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Dick Brown

Richard Ernest Brown

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 176 lb.

Born: January 17, 1935 in Shinnston, WV
High School: Holy Name HS (Lake Worth, FL)
School: Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1953. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 20, 1957 (Age 22.154)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1958 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Tigers/Indians/WhiteSox 1957-1965

Final Game: October 3, 1965 (Age 30.259)
Died: April 12, 1970 in Baltimore, MD
Buried: Pinecrest Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL
Relatives: Brother of Larry Brown
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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
1957 22 CLE AL 34 121 114 10 30 4 0 4 22 1 1 4 23 .263 .281 .404 .685 85 46 1 0 0 3 1 2
1958 23 CLE AL 68 193 173 20 41 5 0 7 20 1 0 14 27 .237 .304 .387 .691 90 67 3 3 2 1 1 2
1959 24 CLE AL 48 157 141 15 31 7 0 5 16 0 0 11 39 .220 .288 .376 .664 84 53 1 3 1 1 1 2
1960 25 CHW AL 16 47 43 4 7 0 0 3 5 0 0 3 11 .163 .217 .372 .589 57 16 1 0 1 0 0 2
1961 26 DET AL 93 336 308 32 82 12 2 16 45 0 2 22 57 .266 .312 .474 .786 105 146 10 0 3 3 2 2
1962 27 DET AL 134 462 431 40 104 12 0 12 40 0 1 21 66 .241 .279 .353 .631 66 152 11 2 5 2 7 *2
1963 28 BAL AL 59 190 171 13 42 7 0 2 13 1 0 15 35 .246 .310 .322 .632 81 55 2 1 3 0 6 2
1964 29 BAL AL 88 245 230 24 59 6 0 8 32 2 0 12 45 .257 .294 .387 .681 88 89 9 1 0 2 4 2
1965 30 BAL AL 96 280 255 17 59 9 1 5 30 2 2 17 53 .231 .278 .333 .611 72 85 8 1 3 4 8 2
9 Yrs 636 2031 1866 175 455 62 3 62 223 7 6 119 356 .244 .291 .380 .671 82 709 46 11 18 16 30
162 Game Avg. 162 517 475 45 116 16 1 16 57 2 2 30 91 .244 .291 .380 .671 82 181 12 3 5 4 8
CLE (3 yrs) 150 471 428 45 102 16 0 16 58 2 1 29 89 .238 .293 .388 .681 87 166 5 6 3 5 3
BAL (3 yrs) 243 715 656 54 160 22 1 15 75 5 2 44 133 .244 .292 .349 .641 80 229 19 3 6 6 18
DET (2 yrs) 227 798 739 72 186 24 2 28 85 0 3 43 123 .252 .293 .403 .696 82 298 21 2 8 5 9
CHW (1 yr) 16 47 43 4 7 0 0 3 5 0 0 3 11 .163 .217 .372 .589 57 16 1 0 1 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
1957 22 CLE AL 34 121 -3 0 -0 -4 2 -5 -0.5 4 -1 -0.2 .485 .497 0.3 -0.3 3 2
1958 23 CLE AL 68 193 -1 -0 0 -5 3 -3 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .495 .498 0.7 -0.3 8 2
1959 24 CLE AL 48 157 -3 -0 1 -1 2 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.3 .496 .499 0.4 0.1 4 2
1960 25 CHW AL 16 47 -3 0 -0 -1 1 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.2 .478 .498 -0.1 -0.0 -1 2
1961 26 DET AL 93 336 -1 -2 -1 9 5 9 0.8 10 20 1.9 .510 .506 1.0 1.3 11 2
1962 27 DET AL 134 462 -21 -1 -1 0 7 -17 -2.0 14 -3 -0.6 .487 .489 -0.4 0.6 -3 *2
1963 28 BAL AL 59 190 -4 -2 0 1 3 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.3 .497 .499 0.3 0.4 3 2
1964 29 BAL AL 88 245 -4 -0 -1 2 4 1 0.0 8 9 0.8 .502 .501 0.6 0.5 7 2
1965 30 BAL AL 96 280 -12 -1 -0 5 4 -4 -0.5 9 5 0.4 .495 .497 -0.2 1.0 -0 2
9 Seasons 636 2031 -52 -6 -3 6 30 -25 -3.4 62 37 2.8 .496 .498 2.7 3.4 31
CLE (3 yrs) 150 471 -7 -0 1 -10 7 -10 -1.2 14 5 0.3 .493 .498 1.4 -0.5 15
BAL (3 yrs) 243 715 -20 -3 -1 8 11 -4 -0.7 22 18 1.4 .498 .499 0.7 2.0 10
DET (2 yrs) 227 798 -23 -3 -3 9 12 -8 -1.1 24 17 1.3 .496 .496 0.6 1.9 8
CHW (1 yr) 16 47 -3 0 -0 -1 1 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.2 .478 .498 -0.1 -0.0 -1

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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
1957 CLE AL 22 C 33 32 27 274.0 211 190 18 3 4 .986 -4 -18 6.83 6.30 .991 5.92 5.94 4 12 19 8 30% 47% 1
1958 CLE AL 23 C 62 46 35 419.2 309 281 24 4 6 .987 -5 -14 6.54 4.92 .990 6.01 5.95 16 15 20 14 41% 47% 0
1959 CLE AL 24 C 48 40 36 376.2 270 248 21 1 5 .996 -1 -3 6.43 5.60 .989 6.08 6.04 1 17 12 10 45% 40% 0
1960 CHW AL 25 C 14 12 9 106.1 74 66 7 1 1 .986 -1 -11 6.18 5.21 .987 5.92 5.92 2 0 6 1 14% 40% 0
1961 DET AL 26 C 91 84 68 727.2 503 460 38 5 7 .990 9 15 6.16 5.47 .989 6.21 6.14 6 14 19 24 56% 36% 3
1962 DET AL 27 C 132 122 107 1074.1 789 742 42 5 8 .994 0 0 6.57 5.94 .989 6.30 6.28 7 25 31 14 31% 36% 3
1963 BAL AL 28 C 58 51 44 459.0 345 317 23 5 7 .986 1 3 6.67 5.86 .989 6.64 6.64 4 6 13 7 35% 33% 1
1964 BAL AL 29 C 84 62 54 572.2 414 380 29 5 4 .988 2 4 6.43 4.87 .990 7.07 7.06 8 9 19 13 41% 37% 0
1965 BAL AL 30 C 92 73 66 683.1 515 466 40 9 6 .983 5 9 6.66 5.50 .988 6.96 6.94 5 18 31 25 45% 34% 2
9 Seasons C 614 522 446 4693.2 3430 3150 242 38 48 .989 6 2 6.50 5.52 .989 6.44 6.42 53 116 170 116 41% 38% 10
9 Seasons TOT 614 522 446 4693.2 3430 3150 242 38 48 .989 6 2 6.50 5.52 .989 6.44 6.42 53 116 170 116 41% 38% 10
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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1962 AL  132 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1962 AL  742 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1965 AL  9 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1961 AL  7 (4th)
1962 AL  8 (4th)
1965 AL  6 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1958 AL  16 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1961 AL  24 (2nd)
1965 AL  25 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1961 AL  55.8 (1st)
1965 AL  44.6 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1961 AL  9 (1st)
1963 AL  1 (5th)
1964 AL  2 (4th)
1965 AL  5 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1958 AL  6.54 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1961 AL  .990 (5th)
1962 AL  .994 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2424), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (376th), 2.8 career WAR/3.6 7yr-peak WAR/3.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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