Earl Battey Stats

Earl Battey was born on Saturday, January 5, 1935, in Los Angeles, California. Battey was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1955, with the Chicago White Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Earl Battey baseball stats page.

"Earl Battey was one of the finest catchers I have ever seen. I don't think we realized how great he was until a little after our game. He was not a very fast guy, as people will tell you, but he made up for it with a great arm and knowledge of how to handle pitchers, particularly young pitchers." - Hall of Famer & Teammate Harmon Killebrew (AP Wire, 11/18/2003, 'Battey was a four-time All-Star', Source )
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#35 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1988pac01' title='1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Earl Battey Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#35 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Earl Jesse Battey
Nickname:
None
Born On:
01-05-1935  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Los Angeles, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-15-2003 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Ocala, Florida
Cemetery:
Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
High School:
Jordan High School (Watts, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
09-10-1955 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-27-1967
Draft:
Not Applicable
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1955 20 White Sox 5 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 .286 .444 .286
1956 21 White Sox 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .400 .250
1957 22 White Sox 48 115 12 20 2 3 3 0 6 11 1 38 3 0 0 3 .174 .246 .322
1958 23 White Sox 68 168 24 38 8 0 8 0 26 24 1 34 1 3 2 3 .226 .325 .417
1959 24 White Sox 26 64 9 14 1 2 2 0 7 8 0 13 0 0 0 0 .219 .306 .391
1960 25 Senators 137 466 49 126 24 2 15 1 60 48 5 68 4 4 8 15 .270 .346 .427
1961 26 Twins 133 460 70 139 24 1 17 0 55 53 3 66 5 1 3 18 .302 .377 .470
1962 27 Twins 148 522 58 146 20 3 11 0 57 57 3 48 8 4 0 20 .280 .348 .393
1963 28 Twins 147 508 64 145 17 1 26 0 84 61 8 75 6 3 8 16 .285 .369 .476
1964 29 Twins 131 405 33 110 17 1 12 1 52 51 6 49 6 8 1 23 .272 .348 .407
1965 30 Twins 131 394 36 117 22 2 6 0 60 50 7 23 5 5 2 7 .297 .375 .409
1966 31 Twins 115 364 30 93 12 1 4 0 34 43 7 30 0 2 3 15 .255 .337 .327
1967 32 Twins 48 109 6 18 3 1 0 0 8 13 1 24 1 0 0 4 .165 .254 .211
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
13 Years 1,141 3,586 393 969 150 17 104 2 449 421 42 470 39 30 28 127 .270 .349 .409
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1955 White Sox C 5 2 60 21 4.2 21 19 2 0 0 0 0 2 1.000 9.45
1956 White Sox C 3 1 34 5 1.7 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 .800 3.18
1957 White Sox C 43 31 869 186 4.3 184 165 19 2 2 3 8 10 .989 5.72
1958 White Sox C 49 41 1,141 250 5.1 247 220 27 3 6 5 8 15 .988 5.84
1959 White Sox C 20 16 425 103 5.2 102 92 10 1 1 1 5 4 .990 6.48
1960 Senators C 136 131 3,534 829 6.1 814 749 65 15 10 18 29 41 .982 6.22
1961 Twins C 131 127 3,359 878 6.7 872 812 60 6 9 13 33 19 .993 7.01
1962 Twins C 147 143 3,723 963 6.6 954 872 82 9 9 13 34 27 .991 6.92
1963 Twins C 146 142 3,710 933 6.4 927 861 66 6 11 12 37 19 .994 6.75
1964 Twins C 125 121 3,068 874 7.0 865 813 52 9 4 12 34 18 .990 7.61
1965 Twins C 128 115 2,857 718 5.6 708 652 56 10 10 12 28 26 .986 6.69
1966 Twins C 113 113 2,710 754 6.7 750 705 45 4 9 3 41 25 .995 7.47
1967 Twins C 41 33 818 232 5.7 229 212 17 3 2 3 19 5 .987 7.56
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 1,087 1,016 26,308 6,746 6.2 6,677 6,176 501 69 73 96 276 211 .990 6.85
13 Years 1,087 1,016 26,308 6,746 6.2 6,677 6,176 501 69 73 96 276 211 .990 6.85
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1955 White Sox 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 - - -
1956 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1957 White Sox 0 2 .000 6 1 n/a 38.3 3.0 19.2 - - -
1958 White Sox 1 0 1.000 20 1 n/a 21.0 4.9 6.5 - - -
1959 White Sox 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 32.0 4.9 9.1 - - -
1960 Senators 4 5 .444 4 0 n/a 31.1 6.9 7.8 - - -
1961 Twins 3 3 .500 2 0 n/a 27.1 7.0 8.4 - - -
1962 Twins 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 47.5 10.9 9.2 - - -
1963 Twins 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 19.5 6.8 6.0 - - -
1964 Twins 1 1 .500 9 0 n/a 33.8 8.3 7.8 - - -
1965 Twins 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 65.7 17.1 6.6 - - -
1966 Twins 4 1 .800 2 0 n/a 91.0 12.1 10.7 - - -
1967 Twins 0 0 .000 11 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 13.6 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
13 Years 13 12 .520 71 3 n/a 34.5 7.6 8.0 - - -
Earl Battey

