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Lefty Gomez

Vernon Louis Gomez (Goofy)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 173 lb.

Born: November 26, 1908 in Rodeo, CA
High School: Richmond HS (San Francisco, CA)(All Transactions)
Debut: April 29, 1930 (Age 21.154, 6,068th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1930 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Senators 1930-1943

Final Game: May 30, 1943 (Age 34.185)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1972.
   View Lefty Gomez Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: February 17, 1989 in Greenbrae, CA
Buried: Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Standard Fielding

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
1930 NYY AL 21 P 15 6 2 60.0 19 1 18 0 0 1.000 2.85 1.27 .946 2.20 2.17
1931 NYY AL 22 P 40 26 17 243.0 50 6 43 1 1 .980 1.81 1.23 .954 2.21 2.19
1932 NYY AL 23 P 37 31 21 265.1 40 2 36 2 3 .950 1.29 1.03 .958 2.24 2.23 MVP-5
1933 NYY AL 24 P 35 30 14 234.2 38 4 30 4 0 .895 1.30 0.97 .960 2.28 2.27 AS
1934 NYY AL 25 P 38 33 25 281.2 50 7 42 1 2 .980 1.57 1.29 .956 2.14 2.11 AS,MVP-3
1935 NYY AL 26 P 34 30 15 246.0 57 6 49 2 2 .965 2.01 1.62 .949 2.15 2.14 AS
1936 NYY AL 27 P 31 30 10 188.2 34 4 29 1 3 .971 1.57 1.06 .956 1.99 1.96 AS
1937 NYY AL 28 P 34 34 25 278.1 42 3 36 3 1 .929 1.26 1.15 .954 2.05 2.01 AS,MVP-9
1938 NYY AL 29 P 32 32 20 239.0 64 12 51 1 5 .984 2.37 1.97 .952 2.11 2.06 AS,MVP-30
1939 NYY AL 30 P 26 26 14 198.0 36 2 33 1 0 .972 1.59 1.35 .951 1.92 1.89 AS
1940 NYY AL 31 P 9 5 0 27.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0.99 0.33 .957 2.04 2.01 0 0 0
1941 NYY AL 32 P 23 23 8 156.1 19 6 11 2 2 .895 0.98 0.74 .960 2.14 2.11 8 2 20% 0
1942 NYY AL 33 P 13 13 2 80.0 12 2 9 1 0 .917 1.24 0.85 .957 2.31 2.30 2 8 80% 1
1943 WSH AL 34 P 1 1 0 4.2 5 0 4 1 1 .800 7.71 4.00 .964 2.31 2.30
14 Seasons P 368 320 173 2503.0 469 56 393 20 20 .957 1.61 1.22 .954 2.14 2.11 10 10 50% 1
14 Seasons TOT 368 320 173 2503.0 469 56 393 20 20 .957 1.61 1.22 .954 2.14 2.11 10 10 50% 1
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1930 NYY AL 21 P
1931 NYY AL 22 P
1932 NYY AL 23 P
1933 NYY AL 24 P
1934 NYY AL 25 P
1935 NYY AL 26 P
1936 NYY AL 27 P
1937 NYY AL 28 P
1938 NYY AL 29 P
1939 NYY AL 30 P
1940 NYY AL 31 P
1941 NYY AL 32 P
1942 NYY AL 33 P
1943 WSH AL 34 P
14 Seasons P
14 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1930 NYY AL 21 15 6 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1931 NYY AL 22 40 26 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1932 NYY AL 23 37 31 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1933 NYY AL 24 35 30 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1934 NYY AL 25 38 33 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 NYY AL 26 34 30 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 NYY AL 27 31 30 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 NYY AL 28 34 34 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 NYY AL 29 32 32 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 NYY AL 30 26 26 26 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 NYY AL 31 9 5 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 NYY AL 32 23 23 23 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1942 NYY AL 33 13 13 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 WSH AL 34 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons 368 320 368 368 368 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1940 NYY AL 31 58 79% 12% 3 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 NYY AL 32 712 77% 18% 14 86% 0 6 0 5 12 9 3 2 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 2 50%
1942 NYY AL 33 275 72% 20% 8 88% 0 2 0 2 9 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 100%
3 Seasons 1045 76% 18% 25 76% 0 8 0 7 21 15 4 3 0 0 3 3 2 2 2 0 4 75%
MLB Averages 84% 27% 92% 89%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1945 BBWAA ( 2.8%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 2.0%)
1947 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1948 BBWAA (13.2%)
1949 BBWAA (11.1%)
1950 BBWAA (10.7%)
1951 BBWAA (10.2%)
1952 BBWAA (12.4%)
1953 BBWAA (13.3%)
1954 BBWAA (15.1%)
1955 BBWAA (28.3%)
1956 BBWAA (46.1%)
1958 BBWAA (28.6%)
1960 BBWAA (19.0%)
1962 BBWAA (12.5%)
1972 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1972
by Veteran's Committee

All-Star Games
1933 (P)
1934 (P)
1935 (P)
1936
1937 (P)
1938 (P)
1939

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1932 AL (5, 34%)
1934 AL (3, 75%)
1937 AL (9, 18%)
1938 AL (30, 0%)
1.27 Career Shares (185th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1938 AL  51 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1933 AL  4 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1938 AL  1.97 (3rd)

             

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Name and misspellings: Vernon Goofy Lefty Louis Gomez

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