New book tracks baseball performance, decade by decade, from 1920s to 2000s.
"Baseball's Best Decade" by Carroll Conklin compares the pitching and hitting performances of individuals, teams and leagues for each decade from the 1920s to the 2000s. The 212-page book throws statistical light on the matter of which decade produced the best baseball.
Baseball's Best Decade brings an entirely new perspective on the way baseball has been played since the 1920s, how the game has changed, and which decade best qualifies as baseball's "golden age."
"This isn't based on sabermetrics, but on good, old-fashioned baseball stats," the author explains. "It's not baseball analysis for math majors, but for lovers of the game who would like to know how performances evolved on a decade-by-decade basis."
Why measure performance by decade? According to Conklin, "Measuring baseball accomplishments by the decade weeds out the one-shot wonders. It makes time an essential element of greatness in a sport where time means nothing. Where doing the right thing, over and over and over, creates pennant winners and Hall of Famers."
Readers will see at a glance how hitters and pitchers stack up against each other from one decade to the next, and how performances reflect the most dramatic changes in the game over the past 90 years - from Babe Ruth's fence-busting bat to the integration of the major leagues to the rise of the relief specialist to the designated hitter.
And baseball's best decade? Conklin states unequivocally that "Great pitchers and great hitters … no other decade brought that combination together the way the 1960s did."
But Conklin says, "The numbers now are available, so readers can make their own decisions."
Pricing and Availability
Title: Baseball's Best Decade
Subtitle: A Decade-By-Decade Comparison: 1920s-2000s
Author: Carroll Conklin
Publisher: Bright Stone Press
Baseball's Best Decade is available from Amazon.com now for only $14.99 US (softcover edition). A Kindle version is available for $9.99 US.