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Negro American League Batting Leaders

Wins Above Replacement--all
1. LaMarqueKCM 2.9
2. SmithKCM 2.7
3. BrownKCM 2.1
4. ThompsonKCM 1.9
5. JessupCAG 1.6
6. ClarkeCBE 1.3
7. WilliamsIC 1.2
8. PowellBBB 1.2
9. RichardsonKCM 1.1
10. JethroeCBE 1.1
WAR Position Players
1. BrownKCM 2.1
2. ThompsonKCM 1.9
3. JethroeCBE 1.1
4. TabornKCM 0.9
5. GreeneKCM 0.8
6. RenfroeKCM 0.7
7. ColásMRS 0.7
8. ScottMRS 0.7
SmithCBE 0.7
10. SouellKCM 0.7
Offensive WAR
1. BrownKCM 2.1
2. ThompsonKCM 1.6
3. GreeneKCM 1.0
4. SouellKCM 1.0
5. JethroeCBE 0.8
6. TabornKCM 0.8
7. SmithCBE 0.8
8. RenfroeKCM 0.8
9. HillCAG 0.7
10. SteeleBBB 0.6
Defensive WAR
1. ThompsonKCM 0.5
2. McNealCAG 0.4
3. ColásMRS 0.3
4. RitcheyCAG 0.3
5. HairstonIC 0.2
6. JethroeCBE 0.2
CowanCBE 0.2
8. HandyMRS 0.2
9. RenfroeKCM 0.2
10. WalkerIC 0.2
Batting Average
1. BrownKCM .377
2. WareCBE .359
3. RobertsKCM .352
4. GraceCBE .348
5. JethroeCBE .342
6. SmithCBE .338
7. ThompsonKCM .335
8. SouellKCM .333
9. GreeneKCM .330
10. BostockCAG .329
On-Base%
1. GreeneKCM .476
2. GraceCBE .456
3. WareCBE .432
4. BrownKCM .426
5. RitcheyCAG .420
6. ThompsonKCM .413
7. JethroeCBE .409
8. RenfroeKCM .405
9. SmithCBE .403
10. BostockCAG .393
Slugging %
1. BrownKCM .648
2. SmithCBE .646
3. JethroeCBE .595
4. ThompsonKCM .578
5. RobertsKCM .549
6. WareCBE .526
7. GreeneKCM .504
8. GraceCBE .455
9. O'NeilKCM .447
10. HairstonIC .429
On-Base Plus Slugging
1. BrownKCM 1.074
2. SmithCBE 1.049
3. JethroeCBE 1.004
4. ThompsonKCM .991
5. GreeneKCM .981
6. WareCBE .957
7. RobertsKCM .936
8. GraceCBE .910
9. O'NeilKCM .809
10. RitcheyCAG .802
Games Played
1. ScottKCM 65
2. SouellKCM 61
3. O'NeilKCM 60
4. CooperKCM 54
5. RenfroeKCM 53
6. BrownKCM 48
7. ThompsonKCM 43
8. GreeneKCM 42
9. StrongKCM 41
10. TabornKCM 40
At Bats
1. SouellKCM 255
2. ScottKCM 241
3. O'NeilKCM 217
4. BrownKCM 199
5. RenfroeKCM 174
6. ThompsonKCM 173
7. CooperKCM 164
8. TabornKCM 123
9. LongestCAG 120
10. StrongKCM 116
Plate Appearances
1. SouellKCM 278
2. ScottKCM 260
3. O'NeilKCM 246
4. RenfroeKCM 221
5. BrownKCM 217
6. CooperKCM 198
7. ThompsonKCM 197
8. GreeneKCM 151
9. TabornKCM 143
10. StrongKCM 138
Runs Scored
1. O'NeilKCM 54
2. SouellKCM 52
3. ThompsonKCM 51
4. BrownKCM 42
ScottKCM 42
6. CooperKCM 38
7. RenfroeKCM 33
8. GreeneKCM 30
9. JethroeCBE 24
10. HillCAG 23
Hits
1. SouellKCM 85
2. BrownKCM 75
3. O'NeilKCM 62
ScottKCM 62
5. ThompsonKCM 58
6. RenfroeKCM 49
7. CooperKCM 46
8. LongestCAG 38
GreeneKCM 38
10. TabornKCM 36
Total Bases
1. BrownKCM 129
2. SouellKCM 107
3. ThompsonKCM 100
4. O'NeilKCM 97
5. ScottKCM 90
6. RenfroeKCM 63
7. GreeneKCM 58
8. CooperKCM 55
9. HairstonIC 48
10. JethroeCBE 47
Doubles
1. BrownKCM 22
2. O'NeilKCM 14
3. RenfroeKCM 10
TabornKCM 10
ScottKCM 10
6. HairstonIC 9
7. JethroeCBE 8
ThompsonKCM 8
9. NeilIC 7
WareCBE 7
Triples
1. BrownKCM 7
SouellKCM 7
3. ScottKCM 6
4. ThompsonKCM 5
5. SmithCBE 4
6. TatumIC 3
O'NeilKCM 3
JethroeCBE 3
RobertsKCM 3
DavisBBB 3
ChismBBB 3
Home Runs
1. ThompsonKCM 8
2. BrownKCM 6
3. O'NeilKCM 5
4. GreeneKCM 4
5. SmithCBE 3
6. FormentalMRS 2
MilesCAG 2
StrongKCM 2
JethroeCBE 2
