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Mickey Mantle is no longer the leader in runs scored for 1961

Jul 27, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

Armando Galarraga fans: only 49 more years until the wrong is righted!

And Roger Maris no longer owns the RBI crown for 1961 by himself either. He’s tied with Jim Gentile.

Confused? You won’t be when you read the note by Lyle Spatz of the Society for American Baseball Research’s Records Committee.  It’s linked over at Baseball-Reference.com today, and it corrects scoring errors that occurred during the 1961 season that incorrectly credited Maris with an RBI and Mantle with a run.

The biggest takeaway for me: reading the note’s account of the play on which Maris was wrongly-credited with an RBI. Dropped ball led to the base runner reaching on a strikeout, and then a bad throwing decision followed by a ball being airmailed into the stands behind first led to the run scoring.

I don’t say this just on the power of that play, but I gotta tell ya: if we had video of every game from back in the day, we wouldn’t be calling it the Golden Age.  We’d be calling it “The way more out-of-shape, slow and fundamentally un-sound than we ever could imagine” age.

Anyway, it’s unclear if these changes will go in baseball’s official record book (whatever that is).  But they will be made at Baseball-Reference, and as far as I’m concerned that’s the word of God when it comes to these things.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Craig, I just read your blog.
    .
    You’re full of shit.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    For those of you think Gator and I have just had a falling out:
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/and-now-for-an-awesome-mickey-mantle-story.php

  3. Fernando - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Now the imortal Dave Fultz & Topsy Hartsel (’02 Phil A’s) are the only AL teammates to lead the league in runs scored.
    I also recall the researchers uncovering an extra RBI for Hack Wilson to up his all-time single-season mark to 191.

  4. Joe Tetreault - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Oh NOZ! ZOMG.
    The precedent!
    Now we must right every wrong from now to the days of Old Hoss Radbourn.
    /snark over

  5. Chipmaker - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Oh good, maybe 50 years from now Galarraga will get his official perfect game. There’s hope yet.

  6. Ditto65 - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Problem with “baseball’s official record book (whatever that is)” is all the unwritten records (most of which piss off pitchers located “in the 209″).

  7. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    It’s like mom and dad had a fight…or dad and his lawyer…or something. What will happen to the kids?

  8. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Craig can keep them. Children are horrible.

  9. Spokes - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Of course, this is completely different than the Galarraga situation. This is a scoring change based on the mistake of an official scorer, not the overruling of an umpire’s subjective decision.

  10. Ditto65 - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    But umpires are never wrong, even when MLB tells them they are.

  11. YankeesfanLen - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Not if properly cooked. Reference yesterday’s cornish hens recipe.

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