Building the perfect player

Who would you say is the best player in MLB history? Well, before answering, you might ask me to specify an age. If you’re looking for someone under 25, it would have to be Ted Williams, right? Somebody in their early 30’s? That must be Babe Ruth. How about the best player in their late 30s to 40s? Clearly it’s Barry Bonds.

But what if you didn’t have to choose? What if we picked the best year by any player at each age, and put them all together to build the perfect player? That’s just what we do after the jump.

I found the player with the most batting runs at each age–that’s going by the player’s seasonal age as defined by Baseball-Reference.com. I ignored a few insignificant cups of coffee at younger and older ages, and otherwise here are the results:

Age  Player	Year  Rbat   G     PA  AB   R    H    2B  3B  HR   RBI  BB   SO   SB   CS
17 P Cavarretta	1934  2.26   7     23  21   5    8    0   0   1    6    2    3    1    0
18 Johnny Lush	1904  8.89   106  408  369  39   102  22  3   2    42   27   46   12
19 Mel Ott	1928  25.09  124  500  435  69   140  26  4   18   77   52   36   3	
20 Mel Ott	1929  60.57  150  675  545  138  179  37  2   42   151  113  38   6	
21 Ed Mathews	1953  61.55  157  681  579  110  175  31  8   47   135  99   83   1    3
22 Ted Williams	1941  104.4  143  606  456  135  185  33  3   37   120  147  27   2    4
23 Ted Williams	1942  92.62  150  671  522  141  186  34  5   36   137  145  51   3    2
24 Lou Gehrig	1927  104.73 155  717  584  149  218  52  18  47   175  109  84   10   8
25 Babe Ruth	1920  114.07 142  616  458  158  172  36  9   54   137  150  80   14   14
26 Babe Ruth	1921  120.41 152  693  540  177  204  44  16  59   171  145  81   17   13
27 Lou Gehrig	1930  93.7   154  703  581  143  220  42  17  41   174  101  63   12   14
28 Babe Ruth	1923  120.97 154  697  522  151  205  45  13  41   131  170  93   17   21
29 Babe Ruth	1924  103.55 153  681  529  143  200  39  7   46   121  142  81   9    13
30 Jason Giambi	2001  86.87  154  671  520  109  178  47  2   38   120  129  83   2    0
31 Babe Ruth	1926  100.74 152  652  495  139  184  30  5   47   146  144  76   11   9
32 Babe Ruth	1927  103.95 151  691  540  158  192  29  8   60   164  137  89   7    6
33 Babe Ruth	1928  88.13  154  684  536  163  173  29  8   54   142  137  87   4    5
34 Mark McGwire	1998  95.22  155  681  509  130  152  21  0   70   147  162  155  1    0
35 Babe Ruth	1930  95.13  145  676  518  150  186  28  9   49   153  136  61   10   10
36 Barry Bonds	2001  126.29 153  664  476  129  156  32  2   73   137  177  93   13   3
37 Barry Bonds	2002  123.61 143  612  403  117  149  31  2   46   110  198  47   9    2
38 Barry Bonds	2003  89.78  130  550  390  111  133  22  1   45   90   148  58   7    0
39 Barry Bonds	2004  124.46 147  617  373  129  135  27  3   45   101  232  41   6    1
40 Willie Mays	1971  40.03  136  537  417  82   113  24  5   18   61   112  123  23   3
41 Ted Williams	1960  43.35  113  390  310  56   98   15  0   29   72   74   41   1    1
42 Barry Bonds	2007  45.5   126  477  340  75   94   14  0   28   66   132  54   5    0
43 Tony Perez	1985  10.12  72   207  183  25   60   8   0   6    33   22   22   0    2
44 Cap Anson	1896  8.43   108  459  402  72   133  18  2   2    90   49   10   24	
45 Julio Franco	2004  5.97   125  361  320  37   99   18  3   6    57   36   68   4    2
46 Julio Franco	2005  2.66   108  265  233  30   64   12  1   9    42   27   57   4    0

Note that for caught stealing, data is not available for some early years, so there are blanks in the above table.

