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32. Jim McCormick
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 3, 1856 in Glasgow, Gl United Kingdom
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 20, 1878
  • Final Game: October 07, 1887
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A dominating pitcher for a few seasons in the early 1880’s, Jim McCormick was a bruising Scotsman whose underhanded prowess netted him 265 wins in what was a relatively brief career.  Of course, he played in a time, when teams essentially rode the same two pitchers.  It wasn’t like McCormick could blame his manager in those early seasons; he was the Player/Manager.

Had there been a Cy Young Award in 1880 and 1882, Jim McCormick may very well have won it.  In those two campaigns, he led the National League in every major Pitching Category.  The issue with McCormick is that even though he was a dominant player, it was not for that long and no position more than that on the mound has changed more; those early flame throwers are often to easily overlooked.

Should Jim McCormick be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Indianapolis Blues, Cleveland Blues, Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, Providence Grays, Chicago White Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Lowest Earned Run Average: (2) (NL) (1883) (UA) (1884)
    Most Wins (2) (NL) (1880 & 1882)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (UA) (1884)
    Lowest H/9 (2) (NL) (1881) (UA) (1884)
    Most Games Pitched (2) (NL) (1880 & 1882)
    Most Innings Pitched: (2) (NL) (1880 & 1882)
    Most Complete Games: (3) (NL) (1880, 1881 & 1882)
    Most Shutouts (1) (UA) (1884)
    Highest ERA+ (2) (NL) (1883)  (UA) (1984)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (3) (NL) (1880 & 1882) (UA) (1884)
  • Other Points of Note: 9   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8   Top Ten Finsihes (WHIP)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 11. Complete Games: 466
    27. WAR for Pitchers: 75.5
    29. BB/9: 1.577
    34. Innings Pitched: 4,275.7
    35. Earned Run Average: 2.43
    39. Wins: 265
    48. WHIP: 1.132
    87. Shutouts: 33
    93. FIP: 2.88
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cleveland Blue

Should Jim McCormick be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.5%
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-19 00:22
Veterans committees since the 1930s have been looking at 19th century/dead ball players for decades. There may be a few such as McCormick who may have been overlooked-- but there are many more from recent decades who have been ignored, and who may still be alive and able to receive the honor.

The pickings are slim for old-time players and overrich for newer ones. And with the writers' ballot now down to 10 years for a player's time on the ballot, there will be a logjam in the veterans committees.

Not being callous, but McCormick is long dead. He won't mind waiting.
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