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Smoky Burgess

Forrest Harrill Burgess (Smoky)

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February 6, 1927 in Caroleen, NC
High School: Tri HS (Corleen, NC)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1944. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1949 (Age 22.072)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Redlegs/Phillies/WhiteSox/Cubs 1949-1967

Final Game: October 1, 1967 (Age 40.237)
Died: September 15, 1991 in Asheville, NC
Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, Spindale, NC
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Standard Fielding

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
1949 CHC NL 22 C 8 5 5 27 21 6 0 2 1.000 3.38 .982 4.97 0 2 3 3 50% 43% 0
1951 CHC NL 24 C 64 49 39 464.0 250 210 35 5 6 .980 4.75 3.83 .981 5.18 5.16 6 14 38 15 28% 41% 2
1952 PHI NL 25 C 104 102 99 918.0 497 439 47 11 6 .978 4.76 4.67 .984 5.52 5.47 2 6 29 27 48% 44% 0
1953 PHI NL 26 C 95 85 76 752.0 421 395 23 3 8 .993 0 0 5.00 4.40 .984 5.53 5.42 10 8 22 10 31% 40% 2
1954 PHI NL 27 C 91 85 76 749.2 396 356 30 10 4 .975 -1 -2 4.63 4.24 .986 5.36 5.33 5 9 23 16 41% 44% 0 AS
1955 TOT NL 28 C 113 109 100 963.0 535 492 36 7 6 .987 -1 -1 4.93 4.67 .987 5.65 5.60 9 22 26 18 41% 46% 3 AS
1955 PHI NL 28 C 6 6 5 51.0 36 35 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 6.35 6.00 .987 5.65 5.60 1 1 1 0 0% 46% 0
1955 CIN NL 28 C 107 103 95 912.0 499 457 35 7 6 .986 -1 -1 4.86 4.60 .987 5.65 5.60 8 21 25 18 42% 46% 3
1956 CIN NL 29 C 55 53 50 463.0 275 257 18 0 2 1.000 0 0 5.35 5.00 .985 5.83 5.77 4 9 20 7 26% 40% 2
1957 CIN NL 30 C 45 42 35 378.1 241 223 15 3 0 .988 -2 -6 5.66 5.29 .988 5.98 6.02 3 9 23 6 21% 40% 2
1958 CIN NL 31 C 58 53 48 473.0 322 297 21 4 2 .988 3 8 6.05 5.48 .988 6.06 6.02 3 5 14 10 42% 39% 0
1959 PIT NL 32 C 101 95 66 798.0 488 441 39 8 4 .984 0 0 5.41 4.75 .989 6.34 6.28 3 23 30 21 41% 38% 1 AS
1960 PIT NL 33 C 89 86 72 748.1 526 485 38 3 7 .994 8 13 6.29 5.88 .986 6.58 6.57 2 7 22 22 50% 40% 1 AS,MVP-20
1961 PIT NL 34 C 92 83 74 729.2 457 426 27 4 4 .991 3 5 5.59 4.92 .985 6.39 6.32 7 15 20 12 38% 38% 1 AS
1962 PIT NL 35 C 101 94 83 840.2 602 550 45 7 5 .988 1 1 6.37 5.89 .987 6.72 6.66 11 21 45 18 29% 34% 1
1963 PIT NL 36 C 72 65 52 573.1 408 364 40 4 4 .990 1 2 6.34 5.61 .986 7.07 7.05 7 14 36 20 36% 42% 2
1964 PIT NL 37 C 44 40 34 358.1 257 237 18 2 3 .992 -2 -7 6.40 5.80 .988 6.81 6.76 1 12 20 7 26% 40% 0 AS
1965 CHW AL 38 C 5 3 0 26.0 20 17 3 0 0 1.000 1 46 6.92 4.00 .988 6.96 6.94 0 0 1 1 50% 34% 0
1966 CHW AL 39 C 2 0 0 5.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 7.20 2.00 .988 6.84 6.85 0 0 0 0 0
17 Seasons C 1139 1049 909 9240.1 5726 5214 441 71 63 .988 11 1 5.48 4.96 .986 6.05 6.00 73 176 372 213 36% 40% 17
18 Seasons TOT 1139 1049 909 9240.1 5726 5214 441 71 63 .988 11 1 5.48 4.96 .986 6.05 6.00 73 176 372 213 36% 40% 17
Lg 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
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
1949 CHC NL 22 C
1951 CHC NL 24 C
1952 PHI NL 25 C
1953 PHI NL 26 C 0 0 0
1954 PHI NL 27 C -1 -2 -1
1955 PHI NL 28 C 0 0 0
1955 CIN NL 28 C -1 -1 -1
1956 CIN NL 29 C 0 0 0
1957 CIN NL 30 C -2 -6 -2
1958 CIN NL 31 C 3 8 3
1959 PIT NL 32 C 0 0 0
1960 PIT NL 33 C 8 13 8
1961 PIT NL 34 C 3 5 3
1962 PIT NL 35 C 1 1 1
1963 PIT NL 36 C 1 2 1
1964 PIT NL 37 C -2 -7 -2
1965 CHW AL 38 C 1 46 1
1966 CHW AL 39 C 0 0 0
17 Seasons C 11 1 11
18 Seasons TOT 11 1 11
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
1949 CHC NL 22 47 5 47 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
1951 CHC NL 24 94 49 94 65 0 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
