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Red Wilson

Robert James Wilson

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: March 7, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI
High School: Washington HS (Milwaukee, WI)
School: University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, WI)
Signed
by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 22, 1951 (Age 22.199, 8,437th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/WhiteSox/Indians 1951-1960

Last Game: September 24, 1960 (Age 31.201)
Died: August 8, 2014 in Fitchburg, WI
Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI
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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
1951 22 CHW AL 4 12 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .273 .333 .364 .697 90 4 2 0 0 /2
1952 23 CHW AL 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /2
1953 24 CHW AL 71 193 164 21 41 6 1 0 10 2 3 26 12 .250 .353 .299 .651 75 49 8 0 3 2
1954 25 TOT AL 62 225 190 24 52 11 1 3 23 3 1 28 14 .274 .365 .389 .755 108 74 8 0 6 1 2
1954 25 CHW AL 8 21 20 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 .200 .238 .350 .588 57 7 0 0 0 0 /2
1954 25 DET AL 54 204 170 22 48 11 1 2 22 3 1 27 12 .282 .379 .394 .773 114 67 8 0 6 1 2
1955 26 DET AL 78 274 241 26 53 9 0 2 17 1 2 26 23 .220 .296 .282 .578 58 68 13 0 7 0 3 2
1956 27 DET AL 78 278 228 32 66 12 2 7 38 2 1 42 18 .289 .393 .452 .844 122 103 6 0 3 5 7 2
1957 28 DET AL 60 214 180 21 43 8 1 3 13 2 3 25 19 .239 .341 .344 .686 86 62 3 3 5 0 2 2
1958 29 DET AL 103 343 298 31 89 13 1 3 29 10 0 35 30 .299 .373 .379 .752 102 113 8 2 5 3 5 2
1959 30 DET AL 67 247 228 28 60 17 2 4 35 2 2 10 23 .263 .295 .408 .703 87 93 8 2 3 4 1 2
1960 31 TOT AL 77 249 222 22 48 7 0 2 24 3 0 22 21 .216 .286 .275 .561 52 61 4 1 1 3 2 2
1960 31 DET AL 45 151 134 17 29 4 0 1 14 3 0 16 14 .216 .298 .269 .567 53 36 1 0 0 1 1 2
1960 31 CLE AL 32 98 88 5 19 3 0 1 10 0 0 6 7 .216 .268 .284 .552 52 25 3 1 1 2 1 2
10 Yrs 602 2038 1765 206 455 84 8 24 189 25 12 215 163 .258 .338 .355 .694 87 627 60 8 33 16 20
162 Game Avg. 162 548 475 55 122 23 2 6 51 7 3 58 44 .258 .338 .355 .694 87 169 16 2 9
DET (7 yrs) 485 1711 1479 177 388 74 7 22 168 23 9 181 139 .262 .343 .366 .709 91 542 47 7 29 14 19
CHW (4 yrs) 85 229 198 24 48 7 1 1 11 2 3 28 17 .242 .336 .303 .639 72 60 10 0 3 0
CLE (1 yr) 32 98 88 5 19 3 0 1 10 0 0 6 7 .216 .268 .284 .552 52 25 3 1 1 2 1

