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Bill Buckner

William Joseph Buckner (Billy Buck)

Positions: First Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, CA
High School: Napa HS (Napa, CA)
Schools: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Drafted
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 1968 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 21, 1969 (Age 19.281)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1971 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers/RedSox/Royals/Angels 1969-1990

Final Game: May 30, 1990 (Age 40.167)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 21, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #407. Eddie Yost… #408. Ken Keltner… #409. Jimmy Dykes… #410. BILL BUCKNER… #411. Jose Reyes… #412. Dick McAuliffe… #413. Clyde Milan… 

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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
1969 19 LAD NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 20 LAD NL 28 71 68 6 13 3 1 0 4 0 1 3 7 .191 .225 .265 .490 34 18 0 0 0 0 1 7/39
1971 21 LAD NL 108 383 358 37 99 15 1 5 41 4 1 11 18 .277 .306 .366 .672 95 131 6 5 7 2 4 93/7
1972 22 LAD NL 105 405 383 47 122 14 3 5 37 10 3 17 13 .319 .348 .410 .758 117 157 13 1 3 1 2 93/7
1973 23 LAD NL 140 606 575 68 158 20 0 8 46 12 2 17 34 .275 .297 .351 .648 83 202 15 3 6 5 5 379
1974 24 LAD NL 145 620 580 83 182 30 3 7 58 31 13 30 24 .314 .351 .412 .763 117 239 13 4 4 2 10 *7/39 MVP-25
1975 25 LAD NL 92 315 288 30 70 11 2 6 31 8 3 17 15 .243 .286 .358 .644 82 103 11 2 4 4 7 7
1976 26 LAD NL 154 680 642 76 193 28 4 7 60 28 9 26 26 .301 .326 .389 .716 105 250 8 1 6 5 6 *7/93
1977 27 CHC NL 122 457 426 40 121 27 0 11 60 7 5 21 23 .284 .314 .425 .739 88 181 16 1 2 7 2 3
1978 28 CHC NL 117 470 446 47 144 26 1 5 74 7 5 18 17 .323 .345 .419 .765 104 187 16 0 1 5 5 3 MVP-17
1979 29 CHC NL 149 628 591 72 168 34 7 14 66 9 4 30 28 .284 .319 .437 .756 97 258 16 2 1 4 6 *3
1980 30 CHC NL 145 615 578 69 187 41 3 10 68 1 2 30 18 .324 .353 .457 .810 119 264 13 0 0 6 11 379 MVP-14
1981 ★ 31 CHC NL 106 453 421 45 131 35 3 10 75 5 2 26 16 .311 .349 .480 .829 130 202 17 1 0 5 9 *3 AS,MVP-10
1982 32 CHC NL 161 709 657 93 201 34 5 15 105 15 5 36 26 .306 .342 .441 .783 117 290 14 5 1 10 7 *3 MVP-10
