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Sammy White

Sammy Charles White

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: July 7, 1927 in Wenatchee, WA
High School: Lincoln HS (Seattle, WA)
School: University of Washington (Seattle, WA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 26, 1951 (Age 24.081, 8,445th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Phillies/Braves 1951-1962

Final Game: August 23, 1962 (Age 35.047)
Died: August 4, 1991 in Princeville, HI
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 24, 2014 11:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1788. Xavier Nady… #1789. Pete Suder… #1790. Mike Lamb… #1791. SAMMY WHITE… #1792. Bill Almon… #1793. Billy Sullivan… #1794. Chris Gomez… 

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
1951 23 BOS AL 4 11 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364 -5 2 0 0 0 /2
1952 24 BOS AL 115 399 381 35 107 20 2 10 49 2 3 16 43 .281 .310 .423 .732 97 161 13 0 2 *2 MVP-27,RoY-3
1953 ★ 25 BOS AL 136 515 476 59 130 34 2 13 64 3 2 29 48 .273 .318 .435 .752 98 207 15 2 8 *2 AS
1954 26 BOS AL 137 530 493 46 139 25 2 14 75 1 3 21 50 .282 .307 .426 .732 91 210 15 0 8 8 *2
1955 27 BOS AL 143 604 544 65 142 30 4 11 64 1 2 44 58 .261 .323 .392 .714 85 213 23 7 5 3 4 *2 MVP-24
1956 28 BOS AL 114 433 392 28 96 15 2 5 44 2 1 35 40 .245 .304 .332 .636 61 130 18 0 2 4 7 *2
1957 29 BOS AL 111 370 340 24 73 10 1 3 31 0 1 25 38 .215 .267 .276 .544 46 94 17 0 3 2 6 *2
1958 30 BOS AL 102 352 328 25 85 15 3 6 35 1 1 21 37 .259 .305 .378 .683 83 124 7 1 0 1 4 2
1959 31 BOS AL 119 407 377 34 107 13 4 1 42 4 2 23 39 .284 .324 .347 .672 82 131 14 1 1 3 6 *2
1961 33 MLN NL 21 68 63 1 14 1 0 1 5 0 0 2 9 .222 .242 .286 .528 45 18 1 0 2 1 0 2
1962 34 PHI NL 41 103 97 7 21 4 0 2 12 0 0 2 16 .216 .238 .320 .557 50 31 6 1 2 1 0 2
11 Yrs 1043 3792 3502 324 916 167 20 66 421 14 15 218 381 .262 .305 .377 .682 80 1321 129 12 33 23 27
162 Game Avg. 162 589 544 50 142 26 3 10 65 2 2 34 59 .262 .305 .377 .682 80 205 20 2 5
BOS (9 yrs) 981 3621 3342 316 881 162 20 63 404 14 15 214 356 .264 .308 .381 .689 81 1272 122 11 29 21 27
PHI (1 yr) 41 103 97 7 21 4 0 2 12 0 0 2 16 .216 .238 .320 .557 50 31 6 1 2 1 0
MLN (1 yr) 21 68 63 1 14 1 0 1 5 0 0 2 9 .222 .242 .286 .528 45 18 1 0 2 1 0
AL (9 yrs) 981 3621 3342 316 881 162 20 63 404 14 15 214 356 .264 .308 .381 .689 81 1272 122 11 29 21 27
NL (2 yrs) 62 171 160 8 35 5 0 3 17 0 0 4 25 .219 .240 .306 .546 48 49 7 1 4 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
1951 23 BOS AL 4 11 -2 0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .484 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 /2
1952 24 BOS AL 115 399 -3 -0 -2 0 3 -1 -0.2 12 11 1.1 .499 .499 1.0 0.4 11 *2 MVP-27,RoY-3
1953 ★ 25 BOS AL 136 515 -4 -0 -1 -1 4 -1 -0.1 16 15 1.5 .499 .499 1.6 0.4 16 *2 AS
1954 26 BOS AL 137 530 -4 -4 -1 -6 5 -10 -1.1 16 6 0.5 .492 .493 1.2 -0.1 12 *2
1955 27 BOS AL 143 604 -12 -1 -4 1 6 -10 -1.0 19 9 0.9 .493 .494 0.7 0.8 8 *2 MVP-24
1956 28 BOS AL 114 433 -30 -1 -2 2 5 -26 -2.7 13 -13 -1.4 .476 .483 -1.7 0.8 -15 *2
1957 29 BOS AL 111 370 -29 -1 -2 -1 5 -28 -3.1 11 -16 -2.0 .472 .481 -1.8 0.4 -15 *2
1958 30 BOS AL 102 352 -10 -0 -1 4 5 -2 -0.3 11 8 0.8 .497 .498 0.3 0.9 4 2
1959 31 BOS AL 119 407 -13 1 -1 -1 6 -8 -1.0 12 4 0.2 .493 .495 0.4 0.4 5 *2
1961 33 MLN NL 21 68 -5 -0 -0 1 1 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .482 .498 -0.2 0.2 -2 2
1962 34 PHI NL 41 103 -5 -1 -1 2 2 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.0 .490 .498 -0.2 0.4 -2 2
11 Seasons 1043 3792 -117 -8 -14 2 43 -95 -10.4 118 23 1.5 .490 .493 1.2 4.7 21
BOS (9 yrs) 981 3621 -106 -7 -13 -1 40 -87 -9.6 111 24 1.6 .490 .493 1.6 4.1 25
PHI (1 yr) 41 103 -5 -1 -1 2 2 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.0 .490 .498 -0.2 0.4 -2
MLN (1 yr) 21 68 -5 -0 -0 1 1 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .482 .498 -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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1951 BOS AL 23 C 4 4 2 28.0 16 15 1 0 2 1.000 5.14 4.00 .982 5.01 5.00 0 1 3 0 0% 46% 0
1952 BOS AL 24 C 110 103 94 905.0 532 464 59 9 7 .983 5.20 4.75 .985 5.44 5.44 4 14 21 26 55% 46% 3 MVP-27,RoY-3
1953 BOS AL 25 C 131 121 110 1088.2 665 588 68 9 9 .986 -1 -1 5.42 5.01 .985 5.18 5.15 5 20 33 29 47% 51% 2 AS
1954 BOS AL 26 C 133 124 114 1112.2 773 677 80 16 11 .979 -6 -6 6.12 5.69 .986 5.40 5.36 11 16 47 32 41% 48% 5
1955 BOS AL 27 C 143 142 138 1255.2 754 671 71 12 8 .984 1 1 5.32 5.19 .988 5.58 5.54 5 28 39 35 47% 47% 3 MVP-24
1956 BOS AL 28 C 114 112 98 973.0 617 547 60 10 13 .984 2 2 5.61 5.32 .988 5.91 5.86 6 21 25 27 52% 44% 1
1957 BOS AL 29 C 111 105 76 888.0 546 489 49 8 13 .985 -1 -1 5.45 4.85 .991 5.92 5.94 7 18 23 21 48% 47% 3
1958 BOS AL 30 C 102 91 79 805.2 494 450 38 6 8 .988 4 6 5.45 4.78 .990 6.01 5.95 5 13 19 25 57% 47% 2
1959 BOS AL 31 C 119 111 92 940.1 619 557 56 6 8 .990 -1 -1 5.87 5.15 .989 6.08 6.04 7 29 30 24 44% 40% 3
1961 MLN NL 33 C 20 18 15 162.2 115 107 5 3 0 .974 1 7 6.20 5.60 .985 6.39 6.32 0 2 3 2 40% 38% 0
1962 PHI NL 34 C 40 31 21 257.2 197 173 19 5 4 .975 2 9 6.71 4.80 .987 6.72 6.66 2 12 17 11 39% 34% 3
11 Seasons C 1027 962 839 8417.1 5328 4738 506 84 83 .984 1 0 5.61 5.11 .988 5.71 5.69 52 174 260 232 47% 46% 25
11 Seasons TOT 1027 962 839 8417.1 5328 4738 506 84 83 .984 1 0 5.61 5.11 .988 5.71 5.69 52 174 260 232 47% 46% 25
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1952 AL (27, 1%)
1955 AL (24, 0%)
0.01 Career Shares (1548th)

