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A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD SEASON
April 09, 1962
Official major league statistics do not always disclose the reasons a team finished where it did—or the real value of a ballplayer to his club. Here is a more meaningful report on the 1961 season
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April 09, 1962

A New Look At An Old Season

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EFFECTIVE TEAM PITCHING
The Reds had the widest margin (20 points) in the National League between their own batting average (.270) and their opponents' BA. Result: a pennant for the Reds in 1961.

 

OPPONENTS'
AT BATS

OPPONENTS'
HITS

OPPONENTS'
BA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco (.264)

5,255

1,306

.249

Cincinnati (.270)

5,194

1,300

.250

Los Angeles (.262)

5,259

1,346

.256

St. Louis (.271)

5,204

1,334

.256

Milwaukee (.258)

5,260

1,357

.258

Philadelphia (.243)

5,311

1,452

.273

Pittsburgh (.273)

5,259

1,442

.274

Chicago (.255)

5,390

1,492

.277

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore (.254)

5,397

1,226

.227

New York (.263)

5,388

1,288

.239

Detroit (.2663)

5,569

1,404

.252

Los Angeles (.245)

5,478

1,391

.254

Minnesota (.250)

5,517

1,415

.256

Cleveland (.2661)

5,529

1,426

.258

Washington (.244)

5,399

1,405

.260

Boston (.254)

5,535

1,472

.266

Chicago (.265)

5,573

1,491

.268

Kansas City (.247)

5,519

1,519

.275

Official major league statistics do not always disclose the reasons a team finished where it did—or the real value of a ballplayer to his club. Here is a more meaningful report on the 1961 season

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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