Lou Boudreau

Hall of Fame

Shortstop

1938—1952

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Player LeveL
Superstar
All-time rank
#74
Shortstop RANK
#15

Player Detail

Louis
GIVEN NAME
Boudreau
SURNAME
July 17, 1917, in Harvey, IL
BORN
August 10, 2001, in Olympia Fields, IL, USA
DIED
1938—1952
Playing Career
Played from 20-34
PLAYING AGE
Cleveland Indians
Boston Red Sox
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
Cleveland Indians
PRIMARY TEAM
1948
World Series titles
Old Shufflefoot, Handsome Lou, The Good Kid
NICKNAME
5
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 185
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 9, 1938
Major League Debut
August 24, 1952
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Lou Boudreau?

Last player-manager to win the World Series, inventor of The Williams Shift.

60

HITTING

60

POWER

30

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
In the 1940s, years before defensive shifts were common, Lou Boudreau devised a scheme called “The Williams Shift” to foil Boston slugger Ted Williams.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1646
1779
68
789
.295
7 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
1948 AL MVP

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1948 Indians

30 Years Old

.355
AVG
18
HR
106
RBI
116
RUNS
.453
OBP
199
HITS
34
2B
6
3B
.534
SLG
98
BB
3
SB
10.4
WAR
Considering his overall impact as a player and manager, this might be the greatest season ever by an infielder.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.295
.380
.415

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.795
.696
114.2

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
55.9
55.4

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

Lou Boudreau 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
Boudreau
515
152
74
33
6
6
67
68
26
4
214
223
.295
.380
.415
795
AVG SS
527
139
70
23
5
5
66
61
47
6
187
202
.263
.342
.354
.696

Lou Boudreau Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
15
13
7
15
17
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
15
6
7
6
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Lou Boudreau PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
63.0
48.9
33.9
26.4
6.20
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Lou Boudreau
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
275.8
198.1
136.1
96.1
27.1
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Lou Boudreau
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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