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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Pirates/Phillies/Giants/Cubs 1937-1950

Final Game: July 7, 1950 (Age 35.090)
Died: May 6, 1985 in Columbia, SC
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, SC
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 31, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #594. Sam Gray… #595. Dave Roberts… #596. Joaquin Andujar… #597. KIRBY HIGBE… #598. Bryn Smith… #599. Bobby Bolin… #600. Hal Carlson… 

Standard Pitching

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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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.4 -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 1.8 -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 .9 -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 1.2 -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 1.1 -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 .9 -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 .5 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 1.0 -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 1.2 -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 1.1 -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 1.0 -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 .8 -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 1.0 -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

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
1937 22 CHC NL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1938 23 CHC NL 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1939 24 TOT NL 43 80 73 5 13 2 0 0 6 0 0 18 .178 .178 .205 .384 5 15 2 0 7 1
1939 24 CHC NL 9 8 7 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 .286 .286 .429 .714 88 3 0 0 1 /1
1939 24 PHI NL 34 72 66 5 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 15 .167 .167 .182 .348 -4 12 2 0 6 1
1940 ★ 25 PHI NL 41 109 103 5 17 1 1 0 3 0 3 26 .165 .189 .194 .383 8 20 4 0 3 1 AS,MVP-21
1941 26 BRO NL 48 122 112 6 21 3 1 0 14 0 4 23 .188 .216 .232 .448 24 26 6 0 6 1 MVP-7
1942 27 BRO NL 38 84 77 2 8 2 0 0 8 0 0 16 .104 .104 .130 .234 -32 10 2 0 7 1
1943 28 BRO NL 35 72 65 2 9 0 0 1 1 0 3 12 .138 .176 .185 .361 4 12 1 0 4 1
1946 ★ 31 BRO NL 42 83 77 5 10 2 0 0 7 0 0 11 .130 .130 .156 .286 -20 12 0 0 6 1 AS,MVP-15
1947 32 TOT NL 50 85 77 6 11 3 0 1 4 0 2 12 .143 .165 .221 .385 0 17 2 0 6 1
1947 32 BRO NL 4 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600 54 2 0 0 0 /1
1947 32 PIT NL 46 80 72 6 10 2 0 1 4 0 2 11 .139 .162 .208 .370 -4 15 2 0 6 1
1948 33 PIT NL 56 48 48 4 10 1 0 1 3 0 0 11 .208 .208 .292 .500 33 14 2 0 0 1
1949 34 TOT NL 44 21 18 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 .056 .190 .056 .246 -31 1 0 0 0 1
1949 34 PIT NL 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1949 34 NYG NL 37 18 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 .067 .222 .067 .289 -19 1 0 0 0 1
1950 35 NYG NL 18 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 31 1 0 0 0 1
12 Yrs 418 714 660 35 101 14 2 3 47 0 15 135 .153 .172 .194 .366 1 128 19 0 39
162 Game Avg. 162 277 256 14 39 5 1 1 18 0 6 52 .153 .172 .194 .366 1 50 7 0 15
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
BRO (5 yrs) 167 366 336 15 49 8 1 1 30 0 7 63 .146 .163 .185 .348 -2 62 9 0 23
PIT (3 yrs) 109 131 123 10 20 3 0 2 7 0 2 22 .163 .176 .236 .412 8 29 4 0 6
CHC (3 yrs) 12 14 13 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 .154 .154 .231 .385 2 3 0 0 1
NYG (2 yrs) 55 22 19 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 .105 .227 .105 .333 -8 2 0 0 0
PHI (2 yrs) 75 181 169 10 28 2 1 0 8 0 3 41 .166 .180 .189 .370 3 32 6 0 9

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
1937 22 CHC NL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .447 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /1
1938 23 CHC NL 2 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .475 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /1
1939 24 CHC NL 9 8 -0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .507 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1939 24 PHI NL 34 72 -10 0 0 0 8 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1940 ★ 25 PHI NL 41 109 -13 0 0 0 12 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1 AS,MVP-21
1941 26 BRO NL 48 122 -12 0 0 0 13 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1 MVP-7
1942 27 BRO NL 38 84 -13 0 0 0 8 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .485 .497 -0.6 -0.0 -5 1
1943 28 BRO NL 35 72 -8 0 0 0 6 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1946 ★ 31 BRO NL 42 83 -12 0 0 0 8 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .489 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 $15,000 1 AS,MVP-15
1947 32 BRO NL 4 5 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .504 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $17,500 /1
1947 32 PIT NL 46 80 -12 0 0 0 9 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .494 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1948 33 PIT NL 56 48 -5 -0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1949 34 PIT NL 7 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .493 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /1
1949 34 NYG NL 37 18 -2 -0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1950 35 NYG NL 18 4 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
12 Seasons 418 714 -90 1 0 0 74 -15 -1.8 0 -15 -1.8 .496 .499 -1.7 -0.0 -15 $32,500
BRO (5 yrs) 167 366 -46 0 0 0 36 -9 -1.1 0 -9 -1.1 .494 .498 -1.1 -0.0 -9 $32,500
PIT (3 yrs) 109 131 -17 0 0 0 14 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .497 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
CHC (3 yrs) 12 14 -2 0 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
NYG (2 yrs) 55 22 -3 -0 0 0 2 -1 -0.0 0 -1 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -1
PHI (2 yrs) 75 181 -23 0 0 0 20 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .496 .499 -0.3 -0.0 -3

