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Lou Klein

Louis Frank Klein

Positions: Second Baseman, Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 167 lb.

Born: October 22, 1918 in New Orleans, LA
High School: Peters HS (New Orleans, LA)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1940. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1943 (Age 24.181)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Athletics/Indians 1943-1951

Final Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 32.343)
Died: June 20, 1976 in Metairie, LA
Buried: St. Louis Cemetery #3, New Orleans, LA
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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 Awards
1943 STL NL 24 2B 126 119 103 675 301 356 18 99 .973 5.21 .969 5.76 MVP-23
1943 STL NL 24 SS 51 32 25 152 55 88 9 19 .941 2.80 .954 5.30 MVP-23
1945 STL NL 26 OF 7 5 4 20 19 1 0 1 1.000 2.86 .978 2.46
1945 STL NL 26 SS 7 6 5 28 12 14 2 3 .929 3.71 .947 5.26
1945 STL NL 26 3B 4 4 3 14 5 8 1 0 .929 3.25 .941 3.20
1945 STL NL 26 LF 4 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.33
1945 STL NL 26 RF 3 3 2 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .978 2.13
1945 STL NL 26 2B 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .965 5.60
1946 STL NL 27 2B 23 22 22 121 58 60 3 18 .975 5.13 .971 5.52
1949 STL NL 30 SS 21 16 16 91 17 64 10 7 .890 3.86 .961 5.04
1949 STL NL 30 2B 9 4 2 27 14 13 0 3 1.000 3.00 .976 5.57
1949 STL NL 30 3B 7 4 2 11 2 8 1 0 .909 1.43 .952 3.19
1951 PHA AL 32 2B 42 37 30 316.0 197 85 107 5 32 .975 5.47 4.57 .978 5.72 5.69
5 Seasons 2B 202 182 157 316.0 1022 460 536 26 152 .975 5.47 4.93 .971 5.72 5.71
3 Seasons SS 79 54 46 271 84 166 21 29 .923 3.16 .956 5.23
2 Seasons 3B 11 8 5 25 7 16 2 0 .920 2.09 .946 3.19
1 Season OF 7 5 4 20 19 1 0 1 1.000 2.86 .978 2.46
1 Season LF 4 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.33
1 Season RF 3 3 2 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .978 2.13
5 Seasons TOT 299 249 212 316.0 1338 570 719 49 182 .963 5.47 4.31 .968 5.72 5.41
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
1943 STL NL 24 2B
1943 STL NL 24 SS
1945 STL NL 26 SS
1945 STL NL 26 3B
1945 STL NL 26 LF
1945 STL NL 26 RF
1945 STL NL 26 2B
1946 STL NL 27 2B
1949 STL NL 30 SS
1949 STL NL 30 2B
1949 STL NL 30 3B
1951 PHA AL 32 2B
5 Seasons 2B
3 Seasons SS
2 Seasons 3B
1 Season LF
1 Season RF
5 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1943 STL NL 24 154 151 154 153 0 0 0 126 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1945 STL NL 26 19 15 19 19 0 0 0 2 4 7 4 0 3 7 0 0 0
1946 STL NL 27 23 22 23 23 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949 STL NL 30 58 24 58 36 0 0 0 9 8 21 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
1951 PHA AL 32 49 37 49 42 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1951 CLE AL 32 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
5 Seasons 305 249 305 273 0 0 0 202 12 69 4 0 3 7 0 33 3
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 -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1943 STL NL 24 1484 65% 83% 26% 143 93% 0 95 30 49 16 126 107 18 0 3 9 2 7 0 6 34 18 5 9 1 33 10 23 1 0 1
1946 STL NL 27 505 73% 81% 26% 47 94% 0 33 10 13 10 42 35 5 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 10 2 3 0 3 9 3 6 1 1 0
1949 STL NL 30 154 71% 78% 29% 12 75% 1 7 2 3 2 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1951 PHA AL 32 1097 61% 87% 27% 96 89% 0 73 21 40 12 84 68 14 0 1 5 0 5 0 4 27 8 6 7 2 24 9 14 1 0 1
4 Seasons 3240 65% 84% 26% 298 91% 1 208 63 105 40 261 216 40 0 6 16 2 14 0 12 72 28 14 16 6 66 22 43 4 2 2
MLB Averages 62% 83% 27% 93%

Advanced Fielding -- SS*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 63 463 163 363 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1943 STL NL 24 352 72% 86% 26% 23 96% 0 10 9 1 0 14 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
1945 STL NL 26 134 52% 89% 24% 8 88% 0 5 2 2 1 6 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
1949 STL NL 30 342 68% 77% 27% 44 82% 0 6 4 2 0 33 22 11 0 0 5 0 5 0 4 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 828 67% 83% 26% 75 87% 0 21 15 5 1 53 35 18 0 0 6 0 6 0 5 12 10 0 1 0 0 12 10 1 0 0 0
MLB Averages 62% 83% 27% 91%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 STL NL 30 127 75% 81% 35% 9 89% 0 2 2 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1 Season 127 75% 81% 35% 9 89% 0 2 2 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
MLB Averages 62% 83% 27% 89% 70%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1945 STL NL 26 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 3 0 6 3 50.0% 2 1 16.7% 0 79 49% 90% 23% 11 73%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 3 0 6 3 50.0% 2 1 16.7% 0 79 49% 90% 23% 11 73%
MLB Averages 42.8% 3.3% 62% 83% 31% 57%



* - 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1943 NL (23, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Assistss c a p y
1943 NL  444 (5th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  126 (4th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  301 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  356 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  18 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  99 (2nd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  .973 (3rd)

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