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Jim Hegan

James Edward Hegan (Shanty)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: August 3, 1920 in Lynn, MA
High School: Lynn English HS (Lynn, MA)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1938. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1941 (Age 21.037, 7,246th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Phillies/Tigers/Cubs/Giants 1941-1960

Last Game: July 4, 1960 (Age 39.336)
Died: June 17, 1984 in Lynn, MA
Buried: Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott, MA
Relatives: Father of Mike Hegan
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 18, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1696. Billy Martin… #1697. Jack Rothrock… #1698. Cesar Izturis… #1699. JIM HEGAN… #1700. Miguel Cairo… #1701. Bob Allen… #1702. Jason LaRue… 

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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
1941 20 CLE AL 16 53 47 4 15 2 0 1 5 0 0 4 7 .319 .373 .426 .798 115 20 1 0 2 2
1942 21 CLE AL 68 184 170 10 33 5 0 0 11 1 3 11 31 .194 .243 .224 .467 35 38 3 0 3 2
1943 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 25 CLE AL 88 292 271 29 64 11 5 0 17 1 4 17 44 .236 .284 .314 .597 72 85 8 1 3 2
1947 ★ 26 CLE AL 135 426 378 38 94 14 5 4 42 3 1 41 49 .249 .324 .344 .668 88 130 8 1 6 *2 AS
1948 27 CLE AL 144 524 472 60 117 21 6 14 61 6 3 48 74 .248 .317 .407 .724 94 192 10 0 4 *2 MVP-19
1949 ★ 28 CLE AL 152 529 468 54 105 19 5 8 55 1 0 49 89 .224 .298 .338 .635 69 158 12 0 12 *2 AS
1950 ★ 29 CLE AL 131 469 415 53 91 16 5 14 58 1 0 42 52 .219 .291 .383 .674 74 159 11 0 12 *2 AS
1951 ★ 30 CLE AL 133 457 416 60 99 17 5 6 43 0 3 38 72 .238 .302 .346 .648 79 144 6 0 3 *2 AS
1952 ★ 31 CLE AL 112 364 333 39 75 17 2 4 41 0 2 29 47 .225 .287 .324 .612 75 108 4 0 2 *2 AS
1953 32 CLE AL 112 329 299 37 65 10 1 9 37 1 2 25 41 .217 .280 .348 .628 71 104 8 1 4 *2
1954 33 CLE AL 139 470 423 56 99 12 7 11 40 0 1 34 48 .234 .289 .374 .662 79 158 15 0 7 4 *2 MVP-22
1955 34 CLE AL 116 351 304 30 67 5 2 9 40 0 1 34 33 .220 .293 .339 .632 67 103 7 0 7 7 5 *2
1956 35 CLE AL 122 369 315 42 70 15 2 6 34 1 1 49 54 .222 .327 .340 .667 75 107 8 0 4 0 6 *2
1957 36 CLE AL 58 167 148 14 32 7 0 4 15 0 1 16 23 .216 .291 .345 .636 73 51 4 0 2 1 1 2
1958 37 TOT MLB 70 203 189 19 38 12 0 1 13 0 0 14 48 .201 .256 .280 .537 44 53 5 0 0 0 1 2
1958 37 DET AL 45 140 130 14 25 6 0 1 7 0 0 10 32 .192 .250 .262 .512 38 34 5 0 0 0 1 2
1958 37 PHI NL 25 63 59 5 13 6 0 0 6 0 0 4 16 .220 .270 .322 .592 57 19 0 0 0 0 0 2
1959 38 TOT NL 46 88 81 1 14 2 0 0 8 0 2 4 20 .173 .207 .198 .404 9 16 1 0 1 2 1 2
1959 38 PHI NL 25 57 51 1 10 1 0 0 8 0 1 3 10 .196 .232 .216 .448 20 11 0 0 1 2 1 2
1959 38 SFG NL 21 31 30 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 .133 .161 .167 .328 -11 5 1 0 0 0 0 2
1960 39 CHC NL 24 45 43 4 9 2 1 1 5 0 0 1 10 .209 .244 .372 .617 68 16 2 1 0 0 0 2
17 Yrs 1666 5320 4772 550 1087 187 46 92 525 15 24 456 742 .228 .295 .344 .639 74 1642 113 4 72 14 14
162 Game Avg. 162 517 464 53 106 18 4 9 51 1 2 44 72 .228 .295 .344 .639 74 160 11 0 7
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
