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Nellie Fox

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Nellie Fox

Nellie Fox was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans' Committee in 1997, after falling two votes short of election in his final year on the BBWAA ballot in 1985.

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

Nellie Fox
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1947PHA19
5
0.00.00.4840.0
0.0
0.10.20.251-0.0-0.0
1948PHA20
3
0.20.60.220-0.2
-0.2
0.30.50.327-0.1-0.1
1949PHA21
86
7.48.80.455-0.7
-0.1
8.09.20.465-0.60.1
1950CHA22
129
11.714.90.439-1.5
-0.4
11.814.60.447-1.3-0.2
1951CHA23
147
20.118.20.5251.0
2.5
20.319.40.5110.52.0
1952CHA24
152
20.519.00.5190.9
2.5
19.419.10.5050.41.9
1953CHA25
154
20.018.10.5261.2
2.8
19.219.30.4990.21.8
1954CHA26
155
21.418.70.5341.6
3.2
20.919.20.5211.02.7
1955CHA27
154
21.317.80.5452.2
3.8
19.918.60.5171.12.7
1956CHA28
154
19.720.40.4910.2
1.8
18.921.90.463-1.00.7
1957CHA29
155
22.417.60.5602.7
4.4
22.517.60.5612.74.4
1958CHA30
155
20.718.50.5281.6
3.1
20.019.20.5110.92.4
1959CHA31
156
22.416.00.5823.5
5.0
21.418.50.5361.73.3
1960CHA32
150
21.018.00.5382.1
3.7
19.118.80.5040.82.3
1961CHA33
159
18.218.70.4940.5
2.2
16.219.60.453-0.90.7
1962CHA34
157
18.118.20.4980.4
1.8
17.719.40.477-0.31.1
1963CHA35
137
14.216.30.465-0.7
0.5
13.718.10.431-1.8-0.6
1964HOU36
133
14.414.80.4920.3
1.5
13.714.70.4830.01.2
1965HOU37
21
0.81.30.367-0.3
-0.2
1.01.40.423-0.2-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,362
294.4276.00.51614.9
37.8
284.0289.30.4953.026.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.90.80.529 0.11.00.80.550 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,368
295.3276.80.516
37.9
285.0290.10.495 26.3


Top Fielding Second Basemen
Gold Gloves were first awarded in 1957, Nellie Fox's 9th full season in the major-leagues (and his age-29 season). In the first year, a single set of Gold Gloves were awarded for all of major-league baseball. Nellie Fox won the first Gold Glove awarded to a second baseman. He then won 2 more Gold Gloves in 1959 and 1960.

The next table shows the top 10 second basemen in fielding wins over replacement level for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top Ten Fielding Second Basemen
(net career fielding wins)
eWins eLosses WORL_f
1Nellie Fox85.379.811.0
2Bill Mazeroski84.880.310.9
3Willie Randolph80.974.610.7
4Frank White77.571.710.4
5Lou Whitaker80.376.49.6
6Frankie Frisch77.872.89.0
7Charlie Gehringer89.988.48.9
8Bobby Grich68.363.88.8
9Joe L. Morgan91.691.98.7
10Red Schoendienst69.264.78.6


By this measure, Nellie Fox was essentially tied with fellow Hall-of-Famer Bill Mazeroski as the finest defensive second baseman in major-league history (since 1921). Pretty good.

1959 American League MVP
Nellie Fox won the American League MVP award in 1959 as he helped the Chicago White Sox win their first American League pennant in 40 years.

The next table shows the top 10 players in the 1959 American League as measured by pWins over positional average and replacement level.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Nellie Fox22.416.03.5
5.0
1Nellie Fox22.416.03.5
5.0
2Early Wynn20.215.53.1
4.6
2Early Wynn20.215.53.1
4.6
3Minnie Minoso23.416.92.6
4.2
3Minnie Minoso23.416.92.6
4.2
4Bob Shaw14.911.02.4
3.6
4Bob Shaw14.911.02.4
3.6
5Camilo Pascual16.413.02.3
3.5
5Rocky Colavito23.517.52.0
3.6
6Tito Francona15.610.42.1
3.2
6Camilo Pascual16.413.02.3
3.5
7Yogi Berra15.612.02.1
3.2
7Mickey Mantle20.315.02.1
3.5
8Mickey Mantle20.315.02.1
3.5
8Yogi Berra15.612.02.1
3.2
9Don Mossi15.112.12.0
3.2
9Tito Francona15.610.42.1
3.2
10Rocky Colavito23.517.52.0
3.6
10Don Mossi15.112.12.0
3.2


As measured by pWOPA and pWORL - which put a player's performance in context and tie to team wins - the 1959 AL MVP voters got it right. In context, Nellie Fox was the best player in the American League in 1959 and a key reason why the White Sox were able to end their 40-year pennant drought.



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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