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Billy Pierce

Walter William Pierce

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: April 2, 1927 in Detroit, MI
High School: Highland Park HS (Highland Park, MI)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1945. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 1, 1945 (Age 18.060)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Giants/Tigers 1945-1964

Final Game: October 3, 1964 (Age 37.184)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 1, 2014 7:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #61. Smoky Joe Wood… #62. Eppa Rixey… #63. Lefty Gomez… #64. BILLY PIERCE… #65. Chuck Finley… #66. Joe McGinnity… #67. Mariano Rivera… 

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
1945 18 DET AL 0 0 1.80 5 0 4 0 0 0 10.0 6 2 2 1 10 10 1 0 0 45 205 5.14 1.600 5.4 0.9 9.0 9.0 1.00
1948 21 DET AL 3 0 1.000 6.34 22 5 9 0 0 0 55.1 47 40 39 5 51 36 1 0 1 258 69 5.35 1.771 7.6 0.8 8.3 5.9 0.71
1949 22 CHW AL 7 15 .318 3.88 32 26 4 8 0 0 171.2 145 89 74 11 112 95 0 2 5 761 107 4.19 1.497 7.6 0.6 5.9 5.0 0.85
1950 23 CHW AL 12 16 .429 3.98 33 29 3 15 1 1 219.1 189 112 97 11 137 118 2 0 4 978 113 4.06 1.486 7.8 0.5 5.6 4.8 0.86
1951 24 CHW AL 15 14 .517 3.03 37 28 6 18 1 2 240.1 237 93 81 14 73 113 1 0 1 1008 133 3.22 1.290 8.9 0.5 2.7 4.2 1.55
1952 25 CHW AL 15 12 .556 2.57 33 32 1 14 4 1 255.1 214 76 73 12 79 144 3 0 3 1042 142 2.84 1.148 7.5 0.4 2.8 5.1 1.82 MVP-29
1953 ★ 26 CHW AL 18 12 .600 2.72 40 33 6 19 7 3 271.1 216 94 82 20 102 186 3 0 5 1113 147 3.34 1.172 7.2 0.7 3.4 6.2 1.82 AS,MVP-10
1954 27 CHW AL 9 10 .474 3.48 36 26 4 12 4 3 188.2 179 86 73 15 86 148 3 1 3 818 108 3.28 1.405 8.5 0.7 4.1 7.1 1.72
1955 ★ 28 CHW AL 15 10 .600 1.97 33 26 5 16 6 1 205.2 162 50 45 16 64 5 157 3 1 4 836 200 2.83 1.099 7.1 0.7 2.8 6.9 2.45 AS,MVP-18
1956 ★ 29 CHW AL 20 9 .690 3.32 35 33 2 21 1 1 276.1 261 108 102 24 100 7 192 3 1 6 1166 123 3.23 1.306 8.5 0.8 3.3 6.3 1.92 AS,MVP-5
1957 ★ 30 CHW AL 20 12 .625 3.26 37 34 2 16 4 2 257.0 228 98 93 18 71 9 171 1 1 3 1062 115 2.88 1.163 8.0 0.6 2.5 6.0 2.41 AS,MVP-11
1958 ★ 31 CHW AL 17 11 .607 2.68 35 32 3 19 3 2 245.0 204 83 73 33 66 2 144 1 0 1 983 137 3.87 1.102 7.5 1.2 2.4 5.3 2.18 AS
1959 ★ 32 CHW AL 14 15 .483 3.62 34 33 0 12 2 0 224.0 217 98 90 26 62 4 114 3 1 2 934 105 3.90 1.246 8.7 1.0 2.5 4.6 1.84 AS
1960 33 CHW AL 14 7 .667 3.62 33 31 1 8 1 0 196.1 201 81 79 24 46 1 108 0 0 2 813 106 3.72 1.258 9.2 1.1 2.1 5.0 2.35
1961 ★ 34 CHW AL 10 9 .526 3.80 39 28 5 5 1 3 180.0 190 85 76 17 54 3 106 1 0 2 764 103 3.54 1.356 9.5 0.9 2.7 5.3 1.96 AS
1962 35 SFG NL 16 6 .727 3.49 30 23 2 7 2 1 162.1 147 67 63 19 35 2 76 3 1 2 657 110 3.90 1.121 8.1 1.1 1.9 4.2 2.17 CYA-3
1963 36 SFG NL 3 11 .214 4.27 38 13 13 3 1 8 99.0 106 49 47 12 20 1 52 1 2 3 420 75 3.64 1.273 9.6 1.1 1.8 4.7 2.60
1964 37 SFG NL 3 0 1.000 2.20 34 1 14 0 0 4 49.0 40 14 12 6 10 1 29 0 0 1 195 162 3.63 1.020 7.3 1.1 1.8 5.3 2.90
