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Lou Kretlow

Louis Henry Kretlow (Lena)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: June 27, 1921 in Apache, OK
High School: Putnam City HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
Schools: University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK), University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 26, 1946 (Age 25.091)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1949 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Orioles/Browns/Tigers/Athletics 1946-1956

Final Game: September 23, 1956 (Age 35.088)
Died: September 12, 2007 in Enid, OK
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, OK
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1946 25 DET AL 1 0 1.000 3.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 7 3 3 2 2 4 0 0 0 36 128 5.05 1.000 7.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.00
1948 27 DET AL 2 1 .667 4.63 5 2 2 1 0 0 23.1 21 14 12 1 11 9 0 0 0 101 96 3.86 1.371 8.1 0.4 4.2 3.5 0.82
1949 28 DET AL 3 2 .600 6.16 25 10 8 1 0 0 76.0 85 58 52 5 69 40 1 0 5 368 68 5.08 2.026 10.1 0.6 8.2 4.7 0.58
1950 29 TOT AL 0 2 .000 7.07 20 3 11 0 0 0 35.2 42 32 28 3 45 24 2 0 0 189 67 6.28 2.439 10.6 0.8 11.4 6.1 0.53
1950 29 SLB AL 0 2 .000 11.93 9 2 6 0 0 0 14.1 25 19 19 2 18 10 2 0 0 84 42 7.19 3.000 15.7 1.3 11.3 6.3 0.56
1950 29 CHW AL 0 0 3.80 11 1 5 0 0 0 21.1 17 13 9 1 27 14 0 0 0 105 120 5.68 2.063 7.2 0.4 11.4 5.9 0.52
1951 30 CHW AL 6 9 .400 4.20 26 18 0 7 1 0 137.0 129 77 64 7 74 89 3 0 3 602 96 3.53 1.482 8.5 0.5 4.9 5.8 1.20
1952 31 CHW AL 4 4 .500 2.96 19 11 3 4 2 1 79.0 52 31 26 5 56 63 1 0 3 344 123 3.78 1.367 5.9 0.6 6.4 7.2 1.13
1953 32 TOT AL 1 5 .167 4.78 31 14 9 0 0 0 101.2 105 67 54 7 82 52 1 0 5 482 88 4.91 1.839 9.3 0.6 7.3 4.6 0.63
1953 32 CHW AL 0 0 3.48 9 3 3 0 0 0 20.2 12 11 8 2 30 15 1 0 2 102 117 6.90 2.032 5.2 0.9 13.1 6.5 0.50
1953 32 SLB AL 1 5 .167 5.11 22 11 6 0 0 0 81.0 93 56 46 5 52 37 0 0 3 380 82 4.41 1.790 10.3 0.6 5.8 4.1 0.71
1954 33 BAL AL 6 11 .353 4.37 32 20 2 5 0 0 166.2 169 83 81 12 82 82 1 0 2 730 82 3.84 1.506 9.1 0.6 4.4 4.4 1.00
1955 34 BAL AL 0 4 .000 8.22 15 5 5 0 0 0 38.1 50 39 35 3 27 0 26 1 0 4 192 46 4.22 2.009 11.7 0.7 6.3 6.1 0.96
1956 35 KCA AL 4 9 .308 5.31 25 20 3 3 0 0 118.2 121 75 70 17 74 4 61 0 0 3 542 82 5.07 1.643 9.2 1.3 5.6 4.6 0.82
10 Yrs 27 47 .365 4.87 199 104 43 22 3 1 785.1 781 479 425 62 522 4 450 10 0 25 3586 82 4.37 1.659 9.0 0.7 6.0 5.2 0.86
162 Game Avg. 6 11 .365 4.87 45 23 10 5 1 0 176 175 107 95 14 117 101 2 0 6 805 82 4.37 1.659 9.0 0.7 6.0 5.2 0.86
BAL (4 yrs) 7 22 .241 5.42 78 38 19 5 0 0 300.1 337 197 181 22 179 0 155 4 0 9 1386 71 4.20 1.718 10.1 0.7 5.4 4.6 0.87
CHW (4 yrs) 10 13 .435 3.73 65 33 11 11 3 1 258.0 210 132 107 15 187 181 5 0 8 1153 106 4.06 1.539 7.3 0.5 6.5 6.3 0.97
DET (3 yrs) 6 3 .667 5.57 31 13 10 3 0 0 108.1 113 75 67 8 82 53 1 0 5 505 76 4.81 1.800 9.4 0.7 6.8 4.4 0.65
KCA (1 yr) 4 9 .308 5.31 25 20 3 3 0 0 118.2 121 75 70 17 74 4 61 0 0 3 542 82 5.07 1.643 9.2 1.3 5.6 4.6 0.82
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1946 25 DET AL 9.0 1 1 3 3.00 3.78 0.05 0.00 110.0 4.11 1 0.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .632 .501 $3,600
1948 27 DET AL 23.1 5 2 14 5.40 5.01 -0.12 0.00 101.8 5.22 -0 -0.0 .8 -0.0 0.1 1 .490 .500 $3,600
1949 28 DET AL 76.0 25 10 58 6.87 4.54 0.07 0.00 101.8 4.55 -20 -1.8 .8 -0.0 -1.2 -13 .426 .489 $6,000
1950 29 SLB AL 14.1 9 2 19 11.93 5.63 -0.60 0.00 115.1 7.18 -8 -0.7 .9 0.0 -0.6 -6 .424 .496 $6,500
1950 29 CHW AL 21.1 11 1 13 5.48 5.39 0.11 0.00 102.3 5.40 -0 -0.0 .4 -0.0 0.1 2 .497 .500
1951 30 CHW AL 137.0 26 18 77 5.06 4.59 0.14 0.00 97.2 4.33 -12 -1.2 .4 -0.1 -0.1 1 .455 .493 $7,000
1952 31 CHW AL 79.0 19 11 31 3.53 4.45 0.07 0.00 98.2 4.31 7 0.7 .7 -0.1 1.3 13 .539 .505 $10,000
1953 32 CHW AL 20.2 9 3 11 4.79 4.94 0.17 0.00 103.8 4.95 0 0.0 .7 -0.0 0.2 2 .503 .500 $10,000
1953 32 SLB AL 81.0 22 11 56 6.22 4.54 -0.27 0.00 106.0 5.10 -11 -1.1 .5 0.0 -0.3 -3 .451 .493
1954 33 BAL AL 166.2 32 20 83 4.48 4.22 -0.25 0.00 97.1 4.34 -2 -0.2 .8 -0.1 1.0 10 .492 .498 $10,500
1955 34 BAL AL 38.1 15 5 39 9.16 4.52 -0.38 0.00 99.1 4.85 -19 -1.8 .2 0.2 -1.2 -15 .383 .489 $13,000
1956 35 KCA AL 119.2 25 20 75 5.64 4.78 -0.07 0.00 103.7 5.03 -9 -0.9 .3 -0.1 0.1 2 .464 .494 $14,500
10 Seasons 786.1 199 104 479 5.48 4.57 -0.08 0.00 100.6 4.68 -73 -6.9 .6 -0.2 -0.4 -5 .466 .495 $84,700
BAL (4 yrs) 300.1 78 38 197 5.90 4.41 -0.29 0.00 100.6 4.74 -39 -3.8 .6 0.1 -1.1 -15 .452 .495 $30,000
CHW (4 yrs) 258.0 65 33 132 4.60 4.64 0.12 0.00 98.5 4.46 -6 -0.5 .5 -0.2 1.6 17 .493 .498 $27,000
DET (3 yrs) 108.1 31 13 75 6.23 4.58 0.03 0.00 102.5 4.65 -19 -1.8 .8 -0.0 -0.9 -10 .443 .491 $13,200
KCA (1 yr) 119.2 25 20 75 5.64 4.78 -0.07 0.00 103.7 5.03 -9 -0.9 .3 -0.1 0.1 2 .464 .494 $14,500

