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Player Won-Lost Records and the Hall of Fame

The table below presents career Player won-lost records for players who have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, for all games for which I have calculated Player won-lost records. The players are sorted here by pWins over replacement level (pWORL).

Hall of Fame Players

Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Willie Mays
2,992
461.0333.650.7
83.5
437.9329.641.673.2
Hank Aaron
3,298
496.1373.143.4
79.9
479.1365.439.274.7
Mickey Mantle
2,400
354.5232.550.4
74.7
341.4235.142.866.6
Greg Maddux
759
330.9273.145.2
74.1
323.6263.246.074.1
Joe L. Morgan
2,648
364.6281.846.9
73.1
356.3285.141.267.1
Warren Spahn
780
360.1299.743.8
72.5
345.8295.138.566.4
Stan Musial
2,860
395.1294.336.6
65.1
390.4293.934.562.8
Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson
619
281.7222.238.2
64.1
268.0219.332.557.6
Tom Seaver
677
313.4260.538.5
63.0
303.2266.030.554.9
Ted Williams
2,013
323.1220.039.3
62.1
326.0217.442.064.8
Rickey Henderson
3,080
428.0352.929.5
60.2
421.1347.828.759.0
Steve Carlton
745
344.7309.532.5
60.1
330.9315.322.549.7
Frank Robinson
2,807
398.1307.529.8
60.1
387.2295.430.860.0
Joe DiMaggio
1,657
274.1186.537.8
57.5
254.0189.526.445.4
Eddie Mathews
2,389
319.4238.734.6
57.5
309.8239.829.351.9
Mike Schmidt
2,403
336.3256.933.2
56.2
332.0247.835.758.2
Bob Gibson
597
268.7222.334.5
56.0
257.9225.427.448.6
Pee Wee Reese
2,166
288.2228.733.8
55.6
283.3251.620.142.7
Cal Ripken
3,001
380.3350.127.1
55.2
372.8344.226.153.7
Reggie Jackson
2,820
369.2298.826.0
55.1
352.0290.721.749.7
Nolan Ryan
807
359.9333.123.5
54.9
335.1306.123.852.9
Tom Glavine
709
281.1250.729.3
54.9
281.2260.824.650.8
Al Kaline
2,833
380.5302.425.5
54.2
378.3303.224.152.8
Jim Palmer
573
246.4190.233.3
53.3
239.6205.022.542.9
Gaylord Perry
787
326.4297.024.2
52.4
327.6291.127.655.6
Carl Yastrzemski
3,308
425.4360.718.3
51.7
441.2367.122.556.8
Don Sutton
785
324.8299.924.3
51.5
321.8300.422.449.6
John Smoltz
735
240.0201.329.0
51.1
220.2188.625.345.5
Pedro J. Martinez
476
194.0138.633.4
51.0
182.2132.930.246.9
Juan Marichal
475
235.7190.932.3
51.0
225.6201.122.240.8
Yogi Berra
2,119
245.4181.733.0
50.8
219.6185.518.235.0
Fergie Jenkins
665
290.9255.826.4
50.6
278.8262.316.940.9
Mel Ott
1,753
271.9194.430.2
50.5
263.5186.530.349.8
Robin Roberts
688
301.6274.524.7
50.1
303.1281.322.348.1
Whitey Ford
500
217.6168.632.5
49.8
208.5180.622.139.4
George Brett
2,706
328.1273.623.5
48.5
325.4277.120.445.4
Bert Blyleven
699
295.7264.022.3
48.3
301.2270.222.148.6
Lefty Grove
415
186.7127.733.4
48.2
163.0133.018.732.7
Paul Molitor
2,683
316.3271.120.0
47.5
308.5273.115.242.3
Barry Larkin
2,180
289.9246.926.6
47.5
278.2244.122.042.3
Phil Niekro
866
337.0326.218.2
47.3
330.0342.36.936.3
Frank E. Thomas
2,322
254.2190.823.7
46.7
249.0186.123.646.1
Duke Snider
2,138
270.1201.326.4
46.1
276.7210.524.945.2
Robin Yount
2,856
360.0337.918.8
45.9
354.3332.118.845.5
Early Wynn
746
289.0267.721.5
45.9
279.5262.818.942.7
Eddie Murray
3,026
347.0285.219.2
45.7
319.7275.810.935.9
Willie McCovey
2,584
297.8221.024.1
45.7
274.6208.020.140.1
Dave Winfield
2,971
395.2344.715.0
45.1
379.0334.112.641.6
Lou Gehrig
1,413
203.0121.331.1
45.0
191.4123.824.337.8
Ozzie Smith
2,573
329.8305.320.4
44.7
322.9313.113.137.4
Bob Feller
534
242.4209.723.3
44.2
228.3210.315.836.1
Harmon Killebrew
2,435
301.5235.421.4
44.1
293.4226.622.144.1
