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Joe Niekro    \KNEE-kro\

Joseph Franklin Niekro

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: November 7, 1944 in Martins Ferry, OH
High School: Bridgeport HS (Bridgeport, OH)
School: West Liberty State College (West Liberty, WV)
Drafted
by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1966 amateur draft (June Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1967 (Age 22.160)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1967 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Astros/Tigers/Cubs/Braves/Padres/... 1967-1988
Agents: Bruce Church [*]
Final Game: April 29, 1988 (Age 43.174)
Died: October 27, 2006 in Tampa, FL
Cremated
Relatives: Brother of Phil Niekro and Father of Lance Niekro
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 2, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #226. Burt Hooton… #227. Jake Peavy… #228. John Wetteland… #229. JOE NIEKRO… #230. Rick Wise… #231. Tommy Bond… #232. Sid Fernandez… 

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1967 22 CHC NL 10 7 .588 3.34 36 22 9 7 2 0 169.2 171 68 63 15 32 7 77 2 0 1 706 106 3.38 1.196 9.1 0.8 1.7 4.1 2.41
1968 23 CHC NL 14 10 .583 4.31 34 29 4 2 1 2 177.1 204 93 85 18 59 8 65 3 0 3 769 74 4.02 1.483 10.4 0.9 3.0 3.3 1.10
1969 24 TOT NL 8 18 .308 3.70 41 34 6 8 3 0 221.1 237 100 91 18 51 9 62 0 0 4 928 97 3.70 1.301 9.6 0.7 2.1 2.5 1.22
1969 24 CHC NL 0 1 .000 3.72 4 3 0 0 0 0 19.1 24 9 8 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 86 110 4.73 1.552 11.2 1.4 2.8 3.3 1.17
1969 24 SDP NL 8 17 .320 3.70 37 31 6 8 3 0 202.0 213 91 83 15 45 9 55 0 0 4 842 96 3.60 1.277 9.5 0.7 2.0 2.5 1.22
1970 25 DET AL 12 13 .480 4.06 38 34 2 6 2 0 213.0 221 107 96 28 72 4 101 3 0 1 914 93 4.46 1.376 9.3 1.2 3.0 4.3 1.40
1971 26 DET AL 6 7 .462 4.49 31 15 5 0 0 1 122.1 136 62 61 13 49 3 43 2 0 2 540 81 4.38 1.512 10.0 1.0 3.6 3.2 0.88
1972 27 DET AL 3 2 .600 3.83 18 7 4 1 0 1 47.0 62 20 20 3 8 1 24 1 0 2 199 83 2.78 1.489 11.9 0.6 1.5 4.6 3.00
1973 28 ATL NL 2 4 .333 4.13 20 0 11 0 0 3 24.0 23 11 11 2 11 1 12 0 0 3 99 98 4.02 1.417 8.6 0.8 4.1 4.5 1.09
1974 29 ATL NL 3 2 .600 3.56 27 2 9 0 0 0 43.0 36 19 17 5 18 2 31 2 0 3 178 107 4.04 1.256 7.5 1.0 3.8 6.5 1.72
1975 30 HOU NL 6 4 .600 3.07 40 4 21 1 1 4 88.0 79 32 30 3 39 4 54 2 0 2 378 111 3.20 1.341 8.1 0.3 4.0 5.5 1.38
1976 31 HOU NL 4 8 .333 3.36 36 13 5 0 0 0 118.0 107 60 44 8 56 1 77 1 0 8 515 95 3.66 1.381 8.2 0.6 4.3 5.9 1.38
1977 32 HOU NL 13 8 .619 3.04 44 14 12 9 2 5 180.2 155 66 61 14 64 3 101 1 1 5 737 117 3.71 1.212 7.7 0.7 3.2 5.0 1.58
1978 33 HOU NL 14 14 .500 3.86 35 29 2 10 1 0 202.2 190 97 87 13 73 1 97 9 0 9 861 85 3.68 1.298 8.4 0.6 3.2 4.3 1.33
1979 ★ 34 HOU NL 21 11 .656 3.00 38 38 0 11 5 0 263.2 221 102 88 17 107 1 119 7 0 19 1095 117 3.96 1.244 7.5 0.6 3.7 4.1 1.11 AS,CYA-2,MVP-6
1980 35 HOU NL 20 12 .625 3.55 37 36 1 11 2 0 256.0 268 119 101 12 79 3 127 4 0 12 1096 93 3.34 1.355 9.4 0.4 2.8 4.5 1.61 CYA-4,MVP-19
1981 36 HOU NL 9 9 .500 2.82 24 24 0 5 2 0 166.0 150 60 52 8 47 4 77 0 0 7 676 117 3.15 1.187 8.1 0.4 2.5 4.2 1.64
1982 37 HOU NL 17 12 .586 2.47 35 35 0 16 5 0 270.0 224 79 74 12 64 1 130 5 0 19 1067 135 3.10 1.067 7.5 0.4 2.1 4.3 2.03
