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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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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 23, 2014 1:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #401. Prince Fielder… #402. Art Fletcher… #403. Bill Buckner… #404. SMOKY BURGESS… #405. Curtis Granderson… #406. Don Money… #407. Larry Gardner… 

Standard Batting

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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
1949 22 CHC NL 46 60 56 4 15 0 0 1 12 0 4 4 .268 .317 .321 .638 74 18 1 0 0 /2
1951 24 CHC NL 94 238 219 21 55 4 2 2 20 2 0 21 12 .251 .317 .315 .632 69 69 10 0 0 2
1952 25 PHI NL 110 424 371 49 110 27 2 6 56 3 1 49 21 .296 .380 .429 .809 125 159 4 1 3 *2
1953 26 PHI NL 102 351 312 31 91 17 5 4 36 3 2 37 17 .292 .370 .417 .787 105 130 11 2 0 2
1954 ★ 27 PHI NL 108 392 345 41 127 27 5 4 46 1 5 42 11 .368 .432 .510 .942 145 176 10 0 1 4 2 AS
1955 ★ 28 TOT NL 123 501 442 71 133 17 3 21 78 1 1 50 36 .301 .369 .495 .864 123 219 14 1 2 6 5 *2 AS
1955 28 PHI NL 7 24 21 4 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 .190 .292 .429 .720 90 9 3 0 0 0 1 /2
1955 28 CIN NL 116 477 421 67 129 15 3 20 77 1 1 47 35 .306 .373 .499 .871 125 210 11 1 2 6 4 *2
1956 29 CIN NL 90 258 229 28 63 10 0 12 39 0 1 26 18 .275 .346 .476 .822 114 109 5 0 1 2 4 2
1957 30 CIN NL 90 232 205 29 58 14 1 14 39 0 0 24 16 .283 .353 .566 .919 137 116 4 0 0 3 5 2
1958 31 CIN NL 99 274 251 28 71 12 1 6 31 0 0 22 20 .283 .343 .410 .753 94 103 8 1 0 0 3 2
1959 ★ 32 PIT NL 114 418 377 41 112 28 5 11 59 0 0 31 16 .297 .349 .485 .834 122 183 10 2 2 6 9 2 AS
1960 ★ 33 PIT NL 110 376 337 33 99 15 2 7 39 0 1 35 13 .294 .356 .412 .769 110 139 6 0 0 4 12 2 AS,MVP-20
1961 ★ 34 PIT NL 100 356 323 37 98 17 3 12 52 1 0 30 16 .303 .365 .486 .851 125 157 7 2 0 1 8 2 AS
1962 35 PIT NL 103 399 360 38 118 19 2 13 61 0 1 31 19 .328 .375 .500 .875 132 180 6 0 2 6 9 2
1963 36 PIT NL 91 293 264 20 74 10 1 6 37 0 1 24 14 .280 .338 .394 .732 111 104 12 1 0 4 8 2
1964 ★ 37 TOT MLB 75 195 176 10 43 3 1 3 18 2 1 15 14 .244 .307 .324 .631 79 57 9 1 2 0 5 2 AS
1964 37 PIT NL 68 188 171 9 42 3 1 2 17 2 1 13 14 .246 .303 .310 .613 74 53 9 1 2 0 3 2
1964 37 CHW AL 7 7 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 .200 .429 .800 1.229 238 4 0 0 0 0 2
1965 38 CHW AL 80 89 77 2 22 4 0 2 24 0 0 11 7 .286 .371 .416 .786 131 32 2 0 0 1 4 /2
1966 39 CHW AL 79 80 67 0 21 5 0 0 15 0 0 11 8 .313 .413 .388 .801 140 26 0 1 0 1 2 /2
1967 40 CHW AL 77 76 60 2 8 1 0 2 11 0 0 14 8 .133 .303 .250 .553 70 15 2 1 0 1 6
18 Yrs 1691 5012 4471 485 1318 230 33 126 673 13 14 477 270 .295 .362 .446 .807 116 1992 121 13 13 39 80
162 Game Avg. 162 480 428 46 126 22 3 12 64 1 46 26 .295 .362 .446 .807 116 191 12 1 1
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
PIT (6 yrs) 586 2030 1832 178 543 92 14 51 265 3 4 164 92 .296 .352 .445 .798 116 816 50 6 6 21 49
PHI (4 yrs) 327 1191 1049 125 332 73 12 15 139 7 8 131 50 .316 .393 .452 .844 125 474 28 3 4 4 1
CIN (4 yrs) 395 1241 1106 152 321 51 5 52 186 1 2 119 89 .290 .357 .486 .843 118 538 28 2 3 11 16
CHW (4 yrs) 243 252 209 5 52 10 0 5 51 0 0 38 23 .249 .365 .368 .734 119 77 4 2 0 3 14
CHC (2 yrs) 140 298 275 25 70 4 2 3 32 2 0 25 16 .255 .317 .316 .633 70 87 11 0 0
NL (15 yrs) 1448 4760 4262 480 1266 220 33 121 622 13 14 439 247 .297 .361 .449 .811 116 1915 117 11 13 36 66
AL (4 yrs) 243 252 209 5 52 10 0 5 51 0 0 38 23 .249 .365 .368 .734 119 77 4 2 0 3 14

