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1964 Season

The 1964 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records

This article takes a look at the 1964 season as measured by Player won-lost records.

The Best of 1964

I calculate Player won-lost records two ways: pWins, which tie to team wins and eWins, which control for context and the ability of one's teammates. For players with more pWins than eWins, their Player wins contributed to more team wins than one might expect; for players with more eWins than pWins, just the opposite is true: their Player wins translated into fewer team wins than expected. Or more briefly: a player with more pWins than eWins was better in context, a player with more eWins than pWins was worse in context.

The top 10 players in pWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Willie Mays26.216.39.1
11.2
1Willie Mays26.216.39.1
11.2
2Dean Chance19.711.78.9
11.1
2Dean Chance19.711.78.9
11.1
3Larry Jackson20.614.67.1
9.4
3Larry Jackson20.614.67.1
9.4
4Frank Robinson26.417.77.0
9.2
4Frank Robinson26.417.77.0
9.2
5Mickey Mantle21.213.57.0
8.7
5Dick Allen25.217.76.8
8.9
6Dick Allen25.217.76.8
8.9
6Mickey Mantle21.213.57.0
8.7
7Juan Marichal18.412.86.6
8.6
7Juan Marichal18.412.86.6
8.6
8Whitey Ford17.111.26.6
8.5
8Whitey Ford17.111.26.6
8.5
9Brooks Robinson24.117.65.8
7.9
9Brooks Robinson24.117.65.8
7.9
10John 'Boog' Powell19.713.05.7
7.4
10Ken Boyer25.318.95.7
7.9


The top 10 players in eWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Willie Mays25.716.88.2
10.3
1Willie Mays25.716.88.2
10.3
2Dean Chance18.512.87.3
9.5
2Dean Chance18.512.87.3
9.5
3Larry Jackson20.215.06.6
8.9
3Larry Jackson20.215.06.6
8.9
4Ron Santo24.017.55.8
7.9
4Ron Santo24.017.55.8
7.9
5Mickey Mantle20.314.35.4
7.1
5Frank Robinson25.718.55.4
7.6
6Frank Robinson25.718.55.4
7.6
6Mickey Mantle20.314.35.4
7.1
7Bob Allison18.412.25.2
6.8
7Whitey Ford16.112.25.0
6.9
8Joe Horlen14.09.85.2
6.7
8Brooks Robinson23.718.14.8
6.9
9Whitey Ford16.112.25.0
6.9
9Dick Allen24.318.64.8
6.9
10Brooks Robinson23.718.14.8
6.9
10Bob Allison18.412.25.2
6.8


I take a look at some of the most interesting players of 1964 at the end of this article.

1964 World Series

The 1964 World Series pitted the New York Yankees, making their 14th appearance in 16 seasons, against the St. Louis Cardinals, the fifth different NL pennant winner in as many years (and sixth in seven years), making their first World Series appearance in 18 years. In retrospect, it was a passing of the guard. The 1964 World Series was the Yankees' last World Series appearance in 12 years, while the Cardinals' appearance was their first of 3 World Series appearances in 5 seasons.

The Cardinals won the series 4-3, behind World Series MVP Bob Gibson's 3.00 ERA over 27 innings across 3 starts (including 2 CG) with 31 Ks in 27 IP.

The next table presents the top performers in the 1964 World Series as measured by Player won-lost records. Interestingly, the top two performers, even putting their records in context, as measured by pWins over replacement level, played for the losing side. Jim Bouton won both of his starts with a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 IP, while Mickey Mantle batted .333/.467/.792 (OPS of 1.258) with 3 home runs, 8 runs scored, and 8 RBI (including a game-winning home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3, in which Bouton picked up a complete-game 2-1 victory).

1964 World Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Mickey MantleNYA1.60.80.8
Jim BoutonNYA1.40.70.7
Tim McCarverSLN1.00.40.6
Ken BoyerSLN1.30.70.6
Ron TaylorSLN0.50.10.5


Best of 1964 by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players in various aspects of the game.
Best by Factor: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, Fielding
There are four basic factors for which players earn Player won-lost records: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, and Fielding. The top players in 1964 in wins over positional average (WOPA) by factor were as follows.

