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13+ Games On Base 3+ Times Within 1st 50 Career Games

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 31, 2011

Since 1919, which players had 13+ games within their first 50 career games where they reached base 3 times or more in the contest?

Here is the list -

Rk Gcar Player #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1   Larry Rosenthal 19 Ind. Games 99 74 41 6 3 3 21 24 8 .554 .663 .838 1.501 1 0   0  
2   Roy Weatherly 17 Ind. Games 83 74 44 13 3 1 17 9 5 .595 .639 .892 1.530 0 0   0  
3   Barney McCosky 17 Ind. Games 88 66 35 7 1 1 9 20 4 .530 .644 .712 1.356 1 0   1 1
4   Ray Grimes 17 Ind. Games 85 63 35 10 0 1 13 19 5 .556 .667 .762 1.429 1 0   2  
5   Joe DiMaggio 17 Ind. Games 90 83 50 19 3 7 30 5 3 .602 .629 1.157 1.786 1 0   1  
6   Riggs Stephenson 16 Ind. Games 75 55 30 8 1 1 21 17 4 .545 .662 .782 1.444 1 0   2  
7   Kevin Seitzer 16 Ind. Games 74 56 34 3 5 2 15 17 2 .607 .703 .946 1.649 0 0 0 1 0
8   Wally Moon 16 Ind. Games 80 64 41 6 3 2 21 16 3 .641 .713 .922 1.634 0 0 0 0 0
9   Stu Martin 16 Ind. Games 82 69 40 8 1 3 19 13 1 .580 .646 .855 1.501 0 0   0 0
10   Charlie Keller 16 Ind. Games 81 61 32 6 3 2 22 20 8 .525 .642 .820 1.462 0 0   0 1
11   Austin Kearns 16 Ind. Games 70 47 31 5 0 4 14 19 10 .660 .771 1.021 1.793 0 0 1 4 0
12   Sam Chapman 16 Ind. Games 74 50 25 4 1 5 20 22 9 .500 .662 .920 1.582 0 0   2  
13   Jim Russell 15 Ind. Games 76 53 26 2 6 0 5 23 5 .491 .645 .755 1.399 0 0   0 0
14   Pat Mullin 15 Ind. Games 76 64 36 6 3 3 12 10 4 .563 .632 .891 1.522 0 0   2 0
15   Logan Morrison 15 Ind. Games 73 52 28 10 3 1 7 19 6 .538 .671 .904 1.575 0 0 0 2 2
16   Willie McCovey 15 Ind. Games 67 53 33 7 3 3 16 11 4 .623 .701 1.038 1.739 0 0 1 3 2
17   Johnny Groth 15 Ind. Games 70 49 27 1 2 5 18 20 3 .551 .686 .959 1.645 0 0 0 1 2
18   Kosuke Fukudome 15 Ind. Games 73 52 32 8 0 1 12 21 4 .615 .726 .827 1.553 0 0 3 0 0
19   Kiddo Davis 15 Ind. Games 74 58 36 9 1 1 15 13 1 .621 .690 .862 1.552 3 0   0  
20   Richie Ashburn 15 Ind. Games 77 69 39 6 1 0 7 8 2 .565 .610 .681 1.292 0 0   0 0
21   Jake Wood 14 Ind. Games 72 53 27 1 4 2 11 16 7 .509 .639 .792 1.431 0 0 0 3 0
22   Mitchell Page 14 Ind. Games 64 51 29 7 1 7 19 13 5 .569 .656 1.157 1.813 0 0 1 0 0
23   Irv Noren 14 Ind. Games 67 50 29 4 2 4 15 16 6 .580 .687 .980 1.667 0 0 0 1 0
24   Hersh Martin 14 Ind. Games 74 56 30 7 2 3 15 16 3 .536 .649 .893 1.542 0 0   2 0
25   Roy Johnson 14 Ind. Games 78 65 34 12 1 1 15 13 5 .523 .603 .785 1.387 0 0   0  
26   Dick Howser 14 Ind. Games 74 51 23 7 0 1 7 23 2 .451 .622 .647 1.269 0 0 0 0 0
27   Jim Greengrass 14 Ind. Games 62 54 35 6 1 7 27 7 5 .648 .694 1.185 1.879 0 0 0 1 2
28   Adam Dunn 14 Ind. Games 70 51 27 6 1 9 20 18 13 .529 .657 1.216 1.873 0 0 1 1 1
29   Lu Blue 14 Ind. Games 69 54 33 6 2 2 17 13 0 .611 .691 .907 1.599 1 0   1  
30   Buzz Arlett 14 Ind. Games 69 51 32 6 3 5 17 14 3 .627 .725 1.157 1.882 0 0   4  
31   Frank Thomas 13 Ind. Games 57 36 21 2 1 2 8 20 6 .583 .737 .861 1.598 0 0 0 1 1
32   Ed Stevens 13 Ind. Games 64 48 26 7 1 3 18 15 3 .542 .656 .917 1.573 0 0   1 1
33   Monk Sherlock 13 Ind. Games 61 49 29 6 1 0 9 12 3 .592 .672 .755 1.427 0 0   0  
34   Art Scharein 13 Ind. Games 62 52 31 7 0 0 16 10 1 .596 .661 .731 1.392 0 0   0  
35   Jackie Robinson 13 Ind. Games 63 46 27 3 1 3 6 10 2 .587 .683 .891 1.575 3 0   4 0
36   Dino Restelli 13 Ind. Games 61 43 23 5 0 3 13 16 2 .535 .667 .860 1.527 1 0 0 1 0
37   Terry Puhl 13 Ind. Games 65 46 24 5 1 0 4 18 6 .522 .656 .674 1.330 1 0 0 0 0
38   Tom Oliver 13 Ind. Games 70 63 37 5 0 0 5 6 1 .587 .623 .667 1.290 0 0   0  
39   Stan Musial 13 Ind. Games 63 51 32 10 1 6 17 11 0 .627 .698 1.216 1.914 0 0   1 0
40   Davey Lopes 13 Ind. Games 74 56 26 4 0 1 7 17 3 .464 .581 .589 1.170 0 1 3 0 1
41   Terrence Long 13 Ind. Games 69 51 23 4 1 3 14 17 6 .451 .594 .745 1.339 0 0 1 1 2
42   Don Lenhardt 13 Ind. Games 67 54 27 3 2 5 13 12 3 .500 .597 .907 1.504 0 0 0 1 0
43   Willie Kamm 13 Ind. Games 57 41 27 6 0 1 10 14 2 .659 .745 .878 1.624 2 0   0  
44   John Jaso 13 Ind. Games 61 44 25 5 1 3 21 16 4 .568 .689 .932 1.620 0 0 0 1 0
45   Don Hurst 13 Ind. Games 64 37 20 7 2 1 10 25 5 .541 .726 .919 1.645 2 0   0  
46   Bob Hazle 13 Ind. Games 61 50 35 6 0 6 21 11 4 .700 .754 1.180 1.934 0 0 2 0 0
47   Dan Gladden 13 Ind. Games 67 58 32 3 0 2 11 7 3 .552 .600 .707 1.307 2 0 1 0 0
48   Orlando Cepeda 13 Ind. Games 63 59 40 6 2 7 17 4 2 .678 .698 1.203 1.902 0 0 1 0 3
49   Earl Browne 13 Ind. Games 68 58 34 8 3 1 10 7 5 .586 .647 .879 1.526 0 0   3 2
50   Gibby Brack 13 Ind. Games 64 51 31 11 1 2 13 13 5 .608 .688 .980 1.668 0 0   0 1
51   Zeke Bonura 13 Ind. Games 62 47 32 4 1 10 22 15 0 .681 .758 1.447 2.205 0 0   0  
52   Del Bissonette 13 Ind. Games 60 49 30 3 3 5 19 11 0 .612 .683 1.102 1.785 0 0   0  
53   Clint Barmes 13 Ind. Games 63 53 36 5 0 4 16 4 4 .679 .721 1.000 1.721 2 0 1 4 0
54   Mel Almada 13 Ind. Games 60 46 32 3 1 1 7 14 2 .696 .767 .870 1.636 0 0   0  
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Generated 8/31/2011.