First of all, let’s look at the totals this mythical perfect player would have put up:

Stat     Career Total    Rank on Actual MLB Career Leader List
Rbat       2203           #1   (actual #1 is Babe Ruth, 1338)
G          4019           #1   (actual #1 is Pete Rose, 3562)
PA        16856           #1   (actual #1 is Pete  Rose, 15890)
AB        13106           #2   (#1 is Pete Rose, 14053, actual #2 is Hank Aaron, 12364)
R          3270           #1   (actual #1 is Rickey Henderson, 2295)
H          4493           #1   (actual #1 is Pete Rose, 4256)
2B          846           #1   (actual #1 is Tris Speaker, 792)
3B          156           #47  (actual #47 is Tommy Corcoran, 155)
HR         1096           #1   (actual #1 is Barry Bonds, 762)
RBI        3308           #1   (actual #1 is Hank Aaron, 2297)
BB         3455           #1   (actual #1 is Barry Bonds, 2558)
SO         1931           #9   (actual #9 is Mike Cameron, 1901)

Now, obviously, our Mr. Perfect has a huge edge in counting stats, since he was both an early-bloomer and played to an unusually old age. He had the most PAs in MLB history by a pretty wide margin.

So let’s take a look instead at counting stats. Mr. Perfect’s career batting average is .3428, which would put him 9th all time, just behind Billy Hamilton & Ted Williams at .3444 and just ahead of Dan Brouthers & Babe Ruth at .3421. Perfect’s career OBP is .4821, which would be #1 all time, the tiniest hair ahead of Ted Williams at .4817. Perfect’s career SLG is .6821, a smidge behind actual leader Babe Ruth at .6897.

It’s pretty stunning that Mr. Perfect has essentially identical OBP and SLG to the real all-time leaders.

A few other things of note:

    • Mr. Perfect is not a great base-stealer, with a success rate of only 59% for the years that we have CS data.
    • Mr. Perfect is 27% Babe Ruth, 17% Barry Bonds, and 10% Ted Williams.
    • Speaking of Williams, how awesome is it that he appears at both Ages 22-23 and Age 41?
    • Age 30 seems to be a bit of a hole. Jason Giambi makes it, but with the lowest Rbat total for the peak years.
    • Mr. Perfect has a pretty awesome K/BB of 0.559. Only 17 players have at least 10,000 career PAs and a lower ratio. These are guys like Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Stan Musial, Sam Rice, etc.

Obviously this exercise is pretty much a fabrication, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a fun one.

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Doug
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Fun stuff.

Mr. Perfect also edges Tris Speaker by a relatively small amount (< 10%) in doubles. It really would take a Mr. Perfect to break that mark – if Albert Pujols were to average 35 doubles for the next eight seasons (until age 40), he would still be 7 doubles shy of Speaker.

But, hitting triples is just not his thing – barely 5 per year.

Brooklyn Mick
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As great as Master Melvin’s age 20 was, I’ll take Trout’s age 20. Both very close in Rbat (61-56), but the WAR isn’t even close. Trout at 10.7 and Ott at 7.3.

So, just wondering how it shakes out if you use WAR as the searchable criteria rather than Rbat.

