Deadball Era Committee of the Society for American
Baseball Research (SABR) focuses its research, writing, and discussion
on baseball in the "Deadball Era" defined as 1901-19. The demarcations in
offseasons 1900-01 and 1919-20 are conventional but do approximate important
SABR has a
Nineteenth Century Committee whose official scope includes the 1900 baseball season.
Visit 19th Century Resources.
Deadball Era Resources
a Website of the Deadball Era Committee
Deadball Era Resources is an official website of the Deadball Era
Committee, maintained by Paul Wendt. Numerous DEC members have contributed
Acknowledgments, including references to published sources, are at
the foot of each page.
Contact David Jones, DEC Chair about joining the Deadball Era Committee or the 'deadball' egroup;
contact Scott Cowan about egroup administration such as change of email address;
contact Paul Wendt about this site.
What's New? - red marks the latest
Contents : Business : Players and Teams : Miscellaneous
Larry Ritter Book Award (winners, candidates - updated, Jan 2007)
5th Annual Award (July 2006) :
The Deadball Era Committee established the Larry Ritter Book Award to
honor the best book published each year, primarily set in or primarily about
the deadball era. The Award is presented at the annual DEC meeting, during
the Annual Convention of SABR, near midsummer in the year after publication.
Richard Bak, Peach: Ty Cobb in His Time and Ours (Sports Media, 2005)
Deadball Era Committee projects
Deadball Stars of the National League
The DEC recently completed its first project, a 367-page magazine-size book edited by then-chairman Tom Simon. It features 138 biographies of players and others, illustrated with photographs and autographs, set in brief Era-histories of the League and its eight clubs. One copy of the book was a 2003 SABR membership benefit.
- Read more or buy the book.
- Subjects of biographies (138 players and others)
- Authors of biographies (65) and team lineups (12)
- Designer Glenn LeDoux.
Deadball Stars of the American League is expected Summer 2006.
- Subjects of biographies (136 players and others) - revised, Nov 2006
- Authors of biographies (91) and team lineups (13) - revised, Nov 2006
Deadball Era Committee Newsletter, The Inside Game
The Inside Game is edited by Charles Crawley quarterly. The latest is volume 6, number 4, November 2006.
Players and Teams
D.E.Committee Icon and Favorite Players
Icon, Dode Paskert
- Paskert playing statistics and more ( Baseball-Reference )
"Mascot" Terry Turner made his major league debut in 1901 and last played in 1919.
- Turner playing statistics and more ( Baseball-Reference )
- Bobby Wallace played in 18 of the 19 seasons; Turner, Red Ames, Eddie Plank, Sam Crawford, and Honus Wagner played in 17.
Favorite Players ( committee survey )
Outfielding Leaders, 1900 to 1905 (OF as one position)
Deadball Era Leaders
Games Played by Fielding Position (including OF as one position)
Outfield Games Played (Left-Center-Right detail)
Total Baseball Ratings by Position ( TB6  )
Career Batting Leaders, before 1901 and after 1919
Players - Contemporary Awards & Honors
Annual Awards - contemporary
details of the Chalmers MVP vote, 1911-14 (official)
All America Teams, 1908-19 ( Baseball Magazine )
- count player appearances on those 12 teams
1905 All Stars ( League Presidents )
Career Honors - contemporary
1911 "Hall of Fame" ( Baseball Magazine )
Players in Hindsight
Annual Awards - hypothetical or retroactive
Cy Young ( SABR, Bill Deane/TB, STATS, Thorn-Holway )
Rookie of the Year ( SABR, Bill Deane/TB, STATS )
- details of the SABR Rookie vote for 1901-10
Most Valuable Player ( Bill Deane/TB, STATS )
All Stars ( STATS )
Decade and Era Awards
All Stars, Aughts and Teens ( Bill James )
All Stars, Deadball Era ( STATS )
Gold Gloves, Aughts and Teens ( SABR, STATS )
Hall of Fame members
Deadball Honor Roll ( committee survey )
Teams in Hindsight
Top 16 Teams ( committee survey )
Member Websites ( by DECmte members with some others about D.E. baseball ) - newest listing, Apr 2005)
Websites and Email Lists of other SABR research committees
Artefacts and Ephemera
Slippery Elm for a better Spitball
more about the Spitball and its Regulation
Federal League T-shirts 2004 ( designs by Glenn Ledoux from FL uniforms)
Contributions are welcome. Published lists and tables are one important
source, which is worth illustration and explanation here.
Material from STATS, Inc.
STATS, Inc., named retroactive winners
of several popular annual awards for every MLB season from 1876, in The
All-Time Major League Baseball Sourcebook (1998). Committee member Bob
Allen provided several lists of Deadball Era selections by STATS that are
now included here: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, annual All Stars,
decade Gold Gloves. (Those are not all of the STATS honors, which include
Manager of the Year and some pre-1920 --not annual but all-time-- selections
from Negro baseball.)
Material from published sources.
STATS, Inc. is only one example.
Most of the "Player Statistics" and "Player Awards" available here are
presentations of data from published sources. I will be happy to
accept more such data for my development, or to provide space for your own
presentation of suitable Deadball Era material. Please provide lists and
tables in digital plain text format, or discuss format with me in advance.
Data such as the names of pitchers honored by STATS and by Thorn & Holway
are copyright-free. The rationale for an honor, like any other discussion,
is covered by copyright.
Thanks to Bob Allen, Bill Bishop, Steve Constantelos, Phil Gawthrop, David
Jones, Angelo Louisa, Doug Pappas, Stuart Schimler, and Lyle Spatz for lists
and tables in digital format. Thanks to Steve Steinberg, Dan DesRochers,
and Diane Wendt for other items. Thanks to Glenn LeDoux for improving
several images (and providing some). Thanks to Wayne McElreavy for reading
the words carefully and reporting errors.
Particular acknowledgments including references to published sources are provided at the foot of each page.
Last modified: 2007-01-23 (new tags)
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