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Negro American League Batting Leaders

Wins Above Replacement--all
1. LaMarqueKCM 4.1
2. BrownKCM 2.5
3. NewberryBBB 2.3
4. PowellBBB 2.1
5. ThompsonKCM 2.1
6. WilsonBBB 2.1
7. DavisBBB 1.7
8. SmithKCM 1.5
9. ClarkeCBE 1.3
10. SteeleBBB 1.2
WAR Position Players
1. BrownKCM 2.5
2. ThompsonKCM 2.1
3. WilsonBBB 2.1
4. DavisBBB 1.7
5. SteeleBBB 1.2
6. BoydMRS 1.2
7. HairstonIC 0.9
8. LaMarqueKCM 0.7
9. StrongIC 0.7
10. TabornKCM 0.6
ScottKCM 0.6
Offensive WAR
1. BrownKCM 2.6
2. WilsonBBB 2.0
3. ThompsonKCM 1.8
4. SteeleBBB 1.3
5. BoydMRS 1.2
6. DavisBBB 1.2
7. HairstonIC 0.9
8. LaMarqueKCM 0.7
9. BakerKCM 0.7
10. RenfroeCBE 0.6
Defensive WAR
1. DavisBBB 0.6
2. ReynoldsCBE 0.5
3. MerchantIC 0.3
SouellKCM 0.3
5. StrongIC 0.3
6. TabornKCM 0.2
7. TrouppeCAG 0.2
WilsonBBB 0.2
9. PérezIC 0.2
10. ScottMRS 0.2
Batting Average
1. WilsonBBB .437
2. BrownKCM .404
3. DavisBBB .385
4. HairstonIC .357
5. SteeleBBB .354
6. ThompsonKCM .344
7. NeilIC .319
8. GraceCBE .313
9. CooperKCM .302
10. WareCBE .300
On-Base%
1. WilsonBBB .507
2. SteeleBBB .480
3. BrownKCM .476
4. DavisBBB .439
5. ThompsonKCM .437
6. HairstonIC .429
7. ScottKCM .402
8. CooperKCM .396
9. ScottBBB .379
10. TabornKCM .372
Slugging %
1. BrownKCM .669
2. WilsonBBB .613
3. ThompsonKCM .558
4. SteeleBBB .556
5. DavisBBB .529
6. NeilIC .468
7. BakerKCM .444
8. HairstonIC .438
9. HowardKCM .425
10. ScottBBB .419
On-Base Plus Slugging
1. BrownKCM 1.145
2. WilsonBBB 1.121
3. SteeleBBB 1.035
4. ThompsonKCM .995
5. DavisBBB .967
6. HairstonIC .866
7. NeilIC .828
8. ScottBBB .797
9. ScottKCM .796
10. CooperKCM .782
Games Played
1. ThompsonKCM 44
BrownKCM 44
3. BakerKCM 43
SouellKCM 43
RobertsKCM 43
6. TabornKCM 41
7. ScottKCM 32
8. HairstonIC 30
9. SteeleBBB 29
BrittonBBB 29
RobinsonBBB 29
WilsonBBB 29
At Bats
1. SouellKCM 182
2. BakerKCM 169
3. RobertsKCM 168
4. BrownKCM 166
5. ThompsonKCM 163
6. TabornKCM 136
7. BrittonBBB 126
8. WilsonBBB 119
9. RobinsonBBB 112
HairstonIC 112
Plate Appearances
1. SouellKCM 197
2. ThompsonKCM 192
3. BrownKCM 189
4. BakerKCM 187
5. RobertsKCM 184
6. TabornKCM 158
7. WilsonBBB 136
8. BrittonBBB 134
9. HairstonIC 127
10. ScottKCM 123
SteeleBBB 123
RobinsonBBB 123
Runs Scored
1. ThompsonKCM 48
2. BrownKCM 40
3. BakerKCM 37
SouellKCM 37
5. WilsonBBB 31
6. SteeleBBB 27
7. RobertsKCM 24
HairstonIC 24
9. DavisBBB 23
10. ScottKCM 22
Hits
1. BrownKCM 67
2. ThompsonKCM 56
3. WilsonBBB 52
4. SouellKCM 50
5. BakerKCM 44
6. HairstonIC 40
DavisBBB 40
8. RobertsKCM 39
9. TabornKCM 38
10. SteeleBBB 35
Total Bases
1. BrownKCM 111
2. ThompsonKCM 91
3. BakerKCM 75
4. WilsonBBB 73
5. SouellKCM 68
6. SteeleBBB 55
DavisBBB 55
8. RobertsKCM 50
9. HairstonIC 49
10. TabornKCM 46
Doubles
1. BrownKCM 22
2. ThompsonKCM 13
3. RobertsKCM 9
4. BakerKCM 8
TabornKCM 8
DavisBBB 8
7. WilsonBBB 7
SouellKCM 7
BoydMRS 7
10. NeilIC 6
BrittonBBB 6
ZappBBB 6
Triples
1. WilsonBBB 7
BakerKCM 7
3. ThompsonKCM 5
4. SouellKCM 4
5. RobinsonBBB 3
CooperKCM 3
HydeMRS 3
SteeleBBB 3
9. ColásMRS 2
ScottBBB 2
MilesCAG 2
MinorCBE 2
RenfroeCBE 2
WareCBE 2
BrownKCM 2
HowardKCM 2
DavisBBB 2
GraceCBE 2
MesaIC 2
Home Runs
1. BrownKCM 6
2. ThompsonKCM 4
3. SteeleBBB 3
BakerKCM 3
5. GreeneCBE 2
NeilIC 2
ScottBBB 2