birtelcom
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Part of the reason that the collective result is not that much different than that of the top real individuals is that so much of the collective is derived from a small number of real individuals. Of the 23 core age years from age 20 through 42 (the years before and after that are very small Rbat numbers), 16, or about two-thirds, are generated by three guys: Ruth, Bonds and Ted Williams. For the most part, what you’ve found is the best hitter in each age year tends not be a fluke guy but one of the handful of great… Read more »
Insert Name Here
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Very fun. While we here at HHS are obsessed with most X at each age (first the Mystery Ballplayers quiz, now this!) I for one am curious as to how it would work out if you used most WAR at each age instead of Rbat. I think Mr. Perfect’s career would go something like this (limited to ages 18-45 because Mr. Perfect would never have a season below 1 WAR): age 18 — Robin Yount, 1974 (1.3 WAR) age 19 — Bryce Harper, 2012 (5 WAR) age 20 — Mike Trout, 2012 (10.7 WAR) age 21 — Rogers Hornsby, 1917… Read more »
GrandyMan
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This shows that, like Williams, Mays was a top performer at all ages: early (23), middle (33), and late (40).

Insert Name Here
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True. I didn’t even notice that. I wonder if one day, many years from now, we could re-create this list and notice the same trend in

In addition to being top performers at all ages, Mays and Teddy were both outfielders, contemporaries, played in separate leagues, and bat on opposite sides of the plate. Unless one of their teams makes a large contractual or trade blunder, or one of them flames out early, Trout and Harper could end up being very similar to Mays and Teddy.

Insert Name Here
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BAH! Should say “notice the same trend in Trout and Harper.”

bstar
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If we staple on the 0.1 WAR earned at age 46 (Julio Franco and three others), age 47 (Nick Altrock), age 52 (Altrock again) and age !58! (Charlie O’Leary for one single in one at-bat in 1934), that gives Perfect Player 250.7 career WAR, which is over 90 WAR greater than the Bambino’s total (excluding his pitching WAR).

Insert Name Here
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If we’re lowering the minimum to 0.1 WAR, then don’t forget to tag on 0.2 for 16-year-old Willie McGill in 1890, and of course 0.4 WAR for 17-year-old Phil Cavarretta in 1934. That brings Mr. Perfect up to 251.3 WAR.

Brooklyn MIck
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These are the career totals and rankings when WAR is used. The WAR-STAR jumped from #47 all-time in 3B’s to #6 (that #47 in 3B’s really bugged me), improved from #9 most SO’s to #15, and still ranks #1 in the other counting stats listed above except AB, where he finishes #2. WAR-246.3(#1-actual #1 is Babe Ruth 159.2) G-4021(#1-actual #1 is Pete Rose 3562) PA-17147(#1-actual #1 is Pete Rose 15890) AB-13884(#2-actual #1 is Pete Rose 14053, actual #2 is Hank Aaron, 12364) R-3171(#1-actual #1 is Rickey Henderson 2295) H-4705(#1-actual #1 is Pete Rose 4256) 2B-851(#1-actual #1 is Tris Speaker 792)… Read more »
Brooklyn Mick
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And my guess is that the WAR leaders would still rank #1 in most of the counting numbers listed above by Andy. I mean, look at the huge differences between HR and RBI between the Rbat Mr. Perfect and the actual leaders. Plenty of room to spare.

Adam Darowski
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Oh gosh, I want to see the pitchers now!

Insert Name Here
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I don’t know what the pitching equivalent of Rbat is (or even if there is one), but here is Mr. Perfect-Arm’s career using WAR: age 17 — Bob Feller, 1936 (1.4 WAR) age 18 — Bob Feller, 1937 (3.2 WAR) age 19 — Gary Nolan, 1967 (6.1 WAR) age 20 — Dwight Gooden, 1985 (11.9 WAR) age 21 — Mark Fidrych, 1976 (9.3 WAR) age 22 — Walter Johnson, 1910 (10.8 WAR) age 23 — Dick Ellsworth, 1963 (9.9 WAR) age 24 — Walter Johnson, 1912 (12.9 WAR) age 25 — Walter Johnson, 1913 (14.3 WAR) age 26 — Walter… Read more »
MikeD
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Pitchers seem to be able to maintain a high level of performance well into their 40s, with at least one 9+ WAR season up to age 41 with Cy Young. Not sure we’d see the equivalent with hitters, well not including Bonds.

