Willie Randolph played 21 seasons of professional baseball. Eighteen of those year he spent in the big leagues. The second baseman played in six All Star Games and won two World Series championships.
By the time he hung up his spikes, Randolph amassed 2,210 hits, 1,239 runs, and a .373 on-base percentage. His numbers compare favorably with many Cooperstown men at his position.
Randolph’s hit total is more than man second basemen already enshrined including Bobby Doerr, Johnny Evers, Joe Gordon, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Mazeroski, and Ryne Sandberg. Of the 20 Hall of Fame second basemen, ten scored less runs than Randolph. Twelve Hall of Fame second basemen finished their careers with a lower on-base percentage.
His 65.5 career WAR is better than 10 Hall of Fame second basemen. His dWAR of 20.2 is higher than all but four Cooperstown second sackers – Mazeroski, Gordon, Frank Frisch, and Nellie Fox.
Despite this, Randolph is rarely mentioned in the Cooperstown discussion.
In the collection is this Milwaukee Brewers lineup card from May 17, 1991. It is signed at the bottom by manager Tom Trebelhorn who penciled Randolph into the 7th spot in the order.
The second basemen went 1-for-5 in the 7-5 win over the Royals. His one-out single in the tenth was the 2,019th hit of his career. The total tied him on the all-time list with Hall of Fame outfielder Earl Averill.