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Lee Thomas

James Leroy Thomas

Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: February 5, 1936 in Peoria, IL
High School: Beaumont HS (St. Louis, MO)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1954. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1961 (Age 25.076)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1961 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Angels/RedSox/Cubs/Astros/Braves/... 1961-1968

Final Game: September 27, 1968 (Age 32.235)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 26, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1770. Alex Cora… #1771. Ken Reitz… #1772. Craig Grebeck… #1773. LEE THOMAS… #1774. Joe Oliver… #1775. Rabbit Warstler… #1776. Garrett Jones… 

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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
1961 25 TOT AL 132 507 452 77 129 11 5 24 70 0 5 47 74 .285 .353 .491 .844 115 222 12 2 2 3 2 937 MVP-24,RoY-3
1961 25 NYY AL 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 175 1 0 0 0 0 0
1961 25 LAA AL 130 505 450 77 128 11 5 24 70 0 5 47 74 .284 .353 .491 .844 115 221 12 2 2 3 2 937
1962 ★ 26 LAA AL 160 652 583 88 169 21 2 26 104 6 1 55 74 .290 .355 .467 .821 123 272 16 6 4 4 3 3987 AS,MVP-11
1963 27 LAA AL 149 594 528 52 116 12 6 9 55 6 0 53 82 .220 .301 .316 .617 78 167 13 9 2 2 6 39/78
1964 28 TOT AL 154 636 573 58 150 27 3 15 66 3 1 52 51 .262 .325 .398 .723 100 228 16 4 3 4 5 *9/37
1964 28 LAA AL 47 194 172 14 47 8 1 2 24 1 0 18 22 .273 .340 .366 .707 106 63 2 0 3 1 1 9/73
1964 28 BOS AL 107 442 401 44 103 19 2 13 42 2 1 34 29 .257 .319 .411 .730 98 165 14 4 0 3 4 9/3
1965 29 BOS AL 151 603 521 74 141 27 4 22 75 6 2 72 42 .271 .361 .464 .826 128 242 16 3 5 2 8 *37/9
1966 30 TOT NL 114 306 275 26 61 5 1 7 24 1 1 24 30 .222 .293 .324 .616 70 89 3 4 2 1 2 37/8
1966 30 ATL NL 39 139 126 11 25 1 1 6 15 1 1 10 15 .198 .261 .365 .626 70 46 0 1 1 1 1 3
1966 30 CHC NL 75 167 149 15 36 4 0 1 9 0 0 14 15 .242 .319 .289 .608 70 43 3 3 1 0 1 37/8
1967 31 CHC NL 77 212 191 16 42 4 1 2 23 1 0 15 22 .220 .284 .283 .567 60 54 3 3 1 2 5 93/8
1968 32 HOU NL 90 221 201 14 39 4 0 1 11 2 1 14 22 .194 .249 .229 .478 46 46 6 1 4 1 4 9/73
8 Yrs 1027 3731 3324 405 847 111 22 106 428 25 11 332 397 .255 .327 .397 .724 100 1320 85 32 23 19 35
162 Game Avg. 162 589 524 64 134 18 3 17 68 4 2 52 63 .255 .327 .397 .724 100 208 13 5 4 3 6
LAA (4 yrs) 486 1945 1733 231 460 52 14 61 253 13 6 173 252 .265 .336 .417 .753 106 723 43 17 11 10 12
BOS (2 yrs) 258 1045 922 118 244 46 6 35 117 8 3 106 71 .265 .343 .441 .785 115 407 30 7 5 5 12
CHC (2 yrs) 152 379 340 31 78 8 1 3 32 1 0 29 37 .229 .300 .285 .585 65 97 6 6 2 2 6
ATL (1 yr) 39 139 126 11 25 1 1 6 15 1 1 10 15 .198 .261 .365 .626 70 46 0 1 1 1 1
NYY (1 yr) 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 175 1 0 0 0 0 0
HOU (1 yr) 90 221 201 14 39 4 0 1 11 2 1 14 22 .194 .249 .229 .478 46 46 6 1 4 1 4
AL (5 yrs) 746 2992 2657 349 705 98 20 96 370 21 9 279 323 .265 .339 .426 .764 109 1131 73 24 16 15 24
NL (3 yrs) 281 739 667 56 142 13 2 10 58 4 2 53 74 .213 .277 .283 .561 61 189 12 8 7 4 11

