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Vern Bickford

Vernon Edgell Bickford

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 17, 1920 in Hellier, KY
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Boston Braves in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 24, 1948 (Age 27.251)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Orioles 1948-1954

Final Game: April 24, 1954 (Age 33.250)
Died: May 6, 1960 in Richmond, VA
Buried: Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, New Canton, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 21, 2014 8:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #916. Dick Bosman… #917. Matt Clement… #918. Marv Grissom… #919. VERN BICKFORD… #920. Alex Kellner… #921. Eddie Fisher… #922. Dave Ferriss… 

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
1948 27 BSN NL 11 5 .688 3.27 33 22 5 10 1 1 146.0 125 59 53 9 63 60 3 0 0 625 119 3.99 1.288 7.7 0.6 3.9 3.7 0.95
1949 ★ 28 BSN NL 16 11 .593 4.25 37 36 1 15 2 0 230.2 246 125 109 20 106 101 6 1 3 1026 89 4.22 1.526 9.6 0.8 4.1 3.9 0.95 AS
1950 29 BSN NL 19 14 .576 3.47 40 39 1 27 2 0 311.2 293 135 120 25 122 126 6 1 5 1325 111 4.05 1.332 8.5 0.7 3.5 3.6 1.03 MVP-30
1951 30 BSN NL 11 9 .550 3.12 25 20 5 12 3 0 164.2 146 68 57 7 76 76 6 0 0 697 118 3.60 1.348 8.0 0.4 4.2 4.2 1.00
1952 31 BSN NL 7 12 .368 3.74 26 22 3 7 1 0 161.1 165 73 67 7 64 62 2 0 4 690 97 3.41 1.419 9.2 0.4 3.6 3.5 0.97
1953 32 MLN NL 2 5 .286 5.28 20 9 8 2 0 1 58.0 60 35 34 8 35 25 2 1 2 258 75 5.44 1.638 9.3 1.2 5.4 3.9 0.71
1954 33 BAL AL 0 1 .000 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 44 3.15 1.500 11.3 0.0 2.3 0.0 0.00
7 Yrs 66 57 .537 3.71 182 149 23 73 9 2 1076.1 1040 500 444 76 467 450 25 3 14 4641 102 3.99 1.400 8.7 0.6 3.9 3.8 0.96
162 Game Avg. 14 12 .537 3.71 37 31 5 15 2 0 221 214 103 91 16 96 92 5 1 3 953 102 3.99 1.400 8.7 0.6 3.9 3.8 0.96
MLN (6 yrs) 66 56 .541 3.69 181 148 23 73 9 2 1072.1 1035 495 440 76 466 450 25 3 14 4621 103 3.99 1.400 8.7 0.6 3.9 3.8 0.97
BAL (1 yr) 0 1 .000 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 44 3.15 1.500 11.3 0.0 2.3 0.0 0.00
NL (6 yrs) 66 56 .541 3.69 181 148 23 73 9 2 1072.1 1035 495 440 76 466 450 25 3 14 4621 103 3.99 1.400 8.7 0.6 3.9 3.8 0.97
AL (1 yr) 0 1 .000 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 44 3.15 1.500 11.3 0.0 2.3 0.0 0.00
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
1948 27 BSN NL 147.0 33 22 59 3.61 4.46 0.13 0.00 97.8 4.23 10 1.0 1.4 -0.1 2.6 26 .531 .506
1949 ★ 28 BSN NL 230.2 37 36 125 4.88 4.49 -0.15 0.00 93.7 4.34 -14 -1.4 2.2 -0.1 0.9 12 .462 .491 AS
1950 29 BSN NL 311.2 40 39 135 3.90 4.61 -0.11 0.00 93.4 4.41 19 2.0 .3 -0.2 5.0 52 .549 .512 MVP-30
1951 30 BSN NL 164.2 25 20 68 3.72 4.32 -0.22 0.00 95.4 4.33 11 1.2 2.6 -0.0 2.9 28 .549 .508
1952 31 BSN NL 161.1 26 22 73 4.07 4.10 -0.23 0.00 98.6 4.26 3 0.4 .4 -0.1 1.9 19 .514 .502
1953 32 MLN NL 58.0 20 9 35 5.43 4.60 0.08 0.00 95.0 4.29 -7 -0.7 .7 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .467 .496
1954 33 BAL AL 4.0 1 1 5 11.25 4.54 -0.35 0.00 100.0 4.90 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .265 .499
7 Seasons 1077.1 182 149 500 4.18 4.44 -0.11 0.00 95.3 4.33 20 2.3 1.2 -0.5 13.0 134 .513 .503
MLN (6 yrs) 1073.1 181 148 495 4.15 4.44 -0.11 0.00 95.2 4.33 22 2.5 1.2 -0.5 13.2 136 .514 .503
BAL (1 yr) 4.0 1 1 5 11.25 4.54 -0.35 0.00 100.0 4.90 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .265 .499

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
1948 27 BSN NL WS L CLE 0 1 .000 2.70 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.1 4 2 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 18 2.700 10.8 0.0 13.5 2.7 0.20
1 WS 0 1 .000 2.70 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.1 4 2 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 18 2.700 10.8 0.0 13.5 2.7 0.20

