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Jim Lemon

James Robert Lemon

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: March 23, 1928 in Covington, VA
High School: Covington HS (Covington, VA)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 20, 1950 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Senators/Twins/WhiteSox/Phillies/Indians 1950-1963

Final Game: September 29, 1963 (Age 35)
Died: May 14, 2006 in Brandon, MS
Buried: Emory United Methodist Church Cemetery, Alleghany County, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 16, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1337. Bob Cerv… #1338. Gregg Zaun… #1339. Mike Gallego… #1340. JIM LEMON… #1341. Jack Graney… #1342. Rich Dauer… #1343. Tommy Griffith… 

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
1950 22 CLE AL 12 37 34 4 6 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 12 .176 .243 .294 .537 39 10 2 0 0 7O
1951 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1952 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1953 25 CLE AL 16 49 46 5 8 1 0 1 5 0 0 3 15 .174 .224 .261 .485 32 12 0 0 0 7O/3
1954 26 WSH AL 37 139 128 12 30 2 3 2 13 0 0 9 34 .234 .283 .344 .626 75 44 4 0 1 1 9/7
1955 27 WSH AL 10 28 25 3 5 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 4 .200 .286 .400 .686 87 10 0 0 0 0 0 /97
1956 28 WSH AL 146 613 538 77 146 21 11 27 96 2 4 65 138 .271 .349 .502 .850 127 270 12 2 2 6 2 *97
1957 29 WSH AL 137 576 518 58 147 23 6 17 64 1 7 49 94 .284 .345 .450 .795 118 233 13 3 0 6 3 *9/3
1958 30 WSH AL 142 555 501 65 123 15 9 26 75 2 4 50 120 .246 .314 .467 .781 114 234 11 1 1 2 3 *9/7
1959 31 WSH AL 147 585 531 73 148 18 3 33 100 5 2 46 99 .279 .334 .510 .844 129 271 9 1 0 6 0 *79 MVP-25
1960 32 WSH AL 148 612 528 81 142 10 1 38 100 2 0 67 114 .269 .354 .508 .861 129 268 9 7 0 9 8 *7 AS,MVP-10
1961 33 MIN AL 129 480 423 57 109 26 1 14 52 1 1 44 98 .258 .329 .423 .752 96 179 11 4 2 6 2 *7/9
1962 34 MIN AL 12 21 17 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 4 .176 .286 .353 .639 69 6 1 0 0 1 0 /7
1963 35 TOT MLB 74 178 156 10 34 2 1 3 15 0 0 21 55 .218 .309 .301 .610 75 47 1 0 0 1 1 37/9
1963 35 TOT AL 43 110 97 4 18 0 1 1 9 0 0 13 37 .186 .282 .237 .519 49 23 0 0 0 0 0 3/7
1963 35 MIN AL 7 18 17 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .118 .167 .118 .284 -19 2 0 0 0 0 0 /7
1963 35 PHI NL 31 68 59 6 16 2 0 2 6 0 0 8 18 .271 .353 .407 .760 120 24 1 0 0 1 1 7/9
1963 35 CHW AL 36 92 80 4 16 0 1 1 8 0 0 12 32 .200 .304 .263 .567 63 21 0 0 0 0 0 3
12 Yrs 1010 3873 3445 446 901 121 35 164 529 13 18 363 787 .262 .332 .460 .792 114 1584 73 18 6 38 19
162 Game Avg. 162 621 553 72 145 19 6 26 85 2 3 58 126 .262 .332 .460 .792 114 254 12 3 1
MIN (10 yrs) 915 3627 3226 427 855 117 34 159 509 13 18 337 710 .265 .334 .470 .805 117 1517 70 18 6 37 18
CLE (2 yrs) 28 86 80 9 14 2 0 2 6 0 0 6 27 .175 .233 .275 .508 35 22 2 0 0
PHI (1 yr) 31 68 59 6 16 2 0 2 6 0 0 8 18 .271 .353 .407 .760 120 24 1 0 0 1 1
CHW (1 yr) 36 92 80 4 16 0 1 1 8 0 0 12 32 .200 .304 .263 .567 63 21 0 0 0 0 0
AL (12 yrs) 979 3805 3386 440 885 119 35 162 523 13 18 355 769 .261 .331 .461 .792 114 1560 72 18 6 37 18
NL (1 yr) 31 68 59 6 16 2 0 2 6 0 0 8 18 .271 .353 .407 .760 120 24 1 0 0 1 1

