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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:

Probably 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

OPS

2008 HOF Nominees

OPS

Ted Williams

1.116

Dick Allen      

.912

Mickey Mantle

  .977

Rocky Colavito

.848

Stan Musial

  .976

Gil Hodges

.846

Willie Mays               

  .941  

Tony Oliva

.830

Hank Aaron

  .928

Ron Santo

.826

Frank Robinson

  .928

Joe Torre

.817

Duke Snider

  .919

Al Oliver

.795

Willie McCovey        

  .889

Vada Pinson   

.769

Willie Stargell

  .889

Maury Wills

.661

Eddie Mathews

  .885

Harmon Killebrew

  .884

Jackie Robinson

  .883

Roy Campanella

  .860

Al Kaline

  .855

Billy Williams

  .853

Orlando Cepeda

  .849

Rocky Colavito

  .848

Reggie Jackson

  .846

Carl Yastrzemski

  .841

Roberto Clemente

  .834

Enos Slaughter

  .834

Ernie Banks

  .830

Yogi Berra                 

  .830

Rod Carew

  .822

Joe Morgan

  .819

Johnny Bench

  .817

Tony Perez     

  .804

Richie Ashburn

  .778

Lou Brock

  .753

Pee Wee Reese

  .743

Red Schoendienst

  .724

Brooks Robinson

  .723

Nellie Fox

  .710

Phil Rizzuto

  .706

Bill Mazeroski

  .667

Luis Aparicio

  .653


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:

Player                                    Hits        2b           HR           RBI             Slugging Average

Ralph Kiner (1946-55)          1,451       216          369          1,015                   .548

Rocky Colavito (1957-66)     1,506       252          337          1,020                   .501

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.
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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).

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