Darrell Porter Stats

Darrell Porter was born on Thursday, January 17, 1952, in Joplin, Missouri. Porter was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 2, 1971, with the Milwaukee Brewers. 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 Darrell Porter baseball stats page.

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"I guess that my most memorable game would have to have been the 1980 playoff game with the New Yankees when George Brett took Goose Gossage out of the park into the upper deck to win the ALCS for us. We had been to the playoffs 3 out of the previous 4 years and the Yankees had beaten us all 3 times. It was a great feeling to finally beat them and make it to the World Series." - Darrell Porter

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Darrell Porter Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#36)

Darrell Porter Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#36)

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Birth Name:
Darrell Ray Porter
Nickname:
Double Barrel Darrell
Born On:
01-17-1952  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Joplin, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-05-2002 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Sugar Creek, Missouri
Cemetery:
Longview Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri
High School:
Southeast High School (Oklahoma City, OK)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
193
First Game:
09-02-1971 (Age 19)
Last Game:
10-04-1987
Draft:
1970 : 1st Round (4th)

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Darrell Porter Pitching Stats

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Darrell Porter Hitting Stats

1971 19 Brewers 22 70 4 15 2 0 2 0 9 9 0 20 0 1 0 0 .214 .300 .329
1972 20 Brewers 18 56 2 7 1 0 1 0 2 5 0 21 1 0 1 1 .125 .210 .196
1973 21 Brewers 117 350 50 89 19 2 16 1 67 57 6 85 3 2 4 6 .254 .363 .457
1974 22 Brewers 131 432 59 104 15 4 12 2 56 50 7 88 2 1 5 6 .241 .326 .377
1975 23 Brewers 130 409 66 95 12 5 18 0 60 89 10 77 1 7 5 8 .232 .371 .418
1976 24 Brewers 119 389 43 81 14 1 5 0 32 51 3 61 3 5 1 4 .208 .298 .288
1977 25 Royals 130 425 61 117 21 3 16 0 60 53 6 70 1 6 1 6 .275 .353 .452
1978 26 Royals 150 520 77 138 27 6 18 0 78 75 14 75 1 4 2 13 .265 .358 .444
1979 27 Royals 157 533 101 155 23 10 20 0 112 121 8 65 4 13 8 11 .291 .421 .484
1980 28 Royals 118 418 51 104 14 2 7 0 51 69 5 50 0 6 2 10 .249 .354 .342
1981 29 Cardinals 61 174 22 39 10 2 6 1 31 39 7 32 0 3 1 3 .224 .364 .408
1982 30 Cardinals 120 373 46 86 18 5 12 0 48 66 6 66 1 3 2 8 .231 .347 .402
1983 31 Cardinals 145 443 57 116 24 3 15 1 66 68 12 94 1 3 4 8 .262 .363 .431
1984 32 Cardinals 127 422 56 98 16 3 11 1 68 60 12 79 0 6 5 10 .232 .331 .363
1985 33 Cardinals 84 240 30 53 12 2 10 0 36 41 6 48 0 2 1 3 .221 .335 .413
1986 34 Rangers 68 155 21 41 6 0 12 1 29 22 0 51 0 0 1 3 .265 .360 .535
1987 35 Rangers 85 130 19 31 3 0 7 0 21 30 4 43 0 1 2 2 .238 .387 .423
17 Years 1,782 5,539 765 1,369 237 48 188 7 826 905 106 1,025 18 63 45 102 .247 .354 .409

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Darrell Porter Fielding Stats

