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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
19 9791 .344 .482 .634 178 104.8
Birth Date8-30-1918
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age101 years, 2 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1939 BOS 20 149 677 185 44 11 31 107 64 2 2 1 .327 .436 .609 154 42.1 1.6 0.0 5.4
1940 BOS 21 144 661 193 43 14 23 96 54 3 4 4 .344 .442 .594 152 45.4 3.0 0.0 6.2
1941 BOS 22 143 606 185 33 3 37 147 27 3 2 4 .406 .553 .735 219 77.2 -2.9 0.0 8.8
1942 BOS 23 150 671 186 34 5 36 145 51 4 3 2 .356 .499 .648 198 65.2 -0.7 0.0 8.4
1946 BOS 27 150 672 176 37 8 38 156 44 2 0 0 .342 .497 .667 188 56.1 -1.0 0.0 7.5
1947 BOS 28 156 693 181 40 9 32 162 47 2 0 1 .343 .499 .634 175 52.1 -0.1 0.0 6.7
1948 BOS 29 137 638 188 44 3 25 126 41 3 4 0 .369 .497 .615 181 61.3 -1.3 0.0 7.4
1949 BOS 30 155 730 194 39 3 43 162 48 2 1 1 .343 .490 .650 190 80.1 -1.7 0.0 9.4
1950 BOS 31 89 416 106 24 1 28 82 21 0 3 0 .317 .452 .647 154 35.7 -0.3 -11.0 3.2
1951 BOS 32 148 675 169 28 4 30 144 45 0 1 1 .318 .464 .556 153 53.8 -3.4 -12.4 5.4
1952 BOS 33 6 12 4 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 .400 .500 .900 104 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.1
1953 BOS 34 37 110 37 6 0 13 19 10 0 0 1 .407 .509 .901 214 17.6 -0.1 -4.0 1.6
1954 BOS 35 117 526 133 23 1 29 136 32 1 0 0 .345 .513 .635 189 61.5 -5.3 -2.7 6.7
1955 BOS 36 98 417 114 21 3 28 91 24 2 2 0 .356 .496 .703 185 48.3 -1.0 0.6 5.9
1956 BOS 37 136 503 138 28 2 24 102 39 1 0 0 .345 .479 .605 175 49.2 -2.9 -10.6 4.8
1957 BOS 38 132 546 163 28 1 38 119 43 5 0 1 .388 .526 .731 215 75.5 -1.5 -1.3 8.8
1958 BOS 39 129 517 135 23 2 26 98 49 4 1 0 .328 .458 .584 171 45.2 -1.4 -16.3 4.1
1959 BOS 40 103 331 69 15 0 10 52 27 2 0 0 .254 .372 .419 115 9.4 -1.1 -7.9 0.8
1960 BOS 41 113 390 98 15 0 29 75 41 3 1 1 .316 .451 .645 174 37.9 -0.3 -11.2 3.7
Career229297912654525715212021709392417.344.482.634178914.0-20.6-76.5104.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1939 BOS MLB AL 149 677 .281 .348 .416 .000 97 56 17.2 -6.4 154 12 0.0 1.6 42.1 5.4
1940 BOS MLB AL 144 661 .272 .338 .411 .000 103 65 17.4 -4.4 152 8 0.0 3.0 45.4 6.2
1941 BOS MLB AL 143 606 .263 .334 .387 .000 109 80.4 13.5 -3.2 219 11 0.0 -2.9 77.2 8.8
1942 BOS MLB AL 150 671 .257 .323 .357 .000 107 75.5 14.4 -3.4 198 12 0.0 -0.7 65.2 8.4
1946 BOS MLB AL 150 672 .251 .320 .357 .000 114 64.3 13.8 -3.3 188 13 0.0 -1.0 56.1 7.5
1947 BOS MLB AL 156 693 .253 .323 .360 .000 93 78.5 15.1 -3.6 175 15 0.0 -0.1 52.1 6.7
1948 BOS MLB AL 137 638 .260 .343 .377 .000 115 66.2 16.7 -3.9 181 9 0.0 -1.3 61.3 7.4
1949 BOS MLB AL 155 730 .264 .351 .383 .000 108 85.2 19.4 -4.6 190 12 0.0 -1.7 80.1 9.4
1950 BOS MLB AL 89 416 .273 .351 .407 .000 119 32.2 11.4 -2.7 154 13 -11.0 -0.3 35.7 3.2
