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Don Elston

Donald Ray Elston

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 6, 1929 in Campbellstown, OH
High School: Camden HS (Camden, OH)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1947. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1953 (Age 24.164)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1957 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers 1953-1964

Final Game: October 2, 1964 (Age 35.179)
Died: January 2, 1995 in Evanston, IL
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 30, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1105. Tom Lovett… #1106. Bob Weiland… #1107. Cory Lidle… #1108. DON ELSTON… #1109. Sheriff Blake… #1110. Ryan Franklin… #1111. Clay Kirby… 

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
1953 24 CHC NL 0 1 .000 14.40 2 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 11 8 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 33 4.39 2.200 19.8 1.8 0.0 3.6
1957 28 TOT NL 6 7 .462 3.54 40 14 12 2 0 8 145.0 140 61 57 15 55 4 103 5 0 1 611 110 3.62 1.345 8.7 0.9 3.4 6.4 1.87
1957 28 BRO NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0.46 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
1957 28 CHC NL 6 7 .462 3.56 39 14 11 2 0 8 144.0 139 61 57 15 55 4 102 5 0 1 607 109 3.64 1.347 8.7 0.9 3.4 6.4 1.85
1958 29 CHC NL 9 8 .529 2.88 69 0 39 0 0 10 97.0 75 35 31 9 39 10 84 1 1 2 400 138 3.19 1.175 7.0 0.8 3.6 7.8 2.15
1959 ★ 30 CHC NL 10 8 .556 3.32 65 0 49 0 0 13 97.2 77 40 36 11 46 7 82 3 0 2 413 118 3.83 1.259 7.1 1.0 4.2 7.6 1.78 AS
1960 31 CHC NL 8 9 .471 3.40 60 0 33 0 0 11 127.0 109 57 48 17 55 8 85 4 0 0 547 111 4.32 1.291 7.7 1.2 3.9 6.0 1.55
1961 32 CHC NL 6 7 .462 5.59 58 0 32 0 0 8 93.1 108 64 58 11 45 12 59 6 0 3 421 75 4.48 1.639 10.4 1.1 4.3 5.7 1.31
1962 33 CHC NL 4 8 .333 2.44 57 0 32 0 0 8 66.1 57 25 18 6 32 7 37 1 0 1 275 170 4.17 1.342 7.7 0.8 4.3 5.0 1.16
1963 34 CHC NL 4 1 .800 2.83 51 0 29 0 0 4 70.0 57 26 22 6 21 3 41 2 1 1 280 125 3.41 1.114 7.3 0.8 2.7 5.3 1.95
1964 35 CHC NL 2 5 .286 5.30 48 0 15 0 0 1 54.1 68 38 32 4 34 12 26 3 0 3 260 71 4.65 1.877 11.3 0.7 5.6 4.3 0.76
9 Yrs 49 54 .476 3.69 450 15 241 2 0 63 755.2 702 354 310 80 327 63 519 25 2 13 3232 106 3.92 1.362 8.4 1.0 3.9 6.2 1.59
162 Game Avg. 7 8 .476 3.69 66 2 35 0 0 9 111 103 52 45 12 48 76 4 0 2 473 106 3.92 1.362 8.4 1.0 3.9 6.2 1.59
CHC (9 yrs) 49 54 .476 3.70 449 15 240 2 0 63 754.2 701 354 310 80 327 63 518 25 2 13 3228 106 3.93 1.362 8.4 1.0 3.9 6.2 1.58
BRO (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0.46 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
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 24 CHC NL 5.0 2 1 8 14.40 4.87 -0.46 0.00 103.1 5.50 -5 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -4 .303 .498
1957 28 BRO NL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.36 0.24 0.00 114.0 5.83 1 0.1 .2 -0.0 0.1 1 .573 .500
1957 28 CHC NL 144.0 39 14 61 3.81 4.39 -0.17 0.00 99.4 4.53 13 1.4 1.9 0.1 3.0 26 .535 .508
1958 29 CHC NL 97.0 69 0 35 3.25 4.42 0.02 0.00 99.6 4.38 13 1.4 1.6 0.2 2.6 22 .520 .508
1959 ★ 30 CHC NL 98.2 65 0 40 3.65 4.42 0.21 0.00 100.5 4.23 6 0.6 1.9 0.0 1.7 17 .509 .504 AS
1960 31 CHC NL 128.0 60 0 57 4.01 4.28 0.00 -0.18 99.6 4.07 1 0.1 1.9 -0.2 1.3 14 .501 .500
1961 32 CHC NL 93.1 58 0 64 6.17 4.55 -0.46 -0.19 105.2 5.07 -12 -1.2 1.5 -0.4 -0.6 -1 .479 .493
1962 33 CHC NL 66.1 57 0 25 3.39 4.68 -0.15 -0.20 103.4 4.78 10 1.0 1.6 0.2 2.0 17 .518 .506
1963 34 CHC NL 70.0 51 0 26 3.34 3.99 0.10 -0.17 110.3 4.10 5 0.6 .8 -0.2 1.2 12 .512 .504
1964 35 CHC NL 54.1 48 0 38 6.29 4.10 -0.12 -0.17 104.8 4.25 -13 -1.4 .9 -0.0 -0.9 -7 .470 .491
9 Seasons 757.2 450 15 354 4.21 4.37 -0.07 -0.10 102.1 4.43 17 2.1 1.5 -0.2 9.9 95 .505 .502
CHC (9 yrs) 756.2 449 15 354 4.21 4.37 -0.07 -0.10 102.1 4.43 17 2.0 1.5 -0.2 9.9 94 .504 .502
BRO (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.36 0.24 0.00 114.0 5.83 1 0.1 .2 -0.0 0.1 1 .573 .500

