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Tavish wrote:You can almost split eras at the decades and get pretty close. A more accurate dates here you go:
Basically the game before the 1900's was a very different game than the modern game. Pitchers throwing underhand, the 50 foot distance between the mound and homeplate, fouls didn't count as strikes, etc.
1900-1920 is considered the start of the Modern Era and more specifically the Deadball Era where small ball ruled the game due to the pitchers being able to use the spitter and mudball.
1920-1962 was the Golden Age of baseball or the First Lively Ball era. Scoring was at its highest point and teams began to fill up with sluggers.
1963 - 1969 The second dead ball era. The strike zone was expanded and pitchers dominated the scene.
1970 - 1990 The Expansion Era. Mound was lowered and strike zone shrunk giving more power back to the hitters. The league expanded and free agency came into power. Also the modern bullpen usage developed and the 5 man rotation came to be standard.
1991 - present The second Lively Ball Era or possibly the Steroid Era.
I would re-number this era as 1893-1919. Nothing happened in 1900 that was significant (rules changes). The mound was pushed back to 60'6" in 1893 and Babe Ruth had his first big year in 1920. Actually, Ruth had 29 HRs in 1919 but Fenway was huge back then. Ruth only hit 9 HRs at home but 20 on the road. given a neutral ballpark it is likely Ruth would have hit 35-45 HRs in 1919.
Rkiivs wrote:Hmmm, no era of integration? I've heard 1947-1960 mentioned before. It changed the face of baseball and led to the demise of the Negro Leagues.
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