Clipping:Scoring slugging percentage

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Date Wednesday, May 4, 1887
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[from Frank Brunell's column] I find that the usually clear-headed St. Louis Post-Dispatch man is urging the idea of computing batting averages on total bases, instead of first bases. I trust that he will see his error. There are some men in “der Browns” who can point it out to him. Al Bushong or Comiskey for instance. It isn't an original idea. I have seen it spring up and retire half a dozen times, and it really does possess a deceptive aspect. But its a fallacy, sure, when viewed in the light of team, and not individual, work. The batting records of ten years will show the light hitters to be surer than the men who each time go to the bat to strike out or put the ball out of the lot. They make all or nothing—generally the latter.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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