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Walt Dropo    \DRO-po\

Walter Dropo (Moose)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: January 30, 1923 in Moosup, CT
High School: Plainfield HS (Plainfield, CT)
School: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1947. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1949 (Age 26)
Rookie Status: Lost 1950 [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Tigers/RedSox/Orioles/Redlegs 1949-1961

Final Game: May 17, 1961 (Age 38)
Died: December 17, 2010 in Peabody, MA
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Moosup, CT
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 23, 2014 8:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1347. Jackie Brandt… #1348. Joe Collins… #1349. Mark DeRosa… #1350. WALT DROPO… #1351. Tim Naehring… #1352. Hobe Ferris… #1353. Bill Hallman… 

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More Stats

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
1949 26 BOS AL 11 44 41 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 .146 .205 .195 .400 3 8 2 0 0 3
1950 27 BOS AL 136 609 559 101 180 28 8 34 144 0 0 45 75 .322 .378 .583 .961 134 326 16 5 0 *3 AS,MVP-6,RoY-1
1951 28 BOS AL 99 398 360 37 86 14 0 11 57 0 0 38 52 .239 .312 .369 .681 76 133 16 0 0 3
1952 29 TOT AL 152 633 591 69 163 24 4 29 97 2 2 37 85 .276 .323 .477 .800 119 282 26 4 1 *3 MVP-26
1952 29 BOS AL 37 145 132 13 35 7 1 6 27 0 0 11 22 .265 .331 .470 .801 115 62 9 2 0 3
1952 29 DET AL 115 488 459 56 128 17 3 23 70 2 2 26 63 .279 .320 .479 .800 120 220 17 2 1 *3
1953 30 DET AL 152 645 606 61 150 30 3 13 96 2 0 29 69 .248 .289 .371 .660 78 225 22 6 4 *3
1954 31 DET AL 107 355 320 27 90 14 2 4 44 0 1 24 41 .281 .328 .375 .703 94 120 13 0 6 4 3
1955 32 CHW AL 141 502 453 55 127 15 2 19 79 0 1 42 71 .280 .343 .448 .791 110 203 15 2 3 2 8 *3
1956 33 CHW AL 125 412 361 42 96 13 1 8 52 1 0 37 51 .266 .334 .374 .708 87 135 15 3 5 6 2 *3
1957 34 CHW AL 93 244 223 24 57 2 0 13 49 0 1 16 40 .256 .300 .439 .740 99 98 10 0 1 4 2 3
1958 35 TOT MLB 91 238 214 21 57 8 2 9 39 0 0 17 42 .266 .319 .449 .768 99 96 10 2 0 5 0 3
1958 35 CHW AL 28 59 52 3 10 1 0 2 8 0 0 5 11 .192 .271 .327 .598 65 17 3 1 0 1 0 3
1958 35 CIN NL 63 179 162 18 47 7 2 7 31 0 0 12 31 .290 .335 .488 .823 110 79 7 1 0 4 0 3
1959 36 TOT MLB 88 210 190 21 46 10 0 7 23 0 0 16 27 .242 .303 .405 .708 93 77 9 1 2 1 0 3/5
1959 36 CIN NL 26 44 39 4 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 7 .103 .205 .205 .410 9 8 3 1 0 0 0 3
1959 36 BAL AL 62 166 151 17 42 9 0 6 21 0 0 12 20 .278 .329 .457 .786 117 69 6 0 2 1 0 3/5
1960 37 BAL AL 79 201 179 16 48 8 0 4 21 0 1 20 19 .268 .343 .380 .723 97 68 9 1 0 1 0 3/5
1961 38 BAL AL 14 31 27 1 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 3 .259 .355 .370 .725 98 10 3 0 0 0 0 3
