Buddy Hassett Stats

Buddy Hassett was born on Tuesday, September 5, 1911, in New York, New York. Hassett was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1936, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 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 Buddy Hassett baseball stats page.

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"In a seven-year major league career, Hassett had a batting average of .292. He was a master of bat control, striking out only 17 times in 635 at-bats as a rookie with the 1936 Dodgers . He never had as many as 20 strikeouts in a season. But John Aloysius Hassett -- an Irish tenor dubbed the Bronx Thrush -- loved to entertain without a bat in his hands. 'I did a little singing in the Paulist church choir on 59th Street when I was growing up and then we moved to the Bronx,' he once recalled. 'My father ran the Shamrock Democratic Club, and he'd have parties up there and I used to sing. I didn't have any formal lessons.' While with the semipro Bay Parkways in Brooklyn, Hassett kept fans around when skies grew gray. 'If some drops came down before game time, Joe Press, the manager, used to grab me,' Hassett remembered. 'He had a little megaphone. He'd get up there and say, 'Hey, sing them a couple of songs to keep them in the park.' Once in a while, it worked.'" - New York Times Staff Writer Richard Goldstein (08/26/1997, 'Buddy Hassett, 85, Ballplayer', Source )

Buddy Hassett

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Buddy "The Bronx Thrush" Hassett Autograph on a Play Ball Baseball Card (#57)

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Birth Name:
John Aloysius Hassett
Nickname:
Buddy - The Bronx Thrush
Born On:
09-05-1911  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
New York, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-23-1997 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Westwood, New Jersey
Cemetery:
Garden of Memories, Washington, New Jersey
High School:
Theodore Roosevelt High School (Bronx, NY)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-14-1936 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-27-1942
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Buddy Hassett Pitching Stats

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Buddy Hassett Hitting Stats

1936 25 Dodgers 156 635 79 197 29 11 3 0 82 35 2 17 9 0 4 9 .310 .350 .405
1937 26 Dodgers 137 556 71 169 31 6 1 0 53 20 0 19 14 0 5 13 .304 .334 .387
1938 27 Dodgers 115 335 49 98 11 6 0 0 40 32 1 19 8 0 1 9 .293 .356 .361
1939 28 Bees 147 590 72 182 15 3 2 0 60 29 3 14 18 0 1 10 .308 .342 .354
1940 29 Bees 124 458 59 107 19 4 0 0 27 25 - 16 2 0 0 14 .234 .273 .293
1941 30 Braves 118 405 59 120 9 4 1 0 33 36 0 15 8 0 0 6 .296 .354 .346
1942 31 Yankees 132 538 80 153 16 6 5 0 48 32 0 16 11 0 0 6 .284 .325 .364
7 Years 929 3,517 469 1,026 130 40 12 0 343 209 6 116 70 0 11 67 .292 .333 .362

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Buddy Hassett Fielding Stats

1936 Dodgers 1B 156 156 468 1,548 9.9 1,522 1,401 121 26 89 n/a n/a n/a .983 87.81
1937 Dodgers 1B 131 128 3,255 1,261 9.6 1,241 1,125 116 20 96 n/a n/a n/a .984 10.29
1937 Dodgers CF 6 6 72 15 2.5 15 15 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.63
1937 Dodgers LF 1 1 27 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1937 Dodgers RF 1 0 26 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1938 Dodgers 1B 8 6 153 76 9.5 74 61 13 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .974 13.06
1938 Dodgers LF 72 69 1,683 163 2.3 154 154 0 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .945 2.47
1938 Dodgers RF 1 0 14 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1939 Bees 1B 123 121 3,183 1,274 10.4 1,255 1,143 112 19 127 n/a n/a n/a .985 10.65
1939 Bees RF 23 23 534 44 1.9 43 41 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.17
1940 Bees 1B 98 96 2,469 989 10.1 968 877 91 21 102 n/a n/a n/a .979 10.59
1940 Bees RF 13 13 129 22 1.7 22 22 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.60
1941 Braves 1B 99 95 2,385 982 9.9 973 895 78 9 92 n/a n/a n/a .991 11.02
1942 Yankees 1B 132 125 3,297 1,257 9.5 1,246 1,128 118 11 130 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.20
1B Totals 747 727 15,210 7,387 9.9 7,279 6,630 649 108 642 n/a n/a n/a .985 12.92
LF Totals 73 70 1,710 164 2.2 154 154 0 10 0 n/a n/a n/a .939 2.43
RF Totals 38 36 703 66 1.7 65 63 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.50
CF Totals 6 6 72 15 2.5 15 15 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.63
7 Years 864 839 17,695 7,632 8.8 7,513 6,862 651 119 642 n/a n/a n/a .984 11.46

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Buddy Hassett Miscellaneous Stats

1936 Dodgers 5 5 .500 0 0 n/a 211.7 37.4 7.7 - - -
1937 Dodgers 13 11 .542 0 1 n/a 556.0 29.3 10.5 - - -
1938 Dodgers 3 4 .429 36 0 n/a 0.0 17.6 8.4 - - -
1939 Bees 13 7 .650 3 0 n/a 295.0 42.1 9.8 - - -
1940 Bees 4 2 .667 13 0 n/a 0.0 28.6 17.0 - - -
1941 Braves 10 6 .625 19 0 n/a 405.0 27.0 12.3 - - -
1942 Yankees 5 5 .500 0 0 n/a 107.6 33.6 11.2 - - -
7 Years 53 40 .570 71 1 n/a 293.1 30.3 10.3 - - -

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Buddy Hassett Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1936 Brooklyn Dodgers 6 Undetermined - -
1937 Brooklyn Dodgers 6 Undetermined - -
1938 Brooklyn Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1939 Boston Bees 6 Undetermined - -
1940 Boston Bees 2 Undetermined - -
1941 Boston Braves 2 $7,500.00 - -
1942 New York Yankees 34 $7,500.00 - Stats
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Did you know Buddy Hassett played in 156 games in 1936, tied for first in the National League with Gus Suhr and Arky Vaughan ? Hassett, however, had just made his debut that year ( April 14, 1936 ) and finished the season with seventeen strikeouts, a new (and still standing) Major League record for fewest strikeouts in a season by rookie .

Buddy Hassett set the strikeout record playing for the 1936 Dodgers , a National League team. His American League counterpart is Tom Oliver , who only struck out twenty-five times in 1930 while playing for the 1930 Boston Red Sox .

Buddy Hassett committed the most errors at first base in the National League with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937 and 1937. In 1938, the Dodgers traded The Bronx Thrush to the Boston Bees ( Atlanta Braves ) with Jimmy Outlaw for Gene Moore and Ira Hutchinson . Buddy Hassett then committed the most errors at first base in the National League again, in 1939 and 1940 - the first player in baseball history to lead a league in errors committed at first base in back-to-back seasons with two different teams.

Buddy Hassett Newspaper Article
Buddy Hassett Newspaper Article (New York Yankees) | The Lincoln Star | May 30, 1942 | Page 8
In 1981, Manhattan College inducted Buddy Hassett into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame ( link ), but not because of his on-field abilities. He was the team captain on the hard court and once one seventeen straight games for the Jaspers.

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