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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

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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
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

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
1954 PHA AL 25 3B 136 133 130 1158.1 481 151 305 25 34 .948 -1 -1 3.54 3.35 .959 3.48 3.46 AS,MVP-12,RoY-2
1955 KCA AL 26 2B 90 87 82 773.2 476 236 228 12 72 .975 -10 -15 5.40 5.16 .976 5.37 5.32 AS
1955 KCA AL 26 3B 59 59 55 514.1 198 55 135 8 13 .960 1 3 3.32 3.22 .950 3.17 3.14 AS
1956 KCA AL 27 2B 52 39 30 351.1 226 114 105 7 35 .969 -6 -19 5.61 4.21 .973 5.44 5.40
1956 KCA AL 27 3B 32 29 24 254.0 108 29 70 9 7 .917 2 9 3.51 3.09 .949 3.22 3.19
1957 DET AL 28 3B 59 46 37 440.2 174 58 108 8 9 .954 3 8 3.39 2.81 .951 3.23 3.24
1957 DET AL 28 2B 3 2 2 21.0 13 8 4 1 2 .923 -1 -40 5.14 4.00 .980 5.40 5.40
1958 SFG NL 29 2B 8 2 1 26.0 12 4 7 1 2 .917 -0 -18 3.81 1.38 .975 5.33 5.30
1958 SFG NL 29 3B 4 1 0 14.0 4 0 3 1 0 .750 -0 -26 1.93 0.75 .952 3.15 3.15
1959 BAL AL 30 3B 42 29 22 267.2 98 30 64 4 4 .959 -3 -14 3.16 2.24 .952 3.21 3.19
1959 BAL AL 30 2B 6 0 0 14.0 17 6 11 0 2 1.000 2 189 10.93 2.83 .976 5.27 5.25
1959 BAL AL 30 SS 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4.95 4.85
6 Seasons 3B 332 297 268 2649.0 1063 323 685 55 67 .948 1 1 3.42 3.04 .954 3.32 3.30
5 Seasons 2B 159 130 115 1186.0 744 368 355 21 113 .972 -14 -14 5.49 4.55 .975 5.39 5.34
1 Season SS 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4.95 4.85
6 Seasons TOT 493 427 383 3837.0 1807 691 1040 76 180 .958 -13 -4 4.06 3.51 .963 3.96 3.97
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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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.
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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)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1954 AL  25 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1955 AL  12 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  136 (3rd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  151 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  305 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  25 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  34 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1955 AL  5.40 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1955 AL  5.16 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1954 AL  3.54 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  3.35 (3rd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1954 AL  .948 (5th)

                                         

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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