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Joe Presko

Joseph Edward Presko (Baby Joe or Little Joe)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: October 7, 1928 in Kansas City, MO
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 3, 1951 (Age 22.208, 8,387th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Tigers 1951-1958

Last Game: May 7, 1958 (Age 29.212)
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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
1951 22 STL NL 7 4 .636 3.45 15 12 3 5 0 2 88.2 86 36 34 9 20 38 2 0 2 367 115 3.69 1.195 8.7 0.9 2.0 3.9 1.90
1952 23 STL NL 7 10 .412 4.05 28 18 1 5 1 0 146.2 140 74 66 16 57 63 1 0 2 631 91 4.14 1.343 8.6 1.0 3.5 3.9 1.11
1953 24 STL NL 6 13 .316 5.01 34 25 3 4 0 1 161.2 165 95 90 19 65 56 5 0 4 707 85 4.73 1.423 9.2 1.1 3.6 3.1 0.86
1954 25 STL NL 4 9 .308 6.91 37 6 10 1 1 0 71.2 97 56 55 14 41 36 5 0 3 346 60 5.86 1.926 12.2 1.8 5.1 4.5 0.88
1957 28 DET AL 1 1 .500 1.64 7 0 6 0 0 0 11.0 10 3 2 0 4 1 3 1 0 0 46 245 3.28 1.273 8.2 0.0 3.3 2.5 0.75
1958 29 DET AL 0 0 3.38 7 0 6 0 0 2 10.2 13 4 4 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 43 124 1.63 1.313 11.0 0.0 0.8 5.1 6.00
6 Yrs 25 37 .403 4.61 128 61 29 15 2 5 490.1 511 268 251 58 188 1 202 14 0 11 2140 87 4.43 1.426 9.4 1.1 3.5 3.7 1.07
162 Game Avg. 9 13 .403 4.61 46 22 10 5 1 2 176 184 96 90 21 68 73 5 0 4 770 87 4.43 1.426 9.4 1.1 3.5 3.7 1.07
STL (4 yrs) 24 36 .400 4.70 114 61 17 15 2 3 468.2 488 261 245 58 183 193 13 0 11 2051 85 4.52 1.432 9.4 1.1 3.5 3.7 1.05
DET (2 yrs) 1 1 .500 2.49 14 0 12 0 0 2 21.2 23 7 6 0 5 1 9 1 0 0 89 164 2.47 1.292 9.6 0.0 2.1 3.7 1.80
NL (4 yrs) 24 36 .400 4.70 114 61 17 15 2 3 468.2 488 261 245 58 183 193 13 0 11 2051 85 4.52 1.432 9.4 1.1 3.5 3.7 1.05
AL (2 yrs) 1 1 .500 2.49 14 0 12 0 0 2 21.2 23 7 6 0 5 1 9 1 0 0 89 164 2.47 1.292 9.6 0.0 2.1 3.7 1.80
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
1951 22 STL NL 88.2 15 12 36 3.65 4.61 0.25 0.00 97.3 4.24 6 0.6 1.3 -0.0 1.5 15 .542 .504
1952 23 STL NL 146.2 28 18 74 4.54 4.23 0.20 0.00 98.8 3.98 -9 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.4 5 .465 .494
1953 24 STL NL 161.2 34 25 95 5.29 4.78 0.05 0.00 99.4 4.71 -9 -0.9 .9 -0.1 0.7 8 .474 .495
1954 25 STL NL 71.2 37 6 56 7.03 4.63 0.07 0.00 100.9 4.60 -19 -1.9 1.4 -0.3 -1.4 -12 .449 .488
1957 28 DET AL 11.0 7 0 3 2.45 3.96 0.20 0.00 98.2 3.69 2 0.2 .7 -0.0 0.2 2 .525 .501
1958 29 DET AL 10.2 7 0 4 3.38 4.08 0.16 0.00 100.0 3.92 1 0.1 .9 -0.0 0.1 1 .510 .500
6 Seasons 490.1 128 61 268 4.92 4.53 0.14 0.00 99.1 4.35 -29 -2.9 1.1 -0.6 1.6 20 .478 .494
STL (4 yrs) 468.2 114 61 261 5.01 4.55 0.14 0.00 99.1 4.37 -32 -3.1 1.2 -0.6 1.2 16 .473 .494
DET (2 yrs) 21.2 14 0 7 2.91 4.02 0.18 0.00 99.1 3.80 2 0.2 .8 -0.1 0.4 4 .518 .501

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
1951 22 STL NL 15 37 37 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .162 .162 .189 .351 -6 7 1 0 0 1
1952 23 STL NL 28 48 43 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 14 .093 .133 .093 .226 -36 4 0 0 3 1
1953 24 STL NL 35 67 59 6 13 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 5 .220 .270 .237 .507 34 14 3 0 4 1
1954 25 STL NL 38 16 16 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 31 4 0 0 0 0 1
1957 28 DET AL 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1958 29 DET AL 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
6 Yrs 130 170 156 9 27 2 0 0 5 0 0 7 26 .173 .209 .186 .394 6 29 4 0 7 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 212 194 11 34 2 0 0 6 0 0 9 32 .173 .209 .186 .394 6 36 5 0 9
STL (4 yrs) 116 168 155 9 27 2 0 0 5 0 0 6 26 .174 .205 .187 .392 6 29 4 0 7 0
DET (2 yrs) 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 47 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 116 168 155 9 27 2 0 0 5 0 0 6 26 .174 .205 .187 .392 6 29 4 0 7 0
AL (2 yrs) 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 47 0 0 0 0 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 22 STL NL 15 37 -5 -1 -0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .481 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1952 23 STL NL 28 48 -8 0 0 0 5 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .489 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1953 24 STL NL 35 67 -7 -0 -0 0 7 0 -0.0 0 0 -0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1954 25 STL NL 38 16 -2 -1 0 0 2 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 1
1957 28 DET AL 7 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1958 29 DET AL 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .506 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
6 Seasons 130 170 -22 -2 -0 0 18 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .495 .499 -0.6 -0.0 -6
STL (4 yrs) 116 168 -22 -2 -0 0 18 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .494 .499 -0.6 -0.0 -6
DET (2 yrs) 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 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
1951 STL NL 22 P 15 12 5 88.2 16 4 11 1 0 .938 1.52 1.00 .962 2.14 2.14 3 0 0% 43% 1
1952 STL NL 23 P 28 18 5 146.2 32 6 24 2 3 .938 1.84 1.07 .953 2.18 2.16 1 5 83% 44% 0
1953 STL NL 24 P 34 25 4 161.2 35 13 21 1 2 .971 1.89 1.00 .956 2.06 2.02 5 3 38% 0
1954 STL NL 25 P 37 6 1 71.2 14 5 9 0 2 1.000 1.76 0.38 .960 2.07 2.06 3 2 40% 45% 0
1957 DET AL 28 P 7 0 0 11.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.82 0.14 .960 1.96 2.00 0 0 0
1958 DET AL 29 P 7 0 0 10.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.69 0.29 .965 1.94 1.93 0 1 100% 47% 0
6 Seasons P 128 61 15 490.1 100 29 67 4 7 .960 1.76 0.75 .957 2.11 2.07 12 11 48% 29% 1
6 Seasons TOT 128 61 15 490.1 100 29 67 4 7 .960 1.76 0.75 .957 2.11 2.07 12 11 48% 29% 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

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1953 NL  4 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1953 NL  5 (8th)
1954 NL  5 (8th)

                           

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