70. George Van Haltren

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70. George Van Haltren
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 30, 1866 in St. Louis, MO USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 27, 1887
  • Final Game: September 26, 1903
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160643281507613820291166 0.316
 

One of the main staples of this website is to discuss the overlooked.  We certainly are not the only ones to do this, as other websites and blogs discuss those who they feel are Hall of Fame worthy, but no matter how you slice it, it is hard to find anyone with more HOF credentials that has been completely abandoned than George Van Haltren.

A star of the last decade of the 1800’s, Van Haltren was a hitting machine who slapped away at singles like they were mosquitoes.  He was constantly in the top ten in multiple Batting categories and he was a huge asset with his glove as three times he led the league in outfield assists.  In addition, he could be called upon to pitch when needed and actually finished his career with a respectable won loss record of 40 and 31.  With over 2,500 career hits and 1,600 career runs, how is it possible that he is not even on a radar?

Should George Van Haltren be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Stockings, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (None)
    Most At Bats (2) (NL) (1897 & 1898)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1898)
    Most Triples (1) (NL) (1896)
    Most Stolen Bases (1) (NL) (1900)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (NL) (1898)
    Highest OPS (1) (NL) (1898)
    Most Games Finished (1) (NL) (1888)
  • Other Points of Note: 3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Strikeouts)
    1 Top Ten Finish (SO/BB)
    1 Top Ten Finish (ERA+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 21.  Stolen Bases: 583
    38.  Runs Scored: 1,642
    38.  Triples: 161
    45.  Singles: 2,028
    66.  Batting Average: .316
    95.  Hits: 2,544
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1936: 1.3 (Veterans)
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Giant

Should George Van Haltren be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.7%

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