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Joe Ostrowski

Joseph Paul Ostrowski (Professor or Specs)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: November 15, 1916 in West Wyoming, PA
High School: West Wyoming HS (West Wyoming, PA)
School: University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 8, 1948 (Age 31.236)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Browns 1948-1952

Final Game: August 20, 1952 (Age 35.279)
Died: January 3, 2003 in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Buried: St. Joseph Church Cemetery, West Wyoming, PA
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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
1948 31 SLB AL 4 6 .400 5.97 26 9 11 3 0 3 78.1 108 54 52 6 17 20 0 1 1 347 76 3.79 1.596 12.4 0.7 2.0 2.3 1.18
1949 32 SLB AL 8 8 .500 4.79 40 13 12 4 0 2 141.0 185 94 75 16 27 34 0 0 1 634 95 4.08 1.504 11.8 1.0 1.7 2.2 1.26
1950 33 TOT AL 3 5 .375 3.65 30 11 11 3 0 3 101.0 107 48 41 13 22 30 0 0 0 422 129 4.32 1.277 9.5 1.2 2.0 2.7 1.36
1950 33 SLB AL 2 4 .333 2.51 9 7 2 2 0 0 57.1 57 22 16 2 7 15 0 0 0 237 198 2.88 1.116 8.9 0.3 1.1 2.4 2.14
1950 33 NYY AL 1 1 .500 5.15 21 4 9 1 0 3 43.2 50 26 25 11 15 15 0 0 0 185 84 6.20 1.489 10.3 2.3 3.1 3.1 1.00
1951 34 NYY AL 6 4 .600 3.49 34 3 18 2 0 5 95.1 103 44 37 4 18 30 1 0 0 396 110 2.99 1.269 9.7 0.4 1.7 2.8 1.67
1952 35 NYY AL 2 2 .500 5.63 20 1 8 0 0 2 40.0 56 31 25 5 14 17 1 0 0 190 59 4.29 1.750 12.6 1.1 3.2 3.8 1.21
5 Yrs 23 25 .479 4.54 150 37 60 12 0 15 455.2 559 271 230 44 98 131 2 1 2 1989 95 3.87 1.442 11.0 0.9 1.9 2.6 1.34
162 Game Avg. 8 9 .479 4.54 55 13 22 4 0 5 166 203 99 84 16 36 48 1 0 1 723 95 3.87 1.442 11.0 0.9 1.9 2.6 1.34
NYY (3 yrs) 9 7 .563 4.37 75 8 35 3 0 10 179.0 209 101 87 20 47 62 2 0 0 771 88 4.07 1.430 10.5 1.0 2.4 3.1 1.32
SLB (3 yrs) 14 18 .438 4.65 75 29 25 9 0 5 276.2 350 170 143 24 51 69 0 1 2 1218 100 3.75 1.449 11.4 0.8 1.7 2.2 1.35
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
1948 31 SLB AL 78.1 26 9 54 6.20 4.82 -0.34 0.00 106.2 5.48 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.0 0 .476 .496
1949 32 SLB AL 141.0 40 13 94 6.00 4.81 -0.77 0.00 107.8 6.01 0 0.0 .8 -0.1 1.0 12 .501 .500
1950 33 SLB AL 57.1 9 7 22 3.45 5.27 -0.59 0.00 101.8 5.97 16 1.7 .8 -0.0 2.1 21 .684 .510
1950 33 NYY AL 43.2 21 4 26 5.36 4.89 0.13 0.00 93.5 4.45 -5 -0.4 .9 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .479 .497
1951 34 NYY AL 95.1 34 3 44 4.15 4.45 0.20 0.00 94.4 4.01 -2 -0.2 1.4 -0.2 0.4 7 .494 .499
1952 35 NYY AL 40.0 20 1 31 6.98 4.24 0.44 0.00 91.8 3.49 -16 -1.6 1.2 -0.2 -1.5 -12 .420 .490
5 Seasons 455.2 150 37 271 5.35 4.75 -0.28 0.00 101.2 5.12 -13 -1.2 1.0 -0.7 2.0 27 .492 .498
NYY (3 yrs) 179.0 75 8 101 5.08 4.51 0.24 0.00 93.6 4.00 -22 -2.3 1.2 -0.4 -1.1 -6 .470 .496
SLB (3 yrs) 276.2 75 29 170 5.53 4.91 -0.61 0.00 106.1 5.85 10 1.1 .8 -0.2 3.1 33 .514 .500

