Cap Anson

Image above: Cap Anson played for the Rockford Forest Citys in his rookie year, 1871, when he was 19 years old. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. Courtesy Library of Congress.

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Best Seasons Ever

1871-Current (Regular Season). Batting and Pitching.
Rockford played in the National Association for one season, 1871.


Rank Last Name First Year Team Lg HR RBI Ave. Age PEVA
1 Anson Cap 1871 RC1 NA 0 16 0.325 19 5.003
2 Stires Gat 1871 RC1 NA 2 24 0.273 22 3.837
3 Hastings Scott 1871 RC1 NA 0 20 0.254 24 3.285
4 Mack Denny 1871 RC1 NA 0 17 0.246 20 2.652
5 Addy Bob 1871 RC1 NA 0 13 0.271 26 2.182

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Rank Last Name First Year Team Lg W L SV IP ERA Age PEVA
1 Fisher Cherokee 1871 RC1 NA 4 16 0 213.0 4.35 26 2.834
2 Mack Denny 1871 RC1 NA 0 1 0 13.0 3.46 20 0.200
  • What is PEVA?

    PEVA is the acronym for Stat Geek Baseball's New Player Rating value. This grade is given to each player and pitcher each season, rating their performance on a peer to peer review. Six components for pitchers and batters are melded together into the PEVA Rating, which ranges each year from 0.200 to 64.000. For more information on PEVA and the other new Stat Geek Baseball Stats, see our Definitions page. PEVA ratings are available for every pitcher and hitter in baseball history.

    PEVA Scale

    64.000 - Maximum
    32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
    20.000 - All League
    15.000 - All-Star Level
    10.000 - Very Good
    3.500 - Average
    0.200 - Minimum

Notes: AA = American Association, PCL = Pacific Coast League, FL = Federal League, NA = National Association, PL = Player's League, UA = Union Association, NL = National League, AL = American League. Player PEVA for player with Multiple Teams in one season have been adjusted by percentage of use.

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