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
1950 22 CLE AL 12 37 -4 -0 -0 -2 -0 -6 -0.6 1 -5 -0.5 .450 .496 -0.3 -0.2 -3 7O
1953 25 CLE AL 16 49 -3 -0 0 -2 -1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .463 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -2 7O/3
1954 26 WSH AL 37 139 -6 0 -1 -2 -2 -10 -1.1 4 -6 -0.7 .470 .493 -0.4 -0.4 -4 9/7
1955 27 WSH AL 10 28 -1 0 0 1 -0 -0 -0.0 1 0 0.1 .496 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /97
1956 28 WSH AL 146 613 21 -4 -1 -11 -7 -1 -0.1 19 18 1.7 .499 .499 2.7 -1.7 29 *97
1957 29 WSH AL 137 576 11 -2 -1 -13 -6 -11 -1.3 18 6 0.5 .491 .493 2.0 -2.2 20 *9/3
1958 30 WSH AL 142 555 7 -1 -1 -4 -6 -5 -0.6 17 12 1.1 .496 .497 1.5 -1.2 16 *9/7
1959 31 WSH AL 147 585 22 1 1 -2 -7 15 1.3 18 33 3.2 .511 .510 3.4 -1.0 34 *79 MVP-25
1960 32 WSH AL 148 612 18 0 0 -7 -7 5 0.3 19 24 2.1 .503 .503 3.1 -1.6 31 *7 AS,MVP-10
1961 33 MIN AL 129 480 -4 0 0 -2 -5 -10 -1.3 15 4 0.2 .492 .493 0.6 -0.9 6 *7/9
1962 34 MIN AL 12 21 -1 0 -0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .477 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /7
1963 35 MIN AL 7 18 -3 -0 0 1 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.2 .468 .499 -0.3 0.1 -2 /7
1963 35 PHI NL 31 68 2 -0 -0 2 -1 2 0.3 3 5 0.6 .509 .502 0.4 0.1 3 7/9
1963 35 CHW AL 36 92 -4 -1 0 -2 -1 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.6 .478 .495 -0.3 -0.3 -3 3
12 Seasons 1010 3873 57 -6 -2 -45 -43 -39 -5.1 119 80 6.8 .496 .499 12.0 -9.8 125
MIN (10 yrs) 915 3627 66 -5 -2 -41 -40 -23 -3.4 111 88 7.7 .497 .499 12.5 -9.0 129
CLE (2 yrs) 28 86 -7 -0 0 -4 -1 -12 -1.2 3 -9 -0.9 .457 .496 -0.5 -0.5 -5
PHI (1 yr) 31 68 2 -0 -0 2 -1 2 0.3 3 5 0.6 .509 .502 0.4 0.1 3
CHW (1 yr) 36 92 -4 -1 0 -2 -1 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.6 .478 .495 -0.3 -0.3 -3

