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Wes Covington

John Wesley Covington

Positions: Leftfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: March 27, 1932 in Laurinburg, NC
Signed
by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent in 1952. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1956 (Age 24.023, 8,943rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Braves/Dodgers/WhiteSox/Athletics/... 1956-1966

Final Game: October 2, 1966 (Age 34.189)
Died: July 4, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Cremated
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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
1956 24 MLN NL 75 157 138 17 39 4 0 2 16 1 0 16 20 .283 .361 .355 .716 99 49 2 1 2 0 3 7/9
1957 25 MLN NL 96 371 328 51 93 4 8 21 65 4 1 29 44 .284 .339 .537 .875 138 176 5 2 5 7 7 7
1958 26 MLN NL 90 324 294 43 97 12 1 24 74 0 0 20 35 .330 .380 .622 1.003 170 183 7 5 3 2 7 7 MVP-16
1959 27 MLN NL 103 405 373 38 104 17 3 7 45 0 1 26 41 .279 .329 .397 .726 101 148 13 3 1 2 8 7
1960 28 MLN NL 95 299 281 25 70 16 1 10 35 1 2 15 37 .249 .288 .420 .708 98 118 9 1 0 2 1 7
1961 29 TOT MLB 105 321 289 34 78 11 0 12 47 0 0 25 33 .270 .329 .433 .762 104 125 8 2 2 3 2 97
1961 29 TOT AL 39 115 103 8 24 1 0 5 21 0 0 8 12 .233 .301 .388 .689 84 40 4 2 2 0 1 7/9
1961 29 TOT NL 66 206 186 26 54 10 0 7 26 0 0 17 21 .290 .345 .457 .802 114 85 4 0 0 3 1 97
1961 29 MLN NL 9 23 21 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .190 .261 .238 .499 39 5 0 0 0 0 0 /7
1961 29 CHW AL 22 65 59 5 17 1 0 4 15 0 0 4 5 .288 .333 .508 .842 124 30 2 0 2 0 1 7/9
1961 29 KCA AL 17 50 44 3 7 0 0 1 6 0 0 4 7 .159 .260 .227 .487 32 10 2 2 0 0 0 7/9
1961 29 PHI NL 57 183 165 23 50 9 0 7 26 0 0 15 17 .303 .355 .485 .840 124 80 4 0 0 3 1 97
1962 30 PHI NL 116 331 304 36 86 12 1 9 44 0 0 19 44 .283 .324 .418 .742 101 127 9 2 1 5 1 7
1963 31 PHI NL 119 383 353 46 107 24 1 17 64 1 0 26 56 .303 .354 .521 .876 150 184 8 2 2 0 7 7
1964 32 PHI NL 129 383 339 37 95 18 0 13 58 0 0 38 50 .280 .355 .448 .803 126 152 6 3 0 3 6 7/89
1965 33 PHI NL 101 264 235 27 58 10 1 15 45 0 0 26 47 .247 .322 .489 .811 127 115 5 1 0 2 8 7
1966 34 TOT NL 46 53 44 1 5 0 1 1 6 0 0 7 7 .114 .264 .227 .491 42 10 1 2 0 0 1 /7
1966 34 CHC NL 9 12 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .091 .258 -26 1 0 0 0 0 1 /7
1966 34 LAD NL 37 41 33 1 4 0 1 1 6 0 0 6 5 .121 .293 .273 .565 65 9 1 2 0 0 0 /7
11 Yrs 1075 3291 2978 355 832 128 17 131 499 7 4 247 414 .279 .337 .466 .803 122 1387 73 24 16 26 51
162 Game Avg. 162 496 449 53 125 19 3 20 75 1 1 37 62 .279 .337 .466 .803 122 209 11 4 2 4 8
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
MLN (6 yrs) 468 1579 1435 177 407 54 13 64 235 6 4 108 181 .284 .336 .473 .809 122 679 36 12 11 13 26
PHI (5 yrs) 522 1544 1396 169 396 73 3 61 237 1 0 124 214 .284 .343 .471 .814 126 658 32 8 3 13 23
LAD (1 yr) 37 41 33 1 4 0 1 1 6 0 0 6 5 .121 .293 .273 .565 65 9 1 2 0 0 0
CHC (1 yr) 9 12 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .091 .258 -26 1 0 0 0 0 1
KCA (1 yr) 17 50 44 3 7 0 0 1 6 0 0 4 7 .159 .260 .227 .487 32 10 2 2 0 0 0