1952 PHI NL 25 110 102 110 104 0 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1953 PHI NL 26 102 85 102 95 0 95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1954 PHI NL 27 108 85 108 91 0 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1955 CIN NL 28 116 103 116 107 0 107 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1955 PHI NL 28 7 6 7 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1956 CIN NL 29 90 53 90 55 0 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
1957 CIN NL 30 90 42 90 45 0 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 48 0
1958 CIN NL 31 99 53 99 58 0 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 0
1959 PIT NL 32 114 95 114 101 0 101 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1960 PIT NL 33 110 86 110 89 0 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
1961 PIT NL 34 100 83 100 92 0 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1962 PIT NL 35 103 94 103 101 0 101 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1963 PIT NL 36 91 65 91 72 0 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
1964 PIT NL 37 68 40 68 44 0 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
1964 CHW AL 37 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1965 CHW AL 38 80 3 80 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 77 0
1966 CHW AL 39 79 0 79 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 79 0
1967 CHW AL 40 77 0 77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 77 0
18 Seasons 1692 1049 1692 1141 0 1141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 606 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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 -- 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%
1949 CHC NL 22 114 6.66 6.66 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 CHC NL 24 1790 4.62 5.03 19 89% 0 0 181 10 2 13 156 30 5 0 0 1 5 0 2 3 0 5 0 1 3 3 67%
1952 PHI NL 25 3328 2.89 3.31 60 88% 0 0 370 40 2 17 311 47 8 0 0 5 10 2 5 3 1 6 0 1 2 8 50%
1953 PHI NL 26 2687 3.92 4.61 36 97% 0 0 329 30 3 9 287 24 3 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 1 2 3 100%
1954 PHI NL 27 2865 3.50 3.96 49 90% 0 0 316 36 1 14 265 29 6 0 0 5 8 0 6 2 1 4 0 1 2 3 67%
1955 CIN NL 28 3890 3.99 4.62 63 94% 0 1 453 52 7 5 389 36 8 1 0 3 8 2 4 2 0 6 0 2 3 2 50%
1955 PHI NL 28 217 2.29 4.06 7 100% 0 0 35 6 0 1 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1956 CIN NL 29 1985 3.48 3.99 40 100% 0 0 255 34 0 5 216 20 4 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 100%
1957 CIN NL 30 1675 5.07 5.57 29 97% 0 0 226 23 0 2 201 16 4 1 0 3 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 75%
1958 CIN NL 31 1978 3.45 3.72 36 94% 0 0 296 21 0 13 262 21 5 0 0 1 4 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 100%
1959 PIT NL 32 3205 3.53 3.94 39 90% 0 0 423 28 2 5 388 37 7 0 0 2 8 1 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 5 80%
1960 PIT NL 33 3097 3.66 3.93 36 100% 0 0 488 27 0 12 449 35 6 0 0 2 3 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 4 100%
1961 PIT NL 34 3041 3.76 4.22 37 92% 0 0 427 28 1 6 391 28 6 1 0 6 4 1 0 3 1 4 0 1 1 4 100%
1962 PIT NL 35 3522 3.30 3.83 54 91% 0 0 547 38 2 11 496 39 11 0 0 5 7 0 4 3 0 5 0 2 3 5 80%
1963 PIT NL 36 2359 3.27 3.84 39 90% 0 1 361 25 2 5 329 38 9 1 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 1 6 83%
1964 PIT NL 37 1458 3.14 3.58 18 100% 0 0 230 12 1 5 212 17 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 1 2 100%
1965 CHW AL 38 119 7.27 7.96 3 100% 0 0 15 3 0 1 11 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 CHW AL 39 16 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Seasons 37346 3.64 4.12 565 93% 0 2 4966 413 23 126 4403 421 85 5 2 43 67 7 32 28 6 62 1 9 18 54 80%
MLB Averages 3.83 4.33 95% 87%
Lg 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%