Batting
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Willie Mays17.410.6
6.4
1Mickey Mantle16.68.47.9
2Mickey Mantle15.79.3
6.0
2Willie Mays17.910.17.4
3Harmon Killebrew17.411.1
5.9
3Frank Robinson17.910.47.1
4Ron Santo17.011.3
5.3
4Harmon Killebrew17.810.86.6
5John 'Boog' Powell13.47.9
5.2
5John 'Boog' Powell13.97.36.3
6Frank Robinson16.911.4
5.0
6Dick Allen17.111.25.5
7Dick Allen16.911.4
5.0
7Ken Boyer18.012.55.0
8Bob Allison13.68.4
4.9
8Brooks Robinson18.012.64.9
9Orlando Cepeda14.59.9
4.3
9Orlando Cepeda14.69.84.5
10Brooks Robinson17.513.1
3.9
10Ron Santo16.511.84.2
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Baserunning
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Willie Mays2.21.1
1.0
1Don Buford2.10.91.2
2Luis Aparicio2.61.7
0.9
2Luis Aparicio2.71.61.0
3Zoilo Versalles1.81.0
0.8
3Jim Fregosi1.50.80.7
4Don Buford2.01.1
0.8
4Willie Mays2.01.30.7
5Willie Davis2.21.4
0.8
5Willie Smith (1963)1.40.70.7
6Dick Howser2.01.3
0.6
6Tommy McCraw1.71.00.7
7Floyd Robinson1.61.0
0.5
7Floyd Robinson1.61.00.6
8Ron Hansen1.30.8
0.5
8Julian Javier1.20.60.6
9Denis Menke1.30.8
0.5
9Vada Pinson1.61.00.6
10Tom Tresh1.40.9
0.5
10Willie Davis2.11.50.6
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Pitching
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss Net eWins Player pWins pLoss Net pWins
1Dean Chance17.311.0
6.3
1Dean Chance18.89.59.2
2Larry Jackson17.412.9
4.5
2Juan Marichal16.810.36.5
3Joe Horlen12.38.3
4.1
3Whitey Ford15.99.76.2
4Whitey Ford14.611.0
3.7
4Larry Jackson18.212.16.0
5Juan Marichal15.211.9
3.4
5Sandy Koufax14.89.35.6
6Bob Veale16.413.4
3.0
6Jim Bunning16.311.54.8
7Jim O'Toole12.89.9
2.9
7Bob Gibson18.313.64.7
8Bob Bruce12.49.6
2.8
8Dick Radatz12.37.74.6
9Bob Lee9.26.5
2.8
9Jim O'Toole13.69.14.6
10Dick Radatz11.38.6
2.7
10Juan Pizarro14.410.14.3


Fielding by Position


Fielding, P
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Don Drysdale0.90.5
0.4
1Larry Jackson0.80.30.5
2Larry Jackson0.70.4
0.4
2Mudcat Grant0.50.10.4
3Claude Osteen0.50.2
0.3
3Claude Osteen0.50.10.4
4Ken McBride0.30.1
0.2
4Juan Pizarro0.30.10.2
5Mudcat Grant0.40.2
0.2
5Harvey Haddix0.20.00.2


Fielding, C
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Buck Rodgers2.01.5
0.5
1Elston Howard1.81.20.6
2Elston Howard1.71.3
0.4
2Buck Rodgers2.01.50.5
3J.C. Martin1.20.9
0.3
3Johnny Edwards1.91.50.4
4Dick Bertell1.31.1
0.2
4J.C. Martin1.20.90.3
5Ed Bailey0.90.7
0.2
5Dick Bertell1.41.10.3


