Slugging Stat Arrives in Early Form

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Date Saturday, December 4, 1869
Location NYC, NY, United States

“Average total bases on hits to a game” first appears in the New York Clipper on December 4, 1869.  It would continue to be used in 1870 and 1871 before falling out of favor. Slugging average—total bases on hits per at-bat—would be adopted by the National League in 1923 as one of two averages, along with batting average, tracked by the official statistician.


New York Clipper (New York City, NY), 4 December 1869: p. 277. 

Submitted by Colin Dew-Becker
Submission Note 9/15/2014


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