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Rube Walker

Albert Bluford Walker

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: May 16, 1926 in Lenoir, NC
High School: Lenoir HS (Lenoir, NC)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1944. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1948 (Age 21.340, 8,037th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Cubs 1948-1958

Last Game: June 15, 1958 (Age 32.030)
Died: December 12, 1992 in Morganton, NC
Buried: Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Lenoir, NC
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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
1948 22 CHC NL 79 196 171 17 47 8 0 5 26 0 24 17 .275 .371 .409 .780 115 70 8 2 0 2
1949 23 CHC NL 56 181 172 11 42 4 1 3 22 0 9 18 .244 .282 .331 .613 67 57 4 0 0 2
1950 24 CHC NL 74 231 213 19 49 7 1 6 16 0 18 34 .230 .290 .357 .647 70 76 3 0 0 2
1951 25 TOT NL 73 200 181 15 43 8 0 4 14 0 0 18 27 .238 .307 .348 .655 74 63 7 0 1 2
1951 25 CHC NL 37 119 107 9 25 4 0 2 5 0 0 12 13 .234 .311 .327 .638 70 35 4 0 0 2
1951 25 BRO NL 36 81 74 6 18 4 0 2 9 0 0 6 14 .243 .300 .378 .678 80 28 3 0 1 2
1952 26 BRO NL 46 150 139 9 36 8 0 1 19 0 0 8 17 .259 .304 .338 .642 76 47 3 1 2 2
1953 27 BRO NL 43 103 95 5 23 6 0 3 9 0 0 7 11 .242 .301 .400 .701 78 38 1 1 0 2
1954 28 BRO NL 50 183 155 12 28 7 0 5 23 0 0 24 17 .181 .291 .323 .614 58 50 5 1 1 2 2
1955 29 BRO NL 48 120 103 6 26 5 0 2 13 1 0 15 11 .252 .342 .359 .701 84 37 8 0 0 2 4 2
1956 30 BRO NL 54 156 146 5 31 6 1 3 20 0 1 7 18 .212 .245 .329 .574 47 48 3 0 1 2 2 2
1957 31 BRO NL 60 187 166 12 30 8 0 2 23 2 0 15 33 .181 .243 .265 .508 32 44 7 0 2 4 4 2
1958 32 LAD NL 25 50 44 3 5 2 0 1 7 0 0 5 10 .114 .200 .227 .427 11 10 2 0 0 1 2 2
11 Yrs 608 1757 1585 114 360 69 3 35 192 3 1 150 213 .227 .294 .341 .635 68 540 51 5 7 11 12
162 Game Avg. 162 468 422 30 96 18 1 9 51 1 40 57 .227 .294 .341 .635 68 144 14 1 2
LAD (8 yrs) 362 1030 922 58 197 46 1 19 123 3 1 87 131 .214 .281 .328 .608 59 302 32 3 7 11 12
CHC (4 yrs) 246 727 663 56 163 23 2 16 69 0 0 63 82 .246 .313 .359 .672 81 238 19 2 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
1948 22 CHC NL 79 196 4 -0 -0 0 2 6 0.6 8 14 1.4 .508 .504 1.4 0.2 14 2
1949 23 CHC NL 56 181 -8 -0 0 -2 1 -8 -0.9 7 -1 -0.2 .484 .495 0.0 -0.1 1 2
1950 24 CHC NL 74 231 -10 1 -1 0 2 -7 -0.8 9 2 0.1 .490 .496 0.2 0.2 2 2
1951 25 CHC NL 37 119 -4 0 -0 0 1 -3 -0.4 4 1 0.1 .491 .498 0.1 0.1 1 2
1951 25 BRO NL 36 81 -2 0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .495 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1952 26 BRO NL 46 150 -4 -1 0 0 1 -4 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .491 .497 0.2 0.1 2 2
1953 27 BRO NL 43 103 -2 -1 -0 0 1 -2 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .494 .498 0.1 0.1 1 2
1954 28 BRO NL 50 183 -12 -1 -1 2 2 -10 -1.0 7 -3 -0.4 .480 .494 -0.5 0.4 -5 2
1955 29 BRO NL 48 120 -4 0 -2 -1 1 -5 -0.5 5 -0 -0.1 .490 .497 0.1 -0.1 1 2
1956 30 BRO NL 54 156 -12 -1 -0 0 2 -12 -1.4 6 -6 -0.8 .475 .492 -0.7 0.1 -6 2
1957 31 BRO NL 60 187 -19 1 -0 5 2 -12 -1.4 7 -5 -0.7 .478 .492 -1.2 0.7 -10 2
1958 32 LAD NL 25 50 -7 -0 -0 -1 1 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .466 .495 -0.6 -0.0 -5 2
11 Seasons 608 1757 -79 -2 -5 3 17 -67 -7.6 67 -0 -0.8 .488 .496 -0.7 1.7 -3
LAD (8 yrs) 362 1030 -62 -4 -4 5 11 -54 -6.1 39 -15 -2.2 .484 .495 -2.4 1.4 -21
CHC (4 yrs) 246 727 -17 1 -1 -2 6 -13 -1.5 28 15 1.4 .495 .498 1.7 0.4 17

