18. Tommy Holmes
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 29, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 14, 1942
  • Final Game: September 28, 1952
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • TSN All-Star - 1945
  • TSN Guide MVP - 1945
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1945
 
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A member of the Boston Braves for his entire career except for the last one (which was with Brooklyn) Tommy Holmes was one of the most popular players when the team was in Boston. 

As a rookie in 1942, Holmes had 155 Hits with a .278 Batting Average and repeated with similar numbers in ‘43.  Holmes would have his first .300 season in ’44 and in 1945 he exploded with would be by far his best season in Baseball.  That season he had a 37 Game Hitting Streak (the longest in 40 years in the NL) with league-leading 224 Hits, 47 Doubles, 28 Home Runs, and a .997 OPS.  Holmes also finished first in bWAR and was the runner-up for the MVP to Phil Caravetta, though in retrospect he should not have lost to him. 

Holmes continued to play well with three more .300 seasons and an All-Star appearance in 1948.  That season he would take the Braves to the National League pennant, although they would lose to the Cleveland Indians.

Overall as a Brave, Holmes had 1,503 Hits with a .303 Batting Average.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the New York Yankees for Players to be Named Later (which would be Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore) 7/9/41.
  • Departed: Released 1/16/52.
  • Games Played: 1289
  • Notable Statistics: 696 Runs Scored
    1,503 Hits
    291 Doubles
    47 Triples
    88 Home Runs
    580 RBI
    40 Stolen Bases
    .303/.367/.434 Slash Line
    35.7 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1945 & 1948)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1945)
    Most Slugging Percentage (1945)
    Highest OPS (1945)
    Most At Bats (1943)
    Most Hits (1945 & 1947)
    Most Total Bases (1945)
    Most Doubles (1945)
    Most Home Runs (1945)
    Highest OPS+ (1945)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1945)
    Most Putouts by a Rightfielder (1946 & 1947)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1942 & 1943)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1947)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Rightfielder (1946 & 1948)

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