Standard Fielding

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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 Awards
1950 CLE AL 22 LF 10 8 7 77.0 17 13 1 3 1 .824 1.64 1.40 .977 2.38 2.35
1950 CLE AL 22 OF 10 8 7 77.0 17 13 1 3 1 .824 1.64 1.40 .979 2.51 2.47
1953 CLE AL 25 LF 11 10 8 91.0 22 19 1 2 0 .909 0 0 1.98 1.82 .973 2.22 2.21
1953 CLE AL 25 OF 11 10 8 91.0 23 20 1 2 0 .913 -1 -13 2.08 1.91 .981 2.43 2.41
1953 CLE AL 25 1B 2 1 0 7.0 8 6 0 2 0 .750 -1 -171 7.71 3.00 .989 9.77 9.65
1954 WSH AL 26 OF 33 32 32 286.2 61 58 0 3 0 .951 -2 -8 1.82 1.76 .979 2.39 2.37
1954 WSH AL 26 RF 32 32 32 285.2 60 57 0 3 0 .950 -2 -8 1.80 1.78 .975 2.05 2.03
1954 WSH AL 26 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1955 WSH AL 27 OF 6 6 6 53.0 13 12 0 1 0 .923 1 14 2.04 2.00 .982 2.39 2.38
1955 WSH AL 27 RF 5 5 5 44.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 1 35 2.45 2.40 .981 2.05 2.02
1955 WSH AL 27 LF 1 1 1 9.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -1 -93 0.00 0.00 .980 2.30 2.20
1956 WSH AL 28 OF 141 141 134 1241.1 324 301 11 12 6 .963 -11 -11 2.26 2.21 .979 2.34 2.32
1956 WSH AL 28 RF 127 126 120 1107.1 283 266 7 10 4 .965 -11 -12 2.22 2.15 .973 2.09 2.07
1956 WSH AL 28 LF 16 15 14 134.0 43 37 4 2 2 .953 0 1 2.75 2.56 .977 2.10 2.09
1957 WSH AL 29 OF 131 130 126 1156.1 238 227 4 7 2 .971 -14 -14 1.80 1.76 .980 2.24 2.25
1957 WSH AL 29 RF 131 130 126 1156.1 237 227 4 6 2 .975 -14 -14 1.80 1.76 .976 1.93 1.93
1957 WSH AL 29 1B 3 3 2 24.0 33 26 4 3 0 .909 0 20 11.25 10.00 .992 9.68 9.70
1958 WSH AL 30 OF 137 134 120 1161.0 269 255 8 6 2 .978 -4 -4 2.04 1.92 .982 2.27 2.25
1958 WSH AL 30 RF 129 126 113 1095.0 249 235 8 6 2 .976 -6 -6 2.00 1.88 .980 1.99 1.97
1958 WSH AL 30 LF 8 8 7 66.0 23 23 0 0 0 1.000 2 36 3.14 2.88 .979 2.09 2.08
1959 WSH AL 31 OF 142 141 122 1212.0 294 281 4 9 0 .969 -2 -1 2.12 2.01 .980 2.22 2.21 MVP-25
1959 WSH AL 31 LF 117 116 98 987.2 243 234 4 5 0 .979 -1 -1 2.17 2.03 .980 2.06 2.05 MVP-25
1959 WSH AL 31 RF 25 25 24 224.1 50 47 0 3 0 .940 -0 -3 1.89 1.88 .976 1.89 1.88 MVP-25
1960 WSH AL 32 LF 145 141 95 1195.1 271 249 11 11 1 .959 -7 -7 1.96 1.79 .984 2.14 2.13 AS,MVP-10
1960 WSH AL 32 OF 145 141 95 1195.1 273 251 11 11 1 .960 -7 -7 1.97 1.81 .982 2.25 2.25 AS,MVP-10
1961 MIN AL 33 LF 120 118 48 898.2 203 186 6 11 0 .946 -2 -3 1.92 1.60 .969 2.01 1.98
1961 MIN AL 33 OF 120 119 48 904.1 201 182 7 12 0 .940 -2 -3 1.88 1.58 .977 2.25 2.22
1961 MIN AL 33 RF 1 1 0 5.2 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -0 -42 0.00 0.00 .980 2.06 2.00
1962 MIN AL 34 LF 3 2 0 20.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -84 0.45 0.33 .980 2.02 2.00
1962 MIN AL 34 OF 3 2 0 20.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -84 0.45 0.33 .980 2.20 2.17
1963 TOT MLB 35 OF 22 20 9 148.1 32 30 0 2 0 .938 2 19 1.82 1.36 .978 2.04 2.03
1963 TOT MLB 35 LF 20 19 8 138.0 35 33 0 2 0 .943 2 20 2.15 1.65 .973 1.83 1.81
1963 MIN AL 35 LF 4 4 2 32.0 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1 30 2.53 2.25 .976 1.91 1.90
1963 MIN AL 35 OF 4 4 2 32.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 1 30 1.12 1.00 .980 2.17 2.15
1963 PHI NL 35 OF 18 16 7 116.1 27 26 0 1 0 .963 2 17 2.01 1.44 .977 2.01 2.00
1963 PHI NL 35 LF 16 15 6 106.0 25 24 0 1 0 .960 2 17 2.04 1.50 .971 1.80 1.79
1963 PHI NL 35 RF 4 1 1 10.1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 12 1.74 0.50 .975 1.83 1.82
1963 CHW AL 35 1B 25 23 6 149.0 146 136 7 3 18 .979 -2 -14 8.64 5.72 .990 9.48 9.49
12 Seasons OF 901 884 707 7546.1 1746 1631 47 68 12 .961 -41 -7 2.00 1.86 .980 2.27 2.25
8 Seasons RF 454 446 421 3928.2 894 846 19 29 8 .968 -32 -10 1.98 1.91 .976 2.00 1.99
11 Seasons LF 452 438 286 3617.2 859 795 27 37 4 .957 -8 -3 2.04 1.82 .978 2.08 2.06
3 Seasons 1B 30 27 8 180.0 187 168 11 8 18 .957 -2 -15 8.95 5.97 .990 9.52 9.52
12 Seasons TOT 931 911 715 7726.1 1933 1799 58 76 30 .961 -43 -7 2.16 1.99 .981 2.44 2.49
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1959 AL (25, 1%)
1960 AL (10, 11%)
0.12 Career Shares (883rd)

