SPOTLIGHT: NLB (Black Baseball)


Look for piecemeal, incremental updates all the way up to wholesale changes on ALL pages in the next few months. The “staff” is working virtually every available waking hour on the time-consuming task of data RE-entry involving hundreds of thousands of spreadsheet cells; re-checking every qualifying player’s historical year-by-year WAR values, per-162-game rates, positions, and birthplace; producing thereby sorted-and-ranked regional and era groups; and finally, posting to the web, publishing in print media, and providing a Retro-Fantasy League framework. So there’s a lot on “our” plate!

So for now, please be patient. At present (March 12, 2021), the spreadsheets covering all qualifying MLB AND NLB players from 2020 on back to 1931 — we’re moving backwards to avoid having to recalculate WAR values all over again — are quite close to being “nailed down”/ “locked in place” with WAR data generously made available at to this point (remember, we’re including Negro League players, too! we’ve been far ahead of MLB on this score, with my decades-long vision for this expansive historical “replay” project finally being made possible by those two indispensables, AND… (Negro Leagues Database)). Eventually, we’ll get everything cemented into place for all MLB-NLB (historically-recorded) seasons from 1871 through 2020. When all of that’s tied up into a package, the combination birthplace/WAR-value register and summary read-out of those first 150 years of baseball at the highest levels will be available to all in various formats and media outlets.

See you later! Back to work for “the staff”….

[FYI, specifically regarding this page: thanks to the folks at Seamheads, with their amazingly-good Negro Leagues Database, I’ve been amassing data to supply my Black Baseball lists and the combined MLB-NLB spreadsheets. Much of what I assemble will be made available to all on this page as soon as I’m satisfied it’s as comprehensive as possible and does NOT distract from the diligent people and their dedicated efforts at Seamheads who have painstakingly dredged up all of this priceless info for all of us to learn from and enjoy. Again, profuse thanks to them!]