13 Yrs 1288 4522 4124 478 1113 168 22 152 704 5 6 328 582 .270 .326 .432 .757 100 1781 166 24 22 23 12
162 Game Avg. 162 569 519 60 140 21 3 19 89 1 1 41 73 .270 .326 .432 .757 100 224 21 3 3
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
BOS (4 yrs) 283 1196 1092 154 307 51 9 51 229 0 0 97 156 .281 .344 .484 .828 108 529 43 7 0
CHW (4 yrs) 387 1217 1089 124 290 31 3 42 188 1 2 100 173 .266 .328 .416 .744 98 453 43 6 9 13 12
BAL (3 yrs) 155 398 357 34 97 17 0 11 44 0 1 36 42 .272 .338 .412 .750 105 147 18 1 2 2 0
DET (3 yrs) 374 1488 1385 144 368 61 8 40 210 4 3 79 173 .266 .308 .408 .716 96 565 52 8 11 4
CIN (2 yrs) 89 223 201 22 51 8 2 8 33 0 0 16 38 .254 .309 .433 .742 90 87 10 2 0 4 0
AL (13 yrs) 1199 4299 3923 456 1062 160 20 144 671 5 6 312 544 .271 .326 .432 .758 101 1694 156 22 22 19 12
NL (2 yrs) 89 223 201 22 51 8 2 8 33 0 0 16 38 .254 .309 .433 .742 90 87 10 2 0 4 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
1949 26 BOS AL 11 44 -6 -0 -0 0 -0 -7 -0.7 1 -6 -0.6 .435 .496 -0.6 -0.1 -6 $6,000 3
1950 27 BOS AL 136 609 24 -1 -2 -6 -6 8 0.8 18 27 2.6 .506 .505 3.1 -1.1 33 $6,000 *3 AS,MVP-6,RoY-1
1951 28 BOS AL 99 398 -13 -0 -2 -3 -4 -23 -2.4 12 -11 -1.2 .476 .485 -1.0 -0.7 -8 $20,000 3
1952 29 BOS AL 37 145 2 1 -2 -1 -2 -1 -0.2 4 3 0.3 .496 .499 0.4 -0.3 4 $17,500 3 MVP-26
1952 29 DET AL 115 488 10 -2 -2 -4 -5 -3 -0.3 15 12 1.2 .497 .498 1.6 -1.0 16 *3 MVP-26
1953 30 DET AL 152 645 -22 0 -3 2 -7 -30 -3.2 20 -10 -1.1 .479 .480 -1.4 -0.5 -12 $21,500 *3
1954 31 DET AL 107 355 -5 -2 -1 2 -4 -10 -1.1 11 1 -0.0 .489 .493 -0.2 -0.2 -1 $19,000 3
1955 32 CHW AL 141 502 6 -1 -2 -1 -6 -3 -0.3 15 12 1.3 .498 .498 1.3 -0.6 13 $1,900 *3
1956 33 CHW AL 125 412 -6 -0 -1 -5 -5 -17 -1.7 13 -4 -0.5 .486 .489 -0.0 -1.0 1 $22,500 *3
1957 34 CHW AL 93 244 -1 0 -1 1 -3 -4 -0.4 7 4 0.3 .496 .498 0.2 -0.2 2 $21,500 3
1958 35 CHW AL 28 59 -2 -0 -1 2 -1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2 $2,000 3
1958 35 CIN NL 63 179 3 -1 -1 3 -2 2 0.2 7 9 0.9 .503 .501 0.5 0.1 5 3
1959 36 CIN NL 26 44 -5 0 -0 2 -1 -4 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .482 .497 -0.5 0.2 -5 $2,000 3
1959 36 BAL AL 62 166 2 -0 -1 0 -2 -1 -0.2 5 4 0.3 .498 .499 0.3 -0.2 3 3/5
1960 37 BAL AL 79 201 -0 0 -2 0 -3 -5 -0.6 6 2 0.1 .494 .497 0.1 -0.3 2 $18,000 3/5
1961 38 BAL AL 14 31 -0 -0 -1 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .493 .499 -0.0 -0.0 -0 $17,000 3
13 Seasons 1288 4522 -14 -6 -22 -7 -51 -100 -10.9 140 40 3.2 .492 .495 3.5 -5.9 46 $174,900
BOS (4 yrs) 283 1196 7 -0 -7 -10 -13 -23 -2.5 36 13 1.1 .491 .497 1.9 -2.2 23 $49,500
CHW (4 yrs) 387 1217 -2 -1 -4 -3 -14 -25 -2.6 37 13 1.2 .493 .495 1.3 -1.7 15 $47,900
BAL (3 yrs) 155 398 1 -0 -3 1 -5 -7 -0.8 12 6 0.4 .495 .498 0.4 -0.6 5 $35,000
DET (3 yrs) 374 1488 -17 -3 -6 0 -16 -43 -4.7 46 3 -0.0 .488 .489 -0.1 -1.7 3 $40,500
CIN (2 yrs) 89 223 -3 -1 -1 5 -3 -2 -0.3 8 6 0.6 .497 .500 0.0 0.3 1 $2,000

