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Another forgotten star in the pre Babe Ruth era was Larry Doyle who was easily amongst the most likeable players of his era.  Not only was he a natural favorite, he was one of the mist consistent players too.

Larry Doyle was above average in almost every category, and put together a monster 1912 campaign which saw him win the 1911 MVP.  Although he had many very good seasons, his three World Series appearances were less than stellar and he failed to lead his team to any championship.  Had he kept to the standards he set from April to September, it could be imagined that Larry Doyle would have been a serious Hall of Fame candidate, as opposed to the remote possibility he is today.  He famously quipped that it “was good to be young and a Giant”….it would have been better to be labeled as immortal.

Should Larry Doyle be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Caseyville, Illinois, USA
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Second Base
  • Played For: Chicago Cubs, New York Giants
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Valuable Player (1) (NL) (1912)
    Highest Batting Average (1) (NL) (1915)
    Most Hits (2) (NL) (1909 & 1915)
    Most Total Bases (2) (NL) (1878 & 1879)
    Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1915)
    Most Triples (1) (NL) (1911)
  • Other Points of Note: Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 1912 NL MVP)
    (NL: 1911, 3rd)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    5 Top Ten FInishes (Power-Speed)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 95. Triples: 123
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1937: 1.0
    1938: 1.5
    1939: 0.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Giant

Should Larry Doyle be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.1%
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-21 00:19
Doyle was a great-hittin g second baseman whose career ended right as the live-ball era was beginning; still, a .408 slugging average as a dead-ball hitter is impressive for a middle infielder. Defensively suspect, albeit with rudimentary metrics, but below-averag e in fielding percentage and range factor.

JAWS does have him ahead of Red Schoendienst and Bill Mazeroski, although Maz hit a big home run in the WS.
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