Johnny Pesky

Shortstop

1942—1954

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Shortstop RANK
#28

Player Detail

John Michael
GIVEN NAME
Pesky
SURNAME
February 27, 1919, in Portland, OR
BORN
August 13, 2012, in Danvers, MA, USA
DIED
1942—1954
Playing Career
Played from 23-35
PLAYING AGE
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
Boston Red Sox
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
The Needle
NICKNAME
6
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-9 / 168
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Right
BATTED / THREW
April 14, 1942
Major League Debut
September 24, 1954
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Johnny Pesky?

Best friend of Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr. Didn’t hit a lot of homers, but still got Fenway’s foul pole called “Pesky Pole” in his honor.

50

HITTING

30

POWER

40

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
Pesky only hit six home runs that wrapped around the right field pole at Fenway Park, which later became known as Pesky’s Pole.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1270
1455
17
404
.307
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

1946 Red Sox

27 Years Old

.335
AVG
2
HR
55
RBI
115
RUNS
.401
OBP
208
HITS
43
2B
4
3B
.427
SLG
65
BB
9
SB
7.3
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.307
.394
.386

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.780
.689
113.3

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
32.4
55.4

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

Johnny Pesky 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
Pesky
516
158
94
25
5
2
44
72
24
6
199
233
.307
.394
.386
780
AVG SS
526
137
69
20
4
6
63
62
49
5
184
200
.259
.339
.350
.689

Johnny Pesky Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
28
48
31
55
48
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
53
41
16
50
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Johnny Pesky PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
33.8
31.1
28.3
16.3
4.31
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Johnny Pesky
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
189.4
173.4
132.8
89.6
24.1
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Johnny Pesky
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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