18 Yrs 211 169 .555 3.27 586 433 84 193 38 32 3306.2 2989 1325 1201 284 1178 35 1999 30 10 48 13853 119 3.50 1.260 8.1 0.8 3.2 5.4 1.70
162 Game Avg. 14 11 .555 3.27 39 29 6 13 3 2 221 199 88 80 19 79 133 2 1 3 924 119 3.50 1.260 8.1 0.8 3.2 5.4 1.70
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
CHW (13 yrs) 186 152 .550 3.19 457 391 42 183 35 19 2931.0 2643 1153 1038 241 1052 31 1796 24 7 41 12278 123 3.42 1.261 8.1 0.7 3.2 5.5 1.71
SFG (3 yrs) 22 17 .564 3.54 102 37 29 10 3 13 310.1 293 130 122 37 65 4 157 4 3 6 1272 101 3.78 1.154 8.5 1.1 1.9 4.6 2.42
DET (2 yrs) 3 0 1.000 5.65 27 5 13 0 0 0 65.1 53 42 41 6 61 46 2 0 1 303 76 5.32 1.745 7.3 0.8 8.4 6.3 0.75
AL (15 yrs) 189 152 .554 3.24 484 396 55 183 35 19 2996.1 2696 1195 1079 247 1113 31 1842 26 7 42 12581 121 3.47 1.271 8.1 0.7 3.3 5.5 1.66
NL (3 yrs) 22 17 .564 3.54 102 37 29 10 3 13 310.1 293 130 122 37 65 4 157 4 3 6 1272 101 3.78 1.154 8.5 1.1 1.9 4.6 2.42
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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
1945 18 DET AL 10.0 5 0 2 1.80 4.05 0.10 0.00 101.3 4.00 2 0.3 .8 -0.0 0.3 3 .559 .502
1948 21 DET AL 55.1 22 5 40 6.51 4.71 -0.10 0.00 104.1 5.01 -9 -0.9 .7 0.0 -0.4 -5 .459 .494
1949 22 CHW AL 171.2 32 26 89 4.67 4.71 0.14 0.00 99.1 4.53 -2 -0.2 1.5 -0.1 1.0 12 .493 .499
1950 23 CHW AL 219.1 33 29 112 4.60 5.33 0.13 0.00 98.6 5.13 12 1.2 .8 -0.1 2.9 34 .536 .507
1951 24 CHW AL 240.1 37 28 93 3.48 4.73 0.15 0.00 96.9 4.44 24 2.6 2.6 -0.0 4.6 46 .569 .516
1952 25 CHW AL 255.1 33 32 76 2.68 4.48 0.08 0.00 95.8 4.22 43 5.2 2.8 -0.2 7.1 63 .657 .532 MVP-29
1953 ★ 26 CHW AL 271.1 40 33 94 3.12 4.52 0.19 0.00 100.8 4.37 36 4.0 2.9 0.1 6.3 60 .600 .525 AS,MVP-10
1954 27 CHW AL 188.2 36 26 86 4.10 4.29 0.44 0.00 97.3 3.74 -7 -0.8 1.8 -0.1 0.7 7 .479 .495
1955 ★ 28 CHW AL 205.2 33 26 50 2.19 4.45 0.23 0.00 99.1 4.19 44 5.0 2.7 0.2 6.9 63 .651 .531 AS,MVP-18
1956 ★ 29 CHW AL 276.1 35 33 108 3.52 4.62 0.08 0.00 100.5 4.55 30 3.2 2.7 -0.1 5.3 56 .591 .520 AS,MVP-5
1957 ★ 30 CHW AL 257.0 37 34 98 3.43 4.30 0.37 0.00 98.2 3.86 13 1.5 3.4 -0.1 3.5 32 .540 .509 AS,MVP-11
1958 ★ 31 CHW AL 245.0 35 32 83 3.05 4.29 0.21 0.00 96.2 3.93 24 2.8 3.9 -0.1 4.8 43 .579 .517 AS
1959 ★ 32 CHW AL 224.0 34 33 98 3.94 4.38 0.51 0.00 97.5 3.78 -2 -0.2 4.1 -0.1 1.5 14 .493 .499 AS
1960 33 CHW AL 196.1 32 30 81 3.71 4.50 0.28 0.08 95.9 4.12 11 1.2 2.3 -0.1 2.8 25 .537 .507
1961 ★ 34 CHW AL 180.0 39 28 85 4.25 4.41 -0.00 0.04 97.4 4.34 3 0.3 2.0 -0.1 1.6 17 .507 .502 AS
1962 35 SFG NL 162.1 30 23 67 3.71 4.45 0.19 0.07 96.4 4.17 7 0.8 2.4 -0.1 2.4 25 .526 .505 CYA-3
1963 36 SFG NL 99.0 38 13 49 4.45 3.85 -0.23 0.00 96.1 3.92 -7 -0.8 2.5 -0.2 0.0 3 .479 .495
1964 37 SFG NL 49.0 34 1 14 2.57 4.12 -0.05 -0.14 101.7 4.10 8 0.9 1.7 0.2 1.6 13 .526 .506
18 Seasons 3306.2 585 432 1325 3.61 4.51 0.19 0.01 98.0 4.24 229 25.9 2.0 -1.0 53.1 511 .544 .510
Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
CHW (13 yrs) 2931.0 456 390 1153 3.54 4.54 0.21 0.01 98.0 4.25 227 25.6 2.3 -0.9 49.1 472 .556 .512
