Posted by Chris J. on December 27, 2007
In his column on his HoF picks, Bill Conlin says he's voting for Jim Rice because: "Rice is the only player ever to collect 30-plus homers and 200-plus hits three times."
Easy to check with PI. It's been done 83 times. The following guys have done it at least 3 times: Billy Williams, Al Simmons, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriquez, Jim Rice, Stan Musial (4 times), Chuck Klein (4 times), Rogers Hornsby, Vlad Guerrero (4 times), and Lou Gehrig (SEVEN times!).
To be fair, Jim Rice is the only eligible player not inducted to have done this. (Though I still think he's a lousy pick).