Ernie Lombardi

Hall of Fame

Catcher

1931—1947

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Catcher RANK
#37

Player Detail

Ernesto Natali
GIVEN NAME
Lombardi
SURNAME
April 6, 1908, in Oakland, CA
BORN
September 26, 1977, in Santa Cruz, CA, USA
DIED
1931—1947
Playing Career
Played from 23-39
PLAYING AGE
Brooklyn Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds
Boston Braves
New York Giants
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
Cincinnati Reds
PRIMARY TEAM
1940
World Series titles
Schnozz, Bocci, Lom, Lumbago, The Cyrano of The Mask
NICKNAME
4
UNIFORM NUMBER
#5 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-3 / 230
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
April 15, 1931
Major League Debut
September 17, 1947
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Ernie Lombardi?

Could hold seven baseballs in one hand. Won two batting titles for Reds.

70

HITTING

60

POWER

20

RUNNING

50

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
Lombardi was so slow that defenses would often position all four infielders in the outfield when Ernie came to the plate.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1853
1792
190
990
.306
7 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
1938 NL MVP

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1938 Reds

30 Years Old

.342
AVG
19
HR
95
RBI
60
RUNS
.391
OBP
167
HITS
30
2B
1
3B
.524
SLG
40
BB
0
SB
4.8
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.306
.358
.460

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.818
.694
117.9

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
32.2
43.9

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

Ernie Lombardi 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
Lombardi
553
169
57
26
3
18
94
41
25
1
254
214
.306
.358
.460
818
AVG C
543
144
54
24
4
8
75
47
47
3
200
193
.264
.326
.368
.694

Ernie Lombardi Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
37
25
28
28
27
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Catcher BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
24
30
35
46
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Ernie Lombardi PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
39.5
25.0
17.7
12.3
3.45
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Ernie Lombardi
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
214.1
126.7
88.4
60.3
18.7
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Ernie Lombardi
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

— 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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