Monday, April 12, 2021

HOF Pee Wee Reese

Today's Final Topps card for a Hall of Famer is Pee Wee Reese! Reese retired after the 1958 season but wasn't enshrined in the Hall until the Veteran's Committee voted him in in 1984.  Like many, Reese missed time in the early-to-mid 1940s due to the War. Not WAR, but the War. 

With the exception of his final year in Los Angeles, Reese played his entire career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a 10-time All-Star and was on the 1955 World Series winning team. His 1953 Bowman card is amongst the best cards ever made. It should be a required card in every collector's collection, along with the 1957 Ted Kluszewski.

I'm not totally in love with his career stats, to be honest. Offensively speaking. I looked at his fielding and he wasn't really that impressive either. Created a lot of errors. Compared to Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, he made more than 100 more errors in three fewer seasons. And looking at his "Similarity Scores" on Baseball Reference, he's average. There's only one other Hall of Famer in the top 10 similar players: Alan Trammell, and he's a questionable Hall of Famer, himself.  So...

This week we'll focus on the National players I dislike the most: National League East:

Atlanta Braves: Dansby Swanson
Miami Marlins: Jesús Aguilar
New York Mets: Michael Conforto
Philadelphia Phillies: Jean Segura
Washington Nations: Erick Fedde

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...he does have almost 70 WAR, even having missed those years to the war. And I suppose getting MVP votes in 13 of his 16 seasons (even his rookie year, when he only played in 84 games!) has to count for something.