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Joe Cunningham

Joseph Robert Cunningham

Positions: First Baseman and Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 27, 1931 in Paterson, NJ
High School: Lodi HS (Lodi, NJ)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 30, 1954 (Age 22.307)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/WhiteSox/Senators 1954-1966

Final Game: April 17, 1966 (Age 34.233)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 25, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #850. David Eckstein… #851. Red Smith… #852. Charlie Hickman… #853. JOE CUNNINGHAM… #854. Charles Johnson… #855. Michael Cuddyer… #856. Charlie Hollocher… 

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
1954 22 STL NL 85 356 310 40 88 11 3 11 50 1 1 43 40 .284 .375 .445 .820 113 138 3 2 1 0 3
1956 24 STL NL 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 -24 0 0 0 0 0 0 /3
1957 25 STL NL 122 329 261 50 83 15 0 9 52 3 3 56 29 .318 .439 .479 .918 145 125 3 5 1 6 6 39
1958 26 STL NL 131 424 337 61 105 20 3 12 57 4 4 82 23 .312 .449 .496 .945 146 167 9 3 1 1 3 397
1959 ★ 27 STL NL 144 557 458 65 158 28 6 7 60 2 6 88 47 .345 .453 .478 .931 143 219 9 5 2 3 9 *937 AS,MVP-13
1960 28 STL NL 139 563 492 68 138 28 3 6 39 1 7 59 59 .280 .363 .386 .749 99 190 8 6 3 3 4 *93
1961 29 STL NL 113 390 322 60 92 11 2 7 40 1 0 53 32 .286 .403 .398 .801 107 128 1 11 3 1 3 93/7
1962 30 CHW AL 149 652 526 91 155 32 7 8 70 3 3 101 59 .295 .410 .428 .837 127 225 8 7 10 8 3 *3/9 MVP-18
1963 31 CHW AL 67 252 210 32 60 12 1 1 31 1 0 33 23 .286 .388 .367 .755 115 77 4 4 2 3 2 3
1964 32 TOT AL 89 278 234 28 54 11 0 0 17 0 2 37 28 .231 .348 .278 .626 78 65 4 5 2 0 1 3
1964 32 CHW AL 40 126 108 13 27 7 0 0 10 0 1 14 15 .250 .352 .315 .667 90 34 0 3 1 0 1 3
1964 32 WSA AL 49 152 126 15 27 4 0 0 7 0 1 23 13 .214 .344 .246 .590 68 31 4 2 1 0 0 3
1965 33 WSA AL 95 249 201 29 46 9 1 3 20 0 1 46 27 .229 .375 .328 .703 104 66 7 1 1 0 0 3
1966 34 WSA AL 3 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 -27 1 0 0 0 0 0 /3
12 Yrs 1141 4062 3362 525 980 177 26 64 436 16 27 599 369 .291 .403 .417 .820 120 1401 56 49 26 25 31
162 Game Avg. 162 577 477 75 139 25 4 9 62 2 4 85 52 .291 .403 .417 .820 120 199 8 7 4 4
STL (7 yrs) 738 2623 2183 345 664 113 17 52 298 12 21 382 231 .304 .413 .443 .856 124 967 33 32 11 14 25
WSA (3 yrs) 147 409 335 44 74 13 1 3 27 0 2 69 41 .221 .359 .293 .651 88 98 11 3 2 0 0
CHW (3 yrs) 256 1030 844 136 242 51 8 9 111 4 4 148 97 .287 .397 .398 .795 119 336 12 14 13 11 6
AL (5 yrs) 403 1439 1179 180 316 64 9 12 138 4 6 217 138 .268 .386 .368 .754 111 434 23 17 15 11 6
NL (7 yrs) 738 2623 2183 345 664 113 17 52 298 12 21 382 231 .304 .413 .443 .856 124 967 33 32 11 14 25

