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Nelson Mathews

Nelson Elmer Mathews

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: July 21, 1941 in Columbia, IL
High School: Columbia HS (Columbia, IL)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1959. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1960 (Age 19.050, 9,378th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1963 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Cubs 1960-1965

Last Game: July 18, 1965 (Age 23.362)
Relatives: Father of T.J. Mathews
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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
1960 18 CHC NL 3 8 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 /9
1961 19 CHC NL 3 9 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111 .111 .111 .222 -41 1 0 0 0 0 0 /8
1962 20 CHC NL 15 57 49 5 15 2 0 2 13 3 3 5 4 .306 .393 .469 .862 127 23 1 2 1 0 0 8
1963 21 CHC NL 61 171 155 12 24 3 2 4 10 3 4 16 48 .155 .234 .277 .511 43 43 5 0 0 0 2 8/9
1964 22 KCA AL 157 620 573 58 137 27 5 14 60 2 3 43 143 .239 .293 .377 .670 82 216 18 1 2 1 7 *8
1965 23 KCA AL 67 211 184 17 39 7 7 2 15 0 2 24 49 .212 .300 .359 .659 88 66 4 0 1 2 4 87/9
6 Yrs 306 1076 978 93 218 39 14 22 98 8 12 88 248 .223 .288 .359 .647 78 351 28 3 4 3 13
162 Game Avg. 162 570 518 49 115 21 7 12 52 4 6 47 131 .223 .288 .359 .647 78 186 15 2 2 2 7
CHC (4 yrs) 82 245 221 18 42 5 2 6 23 6 7 21 56 .190 .266 .312 .579 60 69 6 2 1 0 2
KCA (2 yrs) 224 831 757 75 176 34 12 16 75 2 5 67 192 .232 .295 .373 .667 84 282 22 1 3 3 11
NL (4 yrs) 82 245 221 18 42 5 2 6 23 6 7 21 56 .190 .266 .312 .579 60 69 6 2 1 0 2
AL (2 yrs) 224 831 757 75 176 34 12 16 75 2 5 67 192 .232 .295 .373 .667 84 282 22 1 3 3 11

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
1960 18 CHC NL 3 8 -1 -0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .480 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /9
1961 19 CHC NL 3 9 -1 -0 0 1 -0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.1 -0 /8
1962 20 CHC NL 15 57 2 -0 -0 1 -0 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .514 .501 0.3 0.1 3 8
1963 21 CHC NL 61 171 -12 -0 -1 4 -0 -10 -1.2 6 -4 -0.5 .480 .492 -1.0 0.4 -7 8/9
1964 22 KCA AL 157 620 -12 -1 -2 1 -1 -15 -2.0 19 4 -0.1 .489 .489 0.0 -0.2 3 *8
1965 23 KCA AL 67 211 -4 -2 -0 -2 -2 -10 -1.2 6 -3 -0.5 .483 .493 -0.3 -0.5 -1 87/9
6 Seasons 306 1076 -28 -4 -3 5 -3 -34 -4.3 35 1 -0.8 .487 .492 -1.0 -0.0 -4
CHC (4 yrs) 82 245 -12 -1 -1 6 -0 -9 -1.1 9 0 -0.1 .487 .495 -0.8 0.6 -5
KCA (2 yrs) 224 831 -16 -3 -3 -1 -3 -25 -3.2 25 0 -0.6 .487 .490 -0.2 -0.6 1

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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
1960 CHC NL 18 OF 2 2 2 16.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 23 2.81 2.50 .978 2.19 2.20
1960 CHC NL 18 RF 2 2 2 16.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 23 2.81 2.50 .980 1.97 2.00
1961 CHC NL 19 CF 2 2 2 18.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 47 2.50 2.50 .980 2.65 2.60
1961 CHC NL 19 OF 2 2 2 18.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 47 2.50 2.50 .976 2.15 2.15
1962 CHC NL 20 CF 14 14 14 120.1 27 26 0 1 0 .963 1 8 1.94 1.86 .979 2.47 2.45
1962 CHC NL 20 OF 14 14 14 120.1 26 25 0 1 0 .962 1 8 1.87 1.79 .974 2.07 2.05
1963 CHC NL 21 OF 46 40 34 370.1 94 91 1 2 1 .979 4 12 2.24 2.00 .977 2.01 2.00
1963 CHC NL 21 CF 45 40 34 368.1 91 88 1 2 1 .978 4 11 2.17 1.98 .982 2.37 2.36
1963 CHC NL 21 RF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 120 4.50 1.00 .980 1.80 1.80
1964 KCA AL 22 CF 154 150 144 1326.0 400 381 6 13 2 .968 1 1 2.63 2.51 .981 2.45 2.44
1964 KCA AL 22 OF 154 150 144 1326.0 402 384 5 13 2 .968 1 1 2.64 2.53 .980 2.04 2.03
1965 KCA AL 23 OF 57 48 44 450.1 106 103 1 2 0 .981 -2 -6 2.08 1.82 .978 2.04 2.03
1965 KCA AL 23 CF 26 21 19 201.2 53 53 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -11 2.37 2.04 .979 2.40 2.40
1965 KCA AL 23 LF 25 21 21 195.2 42 40 1 1 0 .976 0 3 1.89 1.64 .979 1.87 1.86
1965 KCA AL 23 RF 8 6 4 53.0 12 11 0 1 0 .917 -1 -18 1.87 1.38 .978 1.85 1.84
6 Seasons OF 275 256 240 2301.0 638 613 7 18 3 .972 5 2 2.43 2.25 .979 2.04 2.03
5 Seasons CF 241 227 213 2034.1 576 553 7 16 3 .972 4 3 2.48 2.32 .981 2.43 2.42
1 Season LF 25 21 21 195.2 42 40 1 1 0 .976 0 3 1.89 1.64 .979 1.87 1.86
3 Seasons RF 11 8 6 71.0 18 17 0 1 0 .944 -0 -5 2.15 1.55 .979 1.88 1.86
6 Seasons TOT 275 256 240 2301.0 638 613 7 18 3 .972 5 2 2.43 2.25 .979 2.04 2.03
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

Doubles s c a p y
1964 AL  27 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1965 AL  7 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1964 AL  143 (1st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1964 AL  18 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1964 AL  460 (10th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  154 (1st)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  381 (1st)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  13 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  2 (4th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1964 AL  154 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1964 AL  384 (1st)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1964 AL  13 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1964 AL  2.63 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  2.51 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1964 AL  2.64 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1964 AL  2.53 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1960 NL  born 1941-07-21 (3rd)
1961 NL  born 1941-07-21 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 3 (2112), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Center Field (962nd), -0.8 career WAR/-0.8 7yr-peak WAR/-0.8 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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