Baseball Pioneers

Ratings of Nineteenth Century Players

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About the Book

Cap Anson, King Kelly, Wee Willie Keeler—three of the best hitters in baseball’s infancy. But which of these three was the best? And who was the era’s top pitcher? Pud Galvin? Cy Young? Joe McGinnity?
This unique reference work provides the answers to these questions and many others. Position-by-position, men who played all or the majority of their major league career in the nineteenth century are ranked. Hitting and fielding ratings are given for infielders and outfielders appearing in at least two-thirds of their teams’ games and all catchers appearing in at least one-half of the seasons’ games. Pitchers involved in 15 or more decisions are also included, with their ratings weighted so that those on weak teams can be fairly compared with hurlers on strong teams.

About the Author(s)

The late Charles F. Faber wrote numerous books on educational administration, school law, baseball and other topics. He was a retired university professor and lived in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bibliographic Details

Charles F. Faber
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 158
Bibliographic Info: appendices, index
Copyright Date: 1997
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0295-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0788-7
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“a notable and intriguing compilation…a worthwhile addition”—ARBA; “comprehensive…the details he has presented are very impressive. This historically important text should be an addition to any extensive baseball collection”—Reference & User Services Quarterly; “offers a unique perspective”—The SABR Bulletin; “evaluates major leaguers, position by position, who spent all or the majority of their careers before 1900”—Sports Collectors Digest.