Joe Gordon

Hall of Fame

Second Base

1938—1950

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Player LeveL
Elite
All-time rank
#96
Second Base RANK
#20

Player Detail

Joseph Lowell
GIVEN NAME
Gordon
SURNAME
February 18, 1915, in Los Angeles, CA
BORN
April 14, 1978, in Sacramento, CA, USA
DIED
1938—1950
Playing Career
Played from 23-35
PLAYING AGE
New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
Teams Played For
Second Base
PRIMARY POSITION
New York Yankees
PRIMARY TEAM
1938-39, 1941, 1943, 1948
World Series titles
Flash
NICKNAME
6
UNIFORM NUMBER
#6 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-10 / 180
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
April 18, 1938
Major League Debut
September 30, 1950
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Joe Gordon?

Acrobatic second baseman, starred on Yankees and Indians in a career that sandwiched World War II.

60

HITTING

60

POWER

50

RUNNING

80

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
Gordon played for the 1937 Bears, which many consider the best minor league team in history. The team included future All-Stars Gordon, George McQuinn, Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich, Babe Dahlgren, and Spud Chandler.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1566
1530
253
975
.268
9 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
1942 AL MVP

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1942 Yankees

27 Years Old

.322
AVG
18
HR
103
RBI
88
RUNS
.409
OBP
173
HITS
29
2B
4
3B
.491
SLG
79
BB
12
SB
7.7
WAR
Was named MVP, and would have won a Gold Glove if there had been such an award at the time.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.268
.357
.466

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.822
.707
116.3

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
50.8
58.2

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

Joe Gordon 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
Gordon
524
140
84
24
5
23
90
70
64
8
244
213
.268
.357
.466
822
AVG 2B
531
139
69
24
5
8
73
59
52
6
197
199
.261
.336
.371
.707

Joe Gordon Rankings

AT Second Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
20
16
16
17
25
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Second Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
18
12
15
19
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Joe Gordon PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
55.7
45.9
31.7
20.8
5.76
70.8
45.6
33.2
22.8
5.19
BLUE = Joe Gordon
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 2B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
241.5
182.8
133.5
85.0
24.9
352.5
203.1
147.5
97.5
26.2
BLUE = Joe Gordon
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 2B

— 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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