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Sam McDowell

Samuel Edward McDowell (Sudden Sam)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Central Catholic HS (Cleveland, OH)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1960. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 15, 1961 (Age 18.359)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1962 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Giants/Yankees/Pirates 1961-1975

Final Game: June 24, 1975 (Age 32.276)
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Standard Fielding

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1961 CLE AL 18 P 1 1 0 6.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.84 2.00 .955 1.99 2.00 0 0 0
1962 CLE AL 19 P 25 13 0 87.2 20 4 14 2 0 .900 1.85 0.72 .958 2.08 2.07 2 1 33% 36% 4
1963 CLE AL 20 P 14 12 3 65.0 11 4 7 0 0 1.000 1.52 0.79 .955 1.99 2.00 0 1 100% 33% 0
1964 CLE AL 21 P 31 24 6 173.1 29 7 20 2 1 .931 1.40 0.87 .957 1.90 1.89 4 2 33% 37% 0
1965 CLE AL 22 P 42 35 14 273.0 56 6 46 4 0 .929 1.71 1.24 .951 2.04 2.03 4 9 69% 34% 2 AS,MVP-17
1966 CLE AL 23 P 35 28 8 194.1 43 11 30 2 2 .953 1.90 1.17 .952 1.99 1.98 5 5 50% 38% 1 AS
1967 CLE AL 24 P 37 37 10 236.1 45 9 31 5 2 .889 1.52 1.08 .957 1.96 1.96 6 13 68% 41% 0
1968 CLE AL 25 P 38 37 11 269.0 44 10 30 4 7 .909 1.34 1.05 .957 1.89 1.88 9 5 36% 37% 1 AS
1969 CLE AL 26 P 39 38 18 285.0 48 5 39 4 5 .917 1.39 1.13 .951 1.88 1.88 14 11 44% 36% 2 AS
1970 CLE AL 27 P 39 39 19 305.0 42 3 35 4 1 .905 1.12 0.97 .951 1.86 1.85 2 11 85% 39% 5 AS,CYA-3,MVP-16
1970 CLE AL 27 1B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.45 9.60 AS,CYA-3,MVP-16
1970 CLE AL 27 2B 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.30 AS,CYA-3,MVP-16
1971 CLE AL 28 P 35 31 8 214.2 33 3 26 4 2 .879 1.22 0.83 .958 1.98 1.97 3 8 73% 39% 0 AS
1972 SFG NL 29 P 28 25 4 164.1 30 8 21 1 0 .967 1.59 1.04 .950 1.78 1.78 2 10 83% 37% 2
1973 TOT MLB 30 P 34 18 2 135.2 27 7 20 0 1 1.000 1.79 0.79 .951 1.87 1.86 4 5 56% 37% 0
1973 SFG NL 30 P 18 3 0 40.0 8 3 5 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.44 .950 1.89 1.88 2 2 50% 36% 0
1973 NYY AL 30 P 16 15 2 95.2 19 4 15 0 1 1.000 1.79 1.19 .951 1.86 1.85 2 3 60% 38% 0
1974 NYY AL 31 P 13 7 0 48.0 4 1 2 1 0 .750 0.56 0.23 .948 1.82 1.80 1 4 80% 38% 0
1975 PIT NL 32 P 14 1 0 34.2 6 1 5 0 2 1.000 1.56 0.43 .947 1.87 1.86 4 2 33% 32% 2
15 Seasons P 425 346 103 2492.1 440 79 328 33 23 .925 1.47 0.96 .953 1.92 1.92 60 87 59% 37% 19
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.30
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.45 9.60
15 Seasons TOT 427 346 103 2493.1 441 80 328 33 23 .925 0 0 1.47 0.96 .954 1.93 1.95 60 87 59% 37% 19
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr 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
1961 CLE AL 18 P
1962 CLE AL 19 P
1963 CLE AL 20 P
1964 CLE AL 21 P
1965 CLE AL 22 P
1966 CLE AL 23 P
1967 CLE AL 24 P
1968 CLE AL 25 P
1969 CLE AL 26 P
1970 CLE AL 27 P
1970 CLE AL 27 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 CLE AL 27 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 CLE AL 28 P
1972 SFG NL 29 P
1973 SFG NL 30 P
1973 NYY AL 30 P
1974 NYY AL 31 P
1975 PIT NL 32 P
15 Seasons P
1 Season 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Seasons TOT 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
