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Lou Boudreau    \BOO-dro\

Louis Boudreau (Old Shufflefoot, Handsome Lou or The Good Kid)

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: July 17, 1917 in Harvey, IL
High School: Thornton HS (Harvey, IL)
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1938. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1938 (Age 21.054, 6,912th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/RedSox 1938-1952

Final Game: August 24, 1952 (Age 35.038)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1970 (232/300 ballots).
   View Lou Boudreau Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: August 10, 2001 in Olympia Fields, IL
Buried: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort, IL
Relatives: Father-In-Law of Denny McLain
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1938 CLE AL 20 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.10
1939 CLE AL 21 SS 53 53 53 301 103 184 14 31 .953 5.42 .950 5.16
1940 CLE AL 22 SS 155 155 149 755 277 454 24 116 .968 4.72 .949 4.85 AS,MVP-5
1941 CLE AL 23 SS 147 147 141 766 296 444 26 97 .966 5.03 .948 4.96 AS,MVP-17
1942 CLE AL 24 SS 146 144 132 733 281 426 26 107 .965 4.84 .949 5.01 AS,MVP-10
1943 CLE AL 25 SS 152 150 137 841 328 488 25 122 .970 5.37 .953 5.13 AS,MVP-10
1943 CLE AL 25 C 1 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 4.00 .980 5.20 0 1 0 0% 42% AS,MVP-10
1944 CLE AL 26 SS 149 148 142 874 339 516 19 134 .978 5.74 .947 5.29 AS,MVP-6
1944 CLE AL 26 C 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .975 4.90 0 0 0 AS,MVP-6
1945 CLE AL 27 SS 97 96 95 515 217 289 9 73 .983 5.22 .951 5.28 MVP-8
1946 CLE AL 28 SS 139 138 133 742 315 405 22 94 .970 5.18 .954 4.97 MVP-10
1947 CLE AL 29 SS 148 147 132 794 305 475 14 120 .982 5.27 .964 5.13 AS,MVP-3
1948 CLE AL 30 SS 151 150 138 800 297 483 20 119 .975 5.17 .964 5.17 AS,MVP-1
1948 CLE AL 30 C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.70 0 0 0 0 0 AS,MVP-1
1949 CLE AL 31 SS 88 86 77 456 176 272 8 78 .982 5.09 .963 5.17 MVP-14
1949 CLE AL 31 3B 38 37 37 114 34 76 4 13 .965 2.89 .960 3.15 MVP-14
1949 CLE AL 31 1B 6 6 1 44 41 3 0 3 1.000 7.33 .989 9.77 MVP-14
1949 CLE AL 31 2B 1 0 0 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 4.00 .975 5.50 MVP-14
1950 CLE AL 32 SS 61 61 50 509.0 292 118 170 4 44 .986 5.09 4.72 .961 5.05 4.96
1950 CLE AL 32 1B 8 4 3 44.0 39 34 5 0 2 1.000 7.98 4.88 .989 9.53 9.38
1950 CLE AL 32 2B 2 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 0.50 .980 6.00 5.75
1950 CLE AL 32 3B 2 1 1 13.0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 2.77 2.00 .960 3.25 3.20
1951 BOS AL 33 SS 52 51 46 454.0 245 80 153 12 45 .951 4.62 4.48 .961 5.20 5.17
1951 BOS AL 33 3B 15 15 11 132.0 39 10 27 2 5 .949 2.52 2.47 .950 3.17 3.15
1951 BOS AL 33 1B 2 1 1 9.0 6 4 1 1 1 .833 5.00 2.50 .990 9.70 9.65
1952 BOS AL 34 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.60 3.30
1952 BOS AL 34 SS 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .960 4.50 4.90
14 Seasons SS 1539 1526 1425 964.0 8115 3132 4760 223 1180 .973 4.87 5.13 .954 5.12 5.09
5 Seasons 3B 57 53 49 146.0 157 47 104 6 18 .962 2.53 2.65 .958 3.18 3.15
3 Seasons 1B 16 11 5 53.0 89 79 9 1 6 .989 7.47 5.50 .989 9.56 9.56
2 Seasons 2B 3 0 0 3.0 5 3 2 0 1 1.000 3.00 1.67 .976 6.00 5.67
3 Seasons C 3 0 0 6 4 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .978 4.93 0 0 1 0 0% 42% 0
15 Seasons TOT 1618 1590 1479 1166.0 8372 3265 4877 230 1205 .973 4.69 5.03 .955 5.08 5.06 0 0 1 0 0% 42% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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
1938 CLE AL 20 3B
1939 CLE AL 21 SS
1940 CLE AL 22 SS
1941 CLE AL 23 SS
1942 CLE AL 24 SS
1943 CLE AL 25 SS
1943 CLE AL 25 C
1944 CLE AL 26 SS
1944 CLE AL 26 C
1945 CLE AL 27 SS
1946 CLE AL 28 SS
1947 CLE AL 29 SS
1948 CLE AL 30 SS
1948 CLE AL 30 C
1949 CLE AL 31 SS
1949 CLE AL 31 3B
1949 CLE AL 31 1B
1949 CLE AL 31 2B
1950 CLE AL 32 SS
1950 CLE AL 32 1B
1950 CLE AL 32 2B
1950 CLE AL 32 3B
1951 BOS AL 33 SS
1951 BOS AL 33 3B
1951 BOS AL 33 1B
1952 BOS AL 34 3B
1952 BOS AL 34 SS
14 Seasons SS
5 Seasons 3B
3 Seasons 1B
2 Seasons 2B
3 Seasons C
