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Chris Stufflestreet

I was about to toss out Lou Gehrig as an example of an earlier player who got in before the waiting period was over (he retired in '39 and was inducted by a special election in December of that year). However, the "five year" rule wasn't in effect at that point.

So...in the immortal words of Gilda Radner..."Never mind".

Anthony Hughes

Nice write up, he was an amazing player and 100% of the hall. No clue why any writer would ever sit there and think, he's hall-worthy, but not on his first try. Wtf? Any more than I understand how it takes you 15 years to finally say, well, Ok, I guess he can get in. The guy's stats haven't changed in 15 years... just your opinion of him?

Anthony Hughes

Oops, I meant 100% worthy of the hall.

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