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%