Chris Waters
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This article is really interesting, but using a snide self-righteous moniker for Barry Bonds is so off-putting that I will probably never access this site again. too bad, because this is one site that is usually filled with interesting stuff.

topper009
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There is no way anything could be more off putting than Bonds himself

Hartvig
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I’ve got a pretty big head. It ain’t easy finding size 8 & 1/4 baseball cap. Now I’m a pretty big guy so it’s proportional to the rest of me but on occasion people still feel the need to comment on it. I simply tell them that it’s necessary to accommodate a brain the size of mine while a brain the size of theirs would be rattling around up there like a walnut in a gallon bucket. But I came by my big head naturally. Mr. Bonds, on the other hand, achieved his by injecting enough Human Growth Hormone to… Read more »
brp
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And then he shrunk post-retirement, just a tiny bit:

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Oh look, he’s magically normal-sized again…

Mike Felber
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The list is interesting, but to be accurate make it the perfect batter. Clearly taking other aspects of the game into account changes who is best, & reflects who is best overall as a ballplayer.

At least relative to their era. And despite only contributing with his bat, Williams might have made the list more if not for the war years.

Why never access a great web site again due to on comment you do not like? Just critique it & enjoy the rest of the web site & many other writers & endless comments.

topper009
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Since we are looking at huge numbers, here is Babe Ruth playing every season in 2000 Coors:

12275 PA, 3048 R, 3690 H, 659 2B, 181 3B, 907 HR, 3117 RBI, 2637 BB, 1418 K, .385/.520/.776/1.296

birtelcom
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That’s brilliant! 74 homers in 1927, 71 in 1921, 69 in 1928 and 67 in 1920. 223 RBI in 1927, one of 8 seasons in which he tops Hack Wilson’s real-world season record of 190 RBI. Of course he might not have lasted in the majors in the first place, as he started as a pitcher and his career ERA would have gone from 2.28 to 4.67.

MikeD
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4.67 ERA at Coors? That’s a $20M-a-year pitcher!

Jeff Hill
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And people wonder why I hate Larry Walker for the Circle of Greats, much less the Hall of Fame. Look at those numbers.

brp
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Problem is that Walker was still an excellent player when he was with Montreal and St. Louis. Inflated stats, yes; great player, also yes.

I haven’t voted for him in the CoG lately either but it’s not like he’d be a terrible choice.

MikeD
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Ruth’s career line in 2000 Coors: .385/.520/.776/1.296

Bonds’ 2004 season non-adjusted: .362/.609/.812/1.422

Even taking into account PEDs, I still can’t grasp late-career Bonds!

MikeD
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This was meant as a reply to topper @20. Not sure why it didn’t nest. Probably user error.

Bryan O'Connor
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In the seven seasons above, Ruth was caught stealing 91 times in 180 tries. If we add in the rest of his seasons from 1920 on (when CS became a stat), he was thrown out 52% of the time. Is there something about the way the CS stat is counted that changed over time, or was Ruth realy that reckless?

Hartvig
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Don’t forget that this is the guy who made the final out in game 7 of the 1926 World Series by trying to steal second bases when the Yankees were behind 3 to 2 and Bob Meusel – who drove in 138 runs the year before- was at the plate.

Voomo Zanzibar
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I read where he wasn’t really trying to steal.
Morganna’s grandma had run onto the field and she was holding a hotdog and a pint of beer.

topper009
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A great trivia question:
Among players with 100+ SBs, which 2 have the WORST career SB%

Ed
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In response to Bryan’s original question, Ruth’s stolen base rates are fairly similar to his teammates:

Gehrig: 102 steals, 100 caught stealing
Bob Meusel: 134 steals, 102 caught stealing
Earle Combs: 98 steals, 71 caught stealing
Ruth: 110 steals, 117 caught stealing

(only includes years for which caught stealing data is available)

Ruth was the worst of those 4 but none of them were very good. Even Combs, who was fast enough to have 20+ triples three times, wasn’t a very good base stealer.

