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Preston Ward

Preston Meyer Ward

Positions: First Baseman, Outfielder and Third Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 24, 1927 in Columbia, MO
High School: Springfield HS (Springfield, MO)
School: Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1944. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1948 (Age 20.271, 8,037th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Indians/Athletics/Cubs/Dodgers 1948-1959

Last Game: August 18, 1959 (Age 32.025)
Died: June 2, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV
Buried: Palm Mortuary and Cemetery Eastern, Las Vegas, NV
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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 20 BRO NL 42 162 146 9 38 9 2 1 21 0 15 23 .260 .329 .370 .699 86 54 0 0 1 3
1950 22 CHC NL 80 319 285 31 72 11 2 6 33 3 27 42 .253 .317 .368 .686 80 105 6 0 7 3
1951 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1952 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1953 25 TOT NL 121 452 381 45 82 12 1 12 39 4 4 62 60 .215 .327 .346 .673 76 132 9 1 6 38
1953 25 CHC NL 33 120 100 10 23 5 0 4 12 3 1 18 21 .230 .347 .400 .747 93 40 3 0 1 8O/3
1953 25 PIT NL 88 332 281 35 59 7 1 8 27 1 3 44 39 .210 .319 .327 .646 70 92 6 1 5 3
1954 26 PIT NL 117 407 360 37 97 16 2 7 48 0 0 39 61 .269 .337 .383 .721 90 138 5 0 3 4 395
1955 27 PIT NL 84 207 179 16 38 7 4 5 25 0 0 22 28 .212 .296 .380 .675 80 68 3 0 5 2 4 3/9
1956 28 TOT MLB 103 207 180 21 48 10 1 7 32 0 0 22 24 .267 .345 .450 .795 109 81 0 0 4 1 0 37/95
1956 28 PIT NL 16 37 30 3 10 0 1 1 11 0 0 6 4 .333 .432 .500 .932 154 15 0 0 0 1 0 /59
1956 28 CLE AL 87 170 150 18 38 10 0 6 21 0 0 16 20 .253 .325 .440 .765 99 66 0 0 4 0 0 37/9
1957 29 CLE AL 10 11 11 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 /3
1958 30 TOT AL 129 464 416 50 118 13 2 10 45 0 2 37 63 .284 .340 .397 .737 102 165 4 1 5 5 3 35/7
1958 30 CLE AL 48 162 148 22 50 3 1 4 21 0 1 10 27 .338 .379 .453 .832 130 67 1 1 1 2 1 53
1958 30 KCA AL 81 302 268 28 68 10 1 6 24 0 1 27 36 .254 .319 .366 .684 87 98 3 0 4 3 2 35/7
1959 31 KCA AL 58 119 109 8 27 4 1 2 19 0 0 7 12 .248 .286 .358 .644 75 39 3 0 0 3 1 3/7
9 Yrs 744 2348 2067 219 522 83 15 50 262 7 6 231 315 .253 .326 .380 .706 88 785 30 2 31 15 8
162 Game Avg. 162 511 450 48 114 18 3 11 57 2 50 69 .253 .326 .380 .706 88 171 7 0 7
PIT (4 yrs) 305 983 850 91 204 30 8 21 111 1 3 111 132 .240 .326 .368 .694 83 313 14 1 13 7 4
CLE (3 yrs) 145 343 309 42 90 14 1 10 42 0 1 26 49 .291 .346 .440 .786 111 136 1 1 5 2 1
CHC (2 yrs) 113 439 385 41 95 16 2 10 45 6 1 45 63 .247 .326 .377 .702 84 145 9 0 8
KCA (2 yrs) 139 421 377 36 95 14 2 8 43 0 1 34 48 .252 .309 .363 .673 83 137 6 0 4 6 3
BRO (1 yr) 42 162 146 9 38 9 2 1 21 0 15 23 .260 .329 .370 .699 86 54 0 0 1
NL (6 yrs) 460 1584 1381 141 337 55 12 32 177 7 4 171 218 .244 .326 .371 .697 84 512 23 1 22 7 4
AL (4 yrs) 284 764 686 78 185 28 3 18 85 0 2 60 97 .270 .326 .398 .724 96 273 7 1 9 8 4

