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Burgess Whitehead

Burgess Urquhart Whitehead (Whitey)

Positions: Second Baseman, Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: June 29, 1910 in Tarboro, NC
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 30, 1933 (Age 22.305)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Cardinals/Pirates 1933-1946

Final Game: September 29, 1946 (Age 36.092)
Died: November 25, 1993 in Windsor, NC
Buried: St. Thomas Church Cemetery, Windsor, 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
1933 23 STL NL 12 8 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571 60 2 1 0 1 /64
1934 24 STL NL 100 357 332 55 92 13 5 1 24 5 12 19 .277 .310 .355 .666 73 118 3 4 9 465
1935 ★ 25 STL NL 107 358 338 45 89 10 2 0 33 5 11 14 .263 .289 .305 .593 57 103 5 1 8 4/56 AS
1936 26 NYG NL 154 685 632 99 176 31 3 4 47 14 29 32 .278 .317 .356 .673 81 225 18 7 17 *4 MVP-11
1937 ★ 27 NYG NL 152 614 574 64 164 15 6 5 52 7 28 20 .286 .323 .359 .682 84 206 11 4 7 *4 AS
1939 29 NYG NL 95 370 335 31 80 6 3 2 24 1 24 19 .239 .299 .293 .592 59 98 15 5 6 4/65
1940 30 NYG NL 133 606 568 68 160 9 6 4 36 9 26 17 .282 .319 .340 .659 81 193 16 5 7 54/6
1941 31 NYG NL 116 429 403 41 92 15 4 1 23 7 14 10 .228 .258 .293 .551 54 118 18 2 10 *4/5
1946 36 PIT NL 55 136 127 10 28 1 2 0 5 3 6 6 .220 .261 .260 .521 46 33 3 1 2 4/56
9 Yrs 924 3563 3316 415 883 100 31 17 245 51 150 138 .266 .304 .331 .634 71 1096 90 29 67
162 Game Avg. 162 625 581 73 155 18 5 3 43 9 26 24 .266 .304 .331 .634 71 192 16 5 12
NYG (5 yrs) 650 2704 2512 303 672 76 22 16 182 38 121 98 .268 .307 .334 .642 74 840 78 23 47
STL (3 yrs) 219 723 677 102 183 23 7 1 58 10 23 34 .270 .299 .329 .629 65 223 9 5 18
PIT (1 yr) 55 136 127 10 28 1 2 0 5 3 6 6 .220 .261 .260 .521 46 33 3 1 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
1933 23 STL NL 12 8 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .498 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /64
1934 24 STL NL 100 357 -13 -0 0 0 4 -9 -0.9 11 2 0.2 .491 .494 0.2 0.4 2 465
1935 ★ 25 STL NL 107 358 -20 -0 0 3 3 -14 -1.4 11 -3 -0.2 .487 .491 -0.6 0.7 -6 4/56 AS
1936 26 NYG NL 154 685 -16 -1 0 16 5 4 0.4 22 26 2.7 .503 .503 1.0 2.1 10 *4 MVP-11
1937 ★ 27 NYG NL 152 614 -11 -1 0 17 6 12 1.1 20 31 3.2 .508 .507 1.5 2.3 14 *4 AS
1939 29 NYG NL 95 370 -18 0 0 9 4 -5 -0.6 12 7 0.7 .495 .497 -0.2 1.3 -2 4/65
1940 30 NYG NL 133 606 -13 -1 0 2 3 -8 -1.0 20 12 1.1 .493 .495 0.9 0.5 9 54/6
1941 31 NYG NL 116 429 -24 -0 0 -4 4 -24 -2.7 15 -9 -1.1 .478 .484 -0.7 0.0 -5 *4/5
1946 36 PIT NL 55 136 -9 0 0 -3 2 -10 -1.1 5 -5 -0.6 .479 .493 -0.3 -0.2 -2 4/56
9 Seasons 924 3563 -122 -3 0 40 32 -54 -6.2 116 62 5.9 .494 .497 1.8 7.2 22
NYG (5 yrs) 650 2704 -81 -2 0 40 22 -21 -2.7 88 67 6.6 .496 .498 2.5 6.3 27
STL (3 yrs) 219 723 -33 -1 0 3 8 -23 -2.3 22 -1 -0.0 .489 .493 -0.4 1.1 -4
PIT (1 yr) 55 136 -9 0 0 -3 2 -10 -1.1 5 -5 -0.6 .479 .493 -0.3 -0.2 -2

