Hall might call on well-rounded Magee
Dead-ball era outfielder mixed extra-base power with speed
Ninety years after playing his final game for a World Series champion, Sherry Magee will have his offensive numbers considered for a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Playing his 16-year career in the dead-ball era, Sherry Magee did it all, compiling 2,169 hits and driving in 1,176 runs from 1904-19, spent entirely in the National League. Magee, born Aug. 8, 1884, in Clarendon, Pa., will be considered for the Class of 2009 by the Veterans Committee. Any player receiving at least 75 percent of the vote from the Veterans Committee, which consists of the 64 living Hall of Famers, will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2009. Results from the Veterans Committee vote will be broadcast live on MLB.com on Dec. 8 from baseball's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
The other members of the pre-1943 Veterans Committee final ballot are Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Carl Mays, Allie Reynolds, Vern Stephens, Mickey Vernon, Bucky Walters and Deacon White.Magee spent 1904-14 with Philadelphia, and his name is sprinkled among the categories of the club's all-time record holders. His finest season in Philadelphia came in 1910, when he led the league in batting (.310), RBIs (123), runs (110), total bases (263), on-base percentage (.445), slugging average (.507) and OPS (.952), and finished second in doubles (39) and triples (17). He produced again in 1914, leading the league in hits, doubles, RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases and slugging, good enough for a seventh-place tie in MVP voting. He left the Phillies after the 1914 season -- Philadelphia went to its first World Series the following year -- and spent the next 2 1/2 seasons with the Boston Braves. He finished his career with the Cincinnati Reds, and netted two pinch-hitting appearances for the team in the 1919 World Series, a series that was marred by the infamous Chicago "Black" Sox scandal, when eight White Sox players were accused of throwing the Series. Considered one of the most underrated players of his era, Magee was one of the few players who combined slugging with speed, finishing his career with a .427 slugging percentage and 441 stolen bases, including 23 steals of home plate. A career .291 hitter with 83 home runs in 2,087 games played, Magee finished in the top five in slugging seven seasons and finished first twice. He later played in the Minors and umpired in the New York-Penn League (1927) and the National League (1928). He passed away in Philadelphia at age 44, a victim of pneumonia. It will soon be determined whether his career was Hall of Fame worthy.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.