Ken Griffey Jr. a first ballot inductee last week into the Circle of Greats, is the only player of the past 35 years (since 1979) with four consecutive seasons (1996-99) of 40 HR, 120 Runs and 120 RBI (actually, Babe Ruth, with 7 consecutive seasons from 1926 to 1932, is the only other player to do this).

But, another Junior, rather less well-known, is the subject of today’s quiz. Like Griffey, Junior Spivey was an All-Star who also was the only retired position player active in the past 35 years to accomplish a certain feat. What is it?

Hint: among retired position players to play their entire careers since 1901, Spivey is the 13th to accomplish this feat.

Doesn’t happen often, but looks like I’ve stumped our HHS readers. The secret to this quiz was in noticing that Junior Spivey compiled a pretty fair WAR total of 8.2 in only 457 career games. That is the most since 1978 for retired players with careers of 500 or fewer games, and only the 13th time with WAR over 8 since 1901. Those careers are after the jump.

Here are those 13 players.

Rk Player G WAR From To Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Junior Spivey 457 8.2 2001 2005 26-30 1785 258 419 90 12 48 201 175 373 .270 .354 .436 .790 *4/H68 ARI-MIL-TOT
2 Ron Blomberg 461 9.4 1969 1978 20-29 1493 184 391 67 8 52 224 140 134 .293 .360 .473 .832 D3/H97 NYY-CHW
3 Jerry Kenney 465 9.1 1967 1973 22-28 1594 165 325 38 13 7 103 184 139 .237 .326 .299 .626 *5/6H84 NYY-CLE
4 Jack Hiatt 483 8.6 1964 1972 21-29 1387 110 287 51 5 22 154 224 295 .251 .374 .363 .737 *2H/37 LAA-SFG-TOT-HOU
5 Luke Easter 491 9.0 1949 1954 33-38 1931 256 472 54 12 93 340 174 293 .274 .350 .481 .830 *3/H9 CLE
6 Sam Jethroe 442 8.8 1950 1954 33-37 1974 280 460 80 25 49 181 177 293 .261 .337 .418 .755 *8/7H9 BSN-PIT
7 Bill Salkeld 356 8.9 1945 1950 28-33 1049 111 232 39 2 31 132 182 101 .273 .402 .433 .835 *2/H PIT-BSN-CHW
8 Les Fleming 434 9.2 1939 1949 23-33 1572 168 369 69 15 29 199 226 152 .277 .386 .417 .804 *3/H97 DET-CLE-PIT
9 Phil Weintraub 444 9.9 1933 1945 25-37 1630 215 407 67 19 32 207 232 182 .295 .398 .440 .838 *3/H798 NYG-TOT-PHI
10 Ray Grimes 433 10.4 1920 1926 26-32 1787 269 505 101 25 27 263 204 133 .329 .413 .480 .892 *3/H BOS-CHC-PHI
11 Joe Connolly 412 8.3 1913 1916 29-32 1468 202 358 65 31 14 157 168 131 .288 .380 .425 .805 *7/98 BSN
12 Dutch Zwilling 366 8.5 1910 1916 21-27 1443 167 364 76 15 30 202 128 155 .284 .351 .438 .789 *8/93 CHW-CHI-CHC
13 Ed Lennox 448 8.2 1906 1915 22-31 1615 138 379 70 25 18 185 174 143 .274 .361 .400 .760 *5 PHA-BRO-CHC-PBS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/25/2013.

Why the lack of recent players on the list? Just a hunch but I’m guessing it has to do with a couple of factors: firstly, the huge sums invested in players today; and secondly, the short benches resulting from those 12 man pitching staffs. The players want to stick around to partake of those riches, and no longer can they do so as a pinch-hitting specialist (as did several of the players on this list).

Finally, for some holiday fun, here’s the All-Junior All-Star team, for players with a given name of Junior, or nicknamed Junior, or commonly known by that generational suffix.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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