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Jim Finigan

James Leroy Finigan

Positions: Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: August 19, 1928 in Quincy, IL
Schools: Quincy University (Quincy, IL), St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1954 (Age 25.249, 8,734th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Tigers/Orioles/Giants 1954-1959

Final Game: July 5, 1959 (Age 30.320)
Died: May 16, 1981 in Quincy, IL
Buried: St. Peter Cemetery, Quincy, IL
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Standard Batting

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
1954 ★ 25 PHA AL 136 560 487 57 147 25 6 7 51 2 8 64 66 .302 .381 .421 .802 119 205 17 0 6 3 *5 AS,MVP-12,RoY-2
1955 ★ 26 KCA AL 150 615 545 72 139 30 7 9 68 1 3 61 49 .255 .333 .385 .718 93 210 18 3 5 1 6 45 AS
1956 27 KCA AL 91 290 250 29 54 7 2 2 21 3 1 30 28 .216 .298 .284 .582 55 71 6 1 5 4 1 45
1957 28 DET AL 64 204 174 20 47 4 2 0 17 1 1 23 18 .270 .357 .316 .673 84 55 3 1 5 1 2 5/4
1958 29 SFG NL 23 29 25 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 .200 .310 .280 .590 60 7 1 1 0 0 1 /45
1959 30 BAL AL 48 130 119 14 30 6 0 1 10 1 0 9 10 .252 .300 .328 .628 75 39 6 0 0 2 0 5/46
6 Yrs 512 1828 1600 195 422 74 17 19 168 8 13 190 176 .264 .342 .367 .709 92 587 51 6 21 11 10
162 Game Avg. 162 578 506 62 134 23 5 6 53 3 4 60 56 .264 .342 .367 .709 92 186 16 2 7 3
KCA (3 yrs) 377 1465 1282 158 340 62 15 18 140 6 12 155 143 .265 .344 .379 .723 95 486 41 4 16 8 7
SFG (1 yr) 23 29 25 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 .200 .310 .280 .590 60 7 1 1 0 0 1
BAL (1 yr) 48 130 119 14 30 6 0 1 10 1 0 9 10 .252 .300 .328 .628 75 39 6 0 0 2 0
DET (1 yr) 64 204 174 20 47 4 2 0 17 1 1 23 18 .270 .357 .316 .673 84 55 3 1 5 1 2
AL (5 yrs) 489 1799 1575 192 417 72 17 19 167 8 13 187 171 .265 .343 .368 .711 93 580 50 5 21 11 9
NL (1 yr) 23 29 25 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 .200 .310 .280 .590 60 7 1 1 0 0 1

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
1954 ★ 25 PHA AL 136 560 12 -3 -1 -1 1 8 0.9 17 26 2.6 .507 .506 2.8 -0.1 26 *5 AS,MVP-12,RoY-2
1955 ★ 26 KCA AL 150 615 -2 -2 -1 -8 4 -9 -0.9 19 9 1.0 .493 .494 1.8 -0.4 18 45 AS
1956 27 KCA AL 91 290 -16 1 0 -4 2 -16 -1.6 9 -7 -0.8 .482 .490 -0.4 -0.1 -3 45
1957 28 DET AL 64 204 -2 -0 0 2 1 0 0.0 6 7 0.6 .501 .500 0.4 0.3 5 5/4
1958 29 SFG NL 23 29 -0 -0 -0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 -0.0 .495 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 /45
1959 30 BAL AL 48 130 -4 1 -1 -1 1 -5 -0.6 4 -1 -0.2 .489 .497 -0.0 -0.0 -0 5/46
6 Seasons 512 1828 -12 -3 -3 -13 8 -23 -2.3 56 34 3.4 .496 .498 4.6 -0.4 46
KCA (3 yrs) 377 1465 -5 -3 -2 -13 6 -17 -1.7 45 28 2.9 .495 .497 4.1 -0.6 41
SFG (1 yr) 23 29 -0 -0 -0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 -0.0 .495 .499 0.1 -0.1 1
BAL (1 yr) 48 130 -4 1 -1 -1 1 -5 -0.6 4 -1 -0.2 .489 .497 -0.0 -0.0 -0
DET (1 yr) 64 204 -2 -0 0 2 1 0 0.0 6 7 0.6 .501 .500 0.4 0.3 5

