How does a world-class base stealer with 3,023 career hits not qualify for the Hall of Fame? Uh, let me try to explain.
First, he plays more than 2,600 games. "The Rocket" had four stellar seasons in his mid-to-late 20s, but otherwise, his career lacked extended excellence.
The guy thrived on raw athleticism, but bad habits reduced his effectiveness. (See Game 5, 1968 World Series). His career .344 on-base percentage and 75 percent stolen-base success rate were good at best. And his -51 Total Zone Fielding Runs were more like that of a designated hitter.
That said, we still would trade Ernie Broglio for him in a heartbeat.