1983 33 CHC NL 153 665 626 79 175 38 6 16 66 12 4 25 30 .280 .310 .436 .746 102 273 10 5 4 5 5 *37
1984 34 TOT MLB 135 518 482 54 131 21 2 11 69 2 2 25 39 .272 .313 .392 .705 91 189 12 6 0 4 6 *3/7
1984 34 CHC NL 21 46 43 3 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 .209 .239 .209 .448 23 9 1 1 0 1 1 /37
1984 34 BOS AL 114 472 439 51 122 21 2 11 67 2 2 24 38 .278 .321 .410 .731 97 180 11 5 0 3 5 *3
1985 35 BOS AL 162 719 673 89 201 46 3 16 110 18 4 30 36 .299 .325 .447 .773 106 301 16 2 2 11 5 *3
1986 36 BOS AL 153 681 629 73 168 39 2 18 102 6 4 40 25 .267 .311 .421 .733 98 265 25 4 0 8 9 *3D
1987 37 TOT AL 132 498 469 39 134 18 2 5 74 2 3 22 26 .286 .314 .365 .678 80 171 13 0 1 6 2 3D
1987 37 BOS AL 75 304 286 23 78 6 1 2 42 1 3 13 19 .273 .299 .322 .621 64 92 10 0 0 5 1 3
1987 37 CAL AL 57 194 183 16 56 12 1 3 32 1 0 9 7 .306 .337 .432 .768 105 79 3 0 1 1 1 D/3
1988 38 TOT AL 108 311 285 19 71 14 0 3 43 5 1 17 19 .249 .287 .330 .616 73 94 8 0 4 5 5 D3
1988 38 CAL AL 19 48 43 1 9 0 0 0 9 2 0 4 0 .209 .271 .209 .480 39 9 2 0 0 1 0 D/3
1988 38 KCR AL 89 263 242 18 62 14 0 3 34 3 1 13 19 .256 .290 .351 .641 78 85 6 0 4 4 5 D3
1989 39 KCR AL 79 184 176 7 38 4 1 1 16 1 0 6 11 .216 .240 .267 .507 43 47 4 0 0 1 2 3D
1990 40 BOS AL 22 48 43 4 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 2 .186 .234 .256 .490 35 11 1 0 1 1 2 3
22 Yrs 2517 10037 9397 1077 2715 498 49 174 1208 183 73 450 453 .289 .321 .408 .729 100 3833 247 42 47 97 111
162 Game Avg. 162 646 605 69 175 32 3 11 78 12 5 29 29 .289 .321 .408 .729 100 247 16 3 3 6 7
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
LAD (8 yrs) 773 3081 2895 347 837 121 14 38 277 93 32 121 137 .289 .319 .380 .699 99 1100 66 16 30 19 35
CHC (8 yrs) 974 4043 3788 448 1136 235 25 81 516 56 27 187 159 .300 .332 .439 .771 107 1664 103 15 9 43 46
BOS (5 yrs) 526 2224 2070 240 577 112 8 48 324 27 13 110 120 .279 .315 .410 .725 94 849 63 11 3 28 22
KCR (2 yrs) 168 447 418 25 100 18 1 4 50 4 1 19 30 .239 .269 .316 .585 64 132 10 0 4 5 7
CAL (2 yrs) 76 242 226 17 65 12 1 3 41 3 0 13 7 .288 .324 .389 .713 93 88 5 0 1 2 1
NL (16 yrs) 1747 7124 6683 795 1973 356 39 119 793 149 59 308 296 .295 .326 .414 .740 104 2764 169 31 39 62 81
AL (7 yrs) 770 2913 2714 282 742 142 10 55 415 34 14 142 157 .273 .308 .394 .702 90 1069 78 11 8 35 30

