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Al Dark

Alvin Ralph Dark (Blackie or The Swamp Fox)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: January 7, 1922 in Comanche, OK
High School: Lake Charles HS (Lake Charles, LA)
Schools: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Signed
by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 14, 1946 (Age 24.188)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Braves/Cardinals/Cubs/Phillies 1946-1960

Final Game: October 2, 1960 (Age 38.269)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 10, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #316. Dom DiMaggio… #317. Devon White… #318. Herman Long… #319. AL DARK… #320. Elmer Flick… #321. Tim Salmon… #322. Jose Canseco… 

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
1946 24 BSN NL 15 13 13 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 .231 .231 .462 .692 93 6 0 0 0 6/7O
1948 26 BSN NL 137 581 543 85 175 39 6 3 48 4 24 36 .322 .353 .433 .786 113 235 4 2 10 *6 MVP-3,RoY-1
1949 27 BSN NL 130 573 529 74 146 23 5 3 53 5 31 43 .276 .317 .355 .673 84 188 10 1 11 *6/5 MVP-25
1950 28 NYG NL 154 643 587 79 164 36 5 16 67 9 39 60 .279 .331 .440 .770 100 258 10 6 11 *6
1951 ★ 29 NYG NL 156 700 646 114 196 41 7 14 69 12 7 42 39 .303 .352 .454 .805 114 293 11 6 6 *6 AS,MVP-12
1952 ★ 30 NYG NL 151 650 589 92 177 29 3 14 73 6 6 47 39 .301 .357 .431 .788 117 254 10 5 8 *6 AS,MVP-12
1953 31 NYG NL 155 693 647 126 194 41 6 23 88 7 2 28 34 .300 .335 .488 .823 109 316 19 6 12 *64O7/591
1954 ★ 32 NYG NL 154 693 644 98 189 26 6 20 70 5 3 27 40 .293 .325 .446 .770 98 287 16 5 12 5 *6 AS,MVP-5
1955 33 NYG NL 115 508 475 77 134 20 3 9 45 2 1 22 32 .282 .319 .394 .713 88 187 5 5 4 2 2 *6
1956 34 TOT NL 148 664 619 73 170 26 7 6 54 3 1 29 46 .275 .307 .368 .675 82 228 14 3 5 8 0 *6
1956 34 NYG NL 48 222 206 19 52 12 0 2 17 0 0 8 13 .252 .279 .340 .618 66 70 5 1 3 4 0 6
1956 34 STL NL 100 442 413 54 118 14 7 4 37 3 1 21 33 .286 .320 .383 .703 89 158 9 2 2 4 0 6
1957 35 STL NL 140 625 583 80 169 25 8 4 64 3 4 29 56 .290 .326 .381 .707 88 222 7 4 5 4 4 *6/5 MVP-17
1958 36 TOT NL 132 572 528 61 156 16 4 4 48 1 1 31 29 .295 .337 .364 .700 86 192 16 5 2 6 1 *5/6
1958 36 STL NL 18 66 64 7 19 0 0 1 5 0 0 2 6 .297 .318 .344 .662 72 22 3 0 0 0 0 /56
1958 36 CHC NL 114 506 464 54 137 16 4 3 43 1 1 29 23 .295 .339 .366 .706 88 170 13 5 2 6 1 *5
1959 37 CHC NL 136 545 477 60 126 22 9 6 45 1 1 55 50 .264 .342 .386 .728 96 184 4 3 7 3 9 *5/36
1960 38 TOT NL 105 373 339 45 90 11 3 4 32 1 1 26 27 .265 .321 .351 .672 87 119 8 3 2 3 4 573/4
1960 38 PHI NL 55 221 198 29 48 5 1 3 14 1 1 19 14 .242 .315 .323 .638 76 64 5 2 2 0 2 5/3
1960 38 MLN NL 50 152 141 16 42 6 2 1 18 0 0 7 13 .298 .329 .390 .719 104 55 3 1 0 3 2 73/54
