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John Ellis

John Charles Ellis

Positions: First Baseman and Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 225 lb.

Born: August 21, 1948 in New London, CT
School: Mitchell College (New London, CT)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1966. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 17, 1969 (Age 20.269, 10,431st in MLB history) *
    (*game was a suspended game and the player actually debuted the day following the day listed.)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1970 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Rangers/Yankees 1969-1981

Final Game: October 3, 1981 (Age 33.043)
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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
1969 20 NYY AL 22 65 62 2 18 4 0 1 8 0 2 1 11 .290 .308 .403 .711 101 25 0 1 0 1 0 2
1970 21 NYY AL 78 249 226 24 56 12 1 7 29 0 1 18 47 .248 .305 .403 .708 98 91 5 2 0 3 0 3/52
1971 22 NYY AL 83 271 238 16 58 12 1 3 34 0 0 23 42 .244 .322 .340 .663 93 81 12 6 1 3 5 3/2
1972 23 NYY AL 52 144 136 13 40 5 1 5 25 0 0 8 22 .294 .333 .456 .789 137 62 9 0 0 0 0 2/3
1973 24 CLE AL 127 494 437 59 118 12 2 14 68 0 0 46 57 .270 .339 .403 .741 107 176 13 3 1 7 2 2D3
1974 25 CLE AL 128 513 477 58 136 23 6 10 64 1 2 32 53 .285 .330 .421 .751 117 201 16 1 1 2 3 32D
1975 26 CLE AL 92 316 296 22 68 11 1 7 32 0 1 14 33 .230 .266 .345 .610 73 102 13 2 0 4 2 2/D3
1976 27 TEX AL 11 31 31 4 13 2 0 1 8 0 0 0 4 .419 .419 .581 1.000 189 18 1 0 0 0 0 /2D
1977 28 TEX AL 49 127 119 7 28 7 0 4 15 0 0 8 26 .235 .283 .395 .678 83 47 1 0 0 0 2 2D/3
1978 29 TEX AL 34 104 94 7 23 4 0 3 17 0 1 6 20 .245 .282 .383 .665 86 36 0 0 1 3 0 2/D
1979 30 TEX AL 111 337 316 33 90 12 0 12 61 2 2 15 55 .285 .318 .437 .754 104 138 3 2 0 4 1 D3/2
1980 31 TEX AL 73 200 182 12 43 9 1 1 23 3 0 14 23 .236 .290 .313 .603 69 57 6 1 0 3 1 3D/2
1981 32 TEX AL 23 64 58 2 8 3 0 1 7 0 1 5 10 .138 .219 .241 .460 37 14 3 1 0 0 1 3/D
13 Yrs 883 2915 2672 259 699 116 13 69 391 6 10 190 403 .262 .312 .392 .704 99 1048 82 19 4 30 17
162 Game Avg. 162 535 490 48 128 21 2 13 72 1 2 35 74 .262 .312 .392 .704 99 192 15 3 1 6 3
TEX (6 yrs) 301 863 800 65 205 37 1 22 131 5 4 48 138 .256 .298 .388 .686 89 310 14 4 1 10 5
NYY (4 yrs) 235 729 662 55 172 33 3 16 96 0 3 50 122 .260 .317 .391 .709 104 259 26 9 1 7 5
CLE (3 yrs) 347 1323 1210 139 322 46 9 31 164 1 3 92 143 .266 .318 .396 .714 102 479 42 6 2 13 7

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
1969 20 NYY AL 22 65 0 -2 0 -3 1 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.2 .482 .498 0.2 -0.2 2 2
1970 21 NYY AL 78 249 -1 -1 0 1 -3 -3 -0.4 9 5 0.5 .495 .498 0.4 -0.2 4 3/52
1971 22 NYY AL 83 271 -1 -0 -2 -2 -3 -8 -1.0 9 1 -0.1 .488 .494 0.2 -0.7 3 3/2
1972 23 NYY AL 52 144 5 -1 -2 -2 1 2 0.2 5 7 0.8 .505 .501 1.0 -0.1 9 $21,000 2/3
1973 24 CLE AL 127 494 4 1 -2 -8 0 -5 -0.4 18 12 1.3 .495 .496 2.1 -0.8 21 $16,000 2D3
1974 25 CLE AL 128 513 6 -1 -2 0 -3 0 0.2 18 19 1.9 .501 .500 1.9 -0.3 19 32D
1975 26 CLE AL 92 316 -12 -1 -2 -1 5 -11 -1.1 11 0 -0.1 .487 .492 0.0 0.5 1 2/D3
1976 27 TEX AL 11 31 3 -0 -0 0 0 3 0.3 1 4 0.4 .527 .502 0.4 0.0 4 /2D
1977 28 TEX AL 49 127 -5 0 -0 -3 -1 -8 -0.8 5 -4 -0.4 .483 .495 -0.1 -0.3 -1 2D/3
1978 29 TEX AL 34 104 -2 -0 0 -2 1 -4 -0.4 4 0 -0.0 .489 .498 0.2 -0.1 2 2/D
1979 30 TEX AL 111 337 2 0 -0 -2 -7 -7 -0.6 12 5 0.5 .494 .496 0.7 -0.8 7 D3/2
1980 31 TEX AL 73 200 -9 1 -1 -3 -4 -16 -1.6 7 -9 -1.0 .477 .490 -0.7 -0.6 -6 3D/2
1981 32 TEX AL 23 64 -4 -0 -0 -2 -1 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .459 .494 -0.5 -0.3 -4 3/D
13 Seasons 883 2915 -14 -5 -11 -26 -13 -69 -7.1 103 34 3.0 .492 .496 6.0 -4.1 60 $37,000
TEX (6 yrs) 301 863 -16 0 -2 -12 -11 -40 -4.1 30 -9 -1.2 .486 .494 0.0 -2.3 2
NYY (4 yrs) 235 729 3 -4 -3 -6 -4 -13 -1.6 25 12 1.0 .494 .497 1.8 -1.2 18 $21,000
CLE (3 yrs) 347 1323 -2 -1 -6 -9 2 -16 -1.4 47 31 3.2 .495 .497 4.1 -0.6 40 $16,000

