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Birdie Tebbetts

George Robert Tebbetts

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: November 10, 1912 in Burlington, VT
High School: Nashua HS (Nashua, NH)
Schools: University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH), Providence College (Providence, RI)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1934. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 16, 1936 (Age 23.311, 6,714th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1937 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/RedSox/Indians 1936-1952

Last Game: September 14, 1952 (Age 39.309)
Died: March 24, 1999 in Manatee, FL
Buried: St. Bernard Catholic Church Cemetery, Holmes Beach, FL
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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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1936 DET AL 23 C 10 10 10 57 51 5 1 0 .982 5.60 .979 4.78 2 0 2 100% 36%
1937 DET AL 24 C 48 40 37 187 155 25 7 1 .963 3.75 .980 5.04 4 19 11 37% 37%
1938 DET AL 25 C 53 35 33 130 108 20 2 4 .985 2.42 .983 4.88 5 6 6 50% 38%
1939 DET AL 26 C 100 94 82 529 449 64 16 10 .970 5.13 .981 4.92 8 37 34 48% 37%
1940 DET AL 27 C 107 104 98 678 572 89 17 10 .975 6.18 .982 5.27 6 6 39 41 51% 41% 0
1941 DET AL 28 C 98 96 92 557 461 83 13 11 .977 5.55 .983 5.00 4 13 39 34 47% 41% 0 AS
1942 DET AL 29 C 97 92 84 527 446 69 12 10 .977 5.31 .979 4.93 5 4 30 30 50% 42% 1 AS
1946 DET AL 33 C 87 82 65 549 486 53 10 4 .982 6.20 .982 5.52 10 3 21 22 51% 46% 1
1947 TOT AL 34 C 109 100 78 502 427 65 10 10 .980 4.51 .985 5.02 7 13 26 23 47% 46% 4
1947 DET AL 34 C 20 17 10 110 95 15 0 3 1.000 5.50 .985 5.02 1 3 4 6 60% 46% 1
1947 BOS AL 34 C 89 83 68 392 332 50 10 7 .974 4.29 .985 5.02 6 10 22 17 44% 46% 3
1948 BOS AL 35 C 126 124 113 536 470 56 10 8 .981 4.17 .986 4.74 5 19 27 21 44% 44% 6 AS,MVP-11
1949 BOS AL 36 C 118 116 104 543 481 51 11 13 .980 4.51 .985 4.76 2 9 22 20 48% 45% 3 AS,MVP-18
1950 BOS AL 37 C 74 74 60 627.1 333 285 44 4 5 .988 4.72 4.45 .985 4.94 4.85 5 9 18 13 42% 49% 2
1951 CLE AL 38 C 44 37 23 308.0 176 145 27 4 1 .977 5.03 3.91 .982 5.03 5.01 1 9 20 11 35% 46% 2
1952 CLE AL 39 C 37 31 18 261.0 148 131 15 2 0 .986 5.03 3.95 .985 5.44 5.44 0 9 14 7 33% 46% 1
14 Seasons C 1108 1035 897 1196.1 5452 4667 666 119 87 .978 4.87 4.81 .983 5.07 5.00 64 94 318 275 46% 42% 20
14 Seasons TOT 1108 1035 897 1196.1 5452 4667 666 119 87 .978 4.87 4.81 .983 5.07 5.00 64 94 318 275 46% 42% 20
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
1936 DET AL 23 C
1937 DET AL 24 C
1938 DET AL 25 C
1939 DET AL 26 C
1940 DET AL 27 C
1941 DET AL 28 C
1942 DET AL 29 C
1946 DET AL 33 C
1947 DET AL 34 C
1947 BOS AL 34 C
1948 BOS AL 35 C
1949 BOS AL 36 C
1950 BOS AL 37 C
1951 CLE AL 38 C
1952 CLE AL 39 C
14 Seasons C
14 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1936 DET AL 23 10 10 10 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 DET AL 24 50 40 50 48 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1938 DET AL 25 53 35 53 43 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1939 DET AL 26 106 94 106 100 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1940 DET AL 27 111 104 111 107 0 107 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1941 DET AL 28 110 96 110 98 0 98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1942 DET AL 29 99 92 99 97 0 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1946 DET AL 33 87 82 87 87 0 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 BOS AL 34 90 83 90 89 0 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1947 DET AL 34 20 17 20 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 BOS AL 35 128 124 128 126 0 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1949 BOS AL 36 122 116 122 119 0 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1950 BOS AL 37 79 74 79 74 0 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1951 CLE AL 38 55 37 55 44 0 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1952 CLE AL 39 42 31 42 37 0 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
14 Seasons 1162 1035 1162 1099 0 1099 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68 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 -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1940 DET AL 27 870 4.51 5.10 20 100% 0 0 119 10 1 10 98 19 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 100%
1941 DET AL 28 1324 4.50 5.20 26 88% 0 0 168 19 3 3 143 27 3 1 1 9 6 0 4 2 0 5 0 1 2 2 100%
1942 DET AL 29 836 2.75 3.11 15 100% 0 1 114 13 0 5 96 12 1 0 0 3 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0
1946 DET AL 33 347 2.45 2.77 11 91% 0 0 57 7 0 1 49 9 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 BOS AL 34 2071 3.79 4.33 41 98% 0 0 221 26 1 11 183 31 9 0 0 4 8 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 1 5 100%
1947 DET AL 34 367 4.46 4.78 8 100% 0 0 62 7 1 2 52 10 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 100%
1948 BOS AL 35 4180 4.17 4.76 62 94% 0 0 425 33 5 22 364 49 12 3 0 3 9 1 4 4 0 7 2 0 2 9 100%
1949 BOS AL 36 4114 3.68 4.07 53 94% 1 0 456 24 4 30 398 44 8 2 0 10 10 1 4 5 1 11 2 1 4 6 67%
1950 BOS AL 37 2618 5.16 5.69 28 96% 0 0 266 14 3 9 240 39 6 1 1 13 4 2 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 4 100%
1951 CLE AL 38 1345 3.62 4.50 24 96% 0 0 143 20 0 6 117 26 0 0 1 10 4 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0%
1952 CLE AL 39 1101 3.31 3.56 16 88% 0 0 131 10 3 3 115 15 3 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50%
10 Seasons 19173 4.01 4.53 304 95% 1 1 2162 183 21 102 1855 281 48 7 4 62 47 6 20 21 2 40 4 3 12 34 88%
MLB Averages 3.96 4.51 95% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1940 DET AL 27 2 6 370 8 8 8 50% 4 8 3 0 1 0 0 0 18 10 1.30 1.17
1941 DET AL 28 2 13 540 11 12 12 52% 10 10 1 1 0 1 0 0 40 14 0.92 1.10
1942 DET AL 29 0 4 312 6 4 4 40% 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 8 0.89 1.73
1946 DET AL 33 0 3 113 2 3 3 60% 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 6 1.39 0.92
1947 BOS AL 34 2 10 815 10 14 14 58% 9 12 1 2 0 0 3 0 37 20 1.06 1.02
1947 DET AL 34 0 3 134 2 6 6 75% 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 8 0.77 0.86
1948 BOS AL 35 5 19 1649 25 22 21 47% 22 15 2 3 1 4 6 0 67 28 1.05 1.21
1949 BOS AL 36 1 9 1728 21 16 15 43% 16 12 5 2 0 2 3 0 48 23 1.00 2.10
1950 BOS AL 37 4 9 1100 18 11 10 38% 15 10 3 1 0 0 2 0 36 17 1.21 1.19
1951 CLE AL 38 1 9 531 20 11 10 35% 17 11 2 0 1 0 2 0 40 16 1.42 1.11
1952 CLE AL 39 0 9 391 14 7 7 33% 14 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 31 9 0.97 1.42
10 Seasons 17 94 7683 137 114 110 45% 117 96 17 11 3 7 20 0 348 159 1.11 1.29
MLB Averages 45% 1.19 1.17



