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Vinegar Bend Mizell

Wilmer David Mizell

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: August 13, 1930 in Leakesville, MS
High School: Leaksville HS (Leaksville, MS)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1952 (Age 21)
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Pirates/Mets 1952-1962

Final Game: July 25, 1962 (Age 31)
Died: February 21, 1999 in Kerrville, TX
Buried: Faith Missionary Alliance Church Cemetery, Winston-Salem, NC
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 20, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #718. Bruce Kison… #719. Mickey McDermott… #720. Al Fitzmorris… #721. VINEGAR BEND MIZELL… #722. Huston Street… #723. Greg Harris… #724. Scot Shields… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1952 21 STL NL 10 8 .556 3.65 3.32 30 30 0 7 2 0 190.0 171 89 77 12 103 146 1 0 1 834 102 1.442 8.1 0.6 4.9 6.9 1.42
1953 22 STL NL 13 11 .542 3.49 3.32 33 33 0 10 1 0 224.1 193 93 87 12 114 173 4 2 4 980 122 1.368 7.7 0.5 4.6 6.9 1.52
1954 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1955 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1956 25 STL NL 14 14 .500 3.62 3.57 33 33 0 11 3 0 208.2 172 93 84 20 92 5 153 7 0 4 881 103 1.265 7.4 0.9 4.0 6.6 1.66
1957 26 STL NL 8 10 .444 3.74 3.90 33 21 2 7 2 0 149.1 136 69 62 18 51 4 87 1 0 1 627 106 1.252 8.2 1.1 3.1 5.2 1.71
1958 27 STL NL 10 14 .417 3.42 4.27 30 29 0 8 2 0 189.2 178 81 72 17 91 9 80 2 0 1 820 122 1.418 8.4 0.8 4.3 3.8 0.88
1959 28 STL NL 13 10 .565 4.20 4.27 31 30 1 8 1 0 201.1 196 104 94 21 89 7 108 8 1 2 890 101 1.416 8.8 0.9 4.0 4.8 1.21 AS
1960 29 TOT NL 14 8 .636 3.50 3.41 32 32 0 8 3 0 211.0 205 90 82 14 74 10 113 3 0 3 883 110 1.322 8.7 0.6 3.2 4.8 1.53
1960 29 STL NL 1 3 .250 4.55 4.17 9 9 0 0 0 0 55.1 64 31 28 7 28 4 42 0 0 2 252 90 1.663 10.4 1.1 4.6 6.8 1.50
1960 29 PIT NL 13 5 .722 3.12 3.14 23 23 0 8 3 0 155.2 141 59 54 7 46 6 71 3 0 1 631 121 1.201 8.2 0.4 2.7 4.1 1.54
1961 30 PIT NL 7 10 .412 5.04 4.84 25 17 1 2 1 0 100.0 120 61 56 16 31 8 37 0 1 0 437 79 1.510 10.8 1.4 2.8 3.3 1.19
1962 31 TOT NL 1 3 .250 6.63 7.00 21 5 10 0 0 0 54.1 63 45 40 13 35 0 21 2 0 3 254 62 1.804 10.4 2.2 5.8 3.5 0.60
1962 31 PIT NL 1 1 .500 4.96 6.29 4 3 1 0 0 0 16.1 15 10 9 3 10 0 6 1 0 0 72 81 1.531 8.3 1.7 5.5 3.3 0.60
1962 31 NYM NL 0 2 .000 7.34 7.30 17 2 9 0 0 0 38.0 48 35 31 10 25 0 15 1 0 3 182 57 1.921 11.4 2.4 5.9 3.6 0.60
9 Yrs 90 88 .506 3.85 3.90 268 230 14 61 15 0 1528.2 1434 725 654 143 680 43 918 28 4 19 6606 104 1.383 8.4 0.8 4.0 5.4 1.35
162 Game Avg. 12 12 .506 3.85 3.90 37 31 2 8 2 0 209 196 99 89 20 93 125 4 1 3 902 104 1.383 8.4 0.8 4.0 5.4 1.35
STL (7 yrs) 69 70 .496 3.72 3.78 199 185 3 51 11 0 1218.2 1110 560 504 107 568 29 789 23 3 15 5284 108 1.377 8.2 0.8 4.2 5.8 1.39
PIT (3 yrs) 21 16 .568 3.94 3.96 52 43 2 10 4 0 272.0 276 130 119 26 87 14 114 4 1 1 1140 98 1.335 9.1 0.9 2.9 3.8 1.31
NYM (1 yr) 0 2 .000 7.34 7.30 17 2 9 0 0 0 38.0 48 35 31 10 25 0 15 1 0 3 182 57 1.921 11.4 2.4 5.9 3.6 0.60

