WAR makes Dwight Evans a glaring omission from Cooperstown
Known for his strong and accurate arm in the outfield, Evans won eight Gold Gloves, appeared in three All Star games and finished in the top ten in MVP voting four times. He finished his career with a WAR of 67.1. That’s higher than many Cooperstown men at his position. The list includes Dave Winfield, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Rice, Ichiro Suzuki
Topps approached Evans with a contract to appear on baseball cards more than three years before his Major League debut. Imagine the thoughts running threw his head, just four months after his 18th birthday.
In the collection is the contract Dewey signed to first appear on the cardboard keepsakes.
Dwight Evans was an excellent all-around ballplayer without a singular dominant skill
Many believe Dwight Evans Hall of Fame candidacy has been overlooked because he lacked a singular shining talent. Instead he was far above average performance in many areas. His Hall of Fame teammate Jim Rice led the AL in total bases four times, homers three times, and RBI twice. Rice had a career-
His Hall of Fame teammate Jim Rice led the AL in total bases four times, homers three times, and RBI twice. Rice had a career-year in ’78 that flashes above the rest. His outfield mate Evans rarely finished as a league leader.
Evans (67.1) however outpaces Rice (47.7) in WAR. One must look more closely at Evans’ career to accurately appreciate it.
Evans signed this contract at the tender age of 17. Though he was a pro baseball player in 1969, it’s clear he needed more practice signing his legal name.
Evans misspelled his middle name “Michael” then corrected it. Evans played a key part in the Red Sox World Series teams of 1975 and 1976.