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And in 1913, he returned to the Athletics and played little for ﬁve more years. Davis, 44, retired in 1917. Davis had impressive battle ribbons indicating his prominent offensive skills as a power hitter. Additionally, from 1905 through 1909, he stole 20 or more bases per season. Speed was another of his many talents. His BA was slightly below the average of this elite group but he had the highest SA and the second highest PAB. A good contact hitter with power and speed boasts the array of talents which, when they jell, can produce great production years.
Catchers — Analysis, 1901–1919 With apologies to fans who follow baseball closely, it’s useful to inform those who love the game as much, but study it less, that in developing a sample for catchers, screening levels used for other ﬁelding positions were not fair or useful. The man behind the mask is special. The unique physical strains associated with his job reduce games played per season and shorten his career. The judgment was made that using a specially designed durability factor (ﬁve or more seasons with at least 300 ABs) would provide a more meaningful sample — one more reﬂective of baseball managers’ attitudes about player quality and value and, to be practical, one that would result in a sample of reasonable size.
He was 37 when he retired in 1917. 974 — not great but good. He handled pitchers like Christy Mathewson (HOF) and Rube Marquard (HOF), and he appeared effectively with such men in four World Series, a fact that perhaps says as much or more about his skills as a catcher than any defensive statistic does. It isn’t surprising to ﬁnd that Meyers had the best offensive year of the group. He was its best contact hitter; he had long ball power, and he was a tough strikeout. His weakness as an offensive threat was speed — he was slow.