1971 Brewers C 22 21 545 129 5.9 126 108 18 3 2 1 11 13 .977 6.24
1972 Brewers C 18 17 486 124 6.9 121 113 8 3 3 2 5 4 .976 6.72
1973 Brewers C 90 83 2,191 430 4.8 420 373 47 10 9 4 43 34 .977 5.18
1974 Brewers C 117 114 3,007 556 4.8 544 484 60 12 8 11 62 44 .978 4.88
1975 Brewers C 124 121 3,210 627 5.1 614 532 82 13 10 15 9 0 .979 5.16
1976 Brewers C 111 105 2,827 557 5.0 543 491 52 14 7 12 90 35 .975 5.19
1977 Royals C 125 121 3,161 737 5.9 724 663 61 13 4 9 57 42 .982 6.18
1978 Royals C 145 141 3,689 678 4.7 670 608 62 8 10 9 74 44 .988 4.90
1979 Royals C 141 141 3,690 709 5.0 696 628 68 13 15 15 64 57 .982 5.09
1980 Royals C 81 79 2,119 367 4.5 359 322 37 8 6 12 38 29 .978 4.57
1981 Cardinals C 52 51 1,323 242 4.7 237 206 31 5 2 2 39 22 .979 4.84
1982 Cardinals C 111 108 2,791 542 4.9 533 469 64 9 8 7 93 45 .983 5.16
1983 Cardinals C 133 121 3,192 655 4.9 648 578 70 7 8 14 63 48 .989 5.48
1984 Cardinals C 122 115 3,091 689 5.6 678 620 58 11 6 11 91 46 .984 5.92
1985 Cardinals C 82 68 1,853 416 5.1 412 386 26 4 4 5 46 23 .990 6.00
1986 Rangers C 25 23 601 175 7.0 174 165 9 1 2 3 32 8 .994 7.82
1987 Rangers 1B 5 0 30 12 2.4 12 11 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.80
1987 Rangers C 7 1 48 11 1.6 11 10 1 0 0 0 2 1 1.000 6.19
C Totals 1,506 1,430 37,824 7,644 5.1 7,510 6,756 754 134 104 132 819 495 .982 5.36
1B Totals 5 0 30 12 2.4 12 11 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.80
17 Years 1,511 1,430 37,854 7,656 5.1 7,522 6,767 755 134 106 132 819 495 .982 5.37

Darrell Porter

Darrell Porter Miscellaneous Stats

1971 Brewers 2 2 .500 1 0 n/a 35.0 3.5 7.8 - - -
1972 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 56.0 2.7 28.0 - - -
1973 Brewers 5 2 .714 10 0 19 21.9 4.1 5.2 - - -
1974 Brewers 8 7 .533 10 0 9 36.0 4.9 7.7 - - -
1975 Brewers 2 5 .286 4 0 2 22.7 5.3 6.8 - - -
1976 Brewers 2 0 1.000 11 0 2 77.8 6.4 12.2 - - -
1977 Royals 1 0 1.000 6 0 1 26.6 6.1 7.1 - - -
1978 Royals 0 5 .000 5 0 4 28.9 6.9 6.7 - - -
1979 Royals 3 4 .429 1 0 15 26.7 8.2 4.8 - - -
1980 Royals 1 1 .500 4 1 34 59.7 8.4 8.2 - - -
1981 Cardinals 1 2 .333 10 0 n/a 29.0 5.4 5.6 - - -
1982 Cardinals 1 1 .500 12 0 n/a 31.1 5.7 7.8 - - -
1983 Cardinals 1 3 .250 22 0 n/a 29.5 4.7 6.7 - - -
1984 Cardinals 5 3 .625 11 0 n/a 38.4 5.3 6.2 - - -
1985 Cardinals 6 1 .857 8 0 n/a 24.0 5.0 6.7 - - -
1986 Rangers 1 1 .500 24 1 19 12.9 3.0 5.3 - - -
1987 Rangers 0 0 .000 50 0 35 18.6 3.0 6.2 - - -
17 Years 39 37 .513 189 2 140 29.5 5.4 6.7 - - -