15 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1938 CLE AL 20 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 CLE AL 21 53 53 53 53 0 0 0 0 0 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 CLE AL 22 155 155 155 155 0 0 0 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CLE AL 23 148 147 148 147 0 0 0 0 0 147 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1942 CLE AL 24 147 144 147 146 0 0 0 0 0 146 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1943 CLE AL 25 152 150 152 152 0 1 0 0 0 152 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1944 CLE AL 26 150 148 150 149 0 1 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1945 CLE AL 27 97 96 97 97 0 0 0 0 0 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 CLE AL 28 140 138 140 139 0 0 0 0 0 139 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1947 CLE AL 29 150 147 150 148 0 0 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1948 CLE AL 30 152 150 152 151 0 1 0 0 0 151 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1949 CLE AL 31 134 129 134 131 0 0 6 1 38 88 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
1950 CLE AL 32 81 66 81 71 0 0 8 2 2 61 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
1951 BOS AL 33 82 67 82 68 0 0 2 0 15 52 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1952 BOS AL 34 4 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
15 Seasons 1646 1590 1646 1610 0 3 16 3 57 1539 0 0 0 0 0 42 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 -- SS*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 63 463 163 363 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1940 CLE AL 22 5676 62% 81% 24% 574 90% 7 272 129 108 35 461 346 86 2 13 24 1 17 6 18 116 41 5 32 13 1 101 46 48 13 6 4
1941 CLE AL 23 4847 61% 81% 25% 473 93% 6 255 119 104 33 383 275 81 1 16 19 2 12 5 16 85 31 4 29 8 1 77 35 38 7 2 5
1942 CLE AL 24 4335 61% 86% 27% 408 91% 7 235 98 110 28 332 244 69 2 5 24 2 11 11 15 86 30 1 26 14 2 78 32 43 8 4 3
1943 CLE AL 25 1068 60% 82% 26% 104 93% 3 65 27 22 16 85 63 17 1 1 4 0 4 0 4 26 10 0 8 2 1 22 11 11 2 2 0
1944 CLE AL 26 405 68% 88% 27% 40 93% 0 13 5 5 3 33 27 5 0 1 2 0 2 0 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 1 3
1945 CLE AL 27 636 66% 86% 23% 67 94% 0 32 15 10 7 51 40 9 2 1 3 0 2 1 2 8 3 1 2 0 1 8 5 3 0 0 0
1946 CLE AL 28 734 48% 80% 25% 81 90% 0 55 25 21 9 58 48 8 0 3 3 0 1 2 2 17 4 2 5 2 1 14 6 8 2 1 1
1947 CLE AL 29 5384 54% 81% 27% 550 97% 2 304 134 132 39 478 360 94 1 9 14 2 12 0 9 120 40 8 36 10 9 107 50 55 9 4 3
1948 CLE AL 30 5595 57% 81% 28% 551 95% 1 294 124 131 39 479 370 86 2 13 20 0 20 0 16 119 32 7 31 16 6 104 39 56 10 3 5
1949 CLE AL 31 3217 53% 82% 27% 322 92% 3 169 69 83 17 271 200 52 0 10 8 0 8 0 7 78 31 7 18 6 7 69 38 31 7 2 4
1950 CLE AL 32 2203 59% 79% 26% 198 91% 3 121 44 63 14 172 127 31 3 6 4 0 4 0 2 45 15 4 16 3 3 42 19 23 3 2 0
1951 BOS AL 33 1993 63% 80% 25% 185 91% 0 78 30 41 7 159 119 34 2 3 12 0 10 2 10 45 18 3 14 1 2 41 22 18 4 2 2
1952 BOS AL 34 3 100% 100% 67% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Seasons 36096 59% 82% 26% 3554 93% 32 1893 819 830 247 2963 2220 572 16 81 137 7 103 27 103 751 257 42 217 75 34 665 305 334 69 29 30
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 91%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 CLE AL 31 1406 54% 81% 29% 113 93% 2 33 29 2 2 81 57 15 5 1 4 0 4 0 3 13 8 1 11 1 0 0 10 80%
1950 CLE AL 32 54 69% 85% 24% 2 100% 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 BOS AL 33 574 69% 81% 24% 37 86% 0 9 9 0 0 25 17 6 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 5 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 100%
1952 BOS AL 34 3 33% 100% 33% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Seasons 2037 59% 81% 27% 152 91% 2 45 40 3 2 106 74 21 6 2 6 0 5 1 5 18 13 1 16 1 0 0 12 83%
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 89% 69%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 CLE AL 31 160 46% 73% 28% 12 92% 0 41 2 38 1 5 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
1950 CLE AL 32 188 59% 82% 21% 16 94% 0 34 0 34 0 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1951 BOS AL 33 42 69% 71% 14% 1 100% 0 4 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 390 55% 77% 23% 29 93% 0 79 2 77 1 15 10 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 1 1 100%
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 93% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1949 CLE AL 31 9 44% 89% 44% 1 100% 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
1950 CLE AL 32 11 82% 82% 36% 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Seasons 20 65% 85% 40% 1 100% 0 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 93%

