A HISTORY OF RUNS PRODUCED
A salute to your X-RAY! Until your invention of this brief, handy chart, I have been known to wait till payday to buy the latest SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. NOW I must have the new one on the first day out. I am glad you realized that statistics are a very necessary part of baseball. You completed your fine magazine when you added this column.
My interest in unusual averages was stimulated by your "Runs Produced" section, so I spread out my well-worn record books and enjoyed compiling the tables for champions of the last 16 years and those with seasons over 300, although the latter may be incomplete. Perhaps other readers can add to the 300 list.
These tables will help to set a standard for good run production so that the records of such as Mantle the Mauler can be compared to recent history.
JOSEPH R. MILLER
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]