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Luke Walker

James Luke Walker

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 2, 1943 in DeKalb, TX
School: Paris Junior College (Paris, TX)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1963. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 7, 1965 (Age 22.005)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Tigers 1965-1974

Final Game: October 1, 1974 (Age 31.029)
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1965 21 PIT NL 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 18 1.12 0.600 3.6 0.0 1.8 9.0 5.00
1966 22 PIT NL 0 1 .000 4.50 10 1 2 0 0 0 10.0 8 9 5 0 15 2 7 1 0 2 55 83 5.95 2.300 7.2 0.0 13.5 6.3 0.47
1968 24 PIT NL 0 3 .000 2.02 39 2 14 0 0 3 62.1 42 18 14 1 39 0 66 1 0 5 264 144 2.40 1.299 6.1 0.1 5.6 9.5 1.69
1969 25 PIT NL 4 6 .400 3.64 31 15 6 3 1 0 118.2 98 51 48 5 57 3 96 2 0 6 500 96 2.93 1.306 7.4 0.4 4.3 7.3 1.68
1970 26 PIT NL 15 6 .714 3.04 42 19 13 5 3 3 163.0 129 56 55 6 89 8 124 1 0 6 684 128 3.25 1.337 7.1 0.3 4.9 6.8 1.39 CYA-10,MVP-25
1971 27 PIT NL 10 8 .556 3.55 28 24 1 4 2 0 159.2 157 69 63 9 53 2 86 2 0 5 666 97 3.14 1.315 8.8 0.5 3.0 4.8 1.62
1972 28 PIT NL 4 6 .400 3.40 26 12 5 2 0 2 92.2 98 41 35 4 34 4 48 0 0 2 399 99 3.02 1.424 9.5 0.4 3.3 4.7 1.41
1973 29 PIT NL 7 12 .368 4.65 37 18 1 2 1 1 122.0 129 75 63 9 66 8 74 1 0 8 553 76 3.96 1.598 9.5 0.7 4.9 5.5 1.12
1974 30 DET AL 5 5 .500 4.99 28 9 9 0 0 0 92.0 100 56 51 9 54 1 52 2 0 6 420 76 4.55 1.674 9.8 0.9 5.3 5.1 0.96
9 Yrs 45 47 .489 3.64 243 100 51 16 7 9 825.1 763 375 334 43 408 28 558 10 0 41 3559 98 3.36 1.419 8.3 0.5 4.4 6.1 1.37
162 Game Avg. 9 9 .489 3.64 48 20 10 3 1 2 164 151 74 66 9 81 6 111 2 0 8 706 98 3.36 1.419 8.3 0.5 4.4 6.1 1.37
PIT (8 yrs) 40 42 .488 3.47 215 91 42 16 7 9 733.1 663 319 283 34 354 27 506 8 0 35 3139 101 3.21 1.387 8.1 0.4 4.3 6.2 1.43
DET (1 yr) 5 5 .500 4.99 28 9 9 0 0 0 92.0 100 56 51 9 54 1 52 2 0 6 420 76 4.55 1.674 9.8 0.9 5.3 5.1 0.96
NL (8 yrs) 40 42 .488 3.47 215 91 42 16 7 9 733.1 663 319 283 34 354 27 506 8 0 35 3139 101 3.21 1.387 8.1 0.4 4.3 6.2 1.43
AL (1 yr) 5 5 .500 4.99 28 9 9 0 0 0 92.0 100 56 51 9 54 1 52 2 0 6 420 76 4.55 1.674 9.8 0.9 5.3 5.1 0.96
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1965 21 PIT NL 5.0 2 0 0 0.00 4.37 0.25 -0.18 104.2 4.11 2 0.3 .3 -0.1 0.2 3 .641 .502
1966 22 PIT NL 10.0 10 1 9 8.10 4.19 0.07 -0.11 100.2 4.01 -5 -0.5 1.7 -0.2 -0.6 -4 .450 .497
1968 24 PIT NL 62.1 39 2 18 2.60 3.47 0.28 -0.12 97.1 2.97 2 0.2 1.5 -0.0 0.8 7 .506 .501
1969 25 PIT NL 118.2 31 15 51 3.87 3.95 -0.01 0.02 95.7 3.80 -2 -0.2 .8 -0.1 0.8 9 .493 .499
1970 26 PIT NL 163.0 42 19 56 3.09 4.33 0.18 0.02 95.7 3.98 14 1.5 1.6 -0.0 3.0 31 .536 .509 CYA-10,MVP-25
1971 27 PIT NL 159.2 28 24 69 3.89 3.98 0.09 0.04 99.8 3.93 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.3 14 .496 .499
1972 28 PIT NL 92.2 26 12 41 3.98 3.62 0.12 -0.02 99.8 3.48 -6 -0.7 .8 -0.1 0.0 2 .472 .495
1973 29 PIT NL 122.0 37 18 75 5.53 4.16 -0.12 0.04 95.8 4.13 -19 -2.0 1.1 -0.1 -1.0 -9 .445 .488 $36,000
1974 30 DET AL 92.0 28 9 56 5.48 4.16 -0.17 -0.16 105.6 4.40 -11 -1.2 .8 -0.1 -0.3 -3 .458 .493 $38,000
9 Seasons 825.1 243 100 375 4.09 4.02 0.05 -0.01 98.3 3.88 -26 -2.8 1.2 -0.8 4.2 51 .489 .498 $74,000
PIT (8 yrs) 733.1 215 91 319 3.92 4.00 0.08 0.01 97.4 3.82 -15 -1.6 1.3 -0.7 4.6 53 .493 .499 $36,000
DET (1 yr) 92.0 28 9 56 5.48 4.16 -0.17 -0.16 105.6 4.40 -11 -1.2 .8 -0.1 -0.3 -3 .458 .493 $38,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1970 26 PIT NL NLCS L CIN 0 1 .000 1.29 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 2 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 1 27 0.857 6.4 1.3 1.3 6.4 5.00
1971 ❍ 27 PIT NL WS W BAL 0 0 40.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6.000 40.5 0.0 13.5 0.0 0.00
1972 28 PIT NL NLCS L CIN 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3.000 27.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 0 1 .000 6.23 3 2 0 0 0 0 8.2 11 7 6 1 2 2 5 0 0 1 39 1.500 11.4 1.0 2.1 5.2 2.50
2 NLCS 0 1 .000 3.38 2 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 8 4 3 1 1 1 5 0 0 1 33 1.125 9.0 1.1 1.1 5.6 5.00
1 WS 0 0 40.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6.000 40.5 0.0 13.5 0.0 0.00

