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Joe Ginsberg

Myron Nathan Ginsberg

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: October 11, 1926 in New York, NY
High School: Cooley HS (Detroit, MI)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1944. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 15, 1948 (Age 21.340)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Orioles/Athletics/Indians/WhiteSox/... 1948-1962

Final Game: April 15, 1962 (Age 35.186)
Died: November 2, 2012 in West Bloomfield, MI
Buried: Montrose Township Cemetery, Montrose, MI
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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
1948 21 DET AL 11 39 36 7 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 .361 .410 .361 .771 104 13 1 0 0 2
1950 23 DET AL 36 109 95 12 22 6 0 0 12 1 0 11 6 .232 .318 .295 .612 56 28 2 1 2 2
1951 24 DET AL 102 351 304 44 79 10 2 8 37 0 2 43 21 .260 .355 .385 .740 100 117 8 2 2 2
1952 25 DET AL 113 364 307 29 68 13 2 6 36 1 1 51 21 .221 .338 .336 .673 88 103 9 3 3 2
1953 26 TOT AL 64 192 162 16 47 6 0 0 13 0 0 24 5 .290 .388 .327 .715 97 53 4 2 4 2
1953 26 DET AL 18 65 53 6 16 2 0 0 3 0 0 10 1 .302 .422 .340 .761 109 18 0 1 1 2
1953 26 CLE AL 46 127 109 10 31 4 0 0 10 0 0 14 4 .284 .371 .321 .692 91 35 4 1 3 2
1954 27 CLE AL 3 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 1.500 2.167 477 3 0 1 0 0 /2
1956 29 TOT AL 86 252 223 15 50 8 1 1 14 1 1 25 21 .224 .299 .283 .581 56 63 9 0 1 3 3 2
1956 29 KCA AL 71 220 195 15 48 8 1 1 12 1 1 23 17 .246 .323 .313 .636 69 61 7 0 0 2 3 2
1956 29 BAL AL 15 32 28 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 .071 .129 .071 .200 -43 2 2 0 1 1 0 /2
1957 30 BAL AL 85 200 175 15 48 8 2 1 18 2 1 18 19 .274 .342 .360 .702 98 63 4 2 2 4 1 2
1958 31 BAL AL 61 126 109 4 23 1 0 3 16 0 0 13 14 .211 .302 .303 .604 72 33 0 2 0 2 1 2
1959 32 BAL AL 65 190 166 14 30 2 0 1 14 1 0 21 13 .181 .268 .211 .479 36 35 6 0 0 3 3 2
1960 33 TOT AL 42 125 105 11 27 5 0 0 15 1 0 16 9 .257 .358 .305 .662 82 32 2 1 2 1 1 2
1960 33 BAL AL 14 37 30 3 8 1 0 0 6 0 0 6 1 .267 .389 .300 .689 91 9 1 0 1 0 1 2
1960 33 CHW AL 28 88 75 8 19 4 0 0 9 1 0 10 8 .253 .345 .307 .651 78 23 1 1 1 1 0 2
1961 34 TOT AL 25 29 27 1 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 4 .222 .250 .222 .472 28 6 1 0 1 0 0 /2
1961 34 CHW AL 6 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250 .000 .250 -26 0 0 0 1 0 0 /2
1961 34 BOS AL 19 24 24 1 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 34 6 1 0 0 0 0 /2
1962 35 NYM NL 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
13 Yrs 695 1985 1716 168 414 59 8 20 182 7 5 226 135 .241 .332 .320 .652 79 549 46 14 17 13 9
162 Game Avg. 162 463 400 39 97 14 2 5 42 2 1 53 31 .241 .332 .320 .652 79 128 11 3 4
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
BAL (5 yrs) 240 585 508 36 111 12 2 5 56 3 1 60 51 .219 .301 .280 .580 64 142 13 4 4 10 6
DET (5 yrs) 280 928 795 98 198 31 4 14 89 2 3 118 50 .249 .351 .351 .702 91 279 20 7 8
CLE (2 yrs) 49 130 111 10 32 4 1 0 11 0 0 14 4 .288 .378 .342 .720 98 38 4 2 3 0
CHW (2 yrs) 34 93 78 8 19 4 0 0 9 1 0 11 10 .244 .341 .295 .636 74 23 1 1 2 1 0
NYM (1 yr) 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 19 24 24 1 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 34 6 1 0 0 0 0
KCA (1 yr) 71 220 195 15 48 8 1 1 12 1 1 23 17 .246 .323 .313 .636 69 61 7 0 0 2 3
AL (12 yrs) 693 1980 1711 168 414 59 8 20 182 7 5 226 134 .242 .333 .321 .654 79 549 46 14 17 13 9
NL (1 yr) 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 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
