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59. Carl Mays
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 12, 1891 in Liberty, KY USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 15, 1915
  • Final Game: September 24, 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
 
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
207 126 3.14 490 325 31 3,021.3 862
 
It is often the case for various Halls of Fame to discriminate based on the likeability of the candidate.  Carl Mays was not the necessarily the most liked player in his day, and his brushes with controversy probably pushed Mays on the opposite side of the bubble.

Sadly, Carl Mays is not best remembered for his four World Series rings or his 208 career wins.  He is best known for a beanball he pitched that killed the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman.  Mays was also not the most liked player and was a spitball pitcher (legal at the time) which has not necessarily shone him in the brightest of lights.  He was a very adept submarine style pitcher and though he won his share of games he could never shake the cloud of Ray Chapman.

Mays may eventually be considered as the sting of his accident may have washed away.  What doesn’t is that he was a purveyor of the spitball and that in itself could be enough to keep him out.

Should Carl Mays be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 56.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.1%
No opinion. - 3.2%
No way! - 14.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Liberty, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Wins (1) (AL) (1921)
    Most Saves (2) (AL) (1915 & 1921)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1921)
    Most Complete Games (2) (AL) (1918 & 1926)
    Most Shutouts (2) (AL) (1918 & 1920)
    Most Saves (2) (AL) (1915 & 1921)
    World Series Rings (4) (Boston Red Sox 1916 & 1918 & New York Yankees 1921 & 1922)
  • Other Points of Note: 6 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8 Top Ten Finsihes (WHIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (SO/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 100. Complete Games: 231
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1958: 2.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should Carl Mays be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 56.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.1%
No opinion. - 3.2%
No way! - 14.5%

Comments   

0 #3 R Witt 2014-09-27 06:23
He should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Killing Guys!
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+1 #2 bob Thomson 2014-01-10 04:24
As a 22 year old umpire in the Pioneer League in 1962
I was sitting in the grand stand in Twin Falls, Idaho(team
was called Magic Valley) b/4 my game. An elderly man
was sitting by himself and called me over. He said "my
name is Carl Mays, I scout for the Houston Colt '45s.
I knew who he was and knew about the Ray Chapman
incident. I did not know about his great pitching record
at the time. He was a very nice man......
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