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 22 CHW AL 4 12 -0 -0 -0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .499 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1952 23 CHW AL 2 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .458 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1953 24 CHW AL 71 193 -2 -3 -0 -1 2 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .493 .497 0.2 0.1 2 2
1954 25 CHW AL 8 21 -1 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .478 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1954 25 DET AL 54 204 3 -0 -1 1 2 5 0.5 6 11 1.1 .510 .503 1.0 0.3 10 2
1955 26 DET AL 78 274 -11 0 -1 -3 3 -12 -1.3 8 -4 -0.4 .483 .492 -0.1 0.0 -1 2
1956 27 DET AL 78 278 9 -0 -0 2 3 14 1.4 9 22 2.2 .518 .509 2.0 0.6 21 2
1957 28 DET AL 60 214 -4 0 0 3 3 2 0.2 7 9 0.9 .504 .502 0.6 0.6 6 2
1958 29 DET AL 103 343 1 2 -0 -1 5 6 0.6 11 17 1.7 .507 .504 1.8 0.4 18 2
1959 30 DET AL 67 247 -6 -0 -1 -2 3 -6 -0.7 8 2 0.1 .491 .496 0.3 0.1 4 2
1960 31 DET AL 45 151 -9 1 1 -4 2 -9 -1.0 5 -5 -0.6 .478 .494 -0.1 -0.2 -1 2
1960 31 CLE AL 32 98 -7 0 -0 0 2 -5 -0.6 3 -2 -0.3 .482 .497 -0.3 0.1 -2 2
10 Seasons 602 2038 -29 -1 -3 -5 25 -13 -1.7 63 50 4.7 .498 .500 5.2 2.0 55
DET (7 yrs) 485 1711 -18 3 -2 -4 21 0 -0.3 52 52 5.0 .500 .500 5.5 1.7 57
CHW (4 yrs) 85 229 -4 -4 -1 -1 2 -8 -0.8 7 -1 -0.1 .490 .497 -0.0 0.1 0
CLE (1 yr) 32 98 -7 0 -0 0 2 -5 -0.6 3 -2 -0.3 .482 .497 -0.3 0.1 -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 CHW AL 22 C 4 4 1 29.0 11 9 2 0 0 1.000 3.41 2.75 .982 5.03 5.00 0 1 0 0 0
1952 CHW AL 23 C 2 1 1 10.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 8.10 4.50 .984 5.40 5.45 0 1 3 1 25% 46% 0
1953 CHW AL 24 C 63 48 39 443.2 312 282 24 6 1 .981 -1 -3 6.21 4.86 .985 5.18 5.15 1 13 20 15 43% 51% 1
1954 TOT AL 25 C 61 56 46 494.0 318 289 28 1 8 .997 1 2 5.78 5.20 .986 5.40 5.36 1 7 9 13 59% 48% 2
1954 CHW AL 25 C 8 6 4 54.0 47 44 3 0 1 1.000 0 0 7.83 5.88 .986 5.40 5.36 0 2 0 2 100% 48% 0
1954 DET AL 25 C 53 50 42 440.0 271 245 25 1 7 .996 1 3 5.52 5.09 .986 5.40 5.36 1 5 9 11 55% 48% 2
1955 DET AL 26 C 72 62 56 586.1 322 292 25 5 5 .984 -3 -6 4.87 4.40 .988 5.58 5.54 5 18 11 11 50% 47% 1
1956 DET AL 27 C 78 70 60 621.1 431 393 34 4 7 .991 2 4 6.19 5.47 .988 5.91 5.86 7 13 15 18 55% 44% 0
1957 DET AL 28 C 60 50 47 483.0 309 280 29 0 5 1.000 3 7 5.76 5.15 .991 5.92 5.94 7 6 8 15 65% 47% 1
1958 DET AL 29 C 101 90 83 796.1 604 565 34 5 6 .992 -1 -2 6.77 5.93 .990 6.01 5.95 9 14 25 18 42% 47% 1
1959 DET AL 30 C 64 60 55 518.0 404 374 25 5 8 .988 -2 -5 6.93 6.23 .989 6.08 6.04 8 8 24 11 31% 40% 1
1960 TOT AL 31 C 75 66 55 585.2 433 392 34 7 1 .984 -4 -8 6.55 5.68 .987 5.93 5.92 7 20 24 12 33% 40% 2
1960 DET AL 31 C 45 39 32 345.0 251 229 17 5 0 .980 -4 -14 6.42 5.47 .987 5.93 5.92 4 12 14 5 26% 40% 1
1960 CLE AL 31 C 30 27 23 240.2 182 163 17 2 1 .989 0 0 6.73 6.00 .987 5.93 5.92 3 8 10 7 41% 40% 1
10 Seasons C 580 507 443 4567.1 3153 2884 236 33 41 .990 -5 -1 6.15 5.38 .988 5.78 5.74 45 101 139 114 45% 45% 9
10 Seasons TOT 580 507 443 4567.1 3153 2884 236 33 41 .990 -5 -1 6.15 5.38 .988 5.78 5.74 45 101 139 114 45% 45% 9
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

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1958 AL  10 (8th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (8th)
1958 AL  5 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1958 AL  101 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1958 AL  565 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1960 AL  7 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1954 AL  8 (4th)
1959 AL  8 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (2nd)
1957 AL  7 (4th)
1958 AL  9 (5th)
1959 AL  8 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1958 AL  25 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1956 AL  54.5 (3rd)
Career  45.1 (97th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1956 AL  2 (5th)
1957 AL  3 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1953 AL  6.21 (1st)
1954 AL  5.78 (2nd)
1956 AL  6.19 (4th)
1958 AL  6.77 (1st)
1959 AL  6.93 (1st)
1960 AL  6.55 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1953 AL  4.86 (5th)
1954 AL  5.20 (4th)
1956 AL  5.47 (4th)
1958 AL  5.93 (2nd)
1959 AL  6.23 (2nd)
1960 AL  5.68 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1956 AL  .991 (3rd)
1958 AL  .992 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (286th), 4.7 career WAR/6.0 7yr-peak WAR/5.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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