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Pinky Higgins

Michael Franklin Higgins (Pinky)

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: May 27, 1909 in Red Oak, TX
High School: Adamson HS (Dallas, TX)
School: University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1930. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 25, 1930 (Age 21.029)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1933 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Athletics/RedSox 1930-1946

Final Game: September 29, 1946 (Age 37.125)
Died: March 21, 1969 in Dallas, TX
Buried: Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, TX
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 1, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #524. Raul Mondesi… #525. Terry Pendleton… #526. Lu Blue… #527. PINKY HIGGINS… #528. Joe Kuhel… #529. Lonny Frey… #530. Billy Goodman… 

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1930 21 PHA AL 14 28 24 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 .250 .357 .333 .690 73 8 0 0 /546
1933 24 PHA AL 152 635 567 85 178 34 12 13 99 2 7 61 53 .314 .383 .485 .868 128 275 2 5 *5
1934 ★ 25 PHA AL 144 607 543 89 179 37 6 16 90 9 2 56 70 .330 .392 .508 .901 135 276 0 7 *5 AS,MVP-17
1935 26 PHA AL 133 573 524 69 155 32 4 23 94 6 2 42 62 .296 .350 .504 .854 119 264 2 5 *5 MVP-20
1936 ★ 27 PHA AL 146 620 550 89 159 32 2 12 80 7 4 67 61 .289 .366 .420 .786 96 231 0 3 *5 AS
1937 28 BOS AL 153 654 570 88 172 33 5 9 106 2 6 76 51 .302 .385 .425 .809 100 242 1 7 *5
1938 29 BOS AL 139 604 524 77 159 29 5 5 106 10 9 71 55 .303 .388 .406 .794 95 213 1 7 *5
1939 30 DET AL 132 561 489 57 135 23 2 8 76 7 4 56 41 .276 .353 .380 .733 82 186 14 2 14 *5
1940 31 DET AL 131 552 480 70 130 24 3 13 76 4 2 61 31 .271 .357 .415 .771 92 199 14 3 7 *5
1941 32 DET AL 147 619 540 79 161 28 3 11 73 5 4 67 45 .298 .378 .422 .800 103 228 20 2 10 *5 MVP-27
1942 33 DET AL 143 579 499 65 133 34 2 11 79 3 7 72 21 .267 .362 .409 .771 110 204 21 3 5 *5
1943 34 DET AL 138 592 523 62 145 20 1 10 84 2 5 57 31 .277 .349 .377 .726 106 197 17 1 11 *5 MVP-21
1944 ★ 35 DET AL 148 640 543 79 161 32 4 7 76 4 4 81 34 .297 .392 .409 .801 124 222 17 4 12 *5 AS,MVP-19
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 37 TOT AL 82 293 260 20 68 14 2 2 36 0 3 29 30 .262 .338 .354 .692 88 92 9 1 3 5
1946 37 DET AL 18 66 60 2 13 3 1 0 8 0 1 5 6 .217 .277 .300 .577 57 18 1 0 1 5
1946 37 BOS AL 64 227 200 18 55 11 1 2 28 0 2 24 24 .275 .356 .370 .726 98 74 8 1 2 5
14 Yrs 1802 7557 6636 930 1941 374 51 140 1075 61 59 800 590 .292 .370 .428 .798 107 2837 112 22 96
162 Game Avg. 162 679 597 84 174 34 5 13 97 5 5 72 53 .292 .370 .428 .798 107 255 2 9
DET (7 yrs) 857 3609 3134 414 878 164 16 60 472 25 27 399 209 .280 .364 .400 .764 102 1254 104 15 60
PHA (5 yrs) 589 2463 2208 333 677 137 24 64 363 24 15 230 251 .307 .373 .477 .850 119 1054 4 20
BOS (3 yrs) 356 1485 1294 183 386 73 11 16 240 12 17 171 130 .298 .381 .409 .790 98 529 8 3 16

