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Ralph Branca

Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca (Hawk)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon, NY
High School: Davis HS (Mount Vernon, NY)
School: New York University (New York, NY)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 12, 1944 (Age 18)
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Tigers/Yankees 1944-1956

Final Game: September 7, 1956 (Age 30)
Relatives: Father-In-Law of Bobby Valentine
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1944 18 BRO NL 0 2 .000 7.05 4.89 21 1 10 0 0 1 44.2 46 36 35 2 32 16 5 0 4 214 51 1.746 9.3 0.4 6.4 3.2 0.50
1945 19 BRO NL 5 6 .455 3.04 3.92 16 15 1 7 0 1 109.2 73 44 37 4 79 69 0 0 6 476 124 1.386 6.0 0.3 6.5 5.7 0.87
1946 20 BRO NL 3 1 .750 3.88 3.74 24 10 7 2 2 3 67.1 62 34 29 4 41 42 0 1 1 297 88 1.530 8.3 0.5 5.5 5.6 1.02
1947 21 BRO NL 21 12 .636 2.67 3.57 43 36 5 15 4 1 280.0 251 100 83 22 98 148 6 1 7 1158 154 1.246 8.1 0.7 3.2 4.8 1.51 AS,MVP-11
1948 22 BRO NL 14 9 .609 3.51 4.14 36 28 4 11 1 1 215.2 189 93 84 24 80 122 4 0 9 905 114 1.247 7.9 1.0 3.3 5.1 1.53 AS,MVP-21
1949 23 BRO NL 13 5 .722 4.39 4.30 34 27 1 9 2 1 186.2 181 100 91 21 91 109 2 0 3 813 94 1.457 8.7 1.0 4.4 5.3 1.20 AS
1950 24 BRO NL 7 9 .438 4.69 4.53 43 15 16 5 0 7 142.0 152 80 74 24 55 100 0 4 1 621 88 1.458 9.6 1.5 3.5 6.3 1.82
1951 25 BRO NL 13 12 .520 3.26 3.83 42 27 11 13 3 3 204.0 180 81 74 19 85 118 3 0 6 855 120 1.299 7.9 0.8 3.8 5.2 1.39
1952 26 BRO NL 4 2 .667 3.84 4.47 16 7 5 2 0 0 61.0 52 29 26 8 21 26 4 0 2 251 96 1.197 7.7 1.2 3.1 3.8 1.24
1953 27 TOT MLB 4 7 .364 4.70 3.95 24 14 8 7 0 1 113.0 113 67 59 11 36 55 4 0 5 485 87 1.319 9.0 0.9 2.9 4.4 1.53
1953 27 BRO NL 0 0 9.82 8.32 7 0 5 0 0 0 11.0 15 12 12 4 5 5 2 0 0 51 45 1.818 12.3 3.3 4.1 4.1 1.00
1953 27 DET AL 4 7 .364 4.15 3.48 17 14 3 7 0 1 102.0 98 55 47 7 31 50 2 0 5 434 98 1.265 8.6 0.6 2.7 4.4 1.61
1954 28 TOT AL 4 3 .571 5.12 6.26 22 8 5 0 0 0 58.0 72 38 33 10 43 22 3 0 0 288 73 1.983 11.2 1.6 6.7 3.4 0.51
1954 28 DET AL 3 3 .500 5.76 6.72 17 5 4 0 0 0 45.1 63 33 29 10 30 15 2 0 0 227 65 2.051 12.5 2.0 6.0 3.0 0.50
1954 28 NYY AL 1 0 1.000 2.84 4.61 5 3 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 4 0 13 7 1 0 0 61 126 1.737 6.4 0.0 9.2 5.0 0.54
1956 30 BRO NL 0 0 0.00 3.37 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 9 1.500 4.5 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
12 Yrs 88 68 .564 3.79 4.12 322 188 74 71 12 19 1484.0 1372 702 625 149 663 0 829 31 6 44 6372 105 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25
162 Game Avg. 12 9 .564 3.79 4.12 43 25 10 9 2 3 198 183 94 83 20 88 111 4 1 6 850 105 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25
BRO (11 yrs) 80 58 .580 3.70 4.07 283 166 66 64 12 18 1324.0 1202 609 545 132 589 0 757 26 6 39 5650 107 1.353 8.2 0.9 4.0 5.1 1.29
DET (2 yrs) 7 10 .412 4.64 4.47 34 19 7 7 0 1 147.1 161 88 76 17 61 65 4 0 5 661 85 1.507 9.8 1.0 3.7 4.0 1.07
NYY (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 2.84 4.61 5 3 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 4 0 13 7 1 0 0 61 126 1.737 6.4 0.0 9.2 5.0 0.54
NL (11 yrs) 80 58 .580 3.70 4.07 283 166 66 64 12 18 1324.0 1202 609 545 132 589 0 757 26 6 39 5650 107 1.353 8.2 0.9 4.0 5.1 1.29
AL (2 yrs) 8 10 .444 4.50 4.48 39 22 8 7 0 1 160.0 170 93 80 17 74 72 5 0 5 722 87 1.525 9.6 1.0 4.2 4.1 0.97

