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George Zuverink

George Zuverink

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: August 20, 1924 in Holland, MI
High School: Holland HS (Holland, MI)
School: Hope College (Holland, MI)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1951 (Age 26.244)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Tigers/Indians/Redlegs 1951-1959

Final Game: June 15, 1959 (Age 34.299)
Died: September 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona, USA
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1951 26 CLE AL 0 0 5.33 16 0 7 0 0 0 25.1 24 17 15 2 13 14 1 0 1 114 72 4.06 1.461 8.5 0.7 4.6 5.0 1.08
1952 27 CLE AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0.89 0.750 6.8 0.0 0.0 6.8
1954 29 TOT MLB 9 13 .409 3.75 37 25 8 9 2 4 209.0 211 99 87 23 63 72 8 0 2 897 100 4.16 1.311 9.1 1.0 2.7 3.1 1.14
1954 29 CIN NL 0 0 9.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 6.0 10 6 6 1 1 2 0 0 1 28 49 4.40 1.833 15.0 1.5 1.5 3.0 2.00
1954 29 DET AL 9 13 .409 3.59 35 25 7 9 2 4 203.0 201 93 81 22 62 70 8 0 1 869 104 4.15 1.296 8.9 1.0 2.7 3.1 1.13
1955 30 TOT AL 4 8 .333 3.38 42 6 22 0 0 4 114.2 118 55 43 11 31 4 44 5 0 2 474 113 3.79 1.299 9.3 0.9 2.4 3.5 1.42
1955 30 DET AL 0 5 .000 6.99 14 1 6 0 0 0 28.1 38 27 22 6 14 3 13 1 0 0 141 56 5.79 1.835 12.1 1.9 4.4 4.1 0.93
1955 30 BAL AL 4 3 .571 2.19 28 5 16 0 0 4 86.1 80 28 21 5 17 1 31 4 0 2 333 173 3.13 1.124 8.3 0.5 1.8 3.2 1.82
1956 31 BAL AL 7 6 .538 4.16 62 0 40 0 0 16 97.1 112 52 45 6 34 9 33 3 1 1 432 93 3.63 1.500 10.4 0.6 3.1 3.1 0.97
1957 32 BAL AL 10 6 .625 2.48 56 0 37 0 0 9 112.2 105 37 31 9 39 13 36 4 0 1 475 144 4.00 1.278 8.4 0.7 3.1 2.9 0.92
1958 33 BAL AL 2 2 .500 3.39 45 0 23 0 0 7 69.0 74 29 26 4 17 3 22 6 0 2 294 106 3.59 1.319 9.7 0.5 2.2 2.9 1.29
1959 34 BAL AL 0 1 .000 4.15 6 0 1 0 0 0 13.0 15 7 6 1 6 0 1 0 0 1 55 94 4.77 1.615 10.4 0.7 4.2 0.7 0.17
8 Yrs 32 36 .471 3.54 265 31 139 9 2 40 642.1 660 296 253 56 203 29 223 27 1 10 2746 106 3.93 1.344 9.2 0.8 2.8 3.1 1.10
162 Game Avg. 7 8 .471 3.54 61 7 32 2 0 9 148 152 68 58 13 47 51 6 0 2 631 106 3.93 1.344 9.2 0.8 2.8 3.1 1.10
