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Tommy Helms

Tommy Vann Helms

Positions: Second Baseman, Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: May 5, 1941 in Charlotte, NC
Signed
by the Cincinnati Redlegs as an amateur free agent in 1959. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 23, 1964 (Age 23.141, 9,920th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1966 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Astros/Pirates/RedSox 1964-1977

Last Game: October 1, 1977 (Age 36.149)
Relatives: Uncle of Wes Helms
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 22, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1352. Julio Lugo… #1353. Frank Isbell… #1354. Gregg Zaun… #1355. TOMMY HELMS… #1356. Luke Sewell… #1357. Jose Hernandez… #1358. Aaron Ward… 

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
1964 23 CIN NL 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 24 CIN NL 21 46 42 4 16 2 2 0 6 1 0 3 7 .381 .435 .524 .959 162 22 0 1 0 0 1 /654
1966 25 CIN NL 138 578 542 72 154 23 1 9 49 3 4 24 31 .284 .315 .380 .695 85 206 16 2 7 3 2 *54 RoY-1
1967 ★ 26 CIN NL 137 530 497 40 136 27 4 2 35 5 10 24 41 .274 .305 .356 .661 80 177 11 0 5 4 8 46 AS
1968 ★ 27 CIN NL 127 526 507 35 146 28 2 2 47 5 6 12 27 .288 .305 .363 .668 96 184 8 2 2 3 6 *4/65 AS,MVP-25
1969 28 CIN NL 126 509 480 38 129 18 1 1 40 4 6 18 33 .269 .296 .317 .613 69 152 20 1 8 1 5 *4/6
1970 29 CIN NL 150 607 575 42 136 21 1 1 45 2 2 21 33 .237 .262 .282 .543 44 162 18 0 5 4 4 *46 GG
1971 30 CIN NL 150 589 547 40 141 26 1 3 52 3 4 26 33 .258 .289 .325 .615 78 178 17 1 7 7 5 *4 GG
1972 31 HOU NL 139 559 518 45 134 20 5 5 60 4 3 24 27 .259 .291 .346 .637 82 179 8 4 3 10 8 *4
1973 32 HOU NL 146 584 543 44 156 28 2 4 61 1 1 32 21 .287 .325 .368 .694 93 200 11 0 6 3 12 *4
1974 33 HOU NL 137 481 452 32 126 21 1 5 50 5 4 23 27 .279 .313 .363 .675 93 164 13 1 1 4 7 *4
1975 34 HOU NL 64 147 135 7 28 2 0 0 14 0 0 10 8 .207 .265 .222 .488 42 30 3 1 0 1 1 4/56
1976 35 PIT NL 62 102 87 10 24 5 1 1 13 0 0 10 5 .276 .350 .391 .741 111 34 0 1 2 2 0 54/6
1977 36 TOT MLB 36 78 71 5 16 2 0 1 5 0 0 4 7 .225 .276 .296 .572 50 21 1 1 2 0 1 D/54
1977 36 PIT NL 15 14 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 2 0 0
1977 36 BOS AL 21 64 59 5 16 2 0 1 5 0 0 4 4 .271 .328 .356 .684 78 21 1 1 0 0 1 D/54
14 Yrs 1435 5337 4997 414 1342 223 21 34 477 33 40 231 301 .269 .300 .342 .642 79 1709 126 15 48 42 60
162 Game Avg. 162 603 564 47 152 25 2 4 54 4 5 26 34 .269 .300 .342 .642 79 193 14 2 5 5 7
CIN (8 yrs) 851 3386 3191 271 858 145 12 18 274 23 32 128 206 .269 .297 .339 .635 75 1081 90 7 34 22 31
HOU (4 yrs) 486 1771 1648 128 444 71 8 14 185 10 8 89 83 .269 .306 .348 .654 86 573 35 6 10 18 28
PIT (2 yrs) 77 116 99 10 24 5 1 1 13 0 0 10 8 .242 .313 .343 .656 85 34 0 1 4 2 0
BOS (1 yr) 21 64 59 5 16 2 0 1 5 0 0 4 4 .271 .328 .356 .684 78 21 1 1 0 0 1
NL (14 yrs) 1414 5273 4938 409 1326 221 21 33 472 33 40 227 297 .269 .300 .342 .642 79 1688 125 14 48 42 59
AL (1 yr) 21 64 59 5 16 2 0 1 5 0 0 4 4 .271 .328 .356 .684 78 21 1 1 0 0 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
1964 23 CIN NL 2 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .485 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1965 24 CIN NL 21 46 4 -0 0 -1 1 4 0.4 2 5 0.6 .519 .502 0.6 -0.0 6 /654
1966 25 CIN NL 138 578 -5 -1 -2 -3 3 -8 -0.8 21 13 1.4 .494 .495 1.6 0.1 16 *54 RoY-1
1967 ★ 26 CIN NL 137 530 -14 -4 0 -2 5 -15 -1.6 19 4 0.3 .487 .489 0.4 0.5 6 $18,000 46 AS
1968 ★ 27 CIN NL 127 526 -5 -2 1 -0 4 -3 -0.1 18 15 1.8 .497 .498 1.5 0.6 15 $24,000 *4/65 AS,MVP-25
1969 28 CIN NL 126 509 -19 0 -2 -5 4 -23 -2.5 17 -6 -0.7 .479 .484 -0.2 -0.1 -0 *4/6
1970 29 CIN NL 150 607 -43 2 -0 2 5 -35 -3.6 21 -14 -1.6 .475 .477 -1.9 0.8 -16 *46 GG
1971 30 CIN NL 150 589 -15 0 -1 16 4 4 0.6 20 24 2.7 .503 .503 0.7 2.4 9 *4 GG
1972 31 HOU NL 139 559 -9 0 1 -4 4 -9 -0.9 18 10 0.9 .493 .494 1.2 0.1 14 *4
1973 32 HOU NL 146 584 -4 0 0 -2 5 -1 -0.3 19 18 1.6 .499 .499 1.8 0.2 20 *4
1974 33 HOU NL 137 481 -5 -1 -2 6 4 2 0.2 16 18 1.6 .502 .501 1.0 1.0 12 *4
1975 34 HOU NL 64 147 -9 -0 -0 5 1 -3 -0.3 5 2 0.1 .495 .498 -0.5 0.7 -3 4/56
1976 35 PIT NL 62 102 3 -1 0 -4 1 -1 -0.1 3 3 0.2 .499 .500 0.7 -0.3 7 54/6
1977 36 PIT NL 15 14 -3 -0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .479 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3
1977 36 BOS AL 21 64 -2 -1 0 -1 -1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .479 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 D/54
14 Seasons 1435 5337 -127 -7 -4 5 38 -95 -9.8 181 86 8.3 .493 .494 6.6 5.6 81 $42,000
CIN (8 yrs) 851 3386 -99 -5 -3 6 25 -76 -7.7 118 41 4.3 .490 .491 2.7 4.2 35 $42,000
HOU (4 yrs) 486 1771 -26 -1 -1 4 14 -11 -1.3 58 47 4.2 .497 .498 3.6 1.9 42
PIT (2 yrs) 77 116 -0 -1 0 -4 1 -4 -0.4 4 0 -0.0 .495 .499 0.4 -0.3 4
BOS (1 yr) 21 64 -2 -1 0 -1 -1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .479 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1

