Seamheads updates database with 1923 Negro National League stats

From SABR member Gary Ashwill at on November 29, 2011:

We’re pleased to announce the addition of the 1923 Negro National League, compiled by Patrick Rock, to the Negro Leagues Database.  Patrick’s work was the first statistical compilation of a Negro league season to reach the levels of thoroughness and completeness that we’re aspiring to here, and has been a key inspiration for my own work.  Patrick originally prepared these statistics for Replay Games, and his 1923 Negro National League Yearbook for Replay (2004) is one of the great unsung accomplishments of Negro league scholarship.

The 1923 season saw the Kansas City Monarchs finally come into their own.  Led by right fielder Heavy Johnson (.406, 20 home runs), pitcher-outfielder Bullet Rogan (.362, 14-11), slugging shortstop Dobie Moore (.365), and veteran pitcher-manager José Méndez (12-4), the Monarchs edged their arch-rivals, the Chicago American Giants, in September.

The biggest blackball news in 1923 was the formation of the Eastern Colored League, and the NNL’s loss of such stars as Biz Mackey, Dave Brown, and George Scales to player raids by the new circuit.  But Rube Foster’s league was able to muster up some impressive new players to replace the jumpers, most notably a trio of future Hall of Famers: Rube’s southpaw brother Willie Foster, the Birmingham Black Barons’ Mule Suttles, and the Detroit Stars’ Turkey Stearnes, surely the runaway Rookie of the Year had there been such an award.

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Related link: Read our Q&A with Gary Ashwill about the Negro Leagues Database (September 14, 2011)

Originally published: November 29, 2011. Last Updated: July 16, 2020.