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Karl Olson

Karl Arthur Olson (Ole)

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

Born: July 6, 1930 in Ross, CA
High School: Tamalpais HS (Mill Valley, CA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 30, 1951 (Age 20.359)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Senators/Tigers 1951-1957

Final Game: June 10, 1957 (Age 26.339)
Died: December 25, 2010 in Reno, NV
Cremated
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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
1951 20 BOS AL 5 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200 -48 1 1 0 1 /O97
1953 22 BOS AL 25 58 57 5 7 2 0 1 6 0 0 1 9 .123 .138 .211 .348 -9 12 4 0 0 O7/8
1954 23 BOS AL 101 245 227 25 59 12 2 1 20 2 1 12 23 .260 .293 .344 .637 67 78 11 0 3 3 879
1955 24 BOS AL 26 50 48 7 12 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 10 .250 .265 .354 .619 60 17 3 0 1 0 0 7/89
1956 25 WSH AL 106 353 313 34 77 10 2 4 22 1 1 28 41 .246 .305 .329 .635 71 103 13 1 6 5 1 87/9
1957 26 TOT AL 16 28 26 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 .154 .185 .154 .339 -6 4 0 0 1 0 0 /78
1957 26 WSH AL 8 13 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 /87
1957 26 DET AL 8 15 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 .143 .143 .143 .286 -22 2 0 0 1 0 0 /78
6 Yrs 279 745 681 74 160 25 6 6 50 3 2 43 94 .235 .278 .316 .594 58 215 32 1 12 8 1
162 Game Avg. 162 433 395 43 93 15 3 3 29 2 1 25 55 .235 .278 .316 .594 58 125 19 1 7
BOS (4 yrs) 157 364 342 37 79 15 4 2 27 2 1 14 45 .231 .259 .316 .575 51 108 19 0 5 3 0
WSH (2 yrs) 114 366 325 36 79 10 2 4 22 1 1 29 43 .243 .303 .323 .626 69 105 13 1 6 5 1
DET (1 yr) 8 15 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 .143 .143 .143 .286 -22 2 0 0 1 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
1951 20 BOS AL 5 11 -2 0 -0 0 -0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .441 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 /O97
1953 22 BOS AL 25 58 -7 -0 -1 -3 -1 -12 -1.3 2 -10 -1.1 .450 .492 -0.8 -0.4 -7 O7/8
1954 23 BOS AL 101 245 -10 1 -1 -7 -2 -20 -2.2 8 -12 -1.4 .479 .487 -0.6 -1.1 -5 879
1955 24 BOS AL 26 50 -3 0 -0 -2 -1 -6 -0.7 2 -5 -0.5 .474 .496 -0.3 -0.3 -3 7/89
1956 25 WSH AL 106 353 -12 0 -1 -11 -1 -26 -2.6 11 -15 -1.6 .475 .484 -0.5 -1.2 -4 87/9
1957 26 WSH AL 8 13 -1 0 0 -0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .487 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /87
1957 26 DET AL 8 15 -3 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .459 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /78
6 Seasons 279 745 -38 2 -4 -24 -6 -70 -7.4 23 -48 -5.1 .473 .488 -2.7 -3.1 -23
BOS (4 yrs) 157 364 -22 1 -3 -12 -4 -41 -4.4 11 -29 -3.2 .472 .490 -1.9 -1.8 -17
WSH (2 yrs) 114 366 -13 0 -1 -11 -1 -27 -2.7 11 -16 -1.6 .476 .485 -0.5 -1.3 -4
DET (1 yr) 8 15 -3 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .459 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2

