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Whitey Kurowski

George John Kurowski

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 193 lb.

Born: April 19, 1918 in Reading, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: September 23, 1941 (Age 23.157)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Team: Cardinals 1941-1949

Final Game: October 1, 1949 (Age 31.165)
Died: December 9, 1999 in Sinking Spring, PA
Buried: Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 21, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #691. Mike Napoli… #692. Jim Northrup… #693. Tillie Walker… #694. WHITEY KUROWSKI… #695. Jose Cardenal… #696. Frank Malzone… #697. John Stone… 

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
1941 23 STL NL 5 10 9 1 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 .333 .400 .556 .956 160 5 0 1 0 /5
1942 24 STL NL 115 419 366 51 93 17 3 9 42 7 33 60 .254 .326 .391 .717 103 143 6 6 13 *5/7O6 MVP-25
1943 ★ 25 STL NL 139 565 522 69 150 24 8 13 70 3 31 54 .287 .330 .439 .768 116 229 11 2 10 *5/6 AS
1944 ★ 26 STL NL 149 625 555 95 150 25 7 20 87 2 58 40 .270 .341 .449 .790 118 249 12 2 10 *5/46 AS,MVP-29
1945 27 STL NL 133 573 511 84 165 27 3 21 102 1 45 45 .323 .383 .511 .894 144 261 10 5 12 *5/6 MVP-5
1946 ★ 28 STL NL 142 601 519 76 156 32 5 14 89 2 72 47 .301 .391 .462 .853 137 240 10 5 5 *5 AS,MVP-30
1947 ★ 29 STL NL 146 615 513 108 159 27 6 27 104 4 87 56 .310 .420 .544 .964 150 279 19 10 4 *5 AS,MVP-9
1948 30 STL NL 77 270 220 34 47 8 0 2 33 0 42 28 .214 .352 .277 .629 68 61 3 5 3 5
1949 31 STL NL 10 15 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .200 .143 .343 -8 2 1 0 0 /5
9 Yrs 916 3693 3229 518 925 162 32 106 529 19 369 332 .286 .366 .455 .821 125 1469 72 36 57
162 Game Avg. 162 653 571 92 164 29 6 19 94 3 65 59 .286 .366 .455 .821 125 260 13 6 10

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
1941 23 STL NL 5 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .515 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /5
1942 24 STL NL 115 419 0 -0 0 4 0 4 0.5 13 18 1.9 .505 .503 1.5 0.5 14 *5/7O6 MVP-25
1943 ★ 25 STL NL 139 565 8 -0 0 -1 0 8 0.8 18 26 2.7 .506 .505 2.8 -0.1 26 *5/6 AS
1944 ★ 26 STL NL 149 625 13 0 0 3 1 17 1.8 20 37 3.7 .512 .511 3.5 0.4 34 *5/46 AS,MVP-29
1945 27 STL NL 133 573 29 0 0 -1 0 29 3.0 18 47 4.8 .522 .518 4.9 -0.0 48 $12,500 *5/6 MVP-5
1946 ★ 28 STL NL 142 601 26 0 0 -3 0 23 2.5 23 46 4.9 .518 .516 5.2 -0.3 49 $13,500 *5 AS,MVP-30
1947 ★ 29 STL NL 146 615 39 -0 0 -4 0 35 3.5 24 59 5.9 .524 .521 6.3 -0.3 63 *5 AS,MVP-9
1948 30 STL NL 77 270 -8 -0 1 -1 0 -8 -0.9 11 2 0.2 .488 .495 0.3 -0.1 3 5
1949 31 STL NL 10 15 -2 0 -0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -2 -0.2 .477 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /5
9 Seasons 916 3693 107 -0 0 -3 2 105 11.0 128 233 23.9 .512 .511 24.4 -0.1 236 $26,000