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
1949 22 CHC NL 46 60 -2 -0 0 1 0 -0 -0.0 2 2 0.2 .499 .500 0.1 0.1 1 /2
1951 24 CHC NL 94 238 -9 0 -1 0 2 -7 -0.8 9 2 0.2 .492 .496 0.2 0.2 2 2
1952 25 PHI NL 110 424 14 -1 1 0 4 16 1.7 16 32 3.4 .516 .511 3.4 0.4 32 *2
1953 26 PHI NL 102 351 6 -0 -1 0 3 7 0.6 13 21 1.9 .507 .504 2.0 0.2 21 2
1954 ★ 27 PHI NL 108 392 24 -1 -1 -1 3 25 2.4 15 40 3.9 .523 .515 4.1 0.2 40 2 AS
1955 ★ 28 PHI NL 7 24 0 -0 -1 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 -0.0 .488 .499 0.0 0.0 0 /2 AS
1955 ★ 28 CIN NL 116 477 14 -2 -0 -1 5 16 1.4 18 34 3.2 .514 .510 3.5 0.2 35 *2 AS
1956 29 CIN NL 90 258 5 -0 2 0 2 10 0.9 10 20 1.9 .512 .507 2.1 0.1 20 2
1957 30 CIN NL 90 232 11 -2 0 -2 2 10 1.0 9 19 1.8 .512 .506 2.1 -0.1 21 2
1958 31 CIN NL 99 274 -2 -2 -2 3 3 1 0.1 10 11 1.1 .501 .501 0.8 0.6 8 2
1959 ★ 32 PIT NL 114 418 9 -2 0 0 5 12 1.3 16 28 2.9 .511 .508 2.9 0.6 28 2 AS
1960 ★ 33 PIT NL 110 376 6 -1 -0 8 5 17 1.8 14 32 3.3 .517 .512 2.4 1.4 24 2 AS,MVP-20
1961 ★ 34 PIT NL 100 356 12 -1 -0 3 5 18 1.8 14 32 3.2 .519 .512 2.9 0.8 29 2 AS
1962 35 PIT NL 103 399 11 -2 -0 1 5 16 1.6 15 30 3.1 .515 .510 3.0 0.7 30 2
1963 36 PIT NL 91 293 5 -1 -1 1 4 7 0.9 11 18 2.1 .509 .505 1.9 0.6 17 2
1964 ★ 37 PIT NL 68 188 -6 -0 -1 -2 2 -7 -0.8 7 0 -0.0 .488 .495 0.2 0.1 2 2 AS
1964 ★ 37 CHW AL 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 $28,500 AS
1965 38 CHW AL 80 89 3 0 1 1 0 5 0.5 3 8 0.8 .507 .503 0.7 0.1 7 $28,500 /2
1966 39 CHW AL 79 80 3 -0 0 0 0 4 0.4 3 6 0.7 .505 .503 0.7 -0.1 6 /2
1967 40 CHW AL 77 76 -4 0 0 0 0 -4 -0.5 2 -1 -0.2 .494 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -1
18 Seasons 1691 5012 102 -16 -4 12 52 146 14.4 188 334 33.4 .509 .506 33.0 6.1 322 $57,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
PIT (6 yrs) 586 2030 37 -8 -3 11 26 64 6.7 77 141 14.6 .511 .508 13.3 4.1 130
PHI (4 yrs) 327 1191 44 -3 -2 -1 10 48 4.7 45 93 9.2 .515 .510 9.5 0.9 94
CIN (4 yrs) 395 1241 29 -5 1 0 12 36 3.3 47 83 8.0 .510 .506 8.5 0.8 83
CHW (4 yrs) 243 252 3 0 1 1 0 5 0.5 8 13 1.3 .502 .501 1.3 -0.1 12 $57,000
CHC (2 yrs) 140 298 -10 0 -0 1 2 -7 -0.8 11 4 0.4 .495 .497 0.3 0.3 3

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
1960 ❍ 33 PIT NL WS NYY W 5 20 18 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .333 .400 .389 .789 7 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 5 20 18 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .333 .400 .389 .789 7 0 0 0 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 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

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)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1960 NL  1.4 (5th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1954 NL  .368 (6th)**

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1954 NL  26 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1954 NL  2.4 (8th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1959 NL  6 (8th)
1962 NL  6 (10th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1960 NL  12 (5th)
1962 NL  9 (9th)
Career  80 (183rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1955 NL  14 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
Career  16.6 (220th)

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)

             
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1902), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 46 (428), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 34 (235), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (27th), 33.4 career WAR/22.9 7yr-peak WAR/28.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1964 37 Chicago White Sox $28,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1965 38 Chicago White Sox $28,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$57,000
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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Name and misspellings: Forrest Harrill smokey Smoky Burgess

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