Hall of Fame: Carl Hubbell (1947)

Almost like the telescope.

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO   ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
1928 25 NYG NL 10 6 20 14 8 1 5 1 124.0 117 49 39 7 21 37 2.83 3.90 138 1.113
1929 26 NYG NL 18 11 39 35 19 1 3 1 268.0 273 128 110 17 67 106 3.69 4.57 124 1.269
1930 27 NYG NL 17 12 37 32 17 3 4 2 241.7 263 120 104 11 58 117 3.87 4.72 122 1.328
1931 28 NYG NL 14 12 36 30 21 4 5 3 248.0 211 88 73 14 67 155 2.65 3.71 140 1.121
1932 29 NYG NL 18 11 40 32 22 0 7 2 284.0 260 96 79 20 40 137 2.50 3.72 149 1.056
1933 30 NYG NL 23 12 45 33 22 10 11 5 308.7 256 69 57 6 47 156 1.66 3.20 193 0.982
1934 31 NYG NL 21 12 49 34 25 5 11 8 313.0 286 100 80 17 37 118 2.30 3.86 168 1.032
1935 32 NYG NL 23 12 42 35 24 1 6 0 302.7 314 125 110 27 49 150 3.27 3.86 118 1.199
1936 33 NYG NL 26 6 42 34 25 3 6 3 304.0 265 81 78 7 57 123 2.31 3.90 169 1.059
1937 34 NYG NL 22 8 39 32 18 4 6 4 261.7 261 108 93 18 55 159 3.20 3.87 121 1.208
1938 35 NYG NL 13 10 24 22 13 1 2 1 179.0 171 70 61 16 33 104 3.07 3.78 123 1.140
1939 36 NYG NL 11 9 29 18 10 0 8 2 154.0 150 60 47 11 24 62 2.75 3.92 143 1.130
1940 37 NYG NL 11 12 31 27 11 2 3 0 214.3 220 102 87 22 59 86 3.65 3.89 106 1.302
1941 38 NYG NL 11 9 26 22 11 1 4 1 164.0 169 73 65 10 53 75 3.57 3.71 104 1.354
1942 39 NYG NL 11 8 24 20 11 0 1 0 157.3 158 75 69 17 34 61 3.95 3.35 85 1.220
1943 40 NYG NL 4 4 12 11 3 0 0 0 66.0 87 36 36 7 24 31 4.91 3.44 70 1.682
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+-----+
16 Yr WL% .622 253 154 535 431 260 36 82 33 3590.3 3461 1380 1188 227 725 1677 2.98 3.86 130 1.166

2 MVP awards (1933, 1936)
9 All-Star appearances (1933-1938, 1940-1942)

The first player elected by the BBWAA who played only in the “Live Ball” Era, Carl Owen Hubbell was born on June 22, 1903 in Carthage, Missouri. At age 23, he was invited to Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers, but Ty Cobb wasn’t too impressed with the young man. Cobb was mainly concerned that Hubbell threw too many screwballs and that they would hurt his arm. Hubbell would be sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs (yes, those Maple Leafs — are you serious?). He was invited back to the next Spring Training, and Cobb was so unimpressed he sent him two steps further down than Toronto. Hubbell was spectacular, but he did not receive an invitation to the next Spring Training in 1928. Hubbell demanded out, threatening to retire.

After receiving his release, the Giants found him and signed him. John McGraw had watched Christy Mathewson throw a screwball (they called it a “fadeaway”), and he wasn’t worried about Hubbell. Hubbell went 10-6 his first season as a Giant, and he would play his entire career with the Giants. In 1933, Hubbell would take a major step forward by going 23-12 with a 1.66 ERA on his way to his first MVP award, and the season ended on another positive note when Hubbell and the Giants won the World Series.

Over the next four seasons, he would win at least each season and would add on another MVP award. In 1934, Hubbell struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row during the All-Star Game (a record — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin). In 1936, the cross-town World Series between the Yankees and Giants was depicted as a titanic struggle between Hubbell and Gehrig (Gehrig and the Yankees won, beginning their run of four straight World Series victories), the best pitcher and best hitter in baseball at the time.

Hubbell stayed solid threw the next few years, but in 1943, he declined rapidly and was released. Having done enough, he would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947 (the first elected by the BBWAA in five years — two non-elections followed by two years of no one receiving enough votes). It is said that he threw so many screwballs that his left arm was twisted, his palm facing outward at rest.

Historical Moment — School has been canceled for today as Lexington is completely covered in an inch of ice with a few inches of snow on top of that. I’m stuck here for the day, so in joy, you all get an extra-special bonus post today. Yay!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: