Apologies for my absence the past few weeks, but big things have been brewing. The Baseball Gauge at Mike Lynch’s great Seamheads.com website has released my stats for the Negro leagues, 1916 to 1922, and the Cuban League, 1904/05 through 1912/13, along with the basic biographical information I’ve compiled for the players. It’s the first attempt at an online Negro league statistical encyclopedia.
This was really Kevin (KJOK) Johnson’s idea. He approached Scott Simkus and me at the end of July about it—and here we are, just a few weeks later, and it’s done! The Baseball Gauge is Dan Hirsch’s brainchild, and he and Kevin have done an amazing job getting all this material organized and presented.
So check it out. It’s got not only complete statistics (batting, pitching, and fielding), but also advanced metrics (win shares, WAR, etc.). One thing Dan and Kevin are working on, but haven’t quite finished, are park adjustments for the advanced stats, as well as adjustments for wildly uneven schedules and other fun characteristics of blackball circa 1920. I suspect this will have a pretty major impact, so I’m eager to see what the results are.
Coming fairly soon will be statistics for the American Series in Cuba, the exhibition series that featured both Negro league and major league teams, from about 1904 through 1915. We’ll also have a substantial number of additional Negro league seasons in the near future, beginning with 1908 through 1915. The database will grow very quickly, so keep checking back.
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