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Earl Johnson

Earl Douglas Johnson (Lefty)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 2, 1919 in Redmond, WA
High School: Ballard HS (Seattle, WA)
School: St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1940. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 20, 1940 (Age 21.109)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Tigers 1940-1951

Final Game: June 3, 1951 (Age 32.062)
Died: December 3, 1994 in Seattle, WA
Relatives: Brother of Chet Johnson
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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
1940 21 BOS AL 6 2 .750 4.09 17 10 2 2 0 0 70.1 69 33 32 0 39 26 2 0 3 309 110 3.85 1.536 8.8 0.0 5.0 3.3 0.67
1941 22 BOS AL 4 5 .444 4.52 17 12 3 4 0 0 93.2 90 57 47 4 51 46 3 0 2 420 92 3.97 1.505 8.6 0.4 4.9 4.4 0.90
1946 27 BOS AL 5 4 .556 3.71 29 5 14 0 0 3 80.0 78 39 33 5 39 40 2 0 1 356 99 3.74 1.463 8.8 0.6 4.4 4.5 1.03
1947 28 BOS AL 12 11 .522 2.97 45 17 17 6 3 8 142.1 129 63 47 7 62 65 2 1 1 596 130 3.57 1.342 8.2 0.4 3.9 4.1 1.05
1948 29 BOS AL 10 4 .714 4.53 35 3 21 1 0 5 91.1 98 49 46 8 42 45 0 1 2 402 97 4.19 1.533 9.7 0.8 4.1 4.4 1.07
1949 30 BOS AL 3 6 .333 7.48 19 3 8 0 0 0 49.1 65 45 41 1 29 20 4 1 1 237 59 3.97 1.905 11.9 0.2 5.3 3.6 0.69
1950 31 BOS AL 0 0 7.24 11 0 4 0 0 0 13.2 18 11 11 0 8 6 1 0 0 65 70 3.68 1.902 11.9 0.0 5.3 4.0 0.75
1951 32 DET AL 0 0 6.35 6 0 2 0 0 1 5.2 9 5 4 0 2 2 0 0 1 26 70 2.83 1.941 14.3 0.0 3.2 3.2 1.00
8 Yrs 40 32 .556 4.30 179 50 71 13 3 17 546.1 556 302 261 25 272 250 14 3 11 2411 96 3.83 1.516 9.2 0.4 4.5 4.1 0.92
162 Game Avg. 12 10 .556 4.30 53 15 21 4 1 5 162 165 90 78 7 81 74 4 1 3 716 96 3.83 1.516 9.2 0.4 4.5 4.1 0.92
BOS (7 yrs) 40 32 .556 4.28 173 50 69 13 3 16 540.2 547 297 257 25 270 248 14 3 10 2385 97 3.84 1.511 9.1 0.4 4.5 4.1 0.92
DET (1 yr) 0 0 6.35 6 0 2 0 0 1 5.2 9 5 4 0 2 2 0 0 1 26 70 2.83 1.941 14.3 0.0 3.2 3.2 1.00
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
1940 21 BOS AL 70.1 17 10 33 4.22 4.96 -0.20 0.00 100.4 5.19 7 0.7 1.0 -0.0 1.3 15 .541 .504
1941 22 BOS AL 93.2 17 12 57 5.48 4.84 -0.12 0.00 101.7 5.05 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 0.3 5 .471 .497
1946 27 BOS AL 80.0 29 5 39 4.39 4.07 0.16 0.00 104.4 4.08 -3 -0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.3 3 .489 .498
1947 28 BOS AL 142.1 45 17 63 3.98 4.11 0.06 0.00 105.4 4.28 5 0.6 1.6 -0.1 1.7 15 .513 .504
1948 29 BOS AL 91.1 35 3 49 4.83 4.51 0.17 0.00 101.6 4.41 -4 -0.4 1.1 -0.1 0.2 3 .488 .497
1949 30 BOS AL 49.1 19 3 45 8.21 4.62 0.18 0.00 102.2 4.54 -20 -1.8 1.1 -0.1 -1.6 -16 .403 .489
1950 31 BOS AL 13.2 11 0 11 7.24 5.26 -0.07 0.00 111.8 5.96 -2 -0.2 .9 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .483 .499
1951 32 DET AL 5.2 6 0 5 7.94 5.02 -0.07 0.00 101.4 5.16 -2 -0.2 2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -1 .470 .499
8 Seasons 546.1 179 50 302 4.97 4.49 0.03 0.00 103.2 4.59 -24 -2.2 1.3 -0.7 1.8 23 .488 .499
BOS (7 yrs) 540.2 173 50 297 4.94 4.49 0.04 0.00 103.2 4.59 -22 -2.0 1.2 -0.5 2.1 25 .488 .499
DET (1 yr) 5.2 6 0 5 7.94 5.02 -0.07 0.00 101.4 5.16 -2 -0.2 2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -1 .470 .499

