Clair: How far back in HR history can we go in 6 steps?

From SABR member Michael Clair at on May 21, 2020:

Baseball is a game of connections, and thanks to its long history and obsession with keeping records since its earliest days, we’re able to make those connections in ways other sports can only dream of.

Each game you watch features some kind of statistic that can tie a player to an old-timer — whether it’s something as simple as most doubles in May (Paul Waner, with 20 in 1932) or as absurd as the most plate appearances without a stolen base in a career (Russ Nixon came to the plate 2,715 times and was caught stealing on all seven attempts).

Baseball-Reference even has a fantastic tool called The Oracle that can connect Mike Trout to Old Hoss Radbourn thanks to nine (only nine!) shared teammates.

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Originally published: May 21, 2020. Last Updated: May 21, 2020.