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Blix Donnelly

Sylvester Urban Donnelly

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 166 lb.

Born: January 21, 1914 in Olivia, MN
High School: Olivia HS (Olivia, MN) (All Transactions)
Debut: May 6, 1944 (Age 30.106, 7,618th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1944 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals/Braves 1944-1951

Last Game: May 3, 1951 (Age 37.102)
Died: June 20, 1976 in Olivia, MN
Buried: St. Aloysius Cemetery, Olivia, MN
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Standard Pitching

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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
1944 30 STL NL 2 1 .667 2.12 27 4 12 2 1 2 76.1 61 26 18 2 34 45 2 0 3 322 169 3.12 1.245 7.2 0.2 4.0 5.3 1.32
1945 31 STL NL 8 10 .444 3.52 31 23 6 9 4 2 166.1 157 79 65 10 87 76 6 0 3 732 107 4.08 1.467 8.5 0.5 4.7 4.1 0.87
1946 32 TOT NL 4 6 .400 3.10 25 8 10 2 0 1 90.0 81 38 31 8 34 49 3 0 0 382 111 3.69 1.278 8.1 0.8 3.4 4.9 1.44
1946 32 STL NL 1 2 .333 3.95 13 0 7 0 0 0 13.2 17 7 6 1 10 11 1 0 0 63 90 4.14 1.976 11.2 0.7 6.6 7.2 1.10
1946 32 PHI NL 3 4 .429 2.95 12 8 3 2 0 1 76.1 64 31 25 7 24 38 2 0 0 319 117 3.60 1.153 7.5 0.8 2.8 4.5 1.58
1947 33 PHI NL 4 6 .400 2.98 38 10 16 5 1 5 120.2 113 44 40 7 46 31 3 0 1 487 134 3.95 1.318 8.4 0.5 3.4 2.3 0.67
1948 34 PHI NL 5 7 .417 3.69 26 19 7 8 1 2 131.2 125 65 54 13 49 46 0 0 1 536 106 4.36 1.322 8.5 0.9 3.3 3.1 0.94
1949 35 PHI NL 2 1 .667 5.06 23 10 5 1 0 0 78.1 84 50 44 7 40 36 1 0 1 335 78 4.32 1.583 9.7 0.8 4.6 4.1 0.90
1950 36 PHI NL 2 4 .333 4.29 14 1 6 0 0 0 21.0 30 13 10 5 10 10 0 0 1 102 95 6.16 1.905 12.9 2.1 4.3 4.3 1.00
1951 37 BSN NL 0 1 .000 7.36 6 0 1 0 0 0 7.1 8 6 6 1 6 3 1 1 1 38 53 6.30 1.909 9.8 1.2 7.4 3.7 0.50
8 Yrs 27 36 .429 3.49 190 75 63 27 7 12 691.2 659 321 268 53 306 296 16 1 11 2934 109 4.07 1.395 8.6 0.7 4.0 3.9 0.97
162 Game Avg. 7 9 .429 3.49 49 19 16 7 2 3 177 169 82 69 14 79 76 4 0 3 753 109 4.07 1.395 8.6 0.7 4.0 3.9 0.97
PHI (5 yrs) 16 22 .421 3.64 113 48 37 16 2 8 428.0 416 203 173 39 169 161 6 0 4 1779 106 4.19 1.367 8.7 0.8 3.6 3.4 0.95
STL (3 yrs) 11 13 .458 3.12 71 27 25 11 5 4 256.1 235 112 89 13 131 132 9 0 6 1117 119 3.80 1.428 8.3 0.5 4.6 4.6 1.01
BSN (1 yr) 0 1 .000 7.36 6 0 1 0 0 0 7.1 8 6 6 1 6 3 1 1 1 38 53 6.30 1.909 9.8 1.2 7.4 3.7 0.50
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
1944 30 STL NL 76.0 27 4 26 3.08 4.27 0.41 0.00 101.1 3.90 7 0.8 1.0 -0.1 1.4 13 .529 .505
1945 31 STL NL 166.0 31 23 79 4.28 4.29 0.13 0.00 99.3 4.13 -4 -0.4 1.4 -0.1 0.9 11 .487 .497
1946 32 STL NL 13.2 13 0 7 4.61 3.97 0.10 0.00 101.5 3.93 -1 -0.1 1.4 -0.0 -0.0 0 .491 .499
1946 32 PHI NL 76.2 12 8 31 3.64 3.91 -0.22 0.00 99.8 4.12 4 0.5 1.7 -0.0 1.2 11 .539 .503
1947 33 PHI NL 120.2 38 10 44 3.28 4.72 -0.10 0.00 98.0 4.73 19 2.0 1.2 -0.0 3.3 33 .553 .512
1948 34 PHI NL 131.2 26 19 65 4.44 4.64 -0.25 0.00 100.2 4.90 6 0.7 .7 -0.1 2.0 21 .526 .504
1949 35 PHI NL 78.1 23 10 50 5.74 4.64 -0.06 0.00 96.7 4.55 -11 -1.0 .7 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .454 .494
1950 36 PHI NL 21.0 14 1 13 5.57 5.05 0.21 0.00 95.9 4.65 -2 -0.2 1.2 -0.0 -0.0 0 .485 .499
1951 37 BSN NL 7.1 6 0 6 7.36 4.53 -0.25 0.00 86.6 4.14 -3 -0.3 2.1 -0.2 -0.3 -2 .456 .498
8 Seasons 691.1 190 75 321 4.18 4.45 -0.01 0.00 99.0 4.41 16 1.9 1.2 -0.5 8.3 86 .510 .503
PHI (5 yrs) 428.1 113 48 203 4.27 4.55 -0.14 0.00 98.7 4.63 17 1.9 1.1 -0.2 6.3 64 .517 .504
STL (3 yrs) 255.2 71 27 112 3.94 4.27 0.21 0.00 99.9 4.05 2 0.2 1.2 -0.2 2.3 25 .504 .501
BSN (1 yr) 7.1 6 0 6 7.36 4.53 -0.25 0.00 86.6 4.14 -3 -0.3 2.1 -0.2 -0.3 -2 .456 .498