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1952 21 STL NL 190.0 30 30 89 4.22 4.03 0.18 0.00 99.3 3.83 -8 -0.9 -0.1 0.9 10 .470 .494
1953 22 STL NL 224.1 33 33 93 3.73 4.54 0.04 0.00 100.4 4.51 22 2.2 -0.1 4.4 45 .567 .514
1956 25 STL NL 208.2 33 33 93 4.01 4.16 0.20 0.00 101.0 4.00 3 0.4 -0.1 2.4 20 .511 .502
1957 26 STL NL 149.1 33 21 69 4.16 4.33 0.16 0.00 101.9 4.24 2 0.3 1.4 -0.1 1.7 16 .508 .502
1958 27 STL NL 189.2 30 29 81 3.84 4.55 0.03 0.00 104.5 4.72 19 2.2 7.5 -0.1 4.0 38 .572 .513
1959 28 STL NL 201.1 31 30 104 4.65 4.42 -0.21 0.00 105.5 4.88 4 0.4 .7 -0.1 2.3 26 .512 .502 AS
1960 29 STL NL 55.1 9 9 31 5.04 4.23 0.01 0.07 110.7 4.75 -2 -0.2 -0.0 0.3 4 .477 .499
1960 29 PIT NL 155.2 23 23 59 3.41 4.16 0.25 0.07 98.9 3.94 9 1.0 -0.1 2.5 24 .543 .506
1961 30 PIT NL 100.0 25 17 61 5.49 4.35 -0.05 0.05 100.5 4.47 -12 -1.2 .9 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .453 .493
1962 31 PIT NL 16.1 4 3 10 5.51 4.65 0.06 0.03 101.5 4.68 -2 -0.2 .0 0.0 0.0 0 .460 .499
1962 31 NYM NL 38.0 17 2 35 8.29 4.49 -0.51 -0.13 100.8 4.91 -15 -1.4 .5 0.2 -0.8 -10 .417 .491
9 Seasons 1528.2 268 230 725 4.27 4.33 0.06 0.01 101.9 4.37 21 2.5 1.1 -0.5 17.7 173 .509 .503
STL (7 yrs) 1218.2 199 185 560 4.14 4.34 0.06 0.00 102.5 4.39 40 4.3 1.8 -0.6 16.1 159 .521 .504
PIT (3 yrs) 272.0 52 43 130 4.30 4.26 0.13 0.06 99.6 4.18 -5 -0.3 .8 -0.1 2.4 24 .494 .499
NYM (1 yr) 38.0 17 2 35 8.29 4.49 -0.51 -0.13 100.8 4.91 -15 -1.4 .5 0.2 -0.8 -10 .417 .491

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1960 29 PIT NL WS W NYY 0 1 .000 15.43 2 1 0 0 0 0 2.1 4 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 2.571 15.4 0.0 7.7 3.9 0.50
1 WS 0 1 .000 15.43 2 1 0 0 0 0 2.1 4 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 2.571 15.4 0.0 7.7 3.9 0.50

