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81. Tommy Leach
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 4, 1877 in French Creek, NY USA
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 28, 1898
  • Final Game: September 02, 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1909
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1910
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
 
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How many times is an athlete described as “small in stature but big in heart”?  This analogy has been used more times than we can determine but far too often but it was an accurate assessment when describing the turn of the century ballplayer, Tommy Leach.

“Wee” Tommy Leach was a triples machine and one of the fastest ball players in his day.  Leach hit a few Home Runs in the Dead Ball era, though most of them were of the inside the Park variety.  For all intensive purposes, Leach was a power hitter and often cleared the bases, or would himself get on base for the legendary Honus Wagner who batted behind him during his heyday in Pittsburgh.  It was fitting that it was Tommy Leach who would get the first hit and first run in World Series history.  Injuries would catch up to him by 1910 and he wasn’t the same player, but Leach is a forgotten star in the first century of the 1900’s.

Should Tommy Leach be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10%
No opinion. - 5%
No way! - 10%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: French Creek, New York, USA
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Third Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Runs Scored (2) (NL) (1909 & 1913)
    Most Triples (1) (NL) (1902)
    Most Home Runs (1) (NL) (1902)
    Highest Defensive WAR (1) (NL) (1902)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1914)
    Highest Power-Speed (1) (NL) (1902)
    World Series Ring (1) (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1909)
  • Other Points of Note: 1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 23.    Triples: 173
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1937: 0.5
    1939: 0.4
  • Should be Inducted As A: Pittsburgh Pirate

Should Tommy Leach be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10%
No opinion. - 5%
No way! - 10%

Comments   

-1 #1 Common Knowledge 2012-07-24 13:44
I didn't see the following names in this list who should be in the HOF for their accomplishme nts to the game: Buck O'Neil and Marvin Miller.
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