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Vern Stephens

Vernon Decatur Stephens (Junior, Buster or Little Slug)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: October 23, 1920 in McAllister, NM
High School: Polytechnic HS (Long Beach, CA)
School: Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
Signed
by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent in 1938. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 13, 1941 (Age 20.325, 7,267th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/RedSox/Orioles/WhiteSox 1941-1955

Final Game: June 30, 1955 (Age 34.250)
Died: November 4, 1968 in Long Beach, CA
Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Long Beach, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 24, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #197. Mickey Vernon… #198. Jim Rice… #199. Rafael Palmeiro… #200. VERN STEPHENS… #201. Amos Otis… #202. Chase Utley… #203. Chuck Klein… 

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
1941 20 SLB AL 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 162 1 0 0 0 /6
1942 21 SLB AL 145 621 575 84 169 26 6 14 92 1 3 41 53 .294 .341 .433 .774 115 249 15 0 3 *6 MVP-4
1943 ★ 22 SLB AL 137 571 512 75 148 27 3 22 91 3 2 54 73 .289 .357 .482 .839 141 247 11 0 5 *6O/79 AS,MVP-9
1944 ★ 23 SLB AL 145 628 559 91 164 32 1 20 109 2 2 62 54 .293 .365 .462 .826 129 258 3 1 6 *6 AS,MVP-3
1945 24 SLB AL 149 632 571 90 165 27 3 24 89 2 1 55 70 .289 .352 .473 .825 133 270 11 1 5 *6/5 MVP-6
1946 ★ 25 SLB AL 115 488 450 67 138 19 4 14 64 0 1 35 49 .307 .357 .460 .817 122 207 12 0 3 *6 AS,MVP-19
1947 26 SLB AL 150 634 562 74 157 18 4 15 83 8 4 70 61 .279 .359 .406 .765 111 228 7 0 2 *6 MVP-31
1948 ★ 27 BOS AL 155 715 635 114 171 25 8 29 137 1 0 77 56 .269 .350 .471 .821 113 299 25 2 2 *6 AS,MVP-4
1949 ★ 28 BOS AL 155 712 610 113 177 31 2 39 159 2 2 101 73 .290 .391 .539 .930 137 329 19 0 0 *6 AS,MVP-7
1950 ★ 29 BOS AL 149 693 628 125 185 34 6 30 144 1 0 65 43 .295 .361 .511 .872 113 321 21 0 0 *6 AS,MVP-24
1951 ★ 30 BOS AL 109 415 377 62 113 21 2 17 78 1 2 38 33 .300 .364 .501 .865 123 189 22 0 0 5/6 AS
1952 31 BOS AL 92 337 295 35 75 13 2 7 44 2 2 39 31 .254 .343 .383 .726 96 113 8 1 2 65
1953 32 TOT AL 90 329 294 30 77 14 0 5 31 2 0 31 42 .262 .332 .361 .693 85 106 10 0 4 5/6
1953 32 CHW AL 44 143 129 14 24 6 0 1 14 2 0 13 18 .186 .261 .256 .516 38 33 3 0 1 5/6
1953 32 SLB AL 46 186 165 16 53 8 0 4 17 0 0 18 24 .321 .388 .442 .830 122 73 7 0 3 5
1954 33 BAL AL 101 393 365 31 104 17 1 8 46 0 3 17 36 .285 .311 .403 .714 102 147 4 0 4 7 5
1955 34 TOT AL 25 71 62 10 15 3 0 3 7 0 0 7 11 .242 .324 .435 .759 103 27 1 1 1 1 0 5
1955 34 BAL AL 3 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .452 29 1 0 1 0 0 0 /5