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
1942 ❍ 24 STL NL WS NYY W 5 18 15 3 4 0 1 1 5 0 0 2 3 .267 .353 .600 .953 9 0 0 1 0 1
1943 25 STL NL WS NYY L 5 19 18 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .222 .222 .278 .500 5 1 0 1 0 0
1944 ❍ 26 STL NL WS SLB W 6 25 23 2 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .217 .250 .261 .511 6 0 0 1 0 0
1946 ❍ 28 STL NL WS BOS W 7 28 27 5 8 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 .296 .321 .407 .729 11 1 1 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 23 90 83 12 21 5 1 1 9 0 0 3 13 .253 .287 .373 .661 31 2 1 3 0 1
4 WS 23 90 83 12 21 5 1 1 9 0 0 3 13 .253 .287 .373 .661 31 2 1 3 0 1

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
1941 STL NL 23 3B 4 2 2 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 1.25 .948 3.32
1942 STL NL 24 3B 104 92 90 337 124 194 19 19 .944 3.06 .940 3.19 MVP-25
1942 STL NL 24 LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30 MVP-25
1942 STL NL 24 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30 MVP-25
1942 STL NL 24 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.20 MVP-25
1943 STL NL 25 3B 137 135 125 442 166 255 21 29 .952 3.07 .948 3.17 AS
1943 STL NL 25 SS 2 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.50 .953 5.30 AS
1944 STL NL 26 3B 146 143 128 486 188 281 17 20 .965 3.21 .948 3.29 AS,MVP-29
1944 STL NL 26 2B 9 0 0 11 4 7 0 1 1.000 1.22 .963 5.63 AS,MVP-29
1944 STL NL 26 SS 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .955 5.40 AS,MVP-29
1945 STL NL 27 3B 131 128 116 422 172 235 15 28 .964 3.11 .941 3.20 MVP-5
1945 STL NL 27 SS 6 0 0 6 2 3 1 0 .833 0.83 .947 5.27 MVP-5
1946 STL NL 28 3B 138 137 132 439 175 249 15 17 .966 3.07 .952 3.08 AS,MVP-30
1947 STL NL 29 3B 141 141 127 409 140 250 19 17 .954 2.77 .947 3.06 AS,MVP-9
1948 STL NL 30 3B 65 61 49 165 55 100 10 7 .939 2.38 .941 3.10
1949 STL NL 31 3B 2 2 2 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 2.50 .952 3.20
9 Seasons 3B 868 841 771 2710 1025 1569 116 137 .957 2.99 .946 3.16
4 Seasons SS 10 0 0 11 3 7 1 0 .909 1.00 .950 5.28
1 Season 2B 9 0 0 11 4 7 0 1 1.000 1.22 .963 5.63
1 Season OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1 Season LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
9 Seasons TOT 888 842 772 2732 1032 1583 117 138 .957 2.94 .946 3.21
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

All-Star Games
1943
1944 *
1945--not played
1946 (3B)
1947 *

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1942 NL (25, 2%)
1944 NL (29, 0%)
1945 NL (5, 27%)
1946 NL (30, 1%)
1947 NL (9, 13%)
0.43 Career Shares (498th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1945 NL  4.8 (10th)
1947 NL  5.9 (10th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1945 NL  4.8 (8th)
1946 NL  4.9 (6th)
1947 NL  5.9 (6th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1945 NL  4.9 (5th)
1946 NL  5.2 (4th)
1947 NL  6.3 (4th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1945 NL  .323 (5th)
1946 NL  .301 (7th)
1947 NL  .310 (6th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1945 NL  .383 (7th)
1946 NL  .391 (6th)
1947 NL  .420 (2nd)

Slugging % s c a p y
1943 NL  .439 (6th)
1945 NL  .511 (2nd)
1946 NL  .462 (4th)
1947 NL  .544 (4th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1945 NL  .894 (4th)
1946 NL  .853 (2nd)
1947 NL  .964 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1944 NL  95 (8th)
1946 NL  76 (9th)
1947 NL  108 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1946 NL  156 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1945 NL  261 (5th)
1946 NL  240 (6th)
1947 NL  279 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1946 NL  32 (3rd)

