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Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson

Positions: First Baseman and Designated Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: September 2, 1950 in Bessemer, AL
High School: Wenonah HS (Birmingham, AL)
Drafted
by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 1968 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 18, 1974 (Age 23.258)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Rangers 1974-1982
Agents: George Andrews [*]
Final Game: October 2, 1982 (Age 32.030)
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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
1974 23 CHW AL 10 30 29 1 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 .345 .333 .345 .678 94 10 3 0 0 1 0 /3D
1975 24 CHW AL 8 31 30 2 6 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 .200 .226 .400 .626 73 12 0 0 0 0 0 /3D
1976 25 CHW AL 82 248 222 29 71 11 1 4 33 2 1 19 37 .320 .372 .432 .805 135 96 11 2 1 4 1 3D/7
1977 26 CHW AL 118 401 374 52 113 12 5 18 65 1 1 24 53 .302 .342 .505 .847 128 189 15 0 0 3 3 D3
1978 27 CHW AL 148 551 498 52 136 23 2 8 72 6 5 43 46 .273 .329 .376 .705 98 187 17 2 1 7 2 3D
1979 28 CHW AL 133 526 479 60 148 29 1 12 74 8 2 41 56 .309 .363 .449 .812 119 215 23 2 0 4 1 3D
1980 29 CHW AL 147 596 541 51 150 26 3 13 81 2 3 47 53 .277 .331 .409 .740 103 221 15 0 1 7 5 3D
1981 30 CHW AL 41 142 134 10 37 7 0 1 15 0 2 5 14 .276 .298 .351 .649 89 47 5 0 1 2 1 3/D
1982 31 TEX AL 105 358 324 37 84 11 0 7 38 3 5 31 40 .259 .326 .358 .684 93 116 13 1 2 0 0 D3
9 Yrs 792 2883 2631 294 755 122 12 64 381 22 19 211 307 .287 .338 .415 .754 109 1093 102 7 6 28 13
162 Game Avg. 162 590 538 60 154 25 2 13 78 5 4 43 63 .287 .338 .415 .754 109 224 21 1 1 6 3
CHW (8 yrs) 687 2525 2307 257 671 111 12 57 343 19 14 180 267 .291 .340 .423 .763 111 977 89 6 4 28 13
TEX (1 yr) 105 358 324 37 84 11 0 7 38 3 5 31 40 .259 .326 .358 .684 93 116 13 1 2 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
1974 23 CHW AL 10 30 0 0 -0 -0 -1 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .489 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 /3D
1975 24 CHW AL 8 31 -1 -1 0 -0 -1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .460 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -1 /3D
1976 25 CHW AL 82 248 9 0 -2 -2 -5 1 0.1 9 10 1.0 .501 .501 1.2 -0.8 12 3D/7
1977 26 CHW AL 118 401 11 1 -2 -4 -9 -3 -0.2 14 11 1.1 .497 .498 1.5 -1.3 15 $35,000 D3
1978 27 CHW AL 148 551 1 -1 -2 4 -10 -8 -0.8 20 12 1.1 .494 .495 0.8 -0.6 8 3D
1979 28 CHW AL 133 526 13 2 -4 -2 -9 -1 0.0 19 18 1.8 .499 .500 2.0 -1.1 21 3D
1980 29 CHW AL 147 596 2 -0 -0 5 -11 -4 -0.3 20 16 1.6 .497 .497 1.0 -0.5 11 3D
1981 30 CHW AL 41 142 -2 -1 -1 -2 -2 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .481 .495 -0.1 -0.4 -0 3/D
1982 31 TEX AL 105 358 -1 0 -1 -4 -8 -14 -1.4 12 -2 -0.3 .486 .491 0.2 -1.2 2 D3
9 Seasons 792 2883 31 1 -12 -6 -54 -40 -3.8 101 62 5.8 .495 .497 6.5 -6.1 67 $35,000
CHW (8 yrs) 687 2525 33 1 -11 -2 -46 -26 -2.4 89 63 6.1 .496 .498 6.3 -4.9 65 $35,000
TEX (1 yr) 105 358 -1 0 -1 -4 -8 -14 -1.4 12 -2 -0.3 .486 .491 0.2 -1.2 2

Standard Fielding

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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 Awards
1974 CHW AL 23 1B 7 6 3 48.0 42 40 2 0 8 1.000 -0 -3 7.88 6.00 .992 9.69 9.66
1974 CHW AL 23 DH 3 2
1975 CHW AL 24 1B 6 5 2 47.0 50 46 2 2 4 .960 -0 -13 9.19 8.00 .990 9.84 9.82
1975 CHW AL 24 DH 2 2
1976 CHW AL 25 1B 34 26 17 230.2 232 210 18 4 20 .983 -2 -9 8.90 6.71 .992 9.85 9.89
1976 CHW AL 25 DH 34 27
1976 CHW AL 25 LF 1 1 0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -36 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1976 CHW AL 25 OF 1 1 0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -36 0.00 0.00 2.43 2.50
1977 CHW AL 26 DH 68 43
1977 CHW AL 26 1B 45 38 36 354.2 382 346 32 4 31 .990 -4 -13 9.59 8.40 .990 10.02 9.95
1978 CHW AL 27 1B 108 93 87 838.0 966 887 71 8 74 .992 4 5 10.29 8.87 .992 10.05 9.95
1978 CHW AL 27 DH 36 36
1979 CHW AL 28 1B 94 90 49 718.0 822 748 63 11 62 .987 -2 -4 10.17 8.63 .992 10.08 9.96
1979 CHW AL 28 DH 37 36
1980 CHW AL 29 1B 80 77 48 628.1 734 671 56 7 70 .990 5 10 10.41 9.09 .992 10.02 10.00
1980 CHW AL 29 DH 66 65
1981 CHW AL 30 1B 36 32 17 255.1 282 264 15 3 31 .989 -2 -8 9.83 7.75 .993 10.06 10.03
1981 CHW AL 30 DH 3 2
1982 TEX AL 31 DH 77 72
1982 TEX AL 31 1B 12 12 8 98.2 111 105 4 2 6 .982 -4 -46 9.94 9.08 .992 9.85 9.81
9 Seasons 1B 422 379 267 3218.2 3621 3317 263 41 306 .989 -5 -2 10.01 8.48 .992 10.02 9.95
9 Seasons DH 326 285
1 Season OF 1 1 0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -36 0.00 0.00 2.43 2.50
1 Season LF 1 1 0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -36 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
9 Seasons TOT 423 380 267 3228.2 3621 3317 263 41 306 .989 -6 -2 9.98 8.46 .992 10.00 9.94
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr 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

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1980 April AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1980 Apr 13th AL Player of the Week

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1978 AL  17 (10th)
1979 AL  23 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1979 AL  11 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1978 AL  4 (5th)
1980 AL  5 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1580), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (248th), 5.8 career WAR/6.4 7yr-peak WAR/6.1 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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
1977 26 Chicago White Sox $35,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$35,000
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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