Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal
Volume 43, Issue 1
Allan Roth: The First Front Office Statistician
Beginning with his hiring by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, Allan Roth pushed the analysis of baseball statistics to a new level. He promoted himself into a place those other analysts only aspired to. Roth was the first to be employed full time by a major league team, “the only zealot lucky enough to work for a major league team and to get to test his theories first hand.”
- The Creation of the Alexander Cartwright Myth
Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing by Catchers: Updating Total Player Rating
In 1984's The Hidden Game of Baseball, Pete Palmer came up with a total player rating involving batting, pitching, base running, and fielding. New data on stolen bases over the last two decades inspires the author to update his rating for catchers.
- McGraw’s Streak: 26 Consecutive Games Without A Loss in 1916
- Clyde Sukeforth: The Dodgers’ Yankee and Branch Rickey’s Maine Man
- Identifying Undated Ticket Stubs: An Attempt to Recapture Baseball History
- “Many Exciting Chases After the Ball”: Nineteenth Century Base Ball in Bismarck, Dakota Territory
- The Great 1952 Florida International League Pennant Race
Aquino Abreu: Baseball’s Other Double No-Hit Pitcher
Aquino Abreu—a diminutive right-handed fastball specialist who labored for a decade and a half during the formative years of the modern-era post-revolution Cuban League—remains entirely unknown to North American and Asian baseball fanatics. This is a rather large irony considering that Abreu once registered a string of the most remarkable performances witnessed anywhere in the history of the bat-and-ball sport.
- Defiance College’s Historic 1961 Postseason
- Hitting Mechanics: The Twisting Model and Ted Williams’s "The Science of Hitting"
- The Best Shortened-Season Hitting Performance in Major League History
- Was There a Seven Way Game? Seven Ways of Reaching First Base
- The Three, or Was It Two, .400 Hitters of 1922
- What Do Your Fans Want? Attendance Correlations with Performance, Ticket Prices, and Payroll Factors
- Do Fans Prefer Homegrown Players? An Analysis of MLB Attendance, 1976–2012
- Henry Chadwick Award: Mark Armour
Henry Chadwick Award: Ernie Lanigan
According to Henry Chadwick Award honoree Fred Lieb, no one had ever done as much for baseball research as the diligent, untiring, ever-searching Ernie Lanigan, a writer for Baseball Magazine, author of The Baseball Cyclopedia, and curator of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a pioneer at gathering information about baseball statistics and about the players themselves.
- Henry Chadwick Award: Marc Okkonen
- Henry Chadwick Award: Cory Schwartz
- Henry Chadwick Award: John C. Tattersall