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The 1967 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records



Next in my continuing series of looking at individual seasons through the prism of Player won-lost records is the 1967 season.

The 1967 season featured the last great pennant race in the era when the World Series was the only postseason game in town. Four American League teams entered the final weekend of the seaason with a chance to win the pennant. In terms of player achievement, the big story in 1967 was Carl Yastrzemski's pursuit of the Triple Crown.

This article takes a look at the 1967 season as it is seen by Player won-lost records.

The Best of 1967

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
1Carl Yastrzemski27.217.83.5
5.5
1Carl Yastrzemski27.217.83.5
5.5
2Harmon Killebrew23.314.13.4
5.1
2Harmon Killebrew23.314.13.4
5.1
3Joe Horlen17.211.63.4
4.6
3Roberto Clemente25.618.32.7
4.6
4Orlando Cepeda22.614.33.0
4.6
4Joe Horlen17.211.63.4
4.6
5Willie McCovey18.911.42.8
4.2
5Orlando Cepeda22.614.33.0
4.6
6Jim Bunning19.415.32.8
4.3
6Jim Ray Hart24.017.22.6
4.4
7Al Kaline21.514.42.7
4.3
7Hank Aaron26.219.52.4
4.4
8Jim Lonborg19.815.82.7
4.2
8Ron Santo23.217.22.6
4.3
9Roberto Clemente25.618.32.7
4.6
9Al Kaline21.514.42.7
4.3
10Tim McCarver15.010.82.6
3.8
10Dick McAuliffe21.216.62.6
4.3


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
1Carl Yastrzemski28.417.34.3
6.3
1Carl Yastrzemski28.417.34.3
6.3
2Harmon Killebrew22.213.43.3
4.8
2Ron Santo24.016.73.2
5.0
3Ron Santo24.016.73.2
5.0
3Harmon Killebrew22.213.43.3
4.8
4Bill Freehan17.612.43.0
4.3
4Roberto Clemente25.317.92.7
4.6
5Roberto Clemente25.317.92.7
4.6
5Bill Freehan17.612.43.0
4.3
6Jim Bunning19.716.12.6
4.1
6Hank Aaron25.819.62.1
4.1
7Gaylord Perry19.415.62.5
4.1
7Jim Bunning19.716.12.6
4.1
8Dick McAuliffe20.916.72.4
4.1
8Gaylord Perry19.415.62.5
4.1
9Gary Peters18.214.92.4
3.8
9Dick McAuliffe20.916.72.4
4.1
10Joe Horlen16.112.92.2
3.5
10Gary Peters18.214.92.4
3.8


Triple Crown Winners
Probably the biggest individual story in 1967 was Carl Yastrzemski winning the American League Triple Crown.

The next table shows Player won-lost records for every Triple Crown winner for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Rogers Hornsby, 1922*
97
15.010.60.5872.3
3.3
16.411.30.5922.63.7
Ted Williams, 1942*
64
13.06.50.6682.8
3.7
11.47.20.6131.62.5
Ted Williams, 1947*
156
26.918.00.5993.3
5.2
27.717.20.6174.15.9
Mickey Mantle, 1956
150
25.115.40.6204.1
5.8
25.014.70.6304.46.1
Frank Robinson, 1966
155
25.017.70.5862.6
4.3
25.717.60.5933.04.7
Carl Yastrzemski, 1967
161
27.217.80.6053.5
5.5
28.417.30.6214.36.3
Miguel Cabrera, 2012
161
22.518.10.5532.0
3.5
22.318.10.5522.03.4

*Play-by-play data are missing for some games in these seasons.

Obviously, it's hard to fairly judge the full value of Hornsby's and Williams's seasons because of missing play-by-play data for those seasons. But Yaz's Triple Crown season is certainly the best of the past three Triple Crown seasons.

National League MVP Contenders: Orlando Cepeda vs. Ron Santo
Using Player won-lost records, the most valuable player in the National League differs depending on whether you look in or out of context. The top National League player in pWins over either positional average or replacement level was the unanimous winner of the 1967 National League MVP, Orlando Cepeda.

Neutralizing for context, however, the top player in eWins over either positional average or replacement level was Ron Santo.

The next table compares Cepeda's and Santo's 1967 seasons in and out of context.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Orlando Cepeda
151
22.614.30.6133.0
4.6
19.614.10.5821.73.2
Ron Santo
161
23.217.20.5742.6
4.3
24.016.70.5903.25.0


The 1967 was by far the best season of Orlando Cepeda's career. In contrast, the 1967 season was actually fairly typical for Ron Santo in two ways.

