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Bubba Phillips

John Melvin Phillips

Positions: Third Baseman and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: February 24, 1928 in West Point, MS
School: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1955 (Age 27.047)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/WhiteSox/Tigers 1955-1964

Final Game: September 18, 1964 (Age 36.207)
Died: June 22, 1993 in Hattiesburg, MS
Buried: Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia, MS
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 22, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1818. Joe Oliver… #1819. Mark Teahen… #1820. Joe Sommer… #1821. BUBBA PHILLIPS… #1822. Phil Todt… #1823. Bobby Crosby… #1824. Daric Barton… 

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
1953 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1954 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1955 27 DET AL 95 205 184 18 43 4 0 3 23 2 1 14 20 .234 .289 .304 .594 62 56 3 2 1 4 1 7/598
1956 28 CHW AL 67 107 99 16 27 6 0 2 11 1 2 6 12 .273 .321 .394 .715 88 39 0 1 1 0 0 9/875
1957 29 CHW AL 121 431 393 38 106 13 3 7 42 5 3 28 32 .270 .322 .372 .693 89 146 5 3 5 2 3 58/97
1958 30 CHW AL 84 286 260 26 71 10 0 5 30 3 0 15 14 .273 .310 .369 .679 87 96 10 1 5 5 3 578/9
1959 31 CHW AL 117 415 379 43 100 27 1 5 40 1 1 27 28 .264 .319 .380 .699 92 144 8 4 4 1 7 58/79
1960 32 CLE AL 113 330 304 34 63 14 1 4 33 1 0 14 37 .207 .249 .299 .549 50 91 6 4 5 3 3 57/986
1961 33 CLE AL 143 590 546 64 144 23 1 18 72 1 0 29 61 .264 .305 .408 .714 92 223 14 5 7 3 4 *5 MVP-17
1962 34 CLE AL 148 599 562 53 145 26 0 10 54 4 0 20 55 .258 .289 .358 .647 76 201 17 7 4 6 0 *5/84
1963 35 DET AL 128 502 464 42 114 11 2 5 45 6 2 19 42 .246 .276 .310 .586 62 144 16 4 5 10 1 *5/8
1964 36 DET AL 46 99 87 14 22 1 0 3 6 1 2 10 13 .253 .327 .368 .694 92 32 2 0 1 1 2 5/7
10 Yrs 1062 3564 3278 348 835 135 8 62 356 25 11 182 314 .255 .297 .358 .655 79 1172 81 31 38 35 24
162 Game Avg. 162 544 500 53 127 21 1 9 54 4 2 28 48 .255 .297 .358 .655 79 179 12 5 6 5 4
CHW (4 yrs) 389 1239 1131 123 304 56 4 19 123 10 6 76 86 .269 .318 .376 .694 90 425 23 9 15 8 13
CLE (3 yrs) 404 1519 1412 151 352 63 2 32 159 6 0 63 153 .249 .287 .365 .651 77 515 37 16 16 12 7
DET (3 yrs) 269 806 735 74 179 16 2 11 74 9 5 43 75 .244 .285 .316 .601 66 232 21 6 7 15 4

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
1955 27 DET AL 95 205 -8 1 1 2 -2 -7 -0.8 6 -1 -0.1 .492 .495 -0.3 -0.0 -3 7/598
1956 28 CHW AL 67 107 -2 -1 1 0 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .496 .499 0.0 -0.1 1 9/875
1957 29 CHW AL 121 431 -3 -1 2 15 1 13 1.4 13 27 2.7 .512 .509 1.1 1.7 12 58/97
1958 30 CHW AL 84 286 -4 2 -1 7 -1 2 0.2 9 11 1.1 .503 .502 0.4 0.7 4 578/9
1959 31 CHW AL 117 415 -5 1 1 5 1 3 0.1 13 15 1.4 .502 .502 1.0 0.6 10 58/79
1960 32 CLE AL 113 330 -20 1 1 -8 1 -26 -2.9 10 -16 -1.9 .475 .483 -0.9 -0.9 -8 57/986
1961 33 CLE AL 143 590 -4 2 -0 -6 3 -6 -0.8 18 13 1.0 .496 .496 1.8 -0.4 19 *5 MVP-17
1962 34 CLE AL 148 599 -19 0 0 1 3 -16 -1.9 18 3 -0.0 .489 .490 0.1 0.2 2 *5/84
1963 35 DET AL 128 502 -22 -3 -2 0 2 -24 -2.9 15 -8 -1.4 .479 .483 -1.2 0.2 -9 *5/8
1964 36 DET AL 46 99 -2 -0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 3 2 0.2 .498 .500 0.1 0.1 1 5/7
10 Seasons 1062 3564 -91 2 2 16 7 -63 -7.8 109 47 3.1 .494 .495 2.0 2.0 30
CHW (4 yrs) 389 1239 -15 1 3 27 -0 16 1.5 38 54 5.3 .505 .503 2.5 2.9 27
CLE (3 yrs) 404 1519 -44 3 0 -14 7 -47 -5.6 47 -1 -1.0 .488 .490 1.0 -1.1 13
DET (3 yrs) 269 806 -32 -2 -1 3 1 -32 -3.7 25 -7 -1.3 .487 .490 -1.4 0.2 -10

