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Default Bigger Jerks Than Joey Belle in the Hall of Fame

Prompted by the Maris/Belle thread, one could be left with the impression that 99% of current Hall of Famers are squeaky clean citizens constantly in demand by local churches to teach Sunday School, who would never take a pill unless prescribed by a board certified physician and would never touch an adult beverage, or court an adult of either gender, except in the privacy of their own closet.

Come on guys, more than one of these esteemed departed ballplayers have been turned down at the Pearly Gates, or if not yet departed, will be turned down.

Share the facts about the "deplorables of Cooperstown".

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It doesn't get much worse than this:

saw it on ebay - I was shocked then and I'm shock now:


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Kirk Gibson, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Fernando Vina
Gibson and Vina are not yet in the Hall of Fame and are therefore disqualified from this thread.
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At least by some accounts, Joe DiMaggio could be very difficult.
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Wow, Raymond, that is absolutely horrible.
That can't be real. It looks too pristine for one. For another, goddamn would not have been used in print. It's some sort of sick joke.
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That can't be real. It looks too pristine for one. For another, goddamn would not have been used in print. It's some sort of sick joke.
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That is fake as f*ck.

Probably best deleted.
Not a bad idea Sam.

Even with it being fake, it's still horrible. Who would make that piece and list it on eBay in the first place? Seriously.
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That can't be real. It looks too pristine for one. For another, goddamn would not have been used in print. It's some sort of sick joke.
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I agree. Please remove this disgusting image - it has no place on this site.
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I agree. Please remove this disgusting image - it has no place on this site.


Done. Sorry 'bout that.


in light of newer biographies of Cobb, it probably was just a sick joke.

Again, I apologize...now, let's dig into those others:




Non-Players in the Hall:

Landis kept the majors from integrating for decades - at a time when he may have had enough power to make the change.

Frick was the first to impose an '*'.

Yawkey made Boston the LAST team to integrate.


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Canton not Cooperstown, but at a National in Arlington decades ago I saw Franco Harris be a total jerk to everyone young and old. Could have been a bad day or perhaps that is the reason he ran out of bounds on most plays?
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I met Franco Harris years ago and he was fine. If you want to add football I would heartily endorse Lynn Swann for the list.
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Mays was the first name that came to mind. I've heard the same about Cobb and Ted Williams, but not from any personal experience.
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The correct answer is no one. Who else tried to hurt fans with a baseball? Destroy teammates property with a bat? Try to run over kids on Halloween? Expose himself to a teenage girl? Mays, Jackson etc. could be rude, but none are in Belle's league.
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Being a grumpy jerk to some people at a show because of whatever's going on in his life should hardly be the sole criterion for whether an athlete is a true bastard... we've all had our down moments. With most of these guys you hear anecdotes from the other side about how they were nice at least some of the time.

We're talking the REAL bad actors here.... the Hal Chases and OJs of the HOF.
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Nice

...and it's 'was'


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Totally not my experience with him.
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I think it’s best to leave the players who have ALREADY been judged and inducted alone. Focus on the POTENTIAL inductees upon whom we can rain judgment before they get into the sacred Hall. Our culture has changed a lot with time.....
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Around 1989, when Robinson was managing the Orioles, I approached him before a game outside of Fenway Park, to sign a 1967 Topps card of him with Hank Bauer and Brooks Robinson. Bauer and Robinson already had signed it. Worth noting, I was 15 at the time, was the only person around seeking an autograph, and Bauer and Brooks both signed it for free for me (Bauer TTM, Brooks in person for me at Fenway). Knowing Frank's nature, I tried my hardest to be very polite. It went something like this:

Me: Mr. Robinson, would you please sign this card for me?
Frank: (takes a second to stop and look at the card) Oh, you already got the other two to sign that, and just need me now?
Me: Yes, sir, if you don't mind.
Frank: I'll sign it for you tomorrow.
Me: But it's your last day in Boston.
Frank: I know! (Laughs and walks away.)

Now that is a total jerk move for no reason.

