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Marty Marion

Martin Whiteford Marion (Slats, The Octopus or Mr. Shortstop)

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: December 1, 1917 in Richburg, SC
High School: Tech HS (Atlanta, GA)
School: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1940 (Age 22.137)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Browns 1940-1953

Final Game: July 6, 1953 (Age 35.217)
Died: March 15, 2011 in Ladue, MO
Buried: Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Relatives: Brother of Red Marion
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 18, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #585. Sam West… #586. Bret Boone… #587. Von Hayes… #588. MARTY MARION… #589. Topsy Hartsel… #590. Phil Garner… #591. Gus Bell… 

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
1940 22 STL NL 125 468 435 44 121 18 1 3 46 9 21 34 .278 .311 .345 .656 77 150 12 0 12 *6
1941 23 STL NL 155 619 547 50 138 22 3 3 58 8 42 48 .252 .308 .320 .628 72 175 10 2 28 *6 MVP-24
1942 24 STL NL 147 554 485 66 134 38 5 0 54 8 48 50 .276 .343 .375 .718 103 182 9 1 20 *6 MVP-7
1943 ★ 25 STL NL 129 463 418 38 117 15 3 1 52 1 32 37 .280 .334 .337 .671 89 141 4 2 11 *6 AS,MVP-13
1944 ★ 26 STL NL 144 565 506 50 135 26 2 6 63 1 43 50 .267 .324 .362 .686 90 183 9 0 16 *6 AS,MVP-1
1945 27 STL NL 123 477 430 63 119 27 5 1 59 2 39 39 .277 .340 .370 .709 95 159 5 2 6 *6 MVP-8
1946 ★ 28 STL NL 146 575 498 51 116 29 4 3 46 1 59 53 .233 .318 .325 .643 80 162 9 3 15 *6 AS,MVP-28
1947 ★ 29 STL NL 149 599 540 57 147 19 6 4 74 3 49 58 .272 .334 .352 .686 79 190 16 1 9 *6 AS
1948 ★ 30 STL NL 144 613 567 70 143 26 4 4 43 1 37 54 .252 .298 .333 .631 66 189 13 0 9 *6 AS
1949 ★ 31 STL NL 134 571 515 61 140 31 2 5 70 0 37 42 .272 .323 .369 .692 82 190 17 2 17 *6 AS,MVP-25
1950 ★ 32 STL NL 106 421 372 36 92 10 2 4 40 1 44 55 .247 .327 .317 .644 67 118 10 0 4 6 AS
1952 34 SLB AL 67 210 186 16 46 11 0 2 19 0 2 19 17 .247 .320 .339 .659 82 63 6 1 4 6
1953 35 SLB AL 3 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /5
13 Yrs 1572 6142 5506 602 1448 272 37 36 624 35 2 470 537 .263 .323 .345 .668 81 1902 120 14 151
162 Game Avg. 162 633 567 62 149 28 4 4 64 4 48 55 .263 .323 .345 .668 81 196 12 1 16
STL (11 yrs) 1502 5925 5313 586 1402 261 37 34 605 35 451 520 .264 .323 .346 .669 82 1839 114 13 147
SLB (2 yrs) 70 217 193 16 46 11 0 2 19 0 2 19 17 .238 .310 .326 .636 75 63 6 1 4
NL (11 yrs) 1502 5925 5313 586 1402 261 37 34 605 35 451 520 .264 .323 .346 .669 82 1839 114 13 147
AL (2 yrs) 70 217 193 16 46 11 0 2 19 0 2 19 17 .238 .310 .326 .636 75 63 6 1 4