1983 38 HOU NL 15 14 .517 3.48 38 38 0 9 1 0 263.2 238 115 102 15 101 5 152 3 1 14 1113 97 3.52 1.286 8.1 0.5 3.4 5.2 1.51
1984 39 HOU NL 16 12 .571 3.04 38 38 0 6 1 0 248.1 223 104 84 16 89 4 127 4 1 12 1027 109 3.71 1.256 8.1 0.6 3.2 4.6 1.43
1985 40 TOT MLB 11 13 .458 3.83 35 35 0 4 1 0 225.1 211 108 96 24 107 6 121 5 1 21 983 91 4.49 1.411 8.4 1.0 4.3 4.8 1.13
1985 40 HOU NL 9 12 .429 3.72 32 32 0 4 1 0 213.0 197 100 88 21 99 6 117 5 1 21 925 93 4.33 1.390 8.3 0.9 4.2 4.9 1.18
1985 40 NYY AL 2 1 .667 5.84 3 3 0 0 0 0 12.1 14 8 8 3 8 0 4 0 0 0 58 71 7.14 1.784 10.2 2.2 5.8 2.9 0.50
1986 41 NYY AL 9 10 .474 4.87 25 25 0 0 0 0 125.2 139 84 68 15 63 3 59 1 1 10 571 84 4.91 1.607 10.0 1.1 4.5 4.2 0.94
1987 42 TOT AL 7 13 .350 5.33 27 26 0 1 0 0 147.0 155 101 87 15 64 0 84 10 0 13 655 86 4.56 1.490 9.5 0.9 3.9 5.1 1.31
1987 42 NYY AL 3 4 .429 3.55 8 8 0 1 0 0 50.2 40 25 20 4 19 0 30 4 0 0 211 125 4.07 1.164 7.1 0.7 3.4 5.3 1.58
1987 42 MIN AL 4 9 .308 6.26 19 18 0 0 0 0 96.1 115 76 67 11 45 0 54 6 0 13 444 74 4.82 1.661 10.7 1.0 4.2 5.0 1.20
1988 43 MIN AL 1 1 .500 10.03 5 2 2 0 0 0 11.2 16 13 13 2 9 0 7 0 3 2 59 42 6.11 2.143 12.3 1.5 6.9 5.4 0.78
22 Yrs 221 204 .520 3.59 702 500 93 107 29 16 3584.1 3466 1620 1431 276 1262 71 1747 65 8 172 15166 98 3.79 1.319 8.7 0.7 3.2 4.4 1.38
162 Game Avg. 13 12 .520 3.59 40 28 5 6 2 1 203 196 92 81 16 71 4 99 4 0 10 858 98 3.79 1.319 8.7 0.7 3.2 4.4 1.38
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
HOU (11 yrs) 144 116 .554 3.22 397 301 41 82 21 9 2270.0 2052 934 811 139 818 33 1178 41 4 128 9490 105 3.59 1.264 8.1 0.6 3.2 4.7 1.44
CHC (3 yrs) 24 18 .571 3.83 74 54 13 9 3 2 366.1 399 170 156 36 97 15 149 5 0 4 1561 89 3.76 1.354 9.8 0.9 2.4 3.7 1.54
NYY (3 yrs) 14 15 .483 4.58 36 36 0 1 0 0 188.2 193 117 96 22 90 3 93 5 1 10 840 92 4.83 1.500 9.2 1.0 4.3 4.4 1.03
DET (3 yrs) 21 22 .488 4.17 87 56 11 7 2 2 382.1 419 189 177 44 129 8 168 6 0 5 1653 88 4.23 1.433 9.9 1.0 3.0 4.0 1.30
MIN (2 yrs) 5 10 .333 6.67 24 20 2 0 0 0 108.0 131 89 80 13 54 0 61 6 3 15 503 69 4.96 1.713 10.9 1.1 4.5 5.1 1.13
ATL (2 yrs) 5 6 .455 3.76 47 2 20 0 0 3 67.0 59 30 28 7 29 3 43 2 0 6 277 103 4.04 1.313 7.9 0.9 3.9 5.8 1.48
SDP (1 yr) 8 17 .320 3.70 37 31 6 8 3 0 202.0 213 91 83 15 45 9 55 0 0 4 842 96 3.60 1.277 9.5 0.7 2.0 2.5 1.22
NL (16 yrs) 181 157 .536 3.34 555 388 80 99 27 14 2905.1 2723 1225 1078 197 989 60 1425 48 4 142 12170 102 3.63 1.278 8.4 0.6 3.1 4.4 1.44
AL (7 yrs) 40 47 .460 4.68 147 112 13 8 2 2 679.0 743 395 353 79 273 11 322 17 4 30 2996 84 4.51 1.496 9.8 1.0 3.6 4.3 1.18
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1967 22 CHC NL 169.2 36 22 68 3.61 3.88 0.27 0.03 105.5 3.84 2 0.3 .9 -0.1 1.8 19 .507 .502
1968 23 CHC NL 177.1 34 29 93 4.72 3.44 -0.04 0.04 106.8 3.77 -21 -2.5 2.2 -0.2 -1.0 -6 .426 .484
1969 24 CHC NL 19.1 4 3 9 4.19 3.95 -0.08 0.04 116.0 4.71 1 0.1 2.2 -0.0 0.3 3 .526 .501 $19,000
1969 24 SDP NL 202.0 37 31 91 4.05 4.14 -0.22 0.05 98.4 4.34 4 0.5 .2 -0.1 2.3 24 .514 .503
1970 25 DET AL 213.0 38 34 107 4.52 4.25 -0.37 0.06 100.3 4.70 6 0.6 .9 -0.1 2.5 23 .517 .504 $23,000
1971 26 DET AL 122.1 31 15 62 4.56 3.91 -0.05 -0.01 105.3 4.16 -6 -0.6 .7 -0.1 0.4 4 .480 .496
1972 27 DET AL 47.0 18 7 20 3.83 3.56 0.06 0.01 104.5 3.67 -1 -0.1 .7 -0.0 0.4 3 .496 .500
1973 28 ATL NL 24.0 20 0 11 4.13 4.13 -0.03 -0.34 104.9 4.01 -0 -0.0 1.9 -0.0 0.1 2 .498 .500 $17,000
