Putsy Caballero Stats

Putsy Caballero was born on Saturday, November 5, 1927, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Caballero was 16 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1944, with the Philadelphia Phillies. 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 Putsy Caballero baseball stats page.

"Throwing at hitters was part of the game. It you hit a home run, you knew the next time up, you'd be brushed back or the next batter would be, but not to be hit. That was baseball. Everybody brushed somebody back. I've seen guys lean over the plate, and the next pitch was at his chin. I remember Puddin' Head Jones hitting a home run against Pittsburgh and the pitcher saying to the next batter, ( Granny ) Hamner , 'All right, let's see you hit a home run. I'm going to stick it in your year.' And that's what he did. The bat went one way and Hamner hit the ground. The umpire said nothing. Now if you do that, they want to start a free-for-all." - Putsy Caballero in They Played the Game: Memories from 47 Major Leaguers (Norman L. Macht, University of Nebraska Press, 04/01/2019, Ralph "Putsy" Caballero , Page 49)
Putsy Caballero

Putsy Caballero Autograph on a 2009 Diamond Signatures Baseball Card
Putsy Caballero Autograph on a 2009 Diamond Signatures Baseball Card

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Birth Name:
Ralph Joseph Caballero
Nickname:
Putsy
Born On:
11-05-1927  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-08-2016 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cemetery:
Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana
High School:
Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
09-14-1944 (Age 16)
Last Game:
09-27-1952
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $10,000
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Putsy Caballero 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
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Putsy Caballero Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1944 17 Phillies 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1945 18 Phillies 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1947 20 Phillies 2 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143
1948 21 Phillies 113 351 33 86 12 1 0 0 19 24 0 18 5 2 0 9 .245 .292 .285
1949 22 Phillies 29 68 8 19 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 .279 .279 .324
1950 23 Phillies 46 24 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .231 .167
1951 24 Phillies 84 161 15 30 3 2 1 0 11 12 0 7 0 1 0 6 .186 .241 .248
1952 25 Phillies 35 42 10 10 3 0 0 0 6 2 0 3 1 0 0 5 .238 .273 .310
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
8 Years 322 658 81 150 21 3 1 0 40 41 0 34 7 3 0 22 .228 .272 .274
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Putsy Caballero Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1944 Phillies 3B 2 0 12 9 4.5 8 4 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 18.00
1945 Phillies 3B 5 0 12 7 1.4 6 4 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .857 13.50
1947 Phillies 2B 2 2 9 8 4.0 8 3 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 24.00
1947 Phillies 3B 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1948 Phillies 2B 23 19 471 101 4.4 93 40 53 8 9 n/a n/a n/a .921 5.33
1948 Phillies 3B 79 73 1,668 262 3.3 252 105 147 10 14 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.08
1949 Phillies 2B 21 15 341 104 5.0 102 58 44 2 12 n/a n/a n/a .981 8.08
1949 Phillies SS 1 0 6 6 6.0 6 2 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 27.00
1950 Phillies 2B 5 3 81 20 4.0 19 12 7 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .950 6.33
1950 Phillies 3B 4 0 36 2 0.5 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1950 Phillies SS 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1951 Phillies 2B 54 43 1,198 261 4.8 257 133 124 4 37 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.79
1951 Phillies 3B 3 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1951 Phillies SS 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1952 Phillies 2B 7 0 59 13 1.9 12 9 3 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .923 5.49
1952 Phillies 3B 7 4 144 17 2.4 17 8 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.19
1952 Phillies SS 8 3 138 21 2.6 18 7 11 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .857 3.52
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
2B Totals 112 82 2,159 507 4.5 491 255 236 16 63 n/a n/a n/a .968 6.14
3B Totals 101 77 1,884 298 3.0 286 122 164 12 15 n/a n/a n/a .960 4.10
SS Totals 12 3 159 28 2.3 25 10 15 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .893 4.25
8 Years 225 162 4,202 833 3.7 802 387 415 31 82 n/a n/a n/a .963 5.15
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Putsy Caballero Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1944 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1945 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 4 n/a 0.0 0.0 1.0 - - -
1947 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1948 Phillies 7 3 .700 11 0 n/a 0.0 19.5 18.5 - - -
1949 Phillies 0 0 .000 4 6 n/a 0.0 22.7 22.7 - - -
1950 Phillies 1 1 .500 7 30 n/a 0.0 12.0 0.0 - - -
1951 Phillies 1 2 .333 3 26 n/a 161.0 23.0 14.6 - - -
1952 Phillies 1 0 1.000 1 13 n/a 0.0 14.0 7.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
8 Years 10 6 .625 26 81 n/a 658.0 19.4 16.5 - - -
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Ralph Joseph Caballero was a Major League Baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies (1944-1945, 1947-1952), during the Whiz Kids era. Putsy, his nickname, is the youngest person in big league history to take the field in a regular season game at third base!

Putsy Caballero Photograph
Putsy Caballero Photograph | Brace Photo | Photoshopped by Baseball Almanac
When Putsy Caballero made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on September 14, 1944 , he was the thirty-second teenager (16 through 19) to play one-or-more games for the Phils . Besides Putsy, only two others from that set were just sixteen when they made it to the show, Piggy Ward (1883) and Roger McKee (1943).

Baseball Almanac asked him (January 2008), "Can you let us know how you got your nickname?" He wrote back, "I really can't tell you where it specifically came from. I grew up in New Orleans, and every kid had a nickname. I mean every kid. My brothers were nicknamed Rainbow and Money, mine was Putsy."

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Last-Modified: November 8, 2019 3:59 AM EST

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