Craig Biggio
2,850
353.9319.418.0
44.1
347.7319.314.940.8
Roberto Alomar
2,377
309.6275.921.0
43.8
298.3274.116.138.5
Johnny Bench
2,158
246.5196.025.4
43.4
234.9190.522.539.7
Dennis Eckersley
1,073
218.6176.122.2
42.2
187.2168.411.228.7
Ken Griffey Jr.
2,671
339.1300.616.3
41.7
345.5293.123.348.5
Jimmie Foxx
1,634
210.3140.525.7
41.1
200.5137.222.837.6
Jeff Bagwell
2,150
275.8203.221.9
40.9
268.2200.919.538.1
Brooks Robinson
2,895
346.7308.214.0
40.8
321.2301.94.730.1
Bob Lemon
607
204.2170.324.0
40.7
192.7174.216.232.6
Willie Stargell
2,356
294.2232.219.0
40.7
286.2222.020.541.4
Jim Bunning
600
242.5222.419.5
40.1
241.8233.114.035.1
Roberto Clemente
2,433
353.9300.613.0
40.0
345.8297.710.637.2
Carlton Fisk
2,498
249.4219.421.1
39.9
244.8212.422.140.4
Jackie Robinson
1,382
192.1136.726.0
39.5
188.3146.519.132.9
Wade Boggs
2,439
292.2256.517.6
39.0
299.8260.519.541.3
Rod Carew
2,468
288.6253.516.8
38.9
294.0257.017.840.2
Luis Aparicio
2,601
317.6312.112.7
38.6
315.3320.77.333.5
Mike Piazza
1,911
213.3174.122.5
38.3
199.4164.320.235.1
Tony Perez
2,773
305.3253.614.9
38.1
292.3250.210.533.0
Red Ruffing
601
205.4178.820.0
37.5
204.5179.219.436.8
Nellie Fox
2,367
283.5265.314.8
37.3
270.9276.92.825.2
Billy Williams
2,485
329.5281.510.7
36.8
337.5278.516.242.4
Ernie Banks
2,525
304.4270.812.9
36.6
302.2255.919.542.5
Ryne Sandberg
2,164
282.3251.116.0
36.3
291.5250.920.741.3
Don Drysdale
547
223.9208.917.2
36.2
228.3212.717.737.1
Joe Gordon
1,457
196.0155.621.0
36.2
185.9159.114.229.1
Hal Newhouser
393
173.5141.021.5
35.7
162.9138.017.531.1
Bobby Doerr
1,440
197.5159.120.8
35.7
188.6162.714.429.2
Ron Santo
2,243
291.0256.712.3
35.0
291.2242.719.641.7
Babe Ruth
900
155.196.624.1
34.9
148.694.722.032.4
Larry Doby
1,530
215.3165.318.9
34.6
201.8162.713.728.8
Lou Boudreau
1,456
195.3162.319.3
34.5
189.4161.716.631.6
Tim Raines Sr.
2,500
312.9274.811.0
34.1
315.4271.513.937.0
Sandy Koufax
397
159.8129.020.9
34.1
149.4139.010.623.8
Andre Dawson
2,627
350.3315.97.6
33.9
341.9302.210.636.0
Jim Rice
2,089
281.5248.611.3
33.7
276.9247.89.431.7
Billy Herman
1,561
213.6183.016.3
33.6
208.1192.09.126.6
Catfish Hunter
515
212.9196.614.6
32.9
213.3203.611.429.9
Joe Torre
2,209
243.7208.013.8
32.5
236.5200.114.332.4
Arky Vaughan
1,385
190.1159.317.2
32.4
187.5155.717.632.6
Bill Dickey
1,394
147.0109.820.7
32.1
139.9115.014.625.8
Gary Carter
2,293
240.4214.714.3
31.8
235.9205.316.733.7
Enos Slaughter
2,058
255.8218.211.1
31.3
246.2215.87.827.5
Orlando Cepeda
2,124
249.2206.59.9
29.5
239.2201.37.926.8
Carl Hubbell
338
148.7122.816.9
29.4
139.1121.412.624.6
Johnny Mize
1,459
165.2120.216.4
28.7
161.0117.216.028.0
Tony Gwynn Sr.
2,440
321.0289.54.6
28.2
318.3283.66.429.6
Lefty Gomez
307
144.7122.514.9
27.3
132.3122.28.720.6
Ted Lyons
388
149.9128.814.6
27.3
144.1129.011.624.0
Red Schoendienst
2,215
250.0242.46.8
27.2
246.6247.52.623.1
Phil Rizzuto
1,634
187.4168.811.8
26.8
182.1181.82.718.0
Roy Campanella
1,215
127.094.817.5
26.7
125.9102.113.322.8
Luke Appling
1,708
217.2205.38.4
26.5
219.0204.49.827.8
Rich Gossage
1,003
133.0102.912.1
26.2
88.679.62.612.5
Ivan Rodriguez
2,543
231.8232.98.0
26.2
236.8229.612.330.5
Al Simmons
1,279
186.9153.811.4
26.1
181.6150.110.825.1
Hoyt Wilhelm
1,070
141.1119.010.1
26.0
111.6101.94.217.2
Paul Waner
1,649
230.9200.86.9
25.9
233.2201.97.526.5
Earl Averill Sr.
1,334
192.1164.310.4
25.8
187.1158.311.026.0
Mickey Cochrane
941
108.476.017.6
25.6
102.479.313.020.8
Joe Cronin
1,178
154.6133.712.5
