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Wes Westrum

Wesley Noreen Westrum

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: November 28, 1922 in Clearbrook, MN
High School: Clearbrook-Gonvick HS (Clearbrook, MN)
School: Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1947 (Age 24)
Rookie Status: Lost 1948 [*]
Team: Giants 1947-1957

Final Game: September 29, 1957 (Age 34)
Died: May 28, 2002 in Clearbrook, MN
Buried: Silver Creek Cemetery, Clearbrook, MN
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 23, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1335. Mark Koenig… #1336. Steve Henderson… #1337. Mel Hall… #1338. WES WESTRUM… #1339. Brett Lawrie… #1340. Jim McTamany… #1341. Rick Miller… 

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
1943 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1947 24 NYG NL 6 12 12 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 .417 .417 .500 .917 141 6 0 0 0 /2
1948 25 NYG NL 66 145 125 14 20 3 1 4 16 3 20 36 .160 .276 .296 .572 54 37 1 0 0 2
1949 26 NYG NL 64 209 169 23 41 4 1 7 28 1 37 39 .243 .385 .402 .787 111 68 5 2 1 2
1950 27 NYG NL 140 532 437 68 103 13 3 23 71 2 92 73 .236 .371 .437 .808 111 191 14 2 1 *2 MVP-32
1951 28 NYG NL 124 474 361 59 79 12 0 20 70 1 0 104 93 .219 .400 .418 .818 119 151 10 5 4 *2
1952 29 NYG NL 114 403 322 47 71 11 0 14 43 1 2 76 68 .220 .374 .385 .759 110 124 5 3 2 *2 AS
1953 30 NYG NL 107 348 290 40 65 5 0 12 30 2 0 56 73 .224 .352 .366 .717 85 106 8 1 0 *2/5 AS
1954 31 NYG NL 98 299 246 25 46 3 1 8 27 0 1 45 60 .187 .315 .305 .620 63 75 2 3 1 4 2
1955 32 NYG NL 69 166 137 11 29 1 0 4 18 0 1 24 18 .212 .327 .307 .634 69 42 8 1 1 3 3 2
1956 33 NYG NL 68 158 132 10 29 5 2 3 8 0 0 25 28 .220 .346 .356 .702 91 47 6 1 0 1 5 2
1957 34 NYG NL 63 103 91 4 15 1 0 1 2 0 1 10 24 .165 .255 .209 .464 27 19 1 1 1 0 1 2
11 Yrs 919 2849 2322 302 503 59 8 96 315 10 5 489 514 .217 .356 .373 .729 94 866 60 19 11 8 9
162 Game Avg. 162 502 409 53 89 10 1 17 56 2 86 91 .217 .356 .373 .729 94 153 11 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
1947 24 NYG NL 6 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .512 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1948 25 NYG NL 66 145 -9 0 1 1 1 -5 -0.6 6 0 0.0 .492 .497 -0.1 0.2 -0 2
1949 26 NYG NL 64 209 4 0 -0 0 2 5 0.5 8 14 1.4 .509 .503 1.4 0.2 14 2
1950 27 NYG NL 140 532 8 -0 -1 5 4 16 1.5 20 36 3.6 .512 .510 3.2 0.9 32 *2 MVP-32
1951 28 NYG NL 124 474 13 2 -2 1 4 18 1.8 18 36 3.6 .515 .511 3.6 0.5 35 *2
1952 29 NYG NL 114 403 6 -1 -1 -1 4 7 0.8 15 23 2.3 .507 .505 2.5 0.3 24 *2 AS
1953 30 NYG NL 107 348 -1 0 -2 3 3 4 0.3 13 18 1.6 .504 .503 1.5 0.6 15 *2/5 AS
1954 31 NYG NL 98 299 -15 -0 0 3 3 -9 -1.0 11 2 0.1 .491 .494 -0.1 0.6 -1 2
1955 32 NYG NL 69 166 -7 -1 -1 1 2 -6 -0.7 6 0 -0.1 .491 .496 -0.1 0.2 -1 2
1956 33 NYG NL 68 158 -3 -0 -1 -4 2 -6 -0.8 6 -0 -0.1 .490 .496 0.4 -0.3 4 2
1957 34 NYG NL 63 103 -9 -0 -0 1 2 -7 -0.8 4 -3 -0.4 .488 .495 -0.5 0.3 -4 2
11 Seasons 919 2849 -10 -1 -8 10 28 19 1.2 108 127 12.2 .502 .503 11.9 3.4 117