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
1946 27 BOS AL WS L STL 1 0 1.000 2.70 3 0 3 0 0 0 3.1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 14 0.900 2.7 0.0 5.4 2.7 0.50
1 WS 1 0 1.000 2.70 3 0 3 0 0 0 3.1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 14 0.900 2.7 0.0 5.4 2.7 0.50

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
1940 21 BOS AL 18 27 27 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 .074 .074 .074 .148 -62 2 1 0 0 1
1941 22 BOS AL 17 39 34 4 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 .294 .333 .294 .627 66 10 1 0 3 1
1946 27 BOS AL 29 27 22 4 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 4 9 .227 .346 .318 .664 82 7 1 0 1 1
1947 28 BOS AL 46 48 44 1 12 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 10 .273 .289 .295 .584 58 13 3 0 2 1
1948 29 BOS AL 35 33 31 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 9 .097 .125 .097 .222 -42 3 2 0 1 1
1949 30 BOS AL 19 12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .083 .000 .083 -78 0 0 0 0 1
1950 31 BOS AL 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 1
1951 32 DET AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 181 188 171 15 32 3 0 0 13 0 0 9 53 .187 .228 .205 .432 15 35 8 0 7
162 Game Avg. 162 168 153 13 29 3 0 0 12 0 0 8 47 .187 .228 .205 .432 15 31 7 0 6
BOS (7 yrs) 175 188 171 15 32 3 0 0 13 0 0 9 53 .187 .228 .205 .432 15 35 8 0 7
DET (1 yr) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
1940 21 BOS AL 18 27 -7 0 0 0 3 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .480 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1941 22 BOS AL 17 39 -2 0 0 0 4 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .514 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1946 27 BOS AL 29 27 -1 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .508 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1947 28 BOS AL 46 48 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .506 .502 0.3 -0.0 2 1
1948 29 BOS AL 35 33 -7 -0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .491 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1949 30 BOS AL 19 12 -3 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1950 31 BOS AL 11 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1951 32 DET AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
8 Seasons 181 188 -22 0 0 0 20 -2 -0.1 0 -2 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -2
BOS (7 yrs) 175 188 -22 0 0 0 20 -2 -0.1 0 -2 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -2
DET (1 yr) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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
1946 27 BOS AL WS STL L 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1940 BOS AL 21 P 17 10 2 70.1 21 2 19 0 1 1.000 2.69 1.24 .956 2.03 2.01 0 0 0
1941 BOS AL 22 P 17 12 4 93.2 30 3 27 0 3 1.000 2.88 1.76 .960 2.14 2.11 1 0 0% 1
1946 BOS AL 27 P 29 5 0 80.0 18 5 12 1 1 .944 1.91 0.59 .951 2.01 1.99 0 0 1
1947 BOS AL 28 P 45 17 6 142.1 37 4 31 2 5 .946 2.21 0.78 .955 1.92 1.90 2 5 71% 50% 1
1948 BOS AL 29 P 35 3 1 91.1 31 6 25 0 2 1.000 3.05 0.89 .963 2.02 1.99 0 0 1
1949 BOS AL 30 P 19 3 0 49.1 9 3 5 1 0 .889 1.46 0.42 .962 2.12 2.09 2 1 33% 46% 0
1950 BOS AL 31 P 11 0 0 13.2 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 3.95 0.55 .950 2.04 1.99 1 0 0% 0
1951 DET AL 32 P 6 0 0 5.2 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 3.18 0.33 .955 2.06 2.07 1 0 0% 45% 0
8 Seasons P 179 50 13 546.1 154 24 126 4 13 .974 2.47 0.84 .958 2.03 1.99 7 6 46% 41% 4
8 Seasons TOT 179 50 13 546.1 154 24 126 4 13 .974 2.47 0.84 .958 2.03 1.99 7 6 46% 41% 4
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

Games Played s c a p y
1947 AL  45 (3rd)

Saves s c a p y
1946 AL  3 (8th)
1947 AL  8 (5th)
1948 AL  5 (6th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1947 AL  3 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1946 AL  14 (9th)
1948 AL  21 (6th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1940 AL  11.24 (10th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1947 AL  2.0 (9th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1940 AL  0.8 (10th)
1947 AL  1.3 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1940 AL  1.1 (10th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1947 AL  45 (3rd)

                                         

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 InkPitching - 11 (1449), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 7 (1193), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1294), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (919th), 1.7 career WAR/3.4 7yr-peak WAR/2.6 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

  • Before 1940 Season: Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent.
  • October 1, 1950: Released by the Boston Red Sox. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • November 15, 1950: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • June 15, 1951: Released by the Detroit Tigers.
The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.

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
1921 2 New York Yankees $1,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,800
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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