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Johnny Sain

John Franklin Sain

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: September 25, 1917 in Havana, AR
High School: Havana HS (Havana, AR)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1942 (Age 24.204)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Yankees/Athletics 1942-1955

Final Game: July 15, 1955 (Age 37.293)
Died: November 7, 2006 in Downers Grove, IL
Buried: Havana Cemetery, Havana, AR
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Standard Fielding

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
1942 BSN NL 24 P 40 3 0 97.0 26 1 25 0 0 1.000 2.41 0.65 .968 2.35 2.35 4 1 20% 0
1946 BSN NL 28 P 37 34 24 265.0 82 20 61 1 4 .988 2.75 2.19 .960 2.24 2.22 10 1 9% 1 MVP-5
1947 BSN NL 29 P 38 35 22 266.0 69 11 55 3 1 .957 2.23 1.74 .966 2.10 2.07 6 2 25% 1 AS,MVP-16
1948 BSN NL 30 P 42 39 28 314.2 71 21 48 2 3 .972 1.97 1.64 .963 2.11 2.08 14 2 13% 1 AS,MVP-2
1949 BSN NL 31 P 37 36 16 243.0 52 14 35 3 2 .942 1.81 1.32 .953 2.04 2.02 9 10 53% 43% 2
1950 BSN NL 32 P 37 37 25 278.1 60 14 42 4 3 .933 1.81 1.51 .961 2.12 2.10 13 7 35% 43% 1 MVP-21
1951 TOT MLB 33 P 33 26 7 197.1 53 14 38 1 4 .981 2.37 1.58 .960 2.13 2.12 11 8 42% 43% 3
1951 BSN NL 33 P 26 22 6 160.1 42 13 28 1 3 .976 2.30 1.58 .962 2.14 2.14 10 6 38% 43% 2
1951 NYY AL 33 P 7 4 1 37.0 11 1 10 0 1 1.000 2.68 1.57 .953 2.07 2.06 1 2 67% 45% 1
1952 NYY AL 34 P 35 16 8 148.1 36 15 18 3 0 .917 2.00 0.94 .966 2.10 2.10 2 4 67% 46% 4 MVP-29
1953 NYY AL 35 P 40 19 10 189.0 42 8 32 2 1 .952 1.90 1.00 .957 1.95 1.93 5 4 44% 51% 1 AS
1954 NYY AL 36 P 45 0 0 77.0 17 6 11 0 0 1.000 1.99 0.38 .959 2.01 1.99 1 0 0% 48% 2
1955 TOT AL 37 P 28 0 0 50.0 9 3 6 0 0 1.000 1.62 0.32 .957 2.00 1.97 1 2 67% 47% 0
1955 NYY AL 37 P 3 0 0 5.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.69 0.33 .960 2.02 1.97 0 1 100% 47% 0
1955 KCA AL 37 P 25 0 0 44.2 8 3 5 0 0 1.000 1.61 0.32 .956 1.99 1.97 1 1 50% 47% 0
11 Seasons P 412 245 140 2125.2 517 127 371 19 18 .963 2.11 1.21 .961 2.11 2.09 76 41 35% 29% 16
11 Seasons TOT 412 245 140 2125.2 517 127 371 19 18 .963 2.11 1.21 .961 2.11 2.09 76 41 35% 29% 16
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1942 BSN NL 24 P
1946 BSN NL 28 P
1947 BSN NL 29 P
1948 BSN NL 30 P
1949 BSN NL 31 P
1950 BSN NL 32 P
1951 BSN NL 33 P
1951 NYY AL 33 P
1952 NYY AL 34 P
1953 NYY AL 35 P
1954 NYY AL 36 P
1955 NYY AL 37 P
1955 KCA AL 37 P
11 Seasons P
11 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1942 BSN NL 24 40 3 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 BSN NL 28 40 34 40 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1947 BSN NL 29 40 35 40 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1948 BSN NL 30 43 39 43 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1949 BSN NL 31 39 36 39 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1950 BSN NL 32 37 37 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 BSN NL 33 26 22 26 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 NYY AL 33 7 4 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952 NYY AL 34 47 16 47 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1953 NYY AL 35 41 19 41 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1954 NYY AL 36 45 0 45 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 KCA AL 37 25 0 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 NYY AL 37 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Seasons 433 245 433 412 412 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1942 BSN NL 24 86 77% 26% 3 100% 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1946 BSN NL 28 596 80% 29% 44 91% 2 8 2 4 39 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 12 92%
1947 BSN NL 29 860 82% 27% 39 92% 1 8 1 7 36 28 3 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 8 88%
1948 BSN NL 30 976 85% 31% 40 93% 2 15 0 14 37 29 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 1 3 0 4 75%
1949 BSN NL 31 950 87% 26% 37 78% 2 10 2 7 28 21 4 2 0 0 2 0 2 2 2 0 8 75%
1950 BSN NL 32 962 88% 27% 42 90% 1 8 1 7 38 27 4 3 1 0 2 0 3 1 3 0 6 100%
1951 BSN NL 33 710 87% 25% 34 82% 1 14 0 11 28 18 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 10 70%
1951 NYY AL 33 155 83% 19% 11 82% 0 1 0 1 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0%
1952 NYY AL 34 545 86% 26% 22 68% 1 15 0 13 18 10 1 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 8 50%
1953 NYY AL 35 691 85% 24% 32 84% 1 8 2 5 28 20 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 5 80%
1954 NYY AL 36 293 86% 24% 12 83% 0 6 0 6 12 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1955 KCA AL 37 194 90% 25% 4 100% 0 3 0 3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1955 NYY AL 37 22 77% 14% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
11 Seasons 7040 85% 27% 321 86% 11 96 8 78 283 203 27 15 2 2 11 4 15 8 14 1 69 80%
MLB Averages 82% 26% 90% 84%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1962 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1964 BBWAA ( 1.5%)
1968 BBWAA ( 2.5%)
1969 BBWAA ( 2.4%)
1970 BBWAA ( 3.0%)
1971 BBWAA ( 3.1%)
1972 BBWAA ( 5.3%)
1973 BBWAA (12.4%)
1974 BBWAA (14.0%)
1975 BBWAA (34.0%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1946 NL (5, 28%)
1947 NL (16, 6%)
1948 NL (2, 66%)
1950 NL (21, 4%)
1952 AL (29, 1%)
1.05 Career Shares (238th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1946 NL  20 (1st)
1948 NL  21 (1st)
1949 NL  14 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1946 NL  61 (1st)
1947 NL  55 (2nd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1947 NL  3 (4th)
1950 NL  4 (5th)
1952 AL  3 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1946 NL  2.75 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1946 NL  2.19 (1st)
1947 NL  1.74 (4th)
1948 NL  1.64 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1946 NL  .988 (5th)

                           

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