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
1944 18 BRO NL 44.2 21 1 36 7.25 4.35 -0.56 0.00 98.3 4.83 -12 -1.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.9 -8 .441 .492
1945 19 BRO NL 109.2 16 15 44 3.61 4.35 -0.07 0.00 99.2 4.38 9 0.9 5.3 -0.0 1.9 19 .559 .506 $3,300
1946 20 BRO NL 67.1 24 10 34 4.54 4.00 0.07 0.00 100.0 3.94 -5 -0.5 .8 -0.0 0.2 2 .478 .497 $5,000
1947 21 BRO NL 279.2 43 36 100 3.22 4.61 0.24 0.00 101.2 4.42 36 3.9 3.0 0.0 6.9 69 .591 .524 AS,MVP-11
1948 22 BRO NL 215.2 36 28 93 3.88 4.53 0.12 0.00 101.6 4.49 14 1.5 1.8 -0.1 3.8 38 .542 .509 AS,MVP-21
1949 23 BRO NL 186.2 34 27 100 4.82 4.37 0.26 0.00 101.6 4.17 -14 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 0.5 7 .460 .492 AS
1950 24 BRO NL 142.0 43 15 80 5.07 4.49 0.18 0.00 100.3 4.33 -11 -1.1 1.4 -0.2 0.2 4 .474 .493
1951 25 BRO NL 204.0 42 27 81 3.57 4.46 0.25 0.00 99.2 4.17 14 1.5 1.5 -0.1 3.5 35 .535 .509
1952 26 BRO NL 61.0 16 7 29 4.28 3.92 0.11 0.00 101.1 3.86 -3 -0.3 .5 -0.0 0.3 3 .480 .498
1953 27 BRO NL 11.0 7 0 12 9.82 4.83 0.35 0.00 100.4 4.49 -6 -0.6 .1 0.2 -0.2 -5 .416 .496
1953 27 DET AL 102.0 17 14 55 4.85 4.15 -0.65 0.00 106.5 5.11 2 0.2 2.7 -0.0 1.0 11 .514 .501
1954 28 DET AL 45.1 17 5 33 6.55 4.35 0.10 0.00 98.1 4.17 -12 -1.2 1.2 -0.1 -1.0 -8 .428 .492
1954 28 NYY AL 12.2 5 3 5 3.55 3.87 0.12 0.00 92.2 3.46 -0 -0.0 .1 -0.0 0.1 1 .498 .500
1956 30 BRO NL 2.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.54 0.47 0.00 114.0 3.51 1 0.1 .0 -0.0 0.1 1 .593 .501
12 Seasons 1483.2 322 188 702 4.26 4.41 0.10 0.00 100.9 4.35 12 1.8 1.3 -0.6 16.3 167 .506 .503 $8,300
BRO (11 yrs) 1323.2 283 166 609 4.14 4.43 0.15 0.00 100.6 4.30 22 2.8 1.2 -0.4 16.2 163 .510 .503 $8,300
DET (2 yrs) 147.1 34 19 88 5.38 4.21 -0.42 0.00 103.9 4.82 -10 -1.0 1.5 -0.2 0.1 3 .471 .497
NYY (1 yr) 12.2 5 3 5 3.55 3.87 0.12 0.00 92.2 3.46 -0 -0.0 .1 -0.0 0.1 1 .498 .500