25.1
153.3130.913.225.7
Gabby Hartnett
1,225
122.395.215.2
24.7
119.998.312.521.9
Frankie Frisch
1,117
152.7129.512.5
24.2
149.2135.47.919.6
Charlie Gehringer
1,003
134.2109.613.4
24.0
137.9112.713.724.6
Kirby Puckett
1,783
235.9219.95.6
23.2
233.8215.07.124.4
Rollie Fingers
945
122.999.59.6
23.0
85.473.34.814.3
Joe Medwick
1,541
212.3188.85.3
22.9
204.4182.24.921.8
Bill Mazeroski
2,163
234.8240.82.9
22.4
230.9243.2-0.219.2
Tony Lazzeri
1,105
137.4118.310.8
21.9
134.6122.27.518.6
Dizzy Dean
210
85.560.914.6
21.4
76.662.59.315.7
Bill Terry
1,021
127.391.411.8
21.3
118.993.76.615.8
Bruce Sutter
661
90.263.711.2
20.7
51.747.40.97.0
George Kell
1,795
213.6199.03.3
20.2
210.0191.35.522.0
Ernie Lombardi
1,723
148.9140.17.1
20.0
147.5132.810.122.5
Pie Traynor
1,066
137.2121.49.0
19.9
130.9121.16.016.6
Ralph Kiner
1,472
208.2184.93.5
19.7
213.2171.612.928.7
Hank Greenberg
898
120.887.610.7
19.5
118.084.411.119.6
Dazzy Vance
231
98.980.511.1
19.3
90.376.38.816.4
Rogers Hornsby
633
89.664.612.5
18.8
90.565.912.318.7
Kiki Cuyler
1,164
164.5143.75.4
18.7
166.8145.35.719.2
Lou Brock
2,614
342.0331.9-8.9
18.7
349.5325.2-1.925.7
Travis Jackson
805
103.990.98.0
16.4
95.692.33.111.2
Waite Hoyt
318
96.588.26.2
15.0
94.890.14.313.1
Richie Ashburn
2,188
278.0276.8-8.0
14.7
285.5275.5-3.719.3
Goose Goslin
959
136.9121.63.5
14.6
136.0117.45.316.2
Chuck Klein
1,093
153.6139.91.4
14.3
166.0134.710.023.2
Joe Sewell
862
106.7101.54.6
13.3
105.4103.23.111.8
Eppa Rixey
221
84.977.55.5
12.7
83.375.45.712.8
Herb Pennock
182
65.253.57.2
12.6
64.055.65.611.0
Burleigh Grimes
245
98.895.44.0
12.5
95.197.41.19.6
Monte Irvin
764
96.079.65.0
12.3
91.376.44.411.4
Jesse Haines
245
79.372.45.1
12.2
75.874.72.19.2
Hack Wilson
725
99.687.04.0
12.1
99.684.35.413.4
Lloyd Waner
1,330
155.5152.6-1.6
11.9
158.9156.5-1.911.9
Chick Hafey
805
107.297.41.9
10.8
106.891.74.613.2
Dave Bancroft
465
63.955.55.9
10.5
64.756.95.610.3
Freddie Lindstrom
795
101.795.22.0
10.5
101.196.31.19.6
Pete Alexander
122
55.846.36.0
10.5
53.644.75.710.0
Earle Combs
833
107.099.21.1
10.0
110.1100.52.011.0
Max Carey
540
82.571.92.9
8.8
81.870.03.69.4
Rabbit Maranville
805
96.999.30.9
8.8
94.299.0-0.47.5
Heinie Manush
855
109.1104.3-1.0
8.2
105.0102.2-1.97.1
Rick Ferrell
1,153
95.899.6-0.3
8.1
100.096.33.511.9
Jim Bottomley
1,055
112.4105.1-2.2
7.2
108.999.3-0.78.2
Red Faber
200
58.457.31.6
7.1
58.655.82.47.8
George Kelly
599
67.759.51.9
7.0
65.158.41.26.1
Ross Youngs
372
53.245.62.3
6.0
51.546.60.94.6
Ty Cobb
247
37.329.03.0
5.7
37.330.52.25.0
Walter Johnson
58
24.318.23.6
5.5
22.219.81.73.6
Eddie Collins Sr.
325
37.832.82.5
5.4
38.734.62.05.0
Tris Speaker
332
47.341.01.8
5.3
48.340.62.46.0
Harry Heilmann
363
51.545.31.1
5.3
49.742.71.65.6
Stan Coveleski
51
24.919.23.3
5.3
22.920.51.63.5
Sam Rice
598
68.866.3-1.2
4.6
66.865.6-1.83.9
Edd Roush
443
59.356.8-0.4
4.2
58.256.6-0.83.7
Satchel Paige
179
30.329.60.5
4.0
24.022.90.73.4
Zack Wheat
499
64.561.7-1.1
3.7
65.358.70.95.6
George Sisler
397
44.141.2-0.5
3.1
44.341.2-0.43.2
Ray Schalk
239
20.818.61.2
2.7
19.419.40.11.6
Rube Marquard
75
23.024.1-0.0
2.2
20.622.5-0.41.6
Harry Hooper
239
30.630.6-1.0
1.4
32.029.90.02.4
Frank 'Home Run' Baker
59
6.56.40.2
0.7
6.26.40.10.6
Johnny Evers
1
0.10.1-0.0
0.0
0.10.1-0.0-0.0
Chief Bender
1
0.00.2-0.1
-0.1
0.00.1-0.1-0.0
Willard Brown
21
1.92.5-0.3
-0.2
1.72.3-0.4-0.2
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Average*
1,867.9
284.3241.620.7
43.0
276.2239.218.039.8

