The Best-Looking Stat Ever

I’m not writing, here, about the stat that looks the best on your fantasy team’s roster. I’m writing about the most aesthetically-pleasing number that has ever appeared on the back of a baseball card. And here it is.

(Scan discovered at jeffscards.net. Click to embiggen.)

See it? I am of course referring to the bold, italicized 2.76 ERA that Jimmy Key led the American League with in 1987. It’s fast. It’s confident, but not arrogant, as if to imply “I know didn’t have to face George Bell and Jesse Barfield this season.” It even sounds good when spoken out loud: “two-seventy-six.”

Got something better? I don’t think a better looking number can be unearthed, but if you think you have one, leave it in the comments.




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Patrick Newman is a veteran enthusiast of Japanese baseball who happens to write about it at npbtracker.com, and on Twitter @npbtracker.


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Keystone_Heavy
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Keystone_Heavy
5 years 4 days ago

This is what I come to fangraphs for. SMH.

steex
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steex
5 years 4 days ago

You, my friend, have wandered into NotGraphs. This is EXACTLY what people are looking for here.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu
5 years 4 days ago

This isn’t exactly what I come to notgraphs for. But, certainly, something of this general sort.

glassSheets
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glassSheets
5 years 4 days ago

Speak for yourself, I opened up my browser with the burning question of “what is the best-looking stat ever”, and immediately thought NotGraphs would provide the answer.

Resolution
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Resolution
5 years 4 days ago

Truly, there was much excitement in Toronto, circa 1987 with this number serving as chief catalyst.

kwyjibo
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kwyjibo
5 years 4 days ago

Not a single stat, but I remember having my mind blown as a kid looking at the back of an ’89 Tommy John card and seeing he’d been pitching since the early 60s.

The Rajah
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The Rajah
5 years 4 days ago

I think the stat “Jimmy and his wife are parents of a daughter, Jordan” is good stuff. That kind of information is what makes Topps cutting edge.

glassSheets
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glassSheets
5 years 4 days ago

But if I am not Jordan, then the comment seems like the card was talking to somebody else. That makes me sad.

Resolution
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Resolution
5 years 4 days ago

This referent, ‘third-person Jordan’ seems like a real asshole.

Jose
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Jose
5 years 4 days ago

Jamie Moyer’s seasons played

Casper
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Casper
5 years 4 days ago

I’ve always been partial to Willie Mays appearing in 24 consecutive All Star games.

Bill
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Bill
5 years 3 days ago

So I was excited when I saw this card because, I Had This Card!

Greg W
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Greg W
5 years 3 days ago

Not that it was unusual at the time, but Jimmy seems to have pitched 261 innings, walking only 66. He earned his large-type-italicised 2.76.

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