At Bats s c a p y
1955 AL  544 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1953 AL  34 (3rd)
1954 AL  25 (10th)
1955 AL  30 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1955 AL  7 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1954 AL  8 (6th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (8th)
1957 AL  6 (10th)
1959 AL  6 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1953 AL  15 (9th)
1955 AL  23 (2nd)
1956 AL  18 (7th)
1957 AL  17 (4th)
1959 AL  14 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1955 AL  435 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1952 AL  110 (5th)
1953 AL  131 (2nd)
1954 AL  133 (3rd)
1955 AL  143 (2nd)
1956 AL  114 (4th)
1957 AL  111 (3rd)
1958 AL  102 (4th)
1959 AL  119 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1953 AL  588 (1st)
1954 AL  677 (2nd)
1955 AL  671 (2nd)
1956 AL  547 (4th)
1957 AL  489 (4th)
1959 AL  557 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1952 AL  59 (4th)
1953 AL  68 (1st)
1954 AL  80 (1st)
1955 AL  71 (1st)
1956 AL  60 (1st)
1957 AL  49 (5th)
1959 AL  56 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1952 AL  9 (2nd)
1953 AL  9 (3rd)
1954 AL  16 (1st)
1955 AL  12 (2nd)
1956 AL  10 (2nd)
1957 AL  8 (2nd)
1958 AL  6 (4th)
1959 AL  6 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1952 AL  7 (3rd)
1953 AL  9 (2nd)
1954 AL  11 (2nd)
1956 AL  13 (3rd)
1957 AL  13 (1st)
1958 AL  8 (4th)
1959 AL  8 (3rd)
Career  83 (84th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1954 AL  11 (1st)
1956 AL  6 (4th)
1957 AL  7 (4th)
1959 AL  7 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1953 AL  33 (1st)
1954 AL  47 (1st)
1955 AL  39 (1st)
1956 AL  25 (3rd)
1957 AL  23 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1952 AL  26 (3rd)
1953 AL  29 (3rd)
1954 AL  32 (3rd)
1955 AL  35 (1st)
1956 AL  27 (1st)
1957 AL  21 (5th)
1958 AL  25 (4th)
1959 AL  24 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1952 AL  55.3 (1st)
1955 AL  47.3 (4th)
1956 AL  51.9 (5th)
1957 AL  47.7 (5th)
1958 AL  56.8 (1st)
1959 AL  44.4 (5th)
Career  47.2 (54th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1956 AL  2 (5th)
1958 AL  4 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1953 AL  5.42 (2nd)
1954 AL  6.12 (1st)
1955 AL  5.32 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1953 AL  5.01 (1st)
1954 AL  5.69 (1st)
1955 AL  5.19 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1953 AL  .986 (5th)
1958 AL  .988 (5th)
1959 AL  .990 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 7 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1829), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 23 (592), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (377th), 1.5 career WAR/5.0 7yr-peak WAR/3.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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