1974 29 ATL NL 43.0 27 2 19 3.98 4.33 0.36 -0.30 103.4 3.79 -1 -0.1 1.1 -0.1 0.2 3 .495 .499
1975 30 HOU NL 88.0 40 4 32 3.27 4.19 -0.13 -0.21 93.3 3.83 5 0.5 1.5 0.0 1.4 13 .513 .503
1976 31 HOU NL 118.0 36 13 60 4.58 3.98 -0.04 -0.06 94.5 3.74 -12 -1.3 .9 -0.1 -0.3 -2 .463 .492
1977 32 HOU NL 180.2 44 14 66 3.29 4.36 0.12 -0.03 90.6 3.82 9 1.0 1.6 -0.1 2.5 26 .523 .506
1978 33 HOU NL 202.2 35 29 97 4.31 4.01 -0.30 0.09 93.2 4.10 -7 -0.7 .9 -0.1 0.9 11 .479 .495
1979 ★ 34 HOU NL 263.2 38 38 102 3.48 4.24 0.22 0.14 95.3 3.96 11 1.3 -0.1 3.5 36 .533 .508 AS,CYA-2,MVP-6
1980 35 HOU NL 256.0 37 36 119 4.18 4.02 -0.04 0.13 90.5 3.80 -12 -1.3 2.2 -0.1 0.9 11 .465 .492 CYA-4,MVP-19
1981 36 HOU NL 166.0 24 24 60 3.25 3.81 0.16 0.14 94.4 3.57 4 0.4 -0.1 1.8 19 .518 .503
1982 37 HOU NL 270.0 35 35 79 2.63 4.03 -0.08 0.14 92.9 3.96 37 4.4 -0.1 6.8 63 .627 .527
1983 38 HOU NL 263.2 38 38 115 3.93 4.13 0.22 0.14 92.7 3.76 -6 -0.6 -0.1 1.7 18 .483 .496
1984 39 HOU NL 248.1 38 38 104 3.77 3.95 -0.13 0.14 92.0 3.88 0 0.0 -0.1 2.2 24 .501 .500
1985 40 HOU NL 213.0 32 32 100 4.23 4.03 -0.18 0.14 96.5 4.19 -2 -0.3 -0.1 1.6 17 .492 .498 $825,000
1985 40 NYY AL 12.1 3 3 8 5.84 4.42 0.19 0.15 94.5 4.14 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .425 .499
1986 41 NYY AL 125.2 25 25 84 6.02 4.67 -0.03 0.16 98.4 4.78 -18 -1.7 -0.1 -0.6 -5 .433 .490 $750,000
1987 42 NYY AL 50.2 8 8 25 4.44 4.88 0.12 0.17 102.2 5.03 3 0.3 -0.0 0.8 9 .541 .502 $775,000
1987 42 MIN AL 96.1 19 18 76 7.10 4.98 0.09 0.17 103.3 5.22 -20 -1.8 .7 -0.1 -1.0 -10 .404 .489
1988 43 MIN AL 11.2 5 2 13 10.03 4.41 0.08 -0.15 105.6 4.41 -7 -0.7 .3 0.1 -0.4 -6 .364 .496 $800,000
22 Seasons 3584.1 702 500 1620 4.07 4.09 -0.02 0.08 96.7 4.05 -32 -2.5 1.2 -1.9 28.7 294 .496 .500 $3,209,000
Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
HOU (11 yrs) 2270.0 397 301 934 3.70 4.07 -0.01 0.10 93.2 3.89 27 3.4 1.3 -1.1 23.0 236 .509 .502 $825,000
CHC (3 yrs) 366.1 74 54 170 4.18 3.67 0.10 0.03 106.7 3.85 -18 -2.1 1.3 -0.3 1.0 15 .471 .494 $19,000
NYY (3 yrs) 188.2 36 36 117 5.58 4.71 0.03 0.16 99.2 4.81 -17 -1.6 -0.1 0.1 2 .456 .493 $1,525,000
DET (3 yrs) 382.1 87 56 189 4.45 4.05 -0.22 0.03 102.5 4.40 -0 -0.1 .7 -0.2 3.3 30 .499 .500 $23,000
MIN (2 yrs) 108.0 24 20 89 7.42 4.91 0.09 0.13 103.5 5.13 -28 -2.5 .4 0.1 -1.4 -16 .396 .490 $800,000
ATL (2 yrs) 67.0 47 2 30 4.03 4.26 0.22 -0.31 104.0 3.87 -2 -0.2 1.5 -0.1 0.3 4 .496 .499 $17,000
SDP (1 yr) 202.0 37 31 91 4.05 4.14 -0.22 0.05 98.4 4.34 4 0.5 .2 -0.1 2.3 24 .514 .503

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
1980 35 HOU NL NLCS L PHI 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 10.0 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 39 0.700 5.4 0.0 0.9 1.8 2.00
1981 36 HOU NL NLDS L LAD 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 7 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 34 1.250 7.9 0.0 3.4 4.5 1.33
1987 ❍ 42 MIN AL WS W STL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 9 1.000 4.5 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
3 Yrs (3 Series) 0 0 0.00 3 2 0 0 0 0 20.0 14 0 0 0 5 1 7 2 0 0 82 0.950 6.3 0.0 2.3 3.2 1.40
1 NLDS 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 7 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 34 1.250 7.9 0.0 3.4 4.5 1.33
