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Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 27th)

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Sunday, May 27th – The Kansas City Monarchs begin a series versus the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Park. The scheduled initial series game on Saturday was rained out. Jelly Gardner is back in the lineup for Chicago after being out with a leg injury, but Jim Brown is on the bench with an injury.Here are the starting lineups:Kansas City Monarchs (8-8)1. Eddie Dwight, CF 2. Bullet Rogan, 2B3. Newt Allen, SS4. George Giles, 1B5. Newt Joseph, 3B6. Harry Kenyon, LF7. LeRoy Taylor, RF8. Frank Duncan, C9. Army Cooper, PChicago American Giants (7-8)1. Jelly Gardner, CF2. Bobby Williams, 3B3.... [Read the full story]

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Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 24th)

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Thursday, May 24th – The New York Lincoln Giants visit the Hilldale Club at Hilldale Park. Here are the starting lineups:New York Lincoln Giants (5-4)1. Willie Gray, CF 2. John Henry Lloyd, 2B3. George Carr, 1B4. Charlie Mason, RF5. Bill Riggins, 3B6. George Scales, SS7. Julio Rojo, LF8. Charlie Spearman, C9. Connie Rector, PHilldale Club (3-2)1. Frank Warfield, 2B2. Jake Stephens, SS3. Oscar Charleston, CF4. Biz Mackey, C5. Walter Cannady, 1B6. Clint Thomas, LF7. Judy Johnson, 3B8. Otto Briggs, RF9. Neck Stanley, P35-year-old Arkansan Connie Rector opposes 23-year-old rookie left-hander Neck... [Read the full story]

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NORMALIZING NEGRO LEAGUE STATISTICS

February 13, 2020 · by · 2 Comments 

Most baseball fans are familiar with the concept of ‘normalizing’ statistics. For MLB statistics, the most basic adjustment is to normalize for park effects. The simplest park normalization calculation takes the impact of a team’s park on runs scored then divides that number, either positive or negative, in half, and then that calculation is applied to a player’s OPS, ERA, wRC, etc. to get a normalized performance (usually indicated as OPS+, ERA+, wRC+). If you want to compare players from different leagues or seasons, add an adjustment for the individual league scoring... [Read the full story]

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WAR and Win Shares and Charlie Blackmon

March 23, 2019 · by · 1 Comment 

It appears that WAR, in attempting to assign a single number to represent a player’s season, has a problem with fielding.   And the problem is not so much with the player’s defensive WAR score – but rather with trying to COMBINE this score with the offensive WAR.   A very good or very poor fielding score appears to seriously distort the player’s total WAR score. As an example, Matt Chapman had a great fielding season at third base in 2018 and his situation illustrates quite well why WAR does a relatively good job of evaluating his offensive value (oWAR) and his defensive value (dWAR)... [Read the full story]

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Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

June 30, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted by Steve Dunn Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. One of the more unique games in minor league history was played nearly 61 years later at Principal Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. With widespread flooding in central Iowa, the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds played a Triple A Pacific Coast League game that drew an official attendance of zero. “The only other... [Read the full story]

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Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 24th)

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Thursday, May 24th – The New York Lincoln Giants visit the Hilldale Club at Hilldale Park. Here are the starting lineups:New York Lincoln Giants (5-4)1. Willie Gray, CF 2. John Henry Lloyd, 2B3. George Carr, 1B4. Charlie Mason, RF5. Bill Riggins, 3B6. George Scales, SS7. Julio Rojo, LF8. Charlie Spearman, C9. Connie Rector, PHilldale Club (3-2)1.... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 23nd)

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Wednesday, May 23rd – The Cleveland Tigers are visiting the Birmingham Black Barons at “The Wood” (Rickwood Field) for a double header. Birmingham won game #1 9-1. As is common in the Negro Leagues, the second game is scheduled for 7 innings. Here are the starting lineups:Cleveland Tigers1. Tack Summers, LF 2. Harry Jeffries, 3B3. Heavy Johnson,... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 22nd)

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Tuesday, May 22nd – The Cuban Stars (West) are visiting the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Field.Here are the starting lineups:Cuban Stars (3-9)1. Bienvenido Jimenez, 2B 2. Cando Lopez, CF3. Francisco Correa, SS4. Esteban Montalvo, RF5. Luis Entenza, C6. Felipe Sierra, 1B7. Rogelio Alonso, LF8. Ramon Martinez, 3B9. Basilio Rosell, PChicago... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 21st)

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Monday, May 21st – The Cuban Stars (West) are visiting the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Field.Here are the starting lineups:Cuban Stars1. Bienvenido Jimenez, 2B 2. Cando Lopez, CF3. Francisco Correa, SS4. Esteban Montalvo, RF5. Luis Entenza, C6. Felipe Sierra, 1B7. Rogelio Alonso, LF8. Ramon Martinez, 3B9. Pablo Martinez, PChicago American... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 20th)

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Sunday, May 20th – The Hilldale Club visits the Baltimore Black Sox at Maryland Park. It has been raining since noon, but the skies are clearing and the teams take the field at 3 p.m.Here are the starting lineups:Hilldale Club (2-2)1. Frank Warfield, 2B 2. Jake Stephens, SS3. Oscar Charleston, CF4. Biz Mackey, C5. Walter Cannady, 1B6. Clint Thomas,... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 19th)

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Saturday, May 19th – The Detroit Stars visit the Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field.Here are the starting lineups:Detroit Stars (10-4)1. Wade Johnston, LF2. Halley Harding, SS3. Turkey Stearnes, CF4. Ed Rile, 1B5. Hurley McNair, RF6. Ted Radcliffe, C7. Claude Johnson, 3B8. Grady Orange, 2B9. Jack Marshall, PKansas City Monarchs (6-6)1. LeRoy... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 17th)

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Thursday, May 17th – Two independent teams face off, as the Brooklyn Royal Giants visit The Hilldale Club at Hilldale Park.Here are the starting lineups:Brooklyn Royal Giants1. Country Brown, RF2. Tom Finley, SS3. Charlie “Chino” Smith, 2B4. Robert Hudspeth, 1B5. Paul Arnold, LF6. George Fiall, 3B7. Tex Burnett, C8. Irvin Brooks, CF9. Willis... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 16th)

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Wednesday, May 16th – The Memphis Red Sox are scheduled to play a double header with the Birmingham Black Barons at Rickwood Field. The teams have split the first two games in the series. Rain is in the forecast.Here are the starting lineups for game #1:Memphis Red Sox1. Kid Lowe, 3B2. J.C. McHaskell, 1B3. Pinky Ward, CF4. Bob Miller, 2B5. Earl... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 15th)

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Tuesday, May 15th – Detroit Stars at Chicago American Giants for the last game of the series, at Schorling Park on Tuesday afternoon. Here are the starting lineupsDetroit Stars:1. Wade Johnston, LF2. Halley Harding, SS3. Turkey Stearnes, CF4. Ed Rile, 1B5. Hurley McNair, RF6. Ted Radcliffe, C7. Claude Johnson, 3B8. Bingo DeMoss, 2B9. Ted Shaw, PChicago... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 14th)

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Monday, May 14th – Detroit Stars at Chicago American Giants again, at Schorling Park on a Monday afternoon. Here are the starting lineupsDetroit Stars:1. Wade Johnston, LF2. Halley Harding, SS3. Turkey Stearnes, CF4. Ed Rile, 1B5. Hurley McNair, RF6. Ted Radcliffe, C7. Claude Johnson, 3B8. Bingo DeMoss, 2B9. Cristobal Torriente, PChicago American... Read more of this article


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