Fielding, 1B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Deron Johnson1.91.4
0.5
1Norm Siebern2.61.90.8
2Norm Siebern2.52.0
0.4
2Deron Johnson2.01.30.6
3Norm Cash2.01.6
0.3
3Joe Pepitone2.82.30.5
4Frank J. Thomas1.20.9
0.3
4Ernie Banks3.02.60.4
5Bill DeKova White2.72.5
0.2
5Bill DeKova White2.82.50.4


Fielding, 2B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Bobby Knoop7.35.9
1.4
1Bobby Knoop7.65.71.9
2Dick Green4.43.9
0.5
2Jerry Adair6.55.11.4
3Jerry Adair6.05.6
0.4
3Al Weis3.83.20.6
4Dick Tracewski1.71.4
0.3
4Hiraldo 'Chico' Ruiz1.51.00.5
5Larry Brown3.63.4
0.2
5Bill Mazeroski7.57.00.5


Fielding, 3B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ken Boyer6.05.1
0.9
1Don Wert4.33.11.3
2Brooks Robinson5.14.4
0.7
2Dick Allen6.65.41.2
3Pete Ward4.23.6
0.7
3Eddie Mathews4.23.21.0
4Eddie Mathews4.03.4
0.5
4Brooks Robinson5.24.30.9
5Don Wert3.93.5
0.4
5Pete Ward4.23.50.7


Fielding, SS
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ron Hansen7.46.1
1.3
1Ron Hansen7.46.01.4
2Bobby Wine4.23.4
0.7
2Luis Aparicio6.75.21.4
3Luis Aparicio6.35.6
0.6
3Bobby Wine4.43.11.3
4Denis Menke6.05.4
0.5
4Dick Groat7.26.70.5
5Eddie Kasko6.35.9
0.4
5Jim Fregosi6.35.80.5


Fielding, LF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Chuck Hinton5.74.5
1.3
1Gates Brown4.43.11.3
2H. Tommy Davis7.66.4
1.2
2Tommy Harper3.92.71.2
3Sam Bowens1.00.4
0.6
3Lou Brock4.23.30.9
4Jim Piersall1.61.1
0.5
4Don Demeter1.30.50.9
5Tommy Harper3.53.1
0.5
5Frank Robinson2.71.80.8


Fielding, CF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Willie Davis6.64.5
2.1
1Willie Davis6.94.22.7
2Carl Yastrzemski5.85.0
0.8
2Jackie Brandt6.24.31.8
3Jimmie Hall4.94.2
0.8
3Curt Flood6.95.31.6
4Ken L. Hunt1.50.9
0.6
4Willie Mays6.24.91.3
5Curt Flood6.45.9
0.5
5Jimmie Hall5.14.01.0


Fielding, RF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Johnny Callison8.07.0
1.1
1Roger Maris4.42.61.8
2Lou Brock3.02.1
1.0
2Johnny Callison8.36.71.6
3Al Kaline5.74.7
1.0
3Mike Shannon3.42.21.2
4Roger Maris4.03.0
0.9
4Al Kaline5.64.80.9
5Frank Robinson4.33.6
0.7
5Mike Hershberger2.61.70.8


Best by Position
Next, we look at 1964 Major-League leaders by position. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position.

Catcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Bill Freehan14.612.0
2.9
1Elston Howard16.011.44.8
2Joe Torre10.58.2
2.4
2Joe Torre10.97.83.2
3Elston Howard14.812.7
2.4
3Johnny Edwards12.19.42.8
4Tom Haller11.49.7
2.0
4Tom Haller11.49.71.9
5Jim Pagliaroni7.86.4
1.5
5Bill Freehan14.012.51.8


First Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Orlando Cepeda18.113.4
3.6
1Orlando Cepeda18.013.43.4
2Bob Allison11.37.5
3.2
2Bill DeKova White19.715.23.2
3Bill DeKova White19.215.7
2.1
3Ron Fairly15.711.53.2
4Norm Siebern15.912.8
2.0
4Norm Siebern16.212.52.5
5Norm Cash15.912.8
2.0
5Deron Johnson13.310.32.1