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9 Responses to “13+ Games On Base 3+ Times Within 1st 50 Career Games”

  1. Suggestion for the play index: there should be an option to give either the stats from the matching games, OR the stats from the entire time frame in question. The first is usually more useful, especially for career or many-year searches in which we're just looking at certain games. But for a small span of time - such as a player's first 50 games - it would be nice to see something like the above list include all 50 of those games, for more of a context.

    It's good to see that, in 13 games of 3+ TOB, Zeke Bonura hit ten homers; or that Joe DiMaggio only walked five times in his 17 such games (while hitting 19 doubles, ye cats). It'd also be good to see how they did in the other games too, and stack them up overall against the other names on this list.

    (Incidentally, Zeke Bonura was a solid ballplayer in the 30's... I found this wonderful story on him by a fellow named Otto Bruno.)

  2. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    Steve, is there a particular reason you created this list, such as a rookie this year just accomplishing this? I do recognize most of the names on your list, but (despite 6 HOFers) this doesn't seem to be a very strong predictor of future greatness...

  3. Was surprised that Maurice Archdeacon did not make the list, but he "only" had 12 after 50 games with one being as a sub. He got number 13 in his 52nd game (43rd start). His 13th as a starter came in game 54 (45 starts). He was 35 for 49 in those 12 games 0.714 BA.

  4. Who the hell is Larry Rosenthal?

  5. Nice for Jackie Robinson to get off to a good start. For him and for baseball in general.

  6. Interesting to see both Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey on this list. Cepeda accomplished this in 1958, then McCovey came up the following year and moved Cepeda to the outfield. Both batted over .600 in those very early games.

  7. @4 I thought the same thing. He has another curious anomaly. He played 65 games for the White Sox and the Indians in 1941, then spent 1942 and 1943 as a AA player. When I first saw him disappear in 1942-1943, I thought military service but noticed he played in 1944-1945 which would have been unusual for veterans. Although, he left MLB after 1945 and played three more seasons in the minors.

  8. @2, Why this list?

    Just a guess, but a question came up in a post a few days ago about quick career starts. The poster acknowledged the fast starts of some of the all-time greats (e.g. DiMaggio), but wondered about the similar starts by players who never amounted to much.

    I proposed a couple of names in response to the question posed. And, in what is a bit eerie, I used exactly the same query as Steve (number of games with 3+ TOB), but over fewer games (just 30) to find many of the same guys as above, but also some others who disappeared forever almost immediately after their hot starts.

  9. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    #8/ Doug -
    OK, that's kind of what I figured, but I was wondering if the particular parameters chosen (1st 50 G, 13 times 3+ OB) had any significance.