SABR

1972

Volume 1, Premiere Issue

  • Walter Johnson: King of 1-0 hurlers By Al Kermisch

    Vida Blue lost two consecutive 1-0 games in 1971 and fans wondered why those Oakland batters couldn't get this great pitcher some runs. Walter Johnson had this same problem a half century ago, but it wasn't for just two games, or two seasons, but for 20 years.

  • Ty Cobb steals home By Warren W. Mouch

    A study of the Georgia Peach's steals of home.

  • Snowing under the competition By L. Robert Davids

    In 1920 Babe Ruth startled the baseball world by hitting 54 home runs, while his nearest competitor in the AL, George Sisler, hit only 19. Here are the prime examples of major league runaway races in the various batting departments since 1900.

  • Tommy Holmes' 37-game hitting streak By William G. Nicholson

    Willie Davis gave it a good try in 1969, and Rico Carty in 1970, both connecting in 31 straight games, but they could not break Tommy Holmes' modern National League record he set in 1945 for hitting in 37 consecutive games.

  • Tigers best at triple plays By Raymond J. Gonzalez

    Analyzing all the triple plays in the major leagues since 1901.

  • The Babe's first big box score By Arthur O. Schott

    It was just a note in a 1914 minor league box score, but as time went by, what an important historical item it was to become in the baseball records. Babe Ruth hit only one minor league homer, and this was it.

  • The man with the peculiar name By Joseph E. Simenic

    One player whose identity remained a mystery for many years was Claude Gouzzie, a one-game second baseman with the 1903 St. Louis Browns. SABR founding members Joe Simenic and Tom Shea set the record straight.

  • Player endurance records By Pete Palmer

    One measure of player endurance is consecutive games played. Another measure, which could be considered a superior one, is highest percent of scheduled games played in ten consecutive years. Only five of the highest rated players in the percent calculation compiled long consecutive game streaks.

  • Mays best percentage stealer in NL in 1971 By L. Robert Davids

    A look at the stolen base percentage leaders from 1951 to 1971.

  • Many old Negro League stars still around By John M. Coates II

    The recent election of Satchel Paige to the Hall of Fame brings back memories of the old Negro leagues and the men who starred in them.

  • Lee Allen, baseball historian By Ted Patterson

    A tribute to Baseball Hall of Fame Historian Lee Allen after his death in 1969.

  • Home runs vs. strikeouts By L. Robert Davids

    If a batter hits 47-48 homers a season, he's going for the fences, right? And if he's going for the fences, he’s going to strike out a lot, right? Well, yes and no.

  • First stringers, journeymen, strangers, ambulances, life guards By Marshall Smelser

    The only pitchers who earned their money before the end of the 1930s were the stars. For the others, membership in a major league team was a kind of premature retirement. The pay wasn't big, but every corner store stocked chewing tobacco, the summers were long, and the living was easy. Here's a study of how MLB teams used their pitching staffs in 1927.

  • Renewed interest in hit by pitch records By Alex J. Haas

    Batters hit by pitched balls has been an interesting baseball statistic, but not a very important one — at least not until 1971. Ron Hunt of the Montreal Expos was hit a record 50 times that year, and this resulted in renewed interest in an unusual batting category.

  • East meets West in Negro all-star game By Merl F. Kleinknecht

    Although documented records of the Negro Leagues were even more incomplete in 1971 than they are today, here is a brief summary of the history of the East-West All-Star Game.

  • Crowds of days gone by By Arthur H. Ahrens

    Witnessing thousands of empty seats at Baltimore during the final two games of the 1971 World Series, one starts to wonder if interest in the national game really is at an all-time high, the record attendance figures of recent years notwithstanding. Or could fandom have been more enthusiastic 25, 50, or even 75 years ago, in the far removed nineteenth century for which baseball records are still far from complete?

  • Coincidence? World Series winners and Presidential elections By L. Robert Davids

    On the pattern connecting World Series champions in Presidential election years that began in 1952.

  • Clarifying an early home run record By John C. Tattersall

    Major league baseball parks have changed considerably since 1884. The introduction of the lively ball in 1920 changed the status of parks in relation to home runs. In this article is a listing of the leading home run hitters in the major league parks through 1971.

  • The dream hit: A pinch grand slam By Keith Sutton

    All batters think it's great to hit a home run. They think it's even better to hit one as a pinch hitter. And when the bases are loaded and you're called off the bench to deliver — and you do! There's hardly anything to match the emotional impact of a pinch grand slam! Here's a list of all the pinch grand-slams in major league history.

  • Birds, bees, beasts and baseball By Ira L. Smith

    Down through the years, reports of ballgames have included mention of monkeys, cows, alligators, cats, mules, sheep, dogs, gulls, frogs, and even a pig, a skunk, a duck, and an eagle. Here are a few examples.

  • Survey: Big Sam Thompson belongs in the Hall of Fame By L. Robert Davids

    Results of a 1972 survey conducted by SABR to determine which of the old-timers who retired prior to 1952 merit admission to the Hall of Fame.

  • Baseball is still the national sport By Frederick G. Lieb

    Observations from a legendary baseball writer and J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient about seeing his first big-league games.

  • A century of O.B. leaders By L. Robert Davids

    After 100 years of organized baseball, dating from the start of the National Association in 1871, it is about time for a brief summing up. This study is concerned with the all-time leaders in the various batting, fielding, and pitching categories in O.B.., including both major and minor league play. While we are generally familiar with the marks compiled by major league stars, putting together career records of minor league players is much more difficult.

  • When right is wrong By Stanley Grosshandler

    Until the recent success of New York Met, Cleon Jones, there have been few instances of left-hand throwing, right-hand hitting non-pitchers making the grade in major league baseball. Scouts have stayed away from such players and the odds back their opinions. The I.C.I. Encyclopedia of Baseball lists but 30 such players.

  • Youngest minor leaguer? By L. Robert Davids

    It is generally assumed that the youngest player ever to take part in a regular O.B. game was Tigers coach Joe Schultz, who pinch hit for Houston at the close of the 1931 season shortly after his 13th birthday. Joe was the batboy for the Texas League club which was managed by his father, Joe Sr. There is a report, however, of a 12-year-old Negro boy taking part in a game in the Georgia State League on July 19, 1952.

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