Bobby Del Greco Stats

Bobby Del Greco was born on Friday, April 7, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Del Greco was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1952, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 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 Bobby Del Greco baseball stats page.

"All (Bobby) Del Greco has to do is hit a little better, and he'll be one of the greatest. There isn't a better fielder anywhere." - Philadelphia Phillies Manager (1960-1968) Gene Mauch in The Daily Times (08/25/1960, Bobby Del Greco , Page 22)
Bobby Del Greco

Bob Del Greco Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#48 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Bob Del Greco Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#48 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Robert George Del Greco
Nickname:
Bob, Bobby, The Greek
Born On:
04-07-1933  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-13-2019 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray, Pennsylvania
High School:
Peabody High School (Pittsburgh, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-16-1952 (Age 19)
Last Game:
05-08-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $600
Bobby Del Greco

Bobby Del Greco 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
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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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Bobby Del Greco Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1952 19 Pirates 99 341 34 74 14 2 1 0 20 38 0 70 3 0 3 9 .217 .301 .279
1956 23 Pirates 14 20 4 4 0 0 2 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 0 1 .200 .304 .500
1956 23 Cardinals 102 270 29 58 16 2 5 0 18 32 3 50 3 4 6 2 .215 .308 .344
1957 24 Cubs 20 40 2 8 2 0 0 0 3 10 0 17 1 0 0 1 .200 .360 .250
1957 24 Yankees 8 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .429 .556 .429
1958 25 Yankees 12 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
1960 27 Phillies 100 300 48 71 16 4 10 0 26 54 0 64 8 0 1 4 .237 .355 .417
1961 28 Phillies 41 112 14 29 5 0 2 0 11 12 1 17 1 1 3 3 .259 .344 .357
1961 28 Athletics 74 239 34 55 14 1 5 0 21 30 2 31 5 1 1 4 .230 .317 .360
1962 29 Athletics 132 338 61 86 21 1 9 0 38 49 0 62 3 0 13 5 .254 .370 .402
1963 30 Athletics 121 306 40 65 7 1 8 0 29 40 1 52 4 3 5 6 .212 .311 .320
1965 32 Phillies 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
9 Years 731 1,982 271 454 95 11 42 0 169 271 7 372 29 9 32 35 .229 .330 .352
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Bobby Del Greco Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1952 Pirates CF 90 89 2,341 255 2.8 249 238 11 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.87
1952 Pirates LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1952 Pirates RF 2 2 51 8 4.0 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.24
1956 Pirates 3B 3 3 60 5 1.7 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1956 Pirates CF 9 3 84 9 1.0 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.89
1956 Cardinals CF 99 87 2,280 222 2.2 219 215 4 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.59
1957 Cubs CF 16 10 288 30 1.9 29 28 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.72
1957 Yankees CF 6 2 81 5 0.8 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.67
1958 Yankees CF 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1958 Yankees LF 11 1 66 5 0.5 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1960 Phillies CF 88 78 2,142 266 3.0 258 248 10 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 3.25
1960 Phillies RF 1 0 24 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1961 Phillies 2B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1961 Phillies 3B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1961 Phillies CF 31 26 756 82 2.6 82 81 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.93
1961 Phillies LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1961 Athletics CF 73 67 1,752 161 2.2 158 151 7 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.43
1962 Athletics CF 95 85 2,196 235 2.5 232 225 7 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.85
1962 Athletics LF 35 2 195 13 0.4 12 11 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.66
1962 Athletics RF 4 2 69 5 1.3 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.96
1963 Athletics 3B 2 0 12 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1963 Athletics CF 84 76 2,109 197 2.3 194 190 4 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.48
1963 Athletics LF 24 0 132 11 0.5 10 10 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 2.05
1963 Athletics RF 6 1 69 6 1.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.35
1965 Phillies LF 4 0 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
CF Totals 592 523 14,032 1,463 2.5 1,436 1,391 45 27 6 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.76
LF Totals 76 3 429 29 0.4 27 26 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.70
RF Totals 13 5 213 19 1.5 19 19 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.41
3B Totals 6 3 72 7 1.2 7 4 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.63
2B Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
9 Years 688 534 14,746 1,518 2.2 1,489 1,440 49 29 6 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.73
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Bobby Del Greco Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1952 Pirates 6 5 .545 6 0 n/a 341.0 4.9 17.1 - - -
1956 Pirates 0 0 .000 4 1 n/a 10.0 6.7 6.7 - - -
1956 Cardinals 1 1 .500 6 2 n/a 54.0 5.4 15.0 - - -
1957 Cubs 1 0 1.000 6 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 13.3 - - -
1957 Yankees 1 0 1.000 1 1 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 - - -
1958 Yankees 0 1 .000 0 3 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 - - -
1960 Phillies 1 5 .167 14 4 n/a 30.0 4.7 11.5 - - -
1961 Phillies 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 56.0 6.6 10.2 - - -
1961 Athletics 1 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 47.8 7.7 11.4 - - -
1962 Athletics 4 1 .800 7 12 n/a 37.6 5.5 8.9 - - -
1963 Athletics 1 2 .333 13 8 n/a 38.3 5.9 10.6 - - -
1965 Phillies 0 0 .000 2 2 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
9 Years 16 15 .516 71 33 n/a 47.2 5.3 11.7 - - -
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Robert George Del Greco was a Major League Baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1952, 1956), St. Louis Cardinals (1956), Chicago Cubs (1957), New York Yankees (1957-1958), Philadelphia Phillies (1960-1961, 1965), and Kansas City Athletics (1961-1963).