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 20 BRO NL 42 162 -3 -1 1 0 -2 -4 -0.5 6 2 0.2 .490 .497 0.2 -0.2 2 3
1950 22 CHC NL 80 319 -8 -0 -1 5 -4 -7 -0.8 12 5 0.4 .491 .495 -0.1 0.1 -0 3
1953 25 CHC NL 33 120 -2 1 -1 -4 -0 -7 -0.7 5 -3 -0.3 .479 .496 0.2 -0.5 2 8O/3
1953 25 PIT NL 88 332 -14 -0 1 2 -3 -15 -1.6 13 -3 -0.4 .483 .491 -0.5 -0.2 -5 3
1954 26 PIT NL 117 407 -7 -2 2 -5 -4 -16 -1.7 15 -0 -0.2 .486 .490 0.4 -1.0 5 395
1955 27 PIT NL 84 207 -7 0 1 1 -2 -7 -0.8 8 1 -0.0 .492 .496 -0.0 -0.2 -0 3/9
1956 28 PIT NL 16 37 2 0 0 -2 -0 0 0.0 1 2 0.2 .503 .500 0.4 -0.2 4 /59
1956 28 CLE AL 87 170 -1 0 1 6 -3 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .503 .502 0.2 0.3 2 37/9
1957 29 CLE AL 10 11 -0 -0 0 -0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .491 .499 -0.0 -0.0 -0 /3
1958 30 CLE AL 48 162 6 -0 1 -2 -1 4 0.4 5 9 0.9 .510 .503 1.1 -0.3 11 53
1958 30 KCA AL 81 302 -6 1 1 -11 -2 -17 -1.9 9 -8 -1.0 .477 .489 0.2 -1.4 3 35/7
1959 31 KCA AL 58 119 -6 0 -0 0 -1 -7 -0.8 4 -3 -0.4 .488 .496 -0.4 -0.1 -3 3/7
9 Seasons 744 2348 -46 -1 5 -10 -22 -73 -8.2 83 10 0.2 .490 .495 1.7 -3.7 20
PIT (4 yrs) 305 983 -25 -2 3 -4 -10 -37 -4.1 37 -0 -0.4 .488 .492 0.3 -1.7 4
CLE (3 yrs) 145 343 5 -0 2 4 -4 6 0.6 11 17 1.7 .505 .502 1.3 0.0 13
CHC (2 yrs) 113 439 -10 0 -1 1 -4 -14 -1.6 17 2 0.1 .487 .495 0.1 -0.4 1
KCA (2 yrs) 139 421 -12 1 0 -10 -3 -23 -2.7 13 -11 -1.3 .482 .492 -0.2 -1.5 -0
BRO (1 yr) 42 162 -3 -1 1 0 -2 -4 -0.5 6 2 0.2 .490 .497 0.2 -0.2 2

