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Joe Christopher

Joseph O'Neal Christopher

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: December 13, 1935 in Frederiksted, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands
High School: St. Patricks HS (Frederiksted, VI)
Signed
by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1955. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 26, 1959 (Age 23.164, 9,249th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1961 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mets/Pirates/RedSox 1959-1966

Final Game: June 9, 1966 (Age 30.178)
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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
1959 23 PIT NL 15 14 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .077 .000 .077 -77 0 0 0 1 0 0 /9
1960 24 PIT NL 50 61 56 21 13 2 0 1 3 1 0 5 8 .232 .295 .321 .617 69 18 0 0 0 0 0 7/89
1961 25 PIT NL 76 206 186 25 49 7 3 0 14 6 4 18 24 .263 .327 .333 .660 77 62 7 0 1 1 0 7/89
1962 26 NYM NL 119 314 271 36 66 10 2 6 32 11 3 35 42 .244 .338 .362 .699 88 98 4 4 3 1 0 987
1963 27 NYM NL 64 168 149 19 33 5 1 1 8 1 3 13 21 .221 .295 .289 .584 69 43 2 3 2 1 0 9/7
1964 28 NYM NL 154 604 543 78 163 26 8 16 76 6 5 48 92 .300 .360 .466 .826 135 253 18 6 1 6 5 *98/7
1965 29 NYM NL 148 486 437 38 109 18 3 5 40 4 4 35 82 .249 .311 .339 .650 88 148 10 6 4 4 3 *79
1966 30 BOS AL 12 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .077 .200 .077 .277 -20 1 0 0 0 0 0 /7
8 Yrs 638 1868 1667 224 434 68 17 29 173 29 19 157 277 .260 .329 .374 .702 97 623 41 19 12 13 8
162 Game Avg. 162 474 423 57 110 17 4 7 44 7 5 40 70 .260 .329 .374 .702 97 158 10 5 3 3 2
NYM (4 yrs) 485 1572 1400 171 371 59 14 28 156 22 15 131 237 .265 .334 .387 .721 104 542 34 19 10 12 8
PIT (3 yrs) 141 281 254 52 62 9 3 1 17 7 4 24 36 .244 .308 .315 .623 68 80 7 0 2 1 0
BOS (1 yr) 12 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .077 .200 .077 .277 -20 1 0 0 0 0 0
NL (7 yrs) 626 1853 1654 223 433 68 17 29 173 29 19 155 273 .262 .330 .376 .706 98 622 41 19 12 13 8
AL (1 yr) 12 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .077 .200 .077 .277 -20 1 0 0 0 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
1959 23 PIT NL 15 14 -3 0 0 0 -0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .479 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 /9
1960 24 PIT NL 50 61 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .493 .498 -0.0 -0.2 0 7/89
1961 25 PIT NL 76 206 -5 -1 -1 -3 -3 -13 -1.4 8 -5 -0.6 .483 .492 -0.2 -0.6 -1 7/89
1962 26 NYM NL 119 314 -4 1 0 -5 -3 -11 -1.1 12 1 0.1 .490 .493 0.6 -0.8 6 987
1963 27 NYM NL 64 168 -5 -1 0 -6 -2 -14 -1.6 6 -8 -0.9 .475 .490 -0.3 -0.9 -2 9/7
1964 28 NYM NL 154 604 24 -1 -1 -13 -6 3 0.4 23 26 2.8 .502 .502 4.1 -2.0 38 $10,000 *98/7
1965 29 NYM NL 148 486 -7 -2 -1 -5 -6 -21 -2.4 18 -3 -0.6 .484 .485 0.0 -1.2 2 $18,000 *79
1966 30 BOS AL 12 15 -2 -0 0 -0 -0 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.2 .476 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /7
8 Seasons 638 1868 -4 -4 -3 -33 -20 -64 -7.0 70 6 0.2 .489 .493 3.7 -5.7 39 $28,000
NYM (4 yrs) 485 1572 7 -3 -2 -29 -17 -43 -4.7 59 16 1.3 .490 .493 4.3 -4.9 45 $28,000
PIT (3 yrs) 141 281 -10 -1 -1 -4 -3 -19 -2.0 11 -8 -0.9 .486 .495 -0.5 -0.8 -4
BOS (1 yr) 12 15 -2 -0 0 -0 -0 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.2 .476 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2

