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Tom Schott


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I will deal with the major leagues only from 19th century to present. I`m good on baseball history, records, statistics, ballparks. I don't do off-the-field stuff. Please if you already know the answer to the question, please don't ask it. I don't want to play "stump the expert."

Experience in the area

I've written on the subject, and I have substantial library of resources.




Numerous encyclopedia, newspaper, magazine articles. One book, several book chapters.


Ph.D. in American history.

Awards and Honors

Bevy of writing awards.

What do you like about this subject?

Records and statistics.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There's always more to learn. Just about every facet of the game on the field and its history interest me, and I'd like to increase my knowledge there. One of these days I'd like to write a book about baseball, if I can ever decide on a topic that's not worn out.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I uncovered evidence when I was writing my biography of him that Alexander H. Stephens, the future vice-president of the Confederate States, played a version of rounders or town ball (predecessors to baseball) when he taught school in 1832.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Every innovation in the game since the DH has been bad for it. Inter-league play, 4- and 5-team divisions, WS opening venue decided by All Star winner, and especially WILD CARD teams in World Series playoffs are abominations. Bud Selig will go directly to hell for these things.

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Recent Answers from Tom Schott

2016-08-25 The Relief Pitcher role:

Hi, Jim,    There have been numerous post-seasons where a manager used a pitcher both as a front-line starter and as a bull pen guy. But none that I can think of that meet your criterion as being turned

2015-04-30 11-inning game score:

Hello, Chuck,    Good question. As far as I can tell, the record for runs after a scoreless nine innings is 10. It was in a game played on May 15, 1919 between Cincinnati and Brooklyn. Here is the box

2014-10-02 ERA rules in mlb:

Craig,    The outing does affect his ERA for the season and his career because that earned run is still going to be charged to him in his totals. gives the pitcher's ERA as "inf"

2014-10-02 ERA rules in mlb:

Craig,      Right, he gets credit for no innings pitched. Since the formula for ERA is  (Earned runs/innings pitched) x 9, his ERA for this outing is mathematically: 0.00. But in actuality, his pitcher

2013-09-10 record crowd:

Hi, Thomas,    This information is easily obtained on the Net. The largest crowd ever to see a regular season game was in the LA Colesium: 78,692. The article also talks about World Series crowds and exhibition


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