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178. Claude Passeau
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 9, 1909 in Waynesboro, MS USA
  • Weight: 198 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 29, 1935
  • Final Game: September 17, 1947
  • MVP - 1940
  • MVP - 1942
  • MVP - 1945
 
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Claude Passeau appeared in one game in 1935 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the three innings he had shown nothing that would make you think he would be a future All-Star.

Passeau won a regular role with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he lost more games than he won, but he was a serviceable Pitcher and worthy of a Major League roster spot, and his advanced metrics were very good.

During the 1939 season, Passeau was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and his fortunes changed.  Passeau was second that season in bWAR for Pitchers (6.0) and eighth in ERA (3.28), and in 1940, his first full year as a Cub, he was first in bWAR for Pitchers (6.9) and second in ERA (2.50).  He won 20 Games that year, and he was named an All-Star five of the next six years, and except for the last year of that run (1946), he always had at least 14 Wins and had four years with a sub-3 ERA.   

Passeau was a vital cog in the Cubs team that won the 1945 National League Pennant, and in the World Series, he pitched a one-hitter, but the Cubs lost the series to the Detroit Tigers.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Lucedale, Mississippi, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1953
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (1941, 1942, 1943, 1945 & 1946)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1940) 
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (NL) (1937)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (NL) (1939)
    Most Games Started (1) (NL) (1937)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1940)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1942, 10th
    8 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    7 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: None.
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A.
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago Cub

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