Monday, December 3, 2007

Put Parisian Bob In The HoF!

There's a nice post over at Fungoes about the best Cardinals not in the Hall of Fame. When I saw the title of the post, the first name that popped in my head was "Ted Simmons" but I was pleasantly surprised to see Bob Caruthers at the top of the list.

The guys at Fungoes had the following to say about Parisian Bob:

Bob Caruthers (SP, 337 Win Shares, Veterans Committee): This one is going to make Zubin happy. Caruthers played only one season for the St. Louis National League team, but played half his career with the AA Browns, winning five league championships in his 10-year career. A superb hurler as well as batter, Parisian Bob was Rick Ankiel before Rick Ankiel — heck, he was Babe Ruth before Ruth. Speaking of Ruth, Caruthers and The Sultan are the only players in history to have led the league in both ERA+ and OPS+. Winning 218 games back when starting-pitcher wins actually meant something, Caruthers has one of the all-time best winning percentages.

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