1955 34 CHW AL 22 64 56 10 14 3 0 3 7 0 0 7 11 .250 .328 .464 .792 110 26 1 0 1 1 0 5
15 Yrs 1720 7241 6497 1001 1859 307 42 247 1174 25 22 692 685 .286 .355 .460 .815 119 2991 169 6 37 8 0
162 Game Avg. 162 682 612 94 175 29 4 23 111 2 2 65 65 .286 .355 .460 .815 119 282 16 1 3
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
BAL (10 yrs) 994 4162 3767 528 1100 174 22 121 591 16 16 352 420 .292 .352 .446 .799 122 1681 70 3 31 7 0
BOS (5 yrs) 660 2872 2545 449 721 124 20 122 562 7 6 320 236 .283 .364 .492 .856 118 1251 95 3 4
CHW (2 yrs) 66 207 185 24 38 9 0 4 21 2 0 20 29 .205 .282 .319 .600 60 59 4 0 2 1 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
1941 20 SLB AL 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $1,800 /6
1942 21 SLB AL 145 621 9 -0 0 -12 10 7 0.7 18 24 2.5 .505 .504 3.8 -0.2 37 $3,000 *6 MVP-4
1943 ★ 22 SLB AL 137 571 24 0 0 -15 8 17 1.9 16 34 3.6 .514 .512 5.3 -0.8 49 $3,500 *6O/79 AS,MVP-9
1944 ★ 23 SLB AL 145 628 20 -0 0 1 10 31 3.4 18 49 5.2 .523 .521 5.1 1.2 48 $9,000 *6 AS,MVP-3
1945 24 SLB AL 149 632 22 1 0 0 10 32 3.5 18 50 5.4 .524 .522 5.4 1.0 50 $9,000 *6/5 MVP-6
1946 ★ 25 SLB AL 115 488 12 0 0 -9 8 11 1.2 15 26 2.7 .511 .507 3.7 -0.2 35 $11,000 *6 AS,MVP-19
1947 26 SLB AL 150 634 8 1 0 4 10 23 2.4 18 41 4.3 .517 .515 3.9 1.5 37 $18,000 *6 MVP-31
1948 ★ 27 BOS AL 155 715 9 1 -3 9 10 26 2.6 20 46 4.5 .517 .516 3.5 1.9 37 $25,000 *6 AS,MVP-4
1949 ★ 28 BOS AL 155 712 31 0 -1 10 10 50 4.9 20 70 6.9 .532 .531 5.9 2.0 60 $25,000 *6 AS,MVP-7
1950 ★ 29 BOS AL 149 693 9 1 -3 0 10 18 1.7 20 38 3.6 .511 .510 3.5 1.0 38 $40,000 *6 AS,MVP-24
1951 ★ 30 BOS AL 109 415 11 0 -3 6 0 14 1.4 13 27 2.7 .513 .509 2.0 0.7 21 $40,000 5/6 AS
1952 31 BOS AL 92 337 -1 1 -0 3 3 6 0.6 10 16 1.7 .507 .504 1.3 0.7 13 $35,000 65
1953 32 CHW AL 44 143 -9 1 -0 2 0 -6 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .486 .496 -0.4 0.2 -4 $28,000 5/6
1953 32 SLB AL 46 186 4 -1 -1 0 0 2 0.3 6 8 0.9 .506 .502 0.9 0.0 8 5
1954 33 BAL AL 101 393 -0 1 0 -1 0 -0 -0.1 12 12 1.2 .500 .500 1.4 -0.1 13 $23,000 5
1955 34 BAL AL 3 7 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .478 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 $20,000 /5
1955 34 CHW AL 22 64 1 -0 0 2 0 3 0.3 2 5 0.5 .513 .502 0.3 0.2 3 5
15 Seasons 1720 7241 152 5 -12 -1 89 233 24.2 211 444 45.4 .514 .513 45.5 9.1 444 $291,300
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
BAL (10 yrs) 994 4162 100 1 -1 -32 55 123 13.3 122 244 25.8 .514 .512 29.4 2.4 277 $98,300
BOS (5 yrs) 660 2872 60 3 -11 28 34 114 11.3 82 196 19.3 .517 .515 16.2 6.3 168 $165,000
CHW (2 yrs) 66 207 -8 1 -0 4 0 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.3 .495 .498 -0.1 0.4 -1 $28,000

