Well, now you know

When BaseballReference.com first showed up, it was great. It still is and I find myself sometimes just going there to mine the wealth of information it provides. And every so often I find something totally new.

The next time you’re on BBRef click on the “Seasons” button. It will take you to a page that provides a long list of seasons so you can look at a single season in isolation from others. You knew it did that, didn’t you? But if you look just below the league index you’ll find “Major League Historical Totals.” There are two sets of totals, one beginning in 1871, and obviously including the National Association, and the other beginning with the founding of the National League in 1876.  Take a look at them someday.

One stat that is interesting is the total number of at bats is listed for each. It shows 14,756,972 total at bats since 1871 and 14, 667,589 at bats since 1876 (for 89,383 at bats in the National Association). It also gives total hits as 3,836,660 since 1876 and 3,861,190 since 1871 (for 24,530 hits in the NA).  For those curious that makes the overall batting average for the NA at .274. It also means the batting average for the Major Leagues since 1876 is .262. Overall you get, since 1871, an average of .262.

There are several other stats listed and a disclaimer that admits that some stats in some years are incomplete.

Is the information earthshaking? Probably not, but I did find it interesting. And for anyone curious, the last time the overall Major League average was .262 was in 2009. Other “average” years are 1941 and 1903. Now you can go and astonish your friends and relatives.


5 Responses to “Well, now you know”

  1. glenrussellslater Says:

    V, I’ll be willing to bet that the 1930 National League season’s batting average was better than any season ever. More on that later.


  2. glenrussellslater Says:

    I mean, that was the year of Chuck Klein, Hack Wilson, and on and on and on. Klein really busted those fences at Shibe Park!

    • verdun2 Says:

      For what it’s worth, the 1930 season’s overall batting average was .296. The all time record is .309 in 1894, just after they moved the pitching distance to 60’6″ and added a mound.

      • glenrussellslater Says:

        And THAT’S an incredible batting average for the entire National League! (I mean in 1930. I usually don’t pay much attention to the pre-1901 stats.)


  3. wkkortas Says:

    .262? That’s so Willie Upshaw.

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