Tim Pea
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I hope they are able to clone Ted Williams from that freezer down in Arizona. If they get the kid with the right adoptive parents for the kid, he’ll be one hell of a hitter and angler. I think maybe Pete Rose and that good lookin’ oriental gal that he dates now would be a good choice for Teddy II.

bstar
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OK, this one’s going in the random comment Hall of Fame. Priceless. BTW, Tim, Jack Nicklaus is a pretty good fly fisherman, too. No word from the Nicklaus camp on what’s to be done with the Golden Bear’s body when he passes, although I think having his ashes spread over Augusta National would be a nice touch. Sorry for the morbidity.

Lawrence Azrin
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Clone a frozen Ted Williams? – don’t you remember what Jimmy Dugan said in “A League Of Their Own”:

“There’s _no_ cryogenics in baseball!!!”

John Autin
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I think “Mr. Perfect” is at least 1% Rickey Henderson.

I suspect that Rickey agrees. 🙂

Tim Pea
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Sometimes I think Paul Molitor might have been the modern day pied piper of steroids. Look at that guys late career numbers.

Insert Name Here
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There’s actually a good amount of speculation about that, if you dig deep enough into the chat sites and sports blogs where nobody really has evidence, beyond José Canseco’s infamous claim that there is one current HOFer who used steroids, and his later claim that it isn’t Rickey Henderson, who is what most people assumed he meant (I think Rickey was the most recent inductee when he said it), but someone elected early in the 2000s decade. Canseco has been correct about almost everything he’s said about who did and didn’t use steroids, and Molitor was busted for cocaine in… Read more »
Voomo Zanzibar
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I read Canseco’s book about 4 years ago.
Pretty sure I remember him clearing Rickey, saying that Rickey was a “freak of nature.”

Tim Pea
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All good points.

topper009
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“Molitor was busted for cocaine in the 1980s”

which is why he was the only player for Milwaukee in the 1980s to not have a mustache, cant block the nose

Tim Pea
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Was Molitor actually busted for cocaine, or did it just come to light that he had used it? When he had his late career surge I remember it being tossed around but I don’t remember the details. I know it was early in his career.

JasonZ
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John A.- Ricky does agree, but only if you move that decimal point two places right. Timmy Pea-Paul Molitor debuted in a low offensive environment and finished in a high offensive environment. So there is that. Also his swing looks a lot like Joe D. Finally, as I mentioned once before on the old site, my buddy who pitched for the Angels told me that Paul Molitor was the best hitter he ever faced. He debuted in 1990, which I think was Molitor’s 14th season. Just saying, and I assume and hope you are kidding about Molitor but who knows?
JasonZ
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The tragedy is that the speculation is out there. And rightfully so.

What saddens me is that in a sport where the numbers mean so much, they have in some ways become meaningless.

I wonder if the kids today relish the numbers the way we did.

Does anyone study the back of baseball cards anymore?

714
61
56
.406
755

I doubt it.

Voomo Zanzibar
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I’m continuing the Larry Walker commentary down here with a serious question:

Does anybody know how to contact Larry Walker directly?

Because I think we should ask him his opinion.
Seriously.
Look, he’s not running around pimping his HOF case with a book like Mike Piazza.
Maybe he is a 100% honest person who would (and could) give an honest answer to the question:

Were you one of the best of all time or a toosly better-than-average canadian who especially liked thin dry air?

Insert Name Here
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Voomo, he addressed it somewhat here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130111/larry-walker-hall-of-fame/

He does want to get in (but doesn’t directly say that he thinks he should). He also doesn’t seem to entirely understand how the home/road splits are used to compare him to other players’ careers, but he likes that it’s done that way.

