Fall 2012 Baseball Research Journal
Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings Played
Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632-consecutive-game streak is one of the most famous numbers in sports. Often forgotten is that Ripken also compiled an amazing record for consecutive innings played. The entry is not in any record book. We don’t know whose mark Ripken broke, nor the names of the other men with long streaks. This article presents the top such streaks in major league history. It turns out that Ripken did not play in 8,243 consecutive innings. It was even longer.
- Lou Gehrig’s RBI Record: 1923–39
Anomalies of Protested and Suspended Baseball Games
Most major league baseball games that are protested or suspended do not result in unusual situations. Most protests are quickly dismissed by league presidents. Many suspended games are merely resumed the next day, or perhaps two days later. However, there have been some very peculiar box scores and results after protested/suspended games were finally finished. Here are some highlights from those games.
- Beyond Player Win Average: Compiling Player Won-Lost Records
- Game Scores: Matches, Correlations, and a Possible Umpire Bias
Racing the Dawn: The 29-Inning Minor League Marathon
Baseball is one of the few sports not dictated by a time clock, but its beautiful symmetry is what makes it unique: the ultimate game of equal opportunity. Countless contests in history have extended into extra innings. In some cases, overtime matchups have turned into drawn-out affairs leaving only the most ardent fans waiting for the conclusion. This is the story of one of those contests and the players who fought it out.
- The History of Baseball in Altoona, Pennsylvania
Braves Field: An Imperfect History of the Perfect Ballpark
In the midst of the Deadball Era, a jewel box ballpark rose a few miles west of the center of Boston’s downtown, accessible by excellent streetcar service. The park was universally acclaimed upon its opening. Serendipitously, it hosted a World Series in its inaugural year. But this story is about Braves Field, not Fenway Park.
- The Browns get it right: Winning the World Series rematch in 1945
- The Elysian Fields of Brooklyn: The Parade Ground
Durocher the Spymaster: How much did the Giants prosper from cheating in 1951?
In the summer of 1951, the New York Giants under manager Leo Durocher began to employ an elaborate sign-stealing scheme. The Giants needed to overcome a 13.5-game deficit to the Brooklyn Dodgers to set up a historic playoff. The question is not whether the Giants stole signs, but what effect the sign-stealing had on the Giants' remarkable comeback.
Two days in August 1971: Tom Seaver and Dave Roberts
For two days in the summer of 1971, Tom Seaver dueled with another dominant hurler, splitting the games by scores of 1–0 and 2–1. The interesting part is Seaver’s competition. His foil wasn’t a fellow Hall of Famer like Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson, or Steve Carlton. Who was it? Dave Roberts, southpaw for the San Diego Padres.
- Mike Piazza By the Numbers: The Hall of Fame Case
- Henry Chadwick Award: Robert Creamer
- Henry Chadwick Award: Tom Heitz
Henry Chadwick Award: F.C. Lane
Lane was editor and a prolific writer for Baseball Magazine from 1912 through 1937.
- Henry Chadwick Award: Ray Nemec
Henry Chadwick Award: David W. Smith
Smith founded Retrosheet in 1989 and has been its leader ever since. A prolific researcher in his own right, Smith’s dream of collecting the play-by-play for thousands of games has been surpassed.