1 NLCS 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 10.0 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 39 0.700 5.4 0.0 0.9 1.8 2.00
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 9 1.000 4.5 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00

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
1967 22 CHC NL 36 58 46 5 9 2 0 0 11 1 0 1 13 .196 .204 .239 .443 24 11 1 0 9 2 0 1
1968 23 CHC NL 34 73 60 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 23 .100 .156 .100 .256 -24 6 1 0 9 0 0 1
1969 24 TOT NL 42 69 56 1 7 2 0 0 4 0 0 6 18 .125 .206 .161 .367 6 9 3 0 6 1 0 1
1969 24 CHC NL 4 6 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600 56 2 0 0 1 0 0 /1
1969 24 SDP NL 38 63 51 1 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 17 .118 .207 .137 .344 0 7 3 0 5 1 0 1
1970 25 DET AL 39 88 66 8 13 3 1 0 7 0 0 7 17 .197 .274 .273 .547 51 18 0 0 15 0 0 1
1971 26 DET AL 32 38 30 5 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 9 .133 .188 .167 .354 -1 5 0 0 6 0 0 1
1972 27 DET AL 18 14 12 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .250 .308 .333 .641 89 4 0 0 1 0 0 1
1973 28 ATL NL 20 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 80 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1974 29 ATL NL 27 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1975 30 HOU NL 40 18 14 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .214 .313 .214 .527 54 3 0 0 2 0 0 1
1976 31 HOU NL 36 32 27 1 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 8 .185 .214 .370 .585 71 10 0 0 4 0 0 1
1977 32 HOU NL 44 55 50 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 13 .140 .173 .140 .313 -11 7 2 0 3 0 0 1
1978 33 HOU NL 36 74 65 6 9 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 .138 .138 .169 .308 -11 11 2 0 9 0 0 1
1979 ★ 34 HOU NL 38 99 83 1 10 2 0 0 4 0 0 2 21 .120 .140 .145 .284 -20 12 0 0 13 1 0 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-6
1980 35 HOU NL 37 102 80 7 22 5 0 0 10 0 0 4 15 .275 .310 .338 .647 88 27 2 0 18 0 0 1 CYA-4,MVP-19
1981 36 HOU NL 24 64 51 1 9 1 0 0 6 0 0 2 10 .176 .208 .196 .404 18 10 0 0 11 0 0 1
1982 37 HOU NL 35 98 89 2 8 2 0 0 5 0 0 1 30 .090 .099 .112 .211 -39 10 1 0 7 1 0 1
1983 38 HOU NL 38 98 85 1 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 .094 .105 .118 .222 -36 10 1 1 12 0 0 1
1984 39 HOU NL 38 96 83 4 11 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 21 .133 .153 .133 .285 -16 11 0 0 11 0 0 1
1985 40 TOT MLB 35 80 68 6 17 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 16 .250 .257 .265 .522 49 18 4 0 10 1 0 1
1985 40 HOU NL 32 80 68 6 17 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 16 .250 .257 .265 .522 49 18 4 0 10 1 0 1
1985 40 NYY AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1986 41 NYY AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 42 TOT AL 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 42 NYY AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1987 42 MIN AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1988 43 MIN AL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
22 Yrs 706 1165 973 55 152 26 1 1 72 1 0 38 262 .156 .188 .188 .376 8 183 17 1 147 6 0
162 Game Avg. 162 267 223 13 35 6 0 0 17 0 0 9 60 .156 .188 .188 .376 8 42 4 0 34 1 0