CHW (1 yr) 22 65 59 5 17 1 0 4 15 0 0 4 5 .288 .333 .508 .842 124 30 2 0 2 0 1
NL (11 yrs) 1036 3176 2875 347 808 127 17 126 478 7 4 239 402 .281 .338 .469 .807 123 1347 69 22 14 26 50
AL (1 yr) 39 115 103 8 24 1 0 5 21 0 0 8 12 .233 .301 .388 .689 84 40 4 2 2 0 1

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
1956 24 MLN NL 75 157 2 1 1 -1 -1 1 0.0 6 7 0.6 .502 .501 0.8 -0.4 8 7/9
1957 25 MLN NL 96 371 18 0 1 -3 -4 13 1.2 14 27 2.6 .514 .508 3.0 -0.8 30 7
1958 26 MLN NL 90 324 30 -1 -0 -5 -3 21 2.1 12 33 3.3 .524 .513 3.9 -0.9 38 7 MVP-16
1959 27 MLN NL 103 405 1 -2 -2 -12 -4 -19 -2.0 15 -4 -0.5 .480 .487 0.8 -1.6 7 7
1960 28 MLN NL 95 299 -1 -2 -0 -8 -3 -15 -1.7 11 -4 -0.5 .483 .490 0.4 -1.3 4 7
1961 29 MLN NL 9 23 -1 0 0 -1 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /7
1961 29 CHW AL 22 65 3 -0 -0 -3 -1 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .493 .499 0.4 -0.4 3 7/9
1961 29 KCA AL 17 50 -5 0 -0 -1 -1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.5 .463 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -3 7/9
1961 29 PHI NL 57 183 5 1 -0 -13 -2 -10 -1.0 7 -2 -0.3 .483 .494 1.1 -1.6 11 97
1962 30 PHI NL 116 331 -0 -1 -1 -8 -3 -13 -1.4 12 -1 -0.1 .488 .491 0.7 -1.1 7 7
1963 31 PHI NL 119 383 20 -1 -1 -8 -4 7 0.8 14 21 2.4 .507 .505 3.3 -1.4 30 7
1964 32 PHI NL 129 383 10 -2 2 -6 -4 -1 -0.1 14 13 1.4 .499 .499 2.0 -1.1 20 7/89
1965 33 PHI NL 101 264 7 -1 0 -7 -3 -2 -0.3 10 8 0.7 .497 .498 1.5 -1.0 14 7
1966 34 CHC NL 9 12 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .473 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /7
1966 34 LAD NL 37 41 -0 -0 0 -0 -0 -0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.2 -0.0 2 /7
11 Seasons 1075 3291 86 -8 0 -76 -34 -31 -3.5 123 92 9.1 .497 .499 17.4 -11.7 168
MLN (6 yrs) 468 1579 48 -4 -0 -29 -16 -2 -0.5 59 58 5.5 .499 .500 8.9 -5.0 87
PHI (5 yrs) 522 1544 42 -4 0 -43 -16 -20 -1.9 58 39 4.1 .496 .498 8.6 -6.1 81
LAD (1 yr) 37 41 -0 -0 0 -0 -0 -0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.2 -0.0 2
CHC (1 yr) 9 12 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .473 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2
KCA (1 yr) 17 50 -5 0 -0 -1 -1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.5 .463 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -3
CHW (1 yr) 22 65 3 -0 -0 -3 -1 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .493 .499 0.4 -0.4 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
1957 ❍ 25 MLN NL WS NYY W 7 28 24 1 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 .208 .269 .250 .519 6 1 0 2 0 0
1958 26 MLN NL WS NYY L 7 29 26 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 4 .269 .310 .269 .580 7 0 0 0 1 0
1966 34 LAD NL WS BAL L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 15 58 51 3 12 1 0 0 5 1 0 4 11 .235 .286 .255 .541 13 1 0 2 1 0
3 WS 15 58 51 3 12 1 0 0 5 1 0 4 11 .235 .286 .255 .541 13 1 0 2 1 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
1956 MLN NL 24 OF 35 33 9 248.1 47 44 2 1 1 .979 -1 -4 1.67 1.31 .977 2.28 2.25
1956 MLN NL 24 LF 34 32 9 237.1 48 45 2 1 1 .979 -1 -3 1.78 1.38 .973 2.06 2.04