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
1940 22 STL NL 125 468 -14 -0 0 -2 8 -8 -0.9 16 8 0.7 .493 .495 1.0 0.6 10 *6
1941 23 STL NL 155 619 -21 -1 0 17 10 6 0.6 21 27 2.8 .504 .504 0.9 2.9 10 *6 MVP-24
1942 24 STL NL 147 554 1 -0 0 15 9 25 2.8 18 43 4.7 .520 .518 3.0 2.8 28 *6 MVP-7
1943 ★ 25 STL NL 129 463 -6 0 0 22 8 24 2.8 15 39 4.3 .522 .518 1.8 3.4 17 *6 AS,MVP-13
1944 ★ 26 STL NL 144 565 -7 0 0 24 9 27 2.9 18 45 4.7 .521 .518 2.1 3.6 21 *6 AS,MVP-1
1945 27 STL NL 123 477 -3 -0 0 9 8 14 1.5 15 29 2.9 .512 .509 2.0 1.8 20 $15,000 *6 MVP-8
1946 ★ 28 STL NL 146 575 -13 0 0 18 10 15 1.7 22 37 3.9 .512 .511 1.9 3.1 19 *6 AS,MVP-28
1947 ★ 29 STL NL 149 599 -16 -0 0 9 10 3 0.3 24 27 2.7 .502 .502 1.8 2.0 18 *6 AS
1948 ★ 30 STL NL 144 613 -27 0 -0 5 10 -12 -1.3 24 12 1.1 .491 .492 0.7 1.5 7 *6 AS
1949 ★ 31 STL NL 134 571 -13 1 -0 9 9 6 0.5 22 29 2.8 .505 .504 2.0 1.9 20 *6 AS,MVP-25
1950 ★ 32 STL NL 106 421 -17 -2 -1 6 7 -7 -0.8 16 9 0.8 .493 .496 0.3 1.2 3 6 AS
1952 34 SLB AL 67 210 -4 -0 -0 -2 3 -3 -0.4 6 3 0.3 .495 .498 0.5 0.2 5 6
1953 35 SLB AL 3 7 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .434 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /5
13 Seasons 1572 6142 -140 -1 -1 130 101 88 9.5 217 305 31.7 .506 .506 17.7 25.0 175 $15,000
STL (11 yrs) 1502 5925 -134 -1 -1 132 97 93 10.1 210 304 31.6 .507 .506 17.4 24.9 172 $15,000
SLB (2 yrs) 70 217 -6 -0 -0 -2 3 -5 -0.6 7 1 0.1 .492 .498 0.3 0.2 4

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 19 18 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 2 .111 .158 .222 .380 4 0 0 0 0 0
1943 25 STL NL WS NYY L 5 18 14 1 5 2 0 1 2 1 0 3 1 .357 .471 .714 1.185 10 1 0 1 0 2
1944 ❍ 26 STL NL WS SLB W 6 25 22 1 5 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 .227 .292 .364 .655 8 0 0 1 0 2
1946 ❍ 28 STL NL WS BOS W 7 28 24 1 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 .250 .280 .333 .613 8 1 0 3 0 1
4 Yrs (4 Series) 23 90 78 5 18 7 1 1 11 1 0 7 7 .231 .294 .385 .679 30 2 0 5 0 5
4 WS 23 90 78 5 18 7 1 1 11 1 0 7 7 .231 .294 .385 .679 30 2 0 5 0 5

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
1940 STL NL 22 SS 125 123 105 644 245 366 33 76 .949 4.89 .950 5.50
1941 STL NL 23 SS 155 155 140 826 299 489 38 85 .954 5.08 .951 5.17 MVP-24
1942 STL NL 24 SS 147 146 126 775 296 448 31 87 .960 5.06 .955 5.22 MVP-7
1943 STL NL 25 SS 128 121 109 676 232 424 20 93 .970 5.13 .954 5.30 AS,MVP-13
1944 STL NL 26 SS 144 141 132 750 268 461 21 90 .972 5.06 .954 5.41 AS,MVP-1
1945 STL NL 27 SS 122 120 107 630 237 372 21 70 .967 4.99 .947 5.26 MVP-8
1946 STL NL 28 SS 145 145 137 791 290 480 21 105 .973 5.31 .957 5.15 AS,MVP-28
1947 STL NL 29 SS 141 149 131 796 329 452 15 104 .981 5.54 .963 5.11 AS
1948 STL NL 30 SS 142 142 129 727 263 445 19 80 .974 4.99 .959 4.98 AS
1949 STL NL 31 SS 134 134 122 700 242 441 17 74 .976 5.10 .961 5.04 AS,MVP-25
1950 STL NL 32 SS 101 99 92 860.0 504 180 313 11 73 .978 5.16 4.88 .961 5.22 5.16 AS
1952 SLB AL 34 SS 63 59 37 455.1 248 105 138 5 41 .980 4.80 3.86 .962 4.94 4.94
1953 SLB AL 35 3B 2 1 1 11.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0.82 0.50 .960 3.35 3.35
12 Seasons SS 1547 1534 1367 1315.1 8067 2986 4829 252 978 .969 5.04 5.05 .956 5.12 5.20
1 Season 3B 2 1 1 11.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0.82 0.50 .960 3.35 3.35
13 Seasons TOT 1549 1535 1368 1326.1 8068 2987 4829 252 978 .969 0 0 5.00 5.05 .956 5.11 5.19
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

Hall of Fame
1956 BBWAA ( 0.5%)
1960 BBWAA (13.8%)
1962 BBWAA (10.0%)
1964 BBWAA (24.9%)
1964 Run Off ( 8.5%)
1966 BBWAA (28.5%)
1967 BBWAA (30.8%)
1967 Run Off ( 7.2%)
1968 BBWAA (31.4%)
1969 BBWAA (32.9%)
1970 BBWAA (40.0%)
1971 BBWAA (34.2%)
1972 BBWAA (30.3%)
1973 BBWAA (33.4%)

