Johnny Schmitz Stats

Johnny Schmitz was born on Saturday, November 27, 1920, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Schmitz was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 6, 1941, with the Chicago Cubs. 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 Johnny Schmitz baseball stats page.

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"Three inches in front of home plate it (Johnny Schmitz's curve ball) was up around your head; the catcher wound up catching it by your feet. He could drop it in a coffee cup." - Rex Barney in "Old Dodgers Were 'Patsies' for Him" (Baseball Digest : September 1996)

Johnny Schmitz

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Johnny "Bear Tracks" Schmitz Autograph on a 1954 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#33)

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Birth Name:
John Albert Schmitz
Nickname:
Bear Tracks or Johnny
Born On:
11-27-1920  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Wausau, Wisconsin
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-01-2011 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Weston, Wisconsin
Cemetery:
Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, Wisconsin
High School:
Wausau High School (Wausau, WI)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
09-06-1941 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-07-1956
Draft:
Not Applicable

Johnny Schmitz

Johnny Schmitz Pitching Stats

1941 21 Cubs 5 3 2 2 0 1.000 1.31 1 0 0 20.2 79 12 3 5 0 9 - 11 0 1 0 -
1942 22 Cubs 23 10 6 3 7 .300 3.43 1 0 2 86.2 364 70 33 41 3 45 - 51 3 3 0 -
1946 26 Cubs 41 31 8 11 11 .500 2.61 14 2 2 224.1 945 184 65 77 6 94 - 135 3 2 1 -
1947 27 Cubs 38 28 9 13 18 .419 3.22 10 3 4 207.0 894 209 74 91 8 80 - 97 6 2 0 -
1948 28 Cubs 34 30 4 18 13 .581 2.64 18 2 1 242.0 986 186 71 92 11 97 - 100 6 2 0 -
1949 29 Cubs 36 31 4 11 13 .458 4.35 9 3 3 207.0 898 227 100 117 11 92 - 75 5 2 1 -
1950 30 Cubs 39 27 5 10 16 .385 4.99 8 3 0 193.0 872 217 107 122 23 91 - 75 5 4 2 -
1951 31 Cubs 8 3 4 1 2 .333 8.00 0 0 0 18.0 91 22 16 16 1 15 - 6 0 0 0 -
1951 31 Dodgers 16 7 2 1 4 .200 5.34 0 0 0 55.2 245 55 33 37 4 28 - 20 5 2 0 -
1952 32 Dodgers 10 3 3 1 1 .500 4.32 1 0 0 33.1 143 29 16 16 3 18 - 11 1 1 0 -
1952 32 Reds 3 0 1 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 5.0 20 3 0 0 0 3 - 3 0 0 0 -
1952 32 Yankees 5 2 2 1 1 .500 3.60 1 0 1 15.0 67 15 6 7 0 9 - 3 0 1 0 -
1953 33 Yankees 3 0 1 0 0 .000 2.08 0 0 2 4.1 17 2 1 1 1 3 - 0 1 0 0 -
1953 33 Senators 24 13 9 2 7 .222 3.68 5 0 4 107.2 466 118 44 52 9 37 - 39 0 4 0 -
1954 34 Senators 29 23 5 11 8 .579 2.91 12 2 1 185.1 772 176 60 66 6 64 0 56 3 3 1 -
1955 35 Senators 32 21 6 7 10 .412 3.71 6 1 1 165.0 723 187 68 76 8 54 4 49 2 7 0 -
1956 36 Red Sox 2 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 4.1 22 5 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 -
1956 36 Orioles 18 3 8 0 3 .000 3.99 0 0 0 38.1 175 49 17 23 3 14 1 15 0 1 0 -
13 Years 366 235 80 93 114 .449 3.55 86 16 21 1,812.2 7,779 1,766 714 841 97 757 5 746 40 35 6 -

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Johnny Schmitz Hitting Stats

1941 21 Cubs 6 7 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 0 1 - 0 1 .571 .571 .571
1942 22 Cubs 23 26 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 2 - 0 0 .154 .154 .154
1946 26 Cubs 42 70 3 9 0 0 1 0 3 4 - 13 6 - 0 4 .129 .176 .171
1947 27 Cubs 38 68 3 9 0 0 0 0 3 4 - 30 6 - 0 0 .132 .181 .132
1948 28 Cubs 34 84 3 11 1 1 0 0 4 3 - 19 7 - 0 4 .131 .161 .167
1949 29 Cubs 36 70 4 10 2 1 0 0 4 4 - 10 3 - 0 1 .143 .189 .200
1950 30 Cubs 39 67 3 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 - 19 2 - 0 0 .119 .132 .149
1951 31 Cubs 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1951 31 Dodgers 16 18 1 4 1 0 1 0 3 1 - 3 0 - 0 1 .222 .263 .444
1952 32 Dodgers 10 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 2 - 0 0 .125 .125 .125
1952 32 Reds 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1952 32 Yankees 5 5 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 - 1 0 - 0 0 .600 .600 1.000
1953 33 Yankees 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 - 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1953 33 Senators 24 34 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 13 3 - 0 0 .059 .059 .059
1954 34 Senators 29 60 6 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 - 15 6 0 0 2 .117 .145 .117
1955 35 Senators 32 54 5 10 3 0 0 0 5 1 0 7 3 0 0 1 .185 .200 .241
1956 36 Red Sox 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1956 36 Orioles 18 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
13 Years 368 587 32 83 9 3 2 0 32 20 0 147 43 0 0 14 .141 .170 .177

