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Don Bessent    \buh-SENT\

Fred Donald Bessent (The Weasel)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: March 13, 1931 in Jacksonville, FL
High School: Jacksonville HS (Jacksonville, FL)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 17, 1955 (Age 24.126)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Team: Dodgers 1955-1958

Final Game: September 27, 1958 (Age 27.198)
Died: July 7, 1990 in Jacksonville, FL
Buried: Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1955 24 BRO NL 8 1 .889 2.70 24 2 8 1 0 3 63.1 51 19 19 7 21 2 29 0 0 1 255 152 3.88 1.137 7.2 1.0 3.0 4.1 1.38 RoY-3
1956 25 BRO NL 4 3 .571 2.50 38 0 21 0 0 9 79.1 63 23 22 5 31 6 52 0 0 4 324 161 3.05 1.185 7.1 0.6 3.5 5.9 1.68
1957 26 BRO NL 1 3 .250 5.73 27 0 16 0 0 0 44.0 58 28 28 5 19 3 24 0 0 1 204 72 4.14 1.750 11.9 1.0 3.9 4.9 1.26
1958 27 LAD NL 1 0 1.000 3.33 19 0 0 0 0 0 24.1 24 14 9 3 17 0 13 1 0 0 107 127 5.23 1.685 8.9 1.1 6.3 4.8 0.76
4 Yrs 14 7 .667 3.33 108 2 45 1 0 12 211.0 196 84 78 20 88 11 118 1 0 6 890 123 3.78 1.346 8.4 0.9 3.8 5.0 1.34
162 Game Avg. 9 4 .667 3.33 67 1 28 1 0 7 130 121 52 48 12 54 7 73 1 0 4 550 123 3.78 1.346 8.4 0.9 3.8 5.0 1.34
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1955 24 BRO NL 63.1 24 2 19 2.70 4.51 0.42 0.00 100.6 4.12 11 1.2 1.4 0.1 2.0 17 .550 .507 RoY-3
1956 25 BRO NL 79.1 38 0 23 2.61 4.21 0.54 0.00 108.2 3.97 13 1.5 1.7 0.4 2.7 20 .539 .509
1957 26 BRO NL 44.0 27 0 28 5.73 4.49 0.28 0.00 107.8 4.54 -6 -0.6 .7 0.0 -0.1 -1 .479 .496
1958 27 LAD NL 24.1 19 0 14 5.18 4.77 -0.16 0.00 103.2 5.09 -0 -0.0 1.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .499 .500
4 Seasons 211.0 108 2 84 3.58 4.42 0.37 0.00 105.3 4.26 19 2.1 1.3 0.5 4.8 37 .519 .504

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1955 ❍ 24 BRO NL WS W NYY 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 1.200 8.1 0.0 2.7 2.7 1.00
1956 25 BRO NL WS L NYY 1 0 1.000 1.80 2 0 1 0 0 0 10.0 8 2 2 0 3 1 5 0 0 1 41 1.100 7.2 0.0 2.7 4.5 1.67
2 Yrs (2 Series) 1 0 1.000 1.35 5 0 1 0 0 0 13.1 11 2 2 0 4 1 6 0 0 1 53 1.125 7.4 0.0 2.7 4.1 1.50
2 WS 1 0 1.000 1.35 5 0 1 0 0 0 13.1 11 2 2 0 4 1 6 0 0 1 53 1.125 7.4 0.0 2.7 4.1 1.50

Standard Batting

More Stats

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 24 BRO NL 24 23 20 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 .100 .100 .100 .200 -47 2 1 0 3 0 0 1 RoY-3
1956 25 BRO NL 38 20 18 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .111 .105 .111 .216 -44 2 1 0 1 1 0 1
1957 26 BRO NL 27 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1958 27 LAD NL 19 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
4 Yrs 108 50 44 1 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 14 .114 .111 .114 .225 -41 5 2 0 5 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 75 66 2 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 21 .114 .111 .114 .225 -41 8 3 0 8 2 0

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 24 BRO NL 24 23 -5 -0 -0 0 2 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .488 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1 RoY-3
1956 25 BRO NL 38 20 -4 -0 -0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 -0.1 -2 1
1957 26 BRO NL 27 4 0 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1958 27 LAD NL 19 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 1
4 Seasons 108 50 -9 -0 -0 0 5 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .495 .499 -0.5 -0.1 -5

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
1955 ❍ 24 BRO NL WS NYY W 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 25 BRO NL WS NYY L 2 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167 1 0 0 1 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 5 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 .333 .500 .333 .833 1 0 0 1 0 0
2 WS 5 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 .333 .500 .333 .833 1 0 0 1 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1955 BRO NL 24 P 24 2 1 63.1 12 1 11 0 0 1.000 1.71 0.50 .950 2.03 2.02 2 1 33% 44% 0 RoY-3
1956 BRO NL 25 P 38 0 0 79.1 12 3 8 1 1 .917 1.25 0.29 .966 2.05 2.03 2 2 50% 41% 0
1957 BRO NL 26 P 27 0 0 44.0 10 6 4 0 0 1.000 2.05 0.37 .962 2.07 2.08 1 2 67% 39% 0
1958 LAD NL 27 P 19 0 0 24.1 8 2 6 0 2 1.000 2.96 0.42 .955 1.96 1.96 1 1 50% 38% 0
4 Seasons P 108 2 1 211.0 42 12 29 1 3 .976 1.75 0.38 .958 2.04 2.03 6 6 50% 41% 0
4 Seasons TOT 108 2 1 211.0 42 12 29 1 3 .976 1.75 0.38 .958 2.04 2.03 6 6 50% 41% 0
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

Saves s c a p y
1956 NL  9 (4th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1956 NL  21 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1956 NL  13 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1956 NL  1.4 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1956 NL  16.73 (8th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1955 NL  1.8 (9th)
1956 NL  1.9 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1956 NL  1.7 (10th)

             

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 InkPitching - 3 (2173), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 7 (1186), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (669th), 4.3 career WAR/4.3 7yr-peak WAR/4.3 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Fred The dave Don Donald Weasel Bessent

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