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
1944 23 SLB AL WS STL L 6 25 22 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .227 .320 .273 .593 6 0 0 0 0
1 WS 6 25 22 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .227 .320 .273 .593 6 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 Awards
1941 SLB AL 20 SS 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .950 5.00
1942 SLB AL 21 SS 144 144 141 747 290 415 42 82 .944 4.90 .949 5.01 MVP-4
1943 SLB AL 22 SS 123 123 120 593 220 339 34 51 .943 4.54 .953 5.13 AS,MVP-9
1943 SLB AL 22 OF 11 11 8 23 20 3 0 0 1.000 2.09 .977 2.47 AS,MVP-9
1943 SLB AL 22 LF 9 9 7 16 13 3 0 0 1.000 1.78 .979 2.38 AS,MVP-9
1943 SLB AL 22 RF 3 2 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.33 .973 2.20 AS,MVP-9
1944 SLB AL 23 SS 143 142 138 754 239 480 35 71 .954 5.03 .947 5.29 AS,MVP-3
1945 SLB AL 24 SS 144 144 140 723 256 439 28 69 .961 4.83 .951 5.28 MVP-6
1945 SLB AL 24 3B 4 4 4 15 2 11 2 2 .867 3.25 .948 3.15 MVP-6
1946 SLB AL 25 SS 112 112 108 597 224 343 30 71 .950 5.06 .954 4.97 AS,MVP-19
1947 SLB AL 26 SS 149 149 144 801 283 494 24 113 .970 5.21 .964 5.13 MVP-31
1948 BOS AL 27 SS 155 155 155 833 269 540 24 113 .971 5.22 .964 5.17 AS,MVP-4
1949 BOS AL 28 SS 155 155 154 792 257 508 27 128 .966 4.94 .963 5.17 AS,MVP-7
1950 BOS AL 29 SS 146 146 144 1281.1 702 258 431 13 115 .981 4.84 4.72 .961 5.05 4.96 AS,MVP-24
1951 BOS AL 30 3B 89 89 80 772.1 319 105 207 7 19 .978 3.64 3.51 .950 3.17 3.15 AS
1951 BOS AL 30 SS 2 0 0 4.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .960 5.18 5.15 AS
1952 BOS AL 31 SS 53 50 46 433.2 254 89 154 11 40 .957 5.04 4.58 .962 4.94 4.94
1952 BOS AL 31 3B 29 29 19 226.1 99 21 73 5 8 .949 3.74 3.24 .953 3.29 3.29
1953 TOT AL 32 3B 84 79 61 674.2 250 84 158 8 16 .968 1 2 3.23 2.88 .957 3.38 3.36
1953 CHW AL 32 3B 38 33 23 281.2 98 30 67 1 7 .990 1 4 3.10 2.55 .957 3.38 3.36
1953 CHW AL 32 SS 3 0 0 11.0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 1 109 3.27 1.33 .965 5.07 5.07
1953 SLB AL 32 3B 46 46 38 393.0 152 54 91 7 9 .954 0 0 3.32 3.15 .957 3.38 3.36
1954 BAL AL 33 3B 96 95 83 821.0 298 102 186 10 19 .966 -1 -2 3.16 3.00 .959 3.48 3.46
1955 TOT AL 34 3B 20 16 14 149.0 52 13 39 0 4 1.000 2 14 3.14 2.60 .950 3.17 3.14
1955 BAL AL 34 3B 2 2 1 11.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.64 1.00 .950 3.19 3.15
1955 CHW AL 34 3B 18 14 13 138.0 50 13 37 0 4 1.000 2 16 3.26 2.78 .950 3.17 3.14
13 Seasons SS 1330 1320 1290 1730.0 6804 2385 4150 269 853 .960 1 1 4.88 4.91 .957 5.02 5.12
6 Seasons 3B 322 312 261 2643.1 1033 327 674 32 68 .969 1 1 3.36 3.11 .955 3.33 3.31
1 Season OF 11 11 8 23 20 3 0 0 1.000 2.09 .977 2.47
1 Season LF 9 9 7 16 13 3 0 0 1.000 1.78 .979 2.38
1 Season RF 3 2 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.33 .973 2.20
15 Seasons TOT 1663 1643 1559 4373.1 7860 2732 4827 301 921 .962 2 1 3.96 4.55 .957 4.00 4.75
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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

All-Star Games
1943 (SS)
1944 (SS)
1945--not played
1946 *
1948 *
1949 *
1950
1951 *

