Pete Runnels

Second Base

1951—1964

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Second Base RANK
#58

Player Detail

James Edward
GIVEN NAME
Runnels
SURNAME
January 28, 1928, in Lufkin, TX
BORN
May 20, 1991, in Pasadena, TX, USA
DIED
1951—1964
Playing Career
Played from 23-36
PLAYING AGE
Washington Senators
Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros
Teams Played For
Second Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Washington Senators
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
3
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Right
BATTED / THREW
July 1, 1951
Major League Debut
May 14, 1964
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Pete Runnels?

Won two batting titles with Red Sox, was never known for his glovework.

60

HITTING

30

POWER

30

RUNNING

50

FIELDING

30

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
In 1960, Runnels set a record for the fewest RBI by a batting champion, with only 35.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1799
1854
49
630
.291
5 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1958 Red Sox

30 Years Old

.322
AVG
8
HR
59
RBI
103
RUNS
.416
OBP
183
HITS
32
2B
5
3B
.438
SLG
87
BB
1
SB
5.5
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.291
.375
.378

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.753
.682
110.6

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
28.1
58.2

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

Pete Runnels 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
Runnels
522
152
72
23
5
4
52
69
51
3
197
223
.291
.375
.378
753
AVG 2B
536
140
68
21
5
7
53
49
56
6
191
193
.261
.326
.356
.682

Pete Runnels Rankings

AT Second Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
58
81 (1B)
80 (1B)
58
80 (1B)
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
59
49
47
46
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Pete Runnels PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
29.8
26.4
20.3
15.5
2.68
70.8
45.6
33.2
22.8
5.19
BLUE = Pete Runnels
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
214.2
152.4
106.3
72.6
19.2
352.5
203.1
147.5
97.5
26.2
BLUE = Pete Runnels
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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