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Johnny Rizzo

John Costa Rizzo

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 30, 1912 in Houston, TX (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1938 (Age 25.263, 6,838th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1938 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Phillies/Dodgers/Reds 1938-1942

Last Game: September 25, 1942 (Age 30.057)
Died: December 4, 1977 in Houston, TX
Buried: Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, Houston, TX
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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
1938 25 PIT NL 143 617 555 97 167 31 9 23 111 1 54 61 .301 .368 .514 .882 140 285 16 5 3 *7O MVP-6
1939 26 PIT NL 94 384 330 49 86 23 3 6 55 0 42 27 .261 .349 .403 .752 103 133 14 3 9 7O
1940 27 TOT NL 143 565 505 71 143 19 2 24 72 3 56 50 .283 .357 .471 .828 130 238 6 2 2 *789/5 MVP-29
1940 27 PIT NL 9 34 28 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 5 5 .179 .324 .214 .538 52 6 1 1 0 /7O
1940 27 CIN NL 31 124 110 17 31 6 0 4 17 1 14 14 .282 .363 .445 .808 121 49 1 0 0 7O
1940 27 PHI NL 103 407 367 53 107 12 2 20 53 2 37 31 .292 .358 .499 .857 139 183 4 1 2 O789/5
1941 28 PHI NL 99 265 235 20 51 9 2 4 24 1 24 34 .217 .295 .323 .618 78 76 8 2 4 O9/875
1942 29 BRO NL 78 244 217 31 50 8 0 4 27 2 24 25 .230 .307 .323 .630 83 70 7 0 3 O9/7
5 Yrs 557 2075 1842 268 497 90 16 61 289 7 200 197 .270 .345 .435 .781 116 802 51 12 21
162 Game Avg. 162 604 536 78 145 26 5 18 84 2 58 57 .270 .345 .435 .781 116 233 15 3 6
PIT (3 yrs) 246 1035 913 147 258 55 12 29 168 1 101 93 .283 .360 .464 .824 124 424 31 9 12
PHI (2 yrs) 202 672 602 73 158 21 4 24 77 3 61 65 .262 .333 .430 .764 116 259 12 3 6
BRO (1 yr) 78 244 217 31 50 8 0 4 27 2 24 25 .230 .307 .323 .630 83 70 7 0 3
CIN (1 yr) 31 124 110 17 31 6 0 4 17 1 14 14 .282 .363 .445 .808 121 49 1 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
1938 25 PIT NL 143 617 29 0 0 -3 -7 20 1.9 20 40 4.0 .514 .513 4.4 -1.1 43 *7O MVP-6
1939 26 PIT NL 94 384 2 0 0 -2 -4 -3 -0.4 12 9 0.9 .497 .498 1.2 -0.7 11 $9,000 7O
1940 27 PIT NL 9 34 -2 0 0 -2 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .455 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /7O MVP-29
1940 27 CIN NL 31 124 3 -0 0 2 -1 4 0.4 4 8 0.8 .513 .502 0.6 0.1 6 7O MVP-29
1940 27 PHI NL 103 407 19 -0 0 2 -3 18 1.8 14 31 3.2 .518 .511 3.0 -0.2 29 O789/5 MVP-29
1941 28 PHI NL 99 265 -7 0 0 -1 -3 -10 -1.1 9 -1 -0.2 .489 .493 -0.1 -0.4 -0 $8,500 O9/875
1942 29 BRO NL 78 244 -4 -0 0 2 -3 -6 -0.7 8 2 0.1 .491 .496 -0.1 -0.2 0 O9/7
5 Seasons 557 2075 41 1 0 -2 -22 18 1.3 69 87 8.6 .503 .503 9.0 -2.7 89 $17,500
PIT (3 yrs) 246 1035 30 1 0 -7 -11 12 1.0 34 46 4.6 .505 .506 5.5 -2.0 53 $9,000
PHI (2 yrs) 202 672 12 0 0 1 -6 7 0.6 23 30 3.0 .504 .502 2.9 -0.6 29 $8,500
BRO (1 yr) 78 244 -4 -0 0 2 -3 -6 -0.7 8 2 0.1 .491 .496 -0.1 -0.2 0
CIN (1 yr) 31 124 3 -0 0 2 -1 4 0.4 4 8 0.8 .513 .502 0.6 0.1 6

