Re: A trivia question
posted at 10/27/2012 5:47 AM EDT
In response to slasher9's comment:
the numbers are tainted because players of that segregated era were not facing the best of the best (each other). or the best of the least or the mediocre that was better than whatever 2nd, 3rd, 4th caucasian starter that was run out to the bump. not to mention hitting in the 7,8,9 inning against a guy who's thrown 216 pitches and his arm is jelly (separate issue).
i think it's completely logical to say numbers were inflated because an entire race (or two or three) of peoples were not allowed to participate.
take all non-white pitchers off whatever current team you want and replace them with white only. you will have to bring up guys from minors that would never have sniffed the bigs.
replace all non-white fielders with white only. see above.
The rules and standards, the conditioning, the way the game was played, even the "proper" way it was played have all changed. Before RUth, largely, the HR was not a sought after commodity. It was much more rare, just because the game wasn't played with it's eye on the HR as an important part of the game. Now, we hardly know a team that doesn't covet real HR power.
The fact that pitchers did throw late into games and the use of relievers was rare, too, in the early years, doesn't make the hitting a scam. It is just the way they played the game, shlasher. Now we specialize to the ppoint we have only five starters and seven relievers, even a "lefty" specialist.
My dad, who watched the game from 1919 on, told me that if the great hitters of those early days had to face fresh arms from the bull pen, their numbers would have been quite different.
Now, when you add the race factor, one can only guesshow different things would have been back then. They would SURELY be different. But that doesn't mean, again, that Ruth's nuimbers were a sham.
As a matter of fact, if you count the current impact black African-American players have on the game right now, it is minimal. Does that change the impact they made in the past? Not at all.
Oh, if you think I'm making a racist statement, please confer with the fact that only 7-8% of major leaguers are African-American. The impact has fallen so far as to it being a FOCUS of importance among former players and they are trying to re-energize attention on the game in the community.