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Does Pete Browning deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

OF from 1882-1894, he had a career BA of .341, hit .402 in 1887 and also was the first person to start using Louisville Slugger bats. He just had a great stat line every full season he had and I'd make a case for considering him into the HOF.


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Answer:

Hey, wait a minute . Are you seriously considering this player for the Hall of Fame?

Let's put this in context but first look at the following list of center-fielders.

Willie Mays*, Tris Speaker*, Ty Cobb*, Mickey Mantle*, Joe DiMaggio*, Duke Snider*, Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Doby*, Kirby Puckett*, Dale Murphy, Wally Berger, Vada Pinson, Jimmy Wynn( a seriously underrated player),Earl Averill*, Hugh Duffy*, Richie Ashburn*, Edd Roush*, Hack Wilson*,
Dom Dimaggio, Max Carey*, Brett Butler, Amos Otis, Willie Davis, Roy Thomas, Cy Seymour, Eric Davis, Al Oliver, Earl Combs, Curt Flood, Clyde Milan, Andy Van Slyke, Bernie Williams, George Gore, Kenny Lofton, Rick Monday, Lloyd Waner*, George Van Haltren, Cesar Cedeno, Jimmy Ryan and finally, Billy Hamilton*

All of those with asterisks are Hall of Fame players and all the rest, some of whom should be in the Hall of Fame were better players than that statue called Louis Rogers "Pete" Browning. AKA, "The Gladiator".

Do you know that in 1886 he posted a .791 fielding percentage, which is still the second lowest fielding percentage for a position player ever. He should be in the Hall because he found a man named J.F. Hillerich that could make bats to his specifications? I don't think so.

One more thing, during the 1880's 17 pct of all players, batted .300 or better. The rules of batting and of pitching in those days were constantly being tinkered with in order to find a proper balance of offense and defense, so all statistics and batting and pitching records and such like have to be looked at in that context.

Good question.