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Bob Purkey

Robert Thomas Purkey

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: July 14, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA
High School: South Hills HS (Pittsburgh, PA)
Signed
by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1954 (Age 24.274)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Pirates/Redlegs/Cardinals 1954-1966

Final Game: July 26, 1966 (Age 37.012)
Died: March 16, 2008 in Allegheny County, PA
Buried: Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 24, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #443. Tommy Thomas… #444. Mike Marshall… #445. Dave Goltz… #446. BOB PURKEY… #447. Aaron Sele… #448. Danny MacFayden… #449. Harry Coveleski… 

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
1954 24 PIT NL 3 8 .273 5.07 36 11 7 0 0 0 131.1 145 78 74 3 62 38 7 1 1 581 82 3.69 1.576 9.9 0.2 4.2 2.6 0.61
1955 25 PIT NL 2 7 .222 5.32 14 10 3 2 0 1 67.2 77 47 40 5 25 1 24 2 0 1 298 77 3.82 1.507 10.2 0.7 3.3 3.2 0.96
1956 26 PIT NL 0 0 2.25 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 183 5.12 0.500 4.5 2.3 0.0 2.3
1957 27 PIT NL 11 14 .440 3.86 48 21 11 6 1 2 179.2 194 84 77 10 38 9 51 7 0 2 761 99 3.36 1.291 9.7 0.5 1.9 2.6 1.34
1958 ★ 28 CIN NL 17 11 .607 3.60 37 34 2 17 3 0 250.0 259 106 100 25 49 3 70 4 0 1 1040 117 3.85 1.232 9.3 0.9 1.8 2.5 1.43 AS,MVP-19
1959 29 CIN NL 13 18 .419 4.25 38 33 5 9 1 1 218.0 241 118 103 25 43 2 78 6 0 4 927 96 3.99 1.303 9.9 1.0 1.8 3.2 1.81
1960 30 CIN NL 17 11 .607 3.60 41 33 3 11 1 0 252.2 259 114 101 23 59 5 97 9 1 2 1064 106 3.75 1.259 9.2 0.8 2.1 3.5 1.64
1961 ★ 31 CIN NL 16 12 .571 3.73 36 34 2 13 1 1 246.1 245 118 102 27 51 4 116 6 0 7 1031 108 3.75 1.202 9.0 1.0 1.9 4.2 2.27 AS
1962 ★ 32 CIN NL 23 5 .821 2.81 37 37 0 18 2 0 288.1 260 109 90 28 64 3 141 14 1 6 1181 143 3.71 1.124 8.1 0.9 2.0 4.4 2.20 AS,CYA-3,MVP-8
1963 33 CIN NL 6 10 .375 3.55 21 21 0 4 1 0 137.0 143 60 54 12 33 6 55 2 2 4 570 94 3.58 1.285 9.4 0.8 2.2 3.6 1.67
1964 34 CIN NL 11 9 .550 3.04 34 25 3 9 2 1 195.2 181 77 66 16 49 4 78 7 0 6 808 119 3.73 1.175 8.3 0.7 2.3 3.6 1.59
1965 35 STL NL 10 9 .526 5.79 32 17 10 3 1 2 124.1 148 83 80 20 33 4 39 7 1 2 549 67 4.95 1.456 10.7 1.4 2.4 2.8 1.18
1966 36 PIT NL 0 1 .000 1.37 10 0 6 0 0 1 19.2 16 3 3 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 75 266 2.66 1.017 7.3 0.0 1.8 2.3 1.25
