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Hank Greenberg

Henry Benjamin Greenberg (Hammerin' Hank)

Positions: First Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: January 1, 1911 in New York, NY
High School: James Monroe HS (Bronx, NY)
School: New York University (New York, NY)
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers in 1929. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 14, 1930 (Age 19.256, 6,114th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1933 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Pirates 1930-1947

Last Game: September 18, 1947 (Age 36.260)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1956 (164/193 ballots).
   View Hank Greenberg Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: September 4, 1986 in Beverly Hills, CA
Buried: Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA
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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 Awards
1933 DET AL 22 1B 117 115 111 1210 1133 63 14 111 .988 10.22 .989 10.27
1934 DET AL 23 1B 153 153 151 1554 1454 84 16 124 .990 10.05 .991 10.00 MVP-6
1935 DET AL 24 1B 152 152 152 1549 1437 99 13 142 .992 10.11 .992 10.16 MVP-1
1936 DET AL 25 1B 12 12 11 129 119 9 1 14 .992 10.67 .991 9.93
1937 DET AL 26 1B 154 154 153 1592 1477 102 13 133 .992 10.25 .991 9.84 AS,MVP-3
1938 DET AL 27 1B 155 155 154 1618 1484 120 14 146 .991 10.35 .990 9.77 AS,MVP-3
1939 DET AL 28 1B 136 136 134 1289 1205 75 9 108 .993 9.41 .990 9.64 AS,MVP-18
1940 DET AL 29 OF 148 147 145 327 298 14 15 1 .954 2.11 .970 2.40 AS,MVP-1
1940 DET AL 29 LF 147 147 145 324 295 14 15 1 .954 2.10 .963 2.32 AS,MVP-1
1941 DET AL 30 LF 19 19 19 34 31 0 3 0 .912 1.63 .975 2.28
1941 DET AL 30 OF 19 19 19 35 32 0 3 0 .914 1.68 .973 2.41
1945 DET AL 34 LF 72 72 54 131 127 4 0 0 1.000 1.82 .975 2.21 MVP-14
1945 DET AL 34 OF 72 72 54 132 129 3 0 0 1.000 1.83 .978 2.40 MVP-14
1946 DET AL 35 1B 140 140 134 1380 1272 93 15 110 .989 9.75 .989 9.58 MVP-8
1947 PIT NL 36 1B 119 118 104 1071 983 79 9 85 .992 8.92 .991 9.62
9 Seasons 1B 1138 1135 1104 11392 10564 724 104 973 .991 9.92 .990 9.86
3 Seasons OF 239 238 218 494 459 17 18 1 .964 1.99 .972 2.40
3 Seasons LF 238 238 218 489 453 18 18 1 .963 1.98 .967 2.28
13 Seasons TOT 1377 1373 1322 11886 11023 741 122 974 .990 8.54 .990 8.57
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
1933 DET AL 22 1B
1934 DET AL 23 1B
1935 DET AL 24 1B
1936 DET AL 25 1B
1937 DET AL 26 1B
1938 DET AL 27 1B
1939 DET AL 28 1B
1940 DET AL 29 LF
1941 DET AL 30 LF
1945 DET AL 34 LF
1946 DET AL 35 1B
1947 PIT NL 36 1B
9 Seasons 1B
3 Seasons LF
13 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 DET AL 19 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1933 DET AL 22 117 115 117 116 0 0 116 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1934 DET AL 23 153 153 153 153 0 0 153 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 DET AL 24 152 152 152 152 0 0 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 DET AL 25 12 12 12 12 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 DET AL 26 154 154 154 154 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 DET AL 27 155 155 155 155 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 DET AL 28 138 136 138 136 0 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1940 DET AL 29 148 148 148 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 148 0 0 148 0 0 0
1941 DET AL 30 19 19 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 19 0 0 0
1945 DET AL 34 78 72 78 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 72 0 0 72 0 6 0
1946 DET AL 35 142 140 142 140 0 0 140 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1947 PIT NL 36 125 118 125 119 0 0 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
13 Seasons 1394 1374 1394 1376 0 0 1137 0 0 0 239 0 0 239 0 18 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 -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1946 DET AL 35 602 54% 78% 27% 30 93% 0 154 6 146 2 12 11 8 2 0 1 3 0 3 0 2 17 0 0 0 15 0 2 0 2 2 100%
1947 PIT NL 36 3722 65% 85% 24% 188 97% 2 807 40 760 9 88 60 43 9 2 3 8 4 3 1 2 68 0 1 0 63 2 5 1 4 14 100%
2 Seasons 4324 64% 84% 25% 218 97% 2 961 46 906 11 100 71 51 11 2 4 11 4 6 1 4 85 0 1 0 78 2 7 1 6 16 100%
MLB Averages 61% 84% 27% 93% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1940 DET AL 29 3 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 11 9 2 7 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 30 17 56.7% 11 2 6.7% 0 1171 65% 82% 25% 117 38%
1941 DET AL 30 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 9 4 44.4% 5 0 0.0% 0 323 59% 78% 28% 31 55%
1945 DET AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 6 0 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 16 9 56.3% 6 1 6.3% 0 350 59% 82% 29% 40 50%
3 Seasons 5 0 4 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 22 17 2 15 1 1 7 3 0 1 0 0 10 9 0 55 30 54.5% 22 3 5.5% 0 1844 63% 82% 26% 188 44%
MLB Averages 58.3% 2.7% 61% 84% 30% 59%