Darrell Porter

Darrell Porter Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1971 Milwaukee Brewers 15 $8,500.00 - -
1972 Milwaukee Brewers 15 $9,000.00 - -
1973 Milwaukee Brewers 15 $12,750.00 - -
1974 Milwaukee Brewers 15 $15,000.00 Stats -
1975 Milwaukee Brewers 15 Undetermined - -
1976 Milwaukee Brewers 15 Undetermined - -
1977 Kansas City Royals 15 $70,000.00 - -
1978 Kansas City Royals 15 $75,000.00 Stats -
1979 Kansas City Royals 15 $80,000.00 Stats -
1980 Kansas City Royals 15 Undetermined Stats Stats
1981 St. Louis Cardinals 15 Undetermined - -
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 15 Undetermined - Stats
1983 St. Louis Cardinals 15 Undetermined - -
1984 St. Louis Cardinals 15 Undetermined - -
1985 St. Louis Cardinals 15 $740,000.00 - Stats
1986 Texas Rangers 17 $162,500.00 - -
1987 Texas Rangers 17 $260,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Darrell Porter scored 101 runs and drove in 112 runs in 1979, the first and only Kansas City Royals catcher in history to accomplish the hitting feat? In Major League history, Double Barrel Darrell was only the sixth catcher with a 100+ run / 100+ RBI season joining six Hall of Fame catchers: Mickey Cochrane (1932), Yogi Berra (1950), Roy Campanella (1953), Johnny Bench (1974), Carlton Fisk (1977), Mike Piazza (1997 & 1999) -- and one future hall of famer, Ivan Rodriguez (1999).

Darrell Porter on Sports Illustrated
Darrell Porter | Sports Illustrated | June 9, 1980
On August 5, 2002, Darrell Porter left home, saying he was going to buy a newspaper and go to the park. He was found dead in Sugar Creek, Missouri, outside his vehicle that evening. One of the first baseball players to publicly admit he had a problem with substance saying once, "I didn't even drink in high school, but when I got into baseball I was suddenly batting .204 and I found that four or five beers tasted terrific. I began using alcohol, which is a drug, and uppers and downers and cocaine, and I smoked a lot of marijuana cigarettes. It started as a social thing, but after a while being high became the reality. After a while baseball was the only thing left."

Darrell Porter, 50, the Catcher Who Was Series M.V.P. in '82

Darrell Porter, the All-Star catcher who overcame drug and alcohol addiction to become the most valuable player of the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, was found dead Monday at a park outside Kansas City, Mo. He was 50.

The police in the suburb of Sugar Creek said that a motorist had spotted Porter's body near his car, its motor still running, during the late afternoon. Donna Newton, a police dispatch supervisor, said in a telephone interview that the car had become stuck after it was pulled off a roadway and that Porter might have been trying to free it when he collapsed. Temperatures in the Kansas City area were in the high 90's on Monday.

An autopsy by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's office could not determine the cause of death; the results of further tests are awaited.

Known for outstanding defensive skills and the ability to hit for power, Porter played in the major leagues from 1971 to 1987, spending six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, four with the Royals, five with the Cardinals and his last two with the Texas Rangers. He had a .247 career batting average and 188 home runs. He played in three consecutive All-Star Games while with Kansas City.

Porter's best season was 1979: he batted .291 for the Royals, hit 20 home runs, drove in 112 runs and led the league in walks with 121. But he entered a substance-abuse clinic in Arizona during 1980 spring training after listening to a talk about addiction by Don Newcombe, a former pitcher for the Dodgers and the Reds who was a recovering alcoholic.

Porter spent six weeks in rehabilitation, returned to the Royals in late April, then joined the Cardinals in 1981, playing again for Whitey Herzog, who had managed him in Kansas City before becoming the St. Louis manager.

Source of Excerpt: Richard Goldstein. The New York Times. August 7, 2002. 'Darrell Porter, 50, the Catcher Who Was Series M.V.P. in '82'. Link .

Darrell Porter, Most Valuable Player
Darrell Porter | 1982 World Series Celebration | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac
Darrell Porter was the first St. Louis Cardinals player in history to win a National League Championship Most Valuable Player Award (1982), the first from the team to win it and a World Series Most Valuable Player Award the same year (1982), and the first Cardinals ' catcher to be named the MVP of a Fall Classic (Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson won in 1964 & 1967).

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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