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Joe Sparma

Joseph Blase Sparma

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: February 4, 1942 in Massillon, OH
High School: Massillon HS (Massillon, OH)
School: The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1963. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 20, 1964 (Age 22.106)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Expos 1964-1970

Final Game: May 12, 1970 (Age 28.097)
Died: May 14, 1986 in Columbus, OH
Buried: Resurrection Cemetery, Worthington, OH
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1964 22 DET AL 5 6 .455 3.00 21 11 7 3 2 0 84.0 62 33 28 4 45 1 71 3 0 6 354 123 3.25 1.274 6.6 0.4 4.8 7.6 1.58
1965 23 DET AL 13 8 .619 3.18 30 28 1 6 0 0 167.0 142 69 59 13 75 5 127 3 0 7 713 110 3.41 1.299 7.7 0.7 4.0 6.8 1.69
1966 24 DET AL 2 7 .222 5.30 29 13 4 0 0 0 91.2 103 57 54 14 52 0 61 3 0 6 420 66 5.01 1.691 10.1 1.4 5.1 6.0 1.17
1967 25 DET AL 16 9 .640 3.76 37 37 0 11 5 0 217.2 186 103 91 20 85 2 153 8 2 7 920 87 3.61 1.245 7.7 0.8 3.5 6.3 1.80
1968 26 DET AL 10 10 .500 3.70 34 31 1 7 1 0 182.1 169 81 75 14 77 3 110 7 0 5 781 82 3.56 1.349 8.3 0.7 3.8 5.4 1.43
1969 27 DET AL 6 8 .429 4.76 23 16 3 3 2 0 92.2 78 55 49 5 77 1 41 1 0 7 421 79 4.85 1.673 7.6 0.5 7.5 4.0 0.53
1970 28 MON NL 0 4 .000 7.06 9 6 2 1 0 0 29.1 34 25 23 7 25 3 23 2 0 4 146 59 6.93 2.011 10.4 2.1 7.7 7.1 0.92
7 Yrs 52 52 .500 3.94 183 142 18 31 10 0 864.2 774 423 379 77 436 15 586 27 2 42 3755 86 3.92 1.399 8.1 0.8 4.5 6.1 1.34
162 Game Avg. 11 11 .500 3.94 38 30 4 6 2 0 181 162 89 79 16 91 3 123 6 0 9 786 86 3.92 1.399 8.1 0.8 4.5 6.1 1.34
DET (6 yrs) 52 48 .520 3.84 174 136 16 30 10 0 835.1 740 398 356 70 411 12 563 25 2 38 3609 88 3.81 1.378 8.0 0.8 4.4 6.1 1.37
MON (1 yr) 0 4 .000 7.06 9 6 2 1 0 0 29.1 34 25 23 7 25 3 23 2 0 4 146 59 6.93 2.011 10.4 2.1 7.7 7.1 0.92
AL (6 yrs) 52 48 .520 3.84 174 136 16 30 10 0 835.1 740 398 356 70 411 12 563 25 2 38 3609 88 3.81 1.378 8.0 0.8 4.4 6.1 1.37
NL (1 yr) 0 4 .000 7.06 9 6 2 1 0 0 29.1 34 25 23 7 25 3 23 2 0 4 146 59 6.93 2.011 10.4 2.1 7.7 7.1 0.92
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1964 22 DET AL 84.0 21 11 33 3.54 3.98 0.33 0.02 101.7 3.74 3 0.4 .5 -0.1 1.0 8 .517 .502
1965 23 DET AL 167.0 30 28 69 3.72 3.89 0.02 0.06 101.3 3.99 5 0.6 .2 -0.1 1.9 17 .521 .504 $9,000
1966 24 DET AL 91.2 29 13 57 5.60 3.87 0.09 -0.03 103.3 3.88 -16 -1.8 .3 0.2 -0.8 -10 .439 .489 $18,000
1967 25 DET AL 217.2 37 37 103 4.26 3.64 0.38 0.07 101.6 3.37 -18 -2.1 -0.1 -0.3 -6 .444 .487
1968 26 DET AL 182.1 34 31 81 4.00 3.35 0.42 0.04 101.2 3.01 -18 -2.2 .8 -0.1 -0.6 -7 .437 .487
1969 27 DET AL 92.2 23 16 55 5.34 4.04 0.21 0.04 102.8 3.98 -14 -1.4 .5 -0.0 -0.6 -6 .438 .491 $23,500
1970 28 MON NL 29.1 9 6 25 7.67 4.70 0.14 0.04 100.3 4.61 -10 -1.0 .1 0.0 -0.6 -7 .392 .494
7 Seasons 864.2 183 142 423 4.40 3.76 0.26 0.04 101.7 3.61 -68 -7.4 .4 -0.2 0.1 -11 .459 .493 $50,500
DET (6 yrs) 835.1 174 136 398 4.29 3.73 0.26 0.04 101.8 3.58 -58 -6.5 .4 -0.2 0.7 -4 .463 .493 $50,500
MON (1 yr) 29.1 9 6 25 7.67 4.70 0.14 0.04 100.3 4.61 -10 -1.0 .1 0.0 -0.6 -7 .392 .494