I wonder what would've happened if I followed the Orioles to the next city and approached him again the next day....

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I have no idea if independent research has verified but I do remember hearing stories that Hornsby and Speaker were members of the Klan.
Rogers Hornsby was pretty much universally regarded as a complete bastard, among the least-liked players of his era. From his SABR bio:

"Hornsby, however, was almost as well known for his bluntness and complete lack of diplomacy as his prowess with a bat. He rarely argued with umpires but said whatever crossed his mind to anyone else, including the owners he worked for. Longtime Cardinals owner Sam Breadon remarked that listening to Hornsby was like have the contents of a rock crusher emptied over his head...

Hornsby’s managerial career was far less successful than his playing career, however, especially at the major-league level. He managed for all or part of 15 big-league seasons with six franchises, achieving by far his greatest success as player-manager of the 1926 world champion St. Louis Cardinals.6 However, his overbearing, often irascible personality created poor relations with both players and owners, and led to his being fired at every post, sometimes in midseason..."

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Around 1989, when Robinson was managing the Orioles, I approached him before a game outside of Fenway Park, to sign a 1967 Topps card of him with Hank Bauer and Brooks Robinson. Bauer and Robinson already had signed it. Worth noting, I was 15 at the time, was the only person around seeking an autograph, and Bauer and Brooks both signed it for free for me (Bauer TTM, Brooks in person for me at Fenway). Knowing Frank's nature, I tried my hardest to be very polite. It went something like this:

Me: Mr. Robinson, would you please sign this card for me?
Frank: (takes a second to stop and look at the card) Oh, you already got the other two to sign that, and just need me now?
Me: Yes, sir, if you don't mind.
Frank: I'll sign it for you tomorrow.
Me: But it's your last day in Boston.
Frank: I know! (Laughs and walks away.)

Now that is a total jerk move for no reason.

I wonder what would've happened if I followed the Orioles to the next city and approached him again the next day....
I take it you never got the card signed?
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Rogers Hornsby was pretty much universally regarded as a complete bastard, among the least-liked players of his era. From his SABR bio:

"Hornsby, however, was almost as well known for his bluntness and complete lack of diplomacy as his prowess with a bat. He rarely argued with umpires but said whatever crossed his mind to anyone else, including the owners he worked for. Longtime Cardinals owner Sam Breadon remarked that listening to Hornsby was like have the contents of a rock crusher emptied over his head...

Hornsby’s managerial career was far less successful than his playing career, however, especially at the major-league level. He managed for all or part of 15 big-league seasons with six franchises, achieving by far his greatest success as player-manager of the 1926 world champion St. Louis Cardinals.6 However, his overbearing, often irascible personality created poor relations with both players and owners, and led to his being fired at every post, sometimes in midseason..."

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According to one account, when Alexander came in to face Lazzeri in the 1926 WS, Alexander told Hornsby how he was going to pitch him. Hornsby was about to protest the inside fastball on the second pitch (which, as Alexander predicted, he would foul off), but then decided he would just be quiet and defer to a man who to that point had won something like 350 games. It was a gutsy move to go to Alexander in the first place because he had just won the previous day and, on top of that, was hung over.
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Ty Cobb climbing into the stands to beat the crap out of a crippled heckler is probably one of the more disgraceful things to have happened at a ballpark.

Not to mention his other assaults.
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Ty Cobb climbing into the stands to beat the crap out of a crippled heckler is probably one of the more disgraceful things to have happened at a ballpark.

Not to mention his other assaults.
Almost nothing about the public perception of Cobb is true. He did beat up a guy without fingers, but his entire team supported him doing so. They even refused to play a game after he was suspended and fined for doing it.
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I take it you never got the card signed?
There were plenty of chances at shows to get Frank to sign it in later years, but I wasn’t putting a penny in his pocket after that incident.
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Nope, for real.


I met him at a Sports Illustrated hospitality room in DC when I was 13. Him and two football players autographing a 3 picture panel for publicity for SI. Dad brought me there, and the line wasn't bad. Maybe 20 people, mostly school administrators. The two football guys were polite but not real talkative.