* - 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 ( 1.2%)
1949 BBWAA (43.8%)
1949 Run Off (23.5%)
1950 BBWAA (38.1%)
1951 BBWAA (29.6%)
1952 BBWAA (32.1%)
1953 BBWAA (30.3%)
1954 BBWAA (38.5%)
1955 BBWAA (62.5%)
1956 BBWAA (85.0%)
Selected to HOF in 1956 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1937
1938
1939 (1B)
1940 *
1945--not played

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1934 AL (6, 36%)
1935 AL (1, 100%)
1937 AL (3, 60%)
1938 AL (3, 48%)
1939 AL (18, 4%)
1940 AL (1, 87%)
1945 AL (14, 7%)
1946 AL (8, 27%)
2 MVPs
3.69 Career Shares (18th)

Putoutss c a p y
1934 AL  1,454 (2nd)
1935 AL  1,437 (2nd)
1937 AL  1,477 (1st)
1938 AL  1,484 (1st)
1939 AL  1,205 (4th)
1946 AL  1,272 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1933 AL  117 (5th)
1934 AL  153 (3rd)
1935 AL  152 (2nd)
1937 AL  154 (2nd)
1938 AL  155 (2nd)
1939 AL  136 (3rd)
1946 AL  140 (3rd)
1947 NL  119 (5th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1934 AL  1,454 (2nd)
1935 AL  1,437 (2nd)
1937 AL  1,477 (1st)
1938 AL  1,484 (1st)
1939 AL  1,205 (4th)
1946 AL  1,272 (3rd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1933 AL  63 (5th)
1934 AL  84 (3rd)
1935 AL  99 (1st)
1937 AL  102 (2nd)
1938 AL  120 (1st)
1939 AL  75 (4th)
1946 AL  93 (4th)
1947 NL  79 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1933 AL  14 (3rd)
1934 AL  16 (2nd)
1935 AL  13 (4th)
1937 AL  13 (2nd)
1938 AL  14 (2nd)
1946 AL  15 (1st)
1947 NL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1933 AL  111 (3rd)
1934 AL  124 (5th)
1935 AL  142 (2nd)
1937 AL  133 (2nd)
1938 AL  146 (3rd)
1939 AL  108 (4th)
1946 AL  110 (3rd)
Career  973 (87th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  147 (1st)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  295 (1st)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  14 (1st)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  15 (1st)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1940 AL  148 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1940 AL  14 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1940 AL  15 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1933 AL  10.22 (3rd)
1934 AL  10.05 (4th)
1935 AL  10.11 (3rd)
1937 AL  10.25 (1st)
1938 AL  10.35 (2nd)
1946 AL  9.75 (1st)
Career  9.92 (70th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1934 AL  .990 (5th)
1935 AL  .992 (4th)
1937 AL  .992 (4th)
1938 AL  .991 (4th)
1939 AL  .993 (1st)
1946 AL  .989 (4th)
1947 NL  .992 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1930 AL  born 1911-01-01 (1st)

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