14 Yrs 1828 7833 7219 1064 2089 358 72 126 757 59 27 430 534 .289 .333 .411 .744 98 2969 134 54 95 31 20
162 Game Avg. 162 694 640 94 185 32 6 11 67 5 38 47 .289 .333 .411 .744 98 263 12 5 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
NYG (7 yrs) 933 4109 3794 605 1106 205 30 98 429 41 19 213 257 .292 .334 .439 .773 103 1665 76 34 56 11 2
MLN (4 yrs) 332 1319 1226 175 366 71 13 7 120 9 0 62 95 .299 .334 .395 .728 99 484 17 4 21 3 2
STL (3 yrs) 258 1133 1060 141 306 39 15 9 106 6 5 52 95 .289 .323 .379 .703 88 402 19 6 7 8 4
CHC (2 yrs) 250 1051 941 114 263 38 13 9 88 2 2 84 73 .279 .341 .376 .717 92 354 17 8 9 9 10
PHI (1 yr) 55 221 198 29 48 5 1 3 14 1 1 19 14 .242 .315 .323 .638 76 64 5 2 2 0 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
1946 24 BSN NL 15 13 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .499 .500 0.0 0.0 0 6/7O
1948 26 BSN NL 137 581 9 1 2 0 9 20 2.0 23 43 4.4 .515 .513 4.4 0.9 43 *6 MVP-3,RoY-1
1949 27 BSN NL 130 573 -11 2 3 -6 8 -4 -0.4 22 19 1.8 .497 .498 2.5 0.2 25 *6/5 MVP-25
1950 28 NYG NL 154 643 -1 0 3 14 10 26 2.5 24 51 5.0 .517 .517 3.7 2.4 37 *6
1951 ★ 29 NYG NL 156 700 13 3 4 6 10 35 3.5 25 60 6.1 .523 .522 5.7 1.6 54 *6 AS,MVP-12
1952 ★ 30 NYG NL 151 650 14 -0 3 5 10 31 3.3 24 55 5.8 .522 .521 5.3 1.6 50 *6 AS,MVP-12
1953 31 NYG NL 155 693 12 2 3 2 7 26 2.4 25 51 4.8 .516 .516 4.9 0.8 49 *64O7/591
1954 ★ 32 NYG NL 154 693 -5 4 -0 5 9 12 1.1 25 37 3.6 .508 .508 3.2 1.4 32 *6 AS,MVP-5
1955 33 NYG NL 115 508 -8 -0 1 -2 7 -2 -0.5 18 16 1.4 .498 .498 1.8 0.4 18 $37,500 *6
1956 34 NYG NL 48 222 -6 0 1 -3 3 -5 -0.7 8 3 0.1 .489 .497 0.6 -0.1 6 6
1956 34 STL NL 100 442 -4 2 1 5 6 9 0.7 16 25 2.4 .510 .506 2.1 1.0 20 6
1957 35 STL NL 140 625 -7 1 3 4 8 9 0.8 23 32 3.0 .507 .506 2.8 1.2 28 $38,500 *6/5 MVP-17
1958 36 STL NL 18 66 -3 -0 -0 -2 1 -5 -0.5 2 -2 -0.3 .472 .497 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $40,000 /56
1958 36 CHC NL 114 506 -6 0 -1 1 2 -4 -0.6 18 14 1.3 .496 .497 1.3 0.2 13 *5
1959 37 CHC NL 136 545 0 -1 2 8 2 11 1.2 21 32 3.3 .509 .507 2.5 1.1 24 *5/36
1960 38 PHI NL 55 221 -5 1 0 -5 1 -8 -0.9 8 0 -0.1 .484 .495 0.5 -0.5 5 5/3
1960 38 MLN NL 50 152 -1 -1 -0 2 -2 -2 -0.3 6 4 0.3 .495 .499 0.1 0.0 2 73/54
14 Seasons 1828 7833 -11 12 23 33 91 150 13.7 289 439 43.1 .508 .509 41.4 12.2 406 $116,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
NYG (7 yrs) 933 4109 18 8 14 26 56 123 11.6 150 273 26.8 .514 .513 25.2 8.0 246 $37,500
MLN (4 yrs) 332 1319 -4 3 4 -4 16 15 1.3 51 66 6.6 .504 .504 7.1 1.2 70
STL (3 yrs) 258 1133 -14 2 4 8 15 14 1.0 41 55 5.2 .506 .505 4.8 2.1 47 $78,500
CHC (2 yrs) 250 1051 -6 -1 1 8 4 7 0.6 39 46 4.6 .503 .503 3.8 1.3 37
PHI (1 yr) 55 221 -5 1 0 -5 1 -8 -0.9 8 0 -0.1 .484 .495 0.5 -0.5 5

