The SABR Minor League Statistics Project has added dozens of new league-seasons to its compilation of data in electronic format. The count now tops 1,530 league-seasons and continues growing.
As a result of these efforts, the statistical record for minor leagues are complete from the current year back to 1960 with nearly 200 additional league-seasons from 1877 to 1909 and a scattering of other league-seasons. Much of this data already appears on Baseball-Reference.com, while there remains much more to be developed and integrated.
Among the most recently completed leagues are:
- 1928 Pacific Coast League, by Mike Hothan
The leaders list was dominated with players from the pennant-winning San Francisco Seals. Smead Jolley led in batting average (.405), hits (309), RBI (188), homers (45), and total bases (516). Dutch Ruether led pitchers with a 29-7 record and Elmer Jacobs, with a 22-8 record, led in strikeouts (159) and ERA (2.56). All played in the Major Leagues.
- 1905 American Association, by Cliff Blau
Charlie Hemphill of St. Paul led batters with a .364 average and 204 hits. He also stole 40 bases. Hemphill played more than 1,200 games in the Majors with various teams. Gus Dorner of the penant-winning Columbus team led all pitchers with a 29-8 record and pitched 339 innings. Dorner played in the Majors with the Boston Braves and other clubs.
- 1964 New York-Pennsylvania League, by Jim Sarrantonio
Wenton “Bill” Etheridge of Binghamton led the league with a .365 average and Danny Napoleon of Auburn led in hits (175) and RBI (134). Napoleon had a brief career with the New York Mets. Dick Nold of Geneva led pitchers with a 20-8 record and struck out 274 batters. Nold later pitched a few games for the Washington Senators.
- 1947 Alabama State League, by Art Cantu
Perry Roberts of Greenville led the league in batting with a .389 average and also led in hits with 228 and RBI with 152. He had a long Minor League career, averiging .332 in 1,447 games. Max Peterson, also with Greenville, led pitchers with a 27-12 record, striking out 266 and having a 2.02 ERA. He enjoyed a nine-year career in the Minors, working at the Triple-A level for several seasons.
- 1958 Appalachian League, by Jonathan Frankel
George Williams of Johnson City led the league in batting with a .361 average, but teammate Danny Cater led in four other categories: runs (70), hits (90), RBI (68) and homers (14). Cater went on to enjoy a very successful career in the Majors with several teams.
- 1956 Mexican League, by Juan Rivera
The Mexico City Diablos Rojos dominated the league and had both the leading batter and pitcher. Alonso Perry led with a .392 average, 118 RBI and 28 homers, as well as leading in runs and hits. Francisco Ramirez led pitchers with a 20-3 record and 2.25 ERA, as well as leading in strikeouts. Perry, who played earlier in the Negro Leagues, amassed a .355 average in his seven years in the Mexican League.
- Related link: SABR Minor League Statistics Project completes 1,500th league-season (January 30, 2014)
Originally published: April 16, 2014. Last Updated: April 16, 2014.