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
1961 25 NYY AL 2 2 0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .509 .500 0.0 0.0 0 MVP-24,RoY-3
1961 25 LAA AL 130 505 10 -2 -0 5 -6 7 0.5 15 22 2.1 .506 .504 1.7 -0.2 17 937 MVP-24,RoY-3
1962 ★ 26 LAA AL 160 652 15 -0 -0 -2 -8 4 0.1 20 24 2.2 .502 .502 2.7 -1.3 26 3987 AS,MVP-11
1963 27 LAA AL 149 594 -15 -2 0 11 -8 -14 -1.8 18 4 0.0 .489 .490 -1.0 0.1 -6 39/78
1964 28 LAA AL 47 194 0 -1 1 -0 -2 -2 -0.4 6 4 0.2 .494 .498 0.3 -0.3 4 9/73
1964 28 BOS AL 107 442 -1 -1 -1 -7 -5 -15 -1.9 14 -2 -0.6 .484 .490 0.4 -1.5 6 9/3
1965 29 BOS AL 151 603 17 1 -1 -1 -8 8 0.8 18 26 2.7 .506 .505 2.9 -1.1 27 *37/9
1966 30 ATL NL 39 139 -6 -1 0 0 -2 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .479 .495 -0.4 -0.2 -3 3
1966 30 CHC NL 75 167 -6 -0 0 -2 -2 -9 -1.0 6 -3 -0.4 .486 .494 -0.3 -0.3 -2 37/8
1967 31 CHC NL 77 212 -11 -0 0 -3 -3 -16 -1.9 8 -9 -1.1 .475 .488 -0.8 -0.6 -6 93/8
1968 32 HOU NL 90 221 -14 0 -0 -5 -2 -21 -2.6 8 -14 -1.8 .470 .483 -1.3 -0.8 -9 9/73
8 Seasons 1027 3731 -9 -6 -1 -4 -47 -67 -8.9 118 51 3.0 .492 .496 4.2 -6.2 56
LAA (4 yrs) 486 1945 10 -5 0 13 -25 -5 -1.5 60 54 4.5 .499 .499 3.7 -1.7 41
BOS (2 yrs) 258 1045 17 -1 -2 -9 -13 -7 -1.1 32 25 2.1 .497 .499 3.3 -2.6 33
CHC (2 yrs) 152 379 -17 -0 0 -4 -5 -26 -2.9 14 -12 -1.5 .480 .491 -1.1 -0.9 -8
ATL (1 yr) 39 139 -6 -1 0 0 -2 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .479 .495 -0.4 -0.2 -3
NYY (1 yr) 2 2 0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .509 .500 0.0 0.0 0
HOU (1 yr) 90 221 -14 0 -0 -5 -2 -21 -2.6 8 -14 -1.8 .470 .483 -1.3 -0.8 -9