1961 CLE AL 18 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 CLE AL 19 25 13 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CLE AL 20 15 12 15 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1964 CLE AL 21 31 24 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 CLE AL 22 43 35 43 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1966 CLE AL 23 36 28 36 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1967 CLE AL 24 37 37 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 CLE AL 25 38 37 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 CLE AL 26 39 38 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 CLE AL 27 40 39 40 39 39 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1971 CLE AL 28 35 31 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 SFG NL 29 28 25 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 SFG NL 30 18 3 18 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 NYY AL 30 16 15 0 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 NYY AL 31 13 7 0 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 PIT NL 32 14 1 14 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Seasons 429 346 400 425 425 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
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%
1961 CLE AL 18 27 67% 26% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 CLE AL 19 409 69% 26% 13 85% 0 5 0 2 15 10 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1963 CLE AL 20 292 66% 23% 14 71% 0 3 2 1 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1964 CLE AL 21 761 66% 23% 30 80% 0 8 1 3 20 16 3 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 60%
1965 CLE AL 22 1115 62% 25% 43 93% 0 7 0 5 43 33 4 4 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 7 71%
1966 CLE AL 23 803 61% 24% 34 97% 1 6 1 2 31 21 6 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 4 100%
1967 CLE AL 24 1013 68% 22% 44 75% 0 8 1 3 32 27 2 5 0 4 1 4 2 2 2 0 9 78%
1968 CLE AL 25 1099 66% 22% 40 85% 0 9 2 5 32 19 8 4 0 2 2 3 7 5 6 1 5 100%
1969 CLE AL 26 1166 71% 22% 50 76% 0 6 2 3 39 27 5 4 0 3 1 3 5 4 4 1 8 63%
1970 CLE AL 27 1257 69% 22% 43 84% 0 2 0 1 40 26 3 4 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 3 100%
1971 CLE AL 28 943 66% 23% 36 81% 0 3 1 1 28 19 2 4 0 3 1 3 2 2 2 0 3 100%
1972 SFG NL 29 718 73% 20% 29 86% 0 7 1 2 22 18 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 78%
1973 SFG NL 30 190 71% 18% 7 100% 0 2 0 1 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1973 NYY AL 30 417 70% 19% 14 100% 0 4 0 1 13 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1974 NYY AL 31 224 71% 25% 6 50% 1 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 67%
1975 PIT NL 32 149 75% 21% 6 67% 1 1 0 1 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 2 100%
15 Seasons 10583 67% 23% 411 83% 3 72 11 32 340 246 35 33 0 21 12 22 22 17 19 3 64 80%
MLB Averages 80% 28% 90% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1970 CLE AL 27 3 100% 100% 100% 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 3 100% 100% 100% 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 63% 80% 28% 94% 87%

Advanced Fielding -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1970 CLE AL 27 2 100% 50% 50% 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 2 100% 50% 50% 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 63% 80% 28% 93%



* - 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
1981 BBWAA ()

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1965 AL (17, 3%)
1970 AL (16, 7%)
0.10 Career Shares (932nd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1970 AL (3, 38%)
0.38 Career Shares (127th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1967 AL  5 (4th)
1968 AL  4 (2nd)
1970 AL  4 (5th)
1971 AL  4 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1961 AL  born 1942-09-21 (3rd)

             

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Name and misspellings: Samuel Sudden Edward Sam sammy samuel McDowell

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