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%
1948 CLE AL 30 10 9.00 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 10 9.00 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 3.96 4.51 95% 85%

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
1948 CLE AL 30 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 45% 1.19 1.17



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1956 BBWAA ( 1.0%)
1958 BBWAA (24.1%)
1960 BBWAA (13.0%)
1962 BBWAA ( 7.5%)
1964 BBWAA (33.8%)
1964 Run Off (21.4%)
1966 BBWAA (38.1%)
1967 BBWAA (49.0%)
1967 Run Off (22.2%)
1968 BBWAA (51.6%)
1969 BBWAA (64.1%)
1970 BBWAA (77.3%)
Selected to HOF in 1970 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1940 *
1941 *
1942 (SS)
1943
1944
1945--not played
1947 (SS)
1948 (SS)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1940 AL (5, 35%)
1941 AL (17, 3%)
1942 AL (10, 10%)
1943 AL (10, 12%)
1944 AL (6, 25%)
1945 AL (8, 21%)
1946 AL (10, 11%)
1947 AL (3, 50%)
1948 AL (1, 96%)
1949 AL (14, 3%)
1 MVP
2.66 Career Shares (48th)

Assistss c a p y
1940 AL  454 (3rd)
1941 AL  444 (3rd)
1943 AL  489 (4th)
1944 AL  517 (1st)
1947 AL  475 (2nd)
1948 AL  483 (2nd)
Career  4,877 (98th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  155 (1st)
1941 AL  147 (2nd)
1942 AL  146 (2nd)
1943 AL  152 (2nd)
1944 AL  149 (1st)
1946 AL  139 (4th)
1947 AL  148 (5th)
1948 AL  151 (2nd)
Career  1,539 (58th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  277 (3rd)
1941 AL  296 (1st)
1942 AL  281 (4th)
1943 AL  328 (1st)
1944 AL  339 (1st)
1946 AL  315 (1st)
1947 AL  305 (3rd)
1948 AL  297 (2nd)
Career  3,132 (38th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  454 (1st)
1941 AL  444 (2nd)
1942 AL  426 (3rd)
1943 AL  488 (2nd)
1944 AL  516 (1st)
1946 AL  405 (3rd)
1947 AL  475 (2nd)
1948 AL  483 (2nd)
Career  4,760 (58th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1948 AL  20 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  116 (1st)
1941 AL  97 (3rd)
1942 AL  107 (2nd)
1943 AL  122 (1st)
1944 AL  134 (1st)
1945 AL  73 (4th)
1946 AL  94 (4th)
1947 AL  120 (1st)
1948 AL  119 (1st)
Career  1,180 (19th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  4.72 (5th)
1941 AL  5.03 (2nd)
1943 AL  5.37 (3rd)
1944 AL  5.74 (1st)
1945 AL  5.22 (4th)
1946 AL  5.18 (1st)
1947 AL  5.27 (2nd)
1948 AL  5.17 (4th)
1949 AL  5.09 (2nd)
Career  5.13 (51st)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1940 AL  .968 (1st)
1941 AL  .966 (1st)
1942 AL  .965 (1st)
1943 AL  .970 (1st)
1944 AL  .978 (1st)
1946 AL  .970 (1st)
1947 AL  .982 (1st)
1948 AL  .975 (1st)
Career  .973 (54th)

Youngest s c a p y
1938 AL  born 1917-07-17 (5th)

                                         

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