Title

Branch Rickey’s Equation Fifty Years Later

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

7-1-2005

CFDP Number

1529

CFDP Revision Date

2007-01-01

CFDP Pages

13

Abstract

This paper analyzes Branch Rickey’s 1954 equation in a regression context. The results for 1934–1953 are consistent with Rickey’s conclusions, and the equation holds up well when extended 51 years. Two of the main conclusions are that on-base percentage dominates batting average and that offense and defense are equally important. Perhaps Rickey was as good as he thought he was?

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