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Ken Harrelson

Kenneth Smith Harrelson (Hawk)

Positions: First Baseman and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 4, 1941 in Woodruff, SC
High School: Benedictine HS (Savannah, GA)
Signed
by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1959. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 9, 1963 (Age 21.278, 9,725th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1963 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Indians/RedSox/Senators 1963-1971

Last Game: June 20, 1971 (Age 29.289)
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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
1963 21 KCA AL 79 253 226 16 52 10 1 6 23 1 1 23 58 .230 .299 .363 .662 80 82 10 0 2 2 3 37
1964 22 KCA AL 49 152 139 15 27 5 0 7 12 0 1 13 34 .194 .263 .381 .644 74 53 6 0 0 0 0 73
1965 23 KCA AL 150 556 483 61 115 17 3 23 66 9 7 66 112 .238 .329 .429 .758 115 207 18 1 3 3 3 *3/79
1966 24 TOT AL 134 519 460 49 109 13 1 12 50 13 3 53 112 .237 .317 .348 .665 93 160 11 1 5 0 5 *3/7
1966 24 KCA AL 63 238 210 24 47 5 0 5 22 9 2 27 59 .224 .312 .319 .631 85 67 3 0 1 0 3 3/7
1966 24 WSA AL 71 281 250 25 62 8 1 7 28 4 1 26 53 .248 .321 .372 .693 100 93 8 1 4 0 2 3
1967 25 TOT AL 110 368 333 42 85 15 1 12 54 10 3 29 44 .255 .311 .414 .725 113 138 8 0 1 5 4 39
1967 25 WSA AL 26 89 79 10 16 0 0 3 10 1 0 7 15 .203 .261 .316 .578 73 25 3 0 1 2 1 3
1967 25 KCA AL 61 194 174 23 53 11 0 6 30 8 2 17 17 .305 .361 .471 .832 147 82 3 0 0 3 1 3
1967 25 BOS AL 23 85 80 9 16 4 1 3 14 1 1 5 12 .200 .247 .388 .635 79 31 2 0 0 0 2 9/3
1968 ★ 26 BOS AL 150 612 535 79 147 17 4 35 109 2 6 69 90 .275 .356 .518 .874 155 277 18 2 0 6 9 *93 AS,MVP-3
1969 27 TOT AL 159 672 565 89 125 14 4 30 92 17 9 99 102 .221 .336 .419 .756 108 237 19 2 0 6 6 *93/7
1969 27 BOS AL 10 51 46 6 10 1 0 3 8 0 1 4 6 .217 .275 .435 .709 91 20 1 0 0 1 0 3
1969 27 CLE AL 149 621 519 83 115 13 4 27 84 17 8 95 96 .222 .341 .418 .759 109 217 18 2 0 5 6 *93/7
1970 28 CLE AL 17 45 39 3 11 1 0 1 1 0 0 6 4 .282 .378 .385 .762 108 15 1 0 0 0 0 3
1971 29 CLE AL 52 187 161 20 32 2 0 5 14 1 0 24 21 .199 .301 .304 .605 66 49 4 0 1 1 3 3/79
9 Yrs 900 3364 2941 374 703 94 14 131 421 53 30 382 577 .239 .325 .414 .740 110 1218 95 6 12 23 33
162 Game Avg. 162 606 529 67 127 17 3 24 76 10 5 69 104 .239 .325 .414 .740 110 219 17 1 2 4 6
KCA (5 yrs) 402 1393 1232 139 294 48 4 47 153 27 13 146 280 .239 .318 .399 .716 103 491 40 1 6 8 10
BOS (3 yrs) 183 748 661 94 173 22 5 41 131 3 8 78 108 .262 .338 .496 .834 141 328 21 2 0 7 11
CLE (3 yrs) 218 853 719 106 158 16 4 33 99 18 8 125 121 .220 .335 .391 .725 100 281 23 2 1 6 9
WSA (2 yrs) 97 370 329 35 78 8 1 10 38 5 1 33 68 .237 .307 .359 .666 94 118 11 1 5 2 3