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
1970 29 CIN NL NLCS PIT W 3 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .273 .545 3 0 0 0 0 0
1970 29 CIN NL WS BAL L 5 19 18 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .263 .222 .485 4 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yr (2 Series) 8 30 29 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .241 .267 .241 .508 7 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 3 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .273 .545 3 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 5 19 18 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .263 .222 .485 4 0 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
1965 CIN NL 24 SS 8 7 7 70.0 37 15 21 1 5 .973 -1 -10 4.63 4.50 .964 4.92 4.92
1965 CIN NL 24 3B 2 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -80 3.00 0.50 .950 2.70 2.80
1965 CIN NL 24 2B 1 1 0 3.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 40 6.00 2.00 .975 5.40 5.30
1966 CIN NL 25 3B 113 113 107 1001.1 331 110 208 13 16 .961 -3 -4 2.86 2.81 .954 3.04 3.04 RoY-1
1966 CIN NL 25 2B 20 20 20 168.1 95 45 50 0 9 1.000 -0 -3 5.08 4.75 .978 5.33 5.33 RoY-1
1967 CIN NL 26 2B 88 86 81 780.2 418 185 224 9 50 .978 -0 -0 4.72 4.65 .976 5.26 5.26 AS
1967 CIN NL 26 SS 46 44 43 394.2 214 79 123 12 25 .944 -2 -6 4.61 4.39 .963 4.99 4.99 AS
1968 CIN NL 27 2B 127 125 111 1124.1 707 322 370 15 82 .979 -0 -0 5.54 5.45 .977 5.21 5.22 AS,MVP-25
1968 CIN NL 27 SS 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -80 0.00 0.00 5.10 5.00 AS,MVP-25
1968 CIN NL 27 3B 1 0 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 0 600 18.00 2.00 .955 2.70 2.90 AS,MVP-25
1969 CIN NL 28 2B 125 125 111 1097.2 681 320 344 17 87 .975 -5 -6 5.44 5.31 .974 5.19 5.15
1969 CIN NL 28 SS 4 0 0 7.0 8 5 3 0 2 1.000 -0 -17 10.29 2.00 .962 4.89 4.90
1970 CIN NL 29 2B 148 147 118 1241.1 773 350 410 13 107 .983 4 4 5.51 5.14 .979 5.32 5.30 GG
1970 CIN NL 29 SS 12 0 0 21.1 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 -2 -129 2.11 0.42 .964 5.06 5.04 GG
1971 CIN NL 30 2B 149 146 139 1294.1 872 395 468 9 130 .990 16 15 6.00 5.79 .978 5.47 5.46 GG
1972 HOU NL 31 2B 139 139 131 1247.1 811 353 441 17 115 .979 -4 -4 5.73 5.71 .978 5.36 5.38
1973 HOU NL 32 2B 145 145 135 1293.0 772 325 438 9 104 .988 -2 -2 5.31 5.26 .980 5.52 5.52
1974 HOU NL 33 2B 133 130 73 1050.2 678 308 360 10 99 .985 6 6 5.72 5.02 .973 5.47 5.47
1975 HOU NL 34 2B 42 27 22 265.1 169 58 109 2 19 .988 5 22 5.66 3.98 .975 5.54 5.54
1975 HOU NL 34 3B 3 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.92 2.97
1975 HOU NL 34 SS 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 120 0.00 0.00 4.95 5.00
1976 PIT NL 35 3B 22 10 7 106.2 38 8 27 3 4 .921 -3 -36 2.95 1.59 .952 2.93 2.92
1976 PIT NL 35 2B 11 7 6 69.0 41 22 19 0 4 1.000 -0 -9 5.35 3.73 .975 5.48 5.47
1976 PIT NL 35 SS 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.00
1977 BOS AL 36 DH 13 13
1977 BOS AL 36 3B 2 2 2 18.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -67 0.50 0.50 .960 2.95 2.95
1977 BOS AL 36 2B 1 1 1 9.0 7 4 3 0 0 1.000 0 0 7.00 7.00 .979 5.40 5.40
13 Seasons 2B 1129 1099 948 9644.0 6026 2688 3237 101 807 .983 17 2 5.53 5.25 .977 5.36 5.36
6 Seasons 3B 143 126 116 1134.0 373 119 238 16 20 .957 -7 -7 2.83 2.50 .954 3.03 3.01
7 Seasons SS 74 51 50 499.0 264 102 149 13 32 .951 -5 -12 4.53 3.39 .963 4.98 4.99
1 Season DH 13 13
14 Seasons TOT 1346 1276 1114 11277.0 6663 2909 3624 130 859 .980 5 1 5.21 4.85 .975 5.11 5.09
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.
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

