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Sparky Lyle

Albert Walter Lyle

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: July 22, 1944 in Du Bois, PA
High School: Reynoldsville-Sykesville HS (Reynoldsville-Sykesville, PA)
Signed
by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 4, 1967 (Age 22.347)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/RedSox/Rangers/Phillies/WhiteSox 1967-1982

Final Game: September 27, 1982 (Age 38.067)
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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
1967 BOS AL 22 P 27 0 0 43.1 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 1.45 0.26 .957 1.95 1.96 1 0 0% 41% 1
1968 BOS AL 23 P 49 0 0 65.2 14 5 6 3 0 .786 1.51 0.22 .957 1.89 1.88 0 0 1
1969 BOS AL 24 P 71 0 0 102.2 25 3 19 3 3 .880 1.93 0.31 .951 1.88 1.88 2 4 67% 36% 1
1970 BOS AL 25 P 63 0 0 67.1 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 1.07 0.13 .951 1.86 1.85 2 0 0% 40% 0
1971 BOS AL 26 P 50 0 0 52.1 12 2 10 0 1 1.000 2.06 0.24 .958 1.98 1.97 0 1 100% 39% 0
1972 NYY AL 27 P 59 0 0 107.2 15 4 11 0 0 1.000 1.25 0.25 .950 1.86 1.85 0 0 0 CYA-7,MVP-3
1973 NYY AL 28 P 51 0 0 82.1 17 2 13 2 0 .882 1.64 0.29 .951 1.86 1.85 3 2 40% 38% 1 AS
1974 NYY AL 29 P 66 0 0 114.0 15 3 11 1 2 .933 1.11 0.21 .947 1.81 1.80 1 1 50% 38% 0 MVP-25
1975 NYY AL 30 P 49 0 0 89.1 22 2 16 4 1 .818 1.81 0.37 .940 1.87 1.86 3 4 57% 38% 1
1976 NYY AL 31 P 64 0 0 103.2 16 3 11 2 1 .875 1.22 0.22 .950 1.87 1.88 6 2 25% 34% 0 AS,MVP-22
1977 NYY AL 32 P 72 0 0 137.0 26 2 22 2 0 .923 1.58 0.33 .948 1.95 1.93 7 7 50% 39% 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
1978 NYY AL 33 P 59 0 0 111.2 28 9 18 1 3 .964 2.18 0.46 .954 1.90 1.88 4 6 60% 38% 0
1979 TEX AL 34 P 67 0 0 95.0 15 2 11 2 0 .867 1.23 0.19 .949 1.92 1.89 1 3 75% 36% 1
1980 TOT MLB 35 P 59 0 0 94.2 14 4 10 0 0 1.000 1.33 0.24 .957 1.86 1.86 5 4 44% 34% 0
1980 TEX AL 35 P 49 0 0 80.2 14 4 10 0 0 1.000 1.56 0.29 .957 1.85 1.85 4 3 43% 35% 0
1980 PHI NL 35 P 10 0 0 14.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.93 1.91 1 1 50% 31% 0
1981 PHI NL 36 P 48 0 0 75.0 23 6 17 0 0 1.000 2.76 0.48 .959 1.97 1.98 8 3 27% 33% 4
1982 TOT MLB 37 P 45 0 0 48.2 16 4 11 1 1 .938 2.77 0.33 .953 1.92 1.93 2 2 50% 34% 1
1982 PHI NL 37 P 34 0 0 36.2 14 3 10 1 1 .929 3.19 0.38 .952 1.96 1.97 1 1 50% 32% 1
1982 CHW AL 37 P 11 0 0 12.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 0.18 .960 1.80 1.80 1 1 50% 36% 0
16 Seasons P 899 0 0 1390.1 273 54 198 21 12 .923 1.63 0.28 .952 1.89 1.89 45 39 46% 36% 12
16 Seasons TOT 899 0 0 1390.1 273 54 198 21 12 .923 1.63 0.28 .952 1.89 1.89 45 39 46% 36% 12
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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.
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
1967 BOS AL 22 P
1968 BOS AL 23 P
1969 BOS AL 24 P
1970 BOS AL 25 P
1971 BOS AL 26 P
1972 NYY AL 27 P
1973 NYY AL 28 P
1974 NYY AL 29 P
1975 NYY AL 30 P
1976 NYY AL 31 P
1977 NYY AL 32 P
1978 NYY AL 33 P
1979 TEX AL 34 P
1980 TEX AL 35 P
1980 PHI NL 35 P
1981 PHI NL 36 P
1982 PHI NL 37 P
1982 CHW AL 37 P
16 Seasons P