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
1951 ❍ 34 NYY AL WS W NYG 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 4.5
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 4.5

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
1948 31 SLB AL 26 25 18 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 5 .222 .364 .222 .586 57 4 0 0 3 1
1949 32 SLB AL 40 48 37 3 7 2 0 0 3 0 0 11 9 .189 .375 .243 .618 62 9 0 0 0 1
1950 33 TOT AL 30 34 27 4 5 3 0 0 5 0 0 6 8 .185 .333 .296 .630 61 8 0 0 1 1
1950 33 SLB AL 9 22 18 2 4 3 0 0 4 0 0 4 7 .222 .364 .389 .753 90 7 0 0 0 /1
1950 33 NYY AL 21 12 9 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .111 .273 .111 .384 2 1 0 0 1 1
1951 34 NYY AL 34 31 28 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 .107 .194 .107 .301 -16 3 1 0 0 1
1952 35 NYY AL 20 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 2 1
5 Yrs 150 148 118 11 19 5 0 0 11 0 0 24 31 .161 .303 .203 .506 35 24 2 0 6
162 Game Avg. 162 160 127 12 21 5 0 0 12 0 0 26 33 .161 .303 .203 .506 35 26 2 0 6
NYY (3 yrs) 75 53 45 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 10 .089 .180 .089 .269 -25 4 2 0 3
SLB (3 yrs) 75 95 73 7 15 5 0 0 9 0 0 19 21 .205 .370 .274 .644 68 20 0 0 3

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
1948 31 SLB AL 26 25 -1 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1949 32 SLB AL 40 48 -2 -0 0 0 5 4 0.3 0 4 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 -0.0 4 1
1950 33 SLB AL 9 22 -0 0 0 0 3 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .527 .501 0.2 0.0 3 /1
1950 33 NYY AL 21 12 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1951 34 NYY AL 34 31 -4 -0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1952 35 NYY AL 20 10 -2 0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
5 Seasons 150 148 -11 -0 1 0 16 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .503 .501 0.5 0.0 5
NYY (3 yrs) 75 53 -8 -0 0 0 6 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .496 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
SLB (3 yrs) 75 95 -3 -0 1 0 10 8 0.8 0 8 0.8 .510 .502 0.8 -0.0 8

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
1951 ❍ 34 NYY AL WS NYG W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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

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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
1948 SLB AL 31 P 26 9 3 78.1 28 5 23 0 0 1.000 3.22 1.08 .963 2.02 1.99 1 0 0% 48% 0
1949 SLB AL 32 P 40 13 4 141.0 31 8 22 1 0 .968 1.91 0.75 .962 2.12 2.09 4 0 0% 46% 0
1950 TOT AL 33 P 30 11 3 101.0 21 4 16 1 1 .952 1.78 0.67 .950 2.03 1.99 1 1 50% 0
1950 SLB AL 33 P 9 7 2 57.1 11 2 8 1 0 .909 1.57 1.11 .950 2.02 1.99 1 0 0% 0
1950 NYY AL 33 P 21 4 1 43.2 10 2 8 0 1 1.000 2.06 0.48 .950 2.04 1.99 0 1 100% 0
1951 NYY AL 34 P 34 3 2 95.1 19 5 14 0 2 1.000 1.79 0.56 .953 2.07 2.06 5 2 29% 45% 0
1952 NYY AL 35 P 20 1 0 40.0 5 2 3 0 1 1.000 1.12 0.25 .966 2.09 2.10 1 1 50% 46% 1
5 Seasons P 150 37 12 455.2 104 24 78 2 4 .981 2.01 0.68 .958 2.07 2.05 12 4 25% 40% 1
5 Seasons TOT 150 37 12 455.2 104 24 78 2 4 .981 2.01 0.68 .958 2.07 2.05 12 4 25% 40% 1
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

Saves s c a p y
1951 AL  5 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1951 AL  18 (9th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 3 (2177), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2051), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (938th), 2.4 career WAR/2.4 7yr-peak WAR/2.4 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

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