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Charlie Lau    \LOW\  (rhymes with now)

Charles Richard Lau

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 12, 1933 in Romulus, MI
High School: Romulus HS (Romulus, MI)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1952. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 12, 1956 (Age 23.153, 8,994th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1960 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Athletics/Braves/Tigers 1956-1967

Last Game: September 29, 1967 (Age 34.170)
Died: March 18, 1984 in Key Colony Beach, FL
Buried: Moreland Memorial Park, Parkville, MD
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1956 DET AL 23 C 3 3 2 23.0 17 17 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 6.65 5.67 .988 5.91 5.87 0 0 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 25 C 27 19 16 186.2 132 120 10 2 3 .985 1 6 6.27 4.81 .990 6.01 5.95 2 8 4 11 73% 47% 0
1959 DET AL 26 C 2 1 1 11.0 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 9.82 6.00 .989 6.05 6.05 0 0 0 0 0
1960 MLN NL 27 C 16 13 12 123.2 105 94 11 0 2 1.000 0 0 7.64 6.56 .986 6.58 6.57 4 7 5 6 55% 40% 0
1961 TOT MLB 28 C 42 37 33 336.2 222 204 13 5 4 .977 0 0 5.80 5.17 .987 6.33 6.25 2 4 15 6 29% 37% 1
1961 MLN NL 28 C 25 24 21 217.2 125 114 7 4 2 .968 1 6 5.00 4.84 .985 6.39 6.32 1 2 9 5 36% 38% 0
1961 BAL AL 28 C 17 13 12 119.0 97 90 6 1 2 .990 -1 -10 7.26 5.65 .989 6.21 6.14 1 2 6 1 14% 36% 1
1962 BAL AL 29 C 56 40 39 389.1 285 269 15 1 1 .996 -6 -18 6.57 5.07 .989 6.30 6.28 11 9 30 5 14% 36% 0
1963 TOT AL 30 C 58 57 54 493.2 333 306 20 7 3 .979 -3 -7 5.94 5.62 .989 6.64 6.64 5 11 30 9 23% 33% 1
1963 BAL AL 30 C 8 8 7 66.0 55 48 5 2 1 .964 0 0 7.23 6.63 .989 6.64 6.64 0 1 2 1 33% 33% 1
1963 KCA AL 30 C 50 49 47 427.2 278 258 15 5 2 .982 -3 -8 5.75 5.46 .989 6.64 6.64 5 10 28 8 22% 33% 0
1964 TOT AL 31 C 82 74 49 611.0 451 422 25 4 2 .991 -4 -8 6.58 5.45 .990 7.07 7.06 6 20 37 8 18% 37% 2
1964 KCA AL 31 C 35 32 24 262.1 193 179 12 2 0 .990 -2 -9 6.55 5.46 .990 7.07 7.06 1 10 21 4 16% 37% 2
1964 BAL AL 31 C 47 42 25 348.2 258 243 13 2 2 .992 -2 -7 6.61 5.45 .990 7.07 7.06 5 10 16 4 20% 37% 0
1965 BAL AL 32 C 35 32 17 262.0 176 165 9 2 1 .989 2 9 5.98 4.97 .988 6.96 6.94 1 5 8 4 33% 34% 1
9 Seasons C 321 276 223 2437.0 1733 1608 104 21 17 .988 -10 -5 6.32 5.33 .989 6.62 6.59 31 64 129 49 28% 37% 5
11 Seasons TOT 321 276 223 2437.0 1733 1608 104 21 17 .988 -10 -5 6.32 5.33 .989 6.62 6.59 31 64 129 49 28% 37% 5
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
1956 DET AL 23 C 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 25 C 1 6 1
1959 DET AL 26 C 0 0 0
1960 MLN NL 27 C 0 0 0
1961 MLN NL 28 C 1 6 1
1961 BAL AL 28 C -1 -10 -1
1962 BAL AL 29 C -6 -18 -6
1963 BAL AL 30 C 0 0 0
1963 KCA AL 30 C -3 -8 -3
1964 KCA AL 31 C -2 -9 -2
1964 BAL AL 31 C -2 -7 -2
1965 BAL AL 32 C 2 9 2
9 Seasons C -10 -5 -10
11 Seasons TOT -10 -5 -10