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1942 AL (4, 42%)
1943 AL (9, 15%)
1944 AL (3, 56%)
1945 AL (6, 28%)
1946 AL (19, 2%)
1947 AL (31, 0%)
1948 AL (4, 36%)
1949 AL (7, 30%)
1950 AL (24, 2%)
2.12 Career Shares (85th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1945 AL  5.5 (8th)
1949 AL  6.9 (4th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1944 AL  5.2 (9th)
1945 AL  5.5 (4th)
1947 AL  4.3 (8th)
1948 AL  4.5 (9th)
1949 AL  6.9 (2nd)
Career  45.4 (234th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1943 AL  5.3 (4th)
1944 AL  5.1 (6th)
1945 AL  5.5 (3rd)
1947 AL  3.9 (9th)
1948 AL  3.5 (10th)
1949 AL  5.9 (3rd)
Career  45.5 (217th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1944 AL  1.2 (6th)
1947 AL  1.5 (5th)
1948 AL  1.9 (3rd)
1949 AL  2.0 (2nd)
1950 AL  1.0 (6th)
1952 AL  0.7 (9th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1942 AL  .294 (8th)
1943 AL  .289 (7th)
1946 AL  .307 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1943 AL  .482 (3rd)
1944 AL  .462 (7th)
1945 AL  .473 (2nd)
1946 AL  .460 (10th)
1949 AL  .539 (2nd)
1950 AL  .511 (9th)
1951 AL  .501 (10th)**

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1943 AL  .839 (4th)
1944 AL  .826 (8th)
1945 AL  .825 (4th)
1949 AL  .930 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1945 AL  149 (8th)
1948 AL  155 (1st)
1949 AL  155 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1945 AL  571 (5th)
1947 AL  562 (9th)
1948 AL  635 (3rd)
1949 AL  610 (3rd)
1950 AL  628 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1945 AL  632 (8th)
1948 AL  715 (3rd)
1949 AL  712 (2nd)
1950 AL  693 (6th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1944 AL  91 (6th)
1945 AL  90 (2nd)
1948 AL  114 (6th)
1949 AL  113 (4th)
1950 AL  125 (2nd)

Hits s c a p y
1942 AL  169 (9th)
1944 AL  164 (10th)
1945 AL  165 (3rd)
1947 AL  157 (10th)
1948 AL  171 (10th)
1949 AL  177 (7th)
1950 AL  185 (5th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1942 AL  249 (10th)
1943 AL  247 (5th)
1944 AL  258 (7th)
1945 AL  270 (2nd)
1948 AL  299 (4th)
1949 AL  329 (2nd)
1950 AL  321 (2nd)

Doubles s c a p y
1944 AL  32 (8th)
1949 AL  31 (5th)
1950 AL  34 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1942 AL  14 (9th)
1943 AL  22 (3rd)
1944 AL  20 (2nd)
1945 AL  24 (1st)
1948 AL  29 (4th)
1949 AL  39 (2nd)
1950 AL  30 (4th)
Career  247 (213th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1942 AL  92 (7th)
1943 AL  91 (4th)
1944 AL  109 (1st)
1945 AL  89 (3rd)
1948 AL  137 (2nd)
1949 AL  159 (1st)
1950 AL  144 (1st)
Career  1,174 (168th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1949 AL  101 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1943 AL  73 (6th)
1945 AL  70 (5th)
1949 AL  73 (7th)

Singles s c a p y
1942 AL  123 (9th)
1947 AL  120 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1943 AL  141 (6th)
1945 AL  133 (8th)
1949 AL  137 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1943 AL  88 (5th)
1944 AL  93 (10th)
1945 AL  95 (2nd)
1948 AL  104 (6th)
1949 AL  128 (2nd)
1950 AL  116 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1943 AL  25 (7th)
1949 AL  32 (4th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1943 AL  2.7 (7th)
1949 AL  3.1 (4th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1943 AL  52 (5th)
1944 AL  53 (8th)
1945 AL  54 (2nd)
1948 AL  62 (4th)
1949 AL  72 (2nd)
1950 AL  70 (2nd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1944 AL  227 (10th)
1945 AL  221 (8th)
1949 AL  278 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1943 AL  .716 (4th)
1944 AL  .687 (9th)
1945 AL  .692 (3rd)
1949 AL  .712 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1954 AL  7 (8th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1942 AL  15 (9th)
1948 AL  25 (1st)
1949 AL  19 (8th)
1950 AL  21 (6th)
1951 AL  22 (1st)
Career  169 (193rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1947 AL  10.4 (3rd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1943 AL  23.3 (3rd)
1944 AL  28.0 (3rd)
1945 AL  23.8 (1st)
1946 AL  32.1 (9th)
1948 AL  21.9 (7th)
1949 AL  15.6 (2nd)
1950 AL  20.9 (8th)
1951 AL  22.2 (9th)**

