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Ken Sears

Kenneth Eugene Sears (Ziggy)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: July 6, 1917 in Streator, IL
School: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1943 (Age 25.300)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Browns 1943-1946

Final Game: July 3, 1946 (Age 28.362)
Died: July 17, 1968 in Bridgeport, TX
Buried: Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, TX
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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
1943 25 NYY AL 60 201 187 22 52 7 0 2 22 1 3 11 18 .278 .328 .348 .676 97 65 3 3 0 2
1946 28 SLB AL 7 18 15 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 .333 .444 .333 .778 115 5 1 0 0 /2
2 Yrs 67 219 202 23 57 7 0 2 23 1 3 14 18 .282 .338 .347 .684 98 70 4 3 0
162 Game Avg. 162 530 488 56 138 17 0 5 56 2 7 34 44 .282 .338 .347 .684 98 169 10 7 0
NYY (1 yr) 60 201 187 22 52 7 0 2 22 1 3 11 18 .278 .328 .348 .676 97 65 3 3 0
SLB (1 yr) 7 18 15 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 .333 .444 .333 .778 115 5 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
1943 25 NYY AL 60 201 -1 -1 0 -1 2 -1 -0.1 6 5 0.5 .499 .499 0.6 0.1 6 $4,800 2
1946 28 SLB AL 7 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 1 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
2 Seasons 67 219 -0 -1 0 -1 2 0 -0.0 6 6 0.6 .500 .500 0.8 0.1 7 $4,800
NYY (1 yr) 60 201 -1 -1 0 -1 2 -1 -0.1 6 5 0.5 .499 .499 0.6 0.1 6 $4,800
SLB (1 yr) 7 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 1 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 1

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1943 NYY AL 25 C 50 44 37 271 233 31 7 5 .974 5.28 .981 5.23 6 3 17 16 48% 42% 0
1946 SLB AL 28 C 4 3 2 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .982 5.52 0 0 4 0 0% 46% 0
2 Seasons C 54 47 39 281 243 31 7 5 .975 5.07 .981 5.25 6 3 21 16 43% 42% 0
2 Seasons TOT 54 47 39 281 243 31 7 5 .975 5.07 .981 5.25 6 3 21 16 43% 42% 0
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

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
1942 24 New York Yankees $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 25 New York Yankees $4,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$8,400
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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Name and misspellings: Kenneth Eugene Ken kenny keny king Ziggy Sears

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