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
1969 19 LAD NL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .472 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1970 20 LAD NL 28 71 -6 -0 1 1 -1 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.4 .476 .496 -0.5 -0.0 -4 7/39
1971 21 LAD NL 108 383 -1 2 1 -1 -5 -3 -0.3 13 10 1.0 .496 .498 1.0 -0.6 11 93/7
1972 22 LAD NL 105 405 9 1 -1 3 -5 8 1.0 13 21 2.2 .508 .505 1.8 -0.1 17 93/7
1973 23 LAD NL 140 606 -12 1 1 6 -7 -11 -1.4 19 8 0.5 .491 .492 -0.1 -0.2 2 379
1974 24 LAD NL 145 620 10 2 -0 5 -6 11 1.1 20 31 3.0 .508 .507 2.4 -0.2 26 *7/39 MVP-25
1975 25 LAD NL 92 315 -10 0 -2 5 -3 -9 -1.0 10 1 -0.0 .489 .494 -0.7 0.3 -4 7
1976 26 LAD NL 154 680 1 0 1 14 -7 8 0.9 21 30 2.9 .506 .506 1.2 0.8 15 *7/93
1977 27 CHC NL 122 457 -6 -0 -2 -6 -5 -19 -2.1 15 -5 -0.7 .483 .487 -0.1 -1.3 2 $100,000 3
1978 28 CHC NL 117 470 1 -1 -0 0 -6 -5 -0.6 15 10 0.9 .495 .496 0.8 -0.6 10 3 MVP-17
1979 29 CHC NL 149 628 -2 -2 -1 2 -8 -10 -1.1 20 10 1.0 .493 .493 0.6 -0.6 9 *3
1980 30 CHC NL 145 615 10 -3 1 -5 -8 -5 -0.7 21 16 1.5 .496 .497 2.0 -1.5 21 379 MVP-14
1981 ★ 31 CHC NL 106 453 12 0 -2 -8 -6 -4 -0.3 15 12 1.2 .496 .497 2.0 -1.6 20 *3 AS,MVP-10
1982 32 CHC NL 161 709 16 -1 -0 5 -9 11 1.3 23 34 3.6 .508 .508 2.9 -0.4 29 *3 MVP-10
1983 33 CHC NL 153 665 -1 2 -0 3 -9 -5 -0.8 22 17 1.5 .496 .496 1.1 -0.8 14 *37
1984 34 CHC NL 21 46 -5 -0 0 -1 -0 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.5 .468 .496 -0.4 -0.1 -4 /37
1984 34 BOS AL 114 472 -5 -1 -1 -4 -6 -18 -1.9 16 -2 -0.3 .483 .488 0.2 -1.1 3 *3
1985 35 BOS AL 162 719 0 -1 -0 2 -9 -8 -0.8 24 15 1.4 .495 .495 1.3 -0.8 14 $747,500 *3
1986 36 BOS AL 153 681 -6 -5 -1 -3 -9 -24 -2.3 22 -2 -0.3 .484 .485 -0.0 -1.2 1 $785,000 *3D
1987 37 BOS AL 75 304 -17 -3 0 -1 -4 -25 -2.4 10 -14 -1.4 .467 .485 -1.3 -0.5 -13 $366,667 3
1987 37 CAL AL 57 194 5 1 0 1 -4 3 0.3 7 9 0.9 .505 .502 0.9 -0.3 9 $62,500 D/3
1988 38 CAL AL 19 48 -4 0 -0 0 -1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.3 .477 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $400,000 D/3
1988 38 KCR AL 89 263 -10 -1 -0 -0 -5 -17 -1.8 9 -8 -1.0 .479 .488 -0.9 -0.6 -8 D3
1989 39 KCR AL 79 184 -13 0 0 -2 -3 -17 -1.8 7 -11 -1.2 .476 .488 -1.0 -0.5 -9 $400,000 3D
1990 40 BOS AL 22 48 -5 -1 0 -2 -0 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .460 .495 -0.5 -0.3 -4 3
22 Seasons 2517 10037 -38 -8 -6 12 -126 -165 -17.4 331 165 14.8 .493 .496 12.3 -12.2 153 $2,861,667
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
LAD (8 yrs) 773 3081 -10 7 1 34 -34 -3 -0.4 100 97 9.3 .500 .501 5.1 -0.0 63
CHC (8 yrs) 974 4043 27 -4 -5 -11 -50 -44 -5.0 133 90 8.4 .495 .497 8.9 -7.0 101 $100,000
BOS (5 yrs) 526 2224 -33 -11 -1 -9 -29 -83 -8.2 74 -9 -1.3 .484 .489 -0.3 -3.8 -0 $1,899,167
KCR (2 yrs) 168 447 -23 -1 0 -2 -8 -35 -3.6 16 -19 -2.2 .478 .488 -1.9 -1.0 -17 $400,000
CAL (2 yrs) 76 242 1 1 0 1 -5 -1 -0.1 8 7 0.6 .498 .501 0.5 -0.4 6 $462,500

