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Thornton Lee

Thornton Starr Lee (Lefty)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: September 13, 1906 in Sonoma, CA
School: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)(All Transactions)
Debut: September 19, 1933 (Age 27.006, 6,388th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Indians/Giants 1933-1948

Final Game: June 18, 1948 (Age 41.279)
Died: June 9, 1997 in Tucson, AZ
Relatives: Father of Don Lee
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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1933 CLE AL 26 P 3 2 2 17.1 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.56 1.00 .960 2.28 2.27
1934 CLE AL 27 P 24 6 0 85.2 24 4 18 2 1 .917 2.31 0.92 .956 2.14 2.11
1935 CLE AL 28 P 32 20 8 180.2 55 11 41 3 3 .945 2.59 1.63 .949 2.15 2.14
1936 CLE AL 29 P 43 8 2 127.0 40 3 35 2 0 .950 2.69 0.88 .956 1.99 1.96
1937 CHW AL 30 P 30 25 13 204.2 46 9 34 3 0 .935 1.89 1.43 .954 2.05 2.01
1938 CHW AL 31 P 33 30 18 245.1 52 1 46 5 2 .904 1.72 1.42 .952 2.11 2.06
1939 CHW AL 32 P 33 29 15 235.0 53 6 45 2 0 .962 1.95 1.55 .951 1.92 1.89
1940 CHW AL 33 P 28 27 24 228.0 40 5 31 4 2 .900 1.42 1.29 .956 2.04 2.01 2 2 50% 0
1941 CHW AL 34 P 35 34 30 300.1 67 10 52 5 2 .925 1.86 1.77 .960 2.14 2.11 1 5 83% 0 AS,MVP-4
1942 CHW AL 35 P 11 8 6 76.0 9 1 7 1 2 .889 0.95 0.73 .957 2.31 2.30 0 0 0
1943 CHW AL 36 P 19 19 7 127.0 23 3 17 3 1 .870 1.42 1.05 .963 2.27 2.30
1944 CHW AL 37 P 15 14 6 113.1 37 3 32 2 2 .946 2.78 2.33 .960 2.09 2.10 0 0 0
1945 CHW AL 38 P 29 28 19 228.1 46 6 38 2 4 .957 1.73 1.52 .955 2.24 2.23 3 3 50% 0
1946 CHW AL 39 P 7 7 2 43.1 9 0 7 2 1 .778 1.45 1.00 .951 2.01 1.99 0 0 0
1947 CHW AL 40 P 21 11 2 86.2 21 4 15 2 1 .905 1.97 0.90 .955 1.92 1.90 1 1 50% 50% 0
1948 NYG NL 41 P 11 4 1 32.2 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 2.20 0.73 .962 2.12 2.08 0 1 100% 0
16 Seasons P 374 272 155 2331.1 533 67 428 38 21 .929 1.91 1.32 .955 2.10 2.07 7 12 63% 5% 0
16 Seasons TOT 374 272 155 2331.1 533 67 428 38 21 .929 1.91 1.32 .955 2.10 2.07 7 12 63% 5% 0
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
1933 CLE AL 26 P
1934 CLE AL 27 P
1935 CLE AL 28 P
1936 CLE AL 29 P
1937 CHW AL 30 P
1938 CHW AL 31 P
1939 CHW AL 32 P
1940 CHW AL 33 P
1941 CHW AL 34 P
1942 CHW AL 35 P
1943 CHW AL 36 P
1944 CHW AL 37 P
1945 CHW AL 38 P
1946 CHW AL 39 P
1947 CHW AL 40 P
1948 NYG NL 41 P
16 Seasons P
16 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1933 CLE AL 26 3 2 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1934 CLE AL 27 24 6 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 CLE AL 28 32 20 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 CLE AL 29 43 8 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 CHW AL 30 30 25 30 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 CHW AL 31 34 30 34 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1939 CHW AL 32 33 29 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 CHW AL 33 28 27 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CHW AL 34 35 34 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1942 CHW AL 35 11 8 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 CHW AL 36 19 19 19 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1944 CHW AL 37 15 14 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 CHW AL 38 29 28 29 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 CHW AL 39 7 7 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 CHW AL 40 21 11 21 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 NYG NL 41 11 4 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 375 272 375 374 374 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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 -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1940 CHW AL 33 279 87% 31% 9 89% 0 1 1 0 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CHW AL 34 526 81% 25% 20 80% 0 3 0 3 16 15 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 67%
1942 CHW AL 35 86 86% 27% 5 60% 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 100%
1944 CHW AL 37 48 88% 29% 4 100% 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 CHW AL 38 278 82% 26% 21 81% 0 3 2 0 16 12 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 2 1 7 57%
1946 CHW AL 39 28 82% 39% 3 100% 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1947 CHW AL 40 202 73% 21% 9 89% 0 3 1 1 7 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 67%
1948 NYG NL 41 54 81% 26% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
8 Seasons 1501 82% 26% 73 84% 0 11 5 4 58 49 3 4 1 0 3 1 5 1 2 3 16 69%
MLB Averages 83% 27% 90% 87%



* - 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

All-Star Games
1941 *
1945--not played

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1941 AL (4, 43%)
0.43 Career Shares (501st)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1936 AL  43 (3rd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1938 AL  46 (4th)
1939 AL  45 (2nd)
1941 AL  52 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1938 AL  5 (2nd)
1940 AL  4 (1st)
1941 AL  5 (2nd)
1943 AL  3 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1935 AL  2.59 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1939 AL  1.55 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1946 AL  born 1906-09-13 (9th)
1947 AL  born 1906-09-13 (6th)
1948 NL  born 1906-09-13 (2nd)

                                         

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