SFG (3 yrs) 310.1 102 37 130 3.77 4.21 0.02 0.01 97.1 4.08 8 0.9 2.1 -0.1 4.0 41 .509 .501
DET (2 yrs) 65.1 27 5 42 5.79 4.61 -0.07 0.00 103.6 4.85 -7 -0.6 .7 -0.0 -0.1 -2 .478 .496

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
1959 32 CHW AL WS L LAD 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 17 1.000 4.5 0.0 4.5 6.8 1.50
1962 35 SFG NL WS L NYY 1 1 .500 2.40 2 2 0 1 0 0 15.0 8 5 4 1 2 1 5 0 0 0 55 0.667 4.8 0.6 1.2 3.0 2.50
2 Yrs (2 Series) 1 1 .500 1.89 5 2 0 1 0 0 19.0 10 5 4 1 4 2 8 0 0 0 72 0.737 4.7 0.5 1.9 3.8 2.00
2 WS 1 1 .500 1.89 5 2 0 1 0 0 19.0 10 5 4 1 4 2 8 0 0 0 72 0.737 4.7 0.5 1.9 3.8 2.00

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
1945 18 DET AL 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 /1
1948 21 DET AL 22 17 17 5 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 .294 .294 .529 .824 114 9 0 0 0 1
1949 22 CHW AL 39 62 51 7 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 15 .176 .250 .176 .426 16 9 2 0 6 1
1950 23 CHW AL 40 88 77 10 20 3 0 0 6 0 0 6 13 .260 .321 .299 .620 62 23 1 1 4 1
1951 24 CHW AL 39 93 79 10 16 1 0 0 3 0 1 9 17 .203 .284 .215 .499 37 17 2 0 5 1
1952 25 CHW AL 35 102 91 11 17 1 0 0 3 0 1 6 20 .187 .237 .198 .435 21 18 3 0 5 1 MVP-29
1953 ★ 26 CHW AL 42 102 87 4 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 16 .126 .174 .126 .300 -19 11 3 1 10 1/3 AS,MVP-10
1954 27 CHW AL 38 68 57 4 11 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 12 .193 .242 .193 .435 19 11 0 0 6 1 1
1955 ★ 28 CHW AL 34 81 70 5 12 2 0 0 7 1 0 3 10 .171 .205 .200 .405 9 14 0 0 8 0 0 1 AS,MVP-18
1956 ★ 29 CHW AL 39 113 102 6 16 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 22 .157 .189 .157 .346 -8 16 3 1 7 0 0 1 AS,MVP-5
1957 ★ 30 CHW AL 41 104 99 7 17 1 0 0 6 0 0 2 25 .172 .188 .182 .370 1 18 3 0 3 0 0 1 AS,MVP-11
1958 ★ 31 CHW AL 35 94 83 10 17 3 0 0 4 0 0 4 13 .205 .250 .241 .491 37 20 0 1 6 0 0 1 AS
1959 ★ 32 CHW AL 34 81 68 3 13 1 2 0 7 0 0 7 13 .191 .267 .265 .531 48 18 1 0 6 0 0 1 AS
1960 33 CHW AL 33 76 67 4 12 1 0 0 7 0 0 6 14 .179 .247 .194 .441 21 13 2 0 3 0 0 1
1961 ★ 34 CHW AL 39 63 56 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 11 .143 .158 .143 .301 -18 8 2 0 6 0 0 1 AS
1962 35 SFG NL 30 66 56 3 12 0 0 0 5 0 0 3 12 .214 .254 .214 .469 28 12 1 0 7 0 0 1 CYA-3
1963 36 SFG NL 38 34 31 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 .129 .182 .129 .311 -8 4 0 0 1 0 0 1
1964 37 SFG NL 34 9 9 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 .333 .333 .333 .667 87 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
18 Yrs 617 1255 1102 94 203 13 4 0 69 1 2 65 232 .184 .232 .203 .435 19 224 24 4 83 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 330 289 25 53 3 1 0 18 0 1 17 61 .184 .232 .203 .435 19 59 6 1 22
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
CHW (13 yrs) 488 1127 987 84 179 13 2 0 60 1 2 60 201 .181 .231 .199 .430 17 196 22 4 75 1 0
SFG (3 yrs) 102 109 96 5 19 0 0 0 7 0 0 5 26 .198 .238 .198 .436 22 19 1 0 8 0 0
DET (2 yrs) 27 19 19 5 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 .263 .263 .474 .737 93 9 1 0 0