Triples s c a p y
1943 NL  8 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1943 NL  13 (6th)
1944 NL  20 (4th)
1945 NL  21 (4th)
1946 NL  14 (7th)
1947 NL  27 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1944 NL  87 (10th)
1945 NL  102 (7th)
1946 NL  89 (4th)
1947 NL  104 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1946 NL  72 (8th)
1947 NL  87 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1942 NL  60 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1945 NL  144 (4th)
1946 NL  137 (4th)
1947 NL  150 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1945 NL  99 (7th)
1946 NL  93 (5th)
1947 NL  114 (5th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1945 NL  29 (6th)
1946 NL  28 (6th)
1947 NL  40 (3rd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1945 NL  3.0 (6th)
1946 NL  2.9 (6th)
1947 NL  3.8 (3rd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  45 (9th)
1945 NL  51 (5th)
1946 NL  51 (4th)
1947 NL  60 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1946 NL  233 (9th)
1947 NL  256 (6th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1945 NL  .722 (4th)
1946 NL  .710 (4th)
1947 NL  .732 (4th)
Career  .649 (217th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1942 NL  6 (4th)
1945 NL  5 (6th)
1946 NL  5 (2nd)
1947 NL  10 (1st)
1948 NL  5 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1942 NL  13 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1947 NL  19 (1st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1942 NL  7.9 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1943 NL  40.2 (8th)
1944 NL  27.8 (4th)
1945 NL  24.3 (6th)
1946 NL  37.1 (7th)
1947 NL  19.0 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1945 NL  29.76 (6th)
1946 NL  25.81 (7th)
1947 NL  29.37 (6th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 NL  4.0 (3rd)
1946 NL  2.0 (10th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1945 NL  2.9 (4th)
1946 NL  1.8 (7th)
1947 NL  2.1 (9th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1945 NL  3.0 (6th)
1946 NL  2.6 (7th)
1947 NL  2.8 (6th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1943 NL  137 (2nd)
1944 NL  146 (1st)
1945 NL  131 (3rd)
1946 NL  138 (1st)
1947 NL  141 (3rd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1942 NL  124 (4th)
1943 NL  166 (1st)
1944 NL  188 (1st)
1945 NL  172 (2nd)
1946 NL  175 (1st)
1947 NL  140 (3rd)
Career  1,025 (88th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1943 NL  255 (5th)
1944 NL  281 (2nd)
1945 NL  235 (3rd)
1946 NL  249 (1st)
1947 NL  250 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1942 NL  19 (5th)
1943 NL  21 (3rd)
1944 NL  17 (4th)
1945 NL  15 (4th)
1946 NL  15 (3rd)
1947 NL  19 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1942 NL  19 (5th)
1943 NL  29 (2nd)
1944 NL  20 (4th)
1945 NL  28 (2nd)
1946 NL  17 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1942 NL  3.06 (5th)
1943 NL  3.07 (3rd)
1944 NL  3.21 (2nd)
1945 NL  3.11 (5th)
1946 NL  3.07 (2nd)
Career  2.99 (88th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1942 NL  .944 (4th)
1943 NL  .952 (3rd)
1944 NL  .965 (1st)
1945 NL  .964 (3rd)
1946 NL  .966 (1st)
1947 NL  .954 (2nd)
Career  .957 (82nd)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 79 (309), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 42 (470), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1016), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (85th), 23.9 career WAR/24.0 7yr-peak WAR/23.9 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
1945 27 St. Louis Cardinals $12,500 ? F. Turner, When the Boys Came Back 57
1946 28 St. Louis Cardinals $13,500 ? 4/11/46 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$26,000
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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Name and misspellings: George John Whitey whity Kurowski

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