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Kirby Higbe

Walter Kirby Higbe

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 8, 1915 in Columbia, SC(All Transactions)
Debut: October 3, 1937 (Age 22.178, 6,828th in MLB history)   vs. STL 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 3 ER, W
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Pirates/Phillies/Giants/Cubs 1937-1950

Last Game: July 7, 1950 (Age 35.090)   vs. BSN 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER
Died: May 6, 1985 in Columbia, SC
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, SC
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1937 22 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 5.40 1 0 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 23 79 5.44 1.000 7.2 1.8 1.8 3.6 2.00
1938 23 CHC NL 0 0 5.40 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 10 6 6 1 6 4 0 0 1 45 74 5.22 1.600 9.0 0.9 5.4 3.6 0.67
1939 24 TOT NL 12 15 .444 4.67 43 28 13 14 1 2 210.0 220 122 109 10 123 95 10 0 7 965 84 4.59 1.633 9.4 0.4 5.3 4.1 0.77
1939 24 CHC NL 2 1 .667 3.18 9 2 6 0 0 0 22.2 12 9 8 0 22 16 0 0 0 101 125 4.47 1.500 4.8 0.0 8.7 6.4 0.73
1939 24 PHI NL 10 14 .417 4.85 34 26 7 14 1 2 187.1 208 113 101 10 101 79 10 0 7 864 81 4.60 1.649 10.0 0.5 4.9 3.8 0.78
1940 ★ 25 PHI NL 14 19 .424 3.72 41 36 4 20 1 1 283.0 242 126 117 12 121 137 3 1 9 1194 105 3.73 1.283 7.7 0.4 3.8 4.4 1.13 AS,MVP-21
1941 26 BRO NL 22 9 .710 3.14 48 39 7 19 2 3 298.0 244 123 104 17 132 121 6 0 9 1266 118 3.98 1.262 7.4 0.5 4.0 3.7 0.92 MVP-7
1942 27 BRO NL 16 11 .593 3.25 38 32 3 13 2 0 221.2 180 89 80 17 106 115 2 0 3 929 101 3.84 1.290 7.3 0.7 4.3 4.7 1.08
1943 28 BRO NL 13 10 .565 3.70 35 27 5 8 1 0 185.0 189 81 76 4 95 108 5 0 4 823 90 3.15 1.535 9.2 0.2 4.6 5.3 1.14
1946 ★ 31 BRO NL 17 8 .680 3.03 42 29 5 11 3 1 210.2 178 82 71 6 107 134 1 0 6 904 112 3.02 1.353 7.6 0.3 4.6 5.7 1.25 AS,MVP-15
1947 32 TOT NL 13 17 .433 3.81 50 33 12 10 1 5 240.2 222 117 102 22 122 109 4 0 7 1051 111 4.35 1.429 8.3 0.8 4.6 4.1 0.89
1947 32 BRO NL 2 0 1.000 5.17 4 3 0 0 0 0 15.2 18 9 9 0 12 10 1 0 1 76 81 3.71 1.915 10.3 0.0 6.9 5.7 0.83
1947 32 PIT NL 11 17 .393 3.72 46 30 12 10 1 5 225.0 204 108 93 22 110 99 3 0 6 975 114 4.39 1.396 8.2 0.9 4.4 4.0 0.90
1948 33 PIT NL 8 7 .533 3.36 56 8 31 3 0 10 158.0 140 75 59 11 83 86 3 1 4 681 121 4.11 1.411 8.0 0.6 4.7 4.9 1.04
1949 34 TOT NL 2 2 .500 5.08 44 3 15 0 0 2 95.2 97 66 54 13 53 43 1 0 5 425 80 5.07 1.568 9.1 1.2 5.0 4.0 0.81
1949 34 PIT NL 0 2 .000 13.50 7 1 2 0 0 0 15.1 25 24 23 2 12 5 0 0 0 81 32 5.90 2.413 14.7 1.2 7.0 2.9 0.42
1949 34 NYG NL 2 0 1.000 3.47 37 2 13 0 0 2 80.1 72 42 31 11 41 38 1 0 5 344 116 4.91 1.407 8.1 1.2 4.6 4.3 0.93
1950 35 NYG NL 0 3 .000 4.93 18 1 8 0 0 0 34.2 37 19 19 2 30 17 0 2 6 166 84 4.95 1.933 9.6 0.5 7.8 4.4 0.57
12 Yrs 118 101 .539 3.69 418 238 104 98 11 24 1952.1 1763 909 800 116 979 971 35 4 61 8472 102 3.95 1.404 8.1 0.5 4.5 4.5 0.99