Second Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Don Buford11.710.4
2.1
1Don Buford12.010.02.8
2Felix Mantilla6.75.0
2.1
2Julian Javier17.916.52.5
3Ron Hunt14.713.7
1.9
3Jerry Adair18.116.92.4
4Woodie Held5.54.5
1.3
4Woodie Held6.04.02.2
5Dick Green12.812.6
1.1
5Bobby Richardson19.118.61.8


Third Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Ron Santo23.717.8
5.2
1Dick Allen25.217.76.8
2Brooks Robinson23.518.2
4.6
2Brooks Robinson24.117.65.8
3Dick Allen23.918.9
4.3
3Ken Boyer25.318.95.7
4Ken Boyer24.220.0
3.4
4Pete Ward20.415.83.9
5Jim Ray Hart19.315.7
2.9
5Ron Santo22.918.63.6


Shortstop
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Ron Hansen22.719.3
3.5
1Ron Hansen23.118.94.3
2Jim Fregosi20.316.9
3.4
2Jim Fregosi20.716.54.3
3Denis Menke17.614.3
3.3
3Luis Aparicio21.017.53.5
4Eddie Bressoud19.417.3
2.1
4Denis Menke17.014.92.1
5Luis Aparicio20.118.4
1.7
5Dick McAuliffe20.219.01.2


Left Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1John 'Boog' Powell18.312.9
4.3
1John 'Boog' Powell19.212.96.2
2Harmon Killebrew23.718.7
3.4
2Frank Robinson12.27.64.9
3Frank Robinson11.37.6
3.0
3Rico Carty17.913.63.9
4Rico Carty17.213.6
2.3
4Wes Covington12.39.53.2
5Billy Williams22.919.2
1.8
5Lou Brock15.112.32.5


Center Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Willie Mays24.917.0
7.1
1Willie Mays25.716.18.8
2Mickey Mantle14.910.4
4.0
2Mickey Mantle15.69.65.5
3Willie Davis22.317.7
3.7
3Willie Davis22.317.73.7
4Jimmie Hall16.813.5
2.6
4Vada Pinson22.819.12.8
5Carl Yastrzemski18.315.5
2.1
5Tony Gonzalez14.010.82.7


Right Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Tony Oliva20.216.0
2.5
1Johnny Callison25.319.04.5
2Al Kaline19.615.6
2.4
2Roger Maris16.110.64.3
3Hank Aaron20.716.8
2.3
3Floyd Robinson14.710.92.6
4Roger Maris15.111.7
2.1
4Frank Robinson14.211.12.1
5Frank Robinson14.211.1
2.0
5Hank Aaron20.516.92.0


Starting Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Dean Chance16.410.5
5.9
1Dean Chance17.89.08.9
2Larry Jackson17.913.1
4.9
2Larry Jackson18.812.26.7
3Joe Horlen12.58.2
4.4
3Juan Marichal17.210.86.4
4Whitey Ford14.911.1
3.9
4Whitey Ford16.19.86.3
5Juan Marichal15.712.3
3.4
5Sandy Koufax14.69.55.2
6Bob Veale16.813.7
3.1
6Jim O'Toole14.09.34.8
7Jim O'Toole13.110.1
3.0
7Bob Gibson18.013.54.6
8Don Drysdale17.314.4
3.0
8Jim Bunning16.311.74.6
9Bob Friend15.312.6
2.7
9Juan Pizarro14.710.24.5
10Bob Bruce12.29.6
2.7
10Wally Bunker12.78.83.9