16 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1967 BOS AL 22 27 0 27 27 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 BOS AL 23 49 0 49 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 BOS AL 24 71 0 71 71 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 BOS AL 25 63 0 63 63 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 BOS AL 26 50 0 50 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 NYY AL 27 59 0 59 59 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 NYY AL 28 51 0 0 51 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 NYY AL 29 66 0 4 66 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 NYY AL 30 49 0 0 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NYY AL 31 64 0 1 64 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 NYY AL 32 72 0 1 72 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 NYY AL 33 59 0 0 59 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 TEX AL 34 67 0 2 67 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 TEX AL 35 49 0 0 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 PHI NL 35 10 0 10 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 PHI NL 36 48 0 48 48 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 PHI NL 37 34 0 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 CHW AL 37 11 0 0 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 899 0 419 899 899 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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%
1967 BOS AL 22 173 72% 27% 6 100% 0 2 0 1 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 BOS AL 23 274 80% 34% 13 77% 0 4 2 0 7 5 0 3 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1969 BOS AL 24 439 71% 33% 24 83% 3 3 1 2 21 10 1 3 0 0 3 3 3 1 3 0 5 80%
1970 BOS AL 25 297 73% 31% 10 100% 0 1 0 0 10 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1971 BOS AL 26 209 74% 29% 13 85% 0 2 0 2 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 100%
1972 NYY AL 27 427 77% 36% 12 100% 0 4 0 4 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1973 NYY AL 28 330 78% 32% 15 73% 0 2 0 2 12 10 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1974 NYY AL 29 471 75% 31% 14 86% 1 3 0 2 13 8 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 6 67%
1975 NYY AL 30 387 79% 27% 17 82% 0 2 0 1 16 12 0 4 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 4 100%
1976 NYY AL 31 421 79% 30% 14 79% 1 3 1 0 10 10 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 75%
1977 NYY AL 32 553 86% 32% 21 95% 1 2 0 1 23 17 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1978 NYY AL 33 470 87% 26% 22 86% 2 9 1 7 18 11 2 1 0 1 0 1 3 2 2 1 6 83%
1979 TEX AL 34 385 82% 28% 11 91% 1 2 0 2 11 7 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1980 TEX AL 35 354 82% 25% 9 100% 0 4 0 3 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1980 PHI NL 35 59 85% 29% 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 PHI NL 36 332 86% 33% 14 93% 0 7 0 6 16 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1982 PHI NL 37 168 87% 29% 12 92% 0 2 2 0 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
1982 CHW AL 37 50 80% 26% 1 100% 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 5799 80% 30% 229 87% 9 53 7 34 207 143 16 20 0 10 10 13 12 4 10 2 43 84%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 90% 87%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1988 BBWAA (13.1%)
1989 BBWAA ( 5.6%)
1990 BBWAA ( 5.6%)
1991 BBWAA ( 3.4%)

Awards (yr lg award)
1977 AL Cy Young

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1972 AL (3, 47%)
1974 AL (25, 2%)
1976 AL (22, 2%)
1977 AL (6, 20%)
0.71 Career Shares (344th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1972 AL (7, 3%)
1977 AL (1, 40%)
1 Cy Young
0.43 Career Shares (114th)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1976 Jun 20th AL Player of the Week

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1969 AL  71 (3rd)
1973 AL  51 (5th)
1974 AL  66 (4th)
1976 AL  64 (4th)
1977 AL  72 (1st)
1978 AL  59 (5th)
1979 AL  67 (4th)
Career  899 (25th)

             

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