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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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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 1, 2014 8:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #797. Bill Lange… #798. Tony Taylor… #799. Terry Kennedy… #800. EARL BATTEY… #801. Pablo Sandoval… #802. Jose Vidro… #803. Jerry Mumphrey… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1955 20 CHW AL 5 9 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286 .444 .286 .730 99 2 1 1 0 0 0 /2
1956 21 CHW AL 4 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 .250 .650 75 1 2 0 0 0 0 /2
1957 22 CHW AL 48 129 115 12 20 2 3 3 6 0 2 11 38 .174 .246 .322 .568 54 37 3 0 3 0 1 2
1958 23 CHW AL 68 198 168 24 38 8 0 8 26 1 0 24 34 .226 .325 .417 .742 104 70 3 2 1 3 1 2
1959 24 CHW AL 26 72 64 9 14 1 2 2 7 0 0 8 13 .219 .306 .391 .696 91 25 0 0 0 0 0 2
1960 25 WSH AL 137 530 466 49 126 24 2 15 60 4 5 48 68 .270 .346 .427 .773 107 199 15 8 4 4 5 *2 MVP-8,GG
1961 26 MIN AL 133 522 460 70 139 24 1 17 55 3 3 53 66 .302 .377 .470 .847 121 216 18 3 5 1 3 *2 GG
1962 ★ 27 MIN AL 148 591 522 58 146 20 3 11 57 0 0 57 48 .280 .348 .393 .741 96 205 20 0 8 4 3 *2 AS,GG
1963 ★ 28 MIN AL 147 585 508 64 145 17 1 26 84 0 0 61 75 .285 .369 .476 .845 134 242 16 8 6 3 8 *2 AS,MVP-7
1964 29 MIN AL 131 471 405 33 110 17 1 12 52 1 1 51 49 .272 .348 .407 .756 109 165 23 1 6 8 6 *2
1965 ★ 30 MIN AL 131 457 394 36 117 22 2 6 60 0 0 50 23 .297 .375 .409 .783 119 161 7 2 5 5 7 *2 AS,MVP-10
1966 ★ 31 MIN AL 115 412 364 30 93 12 1 4 34 4 1 43 30 .255 .337 .327 .664 87 119 15 3 0 2 7 *2 AS
1967 32 MIN AL 48 123 109 6 18 3 1 0 8 0 0 13 24 .165 .254 .211 .465 34 23 4 0 1 0 1 2
13 Yrs 1141 4104 3586 393 969 150 17 104 449 13 12 421 470 .270 .349 .409 .757 106 1465 127 28 39 30 42
162 Game Avg. 162 583 509 56 138 21 2 15 64 2 2 60 67 .270 .349 .409 .757 106 208 18 4 6 4 6
MIN (8 yrs) 990 3691 3228 346 894 139 12 91 410 12 10 376 383 .277 .354 .412 .766 109 1330 118 25 35 27 40
CHW (5 yrs) 151 413 358 47 75 11 5 13 39 1 2 45 87 .209 .301 .377 .678 85 135 9 3 4 3 2

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1955 20 CHW AL 5 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .533 .501 0.1 0.1 1 /2
1956 21 CHW AL 4 5 -0 -0 -0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .485 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1957 22 CHW AL 48 129 -7 -1 -0 0 2 -6 -0.7 4 -2 -0.3 .485 .496 -0.3 0.2 -2 2
1958 23 CHW AL 68 198 -0 1 -0 4 2 7 0.7 6 13 1.3 .511 .505 0.9 0.7 9 2
1959 24 CHW AL 26 72 -1 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .500 0.2 0.1 2 2
1960 25 WSH AL 137 530 4 -1 -2 8 8 16 1.6 16 33 3.2 .513 .511 2.5 1.5 25 *2 MVP-8,GG
1961 26 MIN AL 133 522 13 -0 -2 -1 7 17 1.5 16 33 3.1 .513 .511 3.4 0.5 34 *2 GG
1962 ★ 27 MIN AL 148 591 1 -1 -1 2 8 8 0.6 18 26 2.5 .506 .505 2.5 0.9 25 *2 AS,GG
1963 ★ 28 MIN AL 147 585 23 -3 -2 -3 8 24 2.4 18 42 4.2 .518 .516 4.7 0.4 45 *2 AS,MVP-7
1964 29 MIN AL 131 471 2 -1 -4 -6 7 -2 -0.5 14 12 0.9 .498 .498 1.8 -0.1 18 *2
1965 ★ 30 MIN AL 131 457 8 -1 -1 4 6 16 1.8 14 30 3.2 .514 .511 2.8 1.1 26 *2 AS,MVP-10
1966 ★ 31 MIN AL 115 412 -7 -1 -2 4 6 -0 -0.2 13 13 1.2 .500 .500 0.9 1.0 9 $36,000 *2 AS
1967 32 MIN AL 48 123 -8 -0 -1 -1 2 -9 -1.1 4 -5 -0.7 .478 .494 -0.5 0.0 -4 2
13 Seasons 1141 4104 27 -10 -15 12 56 71 6.0 127 198 18.7 .507 .506 18.7 6.4 186 $36,000
MIN (8 yrs) 990 3691 36 -10 -14 7 51 71 6.0 114 185 17.5 .508 .507 18.0 5.4 178 $36,000
CHW (5 yrs) 151 413 -9 -0 -1 5 5 1 -0.0 13 13 1.3 .500 .501 0.8 1.0 8

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1965 30 MIN AL WS LAD L 7 25 25 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 .120 .120 .200 .320 5 2 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 25 25 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 .120 .120 .200 .320 5 2 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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

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

Offensive WARs c a p y
1963 AL  4.7 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1960 AL  1.5 (10th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1961 AL  .302 (6th)
1963 AL  .285 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1961 AL  .377 (10th)
1963 AL  .369 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1963 AL  .476 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1963 AL  .845 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1963 AL  26 (9th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1963 AL  84 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1963 AL  134 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1963 AL  .671 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1960 AL  8 (4th)
1963 AL  8 (4th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1964 AL  8 (2nd)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1963 AL  8 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1961 AL  18 (8th)
1962 AL  20 (2nd)
1963 AL  16 (10th)
1964 AL  23 (2nd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1960 AL  5 (9th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1963 AL  19.5 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1963 AL  30.66 (8th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1963 AL  2.9 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1963 AL  3.2 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1963 AL  3.1 (8th)

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 (93rd)

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 (67th)

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 (96th)

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 (85th)

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


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 19 (1068), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 28 (643), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 29 (350), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (79th), 18.7 career WAR/18.5 7yr-peak WAR/18.6 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1966 31 Minnesota Twins $36,000 ? 12/3/66 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$36,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Earl Earl Jesse Battey

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