4. Dick Bartell, 1934-1946, 27.3 WAR
Bartell spent eight of his 18 years in the big leagues playing for the Giants. Bartell was a great presence at the plate, hitting .279 with a .756 OPS in his time with the New York Giants. Bartell’s stint with the Giants took a short break for three seasons, where he spent time with both the Cubs and Tigers. He also spent 1944-1945 away from the team due to military service.
Bartell’s best season by WAR was in 1937 when he had an OPS of .836. However, he did have better years at the plate. Bartell’s career average was a .284 and a .744 OPS. Not terrible overall numbers either. With a career WAR of 40.4, it’s clear he had good ability throughout his career.
Bartell’s two years of military service might have actually hurt his overall numbers, leading to him not being inducted into the hall of fame. He had one of his better seasons the year before joining the armed forces. Bartell never received more than .5% of votes in the Hall of Fame Voting. He fell off the ballot in 1960. He may not have had a hall of fame career, but Bartell definitely belongs on this list.