Relief Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Bob Lee8.05.4
2.6
1Dick Radatz12.48.04.3
2Dick Radatz11.58.9
2.5
2Bob Lee8.44.93.4
3Hoyt Wilhelm8.76.7
2.0
3Hoyt Wilhelm9.16.32.8
4Al McBean5.83.9
1.8
4Al McBean6.33.42.8
5Al Worthington6.24.6
1.5
5Sammy Ellis5.12.52.6
6Dick Hall4.73.2
1.5
6Dick Hall5.22.72.4
7Harvey Haddix4.53.0
1.5
7Pete Mikkelsen5.53.61.9
8Sammy Ellis4.53.1
1.4
8Don McMahon6.44.51.9
9Pedro Ramos2.71.5
1.2
9Stu Miller7.45.51.9
10Stu Miller7.15.8
1.2
10Eddie Fisher5.43.51.9


Finally, here are the best at three oft-forgotten positions that can nevertheless matter: pitcher offense, pinch hitting, and pinch running.

Pitcher Offense
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Earl Wilson1.91.7
1.0
1Earl Wilson2.41.21.8
2Jim Kaat1.71.8
0.8
2Sonny Siebert1.50.81.0
3Sonny Siebert1.31.0
0.7
3Dick Donovan1.40.90.9


Pinch Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Ty Cline1.71.2
0.7
1Dalton Jones1.80.81.2
2Dalton Jones1.51.1
0.6
2Ty Cline1.91.11.0
3Billy Bryan1.41.0
0.5
3Frank J. Thomas1.10.30.8


Pinch Runner
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Dick A. Smith0.40.1
0.3
1Dick A. Smith0.30.10.3
2Al Weis0.20.1
0.2
2Bob Saverine0.40.20.2
3Bob Saverine0.30.2
0.1
3Willie Smith (1963)0.10.00.1


Noteworthy Players of 1964

Willie Mays
The best position player in major-league baseball in 1964, as measured by Player won-lost records, was one of the greatest players in major-league history, Willie Mays. His 1964 season was arguably his best, but only really "arguably" so, which perhaps suggests just how consistently great he was.

Willie Mays's career, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented in the next table.

Willie Mays
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1951NY120
121
15.612.92.1
3.6
15.113.50.92.4
1952NY121
34
5.73.32.2
2.7
5.13.91.21.7
1954NY123
151
24.616.56.6
9.0
24.416.86.28.5
1955NY124
152
27.217.48.5
10.8
26.817.87.710.1
1956NY125
152
23.417.94.3
6.5
23.717.54.97.1
1957NY126
152
24.518.54.7
6.8
24.618.44.97.1
1958SFN27
152
26.018.46.4
8.6
25.518.95.27.3
1959SFN28
151
25.016.07.9
9.9
23.717.35.37.3
1960SFN29
153
25.519.15.0
7.3
24.919.73.86.1
1961SFN30
154
26.117.37.6
10.1
25.018.35.47.8
1962SFN31
162
29.618.110.6
13.1
27.220.55.88.2
1963SFN32
157
24.719.14.7
6.8
25.018.85.27.3
1964SFN33
157
26.216.39.1
11.2
25.716.88.210.3
1965SFN34
157
26.517.67.9
10.1
26.118.17.09.2
1966SFN35
152
26.116.68.3
10.3
24.518.25.17.1
1967SFN36
141
17.914.62.6
4.2
17.914.62.64.2
1968SFN37
148
24.116.86.2
8.2
23.617.35.27.3
1969SFN38
117
14.912.71.6
3.1
14.713.01.12.6
1970SFN39
139
17.614.72.0
3.7
18.713.64.56.1
1971SFN40
136
18.111.85.5
7.0
17.512.54.35.8
1972NYN41
88
9.77.71.5
2.4
9.58.01.01.9
1973NYN42
66
6.16.4-0.7
-0.1
6.16.4-0.8-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,992
465.3329.8114.8
155.2
455.3339.994.8135.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
25
3.23.0 0.33.13.0 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,017
468.5332.8
155.5
458.4342.9 135.4


Dean Chance
The best pitcher in major-league baseball in 1964 was not one of the greatest players in major-league history. But Dean Chance did have one of the best seasons of the past 60 years. The next table shows the top 25 seasons since 1961 in pWins over replacement level.

