Why not publish Branch Rickey's statistical system? He apparently picked some good men with it. Right?
RAY R. WELLS
?Although Branch Rickey's system was designed primarily to give a comparative ranking of teams, two of his offensive criteria, on base average and extra-base power, are applicable to individual players. The on base average is computed by adding hits, bases on balls and times hit by pitcher and dividing the total by times at bat plus bases on balls plus times hit by pitcher. Extra base power is computed by subtracting hits from total bases and dividing the result by times at bat. Mr. Mullen's clutch-hitting rating compliments Rickey's system since the Mahatma confessed to failure when it came to rating a player's clutch-hitting performance. For an over-all analysis of the World Series performances of the leading players see below.—ED.
HOT STOVE: LAMENT FOR A ROMAN
Thanks to whoever wrote "Lament For A Manager" in EVENTS & DISCOVERIES (Nov. 5).
As a White Sox fan since 1911 I can say that it takes an awful lot of believing to stay with them.
I think I agree with many, many Sox fans that when Grace Comiskey was hiring adequate talent to run it the club had a chance, but it sure seems obvious that Chuck is a very pale shadow of the Great Roman.
JOHN S. GRIER
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