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1958 BBWAA ( 3.0%)
1960 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1948 AL (11, 7%)
1949 AL (18, 2%)
0.09 Career Shares (973rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1939 AL  100 (5th)
1940 AL  107 (5th)
1942 AL  97 (2nd)
1946 AL  87 (5th)
1947 AL  109 (2nd)
1948 AL  126 (2nd)
1949 AL  118 (2nd)
Career  1,108 (90th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1939 AL  449 (4th)
1940 AL  572 (3rd)
1941 AL  461 (2nd)
1942 AL  446 (1st)
1946 AL  486 (4th)
1947 AL  427 (2nd)
1948 AL  470 (3rd)
1949 AL  481 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1939 AL  64 (1st)
1940 AL  89 (1st)
1941 AL  83 (1st)
1942 AL  69 (2nd)
1946 AL  53 (2nd)
1947 AL  65 (2nd)
1948 AL  56 (2nd)
1949 AL  51 (3rd)
1950 AL  44 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1939 AL  16 (1st)
1940 AL  17 (1st)
1941 AL  13 (2nd)
1942 AL  12 (1st)
1946 AL  10 (5th)
1947 AL  10 (1st)
1948 AL  10 (1st)
1949 AL  11 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1939 AL  10 (2nd)
1940 AL  10 (1st)
1941 AL  11 (4th)
1942 AL  10 (2nd)
1947 AL  10 (4th)
1948 AL  8 (4th)
1949 AL  13 (3rd)
Career  87 (76th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1939 AL  8 (4th)
1946 AL  10 (5th)
1947 AL  7 (2nd)
1950 AL  5 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1939 AL  37 (5th)
1940 AL  39 (4th)
1941 AL  39 (3rd)
1947 AL  26 (3rd)
1948 AL  27 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1939 AL  34 (1st)
1940 AL  41 (1st)
1941 AL  34 (1st)
1942 AL  30 (3rd)
1946 AL  22 (5th)
1947 AL  23 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1939 AL  47.9 (2nd)
1940 AL  51.3 (4th)
1941 AL  46.6 (4th)
1942 AL  50.0 (4th)
1949 AL  47.6 (2nd)
Career  46.4 (66th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1939 AL  5.13 (2nd)
1940 AL  6.18 (1st)
1941 AL  5.55 (2nd)
1942 AL  5.31 (1st)
1946 AL  6.20 (1st)
1949 AL  4.51 (4th)
1950 AL  4.45 (4th)

Oldest s c a p y
1950 AL  born 1912-11-10 (7th)
1951 AL  born 1912-11-10 (5th)
1952 AL  born 1912-11-10 (5th)

                           

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