The Early Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball: A Comparative Analysis

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/297520
Title:
The Early Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball: A Comparative Analysis
Author:
Catallini, Joseph Louis, II
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This study is an exploratory statistical study of the early Latin and Negro Leagues from 1904 to 1924. Data compiled in the seamheads.com Negro League Database, launched in September 2011, was analyzed and compared to data from Major League Baseball, via baseballreference.com, over the same time period. Despite incomplete data from the Negro Leagues, the results do show some interesting similarities and significant differences in the two data sets. The data shows that both leagues’ batting production progressed similarly throughout the era, with a similar spike in power production at the end of the “Dead Ball Era” in 1920. Results indicate that the primary difference between the leagues was that Negro League teams produced poorer fielding averages. The result of this was higher run production in the Negro Leagues in every year examined in the study, despite the fact that Major League teams often produced better in batting statistics such as batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Mathematics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Watkins, Joe

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Early Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball: A Comparative Analysisen_US
dc.creatorCatallini, Joseph Louis, IIen_US
dc.contributor.authorCatallini, Joseph Louis, IIen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study is an exploratory statistical study of the early Latin and Negro Leagues from 1904 to 1924. Data compiled in the seamheads.com Negro League Database, launched in September 2011, was analyzed and compared to data from Major League Baseball, via baseballreference.com, over the same time period. Despite incomplete data from the Negro Leagues, the results do show some interesting similarities and significant differences in the two data sets. The data shows that both leagues’ batting production progressed similarly throughout the era, with a similar spike in power production at the end of the “Dead Ball Era” in 1920. Results indicate that the primary difference between the leagues was that Negro League teams produced poorer fielding averages. The result of this was higher run production in the Negro Leagues in every year examined in the study, despite the fact that Major League teams often produced better in batting statistics such as batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMathematicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWatkins, Joe-
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