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
1949 BOS AL 26 1B 11 11 10 107 103 4 0 13 1.000 9.73 .989 9.77
1950 BOS AL 27 1B 134 134 133 1180.1 1234 1142 77 15 147 .988 9.29 9.10 .989 9.54 9.37 AS,MVP-6,RoY-1
1951 BOS AL 28 1B 93 89 86 806.1 953 878 63 12 91 .987 10.50 10.12 .990 9.70 9.66
1952 TOT AL 29 1B 150 150 143 1319.1 1437 1324 99 14 135 .990 9.71 9.49 .988 9.63 9.62 MVP-26
1952 BOS AL 29 1B 35 35 30 305.2 342 319 21 2 31 .994 10.01 9.71 .988 9.63 9.62
1952 DET AL 29 1B 115 115 113 1013.2 1095 1005 78 12 104 .989 9.62 9.42 .988 9.63 9.62
1953 DET AL 30 1B 150 147 145 1321.0 1401 1260 127 14 121 .990 2 2 9.45 9.25 .989 9.72 9.66
1954 DET AL 31 1B 95 79 69 728.1 738 681 54 3 60 .996 2 3 9.08 7.74 .990 9.60 9.53
1955 CHW AL 32 1B 140 120 101 1078.2 1169 1101 62 6 104 .995 -1 -1 9.70 8.31 .991 9.63 9.54
1956 CHW AL 33 1B 117 91 82 869.0 911 855 50 6 95 .993 -5 -7 9.37 7.74 .990 9.43 9.35
1957 CHW AL 34 1B 69 50 41 466.1 529 483 39 7 49 .987 1 4 10.07 7.57 .992 9.67 9.70
1958 TOT MLB 35 1B 59 49 34 421.1 433 398 35 0 39 1.000 6 17 9.25 7.34 .990 9.55 9.49
1958 CHW AL 35 1B 16 12 7 99.1 106 98 8 0 8 1.000 2 29 9.60 6.63 .991 9.59 9.50
1958 CIN NL 35 1B 43 37 27 322.0 327 300 27 0 31 1.000 3 13 9.14 7.60 .990 9.54 9.49
1959 TOT MLB 36 1B 77 46 40 459.1 522 489 29 4 53 .992 2 6 10.15 6.73 .990 9.78 9.68
1959 CIN NL 36 1B 23 9 7 104.1 114 103 11 0 11 1.000 2 23 9.83 4.96 .988 9.58 9.48
1959 BAL AL 36 1B 54 37 33 355.0 408 386 18 4 42 .990 0 1 10.24 7.48 .990 9.84 9.77
1959 BAL AL 36 3B 2 0 0 4.0 2 0 2 0 1 1.000 0 60 4.50 1.00 .950 3.15 3.20
1960 BAL AL 37 1B 67 56 21 414.2 427 397 27 3 50 .993 0 1 9.20 6.33 .991 9.58 9.56
1960 BAL AL 37 3B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 3.15 3.10
1961 BAL AL 38 1B 12 9 4 69.2 68 62 6 0 11 1.000 0 5 8.78 5.67 .990 9.46 9.34
13 Seasons 1B 1174 1031 909 9134.1 9929 9173 672 84 968 .992 7 1 9.59 8.39 .990 9.62 9.55
2 Seasons 3B 3 0 0 6.0 2 0 2 0 1 1.000 0 0 3.00 0.67 .950 3.15 3.17
13 Seasons TOT 1177 1031 909 9140.1 9931 9173 674 84 969 .992 7 1 9.59 8.37 .990 9.61 9.54
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.
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  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1967 BBWAA ( 0.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1950 AL (6, 22%)
1952 AL (26, 1%)
0.23 Career Shares (705th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1950 AL  .322 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1950 AL  .583 (2nd)
1952 AL  .477 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1950 AL  .961 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1952 AL  152 (4th)
1953 AL  152 (8th)

