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Nippy Jones

Vernal Leroy Jones

Positions: First Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: June 29, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Fremont HS (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 9, 1946 (Age 20.345)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves/Phillies 1946-1957

Final Game: September 29, 1957 (Age 32.092)
Died: October 3, 1995 in Sacramento, CA
Buried: Southeast Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, CA
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Standard Batting

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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
1946 21 STL NL 16 14 12 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 .333 .429 .333 .762 114 4 2 0 0 /4
1947 22 STL NL 23 77 73 6 18 4 0 1 5 0 2 10 .247 .267 .342 .609 58 25 2 0 2 4/O9
1948 23 STL NL 132 523 481 58 122 21 9 10 81 2 36 45 .254 .307 .397 .704 85 191 25 1 5 *3
1949 24 STL NL 110 403 380 51 114 20 2 8 62 1 16 20 .300 .330 .426 .756 98 162 11 1 5 3
1950 25 STL NL 13 29 26 0 6 1 0 0 6 0 3 1 .231 .310 .269 .580 51 7 3 0 0 /3
1951 26 STL NL 80 312 300 20 79 12 0 3 41 1 2 9 13 .263 .287 .333 .620 66 100 13 1 2 3
1952 27 PHI NL 8 30 30 3 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .267 .433 19 8 2 0 0 /3
1957 32 MLN NL 30 83 79 5 21 2 1 2 8 0 0 3 7 .266 .293 .392 .685 88 31 0 0 1 0 1 3/9
8 Yrs 412 1471 1381 146 369 60 12 25 209 4 2 71 102 .267 .304 .382 .687 81 528 58 3 15 0 1
162 Game Avg. 162 578 543 57 145 24 5 10 82 2 28 40 .267 .304 .382 .687 81 208 23 1 6
STL (6 yrs) 374 1358 1272 138 343 58 11 22 196 4 2 68 91 .270 .308 .384 .693 82 489 56 3 14
MLN (1 yr) 30 83 79 5 21 2 1 2 8 0 0 3 7 .266 .293 .392 .685 88 31 0 0 1 0 1
PHI (1 yr) 8 30 30 3 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .267 .433 19 8 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
1946 21 STL NL 16 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /4
1947 22 STL NL 23 77 -5 0 0 -1 1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .477 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -1 4/O9
1948 23 STL NL 132 523 -11 1 -1 -6 -6 -24 -2.5 21 -3 -0.4 .481 .485 0.2 -1.2 3 *3
1949 24 STL NL 110 403 -1 -1 -1 -6 -5 -13 -1.4 16 3 0.2 .488 .492 0.8 -1.1 9 3
1950 25 STL NL 13 29 -2 0 -0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .484 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /3
1951 26 STL NL 80 312 -13 -1 -1 1 -3 -18 -2.0 12 -6 -0.7 .476 .488 -0.8 -0.2 -7 3
1952 27 PHI NL 8 30 -3 0 -0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .447 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -3 /3
1957 32 MLN NL 30 83 -2 -0 1 4 -1 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .503 .501 0.0 0.3 0 3/9
8 Seasons 412 1471 -37 -1 -3 -8 -15 -64 -6.9 57 -7 -1.1 .484 .490 -0.1 -2.4 1
STL (6 yrs) 374 1358 -32 -1 -3 -12 -13 -61 -6.6 53 -8 -1.2 .483 .489 0.2 -2.6 4
MLN (1 yr) 30 83 -2 -0 1 4 -1 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .503 .501 0.0 0.3 0
PHI (1 yr) 8 30 -3 0 -0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .447 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -3

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 ❍ 21 STL NL WS BOS W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 ❍ 32 MLN NL WS NYY W 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 1 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 1 0 0 0
2 WS 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 1 0 0 0

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
1946 STL NL 21 2B 3 0 0 5 2 2 1 1 .800 1.33 .972 5.53
1947 STL NL 22 2B 13 13 13 77 32 40 5 5 .935 5.54 .975 5.57
1947 STL NL 22 OF 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .975 2.40
1947 STL NL 22 RF 2 2 2 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 .977 2.10
1948 STL NL 23 1B 128 124 119 1228 1148 63 17 98 .986 9.46 .990 9.61
1949 STL NL 24 1B 98 97 83 931 876 40 15 85 .984 9.35 .991 9.62
1950 STL NL 25 1B 8 6 4 51.0 58 54 3 1 8 .983 10.06 7.13 .990 9.71 9.61
1951 STL NL 26 1B 71 70 70 635.2 753 698 48 7 78 .991 10.56 10.51 .989 9.76 9.72
1952 PHI NL 27 1B 8 8 5 65.2 82 73 7 2 8 .976 10.96 10.00 .990 9.90 9.81
1957 MLN NL 32 1B 20 15 10 133.0 156 143 12 1 12 .994 4 33 10.49 7.75 .990 9.67 9.73
1957 MLN NL 32 OF 1 1 1 8.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.04 1.00 .980 2.28 2.30
1957 MLN NL 32 RF 1 1 1 8.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.04 1.00 .970 1.97 2.00
6 Seasons 1B 333 320 291 885.1 3208 2992 173 43 289 .987 4 5 10.55 9.50 .990 9.75 9.65
2 Seasons 2B 16 13 13 82 34 42 6 6 .927 4.75 .975 5.56
2 Seasons RF 3 3 3 8.2 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.04 1.33 .975 1.97 2.07
2 Seasons OF 3 3 3 8.2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 1.04 1.00 .977 2.28 2.37
8 Seasons TOT 352 336 307 894.0 3293 3029 215 49 295 .985 4 5 10.46 9.22 .990 9.68 9.40
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

Triples s c a p y
1948 NL  9 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1948 NL  25 (1st)

Putoutss c a p y
1948 NL  1,148 (2nd)
1949 NL  876 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  128 (3rd)
1949 NL  98 (5th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  1,148 (2nd)
1949 NL  876 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  17 (2nd)
1949 NL  15 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  98 (2nd)
1949 NL  85 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1957 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  9.46 (3rd)
1949 NL  9.35 (3rd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1948 NL  .986 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2443), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1974), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2432), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (923rd), -1.1 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-0.7 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Vernal Leroy Nippy Jones

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