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George Metkovich

George Michael Metkovich (Catfish)

Positions: Centerfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: October 8, 1920 in Angel's Camp, CA
High School: Fremont HS (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 16, 1943 (Age 22.281)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Pirates/Indians/WhiteSox/Braves/... 1943-1954

Final Game: September 26, 1954 (Age 33.353)
Died: May 17, 1995 in Costa Mesa, CA
Buried: El Toro Memorial Park, Lake Forest, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 16, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1753. Chad Tracy… #1754. Delmon Young… #1755. Mike Aviles… #1756. GEORGE METKOVICH… #1757. Roger Cedeno… #1758. Dioner Navarro… #1759. Chris Gomez… 

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
1943 22 BOS AL 78 352 321 34 79 14 4 5 27 1 3 19 38 .246 .294 .361 .656 90 116 6 3 9 O89/3
1944 23 BOS AL 134 587 549 94 152 28 8 9 59 13 4 31 57 .277 .319 .406 .725 107 223 7 3 4 8O3/9
1945 24 BOS AL 138 598 539 65 140 26 3 5 62 19 6 51 70 .260 .331 .347 .677 95 187 6 6 2 3O89
1946 25 BOS AL 86 320 281 42 69 15 2 4 25 8 3 36 39 .246 .333 .356 .689 88 100 2 1 2 O9/78
1947 26 CLE AL 126 514 473 68 120 22 7 5 40 5 3 32 51 .254 .302 .362 .664 86 171 9 1 9 *8O/93
1949 28 CHW AL 93 381 338 50 80 9 4 5 45 5 4 41 24 .237 .321 .331 .652 76 112 18 1 1 O87/9
1951 30 PIT NL 120 454 423 51 124 21 3 3 40 3 2 28 23 .293 .338 .378 .717 91 160 11 1 3 O83/7
1952 31 PIT NL 125 415 373 41 101 18 3 7 41 5 2 32 29 .271 .335 .391 .726 99 146 9 4 5 3O8/97 MVP-38
1953 32 TOT NL 87 191 165 24 35 9 1 3 19 2 1 22 13 .212 .309 .333 .642 66 55 6 1 3 9837
1953 32 PIT NL 26 47 41 5 6 0 1 1 7 0 0 6 3 .146 .255 .268 .524 37 11 0 0 0 /3O89
1953 32 CHC NL 61 144 124 19 29 9 0 2 12 2 1 16 10 .234 .326 .355 .681 76 44 6 1 3 O987/3
1954 33 MLN NL 68 142 123 7 34 5 1 1 15 0 0 15 15 .276 .352 .358 .710 91 44 6 1 0 3 39
10 Yrs 1055 3954 3585 476 934 167 36 47 373 61 28 307 359 .261 .322 .367 .689 91 1314 80 22 38 3
162 Game Avg. 162 607 550 73 143 26 6 7 57 9 4 47 55 .261 .322 .367 .689 91 202 12 3 6
BOS (4 yrs) 436 1857 1690 235 440 83 17 23 173 41 16 137 204 .260 .321 .370 .691 97 626 21 13 17
PIT (3 yrs) 271 916 837 97 231 39 7 11 88 8 4 66 55 .276 .333 .379 .711 92 317 20 5 8
MLN (1 yr) 68 142 123 7 34 5 1 1 15 0 0 15 15 .276 .352 .358 .710 91 44 6 1 0 3
CHC (1 yr) 61 144 124 19 29 9 0 2 12 2 1 16 10 .234 .326 .355 .681 76 44 6 1 3
CLE (1 yr) 126 514 473 68 120 22 7 5 40 5 3 32 51 .254 .302 .362 .664 86 171 9 1 9
CHW (1 yr) 93 381 338 50 80 9 4 5 45 5 4 41 24 .237 .321 .331 .652 76 112 18 1 1
NL (4 yrs) 400 1202 1084 123 294 53 8 14 115 10 5 97 80 .271 .334 .374 .708 90 405 32 7 11 3
AL (6 yrs) 655 2752 2501 353 640 114 28 33 258 51 23 210 279 .256 .317 .363 .681 92 909 48 15 27

