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Johnny Kucks    \COOKS\

John Charles Kucks Jr.

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: July 27, 1932 in Hoboken, NJ
High School: William L. Dickinson HS (Jersey City, NJ)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1952. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1955 (Age 22.264, 8,828th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Athletics 1955-1960

Last Game: September 25, 1960 (Age 28.060)
Died: October 31, 2013 in Saddle River, NJ
Buried: George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ
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Standard Pitching

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
1955 22 NYY AL 8 7 .533 3.41 29 13 5 3 1 0 126.2 122 54 48 8 44 6 49 2 0 3 537 111 3.50 1.311 8.7 0.6 3.1 3.5 1.11
1956 ★ 23 NYY AL 18 9 .667 3.85 34 31 1 12 3 0 224.1 223 113 96 19 72 0 67 10 1 3 947 101 3.97 1.315 8.9 0.8 2.9 2.7 0.93 AS,MVP-30
1957 24 NYY AL 8 10 .444 3.56 37 23 10 4 1 2 179.1 169 82 71 13 59 2 78 8 0 2 759 101 3.65 1.271 8.5 0.7 3.0 3.9 1.32
1958 25 NYY AL 8 8 .500 3.93 34 15 8 4 1 4 126.0 132 67 55 14 39 2 46 6 0 1 544 90 4.26 1.357 9.4 1.0 2.8 3.3 1.18
1959 26 TOT AL 8 12 .400 4.34 42 24 10 6 1 1 168.0 184 92 81 15 51 0 60 12 0 1 725 92 4.11 1.399 9.9 0.8 2.7 3.2 1.18
1959 26 NYY AL 0 1 .000 8.64 9 1 4 0 0 0 16.2 21 16 16 5 9 0 9 0 0 1 76 43 6.98 1.800 11.3 2.7 4.9 4.9 1.00
1959 26 KCA AL 8 11 .421 3.87 33 23 6 6 1 1 151.1 163 76 65 10 42 0 51 12 0 0 649 104 3.80 1.355 9.7 0.6 2.5 3.0 1.21
1960 27 KCA AL 4 10 .286 6.00 31 17 5 1 0 0 114.0 140 85 76 22 43 2 38 1 0 2 518 67 5.53 1.605 11.1 1.7 3.4 3.0 0.88
6 Yrs 54 56 .491 4.10 207 123 39 30 7 7 938.1 970 493 427 91 308 12 338 39 1 12 4030 93 4.10 1.362 9.3 0.9 3.0 3.2 1.10
162 Game Avg. 11 12 .491 4.10 43 25 8 6 1 1 193 200 102 88 19 63 2 70 8 0 2 830 93 4.10 1.362 9.3 0.9 3.0 3.2 1.10
NYY (5 yrs) 42 35 .545 3.82 143 83 28 23 6 6 673.0 667 332 286 59 223 10 249 26 1 10 2863 97 3.93 1.322 8.9 0.8 3.0 3.3 1.12
KCA (2 yrs) 12 21 .364 4.78 64 40 11 7 1 1 265.1 303 161 141 32 85 2 89 13 0 2 1167 84 4.54 1.462 10.3 1.1 2.9 3.0 1.05
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
1955 22 NYY AL 126.2 29 13 54 3.84 4.36 0.52 0.00 96.5 3.71 -3 -0.3 1.1 -0.2 0.6 9 .489 .498
1956 ★ 23 NYY AL 224.0 34 31 113 4.54 4.42 0.21 0.00 94.0 3.96 -16 -1.6 1.7 -0.2 0.1 5 .453 .490 AS,MVP-30
1957 24 NYY AL 179.1 37 23 82 4.12 4.16 0.32 0.00 97.4 3.74 -7 -0.7 1.6 -0.1 0.7 6 .481 .496
1958 25 NYY AL 126.0 34 15 67 4.79 4.15 0.43 0.00 95.9 3.57 -17 -1.8 .9 -0.1 -0.8 -7 .448 .489
1959 26 NYY AL 16.2 9 1 16 8.64 4.53 0.12 0.00 97.8 4.31 -8 -0.8 .5 0.1 -0.5 -7 .414 .495
1959 26 KCA AL 151.0 33 23 76 4.53 4.40 -0.18 0.00 103.4 4.74 5 0.5 .9 -0.1 1.7 16 .515 .503
1960 27 KCA AL 114.0 31 17 85 6.71 4.60 -0.21 0.02 100.5 4.85 -22 -2.2 .9 -0.0 -1.3 -14 .428 .486
6 Seasons 937.2 207 123 493 4.73 4.35 0.19 0.00 97.6 4.07 -69 -6.9 1.0 -0.6 0.5 7 .467 .494
NYY (5 yrs) 672.2 143 83 332 4.44 4.29 0.34 0.00 95.8 3.79 -51 -5.2 1.1 -0.4 0.1 6 .464 .493
KCA (2 yrs) 265.0 64 40 161 5.47 4.49 -0.19 0.01 102.1 4.79 -18 -1.7 .9 -0.1 0.4 1 .473 .495

