The Walker Files: Durablity? Check the Numbers

Larry Walker

Larry Walker, in his eighth year on the Hall of Fame ballot, has never received even 25 percent of the vote despite one of the most complete careers in history. The knocks are he played at Coors Field (one third of his at-bats) and wasn’t durable. Did you know that Walker appeared in 1,988 games, which is more than 59 position players who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Hall of Fame Position Players who appeared in fewer than 1,988 games:

Roger Connor 1880-1897(18) 1987 games
Joe Medwick 1932-1948(17) 1984 games
Edd Roush 1913-1931(18) 1967 games
Pie Traynor 1920-1937(17) 1941 games
Billy Herman 1931-1947(15) 1922 games
Dave Bancroft 1915-1930(16) 1913 games
Mike Piazza 1992-2007(16) 1912 games
Joe Sewell 1920-1933(14) 1902 games
Rick Ferrell 1929-1947(18) 1884 games
Johnny Mize 1936-1953(15) 1884 games
Kiki Cuyler 1921-1938(18) 1879 games
Bobby Doerr 1937-1951(14) 1865 games
Ernie Lombardi 1931-1947(17) 1853 games
Joe Kelley 1891-1908(17) 1833 games
Ed Delahanty 1888-1903(16) 1825 games
John Ward 1878-1894(17) 1819 games
Arky Vaughan 1932-1948(14) 1817 games
Joe Tinker 1902-1916(15) 1805 games
George Kell 1943-1957(15) 1795 games
Bill Dickey 1928-1946(17) 1789 games
Johnny Evers 1902-1929(18) 1784 games
Kirby Puckett 1984-1995(12) 1783 games
Ray Schalk 1912-1929(18) 1760 games
Chuck Klein 1928-1944(17) 1753 games
Jim O’Rourke 1876-1904(19) 1750 games
Tony Lazzeri 1926-1939(14) 1739 games
Joe DiMaggio 1936-1951(13) 1736 games
Hugh Duffy 1888-1906(17) 1722 games
Bill Terry 1923-1936(14) 1721 games
Jimmy Collins 1895-1908(14) 1719 games
Earl Averill 1929-1941(13) 1668 games
Phil Rizzuto 1941-1956(13) 1661 games
Dan Brouthers 1879-1904(19) 1658 games
Travis Jackson 1922-1936(15) 1656 games
Lou Boudreau 1938-1952(15) 1646 games
George Kelly 1915-1932(16) 1622 games
Billy Hamilton 1888-1901(14) 1578 games
Home Run Baker 1908-1922(13) 1575 games
Joe Gordon 1938-1950(11) 1566 games
Larry Doby 1947-1959(13) 1533 games
Mickey Cochrane 1925-1937(13) 1482 games
Elmer Flick 1898-1910(13) 1481 games
Ralph Kiner 1946-1955(10) 1472 games
Earle Combs 1924-1935(12) 1454 games
Freddie Lindstrom 1924-1936(13) 1438 games
King Kelly 1878-1893(16) 1434 games
Roger Bresnahan 1897-1915(17) 1430 games
Sam Thompson 1885-1906(15) 1405 games
Hank Greenberg 1930-1947(13) 1394 games
Jackie Robinson 1947-1956(10) 1382 games
Wilbert Robinson 1886-1902(17) 1371 games
Hack Wilson 1923-1934(12) 1348 games
Deacon White 1876-1890(15) 1299 games
Chick Hafey 1924-1937(13) 1283 games
Buck Ewing 1880-1897(18) 1281 games
Tommy McCarthy 1884-1896(13) 1275 games
Hughie Jennings 1891-1918(17) 1262 games
Frank Chance 1898-1914(17) 1246 games
Roy Campanella 1948-1957(10) 1215 games
Ross Youngs 1917-1926(10) 1211 games
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