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1952 21 STL NL 30 72 68 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 .044 .044 .088 .132 -64 6 2 0 4 1
1953 22 STL NL 33 89 83 4 7 1 1 1 8 0 0 3 42 .084 .116 .157 .273 -30 13 0 0 3 1
1954 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1955 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1956 25 STL NL 33 85 75 5 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 16 .107 .163 .120 .283 -22 9 4 1 5 0 0 1
1957 26 STL NL 33 49 45 1 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 17 .089 .146 .133 .279 -25 6 1 0 1 0 0 1
1958 27 STL NL 30 67 61 3 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 25 .115 .129 .131 .260 -32 8 1 0 5 0 0 1
1959 28 STL NL 31 82 75 7 14 1 1 0 7 0 1 3 29 .187 .218 .227 .445 16 17 0 0 5 0 0 1 AS
1960 29 TOT NL 32 79 69 3 9 1 0 0 5 0 0 3 24 .130 .189 .145 .334 -8 10 2 2 5 0 0 1
1960 29 STL NL 9 20 18 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 10 .111 .158 .167 .325 -14 3 0 0 1 0 0 /1
1960 29 PIT NL 23 59 51 2 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 14 .137 .200 .137 .337 -6 7 2 2 4 0 0 1
1961 30 PIT NL 25 31 23 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 .130 .192 .130 .323 -12 3 0 0 5 1 0 1
1962 31 TOT NL 21 15 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343 -6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
1962 31 PIT NL 4 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .143 .000 .143 -58 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1962 31 NYM NL 17 8 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 35 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
9 Yrs 268 569 513 28 57 8 3 1 30 0 1 20 196 .111 .149 .144 .293 -21 74 10 3 33 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 344 310 17 34 5 2 1 18 0 1 12 118 .111 .149 .144 .293 -21 45 6 2 20
STL (7 yrs) 199 464 425 23 45 8 3 1 26 0 1 15 170 .106 .138 .146 .284 -24 62 8 1 24 0 0
PIT (3 yrs) 52 97 80 4 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 24 .125 .193 .125 .318 -11 10 2 2 9 1 0
NYM (1 yr) 17 8 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 35 2 0 0 0 0 0

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
1952 21 STL NL 30 72 -16 0 -0 0 8 -8 -0.9 0 -8 -0.9 .470 .494 -0.9 0.0 -8 1
1953 22 STL NL 33 89 -17 0 1 0 10 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .481 .496 -0.6 -0.0 -6 1
1956 25 STL NL 33 85 -12 -1 -1 0 9 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4 1
1957 26 STL NL 33 49 -7 -0 -0 0 5 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 1
1958 27 STL NL 30 67 -10 -0 -0 0 7 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .489 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
1959 28 STL NL 31 82 -8 -1 1 0 9 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1 AS
1960 29 STL NL 9 20 -3 -0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1960 29 PIT NL 23 59 -7 -0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1961 30 PIT NL 25 31 -5 0 -0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .495 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1962 31 PIT NL 4 7 -1 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1962 31 NYM NL 17 8 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
9 Seasons 268 569 -87 -2 0 0 63 -26 -2.9 0 -26 -2.9 .490 .498 -2.7 -0.1 -26
STL (7 yrs) 199 464 -73 -1 -0 0 51 -24 -2.7 0 -24 -2.7 .487 .498 -2.5 -0.1 -24
PIT (3 yrs) 52 97 -13 -0 0 0 11 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
NYM (1 yr) 17 8 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1