pWins over Replacement Level
(Top Seasons since 1961)
Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds200128.315.212.1
14.4
2Sandy Koufax196525.014.511.7
14.1
3Steve Carlton197225.014.911.0
13.4
4Barry Bonds200423.711.411.5
13.3
5Barry Bonds199327.515.411.1
13.3
6Willie Mays196229.618.110.6
13.1
7Barry Bonds200224.512.611.1
13.0
8Dwight Gooden198521.111.011.1
13.0
9Mickey Mantle196126.014.610.5
12.7
10Roger Maris196127.215.310.1
12.4
11Sandy Koufax196322.513.310.2
12.4
12Joe L. Morgan197225.716.110.2
12.3
13Jim Edmonds200424.113.810.0
11.9
14Joe L. Morgan197326.817.29.7
11.9
15Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson200219.010.59.6
11.5
16Greg Maddux199516.57.410.0
11.4
17Pedro J. Martinez199916.36.59.9
11.4
18Juan Marichal196622.614.39.2
11.3
19Willie Mays196426.216.39.1
11.2
20Derek Jeter199926.118.19.1
11.2
21Darryl Strawberry198826.716.29.1
11.2
22Dick Allen197223.312.19.4
11.1
23Dean Chance196419.711.78.9
11.1
24Alex Rodriguez200023.515.19.3
11.1
25Joe L. Morgan197623.214.49.2
11.0


Unfortunately, Dean Chance was unable to sustain the brilliance of his 1964 season. Dean Chance's career, as measured by Player won-lost records, is shown in the next table.

Dean Chance
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1961LAA20
5
1.11.4-0.3
-0.1
1.21.3-0.00.2
1962LAA21
50
13.713.40.9
2.9
14.312.82.64.6
1963LAA22
45
15.617.0-0.6
1.6
16.915.72.24.4
1964LAA23
46
19.711.78.9
11.1
18.512.87.39.5
1965CAL24
36
15.113.22.7
4.5
14.214.21.02.8
1966CAL25
41
15.517.5-1.3
0.8
15.917.0-0.11.9
1967MIN26
41
18.316.92.3
4.4
17.917.31.94.0
1968MIN27
43
16.617.10.4
2.2
17.815.93.14.9
1969MIN28
20
4.64.60.2
0.8
4.54.60.20.7
1970CLE29
48
9.410.6-0.8
0.5
8.911.2-1.8-0.5
1971DET30
31
4.75.9-0.9
-0.2
4.75.9-1.0-0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
406
134.2129.411.7
28.4
134.8128.815.232.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
1
0.00.0 -0.00.00.0 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
407
134.2129.5
28.3
134.8128.9 31.9


Year of the Third Baseman
In 1964, both MVPs and one of the two Rookie-of-the-Year awards were won by third basemen: AL MVP Brooks Robinson, NL MVP Ken Boyer, and NL Rookie of the Year Dick Allen.

Yet, the best third baseman in the major leages in 1964, as measured by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over either positional average or replacement levle, is none of these three players. Neutralizing context, the best third baseman in the major leagues in 1964 was Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo.

The next table compares the 1964 season for these four men.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Brooks Robinson
163
24.117.60.5785.8
7.9
23.718.10.5674.86.9
Ken Boyer
162
25.318.90.5725.7
7.9
24.419.80.5533.96.1
Dick Allen
162
25.217.70.5876.8
8.9
24.318.60.5664.86.9
Ron Santo
161
22.918.60.5523.6
5.7
24.017.50.5785.87.9


All four of these players have been elected to the Hall of Merit. The career records of the four players, as measured by Player won-lost records, are compared in the next table.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Brooks Robinson
2895
352.3310.60.53232.2
65.0
343.8319.10.51914.747.6
Ken Boyer
2034
257.8226.40.53223.4
47.7
258.8225.40.53525.650.0
Dick Allen
1748
237.7181.40.56742.2
62.8
236.0183.00.56339.560.1
Ron Santo
2243
293.3259.00.53125.7
53.3
297.6254.70.53935.463.0


