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Buddy Kerr

John Joseph Kerr

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: November 6, 1922 in Astoria, NY
High School: George Washington HS (New York, NY)
Signed
by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1943 (Age 20.306, 7,506th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1944 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Braves 1943-1951

Last Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 28.328)
Died: November 7, 2006 in New York, NY
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 27, 2014 6:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1597. Chris Johnson… #1598. Dick Siebert… #1599. Felipe Lopez… #1600. BUDDY KERR… #1601. Kevin Young… #1602. Eddie Lake… #1603. Lou Finney… 

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
1943 20 NYG NL 27 108 98 14 28 3 0 2 12 1 8 5 .286 .352 .378 .729 111 37 2 2 2 6
1944 21 NYG NL 150 598 548 68 146 31 4 9 63 14 37 32 .266 .316 .387 .703 98 212 14 3 10 *6
1945 22 NYG NL 149 605 546 53 136 20 3 4 40 5 41 34 .249 .304 .319 .623 72 174 11 2 16 *6 MVP-21
1946 23 NYG NL 145 571 497 50 124 20 3 6 40 7 53 31 .249 .324 .338 .662 88 168 10 2 19 *65 MVP-11
1947 24 NYG NL 138 595 547 73 157 23 5 7 49 2 36 49 .287 .331 .386 .717 89 211 12 0 13 *6
1948 ★ 25 NYG NL 144 555 496 41 119 16 4 0 46 9 56 36 .240 .317 .288 .605 64 143 7 0 3 *6 AS
1949 26 NYG NL 90 251 220 16 46 4 0 0 19 0 21 23 .209 .284 .227 .511 39 50 1 2 7 6
1950 27 BSN NL 155 572 507 45 115 24 6 2 46 0 50 50 .227 .296 .310 .606 64 157 21 0 14 *6
1951 28 BSN NL 69 200 172 18 32 4 0 1 18 0 0 22 20 .186 .282 .227 .509 43 39 2 1 5 6/4
9 Yrs 1067 4055 3631 378 903 145 25 31 333 38 0 324 280 .249 .312 .328 .640 76 1191 80 12 89
162 Game Avg. 162 616 551 57 137 22 4 5 51 6 49 43 .249 .312 .328 .640 76 181 12 2 14
NYG (7 yrs) 843 3283 2952 315 756 117 19 28 269 38 252 210 .256 .317 .337 .654 80 995 57 11 70
BSN (2 yrs) 224 772 679 63 147 28 6 3 64 0 0 72 70 .216 .293 .289 .581 59 196 23 1 19

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
1943 20 NYG NL 27 108 2 -0 0 -2 2 1 0.1 3 5 0.5 .505 .501 0.7 -0.0 7 6
1944 21 NYG NL 150 598 -1 0 0 2 10 11 1.1 19 30 3.0 .508 .507 2.8 1.3 28 *6
1945 22 NYG NL 149 605 -20 -0 0 4 10 -6 -0.6 19 13 1.2 .495 .496 0.8 1.5 9 *6 MVP-21
1946 23 NYG NL 145 571 -7 -0 0 5 8 6 0.7 22 28 2.9 .505 .504 2.4 1.5 23 *65 MVP-11
1947 24 NYG NL 138 595 -9 0 0 4 9 4 0.5 23 28 2.8 .503 .503 2.4 1.4 24 *6
1948 ★ 25 NYG NL 144 555 -22 -0 1 1 9 -12 -1.3 22 10 1.0 .491 .492 0.9 1.1 9 *6 AS
1949 26 NYG NL 90 251 -18 0 1 2 4 -11 -1.2 10 -1 -0.2 .487 .493 -0.4 0.6 -3 6
1950 27 BSN NL 155 572 -25 0 -2 1 10 -16 -1.8 22 6 0.5 .490 .490 0.5 1.0 5 *6
1951 28 BSN NL 69 200 -13 0 0 0 3 -9 -0.9 8 -1 -0.2 .487 .494 -0.1 0.3 -1 6/4
9 Seasons 1067 4055 -114 -0 -0 17 66 -31 -3.4 147 116 11.5 .497 .498 10.0 8.7 99
NYG (7 yrs) 843 3283 -76 -1 1 16 53 -6 -0.7 118 112 11.2 .499 .500 9.6 7.4 96
BSN (2 yrs) 224 772 -37 1 -2 1 13 -24 -2.7 29 5 0.3 .489 .491 0.4 1.3 4

