Dahlen could quite possibly be the best player in baseball history who is not in the Hall of Baseball everyone commits errors but HIS sacrifice will get you home shirt. He was a great defensive shortstop at a time when shortstops were practically fielding with their bare hands. For a shortstop, he put up some pretty good offensive numbers, too, totalling 2,461 career hits at a time when the season was much shoter. He was no slouch at the plate, with multiple seasons with an OBP over .400. If I could pick one player from history to go into the Hall, it would be Dahlen.
A couple of anecdotal comments. In an autobiography of the late great HOF Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts, Robin described one brawl in the mid 1950s of the Phillies and Cardinals where Robin and Stan Musial, the all time great Cardinal were approaching the fight. Stan said to Robin, “We make too much money to risk getting injured in a fight on the field.” At the time, Roberts had the highest salary on the Phillies, and Musial had the highest salary in the NL. In my opinion, non-baseball fans seem to miss the intricacy of the strategy between pitcher and catcher in getting batters out. I think in some ways, its easier to conceptualize the mental game from the hitter’s standpoint.
That every so often people come up with ideas to “save” and “improve” baseball by changing the fundamental rules. Inevitably these do not improve baseball or save it, because baseball doesn’t need “to be saved”. The false, selfish results put up by of all the roids boys has cost several deserving players a spot in the HOF. The career record for home runs still belongs to the great Henry Aaron and Roger Maris’ 61 is the standard for a single season.