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
1961 LAA AL 25 OF 86 78 70 707.0 174 159 9 6 1 .966 7 12 2.14 1.95 .977 2.25 2.22 MVP-24,RoY-3
1961 LAA AL 25 RF 62 60 54 527.1 118 107 6 5 1 .958 4 10 1.93 1.82 .976 2.06 2.04 MVP-24,RoY-3
1961 LAA AL 25 1B 34 30 27 265.2 282 267 10 5 26 .982 -2 -9 9.38 8.15 .990 9.45 9.34 MVP-24,RoY-3
1961 LAA AL 25 LF 28 18 16 179.2 40 37 2 1 0 .975 3 21 1.95 1.39 .969 2.01 1.98 MVP-24,RoY-3
1962 LAA AL 26 1B 90 79 75 727.1 791 735 42 14 66 .982 -2 -3 9.61 8.63 .990 9.44 9.41 AS,MVP-11
1962 LAA AL 26 OF 74 67 61 616.1 142 133 5 4 1 .972 -0 -1 2.02 1.86 .980 2.19 2.18 AS,MVP-11
1962 LAA AL 26 RF 42 38 36 346.2 82 78 3 1 1 .988 2 8 2.10 1.93 .979 2.00 1.99 AS,MVP-11
1962 LAA AL 26 CF 18 16 16 148.2 39 35 1 3 0 .923 -2 -18 2.18 2.00 .986 2.58 2.57 AS,MVP-11
1962 LAA AL 26 LF 17 13 9 121.0 26 25 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.93 1.53 .976 2.01 2.00 AS,MVP-11
1963 LAA AL 27 1B 104 98 93 894.1 1049 961 84 4 88 .996 8 11 10.52 10.05 .990 9.48 9.49
1963 LAA AL 27 OF 43 41 34 353.2 73 71 1 1 1 .986 2 8 1.83 1.67 .981 2.16 2.16
1963 LAA AL 27 RF 38 37 31 318.2 61 59 1 1 1 .984 1 3 1.69 1.58 .980 2.01 2.01
1963 LAA AL 27 LF 3 2 2 19.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 13 1.89 1.33 .975 1.89 1.90
1963 LAA AL 27 CF 2 2 1 16.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1 105 4.50 4.00 .986 2.59 2.60
1964 TOT AL 28 OF 154 151 145 1343.0 262 247 10 5 2 .981 -8 -7 1.72 1.67 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 TOT AL 28 RF 152 151 145 1338.1 266 249 12 5 2 .981 -7 -6 1.76 1.72 .984 1.88 1.87
1964 TOT AL 28 1B 2 0 0 2.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 22.50 2.50 .990 9.00 9.40
1964 LAA AL 28 OF 47 44 42 406.2 79 71 4 4 1 .949 -0 -0 1.66 1.60 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 LAA AL 28 RF 45 44 42 402.0 77 69 4 4 1 .948 0 1 1.63 1.62 .984 1.88 1.87
1964 LAA AL 28 LF 2 0 0 4.2 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -103 0.00 0.00 1.74 1.80
1964 LAA AL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 18.00 2.00 .990 9.00 9.40
1964 BOS AL 28 OF 107 107 103 936.1 183 176 6 1 1 .995 -7 -9 1.75 1.70 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 BOS AL 28 RF 107 107 103 936.1 189 180 8 1 1 .995 -7 -9 1.81 1.76 .984 1.88 1.87
1964 BOS AL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 27.00 3.00 .990 9.00 9.40
1965 BOS AL 29 1B 127 123 117 1087.1 1150 1035 97 18 86 .984 1 1 9.37 8.91 .991 9.56 9.53
1965 BOS AL 29 OF 20 18 16 160.2 31 29 1 1 0 .968 -2 -17 1.68 1.50 .978 2.04 2.03
1965 BOS AL 29 LF 14 13 11 118.2 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -19 1.52 1.43 .979 1.87 1.86
1965 BOS AL 29 RF 6 5 5 42.0 11 10 0 1 0 .909 -0 -11 2.14 1.67 .978 1.84 1.83
1966 TOT NL 30 1B 56 45 41 406.0 441 402 34 5 35 .989 0 1 9.67 7.79 .989 9.90 9.89
1966 ATL NL 30 1B 36 33 30 293.0 311 281 26 4 22 .987 0 1 9.43 8.53 .989 9.90 9.89
1966 CHC NL 30 1B 20 12 11 113.0 130 121 8 1 13 .992 0 3 10.27 6.45 .989 9.90 9.89
1966 CHC NL 30 LF 18 14 11 140.0 25 23 1 1 0 .960 -2 -20 1.54 1.33 .963 1.74 1.73
1966 CHC NL 30 OF 17 15 12 149.0 24 23 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -14 1.45 1.41 .974 2.03 2.03
1966 CHC NL 30 CF 1 1 1 9.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 67 4.00 4.00 .980 2.40 2.40
1967 CHC NL 31 OF 43 36 26 338.0 64 60 2 2 0 .969 -3 -10 1.65 1.44 .976 2.03 2.03
1967 CHC NL 31 RF 43 36 26 333.0 63 59 2 2 0 .968 -3 -9 1.65 1.42 .976 2.03 2.03
1967 CHC NL 31 1B 10 6 5 60.2 76 71 5 0 9 1.000 -0 -4 11.27 7.60 .991 9.97 9.96
