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Rocky Nelson

Glenn Richard Nelson

Positions: First Baseman, Pinch Hitter and Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: November 18, 1924 in Portsmouth, OH
High School: Portsmouth HS (Portsmouth, OH)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1942. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 27, 1949 (Age 24.160)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1949 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cardinals/Dodgers/WhiteSox/Indians 1949-1961

Final Game: September 29, 1961 (Age 36.315)
Died: October 31, 2006 in Portsmouth, OH
Buried: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Franklin Furnace, OH
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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 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1949 24 STL NL 82 260 244 28 54 8 4 4 32 1 11 12 .221 .258 .336 .594 55 82 5 1 4 3
1950 25 STL NL 76 265 235 27 58 10 4 1 20 4 26 9 .247 .324 .336 .661 71 79 3 1 3 3
1951 26 TOT MLB 86 232 218 32 56 8 4 1 15 1 1 12 7 .257 .296 .344 .640 70 75 6 0 2 37
1951 26 TOT NL 80 226 213 32 56 8 4 1 15 1 1 11 7 .263 .299 .352 .651 73 75 6 0 2 37
1951 26 STL NL 9 19 18 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .222 .263 .278 .541 46 5 1 0 0 /37O
1951 26 PIT NL 71 207 195 29 52 7 4 1 14 1 1 10 7 .267 .302 .359 .661 76 70 5 0 2 37O
1951 26 CHW AL 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 -52 0 0 0 0
1952 27 BRO NL 37 46 39 6 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 7 4 .256 .370 .282 .652 81 11 0 0 0 /3
1954 29 CLE AL 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 0 /3
1956 31 TOT NL 69 164 152 13 33 7 0 7 23 0 0 10 16 .217 .262 .401 .664 72 61 4 0 0 2 2 3/7
1956 31 BRO NL 31 102 96 7 20 2 0 4 15 0 0 4 10 .208 .235 .354 .589 50 34 2 0 0 2 1 3
1956 31 STL NL 38 62 56 6 13 5 0 3 8 0 0 6 6 .232 .306 .482 .789 109 27 2 0 0 0 1 3/7
1959 34 PIT NL 98 204 175 31 51 11 0 6 32 0 0 23 19 .291 .379 .457 .836 124 80 2 3 1 2 4 3/79
1960 35 PIT NL 93 234 200 34 60 11 1 7 35 1 2 24 15 .300 .382 .470 .852 131 94 2 5 1 4 5 3
1961 36 PIT NL 75 146 127 15 25 5 1 5 13 0 0 17 11 .197 .301 .370 .671 78 47 3 2 0 0 2 3
9 Yrs 620 1555 1394 186 347 61 14 31 173 7 3 130 94 .249 .317 .379 .696 84 529 26 12 11 8 13
162 Game Avg. 162 406 364 49 91 16 4 8 45 2 34 25 .249 .317 .379 .696 84 138 7 3 3
PIT (4 yrs) 337 791 697 109 188 34 6 19 94 2 3 74 52 .270 .346 .418 .763 104 291 12 10 4 6 11
STL (4 yrs) 205 606 553 64 129 24 8 8 61 5 0 44 27 .233 .292 .349 .641 67 193 11 2 7 0 1
BRO (2 yrs) 68 148 135 13 30 3 0 4 18 0 0 11 14 .222 .277 .333 .610 60 45 2 0 0 2 1
CLE (1 yr) 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 0
CHW (1 yr) 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 -52 0 0 0 0
NL (8 yrs) 610 1545 1385 186 347 61 14 31 173 7 3 129 93 .251 .318 .382 .700 85 529 25 12 11 8 13
AL (2 yrs) 10 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .100 .000 .100 -71 0 1 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
1949 24 STL NL 82 260 -15 0 1 -1 -3 -18 -2.0 10 -8 -0.9 .477 .488 -0.8 -0.4 -7 3
1950 25 STL NL 76 265 -9 -1 0 2 -3 -10 -1.1 10 -0 -0.1 .486 .494 -0.2 -0.1 -2 3
1951 26 STL NL 9 19 -1 0 -0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .480 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /37O
1951 26 PIT NL 71 207 -6 -0 -0 1 -2 -8 -0.9 8 0 -0.1 .488 .495 -0.1 -0.1 -1 37O
1951 26 CHW AL 6 6 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
1952 27 BRO NL 37 46 -1 -0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .498 .499 0.1 -0.0 1 /3
1954 29 CLE AL 4 4 -1 0 -0 -0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .457 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /3
1956 31 BRO NL 31 102 -7 -0 0 2 -1 -6 -0.7 4 -2 -0.3 .479 .496 -0.5 0.0 -4 3
1956 31 STL NL 38 62 2 0 -0 2 -1 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .506 .501 0.3 0.0 3 3/7
1959 34 PIT NL 98 204 6 1 0 -2 -2 3 0.4 8 11 1.1 .504 .502 1.3 -0.4 13 3/79
1960 35 PIT NL 93 234 8 0 0 4 -3 9 1.0 9 18 1.9 .511 .506 1.5 0.0 14 3
1961 36 PIT NL 75 146 -4 -0 -0 -0 -1 -6 -0.7 6 -1 -0.1 .491 .496 -0.1 -0.2 -0 3
9 Seasons 620 1555 -30 -0 1 7 -17 -39 -4.3 59 20 1.7 .493 .498 1.2 -1.2 13
PIT (4 yrs) 337 791 4 1 -0 3 -9 -2 -0.2 30 28 2.8 .500 .500 2.6 -0.7 26
STL (4 yrs) 205 606 -24 -0 1 3 -7 -28 -3.1 23 -5 -0.7 .486 .493 -0.8 -0.5 -8
BRO (2 yrs) 68 148 -8 -1 1 2 -1 -7 -0.8 6 -1 -0.2 .489 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3
CLE (1 yr) 4 4 -1 0 -0 -0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .457 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1
CHW (1 yr) 6 6 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -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
1952 27 BRO NL WS NYY L 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 ❍ 35 PIT NL WS NYY W 4 10 9 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 .333 .400 .667 1.067 6 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 8 14 12 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 3 .250 .357 .500 .857 6 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 8 14 12 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 3 .250 .357 .500 .857 6 0 0 0 0 0