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
1965 21 PIT NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1966 22 PIT NL 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1968 24 PIT NL 39 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
1969 25 PIT NL 31 37 32 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 19 .000 .059 .000 .059 -82 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
1970 26 PIT NL 42 57 46 0 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 3 26 .130 .184 .130 .314 -13 6 0 0 8 0 0 1 CYA-10,MVP-25
1971 27 PIT NL 28 54 46 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 30 .022 .135 .022 .156 -53 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
1972 28 PIT NL 26 26 24 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 .083 .120 .083 .203 -41 2 0 0 1 0 0 1
1973 29 PIT NL 37 33 30 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 .067 .067 .067 .133 -62 2 0 0 3 0 0 1
1974 30 DET AL 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
9 Yrs 243 218 188 4 11 0 0 0 7 0 0 12 107 .059 .115 .059 .174 -50 11 1 0 18 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 145 125 3 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 8 71 .059 .115 .059 .174 -50 7 1 0 12 0 0
PIT (8 yrs) 215 218 188 4 11 0 0 0 7 0 0 12 107 .059 .115 .059 .174 -50 11 1 0 18 0 0
DET (1 yr) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (8 yrs) 215 218 188 4 11 0 0 0 7 0 0 12 107 .059 .115 .059 .174 -50 11 1 0 18 0 0
AL (1 yr) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1965 21 PIT NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1966 22 PIT NL 10 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1968 24 PIT NL 39 9 -2 0 -0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 1
1969 25 PIT NL 31 37 -7 -0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .489 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1970 26 PIT NL 42 57 -9 0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1 CYA-10,MVP-25
1971 27 PIT NL 28 54 -9 -0 0 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .484 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1972 28 PIT NL 26 26 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1973 29 PIT NL 37 33 -7 0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .491 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $36,000 1
1974 30 DET AL 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $38,000 1
9 Seasons 243 218 -38 -0 1 0 25 -13 -1.5 0 -13 -1.5 .494 .499 -1.5 0.2 -13 $74,000
PIT (8 yrs) 215 218 -38 -0 1 0 25 -13 -1.5 0 -13 -1.5 .493 .499 -1.5 0.2 -13 $36,000
DET (1 yr) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $38,000

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
1970 26 PIT NL NLCS CIN L 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 ❍ 27 PIT NL WS BAL W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 28 PIT NL NLCS CIN L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 NLCS 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1965 PIT NL 21 P 2 0 0 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.50 .960 2.16 2.10 0 0 0
1966 PIT NL 22 P 10 1 0 10.0 3 1 1 1 0 .667 1.80 0.20 .947 1.98 1.96 3 0 0% 40% 0
1968 PIT NL 24 P 39 2 0 62.1 15 3 12 0 0 1.000 2.17 0.38 .958 2.01 2.02 3 4 57% 40% 1
1969 PIT NL 25 P 31 15 3 118.2 28 2 24 2 0 .929 1.97 0.84 .958 1.95 1.94 11 1 8% 40% 0
1970 PIT NL 26 P 42 19 5 163.0 28 3 24 1 3 .964 1.49 0.64 .951 1.85 1.84 7 4 36% 33% 1 CYA-10,MVP-25
1971 PIT NL 27 P 28 24 4 159.2 22 3 18 1 3 .955 1.18 0.75 .954 1.90 1.90 4 3 43% 35% 0
1972 PIT NL 28 P 26 12 2 92.2 19 3 13 3 3 .842 1.55 0.62 .950 1.78 1.78 1 2 67% 37% 0
1973 PIT NL 29 P 37 18 2 122.0 22 4 16 2 1 .909 1.48 0.54 .950 1.88 1.88 9 2 18% 36% 1
1974 DET AL 30 P 28 9 0 92.0 18 6 11 1 0 .944 1.66 0.61 .947 1.81 1.80 11 5 31% 38% 0
9 Seasons P 243 100 16 825.1 156 25 120 11 10 .929 1.58 0.60 .953 1.88 1.89 49 21 30% 37% 3
9 Seasons TOT 243 100 16 825.1 156 25 120 11 10 .929 1.58 0.60 .953 1.88 1.89 49 21 30% 37% 3
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.
  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1970 NL (25, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1970 NL (10, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (303rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1970 NL  3.04 (3rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1970 NL  .714 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1970 NL  7.123 (3rd)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1970 NL  6.847 (8th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1970 NL  3 (6th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1970 NL  0.331 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1970 NL  128 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1970 NL  3.25 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1970 NL  26.91 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1970 NL  2.8 (8th)


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 InkPitching - 10 (1510), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1238), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1285), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (739th), 2.8 career WAR/4.7 7yr-peak WAR/3.7 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 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
1973 29 Pittsburgh Pirates $36,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1974 30 Detroit Tigers $38,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$74,000
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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