Phil Masi Stats

Phil Masi was born on Thursday, January 6, 1916, in Chicago, Illinois. Masi was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 23, 1939, with the Boston Bees. 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 Phil Masi baseball stats page.

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"When we clinched the pennant in 1948 we didn't have a clubhouse celebration because our manager, Billy Southworth , didn't believe in it. No champagne, no anything. So we went out, hit all the Boston nightclubs and charged our bills to the club's account. Lucky for us, Perini (Braves owner Lou Perini) accepted them." - Phil Masi in Baseball Digest (Art Ahrens, February 1978, Page 16)

Phil Masi

Phil Masi Autograph on a 1943 Play Ball Reprint (#38)

Phil Masi Autograph on a 1943 Play Ball Reprint (#38)

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Birth Name:
Philip Samuel Masi
Nickname:
Phil
Born On:
01-06-1916  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chicago, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-29-1990 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Cemetery:
All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois
High School:
Austin High School (Chicago, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-23-1939 (Age 23)
Last Game:
08-17-1952
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Phil Masi Pitching Stats

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Phil Masi Hitting Stats

1939 23 Bees 46 114 14 29 7 2 1 0 14 9 2 15 0 0 1 3 .254 .315 .377
1940 24 Bees 63 138 11 27 4 1 1 0 14 14 0 14 0 0 0 5 .196 .270 .261
1941 25 Braves 87 180 17 40 8 2 3 0 18 16 1 13 2 1 0 3 .222 .284 .339
1942 26 Braves 57 87 14 19 3 1 0 0 9 12 0 4 0 0 0 1 .218 .313 .276
1943 27 Braves 80 238 27 65 9 1 2 1 28 27 3 20 3 0 0 10 .273 .347 .345
1944 28 Braves 89 251 33 69 13 5 3 0 23 31 1 20 4 0 0 4 .275 .355 .402
1945 29 Braves 114 371 55 101 25 4 7 0 46 42 0 32 6 0 1 10 .272 .348 .418
1946 30 Braves 133 397 52 106 17 5 3 0 62 55 4 41 9 0 1 10 .267 .358 .358
1947 31 Braves 126 411 54 125 22 4 9 0 50 47 4 27 11 0 1 12 .304 .377 .443
1948 32 Braves 113 376 43 95 19 0 5 0 44 35 3 26 11 0 1 15 .253 .318 .343
1949 33 Braves 37 105 13 22 2 0 0 0 6 14 4 10 1 0 0 5 .210 .303 .229
1949 33 Pirates 48 135 16 37 6 1 2 0 13 17 5 16 3 0 0 5 .274 .355 .378
1950 34 White Sox 122 377 38 105 17 2 7 0 55 49 1 36 5 0 3 16 .279 .366 .390
1951 35 White Sox 84 225 24 61 11 2 4 0 28 32 5 27 3 0 2 7 .271 .367 .391
1952 36 White Sox 30 63 9 16 1 1 0 0 7 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 .254 .356 .302
14 Years 1,229 3,468 420 917 164 31 47 1 417 410 33 311 58 1 10 107 .264 .344 .370

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Phil Masi Fielding Stats

1939 Bees C 42 21 522 124 3.0 119 104 15 5 4 3 1 0 .960 6.16
1940 Bees C 52 31 590 175 3.4 169 137 32 6 2 3 7 0 .966 7.73
1941 Braves C 83 42 846 230 2.8 225 194 31 5 3 2 7 0 .978 7.18
1942 Braves C 39 19 480 103 2.6 99 78 21 4 1 3 13 0 .961 5.57
1942 Braves LF 1 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1942 Braves RF 4 1 27 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1943 Braves C 73 65 1,700 234 3.2 232 192 40 2 2 0 26 0 .991 3.68
1944 Braves 1B 12 12 318 131 10.9 129 118 11 2 9 n/a n/a n/a .985 10.95
1944 Braves 3B 2 0 17 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1944 Braves C 63 51 1,273 219 3.5 214 180 34 5 3 2 39 0 .977 4.54
1945 Braves 1B 7 6 168 59 8.4 57 55 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 9.16
1945 Braves C 95 91 237 395 4.2 387 335 52 8 7 2 2 38 .980 44.09
1946 Braves C 124 102 2,712 536 4.3 526 470 56 10 5 3 3 40 .981 5.24
1947 Braves C 123 105 2,812 474 3.9 469 411 58 5 1 3 33 12 .989 4.50
1948 Braves C 109 95 2,649 503 4.6 497 458 39 6 5 3 34 15 .988 5.07
1949 Braves C 37 27 794 148 4.0 147 134 13 1 1 1 8 5 .993 5.00
1949 Pirates 1B 2 2 54 20 10.0 20 17 3 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.00
1949 Pirates C 44 35 938 179 4.1 178 157 21 1 7 3 9 6 .994 5.12
1950 White Sox C 114 106 2,740 494 4.3 492 440 52 2 9 5 28 25 .996 4.85
1951 White Sox C 78 60 1,739 330 4.2 323 299 24 7 7 4 26 11 .979 5.01
1952 White Sox C 25 15 500 113 4.5 108 101 7 5 2 2 11 4 .956 5.83
C Totals 1,101 865 20,532 4,257 3.9 4,185 3,690 495 72 59 39 247 156 .983 5.50
1B Totals 21 20 540 210 10.0 206 190 16 4 13 n/a n/a n/a .981 10.30
RF Totals 4 1 27 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
3B Totals 2 0 17 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
LF Totals 1 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,129 886 21,121 4,472 4.0 4,396 3,884 512 76 72 39 247 156 .983 5.62