1956 MLN NL 24 RF 2 1 0 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -33 0.00 0.00 1.96 1.95
1957 MLN NL 25 OF 89 86 79 765.1 162 150 9 3 1 .981 -3 -4 1.87 1.79 .980 2.29 2.31
1957 MLN NL 25 LF 88 86 79 765.1 162 152 7 3 1 .981 -3 -4 1.87 1.81 .978 2.03 2.04
1958 MLN NL 26 OF 82 81 33 611.0 127 118 3 6 2 .953 -5 -9 1.78 1.48 .980 2.26 2.25 MVP-16
1958 MLN NL 26 LF 81 81 33 611.0 123 114 3 6 2 .951 -5 -9 1.72 1.44 .975 2.01 2.00 MVP-16
1959 MLN NL 27 LF 94 93 84 814.2 153 142 5 6 2 .961 -12 -17 1.62 1.56 .971 2.03 2.01
1959 MLN NL 27 OF 94 93 84 814.2 160 148 6 6 2 .963 -12 -17 1.70 1.64 .977 2.21 2.19
1960 MLN NL 28 LF 72 71 30 561.0 112 105 3 4 1 .964 -8 -18 1.73 1.50 .974 1.99 1.99
1960 MLN NL 28 OF 72 71 30 561.0 112 106 2 4 1 .964 -8 -18 1.73 1.50 .978 2.20 2.20
1961 TOT MLB 29 OF 76 71 40 574.1 97 86 6 5 1 .948 -18 -38 1.44 1.21 .977 2.19 2.17
1961 TOT MLB 29 RF 39 37 21 307.1 57 51 3 3 1 .947 -10 -38 1.58 1.38 .974 1.95 1.92
1961 TOT MLB 29 LF 37 34 19 267.0 35 31 2 2 0 .943 -8 -38 1.11 0.89 .971 1.96 1.93
1961 TOT AL 29 OF 26 25 16 204.0 34 30 2 2 0 .941 -4 -25 1.41 1.23 .977 2.25 2.22
1961 TOT AL 29 LF 22 21 13 169.0 23 21 1 1 0 .957 -4 -26 1.17 1.00 .969 2.01 1.98
1961 TOT AL 29 RF 4 4 3 35.0 8 7 0 1 0 .875 -0 -17 1.80 1.75 .976 2.08 2.02
1961 TOT NL 29 OF 50 46 24 370.1 63 56 4 3 1 .952 -14 -46 1.46 1.20 .977 2.16 2.14
1961 TOT NL 29 LF 15 13 6 98.0 12 10 1 1 0 .917 -5 -59 1.01 0.73 .973 1.88 1.86
1961 MLN NL 29 LF 5 5 2 36.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -23 0.75 0.60 .973 1.88 1.86
1961 MLN NL 29 OF 5 5 2 36.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -23 0.75 0.60 .977 2.15 2.14
1961 CHW AL 29 OF 14 14 10 113.0 20 16 2 2 0 .900 -3 -32 1.43 1.29 .977 2.25 2.22
1961 CHW AL 29 LF 11 11 8 87.0 11 9 1 1 0 .909 -3 -36 1.03 0.91 .969 2.01 1.98
1961 CHW AL 29 RF 3 3 2 26.0 6 5 0 1 0 .833 -0 -18 1.73 1.67 .977 2.08 2.03
1961 KCA AL 29 OF 12 11 6 91.0 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -16 1.38 1.17 .977 2.25 2.22
1961 KCA AL 29 LF 11 10 5 82.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -16 1.32 1.09 .969 2.01 1.98
1961 KCA AL 29 RF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 2.00 2.00 .975 2.10 2.00
1961 PHI NL 29 OF 45 41 22 334.1 60 53 4 3 1 .950 -13 -48 1.53 1.27 .977 2.16 2.14
1961 PHI NL 29 RF 35 33 18 272.1 49 44 3 2 1 .959 -9 -41 1.55 1.34 .974 1.93 1.91
1961 PHI NL 29 LF 10 8 4 62.0 9 7 1 1 0 .889 -4 -79 1.16 0.80 .973 1.89 1.86
1962 PHI NL 30 LF 88 78 31 580.0 107 98 3 6 2 .944 -8 -16 1.57 1.15 .968 1.81 1.80
1962 PHI NL 30 OF 88 78 31 580.0 107 98 3 6 2 .944 -8 -16 1.57 1.15 .974 2.07 2.05
1963 PHI NL 31 LF 101 87 37 699.0 125 113 4 8 0 .936 -8 -14 1.51 1.16 .971 1.80 1.79
1963 PHI NL 31 OF 101 87 37 699.0 126 114 4 8 0 .937 -8 -14 1.52 1.17 .977 2.01 2.00
1964 PHI NL 32 OF 99 88 29 670.2 106 99 4 3 0 .972 -6 -11 1.38 1.04 .973 1.99 1.98
1964 PHI NL 32 LF 97 87 28 662.1 105 98 4 3 0 .971 -7 -13 1.39 1.05 .965 1.70 1.69
1964 PHI NL 32 CF 1 1 1 8.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 120 5.62 5.00 .976 2.36 2.30
1964 PHI NL 32 RF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.90