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1955 22 NYY AL WS L BRO 0 0 6.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 14 1.667 12.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.00
1956 ❍ 23 NYY AL WS W BRO 1 0 1.000 0.82 3 1 0 1 1 0 11.0 6 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 40 0.818 4.9 0.0 2.5 1.6 0.67
1957 24 NYY AL WS L MLN 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 3.000 13.5 0.0 13.5 13.5 1.00
1958 ❍ 25 NYY AL WS W MLN 0 0 2.08 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.154 8.3 0.0 2.1 0.0 0.00
4 Yrs (4 Series) 1 0 1.000 1.89 8 1 0 1 1 0 19.0 15 5 4 1 6 0 4 0 0 0 76 1.105 7.1 0.5 2.8 1.9 0.67
4 WS 1 0 1.000 1.89 8 1 0 1 1 0 19.0 15 5 4 1 6 0 4 0 0 0 76 1.105 7.1 0.5 2.8 1.9 0.67

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1956 NYY AL 23

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1955 22 NYY AL 29 537 484 54 122 17 6 8 3 1 44 49 .252 .315 .362 .677 .265 175 13 2 4 3 6 7
1956 23 NYY AL 34 948 855 113 223 30 6 19 5 1 72 67 .261 .323 .377 .700 .263 322 33 10 5 6 0 18
1957 24 NYY AL 37 759 672 82 169 19 9 13 6 3 59 78 .251 .316 .365 .680 .264 245 20 8 11 9 2 11
1958 25 NYY AL 34 544 489 67 132 13 6 14 6 2 39 46 .270 .329 .407 .736 .273 199 15 6 6 4 2 14
1959 26 KCA AL 28 33 649 587 76 163 31 4 10 8 5 42 51 .278 .336 .395 .731 .288 232 21 12 3 5 0 7
1959 26 NYY AL 9 76 65 16 21 3 0 5 1 0 9 9 .323 .405 .600 1.005 .314 39 2 0 2 0 0 0
1959 26 TOT AL 28 42 725 652 92 184 34 4 15 9 5 51 60 .282 .343 .416 .759 .290 271 23 12 5 5 0 7
1960 27 KCA AL 1 31 513 452 85 140 18 1 22 9 2 43 38 .310 .365 .500 .865 .295 226 12 1 8 8 2 3
6 Yrs 29 207 4026 3604 493 970 131 32 91 38 14 308 338 .269 .330 .399 .729 .274 1438 116 39 39 35 12 60
162 Game Avg. 6 43 830 743 102 200 27 7 19 8 3 63 70 .269 .330 .399 .729 .274 296 24 8 8 7 2 12
MLB Averages .257 .327 .392 .718 .275

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1955 22 NYY AL 5.6 0.6 548 0.4 9.2 -8.8 .99 0.8 -0.4 5.1 0.5 0.97 8.8 4 6 6
1956 23 NYY AL -1.6 -0.2 966 0.1 16.0 -15.9 .93 0.3 -0.2 6.6 0.7 0.95 10.5 2 1 0
1957 24 NYY AL -0.5 -0.1 773 -0.4 14.1 -14.5 1.06 0.6 -1.0 3.3 0.4 0.96 5.3 5 4 5
1958 25 NYY AL -8.2 -0.8 554 -0.5 8.6 -9.1 .90 -0.8 0.2 -9.1 -1.0 0.97 -9.5 5 3 10
1959 26 TOT AL -7.0 -0.7 715 -0.6 12.2 -12.8 .98 -0.9 0.3 -8.5 -0.8 0.96 -12.3 3 4 10
1959 26 NYY AL -8.7 -0.8 79 -0.3 0.7 -1.0 .51 -0.3 -0.3 -8.3 -0.8 0.97 -7.1 1 0 6
1959 26 KCA AL 1.7 0.2 636 -0.3 11.5 -11.9 1.04 -0.6 0.3 -0.2 -0.0 0.96 -5.2 2 4 4
1960 27 KCA AL -24.0 -2.3 528 -2.4 8.6 -11.0 1.03 -2.8 0.5 -29.6 -2.8 1.00 -29.5 4 3 5
6 Yrs -35.7 -3.5 4084 -3.5 68.7 -72.1 .98 -2.7 -0.8 -32.2 -3.0 0.97 -26.7 23 21 36