Earl Battey Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1955 Chicago White Sox 35 , 26 Undetermined - -
1956 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1957 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1958 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1959 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1960 Washington Senators 14 , 10 Undetermined - -
1961 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined - -
1962 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined Stats -
1963 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined Stats -
1964 Minnesota Twins 10 $25,000.00 - -
1965 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined Stats Stats
1966 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined Stats -
1967 Minnesota Twins 10 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Earl Battey was once called the toughest catcher on which to attempt a stolen base by none other than Luis Aparicio ? Mr. Go Go of the Chicago White Sox won his first stolen base title in 1956, was looking to extend his Major League record for consecutive stolen base titles in 1962, and this excerpt appeared on Page 20 of The Times Daily (Jack Hand, 03/06/1962, 'Luis Aparicio Shoots For Seventh Straight Base-Stealing Honors')

"The competition will be good," said Aparicio at the Sox training camp today. " Dick Howser of Kansas City is good. So is Jake Wood of Detroit and Zoilo Versalles of Minnesota.

"If they are going to beat me they are going to have to run plenty because I am running. Al (manager Al Lopez ) gives me the sign to be ready when I think I have the jump.

"I never saw Ty Cobb . Every time they talk about best ballplayer they always say Ty Cobb . I don't know if I can win seven times, but I am going to try."

Aparicio listed the pitchers who gave him the most trouble, trying to steal a base.

" Whitey Ford , he is the toughest one," said Luis . "He has a real good move to first. So has Bud Daley of the Yankees. Most left-handers have a good move. Of the right-handers the best are Hoyt Wilhelm , Paul Foytack and that new Detroit boy, Terry Fox ."

The best arm among the catchers?

"That is easy. Earl Battey. He has a real strong arm. Put Gus Triandos next."

Earl Battey shined defensively winning three consecutive Gold Gloves behind the plate (1960-1962), led the American League four times in assists and putouts, three times in baserunners caught stealing and twice in caught stealing percentage. Over his career, Battey threw out 43.44% of the base runners who tried to steal a base on him, top 20 in Major League history, and was named in a SABR Research Journal article called Dominating Catchers by Richard Kendall as the seventh most dominating fielding catcher in Major League history - ahead of hall of famer Gary Carter (#8) and Yogi Berra (#10).

The Minnesota Twins played their first regular season game (after relocating from Washington, D.C.) on April 11, 1961 , in Yankee Stadium. The relocated Senators defeated the Bronx Bombers 6-0, and the first catcher in Twins history was Earl Battey. When the season ended, Battey won the Gold Glove , the first player in a Twins uniform to ever receive the honor at any position.

Last-Modified: January 31, 2019 4:00 AM EST

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