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Joe Gordon

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans' Committee in 2009.

The first table below presents Joe Gordon's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Joe Gordon
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1938NYA23
121
18.314.30.5612.1
3.4
16.013.70.5391.32.5
1939NYA24
151
23.117.00.5773.1
4.8
20.918.00.5371.53.1
1940NYA25
155
22.118.50.5451.9
3.5
22.117.20.5622.54.1
1941NYA26
156
21.216.30.5652.5
4.1
20.917.90.5381.63.2
1942NYA27
147
22.615.40.5953.8
5.3
20.916.50.5592.43.9
1943NYA28
152
20.417.30.5411.6
3.1
21.118.20.5371.53.0
1946NYA31
112
12.812.60.5030.2
1.2
12.613.20.489-0.20.8
1947CLE32
155
21.516.70.5633.0
4.5
20.616.10.5622.84.3
1948CLE33
144
22.316.00.5823.3
4.8
19.916.00.5552.13.6
1949CLE34
148
19.517.00.5341.2
2.7
19.317.50.5250.92.4
1950CLE35
119
12.611.40.5250.7
1.7
12.211.80.5090.31.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,560
216.4172.50.55623.5
39.2
206.6176.10.54016.832.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
29
4.23.20.565 0.83.93.70.514 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,589
220.6175.70.556
40.0
210.5179.80.540 32.6


Player won-lost records are calculated based on Retrosheet play-by-play data. Retrosheet has released play-by-play data for every season of Joe Gordon's career. Retrosheet only has complete play-by-play data, however, since 1939.

The next table presents Joe Gordon's career, as measured by Player won-lost records, but extrapolating the missing games from Gordon's career, based on the games for which I do have play-by-play data.

Joe Gordon
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1938NYA23
127
19.215.00.5612.2
3.6
16.814.40.5391.32.6
1939NYA24
151
23.117.00.5773.1
4.8
20.918.00.5371.53.1
1940NYA25
155
22.118.50.5451.9
3.5
22.117.20.5622.54.1
1941NYA26
156
21.216.30.5652.5
4.1
20.917.90.5381.63.2
1942NYA27
147
22.615.40.5953.8
5.3
20.916.50.5592.43.9
1943NYA28
152
20.417.30.5411.6
3.1
21.118.20.5371.53.0
1946NYA31
112
12.812.60.5030.2
1.2
12.613.20.489-0.20.8
1947CLE32
155
21.516.70.5633.0
4.5
20.616.10.5622.84.3
1948CLE33
144
22.316.00.5823.3
4.8
19.916.00.5552.13.6
1949CLE34
148
19.517.00.5341.2
2.7
19.317.50.5250.92.4
1950CLE35
119
12.611.40.5250.7
1.7
12.211.80.5090.31.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,566
217.3173.20.55623.6
39.4
207.4176.80.54016.932.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
29
4.23.20.565 0.83.93.70.514 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,595
221.5176.40.556
40.2
211.3180.50.540 32.8


Joe Gordon's Prime
Joe Gordon had a relatively short career (for a Hall-of-Famer), only playing 11 seasons. But he had an excellent prime from his rookie season, 1938, through the last season in which he received MVP votes, 1948. The next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level from 1938 - 1948. Games for which play-by-play data are missing are extrapolated here based on games within the same season for which Player won-lost records are calculated.



Major-League Leaders, 1938 - 1948

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
(missing player games extrapolated)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Ted Williams181.4116.826.0
38.2
1Ted Williams181.4116.826.0
38.2
2Joe DiMaggio184.7125.925.4
38.0
2Bobby Doerr208.4166.623.0
38.1
3Bobby Doerr208.4166.623.0
38.1
3Joe DiMaggio184.7125.925.4
38.0
4Joe Gordon185.2144.821.7
35.0
4Joe Gordon185.2144.821.7
35.0
5Bob Feller159.6126.321.3
34.2
5Lou Boudreau194.0159.620.0
34.3
6Lou Boudreau194.0159.620.0
34.3
6Bob Feller159.6126.321.3
34.2
7Charlie Keller161.9111.819.7
30.8
7Charlie Keller161.9111.819.7
30.8
8Stan Musial145.995.819.5
29.2
8Bucky Walters159.2134.817.6
30.4
9Bucky Walters159.2134.817.6
30.4
9Stan Musial145.995.819.5
29.2
10Hal Newhouser147.1121.617.2
29.2
10Hal Newhouser147.1121.617.2
29.2


Joe Gordon only played in 9 of the 11 seasons from 1938 - 1948, missing all of the 1944 and 1945 seasons because of World War II. Joe Gordon was not unusual for his generation in this regard. The top two players in the above table - Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio - missed three full seasons apiece, 1943 - 1945, while the other player ahead of Gordon missed the 1945 season.

Clearly, Joe Gordon was one of the best players in major-league baseball in the 1940s.

Players Most Similar to Joe Gordon
I have developed a method of identifying players who are most similar to a particular player, based on Player won-lost records. Doing such an analysis for Joe Gordon runs into two problems referenced earlier in this article: I am missing data for several games early in Joe Gordon's career and Joe Gordon did not play major-league baseball during his age-29 and age-30 seasons because of World War II.

The next table attempts to correct for both of these issues - but, in both cases, may not do so as accurately as possible. Missing games are extrapolated based on games for which Player won-lost records are calculated (for both Gordon and the players being compared to him) and comparisons are made excluding ages 29 and 30. The results should certainly be taken with a grain of salt, but are, I think, nevertheless interesting.

Most Similar Players to Joe Gordon in Value
Excluding Ages 29 through 30 (missing player games extrapolated)
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Fielding
Joe Gordon
1560
216.4172.523.5
39.2
8.40.57.3
Bobby Doerr
1506
212.2175.419.9
35.4
7.30.15.9
Bobby Grich
1707
217.7187.919.6
35.3
11.50.68.4
Jim Edmonds
1801
229.4189.018.4
34.8
13.0-0.16.8
Andruw Jones
1885
237.6198.216.2
33.6
7.60.38.5
Billy Herman
1406
200.4168.317.8
33.0
3.00.75.5
Vern Stephens
1461
210.1177.717.9
33.3
9.30.95.1
Jim Fregosi
1688
207.1187.314.3
30.4
5.20.66.2
Scott Rolen
1838
235.7201.014.8
31.6
10.0-0.15.7
Robinson Cano
1677
223.1191.517.9
33.2
7.80.04.7
Robin Ventura
1857
212.5181.415.2
30.9
7.0-0.36.3


The list includes four Hall-of-Famers and three additional players who are in the Hall of Merit. Even recognizing the tentativeness of the results here, however, when the majority of the players most similar to you have strong Hall-of-Fame cases, that would seem to speak well of your own Hall-of-Fame case.



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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