13 Yrs 129 115 .529 3.79 386 276 53 92 13 9 2114.2 2170 998 891 195 510 41 793 71 6 36 8899 103 3.80 1.267 9.2 0.8 2.2 3.4 1.55
162 Game Avg. 13 12 .529 3.79 40 28 5 9 1 1 217 223 103 92 20 52 81 7 1 4 914 103 3.80 1.267 9.2 0.8 2.2 3.4 1.55
CIN (7 yrs) 103 76 .575 3.49 244 217 15 81 11 3 1588.0 1588 702 616 156 348 27 635 48 4 30 6621 112 3.78 1.219 9.0 0.9 2.0 3.6 1.82
PIT (5 yrs) 16 30 .348 4.36 110 42 28 8 1 4 402.1 434 213 195 19 129 10 119 16 1 4 1729 91 3.53 1.399 9.7 0.4 2.9 2.7 0.92
STL (1 yr) 10 9 .526 5.79 32 17 10 3 1 2 124.1 148 83 80 20 33 4 39 7 1 2 549 67 4.95 1.456 10.7 1.4 2.4 2.8 1.18
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
1954 24 PIT NL 131.1 36 11 78 5.35 4.77 -0.24 0.00 102.0 5.11 -3 -0.3 .6 -0.2 0.9 11 .492 .498
1955 25 PIT NL 67.2 14 10 47 6.25 4.52 -0.27 0.00 101.6 4.87 -9 -0.9 .8 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .437 .495
1956 26 PIT NL 4.0 2 0 1 2.25 3.96 -0.02 0.00 107.0 4.26 1 0.1 .4 -0.0 0.1 1 .554 .501
1957 27 PIT NL 179.2 48 21 84 4.21 4.40 0.37 0.00 98.9 3.98 -3 -0.3 1.8 -0.2 1.4 14 .493 .498
1958 ★ 28 CIN NL 250.0 37 34 106 3.82 4.49 0.07 0.00 102.9 4.55 22 2.4 2.1 -0.1 4.8 46 .564 .515 AS,MVP-19
1959 29 CIN NL 218.0 38 33 118 4.87 4.43 -0.08 0.00 102.3 4.61 -8 -0.8 1.2 -0.2 1.2 16 .478 .495
1960 30 CIN NL 252.2 41 33 114 4.06 4.34 0.00 0.06 102.0 4.48 11 1.3 .2 -0.2 3.7 37 .531 .508
1961 ★ 31 CIN NL 246.1 36 34 118 4.31 4.48 0.24 0.07 102.6 4.42 2 0.2 1.7 -0.1 2.7 30 .505 .501 AS
1962 ★ 32 CIN NL 288.1 37 37 109 3.40 4.48 -0.07 0.07 102.1 4.71 40 4.5 -0.1 7.3 72 .622 .528 AS,CYA-3,MVP-8
1963 33 CIN NL 137.0 21 21 60 3.94 3.72 -0.08 0.06 101.8 3.94 -1 -0.2 -0.1 1.2 12 .492 .499
1964 34 CIN NL 195.2 34 25 77 3.54 4.06 0.14 0.04 102.7 4.06 9 1.1 1.1 -0.1 3.0 30 .531 .507
1965 35 STL NL 124.1 32 17 83 6.01 4.01 0.24 0.01 108.4 4.10 -26 -2.7 2.2 -0.5 -2.0 -15 .414 .483
1966 36 PIT NL 19.2 10 0 3 1.37 3.82 0.07 -0.16 102.3 3.67 5 0.6 1.4 0.1 0.9 7 .556 .503
13 Seasons 2114.2 386 276 998 4.25 4.35 0.05 0.03 102.4 4.43 39 4.8 1.3 -1.6 24.9 256 .512 .503
CIN (7 yrs) 1588.0 244 217 702 3.98 4.33 0.04 0.04 102.4 4.44 75 8.4 1.0 -0.8 23.9 242 .535 .508
PIT (5 yrs) 402.1 110 42 213 4.76 4.51 0.04 -0.01 100.6 4.49 -10 -0.9 1.2 -0.3 3.0 29 .492 .498
STL (1 yr) 124.1 32 17 83 6.01 4.01 0.24 0.01 108.4 4.10 -26 -2.7 2.2 -0.5 -2.0 -15 .414 .483

