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Clint Courtney

Clinton Dawson Courtney (Scrap Iron or The Toy Bulldog)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: March 16, 1927 in Hall Summit, LA
High School: Hall Summit HS (Hall Summit, LA)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1947. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 29, 1951 (Age 24.197, 8,448th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Orioles/Browns/WhiteSox/Yankees/... 1951-1961

Last Game: June 24, 1961 (Age 34.100)
Died: June 16, 1975 in Rochester, NY
Buried: Mount Zion Cemetery, Hall Summit, LA
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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
1951 24 NYY AL 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -3 0 0 1 0 /2
1952 25 SLB AL 119 457 413 38 118 24 3 5 50 0 2 39 26 .286 .349 .395 .743 105 163 9 1 5 *2 MVP-24,RoY-2
1953 26 SLB AL 106 383 355 28 89 12 2 4 19 0 1 25 20 .251 .302 .330 .631 69 117 14 1 3 *2
1954 27 BAL AL 122 437 397 25 107 18 3 4 37 2 1 30 7 .270 .323 .360 .684 94 143 10 3 4 3 *2
1955 28 TOT AL 94 309 275 33 85 11 4 3 40 0 0 26 9 .309 .366 .411 .777 112 113 6 1 3 4 6 2
1955 28 CHW AL 19 45 37 7 14 3 0 1 10 0 0 7 0 .378 .467 .541 1.007 169 20 2 0 0 1 2 2
1955 28 WSH AL 75 264 238 26 71 8 4 2 30 0 0 19 9 .298 .349 .391 .739 103 93 4 1 3 3 4 2
1956 29 WSH AL 101 316 283 31 85 20 3 5 44 0 5 20 10 .300 .362 .445 .807 116 126 9 9 1 3 4 2
1957 30 WSH AL 91 260 232 23 62 14 1 6 27 0 0 16 11 .267 .346 .414 .760 109 96 6 12 0 0 5 2
1958 31 WSH AL 134 515 450 46 113 18 0 8 62 1 5 48 23 .251 .332 .344 .676 89 155 11 9 3 5 3 *2
1959 32 WSH AL 72 213 189 19 44 4 1 2 18 0 1 20 19 .233 .308 .296 .604 67 56 3 1 2 1 1 2
1960 33 BAL AL 83 196 154 14 35 3 0 1 12 0 1 30 14 .227 .374 .266 .641 78 41 5 8 1 3 3 2
1961 34 TOT AL 23 56 46 3 12 2 0 0 4 0 0 10 3 .261 .393 .304 .697 93 14 1 0 0 0 0 2
1961 34 KCA AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 34 BAL AL 22 55 45 3 12 2 0 0 4 0 0 10 3 .267 .400 .311 .711 97 14 1 0 0 0 0 2
11 Yrs 946 3145 2796 260 750 126 17 38 313 3 16 264 143 .268 .339 .366 .705 94 1024 74 46 22 19 22
162 Game Avg. 162 539 479 45 128 22 3 7 54 1 3 45 24 .268 .339 .366 .705 94 175 13 8 4
WSH (5 yrs) 473 1568 1392 145 375 64 9 23 181 1 11 123 72 .269 .340 .378 .718 97 526 33 32 9 12 17
BAL (5 yrs) 452 1528 1364 108 361 59 8 14 122 2 5 134 70 .265 .335 .350 .685 89 478 39 13 13 6 3
KCA (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
NYY (1 yr) 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -3 0 0 1 0
CHW (1 yr) 19 45 37 7 14 3 0 1 10 0 0 7 0 .378 .467 .541 1.007 169 20 2 0 0 1 2

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
1951 24 NYY AL 1 3 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1952 25 SLB AL 119 457 3 -1 -1 1 4 6 0.6 14 20 2.0 .505 .504 1.9 0.6 19 *2 MVP-24,RoY-2
1953 26 SLB AL 106 383 -16 -0 -2 0 3 -15 -1.6 12 -3 -0.4 .485 .490 -0.4 0.3 -3 *2
1954 27 BAL AL 122 437 -4 -0 -1 2 4 2 0.1 13 15 1.5 .502 .501 1.3 0.7 13 *2
1955 28 CHW AL 19 45 3 0 -0 0 0 4 0.4 1 5 0.5 .520 .502 0.5 0.1 5 2
1955 28 WSH AL 75 264 -2 -2 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 8 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.7 0.3 7 2
1956 29 WSH AL 101 316 5 -4 -0 -2 3 2 0.2 10 12 1.1 .502 .501 1.3 0.2 14 2
1957 30 WSH AL 91 260 3 -1 0 1 3 6 0.6 8 14 1.4 .507 .504 1.3 0.4 13 2
1958 31 WSH AL 134 515 -7 -2 1 -5 7 -7 -0.9 16 9 0.8 .494 .495 1.3 0.1 14 *2
1959 32 WSH AL 72 213 -9 -1 0 -7 3 -14 -1.6 7 -8 -0.9 .479 .491 -0.2 -0.5 -1 2
1960 33 BAL AL 83 196 -4 -0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.3 .498 .499 0.4 0.2 4 2
1961 34 KCA AL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .471 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1961 34 BAL AL 22 55 1 -0 -0 -1 1 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.1 3 2
11 Seasons 946 3145 -28 -12 -2 -11 33 -21 -2.5 96 76 7.2 .498 .499 8.4 2.2 87
WSH (5 yrs) 473 1568 -10 -11 2 -13 18 -15 -1.8 48 33 3.1 .497 .498 4.5 0.5 46
BAL (5 yrs) 452 1528 -21 -2 -3 2 15 -9 -1.1 47 38 3.7 .498 .499 3.5 1.7 36
KCA (1 yr) 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .471 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
NYY (1 yr) 1 3 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
CHW (1 yr) 19 45 3 0 -0 0 0 4 0.4 1 5 0.5 .520 .502 0.5 0.1 5