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
1949 CHC NL 22 0 2 42 1 0 0 0% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.79
1951 CHC NL 24 5 14 715 36 14 13 28% 33 10 2 2 1 2 2 0 63 21 1.04 1.30
1952 PHI NL 25 2 6 1190 27 26 26 49% 25 23 2 3 0 0 0 0 42 29 1.05 1.10
1953 PHI NL 26 10 8 1036 19 7 7 27% 17 6 2 1 0 0 2 0 47 12 1.18 1.56
1954 PHI NL 27 5 9 1023 21 16 15 43% 19 11 1 4 1 1 0 0 42 21 0.96 1.19
1955 CIN NL 28 8 21 1480 25 18 17 42% 21 17 4 1 0 0 3 0 79 25 1.02 0.88
1955 PHI NL 28 1 1 89 1 0 0 0% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.77
1956 CIN NL 29 4 9 798 20 7 7 26% 18 6 1 0 1 1 2 0 40 13 1.05 1.22
1957 CIN NL 30 3 9 659 23 6 6 21% 17 6 5 0 1 0 2 0 43 11 0.93 1.08
1958 CIN NL 31 3 5 789 14 10 10 42% 13 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 28 14 1.47 0.94
1959 PIT NL 32 4 23 1184 30 21 21 41% 26 21 4 0 0 0 1 0 76 27 1.12 1.21
1960 PIT NL 33 3 7 1133 22 22 22 50% 22 20 0 2 0 0 1 0 40 27 0.94 1.27
1961 PIT NL 34 7 15 1155 20 12 11 38% 19 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 51 22 1.24 0.87
1962 PIT NL 35 11 21 1314 45 18 17 29% 41 17 4 0 0 1 1 0 93 21 1.02 1.19
1963 PIT NL 36 6 14 890 36 20 20 36% 32 20 3 0 1 0 2 0 71 28 1.02 0.98
1964 PIT NL 37 1 12 530 20 6 6 23% 19 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 40 10 1.07 0.55
1965 CHW AL 38 0 0 39 1 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1.27 0.05
1966 CHW AL 39 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Seasons 73 176 14069 361 204 199 36% 325 182 30 15 6 7 17 0 764 283 1.06 1.10
MLB Averages 41% 1.21 1.19
Lg PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev



* - 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
1973 BBWAA ( 0.3%)
1974 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1960 NL (20, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1952 NL  104 (5th)
1954 NL  91 (5th)
1955 NL  113 (4th)
1960 NL  89 (5th)
1961 NL  92 (5th)
1962 NL  101 (4th)
Career  1,139 (83rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1952 NL  439 (5th)
1955 NL  492 (4th)
1961 NL  426 (5th)
1962 NL  550 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1952 NL  11 (4th)
1954 NL  10 (1st)
1955 NL  7 (3rd)
1959 NL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1953 NL  8 (4th)
1960 NL  7 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1951 NL  6 (5th)
1953 NL  10 (2nd)
1954 NL  5 (4th)
1955 NL  9 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1951 NL  38 (1st)
1952 NL  29 (3rd)
1954 NL  23 (4th)
1955 NL  26 (4th)
1957 NL  23 (5th)
1959 NL  30 (4th)
1962 NL  45 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1952 NL  27 (4th)
1960 NL  22 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1952 NL  48.2 (5th)
1960 NL  50.0 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1958 NL  3 (4th)
1960 NL  8 (1st)
1961 NL  3 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1958 NL  5.48 (5th)
1960 NL  5.88 (4th)
1962 NL  5.89 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1952 NL  .978 (5th)
1953 NL  .993 (1st)
1955 NL  .987 (3rd)
1960 NL  .994 (1st)
1961 NL  .991 (1st)
1962 NL  .988 (4th)

Oldest s c a p y
1964 NL  born 1927-02-06 (9th)
1964 AL  born 1927-02-06 (9th)
1965 AL  born 1927-02-06 (6th)
1966 AL  born 1927-02-06 (3rd)
1967 AL  born 1927-02-06 (3rd)

             

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Name and misspellings: Forrest Harrill smokey Smoky Burgess

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