1951 BOS MLB AL 148 675 .261 .338 .380 .000 103 71.1 19.0 -4.5 153 9 -12.4 -3.4 53.8 5.4
1952 BOS MLB AL 6 12 .261 .331 .365 .000 112 3.3 0.3 0 104 48 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.1
1953 BOS MLB AL 37 110 .253 .324 .368 .000 104 22.6 3.2 -0.7 214 35 -4.0 -0.1 17.6 1.6
1954 BOS MLB AL 117 526 .259 .329 .375 .317 91 79.8 14.3 -3.4 189 13 -2.7 -5.3 61.5 6.7
1955 BOS MLB AL 98 417 .260 .333 .384 .316 109 53.8 11.6 -2.7 185 11 0.6 -1.0 48.3 5.9
1956 BOS MLB AL 136 503 .260 .335 .390 .338 127 32.9 13.7 -3.1 175 17 -10.6 -2.9 49.2 4.8
1957 BOS MLB AL 132 546 .254 .321 .383 .367 103 82.3 14.0 -3.3 215 14 -1.3 -1.5 75.5 8.8
1958 BOS MLB AL 129 517 .253 .319 .382 .321 94 53.9 13.6 -3.1 171 14 -16.3 -1.4 45.2 4.1
1959 BOS MLB AL 103 331 .249 .315 .381 .246 103 6.5 9.0 -2 115 12 -7.9 -1.1 9.4 0.8
1960 BOS MLB AL 113 390 .253 .319 .383 .285 120 31.9 10.5 -2.3 174 17 -11.2 -0.3 37.9 3.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1939 BOS MLB AL 677 565 131 185 44 11 31 344 145 107 64 2 1 .327 .436 .609 .281 3
1940 BOS MLB AL 661 561 134 193 43 14 23 333 113 96 54 4 4 .344 .442 .594 .250 1
1941 BOS MLB AL 606 456 135 185 33 3 37 335 120 147 27 2 4 .406 .553 .735 .329 0
1942 BOS MLB AL 671 522 141 186 34 5 36 338 137 145 51 3 2 .356 .499 .648 .291 0
1946 BOS MLB AL 672 514 142 176 37 8 38 343 123 156 44 0 0 .342 .497 .667 .325 0
1947 BOS MLB AL 693 528 125 181 40 9 32 335 114 162 47 0 1 .343 .499 .634 .292 1
1948 BOS MLB AL 638 509 124 188 44 3 25 313 127 126 41 4 0 .369 .497 .615 .246 0
1949 BOS MLB AL 730 566 150 194 39 3 43 368 159 162 48 1 1 .343 .490 .650 .307 0
1950 BOS MLB AL 416 334 82 106 24 1 28 216 97 82 21 3 0 .317 .452 .647 .329 0
1951 BOS MLB AL 675 531 109 169 28 4 30 295 126 144 45 1 1 .318 .464 .556 .237 0
1952 BOS MLB AL 12 10 2 4 0 1 1 9 3 2 2 0 0 .400 .500 .900 .500 0
1953 BOS MLB AL 110 91 17 37 6 0 13 82 34 19 10 0 1 .407 .509 .901 .495 0
1954 BOS MLB AL 526 386 93 133 23 1 29 245 89 136 32 0 0 .345 .513 .635 .290 3 0
1955 BOS MLB AL 417 320 77 114 21 3 28 225 83 91 24 2 0 .356 .496 .703 .347 4 0
1956 BOS MLB AL 503 400 71 138 28 2 24 242 82 102 39 0 0 .345 .479 .605 .260 0 0
1957 BOS MLB AL 546 420 96 163 28 1 38 307 87 119 43 0 1 .388 .526 .731 .343 2 0
1958 BOS MLB AL 517 411 81 135 23 2 26 240 85 98 49 1 0 .328 .458 .584 .255 4 0
1959 BOS MLB AL 331 272 32 69 15 0 10 114 43 52 27 0 0 .254 .372 .419 .165 5 0
1960 BOS MLB AL 390 310 56 98 15 0 29 200 72 75 41 1 1 .316 .451 .645 .329 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1954-04-13 1954-05-15 32 18 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Fractured Clavicle 1954-03-09 -
1954-03-01 1954-04-13 Camp 43 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Fractured Clavicle 1954-03-09 -