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
1930 21 PHA AL 14 28 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.1 .495 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $3,000 /546
1933 24 PHA AL 152 635 23 -2 0 -9 3 15 1.4 24 39 3.7 .510 .509 4.6 -0.5 48 $4,000 *5
1934 ★ 25 PHA AL 144 607 27 1 0 -8 3 23 2.1 23 46 4.2 .515 .513 5.1 -0.5 54 $6,000 *5 AS,MVP-17
1935 26 PHA AL 133 573 12 1 0 -6 3 9 0.8 21 31 2.9 .507 .505 3.5 -0.4 37 $10,000 *5 MVP-20
1936 ★ 27 PHA AL 146 620 -3 0 0 -1 3 -1 -0.1 22 21 2.0 .499 .499 2.1 0.2 22 $10,000 *5 AS
1937 28 BOS AL 153 654 2 -2 0 -11 3 -8 -0.8 23 15 1.5 .495 .495 2.5 -0.8 26 $10,000 *5
1938 29 BOS AL 139 604 -2 -2 0 -6 2 -8 -0.7 22 14 1.3 .495 .496 1.8 -0.3 20 $11,500 *5
1939 30 DET AL 132 561 -13 0 0 -5 1 -16 -1.5 20 4 0.4 .489 .491 0.8 -0.3 9 $12,500 *5
1940 31 DET AL 131 552 -4 1 0 -3 1 -5 -0.5 19 14 1.3 .496 .497 1.6 -0.1 17 $8,000 *5
1941 32 DET AL 147 619 4 -0 0 -1 1 4 0.4 21 25 2.4 .503 .502 2.5 0.0 26 $12,500 *5 MVP-27
1942 33 DET AL 143 579 8 -2 0 -8 0 -1 -0.1 17 16 1.6 .499 .499 2.4 -0.8 24 $10,800 *5
1943 34 DET AL 138 592 5 -1 0 -3 0 1 0.1 17 18 1.9 .501 .501 2.2 -0.3 21 $8,000 *5 MVP-21
1944 ★ 35 DET AL 148 640 20 -0 0 0 0 19 2.1 18 38 4.0 .514 .513 4.0 0.0 38 $9,500 *5 AS,MVP-19
1946 37 DET AL 18 66 -3 -0 0 0 0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .476 .497 -0.2 0.0 -2 $12,000 5
1946 37 BOS AL 64 227 -0 -1 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 7 6 0.6 .499 .500 0.6 0.0 6 5
14 Seasons 1802 7557 74 -7 0 -61 20 27 2.7 258 285 27.5 .502 .502 33.5 -3.7 346 $127,800
DET (7 yrs) 857 3609 17 -3 0 -20 4 -2 0.1 114 112 11.3 .500 .501 13.3 -1.4 132 $73,300
PHA (5 yrs) 589 2463 57 1 0 -24 12 46 4.1 91 137 12.8 .507 .507 15.3 -1.2 161 $33,000
BOS (3 yrs) 356 1485 0 -4 0 -17 4 -17 -1.5 52 35 3.4 .496 .496 4.9 -1.1 52 $21,500

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
1940 31 DET AL WS CIN L 7 27 24 2 8 3 1 1 6 0 0 3 3 .333 .407 .667 1.074 16 0 0 0 0 0
1946 37 BOS AL WS STL L 7 26 24 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 .208 .269 .250 .519 6 0 0 0 0 1
2 Yrs (2 Series) 14 53 48 3 13 4 1 1 8 0 0 5 3 .271 .340 .458 .798 22 0 0 0 0 1
2 WS 14 53 48 3 13 4 1 1 8 0 0 5 3 .271 .340 .458 .798 22 0 0 0 0 1

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 Awards
1930 PHA AL 21 3B 5 3 3 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 1.60 .945 3.04
1930 PHA AL 21 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.95
1930 PHA AL 21 SS 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .940 5.10
1933 PHA AL 24 3B 152 152 151 453 159 270 24 23 .947 2.82 .954 2.92
1934 PHA AL 25 3B 144 144 144 431 147 247 37 34 .914 2.74 .943 3.09 AS,MVP-17
1935 PHA AL 26 3B 131 131 131 397 162 214 21 15 .947 2.87 .947 3.05 MVP-20
1936 PHA AL 27 3B 145 145 143 443 151 266 26 24 .941 2.88 .946 3.13 AS
1937 BOS AL 28 3B 152 152 149 448 161 258 29 29 .935 2.76 .946 3.15
1938 BOS AL 29 3B 138 138 135 451 140 272 39 28 .914 2.99 .941 3.14
1939 DET AL 30 3B 130 128 127 417 140 241 36 22 .914 2.93 .943 3.15
1940 DET AL 31 3B 129 128 128 401 133 239 29 16 .928 2.88 .937 3.21
1941 DET AL 32 3B 145 144 143 483 153 304 26 14 .946 3.15 .947 3.28 MVP-27
1942 DET AL 33 3B 137 137 135 407 134 243 30 24 .926 2.75 .939 3.16
1943 DET AL 34 3B 138 138 136 435 156 253 26 22 .940 2.96 .951 3.17 MVP-21
1944 DET AL 35 3B 146 146 145 479 146 311 22 21 .954 3.13 .954 3.34 AS,MVP-19
1946 TOT AL 37 3B 76 71 65 209 64 134 11 16 .947 2.61 .948 3.06
1946 DET AL 37 3B 17 16 15 39 12 25 2 2 .949 2.18 .948 3.06
1946 BOS AL 37 3B 59 55 50 170 52 109 9 14 .947 2.73 .948 3.06
14 Seasons 3B 1768 1757 1735 5462 1848 3258 356 288 .935 2.89 .946 3.14
1 Season 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.95
1 Season SS 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .940 5.10
14 Seasons TOT 1771 1757 1735 5464 1849 3259 356 288 .935 2.88 .946 3.15
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% 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
1950 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1951 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1958 BBWAA ( 2.3%)
1960 BBWAA ( 1.1%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1934 AL (17, 4%)
1935 AL (20, 4%)
1941 AL (27, 0%)
1943 AL (21, 2%)
1944 AL (19, 2%)
0.12 Career Shares (883rd)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1944 AL  4.0 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1933 AL  4.6 (10th)
1934 AL  5.1 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1933 AL  .314 (10th)
1934 AL  .330 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1944 AL  .392 (6th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1933 AL  .485 (8th)
1935 AL  .504 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1933 AL  .868 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1933 AL  152 (5th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1933 AL  275 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1942 AL  34 (7th)
1944 AL  32 (8th)
Career  374 (226th)