Voomo Zanzibar
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“Ask anybody who looks at me — if there was a needle going in my butt, it had pancake batter in it, not steroids. ”

– Larry Walker

bstar
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What I always found a little off-putting about Walker is he constantly let it be known that he’d rather be playing hockey. To each his own, but I always took his repeated insistence on this as being a bit disrespectful to the game of baseball. I get it, hockey was his passion, but the general vibe I got from him was that baseball almost bored him. Not one of my favorites for sure. Is this guiding my narrative about questioning the legitimacy of his Coors Field numbers? That might have been the genesis of it, I admit. But most of… Read more »
Chuck
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“Does anybody know how to contact Larry Walker directly?”

He’s in Scottsdale with the Rockies as an instructor, and is the Team Canada hitting coach in the WBC who as luck would have it are also in Arizona.

bstar
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660 – to me, etched in stone just like 714 and 755
190(or is it 191?-Hack Wilson)
52, 149, .320 (George Foster in ’77-I’ll take those TC numbers to my grave)
792(Speaker’s doubles record)

That’s certainly how I grew up, Jason. I remember Yaz’s last few cards and marveling at how small they had to make the print to fit all of his stats. You could barely make out the numbers.

Man, I love and miss me some counting stats.

bstar
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This was meant as a reply to JasonZ @85

MikeD
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4,191 is still stuck in my head.

I understand and agree with the revision to 4,189, but 4,191 is still there in my head. That said, I do have issues with other revisions that take today’s rules and make them the rules of a past generation, in some cases altering league leaders.

JasonZ
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Bstar- My brain is swimming with numbers from almost 40 years ago. They won’t leave. Say Hey kid you say… .477 his BA at Minneapolis before Giants promoted him in 1951. 0 for 12 before the first hit, a homer off Spahn. Hack Wilson picked up that 191st RBI some sixty years after that 1930 season. 56 homers .356 BA .303 the cumulative NL BA in 1930. .319, Phillies team BA in 1930. Good for 6th place 184, Gherig’s AL RBI record, 1931? .316 44 121, Yaz in 67. 2,721, Le Grand Orange career hit total. Might be 2,716, I… Read more »
Richard Chester
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Sorry to be a party pooper but the Phils batted .315 in 1930, good for 6th place. Standings-wise they were last. The .303 NL BA for 1930 is correct. If the Phils finished 6th in batting the NL average would most likely be more than .303

Richard Chester
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What a dumb typo. The Phils were second in batting behind the Giants’ .319.

RJ
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JasonZ, do you have a long lost brother who deals in expensive cars and is perhaps played by Tom Cruise?

bstar
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Most impressive, Jason! I loved the all-time HR list. 563 Reggie 548 Schmidt 630 for Griffey two guys at 511 and 521(some combination of Mccovey, Banks, Ted Williams, ?Ott?). I recently discovered somebody re-tied the 521. I think it was Big Hurt don’t know most of the recent guys’ final totals 493 also for Crime Dog and 399 for Kaline. 398 for Murphy (damn!) 475 for Winfield and Yaz 586 and 573 I think F Rob is the first and Killebrew is the latter 699 AB for Dave Cash in 1975 (the record back then) Mike Schmidt hitting 38 HR… Read more »
Lawrence Azrin
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Yaz hit .326 in his Triple Crown year of ’67, not .316, which was Frank Robinso’s BA in HIS Triple Crown year of ’66.

Anyone who was a Red Sox fan of about my age has those numbers permanently etched in their brain.

Lawrence Azrin
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To give you an idea how extreme the BA (.303) of the 1930 NL was:

In the 1968 AL, Tony Oliva had the third best BA, .289. In the 1930 NL, this would’ve been the 9th WORST BA.