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
1974 24 LAD NL NLCS PIT W 4 18 18 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .222 .389 4 0 0 0 0 0
1974 24 LAD NL WS OAK L 5 21 20 1 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .450 .700 9 0 0 1 0 0
1986 36 BOS AL ALCS CAL W 7 29 28 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .214 .207 .250 .457 7 1 0 0 1 0
1986 36 BOS AL WS NYM L 7 33 32 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .188 .212 .188 .400 6 1 1 0 0 0
2 Yrs (4 Series) 23 101 98 6 20 3 0 1 5 0 0 0 8 .204 .210 .265 .475 26 2 1 1 1 0
1 ALCS 7 29 28 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .214 .207 .250 .457 7 1 0 0 1 0
1 NLCS 4 18 18 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .222 .389 4 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 12 54 52 3 11 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 .212 .226 .288 .515 15 1 1 1 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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 Awards
1970 LAD NL 20 OF 20 16 9 146.0 37 36 1 0 1 1.000 1 5 2.28 1.85 .976 2.07 2.06
1970 LAD NL 20 LF 19 15 8 138.0 31 31 0 0 0 1.000 2 15 2.02 1.63 .971 1.75 1.75
1970 LAD NL 20 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.50 1.00 .990 9.90 9.60
1970 LAD NL 20 RF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -165 1.12 1.00 .980 2.02 2.00
1971 LAD NL 21 OF 86 77 62 675.0 171 165 5 1 0 .994 -2 -3 2.27 1.98 .979 2.19 2.19
1971 LAD NL 21 RF 82 76 62 664.0 170 164 5 1 0 .994 -1 -2 2.29 2.06 .982 2.07 2.06
1971 LAD NL 21 1B 11 7 1 66.2 76 70 6 0 4 1.000 1 13 10.26 6.91 .992 9.88 9.87
1971 LAD NL 21 LF 4 1 0 11.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -55 0.82 0.25 .970 1.88 1.88
1972 LAD NL 22 OF 61 57 52 509.1 125 123 1 1 0 .992 1 3 2.19 2.03 .978 2.18 2.19
1972 LAD NL 22 RF 52 48 45 433.1 104 102 1 1 0 .990 -1 -2 2.14 1.98 .979 2.02 2.03
1972 LAD NL 22 1B 35 31 25 275.0 335 311 21 3 28 .991 2 9 10.87 9.49 .992 9.73 9.76
1972 LAD NL 22 LF 9 9 7 76.0 22 22 0 0 0 1.000 2 32 2.61 2.44 .974 1.92 1.93
1973 LAD NL 23 1B 93 87 84 822.1 940 888 50 2 93 .998 2 4 10.27 10.09 .992 9.83 9.83
1973 LAD NL 23 OF 48 44 36 394.2 94 93 0 1 0 .989 4 11 2.12 1.94 .977 2.23 2.23
1973 LAD NL 23 LF 36 34 29 301.1 68 67 0 1 0 .985 3 10 2.00 1.86 .977 2.04 2.04
1973 LAD NL 23 RF 15 10 7 93.1 23 23 0 0 0 1.000 1 12 2.22 1.53 .973 2.01 2.01
1974 LAD NL 24 OF 137 128 110 1150.0 245 235 4 6 0 .976 6 7 1.87 1.74 .979 2.27 2.27 MVP-25
1974 LAD NL 24 LF 134 127 109 1131.0 240 230 4 6 0 .975 6 6 1.86 1.75 .976 1.99 1.99 MVP-25
1974 LAD NL 24 1B 6 5 5 47.0 51 49 1 1 2 .980 -1 -28 9.57 8.33 .991 9.94 9.93 MVP-25
1974 LAD NL 24 RF 3 1 1 19.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1 44 2.84 2.00 .975 2.04 2.03 MVP-25
1975 LAD NL 25 LF 72 67 49 563.0 144 138 4 2 0 .986 5 11 2.27 1.97 .973 2.10 2.10
1975 LAD NL 25 OF 72 67 49 563.0 144 138 4 2 0 .986 5 11 2.27 1.97 .978 2.29 2.28
1976 LAD NL 26 OF 153 153 138 1368.2 327 315 7 5 0 .985 14 12 2.12 2.10 .979 2.34 2.33
1976 LAD NL 26 LF 152 150 137 1343.2 321 309 7 5 0 .984 16 14 2.12 2.08 .976 2.02 2.01
1976 LAD NL 26 RF 6 3 1 25.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -72 1.08 0.50 .973 2.16 2.15
1976 LAD NL 26 1B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.90
1977 CHC NL 27 1B 99 98 81 848.2 1034 966 58 10 75 .990 -6 -9 10.86 10.34 .991 9.89 9.89
1978 CHC NL 28 1B 105 104 90 899.0 1164 1075 83 6 85 .995 0 0 11.59 11.03 .992 9.98 9.90 MVP-17