First, the fact that Santo earned more eWOPA/eWORL than pWOPA/pWORL was fairly typical of his career. Overall, for his career, Santo earned 41.7 eWORL, but only 35.0 pWORL.

Second, while 1967 was something of an outlier in Cepeda's career (although his 1961, 1963, and 1964 seasons were comparable to Cepeda's 1967 season, when measured in eWORL), Santo's 1967 was essentially a typical Ron Santo season from between 1963 and 1969. The next table presents Ron Santo's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Ron Santo
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1960CHN20
95
10.210.20.500-0.2
0.6
9.710.10.489-0.40.3
1961CHN21
154
17.318.50.483-0.8
0.8
19.017.50.5200.52.2
1962CHN22
162
16.721.50.438-2.5
-1.0
18.019.50.481-0.80.6
1963CHN23
162
22.820.30.5291.1
2.7
22.918.70.5501.93.5
1964CHN24
161
23.018.50.5531.8
3.5
23.716.50.5903.24.9
1965CHN25
164
23.318.70.5541.7
3.4
23.317.70.5692.34.0
1966CHN26
155
21.318.10.5411.2
2.7
23.517.30.5772.64.2
1967CHN27
161
23.217.20.5742.6
4.3
24.016.70.5903.25.0
1968CHN28
162
23.718.30.5642.5
4.2
22.417.30.5642.44.0
1969CHN29
160
23.218.40.5582.2
4.0
21.717.20.5582.03.7
1970CHN30
154
20.316.80.5471.1
2.8
19.116.00.5441.02.5
1971CHN31
154
20.017.30.5360.8
2.3
19.116.90.5310.62.1
1972CHN32
133
16.714.20.5401.1
2.3
18.014.00.5621.83.1
1973CHN33
149
19.618.20.5180.1
1.7
17.816.80.516-0.01.4
1974CHA34
117
9.710.40.481-0.3
0.6
8.910.50.460-0.70.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,243
291.0256.70.53112.3
35.0
291.2242.70.54519.641.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
0
0.00.0 0.00.00.0 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,243
291.0256.70.531
35.0
291.2242.70.545 41.7


Forgotten Ace: Joe Horlen
The 1960s are sometimes referred to as the "second Deadball Era". It was an era the featured big pitchers and big pitching numbers. When you think of 1960s pitchers, there are lots of big names to choose from. Sandy Koufax retired the previous offseason; Bob Gibson was World Series MVP; Gaylord Perry was just coming into his own; Jim Bunning had his last great season; Tom Seaver was Rookie of the Year.

But the best pitcher in the major leagues in 1967, at least as measured by pWins over positional average, was a guy who never even appeared on a Hall-of-Fame ballot: Joe Horlen.

Joe Horlen's 1967 was excellent and Horlen had several other very good seasons as well. But Horlen's last above-average season was at age 31 and he was out of baseball after his age 34 season.

Still, he had a solid major-league career that is well worth remembering. The next table presents Joe Horlen's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Joe Horlen
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1961CHA23
5
1.22.00.370-0.4
-0.2
1.01.80.348-0.4-0.2
1962CHA24
20
6.67.20.478-0.0
0.6
6.67.30.472-0.10.5
1963CHA25
33
8.68.00.5190.6
1.4
7.88.00.4920.20.9
1964CHA26
32
13.710.70.5622.1
3.3
13.79.60.5872.63.8
1965CHA27
34
15.313.70.5281.5
2.8
13.912.60.5251.32.5
1966CHA28
64
12.913.10.4970.3
1.5
12.912.20.5130.71.9
1967CHA29
51
17.211.60.5973.4
4.6
16.112.90.5552.23.5
1968CHA30
41
15.214.70.5080.8
2.0
13.814.50.4870.21.3
1969CHA31
36
14.617.00.461-0.5
0.9
14.815.30.4920.41.8
1970CHA32
28
10.914.10.435-1.2
-0.1
10.411.70.471-0.20.7
1971CHA33
35
7.07.80.474-0.2
0.5
7.78.60.474-0.20.6
1972OAK34
32
3.64.30.458-0.3
0.1
4.44.10.5150.20.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
411
126.8124.20.5056.1
17.6
122.9118.60.5096.717.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
2
0.00.20.132 -0.10.10.20.308 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
413
126.8124.30.505
17.5
123.0118.80.509 17.8


1967 Postseason

The 1967 World Series was a matchup of contrasts. The NL representative made the second of their three appearances in five seasons between 1964 and 1968.