CLE (14 yrs) 1526 4984 4459 526 1026 171 45 90 499 15 22 437 664 .230 .299 .349 .648 76 1557 105 3 71 12 12
PHI (2 yrs) 50 120 110 6 23 7 0 0 14 0 1 7 26 .209 .252 .273 .525 40 30 0 0 1 2 1
SFG (1 yr) 21 31 30 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 .133 .161 .167 .328 -11 5 1 0 0 0 0
CHC (1 yr) 24 45 43 4 9 2 1 1 5 0 0 1 10 .209 .244 .372 .617 68 16 2 1 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 45 140 130 14 25 6 0 1 7 0 0 10 32 .192 .250 .262 .512 38 34 5 0 0 0 1
AL (15 yrs) 1571 5124 4589 540 1051 177 45 91 506 15 22 447 696 .229 .297 .347 .644 75 1591 110 3 71 12 13
NL (3 yrs) 95 196 183 10 36 10 1 1 19 0 2 9 46 .197 .236 .279 .515 38 51 3 1 1 2 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
1941 20 CLE AL 16 53 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.2 2 3 0.3 .509 .501 0.3 0.0 3 2
1942 21 CLE AL 68 184 -14 -1 0 1 2 -12 -1.4 5 -7 -0.8 .480 .492 -0.9 0.3 -8 2
1946 25 CLE AL 88 292 -10 -1 0 2 2 -6 -0.7 9 2 0.1 .492 .495 -0.1 0.5 0 2
1947 ★ 26 CLE AL 135 426 -6 1 0 1 4 -1 -0.1 12 12 1.1 .500 .500 1.0 0.4 11 *2 AS
1948 27 CLE AL 144 524 -7 -0 0 2 4 -0 -0.0 15 15 1.5 .500 .500 1.2 0.6 13 *2 MVP-19
1949 ★ 28 CLE AL 152 529 -23 1 -2 2 4 -18 -1.8 15 -2 -0.3 .488 .489 -0.5 0.6 -4 *2 AS
1950 ★ 29 CLE AL 131 469 -19 0 1 3 4 -11 -1.0 14 4 0.4 .492 .494 0.1 0.7 1 *2 AS
1951 ★ 30 CLE AL 133 457 -13 3 0 1 4 -5 -0.6 14 9 0.8 .496 .497 0.6 0.5 8 *2 AS
1952 ★ 31 CLE AL 112 364 -11 1 0 1 3 -5 -0.6 11 6 0.6 .495 .497 0.4 0.5 5 *2 AS
1953 32 CLE AL 112 329 -11 -0 -1 0 3 -8 -0.9 10 2 0.2 .492 .495 0.1 0.3 2 *2
1954 33 CLE AL 139 470 -13 1 -1 3 5 -5 -0.6 14 9 0.9 .496 .496 0.6 0.9 6 *2 MVP-22
1955 34 CLE AL 116 351 -14 -1 0 -2 4 -13 -1.3 11 -2 -0.2 .488 .492 -0.1 0.3 0 *2
1956 35 CLE AL 122 369 -7 -0 -1 -5 5 -9 -0.9 11 2 0.2 .492 .494 0.6 0.0 7 *2
1957 36 CLE AL 58 167 -5 -0 0 -1 2 -4 -0.5 5 1 0.1 .493 .497 0.2 0.1 2 2
1958 37 DET AL 45 140 -9 -1 -1 0 2 -9 -1.0 4 -5 -0.6 .477 .494 -0.6 0.2 -5 2
1958 37 PHI NL 25 63 -3 0 1 0 1 -1 -0.2 2 1 0.1 .494 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1959 38 PHI NL 25 57 -7 -0 0 2 1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .483 .497 -0.4 0.3 -4 2
1959 38 SFG NL 21 31 -4 -0 -0 0 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .480 .497 -0.3 0.1 -3 2
1960 39 CHC NL 24 45 -2 -0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.1 .491 .499 -0.1 0.1 -0 2
17 Seasons 1666 5320 -177 1 -3 10 53 -116 -12.4 162 45 3.7 .493 .495 2.3 6.6 35
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CLE (14 yrs) 1526 4984 -151 2 -3 8 48 -96 -10.2 150 54 4.8 .493 .495 3.6 5.8 46
PHI (2 yrs) 50 120 -10 0 1 2 2 -5 -0.6 5 -1 -0.1 .489 .498 -0.3 0.4 -3
SFG (1 yr) 21 31 -4 -0 -0 0 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .480 .497 -0.3 0.1 -3
CHC (1 yr) 24 45 -2 -0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.1 .491 .499 -0.1 0.1 -0
DET (1 yr) 45 140 -9 -1 -1 0 2 -9 -1.0 4 -5 -0.6 .477 .494 -0.6 0.2 -5

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
1948 ❍ 27 CLE AL WS BSN W 6 21 19 2 4 0 0 1 5 1 0 1 4 .211 .250 .368 .618 7 0 0 1 1