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
HOU (11 yrs) 398 816 695 32 109 17 0 1 47 0 0 17 176 .157 .177 .186 .363 5 129 12 1 100 3 0
CHC (3 yrs) 74 137 111 7 16 3 0 0 13 1 0 5 37 .144 .178 .171 .349 0 19 2 0 19 2 0
NYY (3 yrs) 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DET (3 yrs) 89 140 108 15 20 5 1 0 10 0 0 10 30 .185 .254 .250 .504 41 27 0 0 22 0 0
MIN (2 yrs) 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ATL (2 yrs) 47 9 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .125 .125 .125 .250 -31 1 0 0 1 0 0
SDP (1 yr) 38 63 51 1 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 17 .118 .207 .137 .344 0 7 3 0 5 1 0
NL (16 yrs) 557 1025 865 40 132 21 0 1 62 1 0 28 232 .153 .179 .180 .359 4 156 17 1 125 6 0
AL (7 yrs) 149 140 108 15 20 5 1 0 10 0 0 10 30 .185 .254 .250 .504 41 27 0 0 22 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
1967 22 CHC NL 36 58 -4 1 0 0 6 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .510 .502 0.4 0.0 3 1
1968 23 CHC NL 34 73 -10 -0 0 0 7 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .491 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 1
1969 24 CHC NL 4 6 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .508 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $19,000 /1
1969 24 SDP NL 38 63 -7 -0 -1 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1970 25 DET AL 39 88 -6 1 0 0 11 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .516 .504 0.6 -0.0 6 $23,000 1
1971 26 DET AL 32 38 -4 0 0 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1972 27 DET AL 18 14 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .515 .502 0.3 -0.0 2 1
1973 28 ATL NL 20 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $17,000 1
1974 29 ATL NL 27 6 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1975 30 HOU NL 40 18 -1 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1976 31 HOU NL 36 32 -1 0 0 0 4 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .507 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1977 32 HOU NL 44 55 -7 -0 -0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1978 33 HOU NL 36 74 -10 -1 -0 0 9 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1979 ★ 34 HOU NL 38 99 -14 -0 0 0 12 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-6
1980 35 HOU NL 37 102 -2 -1 -0 0 12 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .525 .506 0.9 0.0 8 1 CYA-4,MVP-19
1981 36 HOU NL 24 64 -6 0 0 0 7 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .508 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1982 37 HOU NL 35 98 -17 -1 -0 0 11 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .480 .496 -0.7 0.0 -6 1
1983 38 HOU NL 38 98 -17 -0 -0 0 12 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .485 .496 -0.6 0.0 -5 1
1984 39 HOU NL 38 96 -12 -0 0 0 11 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 1
1985 40 HOU NL 32 80 -2 0 -0 0 9 6 0.7 0 6 0.7 .522 .504 0.7 0.0 6 $825,000 1
1985 40 NYY AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1986 41 NYY AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $750,000 1
1987 42 NYY AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $775,000 /1
1987 42 MIN AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1988 43 MIN AL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $800,000 /1