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
1947 21 BRO NL WS L NYY 1 1 .500 8.64 3 1 0 0 0 0 8.1 12 8 8 1 5 0 8 1 0 0 43 2.040 13.0 1.1 5.4 8.6 1.60
1949 23 BRO NL WS L NYY 0 1 .000 4.15 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.2 4 4 4 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 34 0.923 4.2 0.0 4.2 6.2 1.50
2 Yrs (2 Series) 1 2 .333 6.35 4 2 0 0 0 0 17.0 16 12 12 1 9 0 14 1 0 0 77 1.471 8.5 0.5 4.8 7.4 1.56
2 WS 1 2 .333 6.35 4 2 0 0 0 0 17.0 16 12 12 1 9 0 14 1 0 0 77 1.471 8.5 0.5 4.8 7.4 1.56

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1947 BRO NL 21
1948 BRO NL 22 1 0 0 6.00 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 2 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 13 1.333 3.0 3.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
1949 BRO NL 23

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1944 18 BRO NL 12 21 214 168 36 46 5 2 2 1 3 32 16 .274 .405 .363 .768 .293 61 3 5 9 0 4
1945 19 BRO NL 31 16 476 387 44 73 16 4 4 7 4 79 69 .189 .326 .282 .608 .220 109 4 0 10 0 10
1946 20 BRO NL 4 24 297 254 34 62 15 0 4 2 5 41 42 .244 .349 .350 .700 .279 89 4 0 4 0 5
1947 21 BRO NL 43 1161 1047 100 251 38 10 22 12 7 98 148 .240 .308 .358 .667 .261 375 22 6 9 0 2
1948 22 BRO NL 36 906 813 93 189 33 8 24 10 5 80 122 .232 .304 .381 .686 .247 310 12 4 8 0 13
1949 23 BRO NL 34 822 724 100 181 38 7 21 1 2 91 109 .250 .335 .409 .744 .269 296 14 2 5 0 7
1950 24 BRO NL 2 43 621 560 80 152 18 8 24 3 5 55 100 .271 .337 .461 .797 .294 258 11 0 5 0 6
1951 25 BRO NL 42 858 764 81 180 24 2 19 5 8 85 118 .236 .315 .347 .661 .257 265 13 3 6 0 8
1952 26 BRO NL 16 251 224 29 52 8 3 8 2 2 21 26 .232 .309 .402 .711 .232 90 8 4 2 0 5
1953 27 BRO NL 7 51 44 12 15 1 0 4 0 1 5 5 .341 .431 .636 1.068 .314 28 2 2 0 0 0
1953 27 DET AL 17 435 388 55 98 15 6 7 4 3 31 50 .253 .311 .376 .687 .275 146 9 2 13 0 6
1953 27 TOT MLB 24 486 432 67 113 16 6 11 4 4 36 55 .262 .324 .403 .727 .279 174 11 4 13 0 6
1954 28 DET AL 17 227 191 33 63 8 3 10 1 1 30 15 .330 .424 .560 .984 .317 107 3 2 3 1 3
1954 28 NYY AL 5 61 43 5 9 2 0 0 0 1 13 7 .209 .397 .256 .652 .243 11 0 1 3 1 0
1954 28 TOT AL 22 288 234 38 72 10 3 10 1 2 43 22 .308 .418 .504 .923 .304 118 3 3 6 2 3
1956 30 BRO NL 1 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .143 .333 .143 .476 .200 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Yrs 49 322 6389 5614 702 1372 221 53 149 48 47 663 829 .244 .327 .382 .710 .264 2146 105 31 77 2 0 69
162 Game Avg. 7 43 852 749 94 183 29 7 20 6 6 88 111 .244 .327 .382 .710 .264 286 14 4 10 0 9
MLB Averages .260 .334 .369 .703 .277