1979 CHC NL 29 1B 140 139 129 1217.0 1389 1258 124 7 118 .995 2 2 10.22 9.87 .992 9.89 9.86
1980 CHC NL 30 1B 94 89 75 775.0 905 826 73 6 67 .993 -2 -3 10.44 9.56 .992 10.16 10.17 MVP-14
1980 CHC NL 30 OF 50 49 38 452.2 97 90 5 2 2 .979 -3 -8 1.89 1.90 .980 2.31 2.31 MVP-14
1980 CHC NL 30 LF 42 38 33 362.1 78 74 4 0 1 1.000 -2 -6 1.94 1.86 .976 2.06 2.06 MVP-14
1980 CHC NL 30 RF 12 11 5 90.1 23 20 1 2 1 .913 -1 -17 2.09 1.75 .977 2.06 2.06 MVP-14
1981 CHC NL 31 1B 105 105 99 932.2 1094 996 81 17 92 .984 -8 -11 10.39 10.26 .992 10.22 10.25 AS,MVP-10
1982 CHC NL 32 1B 161 161 154 1430.1 1718 1547 159 12 89 .993 5 4 10.73 10.60 .992 10.23 10.26 MVP-10
1983 CHC NL 33 1B 144 136 131 1211.0 1540 1366 161 13 132 .992 4 4 11.35 10.60 .992 9.96 9.92
1983 CHC NL 33 LF 15 13 3 94.0 23 23 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -14 2.20 1.53 .977 2.03 2.02
1983 CHC NL 33 OF 15 13 3 94.0 25 25 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -14 2.39 1.67 .980 2.27 2.26
1984 TOT MLB 34 1B 120 118 102 1035.2 1156 1040 101 15 80 .987 -5 -6 9.92 9.51 .991 9.76 9.69
1984 CHC NL 34 1B 7 5 5 49.0 71 66 5 0 5 1.000 -0 -12 13.04 10.14 .992 9.86 9.83
1984 CHC NL 34 LF 2 2 2 18.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 3.00 3.00 .972 2.05 2.00
1984 CHC NL 34 OF 2 2 2 18.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 3.00 3.00 .978 2.25 2.25
1984 BOS AL 34 1B 113 113 97 986.2 1085 974 96 15 75 .986 -4 -5 9.76 9.47 .991 9.75 9.68
1985 BOS AL 35 1B 162 162 154 1440.1 1580 1384 184 12 140 .992 2 1 9.80 9.68 .991 9.76 9.67
1986 BOS AL 36 1B 138 138 117 1191.2 1238 1067 157 14 104 .989 -3 -3 9.24 8.87 .991 9.42 9.33
1986 BOS AL 36 DH 15 15
1987 TOT AL 37 1B 79 78 57 658.2 706 640 60 6 54 .992 -0 -1 9.56 8.86 .992 9.58 9.48
1987 BOS AL 37 1B 74 73 56 620.2 669 605 58 6 53 .991 -1 -2 9.61 8.96 .992 9.58 9.48
1987 CAL AL 37 DH 39 39
1987 CAL AL 37 1B 5 5 1 38.0 37 35 2 0 1 1.000 1 22 8.76 7.40 .992 9.57 9.48
1988 TOT AL 38 DH 53 51
1988 TOT AL 38 1B 22 18 14 165.0 175 161 13 1 12 .994 -0 -1 9.49 7.91 .992 9.57 9.49
1988 CAL AL 38 DH 11 10
1988 CAL AL 38 1B 1 0 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 360 18.00 2.00 .990 9.90 9.50
1988 KCR AL 38 DH 42 41
1988 KCR AL 38 1B 21 18 14 164.0 173 160 12 1 11 .994 -0 -4 9.44 8.19 .992 9.57 9.49
1989 KCR AL 39 1B 24 20 13 174.2 197 181 13 3 19 .985 -2 -14 10.00 8.08 .993 9.79 9.69
1989 KCR AL 39 DH 18 16
1990 BOS AL 40 1B 15 8 4 81.1 81 75 6 0 6 1.000 -2 -34 8.96 5.40 .992 9.63 9.53
20 Seasons 1B 1555 1504 1335 13276.0 15380 13901 1351 128 1200 .992 -13 -1 10.34 9.81 .992 9.88 9.84
10 Seasons OF 644 606 499 5371.1 1271 1225 28 18 3 .986 25 6 2.10 1.95 .979 2.27 2.26
10 Seasons LF 485 456 377 4038.1 934 900 20 14 1 .985 29 9 2.05 1.90 .975 2.02 2.01
7 Seasons RF 171 150 122 1333.0 330 319 7 4 1 .988 -4 -4 2.20 1.91 .980 2.05 2.05
4 Seasons DH 125 121
22 Seasons TOT 2199 2110 1834 18647.1 16651 15126 1379 146 1203 .991 12 1 7.97 7.51 .991 7.69 7.62
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1996 BBWAA ( 2.1%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1974 NL (25, 0%)
1978 NL (17, 2%)
1980 NL (14, 3%)
1981 NL (10, 10%)
1982 NL (10, 11%)
0.26 Career Shares (666th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1982 August NL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1977 Aug 21st NL Player of the Week
1981 May 3rd NL Player of the Week
1981 Sep 13th NL Player of the Week
1982 Aug 22nd NL Player of the Week
1986 Sep 14th AL Player of the Week

