Sunday, March 23, 2014

Card Of The Week March 23

Ryan had a couple of interesting posts about 1970's Calbee this past week which made me go take a look at the cards I had from those years.  I wanted to see if I had cards from each series of the 1975/76 Calbee set that he listed.  Turns out I do not.

But while looking through that binder, I ran into this little beauty from the 1980 set:

1980 Calbee #246

This sequence shows Masashi Takenouchi of the Tigers stealing home against the Giants.  Looks like he was safe.

I'm pretty sure the catcher is Kazuhiro Yamakura.  I was doing a little research on it and I was a bit stymied by the fact that both the Japanese Baseball Database and Baseball Reference claim that Yamakura never played catcher (not surprising they agree as I think the Baseball Reference data came from Japanese Baseball Database).  Kazuhiro and I respectfully disagree:

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #033
Both sources also only list 27 games played by Giants catchers in 1980 so obviously something's not quite right.

I don't say this to make fun of either data source - they are great references and this is just a minor issue.  I know only too well from my own card database how easy it is to input something incorrectly.


Mischa Gelman said...

BR Bullpen has Yamakura correctly listed at catcher even if BR Japan doesn't. I've noticed other errors with BR Japan's defensive data - see Masahiro Abe for instance.

NPB Card Guy said...

I need to remember to check the Bullpen more often than I do. You've done a lot of great work there that's very helpful, especially now that Japan Baseball Daily is gone. Thanks for all you do there.

Greg Dunn said...

I tend to overlook the BR Bullpen bios as well--it would be nice if the B-Ref player pages linked to the BR Bullpen bios like they do with the SABR BioProject ones.

B-Ref probably is getting some of their data from the Japanese Baseball Database but since the latter stops at 2011 then B-Ref has to be getting data from other sources as well.