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  Tale of the Tape
  Cowens Hickman
Pos RF 1B/RF/2B
Height 6-1 5-9
Weight 197 180
Yrs 1974-86 1897-1908
Years 13 12
HoF No No
All-Star 0 0
MVP Shares 0.6 0.0
Gold Gloves 1 0
HOFm 9.0 14.5
HOFs 10.0 16.4
Black Ink 1 3
Gray Ink 23 82
  per-162 Games
  Cowens Hickman
Yrs 9.8 6.7
AB 566 597
R 72 72
H 153 176
2B 28 33
3B 7 14
HR 11 9
RBI 73 92
SB 12 11
BB 40 23
SO 67 59
OPS .722 .771
OPS+ 99 133

For pitchers, seasons is (G+GS)/68.0.
For batters, seasons is G/162.0.

  Career Stats
  Cowens Hickman
G 1584 1081
PA 6038 4252
AB 5534 3982
R 704 478
H 1494 1176
2B 276 217
3B 68 91
HR 108 59
RBI 717 614
SB 120 72
CS 74
BB 389 153
SO 659 396
BA .270 .295
OBP .319 .331
SLG .403 .440
OPS .722 .771
OPS+ 99 133
TB 2230 1752
GDP 141
HBP 34 58
SH 28 59
SF 53
IBB 28
Seasonal WAR
(Best → Worst)
Rk Cowens Hickman
1 5.3 4.9
2 2.8 3.7
3 1.9 3.2
4 1.9 3.1
5 1.8 2.6
6 1.5 2.5
7 0.6 1.5
8 0.5 1.1
9 0.5 1.1
10 0.3 0.9
11 -0.2 0.2
12 -0.8 0.2
13 -1.0
Total 15.1 25.0
Wt Sum** 14.2 21.0
Wa MVP 0.0 0.0
WaE 2.3 2.9

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