Cliff Mapes Stats

Cliff Mapes was born on Monday, March 13, 1922, in Sutherland, Nebraska. Mapes was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 20, 1948, with the New York Yankees. 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 Cliff Mapes baseball stats page.

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"Mapes had his first opportunity to play on a regular basis in 1949, when Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio missed the first three months of the season with a heel injury. 'I thought I would never get a chance to play,' Mapes said in a 1987 interview. 'With an outfield of DiMaggio , ( Charlie ) Keller and ( Tommy ) Henrich , there wasn't much room.' An injury to Keller gave Mapes a chance to platoon with Hank Bauer in right field when DiMaggio returned. Mapes batted .247 with seven homers in 111 games and had a two-run double off Dodgers ' pitcher Don Newcombe to spark a 6-4 victory in the pivotal Game 4 of the World Series . The Yankees won the Series in five games. The Yankees won another World Series in 1950 and Mapes enjoyed his best major league season as well. He hit .247 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs. But when ( Mickey ) Mantle arrived in 1951 , Mapes was soon traded to the Browns ." - Tulsa World (12/06/1996, 'Ex-Yankee Mapes Dead at 74,' Source )

Cliff Mapes

Cliff Mapes Autograph on a 1952 Topps (#103)

Cliff Mapes Autograph on a 1952 Topps (#103)

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Birth Name:
Clifford Franklin Mapes
Nickname:
Cliff - Tiger
Born On:
03-13-1922  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sutherland, Nebraska
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-05-1996 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Pryor, Oklahoma
Cemetery:
Graham Memorial Cemetery, Pryor, Oklahoma
High School:
David Starr Jordan High School (Long Beach, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
04-20-1948 (Age 26)
Last Game:
09-28-1952
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Cliff Mapes Pitching Stats

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Cliff Mapes Hitting Stats

1948 26 Yankees 53 88 19 22 11 1 1 0 12 6 - 13 0 - 0 1 .250 .298 .432
1949 27 Yankees 111 304 56 75 13 3 7 0 38 58 - 50 6 - 1 4 .247 .369 .378
1950 28 Yankees 108 356 60 88 14 6 12 0 61 47 - 61 9 - 2 14 .247 .338 .421
1951 29 Yankees 45 51 6 11 3 1 2 0 8 4 - 14 0 - 0 1 .216 .273 .431
1951 29 Browns 56 201 32 55 7 2 7 0 30 26 - 33 1 - 1 6 .274 .360 .433
1952 30 Tigers 86 193 26 38 7 0 9 0 23 27 - 42 1 - 0 2 .197 .295 .373
5 Years 459 1,193 199 289 55 13 38 0 172 168 - 213 17 - 4 28 .242 .338 .406

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Cliff Mapes Fielding Stats

1948 Yankees CF 6 3 51 12 2.0 11 9 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 5.82
1948 Yankees LF 9 8 210 24 2.7 24 23 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.09
1948 Yankees RF 6 4 108 12 2.0 11 10 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .917 2.75
1949 Yankees CF 60 44 1,170 1,131 18.9 1,128 1,123 5 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .997 26.03
1949 Yankees LF 4 3 84 11 2.8 10 10 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 3.21
1949 Yankees RF 48 39 1,002 106 2.2 104 95 9 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.80
1950 Yankees CF 21 15 456 34 1.6 30 29 1 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .882 1.78
1950 Yankees LF 4 3 72 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1950 Yankees RF 80 73 1,938 2,172 27.2 2,166 2,159 7 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .997 30.18
1951 Browns CF 12 11 252 30 2.5 30 29 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.21
1951 Yankees CF 3 1 33 23 7.7 23 23 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 18.82
1951 Browns LF 15 12 300 24 1.6 24 23 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.16
1951 Yankees LF 2 1 36 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1951 Browns RF 31 30 813 170 5.5 168 166 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.58
1951 Yankees RF 29 9 303 21 0.7 21 21 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.87
1952 Tigers CF 18 17 405 139 7.7 137 134 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .986 9.13
1952 Tigers LF 5 3 81 7 1.4 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.33
1952 Tigers RF 43 27 804 43 1.0 42 42 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.41
RF Totals 237 182 4,968 2,524 10.6 2,512 2,493 19 12 8 n/a n/a n/a .995 13.65
CF Totals 120 91 2,367 1,369 11.4 1,359 1,347 12 10 3 n/a n/a n/a .993 15.50
LF Totals 39 30 783 73 1.9 72 70 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.48
5 Years 396 303 8,118 3,966 10.0 3,943 3,910 33 23 11 n/a n/a n/a .994 13.11

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Cliff Mapes Miscellaneous Stats

1948 Yankees 1 1 .500 29 6 n/a 88.0 6.8 7.3 - - -
1949 Yankees 6 0 1.000 4 2 n/a 43.4 6.1 8.0 - - -
1950 Yankees 1 6 .143 6 2 n/a 29.7 5.8 5.8 - - -
1951 Yankees 0 0 .000 13 2 n/a 25.5 3.6 6.4 - - -
1951 Browns 0 1 .000 3 0 n/a 28.7 6.1 6.7 - - -
1952 Tigers 0 1 .000 26 2 n/a 21.4 4.6 8.4 - - -
5 Years 8 9 .471 81 14 n/a 31.4 5.6 6.9 - - -

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Cliff Mapes Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1948 New York Yankees 3 , 13 Undetermined - -
1949 New York Yankees 7 Undetermined - Stats
1950 New York Yankees 7 Undetermined - Stats
1951 New York Yankees 7 Undetermined - -
1951 St. Louis Browns 46 Undetermined - -
1952 Detroit Tigers 5 Undetermined - -
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On June 13, 1948, the New York Yankees retired uniform #3 , for hall of famer Babe Ruth , who was the first Bronx Bomber to wear #3 . Several Yanks used it after The Bambino - George Selkirk (1935-1942), Bud Metheny (1943-1946), Eddie Bockman (1946), Roy Weatherly (1946), Allie Clark (1947) and Frank Colman (1947) - but, Cliff Mapes had it on in 1948, making him the last Yankee to wear it in a regular season game.

Cliff switched to #13 in 1948, then took #7 in 1949, wearing it until he was traded on July 31, 1951, to the St. Louis Browns . A rookie right-fielder, who would become a hall of fame center fielder, took the number from the equipment manager that season, and nobody after him ever used it again - his name was Mickey Mantle .

Cliff joined the 1951 St. Louis Browns , but couldn't use #3 ( Hank Arft ) or #7 ( Johnny Berardino ), so he took the field wearing #46 (which was worn earlier that year by Bill Kennedy). The franchise relocated to Baltimore in 1954 , making Mapes the last St. Louis Browns player to ever wear #46 in a regular season game.

Cliff Mapes - New York Yankees #3
Cliff Mapes | New York Yankees (#3) | Press Photo | Photoshopped by Baseball Almanac
When the New York Yankees won a record five consecutive World Series ( 1949 World Series , 1950 World Series , 1951 World Series , 1952 World Series , 1953 World Series ), Cliff Mapes helped their cause during the ( 1949 ) regular season filling in for Gene Woodling (in left field), Joe DiMaggio (in center field), and Tommy Henrich (in right field), and in the 1949 Fall Classic , starting four-of-the-five games in right field ( Henrich played first base).

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