162 Game Avg. 12 10 .539 3.69 43 25 11 10 1 2 202 183 94 83 12 101 101 4 0 6 878 102 3.95 1.404 8.1 0.5 4.5 4.5 0.99
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
BRO (5 yrs) 70 38 .648 3.29 167 130 20 51 8 4 931.0 809 384 340 44 452 488 15 0 23 3998 106 3.56 1.354 7.8 0.4 4.4 4.7 1.08
PIT (3 yrs) 19 26 .422 3.95 109 39 45 13 1 15 398.1 369 207 175 35 205 190 6 1 10 1737 106 4.34 1.441 8.3 0.8 4.6 4.3 0.93
CHC (3 yrs) 3 1 .750 4.06 12 4 7 0 0 0 37.2 26 18 17 2 29 22 0 0 1 169 99 4.80 1.460 6.2 0.5 6.9 5.3 0.76
NYG (2 yrs) 2 3 .400 3.91 55 3 21 0 0 2 115.0 109 61 50 13 71 55 1 2 11 510 104 4.92 1.565 8.5 1.0 5.6 4.3 0.77
PHI (2 yrs) 24 33 .421 4.17 75 62 11 34 2 3 470.1 450 239 218 22 222 216 13 1 16 2058 94 4.08 1.429 8.6 0.4 4.2 4.1 0.97
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1937 22 CHC NL 5.0 1 0 3 5.40 5.02 0.08 0.00 104.0 5.14 -0 -0.0 1.00 -0.0 0.0 0 .486 .500
1938 23 CHC NL 10.0 2 2 6 5.40 4.16 0.15 0.00 108.9 4.36 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .444 .499
1939 24 CHC NL 22.2 9 2 9 3.57 4.32 -0.17 0.00 100.5 4.52 2 0.3 1.00 -0.0 0.5 4 .530 .502
1939 24 PHI NL 187.1 34 26 113 5.43 4.62 -0.21 0.00 100.7 4.86 -11 -1.1 1.00 -0.1 0.5 5 .468 .493
1940 ★ 25 PHI NL 283.0 41 36 126 4.01 4.47 0.01 0.00 101.9 4.54 18 1.9 1.00 -0.2 4.4 43 .548 .512 AS,MVP-21
1941 26 BRO NL 298.0 48 39 123 3.71 4.15 0.36 0.00 101.5 3.85 6 0.7 1.00 -0.1 3.3 31 .514 .504 MVP-7
1942 27 BRO NL 221.2 38 32 89 3.61 3.70 0.24 0.00 98.9 3.42 -3 -0.4 1.00 -0.1 1.4 12 .490 .498
1943 28 BRO NL 185.0 35 27 81 3.94 3.89 -0.17 0.00 99.5 4.04 2 0.2 1.00 -0.1 1.7 16 .506 .501
1946 ★ 31 BRO NL 210.2 42 29 82 3.50 3.90 0.07 0.00 99.2 3.80 7 0.8 1.38 -0.1 2.8 26 .518 .505 $15,000 AS,MVP-15
1947 32 BRO NL 15.2 4 3 9 5.17 4.65 0.26 0.00 101.7 4.46 -1 -0.1 1.79 -0.0 0.0 1 .468 .499 $17,500
1947 32 PIT NL 225.0 46 30 108 4.32 4.62 -0.16 0.00 103.6 4.95 15 1.5 .93 -0.2 3.8 41 .534 .510
1948 33 PIT NL 157.1 56 8 75 4.29 4.50 0.18 0.00 102.5 4.43 2 0.2 1.16 -0.1 1.8 20 .504 .501
1949 34 PIT NL 15.1 7 1 24 14.09 4.31 -0.05 0.00 104.9 4.58 -16 -1.4 1.12 -0.1 -1.3 -14 .305 .492
1949 34 NYG NL 80.1 37 2 42 4.71 4.49 0.12 0.00 101.0 4.41 -3 -0.3 .88 -0.1 0.5 6 .492 .498
1950 35 NYG NL 34.2 18 1 19 4.93 4.69 0.46 0.00 99.2 4.19 -3 -0.3 .52 0.0 0.1 1 .485 .498
12 Seasons 1951.2 418 238 909 4.19 4.25 0.06 0.00 101.1 4.24 13 1.9 1.00 -1.3 19.5 191 .505 .502 $32,500
BRO (5 yrs) 931.0 167 130 384 3.71 3.94 0.16 0.00 100.0 3.78 10 1.1 1.15 -0.5 9.2 86 .507 .502 $32,500
PIT (3 yrs) 397.2 109 39 207 4.68 4.56 -0.02 0.00 103.2 4.73 1 0.4 1.10 -0.4 4.4 46 .504 .504
CHC (3 yrs) 37.2 12 4 18 4.30 4.37 -0.05 0.00 103.2 4.56 1 0.1 1.00 -0.0 0.5 4 .512 .501
NYG (2 yrs) 115.0 55 3 61 4.77 4.55 0.22 0.00 100.5 4.34 -5 -0.6 .76 -0.1 0.6 7 .490 .498
PHI (2 yrs) 470.1 75 62 239 4.57 4.53 -0.08 0.00 101.4 4.67 7 0.8 1.00 -0.3 4.9 47 .511 .503