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Phil Masi Miscellaneous Stats

1939 Bees 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 114.0 7.6 8.1 - - -
1940 Bees 0 1 .000 11 0 n/a 138.0 9.9 9.9 - - -
1941 Braves 4 0 1.000 3 1 n/a 60.0 13.8 10.0 - - -
1942 Braves 2 1 .667 2 12 n/a 0.0 21.8 9.7 - - -
1943 Braves 7 1 .875 2 5 n/a 119.0 11.9 8.5 - - -
1944 Braves 4 3 .571 9 6 n/a 83.7 12.6 10.9 - - -
1945 Braves 9 1 .900 10 5 n/a 53.0 11.6 8.1 - - -
1946 Braves 5 3 .625 9 0 n/a 132.3 9.7 6.4 - - -
1947 Braves 7 2 .778 3 0 n/a 45.7 15.2 8.2 - - -
1948 Braves 2 6 .250 2 2 n/a 75.2 14.5 8.5 - - -
1949 Braves 1 0 1.000 3 4 n/a 0.0 10.5 17.5 - - -
1949 Pirates 1 2 .333 2 0 n/a 67.5 8.4 10.4 - - -
1950 White Sox 2 1 .667 8 0 n/a 53.9 10.5 6.9 - - -
1951 White Sox 1 0 1.000 8 2 n/a 56.3 8.3 8.0 - - -
1952 White Sox 0 0 .000 5 3 n/a 0.0 6.3 9.0 - - -
14 Years 45 21 .682 81 40 n/a 73.8 11.2 8.3 - - -

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Phil Masi Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1939 Boston Bees 10 Undetermined - -
1940 Boston Bees 10 Undetermined - -
1941 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined - -
1942 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined - -
1943 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined - -
1944 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined - -
1945 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined n/a -
1946 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined Stats -
1947 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined Stats -
1948 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined Stats Stats
1949 Boston Braves 10 Undetermined - -
1949 Pittsburgh Pirates 17 Undetermined - -
1950 Chicago White Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1951 Chicago White Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1952 Chicago White Sox 38 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Phil Masi was the starting catcher for the Boston Braves on April 15, 1947 , in Ebbets Field, when Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut?
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Phil Masi & Jackie Robinson | Photo by The Sporting News (April 1947)
Photoshop by Baseball Almanac

Phil Masi truly was one of the top defensive catchers during his era. He was incredibly durable, appearing behind the plate in 124 games in 1946 (1st overall) and finishing in the top three, four additional times (1945, 1947, 1948, 1950). In five seasons, he was top five in putouts and double plays by a catcher, in four seasons he was top five in assists and runners caught stealing, and he was a three-time fielding champion for catchers as well as four additional seasons in the top five.
Phil Masi, 1948 World Series
Phil Masi in the 1948 World Series | New York Times | October 7, 1948

The 1948 World Series Controversy

During Game 1 of the 1948 World Series , held at Braves Field against the heavily favored Cleveland Indians, Phil Masi would become embroiled in a Fall Classic controversy that secured his place in baseball history.

Braves pitcher Johnny Sain and Indians pitcher, Bob Feller were engaged in a scoreless pitchers' duel when the Braves came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. Feller walked Braves catcher Bill Salkeld to open the inning. Braves manager, Billy Southworth then substituted the slow-footed Salkeld with Masi, who entered the game as a pinch runner. Mike McCormick followed by hitting a sacrifice bunt, advancing Masi to second base. Feller issued an intentional walk to Eddie Stanky , who was replaced by Sibby Sisti .

Feller then made a pick off attempt of Masi at second base. Indians' shortstop, Lou Boudreau , appeared to tag Masi out, but umpire Bill Stewart called him safe. Tommy Holmes proceeded to hit a single that allowed Masi to score the only run of the game, giving the Braves a 1-0 victory.

The umpire's controversial ruling touched off heated debates among the media and fans, especially after Associated Press photographs (a set appears above) of the play were published. Although the victory gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in games, the Indians bounced back to win the World Series in six games.

When the Braves franchise was located in Boston (1876 through 1952), Phil Masi made Midsummer Classic appearances in four All-Star Games ( 1945 , 1946 , 1947 , 1948 ), the most by a Braves catcher in team history at the time (a record that remain unsurpassed until eleven-time All-Star , Del Crandall , made his fifth Midsummer Classic appearance in 1958 ).

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