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53.  Bucky Walters
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 19, 1909 in Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 17, 1931
  • Final Game: July 23, 1950
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1939
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1939
  • Most Valuable Player - 1939
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1939
  • TSN All-Star - 1939
  • TSN Guide MVP - 1939
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • TSN All-Star - 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • MVP - 1939
  • MVP - 1940
  • MVP - 1941
  • MVP - 1943
  • MVP - 1944
 
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A converted third baseman, Bucky Walters took the mound later in his career but once he did he made up for the lost time.  Walters would even win the MVP for his pitching prowess and was one of the rare hurlers who could be used often as a pinch hitter.

Walters did not just win the MVP in 1939; he won the coveted pitcher’s Triple Crown in the process.  He would win twenty games on two more occasions and with a dazzling sinking fastball was more than adept at fanning hitters.  The prime of his career saw Walters as the staff ace of the Reds, winning games, eating innings, and leading Cincinnati to a World Series in 1940.

Walters did not break the 200 wins mark, but he did start late and was not the recipient of a lot of run support in his seasons in Philadelphia.  He had a very good career and is often brought up as a candidate for the Veteran’s Committee.

Should Bucky Walters be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.5%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 4.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1950
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Rings (1) (Cincinnati Reds, 1940)
    MVP (1) (NL) (1939)
    All-Star (6) (1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 & 1944)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (NL) (1939)
    Lowest Earned Run Average (2) (NL) (1939 & 1940)
    Most Wins (3) (NL) (1939, 1940 & 1944)
    Lowest WHIP (2) (NL) (1939 & 1940)
    Lowest H/9 (3) (1939, 1940 & 1944)
    Most Innings Pitched (3) (NL) (1939, 1940 & 1941)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (NL) (1939)
    Most Games Started (2) (NL) (1937 & 1939)
    Most Complete Games (3) (NL) (1939, 1940 & 1941)
    Most Shutouts (1) (NL) (1939)
    Highest ERA+ (2) (NL) (1939 & 1940)
    Highest Win Probability Added (3) (NL) (1939, 1940 & 1944)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (2) (NL) (1939 & 1944)
  • Other Points of Note: Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 1939 NL MVP)
    (NL: 1940, 3rd) & (NL: 1944, 5th)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 38. Shutouts: 42
    52. Championship Win Probability Added: 38.8
    91. Win Probabilty Added: 21.7
    91. Complete Games: 242
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1950: 2.4
    1952: 1.3
    1953: 3.8
    1956: 2.6
    1958: 12.4
    1960: 7.1
    1962: 3.1
    1964: 17.4
    1966: 18.5
    1967: 22.3
    1968: 23.7
    1969: 5.9
    1970: 9.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red

Should Bucky Walters be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.5%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 4.1%

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