Did Albert Pugols pass Eddie Collins in the hits?

Albert Pujols overtook Eddie Collins for 10th place in the career hits list when he went 2-4 in a 4-0 loss to Wednesday. Or to Collins. Or maybe he was still short. It all depended on where you were looking.

One thing is clear: Pugols, who is fully enjoying his farewell tour with the Cardinals of St. Louis, received 3314 hits as he entered Thursday afternoon’s match. As for Collins, who played for Athletic in Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox from 1906 to 1930, his hits are increasingly vague.

The good news? There is an official sum of Collins. The bad news? Fans find it hard to find. And the differences remind you that baseball statistics are conceived, but there is more variation in them than many guess, mainly because of a predictable factor: human error.

Baseball Reference, a typical first stop for people looking for such a number, says Collins finished his career with 3,315 hits – one more than Pugols, as of Thursday morning. MLB.com’s record, which matches the old Total Baseball Encyclopedia, challenged Collins to Pugols 3314. Elias Sports Bureau, who is the official statistician for baseball and its clubs, had 3,313.

Elias’s number is official – hence St. Louis celebrates this success on Wednesday – but because Elias does not have a search engine, the entire number is covered by fans and journalists who do their own research.

The Baseball Reference, which collects its statistics from multiple sources, often differs from Elijah’s official numbers, but both agree on a total of Collins hitting in 24 of its 25 seasons. Where they differ in 1920: Elias attributes it to 222 hits that year, while his baseball reference has 224. (Anyway, that was Collins’s one-season career.)

The difference, as noted in the past by Alan Schwartz and others, is explained in a study by Retrosheet, an archive of all scores since 1906. In Ortauri on September 4, 1920, the official record book is on Collins 0 3. In the second game. But the box scores from that time indicate he was actually towards 2 4. Retrosheet attributes the error to a “swap” in which one player’s sums are randomly written to another. As of Thursday morning, the accuracy of this box score was the difference between being in 10th or 11th place on Collins’s career list.

There seems to be no easy explanation for the fact that MLB.com gave Collins 10 hits from 1906 to 1907, while Baseball Reference and Elias attributed it to 11.

Potential errors in statistics as prominent as Hall of Fame totality may seem like a correction to something Elijah wanted to correct, but it is understandable why the company does not want to delve too deeply into controversial figures in the first few decades. 20th Century: In Collins’ career alone, the Retrosheet found that he thought there was a discrepancy between the 173 box points. Use it on all the players of that era and most likely it will be thousands of revisions, the points in the newspaper box in each will be a little more as evidence.

The Pujols can make things easier by collecting two more hits and passing Collins on each list. If he takes the fire and scores another 122 hits this season – very unlikely given his age and role – he could start a new debate over whether he has more hits than Cap Anson.

Ansson, the Hall of Fame that famously helped create the baseball color line, has 3,012 hits on most accounts, but it took another 423 hits in 1968, when the MLB Special Records Committee ruled that the National Association was not the major league – it was a decision. According to many baseball historians, this was a mistake.

If these hits ever recover, Anson will reach seventh on the list and go down the Hall of Fame parade by one point.

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