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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
1949 STL NL 24 1B 70 55 54 588 564 24 0 48 1.000 8.40 .991 9.62
1950 STL NL 25 1B 70 64 61 567.0 652 596 51 5 66 .992 10.27 9.24 .990 9.71 9.61
1951 TOT NL 26 1B 36 33 25 272.0 332 304 25 3 37 .991 10.89 9.14 .989 9.76 9.72
1951 TOT NL 26 LF 13 12 11 102.0 23 22 1 0 0 1.000 2.03 1.77 .977 2.32 2.31
1951 TOT NL 26 OF 13 12 11 102.0 23 22 1 0 0 1.000 2.03 1.77 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 STL NL 26 1B 4 4 2 24.0 30 29 1 0 5 1.000 11.25 7.50 .989 9.75 9.72
1951 STL NL 26 LF 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.40 2.30
1951 STL NL 26 OF 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.40 2.40
1951 PIT NL 26 1B 32 29 23 248.0 302 275 24 3 32 .990 10.85 9.34 .989 9.76 9.72
1951 PIT NL 26 LF 12 12 11 99.0 23 22 1 0 0 1.000 2.09 1.92 .977 2.32 2.31
1951 PIT NL 26 OF 12 12 11 99.0 23 22 1 0 0 1.000 2.09 1.92 .981 2.42 2.41
1952 BRO NL 27 1B 5 1 1 29.0 16 16 0 0 2 1.000 4.97 3.20 .990 9.90 9.82
1954 CLE AL 29 1B 2 0 0 6.0 6 6 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -40 9.00 3.00 .990 9.60 9.55
1956 TOT NL 31 1B 39 24 13 226.1 272 243 27 2 26 .993 4 21 10.74 6.92 .989 9.82 9.72
1956 BRO NL 31 1B 25 24 13 187.0 211 189 20 2 20 .991 2 12 10.06 8.36 .989 9.82 9.72
1956 STL NL 31 1B 14 0 0 39.1 61 54 7 0 6 1.000 2 61 13.96 4.36 .989 9.82 9.72
1956 STL NL 31 LF 8 8 6 69.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.43 1.38 .973 2.06 2.04
1956 STL NL 31 OF 8 8 6 69.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.43 1.38 .977 2.28 2.25
1959 PIT NL 34 1B 56 34 30 348.2 357 337 18 2 45 .994 -1 -3 9.16 6.34 .988 9.58 9.48
1959 PIT NL 34 OF 2 1 0 9.0 3 2 0 1 0 .667 -1 -120 2.00 1.00 .977 2.20 2.20
1959 PIT NL 34 LF 1 1 0 7.0 3 2 0 1 0 .667 -1 -137 2.57 2.00 .970 2.06 2.00
1959 PIT NL 34 RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1960 PIT NL 35 1B 73 50 46 475.2 502 463 37 2 48 .996 4 9 9.46 6.85 .990 9.57 9.55
1961 PIT NL 36 1B 35 23 23 222.1 247 231 15 1 26 .996 -0 -2 9.96 7.03 .990 9.82 9.72
9 Seasons 1B 386 284 253 2147.0 2972 2760 197 15 299 .995 6 3 9.93 7.66 .990 9.69 9.62
3 Seasons OF 23 21 17 180.0 37 35 1 1 0 .973 -1 -8 1.80 1.57 .979 2.36 2.33
3 Seasons LF 22 21 17 178.0 37 35 1 1 0 .973 -1 -7 1.82 1.64 .975 2.21 2.20
1 Season RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
9 Seasons TOT 409 305 270 2327.0 3009 2795 198 16 299 .995 5 3 9.30 7.32 .990 9.12 9.21
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

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1960 NL  5 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1960 NL  4 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1961 NL  born 1924-11-18 (8th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2424), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (322nd), 1.7 career WAR/2.9 7yr-peak WAR/2.3 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Glenn Richard rocco Rocky nellie Nelson

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