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Carl Sawatski

Carl Ernest Sawatski (Swats, Swisher or Swish)

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: November 4, 1927 in Shickshinny, PA
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1945. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 29, 1948 (Age 20.330, 8,138th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Phillies/Cubs/Braves/WhiteSox 1948-1963

Last Game: September 29, 1963 (Age 35.329)
Died: November 24, 1991 in Little Rock, AR
Buried: Pine Crest Memorial Park, Alexander, AR
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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
1948 20 CHC NL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1950 22 CHC NL 38 114 103 4 18 1 0 1 7 0 11 19 .175 .254 .214 .468 25 22 2 0 0 2
1951 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1952 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1953 25 CHC NL 43 66 59 5 13 3 0 1 5 0 0 7 7 .220 .303 .322 .625 62 19 2 0 0 2
1954 26 CHW AL 43 127 109 6 20 3 3 1 12 0 0 15 20 .183 .276 .294 .569 54 32 3 0 0 3 2
1957 29 MLN NL 58 118 105 13 25 4 0 6 17 0 0 10 15 .238 .316 .448 .764 109 47 2 2 1 0 2 2
1958 30 TOT NL 70 216 193 13 43 4 1 5 13 0 0 18 47 .223 .296 .332 .628 67 64 4 3 0 2 4 2
1958 30 MLN NL 10 13 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 .100 .231 .100 .331 -5 1 1 0 0 1 0 /2
1958 30 PHI NL 60 203 183 12 42 4 1 5 12 0 0 16 42 .230 .300 .344 .645 71 63 3 3 0 1 4 2
1959 31 PHI NL 74 233 198 15 58 10 0 9 43 0 0 32 36 .293 .392 .480 .872 130 95 5 1 1 1 11 2
1960 32 STL NL 78 203 179 16 41 4 0 6 27 0 0 22 24 .229 .310 .352 .662 76 63 6 0 0 2 2 2
1961 33 STL NL 86 200 174 23 52 8 0 10 33 0 0 25 17 .299 .385 .517 .902 129 90 4 0 0 1 7 2/8
1962 34 STL NL 85 262 222 26 56 9 1 13 42 0 0 36 38 .252 .351 .477 .829 111 106 3 0 0 4 5 2
1963 35 STL NL 56 120 105 12 25 0 0 6 14 2 0 15 28 .238 .333 .410 .743 105 43 0 0 0 0 7 2
11 Yrs 633 1661 1449 133 351 46 5 58 213 2 0 191 251 .242 .330 .401 .731 93 581 31 6 2 13 38
162 Game Avg. 162 425 371 34 90 12 1 15 55 1 49 64 .242 .330 .401 .731 93 149 8 2 1
STL (4 yrs) 305 785 680 77 174 21 1 35 116 2 0 98 107 .256 .346 .444 .791 106 302 13 0 0 7 21
CHC (3 yrs) 83 182 164 9 31 4 0 2 12 0 0 18 26 .189 .269 .250 .519 37 41 4 0 0
PHI (2 yrs) 134 436 381 27 100 14 1 14 55 0 0 48 78 .262 .349 .415 .764 102 158 8 4 1 2 15
MLN (2 yrs) 68 131 115 14 26 4 0 6 18 0 0 12 20 .226 .308 .417 .725 99 48 3 2 1 1 2
CHW (1 yr) 43 127 109 6 20 3 3 1 12 0 0 15 20 .183 .276 .294 .569 54 32 3 0 0 3
NL (10 yrs) 590 1534 1340 127 331 43 2 57 201 2 0 176 231 .247 .335 .410 .745 96 549 28 6 2 10 38
AL (1 yr) 43 127 109 6 20 3 3 1 12 0 0 15 20 .183 .276 .294 .569 54 32 3 0 0 3