*Average only includes players for whom their entire career is covered by Retrosheet play-by-play data.

Most of the players at the bottom of this list played the bulk of their careers before Retrosheet has play-by-play data. Retrosheet has complete play-by-play data (including some deduced games) since 1944, and data for most games since 1930. The average figures shown above only include players whose major-league career began in 1944 or later and appeared in at least 100 major-league games.

Excluding players for whom I only have partial Player won-lost records and Monte Irvin and Satchel Paige, whose careers in the white major leagues didn't begin until fairly late (ages 30 and 42, respectively), and who made the Hall of Fame in large part because of their earlier Negro League careers, the Hall of Famer with the lowest career pWORL is Richie Ashburn. Ashburn looks somewhat better when evaluated using (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins, although he still ranks quite low even there.

Looking only at Hall of Famers for whom Retrosheet play-by-play data covers their entire career, the average Hall of Famer has an average Player won-lost record of 284.3 - 241.6, with 20.7 pWOPA (pWins over Positional Average), and 43.0 pWORL (pWins over Replacement Level). Looking at the above table, the closest player to the average Hall-of-Famer is perhaps Willie Stargell.

Of course, Hall of Famers are not elected based on Player won-lost records, and even if they were, one would certainly want to consider more than simply career pWORL. For example, in the above table, ranking Hall of Famers by career pWORL, Jim Rice and Sandy Koufax end up very close to each other.

Sandy Koufax is sometimes put into the conversation for the greatest pitcher ever. Jim Rice is sometimes put into the conversation for the biggest mistake in the Hall of Fame.

Of course, Sandy Koufax is not in the Hall of Fame because of his career counting statistics. He's in the Hall of Fame because of an incredible four-year peak from 1963 - 1966. And Sandy Koufax's Player won-lost record reflects this. His pWORLs in 1963 and 1965 both led the major leagues and rank among the 20 highest single-season pWORLs of any seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records. Sandy Koufax also has one of the best World Series records in major-league history.

In contrast, Jim Rice has just one season that is among the top 75 in pWORL. Beyond that season, Rice was mostly a good, but not really great, player who stuck around long enough to accumulate a respectable career level of pWORL.