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
1954 22 STL NL 85 356 7 -1 2 6 -4 9 0.9 13 23 2.2 .511 .506 1.7 0.1 17 3
1956 24 STL NL 4 4 -1 0 0 -0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .482 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 /3
1957 25 STL NL 122 329 20 1 1 9 -5 26 2.6 12 38 3.9 .522 .517 3.0 0.3 29 39
1958 26 STL NL 131 424 29 -1 2 -2 -7 21 2.2 16 37 3.8 .517 .514 4.0 -0.9 39 397
1959 ★ 27 STL NL 144 557 33 -5 4 -10 -8 14 1.4 21 34 3.5 .510 .509 4.6 -1.9 45 *937 AS,MVP-13
1960 28 STL NL 139 563 2 -1 1 -6 -6 -10 -1.1 21 12 1.1 .493 .494 1.7 -1.4 18 *93
1961 29 STL NL 113 390 6 1 3 -5 -4 2 0.1 15 17 1.6 .502 .501 2.1 -0.9 21 93/7
1962 30 CHW AL 149 652 26 -3 2 7 -9 24 2.3 20 44 4.2 .517 .516 3.7 -0.3 37 *3/9 MVP-18
1963 31 CHW AL 67 252 8 2 0 1 -3 8 0.8 8 16 1.6 .514 .506 1.6 -0.3 15 3
1964 32 CHW AL 40 126 0 -1 1 1 -2 0 -0.1 4 4 0.3 .500 .500 0.3 -0.2 3 $34,250 3
1964 32 WSA AL 49 152 -4 0 0 -0 -2 -6 -0.8 5 -1 -0.3 .486 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -1 3
1965 33 WSA AL 95 249 4 -1 -1 -0 -3 -0 -0.1 8 7 0.7 .499 .500 0.7 -0.3 7 $28,000 3
1966 34 WSA AL 3 8 -1 -0 0 -0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .425 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /3
12 Seasons 1141 4062 130 -7 15 -0 -53 86 7.9 143 228 22.3 .508 .506 23.2 -6.2 228 $62,250
STL (7 yrs) 738 2623 96 -5 13 -8 -35 61 6.0 99 160 16.0 .509 .507 17.2 -4.7 168
WSA (3 yrs) 147 409 -1 -1 -1 -1 -5 -8 -1.1 13 4 0.2 .493 .498 0.4 -0.8 5 $28,000
CHW (3 yrs) 256 1030 34 -1 4 9 -13 33 3.0 31 64 6.2 .513 .511 5.6 -0.8 55 $34,250