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1941 26 BRO NL WS L NYY 0 0 7.36 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.2 6 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 2.182 14.7 0.0 4.9 2.5 0.50
1 WS 0 0 7.36 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.2 6 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 2.182 14.7 0.0 4.9 2.5 0.50

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1940 PHI NL 25
1946 BRO NL 31 0 0 0 27.00 0 0 0 0 1.1 5 4 4 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 10 4.500 33.8 6.8 6.8 13.5 2.00

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1938 23 CHC NL 20 2 45 38 6 10 1 0 1 0 0 6 4 .263 .364 .368 .732 .273 14 0 0 1 0 0
1939 24 TOT NL 503 43 965 808 122 220 28 7 10 9 2 123 95 .272 .372 .361 .734 .296 292 9 10 16 7 10
1939 24 CHC NL 22 9 101 76 9 12 1 0 0 3 0 22 16 .158 .343 .171 .514 .197 13 2 0 2 1 1
1939 24 PHI NL 481 34 864 732 113 208 27 7 10 6 2 101 79 .284 .376 .381 .757 .305 279 7 10 14 6 9
1940 25 PHI NL 426 41 1194 1045 126 242 38 5 12 12 14 121 137 .232 .313 .312 .625 .257 326 14 3 25 0 12
1941 26 BRO NL 48 1266 1106 123 244 56 7 17 7 6 132 121 .221 .307 .330 .637 .235 365 18 6 18 0 25
1942 27 BRO NL 1 38 929 807 89 180 29 4 17 9 5 106 115 .223 .315 .332 .647 .241 268 23 2 14 0 14
1943 28 BRO NL 35 824 718 81 189 36 6 4 8 12 95 108 .263 .353 .347 .700 .305 249 10 5 6 0 11
1946 31 BRO NL 1 42 905 778 82 178 34 6 6 11 6 107 134 .229 .323 .311 .634 .270 242 14 1 18 0 15
1947 32 TOT NL 92 50 1050 911 117 222 52 10 22 8 6 122 109 .244 .336 .395 .731 .256 360 19 4 13 0 12
1947 32 BRO NL 4 76 61 9 18 6 0 0 0 1 12 10 .295 .419 .393 .812 .353 24 1 1 2 0 1
1947 32 PIT NL 92 46 974 850 108 204 46 10 22 8 5 110 99 .240 .329 .395 .724 .250 336 18 3 11 0 11
1948 33 PIT NL 140 56 685 587 75 140 24 9 11 6 4 83 86 .239 .336 .366 .702 .263 215 11 3 11 0 5
1949 34 TOT NL 78 44 425 363 66 97 9 1 13 7 3 53 43 .267 .362 .405 .767 .274 147 8 1 8 0 10
1949 34 NYG NL 72 37 344 297 42 72 7 0 11 6 3 41 38 .242 .336 .377 .713 .246 112 7 1 5 0 8
1949 34 PIT NL 6 7 81 66 24 25 2 1 2 1 0 12 5 .379 .474 .530 1.005 .390 35 1 0 3 0 2
1950 35 NYG NL 28 18 165 129 19 37 6 0 2 1 1 30 17 .287 .421 .380 .801 .318 49 1 0 6 0 0
11 Yrs 1289 417 8453 7290 906 1759 313 55 115 78 59 978 969 .241 .334 .347 .680 .265 2527 127 35 136 7 114
162 Game Avg. 134 43 878 757 94 183 32 6 12 8 6 102 101 .241 .334 .347 .680 .265 262 13 4 14 1 12
MLB Averages .264 .335 .363 .698 .281
PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1938 23 CHC NL -1.1 -0.1 26 -0.2 0.4 -0.6 1.12 -0.0 -0.2 -0.9 -0.1 0.82 -0.1 0 0 0
1939 24 TOT NL -16.0 -1.6 537 -0.2 8.6 -8.8 .99 -0.3 0.1 -2.4 -0.2 1.02 -4.3 4 0 6
1939 24 CHC NL 2.1 0.2 93 1.1 2.0 -1.0 1.18 0.6 0.3 6.5 0.7 0.96 7.5 2 0 3
1939 24 PHI NL -18.1 -1.8 444 -1.3 6.6 -7.8 .95 -0.9 -0.4 -8.9 -0.9 1.03 -11.8 2 0 3
1940 25 PHI NL 8.7 0.9 800 3.0 17.2 -14.2 1.24 3.3 -0.9 33.3 3.5 0.91 35.6 2 0 0
1941 26 BRO NL 18.2 1.9 1292 2.4 23.7 -21.4 1.08 2.3 -0.1 19.0 2.0 0.95 21.0 4 3 2
1942 27 BRO NL 3.3 0.4 946 0.5 16.8 -16.2 1.10 1.2 -0.7 9.7 1.1 0.96 7.9 3 1 2
1943 28 BRO NL -4.1 -0.4 854 -1.5 14.9 -16.4 1.13 -0.3 -1.1 -7.8 -0.8 1.00 -3.0 3 1 4
1946 31 BRO NL 8.8 1.0 936 0.7 17.1 -16.4 1.12 1.2 -0.6 9.1 1.0 0.98 13.0 4 3 6
1947 32 TOT NL 10.6 1.1 1036 1.5 18.2 -16.8 1.06 0.8 0.6 4.4 0.4 0.98 10.3 6 3 7
1947 32 BRO NL -1.1 -0.1 79 0.1 1.2 -1.1 .99 -0.1 0.2 -1.1 -0.1 1.07 -1.1 1 0 0
1947 32 PIT NL 11.7 1.2 957 1.4 17.0 -15.6 1.06 0.9 0.4 5.4 0.5 0.97 11.4 5 3 7
1948 33 PIT NL 8.9 0.9 581 0.2 11.4 -11.3 1.20 -0.0 0.1 8.0 0.8 0.99 1.3 16 10 14
1949 34 TOT NL -12.3 -1.1 383 -1.7 3.9 -5.7 .69 -1.0 -1.5 -11.5 -1.0 1.06 -8.6 7 8 20
1949 34 PIT NL -14.2 -1.3 77 -0.9 0.7 -1.6 .81 -1.0 -0.1 -12.1 -1.1 1.21 -10.7 2 1 2
1949 34 NYG NL 1.9 0.2 306 -0.8 3.3 -4.1 .66 0.0 -1.3 0.5 0.1 1.02 2.0 5 7 18
1950 35 NYG NL -1.9 -0.2 151 -0.2 2.4 -2.5 1.13 -0.8 0.6 -5.8 -0.6 1.07 -7.4 2 0 11
12 Yrs 22.7 2.6 7542 4.4 134.7 -130.3 1.09 6.5 -2.5 55.0 6.1 0.98 65.7 51 29 72
PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo

