DiMaggio's hitting streak. Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Ted Williams had a batting average (BA) of .406 in 1941. It is not a record for average stats that qualify for leading the league but it is the most recent and probably last .400 BA. Williams' data in baseball-reference.com is missing 84 of his plate appearances (PA).
What the heck, you ask? Some background and perspective:
Joe DiMaggio, 26 home runs (361-335) have left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Monday, July 15, 2019
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Years Event Type
1941 to 1941 Plate Appearances Get Results
Ted Williams: 522 Plate Appearances in 1941
522 Plate Appearances (PA) v. 606. That's a difference of 84 PA.
The is no indication of which games are missing in the resulting list. Maybe we can figure out some of them. Let's look at the Home Run Log for Ted Williams. It contains all 521 of his career home runs and we can look at those for 1941.
First let's run Event Finder for 1941 but for the default of Home Runs instead of Plate Appearances.
Here's what we get:
Ted Williams: 29 Home Runs in 1941
But with this additional caveat:
The home runs listed here are only for games we have play-by-play data (100% complete from 1974-present). Prior to 1974, our home run log for this player may have additional data.
That's 29 v. 37 home runs in 1941 for Ted Williams. If we click home run log for this player into another browser tab we get:
Summary of 521 Home Runs
If we cruise down to 1941 we see all 37 Ted Williams home runs. All have:
They also have inning, RBI, Pos.
Since we're suspicious that some are from games with incomplete play-by-play data we see that some are missing: score, out, ROB, WPA, bWE, Notes.
The first such entry for the Ted Williams Home Run Log:
|1941-06-12 (2)||BOS||@||SLB||Johnny Niggeling|
The Event Finder has:
|1941-06-17 (1)||BOS||DET||Bud Thomas|
So sure enough, that home run is in a game that is completely missing in the Event Finder list. But what about PA which did not result in Ted Williams hitting a home run? We have no idea about them.
Batting Finders & Advanced Stats
Let's limit that to 1941:
Sorting the list of 1941 pitchers faced by Ted Williams by home runs shows a bunch who did not give up any home runs to Williams. One is Alex Carrasquel: 3 PA, 0 for 2, plus a BB.
If we click that link we get all career PA between the two. Or do we?
Batter vs. Pitcher Data is complete back to 1974 and mostly complete back to 1925. Data runs from 1925 to 2019 for regular season data, 1933-Present for the All-Star Game, and 1903-Present for the Postseason.
Only one game in 1941:
|8||1941||reg||1941-08-15||BOS||WSH||tied 0-0||t1||12-||1||Popfly: Unknown out on play|
But wait. In the Home Run Log for Williams:
|1941-09-01 (1)||BOS||WSH||Alex Carrasquel|
|1941-09-01 (1)||BOS||WSH||Bill Zuber|
If we click that date:
Venue: Fenway Park
Game Duration: 2:47
Day Game, on grass
First game of doubleheader
Red Sox 13, Senators 9HR: Ted Williams 2 (33).
|Bill Zuber, L (2-4)||2.1||5||6||6||1||1||1||5.90||13|
Williams hit two home runs. The Washington pitchers Carrasquel and Zuber allowed one home run each. But there is no play-by-play.
Let's look for the game in retrosheet.org.
The 1941 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log
Boston Red Sox 13, Washington Senators 9 (1)
Game Played on Monday, September 1, 1941 (D) at Fenway Park
Play by play events deduced from newspaper accounts. Fielding credits from
box score event files.
HR: Williams 2 (33,5th inning off Carrasquel 0 on 0 out,8th inning off Zuber
1 on 1 out).
RED SOX 5TH: Williams homered ...RED SOX 8TH: FINNEY BATTED FOR POTTER; Finney walked; DiMaggio struck out; Fox doubled [Finney to third]; Cronin singled to left [Finney scored, Fox scored]; Williams homered [Cronin scored]; Foxx singled; Doerr doubled [Foxx to third]; MASTERSON REPLACED ZUBER (PITCHING); Peacock out on an unknown play; S.Newsome walked; Finney doubled [Foxx scored, Doerr scored, S. Newsome scored]; DiMaggio singled [Finney to third]; Fox out on an unknown play; 7 R, 7 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Senators 9, Red Sox 13.unknown play Ah, that's the reason for the disconnect. Most, but not all, plays are known.Is there a practical way to get the details?The Ted Williams page at retrosheet.org lacks the rich set of options present in baseball-reference.com.retrosheet.org does include Pitcher Matchups Alex Carrasquel is listed ... and with two home runs allowed to Ted Williams.
Ted Williams vs. Alex Carrasquel
baseball-reference.com does show three missG for 1941. We only found the one in which Williams homered off Carrasquel.