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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
1.20.50.6970.3
0.4
1.10.80.5710.20.2
1964HOU20
10
1.01.50.412-0.2
-0.1
1.11.30.454-0.10.0
1965HOU21
157
20.620.40.5020.5
2.2
22.019.60.5291.63.3
1966HOU22
122
15.913.30.5441.8
2.9
16.013.80.5381.62.8
1967HOU23
133
16.715.20.5240.9
2.3
17.614.60.5471.73.1
1968HOU24
10
1.00.70.5930.2
0.2
0.80.80.5000.00.1
1969HOU25
147
18.517.30.5170.8
2.4
19.816.90.5391.63.2
1970HOU26
144
19.417.20.5301.9
3.5
19.218.20.5131.33.0
1971HOU27
160
21.517.90.5452.1
3.7
21.218.20.5391.83.4
1972CIN28
149
24.915.30.6185.2
6.8
23.616.60.5883.95.6
1973CIN29
157
26.116.40.6145.0
6.8
23.916.60.5903.85.5
1974CIN30
149
23.415.60.5994.2
5.7
22.215.80.5853.65.0
1975CIN31
146
23.814.40.6234.8
6.3
22.914.60.6114.35.8
1976CIN32
141
23.013.40.6325.1
6.5
23.014.20.6174.66.0
1977CIN33
153
21.614.30.6024.1
5.5
20.514.50.5863.44.9
1978CIN34
132
16.413.20.5551.9
3.0
15.113.50.5281.12.2
1979CIN35
126
15.013.60.5240.9
2.0
14.813.10.5311.02.1
1980HOU36
141
17.415.20.5341.4
2.7
16.014.80.5210.92.1
1981SFN37
90
11.69.10.5591.3
2.2
11.09.20.5451.01.8
1982SFN38
134
17.812.70.5832.6
3.8
17.013.40.5591.93.1
1983PHI39
123
16.112.30.5662.0
3.0
15.413.00.5411.32.3
1984OAK40
116
11.912.30.4920.2
1.1
12.211.80.5090.61.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,648
364.6281.80.56446.9
73.1
356.3285.10.55641.267.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
50
6.75.40.554 1.26.75.70.538 1.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,698
371.3287.20.564
74.3
363.0290.80.556 68.1




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
25.514.96.38.2
2Sandy Koufax
1965 - 1966
48.831.410.514.1
3Sandy Koufax
1963 - 1965
64.239.714.719.6
4Joe Morgan
1972 - 1975
98.261.819.225.7
5Joe Morgan
1972 - 1976
121.275.224.332.1
6Joe Morgan
1972 - 1977
142.889.528.437.7
7Joe Morgan
1971 - 1977
164.3107.430.441.3
8Joe Morgan
1970 - 1977
183.7124.632.344.9
9Mickey Mantle
1954 - 1962
212.2128.735.549.5
10Mickey Mantle
1953 - 1962
232.2141.838.453.9
11Mickey Mantle
1952 - 1962
254.4156.941.658.5
12Barry Bonds
1993 - 2004
282.2176.744.863.2
13Barry Bonds
1992 - 2004
304.4191.647.867.6
14Barry Bonds
1991 - 2004
328.7207.451.572.9
15Barry Bonds
1990 - 2004
352.9223.854.677.4


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 Bonds462.0316.859.3
89.7
1Barry Bonds462.0316.859.3
89.7
2Roger Clemens318.9228.451.3
79.9
2Willie Mays461.0333.650.7
83.5
3Willie Mays461.0333.650.7
83.5
3Hank Aaron496.1373.143.4
79.9
4Mickey Mantle354.5232.550.4
74.7
4Roger Clemens318.9228.451.3
79.9
5Joe Morgan364.6281.846.9
73.1
5Mickey Mantle354.5232.550.4
74.7
6Greg Maddux330.9273.145.2
74.1
6Greg Maddux330.9273.145.2
74.1
7Warren Spahn360.1299.743.8
72.5
7Joe Morgan364.6281.846.9
73.1
8Hank Aaron496.1373.143.4
79.9
8Warren Spahn360.1299.743.8
72.5
9Alex Rodriguez374.0296.842.9
69.7
9Alex Rodriguez374.0296.842.9
69.7
10Ted Williams323.1220.039.3
62.1
10Stan Musial395.1294.336.6
65.1
11Tom Seaver313.4260.538.5
63.0
11Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.7222.238.2
64.1
12Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.7222.238.2
64.1
12Tom Seaver313.4260.538.5
63.0
13Joe DiMaggio274.1186.537.8
57.5
13Ted Williams323.1220.039.3
62.1
14Stan Musial395.1294.336.6
65.1
14Derek Jeter367.2318.234.3
60.7
15Eddie Mathews319.4238.734.6
57.5
15Rickey Henderson428.0352.929.5
60.2
16Bob Gibson268.7222.334.5
56.0
16Steve Carlton344.7309.532.5
60.1
17Derek Jeter367.2318.234.3
60.7
17Frank Robinson398.1307.529.8
60.1
18Albert Pujols322.1230.534.2
56.5
18Joe DiMaggio274.1186.537.8
57.5
19Pee Wee Reese288.2228.733.8
55.6
19Eddie Mathews319.4238.734.6
57.5
20Pedro J. Martinez194.0138.633.4
51.0
20Chipper Jones337.7259.633.3
56.5
21Lefty Grove186.7127.733.4
48.2
21Albert Pujols322.1230.534.2
56.5
22Jim Palmer246.4190.233.3
53.3
22Mike Schmidt336.3256.933.2
56.2
23Chipper Jones337.7259.633.3
56.5
23Bob Gibson268.7222.334.5
56.0
24Mike Schmidt336.3256.933.2
56.2
24Pee Wee Reese288.2228.733.8
55.6
25Yogi Berra245.4181.733.0
50.8
25Cal Ripken380.3350.127.1
55.2


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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