Bobby Del Greco Rookie Baseball Card
Bobby Del Greco Rookie Card | 1952 Topps Baseball Card (#353 | Checklist )
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Bobby Del Greco was widely considered one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, but his reputation as a light-hitter followed him around throughout his career:

Bobby Del Greco Haunted By 'Can't Hit' Reputation

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Bobby Del Greco has a dark, round face and a voice weary explaining the jumble of his baseball history.

Still hunched at the end of his hotel bed he looked like a welterweight fighter who had been knocked out by a ranked middleweight early in his career, and would never live it down.

The Phillies outfielder has heard it so many times, "You just can't hit major league pitching."

DEL GRECO winces at the label he wears like a tattoo. He's been in more hotel rooms than the Gideon Bible, and his baseball biography takes plenty of space in the record book.

Bobby has spent spring and gloomy portions of summers with the Pirates , the Cubs , the Cardinals , and the Yankees . He's 27.

Truth is, this fellow can run, throw and field. If he could hit as much as .270, Del Greco would be considered one of the greatest of modern big leaguers.

No one in either league, according to opinons, can patrol centerfield like this fellow.

DEL GRECO made two catches in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon that looked impossible. He received a standing ovation from the fans each time.

Still, Bobby has been told so many times, in many towns, by wise men that he's not a big leaguer because of his hitting. (Del Greco is currently hitting .220).

He's had his heart broken by experts.

There was Branch Rickey in Pittsburgh and Frank Lane in St. Louis - but let's start where every baseball epic should begin. That means Casey Stengel .

"I was so sure I was going to stick with the Yankees," said Del Greco wearing a small, wry smile, as if to take the edge off the old grief. "This was in 1958. They'd brought me up the previous year, you know, when Mickey Mantle hurt his leg. I'd been kicked around a lot and I thought this was my break."

What bulwarked his confidence was the newspapers. A few days before the June 15 cutdown date, the New York scribes predicted Del Greco would stay, and Enos Slaughter would go.

Bobby called Pittsburgh. He flew his mother, his wife, and five children to New York, rented a house and began to live like a Yankee.

That's when Stengel turned the party into a wake. Bobby sensed it instantly when Casey called him to his office and shut the door. Whe he shuts the door, you are headed for Richmond, which Del Greco was.

"I don't get it," flared Bobby, his temper boiling under the last injustice. "I'm good enough to help this club as a fourth or fifth outfielder. What's wrong with me?"

"Well, now young man, there's lotsa things you oughta work on," replied Stengel , as recalled by Del Greco. "You gotta hit more to right field. And you oughta slide better. Why, when I was breakin' in..."

The criticism of Del Greco's skills, especially his sliding, sent the ball player's rage soaring.

He pointed out that he could play the blankety-blank outfield better than any blankety-blank overpaid hot dog on Mr. Stengel's roster.

"I've never played 15 straight games in the majors, never," he said. "They say I can't hit. You get that sort of reputation and it follows you. No matter what you do in the minoor leagues. I know I can play center field as well as anyone."

Earlier in the hotel lobby, Gene Mauch , manager of the Phillies, expressed this opinion, "All Del Greco has to do is hit a little better, and he'll be one of the greatest. There isn't a better fielder anywhere."

Del Crandall , Milwaukee catcher, is another Del Greco booster. "He beat us out of the pennant in 1956. It was the game before the season's end," explained Crandall . ( Warren ) Spahn's pitching in St. Louis and I've never seen him greater. Well, Del Greco was just unbelievable. He made three of the finest catches you'll ever see. You know how deep center field is in Busch Stadium. Del Greco went all the way back and pulled down a ball Ed Mathews hit that was a sure triple. We lost 2-1, and the Dodgers won the pennant."

Source: The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. August 25, 1960. Page 22-23.

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