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
1956 30 BRO NL WS NYY L 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1948 CHC NL 22 C 44 39 30 204 178 22 4 3 .980 4.55 .980 5.15 4 6 19 12 39% 40% 0
1949 CHC NL 23 C 43 40 35 196 166 23 7 2 .964 4.40 .982 4.98 6 9 21 11 34% 43% 1
1950 CHC NL 24 C 62 50 41 452.0 281 240 34 7 6 .975 5.46 4.42 .982 5.38 5.33 2 10 29 13 31% 38% 2
1951 TOT NL 25 C 54 46 38 407.0 202 173 23 6 2 .970 4.33 3.63 .981 5.18 5.16 0 8 15 9 38% 41% 3
1951 CHC NL 25 C 31 30 27 254.2 130 111 15 4 2 .969 4.45 4.06 .981 5.18 5.16 0 5 9 4 31% 41% 2
1951 BRO NL 25 C 23 16 11 152.1 72 62 8 2 0 .972 4.14 3.04 .981 5.18 5.16 0 3 6 5 45% 41% 1
1952 BRO NL 26 C 40 37 33 331.2 236 217 16 3 2 .987 6.32 5.83 .984 5.52 5.47 4 7 11 8 42% 44% 0
1953 BRO NL 27 C 28 24 15 203.0 135 120 12 3 2 .978 0 0 5.85 4.71 .984 5.53 5.42 1 4 3 3 50% 40% 0
1954 BRO NL 28 C 47 46 41 404.0 279 259 19 1 4 .996 2 6 6.19 5.91 .986 5.36 5.33 0 9 8 10 56% 44% 0
1955 BRO NL 29 C 35 28 21 248.0 159 147 10 2 3 .987 -1 -5 5.70 4.49 .987 5.65 5.60 0 7 11 5 31% 46% 0
1956 BRO NL 30 C 43 37 27 322.2 207 184 20 3 4 .986 0 0 5.69 4.74 .985 5.83 5.77 1 8 8 6 43% 40% 1
1957 BRO NL 31 C 50 42 38 390.2 252 230 20 2 3 .992 5 15 5.76 5.00 .988 5.98 6.02 0 8 10 15 60% 40% 0
1958 LAD NL 32 C 20 12 8 116.0 68 62 5 1 1 .985 -1 -10 5.20 3.35 .988 6.06 6.02 2 7 2 3 60% 39% 0
11 Seasons C 466 401 327 2875.0 2219 1976 204 39 32 .982 5 2 5.61 4.68 .984 5.56 5.44 20 83 137 95 41% 41% 7
11 Seasons TOT 466 401 327 2875.0 2219 1976 204 39 32 .982 5 2 5.61 4.68 .984 5.56 5.44 20 83 137 95 41% 41% 7
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

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1949 NL  7 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1950 NL  29 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1957 NL  15 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1954 NL  2 (4th)
1957 NL  5 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1950 NL  5.46 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (642nd), -0.8 career WAR/1.7 7yr-peak WAR/0.4 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Albert Bluford Rube Walker

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