Willard Brown

Hall of Fame

Center Field

1935—1948

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Player LeveL
Superstar
All-time rank
NR
Center Field RANK
#43

Player Detail

Willard Jessie
GIVEN NAME
Brown
SURNAME
June 26, 1915, in Shreveport, LA
BORN
August 4, 1996, in Houston, TX, USA
DIED
1935—1948
Playing Career
Played from 20-33
PLAYING AGE
Kansas City Monarchs
St. Louis Browns
Teams Played For
Center Field
PRIMARY POSITION
Kansas City Monarchs
PRIMARY TEAM
1942 Monarchs
World Series titles
Home Run
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
#4 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 215
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
1937
Major League Debut
1958
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Willard Brown?

Brown led the Negro American League in hits eight times, and in runs batted in seven times during a stellar career that saw him earn the nickname “Home Run.” Some observers of the negro leagues felt that Brown and Josh Gibson were the two greatest hitters in the history of segregated black baseball.

60

HITTING

70

POWER

50

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
Josh Gibson gave Willard Brown his nickname “Home Run” after Brown bested him in an impromptu home run hitting contest before a game in the 1930s.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
.350

Teammate Team

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

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.350
.396
.578

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.975
NA
UNK

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
NR
60.2

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

Willard Brown 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
Brown
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
.350
.396
.578
975
AVG CF
324

Willard Brown Rankings

AT Center Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
43
NR
NR
NR
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Center Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
NR
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Willard Brown PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
74.6
45.7
33.5
22.8
5.28
BLUE = Willard Brown
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
373.6
214.5
156.7
102.8
28.1
BLUE = Willard Brown
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

— 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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