Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Joseph "Flash" Gordon is Now a Hall of Famer

Yankee and Indians second baseman Joe Gordon has been elected by the Veterans Committee into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is a pick that is sure to be discussed and argued about for years to come.
In his 11 year career he was on 5 World Series winning squads while being elected to the All-Star team 9 times. He was known as both an excellent defensive and power hitting second baseman (before power hitting baseman existed). Joe Gordon led the American League in assist 4 times, double play assist 3 times and was the first American League second baseman to hit 20 home runs in a season. In fact, he did it 7 times and holds the record for most home runs by a second baseman in the American League. Up until 2001 he held the record for most home runs in a season by a American League second baseman. He won the MVP in 1942.

I will admit I had no idea who he was when he was announced. My mind was a total blank. I remember sitting at my desk at work, shaking my head while screaming, "Joe Gordon!?!" I guess any result that does not include Gil Hodges or Maury Wills as inductees will be a disappointment.

Anyway, congratulations "Flash" and welcome to one of the most hallowed halls in America.
The photos above are early Joe Gordon memorabilia items. The first item is his 1939 Goudey Premium picture R-303B and directly above is the 1938 Baseball Magazine Premium poster.


  1. I like how you find all thos old photos Good job. do you find them on the net or are they your. Keep up the good work. I really enjoy your blog.

  2. I actually grabbed these from Vintage Baseball Card Forum (link on the right under "Collectibles Link's") they have been discussing the merits of the pick and his rookie cards. It's a great place if you have any vintage questions.

    My own collection consist of a handful of vintage sets and Dodgers stuff. Hopefully, over the next several days and months I'll put up some items from my collection. Thanks for reading and keep up your blog. I enjoy reading it also.


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