Biographical

Portrait of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson 3B

Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 5802 .311 .409 .474 .204 41.2
Birth Date1-31-1919
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1947 BRO 28 151 701 590 125 175 31 5 12 252 74 36 9 28 48 29 .297 .383 .427 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 BRO 29 147 646 574 108 170 38 8 12 260 57 37 7 8 85 22 .296 .367 .453 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 BRO 30 156 704 593 122 203 38 12 16 313 86 27 8 17 124 37 .342 .432 .528 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 BRO 31 144 613 518 99 170 39 4 14 259 80 24 5 10 81 12 .328 .423 .500 .309 55.6 -3.1 5.1
1951 BRO 32 153 642 548 106 185 33 7 19 289 79 27 9 6 88 25 8 .338 .429 .527 .341 75.7 7.7 8.5
1952 BRO 33 149 636 510 104 157 17 3 19 237 106 40 14 6 75 24 7 .308 .440 .465 .340 79.8 3.9 9.1
1953 BRO 34 136 574 484 109 159 34 7 12 243 74 30 7 9 95 17 4 .329 .425 .502 .325 62.5 7.9 7.1
1954 BRO 35 124 465 386 62 120 22 4 15 195 63 20 7 4 5 59 7 3 .311 .413 .505 .314 38.7 0.9 4.1
1955 BRO 36 105 390 317 51 81 6 2 8 115 61 18 3 3 6 36 12 3 .256 .378 .363 .265 15.9 7.0 2.4
1956 BRO 37 117 431 357 61 98 15 2 10 147 60 32 3 2 9 43 12 5 .275 .382 .412 .286 30.8 16.5 4.9
Career138258024877947151827354137231074029172910473419730.311.409.474.204359.040.841.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1947 BRO MLB 151 701 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 BRO MLB 147 646 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 BRO MLB 156 704 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 BRO MLB 144 613 .309 .262 .331 .406 .265 .000 106 35.1 18.5 -0.9 -3.1 2.7 55.6 5.1 55.6 5.1
1951 BRO MLB 153 642 .341 .261 .328 .393 .269 .000 105 56 18.0 -0.8 7.7 4.6 75.7 8.5 75.7 8.5
1952 BRO MLB 149 636 .340 .252 .320 .375 .271 .000 101 50.1 16.6 -0.8 3.9 10.5 79.8 9.1 79.8 9.1
1953 BRO MLB 136 574 .325 .271 .338 .422 .277 .000 107 40.9 16.5 -1.9 7.9 2.6 62.5 7.1 62.5 7.1
1954 BRO MLB 124 465 .314 .266 .329 .412 .265 .296 105 25.9 12.7 -1 0.9 1.5 38.7 4.1 38.7 4.1
1955 BRO MLB 105 390 .265 .261 .331 .408 .266 .248 107 2 10.8 1 7.0 3.2 15.9 2.4 15.9 2.4
1956 BRO MLB 117 431 .286 .256 .318 .398 .257 .278 103 11.8 12.0 0.4 16.5 4.2 30.8 4.9 30.8 4.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1947 BRO MLB 701 125 175 31 5 12 48 74 36 29 .297 .383 .427 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 BRO MLB 646 108 170 38 8 12 85 57 37 22 .296 .367 .453 .157 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 BRO MLB 704 122 203 38 12 16 124 86 27 37 .342 .432 .528 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 BRO MLB 613 99 170 39 4 14 81 80 24 12 .328 .423 .500 .172 .309 55.6 -3.1 5.1
1951 BRO MLB 642 106 185 33 7 19 88 79 27 25 8 .338 .429 .527 .190 .341 75.7 7.7 8.5
1952 BRO MLB 636 104 157 17 3 19 75 106 40 24 7 .308 .440 .465 .157 .340 79.8 3.9 9.1
1953 BRO MLB 574 109 159 34 7 12 95 74 30 17 4 .329 .425 .502 .174 .325 62.5 7.9 7.1
1954 BRO MLB 465 62 120 22 4 15 59 63 20 7 3 .311 .413 .505 .194 .314 38.7 0.9 4.1
1955 BRO MLB 390 51 81 6 2 8 36 61 18 12 3 .256 .378 .363 .107 .265 15.9 7.0 2.4
1956 BRO MLB 431 61 98 15 2 10 43 60 32 12 5 .275 .382 .412 .137 .286 30.8 16.5 4.9

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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BP Articles

