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Ralph Houk

Ralph George Houk (Major)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 193 lb.

Born: August 9, 1919 in Lawrence, KS
High School: Lawrence HS (Lawrence, KS)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 26, 1947 (Age 27.260, 7,974th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Team: Yankees 1947-1954

Last Game: May 1, 1954 (Age 34.265)
Died: July 21, 2010 in Winter Haven, FL
Buried: Rolling Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven, FL
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Standard Fielding

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
1947 NYY AL 27 C 41 30 22 153 138 13 2 0 .987 3.68 .985 5.02 2 2 11 7 39% 46% 0
1948 NYY AL 28 C 14 8 6 56 51 5 0 1 1.000 4.00 .986 4.74 0 2 0 3 100% 45% 0
1949 NYY AL 29 C 5 0 0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1.60 .984 4.76 0 0 0 0 0
1950 NYY AL 30 C 9 1 0 25.1 14 12 1 1 0 .929 4.62 1.44 .985 4.94 4.84 0 0 0 0 0
1951 NYY AL 31 C 3 1 1 12.0 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 2.25 1.00 .983 5.03 5.00 0 0 1 1 50% 46% 0
1952 NYY AL 32 C 9 0 0 22.2 12 10 1 1 1 .917 4.37 1.22 .985 5.44 5.44 0 0 0 0 0
1953 NYY AL 33 C 8 0 0 23.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.91 1.25 .985 5.17 5.15 0 0 1 0 0% 51% 0
7 Seasons C 89 40 29 83.0 257 231 21 5 2 .981 0 0 4.01 2.83 .985 5.15 5.00 2 4 13 11 46% 46% 0
8 Seasons TOT 89 40 29 83.0 257 231 21 5 2 .981 0 0 4.01 2.83 .985 5.15 5.00 2 4 13 11 46% 46% 0
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1947 NYY AL 27 C
1948 NYY AL 28 C
1949 NYY AL 29 C
1950 NYY AL 30 C
1951 NYY AL 31 C
1952 NYY AL 32 C
1953 NYY AL 33 C 0 0 0
7 Seasons C 0 0 0
8 Seasons TOT 0 0 0

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1947 NYY AL 27 41 30 41 41 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 NYY AL 28 14 8 14 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949 NYY AL 29 5 0 5 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1950 NYY AL 30 10 1 10 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1951 NYY AL 31 3 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952 NYY AL 32 9 0 9 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1953 NYY AL 33 8 0 8 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NYY AL 34 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 Seasons 91 40 91 89 0 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1947 NYY AL 27 668 3.25 3.82 17 100% 0 0 85 4 1 8 72 10 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 NYY AL 28 297 3.95 4.08 5 100% 0 0 42 1 0 3 38 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1949 NYY AL 29 64 5.14 5.79 2 100% 0 0 7 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1950 NYY AL 30 122 5.68 5.68 2 100% 0 0 12 1 0 0 11 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1951 NYY AL 31 50 3.00 3.00 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952 NYY AL 32 99 3.18 4.37 1 100% 0 0 10 1 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1953 NYY AL 33 98 3.52 3.52 2 100% 0 0 10 1 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Seasons 1398 3.68 4.09 29 100% 0 0 168 10 2 12 144 18 7 0 0 1 4 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 100%
MLB Averages 4.10 4.62 95% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1947 NYY AL 27 2 2 262 8 3 3 27% 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 1.25 0.79
1948 NYY AL 28 0 2 115 0 4 4 100% 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0.98
1949 NYY AL 29 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1950 NYY AL 30 0 0 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1951 NYY AL 31 0 0 16 1 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.44 0.33
1952 NYY AL 32 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
1953 NYY AL 33 0 0 43 1 0 0 0% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.15
7 Seasons 2 4 562 10 8 8 44% 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 9 1.16 0.83
MLB Averages 45% 1.20 1.16



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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Name and misspellings: Ralph George Major ralf Ralph Houk

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