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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1937 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/RedSox/Indians 1936-1952

Final 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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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 29, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1408. John Milner… #1409. John Jaha… #1410. Dave Philley… #1411. BIRDIE TEBBETTS… #1412. Colby Rasmus… #1413. Mickey Morandini… #1414. Mike Gallego… 

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
1936 23 DET AL 10 38 33 7 10 1 2 1 4 0 0 5 3 .303 .395 .545 .940 130 18 0 0 2
1937 24 DET AL 50 175 162 15 31 4 3 2 16 0 0 10 13 .191 .238 .290 .528 31 47 0 3 2
1938 25 DET AL 53 158 143 16 42 6 2 1 25 1 2 12 13 .294 .348 .385 .733 78 55 0 3 2
1939 26 DET AL 106 377 341 37 89 22 2 4 53 2 1 25 20 .261 .315 .372 .688 70 127 8 2 8 2
1940 27 DET AL 111 416 379 46 112 24 4 4 46 4 5 35 14 .296 .357 .412 .768 91 156 9 1 2 *2
1941 ★ 28 DET AL 110 400 359 28 102 19 4 2 47 1 2 38 29 .284 .354 .376 .730 86 135 7 1 2 2 AS
1942 ★ 29 DET AL 99 353 308 24 76 11 0 1 27 4 0 39 17 .247 .335 .292 .627 72 90 9 2 3 2 AS
1946 33 DET AL 87 312 280 20 68 11 2 1 34 1 3 28 23 .243 .312 .307 .619 68 86 10 0 4 2
1947 34 TOT AL 110 374 344 23 92 11 0 1 30 2 5 24 33 .267 .315 .308 .623 69 106 10 0 6 *2
1947 34 DET AL 20 58 53 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 3 .094 .143 .113 .256 -29 6 2 0 2 2
1947 34 BOS AL 90 316 291 22 87 10 0 1 28 2 4 21 30 .299 .346 .344 .690 87 100 8 0 4 2
1948 ★ 35 BOS AL 128 513 446 54 125 26 2 5 68 5 2 62 32 .280 .371 .381 .752 96 170 22 2 3 *2 AS,MVP-11
1949 ★ 36 BOS AL 122 473 403 42 109 14 0 5 48 8 1 62 22 .270 .369 .342 .712 83 138 14 1 6 *2 AS,MVP-18
1950 37 BOS AL 79 299 268 33 83 10 1 8 45 1 1 29 26 .310 .377 .444 .821 101 119 13 0 2 2
1951 38 CLE AL 55 147 137 8 36 6 0 2 18 0 0 8 7 .263 .308 .350 .659 82 48 4 1 0 2
1952 39 CLE AL 42 117 101 4 25 4 0 1 8 0 1 12 9 .248 .339 .317 .656 89 32 5 2 2 2
14 Yrs 1162 4152 3704 357 1000 169 22 38 469 29 23 389 261 .270 .341 .358 .700 81 1327 111 12 44
162 Game Avg. 162 579 516 50 139 24 3 5 65 4 3 54 36 .270 .341 .358 .700 81 185 2 6
DET (9 yrs) 646 2287 2058 194 535 99 19 16 254 13 14 195 135 .260 .326 .350 .676 73 720 45 6 27
BOS (4 yrs) 419 1601 1408 151 404 60 3 19 189 16 8 174 110 .287 .367 .374 .741 92 527 57 3 15
CLE (2 yrs) 97 264 238 12 61 10 0 3 26 0 1 20 16 .256 .322 .336 .658 85 80 9 3 2

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
1936 23 DET AL 10 38 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.2 1 3 0.3 .516 .501 0.3 0.0 3 2
1937 24 DET AL 50 175 -18 0 0 -2 1 -18 -1.7 6 -12 -1.1 .465 .489 -1.0 -0.1 -10 2
1938 25 DET AL 53 158 -5 -1 0 0 1 -4 -0.4 6 1 0.1 .493 .498 0.1 0.2 1 2
1939 26 DET AL 106 377 -16 0 0 -1 3 -14 -1.3 14 -0 0.0 .488 .492 0.1 0.2 1 2
1940 27 DET AL 111 416 -3 -1 0 -1 3 -2 -0.2 14 12 1.2 .498 .499 1.2 0.3 13 *2
1941 ★ 28 DET AL 110 400 -7 -0 0 0 3 -4 -0.4 14 10 0.9 .497 .498 0.9 0.4 10 2 AS
1942 ★ 29 DET AL 99 353 -10 1 0 1 3 -5 -0.5 10 5 0.5 .495 .497 0.3 0.5 4 2 AS
1946 33 DET AL 87 312 -11 -1 0 -2 3 -11 -1.2 10 -2 -0.3 .486 .492 -0.1 0.1 0 2
1947 34 DET AL 20 58 -9 -0 0 1 0 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .454 .494 -0.9 0.2 -7 2
1947 34 BOS AL 90 316 -5 -1 0 -1 3 -4 -0.5 9 5 0.4 .495 .497 0.6 0.1 6 2
1948 ★ 35 BOS AL 128 513 -1 -1 -1 -1 4 1 0.1 15 15 1.5 .500 .500 1.6 0.3 16 *2 AS,MVP-11
1949 ★ 36 BOS AL 122 473 -8 -2 -2 1 4 -7 -0.7 14 7 0.7 .494 .496 0.6 0.5 6 *2 AS,MVP-18
1950 37 BOS AL 79 299 1 -1 -1 0 2 1 0.1 9 10 1.0 .501 .501 1.0 0.3 10 2
1951 38 CLE AL 55 147 -3 -2 -0 -1 1 -5 -0.5 5 -0 -0.1 .491 .497 0.0 0.0 1 2
1952 39 CLE AL 42 117 -1 -2 -1 0 1 -2 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .493 .498 0.1 0.1 1 2
14 Seasons 1162 4152 -95 -9 -5 -6 35 -81 -8.3 131 50 4.5 .493 .497 4.9 3.0 56
DET (9 yrs) 646 2287 -78 -1 0 -4 19 -65 -6.5 76 12 0.8 .490 .495 1.1 1.7 16
BOS (4 yrs) 419 1601 -13 -4 -4 -1 13 -9 -1.0 47 38 3.6 .498 .498 3.6 1.2 39
CLE (2 yrs) 97 264 -4 -4 -1 -1 2 -7 -0.8 8 1 0.0 .492 .498 0.1 0.1 2

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
1940 27 DET AL WS CIN L 4 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 4 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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

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 (960th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1948 AL  22 (4th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1940 AL  27.1 (4th)
1949 AL  18.3 (10th)

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 (89th)

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)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 17 (926), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (492), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (290th), 4.5 career WAR/6.0 7yr-peak WAR/5.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: George Birdie Robert tebbets Tebbetts

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