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Ken Silvestri

Kenneth Joseph Silvestri (Hawk)

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: May 3, 1916 in Chicago, IL
School: Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Signed
by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1939 (Age 22.350, 6,944th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1941 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Yankees/Phillies 1939-1951

Last Game: July 31, 1951 (Age 35.089)
Died: March 31, 1992 in Tallahassee, FL
Buried: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, IL
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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
1939 23 CHW AL 22 83 75 6 13 3 0 2 5 0 1 6 13 .173 .244 .293 .537 35 22 0 1 1 2
1940 24 CHW AL 28 28 24 5 6 2 0 2 10 0 0 4 7 .250 .357 .583 .940 138 14 2 0 0 /2
1941 25 NYY AL 17 47 40 6 10 5 0 1 4 0 0 7 6 .250 .362 .450 .812 114 18 1 0 0 2
1942 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1943 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 30 NYY AL 13 24 21 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 .286 .375 .333 .708 98 7 0 0 0 2
1947 31 NYY AL 3 12 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533 51 2 0 0 0 /2
1949 33 PHI NL 4 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -2 0 0 0 0 /426
1950 34 PHI NL 11 26 20 2 5 0 1 0 4 0 4 3 .250 .400 .350 .750 101 7 2 1 1 /2
1951 35 PHI NL 4 12 9 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .222 .417 .222 .639 78 2 0 0 0 /24
8 Yrs 102 238 203 26 44 11 1 5 25 0 1 31 41 .217 .326 .355 .681 78 72 5 2 2
162 Game Avg. 162 378 322 41 70 17 2 8 40 0 49 65 .217 .326 .355 .681 78 114 8 3 3
PHI (3 yrs) 19 44 33 5 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 9 6 .212 .395 .273 .668 82 9 2 1 1
NYY (3 yrs) 33 83 71 10 18 6 0 1 5 0 0 12 15 .254 .361 .380 .742 101 27 1 0 0
CHW (2 yrs) 50 111 99 11 19 5 0 4 15 0 1 10 20 .192 .273 .364 .636 60 36 2 1 1
AL (5 yrs) 83 194 170 21 37 11 0 5 20 0 1 22 35 .218 .311 .371 .681 77 63 3 1 1
NL (3 yrs) 19 44 33 5 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 9 6 .212 .395 .273 .668 82 9 2 1 1

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
1939 23 CHW AL 22 83 -8 -0 0 0 1 -8 -0.8 3 -5 -0.5 .466 .495 -0.5 0.1 -5 $2,400 2
1940 24 CHW AL 28 28 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .504 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $3,000 /2
1941 25 NYY AL 17 47 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .507 .501 0.3 0.0 3 $3,600 2
1946 30 NYY AL 13 24 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 2
1947 31 NYY AL 3 12 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .483 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $6,500 /2
1949 33 PHI NL 4 6 -0 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .489 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /426
1950 34 PHI NL 11 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 0.1 .505 .500 0.2 0.0 1 /2
1951 35 PHI NL 4 12 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0.1 .507 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $7,500 /24
8 Seasons 102 238 -7 -0 0 0 2 -6 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .495 .499 0.3 0.2 3 $23,000
PHI (3 yrs) 19 44 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .502 .500 0.2 0.0 2 $7,500
NYY (3 yrs) 33 83 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 3 4 0.3 .503 .500 0.3 0.1 4 $10,100
CHW (2 yrs) 50 111 -7 -0 0 0 1 -7 -0.6 4 -3 -0.3 .487 .498 -0.3 0.1 -3 $5,400

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
1950 34 PHI NL WS NYY L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
1939 CHW AL 23 C 20 19 19 94 74 15 5 3 .947 4.45 .981 4.92 0 6 6 50% 37%
1940 CHW AL 24 C 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 5.30 0 0 0
1941 NYY AL 25 C 13 9 9 49 43 6 0 2 1.000 3.77 .983 5.00 2 2 5 1 17% 41% 0
1946 NYY AL 30 C 12 4 3 44 40 3 1 1 .977 3.58 .982 5.52 1 0 3 1 25% 46% 0
1947 NYY AL 31 C 3 2 2 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 2.67 .985 5.03 0 0 1 0 0% 46% 0
1949 PHI NL 33 2B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 5.60
1949 PHI NL 33 C 1 1 0 9 7 2 0 0 1.000 9.00 .982 5.00 0 0 0 1 100% 43% 0
1949 PHI NL 33 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.00
1950 PHI NL 34 C 9 6 3 52.0 26 25 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 2.89 .982 5.38 5.33 0 4 1 0 0% 38% 0
1951 PHI NL 35 C 3 2 2 25.0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 1.44 1.33 .980 5.18 5.17 1 2 0 1 100% 41% 0
1951 PHI NL 35 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.70
8 Seasons C 62 43 38 77.0 235 200 29 6 6 .974 3.51 3.69 .982 5.32 5.14 4 8 16 10 38% 40% 0
2 Seasons 2B 2 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.00 0.50 .980 5.40 5.65
1 Season SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.00
8 Seasons TOT 65 43 38 78.0 236 201 29 6 6 .975 3.46 3.54 .982 5.32 5.15 4 8 16 10 38% 40% 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
1939 23 Chicago White Sox $2,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 24 Chicago White Sox $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 25 New York Yankees $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 31 New York Yankees $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 35 Philadelphia Phillies $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$23,000
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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