41. Snuffy Stirnweiss

41. Snuffy Stirnweiss
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 26, 1918 in New York, NY USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 22, 1943
  • Final Game: May 03, 1952
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • TSN All-Star - 1945
  • MVP - 1944
  • MVP - 1945
 
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Hmmm.

This is another tricky one.

In regards to pure talent Snuffy Stirnweiss doesn’t belong here and his greatest seasons took place during World War II when the Majors were depleted.  He won his infield job when Joe Gordon served his country and lost it when he came back. 

Regardless of those facts, Snuffy Stirnweiss did step up and for a two year period from 1944 to 1945 he was arguably the best player in the game and while he did not win any MVPs (He did finish 4th and 3rd in those years respectively) a sabremetrician could argue that he should have. 

Stirnweiss was the player who led the American League in those two years in WAR, complete with a first place finish in Defensive bWAR.  He won a Batting Title (’45), Slugging Title (’45), and led in a plethora of statistical categories, both traditional and sabremetric.  He really was a superstar in this time period.

However…

When the regulars came back he could not remain on the same level and while he was still a productive Yankee for another four years he would never again be perceived as a star; that is if he ever was. 

Saying all of that, we are judging Snuffy Stirnweiss based on what he did and not the circumstances that surrounded him.  We look forward to hearing whether you think that is correct or not.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop, Third Base
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent prior to the 1940 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the St. Louis Browns with Jim Delsing, Don Johnson, Duane Pillette and $50,000 for Tom Ferrick, Joe OStrowski and Leo Thomas 8/3/67.
  • Games Played: 884
  • Notable Statistics: 562 Runs Scored
    899 Hits
    140 Doubles
    66 Triples
    27 Home Runs
    253 RBI
    130 Stolen Bases
    .274/.366/.382 Slash Line
    28.5 bWAR

    9 Playoff Games
    4 Runs Scored
    7 Hits
    0 Doubles
    1 Triple
    0 Home Runs
    3 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .250/.417/.321 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1943, 1947 & 1949)
    All-Star (1946)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1944 & 1945)
    Highest Defensive bWAR for Position Players (1944 & 1945)
    Highest Batting Average (1945)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1945)
    Highest OPS (1945)
    Most At Bats (1945)
    Most Plate Appearances (1944 & 1945)
    Most Runs Scored (1944 & 1945)
    Most Hits (1944 & 1945)
    Most Total Bases (1945)
    Most Triples (1944 & 1945)
    Most Stolen Bases (1944 & 1945)
    Most Singles (1944)
    Highest OPS+ (1945)
    Highest Power/Speed # (19454 & 1945)
    Most Putouts by a Second Basemen (1944 & 1945)
    Most Assists by a Second Baseman (1944)
    Most Double Plays by a Second Baseman (1945)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Second Baseman (1944)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman (1944 & 1948)
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