Lon Warneke was relatively ineffective during the beginning of his run as a Major League Baseball player. This would change when Cubs Manager Rogers Hornsby noticed that he was staring at his feet rather than at the plate when he threw. That correction turned him into an also-ran to an MVP runner-up.
We finally get to the third of the famed "Tinkers to Evers to Chance" with the middle component, Johnny Evers, who was considered by his peers as one of the most intelligent and also surly baseball players of the Game. Evers would win the starting Second Baseman's job in 1903, and while he was not always known for hitting for Average near the end of the decade, he was developing an incredible batting eye, and he had his first of three .400 OBP seasons in 1908. Evers was a vital cog of the back-to-back World Series titles in 19097 and 1908, and he batted .350 in both of those Fall Classics. He would become the Player/Manager for Chicago in 1913, but he was fired and took the same job with the Boston Braves. Ironically, Evers would win the National League MVP in 1914, the first year that he was not with the Chicago Cubs. He would also win his third World Series Ring.
It was announced today that former baseball player, Jimmy Wynn, has passed away today. He was 78 years old.
Wynn played 15 seasons in the Majors, with the first 11 spent as a Houston Astro. Nicknamed the “Toy Cannon” for his slight frame and explosive power, Wynn would blast 291 Home Runs over his career. While he had a Batting Average of .250, his On Base Percentage was .366, and he led the National League twice in Walks. Wynn also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where in both of his seasons there, he was named to the All-Star Team.
In our latest Notinhalloffame rank of those to consider for the Baseball Hall, he was at #87.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy Wynn at this time.
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. Eventually, we plan to do that for the major colleges in the NCAA. As such, it is news to us that Creighton University has announced the three members of their Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
The new members are:
Kelli Browning, Volleyball (2011-14). Browning was the first person in her program to be named an All-American in three straight years, and she is first all-time in school history in percentage (.335), block assists (547) and blocks per set (1.42).
Mike Tranchilla, Soccer (1999-02). Tranchilla helped the Blue Jays reach four NCAA tournaments, including reaching the 2000 National Championship game.
Pat Venditte, Baseball (2005-08). Venditte was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 MVC Tournament, and he would have a 2.86 ERA with 255 Strikeouts.
The date and location of the ceremony, which will be the 53rdannual ceremony, has yet to be determined.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to the impending members of the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame.
Greg Maddux is always thought of first as an Atlanta Brave, but it was with the Chicago Cubs where he first rose to prominence. Maddux started slowly with Chicago, but the talent was there, and in 1988, his third year in the Majors, he was chosen for the All-Star Game with an 18 Win season. He was solid for the next three seasons, winning 19, 15, and 15 Wins, and in 1992, he would lead the NL with 20 Wins and had an ERA of 2.18. He would win the National League Cy Young Award that year, would go to his second All-Star Game, and he had won his third straight Gold Glove. Sadly, for the fans at Wrigley, Maddux was a Free Agent, and talks broke down, and he signed with Atlanta winning the next three Cy Youngs. Maddux would, however, return later for two more seasons in 2004.
Carlos Zambrano played all of but his final season with the Chicago Cubs, where the Venezuelan was a three-time All-Star who also finished third in Cy Young voting five times. In the first decade of the 2000s, Zambrano was one of the more dependable hurlers and was the only one in the NL who had at least 13 Wins from 2003 to 2008. In 2006 he made history as the first Venezuelan to lead the National League in Wins, and he would finish in the top ten in ERA four times.