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Tommy John

Thomas Edward John (twitter: @TommyJohn288)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: May 22, 1943 in Terre Haute, IN
High School: Gerstmeyer HS (Terre Haute, IN)
School: Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1961. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 6, 1963 (Age 20.107)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Yankees/Dodgers/Angels/Indians/... 1963-1989
Agents: Bob Cohen [*]
Final Game: May 25, 1989 (Age 46.003)
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Standard Fielding

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
1963 CLE AL 20 P 6 3 0 20.1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.77 0.67 .955 1.99 2.00 3 1 25% 33% 0
1964 CLE AL 21 P 25 14 2 94.1 21 5 16 0 2 1.000 2.00 0.84 .957 1.90 1.89 2 0 0% 37% 0
1965 CHW AL 22 P 39 27 6 183.2 60 4 51 5 3 .917 2.70 1.41 .951 2.04 2.03 12 7 37% 34% 2
1966 CHW AL 23 P 34 33 10 223.0 60 8 47 5 0 .917 2.22 1.62 .952 1.99 1.98 15 9 38% 38% 0
1967 CHW AL 24 P 31 29 9 178.1 74 17 55 2 4 .973 3.63 2.32 .957 1.96 1.96 4 5 56% 41% 0
1968 CHW AL 25 P 25 25 5 177.1 65 10 54 1 6 .985 3.25 2.56 .957 1.89 1.88 10 6 38% 37% 0 AS
1969 CHW AL 26 P 33 33 6 232.1 82 16 66 0 4 1.000 3.18 2.48 .951 1.88 1.88 13 5 28% 36% 1
1970 CHW AL 27 P 37 37 10 269.1 88 15 65 8 3 .909 2.67 2.16 .951 1.86 1.85 13 6 32% 39% 1
1971 CHW AL 28 P 38 35 10 229.1 46 9 34 3 2 .935 1.69 1.13 .958 1.98 1.97 12 5 29% 39% 0
1972 LAD NL 29 P 29 29 4 186.2 56 11 45 0 3 1.000 2.70 1.93 .950 1.78 1.78 7 3 30% 37% 0
1973 LAD NL 30 P 36 31 4 218.0 80 15 64 1 6 .988 3.26 2.19 .950 1.88 1.88 6 5 45% 36% 0
1974 LAD NL 31 P 22 22 5 153.0 40 3 36 1 3 .975 2.29 1.77 .944 1.88 1.88 9 9 50% 33% 2
1976 LAD NL 33 P 31 31 6 207.0 37 3 33 1 2 .973 1.57 1.16 .950 1.88 1.87 14 7 33% 33% 1
1977 LAD NL 34 P 31 31 11 220.1 54 6 47 1 5 .981 2.16 1.71 .950 1.85 1.85 8 10 56% 35% 0 CYA-2,MVP-12
1978 LAD NL 35 P 33 30 7 213.0 56 8 45 3 1 .946 2.24 1.61 .951 1.91 1.89 21 6 22% 32% 4 AS,CYA-8
1979 NYY AL 36 P 37 36 17 276.1 69 15 51 3 5 .957 2.15 1.78 .949 1.92 1.89 10 8 44% 36% 3 AS,CYA-2,MVP-22
1980 NYY AL 37 P 36 36 16 265.1 63 16 46 1 4 .984 2.10 1.72 .957 1.85 1.85 2 12 86% 35% 1 AS,CYA-4
1981 NYY AL 38 P 20 20 7 140.1 38 11 27 0 2 1.000 2.44 1.90 .963 1.98 1.98 8 6 43% 38% 1
1982 TOT AL 39 P 37 33 10 221.2 60 10 48 2 1 .967 2.35 1.57 .958 1.80 1.80 5 8 62% 36% 0
1982 NYY AL 39 P 30 26 9 186.2 50 8 40 2 1 .960 2.31 1.60 .958 1.80 1.80 5 6 55% 36% 0
1982 CAL AL 39 P 7 7 1 35.0 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 2.57 1.43 .958 1.80 1.80 0 2 100% 36% 0
1983 CAL AL 40 P 34 34 9 234.2 55 16 39 0 4 1.000 2.11 1.62 .958 1.80 1.78 5 7 58% 33% 0
1984 CAL AL 41 P 32 29 4 181.1 42 15 27 0 2 1.000 2.08 1.31 .958 1.79 1.78 12 6 33% 36% 1
1985 TOT AL 42 P 23 17 0 86.1 30 8 22 0 2 1.000 3.13 1.30 .953 1.86 1.84 4 4 50% 33% 0
1985 CAL AL 42 P 12 6 0 38.1 13 4 9 0 2 1.000 3.05 1.08 .953 1.85 1.84 0 1 100% 33% 0
1985 OAK AL 42 P 11 11 0 48.0 17 4 13 0 0 1.000 3.19 1.55 .953 1.86 1.84 4 3 43% 33% 0
1986 NYY AL 43 P 13 10 1 70.2 22 4 15 3 2 .864 2.42 1.46 .957 1.83 1.81 6 4 40% 34% 0
1987 NYY AL 44 P 33 33 3 187.2 40 4 31 5 1 .875 1.68 1.06 .955 1.84 1.82 17 6 26% 31% 1
1988 NYY AL 45 P 35 32 0 176.1 48 4 40 4 2 .917 2.25 1.26 .961 1.78 1.77 15 4 21% 31% 0
1989 NYY AL 46 P 10 10 0 63.2 24 3 21 0 0 1.000 3.39 2.40 .960 1.87 1.85 7 5 42% 31% 2
26 Seasons P 760 700 162 4710.1 1314 237 1028 49 69 .963 2.42 1.66 .954 1.88 1.87 240 154 39% 35% 20
26 Seasons TOT 760 700 162 4710.1 1314 237 1028 49 69 .963 2.42 1.66 .954 1.88 1.87 240 154 39% 35% 20
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