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1969 NYY AL 20 C 15 15 15 134.0 92 83 7 2 1 .978 -3 -27 6.04 6.00 .987 6.65 6.65 1 4 23 4 15% 36% 0
1970 NYY AL 21 1B 53 49 23 397.1 490 449 37 4 35 .992 2 7 11.01 9.17 .991 9.59 9.56
1970 NYY AL 21 3B 5 5 4 41.0 4 0 3 1 0 .750 -2 -44 0.66 0.60 .950 3.07 3.06
1970 NYY AL 21 C 2 2 2 19.0 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 6.16 6.50 .988 6.63 6.60 1 0 0 1 100% 39% 0
1971 NYY AL 22 1B 65 64 42 539.0 667 625 35 7 66 .990 -2 -5 11.02 10.15 .992 9.59 9.53
1971 NYY AL 22 C 2 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 6.48 6.35 0 0 0 0 0
1972 NYY AL 23 C 25 23 23 213.1 143 127 11 5 1 .965 -2 -11 5.82 5.52 .985 6.48 6.46 1 5 10 5 33% 39% 0
1972 NYY AL 23 1B 8 7 3 60.2 65 63 1 1 4 .985 0 10 9.49 8.00 .991 9.76 9.71
1973 CLE AL 24 C 72 70 65 620.1 405 370 27 8 5 .980 -8 -15 5.76 5.51 .985 6.05 6.02 9 43 37 22 37% 38% 0
1973 CLE AL 24 DH 38 31
1973 CLE AL 24 1B 12 11 8 98.0 123 117 4 2 6 .984 -0 -5 11.11 10.08 .992 9.86 9.80
1974 CLE AL 25 1B 69 68 54 583.1 710 667 37 6 57 .992 1 3 10.86 10.20 .992 9.70 9.66
1974 CLE AL 25 C 42 34 26 304.1 177 156 18 3 4 .983 -1 -4 5.15 4.14 .983 5.89 5.87 2 9 27 13 33% 38% 0
1974 CLE AL 25 DH 21 21
1975 CLE AL 26 C 84 72 65 670.2 451 396 44 11 3 .976 -1 -2 5.90 5.24 .983 6.00 5.98 6 21 54 35 39% 38% 0
1975 CLE AL 26 DH 3 2
1975 CLE AL 26 1B 2 2 1 17.0 20 17 1 2 1 .900 0 21 9.53 9.00 .990 9.85 9.80
1976 TEX AL 27 C 7 4 3 39.0 23 21 2 0 0 1.000 0 0 5.31 3.29 .981 5.75 5.77 2 2 2 2 50% 34% 0
1976 TEX AL 27 DH 3 2
1977 TEX AL 28 C 16 5 3 68.0 42 40 2 0 1 1.000 -1 -18 5.56 2.63 .986 6.01 5.97 0 1 8 1 11% 39% 0
1977 TEX AL 28 DH 15 13
1977 TEX AL 28 1B 8 7 3 54.0 52 49 3 0 0 1.000 -2 -40 8.67 6.50 .990 10.02 9.95
1978 TEX AL 29 C 22 17 13 157.2 95 81 10 4 1 .958 -2 -15 5.19 4.14 .983 5.53 5.48 4 3 9 4 31% 38% 1
1978 TEX AL 29 DH 7 7
1979 TEX AL 30 DH 61 47
1979 TEX AL 30 1B 30 28 7 185.0 232 216 11 5 17 .978 -1 -5 11.04 7.57 .992 10.08 9.96
1979 TEX AL 30 C 7 3 0 28.0 17 16 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -43 5.46 2.43 .982 5.46 5.39 0 2 4 1 20% 36% 0
1980 TEX AL 31 1B 39 33 9 239.0 254 240 12 2 22 .992 -3 -14 9.49 6.46 .992 10.02 10.00
1980 TEX AL 31 DH 20 19
1980 TEX AL 31 C 3 0 0 5.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 7.20 1.33 .985 5.40 5.47 0 0 0 0 0
1981 TEX AL 32 1B 18 13 7 117.0 149 140 8 1 16 .993 -2 -24 11.38 8.22 .993 10.06 10.03
1981 TEX AL 32 DH 1 1
10 Seasons 1B 304 282 157 2290.1 2762 2583 149 30 224 .989 -6 -3 10.74 8.99 .992 9.75 9.72
12 Seasons C 297 245 215 2261.0 1462 1306 123 33 17 .977 -19 -10 5.69 4.81 .984 6.04 5.99 26 90 174 88 34% 38% 1
9 Seasons DH 169 143
1 Season 3B 5 5 4 41.0 4 0 3 1 0 .750 -2 -44 0.66 0.60 .950 3.07 3.06
13 Seasons TOT 606 532 376 4592.1 4228 3889 275 64 241 .985 -26 -7 8.16 6.87 .989 7.87 7.84 26 90 174 88 34% 38% 1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP 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

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1973 AL  7 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1975 AL  11 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1973 AL  9 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1970 AL  2 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (277th), 3.0 career WAR/5.4 7yr-peak WAR/4.2 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
1972 23 New York Yankees $21,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 24 Cleveland Indians $16,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database 12/8/73 TSN: $27,000
Career to date (may be incomplete)$37,000
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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