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Barney McCosky

William Barney McCosky

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 184 lb.

Born: April 11, 1917 in Coal Run, PA
High School: Southwestern HS (Detroit, MI)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1939 (Age 22.007)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Athletics/Indians/Reds 1939-1953

Final Game: July 8, 1953 (Age 36.088)
Died: September 6, 1996 in Venice, FL
Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 10, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #846. Freddie Patek… #847. Granny Hamner… #848. Alexei Ramirez… #849. BARNEY MCCOSKY… #850. Jo-Jo Moore… #851. Billy Southworth… #852. Red Smith… 

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
1939 22 DET AL 147 692 611 120 190 33 14 4 58 20 4 70 45 .311 .384 .430 .814 102 263 7 2 9 *8O MVP-27
1940 23 DET AL 143 660 589 123 200 39 19 4 57 13 9 67 41 .340 .408 .491 .899 124 289 8 1 3 *8O MVP-16
1941 24 DET AL 127 565 494 80 160 25 8 3 55 8 3 61 33 .324 .401 .425 .827 110 210 5 3 7 *O87 MVP-15
1942 25 DET AL 154 681 600 75 176 28 11 7 50 11 5 68 37 .293 .365 .412 .777 111 247 12 0 12 *O7/89 MVP-29
1946 29 TOT AL 117 471 399 44 127 22 4 2 45 2 2 60 22 .318 .407 .409 .816 128 163 7 0 12 *8/7
1946 29 DET AL 25 109 91 11 18 5 0 1 11 0 0 17 9 .198 .324 .286 .610 66 26 2 0 1 8O
1946 29 PHA AL 92 362 308 33 109 17 4 1 34 2 2 43 13 .354 .433 .445 .878 147 137 5 0 11 O8/7
1947 30 PHA AL 137 616 546 77 179 22 7 1 52 1 4 57 29 .328 .395 .399 .795 120 218 5 4 9 *O78 MVP-11
1948 31 PHA AL 135 605 515 95 168 21 5 0 46 1 3 68 22 .326 .405 .386 .791 110 199 10 0 22 *7O MVP-27
1950 33 PHA AL 66 207 179 19 43 10 1 0 11 0 0 22 12 .240 .323 .307 .631 63 55 4 0 6 O7
1951 34 TOT MLB 68 154 138 14 37 7 1 2 14 1 0 15 11 .268 .340 .377 .717 95 52 2 0 1 97/8
1951 34 TOT AL 43 99 88 12 21 5 0 1 3 1 0 11 9 .239 .323 .330 .653 80 29 2 0 0 9/78
1951 34 PHA AL 12 30 27 4 8 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 4 .296 .367 .481 .848 127 13 0 0 0 /O79
1951 34 CIN NL 25 55 50 2 16 2 1 1 11 0 0 4 2 .320 .370 .460 .830 121 23 0 0 1 O/78
1951 34 CLE AL 31 69 61 8 13 3 0 0 2 1 0 8 5 .213 .304 .262 .567 58 16 2 0 0 O9/87
1952 35 CLE AL 54 88 80 14 17 4 1 1 6 1 1 8 5 .213 .284 .325 .609 74 26 2 0 0 O7/9
1953 36 CLE AL 22 22 21 3 4 3 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 .190 .227 .333 .561 52 7 0 0 0
11 Yrs 1170 4761 4172 664 1301 214 71 24 397 58 31 497 261 .312 .386 .414 .801 111 1729 62 10 81
162 Game Avg. 162 659 578 92 180 30 10 3 55 8 4 69 36 .312 .386 .414 .801 111 239 9 1 11
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
PHA (5 yrs) 442 1820 1575 228 507 72 17 3 144 4 9 193 80 .322 .397 .395 .792 115 622 24 4 48
DET (5 yrs) 596 2707 2385 409 744 130 52 19 231 52 21 283 165 .312 .386 .434 .820 110 1035 34 6 32
CLE (3 yrs) 107 179 162 25 34 10 1 1 11 2 1 17 14 .210 .285 .302 .587 65 49 4 0 0
CIN (1 yr) 25 55 50 2 16 2 1 1 11 0 0 4 2 .320 .370 .460 .830 121 23 0 0 1
AL (11 yrs) 1145 4706 4122 662 1285 212 70 23 386 58 31 493 259 .312 .387 .414 .800 110 1706 62 10 80
NL (1 yr) 25 55 50 2 16 2 1 1 11 0 0 4 2 .320 .370 .460 .830 121 23 0 0 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
1939 22 DET AL 147 692 4 3 0 7 -1 12 1.2 23 36 3.4 .508 .507 2.7 0.6 29 *8O MVP-27
1940 23 DET AL 143 660 23 -1 0 0 -1 21 2.0 21 42 4.0 .514 .512 4.0 -0.1 42 *8O MVP-16
1941 24 DET AL 127 565 10 1 0 5 -2 14 1.4 19 33 3.2 .511 .508 2.7 0.3 28 *O87 MVP-15
1942 25 DET AL 154 681 9 1 0 3 -7 6 0.7 19 25 2.6 .504 .504 2.2 -0.4 22 *O7/89 MVP-29
