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  • James Vlietstra

V-Ratings – Best of the Decades 1930 to 1959

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

by James Vlietstra

July 28, 2021

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Background: I have sifted through the numbers to determine who the best offensive players have been in Major League history by using runs produced, total bases, walks, hit by pitches, net stolen bases, grounding into double plays, and sacrifices to determine the most productive players per at bat.


I call this new formula The V-Rating.


Way back in high school math class I learned about algebra. The numerator is divided by the denominator. The formula used for determining a player’s V-Rating includes runs produced plus total bases plus net stolen bases plus walks plus hit-by-pitch minus grounded-into-double plays divided by plate appearances minus sacrifices.


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Here are some of the greatest seasons of each decade.


Some of these seasons include Triple Crown winners, 40/40 seasons and other random seasons that are generally considered some of the greatest of all time.


These are how they rank according to V-Rating:


1930s

  1. 1930 Jimmy Foxx 1.281

  2. 1930 Al Simmons 1.212

  3. 1930 Babe Ruth 1.176

  4. 1930 Hack Wilson 1.172

  5. 1930 Lou Gehrig 1.162

  6. 1931 Babe Ruth 1.160

  7. 1932 Jimmy Foxx 1.157

  8. 1938 Jimmy Foxx 1.143

  9. 1931 Lou Gehrig 1.133

  10. 1936 Lou Gehrig 1.130

  11. 1937 Hank Greenberg 1.127

  12. 1934 Lou Gehrig 1.114

  13. 1930 Chuck Klein 1.113

  14. 1937 Joe DiMaggio 1.104

  15. 1932 Babe Ruth 1.104

  16. 1933 Jimmy Foxx 1.104

  17. 1938 Hank Greenberg 1.086

  18. 1939 Joe DiMaggio 1.085

  19. 1937 Lou Gehrig 1.081

  20. 1938 Lou Gehrig 1.080

  21. 1939 Jimmy Foxx 1.070

  22. 1930 Babe Herman 1.066

  23. 1931 Al Simmons 1.048

  24. 1936 Hal Trosky 1.031

  25. 1930 Bill Terry 1.013

  26. 1937 Joe Medwick .993

  27. 1930 Lefty O’Doul .983

  28. 1932 Al Simmons .943

1940s

  1. 1941 Ted Williams 1.140

  2. 1942 Ted Williams 1.070

  3. 1946 Ted Williams 1.065

  4. 1949 Ted Williams 1.063

  5. 1948 Stan Musial 1.039

  6. 1941 Joe DiMaggio 1.031

  7. 1940 Hank Greenberg 1.023

  8. 1947 Ted Williams 1.004

  9. 1949 Ralph Kiner .988

  10. 1947 Ralph Kiner .964

  11. 1948 Joe DiMaggio .951

  12. 1948 Lou Boudreau .892

1950s

  1. 1956 Mickey Mantle 1.090

  2. 1955 Ted Williams 1.075

  3. 1957 Mickey Mantle 1.048

  4. 1957 Ted Williams 1.038

  5. 1955 Willie Mays 1.014

  6. 1954 Ted Williams 1.004

  7. 1954 Willie Mays .984

  8. 1951 Ralph Kiner .976

  9. 1953 Al Rosen .952

  10. 1959 Henry Aaron. .942

  11. 1958 Willie Mays .929

  12. 1959 Ernie Banks .905

  13. 1950 Ralph Kiner .904


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