Tonight I’m posting the batting, fielding, and pitching statistics for the 1907 Cuban League, a three-team league that played from January 1 to April 14, 1907.
[NOTE: Stats for the 1906/07 Cuban League have been deleted, but will reappear in a different venue in the near future. Stay tuned!]
This season is historically significant because it represents the first time North American black players participated in a regular Cuban League season. The Negro Leaguers include Hall of Famers Rube Foster, John Henry Lloyd, and Pete Hill, as well as other well-known players like Grant Johnson, Bill Monroe, and Chappie Johnson.
I love compiling these early Cuban leagues, for several reasons:
1) The seasons are always complete, or nearly complete.
2) The seasons are short enough to compile quickly (sometimes taking less than a week), yet long enough to provide a significant look at players’ performances.
3) The schedules are balanced.
4) The box scores are excellent, almost always balancing perfectly, with sacrifice hits and hit batsmen, and pitcher breakdowns—as well as a unique feature: fielding breakdowns. That is, the box scores break down fielding statistics for players who play more than one position in a game.
5) During most early seasons, all games were played at a single park—Almendares Park in Havana. There are no complicated park factors to deal with.
For those of you I’ve sent these stats to before: this is version 1.1, and may represent a slight advance on what you have, as in the earliest versions I was still missing one game. The compilation is now complete.
For all but a small handful of games, I have two box scores for each game, from two newspapers: La Lucha and Diario de la Marina.
If you happen to own Jorge Figueredo’s recent books on Cuban baseball, you will notice some small discrepancies between the numbers I have compiled and his, in most cases a matter of an at bat here, a hit there. This could result from differences between the box scores and the official scoring, from errors in the official totals, or mistakes by me.
Of more import are discrepancies in pitchers’ won/loss records: for example, Figueredo has Rube Foster going 10-5, whereas I have him at 9-6. Foster started and completed 15 games; his team’s record in those games was 9-6. He relieved in a sixteenth game that his team lost. The only conclusion I can draw is that the 10-5 record is mistaken.
UPDATE 12/2/2006 See this post for the true identity of Habana’s Bill Mack (
I’ll correct the stats file itself soon FINALLY CORRECTED 2/14/2007).
UPDATE 1/15/2008 “Ray Wilson” has been corrected to “George H. Wilson.” See this post for the full story.