Comments on: .320+ BA in Last Season This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: TheGoof Sun, 25 Jan 2009 19:09:25 +0000 Just imagine the egg on the face of MLB if the Black Sox had been allowed to play those last games and won the pennant. It is largely forgotten today that those guys were pulled while the team was in arm's length of the pennant. I believe it was 1/2 game back with three to play.

Technically, Mike Donlin didn't hit .320 in any of his last three seasons, but if you want to see a guy who walked away on top of his game more than once, look at his numbers. He just might be the biggest "what if" of all time. Had this guy really brought his A game and not been involved in crime and vaudeville, who knows? His four full seasons, 1901, 1903, 1905 and 1908, are incredible.

By: Jgeller Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:57:31 +0000 Sean Casey hit 54 points above the league average. The only people on this list to hit for more points above the league average are McCredie, Felsch, and the immortal Joe Jackson (99 points).
Also of note is all but Dungan and McCredie played their season in Chicago or Philadelphia. Perhaps there was something in the air in those years.
And since Casey played in Fenway, we can say that every one played in a ballpark built during the dead-ball era.
Finally, as you pointed out, Casey and 9 of the 11 did this before the age of 35. The remaining two are the only Hall of Famers on the list.

By: JohnnyTwisto Sun, 25 Jan 2009 07:55:41 +0000 I had no idea Casey played so much or so effectively last season.

Hmm, the White Sox sure took a hit when all those guys decided to retire...