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 25 DET AL 1 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250 236 3 0 0 0 /1
1948 27 DET AL 5 9 8 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 163 4 0 0 1 /1
1949 28 DET AL 25 28 26 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 16 .000 .037 .000 .037 -90 0 0 0 1 1
1950 29 TOT AL 21 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 1
1950 29 SLB AL 10 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1950 29 CHW AL 11 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 1
1951 30 CHW AL 26 51 48 1 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 24 .083 .120 .083 .203 -44 4 1 0 1 1
1952 31 CHW AL 19 25 20 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 .050 .174 .100 .274 -23 2 0 0 2 1
1953 32 TOT AL 31 31 29 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 16 .172 .200 .172 .372 0 5 0 0 2 1
1953 32 CHW AL 9 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200 -43 0 0 0 0 /1
1953 32 SLB AL 22 27 25 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 .200 .200 .200 .400 7 5 0 0 2 1
1954 33 BAL AL 32 60 51 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 19 .157 .232 .157 .389 12 8 0 0 4 0 1
1955 34 BAL AL 15 12 11 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 .091 .091 .091 .182 -49 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
1956 35 KCA AL 25 41 33 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 19 .061 .162 .061 .223 -39 2 0 0 4 0 0 1
10 Yrs 200 268 237 7 27 2 0 0 12 0 0 16 118 .114 .170 .122 .292 -19 29 1 0 16 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 217 192 6 22 2 0 0 10 0 0 13 96 .114 .170 .122 .292 -19 23 1 0 13
BAL (4 yrs) 79 102 90 3 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 40 .156 .200 .156 .356 -0 14 0 0 7 0 0
CHW (4 yrs) 65 84 76 2 5 1 0 0 5 0 0 6 41 .066 .134 .079 .213 -41 6 1 0 3
DET (3 yrs) 31 41 38 1 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 18 .158 .179 .184 .364 -4 7 0 0 2
KCA (1 yr) 25 41 33 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 19 .061 .162 .061 .223 -39 2 0 0 4 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 25 DET AL 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .604 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $3,600 /1
1948 27 DET AL 5 9 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .534 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $3,600 /1
1949 28 DET AL 25 28 -8 0 0 0 3 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .481 .497 -0.5 0.0 -5 $6,000 1
1950 29 SLB AL 10 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $6,500 /1
1950 29 CHW AL 11 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1951 30 CHW AL 26 51 -10 0 -0 0 5 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .479 .497 -0.6 0.0 -5 $7,000 1
1952 31 CHW AL 19 25 -4 -1 -0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .488 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $10,000 1
1953 32 CHW AL 9 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $10,000 /1
1953 32 SLB AL 22 27 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1954 33 BAL AL 32 60 -6 -1 0 0 7 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 $10,500 1
1955 34 BAL AL 15 12 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $13,000 1
1956 35 KCA AL 25 41 -7 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $14,500 1
10 Seasons 200 268 -42 -1 -0 0 29 -15 -1.6 0 -15 -1.6 .492 .499 -1.6 0.0 -15 $84,700
BAL (4 yrs) 79 102 -14 -1 0 0 11 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .497 .500 -0.3 0.0 -3 $30,000
CHW (4 yrs) 65 84 -16 -1 -0 0 9 -8 -0.9 0 -8 -0.9 .487 .498 -0.9 0.0 -8 $27,000
DET (3 yrs) 31 41 -6 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 $13,200
KCA (1 yr) 25 41 -7 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $14,500