The AL representative improved by 20 wins and 8 positions in the standings from the year before for their first winning season in nine years and first pennant in 21 years.

The result was a 7-game series.

The best performances in that series, as measured by Player won-lost records, are shown next.

1967 World Series: Top Player Performances
pWins pLosses pWORL
Bob GibsonSLN1.90.90.6
Jim LonborgBOS1.81.30.4
Roger MarisSLN1.40.60.4
Curt FloodSLN1.10.70.3
Nelson BrilesSLN0.80.50.2
Carl YastrzemskiBOS1.51.10.2
Joe FoyBOS0.70.40.2
Lou BrockSLN1.31.00.2
Dal MaxvillSLN0.70.50.2


Best of 1967 by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over Positional Average 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 1967 in eWOPA by factor were as follows.

Batting
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Carl Yastrzemski19.610.24.4

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Baserunning
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Bert Campaneris3.22.10.5
Joe L. Morgan1.90.90.5
Adolfo Phillips2.01.00.5

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Pitching
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Joe Horlen13.310.23.1
Jim Bunning16.313.23.0
Gaylord Perry15.612.82.8
Gary Peters14.311.92.4
Catfish Hunter14.312.22.2
Ted Abernathy6.03.92.1


Fielding, P
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Gaylord Perry1.60.31.3


Fielding, C
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Paul Casanova2.21.80.3
Jerry McNertney0.90.60.3
Joe Torre1.61.30.3
Clay Dalrymple1.31.00.3
Bill Freehan1.81.50.3
Tim McCarver1.71.40.3
Jerry Zimmerman1.20.90.3
Jake Gibbs1.51.20.3


Fielding, 1B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Lee May1.31.00.3
Ramon Webster1.31.00.3
George C. Scott2.72.40.3
Harmon Killebrew2.22.00.3


Fielding, 2B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Bernie Allen2.62.00.6


Fielding, 3B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Brooks Robinson5.84.01.8


Fielding, SS
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Bud Harrelson5.85.10.7
Ed Brinkman4.13.50.7


Fielding, LF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Lou Brock7.56.21.3


Fielding, CF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Vic Davalillo4.22.91.3


Fielding, RF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Felipe Alou1.10.10.9
Tommy Harper4.13.20.9


Best by Position
Next, we look at 1967 Major-League leaders in eWOPA by position. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position, and include no contextual adjustments (expected or actual).



Catcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Bill Freehan16.011.72.7


First Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Harmon Killebrew22.013.43.2


Second Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Dick McAuliffe17.013.81.8


Third Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Ron Santo23.916.93.1


Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Jim Fregosi19.718.11.6


Left Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Carl Yastrzemski27.917.73.9


Center Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Jimmy Wynn24.019.41.6


Right Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Roberto Clemente25.117.92.6


Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Gaylord Perry16.812.82.1


Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Ted Abernathy6.54.50.9


For relief pitchers, context-neutral records may not be the best measure of how good they are, as context can matter a great deal, depending on how a pitcher is used. Here are the top relief pitchers of 1967 in context, in terms of pWins and pWOPA.

Top Relief Pitchers of 1967, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Ted Abernathy10.65.80.6452.33.3
Minnie Rojas10.47.50.5811.42.5
Bob Locker8.55.60.6041.42.3
Hoyt Wilhelm7.44.50.6211.42.1
Dooley Womack5.84.10.5860.81.4


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

Pitcher Offense
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Earl Wilson1.92.20.5


Pinch Hitter
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Rich Reese1.20.70.3
Jimmie Hall0.70.20.3
Bob Allison0.50.10.3


Pinch Runner
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Alex Johnson0.20.00.1
Buddy Bradford0.10.00.1


Noteworthy Players of 1967

Finally, let's take a look at some players who had noteworthy 1967 seasons.

Notable Debuts
The 1967 season saw the debut of four Hall-of-Famers who would go on to win 4 MVP and 3 Cy Young awards over the next decade.

Their careers, as measured by Player won-lost records, are shown next.