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1944 18 BRO NL -15.3 -1.5 211 -0.4 1.4 -1.8 .51 -0.7 -0.0 -12.3 -1.2 1.13 -12.2 1 1 16
1945 19 BRO NL 9.0 0.9 467 1.5 9.5 -7.9 1.20 0.9 0.4 13.4 1.4 1.01 10.9 1 0 0
1946 20 BRO NL -3.6 -0.4 304 -0.3 4.4 -4.6 .89 -0.0 -0.2 -5.3 -0.6 0.95 -0.8 3 2 8
1947 21 BRO NL 42.3 4.4 1188 3.3 21.0 -17.7 .98 3.3 0.1 44.4 4.6 0.92 43.5 4 2 1
1948 22 BRO NL 12.9 1.3 936 1.3 18.6 -17.3 1.15 1.8 -0.6 14.1 1.4 0.92 19.3 4 2 2
1949 23 BRO NL -3.9 -0.4 835 -0.9 13.4 -14.3 .95 -0.3 -0.7 -4.4 -0.4 0.95 -2.1 1 3 3
1950 24 BRO NL -7.4 -0.7 635 0.1 12.6 -12.5 1.09 -0.6 0.7 -2.4 -0.2 0.92 -8.5 12 6 10
1951 25 BRO NL 16.4 1.7 879 1.9 17.6 -15.7 1.12 2.1 -0.4 20.9 2.2 0.95 23.9 6 3 6
1952 26 BRO NL -0.9 -0.1 259 0.3 3.0 -2.7 .67 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.92 1.2 1 1 7
1953 27 TOT MLB -8.0 -0.8 499 0.5 8.2 -7.8 .95 0.2 0.3 -3.7 -0.3 0.95 -1.3 2 0 8
1953 27 BRO NL -5.9 -0.5 53 -0.0 0.1 -0.1 .08 -0.1 -0.4 -6.0 -0.6 0.93 -4.0 0 0 7
1953 27 DET AL -2.1 -0.2 446 0.5 8.2 -7.6 1.05 0.3 0.2 2.3 0.2 0.96 2.7 2 0 1
1954 28 TOT AL -9.2 -0.9 291 -1.6 4.5 -6.0 .99 -2.2 0.6 -18.1 -1.8 1.00 -25.3 4 3 7
1954 28 DET AL -10.2 -1.0 229 -1.6 3.5 -5.1 1.00 -2.1 0.4 -17.8 -1.7 1.00 -23.6 4 3 5
1954 28 NYY AL 0.9 0.1 62 0.0 1.0 -0.9 .94 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 -0.0 1.00 -1.7 0 0 2
1956 30 BRO NL 1.0 0.1 10 0.0 0.0 -0.0 .04 0.0 0.1 1.0 0.1 1.18 0.5 0 0 1
12 Yrs 33.2 3.7 6514 5.8 114.1 -108.3 1.01 4.5 1.3 48.0 5.2 0.95 48.8 39 23 69

