1960 – Bob’s random musings

Some random musings, generated from random comments from you guys:

1. From myachimantis and his supposition that Ferrell is among the all time greats:
I only looked at the period from 1920-1949. Here is a list of pitchers with the most Win Shares in their 5 best seasons:
170 Lefty Grove 2
158 Hal Newhouser 36
153 Carl Hubbell 13
151 Bob Feller 12
149 Bucky Walters 69
148 Wes Ferrell 40
145 Dizzy Dean 25
139 Dazzy Vance 35
135 Burleigh Grimes 62
133 Pete Alexander 3
130 Wilber Cooper 55
128 Urban Shocker 71
127 Lon Warneke 44
126 Dizzy Trout not ranked
125 George Uhle 91
124 Red Faber 56
124 Ted Lyons 43
123 Dolf Luque 90
120 Red Ruffing 51
The number behind the names is where BJames ranked them in his Historical Abstract, just as a point of reference.

2. From SkeptiSys and the HOF and Luke Easter:
While I wouldn’t endorse Easter for either the HOF or GOR, he IS an interesting candidate. Just for fun, I combined his stats from the NeL, the Majors and the Minors.
1858 Games
5990 At Bats
1730 Hits
956 Runs
1279 RBIs
284 Doubles
33 Triples
364 HRs
894 Walks
1271 Strikeouts
.289 Batting Average
.381 On Base Percentage
.530 Slugging Percentage
It means nothing, adding up a player’s stats from different levels, and all after age 30. But it looks a lot like Mo Vaughn.

3. From Bearbyz and great seasons:
I’d probably rank Medwick’s Triple Crown season of 1937 above Boudreau’s ’48. Assuming, of course, that Bear is saying Boudreau’s ’48 season was his best. ’43 and ’44 look awfully good as well, even discounting for the war. Actually, I’m not sure which is better: Boudreau’s 10-year run from 1940-1949 or Medwick’s from 1933-1942. They are both pretty impressive. I’m hoping they both get in the GOR.

Between 1920 and 1961 (NL), the following pitchers had 200+ strikeouts in the 154-game schedule

1923 262 Dazzy Vance
1924 221 Dazzy Vance
1927 200 Dazzy Vance
1930 209 Lefty Grove
1936 238 Van Mungo
1938 240 Bob Feller
1939 246 Bob Feller
1940 261 Bob Feller
1941 260 Bob Feller
1941 202 Johnny Vander Meer
1945 212 Hal Newhouser
1946 348 Bob Feller
1946 275 Hal Newhouser
1955 245 Herb Score
1955 210 Bob Turly
1956 263 Herb Score
1958 225 Sam Jones
and then the explosion starts
1959 242 Don Drysdale
1959 209 Sam Jones
1959 201 Jim Bunning
1960 246 Don Drysdale
1960 201 Jim Bunning
1961 269 Sandy Koufax
1961 205 Stan Williams

Lefty Grove in his rookie season of 1925 struck out 116 batters…..and led the league.

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