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Johnny Rucker

John Joel Rucker

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

Born: January 15, 1917 in Crabapple, GA
School: University of Georgia (Athens, GA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1940 (Age 23.092, 7,070th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Team: Giants 1940-1946

Final Game: September 29, 1946 (Age 29.257)
Died: August 7, 1985 in Moultrie, GA
Buried: Rucker Family Cemetery, Crabapple, GA
Relatives: Nephew of Nap Rucker
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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
1940 23 NYG NL 86 287 277 38 82 7 5 4 23 4 7 32 .296 .313 .401 .714 95 111 3 0 3 8O
1941 24 NYG NL 143 659 622 95 179 38 9 1 42 8 29 61 .288 .320 .383 .702 96 238 7 0 8 *8O MVP-33
1943 26 NYG NL 132 537 505 56 138 19 4 2 46 4 22 44 .273 .304 .339 .642 85 171 3 0 10 *8O
1944 27 NYG NL 144 622 587 79 143 14 8 6 39 8 24 48 .244 .275 .325 .600 69 191 2 1 10 *8O
1945 28 NYG NL 105 451 429 58 117 19 11 7 51 7 20 36 .273 .305 .417 .722 99 179 3 0 3 8O
1946 29 NYG NL 95 211 197 28 52 8 2 1 13 4 7 27 .264 .300 .340 .640 81 67 2 3 5 8O
6 Yrs 705 2767 2617 354 711 105 39 21 214 35 109 248 .272 .302 .366 .668 87 957 20 4 39
162 Game Avg. 162 636 601 81 163 24 9 5 49 8 25 57 .272 .302 .366 .668 87 220 5 1 9

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
1940 23 NYG NL 86 287 -3 -0 0 -2 -1 -6 -0.7 10 4 0.4 .493 .496 0.6 -0.3 6 8O
1941 24 NYG NL 143 659 -6 -1 0 -5 -1 -13 -1.5 21 9 0.7 .491 .492 1.3 -0.7 14 *8O MVP-33
1943 26 NYG NL 132 537 -10 -0 0 -4 -1 -15 -1.8 17 2 -0.0 .487 .489 0.5 -0.6 6 *8O
1944 27 NYG NL 144 622 -24 -0 0 -12 -1 -37 -4.1 20 -17 -2.1 .472 .475 -0.8 -1.4 -5 *8O
1945 28 NYG NL 105 451 -3 -0 0 0 -1 -4 -0.4 14 11 1.0 .496 .498 1.0 -0.0 11 8O
1946 29 NYG NL 95 211 -5 -0 0 -5 -0 -11 -1.2 8 -3 -0.4 .487 .492 0.2 -0.6 2 8O
6 Seasons 705 2767 -51 -2 0 -28 -5 -85 -9.6 90 5 -0.4 .487 .489 2.8 -3.6 33

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1940 NYG NL 23 CF 57 55 53 130 121 3 6 0 .954 2.18 .981 2.66
1940 NYG NL 23 OF 57 55 53 130 121 3 6 0 .954 2.18 .977 2.32
1941 NYG NL 24 CF 142 140 137 368 343 13 12 5 .967 2.51 .980 2.64 MVP-33
1941 NYG NL 24 OF 142 140 137 369 344 13 12 5 .967 2.51 .975 2.31 MVP-33
1943 NYG NL 26 CF 117 115 113 310 292 8 10 3 .968 2.56 .978 2.74
1943 NYG NL 26 OF 117 115 113 319 300 9 10 3 .969 2.64 .977 2.41
1944 NYG NL 27 CF 139 134 133 326 309 12 5 4 .985 2.31 .985 2.95
1944 NYG NL 27 OF 139 134 133 329 310 14 5 4 .985 2.33 .980 2.47
1945 NYG NL 28 CF 98 95 94 266 255 5 6 2 .977 2.65 .983 2.86
1945 NYG NL 28 OF 98 95 94 268 256 6 6 2 .978 2.67 .978 2.45
1946 NYG NL 29 CF 54 41 41 97 91 1 5 0 .948 1.70 .979 2.83
1946 NYG NL 29 OF 54 41 41 97 91 1 5 0 .948 1.70 .977 2.39
6 Seasons CF 607 580 571 1497 1411 42 44 14 .971 2.39 .981 2.78
6 Seasons OF 607 580 571 1512 1422 46 44 14 .971 2.42 .977 2.40
6 Seasons TOT 607 580 571 1512 1422 46 44 14 .971 2.42 .977 2.40
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))
1941 NL (33, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1548th)

At Bats s c a p y
1941 NL  622 (1st)
1944 NL  587 (8th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1941 NL  659 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1941 NL  95 (4th)

Hits s c a p y
1941 NL  179 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1941 NL  38 (3rd)

Triples s c a p y
1941 NL  9 (6th)
1945 NL  11 (3rd)

Singles s c a p y
1941 NL  131 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1946 NL  3 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1941 NL  458 (4th)
1944 NL  456 (3rd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 NL  2.1 (10th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  142 (2nd)
1943 NL  117 (4th)
1944 NL  139 (3rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  343 (3rd)
1944 NL  309 (5th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  13 (3rd)
1943 NL  8 (5th)
1944 NL  12 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 NL  6 (3rd)
1941 NL  12 (1st)
1943 NL  10 (2nd)
1944 NL  5 (4th)
1945 NL  6 (4th)
1946 NL  5 (4th)
Career  44 (82nd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  5 (1st)
1943 NL  3 (3rd)
1944 NL  4 (2nd)
1945 NL  2 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1941 NL  344 (4th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1941 NL  13 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1941 NL  12 (2nd)
1943 NL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1941 NL  5 (2nd)
1944 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  2.51 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  .968 (5th)
1944 NL  .985 (3rd)

                           

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 InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 12 (1328), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 1 (2306), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (885th), -0.4 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-0.4 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

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