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1944 18 BRO NL 21 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0% 12.0 12 12 4 4 1 0 4.0 0.0 1.3
1945 19 BRO NL 16 15 5 6 4 0 4 7 8 .467 1 2 7 0 10 67% 57.3 86 24 6 3 7 3 3.5 3.5 7.2
1946 20 BRO NL 24 10 2 1 7 0 0 7 3 .700 0 3 2 2 3 30% 47.0 88 24 15 6 5 5 7.3 6.0 4.3
1947 21 BRO NL 43 36 18 11 7 1 3 23 13 .639 3 2 15 4 22 61% 56.1 88 22 33 10 23 5 4.5 4.8 7.4
1948 22 BRO NL 36 28 13 9 6 1 3 16 12 .571 2 4 11 1 17 61% 55.3 80 22 19 3 16 4 4.5 4.3 7.0
1949 23 BRO NL 34 27 13 4 10 5 1 16 10 .615 4 5 9 2 10 37% 49.8 81 16 24 9 13 8 6.9 7.4 6.3
1950 24 BRO NL 43 15 5 6 4 2 1 6 9 .400 0 2 5 0 4 27% 45.7 74 25 16 5 9 3 6.1 5.4 6.3
1951 25 BRO NL 42 27 12 9 6 0 3 17 10 .630 0 5 13 3 16 59% 55.0 91 25 14 7 20 3 4.0 3.3 6.5
1952 26 BRO NL 16 7 3 2 2 1 0 5 2 .714 0 1 2 0 2 29% 46.3 74 25 4 2 2 3 5.8 6.2 5.4
1953 27 TOT MLB 24 14 4 7 3 0 2 6 8 .429 2 1 7 0 7 50% 92 17 6 6 6 5 4.8 4.4 7.0
1953 27 DET AL 17 14 4 7 3 0 2 6 8 .429 2 1 7 0 7 50% 50.9 92 17 6 6 6 5 4.8 4.4 7.0
1954 28 TOT AL 22 8 2 0 6 0 0 5 3 .625 0 4 0 0 2 25% 42.1 66 29 15 4 2 3 4.0 4.5 3.7
1954 28 DET AL 17 5 1 0 4 0 0 3 2 .600 0 2 0 0 1 20% 37.2 50 29 12 4 2 1 4.4 6.2 3.7
1954 28 NYY AL 5 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 .667 0 2 0 0 1 33% 50.3 66 36 3 0 0 2 3.1 1.6 3.6
11 Yrs 314 188 77 56 55 10 17 108 79 .578 12 29 71 12 93 49% 52 92 12 156 59 104 42 5.0 4.8 6.5
MLB Averages .500 51% 51 118 -11 4.5 4.5 6.7

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1944 18 BRO NL 21 20 10 0 1 1 1 0 100% 1 0 10 1 10% 8 .510 1 1 16 1 1 16 5 13 15 3 14 4 6.5
1945 19 BRO NL 16 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 100% 1 0 3 0 0% 7 1.203 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 7.0
1946 20 BRO NL 24 14 7 1 0 2 3 0 150% 3 0 10 4 40% 6 .890 3 2 8 3 1 9 5 8 8 1 9 0 5.1
1947 21 BRO NL 43 7 5 3 1 3 1 2 33% 3 0 12 6 50% 8 .979 4 2 1 3 2 2 6 1 4 2 5 4 5.7
1948 22 BRO NL 36 8 4 1 0 3 1 2 33% 3 0 9 5 56% 6 1.148 4 2 2 3 2 3 4 4 6 2 6 2 6.9
1949 23 BRO NL 34 7 1 0 1 1 1 0 100% 1 0 6 2 33% 8 .946 1 3 3 1 1 5 3 4 5 1 6 1 6.9
1950 24 BRO NL 43 28 16 2 3 7 7 0 100% 10 2 20 3 15% 8 1.085 12 6 10 10 4 14 12 16 17 5 19 5 5.1
1951 25 BRO NL 42 15 11 1 3 6 3 3 50% 7 1 8 6 75% 7 1.125 6 3 6 7 2 6 4 11 10 3 10 0 5.5
1952 26 BRO NL 16 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 100% 8 .669 1 1 7 2 0 7 1 8 6 0 6 0 7.7
1953 27 TOT MLB 24 10 8 0 0 2 1 1 50% 2 0 4 0 0% .947 2 0 8 2 0 8 2 8 4 1 4 1 4.3
1953 27 BRO NL 7 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .075 0 0 7 0 0 7 0 7 3 0 3 1 4.7
1953 27 DET AL 17 3 3 0 0 2 1 1 50% 2 0 4 0 0% 8 1.049 2 0 1 2 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.3
1954 28 TOT AL 22 14 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 10 91% .987 4 3 7 1 3 10 5 9 6 2 7 0 6.1
1954 28 DET AL 17 12 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 10 91% 8 .998 4 3 5 1 3 8 5 7 6 2 7 0 6.7
1954 28 NYY AL 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .945 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 3.0
1956 30 BRO NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .039 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 6.0
12 Yrs 322 134 74 11 12 26 19 8 73% 32 4 94 38 40% 1.010 39 23 69 34 16 81 48 83 83 20 88 17 5.8

