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Fun with Retrosheet data: Incomplete games by position

From SABR member Tom Ruane at Retrosheet.org on April 8, 2012:

In doing research on the Deadball Era, I became interested in what teams did the most and least in-game substitutions. So I decided to take a look at the teams with the highest and lowest percentage of complete games by position. As in their pitching counterparts, a player can get credit for a complete game at a position if he is pinch-hit or ran for in the last half-inning of a game.

First of all, I figured it might be interesting in looking at the teams with the highest percentage of complete games at all positions. Here is the leaderboard from 1916 to 2011:

Year Team    CG   IG   Pct    W   L
1918 BRO N 1071   63  .944   57  69
1920 CHI A 1303   83  .940   96  58
1918 PHI A 1097   73  .938   52  76
1918 BOS N 1045   71  .936   53  71
1941 CHI A 1308   96  .932   77  77
1920 PIT N 1299   96  .931   79  75
1949 BOS A 1299   96  .931   96  58
1939 NY  A 1272   96  .930  106  45
1918 CIN N 1078   83  .929   68  60
1919 CIN N 1170   90  .929   96  44

Of course, including pitchers in the data above pretty much eliminates any modern team. So here is the same list with pitchers removed:

Year Team    CG   IG   Pct    W   L
1949 BOS A 1215   25  .980   96  58
1918 BRO N  986   22  .978   57  69
1918 PHI A 1017   23  .978   52  76
1940 WAS A 1205   27  .978   64  90
1934 STL A 1202   30  .976   67  85
1920 STL A 1201   31  .975   76  77
1939 NY  A 1185   31  .975  106  45
1941 WAS A 1216   32  .974   70  84
1920 PIT N 1207   33  .973   96  58
1940 NY  A 1206   34  .973   88  66
1943 CHI A 1206   34  .973   82  72

Read the full article here: http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/retro_fun2.htm#A120408

This page was last updated April 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm MST.

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