1954 33 CLE AL WS NYG L 4 14 13 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .154 .214 .231 .445 3 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 10 35 32 3 6 1 0 1 5 1 0 2 5 .188 .235 .313 .548 10 0 0 1 0 1
2 WS 10 35 32 3 6 1 0 1 5 1 0 2 5 .188 .235 .313 .548 10 0 0 1 0 1

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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
1941 CLE AL 20 C 16 13 13 75 63 10 2 2 .973 4.56 .983 5.00 1 1 8 7 47% 41% 0
1942 CLE AL 21 C 66 53 33 265 227 32 6 7 .977 3.92 .979 4.93 4 6 17 12 41% 42% 2
1946 CLE AL 25 C 87 79 73 538 486 47 5 11 .991 6.13 .982 5.52 8 1 14 29 67% 46% 1
1947 CLE AL 26 C 133 120 89 627 566 54 7 14 .989 4.66 .985 5.02 7 22 22 34 61% 46% 1 AS
1948 CLE AL 27 C 142 137 116 720 637 76 7 17 .990 5.02 .986 4.74 6 13 25 27 52% 44% 4 MVP-19
1949 CLE AL 28 C 152 146 116 731 651 73 7 16 .990 4.76 .985 4.76 4 17 27 33 55% 45% 2 AS
1950 CLE AL 29 C 129 124 108 1060.1 725 656 64 5 14 .993 6.11 5.58 .985 4.94 4.85 3 22 15 33 69% 49% 5 AS
1951 CLE AL 30 C 129 116 109 1058.1 669 597 66 6 8 .991 5.64 5.14 .982 5.03 5.01 7 11 33 26 44% 46% 4 AS
1952 CLE AL 31 C 107 93 81 843.2 558 498 53 7 7 .987 5.88 5.15 .985 5.44 5.44 3 16 27 25 48% 46% 8 AS
1953 CLE AL 32 C 106 90 66 791.1 452 399 42 11 3 .976 0 0 5.02 4.16 .985 5.18 5.15 5 15 25 21 46% 51% 1
1954 CLE AL 33 C 137 121 108 1113.1 714 661 49 4 9 .994 3 3 5.74 5.18 .986 5.40 5.36 3 11 27 28 51% 48% 4 MVP-22
1955 CLE AL 34 C 111 92 70 825.1 619 583 34 2 12 .997 -2 -3 6.73 5.56 .988 5.58 5.54 8 14 19 13 41% 47% 0
1956 CLE AL 35 C 118 97 72 864.1 686 648 28 10 2 .985 -5 -7 7.04 5.73 .988 5.91 5.86 2 17 25 10 29% 44% 0
1957 CLE AL 36 C 58 48 36 421.0 301 287 14 0 4 1.000 -1 -3 6.43 5.19 .991 5.92 5.94 3 9 12 7 37% 47% 1
1958 TOT MLB 37 C 70 61 45 518.0 344 315 27 2 5 .994 0 0 5.94 4.89 .989 6.03 5.98 7 8 15 10 40% 44% 0
1958 DET AL 37 C 45 43 31 353.1 231 211 19 1 4 .996 0 0 5.86 5.11 .990 6.01 5.95 5 4 10 7 41% 47% 0
1958 PHI NL 37 C 25 18 14 164.2 113 104 8 1 1 .991 0 0 6.12 4.48 .988 6.06 6.02 2 4 5 3 38% 39% 0
1959 TOT NL 38 C 46 27 16 254.0 176 156 17 3 3 .983 2 9 6.13 3.76 .989 6.34 6.28 2 1 12 9 43% 38% 0
1959 PHI NL 38 C 25 18 11 155.1 96 84 11 1 2 .990 2 15 5.50 3.80 .989 6.34 6.28 1 1 8 7 47% 38% 0
1959 SFG NL 38 C 21 9 5 98.2 80 72 6 2 1 .975 0 0 7.11 3.71 .989 6.34 6.28 1 0 4 2 33% 38% 0
1960 CHC NL 39 C 22 12 4 118.2 87 76 9 2 2 .977 0 0 6.45 3.86 .986 6.58 6.57 2 4 10 6 38% 40% 1
17 Seasons C 1629 1429 1155 7868.1 8287 7506 695 86 136 .990 -3 -0 6.04 5.03 .985 5.46 5.27 75 188 333 330 50% 46% 34
17 Seasons TOT 1629 1429 1155 7868.1 8287 7506 695 86 136 .990 -3 -0 6.04 5.03 .985 5.46 5.27 75 188 333 330 50% 46% 34
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1966 BBWAA ( 1.7%)
1967 BBWAA ( 0.7%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1948 AL (19, 3%)
1954 AL (22, 1%)
0.04 Career Shares (1218th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1950 AL  0.7 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1949 AL  152 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1954 AL  7 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1948 AL  74 (5th)
1949 AL  89 (3rd)
1951 AL  72 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1949 AL  12 (6th)