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1944 18 BRO NL 214 70% 0.9% 7.5% 15.0% 4.2% 20% 0.70 70% 63 3 5%
1945 19 BRO NL 476 61% 0.8% 14.5% 16.6% 5.0% 33% 0.65 66% 100 4 4%
1946 20 BRO NL 297 46% 1.4% 14.1% 13.8% 6.4% 31% 0.63 70% 50 4 8%
1947 21 BRO NL 1161 59% 1.9% 12.8% 8.4% 6.0% 28% 0.73 76% 200 22 11%
1948 22 BRO NL 906 62% 2.7% 13.5% 8.8% 7.2% 34% 0.64 74% 167 12 7%
1949 23 BRO NL 822 63% 2.6% 13.3% 11.1% 8.0% 37% 0.70 72% 167 14 8%
1950 24 BRO NL 621 65% 3.9% 16.1% 8.9% 8.1% 33% 0.68 70% 123 11 9%
1951 25 BRO NL 858 57% 2.2% 13.8% 9.9% 5.2% 25% 0.64 73% 178 13 7%
1952 26 BRO NL 251 61% 3.2% 10.4% 8.4% 7.6% 37% 0.95 76% 51 8 16%
1953 27 TOT MLB 486 56% 2.3% 11.3% 7.4% 6.8% 29% 0.81 75% 101 11 11%
1953 27 BRO NL 51 65% 7.8% 9.8% 9.8% 9.8% 33% 0.50 69% 14 2 14%
1953 27 DET AL 435 54% 1.6% 11.5% 7.1% 6.4% 29% 0.85 76% 87 9 10%
1954 28 TOT AL 288 57% 3.5% 7.6% 14.9% 8.0% 32% 0.66 71% 51 3 6%
1954 28 DET AL 227 58% 4.4% 6.6% 13.2% 9.3% 33% 0.68 74% 40 3 8%
1954 28 NYY AL 61 51% 0.0% 11.5% 21.3% 3.3% 22% 0.58 61% 11 0 0%
1956 30 BRO NL 9 56% 0.0% 22.2% 22.2% 0.0% 0% 1.00 56% 4 0 0%
12 Yrs 6389 60% 2.3% 13.0% 10.4% 6.6% 31% 0.70 73% 1255 105 8%
MLB Averages 50% 1.8% 10.1% 9.5% 5.4% 24% 0.95 77% 10%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1944 18 BRO NL 202 46 2 1 13 1 1 1 1 20 9 2 45% 4 4 1 92 1 3 25% 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 6 12
1945 19 BRO NL 445 73 4 0 11 1 2 1 2 28 12 3 43% 10 6 2 182 7 4 64% 6 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 13 31
1946 20 BRO NL 293 62 4 0 11 0 4 2 2 16 7 1 44% 5 1 0 108 2 5 29% 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 4
1947 21 BRO NL 1161 251 22 0 23 14 8 11 11 49 26 8 53% 2 7 2 397 12 7 63% 9 6 2 0 1 1 0 0 12 0
1948 22 BRO NL 906 189 24 1 15 13 11 15 9 45 22 8 49% 13 9 3 324 10 5 67% 9 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 16 0
1949 23 BRO NL 822 181 21 0 22 12 9 7 14 37 18 3 49% 7 3 2 313 1 2 33% 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1950 24 BRO NL 619 152 24 0 17 14 10 17 7 43 16 7 37% 6 1 1 230 3 5 38% 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 2
1951 25 BRO NL 858 180 19 0 19 12 7 6 13 36 15 8 42% 8 6 1 314 5 8 38% 5 6 0 1 0 1 1 0 12 0
1952 26 BRO NL 251 52 8 0 3 6 2 5 3 12 6 0 50% 5 2 0 90 2 2 50% 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
1953 27 TOT MLB 486 113 11 1 9 4 7 5 6 22 11 5 50% 6 5 0 202 4 4 50% 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 0
1953 27 BRO NL 51 15 4 1 1 2 2 0 4 3 2 1 67% 0 0 0 20 0 1 0% 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 27 DET AL 435 98 7 0 8 2 5 5 2 19 9 4 47% 6 5 0 182 4 3 57% 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 0
1954 28 TOT AL 288 72 10 1 13 5 5 3 7 25 8 3 32% 3 0 0 108 1 2 33% 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1954 28 DET AL 227 63 10 1 12 5 5 3 7 21 7 2 33% 3 0 0 83 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1954 28 NYY AL 61 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 25% 0 0 0 25 0 1 0% 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1956 30 BRO NL 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
12 Yrs 6340 1372 149 4 156 82 66 73 75 333 150 48 45% 69 44 13 2367 48 47 51% 41 36 5 6 2 5 3 0 89 49
MLB Averages 52% 55%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1944 18 0 2 .000 7.05 21 1 10 0 0 1 44.2 46 36 35 2 32 16 5 0 4 214 51 1.746 9.3 0.4 6.4 3.2 0.50 51
1945 19 5 8 .385 4.20 37 16 11 7 0 2 154.1 119 80 72 6 111 85 5 0 10 690 88 1.490 6.9 0.3 6.5 5.0 0.77 88
1946 20 8 9 .471 4.10 61 26 18 9 2 5 221.2 181 114 101 10 152 127 5 1 11 987 88 1.502 7.3 0.4 6.2 5.2 0.84 88
1947 21 29 21 .580 3.30 104 62 23 24 6 6 501.2 432 214 184 32 250 275 11 2 18 2145 118 1.359 7.8 0.6 4.5 4.9 1.10 118
1948 22 43 30 .589 3.36 140 90 27 35 7 7 717.1 621 307 268 56 330 397 15 2 27 3050 117 1.326 7.8 0.7 4.1 5.0 1.20 117
1949 23 56 35 .615 3.57 174 117 28 44 9 8 904.0 802 407 359 77 421 506 17 2 30 3863 111 1.353 8.0 0.8 4.2 5.0 1.20 111
1950 24 63 44 .589 3.73 217 132 44 49 9 15 1046.0 954 487 433 101 476 606 17 6 31 4484 107 1.367 8.2 0.9 4.1 5.2 1.27 107
1951 25 76 56 .576 3.65 259 159 55 62 12 18 1250.0 1134 568 507 120 561 724 20 6 37 5339 109 1.356 8.2 0.9 4.0 5.2 1.29 109
1952 26 80 58 .580 3.66 275 166 60 64 12 18 1311.0 1186 597 533 128 582 750 24 6 39 5590 108 1.349 8.1 0.9 4.0 5.1 1.29 108
1953 27 84 65 .564 3.74 299 180 68 71 12 19 1424.0 1299 664 592 139 618 805 28 6 44 6075 106 1.346 8.2 0.9 3.9 5.1 1.30 106
1954 28 88 68 .564 3.80 321 188 73 71 12 19 1482.0 1371 702 625 149 661 827 31 6 44 6363 104 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25 104
1955 29 88 68 .564 3.80 321 188 73 71 12 19 1482.0 1371 702 625 149 661 827 31 6 44 6363 104 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25 104
1956 30 88 68 .564 3.79 322 188 74 71 12 19 1484.0 1372 702 625 149 663 0 829 31 6 44 6372 105 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25 105