BAL (5 yrs) 23 18 .561 3.07 197 5 117 0 0 36 378.1 386 153 129 25 113 26 123 17 1 7 1589 121 3.66 1.319 9.2 0.6 2.7 2.9 1.09
CLE (2 yrs) 0 0 5.06 17 0 8 0 0 0 26.2 25 17 15 2 13 15 1 0 1 119 77 3.90 1.425 8.4 0.7 4.4 5.1 1.15
DET (2 yrs) 9 18 .333 4.01 49 26 13 9 2 4 231.1 239 120 103 28 76 3 83 9 0 1 1010 94 4.35 1.362 9.3 1.1 3.0 3.2 1.09
CIN (1 yr) 0 0 9.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 6.0 10 6 6 1 1 2 0 0 1 28 49 4.40 1.833 15.0 1.5 1.5 3.0 2.00
AL (8 yrs) 32 36 .471 3.49 263 31 138 9 2 40 636.1 650 290 247 55 202 29 221 27 1 9 2718 107 3.92 1.339 9.2 0.8 2.9 3.1 1.09
NL (1 yr) 0 0 9.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 6.0 10 6 6 1 1 2 0 0 1 28 49 4.40 1.833 15.0 1.5 1.5 3.0 2.00
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1951 26 CLE AL 25.1 16 0 17 6.04 4.58 0.07 0.00 92.5 4.17 -5 -0.5 .3 0.1 -0.2 -3 .466 .497
1952 27 CLE AL 1.1 1 0 0 0.00 3.73 0.01 0.00 112.0 4.17 1 0.1 .2 -0.0 0.1 1 .571 .500
1954 29 CIN NL 6.0 2 0 6 9.00 4.50 -0.07 0.00 106.0 4.85 -3 -0.3 .2 0.1 -0.1 -2 .374 .498
1954 29 DET AL 203.0 35 25 93 4.12 4.35 0.10 0.00 99.7 4.24 3 0.3 2.6 -0.1 1.9 18 .510 .502
1955 30 DET AL 28.1 14 1 27 8.58 4.50 -0.01 0.00 99.5 4.49 -13 -1.3 1.2 -0.2 -1.2 -11 .409 .492
1955 30 BAL AL 86.1 28 5 28 2.92 4.55 -0.34 0.00 96.2 4.70 16 1.8 1.3 0.0 2.5 24 .563 .511
1956 31 BAL AL 97.1 62 0 52 4.81 4.79 -0.29 0.00 95.8 4.86 -0 -0.0 1.6 -0.2 0.6 9 .500 .500
1957 32 BAL AL 112.2 56 0 37 2.96 4.30 0.32 0.00 96.1 3.82 11 1.3 1.9 0.5 2.7 20 .523 .508
1958 33 BAL AL 69.0 45 0 29 3.78 4.34 -0.09 0.00 98.9 4.38 5 0.5 .9 -0.1 1.0 10 .511 .503
1959 34 BAL AL 13.0 6 0 7 4.85 4.54 0.07 0.00 96.0 4.29 -1 -0.1 .4 -0.0 0.0 0 .488 .500
8 Seasons 642.1 265 31 296 4.15 4.45 -0.01 0.00 97.6 4.35 14 1.8 1.4 0.1 7.4 66 .507 .503
BAL (5 yrs) 378.1 197 5 153 3.64 4.50 -0.07 0.00 96.5 4.41 31 3.5 1.5 0.2 6.9 63 .518 .504
CLE (2 yrs) 26.2 17 0 17 5.74 4.53 0.06 0.00 93.4 4.17 -5 -0.5 .3 0.1 -0.1 -2 .473 .497
DET (2 yrs) 231.1 49 26 120 4.67 4.37 0.08 0.00 99.7 4.27 -10 -0.9 1.8 -0.3 0.8 8 .481 .499
CIN (1 yr) 6.0 2 0 6 9.00 4.50 -0.07 0.00 106.0 4.85 -3 -0.3 .2 0.1 -0.1 -2 .374 .498