JasonZ
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One more for you Bstar 29 121 George Foster with that black bat in 76. Ashamed to admit I can’t recall his BA. 17-18. Nolan Ryan in 1976. 9 HR 30 RBI. Ron Cey in April 1977 as the Dodgers jumped out to a 17-3 start and unseated the Big Red Machine in the classic NL West. 3. Reggie Jackson’s swings and homers in game 6 as the Yankees ended a 15 year drought against the Dodgers in the Fall Classic that same season. BTW, 32 110 during the 77 season. OK. Now I am really done, and yes I… Read more »
bstar
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No you don’t have a problem. I love this stuff. Pete Rose .370 in the ’75 World Series (Given that avg and the number of games, I remember deriving it had to be 10 for 27. One of the first tasks I asked my first calculator to compute). 27-10 Carlton in ’72. 25-3 for Guidry in ?’77? 24-8 for Smoltz in ’96. 24-4? in ’85 for Gooden- not sure on that one. 19-1 for Big Unit. Sutcliffe 16-1 as a Cub in ’84. Maddux again 19-4 with a 2.20 in ’97 (but Pedro was sub-2.00 that year). Gibson’s 1.13 in… Read more »
Ed
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Bstar and Jason Z – I’m impressed! When I was younger I used to be able to do this but not anymore. And I can’t blame age cause I know Bstar’s about the same age I am and it sounds like Jason is older than me.

JasonZ
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My bad. I definitely thought the Phil’s led in BA and finished in sixth place. How silly.

The giants do make sense, because now that I think of it, they were buoyed by Bill .401 Terry.

Richard Chester
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1930 NL:

BA at Baker Bowl, the Phils’ home park: .351
BA at all other parks combined: .296

JasonZ
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No. Just a memory that runs in the family. My grandfather was in the record business for about fifty years. Had a place near Times Square until 1972. He was an expert in rare records. He provided hard to get records for Eisenhower, Kennedy and LBJ. I would watch Name That Tune on his knee In the early 70’s. He never missed one. He would sing Suwanee River to me. Now that I think of it, probably due to that classic Honeymooners episode. As we all know Ed Norton is not the composer if that song. In 1981 just to… Read more »
Jason Z
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Okay Ed and Bstar… I will be 46 on Sunday. Happy birthday to me and Eddie Murray. Here goes, just gonna let it fly… Louisiana Lightning was 16-7 in 1977 25-3 1.74 248 K’s in 1978, 18-8 in 79, 11-5 in 81. 22 or 21-9 in 85. Dave Rozema 15-7 in 1977 Mark Fydrich 19-9 in 76, 6-4 in 77 Frank Robinson had 2,943 hits Eddie Collins had 3,318 Pete Rose 4,256 John Hiller, 38 saves in 73 Jerry Koosman 3-15 in 78 with the Mets, 21-10 in 79 with the Twins. I want to say 222-209 career. Tom Seaver… Read more »
bstar
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I’ll be 45 next Thursday, but I’m too old already to reply to that last one, Jason. 🙂

Ed
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Interesting that you share a bday with Eddie Murray. He was my favorite player when I was growing up. We shared a name (I was called “Eddie” as a kid) and I had a couple of his rookie cards.

I’ll be 44 in early May so I guess I’m the baby of the group! Happy birthday to both of you!!!

Insert Name Here
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Speaking of Eddie Murray and birthdays…

Mine’s September 6, date of Eddie Murray’s 500th HR, which was itself on the 1st anniversary of Cal Ripken’s 2131st consecutive game played. Recognizing the omen, I now secretly root for the Orioles when it wouldn’t hurt the Red Sox too badly.

As for players actually born on that day, I manage an HOFer as well: Red Faber, born 9/6/1888, the year my direct ancestor Benjamin Harrison was elected U.S. President.

Ed
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INH – Completing the circle…my birthday is May 3rd, the same as the other HOF pitcher named “Red” – Red Ruffing. (Eppa Rixey, another HOF pitcher was also both on May 3rd).

And your direct ancestor later campaigned of behalf of William McKinley, who ran his campaign from his home in Canton, OH – which also happens to be my hometown!

