You may have read about MLB’s decision to officially recognize several Negro Leagues as major leagues for the 1920 to 1948 seasons. So, now the debate begins about interpreting the statistics for those players, teams and seasons.
More after the jump.
Probably the most complete source of Negro League statistics can be found at seamheads.com, including WAR metrics derived from the basic stats. Over at FiveThirtyEight.com, those WAR metrics were used in a snappy little article as the principal basis of comparison between Negro League players and those who played in what were formerly the only major leagues. I commend the article (which includes interactive stats presented with impressive and insightful graphics) to your attention. If you’re like me and know very little about the Negro Leagues, it’s a great way to be introduced to some of their star players.
Thanks to Bob Eno for suggesting this post, and for bringing the FiveThirtyEight article to my attention.