Starting Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1938 23 CHC NL 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1.000 0 0 0 0% 44.0 44 44 0 0 0 2 4.7 4.5 5.0
1939 24 TOT NL 43 28 11 14 3 4 3 12 16 .429 14 1 10 36% 45.0 82 12 11 8 16 5 4.6 6.4 6.5
1939 24 CHC NL 9 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 .500 0 0 0 0% 32.0 38 26 2 1 1 1 8.5 10.8 3.2
1939 24 PHI NL 34 26 10 13 3 3 3 11 15 .423 14 1 10 38% 46.0 82 12 9 7 15 4 4.3 6.1 6.8
1940 25 PHI NL 41 36 13 19 4 1 10 14 22 .389 0 1 20 1 22 61% 54.4 90 16 2 0 22 6 3.4 3.1 7.6
1941 26 BRO NL 48 39 21 7 11 4 3 29 9 .763 3 7 19 2 25 64% 55.8 85 23 15 7 30 2 5.6 5.2 7.3
1942 27 BRO NL 38 32 15 9 8 4 3 20 11 .645 0 4 13 2 17 53% 55.8 83 28 26 13 13 12 5.1 4.8 6.7
1943 28 BRO NL 35 27 12 8 7 0 2 15 12 .556 1 6 8 1 17 63% 52.6 81 20 27 7 13 9 3.9 3.5 6.1
1946 31 BRO NL 42 29 15 6 8 2 3 21 8 .724 3 5 11 3 17 59% 56.1 87 23 35 14 17 10 4.9 4.8 6.6
1947 32 TOT NL 50 33 11 16 6 3 6 13 18 .419 2 4 10 1 15 45% 49.3 81 20 20 7 24 4 4.7 4.0 6.5
1947 32 BRO NL 4 3 2 0 1 2 0 3 0 1.000 0 1 0 0 0 0% 41.7 52 28 4 0 0 2 9.0 9.8 4.3
1947 32 PIT NL 46 30 9 16 5 1 6 10 18 .357 2 3 10 1 15 50% 50.1 81 20 16 7 24 2 4.3 3.6 6.7
1948 33 PIT NL 56 8 2 3 3 0 2 2 5 .286 1 2 3 0 5 63% 51.4 76 24 12 8 5 2 4.0 3.7 6.7
1949 34 TOT NL 44 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 .333 0 1 0 0 1 33% 30.3 51 13 15 10 2 1 5.5 7.9 2.7
1949 34 PIT NL 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0% 13.0 13 13 6 6 0 1 6.0 36.0 0.7
1949 34 NYG NL 37 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 .500 0 1 0 0 1 50% 39.0 51 27 9 4 2 0 5.2 3.9 3.7
1950 35 NYG NL 18 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0% 32.0 32 32 10 1 1 0 6.0 9.0 1.3
11 Yrs 417 238 100 84 54 18 32 129 104 .554 10 30 98 11 129 54% 52 90 12 173 75 143 53 4.6 4.5 6.7
MLB Averages .500 51% 50 115 -20 4.5 4.2 6.8
G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max