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1955 22 NYY AL 29 13 6 3 4 4 0 9 4 .692 2 0 3 1 4 31% 49.4 78 25 12 4 3 6 4.9 4.7 6.3
1956 23 NYY AL 34 31 16 9 6 3 4 19 12 .613 2 3 12 3 19 61% 50.2 81 9 26 13 7 8 5.6 5.9 7.1
1957 24 NYY AL 37 23 7 9 7 3 2 12 11 .522 4 4 4 1 11 48% 50.1 81 26 22 9 6 4 4.7 4.4 6.3
1958 25 NYY AL 34 15 6 5 4 0 0 7 8 .467 1 1 4 1 8 53% 47.3 82 27 9 2 3 7 4.8 6.1 5.6
1959 26 TOT AL 42 24 7 11 6 0 4 7 17 .292 1 6 6 1 12 50% 47.7 78 27 17 9 11 6 3.4 2.9 5.8
1959 26 NYY AL 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0% 43.0 43 43 1 1 0 1 3.0 2.3 4.0
1959 26 KCA AL 33 23 7 11 5 0 4 7 16 .304 1 5 6 1 12 52% 47.9 78 27 16 8 11 5 3.4 2.9 5.9
1960 27 KCA AL 31 17 2 10 5 0 2 4 13 .235 2 2 1 0 6 35% 41.2 72 22 16 6 5 5 3.4 3.1 5.2
6 Yrs 207 123 44 47 32 10 12 58 65 .472 12 16 30 7 60 49% 48 82 9 102 43 35 36 4.5 4.6 6.2
MLB Averages .500 50% 51 118 2 4.4 4.3 6.4

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1955 22 NYY AL 29 16 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 16 8 50% 7 .987 4 6 6 4 4 8 7 9 12 3 13 0 8.4
1956 23 NYY AL 34 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 0% 1 0 2 0 0% 3 .926 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 5.3
1957 24 NYY AL 37 14 10 1 1 3 2 1 67% 6 2 14 5 36% 8 1.061 5 4 5 6 1 7 7 7 9 2 10 2 7.3
1958 25 NYY AL 34 19 8 2 3 4 4 0 100% 5 1 13 5 38% 4 .897 5 3 10 7 6 6 6 13 10 5 11 3 6.6
1959 26 TOT AL 42 18 10 1 1 1 1 0 100% 1 0 10 4 40% .982 3 4 10 2 2 14 7 11 9 3 9 3 4.7
1959 26 NYY AL 9 8 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100% 7 .508 1 0 6 0 1 7 1 7 4 1 4 0 4.8
1959 26 KCA AL 33 10 6 1 0 1 1 0 100% 1 0 9 3 33% 8 1.040 2 4 4 2 1 7 6 4 5 2 5 3 4.7
1960 27 KCA AL 31 14 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 6 38% 8 1.026 4 3 5 1 2 11 8 6 8 3 8 0 5.6
6 Yrs 207 84 39 10 9 9 7 2 78% 13 3 71 28 39% .978 23 21 36 22 16 46 36 48 49 16 52 8 6.5