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
1959 31 CHW AL WS LAD L 3 10 10 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700 4 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 10 10 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700 4 1 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
1955 DET AL 27 OF 65 35 28 392.0 131 128 2 1 0 .992 2 7 2.98 2.00 .982 2.40 2.38
1955 DET AL 27 LF 60 33 27 354.0 113 111 1 1 0 .991 1 4 2.85 1.87 .980 2.26 2.25
1955 DET AL 27 3B 4 4 4 36.0 14 3 9 2 1 .857 -1 -23 3.00 3.00 .950 3.18 3.15
1955 DET AL 27 RF 4 1 1 24.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -20 1.88 1.25 .980 2.06 2.02
1955 DET AL 27 CF 3 1 0 14.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2 137 4.50 2.33 .986 2.89 2.87
1956 CHW AL 28 OF 35 23 12 199.0 61 59 2 0 1 1.000 -0 -1 2.76 1.74 .979 2.34 2.32
1956 CHW AL 28 RF 22 18 9 140.0 43 42 1 0 1 1.000 2 16 2.76 1.95 .973 2.09 2.07
1956 CHW AL 28 CF 7 5 3 42.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -69 2.79 1.86 .984 2.79 2.77
1956 CHW AL 28 LF 6 0 0 17.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 0 28 3.71 1.17 .977 2.12 2.08
1956 CHW AL 28 3B 2 1 0 7.0 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 0 86 5.14 2.00 .950 3.21 3.20
1957 CHW AL 29 3B 97 92 71 799.0 332 91 227 14 18 .958 11 16 3.58 3.28 .951 3.23 3.24
1957 CHW AL 29 OF 20 16 12 165.0 59 56 3 0 0 1.000 4 31 3.22 2.95 .980 2.24 2.25
1957 CHW AL 29 CF 13 9 8 103.0 39 36 3 0 0 1.000 3 37 3.41 3.00 .983 2.71 2.72
1957 CHW AL 29 RF 8 7 4 61.0 19 18 1 0 0 1.000 1 22 2.80 2.38 .976 1.93 1.92
1957 CHW AL 29 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.10
1958 CHW AL 30 3B 47 42 35 356.0 130 38 86 6 12 .954 3 11 3.13 2.64 .951 3.11 3.08
1958 CHW AL 30 OF 37 30 21 276.1 87 84 1 2 1 .977 4 16 2.77 2.30 .982 2.27 2.25
1958 CHW AL 30 LF 18 15 9 128.0 41 40 1 0 1 1.000 5 51 2.88 2.28 .979 2.09 2.07
1958 CHW AL 30 CF 15 11 10 115.1 36 33 1 2 0 .944 -3 -31 2.65 2.27 .985 2.68 2.65
1958 CHW AL 30 RF 5 4 2 33.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1 47 2.73 2.00 .980 1.99 1.96
1959 CHW AL 31 3B 100 86 70 791.0 307 90 202 15 13 .951 6 8 3.32 2.92 .952 3.21 3.19
1959 CHW AL 31 OF 23 17 11 154.2 37 37 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -3 2.15 1.61 .980 2.22 2.21
1959 CHW AL 31 CF 14 11 5 93.2 24 24 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -13 2.31 1.71 .983 2.72 2.70
1959 CHW AL 31 LF 8 5 5 52.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 0 12 2.25 1.63 .980 2.06 2.05
1959 CHW AL 31 RF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 13 2.00 2.00 .975 1.90 1.90
1960 CLE AL 32 3B 85 74 62 678.1 233 87 135 11 18 .953 -8 -14 2.95 2.61 .952 3.14 3.14
1960 CLE AL 32 OF 25 10 4 93.0 24 22 0 2 0 .917 -0 -4 2.13 0.88 .982 2.25 2.25
1960 CLE AL 32 LF 15 3 1 34.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 28 2.38 0.60 .984 2.14 2.13
1960 CLE AL 32 RF 7 6 3 50.0 13 12 0 1 0 .923 1 14 2.16 1.71 .974 1.94 1.94
1960 CLE AL 32 CF 3 1 0 9.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 -2 -227 1.00 0.33 .985 2.70 2.67
1960 CLE AL 32 SS 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -360 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.10
1961 CLE AL 33 3B 143 143 138 1273.0 453 188 246 19 23 .958 -6 -6 3.07 3.03 .950 3.18 3.15 MVP-17
1962 CLE AL 34 3B 145 144 139 1272.0 428 175 243 10 16 .977 2 2 2.96 2.88 .952 3.08 3.07
1962 CLE AL 34 CF 3 3 3 26.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 -2 -69 2.77 2.67 .986 2.60 2.57
1962 CLE AL 34 OF 3 3 3 26.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 -2 -69 2.77 2.67 .980 2.18 2.17