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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
1951 BOS AL 20 OF 5 3 1 27.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.67 1.60 .978 2.47 2.44
1951 BOS AL 20 RF 3 3 1 23.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.74 2.33 .979 2.03 2.03
1951 BOS AL 20 LF 2 0 0 4.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 2.25 0.50 .970 2.48 2.40
1953 BOS AL 22 OF 24 12 9 128.1 33 31 1 1 0 .970 -3 -28 2.24 1.33 .981 2.43 2.41
1953 BOS AL 22 LF 19 9 7 98.1 25 23 1 1 0 .960 -1 -12 2.20 1.26 .973 2.21 2.21
1953 BOS AL 22 CF 6 3 2 30.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -40 2.40 1.33 .984 2.97 2.95
1954 BOS AL 23 OF 78 44 36 469.1 138 122 10 6 1 .957 -7 -19 2.53 1.69 .979 2.39 2.37
1954 BOS AL 23 CF 36 30 23 272.1 86 78 4 4 1 .953 -7 -30 2.71 2.28 .983 2.85 2.83
1954 BOS AL 23 LF 28 2 2 66.2 21 18 1 2 0 .905 1 13 2.56 0.68 .977 2.25 2.24
1954 BOS AL 23 RF 17 12 11 130.1 30 26 4 0 0 1.000 -1 -13 2.07 1.76 .975 2.05 2.03
1955 BOS AL 24 OF 21 10 7 112.2 28 27 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -21 2.24 1.33 .982 2.40 2.38
1955 BOS AL 24 LF 12 3 2 41.2 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -37 1.73 0.67 .980 2.27 2.25
1955 BOS AL 24 CF 8 6 4 54.0 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -29 2.33 1.75 .985 2.87 2.85
1955 BOS AL 24 RF 6 1 1 17.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 42 2.65 0.83 .980 2.06 2.03
1956 WSH AL 25 OF 101 80 76 737.1 198 192 4 2 0 .990 -11 -18 2.39 1.94 .979 2.34 2.32
1956 WSH AL 25 CF 85 75 71 672.1 180 175 3 2 0 .989 -9 -16 2.38 2.09 .984 2.79 2.77
1956 WSH AL 25 LF 15 5 5 59.2 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -34 1.96 0.87 .977 2.10 2.09
1956 WSH AL 25 RF 3 0 0 5.1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -135 3.38 0.67 .975 2.02 2.07
1957 TOT AL 26 OF 11 4 2 57.1 16 16 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -19 2.51 1.45 .980 2.24 2.25
1957 TOT AL 26 LF 7 1 1 21.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -40 1.71 0.57 .980 2.10 2.10
1957 TOT AL 26 CF 5 3 1 36.1 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -7 2.97 2.40 .982 2.70 2.72
1957 WSH AL 26 OF 6 3 1 27.1 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 3.29 1.67 .980 2.24 2.25
1957 WSH AL 26 CF 4 3 1 25.1 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -28 2.84 2.00 .982 2.70 2.72
1957 WSH AL 26 LF 3 0 0 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 180 9.00 0.67 .980 2.25 2.10
1957 DET AL 26 OF 5 1 1 30.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -24 1.80 1.20 .980 2.25 2.24
1957 DET AL 26 LF 4 1 1 19.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -63 0.95 0.50 .980 2.08 2.10
1957 DET AL 26 CF 1 0 0 11.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 44 3.27 4.00 .982 2.70 2.70
6 Seasons OF 240 153 131 1532.0 421 396 16 9 1 .979 -24 -19 2.42 1.72 .979 2.37 2.35
5 Seasons CF 140 117 101 1065.0 300 286 8 6 1 .980 -18 -20 2.48 2.10 .984 2.81 2.80
6 Seasons LF 83 20 17 291.1 72 65 4 3 0 .958 -4 -16 2.13 0.83 .976 2.20 2.20
4 Seasons RF 29 16 13 175.2 44 40 4 0 0 1.000 -1 -10 2.25 1.52 .976 2.05 2.03
6 Seasons TOT 240 153 131 1532.0 421 396 16 9 1 .979 -24 -19 2.42 1.72 .979 2.37 2.35
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

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1954 AL  4 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1951 AL  born 1930-07-06 (5th)

                           

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Name and misspellings: Karl Arthur Karl Ole olsen Olson

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