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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.

Five highlights of Joe Gordon's career: The first two tables below present Joe Gordon's career as measured by Player won-lost records, in and out of context.

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
1938NYA23
127
18.514.75.84.1
1939NYA24
151
23.017.08.36.2
1940NYA25
155
22.018.45.93.8
1941NYA26
156
21.116.36.74.8
1942NYA27
147
22.415.59.17.1
1943NYA28
152
20.117.54.82.9
1944-29
-
----
1945-30
-
----
1946NYA31
112
12.712.71.40.1
1947CLE32
155
21.416.67.25.3
1948CLE33
144
22.216.18.46.4
1949CLE34
148
19.316.94.52.6
1950CLE35
119
12.511.72.31.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,566
215.3173.464.544.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
29
4.13.21.30.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,595
219.4176.665.845.3


Expected Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games eWins eLosses eWORL eWOPA
1938NYA23
127
18.015.24.73.0
1939NYA24
151
21.518.55.33.1
1940NYA25
155
22.717.77.25.1
1941NYA26
156
20.417.15.33.3
1942NYA27
147
21.116.86.74.6
1943NYA28
152
20.217.44.93.0
1944-29
-
----
1945-30
-
----
1946NYA31
112
12.413.00.8-0.5
1947CLE32
155
21.316.77.05.2
1948CLE33
144
21.217.16.44.5
1949CLE34
148
19.017.33.81.9
1950CLE35
119
12.311.91.90.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,566
210.1178.654.134.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
29
3.83.60.60.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,595
213.9182.154.834.3


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.

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 Williams183.6114.960.1
75.6
1Ted Williams183.6114.960.1
75.6
2Joe DiMaggio186.3124.655.7
71.8
2Joe DiMaggio186.3124.655.7
71.8
3Charlie Keller164.0111.144.7
59.0
3Bobby Doerr205.4167.540.7
59.9
4Stan Musial147.195.643.5
56.0
4Charlie Keller164.0111.144.7
59.0
5Joe Gordon183.4144.840.7
57.7
5Bob Feller159.1126.239.8
57.9
6Bobby Doerr205.4167.540.7
59.9
6Joe Gordon183.4144.840.7
57.7
7Bob Feller159.1126.239.8
57.9
7Stan Musial147.195.643.5
56.0
8Lou Boudreau193.3161.337.2
55.4
8Lou Boudreau193.3161.337.2
55.4
9Johnny Mize149.9102.935.9
49.0
9Johnny Mize149.9102.935.9
49.0
10Mel Ott164.0122.533.6
48.6
10Mel Ott164.0122.533.6
48.6


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 players ahead of Gordon all missed at least one full season because of the war. Even with all of the missed time, the only non-Hall-of-Famer in the above table is Charlie Keller, who probably deserves his own article (the link is to his SABR Biography) and has been elected to Baseball Think Factory's Hall of Merit.

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 a problem referenced earlier in this article: 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 this issue by excluding ages 29 and 30.

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
1566
215.3173.444.4
64.5
17.51.210.6
Bobby Grich
1709
216.2188.834.7
54.3
23.11.09.9
Bobby Doerr
1579
217.3183.436.7
57.5
14.30.37.5
Jim Edmonds
1802
231.2186.440.4
60.8
27.1-0.212.7
Scott Rolen
1839
236.5201.729.9
51.2
20.9-0.110.1
Andruw Jones
1885
239.2195.636.9
58.5
16.00.515.2
Joe Cronin
1710
232.7202.935.3
58.1
20.30.08.7
Vern Stephens
1462
209.9178.534.6
54.7
20.82.05.6
Augie Galan
1590
211.1174.826.5
46.5
24.70.59.1
Reggie Smith
1708
227.9186.329.6
50.1
31.20.68.4
Billy Herman
1623
229.0196.335.2
57.2
6.91.88.4


I think this list actually does a remarkable job of both (a) showing why Joe Gordon is a deserving Hall-of-Famer, but (b) also showing why Joe Gordon wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 59 years after he retired. The list includes three Hall-of-Famers (Doerr, Cronin, and Herman), but also includes five other players who are in Baseball Think Factory's Hall of Merit - Grich, Edmonds, Rolen, Jones, and Smith.

Article last updated: February 5, 2020



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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