All-Star Games
1943 (SS)
1944 (SS)
1945--not played
1946 (SS)
1947 (SS)
1948
1949
1950 (SS)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1941 NL (24, 2%)
1942 NL (7, 24%)
1943 NL (13, 6%)
1944 NL (1, 56%)
1945 NL (8, 21%)
1946 NL (28, 1%)
1949 NL (25, 1%)
1 MVP
1.12 Career Shares (219th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1943 NL  4.3 (9th)
1944 NL  4.7 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1941 NL  2.9 (1st)
1942 NL  2.8 (2nd)
1943 NL  3.4 (2nd)
1944 NL  3.6 (1st)
1945 NL  1.8 (2nd)
1946 NL  3.1 (1st)
1947 NL  2.0 (2nd)
1948 NL  1.5 (3rd)
1949 NL  1.9 (2nd)
1950 NL  1.2 (6th)
Career  25.0 (16th)

Games Played s c a p y
1941 NL  155 (1st)
1942 NL  147 (10th)
1946 NL  146 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1948 NL  567 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1942 NL  38 (1st)
1946 NL  29 (8th)
1949 NL  31 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1946 NL  3 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1940 NL  12 (9th)
1941 NL  28 (1st)
1942 NL  20 (3rd)
1944 NL  16 (5th)
1946 NL  15 (5th)
1948 NL  9 (8th)
1949 NL  17 (1st)
Career  151 (171st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1947 NL  16 (6th)
1949 NL  17 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1941 NL  447 (6th)
1946 NL  406 (9th)
1947 NL  418 (10th)
1948 NL  446 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1941 NL  489 (1st)
1942 NL  448 (3rd)
1944 NL  461 (5th)
1946 NL  480 (1st)
1947 NL  452 (3rd)
1948 NL  445 (4th)
1949 NL  441 (5th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1940 NL  33 (5th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  125 (5th)
1941 NL  155 (1st)
1942 NL  147 (2nd)
1943 NL  128 (3rd)
1944 NL  144 (3rd)
1945 NL  122 (3rd)
1946 NL  145 (2nd)
1947 NL  141 (3rd)
1948 NL  142 (5th)
1949 NL  134 (5th)
Career  1,547 (56th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  245 (4th)
1941 NL  299 (5th)
1942 NL  296 (3rd)
1943 NL  232 (3rd)
1944 NL  268 (3rd)
1945 NL  237 (4th)
1946 NL  290 (1st)
1947 NL  329 (1st)
1948 NL  263 (4th)
1949 NL  242 (5th)
Career  2,986 (45th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  366 (5th)
1941 NL  489 (1st)
1942 NL  448 (3rd)
1943 NL  424 (3rd)
1944 NL  461 (3rd)
1945 NL  372 (4th)
1946 NL  480 (1st)
1947 NL  452 (2nd)
1948 NL  445 (4th)
1949 NL  441 (4th)
Career  4,829 (51st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  33 (4th)
1941 NL  38 (4th)
1942 NL  31 (4th)
1943 NL  20 (5th)
1946 NL  21 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  76 (4th)
1941 NL  85 (3rd)
1942 NL  87 (2nd)
1943 NL  93 (2nd)
1944 NL  90 (2nd)
1945 NL  70 (3rd)
1946 NL  105 (1st)
1947 NL  104 (1st)
1948 NL  80 (4th)
Career  978 (39th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1950 NL  5.16 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1941 NL  5.08 (3rd)
1943 NL  5.13 (4th)
1944 NL  5.06 (3rd)
1945 NL  4.99 (4th)
1946 NL  5.31 (2nd)
1947 NL  5.54 (1st)
1948 NL  4.99 (3rd)
1949 NL  5.10 (3rd)
Career  5.05 (61st)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1940 NL  .949 (2nd)
1941 NL  .954 (4th)
1942 NL  .960 (3rd)
1943 NL  .970 (2nd)
1944 NL  .972 (1st)
1945 NL  .967 (2nd)
1946 NL  .973 (2nd)
1947 NL  .981 (1st)
1948 NL  .974 (1st)
1949 NL  .976 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 3 (537), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 10 (1439), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 57 (349), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (942), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (60th), 31.7 career WAR/26.2 7yr-peak WAR/28.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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 $15,000 ? William B. Mead, Even the Browns 16
Career to date (may be incomplete)$15,000
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: Slats The Slats Octopus The Mr. Martin The Slats Whiteford Shortstop Octopus Mr. Marty Marion

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