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1944 ❍ 30 STL NL WS W SLB 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 6.0 2 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 21 0.500 3.0 0.0 1.5 13.5 9.00
1 WS 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 6.0 2 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 21 0.500 3.0 0.0 1.5 13.5 9.00

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
1944 30 STL NL 27 20 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .063 .211 .063 .273 -22 1 1 0 2 1
1945 31 STL NL 31 62 54 3 7 1 0 0 4 0 2 5 .130 .161 .148 .309 -15 8 0 0 6 1
1946 32 TOT NL 25 28 25 5 7 1 0 0 2 0 3 7 .280 .357 .320 .677 96 8 1 0 0 1
1946 32 STL NL 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 1
1946 32 PHI NL 12 27 25 5 7 1 0 0 2 0 2 7 .280 .333 .320 .653 89 8 1 0 0 1
1947 33 PHI NL 38 40 32 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 .063 .143 .063 .205 -43 2 2 0 5 1
1948 34 PHI NL 26 48 45 2 10 1 1 0 1 0 3 10 .222 .271 .289 .560 53 13 1 0 1 1
1949 35 PHI NL 23 24 23 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 .174 .174 .174 .348 -5 4 0 0 1 1
1950 36 PHI NL 14 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 6 1 0 0 0 1
1951 37 BSN NL 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 190 228 201 12 32 3 1 0 8 0 0 14 35 .159 .214 .184 .398 10 37 6 0 15
162 Game Avg. 162 194 171 10 27 3 1 0 7 0 12 30 .159 .214 .184 .398 10 32 5 0 13
PHI (5 yrs) 113 144 130 9 24 2 1 0 4 0 8 28 .185 .232 .215 .447 24 28 4 0 7
STL (3 yrs) 71 83 70 3 8 1 0 0 4 0 6 7 .114 .184 .129 .313 -13 9 1 0 8
BSN (1 yr) 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0

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
1944 30 STL NL 27 20 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1945 31 STL NL 31 62 -9 0 0 0 5 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .488 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1946 32 STL NL 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1946 32 PHI NL 12 27 -0 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .521 .502 0.2 0.0 2 1
1947 33 PHI NL 38 40 -7 0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1948 34 PHI NL 26 48 -3 0 -0 0 5 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .508 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1949 35 PHI NL 23 24 -3 -0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1950 36 PHI NL 14 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1951 37 BSN NL 6 1 -0 0 -0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
8 Seasons 190 228 -26 0 -0 0 23 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .498 .499 -0.4 0.0 -4
PHI (5 yrs) 113 144 -15 -0 -0 0 15 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1
STL (3 yrs) 71 83 -11 0 0 0 7 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .494 .499 -0.4 0.0 -4
BSN (1 yr) 6 1 -0 0 -0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1944 ❍ 30 STL NL WS SLB W 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1944 STL NL 30 P 27 4 2 76.1 21 3 17 1 0 .952 2.36 0.74 .961 2.13 2.13 1 0 0% 0
1945 STL NL 31 P 31 23 9 166.1 23 4 17 2 0 .913 1.14 0.68 .963 2.18 2.17 2 2 50% 0
1946 TOT NL 32 P 25 8 2 90.0 14 3 11 0 0 1.000 1.40 0.56 .960 2.24 2.22 2 2 50% 0
1946 STL NL 32 P 13 0 0 13.2 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.66 0.08 .960 2.24 2.22 0 2 100% 0
1946 PHI NL 32 P 12 8 2 76.1 13 3 10 0 0 1.000 1.53 1.08 .960 2.24 2.22 2 0 0% 0
1947 PHI NL 33 P 38 10 5 120.2 28 2 24 2 2 .929 1.94 0.68 .966 2.10 2.07 0 2 100% 0
1948 PHI NL 34 P 26 19 8 131.2 19 2 15 2 0 .895 1.16 0.65 .963 2.11 2.08 11 2 15% 1
1949 PHI NL 35 P 23 10 1 78.1 8 0 7 1 0 .875 0.80 0.30 .952 2.03 2.02 1 5 83% 42% 0
1950 PHI NL 36 P 14 1 0 21.0 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 2.57 0.43 .962 2.10 2.10 1 2 67% 43% 0
1951 BSN NL 37 P 6 0 0 7.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.68 0.50 .963 2.09 2.13 0 0 0
8 Seasons P 190 75 27 691.2 122 15 99 8 2 .934 1.48 0.60 .962 2.14 2.11 18 15 45% 12% 1
8 Seasons TOT 190 75 27 691.2 122 15 99 8 2 .934 1.48 0.60 .962 2.14 2.11 18 15 45% 12% 1
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1945 NL  8.495 (7th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1945 NL  4.112 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1947 NL  5 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1945 NL  76 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1945 NL  4 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1945 NL  87 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1945 NL  6 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1947 NL  16 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1947 NL  17.96 (8th)
1948 NL  15.87 (7th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1947 NL  2.1 (8th)
1948 NL  2.1 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1947 NL  1.8 (8th)
1948 NL  1.7 (7th)

Oldest s c a p y
1950 NL  born 1914-01-21 (9th)
1951 NL  born 1914-01-21 (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 InkPitching - 10 (1506), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1478), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1298), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (335th), 7.9 career WAR/8.3 7yr-peak WAR/8.1 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Sylvester Blix Urban Donnelly donnely

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