Batting Average s c a p y
1974 NL  .314 (4th)
1978 NL  .323 (9th)**
1980 NL  .324 (1st)
1981 NL  .311 (5th)
1982 NL  .306 (5th)
1985 AL  .299 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1981 NL  .480 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1981 NL  .829 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1981 NL  106 (8th)
1982 NL  161 (6th)
1985 AL  162 (2nd)
Career  2,517 (51st)

At Bats s c a p y
1976 NL  642 (5th)
1981 NL  421 (5th)
1982 NL  657 (1st)
1983 NL  626 (4th)
1985 AL  673 (2nd)
1986 AL  629 (7th)
Career  9,397 (46th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1976 NL  680 (7th)
1981 NL  453 (10th)
1982 NL  709 (3rd)
1983 NL  665 (9th)
1985 AL  719 (5th)
Career  10,037 (78th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1982 NL  93 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1974 NL  182 (10th)
1976 NL  193 (4th)
1980 NL  187 (4th)
1981 NL  131 (2nd)
1982 NL  201 (2nd)
1983 NL  175 (9th)
1985 AL  201 (3rd)
Career  2,715 (62nd)

Total Bases s c a p y
1980 NL  264 (10th)
1981 NL  202 (4th)
1982 NL  290 (5th)
1983 NL  273 (7th)
1985 AL  301 (6th)
Career  3,833 (109th)

Doubles s c a p y
1979 NL  34 (9th)
1980 NL  41 (2nd)
1981 NL  35 (1st)
1982 NL  34 (8th)
1983 NL  38 (1st)
1985 AL  46 (2nd)
1986 AL  39 (3rd)
Career  498 (61st)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1981 NL  75 (3rd)
1982 NL  105 (3rd)
1985 AL  110 (6th)
1986 AL  102 (10th)
Career  1,208 (146th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1974 NL  31 (10th)
1976 NL  28 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1973 NL  130 (9th)
1974 NL  142 (9th)
1976 NL  154 (4th)
1980 NL  133 (8th)
1982 NL  147 (1st)
1985 AL  136 (7th)
Career  1,994 (49th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1981 NL  65 (8th)
Career  1,190 (200th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1981 NL  48 (2nd)
1983 NL  60 (5th)
1985 AL  65 (10th)
Career  721 (166th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1981 NL  158 (10th)
Career  3,207 (150th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1971 NL  5 (9th)
1982 NL  5 (8th)
1983 NL  5 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1982 NL  10 (5th)
1985 AL  11 (3rd)
1986 AL  8 (6th)
Career  97 (36th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1981 NL  9 (7th)
1986 AL  9 (10th)
Career  111 (98th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1978 NL  16 (9th)
1981 NL  17 (2nd)
1986 AL  25 (2nd)
Career  247 (35th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1974 NL  13 (7th)