1946 29 DET AL 25 109 -4 0 0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .484 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -0 8O
1946 29 PHA AL 92 362 21 -0 0 -5 -1 15 1.6 11 26 2.7 .518 .510 3.3 -0.6 31 O8/7
1947 30 PHA AL 137 616 16 -1 0 6 -5 16 1.7 17 33 3.5 .513 .511 2.8 -0.0 27 *O78 MVP-11
1948 31 PHA AL 135 605 12 -1 0 0 -6 5 0.5 17 22 2.1 .504 .503 2.1 -0.6 22 *7O MVP-27
1950 33 PHA AL 66 207 -9 1 1 -3 -2 -12 -1.1 6 -5 -0.5 .483 .493 -0.2 -0.4 -2 O7
1951 34 PHA AL 12 30 1 0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 /O79
1951 34 CIN NL 25 55 2 0 0 -1 -0 0 0.1 2 3 0.3 .502 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 O/78
1951 34 CLE AL 31 69 -3 -0 1 0 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .490 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 O9/87
1952 35 CLE AL 54 88 -2 -0 0 -3 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .487 .496 -0.1 -0.4 -1 O7/9
1953 36 CLE AL 22 22 -2 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
11 Seasons 1170 4761 78 4 3 9 -28 65 6.5 146 211 20.7 .506 .506 19.7 -2.0 202
PHA (5 yrs) 442 1820 41 -0 2 -2 -15 25 2.8 53 78 8.0 .507 .505 8.2 -1.7 80
DET (5 yrs) 596 2707 43 4 0 15 -12 50 4.8 86 136 13.0 .508 .507 11.5 0.4 121
CLE (3 yrs) 107 179 -7 -0 1 -3 -2 -11 -1.2 5 -5 -0.6 .489 .497 -0.3 -0.5 -3
CIN (1 yr) 25 55 2 0 0 -1 -0 0 0.1 2 3 0.3 .502 .500 0.4 -0.1 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
1940 23 DET AL WS CIN L 7 30 23 5 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 0 .304 .467 .348 .814 8 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 30 23 5 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 0 .304 .467 .348 .814 8 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1939 DET AL 22 CF 145 145 142 441 428 7 6 2 .986 3.00 .977 2.87 MVP-27
1939 DET AL 22 OF 145 145 142 441 428 7 6 2 .986 3.00 .969 2.44 MVP-27
1940 DET AL 23 CF 141 141 133 363 350 7 6 2 .983 2.53 .976 2.78 MVP-16
1940 DET AL 23 OF 141 141 133 362 349 7 6 2 .983 2.52 .970 2.40 MVP-16
1941 DET AL 24 OF 122 122 121 339 328 6 5 2 .985 2.74 .973 2.41 MVP-15
1941 DET AL 24 CF 100 100 99 287 279 4 4 1 .986 2.83 .976 2.78 MVP-15
1941 DET AL 24 LF 22 22 22 51 49 1 1 1 .980 2.27 .975 2.28 MVP-15
1942 DET AL 25 OF 154 154 153 365 351 7 7 2 .981 2.32 .976 2.38 MVP-29
1942 DET AL 25 LF 146 146 145 350 336 7 7 2 .980 2.35 .974 2.26 MVP-29
1942 DET AL 25 CF 6 6 6 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 2.33 .981 2.80 MVP-29
1942 DET AL 25 RF 2 2 2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .970 2.05 MVP-29
1946 TOT AL 29 OF 109 109 99 272 263 3 6 0 .978 2.44 .977 2.36
1946 TOT AL 29 CF 102 102 92 258 249 3 6 0 .977 2.47 .984 2.72
1946 DET AL 29 CF 24 24 22 58 55 1 2 0 .966 2.33 .984 2.72
1946 DET AL 29 OF 24 24 22 59 56 1 2 0 .966 2.38 .977 2.36
1946 PHA AL 29 OF 85 85 77 213 207 2 4 0 .981 2.46 .977 2.36
1946 PHA AL 29 CF 78 78 70 200 194 2 4 0 .980 2.51 .984 2.72
1946 PHA AL 29 LF 7 7 7 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 1.71 .974 2.24
1947 PHA AL 30 OF 136 134 132 360 346 8 6 2 .983 2.60 .979 2.47 MVP-11
1947 PHA AL 30 LF 115 114 112 290 279 6 5 2 .983 2.48 .976 2.31 MVP-11
1947 PHA AL 30 CF 22 20 20 58 55 2 1 0 .983 2.59 .983 2.90 MVP-11
1948 PHA AL 31 LF 134 131 118 287 275 9 3 1 .990 2.12 .975 2.33 MVP-27
1948 PHA AL 31 OF 134 131 118 289 277 9 3 1 .990 2.13 .975 2.51 MVP-27
1950 PHA AL 33 OF 42 41 37 343.0 75 73 1 1 1 .987 1.94 1.76 .979 2.51 2.47
1950 PHA AL 33 LF 41 41 37 343.0 71 69 1 1 1 .986 1.84 1.71 .977 2.39 2.35
1951 TOT MLB 34 OF 34 30 16 254.0 58 58 0 0 0 1.000 2.06 1.71 .978 2.44 2.43
