December 8, 2008 – the Hall of Fame veterans committee gets something right when they elect former Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon into Cooperstown.
Gordon played on the Yankees for seven seasons from 1938-1946 taking a break in the middle to fight in WWII. He helped to win four World Series with the Yankees in ’38, ’39, ’41, and ’43. He made the all-star team in six out of his seven seasons in Pinstripes. The one season he missed out he finished 12th on the MVP ballot. He won the MVP in 1942 when he hit .322 with a .409 OBP, 173 hits, 29 doubles, 18 homers, 103 RBI’s, and 79 walks. His OPS+ that year was 155. He was later traded to the Indians for Allie Reynolds.