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September 12, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

Using this play index run, I wanted to determine which team in which season had the most future HOF players on it.

Obviously, it's a bunch of Yankee teams from the early 1930s.

However, this led me to wonder which single game had the most HOF players participate in it.

A little resorting of the list by season and league led me to one possibility:

This game, May 24, 1928 Yankees vs Athletics, has:
Combs, Gehrig, Hoyte, Lazzeri, Ruth
vs
Cobb, Cochrane, Collins, Foxx, Grove, Simmons, Speaker

That's 12 future HOF'ers in one game.
I don't know if that can be topped.
(The issue is that if a team has a lot of HOF pitchers, they generally didn't appear in the same game.)

posted by grum@work at 03:19 PM on September 12

Wow! That's really cool. Nice work Grum. For reasons unknown I've always been fascinated by baseball, but especially the late 20's period. (Ironically I've not watched a single game this year.)

posted by Drood at 03:47 PM on September 12

The most remarkable thing about that to me is that the Yankees had the fewer HOFers.

posted by Etrigan at 03:49 PM on September 12

The most remarkable thing about that to me is that the Yankees had the fewer HOFers.

They had more on the team that season (8 vs the A's 7), but three of them are pitchers (Pennock and Coveleski didn't appear in this game), and their starting catcher (Dickey) didn't play. All 7 of the A's did play in that game (because of three pinch-hitters, Foxx, Collins, and Simmons).

posted by grum@work at 04:15 PM on September 12

(I meant star catcher, not starting catcher. Dickey only played 10 games in his first season in 1928.)

posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on September 12

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