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Negro League stats now available at Baseball-Reference.com

Mar 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Bingo DeMoss

Caveats about incomplete data and stuff notwithstanding: This. Is. Cool:

This data is constructed from the best available information as provided by Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark of the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group. It contains data culled from newspaper boxscores, covering league sanctioned games from 1920 to 1948, which was produced for a study sponsored by Major League Baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It reflects totals as compiled by the NLRAG up to 2006. As new credible information is continually unearthed, these numbers will continue to change.

Add this to other great work being done on the Negro Leagues, and researchers, would-be researchers, and the merely curious have a whole lot of neat stuff to sift though.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Good for baseball, good for America.

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Great. Another time sink.

    Reading a book about Roy Campanella now, as a follow up to books on Jackie Robinson and on the leagues themselves. Fascinating stuff, as both baseball history and American history.

  3. sasquash20 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Nice. When I was a kid my mom got me a baseball book that covered almost everything in baseball. I had no idea about the negro leagues back then and I remember the stats were all guess stats. Kind of cool that someone got it figured a little bit better. Some great players back then that don’t or didn’t get the recognition they should have gotten.

  4. hasbeen5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    No wonder Ryan Seacrest had to take over New Year’s. That Dick Clark is a busy man.

    • sasquash20 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Have you heard Dick Clarke try and talk? The man needs to hang it up. Doesn’t anyone in his family try and stop him. He is a train wreck at this point.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Have some respect, shut up.

  5. dawgpoundmember - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Didn’t some guy have to spend an entire Saturday at school for taping larry lesters buns together?

  6. dlf9 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Craig’s excerpt mentions the 1920 – 1948 data from Laster’s group. The news is even better. In addition, BR.com also has NeL data from 1904-1919 collected by Gary Ashwill and another group of researchers. Basically, BR.com and Seamheads.com now have the entire history of the organized NeL.

    • mybrunoblog - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      How long until some liberal starts using the term “the African American leagues”.

      • flyerscup2010 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        I don’t know…are you a liberal?

      • borninfellspoint - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        moron

  7. Jeremy Fox - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    That’s awesome, and really impressive–it must’ve been a frickin’ *massive* amount of work to piece together all those data from boxscores.

  8. natstowngreg - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    A great site just keeps getting better.

  9. diehardcubbiefan4life - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    This is amazing. I recently had to do a research project on Andrew “Rube” Foster (Im a high school junior) and I found this already amazingly awesome site even more helpful. I couldn’t find consistent Negro League stats anywhere except here. Props to the hard working people over at baseballreference.com

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