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1943 NYG NL 20 SS 27 27 27 157 60 90 7 10 .955 5.56 .954 5.30
1944 NYG NL 21 SS 149 148 145 875 328 507 40 81 .954 5.60 .954 5.41
1945 NYG NL 22 SS 148 148 145 880 333 515 32 81 .964 5.73 .947 5.26 MVP-21
1946 NYG NL 23 SS 126 125 119 652 240 400 12 66 .982 5.08 .957 5.15 MVP-11
1946 NYG NL 23 3B 18 18 17 54 24 28 2 2 .963 2.89 .952 3.08 MVP-11
1947 NYG NL 24 SS 138 137 131 748 270 461 17 77 .977 5.30 .963 5.11
1948 NYG NL 25 SS 143 140 129 750 269 456 25 72 .967 5.07 .959 4.98 AS
1949 NYG NL 26 SS 89 69 50 364 125 224 15 33 .959 3.92 .961 5.04
1950 BSN NL 27 SS 155 155 128 1320.2 809 310 471 28 97 .965 5.32 5.04 .961 5.22 5.16
1951 BSN NL 28 SS 63 55 40 497.0 292 110 173 9 31 .969 5.12 4.49 .955 4.89 4.87
1951 BSN NL 28 2B 5 1 0 15.0 9 5 4 0 3 1.000 5.40 1.80 .976 5.70 5.68
9 Seasons SS 1038 1004 914 1817.2 5527 2045 3297 185 548 .967 5.27 5.15 .957 5.13 5.15
1 Season 3B 18 18 17 54 24 28 2 2 .963 2.89 .952 3.08
1 Season 2B 5 1 0 15.0 9 5 4 0 3 1.000 5.40 1.80 .976 5.70 5.68
9 Seasons TOT 1061 1023 931 1832.2 5590 2074 3329 187 553 .967 5.27 5.09 .957 5.13 5.12
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1945 NL (21, 2%)
1946 NL (11, 11%)
0.13 Career Shares (875th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1944 NL  1.3 (5th)
1945 NL  1.5 (3rd)
1946 NL  1.5 (5th)
1947 NL  1.4 (4th)
1948 NL  1.1 (5th)
1950 NL  1.0 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1946 NL  145 (9th)
1950 NL  155 (4th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1944 NL  14 (5th)
1948 NL  9 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1947 NL  122 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1945 NL  16 (7th)
1946 NL  19 (2nd)
1947 NL  13 (3rd)
1950 NL  14 (2nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1944 NL  14 (9th)
1950 NL  21 (3rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1944 NL  11.0 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1945 NL  437 (7th)

Assistss c a p y
1944 NL  507 (3rd)
1945 NL  515 (1st)
1946 NL  428 (3rd)
1947 NL  461 (1st)
1948 NL  456 (2nd)
1950 NL  471 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1944 NL  40 (2nd)
1945 NL  32 (5th)
1950 NL  28 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  149 (2nd)
1945 NL  148 (1st)
1946 NL  126 (4th)
1947 NL  138 (4th)
1948 NL  143 (4th)
1950 NL  155 (2nd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  328 (2nd)
1945 NL  333 (1st)
1946 NL  240 (4th)
1947 NL  270 (3rd)
1948 NL  269 (2nd)
1950 NL  310 (2nd)
Career  2,045 (99th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  507 (2nd)
1945 NL  515 (1st)
1946 NL  400 (3rd)
1947 NL  461 (1st)
1948 NL  456 (2nd)
1950 NL  471 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  40 (1st)
1945 NL  32 (3rd)
1947 NL  17 (5th)
1948 NL  25 (5th)
1950 NL  28 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  81 (3rd)
1945 NL  81 (1st)
1946 NL  66 (5th)
1947 NL  77 (4th)
1948 NL  72 (5th)
1950 NL  97 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1950 NL  5.32 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  5.60 (2nd)
1945 NL  5.73 (1st)
1946 NL  5.08 (3rd)
1947 NL  5.30 (2nd)
1948 NL  5.07 (2nd)
1950 NL  5.04 (4th)
Career  5.15 (49th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1944 NL  .954 (4th)
1945 NL  .964 (3rd)
1946 NL  .982 (1st)
1947 NL  .977 (2nd)
1948 NL  .967 (2nd)
1950 NL  .965 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1943 NL  born 1922-11-06 (8th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 6 (1732), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1829), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1045), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (158th), 11.5 career WAR/11.9 7yr-peak WAR/11.7 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: John Buddy Joseph Kerr

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