Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal
Not Chiseled in Stone: Baseball’s Enduring Records and the SABR Era
Many baseball records are erroneously regarded as sacrosanct: these historic numbers may be burned into our brains, but they are not chiseled in stone. Baseball’s “figure filberts” and historians have done yeoman work in filling in missing details and correcting erroneous beliefs about the patrimony of our National Pastime.
Lou Gehrig’s RBI Record: Striving To Get It Right Thanks to 40 Years of Research by SABR Members
One can find many different numbers for Lou Gehrig's lifetime Runs Batted In: 1,990; 1,991; 1,995; 1,996. Which, if any, of those numbers is correct?
- Hubbell’s Elbow: Don’t Blame the Screwball
Origins of the Pitching Rotation
Thanks to Retrosheet, we have methods to determine rotation patterns and determine which team invented a particular pitching rotation. Here's a summary of how to check it and which teams were the first to use 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-man rotations.
- SABR Shortstops: An Analysis of Shortstops Before and During the SABR Era
Characters With Character: Pittsburgh's All-Black Lineup
Pittsburgh has a wealthy history in black baseball. Two of the premier teams in the Negro Leagues, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays, made their home there. It seems only fitting that the first Major League team to field an all-black line-up would be the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 1, 1971.
SABR, Baseball Statistics, and Computing: The Last Forty Years
In 1971, the year SABR was founded, the analysis of baseball statistics was still in its infancy, and computers were in the hands of few. Sabermetrics developed alongside the information age, with personal computers enabling those who did not work where computers were easily available to develop their algorithms and analyze data at home.
Designated Runner: Herb Washington
Herb Washington went to Michigan State for track and became a track star. But who would have thought he would become a baseball legend?
The DH in the World Series: Interesting Facts
Some interesting facts about usage of the designated hitter during World Series play.
- 1977: When Earl Weaver Became Earl Weaver
- A Graphical View of the SABR Era
Baseball’s Forgotten Era: The ’80s
The 1980s was a decade of transition for baseball. Power numbers were noticeably down, making the eye-opening numbers of the steroid-enhanced decades following look even gaudier. The lack of power is just one of the many reasons the 1980s remains an overlooked era.
How Would You Like to Manage in the Majors?: Baseball Board Games and Their Dedicated Players
What if? This is one of the most often asked questions of historians. What if the Mayflower had not sailed? What if Robert Kennedy had not been assassinated? What if the Watergate break-in had never been discovered?
- Out of Here: Home Runs in Canada
Baseball on Exhibit: Museums in the SABR Era
Leisure and tourism have become big business. Fans who want to learn more about baseball now have many vacation destinations to visit, and serious scholars now have places to examine the archives and precious artifacts of days gone by. Examining how baseball is represented in museums and how that study has evolved in the last 40 years can tell us a great deal about how the perception of baseball as a historical subject has changed.
Pitchers in the Field: The Use of Pitchers at Other Positions in the Major Leagues, 1969–2009
Pitchers are a breed apart. On average, they are taller and heavier than most players. In most leagues, pitchers never come to bat. But the most striking distinction is that pitchers almost never play another position in the field. This article will look at the few exceptions when this rule was broken in major league games since the advent of the divisional era in 1969
Baseball’s Major Salary Milestones
Baseball milestones are as well known to fans as their own birthdays and addresses. Baseball’s financial milestones, however, are not as well known. Mining this enormous wealth of data reveals a rich vein of information for the financial historian and baseball fan alike. In this essay, the author uses salary data to put together a list of baseball’s greatest financial milestones.
- Neill “Wild Horse” Sheridan and the Longest Home Run Ever Measured
Baseball’s First Power Surge: Home Runs in the Late 19th-Century Major Leagues
Many casual baseball fans and serious sabermetricians alike hold the belief that the home run was not a terribly important part of the game until the arrival of Babe Ruth in the outfield of the New York Yankees in 1920. But is it true, as is often assumed, that the major league power game had always been so anemic as it was just before the Sultan of Swat hit the scene?
Quicker Than Quick: A 31-Minute Professional Game
Baseball history was made at Oates Park in Asheville, North Carolina, on August 30, 1916, but nobody noticed. On that day, two baseball teams in the Class D North Carolina State League played a nine-inning game in only 31 minutes—one minute faster than the 1910 Southern League game that has long been touted as the fastest game in professional baseball history.
- The PING Ratings: A Model for Rating NCAA Baseball Teams
- Talent Selection in Youth Baseball: Factors that Predict End-of-Season Success
- More Highly Connected Baseball Players Have Better Offensive Performance
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- Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal Cover Collage
- Lou Gehrig's Mythical 1,991 RBIs
- Supplement to "Pitchers in the Field: The Use of Pitchers at Other Positions in the Major Leagues, 1969–2009"
Supplement to "Baseball's First Power Surge: Home Runs in the Late 19th-Century Major Leagues"
This is a list of all batters from 1871 to 1918 with 15+ home runs in a single season and a list of total league home runs for that period.
- Supplement to "Lou Gehrig's RBI Record: Striving To Get It Right Thanks To 40 Years of Research By SABR Members"