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218. Eddie Stanky
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 3, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 21, 1943
  • Final Game: July 25, 1953
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1947
  • MVP - 1945
  • MVP - 1946
  • MVP - 1947
  • MVP - 1950
 
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There is a trope in all sports where athletes have been described as making the most of their limited athletic skills.  Eddie Stanky certainly fits this bill.

One of his Managers, Leo Durocher, said it plainly:

“He can’t hit, can’t run, can’t field.  He’s no nice guy…all the little SOB can do is win.”

That isn’t exactly fair, although he never hit for power (29 career Home Runs) or had speed on the base paths (48 career Stolen Bases), but his career .263 was respectable.  Also, he could field.  The Second Baseman was in the top ten in Defensive bWAR six times.

Stanky played for five National League teams, Chicago, Brooklyn, Boston, New York, and St. Louis, and was a one-time All-Star for the middle three teams.  What Stanky did incredibly well throughout his career were draw Walks.  Stanky twice led the NL in On Base Percentage and has a career OBP of .410.  That ability made him incredibly valuable, especially to those who knew how important that was.   

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1959
  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Played For: Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None)  
    All-Star (3) (1947, 1948 & 1950)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1) (NL) (1950)
    Highest On Base Percentage (2) (NL) (1948 & 1950)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1945)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (NL) (1945)
    Most Walks (3) (NL) (1945, 1946 & 1950)
    Most Times Hit By Pitch (1) (NL) (1950)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1) (NL) (1946)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (NL: 1946, 7th) & (NL: 1950, 3rd)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Singles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    35. On Base Percentage: .410

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1960: 1.1%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Brooklyn Dodger

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