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
1948 26 BSN NL WS CLE L 6 25 24 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .208 .375 5 1 0 1 0 0
1951 29 NYG NL WS NYY L 6 26 24 5 10 3 0 1 4 0 0 2 3 .417 .462 .667 1.128 16 1 0 0 0 0
1954 ❍ 32 NYG NL WS CLE W 4 19 17 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .412 .444 .412 .856 7 0 0 1 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 16 70 65 9 21 4 0 1 4 0 0 3 6 .323 .353 .431 .784 28 2 0 2 0 0
3 WS 16 70 65 9 21 4 0 1 4 0 0 3 6 .323 .353 .431 .784 28 2 0 2 0 0

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1953 31 NYG NL 0 0 18.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 33 18.59 2.000 9.0 9.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1 Yr 0 0 18.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 33 18.59 2.000 9.0 9.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 18.00 34 34 0 0 0 0 34 34 68 68 34 34 0 0 0 0 170 33 18.59 2.000 9.0 9.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1953 31 NYG NL 1.0 1 1 2 18.00 4.09 -0.03 0.00 108.0 4.45 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .369 .499
1 Season 1.0 1 1 2 18.00 4.09 -0.03 0.00 108.0 4.45 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .369 .499

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1946 BSN NL 24 SS 12 0 0 21 5 14 2 2 .905 1.58 .957 5.15
1946 BSN NL 24 LF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 2.20
1946 BSN NL 24 OF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 2.40
1948 BSN NL 26 SS 133 129 126 671 253 393 25 66 .963 4.86 .959 4.98 MVP-3,RoY-1
1949 BSN NL 27 SS 125 124 121 644 232 387 25 76 .961 4.95 .961 5.04 MVP-25
1949 BSN NL 27 3B 4 3 2 10 1 8 1 0 .900 2.25 .952 3.18 MVP-25
1950 NYG NL 28 SS 154 154 146 1356.2 783 288 465 30 101 .962 5.00 4.89 .961 5.22 5.16
1951 NYG NL 29 SS 156 156 153 1390.0 805 295 465 45 114 .944 4.92 4.87 .955 4.89 4.87 AS,MVP-12
1952 NYG NL 30 SS 150 150 147 1324.0 774 324 423 27 116 .965 5.08 4.98 .960 5.04 5.00 AS,MVP-12
1953 NYG NL 31 SS 110 108 102 945.2 581 219 343 19 79 .967 -1 -1 5.35 5.11 .958 5.04 4.94
1953 NYG NL 31 2B 26 26 19 213.1 142 68 72 2 17 .986 3 17 5.91 5.38 .972 5.44 5.33
1953 NYG NL 31 OF 17 14 13 122.2 27 26 1 0 1 1.000 -0 -4 1.98 1.59 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 NYG NL 31 LF 13 12 11 100.0 25 24 1 0 1 1.000 0 2 2.25 1.92 .976 2.15 2.10
1953 NYG NL 31 3B 8 5 5 52.0 32 12 17 3 5 .906 0 0 5.02 3.63 .951 3.05 2.98
1953 NYG NL 31 RF 4 2 2 22.2 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -32 2.78 1.75 .981 1.99 1.95