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
1948 27 BSN NL 33 57 49 3 10 2 0 0 7 0 2 12 .204 .235 .245 .480 31 12 1 0 6 1
1949 ★ 28 BSN NL 37 93 81 7 15 0 0 0 8 0 2 20 .185 .205 .185 .390 8 15 4 0 10 1 AS
1950 29 BSN NL 40 128 116 9 16 0 0 0 6 0 3 24 .138 .160 .138 .298 -19 16 0 0 9 1 MVP-30
1951 30 BSN NL 25 60 52 1 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 12 .115 .148 .135 .283 -21 7 2 0 6 1
1952 31 BSN NL 26 56 51 2 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 .176 .176 .196 .373 4 10 2 0 5 1
1953 32 MLN NL 20 17 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .067 .125 .067 .192 -47 1 1 0 1 1
1954 33 BAL AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 182 412 365 23 57 4 0 0 28 0 0 10 85 .156 .179 .167 .346 -5 61 10 0 37 0
162 Game Avg. 162 367 325 20 51 4 0 0 25 0 9 76 .156 .179 .167 .346 -5 54 9 0 33
MLN (6 yrs) 181 411 364 23 57 4 0 0 28 0 0 10 84 .157 .179 .168 .347 -5 61 10 0 37
BAL (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0
NL (6 yrs) 181 411 364 23 57 4 0 0 28 0 0 10 84 .157 .179 .168 .347 -5 61 10 0 37
AL (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 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
1948 27 BSN NL 33 57 -5 0 -0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1949 ★ 28 BSN NL 37 93 -11 0 -0 0 10 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1 AS
1950 29 BSN NL 40 128 -21 0 1 0 15 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .488 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1 MVP-30
1951 30 BSN NL 25 60 -9 -0 -1 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .483 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1
1952 31 BSN NL 26 56 -7 -0 -0 0 6 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1953 32 MLN NL 20 17 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1954 33 BAL AL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .483 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
7 Seasons 182 412 -57 0 -0 0 45 -12 -1.3 0 -12 -1.3 .493 .499 -1.3 -0.0 -12
MLN (6 yrs) 181 411 -57 0 -0 0 45 -12 -1.3 0 -12 -1.3 .493 .499 -1.2 -0.0 -12
BAL (1 yr) 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .483 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1948 27 BSN NL WS CLE L 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1 WS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1948 BSN NL 27 P 33 22 10 146.0 29 6 22 1 0 .966 1.73 0.85 .963 2.11 2.08 8 0 0% 0
1949 BSN NL 28 P 37 36 15 230.2 58 7 50 1 3 .983 2.22 1.54 .953 2.04 2.02 7 4 36% 43% 0 AS
1950 BSN NL 29 P 40 39 27 311.2 73 26 45 2 5 .973 2.05 1.78 .961 2.12 2.10 5 4 44% 43% 0 MVP-30
1951 BSN NL 30 P 25 20 12 164.2 53 14 38 1 4 .981 2.84 2.08 .962 2.14 2.14 8 5 38% 43% 3
1952 BSN NL 31 P 26 22 7 161.1 45 12 32 1 4 .978 2.45 1.69 .953 2.18 2.16 5 8 62% 44% 0
1953 MLN NL 32 P 20 9 2 58.0 17 3 14 0 3 1.000 2.64 0.85 .956 2.06 2.02 4 2 33% 0
1954 BAL AL 33 P 1 1 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 2.25 1.00 .960 2.02 2.00 0 0 0
7 Seasons P 182 149 73 1076.1 276 68 202 6 19 .978 2.26 1.48 .958 2.11 2.08 37 23 38% 33% 3
7 Seasons TOT 182 149 73 1076.1 276 68 202 6 19 .978 2.26 1.48 .958 2.11 2.08 37 23 38% 33% 3
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1950 NL (30, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1950 NL  5.0 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1950 NL  3.47 (10th)
1951 NL  3.12 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
1949 NL  16 (7th)
1950 NL  19 (4th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1948 NL  .688 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1950 NL  8.461 (9th)
1951 NL  7.980 (6th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1949 NL  3.941 (10th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1949 NL  230.7 (7th)
1950 NL  311.7 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1949 NL  101 (9th)
1950 NL  126 (8th)

Games Started s c a p y
1949 NL  36 (3rd)
1950 NL  39 (1st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1949 NL  15 (7th)
1950 NL  27 (1st)

Shutouts s c a p y
1950 NL  2 (9th)
1951 NL  3 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1949 NL  20 (7th)
1950 NL  25 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1949 NL  106 (2nd)
1950 NL  122 (2nd)

Hits s c a p y
1949 NL  246 (5th)
1950 NL  293 (2nd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1951 NL  0.383 (2nd)
1952 NL  0.391 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1949 NL  109 (4th)
1950 NL  120 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1950 NL  5 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1949 NL  6 (6th)
1950 NL  6 (6th)
1951 NL  6 (6th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1949 NL  1,026 (6th)
1950 NL  1,325 (1st)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1951 NL  3.60 (7th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1949 NL  10 (8th)
1950 NL  9 (9th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1950 NL  26 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1949 NL  50 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1951 NL  2.84 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1950 NL  1.78 (5th)
1951 NL  2.08 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 6 (383), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 45 (578), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 12 (903), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1162), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (787th), 11.7 career WAR/11.7 7yr-peak WAR/11.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Vernon Edgell Vern vernon Bickford

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