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Cover of: Backstop | William McNeil

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a history of the catcher and a sabermetric ranking of 50 all-time greats
William F. McNeil ; foreword by Pete Palmer.

Published 2006 by McFarland & Co. in Jefferson, N.C .
Written in English.

About the Book

"In Part I the history of catching and catchers is discussed. Part II, the author employs sabermetric formulas to rank the 50 greatest catchers since 1920. Also included is a chapter on catchers of the 19th century, deadball era, and Negro Leagues, whose career statistics are either incomplete, inaccurate, or produced under different playing conditions and rules"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Meet the candidates
The catcher-baseball's quarterback
Great catchers who are out of the loop
From Hartnett to Lombardi-1920 to 1940
Baseball's golden age-1940 to 1960
Johnny Bench and the modern catcher-1960 to 1980
Piazza and the big sluggers-1980 to 2000
A statistical analysis of baseball's greatest catchers
Sabermetrics-devising a statistical system for comparing catchers
The game's best-hitting catcher
The number one defensive catcher of all time
Baseball's greatest all-around catcher.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statistics., Biography.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
GV872 .M35 2006

The Physical Object

p. cm.

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