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Ernie Lombardi

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Ernie Lombardi

Ernie Lombardi was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans' Committee in 1986.

The first table below presents Ernie Lombardi's career as measured by Player won-lost records for all games for which Retrosheet has released play-by-play data.

Ernie Lombardi
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1931BRO23
69
4.74.30.5210.3
0.7
4.44.10.5170.20.6
1932CIN24
105
11.010.90.5020.1
1.0
10.68.70.5511.01.8
1933CIN25
106
9.49.90.486-0.2
0.6
8.99.00.4960.00.8
1934CIN26
132
8.810.70.452-0.6
0.3
10.410.30.5020.41.4
1935CIN27
120
8.88.00.5240.4
1.2
9.57.90.5460.81.6
1936CIN28
121
10.510.10.5090.3
1.3
10.69.20.5360.81.8
1937CIN29
120
9.89.50.5070.3
1.2
10.58.90.5431.01.9
1938CIN30
129
14.410.30.5822.0
3.0
13.811.00.5561.42.4
1939CIN31
130
13.111.00.5431.3
2.3
11.711.20.5110.51.5
1940CIN32
109
11.58.80.5671.6
2.4
11.28.80.5591.42.2
1941CIN33
117
10.810.30.5130.7
1.6
9.79.70.5010.41.3
1942BSN34
105
9.48.80.5170.7
1.4
10.38.10.5601.52.2
1943NY135
104
8.28.00.5060.3
0.9
8.07.10.5280.61.2
1944NY136
116
8.99.70.480-0.1
0.7
9.09.00.5000.31.1
1945NY137
115
10.88.50.5591.4
2.2
10.98.70.5551.32.1
1946NY138
88
7.16.00.5430.7
1.3
6.95.50.5600.91.4
1947NY139
48
2.92.90.4960.1
0.3
2.62.50.5080.10.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,834
160.2147.90.5209.3
22.4
159.2139.80.53212.825.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.30.50.374 -0.10.40.40.458 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,840
160.5148.40.520
22.4
159.6140.30.532 25.5


As of now, Retrosheet has released complete play-by-play for all seasons since 1939. I am missing play-by-play data for 18 games in Ernie Lombardi's career.

The next table, then, extrapolates these missing games of Lombardi's career based on the games for which I have calculated Player won-lost records within these seasons.

Ernie Lombardi
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1931BRO23
73
5.04.50.5210.3
0.8
4.74.40.5170.30.7
1932CIN24
118
12.412.30.5020.1
1.1
12.09.70.5511.22.1
1933CIN25
107
9.510.00.486-0.2
0.6
9.09.10.4960.00.8
1934CIN26
132
8.810.70.452-0.6
0.3
10.410.30.5020.41.4
1935CIN27
120
8.88.00.5240.4
1.2
9.57.90.5460.81.6
1936CIN28
121
10.510.10.5090.3
1.3
10.69.20.5360.81.8
1937CIN29
120
9.89.50.5070.3
1.2
10.58.90.5431.01.9
1938CIN30
129
14.410.30.5822.0
3.0
13.811.00.5561.42.4
1939CIN31
130
13.111.00.5431.3
2.3
11.711.20.5110.51.5
1940CIN32
109
11.58.80.5671.6
2.4
11.28.80.5591.42.2
1941CIN33
117
10.810.30.5130.7
1.6
9.79.70.5010.41.3
1942BSN34
105
9.48.80.5170.7
1.4
10.38.10.5601.52.2
1943NY135
104
8.28.00.5060.3
0.9
8.07.10.5280.61.2
1944NY136
116
8.99.70.480-0.1
0.7
9.09.00.5000.31.1
1945NY137
115
10.88.50.5591.4
2.2
10.98.70.5551.32.1
1946NY138
88
7.16.00.5430.7
1.3
6.95.50.5600.91.4
1947NY139
48
2.92.90.4960.1
0.3
2.62.50.5080.10.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,852
161.9149.60.5209.3
22.6
160.9141.20.53212.925.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.30.50.374 -0.10.40.40.458 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,858
162.2150.10.520
22.5
161.2141.70.532 25.8


Ernie Lombardi was a great hitter. He won two batting titles with a career batting line of .306/.358/.460 with 190 home runs in 6,352 plate appearances. That last number is quite low for a Hall-of-Famer although this was largely due to Lombardi's defensive position, catcher.

In his prime, Lombardi was a great hitter, with no qualifications needed. Lombardi was an especially great hitter, however, for a catcher.

One somewhat remarkable feature of Ernie Lombardi's career, as shown above, is that, as measured by eWins (i.e., controlling for context), Ernie Lombardi never had a below-average season. Another somewhat remarkable thing, not shown above, is that Ernie Lombardi never played a defensive position other than catcher. In his career, he played in 1,852 games, of which he played 1,543 games at catcher. In the remaining 309 games of his career, Lombardi was simply a pinch hitter.

Putting these two features together, Ernie Lombardi was an above-average catcher for all 17 seasons of his major-league career as measured by eWins over positional average (eWOPA) earned exclusively as a catcher.

The next table shows all catchers for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records who were above average by this same measure for 13 or more consecutive seasons.

Catchers with 13 or more consecutive above-average seasons
(measured by eWOPA, C only)
Player # Seasons
Yogi Berra181946 - 1963
Gabby Hartnett171923 - 1939
Ernie Lombardi171931 - 1947
Bill Dickey161928 - 1943
Ivan Rodriguez161993 - 2008
Carlton Fisk151971 - 1985
Johnny Bench141968 - 1981
Mike Piazza141993 - 2006
Gene Tenace131970 - 1982
Ted Simmons131971 - 1983
Mickey Cochrane131925 - 1937
Gary Carter131974 - 1986


Players in bold never had a season in which they were below average as a catcher. There's very little bold in the above table - and none since Lombardi's retirement.



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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