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1944 18 2 3 .400 7.04 46.0 50 40 36 2 35 17 5 1.848 9.8 6.8 3.3 0.49 0.4 21
1945 19 7 6 .538 3.21 115.0 76 46 41 4 82 72 0 1.374 5.9 6.4 5.6 0.88 0.3 16
1946 20 4 4 .500 4.76 70.0 72 41 37 5 48 44 0 1.714 9.3 6.2 5.7 0.92 0.6 24
1947 21 20 13 .606 2.76 293.0 260 100 90 23 102 155 6 1.235 8.0 3.1 4.8 1.52 0.7 43
1948 22 14 11 .560 3.44 225.0 197 96 86 25 83 127 4 1.244 7.9 3.3 5.1 1.53 1.0 36
1949 23 11 11 .500 4.18 194.0 186 100 90 22 94 113 2 1.443 8.6 4.4 5.2 1.20 1.0 34
1950 24 8 8 .500 4.38 148.0 156 80 72 25 56 104 0 1.432 9.5 3.4 6.3 1.86 1.5 43
1951 25 13 11 .542 3.23 212.0 191 84 76 20 90 123 3 1.325 8.1 3.8 5.2 1.37 0.8 42
1952 26 3 4 .429 4.22 64.0 58 33 30 9 23 27 4 1.266 8.2 3.2 3.8 1.17 1.3 16
1953 27 6 7 .462 4.65 118.0 118 68 61 11 38 57 4 1.322 9.0 2.9 4.3 1.50 0.8 24
1954 28 3 4 .429 5.61 61.0 79 42 38 11 47 23 3 2.066 11.7 6.9 3.4 0.49 1.6 22
1956 30 0 0 0.00 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.000 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00 0.0 1
12 Yrs 91 82 .526 3.82 1548.0 1443 730 657 157 700 864 31 1.384 8.4 5.0 1.23 0.9 322