1951 TOT MLB 34 LF 12 10 6 92.0 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 1.76 1.50 .975 2.37 2.36
1951 TOT MLB 34 CF 7 7 3 50.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 2.34 1.86 .982 2.88 2.86
1951 TOT AL 34 OF 23 19 12 166.0 41 41 0 0 0 1.000 2.22 1.78 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 TOT AL 34 RF 15 13 7 112.0 25 25 0 0 0 1.000 2.01 1.67 .978 2.05 2.04
1951 TOT AL 34 LF 6 4 4 42.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 2.14 1.67 .973 2.42 2.40
1951 PHA AL 34 OF 7 5 5 53.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 2.21 1.86 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 PHA AL 34 LF 5 4 4 39.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 2.08 1.80 .973 2.42 2.40
1951 PHA AL 34 RF 2 1 1 14.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.57 2.00 .978 2.06 2.05
1951 CIN NL 34 OF 11 11 4 88.0 17 17 0 0 0 1.000 1.74 1.55 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 CIN NL 34 LF 6 6 2 50.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1.44 1.33 .978 2.32 2.32
1951 CIN NL 34 CF 5 5 2 38.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1.89 1.60 .982 2.89 2.88
1951 CLE AL 34 OF 16 14 7 113.0 28 28 0 0 0 1.000 2.23 1.75 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 CLE AL 34 RF 13 12 6 98.0 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 1.93 1.62 .978 2.05 2.04
1951 CLE AL 34 CF 2 2 1 12.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 3.75 2.50 .980 2.85 2.80
1951 CLE AL 34 LF 1 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 1.00 .970 2.40 2.40
1952 CLE AL 35 OF 19 11 7 116.0 18 17 0 1 0 .944 1.32 0.89 .980 2.40 2.40
1952 CLE AL 35 LF 12 5 3 58.0 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1.40 0.75 .979 2.27 2.27
1952 CLE AL 35 RF 9 6 4 58.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1.55 1.11 .976 1.89 1.90
10 Seasons OF 1036 1018 958 713.0 2579 2490 48 41 12 .984 1.88 2.45 .974 2.47 2.43
7 Seasons CF 523 521 495 50.0 1434 1387 24 23 5 .984 2.34 2.70 .978 2.88 2.80
8 Seasons LF 489 476 450 493.0 1089 1047 24 18 7 .983 1.77 2.19 .975 2.37 2.30
3 Seasons RF 26 21 13 170.0 38 38 0 0 0 1.000 1.85 1.46 .977 2.00 1.99
11 Seasons TOT 1036 1018 958 713.0 2579 2490 48 41 12 .984 1.88 2.45 .974 2.47 2.43
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% 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.
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1939 AL (27, 2%)
1940 AL (16, 3%)
1941 AL (15, 4%)
1942 AL (29, 0%)
1947 AL (11, 10%)
1948 AL (27, 1%)
0.20 Career Shares (753rd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1940 AL  .340 (6th)
1941 AL  .324 (6th)
1942 AL  .293 (9th)
1947 AL  .328 (2nd)
1948 AL  .326 (5th)
Career  .312 (90th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1940 AL  .408 (10th)
1941 AL  .401 (9th)
1947 AL  .395 (5th)
1948 AL  .405 (6th)
Career  .386 (122nd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1940 AL  .899 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1942 AL  154 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1939 AL  611 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1939 AL  692 (4th)
1940 AL  660 (10th)
1942 AL  681 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1939 AL  120 (4th)
1940 AL  123 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1939 AL  190 (4th)
1940 AL  200 (1st)
1942 AL  176 (7th)
1947 AL  179 (4th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1940 AL  289 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1939 AL  33 (6th)