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1955 22 NYY AL 537 62% 1.5% 9.1% 8.2% 5.8% 25% 1.69 80% 108 13 12%
1956 23 NYY AL 948 59% 2.0% 7.1% 7.6% 5.8% 25% 1.30 82% 210 33 16%
1957 24 NYY AL 759 60% 1.7% 10.3% 7.8% 5.4% 24% 1.67 78% 157 20 13%
1958 25 NYY AL 544 60% 2.6% 8.5% 7.2% 6.1% 25% 1.30 80% 119 15 13%
1959 26 TOT AL 725 61% 2.1% 8.3% 7.0% 7.3% 29% 1.23 80% 152 23 15%
1959 26 NYY AL 76 67% 6.6% 11.8% 11.8% 10.5% 38% 1.67 67% 16 2 13%
1959 26 KCA AL 649 61% 1.5% 7.9% 6.5% 6.9% 28% 1.19 82% 136 21 15%
1960 27 KCA AL 513 66% 4.3% 7.4% 8.4% 8.0% 29% 0.92 78% 124 12 10%
6 Yrs 4026 61% 2.3% 8.4% 7.7% 6.3% 26% 1.34 80% 870 116 13%
MLB Averages 51% 2.3% 12.6% 8.9% 6.5% 29% 0.99 74% 11%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1955 22 NYY AL 537 122 8 0 14 4 4 4 4 33 13 1 39% 7 3 0 197 3 1 75% 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0
1956 23 NYY AL 948 223 19 0 14 9 10 9 10 47 30 3 64% 18 3 2 371 5 1 83% 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
1957 24 NYY AL 759 169 13 0 18 10 3 3 10 51 25 3 49% 11 2 0 286 6 3 67% 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
1958 25 NYY AL 544 132 14 0 14 7 7 7 7 25 13 0 52% 14 1 0 211 6 2 75% 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
1959 26 TOT AL 697 184 15 0 9 7 8 9 6 32 19 2 59% 7 1 1 290 9 5 64% 9 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 28
1959 26 NYY AL 76 21 5 0 0 2 3 3 2 1 1 0 100% 0 1 0 34 1 0 100% 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1959 26 KCA AL 621 163 10 0 9 5 5 6 4 31 18 2 58% 7 0 1 256 8 5 62% 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 28
1960 27 KCA AL 512 140 22 1 13 14 8 10 12 34 18 4 53% 3 2 1 203 9 2 82% 7 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 14 1
6 Yrs 3997 970 91 1 82 51 40 42 49 222 118 13 53% 60 12 4 1558 38 14 73% 35 13 3 1 0 0 8 2 58 29
MLB Averages 51% 58%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1955 22 8 7 .533 3.41 29 13 5 3 1 0 126.2 122 54 48 8 44 6 49 2 0 3 537 111 1.311 8.7 0.6 3.1 3.5 1.11 111
1956 23 26 16 .619 3.69 63 44 6 15 4 0 351.0 345 167 144 27 116 6 116 12 1 6 1484 104 1.313 8.8 0.7 3.0 3.0 1.00 104
1957 24 34 26 .567 3.65 100 67 16 19 5 2 530.1 514 249 215 40 175 8 194 20 1 8 2243 103 1.299 8.7 0.7 3.0 3.3 1.11 103
1958 25 42 34 .553 3.70 134 82 24 23 6 6 656.1 646 316 270 54 214 10 240 26 1 9 2787 100 1.310 8.9 0.7 2.9 3.3 1.12 100
1959 26 50 46 .521 3.83 176 106 34 29 7 7 824.1 830 408 351 69 265 10 300 38 1 10 3512 99 1.328 9.1 0.8 2.9 3.3 1.13 99
1960 27 54 56 .491 4.10 207 123 39 30 7 7 938.1 970 493 427 91 308 12 338 39 1 12 4030 93 1.362 9.3 0.9 3.0 3.2 1.10 93

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1955 22 8 7 .533 3.61 132.0 132 59 53 9 48 51 2 1.364 9.0 3.3 3.5 1.06 0.6 29
1956 23 13 13 .500 4.15 234.0 240 120 108 20 77 70 11 1.355 9.2 3.0 2.7 0.91 0.8 34
1957 24 10 11 .476 4.10 189.0 190 95 86 15 66 82 9 1.354 9.0 3.1 3.9 1.24 0.7 37
1958 25 7 8 .467 4.84 132.0 150 79 71 16 44 48 7 1.470 10.2 3.0 3.3 1.09 1.1 34
1959 26 10 10 .500 4.40 176.0 194 95 86 16 54 63 13 1.409 9.9 2.8 3.2 1.17 0.8 42
1960 27 5 8 .385 5.85 120.0 146 87 78 23 45 40 1 1.592 11.0 3.4 3.0 0.89 1.7 31
6 Yrs 53 57 .482 4.41 983.0 1052 535 482 99 334 354 43 1.410 9.6 3.2 1.06 0.9 207



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1956 AL (30, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1548th)

Wins s c a p y
1956 AL  18 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1956 AL  .667 (7th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1956 AL  2.889 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1959 AL  42 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1956 AL  3 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1960 AL  22 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1956 AL  223 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1956 AL  0.762 (10th)

Losses s c a p y
1959 AL  12 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1956 AL  96 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1956 AL  10 (2nd)
1957 AL  8 (5th)
1958 AL  6 (9th)
1959 AL  12 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 11 (1448), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 18 (686), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1445), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2992nd), -0.7 career WAR/-0.7 7yr-peak WAR/-0.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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