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
1954 STL NL 22 1B 85 84 81 751.0 892 814 68 10 96 .989 6 9 10.57 10.38 .991 9.81 9.75
1956 STL NL 24 1B 1 0 0 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 9.00 2.00 .990 9.90 9.70
1957 STL NL 25 1B 57 22 20 270.0 296 279 17 0 17 1.000 5 24 9.87 5.19 .990 9.67 9.73
1957 STL NL 25 RF 47 42 23 344.0 81 78 1 2 0 .975 4 13 2.07 1.68 .972 1.98 1.99
1957 STL NL 25 OF 46 42 23 344.0 85 81 1 3 0 .965 4 13 2.15 1.78 .980 2.29 2.31
1958 STL NL 26 1B 67 31 30 343.2 352 328 23 1 19 .997 5 17 9.19 5.24 .990 9.54 9.49
1958 STL NL 26 OF 66 60 30 502.2 95 90 3 2 2 .979 -6 -15 1.67 1.41 .980 2.26 2.25
1958 STL NL 26 RF 42 40 21 326.2 58 54 2 2 1 .966 -6 -21 1.54 1.33 .978 2.02 2.01
1958 STL NL 26 LF 24 20 9 176.0 33 32 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -4 1.69 1.38 .975 2.01 2.00
1959 STL NL 27 OF 121 117 84 966.2 212 201 5 6 1 .972 -11 -14 1.92 1.70 .977 2.21 2.19 AS,MVP-13
1959 STL NL 27 RF 109 104 76 850.1 188 179 4 5 1 .973 -9 -12 1.94 1.68 .978 1.95 1.93 AS,MVP-13
1959 STL NL 27 1B 35 10 8 144.0 168 158 9 1 22 .994 1 9 10.44 4.77 .988 9.58 9.48 AS,MVP-13
1959 STL NL 27 LF 21 13 8 116.1 20 18 1 1 0 .950 -2 -26 1.47 0.90 .971 2.03 2.01 AS,MVP-13
1960 STL NL 28 OF 116 109 95 944.1 200 184 6 10 1 .950 -7 -9 1.81 1.64 .978 2.20 2.20
1960 STL NL 28 RF 116 109 95 944.1 198 182 6 10 1 .949 -7 -9 1.79 1.62 .979 1.99 1.99
1960 STL NL 28 1B 15 14 14 122.0 124 114 10 0 7 1.000 1 8 9.15 8.27 .990 9.57 9.55
1961 STL NL 29 OF 86 77 59 649.1 138 131 2 5 1 .964 -3 -5 1.84 1.55 .977 2.16 2.14
1961 STL NL 29 RF 85 76 58 640.2 139 132 2 5 1 .964 -3 -5 1.88 1.58 .974 1.93 1.91
1961 STL NL 29 1B 10 6 4 62.0 70 69 1 0 8 1.000 -2 -39 10.16 7.00 .990 9.81 9.72
1961 STL NL 29 LF 1 1 1 8.2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 28 2.08 2.00 .975 1.87 1.90
1962 CHW AL 30 1B 143 142 136 1259.2 1380 1282 90 8 118 .994 7 6 9.80 9.59 .990 9.44 9.41 MVP-18
1962 CHW AL 30 OF 5 3 1 22.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 27 2.05 1.00 .980 2.21 2.18 MVP-18
1962 CHW AL 30 RF 5 3 1 22.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 27 2.45 1.20 .978 2.00 2.00 MVP-18
1963 CHW AL 31 1B 58 57 48 492.1 565 535 24 6 39 .989 1 2 10.22 9.64 .990 9.48 9.49
1964 TOT AL 32 1B 74 63 54 569.1 611 580 29 2 53 .997 0 0 9.63 8.23 .991 9.43 9.41
1964 CHW AL 32 1B 33 30 23 259.0 281 264 16 1 25 .996 1 3 9.73 8.48 .991 9.43 9.41
1964 WSA AL 32 1B 41 33 31 310.1 330 316 13 1 28 .997 -0 -2 9.54 8.02 .991 9.43 9.41
1965 WSA AL 33 1B 59 43 41 412.2 423 393 24 6 44 .986 -0 -1 9.09 7.07 .991 9.56 9.53
1966 WSA AL 34 1B 3 3 1 21.0 14 10 4 0 1 1.000 -0 -29 6.00 4.67 .991 9.60 9.57
12 Seasons 1B 607 475 437 4449.2 4897 4564 299 34 424 .993 23 6 9.84 8.01 .990 9.55 9.53
6 Seasons OF 440 408 292 3429.0 735 692 17 26 5 .965 -23 -8 1.86 1.61 .978 2.21 2.20
6 Seasons RF 404 374 274 3128.0 670 631 15 24 4 .964 -20 -8 1.86 1.60 .977 1.97 1.96
3 Seasons LF 46 34 18 301.0 55 52 2 1 1 .982 -3 -12 1.61 1.17 .974 2.01 2.00
12 Seasons TOT 1047 883 729 7878.2 5632 5256 316 60 429 .989 -0 -0 6.37 5.32 .989 6.36 6.45
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.
  • 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1959 NL (13, 4%)
1962 AL (18, 3%)
0.07 Career Shares (1036th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1959 NL  4.7 (9th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1959 NL  .345 (2nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1959 NL  .453 (1st)
1962 AL  .410 (3rd)
Career  .403 (47th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1959 NL  .931 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1960 NL  28 (7th)
1962 AL  32 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1962 AL  7 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1958 NL  82 (4th)
1959 NL  88 (2nd)
1962 AL  101 (5th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1959 NL  143 (6th)
1962 AL  127 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1959 NL  104 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  28 (6th)
1959 NL  35 (6th)
1962 AL  27 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1958 NL  2.7 (6th)
1959 NL  3.4 (6th)
1962 AL  2.6 (9th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1959 NL  251 (6th)
1962 AL  263 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1959 NL  .761 (3rd)
1962 AL  .679 (7th)
Career  .663 (159th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1957 NL  5 (9th)
1959 NL  5 (7th)
1960 NL  6 (3rd)
1961 NL  11 (1st)
1962 AL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1962 AL  10 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1957 NL  6 (8th)
1962 AL  8 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1960 NL  7 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1957 NL  32.12 (7th)
1958 NL  38.59 (5th)
Career  211.30 (209th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1957 NL  3.9 (6th)
1958 NL  4.1 (4th)
1959 NL  5.5 (4th)
1962 AL  3.6 (9th)
Career  23.7 (155th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1958 NL  3.3 (7th)
1959 NL  3.9 (7th)
1962 AL  3.1 (8th)
Career  17.6 (232nd)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1957 NL  3.1 (7th)
1958 NL  3.6 (6th)
Career  20.4 (213th)

Putoutss c a p y
1962 AL  1,287 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1962 AL  1,282 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1954 NL  10 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 NL  1 (5th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 NL  109 (5th)
1961 NL  85 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 NL  5 (4th)
1960 NL  10 (1st)
1961 NL  5 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 NL  1 (5th)
1959 NL  1 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1960 NL  10 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1954 NL  6 (3rd)
1957 NL  5 (2nd)
1958 NL  5 (1st)
1962 AL  7 (3rd)
Career  23 (38th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1954 NL  10.57 (1st)
1962 AL  9.80 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1954 NL  10.38 (1st)
1962 AL  9.59 (2nd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1962 AL  .994 (1st)
Career  .993 (73rd)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1961 NL  1.88 (5th)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 NL  .973 (4th)

                           

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 - 15 (1209), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 14 (1048), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 20 (772), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (107th), 22.4 career WAR/20.8 7yr-peak WAR/21.6 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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 32 Chicago White Sox $34,250 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1965 33 Washington Senators $28,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$62,250
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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