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Earl Battey

Earl Jesse Battey

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: January 5, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Jordan HS (Watts, CA)
Signed
by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1953. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1955 (Age 20.248)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1958 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Twins/WhiteSox/Senators 1955-1967

Final Game: September 27, 1967 (Age 32.265)
Died: November 15, 2003 in Ocala, FL
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1955 CHW AL 20 C 5 2 1 20.0 21 19 2 0 0 1.000 1 60 9.45 4.20 .988 5.58 5.54 0 0 0 2 100% 47% 0
1956 CHW AL 21 C 3 1 0 11.1 5 4 0 1 0 .800 0 0 3.18 1.33 .988 5.88 5.87 1 0 0 0 0
1957 CHW AL 22 C 43 31 22 289.2 186 165 19 2 2 .989 0 0 5.72 4.28 .991 5.92 5.94 3 10 8 10 56% 47% 2
1958 CHW AL 23 C 49 41 37 380.1 250 220 27 3 6 .988 4 13 5.84 5.04 .990 6.01 5.95 5 5 8 15 65% 47% 1
1959 CHW AL 24 C 20 16 13 141.2 103 92 10 1 1 .990 0 0 6.48 5.10 .989 6.08 6.04 1 5 5 4 44% 40% 0
1960 WSH AL 25 C 136 131 125 1178.0 829 749 65 15 10 .982 8 8 6.22 5.99 .987 5.93 5.92 18 31 29 41 59% 40% 6 MVP-8,GG
1961 MIN AL 26 C 131 127 120 1119.2 878 812 60 6 9 .993 -1 -1 7.01 6.66 .989 6.21 6.14 13 38 33 19 37% 36% 5 GG
1962 MIN AL 27 C 147 143 126 1241.0 963 872 82 9 9 .991 2 2 6.92 6.49 .989 6.30 6.28 13 51 34 27 44% 36% 15 AS,GG
1963 MIN AL 28 C 146 142 117 1236.2 933 861 66 6 11 .994 -3 -3 6.75 6.35 .989 6.64 6.64 12 51 37 19 34% 33% 5 AS,MVP-7
1964 MIN AL 29 C 125 121 87 1022.2 874 813 52 9 4 .990 -6 -7 7.61 6.92 .990 7.07 7.06 12 55 34 18 35% 37% 5
1965 MIN AL 30 C 128 115 76 952.1 718 652 56 10 10 .986 4 5 6.69 5.53 .988 6.96 6.94 12 34 28 26 48% 34% 1 AS,MVP-10
1966 MIN AL 31 C 113 113 76 903.1 754 705 45 4 9 .995 4 5 7.47 6.64 .988 6.86 6.85 3 26 41 25 38% 38% 2 AS
1967 MIN AL 32 C 41 33 21 272.2 232 212 17 3 2 .987 -1 -4 7.56 5.59 .989 7.22 7.23 3 5 19 8 30% 41% 0
13 Seasons C 1087 1016 821 8769.1 6746 6176 501 69 73 .990 12 2 6.85 6.14 .989 6.50 6.49 96 311 276 214 44% 38% 42
13 Seasons TOT 1087 1016 821 8769.1 6746 6176 501 69 73 .990 12 2 6.85 6.14 .989 6.50 6.49 96 311 276 214 44% 38% 42
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1955 CHW AL 20 C 1 60 1
1956 CHW AL 21 C 0 0 0
1957 CHW AL 22 C 0 0 0
1958 CHW AL 23 C 4 13 4
1959 CHW AL 24 C 0 0 0
1960 WSH AL 25 C 8 8 8
1961 MIN AL 26 C -1 -1 -1
1962 MIN AL 27 C 2 2 2
1963 MIN AL 28 C -3 -3 -3
1964 MIN AL 29 C -6 -7 -6
1965 MIN AL 30 C 4 5 4
1966 MIN AL 31 C 4 5 4
1967 MIN AL 32 C -1 -4 -1
13 Seasons C 12 2 12
13 Seasons TOT 12 2 12

