Paige: Routine assignment wins Hall of Fame attention, SABR award for Wabash student

From Richard Paige at on October 18, 2016, on SABR member Justin Woodard:

What began as a routine writing assignment in a Freshman Tutorial may someday impact the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Justin Woodard ’19 was tasked to research a professional baseball player born in Indiana and determine if he is worthy of enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

He selected Charles “Babe” Adams, who pitched for 20 years in the big leagues with St. Louis and Pittsburgh (1906-26), largely as a curiosity. Why would someone share a nickname with one of the greatest players of all time?

Adams won 194 games in that 20-year career, but what made him worthy of inspection, according to Woodard, was that this “Babe” was one of the most accurate pitchers in Major League Baseball history. In 2,995.1 career innings pitched, the right-hander walked just 430 batters – ranking 18th all-time in walks per 9 innings – to go with 1,036 strikeouts and a 2.76 ERA.

“His accuracy really impressed me,” said Woodard, who hails from Lebanon, IN.

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Originally published: October 18, 2016. Last Updated: October 18, 2016.