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1946 DET AL 25 P 1 1 1 9.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 1.00 .950 2.00 2.00
1948 DET AL 27 P 5 2 1 23.1 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 1.93 1.00 .964 2.01 2.00 1 0 0% 48% 0
1949 DET AL 28 P 25 10 1 76.0 27 2 23 2 1 .926 2.96 1.00 .962 2.12 2.09 1 0 0% 46% 1
1950 TOT AL 29 P 20 3 0 35.2 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 0.76 0.15 .950 2.02 1.99 0 1 100% 0
1950 SLB AL 29 P 9 2 0 14.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.26 0.22 .950 2.01 1.99 0 0 0
1950 CHW AL 29 P 11 1 0 21.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.42 0.09 .950 2.02 1.99 0 1 100% 0
1951 CHW AL 30 P 26 18 7 137.0 30 5 22 3 2 .900 1.77 1.04 .953 2.07 2.06 9 6 40% 45% 1
1952 CHW AL 31 P 19 11 4 79.0 10 1 9 0 2 1.000 1.14 0.53 .966 2.10 2.10 4 3 43% 46% 1
1953 TOT AL 32 P 31 14 0 101.2 23 6 13 4 1 .826 1.68 0.61 .957 1.95 1.93 1 4 80% 51% 0
1953 CHW AL 32 P 9 3 0 20.2 10 3 6 1 1 .900 3.92 1.00 .957 1.96 1.93 0 1 100% 51% 0
1953 SLB AL 32 P 22 11 0 81.0 13 3 7 3 0 .769 1.11 0.45 .957 1.94 1.93 1 3 75% 50% 0
1954 BAL AL 33 P 32 20 5 166.2 34 4 30 0 2 1.000 1.84 1.06 .959 2.01 1.99 7 6 46% 48% 0
1955 BAL AL 34 P 15 5 0 38.1 12 1 11 0 0 1.000 2.82 0.80 .956 2.00 1.97 3 1 25% 47% 0
1956 KCA AL 35 P 25 20 3 118.2 23 5 16 2 1 .913 1.59 0.84 .950 1.92 1.91 3 9 75% 44% 0
10 Seasons P 199 104 22 785.1 168 24 133 11 9 .935 1.80 0.79 .957 2.02 2.00 29 30 51% 46% 3
10 Seasons TOT 199 104 22 785.1 168 24 133 11 9 .935 1.80 0.79 .957 2.02 2.00 29 30 51% 46% 3
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

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1951 AL  3 (4th)
1953 AL  4 (2nd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1954 AL  1.000 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 3 (1767), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2315th), -1.9 career WAR/1.7 7yr-peak WAR/-0.1 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1946 25 Detroit Tigers $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 27 Detroit Tigers $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1949 28 Detroit Tigers $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 29 St. Louis Browns $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts SLB/CHW
1951 30 Chicago White Sox $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1952 31 Chicago White Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1953 32 Chicago White Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts CHW/SLB
1954 33 Baltimore Orioles $10,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1955 34 Baltimore Orioles $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1956 35 Kansas City Athletics $14,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$84,700
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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