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1954 25 PHA AL 560 374 76 5.4 100 .336 .302 .267 .381 .342 .421 .390 .802 .732 119 .611 14.4 1.5 .721 .238 .119 3.1
1955 26 KCA AL 615 433 68 4.2 103 .266 .255 .266 .333 .346 .385 .397 .718 .743 93 .460 -5.9 -0.6 .637 .239 .130 1.8
1956 27 KCA AL 290 212 23 2.9 106 .232 .216 .267 .298 .349 .284 .408 .582 .757 55 .284 -16.2 -1.6 .512 .196 .068 2.4
1957 28 DET AL 204 137 21 4.2 102 .299 .270 .267 .357 .339 .316 .402 .673 .742 84 .473 -3.4 -0.3 .603 .178 .046 .0
1958 29 SFG NL 29 21 2 2.6 104 .250 .200 .267 .310 .335 .280 .418 .590 .753 60 .250 -1.3 -0.1 .524 .200 .080
1959 30 BAL AL 130 97 11 3.0 96 .264 .252 .257 .300 .328 .328 .393 .628 .720 75 .338 -3.8 -0.4 .516 .160 .076 1.0
6 Yrs 1828 1274 201 4.2 102 .285 .264 .266 .342 .343 .367 .397 .709 .740 92 .473 -16.2 -1.5 .626 .219 .103 11.3
162 Game Avg. 578 403 64 4.2 102 .285 .264 .266 .342 .343 .367 .397 .709 .740 92 .473 -16.2 -1.5 .626 .219 .103 4
KCA (3 yrs) 1465 1019 167 4.4 102 .285 .265 .267 .344 .345 .379 .396 .723 .742 95 .488 -7.7 -0.7 .642 .230 .114 9.0
SFG (1 yr) 29 21 2 2.6 104 .250 .200 .267 .310 .335 .280 .418 .590 .753 60 .250 -1.3 -0.1 .524 .200 .080
BAL (1 yr) 130 97 11 3.0 96 .264 .252 .257 .300 .328 .328 .393 .628 .720 75 .338 -3.8 -0.4 .516 .160 .076 1.0
DET (1 yr) 204 137 21 4.2 102 .299 .270 .267 .357 .339 .316 .402 .673 .742 84 .474 -3.4 -0.3 .603 .178 .046 .0
AL (5 yrs) 1799 1253 199 4.3 102 .285 .265 .266 .343 .343 .368 .397 .711 .740 93 .477 -14.9 -1.4 .628 .219 .103 11.3
NL (1 yr) 29 21 2 2.6 104 .250 .200 .267 .310 .335 .280 .418 .590 .753 60 .250 -1.3 -0.1 .524 .200 .080

All-Star Batting

Year Tm Lg Age GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1954 PHA AL 25 DNP
1955 KCA AL 26 as 3B 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1954 25 PHA AL 560 1.3% 11.8% 11.4% 6.8% 26% 1.03 7.4 69.6 9.5 1.21 74%
1955 26 KCA AL 615 1.5% 8.0% 9.9% 7.5% 33% 0.80 11.1 60.6 8.0 1.03 79%
1956 27 KCA AL 290 0.7% 9.7% 10.3% 3.8% 20% 0.93 8.9 125.0 11.9 1.18 77%
1957 28 DET AL 204 0.0% 8.8% 11.3% 2.9% 13% 0.78 9.7 10.2 1.07 77%
1958 29 SFG NL 29 0.0% 17.2% 10.3% 6.9% 40% 1.67 5.0 25.0 2.00 69%
1959 30 BAL AL 130 0.8% 7.7% 6.9% 5.4% 23% 1.11 11.9 119.0 11.9 1.35 85%
6 Yrs 1828 1.0% 9.6% 10.4% 6.0% 26% 0.93 9.1 84.2 9.5 1.14 77%
MLB Averages 2.3% 12.2% 9.0% 6.6% 29% 1.34 7.3 38.4 8.3 0.99 75%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
1954 25 PHA AL 14.4 1.5 564 1.4 9.9 -8.5 .96 1.3 0.2 10.0 1.0 0.90 13.7 0.07 1
1955 26 KCA AL -5.9 -0.6 629 0.3 10.9 -10.7 1.00 -0.0 0.3 4.3 0.4 0.98 -0.6 0.35 2
1956 27 KCA AL -16.2 -1.6 295 -1.6 3.8 -5.4 1.04 -1.4 -0.1 -15.3 -1.5 0.93 -17.4 2.26 9
1957 28 DET AL -3.4 -0.3 207 -0.3 3.2 -3.5 1.04 -0.1 -0.2 0.4 0.0 0.95 -0.7 0.25 3
1958 29 SFG NL -1.3 -0.1 30 -0.9 0.4 -1.3 1.88 -0.1 -0.3 -3.8 -0.4 1.11 -2.0 2.07 12
1959 30 BAL AL -3.8 -0.4 135 0.4 2.7 -2.3 1.05 -0.4 0.7 -8.1 -0.8 0.99 -6.8 2.50 5
6 Yrs -16.2 -1.5 1860 -0.7 30.9 -31.6 1.02 -0.8 0.1 -12.5 -1.2 0.95 -13.7 1.85 32