Reliever Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1937 22 CHC NL 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15.0
1939 24 TOT NL 43 15 13 1 1 1 2 0 200% 1 0 11 3 27% .991 4 0 6 1 2 9 6 6 8 5 7 7 5.3
1939 24 CHC NL 9 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 20% 7 1.177 2 0 3 0 2 5 3 4 4 2 4 2 7.0
1939 24 PHI NL 34 8 7 0 1 1 2 0 200% 1 0 6 2 33% .953 2 0 3 1 0 4 3 2 4 3 3 5 3.9
1940 25 PHI NL 41 5 4 1 0 1 1 0 100% 1 0 4 1 25% 1.243 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 2 5.8
1941 26 BRO NL 48 9 7 1 2 3 3 0 100% 3 0 4 4 100% 8 1.083 4 3 2 3 3 3 2 7 3 3 4 2 4.4
1942 27 BRO NL 38 6 3 1 2 1 0 1 0% 1 0 4 0 0% 9 1.100 3 1 2 1 3 2 2 4 3 1 3 4 4.2
1943 28 BRO NL 35 8 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 4 57% 6 1.126 3 1 4 0 3 5 5 3 5 0 5 3 7.4
1946 31 BRO NL 42 13 5 2 2 1 1 0 100% 1 0 13 7 54% 7 1.123 4 3 6 2 3 8 7 6 5 4 6 2 4.7
1947 32 TOT NL 50 17 12 2 1 5 5 0 100% 5 0 18 6 33% 1.056 6 3 7 6 2 8 10 6 9 4 8 4 4.6
1947 32 BRO NL 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0% 5 .992 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 8.0
1947 32 PIT NL 46 16 12 2 1 5 5 0 100% 5 0 16 6 38% 9 1.061 5 3 7 6 2 7 9 6 8 4 7 4 4.4
1948 33 PIT NL 56 48 31 6 4 13 10 5 77% 14 1 35 15 43% 8 1.197 16 10 14 15 3 22 19 21 27 8 22 16 6.5
1949 34 TOT NL 44 41 15 2 1 3 2 1 67% 3 0 27 12 44% .692 7 8 20 4 1 30 14 21 27 6 24 14 6.4
1949 34 PIT NL 7 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 25% 6 .811 2 1 2 1 0 4 2 3 6 0 5 1 7.3
1949 34 NYG NL 37 35 13 2 0 3 2 1 67% 3 0 23 11 48% 6 .659 5 7 18 3 1 26 12 18 21 6 19 13 6.3
1950 35 NYG NL 18 17 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 33% 1.128 2 0 11 1 1 11 2 11 12 3 9 4 5.9
11 Yrs 416 180 104 18 17 28 24 7 86% 30 2 126 53 42% 1.093 51 29 72 35 21 98 69 85 101 36 89 58 5.9
G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1937 22 CHC NL 23 4.4% 8.7% 4.4% 83%
1938 23 CHC NL 45 44% 2.2% 8.9% 13.3% 4.4% 20% 1.13 73% 3 0 0%
1939 24 TOT NL 965 59% 1.0% 9.8% 12.8% 4.7% 21% 0.70 74% 105 9 9%
1939 24 CHC NL 101 67% 0.0% 15.8% 21.8% 1.0% 8% 0.73 60% 13 2 15%
1939 24 PHI NL 864 57% 1.2% 9.1% 11.7% 5.1% 21% 0.69 75% 92 7 8%
1940 25 PHI NL 1194 58% 1.0% 11.5% 10.1% 4.6% 23% 0.75 75% 120 14 12%
1941 26 BRO NL 1266 59% 1.3% 9.6% 10.4% 6.3% 33% 0.78 76% 245 18 7%
1942 27 BRO NL 929 59% 1.8% 12.4% 11.4% 5.4% 28% 0.72 73% 199 23 12%
1943 28 BRO NL 824 61% 0.5% 13.1% 11.5% 5.6% 24% 0.66 74% 171 10 6%
1946 31 BRO NL 905 54% 0.7% 14.8% 11.8% 5.1% 26% 0.82 71% 166 14 8%
1947 32 TOT NL 1050 61% 2.1% 10.4% 11.6% 8.0% 38% 0.81 74% 183 19 10%
1947 32 BRO NL 76 59% 0.0% 13.2% 15.8% 7.9% 33% 0.89 67% 20 1 5%
1947 32 PIT NL 974 61% 2.3% 10.2% 11.3% 8.0% 38% 0.81 75% 163 18 11%
1948 33 PIT NL 685 59% 1.6% 12.6% 12.1% 6.4% 31% 0.97 72% 87 11 13%
1949 34 TOT NL 425 70% 3.1% 10.1% 12.5% 5.4% 24% 1.11 72% 82 8 10%
1949 34 PIT NL 81 65% 2.5% 6.2% 14.8% 6.2% 20% 1.47 73% 23 1 4%
1949 34 NYG NL 344 71% 3.2% 11.1% 11.9% 5.2% 25% 1.04 72% 59 7 12%
1950 35 NYG NL 165 52% 1.2% 10.3% 18.2% 4.9% 22% 1.03 67% 30 1 3%
12 Yrs 8476 59% 1.4% 11.5% 11.6% 5.7% 27% 0.79 74% 1391 127 9%
MLB Averages 52% 1.5% 9.2% 9.2% 5.2% 22% 0.96 78% 10%
PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1937 22 CHC NL 4 1 0
1938 23 CHC NL 25 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 100% 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20
1939 24 TOT NL 462 220 10 0 20 4 1 4 1 32 19 1 59% 10 7 0 195 9 2 82% 7 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 503
1939 24 CHC NL 79 12 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 60% 1 0 0 29 3 0 100% 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 22