AL (15 yrs) 515 1146 1006 89 184 13 4 0 62 1 2 60 206 .183 .232 .204 .435 18 205 23 4 75 1 0
NL (3 yrs) 102 109 96 5 19 0 0 0 7 0 0 5 26 .198 .238 .198 .436 22 19 1 0 8 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
1945 18 DET AL 5 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1948 21 DET AL 22 17 -0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .508 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1949 22 CHW AL 39 62 -7 0 -0 0 7 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1950 23 CHW AL 40 88 -5 0 0 0 10 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .514 .503 0.6 0.0 6 1
1951 24 CHW AL 39 93 -7 -0 -0 0 9 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1952 25 CHW AL 35 102 -10 -1 0 0 11 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1 MVP-29
1953 ★ 26 CHW AL 42 102 -16 -0 -0 0 11 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .486 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1/3 AS,MVP-10
1954 27 CHW AL 38 68 -7 -1 0 0 8 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1955 ★ 28 CHW AL 34 81 -10 -0 2 0 8 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1 AS,MVP-18
1956 ★ 29 CHW AL 39 113 -18 -1 -0 0 12 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .484 .496 -0.7 0.0 -6 1 AS,MVP-5
1957 ★ 30 CHW AL 41 104 -14 -1 -0 0 11 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .490 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1 AS,MVP-11
1958 ★ 31 CHW AL 35 94 -7 -0 0 0 10 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .510 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1 AS
1959 ★ 32 CHW AL 34 81 -4 -0 0 0 9 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .516 .503 0.5 -0.0 5 1 AS
1960 33 CHW AL 32 76 -8 -1 -0 0 8 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1961 ★ 34 CHW AL 39 63 -10 -0 0 0 7 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1 AS
1962 35 SFG NL 30 66 -6 -0 1 0 8 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1 CYA-3
1963 36 SFG NL 38 34 -4 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1964 37 SFG NL 34 9 -0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
18 Seasons 616 1255 -132 -5 3 0 138 4 0.2 0 4 0.2 .501 .500 0.2 -0.0 4
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CHW (13 yrs) 487 1127 -122 -5 2 0 123 -2 -0.4 0 -2 -0.4 .499 .500 -0.4 -0.1 -2
SFG (3 yrs) 102 109 -10 0 1 0 13 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .504 .501 0.5 0.1 4
DET (2 yrs) 27 19 -1 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 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
1959 32 CHW AL WS LAD L 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 35 SFG NL WS NYY L 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1945 DET AL 18 P 5 0 0 10.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.40 .955 2.25 2.24 0 0 0
1948 DET AL 21 P 22 5 0 55.1 11 2 9 0 0 1.000 1.79 0.50 .963 2.02 1.99 2 0 0% 48% 0
1949 CHW AL 22 P 32 26 8 171.2 49 12 33 4 2 .918 2.36 1.41 .962 2.12 2.09 7 3 30% 46% 0