22 Seasons 706 1165 -122 -1 -1 0 136 11 1.2 0 11 1.2 .502 .500 1.0 0.3 11 $3,209,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
HOU (11 yrs) 398 816 -89 -3 -1 0 96 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .501 .500 0.1 0.2 3 $825,000
CHC (3 yrs) 74 137 -14 1 0 0 15 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $19,000
NYY (3 yrs) 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $1,525,000
DET (3 yrs) 89 140 -9 1 0 0 16 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .510 .502 0.9 -0.0 8 $23,000
MIN (2 yrs) 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $800,000
ATL (2 yrs) 47 9 -2 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 $17,000
SDP (1 yr) 38 63 -7 -0 -1 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .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
1972 27 DET AL ALCS OAK L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 35 HOU NL NLCS PHI L 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 36 HOU NL NLDS LAD L 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 ❍ 42 MIN AL WS STL W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLDS 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 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
1967 CHC NL 22 P 36 22 7 169.2 36 10 26 0 1 1.000 1.91 1.00 .960 2.00 2.00 11 1 8% 40% 0
1968 CHC NL 23 P 34 29 2 177.1 42 9 33 0 2 1.000 2.13 1.24 .958 2.01 2.02 4 6 60% 40% 0
1969 TOT NL 24 P 41 34 8 221.1 60 21 34 5 2 .917 2.24 1.34 .958 1.95 1.94 6 8 57% 40% 1
1969 CHC NL 24 P 4 3 0 19.1 7 2 5 0 1 1.000 3.26 1.75 .959 1.96 1.95 0 0 0
1969 SDP NL 24 P 37 31 8 202.0 53 19 29 5 1 .906 2.14 1.30 .958 1.95 1.94 6 8 57% 40% 1
1970 DET AL 25 P 38 34 6 213.0 53 17 35 1 1 .981 2.20 1.37 .951 1.86 1.85 3 9 75% 40% 1
1971 DET AL 26 P 31 15 0 122.1 35 9 25 1 1 .971 2.50 1.10 .958 1.98 1.97 5 3 38% 39% 0
1972 DET AL 27 P 18 7 1 47.0 9 5 4 0 1 1.000 1.72 0.50 .950 1.86 1.85 2 1 33% 39% 0
1973 ATL NL 28 P 20 0 0 24.0 7 2 5 0 2 1.000 2.62 0.35 .950 1.88 1.88 3 2 40% 36% 0
1974 ATL NL 29 P 27 2 0 43.0 12 4 8 0 1 1.000 2.51 0.44 .944 1.88 1.88 3 0 0% 33% 0
1975 HOU NL 30 P 40 4 1 88.0 20 7 13 0 0 1.000 2.05 0.50 .946 1.86 1.86 8 2 20% 32% 2
1976 HOU NL 31 P 36 13 0 118.0 25 9 13 3 1 .880 1.68 0.61 .950 1.88 1.87 20 2 9% 33% 0
1977 HOU NL 32 P 44 14 9 180.2 42 11 31 0 7 1.000 2.09 0.95 .950 1.85 1.85 16 6 27% 35% 1
1978 HOU NL 33 P 35 29 10 202.2 39 18 21 0 3 1.000 1.73 1.11 .951 1.91 1.89 33 6 15% 32% 5
1979 HOU NL 34 P 38 38 11 263.2 53 14 39 0 4 1.000 1.81 1.39 .951 1.80 1.80 31 9 23% 34% 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-6
1980 HOU NL 35 P 37 36 11 256.0 56 17 37 2 2 .964 1.90 1.46 .952 1.91 1.91 34 7 17% 31% 0 CYA-4,MVP-19
1981 HOU NL 36 P 24 24 5 166.0 34 11 23 0 1 1.000 1.84 1.42 .959 1.97 1.98 25 8 24% 33% 0
1982 HOU NL 37 P 35 35 16 270.0 67 22 42 3 2 .955 2.13 1.83 .952 1.96 1.97 27 13 33% 32% 1
1983 HOU NL 38 P 38 38 9 263.2 49 9 36 4 0 .918 1.54 1.18 .952 1.92 1.91 45 9 17% 33% 1
1984 HOU NL 39 P 38 38 6 248.1 60 19 39 2 5 .967 2.10 1.53 .954 1.88 1.87 34 16 32% 31% 0
1985 TOT MLB 40 P 35 35 4 225.1 54 17 36 1 1 .981 2.12 1.51 .953 1.91 1.91 47 7 13% 31% 1
1985 HOU NL 40 P 32 32 4 213.0 49 14 34 1 1 .980 2.03 1.50 .953 1.92 1.92 44 7 14% 30% 1