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 26 CLE AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1952 27 CLE AL 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1954 29 TOT MLB 37 76 66 2 9 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 15 .136 .149 .152 .301 -17 10 2 0 9 0 1
1954 29 CIN NL 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 161 1 0 0 0 0 /1
1954 29 DET AL 35 74 64 1 8 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 14 .125 .138 .141 .279 -23 9 2 0 9 0 1
1955 30 TOT AL 42 29 27 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .185 .214 .222 .437 22 6 1 0 1 0 0 1
1955 30 DET AL 14 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1955 30 BAL AL 28 25 23 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .217 .250 .261 .511 43 6 1 0 1 0 0 1
1956 31 BAL AL 62 22 17 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .118 .167 .118 .284 -20 2 0 0 4 0 0 1
1957 32 BAL AL 56 27 23 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 .130 .231 .130 .361 5 3 0 0 2 0 0 1
1958 33 BAL AL 45 10 9 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 .222 .300 .444 .744 108 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
1959 34 BAL AL 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 266 166 142 5 21 2 1 0 7 0 1 9 39 .148 .199 .176 .375 5 25 3 0 16 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 101 86 3 13 1 1 0 4 0 1 5 24 .148 .199 .176 .375 5 15 2 0 10
BAL (5 yrs) 197 86 72 2 12 1 1 0 4 0 0 8 22 .167 .250 .208 .458 30 15 1 0 7 0 0
CLE (2 yrs) 18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DET (2 yrs) 49 78 68 1 8 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 16 .118 .130 .132 .263 -27 9 2 0 9 0 0
CIN (1 yr) 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 161 1 0 0 0 0
AL (8 yrs) 264 164 140 4 20 2 1 0 7 0 1 9 38 .143 .195 .171 .366 3 24 3 0 16 0 0
NL (1 yr) 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 161 1 0 0 0 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 26 CLE AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1952 27 CLE AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1954 29 CIN NL 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .520 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1954 29 DET AL 35 74 -12 -0 -0 0 9 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .486 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1955 30 DET AL 14 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .496 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 1
1955 30 BAL AL 28 25 -2 0 -0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1956 31 BAL AL 62 22 -4 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1957 32 BAL AL 56 27 -3 -0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1958 33 BAL AL 45 10 -0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1959 34 BAL AL 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .516 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 /1
8 Seasons 266 166 -21 -0 -0 0 18 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .499 .500 -0.4 0.0 -3
BAL (5 yrs) 197 86 -8 0 -0 0 9 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1
CLE (2 yrs) 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0
DET (2 yrs) 49 78 -13 -0 -0 0 9 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .489 .498 -0.6 0.0 -5
CIN (1 yr) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .520 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1951 CLE AL 26 P 16 0 0 25.1 9 1 7 1 0 .889 2.84 0.50 .953 2.06 2.06 2 0 0% 45% 0
1952 CLE AL 27 P 1 0 0 1.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 6.75 1.00 .970 2.02 2.10 1 0 0% 46% 0
1954 TOT MLB 29 P 37 25 9 209.0 67 18 46 3 3 .955 2.76 1.73 .959 2.01 1.99 4 6 60% 48% 1
1954 CIN NL 29 P 2 0 0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.10 2.05 0 0 0
1954 DET AL 29 P 35 25 9 203.0 67 18 46 3 3 .955 2.84 1.83 .959 2.01 1.99 4 6 60% 48% 1
1955 TOT AL 30 P 42 6 0 114.2 37 9 25 3 2 .919 2.67 0.81 .956 1.99 1.97 4 0 0% 47% 0
1955 DET AL 30 P 14 1 0 28.1 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 2.54 0.57 .956 2.00 1.97 2 0 0% 47% 0
1955 BAL AL 30 P 28 5 0 86.1 29 7 19 3 2 .897 2.71 0.93 .956 1.99 1.97 2 0 0% 47% 0
1956 BAL AL 31 P 62 0 0 97.1 25 8 17 0 2 1.000 2.31 0.40 .950 1.92 1.91 2 2 50% 44% 0
1957 BAL AL 32 P 56 0 0 112.2 31 5 26 0 2 1.000 2.48 0.55 .963 1.99 2.00 2 3 60% 47% 1
1958 BAL AL 33 P 45 0 0 69.0 23 4 19 0 1 1.000 3.00 0.51 .963 1.94 1.93 4 2 33% 47% 1
1959 BAL AL 34 P 6 0 0 13.0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 2.77 0.67 .955 2.08 2.03 0 0 0
8 Seasons P 265 31 9 642.1 197 45 145 7 10 .964 2.66 0.72 .958 1.99 1.97 19 13 41% 47% 3
8 Seasons TOT 265 31 9 642.1 197 45 145 7 10 .964 2.66 0.72 .958 1.99 1.97 19 13 41% 47% 3
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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1957 AL  .625 (10th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1954 AL  2.749 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1956 AL  62 (1st)
1957 AL  56 (1st)
1958 AL  45 (8th)

Saves s c a p y
1956 AL  16 (1st)
1957 AL  9 (4th)
1958 AL  7 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1954 AL  22 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1954 AL  8 (3rd)
1958 AL  6 (9th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1955 AL  22 (10th)
1956 AL  40 (1st)
1957 AL  37 (1st)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1954 AL  9 (10th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1956 AL  62 (1st)
1957 AL  56 (1st)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1954 AL  18 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1954 AL  46 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1954 AL  3 (3rd)
1955 AL  3 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1954 AL  2.84 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1954 AL  1.83 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 5 (433), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 17 (1200), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1471), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1161), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (410th), 7.0 career WAR/7.2 7yr-peak WAR/7.1 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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