Bobby Thigpen Stats

Bobby Thigpen was born on Wednesday, July 17, 1963, in Tallahassee, Florida. Thigpen was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 6, 1986, with the Chicago White Sox. 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 Bobby Thigpen baseball stats page.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Bobby Thigpen doesn't stomp around the mound like Al Hrabosky , or glare down at hitters like Goose Gossage . Never will the Chicago White Sox right-hander be seen pumping his fist and exhorting the crowd, like Tug McGraw . Unlike many renowned relievers, Thigpen has no gimmicks, no act, just a darting fastball, a nasty slider and an outstanding changeup that have brought him within three saves of the major league record of 46 set in 1986 by Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees . 'Obviously, I don't intimidate anybody with my looks, like Hrabosky or Gossage , and I don't have Lee Smith's physique. Tom Henke is another guy like that,' said Thigpen, a lean and clean-cut, 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who would be dwarfed by the Cardinals' 6-6, 250-pound Smith or Toronto's 6-5, 225-pound Henke .'" - Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Helene Elliott (08/30/1990, ' Thigpen Is Closing In on Record', Source )

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Bobby Thigpen Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#401 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991sco01' title='1991 Score Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bobby Thigpen Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#401 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Robert Thomas Thigpen
Nickname:
Bobby
Born On:
07-17-1963  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Tallahassee, Florida
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Aucilla Christian Academy (Monticello, FL)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
08-06-1986 (Age 23)
Last Game:
04-27-1994
Draft:
1985 : 4th Round (85th)

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Bobby Thigpen Pitching Stats

1986 23 White Sox 20 0 14 2 0 1.000 1.77 0 0 7 35.2 142 26 7 7 1 12 0 20 0 1 0 -
1987 24 White Sox 51 0 37 7 5 .583 2.73 0 0 16 89.0 369 86 27 30 10 24 5 52 0 3 0 -
1988 25 White Sox 68 0 59 5 8 .385 3.30 0 0 34 90.0 398 96 33 38 6 33 3 62 6 4 2 -
1989 26 White Sox 61 0 56 2 6 .250 3.76 0 0 34 79.0 336 62 33 34 10 40 3 47 2 1 1 -
1990 27 White Sox 77 0 73 4 6 .400 1.83 0 0 57 88.2 347 60 18 20 5 32 3 70 2 1 0 -
1991 28 White Sox 67 0 58 7 5 .583 3.49 0 0 30 69.2 309 63 27 32 10 38 8 47 2 4 0 -
1992 29 White Sox 55 0 40 1 3 .250 4.75 0 0 22 55.0 253 58 29 29 4 33 5 45 0 3 0 -
1993 30 White Sox 25 0 11 0 0 .000 5.71 0 0 1 34.2 166 51 22 25 5 12 0 19 0 5 0 -
1993 30 Phillies 17 0 5 3 1 .750 6.05 0 0 0 19.1 88 23 13 13 2 9 1 10 0 1 1 -
1994 31 Mariners 7 0 3 0 2 .000 9.39 0 0 0 7.2 40 12 8 9 3 5 0 4 0 0 0 -
9 Years 448 0 356 31 36 .463 3.43 0 0 201 568.2 2,448 537 217 237 56 238 28 376 12 23 4 -

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Bobby Thigpen Hitting Stats

1986 23 White Sox 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 24 White Sox 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 25 White Sox 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1989 26 White Sox 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1990 27 White Sox 77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 28 White Sox 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 29 White Sox 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 30 White Sox 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 30 Phillies 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1994 31 Mariners 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
9 Years 448 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Bobby Thigpen Fielding Stats

1986 White Sox P 20 0 107 6 0.3 6 2 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.51
1987 White Sox P 51 0 267 24 0.5 22 8 14 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .917 2.22
1988 White Sox P 68 0 270 16 0.2 16 5 11 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.60
1989 White Sox P 61 0 237 14 0.2 14 7 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1990 White Sox P 77 0 266 19 0.2 18 10 8 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.83
1991 White Sox P 67 0 209 19 0.3 18 3 15 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.33
1992 White Sox P 55 0 165 13 0.2 13 7 6 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.13
1993 White Sox P 25 0 104 3 0.1 3 1 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.78
1993 Phillies P 17 0 58 3 0.2 3 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.40
1994 Mariners P 7 0 23 1 0.1 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.17
P Totals 448 0 1,706 118 0.3 114 43 71 4 10 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.80
9 Years 448 0 1,706 118 0.3 114 43 71 4 10 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.80

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Bobby Thigpen Miscellaneous Stats

1986 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.67 5.05 3.03
1987 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.17 5.26 2.43
1988 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.88 6.20 3.30
1989 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.18 5.35 4.56
1990 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.19 7.11 3.25
1991 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.24 6.07 4.91
1992 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.36 7.36 5.40
1993 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.58 4.93 3.12
1993 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.11 4.66 4.19
1994 Mariners 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.80 4.70 5.87
9 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.58 5.95 3.77

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Bobby Thigpen Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1986 Chicago White Sox 58 $60,000.00 - -
1987 Chicago White Sox 37 $62,500.00 - -
1988 Chicago White Sox 37 $70,000.00 - -
1989 Chicago White Sox 37 $467,500.00 - -
1990 Chicago White Sox 37 $325,000.00 Stats -
1991 Chicago White Sox 37 $2,418,667.00 - -
1992 Chicago White Sox 37 $3,166,667.00 - -
1993 Chicago White Sox 37 $3,416,667.00 - Stats
1993 Philadelphia Phillies 37 "     " - Stats
1994 Seattle Mariners 31 $200,000.00 - n/a
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Did you know that Bobby Thigpen was the first pitcher in Major League history to save fifty-or-more games in a single season? His fifty-seven save season in 1990 - which also earned him a Rolaids Relief Man Award / the first ever won by a Chicago White Sox twirler - was one of the first baseball feats we ever preserved here on Baseball Almanac. [ The 57 Save Season ]

Bobby Thigpen held the Major League Record for Saves in a Season until Francisco Rodriguez had sixty-two saves in 2008, capturing both the Major League and American League record , but through today, Thigpen's total remains the second highest in baseball history. [ Top 500 Single Season Leaders for Saves ]

Bobby Thigpen Baseball Card
Bobby Thigpen | 1991 Topps Stadium Baseball Card | Baseball Almanac Colllection
The Chicago White Sox record for saves in a season (57), save opportunities in a season (65), and games finished in a season (73) are all held by Bobby Thigpen -- who also holds the Pale Hose career record for saves (201), the career record for save opportunities (251), and the career record for games finished (348)!

Bobby Thigpen was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the 1985 Draft out of Mississippi State University where he played alongside Jeff Brantley , Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro .

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