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Sam Dente

Samuel Joseph Dente (Blackie)

Positions: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: April 26, 1922 in Harrison, NJ
High School: Kearny HS (Kearny, NJ)
School: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck, NJ)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 10, 1947 (Age 25.075)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1947 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Indians/Browns/WhiteSox/RedSox 1947-1955

Final Game: September 13, 1955 (Age 33.140)
Died: April 21, 2002 in Montclair, NJ
Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ
Relatives: Grandfather of Rick Porcello
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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
1947 25 BOS AL 46 189 168 14 39 4 2 0 11 0 1 19 15 .232 .310 .280 .590 60 47 6 0 2 5
1948 26 SLB AL 98 296 267 26 72 11 2 0 22 1 3 22 8 .270 .328 .326 .653 73 87 5 1 6 6/5
1949 27 WSH AL 153 625 590 48 161 24 4 1 53 4 4 31 24 .273 .309 .332 .641 72 196 17 0 4 *6
1950 28 WSH AL 155 654 603 56 144 20 5 2 59 1 1 39 19 .239 .286 .299 .585 53 180 25 1 11 *64 MVP-30
1951 29 WSH AL 88 301 273 21 65 8 1 0 29 3 0 25 10 .238 .302 .275 .577 58 75 12 0 3 64/5
1952 30 CHW AL 62 155 145 12 32 0 1 0 11 0 0 5 8 .221 .257 .234 .491 37 34 6 2 3 65/4O739
1953 31 CHW AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /6
1954 32 CLE AL 68 194 169 18 45 7 1 1 19 0 0 14 4 .266 .319 .337 .656 79 57 5 0 9 2 6/4
1955 33 CLE AL 73 121 105 10 27 4 0 0 10 0 0 12 8 .257 .331 .295 .626 67 31 2 0 3 1 1 65/4
9 Yrs 745 2535 2320 205 585 78 16 4 214 9 9 167 96 .252 .303 .305 .608 63 707 78 4 41 3 1
162 Game Avg. 162 551 504 45 127 17 3 1 47 2 2 36 21 .252 .303 .305 .608 63 154 17 1 9
WSH (3 yrs) 396 1580 1466 125 370 52 10 3 141 8 5 95 53 .252 .298 .308 .606 61 451 54 1 18
CLE (2 yrs) 141 315 274 28 72 11 1 1 29 0 0 26 12 .263 .323 .321 .645 74 88 7 0 12 3 1
CHW (2 yrs) 64 155 145 12 32 0 1 0 11 0 0 5 8 .221 .257 .234 .491 37 34 6 2 3
BOS (1 yr) 46 189 168 14 39 4 2 0 11 0 1 19 15 .232 .310 .280 .590 60 47 6 0 2
SLB (1 yr) 98 296 267 26 72 11 2 0 22 1 3 22 8 .270 .328 .326 .653 73 87 5 1 6

