Biff Pocoroba Stats

Biff Pocoroba was born on Saturday, July 25, 1953, in Burbank, California. Pocoroba was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 25, 1975, with the Atlanta Braves. 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 Biff Pocoroba baseball stats page.

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"Braves owner Ted Turner called him the next Johnny Bench . Pocoroba had an arm that could nail the swiftest of base thieves and a glove that could spear Phil Niekro's wildest knuckleball. He was also a .290 hitter and was supposed to play a major part in the Braves ' future success. Then, Biff Pocoroba's right shoulder quit working." - Staff Writer Jay Lawrence The Palm Beach Post (03/01/1981, Pocoroba Hoping He Can Catch Up On His Lost Time , Section E)

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Biff Pocoroba Autograph on a 1980 Topps Baseball Card (#132)

Biff Pocoroba Autograph on a 1980 Topps Baseball Card (#132)

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Birth Name:
Biff Benedict Pocoroba
Nickname:
None
Born On:
07-25-1953  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Burbank, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-24-2020 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Grayson, Georgia
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Canoga Park High School (Canoga Park, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-25-1975 (Age 21)
Last Game:
04-20-1984
Draft:
1971 : 17th Round (392nd)

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Biff Pocoroba Pitching Stats

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Biff Pocoroba Hitting Stats

1975 22 Braves 67 188 15 48 7 1 1 0 22 20 2 11 2 1 0 5 .255 .325 .319
1976 23 Braves 54 174 16 42 7 0 0 0 14 19 2 12 1 2 0 8 .241 .313 .282
1977 24 Braves 113 321 46 93 24 1 8 1 44 57 15 27 4 4 1 9 .290 .394 .445
1978 25 Braves 92 289 21 70 8 0 6 1 34 29 6 14 3 4 2 15 .242 .312 .332
1979 26 Braves 28 38 6 12 4 0 0 0 4 7 1 0 1 0 0 2 .316 .422 .421
1980 27 Braves 70 83 7 22 4 0 2 0 8 11 0 11 1 1 0 2 .265 .347 .386
1981 28 Braves 57 122 4 22 4 0 0 0 8 12 1 15 4 0 2 5 .180 .265 .213
1982 29 Braves 56 120 5 33 7 0 2 0 22 13 2 12 0 0 1 2 .275 .351 .383
1983 30 Braves 55 120 11 32 6 0 2 0 16 12 4 7 0 1 0 3 .267 .331 .367
1984 31 Braves 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
10 Years 596 1,457 132 374 71 2 21 2 172 182 33 109 16 13 6 51 .257 .339 .351

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Biff Pocoroba Fielding Stats

1975 Braves C 62 49 1,398 270 4.4 262 237 25 8 2 13 60 12 .970 5.06
1976 Braves C 54 51 1,320 319 5.9 312 273 39 7 5 10 31 16 .978 6.38
1977 Braves C 100 86 2,395 627 6.3 620 542 78 7 8 15 103 52 .989 6.99
1978 Braves C 79 77 2,048 502 6.4 497 454 43 5 1 12 82 25 .990 6.55
1979 Braves C 7 6 154 45 6.4 42 39 3 3 0 0 8 3 .933 7.36
1980 Braves C 10 9 226 61 6.1 57 56 1 4 0 1 16 1 .934 6.81
1981 Braves 3B 21 20 513 48 2.3 45 15 30 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.37
1981 Braves C 9 6 156 32 3.6 32 28 4 0 2 0 4 3 1.000 5.54
1982 Braves 3B 2 1 21 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
1982 Braves C 36 29 749 161 4.5 159 143 16 2 2 1 44 13 .988 5.73
1983 Braves C 34 29 745 181 5.3 178 166 12 3 1 1 39 9 .983 6.45
C Totals 391 342 9,191 2,198 5.6 2,159 1,938 221 39 21 53 387 134 .982 6.34
3B Totals 23 21 534 49 2.1 46 16 30 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .939 2.33
9 Years 414 363 9,725 2,247 5.4 2,205 1,954 251 42 25 53 387 134 .981 6.12

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Biff Pocoroba Miscellaneous Stats

1975 Braves 0 0 .000 9 1 n/a 188.0 17.1 8.5 - - -
1976 Braves 1 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 0.0 14.5 12.4 - - -
1977 Braves 3 4 .429 23 0 n/a 40.1 11.9 7.3 - - -
1978 Braves 0 3 .000 15 0 n/a 48.2 20.6 8.5 - - -
1979 Braves 1 1 .500 22 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 9.5 - - -
1980 Braves 1 0 1.000 61 0 n/a 41.5 7.5 10.4 - - -
1981 Braves 0 0 .000 31 0 n/a 0.0 8.1 15.3 - - -
1982 Braves 0 0 .000 21 0 n/a 60.0 10.0 5.5 - - -
1983 Braves 0 0 .000 23 0 n/a 60.0 17.1 7.5 - - -
1984 Braves 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
10 Years 6 8 .429 211 1 n/a 69.4 13.4 8.5 - - -

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Biff Pocoroba Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1975 Atlanta Braves 42 $15,000.00 - -
1976 Atlanta Braves 42 $23,000.00 - -
1977 Atlanta Braves 4 $25,000.00 - -
1978 Atlanta Braves 4 $45,000.00 Stats -
1979 Atlanta Braves 4 $65,000.00 - -
1980 Atlanta Braves 4 $85,000.00 - -
1981 Atlanta Braves 4 $165,000.00 - -
1982 Atlanta Braves 4 $165,000.00 - -
1983 Atlanta Braves 4 $150,000.00 - -
1984 Atlanta Braves 4 $135,000.00 - -
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Biff Benedict Pocoroba was a Major League Baseball player who caught games for the Atlanta Braves (1975-1984). Biff, his real first name, was drafted directly out of Canoga Park High School and sent to the minors where he began playing professionally at age 17. In 1975, Pocoroba threw out eleven consecutive baserunners who were attempting to swipe a bag during Spring Training games—Biff made the 25-man roster that season!

Biff Pocoroba Rookie Baseball Card

Biff Pocoroba Rookie Card | 1976 Topps Baseball Card (#103 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Biff Pocoroba hit .290 in 1977, and took the field behind the plate in 100 games. He threw out 52 would-be base stealers that season and was on his way to stardom. In 1978, he was the full-time starting catcher in Atlanta , hitting .262 with 24 RBIs at the halfway point, earning him a spot in the 1978 All-Star Game . Later that year, shoulder injuries derailed a promising big league career.

The Hartford Courtant (Paul Doyle, 07/12/2014, ALL-STARS, SORT OF , Page C6) wrote, " Biff Pocoroba, Braves , 1978: To baseball and of a certain age, Biff Pocoroba was a star because he had the best name in the game. No matter that he was a mediocre backup catcher (.257 in 10 seasons). He did show promise as a 23-year-old in 1977, hitting .290/.394 in 113 games. His reputation rising, he was picked for the 1978 All-Star Game with a .262 average at the break. The Braves (69-93) had other representatives ( Jeff Burroughs and Phil Niekro ), so it's not like Biff was a mandatory selection. He would never appear in more than 70 games and wouldn't get a sniff of another All-Star Game , but he always had '78 and a legion of fans who valued the only baseball card with the name 'Biff' printed on it."

Did you know Biff Pocoroba injured the muscles in his rotator cuff and in December 1978, had a muscle from his elbow removed and used to repair his shoulder, by Dr. Frank Jobe—the noted surgeon who developed the Tommy John procedure?

Biff Pocoroba Highlights | Keisa Christensen | December 10, 2016

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Last-Modified: July 9, 2020 3:43 AM EST

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