Leadoff Batters of Major League Baseball: Complete Statistics, 1900-2005

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Every sport has its subtleties, and in baseball, one subtlety is the batting line-up. Leadoff batters can make or break a team. Who are the men who have taken that position, and how have they performed in their important role?

From 1900 through 2005, the major leagues' leadoff batters for more than 160,000 games are covered in this reference work. The first of the book's five parts discusses the annual records of the principal leadoff batters. Part Two identifies the principal leadoff batter for each team in each year, as well as the top career leadoff batters. Part Three presents composite statistics for those players with five or more principal leadoff batter seasons. Part Four looks at leadoff home runs, and Part Five offers essays on assorted leadoff batter achievements, such as RBIs, runs scored, and awards and honors. Appended to the text is a discussion of the accuracy of the statistics and a list of "Make It Happen" award winners.

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Editorial Reviews

remarkably thorough
Sports Collectors Digest
all you need to know
Retrosheet - Dave Smith
Herman Krabbenhoft has set the standard for rigorous study with this volume of baseball's leadoff hitters. Not content with just a sample of games as a data source, Krabbenhoft collected the details for every game from 1900 to the present. He has taken this mountain of data and sifted it in creative ways to reach some very interesting conclusions. This is no dry volume of dusty numbers, however, as it is the stories associated with each player that are brought to life. Hats off for a sterling investigation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422913
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winner Herman O. Krabbenhoft is a retired research chemist. His articles have appeared in Baseball Digest, The Sporting News, Baseball America, Baseball Weekly and the Baseball Research Journal. He lives in Glenville, New York.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The annual record of principal leadoff batters (1900-2005)
Pt. 2 Leadoff batters of the individual teams (1900-2005)
Pt. 3 Career leadoff batters (1900-2005)
Pt. 4 Leadoff home runs (1876-2005)
Sect. 1 The chronology of the best leadoff home run hitters in major league history 311
Sect. 2 The leading leadoff home run hitters for each current major league team 327
Sect. 3 Other interesting aspects of leadoff home runs 338
Pt. 5 Special topics on leadoff batters (1900-2005)
A Runs batted in by principal leadoff batters 356
B Home runs by principal leadoff batters 358
C Runs scored by principal leadoff batters 360
D Runs produced by principal leadoff batters 362
E Baseball awards earned by principal leadoff batters 363
F Honors received by 20th century principal leadoff batters 364
G Full-time/full-season principal leadoff batters who were league leaders 370
Batting average - on base average - slugging average - on base plus slugging - total average 381
App. 1 Additional insight on the accuracy of the statistical information 385
App. 2 Make it happen award winners references 391
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