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
1943 22 BOS AL 78 352 -5 -1 0 -3 -2 -10 -1.2 10 -0 -0.2 .485 .493 0.1 -0.5 3 O89/3
1944 23 BOS AL 134 587 3 1 0 0 -3 2 0.2 17 18 1.9 .502 .501 1.9 -0.3 18 8O3/9
1945 24 BOS AL 138 598 -4 2 0 -3 -5 -10 -1.2 17 7 0.6 .492 .493 0.9 -1.0 10 3O89
1946 25 BOS AL 86 320 -4 1 0 -4 -4 -11 -1.2 10 -1 -0.3 .486 .492 0.2 -0.8 3 O9/78
1947 26 CLE AL 126 514 -9 0 0 8 -1 -2 -0.3 15 13 1.3 .498 .499 0.4 0.7 5 *8O/93
1949 28 CHW AL 93 381 -11 1 -1 -1 -1 -12 -1.3 11 -2 -0.2 .486 .492 -0.1 -0.2 -0 O87/9
1951 30 PIT NL 120 454 -5 -1 0 1 -2 -6 -0.7 17 11 1.0 .494 .496 1.0 -0.2 10 O83/7
1952 31 PIT NL 125 415 0 2 1 -2 -4 -3 -0.3 16 13 1.3 .498 .498 1.5 -0.7 15 3O8/97 MVP-38
1953 32 PIT NL 26 47 -4 0 0 -1 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .482 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /3O89
1953 32 CHC NL 61 144 -5 1 -1 2 -2 -5 -0.5 5 0 0.0 .492 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -1 O987/3
1954 33 MLN NL 68 142 -3 -0 -1 -2 -1 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .489 .495 -0.0 -0.4 -0 39
10 Seasons 1055 3954 -45 7 -1 -5 -25 -70 -7.9 124 55 4.8 .493 .496 5.6 -3.6 60
BOS (4 yrs) 436 1857 -9 4 0 -10 -14 -29 -3.5 53 24 2.0 .492 .495 3.1 -2.7 34
PIT (3 yrs) 271 916 -8 1 1 -2 -6 -14 -1.6 35 20 2.0 .495 .497 2.3 -1.0 23
MLN (1 yr) 68 142 -3 -0 -1 -2 -1 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .489 .495 -0.0 -0.4 -0
CHC (1 yr) 61 144 -5 1 -1 2 -2 -5 -0.5 5 0 0.0 .492 .497 -0.1 -0.0 -1
CLE (1 yr) 126 514 -9 0 0 8 -1 -2 -0.3 15 13 1.3 .498 .499 0.4 0.7 5
CHW (1 yr) 93 381 -11 1 -1 -1 -1 -12 -1.3 11 -2 -0.2 .486 .492 -0.1 -0.2 -0

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
1946 25 BOS AL WS STL L 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 2 0 0 0 0 0

