This interactive data visualization shows Jackie Robinson’s offensive statistics compared to every single player with at least 100 at bats before his debut on April 15th, 1947. There were 7.424 total players and 3,807 players with at least 100 at bats between 1876 and Jackie’s debut in 1947.
The visualization is a scatter plot with the chosen statistic on the vertical Y-axis and seasons played on the horizontal X-axis. The end user can choose from a variety of offensive statistics including hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs, RBIs, hits by pitch, stolen bases, strikeouts, and walks. Upon making a selection, the visualization will update and a line is drawn to show how Jackie Robinson performed compared to the 95th percentile among all of the players.
The data for this visualization was source from seanlahman.com’s baseball database.