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
1963 21 KCA AL 79 253 -8 0 -1 -8 -3 -20 -2.3 8 -12 -1.6 .472 .486 -0.6 -1.3 -4 37
1964 22 KCA AL 49 152 -5 -1 -1 2 -2 -7 -0.9 5 -2 -0.4 .484 .495 -0.6 -0.1 -4 73
1965 23 KCA AL 150 556 9 0 -2 -2 -7 -2 -0.3 17 15 1.4 .499 .499 1.8 -1.2 18 $8,000 *3/79
1966 24 KCA AL 63 238 -4 1 -0 -0 -4 -7 -0.9 8 1 -0.1 .488 .495 0.0 -0.5 1 3/7
1966 24 WSA AL 71 281 1 1 -1 -1 -4 -4 -0.6 9 5 0.3 .494 .497 0.6 -0.6 6 $12,000 3
1967 25 WSA AL 26 89 -1 -0 -0 -0 -1 -3 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .486 .498 -0.0 -0.2 0 3
1967 25 KCA AL 61 194 10 1 0 -3 -2 6 0.6 6 12 1.3 .512 .504 1.8 -0.8 16 $12,000 3
1967 25 BOS AL 23 85 -1 -0 -0 -4 -1 -6 -0.8 3 -3 -0.5 .469 .496 -0.0 -0.6 0 9/3
1968 ★ 26 BOS AL 150 612 36 -2 -1 -0 -7 25 2.9 21 46 5.0 .521 .519 5.3 -1.1 47 $35,000 *93 AS,MVP-3
1969 27 BOS AL 10 51 0 -0 0 1 -1 0 0.0 1 2 0.2 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 1 3
1969 27 CLE AL 149 621 7 2 -2 -6 -8 -6 -0.8 21 15 1.4 .495 .496 2.2 -1.6 21 $50,000 *93/7
1970 28 CLE AL 17 45 0 -0 -0 0 -1 -0 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .497 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 $75,000 3
1971 29 CLE AL 52 187 -5 -0 0 -2 -3 -9 -1.1 6 -3 -0.5 .479 .493 -0.2 -0.5 -1 $68,000 3/79
9 Seasons 900 3364 40 2 -8 -23 -43 -32 -4.6 110 77 6.6 .496 .500 10.3 -8.5 101 $260,000
KCA (5 yrs) 402 1393 3 2 -4 -12 -19 -29 -3.7 44 14 0.6 .492 .496 2.4 -3.8 26 $20,000
BOS (3 yrs) 183 748 35 -2 -2 -3 -9 20 2.1 25 45 4.7 .514 .515 5.4 -1.7 48 $35,000
CLE (3 yrs) 218 853 2 2 -1 -7 -11 -16 -2.0 29 13 1.0 .492 .496 2.0 -2.2 21 $193,000
WSA (2 yrs) 97 370 0 1 -2 -1 -5 -7 -1.0 12 5 0.2 .492 .497 0.5 -0.9 6 $12,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1967 25 BOS AL WS STL L 4 14 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .077 .143 .077 .220 1 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 4 14 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .077 .143 .077 .220 1 1 0 0 0 0