Notable Debuts
The 1964 season saw the major-league debuts of two players who would go on to both play into their mid-40s, playing a combined 47 seasons, both of whom would eventually be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Phil Niekro and Tony Perez. Their careers are compared in the next table, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Phil Niekro Tony Perez
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
1964100.20.3-0.1
-0.0
120.30.8-0.5-0.5
1965423.43.20.2
0.8
1038.17.10.41.2
1966282.11.90.2
0.6
977.17.9-1.6-0.9
19674613.512.41.7
3.5
15619.416.02.64.3
19683715.314.31.8
3.4
16020.318.61.33.3
19694020.315.85.4
7.6
16023.217.45.47.5
19703414.217.6-2.5
-0.7
15823.516.26.38.3
19714215.716.00.5
2.3
15822.117.93.35.2
19723817.814.54.3
6.3
13616.211.23.14.4
19734213.413.40.8
2.4
15119.513.34.76.3
19744118.316.82.5
4.3
15819.115.32.33.9
19753916.917.70.2
2.2
13717.213.12.53.9
19763817.215.52.7
4.4
13915.312.81.12.5
19774421.521.41.6
4.2
15417.114.71.12.7
19784521.918.94.2
6.4
14814.513.3-0.01.3
19794420.221.40.4
2.7
13214.312.90.11.4
19804017.218.8-0.4
1.5
15115.215.6-1.20.3
1981228.69.3-0.1
1.1
847.56.70.71.5
19823512.511.22.3
3.5
694.84.40.30.8
19833411.614.3-1.6
-0.2
917.87.20.00.7
19843213.49.83.7
5.1
713.23.7-0.6-0.2
19853313.914.4-0.3
1.5
716.44.81.31.8
19863411.713.2-1.4
0.1
774.95.2-0.7-0.2
1987268.410.8-2.3
-1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS866329.1322.823.9
62.0
2,773307.1256.031.759.6


Last Hurrahs
Finally, 1964 was the final season for outfielders Duke Snider and Minnie Minoso (not counting 10 token plate appearances by Minoso in 1976 and 1980).

Duke Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. Minnie Minoso has not yet made the Hall of Fame, but he was elected to the Hall of Merit in their "1987" election.

Snider's and Minoso's careers are compared in the next table as measured by Player won-lost records. The final row of the table compares their Player won-lost records through their common prime of 1951 - 1961.

Duke Snider Minnie Minoso
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
1947401.92.5-0.7
-0.5
1948534.74.9-0.6
-0.1
194914621.112.97.4
9.3
90.60.7-0.2-0.1
195015221.117.03.3
5.3
195115020.415.83.9
5.7
14619.015.72.34.1
195214419.715.04.1
5.9
14720.518.01.33.4
195315323.413.29.3
11.4
15124.515.97.19.4
195414923.614.87.4
9.7
15327.917.98.811.4
195514824.114.48.6
10.6
13920.117.81.23.2
195615122.815.06.7
8.7
15123.818.73.55.7
195713918.915.22.5
4.3
15325.718.84.56.7
19581069.910.4-1.2
-0.2
14923.219.41.63.6
195912615.511.03.7
5.0
14823.716.86.07.9
19601009.07.51.1
1.9
15422.418.52.04.2
19618310.06.62.9
3.9
15222.217.83.55.7
1962806.34.71.3
1.9
392.62.9-0.5-0.2
196312912.912.4-0.4
0.9
1099.111.5-3.2-2.2
1964895.05.4-0.6
-0.0
300.81.0-0.2-0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,138270.3198.758.9
83.8
1,830265.9211.437.862.8
1951 - 19611,449197.3138.949.1
67.0
1,643252.8195.241.865.3


Article last updated: November 20, 2020

Wins over positional average and replacement level are calculated using data only for the 1964 season. Positional averages for starting pitching and relief pitching are calculated using single-year data for all starting pitchers and all relief pitchers.

All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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