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George Metkovich

George Michael Metkovich (Catfish)

Positions: Centerfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: October 8, 1920 in Angel's Camp, CA
High School: Fremont HS (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 16, 1943 (Age 22)   vs. WSH 4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Pirates/Indians/WhiteSox/Braves/... 1943-1954

Final Game: September 26, 1954 (Age 33)   vs. STL 5 AB, 3 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: May 17, 1995 in Costa Mesa, CA
Buried: El Toro Memorial Park, Lake Forest, CA
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

George Metkovich: 47 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 6 tying, 9 go ahead, 20 lacking some details
6 Tms
BOS23
PIT11
CLE5
CHW5
CHC2
MLN1
 
vs RHP44
vs LHP3
 
Away31
Home16
 
Leverage
High Lev2
Medium Lev12
Low Lev13
14 Opps
CLE8
NYY7
PHA5
SLB5
DET5
BSN/MLN3
BRO3
NYG2
PHI2
CHC2
CHW2
STL1
BOS1
CIN1
40 Pitchers
Orval Grove2
Bob Lemon2
Max Surkont2
Bobo Newsom2
Joe Coleman2
Virgil Trucks2
Ray Poat2
Charlie Fuchs1
Bill Connelly1
Dick Fowler1
Ed Klieman1
Fred Hutchinson1
Jack Kramer1
Ben Wade1
Al Smith1
Ellis Kinder1
Bob Rush1
Bert Thiel1
Jesse Flores1
Robin Roberts1
14 Parks
Fenway Pk9
Yankee Stad6
Shibe Pk4
League Pk II4
Sprtsmn3/Busch4
Wrigley Fld4
Forbes Fld4
ClevelandStd3
Comiskey Pk2
Ebbets Fld2
Tiger Stad2
Crosley Fld1
Polo Grounds1
Braves Fld1
Where Hit
Unk29
916
891
781
General field locations when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms43
2·HR gms2
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
2nd22
3rd10
1st7
4th3
7th2
Unk1
5th1
6th1
Outs
Unk20
112
29
06
 
