37. Willie Kamm
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 2, 1900 in San Francisco, CA USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 18, 1923
  • Final Game: May 22, 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
 
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Willie Kamm was so highly regarded in the minors that he would become the first player purchased for six figures when the White Sox bought him from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League in 1922.  Kamm may not have become a Hall of Famer, but he did become a popular figure in Chicago.

Playing at Third Base, Kamm was one of the best defensive players not only at his position but in the entire American League.  With the Sox, he would lead the AL at his position six times in Fielding Percentage, and likely would have earned multiple Gold Gloves had they existed in the 1920s.  He was no slouch offensively as he had a respectable .279 Batting Average for Chicago, and in 1925, he would lead the AL in Walks.  Kamm would overall have 1,136 Hits for Chicago.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Traded from San Francisco (PCL) for Doug McWeeny, $100,000, and Players to be Named Later (which would be Shovel Hodge) 5/29/22.
  • Departed: Traded to the Cleveland Indians for Lew Fonseca 5/17/31.
  • Games Played: 1171
  • Notable Statistics: 545 Runs
    1,136 Hits
    243 Doubles
    67 Triples
    25 Home Runs
    588 Runs Batted In
    94 Stolen Bases
    .279/.370/.391 Slash Line
    26.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1926)
    Most Walks (1925)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 & 1931*)
    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1924, 1925 & 1926)
    Most Double Plays by a Third Baseman (1923, 1924 & 1931*)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1929 & 1930)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928 & 1929


    *Traded to the Cleveland Indians during the season.
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