Al Smith

Right Field

1953—1964

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Right Field RANK
#70

Player Detail

Alphonse Eugene
GIVEN NAME
Smith
SURNAME
February 7, 1928, in Kirkwood, MO
BORN
January 3, 2002, in Hammond, IN, USA
DIED
1953—1964
Playing Career
Played from 25-36
PLAYING AGE
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Teams Played For
Right Field
PRIMARY POSITION
Chicago White Sox
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
Fuzzy
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 189
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
July 10, 1953
Major League Debut
October 4, 1964
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Al Smith?

How would you like to be known for having beer spilled on you? Thanks to a perfectly-timed photo snapped during the 1959 World Series, that was the fate of Al Smith. In Game Two at Comiskey Park, Smith retreated to the left field wall in pursuit of a long drive hit by Charlie Neal of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As Smith watched the ball sail into the third row seats for a home run, a fan (Melvin Piehl, an executive for a motor-oil company) seated in the first row trying to catch the ball, accidentally tipped over his cup of beer, dousing Smith’s head and face. Smith estimated that he signed photographs depicting that moment at least 200,000 times, and without making a cent on it.

50

HITTING

60

POWER

50

RUNNING

50

FIELDING

60

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1517
1458
164
676
.272
3 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1955 Indians

27 Years Old

.306
AVG
22
HR
77
RBI
123
RUNS
.407
OBP
186
HITS
27
2B
4
3B
.473
SLG
93
BB
11
SB
4.7
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.272
.358
.429

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.787
.773
102.1

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
19.9
58.5

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

Al Smith 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
Smith
521
142
82
25
4
16
66
66
75
7
224
213
.272
.358
.429
787
AVG RF
529
141
75
23
5
18
84
60
75
6
227
205
.267
.343
.430
.773

Al Smith Rankings

AT Right Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
70
133
NR
NR
102
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Right Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
66
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Al Smith PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
20.2
19.7
19.8
11.5
2.15
73.7
43.4
30.3
21.5
5.03
BLUE = Al Smith
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME RF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
192.8
148.8
103.4
73.5
20.5
389.8
205.2
143.3
96.9
26.7
BLUE = Al Smith
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME RF

— 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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