DefPos
CF23
1B17
RF5
PH1
LF1
Bases
Unk20
---15
1--9
12-1
-2-1
1-31
 
72 RBI
RISP3
0 on26
1 on17
2 on4
Any on21
Inning
111
35
43
58
61
78
86
95
 
1-316
4-612
7-end19
RelScore
+4..1
+15
Tied8
-16
-22
-32
-4..3
Unk20
 
Ahead6
Tied8
Behind13
Unk20
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1943 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1943-07-24 BOS SLB Bobo Newsom tied 2-2 b 5 1 1-3 3 2 8 0.233 89% Home Run (Deep RF); Judd Scores; Newsome Scores
2 2 2 1 1943-07-28 (1) BOS DET Virgil Trucks tied 0-0 b 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.112 64% Home Run (Deep RF)
3 3 3 1 1943-08-11 BOS @ CHW Orval Grove t 1 1 3 8
4 4 4 1 1943-08-16 BOS @ SLB Charlie Fuchs t 5 1 3 8
5 5 5 1 1943-08-25 (1) BOS @ CLE Vern Kennedy t 1 1 2 9
1944 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
6 6 1 1 1944-05-05 BOS @ NYY Atley Donald t 5 1 1 8
7 7 2 1 1944-05-24 BOS @ SLB Jack Kramer t 3 1 2 3
8 8 3 1 1944-05-31 BOS @ CLE Ed Klieman t 9 1 1 8
9 9 4 1 1944-06-01 BOS @ CLE Ray Poat t 9 3 1 3
10 10 5 1 1944-08-14 BOS SLB Denny Galehouse b 7 2 2 3
11 11 6 1 1944-08-18 (2) BOS DET Johnny Gorsica b 1 1 2 3
12 12 7 1 1944-08-20 (1) BOS CLE Ray Poat b 7 1 2 3
13 13 8 1 1944-08-29 (2) BOS @ NYY Bill Bevens tied 0-0 t 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.105 58% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to CF (LF-CF)
14 14 9 1 1944-09-09 BOS NYY Tiny Bonham behind 0-1 b 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.112 52% Home Run (Deep CF-RF)
1945 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
15 15 1 1 1945-05-20 (2) BOS @ CHW Orval Grove t 7 2 7 3
16 16 2 1 1945-05-31 BOS CLE Red Embree behind 1-2 b 5 2 1-- 2 1 3 0.327 69% Home Run (Deep RF); Garbark Scores
17 17 3 1 1945-06-08 BOS @ NYY Al Gettel ahead 4-3 t 7 1 -2- 2 3 3 0.169 90% Home Run (Deep RF); Lake Scores
18 18 4 1 1945-06-12 BOS @ PHA Jesse Flores t 8 2 3 3
19 19 5 1 1945-07-07 BOS @ CLE Al Smith t 1 1 2 3
1946 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
20 20 1 1 1946-04-21 (1) BOS PHA Joe Berry b 9 3 6 9
21 21 2 1 1946-05-21 BOS @ DET Virgil Trucks t 3 1 1 9
22 22 3 1 1946-06-09 (1) BOS DET Dizzy Trout b 5 2 1 9
23 23 4 1 1946-09-19 BOS @ SLB Ellis Kinder t 8 2 2 7
1947 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
24 24 1 1 1947-05-03 CLE BOS Tex Hughson behind 0-1 b 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.112 52% Home Run
25 25 2 1 1947-07-23 CLE @ PHA Dick Fowler behind 0-2 t 3 1 1-- 2 1 8 0.195 48% Home Run; Hegan Scores
26 26 3 1 1947-08-02 (1) CLE @ NYY Bobo Newsom behind 1-2 t 7 0 --- 1 2 8 0.206 50% Home Run
27 27 4 1 1947-08-03 CLE @ NYY Allie Reynolds behind 2-4 t 3 2 --- 1 2 8 0.102 34% Home Run
28 28 5 1 1947-09-16 (1) CLE @ PHA Joe Coleman ahead 4-3 t 8 1 --- 1 2 8 0.127 86% Home Run
1949 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
29 29 1 1 1949-06-16 (1) CHW @ NYY Tommy Byrne tied 0-0 t 1 2 1-- 2 4 8 0.179 65% Home Run; Philley Scores
30 30 2 1 1949-06-26 (2) CHW @ PHA Joe Coleman tied 0-0 t 4 1 --- 1 4 8 0.128 60% Home Run
31 31 3 1 1949-07-01 CHW @ DET Fred Hutchinson t 5 1 4 8
32 32 4 1 1949-09-05 (2) CHW @ CLE Bob Lemon tied 0-0 t 1 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.150 69% Home Run; Philley Scores
33 33 5 2 1949-09-05 (2) CHW @ CLE Bob Lemon behind 3-6 t 8 2 --- 1 2 8 0.041 8% Home Run
1951 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
34 34 1 1 1951-05-22 PIT BRO Carl Erskine behind 3-4 b 3 2 --- 1 3 8 0.124 51% Home Run
35 35 2 1 1951-05-25 PIT @ CHC Frank Hiller ahead 2-1 t 5 2 --- 1 2 8 0.125 72% Home Run
36 36 3 1 1951-05-28 PIT @ STL Tom Poholsky t 8 2 2 8
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
37 37 1 1 1952-04-30 PIT BSN Bert Thiel ahead 8-1 b 7 1 12- 3 3 3 0.002 100% Home Run; Koshorek Scores; Beard Scores/unER
38 38 2 1 1952-06-18 PIT @ NYG Jim Hearn behind 0-5 t 9 1 1-- 2 3 8 0.007 1% Home Run; Castiglione Scores
39 39 3 1 1952-07-16 PIT PHI Robin Roberts behind 5-8 b 9 1 1-- 2 3 3 0.065 11% Home Run; Groat Scores
40 40 4 1 1952-07-27 (2) PIT @ BSN Max Surkont tied 0-0 t 5 2 1-- 2 3 3 0.275 74% Home Run (Deep RF); Groat Scores
41 41 5 1 1952-08-27 PIT NYG Bill Connelly behind 0-4 b 6 2 1-- 2 3 3 0.120 19% Home Run; Davis Scores
42 42 6 1 1952-09-17 PIT @ BRO Ben Wade tied 0-0 t 1 0 1-- 2 2 3 0.159 69% Home Run; Smith Scores
43 43 7 2 1952-09-17 PIT @ BRO Joe Black ahead 2-1 t 8 0 --- 1 2 3 0.117 87% Home Run
1953 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
44 44 1 1 1953-05-16 PIT @ CHC Bob Rush t 7 2 PH
45 45 2 1 1953-06-25 CHC PHI Jim Konstanty behind 0-4 b 4 0 --- 1 2 9 0.073 23% Home Run
46 46 3 1 1953-08-14 CHC MLN Max Surkont behind 2-3 b 4 0 --- 1 7 8 0.126 56% Home Run
1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
47 47 1 1 1954-07-11 (1) MLN @ CIN Jackie Collum ahead 4-3 t 7 2 --- 1 5 3 0.140 79% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.