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Tom Sturdivant

Thomas Virgil Sturdivant (Smoke or Snake)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: April 28, 1930 in Gordon, KS
High School: Capitol Hill HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1955 (Age 24.351)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Pirates/Athletics/RedSox/Tigers/... 1955-1964

Final Game: June 21, 1964 (Age 34.054)
Died: February 28, 2009 in Oklahoma City, OK
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Standard Fielding

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
1955 NYY AL 25 P 33 1 0 68.1 12 4 8 0 2 1.000 1.58 0.36 .956 1.99 1.97 1 5 83% 47% 0
1956 NYY AL 26 P 32 17 6 158.1 26 11 13 2 1 .923 1.36 0.75 .950 1.92 1.91 5 4 44% 44% 0
1957 NYY AL 27 P 28 28 7 201.2 36 8 26 2 4 .944 1.52 1.21 .963 1.99 2.00 5 15 75% 47% 0
1958 NYY AL 28 P 15 10 0 70.2 8 3 4 1 1 .875 0.89 0.47 .962 1.95 1.93 2 3 60% 47% 0
1959 TOT AL 29 P 43 6 0 97.0 33 9 21 3 2 .909 2.78 0.70 .955 2.05 2.03 4 4 50% 40% 0
1959 NYY AL 29 P 7 3 0 25.1 7 3 4 0 1 1.000 2.49 1.00 .954 2.06 2.03 0 2 100% 40% 0
1959 KCA AL 29 P 36 3 0 71.2 26 6 17 3 1 .885 2.89 0.64 .955 2.05 2.03 4 2 33% 40% 0
1960 BOS AL 30 P 40 3 0 101.1 22 7 14 1 0 .955 1.87 0.53 .967 1.96 1.95 3 3 50% 40% 0
1961 TOT MLB 31 P 28 21 7 165.2 40 11 29 0 0 1.000 2.17 1.43 .956 2.12 2.08 8 3 27% 37% 0
1961 WSA AL 31 P 15 10 1 80.0 20 2 18 0 0 1.000 2.25 1.33 .954 2.05 2.02 5 2 29% 36% 0
1961 PIT NL 31 P 13 11 6 85.2 20 9 11 0 0 1.000 2.10 1.54 .959 2.19 2.15 3 1 25% 38% 0
1962 PIT NL 32 P 49 12 2 125.1 36 10 23 3 0 .917 2.37 0.67 .948 2.07 2.05 9 3 25% 34% 0
1963 TOT MLB 33 P 48 3 0 116.1 29 8 21 0 1 1.000 2.24 0.60 .954 2.00 2.00 4 3 43% 35% 0
1963 TOT AL 33 P 45 3 0 108.0 26 7 19 0 1 1.000 2.17 0.58 .955 1.99 2.00 2 3 60% 33% 0
1963 PIT NL 33 P 3 0 0 8.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.24 1.00 .950 2.05 2.07 2 0 0% 42% 0
1963 DET AL 33 P 28 0 0 55.0 14 3 11 0 0 1.000 2.29 0.50 .955 2.00 2.00 2 1 33% 33% 0
1963 KCA AL 33 P 17 3 0 53.0 12 4 8 0 1 1.000 2.04 0.71 .955 1.99 2.00 0 2 100% 32% 0
1964 TOT MLB 34 P 19 0 0 32.1 6 1 4 1 0 .833 1.39 0.26 .953 2.12 2.09 2 3 60% 40% 0
1964 KCA AL 34 P 3 0 0 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.96 1.90 0 0 0
1964 NYM NL 34 P 16 0 0 28.2 6 1 4 1 0 .833 1.57 0.31 .953 2.13 2.13 2 3 60% 40% 0
10 Seasons P 335 101 22 1137.0 248 72 163 13 11 .948 1.86 0.70 .956 2.01 2.00 43 46 52% 41% 0
10 Seasons TOT 335 101 22 1137.0 248 72 163 13 11 .948 1.86 0.70 .956 2.01 2.00 43 46 52% 41% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1955 NYY AL 25 P
1956 NYY AL 26 P
1957 NYY AL 27 P
1958 NYY AL 28 P
1959 NYY AL 29 P
1959 KCA AL 29 P
1960 BOS AL 30 P
1961 WSA AL 31 P
1961 PIT NL 31 P
1962 PIT NL 32 P
1963 PIT NL 33 P
1963 DET AL 33 P
1963 KCA AL 33 P
1964 KCA AL 34 P
1964 NYM NL 34 P
10 Seasons P
10 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1955 NYY AL 25 33 1 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 NYY AL 26 32 17 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 NYY AL 27 28 28 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 NYY AL 28 15 10 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 KCA AL 29 37 3 37 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1959 NYY AL 29 7 3 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 BOS AL 30 40 3 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 WSA AL 31 15 10 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 PIT NL 31 13 11 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 PIT NL 32 49 12 49 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 DET AL 33 28 0 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 KCA AL 33 17 3 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 PIT NL 33 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 NYM NL 34 16 0 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 KCA AL 34 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seasons 336 101 336 335 335 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1955 NYY AL 25 285 70% 21% 10 100% 0 4 2 1 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 4 100%
1956 NYY AL 26 657 76% 21% 20 90% 0 12 2 6 12 8 4 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 100%
1957 NYY AL 27 828 78% 26% 31 84% 0 8 1 5 25 17 5 2 0 1 1 0 4 3 4 0 4 50%
1958 NYY AL 28 325 77% 23% 5 60% 0 2 0 2 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 50%
1959 KCA AL 29 323 73% 22% 20 90% 1 5 1 4 17 13 3 3 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 75%
1959 NYY AL 29 103 80% 27% 4 100% 0 3 0 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 100%
1960 BOS AL 30 442 78% 20% 17 82% 0 5 1 4 13 11 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 75%
1961 WSA AL 31 339 80% 23% 18 94% 0 2 0 1 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1961 PIT NL 31 349 84% 30% 11 100% 0 10 0 9 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1962 PIT NL 32 507 81% 23% 26 92% 0 8 1 4 23 18 3 3 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 4 75%
1963 DET AL 33 231 77% 28% 10 100% 1 3 0 3 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1963 KCA AL 33 219 84% 29% 8 100% 0 5 0 5 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1963 PIT NL 33 36 92% 22% 3 100% 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1964 NYM NL 34 125 86% 28% 7 71% 0 1 1 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 50%
1964 KCA AL 34 16 88% 25% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seasons 4785 78% 24% 190 90% 2 69 9 47 159 120 21 13 0 6 7 3 12 9 11 1 45 80%
MLB Averages 80% 27% 89% 81%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1959 AL  3 (3rd)

                                         

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Name and misspellings: Thomas Smoke Smoke,Snake Snake tim Tom tommy Virgil Sturdivant

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