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
1954 25 PHA AL 5 0 25% 247 2 8 20% 1 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 2 8 45% 39 28 10 7 2 5 12 1 11
1955 26 KCA AL 13 0 32% 269 1 3 25% 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 7 1 1 2 3 13 38% 55 41 14 3 1 2 22 7 14
1956 27 KCA AL 5 0 32% 110 3 1 75% 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 62% 16 9 7 5 1 4 8 1 7
1957 28 DET AL 4 0 28% 95 1 1 50% 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 40% 9 7 1 2 0 2 9 3 5
1958 29 SFG NL 2 0 25% 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 67% 3 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 2
1959 30 BAL AL 1 0 34% 59 1 0 100% 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 39% 7 4 3 1 1 0 5 2 2
6 Yrs 30 0 29% 794 8 13 38% 6 12 1 1 1 1 4 0 14 1 2 5 6 30 44% 129 90 37 18 5 13 59 14 41

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
1954 25 PHA AL 547 22% 147 1 0 0 0 0.07 7 0 10 7 0 4 3 0 6 6 100% 108 17 16% 46 15 33% 315 45 14% 33 14 42% 18 10 56% 13
1955 26 KCA AL 615 27% 139 2 1 0 0 0.35 9 0 18 8 1 5 4 0 6 5 83% 129 18 14% 57 21 37% 402 62 15% 30 13 43% 27 15 56% 0
1956 27 KCA AL 290 26% 54 9 0 0 1 2.26 2 0 5 2 0 2 0 0 5 5 100% 52 6 12% 31 13 42% 171 19 11% 18 7 39% 13 10 77% 0
1957 28 DET AL 204 17% 47 3 0 0 0 0.25 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 100% 38 3 8% 19 9 47% 127 17 13% 13 8 62% 9 4 44% 0
1958 29 SFG NL 29 48% 5 12 2 0 1 2.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 10% 5 1 20% 24 1 4% 2 0 0% 0 0 0
1959 30 BAL AL 130 62% 30 5 2 0 2 2.50 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 25 6 24% 10 2 20% 84 9 11% 7 3 43% 2 2 100% 0
6 Yrs 1815 27% 422 32 5 0 4 1.85 19 0 38 17 2 12 7 0 22 21 95% 362 51 14% 168 61 36% 1123 153 14% 103 45 44% 69 41 59% 13
MLB Averages 48% 77% 11% 31% 14% 50% 53%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1954 25 136 560 487 57 147 25 6 7 51 2 8 64 66 .302 .381 .421 .802 119 205 17 0 6 3
1955 26 286 1175 1032 129 286 55 13 16 119 3 11 125 115 .277 .356 .402 .758 106 415 35 3 11 4 6
1956 27 377 1465 1282 158 340 62 15 18 140 6 12 155 143 .265 .344 .379 .723 95 486 41 4 16 8 7
1957 28 441 1669 1456 178 387 66 17 18 157 7 13 178 161 .266 .346 .372 .717 94 541 44 5 21 9 9
1958 29 464 1698 1481 181 392 68 17 18 158 7 13 181 166 .265 .345 .370 .715 93 548 45 6 21 9 10
1959 30 512 1828 1600 195 422 74 17 19 168 8 13 190 176 .264 .342 .367 .709 92 587 51 6 21 11 10

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1954 25 142 591 513 62 158 27 6 8 56 2 69 69 .308 .388 .431 .819 86 136
1955 26 157 642 569 75 145 31 7 9 71 1 64 51 .255 .333 .381 .714 72 150
1956 27 95 299 259 28 54 7 2 2 21 3 30 29 .208 .289 .274 .563 21 91
1957 28 67 215 184 22 50 4 2 0 18 1 24 19 .272 .357 .315 .672 21 64
1958 29 24 30 26 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 3 5 .192 .300 .269 .569 2 23
1959 30 50 137 125 15 32 6 0 1 11 1 10 10 .256 .307 .328 .635 13 48
6 Yrs 535 1914 1676 205 444 77 17 20 178 8 200 183 .265 .343 .367 .710 215 512
162 Game Avg. 162 580 507 62 134 23 5 6 54 2 61 55 .265 .343 .367 .710 65 512



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1954 AL (12, 6%)
0.06 Career Shares (1092nd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1954 AL  .302 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1954 AL  .381 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1955 AL  150 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1955 AL  545 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1954 AL  25 (10th)
1955 AL  30 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1955 AL  7 (8th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1954 AL  66 (9th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1955 AL  6 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1954 AL  17 (7th)
1955 AL  18 (4th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1954 AL  8 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1955 AL  433 (9th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 11 (1377), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1285), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2119), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (321st), 3.4 career WAR/3.4 7yr-peak WAR/3.4 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: James james Jim jimmie jimmy Leroy Finigan

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