1953 NYG NL 31 P 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
1954 NYG NL 32 SS 154 154 149 1366.0 812 289 487 36 105 .956 5 4 5.11 5.04 .959 5.15 5.12 AS,MVP-5
1955 NYG NL 33 SS 115 112 109 999.0 558 213 324 21 70 .962 -2 -2 4.84 4.67 .964 5.02 4.98
1956 TOT NL 34 SS 147 147 141 1289.2 720 267 424 29 93 .960 2 2 4.82 4.70 .962 4.94 4.89
1956 NYG NL 34 SS 48 48 48 432.1 230 89 132 9 27 .961 -3 -9 4.60 4.60 .962 4.94 4.89
1956 STL NL 34 SS 99 99 93 857.1 490 178 292 20 66 .959 5 7 4.93 4.75 .962 4.94 4.89
1957 STL NL 35 SS 139 134 119 1203.2 720 276 419 25 105 .965 4 4 5.20 5.00 .958 4.82 4.85 MVP-17
1957 STL NL 35 3B 1 1 1 8.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 -0 -15 2.25 2.00 .950 2.92 3.00 MVP-17
1958 TOT NL 36 3B 119 116 111 1015.0 367 111 237 19 24 .948 0 0 3.09 2.92 .952 3.18 3.16
1958 STL NL 36 3B 8 5 5 51.0 17 4 12 1 0 .941 -1 -14 2.82 2.00 .952 3.18 3.16
1958 STL NL 36 SS 8 8 6 64.0 35 10 23 2 6 .943 -1 -21 4.64 4.13 .964 5.10 5.08
1958 CHC NL 36 3B 111 111 106 964.0 350 107 225 18 24 .949 1 1 3.10 2.99 .952 3.18 3.16
1959 CHC NL 37 3B 131 121 116 1090.0 386 111 255 20 20 .948 8 9 3.02 2.79 .950 2.97 2.94
1959 CHC NL 37 1B 4 4 2 27.0 31 26 4 1 1 .968 0 13 10.00 7.50 .988 9.57 9.48
1959 CHC NL 37 SS 1 0 0 8.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -125 2.08 2.00 .965 5.09 5.10
1960 TOT NL 38 3B 57 49 46 447.2 152 59 86 7 7 .954 -5 -13 2.92 2.54 .952 2.97 2.96
1960 TOT NL 38 1B 11 4 3 45.0 44 41 2 1 4 .977 0 0 8.60 3.91 .990 9.56 9.55
1960 PHI NL 38 3B 53 48 45 430.2 148 57 84 7 7 .953 -5 -14 2.95 2.66 .952 2.97 2.96
1960 PHI NL 38 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 4.50 1.00 .990 9.45 9.60
1960 MLN NL 38 LF 25 25 11 203.0 47 44 1 2 0 .957 2 11 2.00 1.80 .974 1.99 1.99
1960 MLN NL 38 OF 25 25 11 203.0 50 46 2 2 0 .960 2 11 2.13 1.92 .978 2.20 2.20
1960 MLN NL 38 1B 10 4 3 43.0 43 40 2 1 4 .977 0 6 8.79 4.20 .990 9.57 9.55
1960 MLN NL 38 3B 4 1 1 17.0 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 0 7 2.12 1.00 .952 2.96 2.95
1960 MLN NL 38 2B 3 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -48 0.00 0.00 5.22 5.20
13 Seasons SS 1404 1376 1319 9947.1 7126 2672 4168 286 933 .960 6 1 5.03 4.87 .960 5.02 4.99
6 Seasons 3B 320 295 281 2612.2 949 294 605 50 56 .947 3 2 3.07 2.81 .951 3.05 3.03
3 Seasons OF 43 39 24 325.2 78 73 3 2 1 .974 1 6 2.07 1.77 .979 2.26 2.25
3 Seasons LF 39 37 22 303.0 73 69 2 2 1 .973 2 8 2.08 1.82 .975 2.04 2.03
2 Seasons 2B 29 26 19 218.1 142 68 72 2 17 .986 3 16 5.77 4.83 .972 5.43 5.32
