Don Buford

Left Field

1963—1972

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Left Field RANK
#36

Player Detail

Don Alvin
GIVEN NAME
Buford
SURNAME
February 2, 1937, in Linden, TX
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1963—1972
Playing Career
Played from 26-35
PLAYING AGE
Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Teams Played For
Left Field
PRIMARY POSITION
Baltimore Orioles
PRIMARY TEAM
1970
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
9
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-7 / 160
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Both / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 14, 1963
Major League Debut
October 3, 1972
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Don Buford?

Buford played on the USC Trojans College World Series championship team with Ron Fairly and future baseball executive Pat Gillick. He holds the Major League Record for the lowest ground-into-double-play rate, averaging one in every 138 at bats

60

HITTING

60

POWER

60

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

70

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
The White Sox traded veteran Nellie Fox to clear the way for Buford to play second base.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1286
1203
93
418
.264
1 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1965 White Sox

28 Years Old

.283
AVG
10
HR
47
RBI
93
RUNS
.358
OBP
166
HITS
22
2B
5
3B
.389
SLG
67
BB
17
SB
6.9
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.264
.362
.379

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.741
.737
100.8

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
34.9
55.9

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

Don Buford 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
Buford
511
135
81
18
5
10
47
75
65
22
194
215
.264
.362
.379
741
AVG LF
532
138
69
21
4
16
83
57
84
9
215
199
.259
.333
.404
.737

Don Buford Rankings

AT Left Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
36
51
38
46
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Left Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
47
37
36
45
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Don Buford PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
36.2
33.6
24.0
16.9
4.56
68.6
43.2
31.4
22.4
4.81
BLUE = Don Buford
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
192.4
167.7
116.9
80.8
24.2
368.7
208.0
151.6
101.2
26.4
BLUE = Don Buford
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

— 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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