Rod Carew Tom Seaver
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
196713715.916.00.4990.1
1.5
3617.314.40.5462.13.5
196812714.213.80.5060.5
1.6
3817.214.60.5402.03.3
196912316.412.50.5662.2
3.4
3921.213.50.6114.66.2
1970516.65.90.5270.6
1.2
4220.715.60.5693.34.8
197114618.216.90.5180.9
2.3
3919.913.40.5994.15.6
197214217.915.60.5341.5
2.9
3619.116.50.5362.13.7
197314919.517.30.5301.5
3.0
3920.314.00.5924.05.4
197415321.318.10.5412.2
3.7
3214.414.50.4980.51.7
197514318.415.60.5421.7
3.1
3718.913.60.5833.44.8
197615620.514.50.5852.4
3.7
3516.614.20.5391.83.1
197715519.413.70.5852.4
3.7
3319.212.50.6064.25.6
197815216.915.00.5300.5
1.7
3616.115.40.5110.92.2
197911011.310.90.509-0.1
0.8
3314.411.90.5471.92.9
198014415.513.80.5290.5
1.7
2610.511.70.472-0.20.7
19819310.39.90.509-0.0
0.8
2310.87.50.5892.23.0
198213814.412.70.5300.5
1.5
226.710.00.399-1.3-0.6
198312911.511.10.510-0.0
0.9
3413.114.90.467-0.30.9
1984938.68.50.505-0.1
0.5
3413.311.30.5401.22.3
198512712.011.50.511-0.2
0.7
3514.610.90.5732.13.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,468288.6253.50.53216.8
38.9
649304.1250.50.54838.762.3


Reggie Jackson Johnny Bench
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
1967352.74.10.400-0.8
-0.5
262.02.50.444-0.20.0
196815420.818.80.5260.3
1.9
15415.113.40.5301.12.3
196915225.016.70.5993.0
4.8
14815.111.20.5742.33.5
197014916.115.70.506-0.3
1.1
15822.015.40.5893.24.9
197115022.916.00.5892.7
4.3
14915.915.20.5120.41.7
197213520.815.80.5681.9
3.4
14720.113.20.6043.54.9
197315124.016.40.5943.4
5.2
15219.814.40.5802.84.3
197414822.417.50.5622.0
3.7
16022.115.60.5873.44.9
197515725.619.10.5732.7
4.6
14218.113.90.5662.03.3
197613422.316.40.5772.6
4.1
13512.811.10.5351.01.9
197714621.815.80.5802.4
4.0
14216.612.10.5792.03.2
197813919.314.80.5661.8
3.2
12012.19.60.5581.32.2
197913118.515.30.5471.1
2.4
13015.411.70.5681.82.9
198014320.114.30.5842.5
4.0
11411.49.80.5360.81.6
19819410.410.30.504-0.1
0.8
526.34.30.5970.91.3
198215320.017.80.5300.8
2.3
11911.512.90.472-1.0-0.0
19831169.711.50.457-1.1
-0.1
11010.09.80.506-0.10.6
198414313.511.80.5350.4
2.0
198514314.912.80.5380.9
2.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,573351.0280.80.55526.2
53.2
2,158246.5196.00.55725.443.4


Last Hurrahs
Finally, 1967 was the final season for longtime Yankees ace Whitey Ford. The final table shows his career, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Whitey Ford
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1950NYA21
20
7.34.80.6011.4
2.0
6.95.60.5500.81.4
1953NYA24
33
13.011.40.5331.3
2.4
13.713.00.5130.92.1
1954NYA25
34
15.111.50.5692.3
3.6
13.411.80.5331.32.5
1955NYA26
39
18.213.90.5672.7
4.0
16.314.70.5271.42.6
1956NYA27
31
17.311.40.6033.5
4.8
15.611.70.5712.53.7
1957NYA28
24
8.97.00.5601.2
1.9
8.27.70.5160.51.2
1958NYA29
30
14.911.20.5702.5
3.5
15.111.10.5762.63.7
1959NYA30
35
14.912.70.5401.6
2.9
14.312.50.5331.42.6
1960NYA31
33
14.412.10.5441.7
2.9
12.210.80.5311.22.2
1961NYA32
39
19.813.00.6034.1
5.5
19.116.90.5301.93.4
1962NYA33
38
17.012.10.5853.2
4.5
16.814.60.5351.93.3
1963NYA34
38
17.413.60.5612.7
4.1
17.715.10.5392.13.6
1964NYA35
39
18.011.70.6073.8
5.4
16.111.90.5742.74.1
1965NYA36
38
15.215.20.5000.8
2.2
15.915.40.5071.02.4
1966NYA37
22
3.44.50.433-0.5
-0.0
4.35.10.458-0.30.2
1967NYA38
7
2.72.50.5170.2
0.4
2.92.50.5360.30.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
500
217.6168.60.56332.5
49.8
208.5180.60.53622.139.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
22
10.08.90.530 1.89.98.20.546 2.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
522
227.6177.50.563
51.5
218.4188.80.536 41.5




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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