Former second baseman Joe Gordon has been selected for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. If you think the Veterans Committee is comprised of soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan, you would be wrong. They’d probably do a better job.
It’s made up of old ballplayers.
I just don’t get it. Joe Gordon hasn’t played baseball since 1950. He died in 1978. He evidently wasn’t good enough to make the Hall of Fame the regular way, by being voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America. How did a man who has been dead for 30 years suddenly get good enough at playing baseball to be enshrined in Cooperstown?
I looked at his statistics over at Baseball Reference. Guess what? He doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
His numbers are marginal at best.
He had one great season. In 1942 he won the American League Most Valuable Player. Even then he didn’t deserve it. Ted Williams had a much better season in 1942. Williams had better numbers than Gordon in every offensive category. Don’t take my word for it. Look for yourself.
Joe Gordon didn’t serve to be the AL MVP in 1942 and he doesn’t deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.