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
1953 24 CHC NL 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1957 28 TOT NL 40 40 37 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 .108 .132 .108 .240 -34 4 0 1 2 0 0 1
1957 28 BRO NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1957 28 CHC NL 39 40 37 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 .108 .132 .108 .240 -34 4 0 1 2 0 0 1
1958 29 CHC NL 69 15 14 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .357 .357 .357 .714 91 5 0 0 1 0 0 1
1959 ★ 30 CHC NL 65 23 19 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .211 .211 .211 .421 14 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 AS
1960 31 CHC NL 60 26 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 .125 .125 .125 .250 -30 3 0 0 2 0 0 1
1961 32 CHC NL 58 14 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364 -3 2 0 0 3 0 0 1
1962 33 CHC NL 57 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1963 34 CHC NL 51 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1964 35 CHC NL 48 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333 -7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
9 Yrs 450 139 124 6 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 30 .153 .160 .153 .313 -15 19 0 1 12 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 50 45 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 .153 .160 .153 .313 -15 7 0 0 4
CHC (9 yrs) 449 139 124 6 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 30 .153 .160 .153 .313 -15 19 0 1 12 0 0
BRO (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1953 24 CHC NL 2 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1957 28 BRO NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1957 28 CHC NL 39 40 -7 -0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
1958 29 CHC NL 69 15 1 -0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .503 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1959 ★ 30 CHC NL 65 23 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1 AS
1960 31 CHC NL 60 26 -5 -0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1961 32 CHC NL 58 14 -2 -0 0 0 2 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 1
1962 33 CHC NL 57 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1963 34 CHC NL 51 6 -1 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1964 35 CHC NL 48 6 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
9 Seasons 450 139 -21 -1 1 0 16 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .499 .500 -0.5 0.1 -5
CHC (9 yrs) 449 139 -21 -1 1 0 16 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .499 .500 -0.5 0.1 -5
BRO (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Standard Fielding

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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
1953 CHC NL 24 P 2 1 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.50 .960 1.98 2.00
1957 TOT NL 28 P 40 14 2 145.0 34 9 23 2 1 .941 1.99 0.80 .962 2.06 2.08 7 10 59% 39% 1
1957 BRO NL 28 P 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .960 1.80 2.10 1 0 0% 39% 0
1957 CHC NL 28 P 39 14 2 144.0 33 8 23 2 1 .939 1.94 0.79 .962 2.06 2.08 6 10 63% 39% 1
1958 CHC NL 29 P 69 0 0 97.0 26 7 19 0 1 1.000 2.41 0.38 .955 1.97 1.96 3 1 25% 39% 1
1959 CHC NL 30 P 65 0 0 97.2 19 3 14 2 1 .895 1.57 0.26 .954 1.99 1.97 8 2 20% 38% 2 AS
1960 CHC NL 31 P 60 0 0 127.0 27 10 13 4 1 .852 1.63 0.38 .962 2.09 2.08 3 4 57% 40% 0
1961 CHC NL 32 P 58 0 0 93.1 22 4 18 0 1 1.000 2.12 0.38 .959 2.18 2.15 4 8 67% 38% 2
1962 CHC NL 33 P 57 0 0 66.1 21 5 16 0 2 1.000 2.85 0.37 .948 2.06 2.05 4 7 64% 34% 0
1963 CHC NL 34 P 51 0 0 70.0 13 4 9 0 1 1.000 1.67 0.25 .951 2.06 2.06 1 5 83% 42% 0
1964 CHC NL 35 P 48 0 0 54.1 22 3 16 3 4 .864 3.15 0.40 .953 2.14 2.13 1 4 80% 40% 0
9 Seasons P 450 15 2 755.2 185 46 128 11 12 .941 2.07 0.39 .956 2.06 2.05 31 41 57% 38% 6
9 Seasons TOT 450 15 2 755.2 185 46 128 11 12 .941 2.07 0.39 .956 2.06 2.05 31 41 57% 38% 6
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

Games Played s c a p y
1958 NL  69 (1st)
1959 NL  65 (1st)
1960 NL  60 (3rd)
1961 NL  58 (4th)
1962 NL  57 (8th)

Saves s c a p y
1957 NL  8 (8th)
1958 NL  10 (4th)
1959 NL  13 (3rd)
1960 NL  11 (5th)
1961 NL  8 (8th)
Career  63 (230th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1961 NL  6 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1958 NL  39 (2nd)
1959 NL  49 (1st)
1960 NL  33 (6th)
1961 NL  32 (7th)
1962 NL  32 (9th)
Career  241 (181st)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1958 NL  69 (1st)
1959 NL  65 (1st)
1960 NL  60 (3rd)
1961 NL  58 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1960 NL  4 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 2 (754), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 20 (1093), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 11 (947), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1285), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (245th), 9.4 career WAR/10.9 7yr-peak WAR/10.1 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: Donald dave Don donald Ray ellston Elston elton

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