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
1948 20 CHC NL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1950 22 CHC NL 38 114 -11 0 -0 1 1 -9 -0.9 4 -5 -0.5 .476 .494 -0.6 0.2 -6 2
1953 25 CHC NL 43 66 -2 1 -0 1 0 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.1 .498 .499 0.1 0.1 0 2
1954 26 CHW AL 43 127 -8 0 -0 1 1 -5 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .486 .496 -0.3 0.2 -3 2
1957 29 MLN NL 58 118 2 -0 0 1 1 4 0.4 4 8 0.8 .507 .503 0.8 0.2 7 2
1958 30 MLN NL 10 13 -2 0 -0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1958 30 PHI NL 60 203 -9 -2 1 -2 3 -9 -1.0 8 -2 -0.3 .483 .494 -0.0 0.1 0 2
1959 31 PHI NL 74 233 8 -3 -0 -5 3 3 0.3 9 12 1.2 .504 .502 1.8 -0.2 17 2
1960 32 STL NL 78 203 -6 -1 -0 -1 2 -5 -0.6 8 3 0.2 .493 .497 0.3 0.1 4 2
1961 33 STL NL 86 200 6 -1 0 -3 2 4 0.4 8 12 1.2 .505 .503 1.5 -0.1 15 2/8
1962 34 STL NL 85 262 2 -1 0 -2 3 3 0.3 10 12 1.3 .503 .502 1.5 0.2 15 2
1963 35 STL NL 56 120 -0 0 1 -1 1 1 0.1 5 5 0.6 .502 .501 0.7 0.1 6 2
11 Seasons 633 1661 -21 -5 0 -10 19 -17 -2.0 62 45 4.3 .497 .499 5.4 0.9 55
STL (4 yrs) 305 785 2 -2 1 -7 9 3 0.2 30 33 3.3 .501 .500 4.0 0.3 40
CHC (3 yrs) 83 182 -14 1 -1 2 1 -10 -1.1 7 -4 -0.4 .487 .497 -0.6 0.3 -6
PHI (2 yrs) 134 436 -1 -4 0 -7 6 -6 -0.7 16 10 1.0 .495 .498 1.7 -0.1 17
MLN (2 yrs) 68 131 0 0 -0 1 1 2 0.2 5 7 0.7 .503 .502 0.6 0.2 6
CHW (1 yr) 43 127 -8 0 -0 1 1 -5 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .486 .496 -0.3 0.2 -3

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
1957 ❍ 29 MLN NL WS NYY W 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1950 CHC NL 22 C 32 27 24 235.2 121 100 19 2 6 .983 4.54 3.72 .982 5.38 5.33 3 2 13 5 28% 38% 1
1953 CHC NL 25 C 15 6 5 75.2 53 45 5 3 0 .943 1 16 5.95 3.33 .984 5.53 5.42 0 1 2 2 50% 40% 0
1954 CHW AL 26 C 33 27 22 243.2 149 133 14 2 4 .987 1 5 5.43 4.45 .986 5.40 5.36 0 7 7 10 59% 48% 1
1957 MLN NL 29 C 28 19 14 189.2 143 121 20 2 2 .986 1 6 6.69 5.04 .988 5.98 6.02 1 8 7 8 53% 40% 0
1958 TOT NL 30 C 56 48 42 447.0 303 279 20 4 2 .987 -2 -5 6.02 5.34 .988 6.06 6.02 6 14 20 10 33% 39% 1
1958 MLN NL 30 C 3 1 0 12.0 11 8 3 0 0 1.000 0 0 8.25 3.67 .988 6.07 6.03 1 1 1 1 50% 38% 0
1958 PHI NL 30 C 53 47 42 435.0 292 271 17 4 2 .986 -2 -6 5.96 5.43 .988 6.06 6.02 5 13 19 9 32% 39% 1
1959 PHI NL 31 C 69 61 41 498.2 336 306 23 7 4 .979 -5 -12 5.94 4.77 .989 6.34 6.28 4 17 31 10 24% 38% 1
1960 STL NL 32 C 67 42 27 388.1 306 279 25 2 5 .993 -1 -3 7.05 4.54 .986 6.58 6.57 5 15 14 11 44% 40% 1
1961 STL NL 33 C 60 39 21 356.2 238 218 19 1 3 .996 -3 -10 5.98 3.95 .985 6.39 6.32 6 9 28 8 22% 38% 1
1961 STL NL 33 CF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.60
1961 STL NL 33 OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.10
1962 STL NL 34 C 70 61 33 514.0 379 354 24 1 4 .997 -2 -5 6.62 5.40 .987 6.72 6.66 12 17 27 10 27% 34% 0
1963 STL NL 35 C 27 22 11 182.2 138 125 11 2 0 .986 -1 -7 6.70 5.04 .986 7.07 7.05 0 8 16 7 30% 42% 0
10 Seasons C 457 352 240 3132.0 2166 1960 180 26 30 .988 -11 -4 6.15 4.68 .987 6.25 6.22 37 98 165 81 33% 39% 6
1 Season CF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.60
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.10
11 Seasons TOT 458 352 240 3132.1 2166 1960 180 26 30 .988 -11 -4 6.15 4.67 .987 6.25 6.21 37 98 165 81 33% 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

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1959 NL  11 (6th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1959 NL  7 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1958 NL  6 (4th)
1962 NL  12 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1959 NL  31 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1960 NL  7.05 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1948 NL  born 1927-11-04 (9th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1841), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (307th), 4.3 career WAR/5.4 7yr-peak WAR/4.9 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Carl Carl carlton Ernest Swats Swats,Swisher,Swish Swish Swisher Sawatski

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