The Grand National Championships

May 11, 2008

Are you asking for a real Hall of Fame Travesty?

Then do I have a post for you. We all know the story of Buck O’Neil. We know how he was passed up from the Hall of Fame for a myriad from pimps, punks, and fools. It’s a damn shame.

But you know what? He’s not alone. There are Hall of Fame travestys that you don’t know about. Herein lies a tale.

A tale of Jack Glasscock.

Jack Glasscock? Jack Glasscock! See, here’s a photo.

And you know that nobody has ever bothered to doctor photos of baseball cards from the 1880’s, right? So, we’ve established that Jack Glasscock is more than a fun name to say. But you know what?

Jack Glasscock was the dominant force in 19th century Shortstop Entertainment. Truly. His defense was spectacular, and he held a career record for leading the league in fielding percentage and assists that lasted until the era of Ozzie Smith. That’s 100 years.


And get this? He ended his career with records for the most games, putouts, assists, double plays, and fielding percentage. How was he so good defensively? Shall we visit the Wikipedia?

  • Nicknamed “Pebbly Jack” for his habit of scrutinizing the infield for small stones, typically pocketing them, the practice helped him to avoid the bad-hop ground balls which more regularly afflicted other infielders; fielding averages of the era rarely exceeded .900 among shortstops.

That’s right. Jack Glasscock. “Pebbly Jack” Glasscock. The most dominant force in defensive entertainment.

But that’s not all. Jack Glasscock brought the offensive juice. Jack Glasscock struck the bean with power and grace. Pebbly Jack struck back at the plate.

Yeah. I went there. You know how I can prove it. By having fun with OPS+. OPS+ can bridge the gap between eras. OPS+ is Sabermetrics meets the number 100. Why 100?

Because 100 equals being offensively average. And as for shortstops? Most of them aren’t exactly great offensively. By this metric? Rabbit Maranville and Luis Apricio are lucky they even got invited to Hall of Fame. But you know what?

Jack Glasscock would be a top-notch Hall of Famer. Maybe not Honus Wagner, maybe not Ernie Banks, but he is as offensively skilled as Luke Appling or Cal Ripken. And you know what? That’s not bad.

So what’s the final tally on Glasscock? Finishing his career as the single greatest defensive shortstop of his time. Striking out once in every 33 at bats. 2,630 total bases, 313 doubles, 98 triples. He was the dominant force of the old age of baseball.

He was Captain Pebbly Jack Glasscock. He was awesome.

Vote Glasscock, for the Hall of Fame.

UPDATE: Please do sign the petition.



  1. Holy shit. That was awesome and informative!

    Comment by Sooze — May 11, 2008 @ 10:02 pm |Reply

  2. he has a funny name LOL

    Comment by Rusty Kuntz — May 12, 2008 @ 1:09 pm |Reply

  3. Sir,

    I know you aren’t the real Rusty Kuntz. I know you made a joke as go-to as calling Brady Quinn gay. But the fact of the matter is, this would mean nothing if someone did not comment as Rusty Kuntz.

    Bless you sir.

    Comment by Andrew — May 12, 2008 @ 3:23 pm |Reply

  4. […] Unite!, GLASSCOCK! GLASSCOCK! GLASSCOCK!, SI SE PUEDE! Earlier this week, I told you about Jack Glasscock and his case for the Hall of Fame. It’s a travesty that he had never been inducted. But you […]

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  5. I know it is a strange name, but that should be overlooked for a great baseball player who obviously deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

    Comment by Ken Glasscock — May 21, 2008 @ 9:05 pm |Reply

  6. I knew a fellow named Tony Glasscock when I was a kid. I don’t think anybody teased him that I can remember

    Comment by Mark Milner — August 16, 2008 @ 12:30 pm |Reply

  7. My Great Grandfather deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but my oldest brother has tried for years for Cooperstown and no luck. He was inducted to Ohio Hall of Fame and West Virginia Hall of Fame, but Cooperstown hasn’t been sucessful and it’s a darn shame. My dad was a great baseball player too and Pebbly Jack would encourage my dad through letters to keep pursuing baseball. My Dad is now 84 and we all continue to hope that someday he Grandfathers name inducted in Cooperstown. Yes the Pebbly Jack Glasscock name is a bit different, but we have dealt with it for years, so not sure why nobody else would be able to as well.

    Joyce (Glasscock) Kachenmeister

    Comment by Joyce Kachenmeister — April 20, 2012 @ 12:48 pm |Reply

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