Even considering only the regular season, the short but brilliant nature of Koufax's career is apparent in the above table of Hall of Famers, in his pWins over Positional Average (pWOPA) of 20.9 which is close to the average value for all Hall of Famers (20.7). In contrast to Koufax, Jim Rice's career pWOPA, 11.3, is well below average for a Hall of Famer.
Hall of Merit

At Baseball Think Factory, they have created an alternative to the Hall of Fame, called the Hall of Merit. The idea behind the Hall of Merit was to enshrine the same number of players as are enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but to attempt to do so more systematically, eliminating the mistakes (of both omission and commission) in the Hall of Fame.

The inductees of the Hall of Merit are listed in the Hall of Merit's Plaque Room.

The table below presents career Player won-lost records for players who have been elected to the Hall of Merit who played at least part of their career during the Retrosheet Era. As in the table of Hall-of-Famers above, the players are sorted here by pWORL.



Hall of Merit Players

Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Barry Bonds
2,985
462.0316.859.3
89.7
452.5309.558.588.2
Willie Mays
2,992
461.0333.650.7
83.5
437.9329.641.673.2
Hank Aaron
3,298
496.1373.143.4
79.9
479.1365.439.274.7
Roger Clemens
709
318.9228.451.3
79.9
311.9228.247.976.0
Mickey Mantle
2,400
354.5232.550.4
74.7
341.4235.142.866.6
Greg Maddux
759
330.9273.145.2
74.1
323.6263.246.074.1
Joe L. Morgan
2,648
364.6281.846.9
73.1
356.3285.141.267.1
Warren Spahn
780
360.1299.743.8
72.5
345.8295.138.566.4
Stan Musial
2,860
395.1294.336.6
65.1
390.4293.934.562.8
Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson
619
281.7222.238.2
64.1
268.0219.332.557.6
Tom Seaver
677
313.4260.538.5
63.0
303.2266.030.554.9
Ted Williams
2,013
323.1220.039.3
62.1
326.0217.442.064.8
Rickey Henderson
3,080
428.0352.929.5
60.2
421.1347.828.759.0
Steve Carlton
745
344.7309.532.5
60.1
330.9315.322.549.7
Frank Robinson
2,807
398.1307.529.8
60.1
387.2295.430.860.0
Joe DiMaggio
1,657
274.1186.537.8
57.5
254.0189.526.445.4
Eddie Mathews
2,389
319.4238.734.6
57.5
309.8239.829.351.9
Mike Schmidt
2,403
336.3256.933.2
56.2
332.0247.835.758.2
Bob Gibson
597
268.7222.334.5
56.0
257.9225.427.448.6
Pee Wee Reese
2,166
288.2228.733.8
55.6
283.3251.620.142.7
Cal Ripken
3,001
380.3350.127.1
55.2
372.8344.226.153.7
Reggie Jackson
2,820
369.2298.826.0
55.1
352.0290.721.749.7
Nolan Ryan
807
359.9333.123.5
54.9
335.1306.123.852.9
Tom Glavine
709
281.1250.729.3
54.9
281.2260.824.650.8
Al Kaline
2,833
380.5302.425.5
54.2
378.3303.224.152.8
Jim Palmer
573
246.4190.233.3
53.3
239.6205.022.542.9
Gaylord Perry
787
326.4297.024.2
52.4
327.6291.127.655.6
Carl Yastrzemski
3,308
425.4360.718.3
51.7
441.2367.122.556.8
Don Sutton
785
324.8299.924.3
51.5
321.8300.422.449.6
John Smoltz
735
240.0201.329.0
51.1
220.2188.625.345.5
Mike Mussina
537
224.2173.529.3
51.1
221.7171.129.350.7
Pedro J. Martinez
476
194.0138.633.4
51.0
182.2132.930.246.9
Juan Marichal
475
235.7190.932.3
51.0
225.6201.122.240.8
Yogi Berra
2,119
245.4181.733.0
50.8
219.6185.518.235.0
Fergie Jenkins
665
290.9255.826.4
50.6
278.8262.316.940.9
Mel Ott
1,753
271.9194.430.2
50.5
263.5186.530.349.8
Robin Roberts
688
301.6274.524.7
50.1
303.1281.322.348.1
Lou Whitaker
2,387
298.5253.228.7
50.0
287.0255.022.042.8
Whitey Ford
500
217.6168.632.5
49.8
208.5180.622.139.4
Manny Ramirez
2,301
318.4252.626.1
49.6
304.1244.623.345.8
George Brett
2,706
328.1273.623.5
48.5
325.4277.120.445.4
Bert Blyleven
699
295.7264.022.3
48.3
301.2270.222.148.6
Lefty Grove
415
186.7127.733.4
48.2
163.0133.018.732.7
Paul Molitor
2,683
316.3271.120.0
47.5
