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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 Yastrzemski27.218.03.5
5.4
1Carl Yastrzemski27.218.03.5
5.4
2Orlando Cepeda22.713.73.4
4.9
2Orlando Cepeda22.713.73.4
4.9
3Joe Horlen16.611.33.2
4.4
3Harmon Killebrew22.914.23.2
4.8
4Harmon Killebrew22.914.23.2
4.8
4Roberto Clemente25.318.12.6
4.5
5Jim Bunning19.315.12.8
4.3
5Jim Fregosi21.617.72.8
4.5
6Jim Fregosi21.617.72.8
4.5
6Ron Santo23.417.12.7
4.4
7Jim Lonborg19.615.62.8
4.2
7Joe Horlen16.611.33.2
4.4
8Ron Santo23.417.12.7
4.4
8Jim Bunning19.315.12.8
4.3
9Roberto Clemente25.318.12.6
4.5
9Hank Aaron26.119.42.3
4.3
10Tim McCarver14.910.72.6
3.7
10Jim Lonborg19.615.62.8
4.2


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 Yastrzemski27.417.04.1
6.0
1Carl Yastrzemski27.417.04.1
6.0
2Harmon Killebrew21.513.23.1
4.6
2Ron Santo23.616.73.0
4.7
3Ron Santo23.616.73.0
4.7
3Harmon Killebrew21.513.23.1
4.6
4Bill Freehan17.412.52.9
4.1
4Roberto Clemente25.118.02.6
4.4
5Roberto Clemente25.118.02.6
4.4
5Bill Freehan17.412.52.9
4.1
6Gary Peters18.415.32.3
3.7
6Dick McAuliffe21.117.22.3
3.9
7Jim Bunning19.115.92.3
3.8
7Hank Aaron25.019.21.9
3.8
8Dick McAuliffe21.117.22.3
3.9
8Jim Bunning19.115.92.3
3.8
9Joe Horlen16.313.22.2
3.4
9Gary Peters18.415.32.3
3.7
10Al Kaline20.314.52.1
3.5
10Jimmy Wynn25.020.21.8
3.7


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
15.910.80.5952.6
3.6
17.011.10.6043.04.0
Ted Williams, 1942*
150
28.316.50.6324.8
6.6
27.416.70.6214.36.1
Ted Williams, 1947*
156
27.018.00.6003.4
5.2
27.517.40.6124.05.7
Mickey Mantle, 1956
150
24.915.10.6234.2
5.9
24.314.10.6334.46.0
Frank Robinson, 1966
155
24.717.00.5922.8
4.4
26.218.00.5933.04.7
Carl Yastrzemski, 1967
161
27.218.00.6023.5
5.4
27.417.00.6174.16.0
Miguel Cabrera, 2012
161
22.017.70.5542.0
3.5
21.917.70.5521.93.4

*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
22.713.70.6243.4
4.9
19.413.60.5881.93.3
Ron Santo
161
23.417.10.5782.7
4.4
23.616.70.5853.04.7


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 38.1 eWORL, but only 35.1 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
10.410.30.501-0.2
0.6
10.110.60.487-0.50.3
1961CHN21
154
17.318.70.481-0.9
0.7
18.817.60.5170.42.0
1962CHN22
162
17.221.70.442-2.3
-0.9
18.520.30.476-1.00.5
1963CHN23
162
23.020.50.5281.0
2.7
23.719.70.5461.83.5
1964CHN24
161
22.818.60.5501.7
3.3
22.916.70.5792.74.3
1965CHN25
164
23.618.90.5551.8
3.5
23.217.60.5702.34.0
1966CHN26
155
21.618.70.5371.0
2.6
24.018.00.5722.54.1
1967CHN27
161
23.417.10.5782.7
4.4
23.616.70.5853.04.7
1968CHN28
162
24.018.20.5692.7
4.4
20.916.80.5541.93.4
1969CHN29
160
23.318.20.5612.3
4.1
21.617.90.5461.63.3
1970CHN30
154
20.717.00.5491.3
2.9
18.015.90.5300.51.9
1971CHN31
154
19.817.40.5320.7
2.2
18.616.80.5250.41.8
1972CHN32
133
17.014.50.5401.1
2.4
17.314.00.5531.52.8
1973CHN33
149
19.818.50.5170.1
1.7
17.416.60.512-0.11.3
1974CHA34
117
10.210.90.482-0.3
0.6
8.810.40.460-0.70.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,243
294.0259.30.53112.6
35.1
287.5245.60.53916.438.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
0
0.00.0 0.00.00.0 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,243
294.0259.30.531
35.1
287.5245.60.539 38.1