Brooks asked me about playing baseball, and we talked for a bit. Someone far back in line bitched loudly about the line being slow, and he stood up and said "Hey, I'm talking with a kid about baseball! you can wait!" Then we talked about baseball a bit more.

For a shy 13 year old who was actually really bad at baseball that was a pretty big deal. As was him saying that as long as the game was fun not to worry about not being good at it.


I suppose the guy in a rush to get his autograph and get down to drinking might see it the other way around.
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Nope, for real.


I met him at a Sports Illustrated hospitality room in DC when I was 13. Him and two football players autographing a 3 picture panel for publicity for SI. Dad brought me there, and the line wasn't bad. Maybe 20 people, mostly school administrators. The two football guys were polite but not real talkative.


Brooks asked me about playing baseball, and we talked for a bit. Someone far back in line bitched loudly about the line being slow, and he stood up and said "Hey, I'm talking with a kid about baseball! you can wait!" Then we talked about baseball a bit more.

For a shy 13 year old who was actually really bad at baseball that was a pretty big deal. As was him saying that as long as the game was fun not to worry about not being good at it.


I suppose the guy in a rush to get his autograph and get down to drinking might see it the other way around.
I meant that the reference to him as a snake was not intended to be real.
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I meant that the reference to him as a snake was not intended to be real.

Ah, that makes some sense.


I do wonder if somewhere out there there's an old guy who tells a story about wanting a quick drink and being shut down by Robinson because he was talking to some kid.
It was a national association of secondary school principals convention, so that guy would likely be pretty old or dead by now.
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When I was 9 years old, I obtained Harmon Killebrew's autograph in person during spring training. Harmon was a 20 year old bonus baby at the time.

I bet he wondered why a nine year old punk wanted his autograph.

The nine year old punk had similar thoughts about if this 20 year old was a legit major leaguer.

His autograph was quite nice though and worth keeping. Still have it

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Around 1989, when Robinson was managing the Orioles, I approached him before a game outside of Fenway Park, to sign a 1967 Topps card of him with Hank Bauer and Brooks Robinson. Bauer and Robinson already had signed it. Worth noting, I was 15 at the time, was the only person around seeking an autograph, and Bauer and Brooks both signed it for free for me (Bauer TTM, Brooks in person for me at Fenway). Knowing Frank's nature, I tried my hardest to be very polite. It went something like this:

Me: Mr. Robinson, would you please sign this card for me?
Frank: (takes a second to stop and look at the card) Oh, you already got the other two to sign that, and just need me now?
Me: Yes, sir, if you don't mind.
Frank: I'll sign it for you tomorrow.
Me: But it's your last day in Boston.
Frank: I know! (Laughs and walks away.)

Now that is a total jerk move for no reason.

I wonder what would've happened if I followed the Orioles to the next city and approached him again the next day....
My Frank Robinson story is the opposite :

In late 1981 or 1982, I was standing (hunched over my treasure, really) in the rain outside the players parking lot at Candlestick after a rained out Giants game when he drove past me, then stopped and backed up.

He rolled down his window and asked "What are you doing standing there?"

"I was hoping I could get you to sign this baseball" I told him, as I reached it into his car to avoid the wet, and pointed out that it already had Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and a few other HR hitters of note.

"This is a nice ball", he said "what if I just drive away with it?" he chuckled.

"Please don't" I said, as the rain came down a bit harder.

He smiled as he found a good spot on the ball, signed a beautiful signature, carefully handed it back to me avoiding the rain, and said "thank you, now get out of the rain".

"Thank you!", I said and headed to my car to make the 93 mile drive home.

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I now work for famous people for a living, and I see both sides of it on a daily basis, both of my current bosses have reputations that may have earned them mention in this thread had they been baseball players.

Both are unquestionably HOF caliber in their chosen professions.

Both are among the nicest people I know, although after a combined 17 years working for them, I might have a few "horror" stories, also.

My point is, for every horror story, there is often a story with the opposite point, but frequently it's the horror stories that circulate the most.

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