Hall of Fame
1983 BBWAA ( 0.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1968 NL (25, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1766th)

Gold Gloves
1970 NL (2B)
1971 NL (2B)
All multiple winners

Defensive WARs c a p y
1971 NL  2.4 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1971 NL  7 (6th)
1972 NL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1966 NL  16 (8th)
1969 NL  20 (2nd)
1970 NL  18 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1967 NL  10 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1966 NL  17.5 (2nd)
1967 NL  12.1 (6th)
1968 NL  18.8 (4th)
1969 NL  14.5 (8th)
1970 NL  17.4 (4th)
1971 NL  16.6 (7th)
1972 NL  19.2 (2nd)
1973 NL  25.9 (2nd)
Career  16.6 (219th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1970 NL  468 (8th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1971 NL  16 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1970 NL  148 (2nd)
1971 NL  149 (3rd)
1972 NL  139 (3rd)
1973 NL  145 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1968 NL  322 (4th)
1969 NL  320 (2nd)
1970 NL  350 (2nd)
1971 NL  395 (1st)
1972 NL  353 (3rd)
1973 NL  325 (5th)
Career  2,688 (79th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1970 NL  410 (5th)
1971 NL  468 (2nd)
1972 NL  441 (1st)
1973 NL  438 (5th)
1974 NL  360 (5th)
Career  3,237 (91st)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1968 NL  15 (5th)
1972 NL  17 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1968 NL  82 (5th)
1969 NL  87 (2nd)
1970 NL  107 (1st)
1971 NL  130 (1st)
1972 NL  115 (1st)
1973 NL  104 (3rd)
1974 NL  99 (4th)
Career  807 (64th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1966 NL  110 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1970 NL  4 (3rd)
1971 NL  16 (1st)
1974 NL  6 (5th)
1975 NL  5 (5th)
Career  17 (83rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1968 NL  5.54 (2nd)
1969 NL  5.44 (2nd)
1970 NL  5.51 (5th)
1971 NL  6.00 (2nd)
1972 NL  5.73 (3rd)
1974 NL  5.72 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1968 NL  5.45 (2nd)
1969 NL  5.31 (1st)
1971 NL  5.79 (1st)
1972 NL  5.71 (2nd)
Career  5.25 (97th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1968 NL  .979 (5th)
1969 NL  .975 (4th)
1970 NL  .983 (1st)
1971 NL  .990 (1st)
1972 NL  .979 (5th)
1973 NL  .988 (4th)
1974 NL  .985 (1st)
Career  .983 (62nd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1966 NL  2.81 (4th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1966 NL  .961 (2nd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 14 (1023), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1487), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (194th), 8.3 career WAR/10.5 7yr-peak WAR/9.4 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1967 26 Cincinnati Reds $18,000 ? 3/23/68 TSN
1968 27 Cincinnati Reds $24,000 ? 3/23/68 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$42,000
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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Name and misspellings: Tommy tommie Tommy Vann Helms

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