In further support of our position, the compelling facts that appear in
our Petition to the Hall of Fame Veteran's Committee are elaborated upon below:
the most telling statistic is Rocky's career OPS (on-base percentage + slugging average). Below, Rocky's OPS
is compared with the OPS of players already in the Hall of Fame whose careers overlapped with Colavito's and with the
2008 HOF nominees:
Hall of Fame Members
2008 HOF Nominees
Pee Wee Reese
As stated on the Petition, Colavito ranks 17th
when added to the list of 35 already Hall members of his era. He ranks ahead of Reggie Jackson,
Carl Yastrzemski and Roberto Clemente. Rocky ranks 2nd when applied to the list of 2008 candidates.
Longevity has been cited, but let’s take a look at a valid short-career Hall member comparison with
Ralph Kiner. Kiner played 10 years; a little less than Colavito. But, taking Colavito’s first couple and
last couple of years away, we compare Colavito’s ten consecutive year run with Kiner’s ten consecutive year run.
Colavito’s numbers are right there with Kiner's; perhaps better:
Ralph Kiner (1946-55)
Rocky Colavito (1957-66)
Wikipedia reports that Kiner sustained a back injury in 1955 that forced his retirement from baseball.
Kiner had played somewhat injury-free up until then as did Colavito up until 1966. We believe these facts support the
validity of these comparisons.
Facts and figures from: Baseball-Reference (http://www.baseball-reference.com) and can also be found at The Baseball Library (http://www.baseballlibrary.com) and the Baseball Almanac (http://www.baseball-almanac.com).