Based on career statistics alone, Pike deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His statistics are even more impressive if you factor in the prejudices of his day that he had to overcome. But beyond mere numbers—as the first professional baseball player, and the first Jewish player, manager and umpire—Pike was a pioneer, and baseball’s Hall of Fame is the place for pioneers.
They know him as one of the 'big' men of baseball, as a leading club-owner in the grand old National League, as one of the best judges of a baseball player in the business, as almost a friend (for his knowledge) of the game.
McGraw made a big fuss (about Cohen being a Jewish player), but don’t forget that he was interested in getting any kind of a good ballplayer. He didn’t care what he was. The fact that I was a Jew made the icing even sweeter.