1950 AL  12 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1955 AL  7 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1948 AL  8.4 (6th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1946 AL  87 (5th)
1947 AL  133 (1st)
1948 AL  142 (1st)
1949 AL  152 (1st)
1950 AL  129 (2nd)
1951 AL  129 (2nd)
1953 AL  106 (4th)
1954 AL  137 (2nd)
1955 AL  111 (5th)
1956 AL  118 (3rd)
Career  1,629 (22nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1946 AL  486 (4th)
1947 AL  566 (1st)
1948 AL  637 (1st)
1949 AL  651 (1st)
1950 AL  656 (2nd)
1951 AL  597 (2nd)
1952 AL  498 (3rd)
1954 AL  661 (3rd)
1955 AL  583 (4th)
1956 AL  648 (3rd)
Career  7,506 (35th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1947 AL  54 (3rd)
1948 AL  76 (1st)
1949 AL  73 (1st)
1950 AL  64 (1st)
1951 AL  66 (2nd)
1952 AL  53 (5th)
1954 AL  49 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1947 AL  7 (5th)
1948 AL  7 (2nd)
1949 AL  7 (3rd)
1950 AL  5 (5th)
1952 AL  7 (4th)
1953 AL  11 (1st)
1956 AL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1942 AL  7 (4th)
1946 AL  11 (2nd)
1947 AL  14 (1st)
1948 AL  17 (1st)
1949 AL  16 (2nd)
1950 AL  14 (2nd)
1951 AL  8 (3rd)
1952 AL  7 (3rd)
1954 AL  9 (3rd)
1955 AL  12 (1st)
Career  136 (22nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1947 AL  7 (2nd)
1948 AL  6 (5th)
1949 AL  4 (3rd)
1951 AL  7 (2nd)
1955 AL  8 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1949 AL  27 (5th)
1951 AL  33 (3rd)
1952 AL  27 (4th)
1953 AL  25 (4th)
1954 AL  27 (4th)
1956 AL  25 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1946 AL  29 (2nd)
1947 AL  34 (2nd)
1948 AL  27 (2nd)
1949 AL  33 (1st)
1950 AL  33 (2nd)
1951 AL  26 (3rd)
1952 AL  25 (4th)
1954 AL  28 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1946 AL  67.4 (1st)
1947 AL  60.7 (2nd)
1948 AL  51.9 (5th)
1949 AL  55.0 (1st)
1950 AL  68.8 (1st)
1951 AL  44.1 (5th)
1952 AL  48.1 (4th)
1954 AL  50.9 (4th)
Career  49.8 (17th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1954 AL  3 (3rd)
1959 NL  2 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1950 AL  6.11 (1st)
1951 AL  5.64 (2nd)
1952 AL  5.88 (2nd)
1954 AL  5.74 (3rd)
1955 AL  6.73 (1st)
1956 AL  7.04 (1st)
1957 AL  6.43 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1946 AL  6.13 (2nd)
1947 AL  4.66 (3rd)
1948 AL  5.02 (1st)
1949 AL  4.76 (2nd)
1950 AL  5.58 (2nd)
1951 AL  5.14 (2nd)
1952 AL  5.15 (3rd)
1954 AL  5.18 (5th)
1955 AL  5.56 (1st)
1956 AL  5.73 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1946 AL  .991 (3rd)
1947 AL  .989 (3rd)
1948 AL  .990 (5th)
1949 AL  .990 (2nd)
1950 AL  .993 (2nd)
1951 AL  .991 (2nd)
1952 AL  .987 (5th)
1954 AL  .994 (1st)
1955 AL  .997 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1958 AL  born 1920-08-03 (10th)
1958 NL  born 1920-08-03 (8th)
1959 NL  born 1920-08-03 (8th)
1960 NL  born 1920-08-03 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 71 (273), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (698), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (316th), 3.7 career WAR/5.5 7yr-peak WAR/4.6 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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