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
1.22.00.364-0.4
-0.2
1.01.80.352-0.4-0.2
1962CHA24
20
6.57.10.476-0.0
0.6
6.47.40.464-0.20.4
1963CHA25
33
8.37.80.5170.6
1.4
7.77.80.4990.31.0
1964CHA26
32
13.310.40.5612.0
3.2
14.09.70.5892.73.9
1965CHA27
34
14.713.50.5221.3
2.5
13.712.80.5161.02.2
1966CHA28
45
12.412.90.4900.1
1.2
12.712.40.5060.51.6
1967CHA29
38
16.611.30.5943.2
4.4
16.313.20.5512.23.4
1968CHA30
37
14.414.40.5000.6
1.7
13.514.30.4860.11.3
1969CHA31
36
14.016.70.456-0.7
0.8
14.214.70.4920.41.8
1970CHA32
28
10.513.80.432-1.2
-0.1
10.111.00.480-0.00.9
1971CHA33
34
6.97.60.475-0.2
0.5
7.38.10.476-0.20.6
1972OAK34
32
3.64.10.465-0.2
0.2
4.44.20.5100.10.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
374
122.4121.70.5015.1
16.2
121.3117.40.5086.617.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
2
0.00.20.140 -0.10.10.20.293 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
376
122.4121.90.501
16.1
121.4117.50.508 17.4


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 LonborgBOS1.91.30.5
Roger MarisSLN1.40.60.4
Curt FloodSLN1.10.70.3
Nelson BrilesSLN0.80.50.2
Dal MaxvillSLN0.80.50.2
Carl YastrzemskiBOS1.51.20.2
Lou BrockSLN1.31.00.2


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 Yastrzemski19.010.24.1

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Baserunning
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Bert Campaneris3.01.90.5
Adolfo Phillips2.01.00.5
Joe L. Morgan1.91.00.4
Glenn Beckert1.91.10.4
Sonny Jackson1.91.10.4
Dick McAuliffe1.81.00.4

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Pitching
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Jim Bunning15.713.02.7
Gaylord Perry15.212.52.6
Joe Horlen13.210.62.6
Ted Abernathy5.93.72.2
Gary Peters14.412.22.1
Catfish Hunter14.112.02.1
Dean Chance14.913.01.9
Gary Nolan11.810.01.8
Steve Hargan11.79.91.8


Fielding, P
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Joe Horlen0.60.20.4


Fielding, C
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Joe Torre1.81.40.4


Fielding, 1B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Ramon Webster1.51.00.4


Fielding, 2B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Glenn Beckert5.85.00.7


Fielding, 3B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Brooks Robinson6.24.12.1


Fielding, SS
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Hal Lanier5.64.70.9


Fielding, LF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Lou Brock8.17.20.9


Fielding, CF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Paul Blair5.24.11.1
Vic Davalillo4.02.91.1


Fielding, RF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Jimmie Hall4.23.30.9
Tony Oliva6.05.10.9


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 Freehan15.911.72.6


First Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Harmon Killebrew21.313.13.0


Second Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Dick McAuliffe17.114.11.7


Third Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Ron Santo23.617.02.8


Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Jim Fregosi20.418.91.6


Left Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Carl Yastrzemski27.017.23.7


Center Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Jimmy Wynn25.020.41.6


Right Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Roberto Clemente25.017.92.6


Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Joe Horlen13.810.81.6
Jim Bunning16.113.31.6
Gaylord Perry15.312.51.5


Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Ted Abernathy6.54.31.0


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 Abernathy10.35.60.6462.33.3
Minnie Rojas10.27.20.5881.42.5
Hoyt Wilhelm7.44.40.6291.52.2
Bob Locker8.15.30.6051.32.2
Moe Drabowsky6.65.20.5620.81.5


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 Wilson1.82.20.5


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


Pinch Runner
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Alex Johnson0.20.00.1