1985 NYY AL 40 P 3 3 0 12.1 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 3.65 1.67 .952 1.82 1.83 3 0 0% 33% 0
1986 NYY AL 41 P 25 25 0 125.2 23 9 13 1 2 .957 1.58 0.88 .957 1.83 1.81 23 1 4% 34% 0
1987 TOT AL 42 P 27 26 1 147.0 29 11 16 2 1 .931 1.65 1.00 .955 1.84 1.82 32 6 16% 31% 0
1987 NYY AL 42 P 8 8 1 50.2 11 5 5 1 0 .909 1.78 1.25 .955 1.85 1.82 7 3 30% 31% 0
1987 MIN AL 42 P 19 18 0 96.1 18 6 11 1 1 .944 1.59 0.89 .955 1.84 1.82 25 3 11% 31% 0
1988 MIN AL 43 P 5 2 0 11.2 5 2 3 0 1 1.000 3.86 1.00 .960 1.77 1.76 3 0 0% 31% 0
22 Seasons P 702 500 107 3584.1 810 253 532 25 41 .969 1.97 1.12 .954 1.91 1.90 415 122 23% 33% 14
22 Seasons TOT 702 500 107 3584.1 810 253 532 25 41 .969 1.97 1.12 .954 1.91 1.90 415 122 23% 33% 14
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1994 BBWAA ( 1.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1979 NL (6, 22%)
1980 NL (19, 1%)
0.23 Career Shares (705th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1979 NL (2, 55%)
1980 NL (4, 9%)
0.64 Career Shares (86th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1979 May NL Pitcher of the Month

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1982 NL  6.8 (3rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1977 NL  3.04 (8th)
1979 NL  3.00 (5th)
1982 NL  2.47 (2nd)

Wins s c a p y
1979 NL  21 (1st)
1980 NL  20 (2nd)
1982 NL  17 (5th)
1983 NL  15 (6th)
1984 NL  16 (4th)
Career  221 (74th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1979 NL  .656 (5th)
1980 NL  .625 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1977 NL  1.212 (9th)
1982 NL  1.067 (2nd)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1977 NL  7.721 (6th)
1979 NL  7.544 (3rd)
1982 NL  7.467 (5th)
1983 NL  8.124 (9th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1967 NL  1.697 (4th)
1969 NL  2.074 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
Career  702 (98th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1979 NL  263.7 (3rd)
1980 NL  256.0 (5th)
1981 NL  166.0 (5th)
1982 NL  270.0 (4th)
1983 NL  263.7 (4th)
1984 NL  248.3 (3rd)
Career  3,584.3 (63rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1983 NL  152 (9th)
Career  1,747 (108th)

Games Started s c a p y
1979 NL  38 (3rd)
1980 NL  36 (6th)
1981 NL  24 (4th)
1982 NL  35 (6th)
1983 NL  38 (1st)
1984 NL  38 (1st)
Career  500 (46th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1977 NL  9 (8th)
1979 NL  11 (6th)
1980 NL  11 (3rd)
1981 NL  5 (9th)
1982 NL  16 (3rd)
1983 NL  9 (4th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1970 AL  2 (10th)
1977 NL  2 (9th)
1979 NL  5 (1st)
1981 NL  2 (10th)
1982 NL  5 (2nd)
Career  29 (125th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1968 NL  18 (5th)
1970 AL  28 (8th)
1985 NL  21 (7th)
Career  276 (75th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1979 NL  107 (3rd)
1980 NL  79 (10th)
1983 NL  101 (4th)
1984 NL  89 (7th)
1985 NL  99 (5th)
Career  1,262 (39th)

Hits s c a p y
1980 NL  268 (2nd)
1981 NL  150 (7th)
1983 NL  238 (5th)
1984 NL  223 (6th)
Career  3,466 (66th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1979 NL  0.580 (7th)
1980 NL  0.422 (4th)
1982 NL  0.400 (7th)
1983 NL  0.512 (9th)

Losses s c a p y
1969 NL  18 (3rd)
1978 NL  14 (8th)
1981 NL  9 (6th)
1983 NL  14 (4th)
1987 AL  13 (10th)