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 ❍ 24 PIT NL WS NYY W 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1 0 0 0
1 WS 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1 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 Awards
1959 PIT NL 23 OF 9 3 2 34.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 7 1.32 0.56 .976 2.20 2.19
1959 PIT NL 23 RF 9 3 2 34.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 7 1.32 0.56 .978 1.96 1.93
1960 PIT NL 24 OF 17 10 4 109.0 24 24 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -10 1.98 1.41 .978 2.20 2.20
1960 PIT NL 24 LF 11 7 1 69.0 15 15 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -2 1.96 1.36 .974 2.00 1.99
1960 PIT NL 24 CF 5 3 3 39.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -28 1.85 1.60 .981 2.61 2.60
1960 PIT NL 24 RF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 120 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.00
1961 PIT NL 25 OF 55 44 43 410.2 90 86 2 2 1 .978 -3 -10 1.93 1.60 .977 2.16 2.14
1961 PIT NL 25 LF 45 39 39 359.0 74 70 2 2 0 .973 -2 -8 1.81 1.60 .973 1.88 1.86
1961 PIT NL 25 CF 5 5 4 43.0 10 9 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -22 2.09 2.00 .981 2.64 2.60
1961 PIT NL 25 RF 5 0 0 8.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.04 0.20 .970 1.97 1.92
1962 NYM NL 26 OF 94 69 66 639.1 142 133 5 4 4 .972 -5 -10 1.94 1.47 .974 2.07 2.05
1962 NYM NL 26 RF 44 40 38 354.2 67 64 2 1 1 .985 -4 -13 1.67 1.50 .975 1.90 1.88
1962 NYM NL 26 CF 32 26 26 239.1 64 58 3 3 3 .953 -2 -10 2.29 1.91 .979 2.47 2.45
1962 NYM NL 26 LF 19 3 2 45.1 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 1 16 2.78 0.74 .968 1.81 1.80
1963 NYM NL 27 OF 45 33 27 300.0 60 58 1 1 1 .983 -6 -24 1.77 1.31 .977 2.01 2.00
1963 NYM NL 27 RF 40 29 24 268.2 51 49 1 1 1 .980 -5 -24 1.67 1.25 .976 1.83 1.82
1963 NYM NL 27 LF 6 4 3 31.1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -19 1.15 0.67 .970 1.81 1.78
1964 NYM NL 28 OF 145 141 133 1241.0 268 251 10 7 2 .974 -13 -12 1.89 1.80 .973 1.99 1.98
1964 NYM NL 28 RF 129 127 122 1122.1 236 222 9 5 1 .979 -10 -11 1.85 1.79 .973 1.89 1.88
1964 NYM NL 28 CF 10 9 7 76.2 16 14 0 2 0 .875 -2 -28 1.64 1.40 .977 2.35 2.33
1964 NYM NL 28 LF 7 5 4 42.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -17 1.93 1.29 .964 1.69 1.69
1965 NYM NL 29 OF 112 110 83 942.0 185 180 3 2 0 .989 -5 -6 1.75 1.63 .975 2.00 2.00
1965 NYM NL 29 LF 64 62 48 529.2 100 98 1 1 0 .990 -2 -5 1.68 1.55 .966 1.71 1.71
1965 NYM NL 29 RF 50 48 35 412.1 84 82 1 1 0 .988 -2 -7 1.81 1.66 .975 1.95 1.95
1966 BOS AL 30 LF 2 1 1 10.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -48 0.90 0.50 .980 1.80 1.80
1966 BOS AL 30 OF 2 1 1 10.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -48 0.90 0.50 .980 2.07 2.10
8 Seasons OF 479 411 359 3686.0 775 738 21 16 8 .979 -33 -11 1.85 1.58 .975 2.04 2.03
7 Seasons RF 278 247 221 2201.2 445 424 13 8 3 .982 -22 -12 1.79 1.57 .974 1.90 1.89
7 Seasons LF 154 121 98 1086.1 217 210 4 3 0 .986 -6 -6 1.77 1.39 .969 1.79 1.79
4 Seasons CF 52 43 40 398.0 98 89 4 5 4 .949 -5 -17 2.10 1.79 .979 2.48 2.46
8 Seasons TOT 479 411 359 3686.0 775 738 21 16 8 .979 -33 -11 1.85 1.58 .975 2.04 2.03
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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Triples s c a p y
1964 NL  8 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1964 NL  6 (10th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1964 NL  6 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1964 NL  18 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1962 NL  3 (2nd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  129 (4th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  222 (4th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  9 (4th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  5 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1963 NL  1 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1962 NL  4 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  1.79 (4th)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  .979 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1965 NL  .989 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2441), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (466th), 0.2 career WAR/1.1 7yr-peak WAR/0.7 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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 28 New York Mets $10,000 ? 1/23/65 TSN
1965 29 New York Mets $18,000 ? 1/29/66 TSN
1966 30 New York Mets $17,750 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1967 31 Boston Red Sox $19,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$64,750
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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