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1968 ❍ 26 DET AL WS W STL 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6.000 54.0 27.0 0.0 0.0
1 WS 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6.000 54.0 27.0 0.0 0.0

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1964 22 DET AL 23 26 25 3 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 1 11 .160 .192 .320 .512 39 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
1965 23 DET AL 30 60 52 4 7 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 25 .135 .179 .154 .332 -5 8 0 0 4 1 0 1
1966 24 DET AL 29 25 23 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .217 .217 .261 .478 35 6 1 0 2 0 0 1
1967 25 DET AL 37 90 74 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 33 .054 .091 .054 .145 -57 4 0 0 13 0 0 1
1968 26 DET AL 34 67 60 2 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 24 .133 .148 .150 .298 -11 9 0 0 6 0 0 1
1969 27 DET AL 23 33 29 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 .138 .167 .138 .305 -15 4 0 0 3 0 0 1
1970 28 MON NL 9 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .143 .000 .143 -58 0 0 0 1 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 185 309 269 11 32 3 2 0 11 0 0 10 108 .119 .150 .145 .295 -15 39 1 0 29 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 271 236 10 28 3 2 0 10 0 0 9 95 .119 .150 .145 .295 -15 34 1 0 25 1 0
DET (6 yrs) 176 301 263 11 32 3 2 0 11 0 0 9 106 .122 .150 .148 .298 -14 39 1 0 28 1 0
MON (1 yr) 9 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .143 .000 .143 -58 0 0 0 1 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 176 301 263 11 32 3 2 0 11 0 0 9 106 .122 .150 .148 .298 -14 39 1 0 28 1 0
NL (1 yr) 9 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .143 .000 .143 -58 0 0 0 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
1964 22 DET AL 23 26 -2 0 0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1965 23 DET AL 30 60 -8 -1 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $9,000 1
1966 24 DET AL 29 25 -1 -0 -0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 $18,000 1
1967 25 DET AL 37 90 -12 -0 0 0 10 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 1
1968 26 DET AL 34 67 -8 0 0 0 7 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1969 27 DET AL 23 33 -5 -0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $23,500 1
1970 28 MON NL 9 8 -2 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
7 Seasons 185 309 -38 -1 1 0 34 -4 -0.6 0 -4 -0.6 .498 .499 -0.5 -0.1 -4 $50,500
DET (6 yrs) 176 301 -36 -1 0 0 33 -3 -0.5 0 -3 -0.5 .498 .499 -0.4 -0.1 -3 $50,500
MON (1 yr) 9 8 -2 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1968 ❍ 26 DET AL WS STL W 1 0 0 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 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1964 DET AL 22 P 21 11 3 84.0 22 5 16 1 2 .955 2.25 1.00 .957 1.90 1.89 0 2 100% 37% 0
1965 DET AL 23 P 30 28 6 167.0 42 11 25 6 1 .857 1.94 1.20 .951 2.04 2.03 8 2 20% 34% 0
1966 DET AL 24 P 29 13 0 91.2 15 5 8 2 1 .867 1.28 0.45 .952 1.99 1.98 9 7 44% 38% 0
1967 DET AL 25 P 37 37 11 217.2 38 16 20 2 1 .947 1.49 0.97 .957 1.96 1.96 12 3 20% 41% 0
1968 DET AL 26 P 34 31 7 182.1 30 9 19 2 0 .933 1.38 0.82 .957 1.89 1.88 14 7 33% 37% 0
1969 DET AL 27 P 23 16 3 92.2 16 9 7 0 2 1.000 1.55 0.70 .951 1.88 1.88 7 2 22% 36% 0
1970 MON NL 28 P 9 6 1 29.1 7 2 3 2 0 .714 1.53 0.56 .951 1.84 1.84 2 2 50% 33% 0
7 Seasons P 183 142 31 864.2 170 57 98 15 7 .912 1.61 0.85 .954 1.95 1.94 52 25 32% 37% 0
7 Seasons TOT 183 142 31 864.2 170 57 98 15 7 .912 1.61 0.85 .954 1.95 1.94 52 25 32% 37% 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins s c a p y
1967 AL  16 (6th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1967 AL  .640 (6th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1965 AL  6.844 (9th)

Games Started s c a p y
1967 AL  37 (5th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1967 AL  11 (8th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1967 AL  5 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1967 AL  85 (10th)
1968 AL  77 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1967 AL  91 (7th)
1968 AL  75 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1967 AL  8 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1967 AL  13 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1965 AL  6 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 11 (1449), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 3 (1633), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1294), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2799th), -0.5 career WAR/-0.5 7yr-peak WAR/-0.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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
1965 23 Detroit Tigers $9,000 ? 1/22/66 TSN
1966 24 Detroit Tigers $18,000 ? 1/1/66 TSN
1969 27 Detroit Tigers $23,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$50,500
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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