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1956 DET AL 23 3 3 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 25 30 19 30 27 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1959 DET AL 26 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1960 MLN NL 27 21 13 21 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1961 MLN NL 28 28 24 28 25 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1961 BAL AL 28 17 13 17 17 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 BAL AL 29 81 40 81 56 0 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
1963 KCA AL 30 62 49 62 50 0 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1963 BAL AL 30 29 8 29 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
1964 BAL AL 31 62 42 62 47 0 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1964 KCA AL 31 43 32 43 35 0 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1965 BAL AL 32 68 32 68 35 0 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
1966 BAL AL 33 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1967 ATL NL 34 52 0 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 0
1967 BAL AL 34 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
11 Seasons 527 276 527 321 0 321 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 229 0
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 -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1956 DET AL 23 103 4.30 4.30 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 25 801 4.00 4.63 14 93% 0 0 120 13 0 3 103 11 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0%
1959 DET AL 26 59 13.09 13.91 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
1960 MLN NL 27 545 3.57 4.51 8 100% 0 0 94 5 1 2 86 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 100%
1961 MLN NL 28 927 4.13 4.71 15 80% 0 0 115 11 0 1 103 7 1 0 0 1 4 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
1961 BAL AL 28 502 3.33 3.86 11 100% 0 0 90 7 0 0 83 7 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 100%
1962 BAL AL 29 1713 4.52 5.19 19 100% 0 0 274 12 1 9 252 15 3 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1963 KCA AL 30 1812 3.43 4.11 28 96% 0 0 254 23 1 6 224 18 2 0 0 4 4 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
1963 BAL AL 30 300 5.59 6.14 9 78% 0 0 47 3 0 3 41 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 100%
1964 BAL AL 31 1424 3.20 3.46 20 90% 0 0 242 13 3 5 221 15 5 0 0 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 2 100%
1964 KCA AL 31 1182 5.76 6.11 22 91% 0 1 177 17 2 2 156 12 1 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 BAL AL 32 1083 3.02 3.61 18 94% 0 0 166 13 2 6 145 12 2 0 0 4 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 100%
9 Seasons 10451 4.00 4.55 164 93% 0 1 1607 117 11 37 1441 113 24 0 0 26 19 1 10 8 1 16 0 4 4 10 90%
MLB Averages 3.71 4.21 95% 88%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1956 DET AL 23 0 0 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 25 2 8 324 4 11 10 73% 1 8 1 1 2 2 0 0 17 13 2.24 1.01
1959 DET AL 26 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 MLN NL 27 4 7 215 5 6 6 55% 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 23 7 0.66 0.93
1961 MLN NL 28 1 2 332 9 5 5 36% 8 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 5 1.23 0.72
1961 BAL AL 28 1 2 189 6 1 1 14% 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 2 1.48 0.62
1962 BAL AL 29 11 9 645 30 5 5 14% 27 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 62 5 1.26 1.37
1963 KCA AL 30 4 10 661 28 8 8 22% 27 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 54 11 1.13 1.31
1963 BAL AL 30 0 1 129 2 1 1 33% 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 1.00 1.60
1964 BAL AL 31 5 10 500 16 4 3 20% 16 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 41 3 1.54 1.49
1964 KCA AL 31 1 10 442 21 4 4 16% 18 4 2 0 1 0 2 0 42 7 1.15 0.91
1965 BAL AL 32 1 5 417 8 4 4 33% 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 7 0.60 1.62
9 Seasons 30 64 3916 129 49 47 28% 117 43 8 2 4 4 5 0 287 62 1.22 1.14
MLB Averages 39% 1.22 1.20



* - 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

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1963 AL  7 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1962 AL  11 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1964 AL  37 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1958 AL  1 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1964 AL  .991 (4th)

                                         

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