Hardball Retrospective – 1913 Season Replay
In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Rabbit Maranville is listed on the Braves roster for the duration of his career while the Superbas claim Nap Rucker and the Cardinals declare Babe Adams. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.
Using a modified version of the Lahman Database (with the ballplayers linked to their original franchises), I imported the players into Digital Diamond Baseball and conducted a full-season replay with the as-played 1913 schedule. The “Player Libraries” which include the Opening Day rosters, lineups and starting rotations for each season replay (1901-1910) are available on the Digital Diamond Baseball website via the following link:
A few housekeeping items:
- Players on defunct teams such as Honus Wagner and Tommy Leach (Louisville Colonels) are excluded because their original team’s league ceased to exist by 1901.
- I attempted to emulate player usage in the DDBB replay to real-life usage whenever possible.
This series of articles will reveal the results for each season replay and compare the outcomes to the OPW%, OWAR and OWS standings from Hardball Retrospective. “Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.
Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.
OWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “original” teams
OWS – Win Shares for players on “original” teams
OPW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “original” teams
1913 Replay Results
The Giants and the Athletics pummeled the competition in their respective leagues during the 1913 campaign. New York registered 97 victories, besting the runner-up Pirates by a 17-game margin. Jeff Tesreau (23-10, 3.05) and Christy Mathewson (22-13, 2.98) commanded the mound corps. George J. Burns socked 37 doubles, swiped 45 bags and tallied 102 aces. Pittsburgh’s Jim Viox stole 43 bases, posted a .304 BA and finished third in the National League with a .381 OBP. Otto Knabe slammed 43 two-base hits and Hans Lobert accrued 103 runs. Hank Robinson paced the League with a 2.44 ERA. Brooklyn first-sacker Jake Daubert claimed the batting crown with a .344 BA while topping the charts with a .390 OBP and 51 steals. Zack Wheat (.327/10/84) led all qualifiers with 226 base knocks and a .463 SLG, pilfered 43 bags and recorded 104 tallies. Red Smith drilled 46 doubles and Casey Stengel contributed 41 stolen bases. Nap Rucker (33-17, 2.97) delivered League-bests in victories and appearances (72). Sam “Wahoo” Crawford legged out 24 triples and scored 103 runs for the Reds.
Ed Konetchy topped the Senior Circuit with 25 triples, scored 100 runs and placed runner-up with a .444 SLG. Bobby Byrne manned the hot corner for the Cardinals, blasting 39 two-baggers and knocking in 99 baserunners. Babe Adams fashioned a 24-12 record with a 2.70 ERA. Nap Lajoie finished fourth in the League with a .326 BA, second-best with a .382 OBP and tallied a League-high 109 runs. Sherry Magee led all Major Leagues with 53 two-base hits. Cubs’ slugging first baseman Vic Saier paced the National League in home runs (12) and RBI (114) while teammate Fred Luderus walloped 11 moon-shots. The Chicago infield sparkled as Joe Tinker batted at a .330 clip and Johnny Evers delivered a .309 BA. Lefty Tyler compiled a 26-27 mark with a 3.35 ERA for the last-place Braves.
Connie Mack’s Athletics amassed 96 victories, disposing of the Red Sox and the rest of the Junior Circuit with relative ease. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (.360/9/109) seized the batting title, led the League in OBP (.441) and runs scored (144) and placed second in SLG (.538). Moreover, Jackson recorded 211 safeties (tops in the League) with 41 doubles, 18 triples and 46 stolen bases. Four A’s teammates eclipsed the .300 mark in batting average. Stuffy McInnis tied Gavvy Cravath for the RBI title with 122. Eddie Collins filched 63 bases to top the leader boards and amassed 126 tallies while posting a .325 BA. Eddie Plank (19-10, 2.32) finished second in ERA. Cravath crushed a League-leading 15 moon-shots and slugged .474. Tris Speaker (.354/3/91) placed second in batting average and OBP. “The Grey Eagle” led the circuit with a .539 SLG along with 26 triples. Duffy Lewis fashioned a .309 BA with 112 runs scored and fellow fly-chaser Harry Hooper swiped 44 bags.
White Sox freshman lefthander Reb Russell (26-14, 2.42) led the American League in victories. Mound mate Jim Scott finished second with a 25-19 mark as the White Sox completed the season above .500 for the first time in Hardball Retro replay. Ty Cobb (.342/4/82) placed third in batting average and OBP. Tigers’ shortstop Donie Bush pilfered 61 bases. Walter “Big Train” Johnson (24-17, 2.14) secured the ERA championship. Clyde Milan scored 119 aces while Howie Shanks and Joe Connolly drove in 101 and 97 baserunners, respectively. Connolly drew the most walks in the League with 109. Rube Oldring slapped 30 doubles and 16 triples for the Yankees. Burt Shotton recorded 116 tallies and 104 bases on balls for the Browns. The Naps edged the Braves for the worst record in the Majors at 67-88.
1913 Hardball Retro Replay – Final Standings
Replay Results vs. Hardball Retrospective Findings
The Athletics cruised to the American League title and paced the circuit with 46 OWAR and 282 OWS. In the National League, the Giants tiptoed past the Pirates and Cubs. John McGraw’s squad held a comfortable lead in OWAR (48) and OWS (276).
1914 Season Replay
References and Resources
James, Bill, with Jim Henzler. Win Shares. Morton Grove, Ill.: STATS, 2002. Print.