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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Williams v. DiMaggio on the road against the six other teams, Part 2.

See previous post:
Williams v. DiMaggio on the road against the six other teams. Sunday, May 22, 2011

Also, see the support data.

In my devilishly clever comparison, I isolated batting stats, eliminating the need for ball park factor.  Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio are compared season by season by their road numbers in the six other American League parks.  On Base Plus Slugging (OPS) is sufficient.  No need for OPS+, which takes into account park and season.

For the ten seasons (1939-1942, 1946-1951) Williams kicks DiMaggio's ass:

OBP .469 .416
SLG .617 .605
OPS 1.086 1.021

However, as mentioned in the previous post for the 1941 season, DiMaggio beats Williams in batting average (BA): .335 .333.  Odd.

It was a good exercise.  I never really trusted OPS+ to properly differentiate these two.  Now I know based on hard understandable numbers.

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