Quality of Negro Leagues
So the ichiro threads got me to thinking a bit about the negro league and the quality of players. I read some research on baseball fever that found that NLers did well against mlbers when there were 0-3 mlb players on the opposite team. However, as the amount of mlbers on the opposition increased, the NL win percentage drops. This seems to insinuate that the NL was probably top heavy tallent wise and had little depth like a mlb team would. I think they most likely had some great stars, but the further down the depth chart you went, the talent probably dropped off pretty steeply, with many players not being of m lb quality. This is probably where you get someone like Josh Gibson hitting 800 homeruns as a catcher. Either, he really didn't hit that many or he hit the vast majority against inferior competition.
Collecting Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux