Challenging Nostalgia and Performance Metrics in Baseball

  title={Challenging Nostalgia and Performance Metrics in Baseball},
  author={Daniel J. Eck},
  pages={16 - 25}
We show that the great baseball players that started their careers before 1950 are overrepresented among rankings of baseball's all time greatest players. The year 1950 coincides with the decennial US Census that is closest to when Major League Baseball (MLB) was integrated in 1947. We also show that performance metrics used to compare players have substantial era biases that favor players who started their careers before 1950. In showing that the these players are overrepresented, no… 
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