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
1951 28 NYG NL WS NYY L 6 22 17 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 .235 .409 .294 .703 5 2 0 0 0 0
1954 31 NYG NL WS CLE W 4 15 11 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 3 .273 .286 .273 .558 3 0 0 1 2 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 10 37 28 1 7 1 0 0 3 0 1 6 6 .250 .361 .286 .647 8 2 0 1 2 0
2 WS 10 37 28 1 7 1 0 0 3 0 1 6 6 .250 .361 .286 .647 8 2 0 1 2 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
1947 NYG NL 24 C 2 2 2 10 8 2 0 0 1.000 5.00 .981 4.95 0 0 0 1 100% 44% 1
1948 NYG NL 25 C 63 37 27 208 179 25 4 4 .981 3.24 .980 5.15 2 6 15 10 40% 40% 0
1949 NYG NL 26 C 62 47 45 247 224 18 5 4 .980 3.90 .982 4.98 4 12 22 7 24% 43% 0
1950 NYG NL 27 C 139 134 109 1138.1 680 608 71 1 21 .999 5.37 4.88 .982 5.38 5.33 8 17 25 29 54% 38% 2 MVP-32
1951 NYG NL 28 C 122 119 97 1027.0 624 554 62 8 9 .987 5.40 5.05 .981 5.18 5.16 5 16 29 31 52% 41% 3
1952 NYG NL 29 C 112 108 82 911.1 557 481 64 12 11 .978 5.38 4.87 .984 5.52 5.47 13 9 15 25 63% 44% 4 AS
1953 NYG NL 30 C 106 101 67 803.0 503 441 53 9 9 .982 3 4 5.54 4.66 .984 5.53 5.42 6 28 15 18 55% 40% 2 AS
1953 NYG NL 30 3B 1 0 0 5.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 5.40 3.00 .950 3.06 3.00 AS
1954 NYG NL 31 C 98 83 59 726.2 471 419 45 7 8 .985 3 5 5.75 4.73 .986 5.36 5.33 3 13 15 22 59% 44% 2
1955 NYG NL 32 C 68 51 23 439.2 311 280 27 4 5 .987 1 3 6.28 4.51 .987 5.65 5.60 4 6 13 11 46% 46% 0
1956 NYG NL 33 C 67 45 26 411.2 330 297 27 6 7 .982 -4 -12 7.08 4.84 .985 5.83 5.77 13 7 16 9 36% 40% 1
1957 NYG NL 34 C 63 41 16 333.1 175 148 21 6 4 .966 1 4 4.56 2.68 .988 5.98 6.02 3 6 13 10 43% 40% 1
11 Seasons C 902 768 553 5791.0 4116 3639 415 62 82 .985 4 1 5.59 4.49 .984 5.47 5.40 61 120 178 173 49% 41% 16
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 5.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 5.40 3.00 .950 3.06 3.00
11 Seasons TOT 903 768 553 5796.0 4119 3639 418 62 82 .985 4 1 5.59 4.49 .984 5.47 5.40 61 120 178 173 49% 41% 16
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
1964 BBWAA ( 1.0%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1950 NL (32, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1950 NL  0.9 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1950 NL  92 (4th)
1951 NL  104 (3rd)
1952 NL  76 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1950 NL  73 (9th)
1951 NL  93 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1951 NL  5 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1950 NL  19.0 (7th)
1951 NL  18.1 (9th)**

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1951 NL  2.6 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1950 NL  139 (1st)
1951 NL  122 (2nd)
1952 NL  112 (3rd)
1953 NL  106 (5th)
1954 NL  98 (4th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1950 NL  608 (2nd)
1951 NL  554 (2nd)
1952 NL  481 (3rd)
1953 NL  441 (4th)
1954 NL  419 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1950 NL  71 (1st)
1951 NL  62 (3rd)
1952 NL  64 (2nd)
1953 NL  53 (4th)
1954 NL  45 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1951 NL  8 (4th)
1952 NL  12 (2nd)
1953 NL  9 (3rd)
1954 NL  7 (4th)
1957 NL  6 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1950 NL  21 (1st)
1951 NL  9 (4th)
1952 NL  11 (1st)
1953 NL  9 (2nd)
1954 NL  8 (4th)
Career  82 (87th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1950 NL  8 (3rd)
1952 NL  13 (1st)
1956 NL  13 (1st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1950 NL  29 (2nd)
1951 NL  31 (2nd)
1952 NL  25 (5th)
1953 NL  18 (5th)
1954 NL  22 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1950 NL  53.7 (2nd)
1951 NL  51.7 (3rd)
1952 NL  62.5 (2nd)
1953 NL  54.5 (1st)
1954 NL  59.5 (1st)
Career  49.3 (22nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1953 NL  3 (4th)
1954 NL  3 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1951 NL  5.40 (5th)
1954 NL  5.75 (2nd)
1955 NL  6.28 (1st)
1956 NL  7.08 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1950 NL  4.88 (4th)
1951 NL  5.05 (2nd)
1952 NL  4.87 (5th)
1954 NL  4.73 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1950 NL  .999 (1st)
1951 NL  .987 (3rd)
1952 NL  .978 (4th)

                                         
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.
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 - 6 (1748), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 17 (922), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1833), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (137th), 12.2 career WAR/12.8 7yr-peak WAR/12.5 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: Wesley Noreen Wes Westrum

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