These Guys Are True Baseball Hall of Famers


People talk about the Baseball Hall of Fame like it is one stable and uniform place. It is not. Oh, sure, you will hear people say all the time: "Oh, that guy's not a Hall of Famer," or "The Hall of Fame is incomplete without this guy."


But the truth is … the Hall of Fame is a total mystery. It has shifted and varied, adjusted and revised so many times through the years that you can back up pretty much any argument you want by simply using the people who are already there. Tom Yawkey is in the Hall of Fame. Candy Cummings is in the Hall of Fame. George Kelly is in the Hall of Fame. Al Lopez is in the Hall of Fame. Effa Manley is in the Hall of Fame. Jesse Haines is in the Hall of Fame. Bruce Sutter is in the Hall of Fame.


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