GrandyMan
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I don’t have a lot of notable players matching my birthday; probably the only Hall of Very Good guy is Jim Kaat.

My dad, on the other hand, matches Hugh Jennings, Luke Appling, Reggie Smith, and Don Sutton.

Insert Name Here
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The circle is not complete yet! McKinley (like all Presidents of the 19th century) was inaugurated on March 4th, which is both my brother’s and a great-grandfather’s birthday. (Interestingly, the two of them were born exactly 100 years apart, so their birth dates (in MM/DD/YY form) are exactly the same.) Also born on March 4th were another HOF pitcher, Dazzy Vance, and a player named… wait for it… Red Murray.

And… McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901.

Ed
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Bravo, INH, Bravo!!!

PP
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Old Hoss Radbourn tops out the Dec 11 candidates, and the best batter is Jay Bell, though Solzhenitsyn and Mahfouz add a literary flair to that date

T-Bone
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My birthday is 12/20. shared with Branch Rickey, and I have lived for the last 15 years in Delaware, ohio where Branch Rickey attended college (Ohio Wesleyen University) and was the Baseball coach a bit later on. The Branch Rickey Arena is a building named in his honor.
I used to be able to tell you the latest season totals and career averages for any baseball player I had a card for, but the last cards I bought were in the 70’s and life has a way of taking over those leisure activities of our youth.

Mike L
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My odometer turns 57 next Tuesday. Along with HOF Pete Alexander (although my drink of choice is Diet Coke)

PP
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I always liked RBIs: Gehrig 184, Foxx 175, DiMaggio 167, Williams 159, Greenberg 183.

I also used to love looking at Aaron’s career record, but who the heck can pick out numbers that would stand out from 10 other years? How about something like 314 44 123 might be close, and if it happens to be a match, I didn’t look.

Lawrence Azrin
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Aaron’s best years are probably 1959 and 1963 (I know that WAR lists 1961, but that’s mainly due to his anomoulous +23 Rfield), but I know what you mean; it seems like most years between 1957 and 1971, he put up numbers similar to those that you listed.

He did bat .314, he did hit 44 HRs (four times!!),and have 123 RBI, but not all in the same year. 1957 or 1963 probably comes the closest to your numbers.

bstar
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I love those gaudy RBI totals, too, PP, and Lou Gehrig is the unquestioned master. He’s got three of the nine seasons over 175 RBI. Hank Greenberg has two.

Give him a full career, and I just can’t see how Gehrig doesn’t end up to this day as still the all-time RBI king. He only played a small portion of his age 36 season and finished a few RBI short of 2000. Henry Aaron ended up only ~300 RBI ahead of that mark.

PP
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How about RBI man Joe D? 1537 in 13 years. 143 per 162. Insane over the course of a career. Gehrig did have 149 per, which I’m assuming is the highest ever.

JasonZ
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If only your birthday was next Friday, you would be 11.

Happy Birthday.

bstar
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Same to you. I missed the Leap Year thing by 12 hours.

Chuck
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My wife is Feb 29th.

We have a niece who is March 1st..she missed being a “Leapy” by 18 minutes.

bstar
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There are only 11 Leap year babies to ever play MLB with the most notable being 1953 AL MVP Al Rosen.

Jason Z
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Thanks for the birthday shout out Ed.

I just checked, and I also got The Flying Dutchman.

Sweet.

Jason Z
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To continue…

My daughter is Feb. 9, Vladimir Guerrero, Mookie Wilson, John Kruk,
Vic Wertz, Heinie Zimmerman and Clete Boyer. No HOF’ers but my angel
has depth.

My wife is May 6, Willie Mays!!

My sister is Feb. 6, Babe Ruth!!!

In a parallel universe we would have quite the juggernaut.

Chad
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Vlad has a chance, no?

Discuss.

mosc
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Nobody made the joke that Mr. Perfect bats mostly left, a little right, and very occasionally… switch. HA!

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