1948 21 DET AL 11 39 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .507 .500 0.2 0.0 2 $3,521 2
1950 23 DET AL 36 109 -6 0 -0 0 1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .486 .497 -0.2 0.1 -2 $4,500 2
1951 24 DET AL 102 351 1 -2 -1 -1 3 1 0.1 11 12 1.1 .501 .501 1.2 0.2 13 $7,000 2
1952 25 DET AL 113 364 -3 -1 0 -1 3 -2 -0.2 11 9 0.9 .498 .499 1.0 0.2 10 2
1953 26 DET AL 18 65 2 -2 0 1 1 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .510 .501 0.3 0.2 3 $10,000 2
1953 26 CLE AL 46 127 -1 -0 -1 -3 1 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.0 .492 .498 0.3 -0.2 3 2
1954 27 CLE AL 3 3 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 1 0.1 .519 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $10,000 /2
1956 29 KCA AL 71 220 -8 -0 -1 3 2 -4 -0.4 7 3 0.2 .494 .497 -0.1 0.6 -0 $11,500 2
1956 29 BAL AL 15 32 -5 0 -0 -1 0 -6 -0.6 1 -5 -0.6 .457 .496 -0.5 -0.1 -4 /2
1957 30 BAL AL 85 200 1 -1 -0 1 2 3 0.3 6 9 0.9 .504 .502 0.8 0.3 8 $11,500 2
1958 31 BAL AL 61 126 -4 -1 1 -1 1 -4 -0.4 4 0 -0.0 .493 .497 0.1 0.0 1 $13,000 2
1959 32 BAL AL 65 190 -14 0 0 -1 3 -11 -1.3 6 -5 -0.7 .482 .493 -0.5 0.1 -4 $12,500 2
1960 33 BAL AL 14 37 -1 0 -0 -4 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .469 .497 0.1 -0.4 1 $12,500 2
1960 33 CHW AL 28 88 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .494 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1961 34 CHW AL 6 5 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .489 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $12,500 /2
1961 34 BOS AL 19 24 -2 -0 0 -1 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.3 .482 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -1 /2
1962 35 NYM NL 2 5 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .380 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $13,000 /2
13 Seasons 695 1985 -45 -7 -1 -9 21 -41 -4.5 61 20 1.6 .494 .498 2.4 1.1 29 $121,521
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
BAL (5 yrs) 240 585 -23 -1 1 -6 8 -22 -2.5 18 -4 -0.7 .490 .498 -0.0 0.1 2 $49,500
DET (5 yrs) 280 928 -6 -4 -1 -1 8 -4 -0.4 28 25 2.4 .499 .499 2.4 0.8 26 $25,021
CLE (2 yrs) 49 130 -0 -1 -1 -3 1 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .493 .498 0.4 -0.2 4 $10,000
CHW (2 yrs) 34 93 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.3 3 1 0.0 .493 .499 0.1 0.1 1 $12,500
NYM (1 yr) 2 5 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .380 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $13,000
BOS (1 yr) 19 24 -2 -0 0 -1 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.3 .482 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -1
KCA (1 yr) 71 220 -8 -0 -1 3 2 -4 -0.4 7 3 0.2 .494 .497 -0.1 0.6 -0 $11,500

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
1948 DET AL 21 C 11 10 10 53 46 4 3 3 .943 4.55 .986 4.74 0 1 7 0 0% 45% 0
1950 DET AL 23 C 31 24 21 233.0 107 97 8 2 3 .981 4.06 3.39 .985 4.94 4.85 2 6 11 3 21% 49% 0
1951 DET AL 24 C 95 81 72 751.1 454 388 56 10 7 .978 5.32 4.67 .982 5.03 5.01 6 19 47 24 34% 46% 2
1952 DET AL 25 C 101 83 76 766.2 491 442 41 8 7 .984 5.67 4.78 .985 5.44 5.44 8 18 26 16 38% 46% 2
1953 TOT AL 26 C 54 46 35 385.1 229 201 22 6 4 .974 -2 -6 5.21 4.13 .985 5.18 5.15 4 9 19 14 42% 51% 0
1953 DET AL 26 C 15 15 13 135.2 84 71 12 1 2 .988 1 9 5.51 5.53 .985 5.18 5.15 2 5 6 9 60% 51% 0
1953 CLE AL 26 C 39 31 22 249.2 145 130 10 5 2 .966 -3 -14 5.05 3.59 .985 5.18 5.15 2 4 13 5 28% 51% 0
1954 CLE AL 27 C 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 1.00 .990 5.40 5.40 0 0 0 0 0
1956 TOT AL 29 C 65 57 51 512.1 303 269 31 3 3 .990 2 5 5.27 4.62 .988 5.91 5.86 5 11 19 15 44% 44% 3