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
1960 29 PIT NL WS NYY W 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1952 STL NL 21 P 30 30 7 190.0 36 7 25 4 1 .889 1.52 1.07 .953 2.18 2.16 6 5 45% 44% 0
1953 STL NL 22 P 33 33 10 224.1 55 13 35 7 2 .873 1.93 1.45 .956 2.06 2.02 10 5 33% 1
1956 STL NL 25 P 33 33 11 208.2 51 19 30 2 2 .961 2.11 1.48 .966 2.05 2.03 10 3 23% 41% 2
1957 STL NL 26 P 33 21 7 149.1 37 8 29 0 3 1.000 2.23 1.12 .962 2.06 2.08 7 4 36% 39% 2
1958 STL NL 27 P 30 29 8 189.2 40 6 31 3 3 .925 1.76 1.23 .955 1.97 1.96 24 7 23% 39% 4
1959 STL NL 28 P 31 30 8 201.1 35 9 23 3 1 .914 1.43 1.03 .954 1.99 1.97 4 6 60% 38% 4 AS
1960 TOT NL 29 P 32 32 8 211.0 37 9 28 0 1 1.000 1.58 1.16 .962 2.09 2.08 5 7 58% 40% 4
1960 STL NL 29 P 9 9 0 55.1 13 2 11 0 0 1.000 2.11 1.44 .962 2.08 2.08 1 1 50% 40% 2
1960 PIT NL 29 P 23 23 8 155.2 24 7 17 0 1 1.000 1.39 1.04 .962 2.09 2.08 4 6 60% 40% 2
1961 PIT NL 30 P 25 17 2 100.0 15 6 7 2 1 .867 1.17 0.52 .959 2.18 2.15 5 5 50% 38% 3
1962 TOT NL 31 P 21 5 0 54.1 11 2 9 0 0 1.000 1.82 0.52 .948 2.05 2.05 3 2 40% 34% 2
1962 PIT NL 31 P 4 3 0 16.1 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 3.31 1.50 .948 2.04 2.05 2 1 33% 34% 1
1962 NYM NL 31 P 17 2 0 38.0 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 1.18 0.29 .948 2.06 2.05 1 1 50% 34% 1
9 Seasons P 268 230 61 1528.2 317 79 217 21 14 .934 1.74 1.10 .958 2.06 2.05 74 44 37% 34% 22
9 Seasons TOT 268 230 61 1528.2 317 79 217 21 14 .934 1.74 1.10 .958 2.06 2.05 74 44 37% 34% 22
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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1953 NL  4.4 (5th)
1958 NL  4.0 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1953 NL  3.49 (9th)
1958 NL  3.42 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
1956 NL  14 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1960 NL  .636 (6th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1952 NL  8.100 (8th)
1953 NL  7.743 (3rd)
1956 NL  7.419 (4th)
1958 NL  8.446 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1952 NL  6.916 (1st)
1953 NL  6.941 (1st)
1956 NL  6.599 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1953 NL  224.3 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1952 NL  146 (4th)
1953 NL  173 (3rd)
1956 NL  153 (5th)

Games Started s c a p y
1953 NL  33 (2nd)
1956 NL  33 (8th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1953 NL  10 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1956 NL  3 (5th)
1957 NL  2 (10th)
1958 NL  2 (6th)
1960 NL  3 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1952 NL  103 (1st)
1953 NL  114 (2nd)
1956 NL  92 (3rd)
1958 NL  91 (6th)
1959 NL  89 (5th)
1960 NL  74 (10th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1952 NL  0.568 (8th)
1953 NL  0.481 (3rd)
1958 NL  0.807 (10th)
1960 NL  0.597 (5th)

Losses s c a p y
1956 NL  14 (6th)
1958 NL  14 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1953 NL  4 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1956 NL  7 (4th)
1959 NL  8 (4th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1953 NL  980 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1953 NL  122 (9th)
1958 NL  122 (6th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1953 NL  3.32 (3rd)
1956 NL  3.57 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1953 NL  22 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1953 NL  2.2 (6th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1958 NL  2.1 (10th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1956 NL  1.7 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1956 NL  19 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1952 NL  4 (3rd)
1953 NL  7 (1st)
1959 NL  3 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1960 NL  1.000 (1st)

             

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 InkPitching - 46 (567), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 9 (1048), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1426), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (639th), 14.8 career WAR/15.9 7yr-peak WAR/15.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Vinegar Wilmer Bend David wilmer Mizell

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