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
1963 CLE AL 20 P
1964 CLE AL 21 P
1965 CHW AL 22 P
1966 CHW AL 23 P
1967 CHW AL 24 P
1968 CHW AL 25 P
1969 CHW AL 26 P
1970 CHW AL 27 P
1971 CHW AL 28 P
1972 LAD NL 29 P
1973 LAD NL 30 P
1974 LAD NL 31 P
1976 LAD NL 33 P
1977 LAD NL 34 P
1978 LAD NL 35 P
1979 NYY AL 36 P
1980 NYY AL 37 P
1981 NYY AL 38 P
1982 NYY AL 39 P
1982 CAL AL 39 P
1983 CAL AL 40 P
1984 CAL AL 41 P
1985 CAL AL 42 P
1985 OAK AL 42 P
1986 NYY AL 43 P
1987 NYY AL 44 P
1988 NYY AL 45 P
1989 NYY AL 46 P
26 Seasons P
26 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1963 CLE AL 20 6 3 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 CLE AL 21 25 14 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 CHW AL 22 39 27 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 CHW AL 23 34 33 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 CHW AL 24 31 29 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 CHW AL 25 25 25 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 CHW AL 26 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 CHW AL 27 38 37 38 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1971 CHW AL 28 38 35 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 LAD NL 29 29 29 29 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 LAD NL 30 36 31 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 LAD NL 31 22 22 22 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 LAD NL 33 31 31 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 LAD NL 34 31 31 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 LAD NL 35 33 30 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 NYY AL 36 37 36 1 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 NYY AL 37 36 36 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 NYY AL 38 20 20 0 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 NYY AL 39 30 26 0 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 CAL AL 39 7 7 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 CAL AL 40 34 34 0 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 CAL AL 41 32 29 0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 CAL AL 42 12 6 0 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 OAK AL 42 11 11 0 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 NYY AL 43 13 10 0 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 NYY AL 44 33 33 0 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 NYY AL 45 35 32 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYY AL 46 10 10 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Seasons 761 700 452 760 760 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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 -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1963 CLE AL 20 87 89% 37% 3 100% 0 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1964 CLE AL 21 411 78% 35% 19 89% 0 5 0 4 17 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0
1965 CHW AL 22 752 79% 34% 54 93% 0 4 0 3 52 38 8 5 0 4 1 5 3 3 3 0 6 100%
1966 CHW AL 23 904 82% 35% 58 88% 0 7 0 6 52 47 2 5 0 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 86%
1967 CHW AL 24 715 80% 40% 61 95% 1 18 2 12 58 47 4 2 0 2 0 1 4 2 3 1 2 100%
1968 CHW AL 25 705 77% 37% 66 95% 0 12 1 7 59 47 9 1 0 0 1 0 6 6 6 0 1 100%
1969 CHW AL 26 983 82% 39% 67 91% 2 12 1 10 63 45 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 3 1 5 100%
1970 CHW AL 27 1133 82% 40% 71 94% 0 13 2 9 65 53 7 8 1 3 4 4 3 3 3 0 6 100%
1971 CHW AL 28 975 83% 38% 44 86% 1 9 0 7 37 33 3 3 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 50%
1972 LAD NL 29 766 82% 37% 53 87% 2 11 2 7 45 34 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 5 40%
1973 LAD NL 30 888 82% 39% 68 97% 1 14 2 10 66 55 7 1 0 0 1 0 6 5 5 1 6 100%
1974 LAD NL 31 616 84% 36% 40 88% 0 3 1 2 36 28 5 1 0 0 1 1 3 3 3 0 5 80%
1976 LAD NL 33 868 86% 41% 35 94% 0 3 1 2 33 25 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0
1977 LAD NL 34 906 83% 44% 59 88% 1 6 0 4 51 42 7 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 5 0 6 67%
1978 LAD NL 35 912 84% 43% 48 92% 0 9 3 6 45 39 1 3 0 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1979 NYY AL 36 1115 87% 41% 59 81% 1 16 1 13 49 39 6 3 0 1 2 1 5 4 5 0 7 100%
1980 NYY AL 37 1089 89% 39% 52 88% 0 16 2 10 45 39 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 3 1 7 71%
1981 NYY AL 38 580 88% 38% 33 91% 1 9 0 6 28 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 4 100%
1982 NYY AL 39 766 90% 43% 53 74% 0 8 3 4 39 31 3 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 100%
1982 CAL AL 39 152 89% 39% 14 79% 0 2 0 2 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1983 CAL AL 40 1010 91% 40% 46 91% 2 16 2 11 38 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 4 100%
1984 CAL AL 41 796 90% 37% 31 100% 0 14 0 10 29 18 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 4 0 2 100%
1985 CAL AL 42 176 85% 32% 10 100% 0 4 1 3 9 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 1 100%
1985 OAK AL 42 221 94% 37% 14 100% 1 4 1 1 13 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1986 NYY AL 43 290 89% 46% 17 94% 1 4 0 2 15 11 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 0 0
1987 NYY AL 44 802 89% 46% 35 83% 3 5 2 3 30 22 2 5 0 3 2 3 1 0 0 1 7 57%
1988 NYY AL 45 775 86% 49% 46 89% 0 4 1 2 40 33 2 4 0 1 3 1 2 2 2 0 6 83%
1989 NYY AL 46 290 89% 55% 23 100% 1 3 2 1 23 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 100%
26 Seasons 19683 85% 40% 1179 90% 18 232 30 158 1051 842 107 49 3 25 21 25 71 56 65 6 104 87%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 91% 87%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - 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.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1995 BBWAA (21.3%)
1996 BBWAA (21.7%)
1997 BBWAA (20.5%)
1998 BBWAA (27.3%)
1999 BBWAA (18.7%)
2000 BBWAA (27.1%)
2001 BBWAA (28.3%)
2002 BBWAA (26.9%)
2003 BBWAA (23.4%)
2004 BBWAA (21.9%)
2005 BBWAA (23.8%)
2006 BBWAA (29.6%)
2007 BBWAA (22.9%)
2008 BBWAA (29.1%)
2009 BBWAA (31.7%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1977 NL (12, 10%)
1979 AL (22, 1%)
0.11 Career Shares (905th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1977 NL (2, 45%)
1978 NL (8, 1%)
1979 AL (2, 36%)
1980 AL (4, 10%)
0.92 Career Shares (63rd)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1974 April NL Player of the Month
1979 April AL Pitcher of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1974 Apr 28th NL Player of the Week
1977 Aug 14th NL Player of the Week
1979 May 20th AL Player of the Week
1980 May 11th AL Player of the Week