1956 KCA AL 29 C 57 50 45 451.1 269 238 28 3 3 .989 3 8 5.30 4.67 .988 5.91 5.86 5 8 16 15 48% 44% 2
1956 BAL AL 29 C 8 7 6 61.0 34 31 3 0 0 1.000 -1 -20 5.02 4.25 .988 5.92 5.86 0 3 3 0 0% 44% 1
1957 BAL AL 30 C 66 46 30 426.1 276 252 20 4 6 .986 1 3 5.74 4.12 .991 5.92 5.94 6 4 17 13 43% 47% 1
1958 BAL AL 31 C 39 26 22 241.1 165 156 8 1 2 .994 -1 -5 6.12 4.21 .990 6.01 5.95 2 7 6 5 45% 47% 0
1959 BAL AL 32 C 62 41 32 433.0 272 241 29 2 4 .993 -1 -3 5.61 4.35 .989 6.08 6.04 21 6 7 13 65% 40% 0
1960 TOT AL 33 C 39 31 25 283.1 205 188 12 5 0 .976 -4 -17 6.35 5.13 .987 5.93 5.92 8 9 13 4 24% 40% 0
1960 BAL AL 33 C 14 10 6 90.0 67 59 4 4 0 .940 -4 -53 6.30 4.50 .987 5.93 5.92 8 5 5 1 17% 40% 0
1960 CHW AL 33 C 25 21 19 193.1 138 129 8 1 0 .993 0 0 6.38 5.48 .987 5.93 5.92 0 4 8 3 27% 40% 0
1961 TOT AL 34 C 8 2 2 29.0 15 14 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -41 4.66 1.88 .989 6.21 6.14 1 1 3 1 25% 36% 0
1961 CHW AL 34 C 2 0 0 2.2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 10.12 1.50 .990 6.41 6.15 0 0 0 0 0
1961 BOS AL 34 C 6 2 2 26.1 12 11 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -46 4.10 2.00 .989 6.19 6.13 1 1 3 1 25% 36% 0
1962 NYM NL 35 C 2 2 1 13.0 11 9 2 0 1 1.000 -1 -92 7.62 5.50 .987 6.72 6.65 0 3 0 0 0
13 Seasons C 574 449 377 4075.0 2582 2304 234 44 40 .983 -7 -2 5.49 4.42 .986 5.57 5.55 63 94 175 108 38% 46% 8
13 Seasons TOT 574 449 377 4075.0 2582 2304 234 44 40 .983 -7 -2 5.49 4.42 .986 5.57 5.55 63 94 175 108 38% 46% 8
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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1951 AL  95 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1951 AL  388 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1951 AL  56 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1951 AL  10 (3rd)
1952 AL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1951 AL  7 (5th)
1952 AL  7 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1951 AL  6 (4th)
1952 AL  8 (2nd)
1959 AL  21 (2nd)
1960 AL  8 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1951 AL  47 (1st)
1952 AL  26 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1951 AL  24 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1957 AL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1951 AL  5.32 (4th)
1952 AL  5.67 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1951 AL  4.67 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2814), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (420th), 1.6 career WAR/3.5 7yr-peak WAR/2.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1948 21 Detroit Tigers $3,521 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 23 Detroit Tigers $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 24 Detroit Tigers $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1953 26 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts DET/CLE
1954 27 Cleveland Indians $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1956 29 Kansas City Athletics $11,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts KCA/BAL
1957 30 Baltimore Orioles $11,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1958 31 Baltimore Orioles $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1959 32 Baltimore Orioles $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1960 33 Baltimore Orioles $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts BAL/CHW
1961 34 Chicago White Sox $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts CHW/BOS
1962 35 New York Mets $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$121,521
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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