The argument of Ross Barnes’ skills is easy to make. He led the Baseball association in traditional and sabremetric categories multiple times and was called the most valuable teammate amongst his peers; many of which would go on to Cooperstown themselves. In 1877, Barnes fell ill from a severe fever and was ever the same player after that. He was out of baseball by age 31, and many have speculated that had he not suffered from poor health, he would have been elected as a pioneer of the game. As it stands now, he is a forgotten workhorse of a bygone era.