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242. Del Pratt

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242. Del Pratt
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 10, 1888 in Walhalia, SC USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 11, 1912
  • Final Game: September 29, 1924
  • MVP - 1912
  • MVP - 1914
  • MVP - 1922
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Del Pratt had a great rookie campaign in 1912, where the then St. Louis Brown had 172 Hits and a .302 Batting Average.  The Second Baseman continued to do well, recording at least 159 Hits with 26 Stolen Bases and finishing first in Runs Batted In (103) in 1916.   That was a good initial run, but all was not well in the city of St. Louis.

The Second Baseman had a poor 1917, and the Browns owner, Phil Ball, suggested that Pratt and other Browns players were deliberately playing badly with the hope of being traded.  Ball suggested pay cuts for those players.  Incensed that he was accused of dogging it, he and his teammate Doc Lavan sued Ball for slander, and while the suit was eventually settled, Pratt was traded to the Yankees, which was good for both sides as neither wanted to be around the other.

Pratt rebounded with New York, and he batted .314 in 1920.  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1921, batting .300 in his two seasons there.  He played two final years with the Detroit Tigers, again batting over .300 in those campaigns.

Pratt left the game four Hits shy of 2,000 with a Batting Average of .292.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Walhalla, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 1937
  • Position: Second Base
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1) (AL) (1919)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (AL) (1916)
    Highest Power-Speed # (2) (AL) (1922 & 1924)
    Most Assists (3) (AL) (1916, 1919 & 1920)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1914, 10th
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 78. Assists: 5,238
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A.
  • Should be Inducted As A: St. Louis Brown

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