1940 AL  39 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1939 AL  14 (2nd)
1940 AL  19 (1st)
1942 AL  11 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1939 AL  20 (4th)
1940 AL  13 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1939 AL  139 (4th)
1940 AL  138 (6th)
1941 AL  124 (6th)
1942 AL  130 (6th)
1947 AL  149 (2nd)
1948 AL  142 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1939 AL  103 (10th)
1940 AL  116 (6th)
1947 AL  84 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1939 AL  262 (5th)
1940 AL  268 (4th)
1942 AL  244 (10th)
1947 AL  240 (6th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1940 AL  .682 (6th)
1947 AL  .648 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1941 AL  3 (10th)
1947 AL  4 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1942 AL  12 (6th)
1946 AL  12 (5th)
1948 AL  22 (1st)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1940 AL  9 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1942 AL  8.6 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1947 AL  18.8 (7th)
1948 AL  23.4 (4th)
Career  16.0 (250th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1939 AL  441 (7th)
1942 AL  453 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1946 AL  15.76 (1st)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1946 AL  1.4 (3rd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1946 AL  1.4 (2nd)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1946 AL  1.6 (1st)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  146 (4th)
1947 AL  115 (3rd)
1948 AL  134 (2nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  336 (1st)
1947 AL  279 (3rd)
1948 AL  275 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 AL  6 (4th)
1948 AL  9 (3rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  7 (2nd)
1947 AL  5 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 AL  1 (5th)
1942 AL  2 (3rd)
1947 AL  2 (2nd)
1950 AL  1 (5th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  145 (1st)
1940 AL  141 (2nd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  428 (1st)
1940 AL  350 (5th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  7 (5th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  6 (5th)
1946 AL  6 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  2 (3rd)
1940 AL  2 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  145 (5th)
1942 AL  154 (1st)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  428 (1st)
1942 AL  351 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  2.35 (2nd)
1947 AL  2.48 (2nd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  .980 (3rd)
1947 AL  .983 (2nd)
1948 AL  .990 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  3.00 (3rd)
1941 AL  2.83 (2nd)
Career  2.70 (43rd)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  .986 (1st)
1940 AL  .983 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  3.00 (3rd)
1941 AL  2.74 (5th)
Career  2.45 (95th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  .986 (2nd)
1940 AL  .983 (2nd)
1941 AL  .985 (3rd)
1948 AL  .990 (2nd)

                                         

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 - 4 (431), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 51 (504), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 41 (474), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (492), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (118th), 20.7 career WAR/21.4 7yr-peak WAR/21.0 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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