1950 CHW AL 23 P 33 29 15 219.1 35 4 30 1 1 .971 1.40 1.03 .950 2.03 1.99 4 4 50% 0
1951 CHW AL 24 P 37 28 18 240.1 51 11 38 2 4 .961 1.83 1.32 .953 2.07 2.06 6 10 63% 45% 0
1952 CHW AL 25 P 33 32 14 255.1 57 13 43 1 3 .982 1.97 1.70 .966 2.10 2.10 3 2 40% 46% 2 MVP-29
1953 CHW AL 26 P 40 33 19 271.1 47 10 33 4 1 .915 1.43 1.08 .957 1.95 1.93 2 10 83% 50% 1 AS,MVP-10
1953 CHW AL 26 1B 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 1.00 .990 8.10 9.70 AS,MVP-10
1954 CHW AL 27 P 36 26 12 188.2 27 7 19 1 1 .963 1.24 0.72 .959 2.01 1.99 6 7 54% 48% 1
1955 CHW AL 28 P 33 26 16 205.2 32 7 25 0 1 1.000 1.40 0.97 .956 1.99 1.97 6 4 40% 47% 3 AS,MVP-18
1956 CHW AL 29 P 35 33 21 276.1 40 4 33 3 2 .925 1.21 1.06 .950 1.92 1.91 3 8 73% 44% 0 AS,MVP-5
1957 CHW AL 30 P 37 34 16 257.0 55 8 45 2 2 .964 1.86 1.43 .963 1.99 2.00 3 5 63% 47% 1 AS,MVP-11
1958 CHW AL 31 P 35 32 19 245.0 38 11 26 1 3 .974 1.36 1.06 .963 1.95 1.93 1 5 83% 47% 1 AS
1959 CHW AL 32 P 34 33 12 224.0 53 11 40 2 4 .962 2.05 1.50 .955 2.05 2.03 4 4 50% 40% 2 AS
1960 CHW AL 33 P 33 30 8 196.1 38 7 29 2 2 .947 1.65 1.09 .967 1.96 1.95 0 3 100% 40% 1
1961 CHW AL 34 P 39 28 5 180.0 41 7 31 3 1 .927 1.90 0.97 .954 2.05 2.02 2 7 78% 36% 1 AS
1962 SFG NL 35 P 30 23 7 162.1 29 4 24 1 3 .966 1.55 0.93 .948 2.07 2.05 3 1 25% 34% 0 CYA-3
1963 SFG NL 36 P 38 13 3 99.0 24 4 20 0 2 1.000 2.18 0.63 .951 2.06 2.06 0 0 0
1964 SFG NL 37 P 34 1 0 49.0 9 1 7 1 0 .889 1.47 0.24 .953 2.15 2.13 1 2 67% 40% 0
18 Seasons P 586 432 193 3306.2 638 123 487 28 32 .956 1.66 1.04 .958 2.02 2.01 53 75 59% 42% 13
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 1.00 .990 8.10 9.70
18 Seasons TOT 587 432 193 3307.0 639 124 487 28 32 .956 0 0 1.66 1.04 .958 2.02 2.03 53 75 59% 42% 13
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr 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
1970 BBWAA ( 1.7%)
1971 BBWAA ( 1.9%)
1972 BBWAA ( 1.0%)
1973 BBWAA ( 1.1%)
1974 BBWAA ( 1.1%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1952 AL (29, 1%)
1953 AL (10, 16%)
1955 AL (18, 2%)
1956 AL (5, 22%)
1957 AL (11, 10%)
0.51 Career Shares (447th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1962 ML (3, 5%)
0.05 Career Shares (233rd)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1952 AL  7.2 (2nd)
1953 AL  5.7 (4th)
1955 AL  6.9 (4th)
1958 AL  5.1 (8th)
Career  53.3 (247th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1951 AL  4.6 (5th)
1952 AL  7.1 (2nd)
1953 AL  6.3 (1st)
1955 AL  6.9 (1st)
1956 AL  5.3 (4th)
1957 AL  3.6 (6th)
1958 AL  4.8 (3rd)
Career  53.1 (83rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1951 AL  3.03 (4th)
1952 AL  2.57 (6th)
1953 AL  2.72 (2nd)
1955 AL  1.97 (1st)
1956 AL  3.32 (9th)
1958 AL  2.68 (2nd)

Wins s c a p y
1952 AL  15 (7th)
1953 AL  18 (5th)
1955 AL  15 (9th)
1956 AL  20 (2nd)
1957 AL  20 (1st)
1958 AL  17 (2nd)
1960 AL  14 (7th)
1962 NL  16 (10th)
Career  211 (91st)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1956 AL  .690 (2nd)