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
1963 KCA AL 21 1B 34 31 31 290.2 305 283 16 6 24 .980 -5 -21 9.26 8.79 .990 9.48 9.49
1963 KCA AL 21 LF 28 26 22 241.2 45 43 1 1 0 .978 -2 -12 1.64 1.57 .976 1.90 1.90
1963 KCA AL 21 OF 28 26 22 241.2 45 43 1 1 0 .978 -2 -12 1.64 1.57 .981 2.16 2.16
1964 KCA AL 22 LF 24 21 12 182.0 43 40 2 1 0 .977 1 9 2.08 1.75 .975 1.81 1.80
1964 KCA AL 22 OF 24 21 12 182.0 43 40 2 1 0 .977 1 9 2.08 1.75 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 KCA AL 22 1B 15 10 10 109.1 118 105 13 0 14 1.000 0 5 9.71 7.87 .991 9.43 9.41
1965 KCA AL 23 1B 125 123 96 1051.0 1123 1044 70 9 93 .992 -2 -3 9.54 8.91 .991 9.56 9.53
1965 KCA AL 23 OF 4 3 1 25.0 7 5 1 1 0 .857 -0 -10 2.16 1.50 .979 2.05 2.02
1965 KCA AL 23 LF 3 2 1 17.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 35 2.12 1.33 .980 1.85 1.87
1965 KCA AL 23 RF 1 1 0 8.0 3 1 1 1 0 .667 -1 -105 2.25 2.00 .977 1.80 1.80
1966 TOT AL 24 1B 128 125 112 1113.0 1226 1126 86 14 95 .989 -1 -1 9.80 9.47 .991 9.59 9.58
1966 KCA AL 24 1B 58 57 47 500.2 541 485 48 8 42 .985 -0 -1 9.58 9.19 .991 9.59 9.58
1966 KCA AL 24 LF 3 2 2 17.1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 28 1.56 1.00 .980 1.82 1.83
1966 KCA AL 24 OF 3 2 2 17.1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 28 1.56 1.00 .983 2.08 2.10
1966 WSA AL 24 1B 70 68 65 612.1 685 641 38 6 53 .991 -1 -1 9.98 9.70 .991 9.59 9.58
1967 TOT AL 25 1B 69 62 53 559.2 596 551 41 4 38 .993 -4 -9 9.52 8.58 .991 9.53 9.55
1967 WSA AL 25 1B 23 21 16 190.2 232 215 16 1 17 .996 -0 -3 10.90 10.04 .991 9.53 9.55
1967 KCA AL 25 1B 45 41 37 367.0 361 333 25 3 21 .992 -3 -11 8.78 7.96 .991 9.53 9.55
1967 BOS AL 25 OF 23 22 8 178.0 28 25 1 2 0 .929 -3 -22 1.31 1.13 .980 2.05 2.06
1967 BOS AL 25 RF 23 22 8 178.0 29 26 1 2 0 .931 -3 -22 1.37 1.17 .981 1.82 1.82
1967 BOS AL 25 1B 1 0 0 2.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -180 13.50 3.00 .990 9.45 9.60
1968 BOS AL 26 OF 132 127 114 1138.0 249 241 8 0 1 1.000 0 1 1.97 1.89 .981 2.08 2.07 AS,MVP-3
1968 BOS AL 26 RF 132 127 114 1138.0 246 238 8 0 1 1.000 0 1 1.95 1.86 .977 1.88 1.87 AS,MVP-3
1968 BOS AL 26 1B 19 17 13 137.0 147 135 9 3 9 .980 -1 -9 9.46 7.58 .989 9.59 9.54 AS,MVP-3
1969 TOT AL 27 1B 26 13 13 148.1 161 145 15 1 21 .994 1 6 9.71 6.15 .992 9.62 9.62
1969 BOS AL 27 1B 10 10 10 102.0 117 105 11 1 15 .991 1 9 10.24 11.60 .992 9.63 9.62
1969 CLE AL 27 OF 144 143 117 1237.0 268 257 7 4 2 .985 -6 -6 1.92 1.83 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 CLE AL 27 RF 137 136 111 1176.0 258 248 7 3 2 .988 -6 -6 1.95 1.86 .974 1.91 1.91
1969 CLE AL 27 1B 16 3 3 46.1 44 40 4 0 6 1.000 0 0 8.55 2.75 .992 9.62 9.62
1969 CLE AL 27 LF 7 7 6 61.0 14 13 0 1 0 .929 0 0 1.92 1.86 .978 1.99 1.99
1970 CLE AL 28 1B 13 13 4 86.0 87 80 7 0 15 1.000 0 3 9.10 6.69 .991 9.59 9.56
1971 CLE AL 29 1B 40 39 29 332.2 338 311 23 4 29 .988 -1 -4 9.04 8.35 .992 9.59 9.53
1971 CLE AL 29 OF 7 7 1 43.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.88 1.29 .982 2.24 2.21
1971 CLE AL 29 LF 5 5 1 31.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -8 2.03 1.40 .981 1.92 1.92
1971 CLE AL 29 RF 2 2 0 12.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -30 1.50 1.00 .980 2.03 2.05
9 Seasons 1B 469 433 361 3827.2 4101 3780 280 41 338 .990 -13 -4 9.55 8.66 .991 9.56 9.55
8 Seasons OF 365 351 277 3062.0 652 623 20 9 3 .986 -10 -4 1.89 1.76 .980 2.10 2.10
5 Seasons RF 295 288 233 2512.0 538 515 17 6 3 .989 -10 -5 1.91 1.80 .976 1.89 1.89
6 Seasons LF 70 63 44 550.0 116 110 3 3 0 .974 -0 -1 1.85 1.61 .976 1.88 1.87
9 Seasons TOT 834 784 638 6889.2 4753 4403 300 50 341 .989 -23 -4 6.14 5.64 .989 6.25 6.29
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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.
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  • 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1968 AL (3, 37%)
0.37 Career Shares (551st)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1968 AL  5.0 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1968 AL  5.4 (6th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1968 AL  .275 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1968 AL  .356 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1968 AL  .518 (3rd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1968 AL  .874 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1969 AL  159 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1968 AL  79 (8th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1968 AL  277 (3rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1965 AL  23 (9th)
1968 AL  35 (3rd)
1969 AL  30 (9th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1968 AL  109 (1st)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1969 AL  99 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1965 AL  112 (6th)
1966 AL  112 (6th)
1969 AL  102 (7th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1968 AL  155 (4th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1968 AL  94 (4th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1968 AL  37 (4th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1968 AL  4.1 (4th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1968 AL  56 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1968 AL  218 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1968 AL  .730 (6th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1968 AL  6 (5th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1968 AL  9 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1965 AL  18 (6th)
1968 AL  18 (3rd)
1969 AL  19 (6th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1965 AL  7 (8th)