1939 24 PHI NL 383 208 10 0 16 4 1 4 1 27 16 1 59% 9 7 0 166 6 2 75% 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 481
1940 25 PHI NL 768 242 12 0 13 7 2 4 5 39 22 2 56% 12 9 3 260 12 14 46% 10 13 2 0 0 1 0 0 7 426
1941 26 BRO NL 1266 244 17 0 26 7 10 6 11 42 29 3 69% 25 9 2 494 7 6 54% 5 4 1 1 1 1 1 0 15 0
1942 27 BRO NL 928 180 17 1 23 9 8 7 10 31 17 3 55% 14 3 0 353 9 5 64% 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
1943 28 BRO NL 824 189 4 0 22 3 1 1 3 41 22 4 54% 11 4 6 344 8 12 40% 7 10 0 2 1 0 0 0 17 0
1946 31 BRO NL 904 178 6 0 23 5 1 4 2 40 17 7 43% 15 6 6 339 11 6 65% 10 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 15 1
1947 32 TOT NL 958 222 22 1 35 15 6 9 12 62 31 8 50% 12 7 8 361 8 6 57% 8 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 20 92
1947 32 BRO NL 76 18 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 9 5 1 56% 1 1 1 32 0 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
1947 32 PIT NL 882 204 22 1 32 15 6 9 12 53 26 7 49% 11 6 7 329 8 5 62% 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 92
1948 33 PIT NL 545 140 11 1 17 6 2 5 3 34 18 2 53% 5 4 12 213 6 4 60% 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 140
1949 34 TOT NL 347 97 13 0 16 6 4 7 3 26 12 2 46% 10 5 4 140 7 3 70% 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 78
1949 34 PIT NL 75 25 2 0 5 1 1 2 0 7 5 0 71% 2 0 1 40 1 0 100% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
1949 34 NYG NL 272 72 11 0 11 5 3 5 3 19 7 2 37% 8 5 3 100 6 3 67% 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 72
1950 35 NYG NL 137 37 2 0 5 1 1 2 0 7 5 0 71% 0 6 1 67 1 1 50% 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 28
12 Yrs 7164 1763 116 3 200 63 37 49 51 355 193 32 54% 114 61 43 2774 78 59 57% 67 47 7 5 4 6 2 0 138 1289
MLB Averages 53% 55%
PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1937 22 1 0 1.000 5.40 1 0 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 23 79 1.000 7.2 1.8 1.8 3.6 2.00 79
1938 23 1 0 1.000 5.40 3 2 1 0 0 0 15.0 14 9 9 2 7 6 0 0 1 68 75 1.400 8.4 1.2 4.2 3.6 0.86 75
1939 24 13 15 .464 4.72 46 30 14 14 1 2 225.0 234 131 118 12 130 101 10 0 8 1033 83 1.618 9.4 0.5 5.2 4.0 0.78 83
1940 25 27 34 .443 4.16 87 66 18 34 2 3 508.0 476 257 235 24 251 238 13 1 17 2227 94 1.431 8.4 0.4 4.4 4.2 0.95 94
1941 26 49 43 .533 3.79 135 105 25 53 4 6 806.0 720 380 339 41 383 359 19 1 26 3493 101 1.368 8.0 0.5 4.3 4.0 0.94 101
1942 27 65 54 .546 3.67 173 137 28 66 6 6 1027.2 900 469 419 58 489 474 21 1 29 4422 101 1.352 7.9 0.5 4.3 4.2 0.97 101
1943 28 78 64 .549 3.67 208 164 33 74 7 6 1212.2 1089 550 495 62 584 582 26 1 33 5245 100 1.380 8.1 0.5 4.3 4.3 1.00 100
1944 29 78 64 .549 3.67 208 164 33 74 7 6 1212.2 1089 550 495 62 584 582 26 1 33 5245 100 1.380 8.1 0.5 4.3 4.3 1.00 100
1945 30 78 64 .549 3.67 208 164 33 74 7 6 1212.2 1089 550 495 62 584 582 26 1 33 5245 100 1.380 8.1 0.5 4.3 4.3 1.00 100
1946 31 95 72 .569 3.58 250 193 38 85 10 7 1423.1 1267 632 566 68 691 716 27 1 39 6149 101 1.376 8.0 0.4 4.4 4.5 1.04 101
1947 32 108 89 .548 3.61 300 226 50 95 11 12 1664.0 1489 749 668 90 813 825 31 1 46 7200 103 1.383 8.1 0.5 4.4 4.5 1.01 103
1948 33 116 96 .547 3.59 356 234 81 98 11 22 1822.0 1629 824 727 101 896 911 34 2 50 7881 104 1.386 8.0 0.5 4.4 4.5 1.02 104
1949 34 118 98 .546 3.67 400 237 96 98 11 24 1917.2 1726 890 781 114 949 954 35 2 55 8306 103 1.395 8.1 0.5 4.5 4.5 1.01 103
1950 35 118 101 .539 3.69 418 238 104 98 11 24 1952.1 1763 909 800 116 979 971 35 4 61 8472 102 1.404 8.1 0.5 4.5 4.5 0.99 102