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
1961 31 CIN NL WS L NYY 0 1 .000 1.64 2 1 0 1 0 0 11.0 6 5 2 2 3 1 5 0 0 0 43 0.818 4.9 1.6 2.5 4.1 1.67
1 WS 0 1 .000 1.64 2 1 0 1 0 0 11.0 6 5 2 2 3 1 5 0 0 0 43 0.818 4.9 1.6 2.5 4.1 1.67

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
1954 24 PIT NL 36 32 26 2 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 12 .077 .200 .115 .315 -14 3 0 0 3 0 1
1955 25 PIT NL 14 22 19 1 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 4 .316 .316 .474 .789 108 9 0 0 3 0 0 1
1956 26 PIT NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1957 27 PIT NL 48 52 45 3 5 0 2 0 6 0 0 3 22 .111 .180 .200 .380 4 9 0 1 2 1 0 1
1958 ★ 28 CIN NL 37 94 81 9 9 2 0 1 4 0 0 6 42 .111 .170 .173 .343 -11 14 0 0 6 1 0 1 AS,MVP-19
1959 29 CIN NL 38 77 66 8 11 2 1 1 6 0 0 6 34 .167 .247 .273 .519 37 18 1 1 4 0 0 1
1960 30 CIN NL 41 96 83 6 11 0 0 0 5 0 0 7 44 .133 .200 .133 .333 -7 11 1 0 6 0 0 1
1961 ★ 31 CIN NL 36 90 80 6 8 2 0 1 4 0 0 2 32 .100 .133 .163 .295 -22 13 2 1 7 0 0 1 AS
1962 ★ 32 CIN NL 37 119 107 9 11 2 0 2 3 0 0 4 56 .103 .134 .178 .311 -18 19 0 0 7 1 0 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-8
1963 33 CIN NL 21 49 41 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 22 .098 .174 .098 .271 -20 4 1 0 3 1 0 1
1964 34 CIN NL 34 69 58 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 33 .052 .082 .052 .134 -62 3 0 1 8 1 0 1
1965 35 STL NL 32 43 35 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 21 .029 .056 .029 .084 -76 1 0 0 7 0 0 1
1966 36 PIT NL 11 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
13 Yrs 387 747 645 53 71 9 3 6 42 0 0 38 325 .110 .163 .161 .325 -12 104 5 4 56 5 0
162 Game Avg. 162 313 270 22 30 4 1 3 18 0 0 16 136 .110 .163 .161 .325 -12 44 2 2 23 2
CIN (7 yrs) 244 594 516 44 57 8 1 5 25 0 0 30 263 .110 .163 .159 .322 -13 82 5 3 41 4 0
PIT (5 yrs) 111 110 94 6 13 1 2 1 14 0 0 7 41 .138 .204 .223 .427 15 21 0 1 8 1 0
STL (1 yr) 32 43 35 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 21 .029 .056 .029 .084 -76 1 0 0 7 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
1954 24 PIT NL 36 32 -5 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1955 25 PIT NL 14 22 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .518 .502 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1956 26 PIT NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1957 27 PIT NL 48 52 -5 -1 0 0 6 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1958 ★ 28 CIN NL 37 94 -14 -0 1 0 10 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .491 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1 AS,MVP-19
1959 29 CIN NL 38 77 -7 -0 0 0 9 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1960 30 CIN NL 41 96 -12 -0 0 0 11 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1961 ★ 31 CIN NL 36 90 -15 -0 -0 0 10 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .485 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -5 1 AS
1962 ★ 32 CIN NL 37 119 -18 0 1 0 14 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-8
1963 33 CIN NL 21 49 -6 0 -0 0 5 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1964 34 CIN NL 34 69 -13 0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .485 .497 -0.5 0.0 -4 1
1965 35 STL NL 32 43 -9 0 0 0 5 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .487 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1966 36 PIT NL 11 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
13 Seasons 387 747 -104 0 1 0 85 -17 -2.0 0 -17 -2.0 .495 .499 -1.9 -0.0 -17
CIN (7 yrs) 244 594 -84 0 1 0 68 -15 -1.6 0 -15 -1.6 .494 .499 -1.6 0.0 -15
PIT (5 yrs) 111 110 -11 -1 0 0 12 1 0.0 0 1 0.0 .501 .500 0.1 -0.1 1
STL (1 yr) 32 43 -9 0 0 0 5 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .487 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4

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
1961 31 CIN NL WS NYY L 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 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
1954 PIT NL 24 P 36 11 0 131.1 56 16 40 0 6 1.000 3.84 1.56 .960 2.07 2.06 7 2 22% 45% 0
1955 PIT NL 25 P 14 10 2 67.2 19 2 16 1 0 .947 2.39 1.29 .950 2.03 2.02 3 1 25% 44% 0
1956 PIT NL 26 P 2 0 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 2.25 0.50 .970 2.02 2.05 0 0 0
1957 PIT NL 27 P 48 21 6 179.2 46 13 30 3 3 .935 2.15 0.90 .962 2.06 2.08 4 0 0% 39% 0
1958 CIN NL 28 P 37 34 17 250.0 67 10 56 1 2 .985 2.38 1.78 .955 1.97 1.96 5 1 17% 39% 1 AS,MVP-19
1959 CIN NL 29 P 38 33 9 218.0 56 19 35 2 1 .964 2.23 1.42 .954 1.99 1.97 2 1 33% 38% 1
1960 CIN NL 30 P 41 33 11 252.2 78 30 47 1 5 .987 2.74 1.88 .962 2.09 2.08 9 7 44% 40% 1
1961 CIN NL 31 P 36 34 13 246.1 100 29 69 2 2 .980 3.58 2.72 .959 2.18 2.15 10 7 41% 38% 0 AS
1962 CIN NL 32 P 37 37 18 288.1 88 25 59 4 7 .955 2.62 2.27 .948 2.07 2.05 15 3 17% 34% 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-8
1963 CIN NL 33 P 21 21 4 137.0 47 15 29 3 0 .936 2.89 2.10 .951 2.06 2.06 4 4 50% 42% 0
1964 CIN NL 34 P 34 25 9 195.2 65 17 44 4 4 .938 2.81 1.79 .953 2.14 2.13 6 4 40% 40% 2
1965 STL NL 35 P 32 17 3 124.1 37 8 28 1 1 .973 2.61 1.13 .956 2.08 2.08 5 1 17% 36% 0
1966 PIT NL 36 P 10 0 0 19.2 11 0 10 1 1 .909 4.58 1.00 .947 1.97 1.96 2 3 60% 40% 0
13 Seasons P 386 276 92 2114.2 671 184 464 23 32 .966 2.76 1.68 .956 2.07 2.06 72 34 32% 39% 6
13 Seasons TOT 386 276 92 2114.2 671 184 464 23 32 .966 2.76 1.68 .956 2.07 2.06 72 34 32% 39% 6
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1958 NL (19, 1%)
1962 NL (8, 12%)
0.13 Career Shares (867th)

