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Beware of Mistakes
on March 27, 2008
Beware of a number of mistakes in this book, including the following:
p120 (1954) - Ted Williams would have needed only 477 plate appearances, not 502. The rule is 3.1 plate appearances per scheduled game. 502 is the number required in a 162 game season, but the season was 154 games in 1954.
p219 (1912) - The author notes that Morrie Rath was "easily" the least productive player in terms of RBIs as he had only 19 in 591 at bats. However, Enzo Hernandez drove in 12 in 549 at bats in 1971, clearly a lesser rate of production.
p552 (1929) - How can Johnny Frederick's six pinch-hit home runs in a single season still be a record, when on page 555 (2000) the author states that Dave Hansen set a new record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with seven?
p665 - The text refers to "attorney Frank Shea." His name is correctly given as "William A. Shea" on page 670.
p727 - Yogi Berra became manager of the Mets in 1972, not 1971. Gil Hodges died during spring training of 1972 (see p581).
p752 - "1908" should be "1980."
p780 - In 1935, Cochrane lead the Tigers to their first-ever World Series victory, not their first-ever World Series.
p826 - Gavvy Cravath lead the NL in home runs six times, not the AL.
p1018 - Christy Mathewson did not prompt the creation of Ladies' Day. Ladies' Days were instituted as early as 1883.
p1030 - If Andrew Freeman purchased the Giants in 1895 (see p1026), how could Ward have retired in 1894 after growing weary of dealing with the principal owner of the Giants, Andrew Freeman?
p1114 (1977) - Doug Ault hit 15 more home runs after that opening day game. I have no idea where the reference to his hitting only two more home runs that season came from.
p1114 (1985) - On 5/23/85, Dennis Lamp picked up a win after pitching but 1/3 of an inning in relief. He also had wins after appearing 1 1/3 and 1 2/3 innings. Even if the latter two are considered "long relief", given the 5/23 win, Lamp did not win all his games in long relief appearances.
p1129 - The author states that George Bell was made the team's DH in 1988 because of his failing knees. Bell played 149 games in the outfield that year, and only seven as DH. In 1989, he played 134 games in the outfield, and 19 as DH. In 1990, the split was 103/36 in favor of the outfield. Bell didn't become a DH until 1992. The chart on page 1119 shows Bell as the team's primary LF in 1988-1990.