* - 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))
1947 NL (11, 12%)
1948 NL (21, 2%)
0.14 Career Shares (844th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1947 NL  6.3 (7th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1947 NL  6.9 (3rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1947 NL  2.67 (3rd)
1951 NL  3.26 (10th)

Wins s c a p y
1947 NL  21 (2nd)
1948 NL  14 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1947 NL  .636 (6th)
1948 NL  .609 (9th)
1949 NL  .722 (1st)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1947 NL  1.246 (6th)
1948 NL  1.247 (9th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1947 NL  8.068 (5th)
1948 NL  7.887 (4th)
1951 NL  7.941 (4th)
Career  8.321 (247th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1947 NL  4.757 (3rd)
1948 NL  5.091 (2nd)
1949 NL  5.255 (2nd)
1951 NL  5.206 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1947 NL  43 (9th)
1950 NL  43 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1950 NL  7 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1947 NL  280.0 (2nd)
1948 NL  215.7 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1947 NL  148 (2nd)
1948 NL  122 (5th)
1949 NL  109 (4th)
1951 NL  118 (9th)

Games Started s c a p y
1947 NL  36 (1st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1947 NL  15 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1947 NL  4 (4th)
1951 NL  3 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1947 NL  22 (2nd)
1948 NL  24 (3rd)
1949 NL  21 (6th)
1950 NL  24 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1945 NL  79 (10th)
1947 NL  98 (3rd)
1949 NL  91 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1947 NL  251 (2nd)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1947 NL  1.510 (8th)
1948 NL  1.525 (7th)
1951 NL  1.388 (10th)

Losses s c a p y
1947 NL  12 (8th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1945 NL  6 (4th)
1947 NL  7 (2nd)
1948 NL  9 (2nd)
1951 NL  6 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1944 NL  5 (5th)
1947 NL  6 (1st)
1948 NL  4 (7th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1947 NL  1,158 (2nd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1947 NL  154 (3rd)
1951 NL  120 (9th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1947 NL  3.57 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1947 NL  42 (3rd)
1948 NL  13 (10th)
1951 NL  16 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1947 NL  4.4 (3rd)
1948 NL  1.3 (10th)
1951 NL  1.7 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1945 NL  13.38 (3rd)
1947 NL  44.43 (2nd)
1951 NL  20.90 (7th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 NL  1.6 (6th)
1947 NL  3.3 (3rd)
1951 NL  1.9 (8th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1945 NL  0.9 (10th)
1947 NL  3.3 (2nd)
1948 NL  1.8 (8th)
1951 NL  2.1 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1945 NL  1.4 (3rd)
1947 NL  4.6 (2nd)
1951 NL  2.2 (7th)

Youngest s c a p y
1945 NL  born 1926-01-06 (9th)
1946 NL  born 1926-01-06 (9th)

                           

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 (·)

Black InkPitching - 4 (480), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 63 (408), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 27 (491), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 11 (765), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (643rd), 14.7 career WAR/15.9 7yr-peak WAR/15.3 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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