1965 PHI NL 33 LF 64 60 21 463.0 91 86 2 3 0 .967 -7 -17 1.71 1.38 .966 1.71 1.71
1965 PHI NL 33 OF 64 60 21 463.0 93 88 2 3 0 .968 -7 -17 1.75 1.41 .975 2.00 2.00
1966 TOT NL 34 LF 3 3 2 24.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.50 1.33 .965 1.72 1.73
1966 TOT NL 34 OF 3 3 2 24.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.12 1.00 .973 2.03 2.03
1966 CHC NL 34 LF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 27 2.00 2.00 .965 1.70 1.70
1966 CHC NL 34 OF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 27 2.00 2.00 .975 2.00 2.00
1966 LAD NL 34 LF 2 2 1 15.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 1.20 1.00 .965 1.74 1.75
1966 LAD NL 34 OF 2 2 1 15.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 0.60 0.50 .970 2.04 2.05
11 Seasons OF 803 751 395 6011.1 1140 1054 41 45 10 .961 -76 -15 1.64 1.36 .977 2.15 2.13
11 Seasons LF 759 712 373 5684.2 1065 988 35 42 9 .961 -66 -14 1.62 1.35 .972 1.91 1.89
3 Seasons RF 42 38 21 318.2 57 51 3 3 1 .947 -10 -38 1.53 1.29 .974 1.95 1.92
1 Season CF 1 1 1 8.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 120 5.62 5.00 .976 2.36 2.30
11 Seasons TOT 803 751 395 6011.1 1140 1054 41 45 10 .961 -76 -15 1.64 1.36 .977 2.15 2.13
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1958 NL (16, 5%)
0.05 Career Shares (1151st)

Triples s c a p y
1957 NL  8 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  24 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  28 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1958 NL  2.7 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1958 NL  5 (9th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1957 NL  7 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
Career  22.7 (222nd)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1957 NL  25.57 (10th)
1958 NL  41.88 (3rd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1958 NL  5.3 (3rd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1958 NL  3.3 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1957 NL  2.6 (10th)
1958 NL  4.2 (3rd)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  72 (5th)
1963 NL  101 (5th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 NL  152 (5th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 NL  7 (4th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 NL  6 (1st)
1959 NL  6 (2nd)
1960 NL  4 (4th)
1962 NL  6 (4th)
1963 NL  8 (2nd)
Career  42 (82nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 NL  1 (2nd)
1957 NL  1 (5th)
1958 NL  2 (1st)
1959 NL  2 (3rd)
1960 NL  1 (4th)
1962 NL  2 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1963 NL  8 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 NL  1.81 (5th)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 5 (1819), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1697), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1255), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (209th), 9.1 career WAR/11.0 7yr-peak WAR/10.1 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

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