"Baseball is continuous, like nothing else among American things, an endless game of repeated summers, joining the long generations of all the fathers and all the sons."The table below lists the ten baseball generations along with their total MLB population and best (or best-known) player. Some generations have an alternate name in parentheses, as I'm still in the process of assigning definitive names to them (and am open to suggestions).
|GENERATION||BIRTH YEARS||MLB POP.||FAMOUS MEMBER|
|National (Professional)||1835-1856||469||Cap Anson|
|American (Rowdy)||1857-1873||1,467||Cy Young|
|G.I. (Integration)||1912-1928||1,945||Ted Williams|
|Silent (Expansion)||1929-1944||1,678||Willie Mays|
|Boom (Free Agency)||1945-1961||2,467||Rickey Henderson|
|Generation X (Steroid)||1962-1980||3,600||Barry Bonds|
To identify the generations of baseball, I started with the Strauss & Howe generations. I used eight attribute rates to define the "peer personality" of a generation, and used similarity scores based on those attribute rates to compare cohorts (all the players born in a single year) to generations. I went through a process of moving cohorts into their most statistically-alike generation (which in turn calcified the statistical image of the generation) until I arrived at "cohesive cohort-groups."
I explained my method in much greater detail in a three-part series of posts, if you're curious:
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!