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85.  Norm Cash
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 10, 1934 in Justiceburg, TX USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 18, 1958
  • Final Game: August 06, 1974
  • TSN All-Star - 1961
  • TSN All-Star - 1971
 
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How is it possible to hit .361 and hit 41 home runs without anyone noticing?  The answer is to perform that incredible feat the same year that Roger Maris hit 61 Home Runs.

The 1961 season was easily the high water mark for Norm Cash’s career and it is sad that it went mostly unnoticed.   Cash never had a season like that again, and though he was a very productive power hitter for the rest of his career, and still posted decent On Base Percentages.  ‘Stormin” Norm Cash was a fan favorite in Detroit for his fun loving antic and genuine love of life.  He wasn’t thought of much outside of Detroit as the team was in the national shadow of Kaline, McLain and Lolich, but this never seemed to be an issue to Cash.

Norm Cash may have been a good power hitter, but without being able to remotely flirt with what he did in 1961, he has been rendered a fun footnote as opposed to a legendary part of the game.  It is interesting to think how he would be remembered if he posted those numbers in 1962 instead.

Should Norm Cash be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 1.7%
No way! - 6.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Justiceburg, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 1980
  • Position: First Base
  • Played For: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 4 Time All Star (1961, 1966, 1971 & 1972)
    Batting Title (1) (AL) (1961)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1) (AL) (1961)
    Most Total Bases (1) (AL) (1971)
    Most Doubles (2) (AL) (1968 & 1971)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1961)
    Most Hit By Pitch (1) (AL) (1962)
    Most Intentional Walks (1) (AL) (1961)
    World Series Ring (1) (Detroit Tigers, 1968)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1961, 4th)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentages)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (War for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 74.   Home Runs: 377
    75.   Win Probability Added: 38.5
    85.   OPS+: 139
    98.   Intentional Walks: 112
    100. Walks: 1,043
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1980: 1.6
  • Should be Inducted As A: Detroit Tiger

Should Norm Cash be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 1.7%
No way! - 6.9%
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