ZappBBB 2
MilesCAG 2
10. BoydMRS 1
RodríguezCAG 1
HairstonIC 1
HowardKCM 1
LaMarqueKCM 1
ScottKCM 1
DavisBBB 1
JethroeCBE 1
RobinsonMRS 1
VaronaMRS 1
SouellKCM 1
HarrisCBE 1
McNealCAG 1
PerryBBB 1
ColásMRS 1
CabreraIC 1
SmithCBE 1
PendletonCAG 1
McCurineCAG 1
BassettBBB 1
Runs Batted In
1. BrownKCM 53
2. ThompsonKCM 27
3. BakerKCM 26
4. ScottKCM 22
5. TabornKCM 21
6. RobinsonBBB 20
7. BrittonBBB 19
8. WilsonBBB 18
SteeleBBB 18
DavisBBB 18
Bases on Balls
1. ThompsonKCM 25
2. BrownKCM 22
3. TabornKCM 20
4. SteeleBBB 19
5. ScottKCM 16
6. WilsonBBB 15
7. CooperKCM 14
ScottBBB 14
BakerKCM 14
RobertsKCM 14
SouellKCM 14
HairstonIC 14
Stolen Bases
1. ThompsonKCM 11
2. SteeleBBB 7
BrownKCM 7
ScottKCM 7
5. WilsonBBB 6
SouellKCM 6
7. BakerKCM 5
RobertsKCM 5
BoydMRS 5
DavisBBB 5
JethroeCBE 5
Singles
1. WilsonBBB 38
SouellKCM 38
3. BrownKCM 37
4. HairstonIC 34
ThompsonKCM 34
6. TabornKCM 30
7. RobertsKCM 29
DavisBBB 29
9. BakerKCM 26
10. CooperKCM 24
BrittonBBB 24
SteeleBBB 24
ScottKCM 24
Adjusted OPS+
1. BrownKCM 205
2. WilsonBBB 200
3. SteeleBBB 177
4. ThompsonKCM 166
5. DavisBBB 159
6. HairstonIC 133
7. NeilIC 121
8. ScottKCM 114
9. ScottBBB 114
10. CooperKCM 111
Runs Created
1. BrownKCM 53
2. ThompsonKCM 39
3. WilsonBBB 37
4. BoydMRS 25
SteeleBBB 25
6. BakerKCM 24
7. DavisBBB 23
8. SouellKCM 22
9. HairstonIC 21
10. TabornKCM 17
Adj. Batting Runs
1. BrownKCM 26
2. WilsonBBB 17
3. ThompsonKCM 16
4. BoydMRS 13
5. SteeleBBB 12
6. DavisBBB 9
7. HairstonIC 6
8. ColásMRS 5
9. LaMarqueKCM 4
10. TrouppeCAG 4
Adj. Batting Wins
1. BrownKCM 2.4
2. WilsonBBB 1.6
3. ThompsonKCM 1.5
4. BoydMRS 1.2
5. SteeleBBB 1.1
6. DavisBBB 0.8
7. HairstonIC 0.5
8. ColásMRS 0.5
9. LaMarqueKCM 0.4
10. TrouppeCAG 0.3
Extra Base Hits
1. BrownKCM 30
2. ThompsonKCM 22
3. BakerKCM 18
4. WilsonBBB 14
5. SouellKCM 12
6. SteeleBBB 11
DavisBBB 11
8. RobertsKCM 10
9. NeilIC 9
BoydMRS 9
Times On Base
1. BrownKCM 90
2. ThompsonKCM 83
3. WilsonBBB 69
4. SouellKCM 65
5. SteeleBBB 59
6. BakerKCM 58
TabornKCM 58
8. HairstonIC 54
9. RobertsKCM 53
10. DavisBBB 50
Offensive Win %
1. WilsonBBB .875
2. BrownKCM .869
3. SteeleBBB .788
4. DavisBBB .761
5. ThompsonKCM .760
6. HairstonIC .679
7. NeilIC .609
8. ScottKCM .556
9. ScottBBB .521
10. CooperKCM .515
Hit By Pitch
1. SteeleBBB 5
2. ScottBBB 3
KellmanCBE 3
DavisBBB 3
JethroeCBE 3
6. NewberryBBB 2
WilsonBBB 2
HarrisCBE 2
BrittonBBB 2
RodríguezCAG 2
PiggIC 2
ScottKCM 2
ThompsonKCM 2
Sacrifice Hits
1. CooperKCM 4
TatumIC 4
BakerKCM 4
4. BrittonBBB 3
RenfroeCBE 3
MerchantIC 3
7. NewberryBBB 2
RobinsonBBB 2
WilliamsBBB 2
NeilIC 2
BellBBB 2
RobertsKCM 2
FerrerIC 2
LaMarqueKCM 2
TabornKCM 2
GraceCBE 2
ThompsonKCM 2
Power-Speed #
1. BrownKCM 6.5
2. ThompsonKCM 5.9
3. SteeleBBB 4.2
4. BakerKCM 3.8
5. ScottKCM 1.8
6. SouellKCM 1.7
7. BoydMRS 1.7
JethroeCBE 1.7
DavisBBB 1.7
10. HairstonIC 1.6
AB per HR
1. BrownKCM 27.7
2. SteeleBBB 33.0
3. ThompsonKCM 40.8
4. ScottBBB 43.0
5. NeilIC 47.0
6. BakerKCM 56.3
7. HowardKCM 73.0
8. DavisBBB 104.0
ScottKCM 104.0
10. HairstonIC 112.0
Outs Made
1. SouellKCM 132
2. RobertsKCM 131
3. BakerKCM 129
4. ThompsonKCM 109
5. TabornKCM 100
6. BrownKCM 99
7. BrittonBBB 98
8. RobinsonBBB 86
9. FerrerIC 76
10. ScottKCM 74

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