Phil Rizzuto, name-source for Scooter Libby, dies

Rizzuto (“The Scooter”) was a good player, who made the Hall of Fame because he was a very nice guy, a baseball broadcaster, a NY Yankee, and the subject of a worshipful biography. Arguments over who should be in the Hall of Fame are largely academic, but I’ll make the categorical statement that Rizzuto’s election was just wrong, unless and until Junior Stephens, another shortstop of the same era, is inducted. Stephens’ numbers and skills made Rizzuto look like a journeyman. Even Harvey Kuenn was more of a Hall of Famer than was Phil Rizzuto. There are literally dozens of players who had careers comparable to Rizzuto’s, yet are not in the Hall.

Seriously.

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