At the time of Bill Dahlen’s retirement, he was the all-time League Leader in Games Played and was in the top ten in many other key offensive categories. Granted, this was still early in the game’s history, but Dahlen remains entrenched in the top 100 in several categories. Dahlen was adept at getting on base even when his Batting Average slipped. While he was powerful in the dead ball era of early baseball, his greatest gift was his glove where he was one of the game’s first Defensive superstars. Had he played today, he may have become well known for his surly demeanor, as he was an anti-social individual who was prone to outbursts.
On the last pre-1943 Veteran’s Committee Ballot, “Bad” Bill Dahlen did not fare well in the voting. Dahlen may be considered a huge omission by many, but the Veteran’s Committee does not appear to be among those who think so. It is unlikely that this will change the next time the vote on that era.