From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on June 5, 2017, with mention of SABR members Pete Palmer, Bill Carle, and Peter Morris:
In an email of May 23 sent to Pete Palmer and myself, baseball historian and sleuth extraordinaire Peter Morris wrote: “Gentlemen, I have recently determined that part of the record credited to Taylor Shafer with Altoona in 1884 actually belongs to a different player, whose real name was Frank Schiffhauer, but who used Schaffer as a baseball name.”
Palmer concurred, replying: “Good work. ICI was fairly accurate, but they did mess up on a few players with similar names…. I see by my player file, that 1884 UA Alt-KC-Balt [statistics] were originally credited to Frank Shaffer (no bio info) by S.C. Thompson.”
When Morris shared with me the step-by-step process underlying his discovery, I suggested that readers of Our Game would definitely be interested. Here is his story.
Read the full article here: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/a-new-major-leaguer-d6a91ffba243
Originally published: June 5, 2017. Last Updated: June 5, 2017.