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
1947 25 BOS AL 46 189 -9 -0 0 -1 0 -10 -1.1 5 -4 -0.5 .476 .493 -0.4 -0.1 -3 5
1948 26 SLB AL 98 296 -10 -0 0 -1 5 -6 -0.6 9 2 0.2 .494 .496 0.3 0.4 3 6/5
1949 27 WSH AL 153 625 -23 -2 1 -18 10 -32 -3.2 18 -14 -1.4 .479 .480 0.4 -0.8 4 *6
1950 28 WSH AL 155 654 -41 2 -2 -6 10 -37 -3.5 20 -17 -1.6 .477 .478 -1.1 0.4 -11 *64 MVP-30
1951 29 WSH AL 88 301 -15 1 -1 -5 5 -15 -1.5 9 -6 -0.6 .483 .491 -0.2 -0.0 -0 64/5
1952 30 CHW AL 62 155 -12 0 -0 0 2 -10 -1.1 5 -5 -0.6 .482 .493 -0.7 0.2 -5 65/4O739
1953 31 CHW AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .510 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /6
1954 32 CLE AL 68 194 -5 0 -0 7 3 5 0.6 6 11 1.2 .509 .504 0.5 1.1 5 6/4
1955 33 CLE AL 73 121 -5 -0 1 -2 2 -4 -0.4 4 -0 -0.0 .494 .497 0.1 0.1 2 65/4
9 Seasons 745 2535 -119 1 -1 -26 37 -108 -10.9 76 -32 -3.4 .485 .489 -1.0 1.2 -6
WSH (3 yrs) 396 1580 -79 1 -2 -29 25 -84 -8.2 47 -37 -3.6 .479 .482 -0.9 -0.4 -7
CLE (2 yrs) 141 315 -10 -0 1 5 6 2 0.2 10 11 1.2 .501 .500 0.6 1.2 6
CHW (2 yrs) 64 155 -12 0 -0 0 2 -10 -1.1 5 -5 -0.6 .483 .493 -0.6 0.2 -5
BOS (1 yr) 46 189 -9 -0 0 -1 0 -10 -1.1 5 -4 -0.5 .476 .493 -0.4 -0.1 -3
SLB (1 yr) 98 296 -10 -0 0 -1 5 -6 -0.6 9 2 0.2 .494 .496 0.3 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
1954 32 CLE AL WS NYG L 3 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 1 0 0
1 WS 3 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 1 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
1947 BOS AL 25 3B 46 44 43 131 40 83 8 11 .939 2.67 .959 3.01
1948 SLB AL 26 SS 76 57 54 360 138 207 15 46 .958 4.54 .964 5.17
1948 SLB AL 26 3B 6 4 2 13 3 9 1 1 .923 2.00 .958 3.03
1949 WSH AL 27 SS 153 153 150 811 314 462 35 106 .957 5.07 .963 5.17
1950 WSH AL 28 SS 128 127 125 1117.2 663 225 406 32 88 .952 5.08 4.93 .961 5.05 4.96 MVP-30
1950 WSH AL 28 2B 29 28 27 245.0 184 91 91 2 23 .989 6.69 6.28 .976 5.86 5.76 MVP-30
1951 WSH AL 29 SS 65 55 54 514.0 313 128 173 12 43 .962 5.27 4.63 .961 5.20 5.17
1951 WSH AL 29 2B 10 9 8 79.0 64 32 30 2 9 .969 7.06 6.20 .978 5.72 5.69
1951 WSH AL 29 3B 5 4 3 30.2 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 2.35 1.60 .950 3.17 3.16
1952 CHW AL 30 SS 27 17 13 167.2 104 42 56 6 14 .942 5.26 3.63 .962 4.94 4.94
1952 CHW AL 30 3B 18 11 6 99.2 24 7 17 0 2 1.000 2.17 1.33 .953 3.29 3.29
1952 CHW AL 30 2B 6 4 3 45.0 44 24 20 0 6 1.000 8.80 7.33 .978 5.56 5.57
1952 CHW AL 30 OF 6 3 2 28.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.29 0.67 .980 2.41 2.40
1952 CHW AL 30 LF 4 3 2 26.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.08 1.50 .978 2.28 2.28
1952 CHW AL 30 1B 2 0 0 10.0 10 8 2 0 1 1.000 9.00 5.00 .988 9.63 9.60
1952 CHW AL 30 RF 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1953 CHW AL 31 SS 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.10
1954 CLE AL 32 SS 60 48 35 412.0 205 66 133 6 33 .971 7 20 4.35 3.32 .960 5.00 4.97
1954 CLE AL 32 2B 7 6 3 43.0 26 10 14 2 3 .923 -0 -3 5.02 3.43 .976 5.38 5.33
1955 CLE AL 33 SS 53 22 18 266.0 123 33 87 3 15 .976 -2 -9 4.06 2.26 .959 4.93 4.89
1955 CLE AL 33 3B 13 0 0 42.0 16 4 12 0 0 1.000 0 9 3.43 1.23 .950 3.17 3.14
1955 CLE AL 33 2B 4 1 1 14.0 11 5 6 0 2 1.000 0 9 7.07 2.75 .976 5.40 5.32
8 Seasons SS 563 479 449 2478.1 2579 946 1524 109 345 .958 5 2 4.90 4.39 .962 5.05 5.06
5 Seasons 3B 88 63 54 172.1 192 55 128 9 14 .953 0 2 2.51 2.08 .957 3.24 3.10
5 Seasons 2B 56 48 42 426.0 329 162 161 6 43 .982 0 0 6.82 5.77 .977 5.74 5.64
1 Season OF 6 3 2 28.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.29 0.67 .980 2.41 2.40
1 Season LF 4 3 2 26.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.08 1.50 .978 2.28 2.28
1 Season RF 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1 Season 1B 2 0 0 10.0 10 8 2 0 1 1.000 9.00 5.00 .988 9.63 9.60
9 Seasons TOT 715 593 547 3114.2 3114 1175 1815 124 403 .960 5 2 5.01 4.18 .963 5.04 4.86
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))
1950 AL (30, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1750th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1954 AL  1.1 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1949 AL  153 (6th)
1950 AL  155 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1949 AL  590 (8th)
1950 AL  603 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1949 AL  132 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1950 AL  11 (8th)
1954 AL  9 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1950 AL  25 (3rd)

AB per SO s c a p y
1949 AL  24.6 (5th)
1950 AL  31.7 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1949 AL  454 (3rd)
1950 AL  496 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1949 AL  462 (3rd)
1950 AL  497 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1949 AL  35 (1st)
1950 AL  34 (1st)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  153 (2nd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  314 (3rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  462 (2nd)
1950 AL  406 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  35 (1st)
1950 AL  32 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  106 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1954 AL  7 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1950 AL  5.08 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1949 AL  5.07 (3rd)
1950 AL  4.93 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Shortstop (1076th), -3.4 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-1.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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