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80.  Vada Pinson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 11, 1938 in Memphis, TN USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 15, 1958
  • Final Game: September 28, 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1961
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The start of Vada Pinson’s career showed promise of a Hall of Fame career as he was a five tool baseball player.  So just how does a player who had this much promise, still compile over 2,700 hits and yet have what was considered a journeyman career?

The easy answer may be that Vada Pinson had many seasons that were very good, but nothing that could be considered great.  He racked up many hits (four times he compiled over 200 in a season), but wasn’t always considered a clutch hitter as shown when he batted .091 in his lone World Series in 1961.   He had decent speed, but never the led the league in steals.  He could field, but only had one Gold Glove.  He had a great Batting Average, but barely walked giving him a relatively low On Base Percentage.

Pinson was durable and lasted a long time and socked a lot of hits in his career.  He was very good for a long time (far longer than most), but without that one season of being great, the case for Vada Pinson’s Hall of Fame candidacy becomes a tough sell.

Should Vada Pinson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1981
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, California Angels
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 2 Time All Star (1959 & 1960)
    Gold Glove (1) (NL) (1961)
    Most At Bats (2) (NL) (1959 & 1960)
    Most Plate Appearances (2) (NL) (1959 & 1960)
    Most Runs (1) (NL) (1959)
    Most Hits (2) (NL) (1961 & 1963)
    Most Doubles (2) (NL) (1959 & 1960)
    Most Triples (2) (NL) (1963 & 1967)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (NL: 1961, 3rd) & (NL: 1963, 10th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive WAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 37. Power-Speed: 278.4
    41. At Bats: 9,645
    55. Hits: 2,757
    60. Plate Appearances: 60
    65. Total Bases: 4,264
    67. Games Played: 2,469
    78. Doubles: 485
    87. Triples: 127
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1981: 4.5
    1982: 1.4
    1983: 3.2
    1985: 4.8
    1986: 10.1
    1987: 11.6
    1988: 15.7
    1989: 7.4
    1990: 8.1
    1991: 6.8
    1992: 8.4
    1993: 9.0
    1994: 10.1
    1995: 7.0
    1996: 10.9
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red

Should Vada Pinson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%


0 #1 Reid Creager 2015-08-18 19:50
Vada Pinson had tremendous speed; his time to first base was 3.3, a shade off Mantle's time at his peak. He didn't post huge steals numbers because it wasn't his job. He was a No. 3 guy, not a leadoff guy. And he hit in front of Frank Robinson, so it wasn't wise to risk taking the bat out of his hands. He only won one Gold Glove because he played while Curt Flood and a guy named Mays were automatic Gold Glovers in the NL every year. Last but not least, it's just asinine to say he never had a great year. I would call .343, a league-leadi ng 208 hits and only 68 strikeouts in 660 at-bats not just a great year but a sensational year! I don't think Vada is a Hall of Famer, but it's noteworthy that a lot of people, including FRobinson, Richie Ashburn and many others, feel he deserved induction. His impact on the league and the game is much greater than many will ever know.

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