The Best of Teams, the Worst of Teams: A Major League Baseball Statistical Reference, 1903-1994

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9780786400119: The Best of Teams, the Worst of Teams: A Major League Baseball Statistical Reference, 1903-1994
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Were the Yankees of Ruth, Gehrig and Hoyt better than the Yankees of Mantle, Berra and Ford? What was the best Kansas City Royals team of all time? What team holds the single season record for home runs per game? For the baseball fan and researcher alike, this book is a detailed statistical portrait of each of the 28 major league teams. Using a unique game-by-game analysis, clubs can now be compared across eras. Part I examines winning and losing percentages. Part II evaluates the offensive highs and lows of each team. Part III does the same for defensive statistics. In Part IV the best teams of each franchise are scrutinized. Finally Part V is a statistical recap of the best and worst for each team in all categories examined in the book.

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Every year it seems another baseball statistics book appears. In 1992 The Evolution of Baseball, published by McFarland, sought to document statistical measures for the leading teams in each decade since 1903. Now as a companion to that volume, the publisher has issued a book that not only expands the categories of statistics presented, but also provides them for all teams, the worst as well as the best.

The Best of Teams takes 27 baseball measures, such as best batting averages, best triple years, best walks by batters over time, best or worst strikeouts by batters, and presents the statistics in a tabular format. The tables are organized into five broad sections: "Winning and Losing," "Offensive Highs and Lows," "Defensive Highs and Lows," "Best Teams in Franchise History," and "Team Summaries." A table of contents makes access easy by listing all tables. An index provides access by player name.

Some of the best statistics are team comparisons within a franchise. Which was really the best Yankee team, the 1926^-30 team of Ruth, Gehrig, and Lazzeri or the 1949^-53 team of DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, and Rizzuto? The 1949^-53 team won five pennants, five world series, with an average winning percentage of .635. Ruth and company had a winning percentage of .618 but won only three pennants and two series. For the pure baseball fan with a penchant for statistics, The Best of Teams, the Worst of Teams should be in the library's circulating collection. This is especially true if The Evolution of Baseball is also owned.

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"expands the categories of statistics presented...should be in the library's circulating collection" -- Booklist/RBB

"intriguing...will be a joy for baseball statheads" -- Choice

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