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The BP Wayback Machine: Inside Tommy John SurgeryWill Carroll2014-03-07
The BP Wayback Machine: Inside Tommy John SurgeryThomas Gorman2014-03-07
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Skewed Left: Why Deserving MVPs Don't WinZachary Levine2013-11-14
The Lineup Card: 11 Plays for Which We Wish We'd Had Instant Replay ReviewBaseball Prospectus2013-08-22
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret History of SabermetricsJack Moore2013-07-16
BP Unfiltered: "Southern League" by Larry ColtonJason Wojciechowski2013-07-01
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The Lineup Card: 7 Baseball Firsts We Expect to See in Our LifetimesBaseball Prospectus2013-05-22
The BP Wayback Machine: Remembering Jackie Robinson, and the Man Who Taught Me About HimJay Jaffe2013-04-19
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Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"Larry Granillo2013-04-15
The Week in Quotes: April 8-14Jonah Birenbaum2013-04-15
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The Week in Quotes: April 8-14Andrew Koo2013-04-15
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Perfect Game Presents: 2013 Rookie of the Year CandidatesDavid Rawnsley2013-03-29
Wezen-Ball: Century CityLarry Granillo2013-02-19
Wezen-Ball: The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio DiaryLarry Granillo2013-01-30
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Wezen-Ball: Athletic SupportersLarry Granillo2012-11-06
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Reggie Jackson meets Jackie Robinson in heaven ... what does Jackie say to Reggie?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Diane, I love this question. Jackie: "Thank you for playing the game with flair." Reggie: "It was the least I could do after you gave me the opportunity." (Geoff Young)
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan, in light of the recent Yunel Escobar incident, what do you think could be done to not only promote increased tolerance in MLB (and milb) clubhouses, but to foster an environment wherein a player would not feel ashamed to come out of the closet?
(R.A. Wagman from Toronto)
A good question, R.A. Wagman, and one that is more about the real world than it is baseball. The game needs to reflect the world that we live in, and our world has become so much more tolerant in the last 10 to 20 years in so many areas, which I am thankful for. Hopefully, we all learned from the Escobar situation, because there is no place in our game or our society for what occurred. I hope that we continue to grow as a sport so that a player would feel comfortable about who he really is, and that women would have an equal chance of working within the sport. It would not only be good for the game, but also the world we live in. The Dodgers' bold decision to sign Jackie Robinson changed our lives for the better, and it wasn't an easy move for all involved. (Dan Evans)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back and scout any 3 players in history, who would they be?
(Greg from Boston)
Jackie Robinson, Steve Dalkowski, Daryl Strawberry. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a favorite marriage between baseball and the thriller genre? For me it would have to be the novel Lights Out by Jason Starr who is an all around good New York writer.
(Aceball from Reno)
I know it's not that movie with DeNiro and Wesley Snipes as Barry Bonds... I haven't read Jason Starr, I never got around to finishing Parker's book about Jackie Robinson, and it's been too many years since I read former BP collaborator R.D. Rosen's books to report accurately. I've been meaning to read something in Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series (which are sports oriented but may or may not have baseball in 'em) as I've enjoyed several of his stand-alone books.

Seems to me that the relationship between a story and its setting has to be organic, as quite often the attempt to graft a mystery plot onto baseball seems forced. You wind up with something that doesn't quite work. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can't we all feel more comfortable with an opening class of 10 of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wanger?
(Bernard from Jersey City)
That's a great place to start. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Apropros of the Robyn Hitchcock comments, it's only a hop, skip, and jump via the Venus 3 to Scott McCaughey to "The Baseball Project". It's a fun listen. You must be aware of that, no?
(Rob from Princeton)
Yup. I've seen McCaughey back up Hitchcock in concert on a couple of occasions. In fact, there's a concert documentary of a Hitchcock concert in Hoboken, NJ that floats about on cable, and if you watch carefully, you can spot me on the sidelines, along with a couple of pals of mine. I really enjoyed "The Baseball Project." The songs are songs first, not novelty tunes as so many baseball songs are. And many of them, such as the songs about Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Ted Williams are good works of biography, too. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, what's on your winter Baseball Reading List?
(Alex Belth from Bronx, New York)
It's my man Alex, Bronx Banterer and baseball bookworm extraordinaire! Let's see, what's in my pile... right now I've got the W.C. Heinz anthology, What a Time It Was, which is a fantastic introduction to one of the all-time great sportswriters. I've also got a bookmark in Eliot Asinof's Man on Spikes, which I started back in September before switching over to some non-baseball fiction (Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union); I was coming off having read Eight Men Out for the first time, and that was a thrill ride even given my knowledge of the story, and MoS didn't grab me in the same way, but it deserves another shot.

One I'm waiting to crack is Red Barber's 1947: When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball, about the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. Barber's work in the booth is legendary, and his candor about having to overcome his own prejudices upon Robinson's arrival makes for an interesting angle. "It was the hottest microphone any announcer had to face," wrote Barber, and that seems like enough to recommend it. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)just because you mentioned mantle, i have to ask the question: if you could take one guy from any time period to build your franchise around, who do you pick? A-Rod? Ruth? Mantle? (notice they're all yankees...)
(DanLong from wfc)
Here's someone else I mentioned, and probably not the most intuitive suggestion out there, but how about Jackie Robinson? He's a great, versatile hitter, can bat anywhere from 1 to 3, can play maybe four positions well depending on your needs, and you know he's got determination and grit. Oh, and I get him from 20-27, not just the 28 and up the majors saw, so I'm assuming I get some seasons that are a bit better than the approx 150 OPS+ peak he had in the show. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of the Babe: Do you think his number should be retired (throughout baseball)?
(MA from Athens, GA)
Part of me does, but I think maybe the Jackie Robinson moment is so special that it needs to be left alone. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The 5 most influential figures in the history of baseball are...?
(Jessica from Utica, NY)
Babe Ruth Branch Rickey
Walter O'Malley Jackie Robinson

I can't settle on a fifth. Either a prehistory pioneer or a TV exec. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of all the hitters elected by the writers, who scored the lowest on JAWS?
(Mike from Chicago)
The five lowest JAWS scores among those elected by the writers:

HARMON KILLEBREW (73.9)
BILL TERRY (73.6)
LOU BROCK (68.8)
RALPH KINER (68.5)
ROY CAMPANELLA (59.1)

You can't take Campanella's score at face value given that he didn't appear until 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier; Campy was in his Age 26 season, and while he wasn't an instant superstar (4.5 WARP his first year), he received down-ballot MVP support that year and began making the All-Star team the second year. Of the other four, Killebrew and Brock have magic numbers that guaranteed their entry, Kiner had that string of leading the NL in homers, and Terry had his career as a manager to boost his credentials. They're not great selections but I can see the logic behind them. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Good evening, campers. Stevie G here. Other BPers will be along in a spell, a jiff, or faster than you can say, "Jackie Robinson." Take your pick. (Steven Goldman)