Def. Games as P s c a p y
Career  760 (60th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
Career  237 (48th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1967 AL  55 (2nd)
1968 AL  54 (3rd)
1969 AL  66 (2nd)
1970 AL  65 (1st)
1973 NL  64 (1st)
1977 NL  47 (5th)
1979 AL  51 (4th)
1980 AL  46 (4th)
1982 AL  48 (3rd)
1988 AL  40 (5th)
Career  1,028 (21st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1965 AL  5 (4th)
1966 AL  5 (1st)
1970 AL  8 (1st)
1987 AL  5 (1st)
1988 AL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1965 AL  2.70 (5th)
1967 AL  3.63 (1st)
1968 AL  3.25 (1st)
1969 AL  3.18 (2nd)
1970 AL  2.67 (2nd)
1972 NL  2.70 (2nd)
1973 NL  3.26 (1st)
1982 AL  2.35 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1967 AL  2.32 (3rd)
1968 AL  2.56 (1st)
1969 AL  2.48 (2nd)
1970 AL  2.16 (2nd)
1972 NL  1.93 (2nd)
1973 NL  2.19 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1969 AL  1.000 (1st)
1972 NL  1.000 (1st)
1981 AL  1.000 (1st)
1983 AL  1.000 (1st)
1984 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1981 AL  born 1943-05-22 (8th)
1982 AL  born 1943-05-22 (8th)
1983 AL  born 1943-05-22 (5th)
1984 AL  born 1943-05-22 (3rd)
1985 AL  born 1943-05-22 (2nd)
1986 AL  born 1943-05-22 (2nd)
1987 AL  born 1943-05-22 (2nd)
1988 AL  born 1943-05-22 (1st)
1989 AL  born 1943-05-22 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1963 AL  born 1943-05-22 (9th)

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