Slugging % s c a p y
1959 AL  .510 (5th)
1960 AL  .508 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1959 AL  .844 (10th)
1960 AL  .861 (6th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1960 AL  81 (10th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1956 AL  270 (7th)
1959 AL  271 (6th)
1960 AL  268 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1956 AL  11 (1st)
1957 AL  6 (6th)
1958 AL  9 (2nd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1956 AL  27 (6th)
1958 AL  26 (8th)
1959 AL  33 (3rd)
1960 AL  38 (3rd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1956 AL  96 (8th)
1959 AL  100 (4th)
1960 AL  100 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1956 AL  138 (1st)
1957 AL  94 (1st)
1958 AL  120 (1st)
1959 AL  99 (4th)
1960 AL  114 (2nd)
1961 AL  98 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1959 AL  129 (10th)
1960 AL  129 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1960 AL  99 (4th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1956 AL  59 (6th)
1959 AL  54 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1960 AL  .669 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1960 AL  7 (9th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1956 AL  6 (8th)
1957 AL  6 (9th)
1959 AL  6 (7th)
1960 AL  9 (1st)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1960 AL  8 (1st)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1957 AL  7 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1956 AL  19.9 (8th)
1958 AL  19.3 (8th)
1959 AL  16.1 (3rd)
1960 AL  13.9 (3rd)
Career  21.0 (153rd)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1959 AL  42.38 (2nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1956 AL  4.0 (5th)
1959 AL  3.8 (6th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1959 AL  2.9 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1959 AL  4.2 (2nd)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 AL  117 (4th)
1960 AL  145 (2nd)
1961 AL  120 (5th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 AL  234 (3rd)
1960 AL  249 (4th)
1961 AL  186 (5th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 AL  11 (2nd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 AL  5 (1st)
1960 AL  11 (1st)
1961 AL  11 (2nd)
Career  37 (96th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1950 AL  1 (5th)
1956 AL  2 (1st)
1960 AL  1 (3rd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  127 (4th)
1957 AL  131 (4th)
1958 AL  129 (3rd)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  266 (3rd)
1957 AL  227 (4th)
1958 AL  235 (3rd)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 AL  8 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  10 (2nd)
1957 AL  6 (3rd)
1958 AL  6 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  4 (1st)
1957 AL  2 (2nd)
1958 AL  2 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1960 AL  145 (5th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1956 AL  11 (5th)
1960 AL  11 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1956 AL  12 (1st)
1957 AL  7 (4th)
1959 AL  9 (2nd)
1960 AL  11 (1st)
1961 AL  12 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1956 AL  6 (1st)
1957 AL  2 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1959 AL  2.17 (5th)
1961 AL  1.92 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 AL  2.03 (4th)
1960 AL  1.79 (5th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1959 AL  .979 (4th)
1960 AL  .959 (5th)
1961 AL  .946 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1956 AL  2.22 (2nd)
1958 AL  2.00 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  2.15 (2nd)
1957 AL  1.76 (4th)
1958 AL  1.88 (4th)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1956 AL  .965 (4th)
1957 AL  .975 (3rd)
1958 AL  .976 (5th)

             

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 (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (759), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 40 (625), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 17 (922), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1162), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (246th), 6.8 career WAR/8.8 7yr-peak WAR/7.8 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

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