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! - 80%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%