifetime average, and how does he compare with Joe DiMaggio? Or Christy Mathewson with Dizzy Dean? Here, for the first time, are all the Hall of Fame incumbents, presented in modern Scouting Report form. The reader can run his eye along this gallery and see for himself how Joe Judge's four criteria for selection might be applied. A unique contribution to baseball's encyclopedic history, this record was compiled by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S own Les Woodcock.
P Won 378 games in 20-year career. Had 90 shutouts
Threw easily and with amazing control. Curve and fast ball.
1B 26-year baiting average: .339. Led NL 4 times
Superb fielder. Big and powerful. Line-drive hitter. Rarely fanned.
HOME RUN BAKER
SB Led AL in homers 4 times. Lifetime average: .307
Straightaway power hitter. Fine base runner. Strong arm.
Executive. General Manager Yankees, 1921-1945
Builder of the modern Yankees, game's most successful team.
P Won 6 World Series games, 208 in season play
Great clutch pitcher. Had amazing control. Threw extremely fast.
C Stole 211 bases. Had lifetime average of .279
Power to all fields. Choke hitter, crowded plate. Fine base runner.
1B 22-year batting average of .348. Hit 103 homers
Tremendous power. Pulled ball to right. Fine clutch hitter.
P Won 239 games in Hi years. Won 5 Series games
Threw overhand. Big curve that sank. Fine control. Good fielder.
Executive. First president of the National League
First patron of game. Prominent businessman and officeholder.