1962 CLE AL 34 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
1963 DET AL 35 3B 117 112 108 1014.1 356 116 226 14 26 .961 -0 -1 3.03 2.92 .947 3.02 3.02
1963 DET AL 35 CF 5 3 2 27.0 11 10 0 1 0 .909 1 31 3.33 2.00 .986 2.57 2.58
1963 DET AL 35 OF 5 3 2 27.0 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1 31 3.00 1.80 .981 2.17 2.16
1964 DET AL 36 3B 22 19 17 175.0 59 18 40 1 5 .983 1 10 2.98 2.64 .955 3.03 3.02
1964 DET AL 36 LF 1 1 1 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -53 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80
1964 DET AL 36 OF 1 1 1 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -53 0.00 0.00 2.00 2.00
10 Seasons 3B 762 717 644 6401.2 2316 808 1416 92 133 .960 8 2 3.13 2.92 .951 3.13 3.12
9 Seasons OF 214 138 94 1342.0 418 403 8 7 2 .983 8 7 2.76 1.92 .981 2.30 2.29
7 Seasons LF 109 57 43 595.0 183 179 3 1 1 .995 8 16 2.75 1.67 .980 2.19 2.18
8 Seasons CF 63 44 31 430.0 141 132 4 5 0 .965 -4 -11 2.85 2.16 .984 2.70 2.69
6 Seasons RF 47 37 20 317.0 92 89 2 1 1 .989 5 17 2.58 1.94 .975 2.02 2.01
1 Season SS 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -360 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.10
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
10 Seasons TOT 978 855 738 7745.0 2734 1211 1424 99 135 .964 16 3 3.06 2.69 .955 2.99 2.94
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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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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  • 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1961 AL (17, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1957 AL  1.7 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1959 AL  27 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1962 AL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1963 AL  10 (1st)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1959 AL  7 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1962 AL  17 (9th)
1963 AL  16 (10th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1957 AL  15 (3rd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  97 (4th)
1959 AL  100 (4th)
1961 AL  143 (3rd)
1962 AL  145 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  91 (5th)
1959 AL  90 (5th)
1961 AL  188 (1st)
1962 AL  175 (2nd)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  227 (2nd)
1959 AL  202 (4th)
1961 AL  246 (4th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  14 (5th)
1959 AL  15 (5th)
1961 AL  19 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  18 (3rd)
1961 AL  23 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 AL  1 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  11 (1st)
1959 AL  6 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1957 AL  3.58 (1st)
1959 AL  3.32 (3rd)
1961 AL  3.07 (4th)
1963 AL  3.03 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1957 AL  3.28 (2nd)
1961 AL  3.04 (3rd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1961 AL  .958 (3rd)
1962 AL  .977 (2nd)
1963 AL  .961 (3rd)
Career  .960 (59th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1958 AL  5 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 AL  3 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2198), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 1 (2287), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1958), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (286th), 3.1 career WAR/6.5 7yr-peak WAR/4.8 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

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