308.5273.115.242.3
Barry Larkin
2,180
289.9246.926.6
47.5
278.2244.122.042.3
Phil Niekro
866
337.0326.218.2
47.3
330.0342.36.936.3
Frank E. Thomas
2,322
254.2190.823.7
46.7
249.0186.123.646.1
Duke Snider
2,138
270.1201.326.4
46.1
276.7210.524.945.2
Robin Yount
2,856
360.0337.918.8
45.9
354.3332.118.845.5
Early Wynn
746
289.0267.721.5
45.9
279.5262.818.942.7
Eddie Murray
3,026
347.0285.219.2
45.7
319.7275.810.935.9
Willie McCovey
2,584
297.8221.024.1
45.7
274.6208.020.140.1
Dave Winfield
2,971
395.2344.715.0
45.1
379.0334.112.641.6
Pete Rose Sr.
3,562
436.6391.411.8
45.1
446.5410.66.841.3
J. Kevin Brown
490
205.5166.425.9
45.0
206.9159.629.848.7
Lou Gehrig
1,413
203.0121.331.1
45.0
191.4123.824.337.8
Curt Schilling
571
207.1172.425.4
44.8
205.1173.223.943.3
Ozzie Smith
2,573
329.8305.320.4
44.7
322.9313.113.137.4
Dwight Evans
2,602
328.9275.820.2
44.5
330.6277.520.144.5
Bob Feller
534
242.4209.723.3
44.2
228.3210.315.836.1
Alan Trammell
2,292
277.2251.823.7
44.2
274.7254.421.241.7
Harmon Killebrew
2,435
301.5235.421.4
44.1
293.4226.622.144.1
Craig Biggio
2,850
353.9319.418.0
44.1
347.7319.314.940.8
Gary Sheffield
2,575
344.1291.017.9
43.8
336.3282.618.543.8
Roberto Alomar
2,377
309.6275.921.0
43.8
298.3274.116.138.5
Johnny Bench
2,158
246.5196.025.4
43.4
234.9190.522.539.7
Dennis Eckersley
1,073
218.6176.122.2
42.2
187.2168.411.228.7
Ken Griffey Jr.
2,671
339.1300.616.3
41.7
345.5293.123.348.5
Bobby Grich
2,006
245.5210.723.2
41.1
242.9209.722.440.1
Jimmie Foxx
1,634
210.3140.525.7
41.1
200.5137.222.837.6
Jeff Bagwell
2,150
275.8203.221.9
40.9
268.2200.919.538.1
Brooks Robinson
2,895
346.7308.214.0
40.8
321.2301.94.730.1
Billy Pierce
615
222.8193.822.4
40.8
211.7196.015.533.5
Bob Lemon
607
204.2170.324.0
40.7
192.7174.216.232.6
Willie Stargell
2,356
294.2232.219.0
40.7
286.2222.020.541.4
Jim Bunning
600
242.5222.419.5
40.1
241.8233.114.035.1
Roberto Clemente
2,433
353.9300.613.0
40.0
345.8297.710.637.2
Carlton Fisk
2,498
249.4219.421.1
39.9
244.8212.422.140.4
Jim Edmonds
2,009
257.0210.221.2
39.6
249.5205.819.737.6
Jackie Robinson
1,382
192.1136.726.0
39.5
188.3146.519.132.9
Edgar Martinez
2,055
213.0169.718.2
39.4
211.2166.918.739.6
Wade Boggs
2,439
292.2256.517.6
39.0
299.8260.519.541.3
Rod Carew
2,468
288.6253.516.8
38.9
294.0257.017.840.2
Mike Piazza
1,911
213.3174.122.5
38.3
199.4164.320.235.1
Darrell Evans
2,683
302.9258.215.2
38.1
300.8256.515.137.8
Graig Nettles
2,691
304.7269.014.9
37.8
293.7268.09.932.4
Willie Randolph
2,202
267.0241.918.2
37.6
259.3247.711.430.8
David Cone
451
184.5154.520.3
37.5
182.2162.515.332.7
Red Ruffing
601
205.4178.820.0
37.5
204.5179.219.436.8
Nellie Fox
2,367
283.5265.314.8
37.3
270.9276.92.825.2
Mark McGwire
1,874
220.2158.422.1
36.9
214.4154.621.235.6
Billy Williams
2,485
329.5281.510.7
36.8
337.5278.516.242.4
Ernie Banks
2,525
304.4270.812.9
36.6
302.2255.919.542.5
Dick Allen
1,748
235.5179.819.3
36.3
228.1176.817.333.9
Ryne Sandberg
2,164
282.3251.116.0
36.3
291.5250.920.741.3
Don Drysdale
547
223.9208.917.2
36.2
228.3212.717.737.1
Joe Gordon
1,457
196.0155.621.0
36.2
185.9159.114.229.1
Larry Walker
1,984
269.7218.616.6
35.9
276.7214.622.041.4
Hal Newhouser
393
173.5141.021.5
35.7
162.9138.017.531.1
Bobby Doerr
1,440
197.5159.120.8
35.7
188.6162.714.429.2
Rick Reuschel
579
223.3209.616.7
35.2
219.3214.312.430.9
Ron Santo
2,243
291.0256.712.3
35.0
291.2242.719.641.7
Minnie Minoso
1,835
262.5213.015.3
34.9
251.0213.99.328.5
Babe Ruth
900
155.196.624.1
34.9
148.694.722.032.4
Larry Doby
1,530
215.3165.318.9
34.6
201.8162.713.728.8
Lou Boudreau
1,456
195.3162.319.3
34.5
189.4161.716.631.6
Bret Saberhagen
403
155.6121.220.3
34.2
157.4122.121.035.0
Tim Raines Sr.
2,500
312.9274.811.0
34.1