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1955 CHW AL 20 5 2 5 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1956 CHW AL 21 4 1 4 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1957 CHW AL 22 48 31 48 43 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
1958 CHW AL 23 68 41 68 49 0 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
1959 CHW AL 24 26 16 26 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1960 WSH AL 25 137 131 137 136 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1961 MIN AL 26 133 127 133 131 0 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1962 MIN AL 27 148 143 148 147 0 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1963 MIN AL 28 147 142 147 147 0 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1964 MIN AL 29 131 121 131 125 0 125 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1965 MIN AL 30 131 115 131 128 0 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1966 MIN AL 31 115 113 115 113 0 113 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1967 MIN AL 32 48 33 48 41 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
13 Seasons 1141 1016 1141 1088 0 1088 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 71 3
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1955 CHW AL 20 72 0.45 0.90 1 100% 0 0 18 1 0 0 17 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 CHW AL 21 49 3.97 4.76 2 100% 0 0 6 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 CHW AL 22 1200 3.23 3.39 19 89% 0 0 165 13 0 6 146 18 4 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 67%
1958 CHW AL 23 1599 3.79 4.12 32 100% 0 0 218 24 1 5 188 28 6 1 1 4 3 0 0 3 0 6 0 0 0 5 100%
1959 CHW AL 24 604 3.62 4.45 9 89% 0 0 91 5 0 4 82 10 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1960 WSH AL 25 5042 3.72 4.45 93 88% 0 1 752 65 0 16 671 66 13 0 0 5 15 2 8 5 2 10 0 0 2 8 63%
1961 MIN AL 26 4892 4.35 4.95 86 99% 0 0 813 69 1 11 731 60 14 2 1 12 6 0 1 5 0 9 0 1 1 8 100%
1962 MIN AL 27 5228 3.83 4.33 93 91% 0 0 868 56 4 25 783 79 19 0 0 17 9 0 5 4 4 9 0 1 3 9 67%
1963 MIN AL 28 5137 3.19 3.61 79 100% 0 0 860 55 4 18 782 65 18 0 1 13 6 0 1 5 0 10 0 2 3 6 100%
1964 MIN AL 29 4344 3.49 4.06 71 92% 0 0 810 50 5 13 742 49 7 2 0 15 9 1 6 2 0 4 0 2 2 6 83%
1965 MIN AL 30 3974 3.04 3.70 59 95% 0 2 653 41 4 17 589 56 14 0 0 4 10 1 4 5 2 12 0 2 2 4 100%
1966 MIN AL 31 3676 3.12 3.65 53 98% 1 0 702 48 1 20 633 44 4 1 0 7 4 0 2 2 1 10 0 0 1 1 100%
1967 MIN AL 32 1121 3.47 3.80 18 94% 0 0 209 13 1 6 189 15 2 0 0 3 3 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 100%
13 Seasons 36938 3.55 4.09 615 94% 1 3 6165 441 21 142 5557 493 102 6 4 86 69 4 31 34 10 76 0 8 14 51 84%
MLB Averages 3.73 4.23 95% 88%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1955 CHW AL 20 0 0 17 0 2 2 100% 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.26
1956 CHW AL 21 1 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1957 CHW AL 22 3 10 425 8 10 10 56% 7 9 1 0 0 1 2 0 25 12 1.26 1.42
1958 CHW AL 23 5 5 594 8 15 13 65% 8 13 0 0 0 2 1 0 26 19 1.19 1.62
1959 CHW AL 24 1 5 223 5 4 4 44% 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4 1.43 1.75
1960 WSH AL 25 18 31 1909 29 40 38 58% 25 34 4 4 0 2 6 0 102 48 1.07 1.18
1961 MIN AL 26 12 38 1890 33 19 17 37% 28 15 5 3 0 1 5 0 116 29 1.25 1.23
1962 MIN AL 27 13 51 1949 34 27 25 44% 29 25 4 1 1 1 15 1 121 44 1.36 0.94
1963 MIN AL 28 12 51 1854 37 19 19 34% 33 17 3 2 1 0 5 0 124 35 1.13 1.29
1964 MIN AL 29 12 55 1665 34 18 16 35% 30 16 4 2 0 0 5 0 131 24 1.48 1.39
1965 MIN AL 30 12 34 1404 28 26 24 48% 25 23 2 2 1 1 1 0 102 38 1.38 1.22
1966 MIN AL 31 3 26 1232 41 25 25 38% 34 22 6 2 1 1 2 0 84 37 1.14 1.20
1967 MIN AL 32 3 5 396 19 8 7 30% 17 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 30 12 1.06 0.80
13 Seasons 95 311 13581 276 213 200 44% 241 187 31 16 4 10 42 1 874 304 1.24 1.23
MLB Averages 39% 1.22 1.20



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1960 AL (8, 17%)
1963 AL (7, 20%)
1965 AL (10, 8%)
0.45 Career Shares (481st)

Gold Gloves
1960 AL (C)
1961 AL (C)
1962 AL (C)
All multiple winners

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1960 AL  136 (1st)
1961 AL  131 (2nd)
1962 AL  147 (2nd)
1963 AL  146 (1st)
1965 AL  128 (2nd)
Career  1,087 (92nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1960 AL  749 (1st)
1961 AL  812 (1st)
1962 AL  872 (1st)
1963 AL  861 (1st)
1964 AL  813 (5th)
1965 AL  652 (5th)
1966 AL  705 (3rd)
Career  6,176 (65th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1960 AL  65 (1st)
1961 AL  60 (1st)
1962 AL  82 (1st)
1963 AL  66 (1st)
1964 AL  52 (4th)
1965 AL  56 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1960 AL  15 (1st)
1962 AL  9 (3rd)
1964 AL  9 (4th)
1965 AL  10 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1960 AL  10 (2nd)
1961 AL  9 (1st)
1962 AL  9 (3rd)
1963 AL  11 (2nd)
1965 AL  10 (1st)
1966 AL  9 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1960 AL  18 (1st)
1961 AL  13 (3rd)
1962 AL  13 (2nd)
1963 AL  12 (2nd)
1964 AL  12 (3rd)
1965 AL  12 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1960 AL  29 (5th)
1961 AL  33 (5th)
1962 AL  34 (3rd)
1963 AL  37 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1960 AL  41 (1st)
1962 AL  27 (3rd)
1963 AL  19 (1st)
1965 AL  26 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1960 AL  58.6 (1st)
1962 AL  44.3 (3rd)
1963 AL  33.9 (5th)
1965 AL  48.1 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1958 AL  4 (2nd)
1960 AL  8 (2nd)
1965 AL  4 (2nd)
1966 AL  4 (4th)
Career  12 (95th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1960 AL  6.22 (3rd)
1961 AL  7.01 (2nd)
1962 AL  6.92 (1st)
1964 AL  7.61 (5th)
1966 AL  7.47 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1960 AL  5.99 (1st)
1961 AL  6.66 (1st)
1962 AL  6.49 (1st)
1963 AL  6.35 (4th)
1964 AL  6.92 (5th)
1966 AL  6.64 (3rd)
Career  6.14 (84th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1961 AL  .993 (2nd)
1962 AL  .991 (5th)
1963 AL  .994 (3rd)
1966 AL  .995 (2nd)

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