Career  204 (43rd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1968 NL  85 (8th)
1980 NL  101 (5th)
1983 NL  102 (4th)
1985 NL  88 (10th)
Career  1,431 (52nd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1978 NL  9 (8th)
1979 NL  19 (1st)
1980 NL  12 (2nd)
1981 NL  7 (4th)
1982 NL  19 (1st)
1983 NL  14 (1st)
1984 NL  12 (2nd)
1985 NL  21 (1st)
1986 AL  10 (10th)
1987 AL  13 (4th)
Career  172 (24th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1978 NL  9 (3rd)
1979 NL  7 (5th)
1980 NL  4 (10th)
1982 NL  5 (7th)
1984 NL  4 (10th)
1985 NL  5 (10th)
1987 AL  10 (2nd)
Career  65 (247th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1979 NL  1,095 (3rd)
1980 NL  1,096 (4th)
1981 NL  676 (4th)
1982 NL  1,067 (4th)
1983 NL  1,113 (4th)
1984 NL  1,027 (3rd)
Career  15,166 (62nd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1982 NL  135 (3rd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1982 NL  30 (3rd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1982 NL  3.4 (3rd)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1979 NL  19.15 (8th)
1982 NL  40.67 (2nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1979 NL  3.2 (4th)
1982 NL  5.2 (1st)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1982 NL  4.3 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1979 NL  2.1 (8th)
1982 NL  4.8 (1st)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1967 NL  9 (8th)
1970 AL  15 (2nd)
1979 NL  13 (7th)
1980 NL  18 (2nd)
1981 NL  11 (4th)
1983 NL  12 (4th)
1984 NL  11 (7th)
Career  147 (181st)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
Career  702 (98th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1969 NL  21 (3rd)
1978 NL  18 (4th)
1982 NL  22 (1st)
Career  253 (39th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1969 NL  5 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1982 NL  1.83 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1967 NL  1.000 (1st)
1968 NL  1.000 (1st)
1977 NL  1.000 (1st)
1978 NL  1.000 (1st)
1979 NL  1.000 (1st)
1981 NL  1.000 (1st)
Career  .969 (95th)

Oldest s c a p y
1984 NL  born 1944-11-07 (7th)
1985 NL  born 1944-11-07 (6th)
1985 AL  born 1944-11-07 (3rd)
1986 AL  born 1944-11-07 (3rd)
1987 AL  born 1944-11-07 (3rd)
1988 AL  born 1944-11-07 (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 InkPitching - 7 (340), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 95 (234), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 47 (296), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 26 (199), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (329th), 29.9 career WAR/21.7 7yr-peak WAR/25.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1969 24 Chicago Cubs $19,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 25 Detroit Tigers $23,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 28 Atlanta Braves $17,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1985 40 Houston Astros $825,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 41 New York Yankees $750,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 42 New York Yankees $775,000 ? Proofing corrections
1988 43 Minnesota Twins $800,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,209,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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