315.4271.513.937.0
Sandy Koufax
397
159.8129.020.9
34.1
149.4139.010.623.8
Andre Dawson
2,627
350.3315.97.6
33.9
341.9302.210.636.0
Billy Herman
1,561
213.6183.016.3
33.6
208.1192.09.126.6
Rafael Palmeiro
2,829
307.6266.69.3
33.6
309.3260.913.137.2
Reggie Smith
1,986
263.7220.513.2
33.0
268.6218.916.436.4
Jimmy Wynn
1,920
267.3227.212.2
32.6
265.3218.115.935.8
Joe Torre
2,209
243.7208.013.8
32.5
236.5200.114.332.4
Arky Vaughan
1,385
190.1159.317.2
32.4
187.5155.717.632.6
Will Clark
1,976
232.9178.916.2
32.2
224.5179.312.027.7
Bill Dickey
1,394
147.0109.820.7
32.1
139.9115.014.625.8
Gary Carter
2,293
240.4214.714.3
31.8
235.9205.316.733.7
Enos Slaughter
2,058
255.8218.211.1
31.3
246.2215.87.827.5
Ken Boyer
2,034
253.1224.110.1
29.7
248.2214.912.431.4
Ted Simmons
2,456
249.1231.19.2
29.4
236.3219.98.527.7
Carl Hubbell
338
148.7122.816.9
29.4
139.1121.412.624.6
Dave Stieb
454
173.0151.613.4
28.9
170.3148.813.328.6
Johnny Mize
1,459
165.2120.216.4
28.7
161.0117.216.028.0
Charlie Keller
1,067
151.6107.916.7
28.3
140.9106.012.523.5
Tony Gwynn Sr.
2,440
321.0289.54.6
28.2
318.3283.66.429.6
Wes Ferrell
397
140.0114.516.8
28.0
129.4117.410.020.8
Ted Lyons
388
149.9128.814.6
27.3
144.1129.011.624.0
Keith Hernandez
2,088
227.9185.611.0
26.9
226.4189.18.424.4
Roy Campanella
1,215
127.094.817.5
26.7
125.9102.113.322.8
Luke Appling
1,708
217.2205.38.4
26.5
219.0204.49.827.8
Rich Gossage
1,003
133.0102.912.1
26.2
88.679.62.612.5
Ivan Rodriguez
2,543
231.8232.98.0
26.2
236.8229.612.330.5
Al Simmons
1,279
186.9153.811.4
26.1
181.6150.110.825.1
Hoyt Wilhelm
1,070
141.1119.010.1
26.0
111.6101.94.217.2
Paul Waner
1,649
230.9200.86.9
25.9
233.2201.97.526.5
Earl Averill Sr.
1,334
192.1164.310.4
25.8
187.1158.311.026.0
Mickey Cochrane
941
108.476.017.6
25.6
102.479.313.020.8
Joe Cronin
1,178
154.6133.712.5
25.1
153.3130.913.225.7
Gabby Hartnett
1,225
122.395.215.2
24.7
119.998.312.521.9
Frankie Frisch
1,117
152.7129.512.5
24.2
149.2135.47.919.6
Charlie Gehringer
1,003
134.2109.613.4
24.0
137.9112.713.724.6
Stan Hack
1,356
164.9141.410.5
23.6
174.1147.112.125.9
Rollie Fingers
945
122.999.59.6
23.0
85.473.34.814.3
Joe Medwick
1,541
212.3188.85.3
22.9
204.4182.24.921.8
Bill Freehan
1,770
166.7153.28.9
22.1
171.2152.011.825.1
Bill Terry
1,021
127.391.411.8
21.3
118.993.76.615.8
Ralph Kiner
1,472
208.2184.93.5
19.7
213.2171.612.928.7
Hank Greenberg
898
120.887.610.7
19.5
118.084.411.119.6
Dazzy Vance
231
98.980.511.1
19.3
90.376.38.816.4
Rogers Hornsby
633
89.664.612.5
18.8
90.565.912.318.7
Richie Ashburn
2,188
278.0276.8-8.0
14.7
285.5275.5-3.719.3
Goose Goslin
959
136.9121.63.5
14.6
136.0117.45.316.2
Joe Sewell
862
106.7101.54.6
13.3
105.4103.23.111.8
Eppa Rixey
221
84.977.55.5
12.7
83.375.45.712.8
Monte Irvin
764
96.079.65.0
12.3
91.376.44.411.4
Pete Alexander
122
55.846.36.0
10.5
53.644.75.710.0
Max Carey
540
82.571.92.9
8.8
81.870.03.69.4
Red Faber
200
58.457.31.6
7.1
58.655.82.47.8
Ty Cobb
247
37.329.03.0
5.7
37.330.52.25.0
Walter Johnson
58
24.318.23.6
5.5
22.219.81.73.6
Eddie Collins Sr.
325
37.832.82.5
5.4
38.734.62.05.0
Tris Speaker
332
47.341.01.8
5.3
48.340.62.46.0
Harry Heilmann
363
51.545.31.1
5.3
49.742.71.65.6
Stan Coveleski
51
24.919.23.3
5.3
22.920.51.63.5
Edd Roush
443
59.356.8-0.4
4.2
58.256.6-0.83.7
Satchel Paige
179
30.329.60.5
4.0
24.022.90.73.4
Zack Wheat
499
64.561.7-1.1
3.7
65.358.70.95.6
George Sisler
397
44.141.2-0.5
3.1
44.341.2-0.43.2
Heinie Groh
210
24.323.40.7
2.5
22.323.4-0.31.4
Frank 'Home Run' Baker
59
6.56.40.2
0.7
6.26.40.10.6
Quincy Trouppe
6
0.10.3-0.1
-0.1
0.10.3-0.1-0.1
Willard Brown
21
1.92.5-0.3
-0.2
1.72.3-0.4-0.2
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Average*
1,843.9
280.6235.521.6
43.6
273.7233.319.440.9

