Monday, April 29, 2019

The All-time Leading Triples Hitters

The Volume 15, Number 1 issue of the American Association Almanac was published last week and after production was mailed to subscribers. The topic: The all-time leading triples hitters in the American Association from 1902 to 1962. The cover:

Leading off with an introduction, the report's methodology section describes the process by which more than 1,000 player records were evaluated in order to determine two things:

1. The league's all-time Top 20 triples leaderboard, and
2. The Team Top 20 triples leaderboard for each club

Data collection began mid-fall of 2018 and proceeded through mid-February 2019.

The narrative is statistically dense with smattering of anecdotal information to describe the players who made it onto the all-time triples leaderboards. In addition to production totals, special emphasis is given to the statistical category of at-bats per triple, or ABT. This measurement device, created especially for the analysis presented here, is intended to provide a more statistically balanced view of a player's triples production by offering an average based on the number of at-bats. For example, the lower the ABT, the more efficient the production. Another measurement tool used here is "player share" which expresses the player's percentage of the team's total number of triples. This device is intended to compensate for season-to-season variations in triples production which occurred in league-wide while at the same time offering a comparative value for assessing performance.

Twelve categories were devised for expressing each team's triples leaders, including high total, high average ABT, high percentage player share and high average triples per season. Each team's triples leaders were analyzed for age, experience and handedness.

Numerous tables complement the contents of this issue, such as the one below.

This table, found on page 29, lists the league's Top 20 all-time triples leaders, along with their teams, first season active in the American Association, and career ABT.

 Team abbreviations for the above: COL-Columbus; IND-Indianapolis; KC-Kansas City;
LOU-Louisville; MIL-Milwaukee; MIN-Minneapolis; STP-St. Paul; TOL-Toledo.

Here is a selection of sample pages from Volume 15, No. 1, beginning with the table of contents.


Page 13


Page 30 and 31


Vital Statistics

Publication Date: April 20, 2019
Number of Pages: 60
Number of Words: 32,000

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Data Development: the Spreadsheet

As I move toward the start of the writing process in roughly one week for the spring issue (Vol. 15, No. 1) of the American Association Almanac, I'm wrapping up the work on the eight principal databases I've been constructing since the end of November. They concern the leading triples hitters for each team of the original American Association from 1902 to 1962. Each spreadsheet is designed to make automatic calculations for the percentages I'm most interested easier to perform. My intention in posting this blog was to post an example of one whole file. At this point I'm not sure I'll be able to do that, however, I will offer a sample at the very least. Each spreadsheet covers the career record for each team's top triple hitters. This could include those who led over time or who was among the team's top three producers during a given season. No less than 110 players are listed in any one team's spreadsheet. The totals for each player are derived and sorted so each category can be ranked for the leading players. What is especially valuable is the data for multi-team players; a multi-team player, also known as a split-season player, spent his time with more than one team. In this record the data has been gleaned from the box scores in order to produce the record for just the team he's listed with as being a leading producer. The time it takes to perform such an exercise can be excessive; while at other times it can take only an hour or two. Regardless, the records for the American Association's leading triples hitters has never been published. It serves the baseball research community as a testament to thorough and creative research while offering fans of regional baseball history a fundamental look a the leading players from a bygone era.

Sample 1: The Indianapolis Indians, page 1

While this blogsite does not permit me to publish whole files, anyone who is interested in obtaining a copy of a particular data file can write me with their request. Send an email to
with your request. Thank you!

The American Association Playoffs, 1942-1946

This issue of the American Association Almanac (Vol. 14, No. 2) was published in October 2018. Its primary focus is game-by-game descriptions of the American Association postseason which took place on two levels: a four-team playoff followed by a match-up between the winners of those series. Having originated with the Fall 2017 issue covering the seasons 1932-1941, this series will culminate with the playoffs of the 1962 season. The American Association Almanac is published twice annually and distributed to paid subscribers; more info below.

Vital Statistics for Vol. 14, No. 2:

Format: 5.5 x 8.5" paper; staple bound
Type: New Times Roman, 12 pt.
Number of Words: 31,897
Number of Pages: 56
Content inside back cover: Yes
Graphics: Multiple
Tables: 1
Organization: Chronological; each season includes two sections, one for game accounts and one entitled "New and Noteworthy" in which a statistical presentation is provided
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Publication Date: Sept. 27, 2018

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Sample Pages 28-29

Photo Sample

Pitcher Tom Sunkel celebrating his no-hitter with manager
Ray Blades (L) and catcher George Savino (R).

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posted January 23, 2019