Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal
Volume 43, Issue 1
Allan Roth: The First Front Office Statistician
Beginning with his hiring by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, Allan Roth pushed the analysis of baseball statistics to a new level. He promoted himself into a place those other analysts only aspired to. Roth was the first to be employed full time by a major league team, “the only zealot lucky enough to work for a major league team and to get to test his theories first hand.”
The Creation of the Alexander Cartwright Myth
The two most well-known stories of baseball's creation — that of Abner Doubleday in 1839 and Alexander Cartwright in 1845 — are intimately connected: born together in the early 20th century and joined ever since. The Doubleday Myth has been debunked many times. This is the less-told story of how the Cartwright Myth came to be, and its ties to the Doubleday Myth.
Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing by Catchers: Updating Total Player Rating
In 1984's The Hidden Game of Baseball, Pete Palmer came up with a total player rating involving batting, pitching, base running, and fielding. New data on stolen bases over the last two decades inspires the author to update his rating for catchers.
McGraw’s Streak: 26 Consecutive Games Without A Loss in 1916
In the fall of 1916, New York Giants manager John McGraw drove his motley collection of unlikely heroes to win — day after day. He almost convinced them that they would never lose again. For three magical weeks they were unbeatable, achieving the longest unbeaten streak in baseball history.
- Clyde Sukeforth: The Dodgers’ Yankee and Branch Rickey’s Maine Man
Identifying Undated Ticket Stubs: An Attempt to Recapture Baseball History
Some professional baseball teams did not include dates on regular season tickets before 1974. Therefore, many stubs exist as a tangible part of sports history, but remain unidentified and have lost their historical significance. This study attempts to identify pre-1974 regular season grandstand and bleacher tickets issued by the New York Yankees. Numerous unique details exist on ticket stubs to assist researchers in trying to identify the date each ticket was used.
- “Many Exciting Chases After the Ball”: Nineteenth Century Base Ball in Bismarck, Dakota Territory
- The Great 1952 Florida International League Pennant Race
Aquino Abreu: Baseball’s Other Double No-Hit Pitcher
Aquino Abreu—a diminutive right-handed fastball specialist who labored for a decade and a half during the formative years of the modern-era post-revolution Cuban League—remains entirely unknown to North American and Asian baseball fanatics. This is a rather large irony considering that Abreu once registered a string of the most remarkable performances witnessed anywhere in the history of the bat-and-ball sport.
- Defiance College’s Historic 1961 Postseason
- Hitting Mechanics: The Twisting Model and Ted Williams’s "The Science of Hitting"
- The Best Shortened-Season Hitting Performance in Major League History
- Was There a Seven Way Game? Seven Ways of Reaching First Base
The Three, or Was It Two, .400 Hitters of 1922
The .400 batting average (BA) for an individual in a single season has been the standard of hitting excellence all batting champions have sought, but few have achieved. In fact, the last time it was accomplished was in 1941 when Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox managed the feat with a .406 BA. To find the last season when there were multiple .400 hitters, the baseball historian has to turn the pages of major league history back even further, to 1922. Not just one but three players finished the season with a batting average of .400 or above.
- What Do Your Fans Want? Attendance Correlations with Performance, Ticket Prices, and Payroll Factors
- Do Fans Prefer Homegrown Players? An Analysis of MLB Attendance, 1976–2012
- Henry Chadwick Award: Mark Armour
Henry Chadwick Award: Ernie Lanigan
According to Henry Chadwick Award honoree Fred Lieb, no one had ever done as much for baseball research as the diligent, untiring, ever-searching Ernie Lanigan, a writer for Baseball Magazine, author of The Baseball Cyclopedia, and curator of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a pioneer at gathering information about baseball statistics and about the players themselves.
- Henry Chadwick Award: Marc Okkonen
- Henry Chadwick Award: Cory Schwartz
- Henry Chadwick Award: John C. Tattersall
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Appendix 1: The Three, or Was it Two, .400 Hitters of 1922
Here is the appendix for Brian Marshall's article "The Three, or Was it Two, .400 Hitters of 1922" in the Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal.
- Appendix 1: Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing by Catchers