Baseball’s Best Decade takes you on a whirlwind tour of baseball from the 1920s through the 2000s.
You’ll see at a glance how hitters and pitchers stack up against each other from one decade to the next, and how changes in the game – from Babe Ruth’s fence-busting bat to the rise of the relief specialist to the designated hitter – have made performance comparisons from one era to the next more challenging … and, with the right statistical insights, absolutely fascinating.
An “Inside” on Baseball You Won’t Find Anywhere Else!
Baseball’s Best Decade offers statistics and highlights that bring an entirely new perspective on the way baseball was played from the 1920s through the 2000s, how the game evolved, and which decade was truly baseball’s “golden age.”
This isn’t sabermetrics. It’s good, old-fashioned baseball stats.
Hitting, home runs, RBIs, slugging, pitching wins, strikeouts and ERA – compiled on a decade’s-long perspective
It’s not baseball analysis for math majors, but for lovers of the game who want to know how performances evolved on a decade-by-decade basis.
Baseball’s Best Decade throws some statistical light on the matter of which decade best qualifies as baseball’s real golden age, comparing the pitching and hitting performances of individuals, teams and leagues for each decade from the 1920s to the 2000s.
You’ll re-live the accomplishments of:
The best hitters of each decade:
Rogers Hornsby, Bill Terry, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn and Albert Pujols.
The winningest pitchers of each decade:
Burleigh Grimes, Lefty Grove, Hal Newhouser, Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer, Jack Morris, Greg Maddux and Andy Pettitte.
The best home run hitters of each decade:
Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Duke Snider, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez.
The best strikeout pitchers of each decade:
Dazzy Vance, Lefty Gomez, Hal Newhouser, Early Wynn, Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Javier Vasquez.
The best sluggers of each decade:
Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.
The best decade-long ERAs:
Grover Alexander, Carl Hubbell, Spud Chandler, Whitey Ford, Sandy Koufax, Jim Palmer, Dwight Gooden, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez.
And more …
Compare baseball’s all-time greatest hitters – for average and for power – decade by decade.
When you do, you’ll encounter …
The first baseman who hit .340 or better 4 times during the 1930s … yet won only one batting title. (Page 17)
The American League club that hit .316 as a team in 1921 and hit .300 or better 4 times during the 1920s. (Hint: It wasn’t the New York Yankees. They never led the AL in team batting during the 1920s.) (Page 31)
The 3 hitters who topped Babe Ruth’s Babe Ruth .376 batting average in his first year as a New York Yankee. (Page 40)
The first player to hit more than 400 home runs in a single decade after the 1930s. (Page 57)
The two players who hit home runs in the same game an incredible 75 times – more than Ruth/Gehrig and Mays/McCovey. (Page 54)
The Yankee who drove in more runs during the 1950s than any other American Leaguer … but never led the league in RBIs. (Page 73)
The only team to have 5 different 100-RBI hitters during a single season. (Page 81)
Compare the pitchers who led in victories, strikeouts and ERA – decade by decade – from the 1920s through the 2000s.
Aces can be found in every decade, but do you know …
Which hurler won more games in a decade than any pitcher since 1920, and more games in his career than any pitcher who’s pitched since 1930? (Page 115)
How the emergence of the relief specialist starting in the 1960s has effectively lowered batting averages while raising ERAs? (Page 117)
Why the performance statistics for today’s starting pitchers can’t match up to their 1960s counterparts? (Page 120)
The one record shared by Cy Young and Greg Maddux? (Page 125)
Which decade produced the most 300-game winners? (Page 131)
Which American League team produced the league’s strikeout leader 12 times in the 20-year span from 1938 to 1957? (Page 137)
Which pitcher struck out more batters in a single decade than Hall of Famers Warren Spahn, Bob Feller and Christy Mathewson did in their careers? (Page 143)
Which pitcher was the first in major league history to win 5 consecutive ERA titles? (Page 166)
Baseball’s Best Decade is the only source that compares combined major league performances on a decade-by-decade basis.
It’s the one measure for really comparing the quality of baseball played in each decade. And it’s the only approach that reveals …
In which decade major league teams averaged nearly 10 runs per game combined. (A case of great hitters, or mediocre pitchers?) (Page 191)
Why winning a batting championship in the 1920s required you to hit better than .390 for the season. (Page 194)
That the major leagues produced more .300 hitters in the 1990s than they did in the 1950s and 1960s combined. (Page 195)
That major league earned-run averages were lowest in the 1960s, and highest in the 2000s. (Page 198)
That major league hitters in the 2000s struck more than twice as often as hitters in the 1920s. (Page 202)
Which era did produce the best major league baseball?
Don’t get caught in that argument without the information available only in Baseball’s Best Decade.
Which decade did produce baseball’s real golden age? The answers are finally available. And they’ll surprise you.
Read this fact-packed 212-page book. Then you decide.
Enjoy the memories.
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