SB % s c a p y
1966 AL  81.25 (3rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1965 AL  12.9 (10th)
1966 AL  12.5 (8th)
1967 AL  10.9 (9th)
1969 AL  21.7 (3rd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1965 AL  21.0 (6th)
1968 AL  15.3 (3rd)
Career  22.5 (209th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1969 AL  474 (7th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1968 AL  35.46 (7th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1968 AL  5.7 (2nd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1968 AL  3.7 (6th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1968 AL  3.8 (8th)

Putoutss c a p y
1965 AL  1,049 (5th)
1966 AL  1,129 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  125 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  1,044 (3rd)
1966 AL  1,126 (3rd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1966 AL  86 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  9 (2nd)
1966 AL  14 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  93 (4th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  132 (2nd)
1969 AL  137 (3rd)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  238 (2nd)
1969 AL  248 (3rd)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1966 AL  9.80 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  8.91 (4th)
1966 AL  9.47 (2nd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  .992 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1968 AL  1.95 (4th)
1969 AL  1.95 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  1.86 (4th)
1969 AL  1.86 (3rd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  1.000 (1st)
1969 AL  .988 (1st)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1968 AL  1.000 (1st)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (430), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 29 (825), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 14 (1023), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (1980), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (223rd), 6.6 career WAR/8.6 7yr-peak WAR/7.6 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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
1965 23 Kansas City Athletics $8,000 ? P. Golenbock, Fenway, p. 300
1966 24 Washington Senators $12,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1967 25 Kansas City Athletics $12,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1968 26 Boston Red Sox $35,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1969 27 Cleveland Indians $50,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 28 Cleveland Indians $75,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1971 29 Cleveland Indians $68,000 ? 3/20/71 TSN 3/13/71 TSN: $68,000
Career to date (may be incomplete)$260,000
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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