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
1934 ❍ 24 STL NL WS DET W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 26 NYG NL WS NYY L 6 22 21 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 .048 .091 .048 .139 1 0 0 0 0 0
1937 27 NYG NL WS NYY L 5 18 16 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .250 .333 .375 .708 6 0 0 0 0 1
3 Yrs (3 Series) 12 40 37 2 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 3 3 .135 .200 .189 .389 7 0 0 0 0 1
3 WS 12 40 37 2 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 3 3 .135 .200 .189 .389 7 0 0 0 0 1

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 Awards
1933 STL NL 23 SS 9 0 0 6 3 3 0 1 1.000 0.67 .948 5.40
1933 STL NL 23 2B 3 0 0 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 1.67 .968 5.80
1934 STL NL 24 2B 48 37 35 237 88 140 9 27 .962 4.75 .965 5.88
1934 STL NL 24 SS 29 8 8 77 40 33 4 5 .948 2.52 .951 5.34
1934 STL NL 24 3B 28 26 22 80 30 47 3 6 .963 2.75 .945 2.96
1935 STL NL 25 2B 80 63 63 398 172 218 8 43 .980 4.88 .963 5.76 AS
1935 STL NL 25 3B 8 7 5 20 7 12 1 2 .950 2.38 .941 2.86 AS
1935 STL NL 25 SS 6 3 3 20 9 10 1 2 .950 3.17 .947 5.27 AS
1936 NYG NL 26 2B 153 153 145 1026 442 552 32 107 .969 6.50 .963 5.94 MVP-11
1937 NYG NL 27 2B 152 152 145 932 394 514 24 106 .974 5.97 .959 5.70 AS
1939 NYG NL 29 2B 91 89 79 569 232 320 17 60 .970 6.07 .968 5.69
1939 NYG NL 29 SS 4 3 3 22 7 15 0 2 1.000 5.50 .953 5.50
1939 NYG NL 29 3B 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 2.00 .940 3.00
1940 NYG NL 30 3B 74 74 74 209 68 130 11 5 .947 2.68 .948 3.01
1940 NYG NL 30 2B 57 57 54 369 164 200 5 45 .986 6.39 .964 5.61
1940 NYG NL 30 SS 4 2 2 12 6 6 0 0 1.000 3.00 .950 5.50
1941 NYG NL 31 2B 104 100 98 591 288 285 18 60 .970 5.51 .962 5.60
1941 NYG NL 31 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1946 PIT NL 36 2B 30 24 21 135 66 64 5 14 .963 4.33 .971 5.52
1946 PIT NL 36 3B 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.25 .950 3.08
1946 PIT NL 36 SS 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 5.20
9 Seasons 2B 718 675 640 4262 1847 2297 118 462 .972 5.77 .963 5.74
6 Seasons 3B 116 107 101 312 106 191 15 14 .952 2.56 .947 2.99
6 Seasons SS 53 16 16 138 65 68 5 10 .964 2.51 .951 5.36
9 Seasons TOT 887 798 757 4712 2018 2556 138 486 .971 5.16 .962 5.36
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% 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

Hall of Fame
1956 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1936 NL (11, 8%)
0.08 Career Shares (990th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1935 NL  0.7 (10th)
1936 NL  2.1 (3rd)
1937 NL  2.3 (2nd)
1939 NL  1.3 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1936 NL  154 (5th)
1937 NL  152 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1936 NL  632 (6th)
1937 NL  574 (10th)
1940 NL  568 (10th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1936 NL  685 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1936 NL  14 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1936 NL  138 (9th)
1937 NL  138 (5th)
1940 NL  141 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1934 NL  4 (10th)
1936 NL  7 (3rd)
1937 NL  4 (8th)
1939 NL  5 (6th)
1940 NL  5 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1936 NL  17 (3rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1936 NL  18 (4th)
1939 NL  15 (9th)
1940 NL  16 (5th)
1941 NL  18 (4th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1937 NL  28.7 (4th)
1940 NL  33.4 (3rd)
1941 NL  40.3 (2nd)
Career  24.0 (63rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1936 NL  491 (2nd)
1937 NL  428 (6th)
1940 NL  431 (5th)

Assistss c a p y
1936 NL  552 (3rd)
1937 NL  514 (2nd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  153 (1st)
1937 NL  152 (1st)
1939 NL  91 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  442 (2nd)
1937 NL  394 (1st)
1939 NL  232 (5th)
1941 NL  288 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  552 (2nd)
1937 NL  514 (2nd)
1939 NL  320 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  32 (1st)
1939 NL  17 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  107 (3rd)
1937 NL  106 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  6.50 (1st)
1937 NL  5.97 (2nd)
1939 NL  6.07 (1st)
1941 NL  5.51 (5th)
Career  5.77 (23rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1936 NL  .969 (3rd)
1937 NL  .974 (1st)
1941 NL  .970 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 7 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1095), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (239th), 5.9 career WAR/7.7 7yr-peak WAR/6.8 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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