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 Awards
1938 PIT NL 25 LF 140 140 134 304 284 5 15 1 .951 2.06 .971 2.23 MVP-6
1938 PIT NL 25 OF 140 140 134 304 284 5 15 1 .951 2.06 .976 2.34 MVP-6
1939 PIT NL 26 LF 86 85 84 193 186 2 5 0 .974 2.19 .974 2.16
1939 PIT NL 26 OF 86 85 84 193 186 2 5 0 .974 2.19 .975 2.32
1940 TOT NL 27 OF 128 128 118 307 284 12 11 6 .964 2.31 .977 2.32 MVP-29
1940 TOT NL 27 LF 92 91 84 211 191 11 9 4 .957 2.20 .974 2.26 MVP-29
1940 PIT NL 27 LF 7 7 7 11 9 0 2 0 .818 1.29 .974 2.26
1940 PIT NL 27 OF 7 7 7 11 9 0 2 0 .818 1.29 .977 2.31
1940 CIN NL 27 LF 30 30 28 74 67 5 2 2 .973 2.40 .974 2.26
1940 CIN NL 27 OF 30 30 28 76 68 6 2 2 .974 2.47 .977 2.32
1940 PHI NL 27 OF 91 91 83 220 207 6 7 4 .968 2.34 .977 2.32
1940 PHI NL 27 LF 55 54 49 126 115 6 5 2 .960 2.20 .974 2.26
1940 PHI NL 27 CF 24 22 21 60 59 0 1 0 .983 2.46 .981 2.66 MVP-29
1940 PHI NL 27 RF 15 15 13 31 30 0 1 0 .968 2.00 .973 2.02 MVP-29
1940 PHI NL 27 3B 7 7 6 35 6 26 3 2 .914 4.57 .948 3.01 MVP-29
1941 PHI NL 28 OF 62 49 43 126 114 8 4 2 .968 1.97 .975 2.31
1941 PHI NL 28 RF 51 42 36 97 87 8 2 2 .979 1.86 .968 1.93
1941 PHI NL 28 CF 9 4 4 18 17 0 1 0 .944 1.89 .980 2.64
1941 PHI NL 28 LF 4 3 3 8 7 0 1 0 .875 1.75 .976 2.33
1941 PHI NL 28 3B 2 1 0 5 1 2 2 0 .600 1.50 .948 3.35
1942 BRO NL 29 OF 70 57 44 133 124 6 3 1 .977 1.86 .981 2.34
1942 BRO NL 29 RF 63 54 42 118 110 6 2 1 .983 1.84 .981 2.07
1942 BRO NL 29 LF 8 3 2 16 15 0 1 0 .938 1.88 .983 2.30
5 Seasons OF 486 459 423 1063 992 33 38 10 .964 2.11 .977 2.33
5 Seasons LF 330 322 307 732 683 18 31 5 .958 2.12 .973 2.22
3 Seasons RF 129 111 91 246 227 14 5 3 .980 1.87 .975 2.01
2 Seasons CF 33 26 25 78 76 0 2 0 .974 2.30 .981 2.65
2 Seasons 3B 9 8 6 40 7 28 5 2 .875 3.89 .948 3.09
5 Seasons TOT 495 467 429 1103 999 61 43 12 .961 2.14 .976 2.34
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1938 NL (6, 28%)
1940 NL (29, 1%)
0.30 Career Shares (624th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1938 NL  4.4 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1938 NL  .514 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1938 NL  .882 (6th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1938 NL  97 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1938 NL  167 (9th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1938 NL  285 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  23 (5th)
1940 NL  24 (3rd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1938 NL  111 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1938 NL  61 (8th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1938 NL  140 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1938 NL  103 (6th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  29 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1938 NL  2.9 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1938 NL  63 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1938 NL  .689 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1938 NL  5 (3rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1938 NL  16 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1938 NL  24.1 (5th)
1940 NL  21.0 (4th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  140 (2nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  284 (3rd)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 NL  11 (2nd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  15 (1st)
1939 NL  5 (5th)
1940 NL  9 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  1 (5th)
1940 NL  4 (1st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1940 NL  12 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1938 NL  15 (1st)
1940 NL  11 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1940 NL  6 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  2.06 (4th)
1939 NL  2.19 (3rd)
1940 NL  2.20 (4th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 NL  .951 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 21 (1010), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1540), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 11 (1536), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (235th), 8.6 career WAR/8.6 7yr-peak WAR/8.6 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1939 26 Pittsburgh Pirates $9,000 ? Contract at HOF
1941 28 Philadelphia Phillies $8,500 ? Ford Frick letter of 3/5/42, at HOF
Career to date (may be incomplete)$17,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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