At Bats s c a p y
1952 AL  591 (4th)
1953 AL  606 (6th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1953 AL  645 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1950 AL  180 (6th)
1952 AL  163 (9th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1950 AL  326 (1st)
1952 AL  282 (3rd)

Doubles s c a p y
1953 AL  30 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1950 AL  8 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1950 AL  34 (2nd)
1952 AL  29 (4th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1950 AL  144 (1st)
1952 AL  97 (6th)
1953 AL  96 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1950 AL  75 (7th)
1952 AL  85 (6th)
1953 AL  69 (6th)
1955 AL  71 (7th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1950 AL  134 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1950 AL  121 (2nd)
1952 AL  89 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1950 AL  24 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1950 AL  2.3 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1950 AL  70 (2nd)
1952 AL  57 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1950 AL  .711 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1950 AL  5 (9th)
1953 AL  6 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1956 AL  6 (8th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1955 AL  8 (5th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1951 AL  16 (6th)
1952 AL  26 (2nd)
1953 AL  22 (2nd)
Career  166 (201st)

AB per HR s c a p y
1950 AL  16.4 (3rd)
1952 AL  20.4 (7th)
1955 AL  23.8 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1952 AL  457 (6th)
1953 AL  482 (2nd)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1950 AL  40.26 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1950 AL  2.9 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1950 AL  2.9 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1950 AL  3.6 (6th)

Putoutss c a p y
1950 AL  1,142 (3rd)
1952 AL  1,324 (2nd)
1953 AL  1,260 (3rd)
1954 AL  681 (5th)
1955 AL  1,101 (4th)
1956 AL  855 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  134 (3rd)
1952 AL  150 (3rd)
1953 AL  150 (3rd)
1954 AL  95 (5th)
1955 AL  140 (3rd)
1956 AL  117 (3rd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  1,142 (3rd)
1952 AL  1,324 (2nd)
1953 AL  1,260 (3rd)
1954 AL  681 (4th)
1955 AL  1,101 (4th)
1956 AL  855 (4th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1952 AL  99 (3rd)
1953 AL  127 (1st)
1954 AL  54 (5th)
1955 AL  62 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  15 (2nd)
1951 AL  12 (3rd)
1952 AL  14 (3rd)
1953 AL  14 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  147 (2nd)
1952 AL  135 (3rd)
1953 AL  121 (5th)
1955 AL  104 (4th)
1956 AL  95 (4th)
Career  968 (87th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1954 AL  2 (3rd)
1958 AL  2 (5th)
1958 NL  3 (3rd)
1959 NL  2 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1951 AL  10.50 (1st)
1952 AL  9.71 (4th)
1955 AL  9.70 (5th)
1956 AL  9.37 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  9.10 (5th)
1951 AL  10.12 (1st)
1952 AL  9.49 (3rd)
1953 AL  9.25 (5th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1950 AL  .988 (5th)
1952 AL  .990 (3rd)
1953 AL  .990 (3rd)
1955 AL  .995 (2nd)
1956 AL  .993 (1st)

             

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 (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (432), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 43 (595), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (870), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 10 (1612), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (262nd), 3.2 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/4.9 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
194926Boston Red Sox$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195027Boston Red Sox$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195128Boston Red Sox$20,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195229Boston Red Sox$17,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsBOS/DET
195330Detroit Tigers$21,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195431Detroit Tigers$19,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195532Chicago White Sox$1,900Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195633Chicago White Sox$22,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195734Chicago White Sox$21,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195835Chicago White Sox$2,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsCHW/CIN
195936Cincinnati Redlegs$2,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsCIN/BAL
196037Baltimore Orioles$18,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
196138Baltimore Orioles$17,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$174,900
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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