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January 13, 2010

Rare Deadball Era baseball footage

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ January 13, 2010 9:57 am
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From 1909-1920:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wz8CC-kwtUjpe

The Black Sox are there (2:06): Buck Weaver (4:55), Shoeless Joe Jackson (4:39), Dickie Kerr (3:32), Eddie Cicotte (3:59), Kid Gleason (5:26) and more.

Buck Weaver shouldn’t have been banned. Reinstate the Ginger Kid!

July 6, 2009

WAR updated all the way back to 1871

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 6, 2009 11:45 am
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Chone “Rally” Smith:

And finally, the numbers go all the way back to 1871 for hitters and 1876 for pitchers. Some of the estimates used to fill these stats in, like the baserunning regression formula or the JAARF fielding numbers, are not to be trusted as anything more than a reasonable guess. Catcher defensive ratings are based on passed balls and errors only. It is not worth it to even try to estimate performance against the running game by catcher assists. Mike Piazza had about as many assists per game as Johnny Bench. Enough said.

Here’s the WAR database.

And here’s Shoeless Joe Jackson. And Eddie Collins. And Luke Appling.

And Red Faber. And Ed Walsh. And Ted Lyons. And Eddie Cicotte. And Billy Pierce.

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