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Apropros of the Robyn Hitchcock comments, it's only a hop, skip, and jump via the Venus 3 to Scott McCaughey to "The Baseball Project". It's a fun listen. You must be aware of that, no?
(Rob from Princeton)
Yup. I've seen McCaughey back up Hitchcock in concert on a couple of occasions. In fact, there's a concert documentary of a Hitchcock concert in Hoboken, NJ that floats about on cable, and if you watch carefully, you can spot me on the sidelines, along with a couple of pals of mine. I really enjoyed "The Baseball Project." The songs are songs first, not novelty tunes as so many baseball songs are. And many of them, such as the songs about Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Ted Williams are good works of biography, too. (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Albert Pujols vs Ted Williams. Who will end up having the better career? Love Pujols but is he better than the splendid splinter?
(Shawn from Winnipeg)
No.

Getting pulled out for ESPNews and some radio. Will jump back and answer a few more questions when I'm done. Thank you so much for following the trade deadline deals at BP today. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)"I just can't bring myself to spend almost $200 on a shirt, even if I think said shirt would dramatically elevate my mood whenever I wore it." Even with the now-broken zipper, I'm approximately 1,000 times happier while wearing my Crackers jersey than while wearing a suit.
(P Bu from St. Louis)
I'm never happy when wearing a suit. A suit feels a lot like a set of pajamas to me. And what is it with people wearing pajamas out in public these last few years? One of the privileges of being a writer is not having to get dressed up too often, and even when I do I rarely wear a tie. This is a special benediction granted to us by Ted Williams, and I feel I am honoring the splinter whenever I leave the neckwear at home. The man hated ties more than he hated left-handed pitchers. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)This is completely random, but.... Am I wrong in thinking that Joe DiMaggio is one of the most inappropriately worshipped superstars from baseball history? Maybe I've only read one side of the story, but when I think of Joey D., I think of wife-beating, mob slush funds, and poor treatment of his teammates. Also, the numbers don't even support him being the best player during his career - that would be Ted Williams or Stan Musial. I don't know if I'm being unfairly biased as a Red Sox fan, so I'm curious what your opinion of the man is.
(RedSoxWoo77 from Plymouth, MA)
Obviously, not being 65 years old, I didn't see Joe D play. There's a very good book by Robert Creamer that has gone by a couple of names - I read it as "Baseball in '41," but it has another title now. The thesis, and this seems right to me, is that DiMaggio wasn't terribly popular when he first came up, especially because he was a frequently injured, regular holdout, but that the timing of The Streak, coming when it did with the world in a very tense spot, really did something to translate him in the public mind from just another selfish ballplayer into something mystical. As for specific comps to Musial and Williams, they were more selective hitters, but if you put them in the same park and give DiMag credit for being an excellent defensive CF when the other two were just so-so corner guys, I think the differences start to disappear. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Albert's best season? The dude is hitting like Ted Williams.
(Steve from St. Louis)
With a messed-up UCL. What an incredible story. Nothing against Rocco Baldelli, who is fighting a terrible illness, but I'm more impressed by Pujols, who's playing at a high level despite a very, very bad injury. I feel like Pujols isn't getting enough credit for that, relative to Baldelli. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back in time to watch one game, what would it be? I often think it might be the Merkle boner game, though I don't like being jostled by crowds and would thus spend 8 innings seeking high ground. Second choice for me: the game where Satchel Paige called in the outfield and infield in pitching to Josh Gibson, though that might be apocryphal and could break my time machine. How about you?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
That's a really tough call. I saw the Reggie 3-HR World Series game on TV when I was a tyke. That might be cool. Any game where Ted Williams had a couple of hits... The game where Casey Stengel let a bird fly out from under his cap... Any game Walter Johnson or Christy Mathewson pitched... Satchel Paige in his prime would be VERY cool to see. Great call there. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)So I have to say I don't quite understand the Raines HOF love around these parts (although I guess better that than more Rice love.) He was a very good player with a couple of great years and he did all the little things yeah yeah, but basically we are talking about seven at best good/great years and a bunch of filler. He was a good basestealer and an onbase threat, but he wasn't a fantastic defender and he didn't have much power despite playing a position where you usually like to see some. That doesn't seem like a HOF shoe in at all, but rather marginal at best. Obv the Hall is filled with many such characters (and a number of well below marginal ones), but is adding one more really something we want to make a big cause celeb over?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Raines had more than a couple of great years. He's one of the top 10 LFs of all time. compares quite favorably to the average HOF LF in terms of his value at his peak and over the course of his career. He was every little bit as valuable as Tony Gwynn both at his peak and over the coursse of his career due to his ability to get on base and to advance himself.

From the JAWS piece I wrote:

"According to JAWS, Raines compares quite favorably to the average Hall of Fame left fielder, breezing past both career and peak benchmarks. By this measure he ranks as the ninth-best left fielder of all time, behind Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, Rickey Henderson, Ted Williams, Pete Rose, Jim O'Rourke, Ed Delahanty, and Carl Yastrzemski--some pretty fair ballplayers. If that sounds crazy, consider that the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract ranked Raines eighth back in 2001, calling him the second-most valuable leadoff hitter in history, behind only Henderson. If you weren't around for it, he was that good. Raines' overall WARP score ranks 81st all-time, 62nd among hitters. His peak score ranks 122nd all-time, 91st among hitters, and his JAWS is 88th all-time, 67th among hitters. If those numbers sound low, consider that the Hall of Fame contains 198 players whose major league careers we can measure via this method (i.e., non Negro-Leaguers or late-career crossovers like Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin), and historical estimates suggest we're witnessing another 30 or so Hall of Famers currently active."

For the rest of the piece please see here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7007 (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Well, just like Ted Williams with the Red Sox, Orlando Hudson homers in his last at-bat with the Dodgers. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneJay: Ted Williams. :) (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneJay: Ted Williams. :) (Steven Goldman)