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Johnny Schmitz Fielding Stats

1941 Cubs P 5 3 62 10 2.0 10 0 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.35
1942 Cubs P 23 10 260 44 1.9 43 5 38 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.47
1946 Cubs P 41 31 673 61 1.5 61 12 49 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.45
1947 Cubs P 38 28 621 59 1.6 57 12 45 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.48
1948 Cubs P 34 30 726 89 2.6 85 17 68 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .955 3.16
1949 Cubs P 36 31 621 76 2.1 72 13 59 4 8 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.13
1950 Cubs P 39 27 579 81 2.1 75 14 61 6 5 n/a n/a n/a .926 3.50
1951 Cubs P 8 3 54 13 1.6 13 4 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.50
1951 Dodgers P 16 7 167 18 1.1 18 4 14 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.91
1952 Dodgers P 10 3 100 15 1.5 15 2 13 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.05
1952 Reds P 3 0 15 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1952 Yankees P 5 2 45 5 1.0 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1953 Yankees P 3 0 13 2 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.15
1953 Senators P 24 13 323 28 1.2 25 4 21 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .893 2.09
1954 Senators P 29 23 556 54 1.9 52 12 40 2 9 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.53
1955 Senators P 32 21 495 48 1.5 48 8 40 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.62
1956 Red Sox P 2 0 13 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.15
1956 Orioles P 18 3 115 13 0.7 12 4 8 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.82
P Totals 366 235 5,438 619 1.7 596 113 483 23 43 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.96
13 Years 366 235 5,438 619 1.7 596 113 483 23 43 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.96

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Johnny Schmitz Miscellaneous Stats

1941 Cubs 0 - - 1 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 3.5 1.22 4.79 3.92
1942 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.2 0.0 1.13 5.30 4.67
1946 Cubs 0 - - 0 1 n/a 70.0 5.4 23.3 1.44 5.42 3.77
1947 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 22.7 1.21 4.22 3.48
1948 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 21.0 1.03 3.72 3.61
1949 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.0 17.5 0.82 3.26 4.00
1950 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 13.4 0.82 3.50 4.24
1951 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.40 3.00 7.50
1951 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 18.0 6.0 6.0 0.71 3.23 4.53
1952 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.61 2.97 4.86
1952 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 5.40 5.40
1952 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 2.5 0.33 1.80 5.40
1953 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 6.23
1953 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 1.05 3.26 3.09
1954 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 60.0 0.88 2.72 3.11
1955 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.7 10.8 0.91 2.67 2.95
1956 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 8.31
1956 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.07 3.52 3.29
13 Years 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 293.5 4.0 18.3 0.99 3.70 3.76

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Johnny Schmitz Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1941 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1942 Chicago Cubs 31 Undetermined - -
1946 Chicago Cubs 53 Undetermined Stats -
1947 Chicago Cubs 53 Undetermined - -
1948 Chicago Cubs 53 Undetermined Stats -
1949 Chicago Cubs 53 $21,000.00 - -
1950 Chicago Cubs 53 Undetermined - -
1951 Chicago Cubs 53 Undetermined - -
1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 19 Undetermined - -
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 19 Undetermined - -
1952 Cincinnati Reds 45 Undetermined - -
1952 New York Yankees 40 Undetermined - -
1953 New York Yankees 35 Undetermined - -
1953 Washington Senators 35 , 31 Undetermined - -
1954 Washington Senators 31 , 20 Undetermined - -
1955 Washington Senators 20 Undetermined - -
1956 Boston Red Sox 21 Undetermined - -
1956 Baltimore Orioles 40 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Johnny Schmitz is one of only eight players in Major League history to have played for both the American and National League teams that reached the World Series during the same season? Did you know that of the elite eight, only three of them actually appeared in a World Series game for one of the two teams (they appear below in bold print)?

Johnny Schmitz was the National League strikeout champion in 1946. Eight former Chicago Cubs twirlers led the senior circuit before Bear Tracks; Larry Corcoran ( 1880 ), John Clarkson ( 1885 , 1887 ), Bill Hutchinson ( 1892 ), Orval Overall ( 1909 ), Hippo Vaughn ( 1918 ), Grover Alexander ( 1920 ), Pat Malone ( 1929 ), and Clay Bryant ( 1938 ). However, did you know that Schmitz was the first Cubs pitcher in that set of strikeout champions who batted righty & threw lefty?

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