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 688 total runs (4.25 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1937 22 0 1 .000 7.20 5.0 4 4 4 1 1 2 0 1.000 7.2 1.8 3.6 2.00 1.8 1
1938 23 0 1 .000 4.09 11.0 10 6 5 1 6 4 0 1.455 8.2 4.9 3.3 0.67 0.8 2
1939 24 11 14 .440 4.52 221.0 228 123 111 10 127 100 10 1.606 9.3 5.2 4.1 0.79 0.4 43
1940 25 18 15 .545 3.44 298.0 251 127 114 12 126 144 3 1.265 7.6 3.8 4.3 1.14 0.4 41
1941 26 19 15 .559 3.26 309.0 252 125 112 18 136 126 6 1.256 7.3 4.0 3.7 0.93 0.5 48
1942 27 13 13 .500 3.60 235.0 205 104 94 19 121 122 2 1.387 7.9 4.6 4.7 1.01 0.7 38
1943 28 10 11 .476 3.87 193.0 211 92 83 4 106 113 6 1.642 9.8 4.9 5.3 1.07 0.2 35
1946 31 13 11 .542 3.44 220.0 197 93 84 7 118 140 1 1.432 8.1 4.8 5.7 1.19 0.3 42
1947 32 15 13 .536 3.54 252.0 220 110 99 22 121 114 4 1.353 7.9 4.3 4.1 0.94 0.8 50
1948 33 9 9 .500 3.60 165.0 143 73 66 11 85 90 3 1.382 7.8 4.6 4.9 1.06 0.6 56
1949 34 5 6 .455 5.27 99.0 98 64 58 13 54 45 1 1.535 8.9 4.9 4.1 0.83 1.2 44
1950 35 2 2 .500 4.00 36.0 37 18 16 2 30 18 0 1.861 9.3 7.5 4.5 0.60 0.5 18
12 Yrs 115 111 .509 3.73 2044.0 1856 939 846 120 1031 1018 36 1.412 8.2 4.5 0.99 0.5 418



