January 15, 2010

Calculating Charlie Brown's Wins, Losses, & Other Stats: The 1950s was a tough decade for Charley Brown's team; the 1960s not much better: On April 10, the team loses its first game of the season 123-0. Afterwards, the entire team goes home to cry. In a Sunday strip on July 23, Lucy drops the ball and gets chewed out by Charlie Brown. In the first panel of the strip - the so-called "throwaway panels" because they aren't published in every newspaper - Linus mentions "If she catches it, we win the game!" We therefore have to consider this a lost game, even if the focus of the strip isn't on it.

posted by justgary to baseball at 04:11 PM - 4 comments

Fantastic. Thanks!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:26 PM on January 15, 2010

Great thread, Gary !

posted by tommybiden at 07:55 PM on January 15, 2010

More evidence that the early years (1950s/60s) were the best years of Peanuts.

posted by grum@work at 11:49 PM on January 15, 2010

I sure would love to know what the scoring system was in some of those years. Only winning one or two games out of the year (or sometimes NONE) and they're playing for the championship? I think the Washington Nationals have some hope this upcoming season.

All kidding aside, great article. I've always been a fan of the strip. Thanks for the post on the best known ball player that plays for....well, Peanuts.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:36 AM on January 16, 2010

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