*Average only includes players for whom their entire career is covered by Retrosheet play-by-play data. The six games shown here represents the entirety of Quincy Trouppe's career in the white major leagues. He was elected to the Hall of Merit, however, on the strength of his Negro and Mexican league records in the 1930s and 1940s. Trouppe's statistics are not included in the average shown above.

Somewhat surprisingly to me, the average Hall-of-Meriter ends up looking very similar to the average Hall-of-Famer. Of course, a large reason for this is because most of the players on these two lists are the same players. The next section focuses on those players who are in one of the two Halls but not the other.

Hall of Fame vs. Hall of Merit

The next two tables show players in the Hall of Fame, but not the Hall of Merit, and players in the Hall of Merit, but not the Hall of Fame. For these tables, I am only showing players whose career began in 1944 or later, so that their entire careers fall during the time period for which Player won-lost records are calculated for all games.

Players in the Hall of Fame, but not the Hall of Merit

Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Luis Aparicio
2,601
317.6312.112.7
38.6
315.3320.77.333.5
Tony Perez
2,773
305.3253.614.9
38.1
292.3250.210.533.0
Jim Rice
2,089
281.5248.611.3
33.7
276.9247.89.431.7
Catfish Hunter
515
212.9196.614.6
32.9
213.3203.611.429.9
Orlando Cepeda
2,124
249.2206.59.9
29.5
239.2201.37.926.8
Red Schoendienst
2,215
250.0242.46.8
27.2
246.6247.52.623.1
Kirby Puckett
1,783
235.9219.95.6
23.2
233.8215.07.124.4
Bill Mazeroski
2,163
234.8240.82.9
22.4
230.9243.2-0.219.2
Bruce Sutter
661
90.263.711.2
20.7
51.747.40.97.0
Lou Brock
2,614
342.0331.9-8.9
18.7
349.5325.2-1.925.7