1967 CHC NL 31 CF 1 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -48 0.00 0.00 2.34 2.30
1968 HOU NL 32 OF 48 41 38 383.1 74 67 5 2 0 .973 -5 -17 1.69 1.50 .975 2.02 2.03
1968 HOU NL 32 RF 42 37 35 348.1 65 60 4 1 0 .985 -5 -16 1.65 1.52 .981 2.01 2.01
1968 HOU NL 32 LF 7 4 3 35.0 5 3 1 1 0 .800 -1 -24 1.03 0.57 .964 1.65 1.64
1968 HOU NL 32 1B 2 2 1 14.0 16 13 3 0 3 1.000 0 17 10.29 8.00 .992 10.09 10.10
8 Seasons OF 485 447 402 4051.0 844 789 34 21 5 .975 -10 -3 1.83 1.70 .978 2.11 2.10
8 Seasons 1B 425 383 359 3457.1 3810 3489 275 46 313 .988 6 2 9.80 8.86 .990 9.55 9.54
7 Seasons RF 385 364 332 3254.1 666 622 28 16 5 .976 -7 -3 1.80 1.69 .980 1.96 1.96
7 Seasons LF 89 64 52 618.0 120 111 6 3 0 .975 -3 -5 1.70 1.31 .971 1.90 1.88
4 Seasons CF 22 19 18 178.2 51 47 1 3 0 .941 -1 -3 2.42 2.18 .985 2.56 2.55
8 Seasons TOT 910 830 761 7508.1 4654 4278 309 67 318 .986 -4 -1 5.50 5.04 .988 5.54 5.57
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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1961 AL (24, 0%)
1962 AL (11, 11%)
0.11 Career Shares (905th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1965 AL  .361 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1965 AL  .826 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1962 AL  160 (5th)

Doubles s c a p y
1964 AL  27 (10th)
1965 AL  27 (6th)

Triples s c a p y
1963 AL  6 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1962 AL  26 (10th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1962 AL  104 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1965 AL  72 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1965 AL  87 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1965 AL  53 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1963 AL  9 (2nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1965 AL  16 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1964 AL  11.2 (7th)
1965 AL  12.4 (3rd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1961 AL  18.8 (9th)
1965 AL  23.7 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1962 AL  32.27 (9th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1962 AL  3.2 (9th)

Putoutss c a p y
1965 AL  1,064 (4th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  127 (3rd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  1,035 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  97 (1st)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1962 AL  14 (3rd)
1965 AL  18 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1965 AL  86 (5th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  152 (3rd)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  249 (4th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  12 (3rd)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1961 AL  5 (5th)
1964 AL  5 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1962 AL  1 (3rd)
1964 AL  2 (4th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1964 AL  154 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1963 AL  8 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1963 AL  10.52 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1963 AL  10.05 (1st)
1965 AL  8.91 (3rd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  .981 (5th)

                           

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 (·)

Gray InkBatting - 16 (1178), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 9 (1253), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (295th), 3.0 career WAR/4.8 7yr-peak WAR/3.9 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: James Lee Leroy Thomas

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