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

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1962 May NL Player of the Month

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1962 NL  7.1 (5th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1958 NL  4.8 (4th)
1962 NL  7.3 (1st)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1962 NL  2.81 (3rd)

Wins s c a p y
1958 NL  17 (4th)
1960 NL  17 (8th)
1961 NL  16 (7th)
1962 NL  23 (3rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1958 NL  .607 (7th)
1960 NL  .607 (8th)
1962 NL  .821 (1st)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1958 NL  1.232 (5th)
1961 NL  1.202 (2nd)
1962 NL  1.124 (5th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 NL  1.904 (4th)
1958 NL  1.764 (4th)
1959 NL  1.775 (4th)
1960 NL  2.102 (7th)
1961 NL  1.863 (3rd)
1962 NL  1.998 (5th)
Career  2.171 (148th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1958 NL  250.0 (5th)
1960 NL  252.7 (9th)
1961 NL  246.3 (8th)
1962 NL  288.3 (2nd)

Games Started s c a p y
1958 NL  34 (5th)
1959 NL  33 (10th)
1960 NL  33 (9th)
1961 NL  34 (9th)
1962 NL  37 (6th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1958 NL  17 (4th)
1961 NL  13 (5th)
1962 NL  18 (5th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1958 NL  3 (2nd)
1962 NL  2 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  25 (7th)
1959 NL  25 (7th)
1960 NL  23 (10th)
1961 NL  27 (6th)
1962 NL  28 (5th)
Career  195 (234th)

Hits s c a p y
1958 NL  259 (4th)
1959 NL  241 (9th)
1960 NL  259 (5th)
1961 NL  245 (3rd)
1962 NL  260 (8th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1961 NL  2.275 (8th)
1962 NL  2.203 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 NL  0.501 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
1957 NL  14 (7th)
1959 NL  18 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  100 (4th)
1959 NL  103 (6th)
1960 NL  101 (7th)
1961 NL  102 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1954 NL  7 (2nd)
1957 NL  7 (4th)
1959 NL  6 (9th)
1960 NL  9 (2nd)
1961 NL  6 (5th)
1962 NL  14 (1st)
1964 NL  7 (7th)
1965 NL  7 (10th)
Career  71 (204th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1958 NL  1,040 (6th)
1960 NL  1,064 (8th)
1961 NL  1,031 (9th)
1962 NL  1,181 (2nd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1958 NL  117 (9th)
1962 NL  143 (3rd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1957 NL  3.36 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  18 (7th)
1962 NL  36 (1st)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1958 NL  1.9 (7th)
1962 NL  3.8 (1st)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1962 NL  38.95 (2nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1962 NL  5.7 (1st)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1962 NL  3.9 (2nd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1962 NL  4.1 (1st)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1954 NL  16 (3rd)
1960 NL  30 (2nd)
1961 NL  29 (1st)
1962 NL  25 (1st)

Assists as P s c a p y
1958 NL  56 (2nd)
1961 NL  69 (1st)
1962 NL  59 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1960 NL  2.74 (5th)
1961 NL  3.58 (1st)
1962 NL  2.62 (4th)
1964 NL  2.81 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1958 NL  1.78 (4th)
1961 NL  2.72 (1st)
1962 NL  2.27 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1960 NL  .987 (4th)


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 - 3 (569), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 66 (389), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 36 (393), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 14 (575), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (404th), 22.9 career WAR/22.4 7yr-peak WAR/22.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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