2 Seasons 1B 15 8 5 72.0 75 67 6 2 5 .973 0 5 9.12 4.87 .989 9.56 9.53
1 Season RF 4 2 2 22.2 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -32 2.78 1.75 .981 1.99 1.95
1 Season P 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
14 Seasons TOT 1812 1745 1648 13177.0 8370 3174 4854 342 1012 .959 14 1 4.60 4.43 .959 4.59 4.62
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
1966 BBWAA ( 5.6%)
1967 BBWAA (13.0%)
1967 Run Off ( 2.3%)
1968 BBWAA (12.7%)
1969 BBWAA (14.1%)
1970 BBWAA (18.3%)
1971 BBWAA (15.0%)
1972 BBWAA (13.9%)
1973 BBWAA (13.9%)
1974 BBWAA (14.8%)
1975 BBWAA (13.3%)
1976 BBWAA (16.0%)
1977 BBWAA (17.2%)
1978 BBWAA (15.8%)
1979 BBWAA (18.5%)
1980 BBWAA (11.2%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1948 NL (3, 52%)
1949 NL (25, 1%)
1951 NL (12, 9%)
1952 NL (12, 7%)
1954 NL (5, 33%)
1957 NL (17, 4%)
1.06 Career Shares (234th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1951 NL  6.1 (9th)
1952 NL  5.8 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1950 NL  5.0 (10th)
1951 NL  6.1 (7th)
1952 NL  5.8 (4th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1948 NL  4.4 (10th)
1951 NL  5.7 (7th)
1952 NL  5.3 (4th)
1953 NL  4.9 (9th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1948 NL  0.9 (7th)
1950 NL  2.4 (1st)
1951 NL  1.6 (3rd)
1952 NL  1.6 (3rd)
1954 NL  1.4 (9th)
Career  12.2 (155th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1948 NL  .322 (4th)
1951 NL  .303 (8th)
1952 NL  .301 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1950 NL  154 (5th)
1951 NL  156 (3rd)
1952 NL  151 (10th)
1953 NL  155 (7th)
1954 NL  154 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1950 NL  587 (9th)
1951 NL  646 (2nd)
1952 NL  589 (9th)
1953 NL  647 (1st)
1954 NL  644 (1st)
1956 NL  619 (4th)
1957 NL  583 (10th)
Career  7,219 (245th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1951 NL  700 (4th)
1953 NL  693 (4th)
1954 NL  693 (5th)
1956 NL  664 (9th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1951 NL  114 (4th)
1952 NL  92 (7th)
1953 NL  126 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1948 NL  175 (5th)
1951 NL  196 (4th)
1952 NL  177 (4th)
1953 NL  194 (4th)
1954 NL  189 (7th)
1956 NL  170 (10th)
1957 NL  169 (10th)
Career  2,089 (234th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1951 NL  293 (5th)
1952 NL  254 (9th)
1953 NL  316 (7th)
1954 NL  287 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1948 NL  39 (3rd)
1950 NL  36 (5th)
1951 NL  41 (1st)
1952 NL  29 (8th)
1953 NL  41 (2nd)