1957 AL  .625 (10th)
1958 AL  .607 (5th)
1960 AL  .667 (4th)
1962 NL  .727 (4th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1951 AL  1.290 (8th)
1952 AL  1.148 (4th)
1953 AL  1.172 (3rd)
1955 AL  1.099 (1st)
1957 AL  1.163 (8th)
1958 AL  1.102 (2nd)
1960 AL  1.258 (10th)
1962 NL  1.121 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1949 AL  7.602 (5th)
1950 AL  7.755 (2nd)
1952 AL  7.543 (7th)
1953 AL  7.165 (1st)
1955 AL  7.089 (4th)
1957 AL  7.984 (9th)
1958 AL  7.494 (4th)
Career  8.135 (168th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1951 AL  2.734 (3rd)
1952 AL  2.785 (8th)
1955 AL  2.801 (6th)
1956 AL  3.257 (9th)
1957 AL  2.486 (7th)
1958 AL  2.425 (5th)
1959 AL  2.491 (10th)
1960 AL  2.109 (5th)
1962 NL  1.941 (4th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1949 AL  4.981 (3rd)
1950 AL  4.842 (6th)
1951 AL  4.232 (7th)
1952 AL  5.076 (7th)
1953 AL  6.170 (1st)
1954 AL  7.060 (1st)
1955 AL  6.870 (3rd)
1956 AL  6.253 (4th)
1957 AL  5.988 (5th)
1960 AL  4.951 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
Career  586 (218th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1951 AL  240.3 (7th)
1952 AL  255.3 (5th)
1953 AL  271.3 (3rd)
1956 AL  276.3 (3rd)
1957 AL  257.0 (3rd)
1958 AL  245.0 (5th)
Career  3,306.7 (90th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1950 AL  118 (6th)
1951 AL  113 (8th)
1952 AL  144 (4th)
1953 AL  186 (1st)
1954 AL  148 (4th)
1955 AL  157 (3rd)
1956 AL  192 (2nd)
1957 AL  171 (4th)
1958 AL  144 (7th)
Career  1,999 (71st)

Games Started s c a p y
1951 AL  28 (10th)
1952 AL  32 (6th)
1953 AL  33 (6th)
1956 AL  33 (6th)
1957 AL  34 (3rd)
1958 AL  32 (8th)
1959 AL  33 (5th)
1960 AL  31 (9th)
Career  433 (91st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1950 AL  15 (8th)
1951 AL  18 (4th)
1952 AL  14 (10th)
1953 AL  19 (4th)
1955 AL  16 (3rd)
1956 AL  21 (1st)
1957 AL  16 (1st)
1958 AL  19 (1st)
1959 AL  12 (8th)
Career  193 (147th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1952 AL  4 (5th)
1953 AL  7 (2nd)
1954 AL  4 (3rd)
1955 AL  6 (2nd)
1957 AL  4 (2nd)
1958 AL  3 (6th)
1962 NL  2 (10th)
Career  38 (54th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1953 AL  20 (5th)
1956 AL  24 (5th)
1958 AL  33 (2nd)
1959 AL  26 (6th)
1960 AL  24 (7th)
Career  284 (70th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1950 AL  137 (4th)
1953 AL  102 (7th)
1956 AL  100 (10th)
Career  1,178 (58th)

Hits s c a p y
1951 AL  237 (4th)
1953 AL  216 (10th)
1956 AL  261 (4th)
1957 AL  228 (5th)
1958 AL  204 (10th)
1959 AL  217 (8th)
Career  2,989 (130th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1951 AL  1.548 (3rd)
1952 AL  1.823 (2nd)
1953 AL  1.824 (2nd)
1954 AL  1.721 (6th)
1955 AL  2.453 (1st)
1956 AL  1.920 (5th)
1957 AL  2.409 (4th)
1958 AL  2.182 (7th)
1959 AL  1.839 (9th)
1960 AL  2.348 (4th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1950 AL  0.451 (3rd)
1951 AL  0.524 (8th)
1952 AL  0.423 (7th)
1957 AL  0.630 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1949 AL  15 (5th)
