Al Dark

Shortstop

1946—1960

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Shortstop RANK
#30

Player Detail

Alvin Ralph
GIVEN NAME
Dark
SURNAME
January 7, 1922, in Comanche, OK
BORN
November 13, 2014, in Easley, SC, USA
DIED
1946—1960
Playing Career
Played from 24-38
PLAYING AGE
Boston Braves
New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
New York Giants
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
Blackie, The Swamp Fox
NICKNAME
19
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 185
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
July 14, 1946
Major League Debut
October 2, 1960
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Al Dark?

Gritty shortstop who drove the Braves and Giants to pennants, later managed numerous teams.

60

HITTING

40

POWER

50

RUNNING

60

FIELDING

50

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Dark was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1945 NFL Draft, but chose to sign a $50,000 bonus to play professional baseball for the Boston Braves.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1828
2089
126
757
.289
3 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1951 New York Giants

29 Years Old

.303
AVG
14
HR
69
RBI
114
RUNS
.352
OBP
196
HITS
41
2B
7
3B
.454
SLG
42
BB
12
SB
6.3
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.289
.333
.411

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.744
.692
107.7

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
38.4
55.4

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Al Dark Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Dark
553
160
82
27
6
10
58
33
41
5
228
197
.289
.333
.411
744
AVG SS
538
139
67
22
5
9
64
49
58
6
198
191
.259
.322
.369
.692

Al Dark Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
30
39
32
33
41
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Shortstop BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
31
34
30
44
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Al Dark PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
43.9
33.0
25.4
16.9
3.89
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Al Dark
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
229.9
157.1
118.4
78.9
20.3
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Al Dark
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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