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
1948 BRO NL 20 1B 38 37 33 291 268 20 3 21 .990 7.58 .990 9.61
1950 CHC NL 22 1B 76 74 69 646.1 811 734 73 4 78 .995 11.24 10.62 .990 9.71 9.61
1953 TOT NL 25 1B 85 81 78 728.2 814 742 65 7 74 .991 2 3 9.97 9.49 .990 9.88 9.68
1953 CHC NL 25 CF 27 24 11 198.1 51 49 0 2 0 .961 -4 -27 2.22 1.81 .980 2.84 2.78
1953 CHC NL 25 OF 27 24 11 198.1 51 49 0 2 0 .961 -4 -27 2.22 1.81 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 CHC NL 25 1B 7 5 4 48.0 50 49 1 0 9 1.000 0 0 9.38 7.14 .990 9.88 9.69
1953 PIT NL 25 1B 78 76 74 680.2 764 693 64 7 65 .991 2 3 10.01 9.71 .990 9.88 9.68
1954 PIT NL 26 1B 48 38 36 339.2 385 338 41 6 31 .984 -1 -2 10.04 7.90 .991 9.81 9.75
1954 PIT NL 26 OF 42 41 29 342.2 88 74 8 6 3 .932 -4 -14 2.15 1.95 .975 2.36 2.34
1954 PIT NL 26 RF 42 41 29 342.2 83 71 7 5 3 .940 -4 -14 2.05 1.86 .970 1.96 1.95
1954 PIT NL 26 3B 11 12 10 96.0 30 7 20 3 0 .900 -1 -8 2.53 2.45 .952 3.17 3.15
1955 PIT NL 27 1B 48 38 35 365.1 420 384 35 1 41 .998 1 4 10.32 8.73 .991 9.79 9.70
1955 PIT NL 27 OF 1 1 0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.30
1955 PIT NL 27 RF 1 1 0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.95 2.00
1956 TOT MLB 28 OF 22 18 7 142.0 32 31 1 0 0 1.000 2 15 2.03 1.45 .979 2.33 2.30
1956 TOT MLB 28 RF 8 6 3 45.0 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 0 3 1.60 1.00 .974 2.02 2.00
1956 PIT NL 28 3B 5 5 2 30.0 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 -1 -44 1.80 1.20 .957 3.06 3.02
1956 PIT NL 28 OF 5 4 3 29.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -29 0.62 0.40 .975 2.27 2.24
1956 PIT NL 28 RF 5 4 3 29.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -29 0.62 0.40 .975 1.99 1.96
1956 CLE AL 28 1B 60 16 15 240.1 250 226 21 3 20 .988 3 16 9.25 4.12 .990 9.43 9.35
1956 CLE AL 28 OF 17 14 4 113.0 30 29 1 0 0 1.000 2 27 2.39 1.76 .979 2.34 2.32
1956 CLE AL 28 LF 14 12 4 97.0 23 23 0 0 0 1.000 2 21 2.13 1.64 .977 2.10 2.09
1956 CLE AL 28 RF 3 2 0 16.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 1 60 3.38 2.00 .973 2.08 2.07
1957 CLE AL 29 1B 1 0 0 5.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -72 5.40 3.00 .993 9.72 9.70
1958 TOT AL 30 1B 60 57 46 485.0 520 481 35 4 40 .992 -3 -7 9.58 8.60 .991 9.60 9.50
1958 TOT AL 30 3B 58 45 36 423.1 130 39 81 10 6 .923 -9 -24 2.55 2.07 .951 3.11 3.08
1958 CLE AL 30 3B 24 14 9 149.0 46 16 28 2 2 .957 -2 -15 2.66 1.83 .951 3.11 3.08
1958 CLE AL 30 1B 21 18 13 147.0 147 135 12 0 12 1.000 0 2 9.00 7.00 .991 9.60 9.50
1958 KCA AL 30 1B 39 39 33 338.0 373 346 23 4 28 .989 -3 -12 9.83 9.46 .991 9.60 9.50
1958 KCA AL 30 3B 34 31 27 274.1 84 23 53 8 4 .905 -7 -29 2.49 2.24 .951 3.11 3.08
1958 KCA AL 30 LF 2 2 1 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -48 1.80 1.50 .980 2.10 2.05
1958 KCA AL 30 OF 2 2 1 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -48 1.80 1.50 .983 2.28 2.25
1959 KCA AL 31 1B 22 20 11 155.2 171 161 7 3 14 .982 0 4 9.71 7.64 .990 9.84 9.77
1959 KCA AL 31 LF 1 1 1 8.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -0 -45 0.00 0.00 .980 2.02 2.00
1959 KCA AL 31 OF 1 1 1 8.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -0 -45 0.00 0.00 .980 2.25 2.20
9 Seasons 1B 438 361 323 2966.0 3665 3337 297 31 319 .992 3 1 10.15 8.30 .990 9.74 9.61
6 Seasons OF 95 87 49 712.0 175 157 9 9 3 .949 -7 -12 2.10 1.75 .977 2.35 2.32
3 Seasons 3B 74 62 48 549.1 166 49 104 13 6 .922 -10 -23 2.51 2.07 .951 3.12 3.09
3 Seasons RF 51 48 32 393.2 91 78 8 5 3 .945 -4 -12 1.97 1.69 .970 1.97 1.96
1 Season CF 27 24 11 198.1 51 49 0 2 0 .961 -4 -27 2.22 1.81 .980 2.84 2.78
3 Seasons LF 17 15 6 120.0 27 26 0 1 0 .963 1 8 1.95 1.53 .977 2.09 2.08
9 Seasons TOT 607 510 420 4227.1 4006 3543 410 53 328 .987 -15 -4 7.80 6.51 .988 7.63 7.67
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.
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

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1950 NL  73 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1954 NL  3 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1954 NL  3 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  2 (5th)
1956 AL  3 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1953 NL  9.97 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  9.49 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1948 NL  born 1927-07-24 (10th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (400th), 0.2 career WAR/1.2 7yr-peak WAR/0.7 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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