1950 AL  16 (5th)
1951 AL  14 (1st)
1953 AL  12 (9th)
1959 AL  15 (3rd)
Career  169 (95th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1956 AL  102 (5th)
1957 AL  93 (8th)
1959 AL  90 (8th)
Career  1,201 (123rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1956 AL  6 (7th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1951 AL  1,008 (7th)
1952 AL  1,042 (5th)
1953 AL  1,113 (3rd)
1956 AL  1,166 (2nd)
1957 AL  1,062 (3rd)
1958 AL  983 (7th)
1959 AL  934 (9th)
Career  13,853 (90th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1951 AL  133 (3rd)
1952 AL  142 (4th)
1953 AL  147 (2nd)
1955 AL  200 (1st)
1956 AL  123 (9th)
1957 AL  115 (10th)
1958 AL  137 (3rd)
Career  119 (131st)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1951 AL  3.22 (3rd)
1952 AL  2.84 (2nd)
1953 AL  3.34 (2nd)
1954 AL  3.28 (9th)
1955 AL  2.83 (1st)
1956 AL  3.23 (5th)
1957 AL  2.88 (3rd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1951 AL  27 (2nd)
1952 AL  34 (3rd)
1953 AL  38 (1st)
1955 AL  46 (1st)
1956 AL  27 (7th)
1957 AL  17 (9th)
1958 AL  27 (3rd)
Career  250 (47th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1951 AL  2.8 (2nd)
1952 AL  3.8 (3rd)
1953 AL  4.0 (1st)
1955 AL  5.0 (1st)
1956 AL  2.8 (7th)
1957 AL  1.8 (9th)
1958 AL  2.9 (3rd)
Career  26.5 (47th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1951 AL  25.61 (6th)
1952 AL  37.29 (3rd)
1953 AL  44.16 (1st)
1955 AL  51.32 (1st)
1956 AL  35.06 (6th)
1957 AL  22.91 (5th)
1958 AL  28.40 (3rd)
Career  290.58 (23rd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1951 AL  4.4 (1st)
1952 AL  3.2 (7th)
1953 AL  5.5 (1st)
1955 AL  5.9 (2nd)
1956 AL  3.8 (6th)
1957 AL  3.4 (4th)
1958 AL  2.8 (4th)
1959 AL  3.2 (6th)
1960 AL  2.0 (10th)
Career  34.6 (17th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1952 AL  4.2 (1st)
1953 AL  4.7 (1st)
1955 AL  4.2 (1st)
1956 AL  2.9 (5th)
1957 AL  3.5 (2nd)
1958 AL  2.2 (5th)
Career  26.3 (31st)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1951 AL  2.6 (7th)
1952 AL  4.2 (3rd)
1953 AL  4.7 (1st)
1955 AL  5.7 (1st)
1956 AL  3.7 (6th)
1957 AL  2.5 (6th)
1958 AL  3.1 (4th)
Career  31.4 (26th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1957 AL  45 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1949 AL  4 (4th)
1953 AL  4 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1952 AL  1.70 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1955 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1964 NL  born 1927-04-02 (10th)

Youngest s c a p y
1945 AL  born 1927-04-02 (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 - 20 (99), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 190 (50), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 82 (145), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 35 (98), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (97th), 53.2 career WAR/37.8 7yr-peak WAR/45.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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