SB % s c a p y
1985 AL  81.82 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
Career  178.4 (119th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1973 NL  16.9 (5th)
1974 NL  24.2 (2nd)
1976 NL  24.7 (3rd)
1979 NL  21.1 (2nd)
1980 NL  32.1 (1st)
1981 NL  26.3 (2nd)
1982 NL  25.3 (1st)
1983 NL  20.9 (2nd)
1985 AL  18.7 (1st)
1986 AL  25.2 (1st)
1987 AL  18.0 (2nd)**
Career  20.7 (106th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1976 NL  477 (5th)
1981 NL  314 (9th)
1982 NL  486 (8th)
1983 NL  474 (7th)
1985 AL  505 (2nd)
1986 AL  498 (2nd)
Career  7,146 (42nd)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1981 NL  31.78 (4th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1981 NL  2.7 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1981 NL  3.2 (4th)

Putoutss c a p y
1973 NL  981 (5th)
1979 NL  1,258 (5th)
1981 NL  996 (4th)
1982 NL  1,547 (2nd)
1983 NL  1,391 (2nd)
1985 AL  1,384 (4th)
Career  15,126 (45th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1976 NL  14 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1979 NL  140 (5th)
1981 NL  105 (4th)
1982 NL  161 (2nd)
1983 NL  144 (3rd)
1985 AL  162 (1st)
Career  1,555 (54th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1979 NL  1,258 (5th)
1981 NL  996 (4th)
1982 NL  1,547 (2nd)
1983 NL  1,366 (2nd)
1985 AL  1,384 (4th)
Career  13,901 (54th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1979 NL  124 (2nd)
1981 NL  81 (4th)
1982 NL  159 (1st)
1983 NL  161 (1st)
1985 AL  184 (1st)
1986 AL  157 (1st)
Career  1,351 (17th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1977 NL  10 (4th)
1981 NL  17 (1st)
1982 NL  12 (4th)
1983 NL  13 (1st)
1984 AL  15 (1st)
1986 AL  14 (3rd)
Career  128 (79th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1973 NL  93 (4th)
1979 NL  118 (3rd)
1981 NL  92 (2nd)
1983 NL  132 (2nd)
1985 AL  140 (3rd)
Career  1,200 (53rd)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  152 (2nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1974 NL  230 (5th)
1976 NL  309 (1st)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1974 NL  6 (4th)
1976 NL  5 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1980 NL  1 (3rd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1976 NL  153 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1973 NL  3 (5th)
1979 NL  2 (5th)
1982 NL  5 (4th)
1983 NL  4 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1973 NL  10.27 (2nd)
1977 NL  10.86 (1st)
1978 NL  11.59 (1st)
1979 NL  10.22 (2nd)
1980 NL  10.44 (3rd)
1981 NL  10.39 (5th)
1982 NL  10.73 (4th)
1983 NL  11.35 (1st)
Career  10.33 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1973 NL  10.09 (1st)
1977 NL  10.34 (2nd)
1978 NL  11.03 (1st)
1979 NL  9.87 (2nd)
1981 NL  10.26 (3rd)
1982 NL  10.60 (2nd)
1983 NL  10.60 (2nd)
1984 AL  9.47 (5th)
1985 AL  9.68 (4th)
Career  9.81 (77th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1979 NL  .995 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1974 NL  6 (3rd)
1975 NL  5 (4th)
1976 NL  16 (1st)
Career  29 (32nd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  2.08 (3rd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1974 NL  .975 (4th)
1976 NL  .984 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1971 NL  2.29 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1971 NL  2.06 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1976 NL  14 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1989 AL  born 1949-12-14 (7th)
1990 AL  born 1949-12-14 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1969 NL  born 1949-12-14 (4th)

                           
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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 9 (259), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 94 (246), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 70 (284), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 26 (437), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (142nd), 14.8 career WAR/16.2 7yr-peak WAR/15.5 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1977 27 Chicago Cubs $100,000 ? 1977 TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1985 35 Boston Red Sox $747,500 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 36 Boston Red Sox $785,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 37 Boston Red Sox $366,667 ? 1987 USA Today survey
37 California Angels $62,500 ? 1987 USA Today survey Released midseason by Boston
1988 38 California Angels $400,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 39 Kansas City Royals $400,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,861,667
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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