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Joe Morgan

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

Joe Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1990, with 81.8% of the vote.

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

Joe Morgan
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1963HOU19
8
1.10.60.6710.3
0.4
1.10.90.5300.10.2
1964HOU20
10
1.11.50.420-0.2
-0.1
1.11.50.433-0.1-0.0
1965HOU21
157
21.120.40.5080.7
2.3
23.020.00.5351.93.6
1966HOU22
122
16.314.10.5361.6
2.8
16.414.50.5311.52.7
1967HOU23
133
17.015.80.5180.8
2.2
18.715.50.5461.83.2
1968HOU24
10
1.00.70.5920.2
0.2
0.90.80.5140.00.1
1969HOU25
147
19.117.50.5221.0
2.6
20.217.40.5381.73.3
1970HOU26
144
20.217.80.5312.0
3.6
20.618.70.5251.83.5
1971HOU27
160
22.118.60.5432.0
3.6
22.718.90.5462.23.8
1972CIN28
149
25.816.00.6175.3
7.0
24.417.40.5854.05.6
1973CIN29
157
26.917.10.6125.0
6.9
24.917.40.5893.95.6
1974CIN30
148
23.816.80.5863.8
5.4
22.115.90.5813.44.8
1975CIN31
146
24.515.40.6144.6
6.2
23.415.70.5973.95.4
1976CIN32
139
23.314.30.6204.7
6.2
23.015.10.6054.25.7
1977CIN33
153
22.414.70.6034.2
5.7
20.614.40.5883.54.9
1978CIN34
132
16.913.40.5572.0
3.2
15.514.10.5240.92.1
1979CIN35
126
15.214.00.5200.7
1.9
15.213.50.5281.02.1
1980HOU36
141
17.615.40.5341.4
2.7
16.815.30.5231.02.3
1981SFN37
90
12.09.30.5611.4
2.3
11.39.50.5421.01.8
1982SFN38
134
18.213.70.5702.4
3.6
17.613.90.5592.03.2
1983PHI39
123
16.612.90.5632.0
3.0
15.913.60.5391.32.3
1984OAK40
116
12.012.20.4960.2
1.2
12.211.70.5120.61.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,645
374.0292.30.56146.2
72.7
367.6295.70.55441.367.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
50
6.85.60.547 1.16.75.90.530 0.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,695
380.8297.90.561
73.8
374.2301.60.554 68.6




Sustained Runs of Excellence
As the table above shows, Joe Morgan had an excellent peak that ran from 1972 through 1977 and he added very good years at both ends of that, giving him a sustained prime of excellence that ran from about 1965 through 1983. Joe Morgan's peak and prime were not merely "excellent", however, they were downright historic.

The next table shows the top consecutive-season totals in pWins over replacement level over seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records.



Best Consecutive Seasons, pWORL
No. of Seasons Player Seasons pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Sandy Koufax
1965 - 1965
25.014.56.28.0
2Sandy Koufax
1965 - 1966
48.030.610.513.8
3Sandy Koufax
1963 - 1965
63.538.914.719.5
4Joe Morgan
1972 - 1975
101.065.318.825.4
5Joe Morgan
1972 - 1976
124.279.623.531.6
6Joe Morgan
1972 - 1977
146.694.327.737.3
7Joe Morgan
1971 - 1977
168.7112.929.740.9
8Joe Morgan
1970 - 1977
188.9130.731.744.5
9Mickey Mantle
1954 - 1962
210.6127.835.248.9
10Mickey Mantle
1953 - 1962
230.8140.838.353.5
11Mickey Mantle
1952 - 1962
253.1155.641.758.3
12Barry Bonds
1993 - 2004
282.3175.945.263.7
13Barry Bonds
1992 - 2004
304.4190.548.468.3
14Barry Bonds
1991 - 2004
328.8206.452.173.5
15Barry Bonds
1990 - 2004
352.9222.955.178.0


I think what is most striking to me about the above table is how few names it contains: four. Best short peak: Sandy Koufax. Best decade-plus prime: Mickey Mantle. Best career: Barry Bonds.

And best 4-8 year peak/prime: Little Joe Morgan.



Joe Morgan's Career
So how does Joe Morgan rate over his entire career?

The next table shows the top 25 players in career pWins over positional average and replacement level among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
2Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
4Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
4Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
5Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
5Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
6Joe Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
6Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
7Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
7Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Joe Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
9Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
9Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
11Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
11Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
12Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
12Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
13Lou Gehrig263.4158.040.2
57.8
13Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
14Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
14Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
15Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
15Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
16Joe DiMaggio280.1192.038.3
57.5
16Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
17Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
17Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
18Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
18Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
19Pee Wee Reese300.7238.735.2
57.0
19Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.7
59.4
20Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5
20Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
21Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9
21Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
22Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
22Lou Gehrig263.4158.040.2
57.8
23Pedro J. Martinez193.7137.533.9
51.4
23Joe DiMaggio280.1192.038.3
57.5
24Jimmie Foxx276.4185.233.6
53.2
24Pee Wee Reese300.7238.735.2
57.0
25Jim Palmer242.7186.033.6
53.3
25Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9


Top 5 in pWOPA, top 10 in pWORL. And with the possible exception of Barry Bonds, he has much more separation from his closest contemporaries (Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton) than the other guys near the top.

The 1970s (and 1980s) were, generally speaking, a very difficult time for major-league baseball players to separate themselves from the pack: except for Joe Morgan.

Maybe it's just me, but to me, the extent to which Joe Morgan dominated the 1970s is extraordinary.



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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