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
1943 BOS AL 22 OF 76 76 73 198 183 6 9 3 .955 2.49 .977 2.47
1943 BOS AL 22 CF 51 48 48 129 120 2 7 1 .946 2.39 .978 2.78
1943 BOS AL 22 RF 28 28 25 66 60 4 2 2 .970 2.29 .973 2.21
1943 BOS AL 22 1B 2 2 2 26 23 3 0 2 1.000 13.00 .991 10.05
1944 BOS AL 23 CF 83 80 74 265 247 8 10 2 .962 3.07 .979 3.00
1944 BOS AL 23 OF 82 80 74 260 242 8 10 2 .962 3.05 .974 2.47
1944 BOS AL 23 1B 50 46 45 509 469 33 7 38 .986 10.04 .990 10.07
1944 BOS AL 23 RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.05
1945 BOS AL 24 1B 97 95 93 1026 935 76 15 96 .985 10.42 .989 10.10
1945 BOS AL 24 OF 42 40 35 90 87 2 1 0 .989 2.12 .978 2.40
1945 BOS AL 24 CF 29 29 25 59 56 2 1 0 .983 2.00 .983 2.81
1945 BOS AL 24 RF 14 11 10 30 30 0 0 0 1.000 2.14 .974 2.13
1946 BOS AL 25 OF 81 64 62 135 125 3 7 0 .948 1.58 .977 2.36
1946 BOS AL 25 RF 71 60 58 118 108 3 7 0 .941 1.56 .972 2.09
1946 BOS AL 25 LF 6 2 2 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .973 2.23
1946 BOS AL 25 CF 4 2 2 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 2.75 .984 2.72
1947 CLE AL 26 CF 119 111 104 354 347 3 4 2 .989 2.94 .983 2.90
1947 CLE AL 26 OF 119 111 104 355 349 2 4 2 .989 2.95 .979 2.47
1947 CLE AL 26 RF 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .980 2.10
1947 CLE AL 26 1B 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .990 9.60
1949 CHW AL 28 OF 87 83 80 220 212 1 7 0 .968 2.45 .980 2.44
1949 CHW AL 28 CF 78 76 76 201 195 1 5 0 .975 2.51 .980 2.80
1949 CHW AL 28 LF 10 7 4 14 11 1 2 0 .857 1.20 .982 2.32
1949 CHW AL 28 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 2.10
1951 PIT NL 30 OF 69 64 57 559.2 176 171 4 1 0 .994 2.81 2.54 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 PIT NL 30 CF 66 62 55 538.2 168 164 3 1 0 .994 2.79 2.53 .983 2.88 2.87
1951 PIT NL 30 1B 37 35 26 287.1 336 306 27 3 32 .991 10.43 9.00 .989 9.76 9.72
1951 PIT NL 30 LF 3 2 2 21.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.71 1.33 .978 2.31 2.30
1952 PIT NL 31 1B 72 62 37 513.0 570 530 33 7 59 .988 9.88 7.82 .990 9.89 9.81 MVP-38
1952 PIT NL 31 OF 33 29 26 260.0 73 72 1 0 0 1.000 2.53 2.21 .981 2.31 2.29 MVP-38
1952 PIT NL 31 CF 21 18 18 162.2 50 49 1 0 0 1.000 2.77 2.38 .983 2.74 2.72 MVP-38
1952 PIT NL 31 RF 8 7 5 64.1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0.56 0.50 .980 2.07 2.05 MVP-38
1952 PIT NL 31 LF 5 4 3 33.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.27 0.20 .980 2.02 2.00 MVP-38
1953 TOT NL 32 OF 42 24 21 243.1 76 74 2 0 0 1.000 1 4 2.81 1.81 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 TOT NL 32 RF 20 11 10 108.0 26 26 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -11 2.17 1.30 .981 2.00 1.96
1953 TOT NL 32 CF 15 12 10 99.1 42 41 1 0 0 1.000 2 21 3.81 2.80 .980 2.84 2.78
1953 TOT NL 32 1B 12 8 6 81.0 87 84 1 2 4 .977 0 0 9.44 7.08 .990 9.88 9.68
1953 PIT NL 32 1B 5 4 4 38.0 47 47 0 0 2 1.000 -0 -6 11.13 9.40 .990 9.88 9.68
1953 PIT NL 32 OF 4 3 3 22.0 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -44 3.27 2.00 .980 2.37 2.33
1953 PIT NL 32 CF 3 3 3 22.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -44 2.45 2.00 .980 2.82 2.77
1953 PIT NL 32 RF 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
1953 CHC NL 32 OF 38 21 18 221.1 68 67 1 0 0 1.000 2 9 2.77 1.79 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 CHC NL 32 RF 19 11 10 108.0 26 26 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -11 2.17 1.37 .981 2.00 1.96
1953 CHC NL 32 CF 12 9 7 77.1 36 36 0 0 0 1.000 2 39 4.19 3.00 .980 2.84 2.78
1953 CHC NL 32 LF 10 1 1 36.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 3 1.25 0.50 .976 2.15 2.10
1953 CHC NL 32 1B 7 4 2 43.0 40 37 1 2 2 .950 0 6 7.95 5.43 .990 9.88 9.69
1954 MLN NL 33 1B 18 14 13 135.0 158 143 15 0 15 1.000 0 4 10.53 8.78 .991 9.81 9.75
1954 MLN NL 33 OF 13 12 6 101.0 19 17 2 0 0 1.000 -2 -27 1.69 1.46 .975 2.36 2.34
1954 MLN NL 33 RF 13 12 6 101.0 20 18 2 0 0 1.000 -2 -27 1.78 1.54 .970 1.96 1.95
10 Seasons OF 644 583 538 1164.0 1602 1532 31 39 7 .976 -1 -2 2.65 2.43 .978 2.38 2.42
9 Seasons CF 466 438 412 800.2 1279 1230 21 28 5 .978 2 3 2.91 2.68 .981 2.85 2.86
8 Seasons 1B 289 262 222 1016.1 2714 2491 189 34 246 .987 0 0 10.09 9.27 .990 9.84 9.93
9 Seasons RF 159 129 114 273.1 266 248 9 9 2 .966 -3 -14 1.65 1.62 .973 2.00 2.08
5 Seasons LF 34 16 12 90.0 30 27 1 2 0 .933 0 1 1.00 0.82 .979 2.14 2.19
10 Seasons TOT 933 845 760 2180.1 4316 4023 220 73 253 .983 -1 -1 6.12 4.55 .985 5.86 4.75
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr 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))
1952 NL (38, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1944 AL  94 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1944 AL  8 (10th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1945 AL  62 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1944 AL  57 (10th)
1945 AL  70 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1944 AL  13 (6th)
1945 AL  19 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1945 AL  6 (2nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1944 AL  10.6 (2nd)
1945 AL  7.9 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1951 NL  18.4 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1943 AL  12.06 (5th)
1944 AL  8.54 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.3 (7th)
1944 AL  0.7 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.7 (4th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.3 (5th)
1944 AL  0.9 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1945 AL  15 (4th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 AL  347 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  7 (3rd)
1944 AL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  1 (3rd)
1947 AL  2 (3rd)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 AL  7 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  2 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1944 AL  10 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1943 AL  3 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1945 AL  10.42 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1944 AL  3.07 (4th)
1947 AL  2.94 (3rd)
1949 AL  2.51 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 AL  .989 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1944 AL  3.05 (4th)
1947 AL  2.95 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1947 AL  .989 (3rd)

                           

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 (·)

Gray InkBatting - 12 (1329), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (2113), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (311th), 4.8 career WAR/5.6 7yr-peak WAR/5.2 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: George Catfish gearge George goerge Michael Metkovich

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