Triples s c a p y
1933 AL  12 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1935 AL  23 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1933 AL  99 (10th)
1943 AL  84 (9th)
Career  1,075 (220th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1944 AL  81 (5th)
Career  800 (250th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1933 AL  53 (10th)
1934 AL  70 (4th)
1935 AL  62 (7th)
1936 AL  61 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1941 AL  119 (9th)
1943 AL  114 (9th)
1944 AL  118 (10th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1933 AL  128 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1933 AL  102 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1933 AL  59 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1944 AL  246 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1933 AL  .660 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1940 AL  3 (8th)
1944 AL  4 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1939 AL  14 (9th)
1941 AL  10 (9th)
1944 AL  12 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1941 AL  20 (4th)
1942 AL  21 (2nd)
1943 AL  17 (7th)
1944 AL  17 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1938 AL  9 (4th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1934 AL  11.5 (7th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1942 AL  23.8 (6th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1935 AL  22.8 (5th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.5 (7th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1938 AL  39 (4th)
1939 AL  36 (3rd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  152 (1st)
1934 AL  144 (2nd)
1935 AL  131 (3rd)
1936 AL  145 (4th)
1937 AL  152 (4th)
1940 AL  129 (5th)
1941 AL  145 (3rd)
1942 AL  137 (4th)
1943 AL  138 (2nd)
1944 AL  146 (2nd)
1946 AL  76 (5th)
Career  1,768 (23rd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  159 (1st)
1934 AL  147 (3rd)
1935 AL  162 (3rd)
1937 AL  161 (3rd)
1939 AL  140 (5th)
1941 AL  153 (4th)
1942 AL  134 (5th)
1943 AL  156 (3rd)
1944 AL  146 (4th)
Career  1,848 (17th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  270 (2nd)
1934 AL  247 (4th)
1936 AL  266 (5th)
1937 AL  258 (5th)
1938 AL  272 (5th)
1941 AL  304 (3rd)
1942 AL  243 (3rd)
1943 AL  253 (4th)
1944 AL  311 (3rd)
Career  3,258 (33rd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  24 (1st)
1934 AL  37 (1st)
1935 AL  21 (4th)
1936 AL  26 (3rd)
1937 AL  29 (2nd)
1938 AL  39 (2nd)
1939 AL  36 (2nd)
1940 AL  29 (3rd)
1941 AL  26 (2nd)
1942 AL  30 (2nd)
1943 AL  26 (1st)
1944 AL  22 (1st)
1946 AL  11 (5th)
Career  356 (21st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  23 (4th)
1934 AL  34 (1st)
1936 AL  24 (4th)
1937 AL  29 (3rd)
1938 AL  28 (4th)
1942 AL  24 (3rd)
1943 AL  22 (4th)
Career  288 (31st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  2.82 (4th)
1938 AL  2.99 (5th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1933 AL  .947 (5th)
1934 AL  .914 (5th)
1935 AL  .947 (4th)
1941 AL  .946 (4th)
1942 AL  .926 (4th)
1943 AL  .940 (5th)
1944 AL  .954 (4th)

             

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 (·)

Gray InkBatting - 34 (733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 27 (670), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 30 (315), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (81st), 27.5 career WAR/21.0 7yr-peak WAR/24.3 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
1930 21 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1933 24 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1934 25 Philadelphia Athletics $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 26 Philadelphia Athletics $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 27 Philadelphia Athletics $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 28 Boston Red Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 29 Boston Red Sox $11,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 30 Detroit Tigers $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 31 Detroit Tigers $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 32 Detroit Tigers $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 33 Detroit Tigers $10,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 34 Detroit Tigers $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 35 Detroit Tigers $9,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 37 Detroit Tigers $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts DET/BOS
Career to date (may be incomplete)$127,800
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: Michael Franklin mike Pinky Higgins

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