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
1941 26 BRO NL WS NYY L 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1937 CHC NL 22 P 1 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.34 2.40
1938 CHC NL 23 P 2 2 0 10.0 5 1 4 0 1 1.000 4.50 2.50 .964 2.25 2.20
1939 TOT NL 24 P 43 28 14 210.0 28 9 19 0 0 1.000 1.20 0.65 .960 2.19 2.16
1939 CHC NL 24 P 9 2 0 22.2 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.59 0.44 .960 2.18 2.16
1939 PHI NL 24 P 34 26 14 187.1 24 8 16 0 0 1.000 1.15 0.71 .960 2.19 2.16
1940 PHI NL 25 P 41 36 20 283.0 65 15 47 3 4 .954 1.97 1.51 .962 2.22 2.22 8 11 58% 0 AS,MVP-21
1941 BRO NL 26 P 48 39 19 298.0 53 13 39 1 2 .981 1.57 1.08 .965 2.23 2.21 7 6 46% 1 MVP-7
1942 BRO NL 27 P 38 32 13 221.2 50 12 36 2 5 .960 1.95 1.26 .968 2.35 2.35 9 5 36% 0
1943 BRO NL 28 P 35 27 8 185.0 36 9 27 0 2 1.000 1.75 1.03 .961 2.25 2.25 8 12 60% 0
1946 BRO NL 31 P 42 29 11 210.2 56 13 40 3 2 .946 2.26 1.26 .960 2.24 2.22 11 6 35% 1 AS,MVP-15
1947 TOT NL 32 P 50 33 10 240.2 37 10 26 1 0 .973 1.35 0.72 .966 2.10 2.07 6 5 45% 0
1947 BRO NL 32 P 4 3 0 15.2 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.30 1.00 .965 2.13 2.08 0 1 100% 0
1947 PIT NL 32 P 46 30 10 225.0 33 9 23 1 0 .970 1.28 0.70 .966 2.10 2.07 6 4 40% 0
1948 PIT NL 33 P 56 8 3 158.0 28 5 22 1 0 .964 1.54 0.48 .963 2.11 2.08 4 3 43% 0
1949 TOT NL 34 P 44 3 0 95.2 16 2 14 0 1 1.000 1.51 0.36 .953 2.04 2.02 7 3 30% 43% 0
1949 PIT NL 34 P 7 1 0 15.1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.35 0.57 .952 2.05 2.01 1 0 0% 43% 0
1949 NYG NL 34 P 37 2 0 80.1 12 1 11 0 1 1.000 1.34 0.32 .953 2.04 2.02 6 3 33% 43% 0
1950 NYG NL 35 P 18 1 0 34.2 14 3 11 0 0 1.000 3.63 0.78 .961 2.13 2.10 1 1 50% 43% 0
12 Seasons P 418 238 98 1952.1 388 92 285 11 17 .972 1.74 0.90 .963 2.20 2.16 61 52 46% 5% 2
12 Seasons TOT 418 238 98 1952.1 388 92 285 11 17 .972 1.74 0.90 .963 2.20 2.16 61 52 46% 5% 2
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
  • 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))
1940 NL (21, 3%)
1941 NL (7, 19%)
1946 NL (15, 5%)
0.27 Career Shares (653rd)

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 (165th)

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  30.66 (1st)
1941 NL  18.99 (3rd)
1942 NL  9.68 (10th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.6 (2nd)
1941 NL  2.4 (3rd)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.2 (2nd)
1941 NL  2.3 (2nd)
1942 NL  1.2 (7th)
1946 NL  1.2 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1940 NL  3.2 (1st)
1941 NL  2.0 (3rd)
1942 NL  1.1 (10th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1941 NL  48 (1st)
1946 NL  42 (5th)
1947 NL  50 (2nd)
1948 NL  56 (3rd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1946 NL  13 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1946 NL  3 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1939 NL  1.000 (1st)
1943 NL  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 InkPitching - 10 (247), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 109 (192), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 23 (570), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 10 (867), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (554th), 17.8 career WAR/17.9 7yr-peak WAR/17.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1946 31 Brooklyn Dodgers $15,000 ? 2/12/47 TSN
1947 32 Brooklyn Dodgers $17,500 ? 2/12/47 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$32,500
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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