RobertsKCM 2
WareCBE 2
ScottKCM 2
Runs Batted In
1. BrownKCM 64
2. O'NeilKCM 37
3. ThompsonKCM 36
4. SouellKCM 32
5. ScottKCM 27
6. CooperKCM 25
7. GreeneKCM 24
8. RenfroeKCM 20
TabornKCM 20
10. LongestCAG 17
HairstonIC 17
Bases on Balls
1. RenfroeKCM 33
2. GreeneKCM 30
3. CooperKCM 24
O'NeilKCM 24
5. ThompsonKCM 21
6. StrongKCM 20
7. ScottKCM 19
8. SouellKCM 16
BrownKCM 16
10. FormentalMRS 15
Stolen Bases
1. SouellKCM 16
2. O'NeilKCM 15
3. ScottKCM 12
BrownKCM 12
5. JethroeCBE 10
6. ThompsonKCM 7
7. CooperKCM 6
8. GreeneKCM 5
9. BoydMRS 4
10. RenfroeKCM 3
HillCAG 3
RitcheyCAG 3
Singles
1. SouellKCM 72
2. ScottKCM 44
3. BrownKCM 40
O'NeilKCM 40
5. CooperKCM 39
6. RenfroeKCM 37
ThompsonKCM 37
8. LongestCAG 32
9. GreeneKCM 27
10. TabornKCM 26
Adjusted OPS+
1. BrownKCM 186
2. SmithCBE 179
3. JethroeCBE 168
4. ThompsonKCM 165
5. GreeneKCM 163
6. WareCBE 156
7. RobertsKCM 150
8. GraceCBE 144
9. O'NeilKCM 116
10. RitcheyCAG 116
Runs Created
1. BrownKCM 55
2. ThompsonKCM 41
3. SouellKCM 40
4. O'NeilKCM 35
5. ScottKCM 28
6. GreeneKCM 27
7. RenfroeKCM 25
8. CooperKCM 20
9. JethroeCBE 19
10. SmithCBE 17
WareCBE 17
HairstonIC 17
TabornKCM 17
Adj. Batting Runs
1. BrownKCM 23
2. ThompsonKCM 15
3. GreeneKCM 13
4. JethroeCBE 7
5. WareCBE 7
6. SmithCBE 6
7. ScottMRS 6
8. GraceCBE 5
9. O'NeilKCM 5
10. SteeleBBB 5
Adj. Batting Wins
1. BrownKCM 2.2
2. ThompsonKCM 1.4
3. GreeneKCM 1.2
4. JethroeCBE 0.7
5. WareCBE 0.6
6. SmithCBE 0.6
7. ScottMRS 0.6
8. GraceCBE 0.5
9. O'NeilKCM 0.5
10. SteeleBBB 0.4
Extra Base Hits
1. BrownKCM 35
2. O'NeilKCM 22
3. ThompsonKCM 21
4. ScottKCM 18
5. JethroeCBE 13
SouellKCM 13
7. RenfroeKCM 12
8. GreeneKCM 11
HairstonIC 11
10. SmithCBE 10
TabornKCM 10
Times On Base
1. SouellKCM 105
2. BrownKCM 92
3. O'NeilKCM 88
4. RenfroeKCM 85
5. ScottKCM 81
ThompsonKCM 81
7. CooperKCM 71
8. GreeneKCM 70
9. TabornKCM 54
10. StrongKCM 48
Offensive Win %
1. BrownKCM .835
2. SmithCBE .806
3. ThompsonKCM .772
4. JethroeCBE .765
5. GreeneKCM .753
6. WareCBE .746
7. GraceCBE .728
8. RobertsKCM .722
9. SouellKCM .609
BostockCAG .609
Hit By Pitch
1. WareCBE 4
SouellKCM 4
TabornKCM 4
4. ScottMRS 3
ChismBBB 3
RenfroeKCM 3
LongestCAG 3
BankheadMRS 3
HillCAG 3
10. ThompsonKCM 2
StrongKCM 2
BoydMRS 2
NelsonCBE 2
O'NeilKCM 2
AbernathyIC 2
GreeneKCM 2
Sacrifice Hits
1. RenfroeKCM 11
2. CooperKCM 9
3. BrittonBBB 4
GreeneKCM 4
HandyMRS 4
6. ChismBBB 3
LaMarqueKCM 3
O'NeilKCM 3
MerchantIC 3
HaywoodIC 3
RobertsKCM 3
SouellKCM 3
JethroeCBE 3
WilsonBBB 3
Moody2TM 3
Brown2TM 3
HillCAG 3
Intentional Bases on Balls
1. JethroeCBE 1
Power-Speed #
1. BrownKCM 8.0
2. O'NeilKCM 7.5
3. ThompsonKCM 7.5
4. GreeneKCM 4.4
5. ScottKCM 3.4
6. JethroeCBE 3.3
7. WareCBE 2.0
8. SouellKCM 1.9
9. CooperKCM 1.7
10. BoydMRS 1.6
AB per HR
1. ThompsonKCM 21.6
2. SmithCBE 21.7
3. GreeneKCM 28.8
4. BrownKCM 33.2
5. RobertsKCM 35.5
6. MilesCAG 38.5
7. WareCBE 39.0
8. JethroeCBE 39.5
9. O'NeilKCM 43.4
10. StrongKCM 58.0
Outs Made
1. ScottKCM 179
2. SouellKCM 173
3. O'NeilKCM 158
4. RenfroeKCM 136
5. CooperKCM 127
6. BrownKCM 125
7. ThompsonKCM 116
8. StrongKCM 90
9. TabornKCM 89
10. NeilIC 83

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