Outs Made s c a p y
1948 AL  491 (1st)
1949 AL  454 (3rd)
1950 AL  464 (6th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1943 AL  14.15 (4th)
1944 AL  6.33 (7th)
1946 AL  11.47 (5th)
1948 AL  24.13 (10th)
1949 AL  39.89 (4th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.7 (4th)
1946 AL  0.9 (10th)
1948 AL  3.9 (5th)
1949 AL  4.0 (4th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.3 (3rd)
1944 AL  0.5 (7th)
1946 AL  0.9 (9th)
1948 AL  2.2 (8th)
1949 AL  3.7 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.5 (4th)
1944 AL  0.6 (7th)
1946 AL  1.2 (5th)
1948 AL  2.3 (10th)
1949 AL  3.7 (4th)

Assistss c a p y
1944 AL  480 (4th)
1945 AL  450 (4th)
1947 AL  494 (1st)
1948 AL  540 (1st)
1949 AL  508 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1942 AL  42 (1st)
1943 AL  34 (5th)
1946 AL  30 (5th)
1948 AL  24 (5th)
1949 AL  27 (2nd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1951 AL  105 (5th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  144 (3rd)
1944 AL  143 (2nd)
1945 AL  144 (2nd)
1947 AL  149 (4th)
1948 AL  155 (1st)
1949 AL  155 (1st)
1950 AL  146 (3rd)
Career  1,330 (80th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  290 (3rd)
1944 AL  239 (5th)
1945 AL  256 (5th)
1947 AL  283 (4th)
1948 AL  269 (3rd)
1949 AL  257 (4th)
1950 AL  258 (3rd)
Career  2,385 (76th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  415 (5th)
1944 AL  480 (2nd)
1945 AL  439 (2nd)
1947 AL  494 (1st)
1948 AL  540 (1st)
1949 AL  508 (1st)
1950 AL  431 (4th)
Career  4,150 (75th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  42 (1st)
1943 AL  34 (5th)
1944 AL  35 (4th)
1946 AL  30 (3rd)
1947 AL  24 (5th)
1948 AL  24 (1st)
1949 AL  27 (2nd)
Career  269 (88th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  82 (4th)
1947 AL  113 (2nd)
1948 AL  113 (3rd)
1949 AL  128 (1st)
1950 AL  115 (4th)
Career  853 (58th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1951 AL  3.64 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1951 AL  3.51 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  4.90 (4th)
1944 AL  5.03 (5th)
1946 AL  5.06 (5th)
1947 AL  5.21 (4th)
1948 AL  5.22 (3rd)
Career  4.91 (81st)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1942 AL  .944 (5th)
1944 AL  .954 (3rd)
1945 AL  .961 (1st)
1946 AL  .950 (5th)
1947 AL  .970 (4th)
1948 AL  .971 (4th)
1949 AL  .966 (3rd)
1950 AL  .981 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1941 AL  born 1920-10-23 (8th)

                           
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.
Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 18 (127), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 141 (114), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 75 (258), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 38 (188), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (30th), 45.4 career WAR/33.6 7yr-peak WAR/39.5 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1941 20 St. Louis Browns $1,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 21 St. Louis Browns $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 22 St. Louis Browns $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 23 St. Louis Browns $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 24 St. Louis Browns $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 25 St. Louis Browns $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 26 St. Louis Browns $18,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 27 Boston Red Sox $25,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1949 28 Boston Red Sox $25,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 29 Boston Red Sox $40,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 2/8/50 NYT:25000.00,
1951 30 Boston Red Sox $40,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1952 31 Boston Red Sox $35,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1953 32 Chicago White Sox $28,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts CHW/SLB
1954 33 Baltimore Orioles $23,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1955 34 Baltimore Orioles $20,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts BAL/CHW
Career to date (may be incomplete)$291,300
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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