Triples s c a p y
1951 NL  7 (10th)
1957 NL  8 (5th)
1959 NL  9 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1950 NL  9 (8th)
1951 NL  12 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1948 NL  127 (4th)
1951 NL  134 (4th)
1952 NL  131 (5th)
1953 NL  124 (8th)
1954 NL  137 (5th)
1956 NL  131 (5th)
1957 NL  132 (5th)
1958 NL  132 (3rd)
Career  1,533 (186th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1951 NL  101 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1951 NL  62 (6th)
1953 NL  70 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1950 NL  6 (4th)
1951 NL  6 (6th)
1952 NL  5 (8th)
1953 NL  6 (5th)
1954 NL  5 (6th)
1955 NL  5 (8th)
1958 NL  5 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1948 NL  10 (6th)
1949 NL  11 (7th)
1950 NL  11 (3rd)
1953 NL  12 (4th)
1954 NL  12 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1956 NL  8 (4th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1953 NL  19 (4th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1951 NL  7 (7th)

SB % s c a p y
1951 NL  63.16 (8th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1950 NL  11.5 (6th)
1951 NL  12.9 (10th)
1953 NL  10.7 (6th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1952 NL  15.1 (10th)
1953 NL  19.0 (4th)
1954 NL  16.1 (10th)
1955 NL  14.8 (7th)
1956 NL  13.5 (9th)
1958 NL  18.2 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1950 NL  444 (7th)
1951 NL  474 (4th)
1953 NL  486 (1st)
1954 NL  491 (1st)
1956 NL  477 (3rd)
1957 NL  434 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1951 NL  3.0 (9th)

Assistss c a p y
1950 NL  465 (4th)
1951 NL  465 (1st)
1953 NL  433 (5th)
1954 NL  487 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1950 NL  30 (3rd)
1951 NL  45 (1st)
1952 NL  27 (3rd)
1954 NL  36 (1st)
1956 NL  29 (3rd)
1957 NL  25 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1958 NL  119 (5th)
1959 NL  131 (5th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1958 NL  237 (5th)
1959 NL  255 (4th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1958 NL  19 (4th)
1959 NL  20 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1958 NL  24 (3rd)
1959 NL  20 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1950 NL  154 (3rd)
1951 NL  156 (1st)
1952 NL  150 (3rd)
1953 NL  110 (5th)
1954 NL  154 (1st)
1956 NL  147 (3rd)
1957 NL  139 (3rd)
Career  1,404 (68th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1950 NL  288 (4th)
1951 NL  295 (1st)
1952 NL  324 (1st)
1953 NL  219 (5th)
1954 NL  289 (4th)
1956 NL  267 (4th)
1957 NL  276 (1st)
Career  2,672 (63rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1950 NL  465 (4th)
1951 NL  465 (1st)
1952 NL  423 (4th)
1953 NL  343 (5th)
1954 NL  487 (2nd)
1956 NL  424 (3rd)
1957 NL  419 (2nd)
Career  4,168 (74th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1948 NL  25 (5th)
1949 NL  25 (5th)
1950 NL  30 (3rd)
1951 NL  45 (1st)
1952 NL  27 (3rd)
1954 NL  36 (1st)
1956 NL  29 (3rd)
1957 NL  25 (4th)
Career  286 (77th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1950 NL  101 (2nd)
1951 NL  114 (1st)
1952 NL  116 (1st)
1953 NL  79 (5th)
1954 NL  105 (2nd)
1956 NL  93 (3rd)
1957 NL  105 (1st)
Career  933 (46th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1959 NL  8 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1958 NL  3.09 (5th)
1959 NL  3.02 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1958 NL  2.92 (5th)
1959 NL  2.79 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1954 NL  5 (4th)
1957 NL  4 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1951 NL  4.92 (3rd)
1952 NL  5.08 (4th)
1953 NL  5.35 (2nd)
1954 NL  5.11 (5th)
1956 NL  4.82 (5th)
1957 NL  5.20 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1948 NL  4.86 (4th)
1949 NL  4.95 (5th)
1950 NL  4.89 (5th)
1951 NL  4.87 (2nd)
1952 NL  4.98 (4th)
1953 NL  5.11 (3rd)
1954 NL  5.04 (4th)
1955 NL  4.67 (5th)
1956 NL  4.70 (4th)
1957 NL  5.00 (3rd)
Career  4.87 (88th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1948 NL  .963 (4th)
1949 NL  .961 (5th)
1950 NL  .962 (4th)
1951 NL  .944 (5th)
1952 NL  .965 (4th)
1953 NL  .967 (3rd)
1956 NL  .960 (5th)
1957 NL  .965 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1960 NL  born 1922-01-07 (9th)

                           

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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (392), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 71 (351), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 51 (391), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 26 (437), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (31st), 43.0 career WAR/33.0 7yr-peak WAR/38.0 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1955 33 New York Giants $37,500 ? 2/23/55 TSN
1957 35 St. Louis Cardinals $38,500 ? 1/31/58 LA Times, from AP
1958 36 St. Louis Cardinals $40,000 ? 1/31/58 LA Times, from AP
Career to date (may be incomplete)$116,000
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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