Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
feel free to call him “Sully.”
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Andre Dawson and Eddie Murray... reunited
Andre Dawson is now in the Hall of Fame and he will be forever linked to heroes and legends of Cooperstown… like Eddie Murray.
Now why of all of the Hall of Famers did I pick Steady Eddie?
It’s simple, really.
Andre Dawson was the Rookie of the Year in 1977 for the National League. Eddie Murray was the American League Rookie of the Year the same year.
So often the Rookie of the Year is given to a flash in the pan (did someone say Joe Charboneau? Marty Cordova? Pat Listach?) or players who start off looking like superstars but flame out (Fred Lynn, Mark Fidrych, Fernando Valenzuela, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Nomar Garciaparra).
But that got me thinking… several Hall of Famers have won the Rookie of the Year… but how often has the Rookie of the Year in both leagues given to a future Hall of Famer.
Now let me preface this by saying I am talking about people CURRENTLY elected to the Hall of Fame. No doubt Derek Jeter, Mike Piazza and Albert Pujols will all get it… but they aren’t in yet, so I’m not bringing them into the discussion.
Now as I type this, I don’t know the answer… so let’s find out!
For the first few seasons there was only one award… but in the 1950s, both leagues awarded a rookie.
And looking up on Baseball Reference, the greatest website in the world, I see it has happened only two times before.