Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal
Volume 42, Issue 1
- Baseball and Tammany Hall
- Beer Tanks and Barbed Wire: Bill Barnie and Baltimore
- May The Best Man Win: The Black Ball Championships 1866–1923
20-Game Loser: Profiles of the 20-Loss Seasons
It has become almost as rare as the major-league Triple Crown, and even more so than its statistical opposite of a pitcher winning 20 games in a single season. Since 1980, there has been only one pitcher who lost 20 games in a single season — and there is no reason to think baseball will see another such season in the foreseeable future.
- Yankees Catchers During the Miller Huggins Era
- Felipe Alou
Society and Baseball Face Rising Income Inequality
Data clearly show that the United States has been experiencing rising income inequality for over two decades. Professional athletes at the top level of their profession are among the highest paid Americans. Does baseball’s income structure mirror society’s growing inequality? Do teams with greater income inequality have less success on the baseball field?
Truth in the Minor League Class Structure: The Case for the Reclassification of the Minors
The current minor league class structure was established with the 1963 baseball season. Since then, the practice of grouping the minor leagues into four classes has become confusing to say the least. The four classes are a fallacy; there are really eight classes in existence.
“Recorded Games of Frustration”: Win Expectancy and the Boston Red Sox
Leight Montville once wrote that the Red Sox were never closer to winning a world championship as they were in 1986. Using Win Probability charts, the author tests the accuracy of that claim.
- Revisiting Nolan Ryan in 1973: The Quest for 400 Strikeouts
- Double X and His Lost Dingers
- Managing the 1947 Dodgers: The “People’s Choice”
Origin of the Modern Pitching Win
A recurring question among SABR members in recent years involves the first modern win: When was the first win awarded to a starting pitcher incorporating a league-mandated rule requiring the five-inning minimum standard? The win seems easy to understand and even academic, yet it was the culmination of a long, tortured history since the stat was invented.
- Batting Out-of-Turn Results in Great Confusion
- Two Home Runs That Never Were
- The Accurate RBI Record of Babe Ruth