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
1951 NYY AL 24 C 1 1 1 9.0 5 3 1 1 0 .800 4.00 4.00 .982 5.00 5.00 0 0 0 1 100% 46% 0
1952 SLB AL 25 C 113 108 96 948.1 558 487 69 2 7 .996 5.28 4.92 .985 5.44 5.44 9 14 35 32 48% 46% 0 MVP-24,RoY-2
1953 SLB AL 26 C 103 93 82 824.2 493 436 47 10 7 .980 0 0 5.27 4.69 .985 5.18 5.15 4 20 29 32 52% 51% 2
1954 BAL AL 27 C 111 105 99 937.2 598 539 53 6 8 .990 2 3 5.68 5.33 .986 5.40 5.36 9 11 36 37 51% 48% 2
1955 TOT AL 28 C 84 71 64 625.1 339 301 33 5 6 .985 0 0 4.81 3.98 .988 5.58 5.54 6 16 25 18 42% 47% 5
1955 CHW AL 28 C 17 10 8 95.0 53 49 4 0 2 1.000 0 0 5.02 3.12 .988 5.58 5.54 2 1 3 1 25% 47% 1
1955 WSH AL 28 C 67 61 56 530.1 286 252 29 5 4 .983 0 0 4.77 4.19 .988 5.58 5.54 4 15 22 17 44% 47% 4
1956 WSH AL 29 C 76 66 58 583.1 332 290 35 7 7 .979 -2 -4 5.01 4.28 .988 5.91 5.86 3 20 22 17 44% 44% 1
1957 WSH AL 30 C 59 51 49 474.1 325 288 35 2 6 .994 1 3 6.13 5.47 .991 5.92 5.94 6 12 22 22 50% 47% 0
1958 WSH AL 31 C 128 122 113 1086.2 753 682 64 7 17 .991 -5 -6 6.18 5.83 .990 6.01 5.95 9 30 54 32 37% 47% 5
1959 WSH AL 32 C 53 48 35 410.2 227 213 11 3 2 .987 -7 -20 4.91 4.23 .989 6.08 6.04 5 10 28 2 7% 40% 2
1960 BAL AL 33 C 58 43 32 382.0 276 246 23 7 2 .975 0 0 6.34 4.64 .987 5.93 5.92 3 7 23 14 38% 40% 1
1961 BAL AL 34 C 16 10 6 111.1 79 71 8 0 1 1.000 -1 -11 6.39 4.94 .989 6.21 6.14 3 3 4 2 33% 36% 0
11 Seasons C 802 718 635 6393.1 3985 3556 379 50 63 .987 -12 -2 5.54 4.91 .988 5.67 5.65 57 143 278 209 43% 46% 18
11 Seasons TOT 802 718 635 6393.1 3985 3556 379 50 63 .987 -12 -2 5.54 4.91 .988 5.67 5.65 57 143 278 209 43% 46% 18
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
1967 BBWAA ( 0.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1952 AL (24, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1413th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1956 AL  9 (4th)
1957 AL  12 (4th)
1958 AL  9 (3rd)
1960 AL  8 (4th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1955 AL  6 (10th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1956 AL  5 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1952 AL  15.9 (10th)
1954 AL  56.7 (3rd)**
1958 AL  19.6 (3rd)
Career  19.6 (129th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1952 AL  113 (4th)
1953 AL  103 (5th)
1954 AL  111 (4th)
1958 AL  128 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1952 AL  487 (4th)
1953 AL  436 (5th)
1954 AL  539 (4th)
1958 AL  682 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1952 AL  69 (2nd)
1953 AL  47 (4th)
1954 AL  53 (4th)
1958 AL  64 (1st)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1953 AL  10 (2nd)
1954 AL  6 (4th)
1956 AL  7 (4th)
1958 AL  7 (3rd)
1960 AL  7 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1952 AL  7 (3rd)
1953 AL  7 (5th)
1954 AL  8 (4th)
1958 AL  17 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1952 AL  9 (1st)
1954 AL  9 (2nd)
1955 AL  6 (5th)
1958 AL  9 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1952 AL  35 (2nd)
1953 AL  29 (2nd)
1954 AL  36 (2nd)
1955 AL  25 (5th)
1958 AL  54 (1st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1952 AL  32 (2nd)
1953 AL  32 (1st)
1954 AL  37 (1st)
1957 AL  22 (4th)
1958 AL  32 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1953 AL  52.5 (4th)
1954 AL  50.7 (5th)
1957 AL  50.0 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1954 AL  2 (4th)
1957 AL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1954 AL  5.68 (4th)
1957 AL  6.13 (4th)
1958 AL  6.18 (4th)
1960 AL  6.34 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1952 AL  4.92 (4th)
1954 AL  5.33 (2nd)
1957 AL  5.47 (3rd)
1958 AL  5.83 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1952 AL  .996 (1st)
1954 AL  .990 (4th)
1958 AL  .991 (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 (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (207th), 7.2 career WAR/8.4 7yr-peak WAR/7.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Scrap Iron The Toy Clinton Bulldog The Scrap Iron Dawson Clint Toy Courtney

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