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
196713716.416.70.4960.1
1.5
3616.814.20.5422.03.3
196812714.914.50.5070.5
1.7
3716.814.30.5402.03.2
196912316.812.80.5682.3
3.6
3620.813.30.6104.56.1
1970516.96.20.5240.6
1.2
3820.615.20.5753.55.1
197114618.617.70.5120.7
2.1
3719.613.00.6014.15.5
197214118.816.00.5401.7
3.2
3618.816.30.5362.13.7
197314920.318.60.5231.2
2.8
3720.113.70.5954.15.4
197415322.418.80.5452.4
4.0
3214.014.30.4940.41.6
197514318.816.10.5391.6
3.0
3718.413.20.5823.34.7
197615620.714.90.5822.3
3.7
3516.513.90.5431.93.1
197715519.713.60.5912.5
3.9
3319.112.30.6084.25.6
197815216.914.80.5320.6
1.8
3616.015.00.5151.02.3
197911011.411.30.501-0.3
0.6
3214.111.70.5461.82.9
198014415.613.90.5290.5
1.8
2610.111.80.463-0.40.5
19819310.310.10.506-0.1
0.8
2310.67.40.5882.12.9
198213814.312.90.5240.3
1.4
226.610.00.396-1.3-0.6
198312911.611.20.508-0.1
0.9
3412.714.70.464-0.40.8
1984938.88.30.5130.0
0.7
3413.511.60.5381.22.3
198512712.111.40.514-0.1
0.8
3514.510.90.5712.03.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,467295.1259.80.53216.9
39.2
636299.5246.80.54838.261.5


Reggie Jackson Johnny Bench
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
1967352.74.00.403-0.8
-0.5
261.92.50.432-0.2-0.0
196815420.918.50.5310.5
2.1
15415.213.60.5281.12.2
196915224.716.70.5962.9
4.7
14815.311.30.5762.43.5
197014916.115.70.507-0.3
1.1
15821.715.30.5863.14.7
197115022.715.80.5892.7
4.2
14916.015.30.5100.41.6
197213520.815.80.5681.9
3.4
14720.113.30.6013.44.8
197315123.916.50.5913.3
5.0
15219.714.20.5812.84.2
197414822.317.40.5622.1
3.6
16021.915.70.5823.24.6
197515725.519.10.5712.7
4.5
14217.913.70.5662.03.3
197613322.116.10.5792.7
4.2
13512.811.00.5371.01.9
197714621.615.70.5792.4
3.9
14216.812.70.5691.83.0
197813919.114.70.5651.7
3.1
12012.29.70.5561.32.1
197913118.615.60.5430.9
2.3
13015.612.00.5661.82.9
198014319.714.30.5802.4
3.9
11411.39.90.5340.81.6
19819410.510.10.510-0.0
0.9
526.24.40.5860.81.2
198215319.917.80.5270.7
2.2
11911.613.10.469-1.1-0.1
19831169.411.50.449-1.2
-0.3
11010.310.10.504-0.20.6
198414313.511.90.5310.4
1.9
198514314.913.00.5350.8
2.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,572348.8280.20.55425.8
52.3
2,158246.4197.90.55524.442.1


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
7.24.70.6031.4
2.0
6.75.50.5500.81.4
1953NYA24
33
12.511.00.5321.2
2.3
12.613.10.4890.21.4
1954NYA25
34
14.811.30.5672.2
3.5
12.811.50.5251.12.3
1955NYA26
39
17.313.60.5592.4
3.6
15.314.40.5151.02.1
1956NYA27
31
16.911.20.6023.4
4.7
14.711.30.5652.23.4
1957NYA28
24
8.96.80.5641.3
2.0
7.87.60.5080.41.1
1958NYA29
30
14.310.90.5672.3
3.3
14.411.00.5682.33.3
1959NYA30
35
14.112.40.5341.4
2.5
13.712.80.5181.02.1
1960NYA31
33
13.911.60.5451.7
2.8
12.010.70.5281.12.1
1961NYA32
39
19.312.70.6024.0
5.3
18.217.10.5151.32.8
1962NYA33
38
16.511.70.5843.0
4.3
16.414.50.5301.73.0
1963NYA34
38
16.913.50.5562.5
3.9
17.115.10.5311.83.3
1964NYA35
39
17.311.10.6083.7
5.2
16.312.20.5712.74.2
1965NYA36
38
14.814.90.4980.7
2.0
15.415.30.5020.82.2
1966NYA37
22
3.34.40.430-0.5
-0.1
4.25.20.446-0.40.1
1967NYA38
7
2.62.40.5240.2
0.4
3.02.70.5270.30.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
500
210.5164.40.56131.0
47.6
200.5180.00.52718.335.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
22
9.88.60.533 1.89.58.00.540 1.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
522
220.4173.00.561
49.4
209.9188.10.527 36.9




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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