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Statistical Phenomenon


Statistical Phenomenon

So, I wanted to start a thread of some really impressive statistical phenomena. I'll start: 1993 Rick Wilkins throwing out 59% of would be base stealers
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From 1901 to 1906 Jack Taylor of the Cubs and Cardinals had a streak of 185 consecutive complete games. To put this in perspective, Justin Verlander is the active leader with 26

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How did his arm not just completely fall off

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lifetime 287 starts 279 cg. It was a different game then teams would play the entire season with 5-6 pitchers

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Look up Old Hoss Rabourn 1884 he pitched 678.2 Innings with a WHip of 0.922, ERA of 1.38

Started 75 Games - 73 Complete games His team only had 2 Pitchers and when the other one got hurt he started EVERY REMAINING Game that Season

"Radbourn became so good with constant practice that he could throw the ball through a good-sized knothole in the fence." - Frank Bancroft, former Providence manager

"No better pitcher than Charley Radbourn ever lived. He was as near perfection as it was possible to find a man . . ." - Jim O'Rourke in 1915

In 1884, Charley "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an all-time record 59 games and then won all 3 World Series games for the Providence Grays. The discepancy about whether he actually won 60 or 61 games (sources differ) come from two games in which he came in in relief for Sweeney with the score tied, on July 8th and July 28th, and both times Providence won the game. Under modern rules, these would be considered relief wins for Radbourn, but at the time they were generally credited to Sweeney, but not always, as the rules for pitcher wins were fluid. Hence the continuing uncertainty about his true record. After the season he was probably tired, his total innings pitched including the Series was a record 700 2/3. It was an expansion year, which may explain some of it, but the previous year he had also won 48. Indeed, this total of 48 wins in 1883 is tied for fifth all-time. As a result of those two brilliant back-to-back seasons, he won 300 games in just 11 seasons. He ended with 309 career wins.

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Great stats. Before 1881 the pitchers mound was 45 feet but pitchers couldn't throw overhand. The mound was moved back 5 feet in 1881 to 50 feet but pitchers still couldn't throw overhand.

The pitching mound was moved back to what it is now in 1893

In 1884 pitchers were finally allowed to throw overhand, the year Radbourn dominated. Its hard to imagine what our eras batters would have thought about facing Koufax or Gibson or Randy Johnson....or what about Nolan Ryan pitching from 10 feet closer?

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Imagine facing chapman's 100+ mph fastball with that close of a mound