Fred Lindstrom

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Birthdate11/21/1905
Death Date10/4/1981
Debut Year1924
Year of Induction1976
Teams Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates
Positions Outfield, Third Base

Fred Lindstrom was only 18 when he collected 10 hits in the 1924 World Series vs. the Senators pitching staff that included Walter Johnson.

 

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Before his 25th birthday third baseman Fred Lindstrom had more than 1,000 hits and a .327 average

Before his 25th birthday third baseman Fred Lindstrom had more than 1,000 hits and a .327 average

Freddie Lindstrom broke into the big leagues in 1924 at age 18. His New York Giants won the pennant and faced off against Walter Johnson’s Washington Senators in the World Series. The matchup against the Senators great could’ve left the wide-eyed Lindstrom overmatched. Johnson was twice
Fred Lindstrom played nine of his 13 seasons for John McGraw and the New York Giants

Fred Lindstrom played nine of his 13 seasons for John McGraw and the New York Giants

The New York Giants signed Freddie Lindstrom after a scout saw the 16-year old tally four extra-base hits in a high school game. Two years later the Giants made him a big leaguer by purchasing his contract in September of 1923. For the next 8 years Lindstrom held down the hot corner for Hall of Fame manager John McGraw.
Fred Lindstrom was selected by the Veterans Committee in 1976; the following year he joined the Babe Ruth Advisory board

Fred Lindstrom was selected by the Veterans Committee in 1976; the following year he joined the Babe Ruth Advisory board

Forty years after his playing career ended, Fred Lindstrom was elected to the Hall of Fame. The Veterans Committee’s 1976 choice was controversial. Many saw his election as a slap to the face of two third baseman seen as more Hall-worthy. Cubs great Ron Santo had to wait more than three decade
Freddie's son Charlie Lindstrom had a triple and a walk in his only two MLB plate appearances

Freddie's son Charlie Lindstrom had a triple and a walk in his only two MLB plate appearances

Chuck Linsdstrom’s debut included a walk, a triple, a run and an RBI in two at bats in the last game of the 1958 season. He never made it back to the Major Leagues. Shown here is a questionnaire filled out and signed by the younger Lindstrom. On the subject of his Hall of Fame father, the youn

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Frankie Frisch’s Vets Committee selections defined and damaged the Hall

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Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Cy Young are in everyone’s Hall of Fame. Marginal players like the ones selected on Frankie Frisch’s watch on the Veterans Committee have helped define and damage the Hall of Fame.

His five most glaring selections — George Kelly, Jesse Haines, Dave Bancroft, Ross Youngs, and Chick Hafey have ignited many arguments. Here’s a big reason why: Imagine if your favorite player is Keith Hernandez and you think he should be in Cooperstown. He’s flat out a better first baseman than George Kelly. Hernandez was in fact a better player than any of the five Frisch selections. There are likely hundreds of players better than the Frisch Five.

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