Hi Bill - Clarke's numbers, and more notably Cap Anson's, were adjusted by
the editors of the McMillan Baseball Encyclopedia based on some really
sloppy practices after David Neft was no longer in charge. This mess is
described in Alan Schwarz's The Numbers Game on p158-161. I'll work on
getting the good folk at BaseballLibrary.com to update their bio.
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Subject: [baseball-databank] Fred Clarke hit .406 in 1897?
I think this has been brought up in the past but I can't find it for
the life of me. The Hall of Fame website, Baseballlibrary.com and a
few other places say that HOF'er Fred Clarke hit .406 in 1897.
Baseball-reference.com, MLB.com and many other places disagree,
putting Clarke's 1897 average closer to .390. Does anyone know the
story behind this discrepancy? Didn't someone write an article
somewhere on this topic? The difference was significant since it's
the only season that Clarke allegedly hit .400+
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