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1940 NL (21, 3%)
1941 NL (7, 19%)
1946 NL (15, 5%)
0.27 Career Shares (666th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1940 NL  4.4 (5th)
1947 NL  3.9 (10th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1948 NL  3.36 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
1940 NL  14 (10th)
1941 NL  22 (1st)
1942 NL  16 (7th)
1946 NL  17 (3rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1941 NL  .710 (2nd)
1946 NL  .680 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1940 NL  7.696 (2nd)
1941 NL  7.369 (4th)
1942 NL  7.308 (3rd)
1946 NL  7.604 (4th)
1947 NL  8.302 (7th)
1948 NL  7.975 (7th)
Career  8.127 (168th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1939 NL  4.071 (7th)
1940 NL  4.357 (5th)
1941 NL  3.654 (10th)
1942 NL  4.669 (4th)
1943 NL  5.254 (2nd)
1946 NL  5.725 (1st)
1947 NL  4.076 (10th)
1948 NL  4.899 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1939 NL  43 (7th)
1940 NL  41 (6th)
1941 NL  48 (1st)
1946 NL  42 (5th)
1947 NL  50 (2nd)
1948 NL  56 (3rd)
1949 NL  44 (8th)

Saves s c a p y
1941 NL  3 (9th)
1947 NL  5 (5th)
1948 NL  10 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1940 NL  283.0 (3rd)
1941 NL  298.0 (2nd)
1942 NL  221.7 (10th)
1946 NL  210.7 (7th)
1947 NL  240.7 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1939 NL  95 (8th)
1940 NL  137 (1st)
1941 NL  121 (4th)
1942 NL  115 (3rd)
1943 NL  108 (5th)
1946 NL  134 (2nd)
1947 NL  109 (7th)

Games Started s c a p y
1940 NL  36 (2nd)
1941 NL  39 (1st)
1942 NL  32 (8th)
1946 NL  29 (7th)
1947 NL  33 (4th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1939 NL  14 (8th)
1940 NL  20 (4th)
1941 NL  19 (5th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1946 NL  3 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1941 NL  17 (3rd)
1942 NL  17 (2nd)
1947 NL  22 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1939 NL  123 (1st)
1940 NL  121 (1st)
1941 NL  132 (1st)
1942 NL  106 (2nd)
1943 NL  95 (5th)
1946 NL  107 (3rd)
1947 NL  122 (1st)
Career  979 (121st)

Hits s c a p y
1940 NL  242 (6th)
1941 NL  244 (4th)
1947 NL  222 (9th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1946 NL  1.252 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1939 NL  0.429 (10th)
1940 NL  0.382 (7th)
1943 NL  0.195 (6th)
1946 NL  0.256 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1939 NL  15 (5th)
1940 NL  19 (2nd)
1947 NL  17 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1939 NL  109 (3rd)
1940 NL  117 (2nd)
1941 NL  104 (1st)
1943 NL  76 (10th)
1946 NL  71 (7th)
1947 NL  102 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1939 NL  7 (4th)
1940 NL  9 (1st)
1941 NL  9 (1st)
1943 NL  4 (6th)
1946 NL  6 (1st)
1947 NL  7 (2nd)
1949 NL  5 (6th)
1950 NL  6 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1939 NL  10 (3rd)
1941 NL  6 (2nd)
1943 NL  5 (3rd)
1947 NL  4 (6th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1939 NL  965 (10th)
1940 NL  1,194 (3rd)
1941 NL  1,266 (1st)
1946 NL  904 (7th)
1947 NL  1,051 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1948 NL  31 (2nd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1948 NL  121 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1946 NL  3.02 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1941 NL  18 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1941 NL  1.9 (6th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1940 NL  33.28 (3rd)
1941 NL  18.99 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.0 (4th)
1941 NL  2.4 (6th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.3 (3rd)
1941 NL  2.3 (4th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.5 (3rd)
1941 NL  2.0 (5th)

                           

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1930-1973, 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 InkPitching - 10 (251), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 109 (197), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 23 (563), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 10 (898), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (563rd), 17.7 career WAR/17.9 7yr-peak WAR/17.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 62) = 73.9 career WAR/50.3 7yr-peak WAR/62.1 JAWS

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