Retroplay 1931-1960

Retroplay 1931-1960

5/1/19: I see that it was almost 8 months ago that this page was last updated. [Feel free to skip ahead if you’ve heard this before…] Hard for me to believe, but that intervening time was certainly not wasted. Now that all of that tedious data entry, re-entry, and double-/triple-checking is out of the way, the fruits of my labor can be displayed. This very week, much of it will be rolled out.

Want to get a good look at what I’ve been up to? Download grids/ spreadsheets G3-1 REGIONAL and G3-2 REGIONAL right here (Excel files, 38 and 23 pages, respectively). Together, they cover all qualifying players in the Retroplay birthplace-based system who played in the National, American, OR Negro Leagues in any seasons from 1931 through 1960.

So even if you don’t want to buy into the concept of lumping together the MLBers with the NLBers (and/or equating the stats of the upper crust of Black Baseball with those of Major Leaguers), I’d think that just seeing who would be teammates with whom would be fairly interesting, right?  Note that in these grids, those whose WAR figures were figured on the basis of their Negro League performance — entirely, or in part — have their names underlined. Another helpful hint: pitchers are italicized.

One “sneak preview” of G3-1 (page 11), and two from G3-2 (pages 6 and 17):

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Are you able to put some mental pictures together? How about Ruth, Foxx, Grove, and Goose Goslin on the same team? (And Lu Blue and Eddie Rommel were no slouches either!). Or Tex-Lou assembling teams that included HOFers Dickey, Lyons, Smokey Joe Williams, Willie (Bill) Foster, and Biz Mackey (not to mention good ol’ Firpo Marberry) in the 1920’s and ’30’s? And California? Look at the above:  an all-DiMaggio outfield would be possible and pretty solid, but either Dom or Vince would have to sit when Ted Williams comes onto the scene in 1939. HOFers Joe Gordon AND Bobby Doerr at 2B? Another embarrassment of riches there. And the versatile Bob Elliott (“Mr. Team”) was good enough to make it into the Retroplay RE-set Hall Of Fame (or Hall Of Achievement). So consider the possibilities, that’s all I’m saying. That slogan we use here, what is it again? “Baseball History Viewed Through an Entirely New Lens” — yep, that’s it.

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UPDATE, 9/5/18: (After a final “day of reckoning” set aside for breaking ties in the standings — mostly in 21st-Century seasons — the (now) official 1941 winner emerged. As a result, SE held on to their 100 Pennant Points, but CA lost one, dropping back to 99 for that season, and totaling 2187 for this era, rather than 2188 as the graphic below has it.) 

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ERL Pennant Points for 1931-1960 era

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[Page last updated 5/15/19. More to come soon.]