Jeff Torborg Stats

Jeff Torborg was born on Wednesday, November 26, 1941, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Torborg was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 10, 1964, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 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 Jeff Torborg baseball stats page.

"Whether he was playing, coaching or managing, (Jeff) Torborg never had to apologize for not trying hard enough. Every experience, good or bad, seems to have deepened his understanding and appreciation for the game." - Sportswriter Ed Lucas in Baseball Digest (February 2002)
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#154)
Jeff Torborg Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#154)

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Birth Name:
Jeffrey Allen Torborg
Nickname:
Jeff - The Judge
Born On:
11-26-1941  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Plainfield, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Westfield High School (Westfield, NJ)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
05-10-1964 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-29-1973
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $100,000
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1964 23 Dodgers 28 43 4 10 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 8 1 1 1 0 .233 .292 .302
1965 24 Dodgers 56 150 8 36 5 1 3 0 13 10 4 26 0 1 1 5 .240 .290 .347
1966 25 Dodgers 46 120 4 27 3 0 1 0 13 10 3 23 0 3 0 5 .225 .278 .275
1967 26 Dodgers 76 196 11 42 4 1 2 0 12 13 3 31 2 1 1 6 .214 .265 .276
1968 27 Dodgers 37 93 2 15 2 0 0 0 4 6 2 10 1 0 0 2 .161 .212 .183
1969 28 Dodgers 51 124 7 23 4 0 0 0 7 9 5 17 3 0 0 0 .185 .241 .218
1970 29 Dodgers 64 134 11 31 8 0 1 0 17 14 6 15 0 2 0 2 .231 .300 .313
1971 30 Angels 55 123 6 25 5 0 0 0 5 3 1 6 3 1 0 3 .203 .220 .244
1972 31 Angels 59 153 5 32 3 0 0 0 8 14 4 21 0 0 1 6 .209 .280 .229
1973 32 Angels 102 255 20 56 7 0 1 0 18 21 0 32 7 1 0 7 .220 .278 .259
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 574 1,391 78 297 42 3 8 0 101 103 29 189 17 10 4 36 .214 .268 .265
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1964 Dodgers C 27 12 381 86 3.2 84 80 4 2 1 2 10 3 .977 5.95
1965 Dodgers C 53 42 1,113 322 6.1 319 300 19 3 1 1 16 7 .991 7.74
1966 Dodgers C 45 37 972 290 6.4 286 269 17 4 2 4 12 11 .986 7.94
1967 Dodgers C 75 63 1,631 448 6.0 443 413 30 5 3 4 18 19 .989 7.33
1968 Dodgers C 37 31 800 228 6.2 226 206 20 2 1 2 12 12 .991 7.63
1969 Dodgers C 50 39 1,063 278 5.6 277 251 26 1 5 6 16 11 .996 7.04
1970 Dodgers C 63 39 1,143 296 4.7 291 275 16 5 2 1 17 10 .983 6.87
1971 Angels C 49 37 1,003 228 4.7 225 208 17 3 9 4 22 10 .987 6.06
1972 Angels C 58 54 1,355 412 7.1 411 383 28 1 5 2 35 17 .998 8.19
1973 Angels C 102 95 2,324 656 6.4 650 613 37 6 2 5 61 23 .991 7.55
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 559 449 11,785 3,244 5.8 3,212 2,998 214 32 31 31 219 123 .990 7.36
10 Years 559 449 11,785 3,244 5.8 3,212 2,998 214 32 31 31 219 123 .990 7.36
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1964 Dodgers 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 0.0 5.4 10.8 - - -
1965 Dodgers 0 0 .000 7 0 n/a 50.0 5.8 11.5 - - -
1966 Dodgers 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 120.0 5.2 9.2 - - -
1967 Dodgers 1 3 .250 2 1 n/a 98.0 6.3 16.3 - - -
1968 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.3 23.3 - - -
1969 Dodgers 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 0.0 7.3 17.7 - - -
1970 Dodgers 1 1 .500 2 0 n/a 134.0 8.9 7.9 - - -
1971 Angels 0 0 .000 6 1 n/a 0.0 20.5 24.6 - - -
1972 Angels 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 7.3 19.1 - - -
1973 Angels 0 2 .000 0 0 0 255.0 8.0 14.2 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 3 6 .333 23 3 0 173.9 7.4 13.8 - - -
Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1964 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $6,500.00 - -
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $7,000.00 - -
1966 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $8,000.00 - -
1967 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $12,500.00 - -
1968 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $12,500.00 - -
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $18,000.00 - -
1970 Los Angeles Dodgers 10 $22,000.00 - -
1971 California Angels 3 $25,500.00 - -
1972 California Angels 10 $28,000.00 - -
1973 California Angels 10 $30,000.00 - -


Did you know that Jeff Torborg caught the perfect game thrown by Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965 ; the no hitter by Bill Singer thrown on July 20, 1970 ; and the first no hitter strikeout king Nolan Ryan threw on May 15, 1973 ?

Did you know that Jeff Torborg was once tied for most no-hitters caught caught in baseball history, since broken by Jason Varitek and Carlos Ruiz ? Too easy? Did you know that Jeff Torborg was only the second catcher to catch a no-hitter in both the American and National League ? Do you know who was first? [ Answer ]

Jeff Torborg Baseball Card
Jeff Torborg | 1978 Topps Baseball Card (#351) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Jeff Torborg, four years after hanging up his tools of ignorance, took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians . One-hundred fifty-seven wins later, they fired Torborg, but didn't really blame him for the 201-losses, saying in The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia (Russell Schneider, Sports Publishing, 2005, Page 343), "Conjecture was that Torborg - a milkshake drinker who regularly read the Bible, didn't smoke or chew tobacco, seldom cursed, smiled a lot, and looked young enough to be playing, not managing or even coaching in the major leagues - wasn't 'tough' enough for the job he was undertaking. But that wasn't the problem. More important was the fact that the Indians simply didn't have enough good players."

Being fired by the Cleveland Indians in 1979, opened the door to coaching with the New York Yankees (1979-1988), and serving as manager of the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991, 250-235, 1990 Manager of the Year ), manager of the New York Mets (1992-1993, 85-115), manager of the Montreal Expos (2001-2001, 47-62), and manager of the Florida Marlins (2002-2003, 95-105).

Nolan Ryan recalled a career changing moment, "Those two weeks (during the 1972 strike) were very important to me. That park (Boysen Park, Anaheim, California) is where I really started to figure things out. Jeff (Torborg) could see my problems clearer, because he was a catcher and could point things out to me from a different point a view. Torborg remembered those practice sessions as well, saying, "When Nolie overthrew, he was wild up and in on right-handers, which would generally send them flying with their heads going one direction and their helmets another. All we were trying to do was to get him to stop opening up too soon, get behind the ball, and drive it down and away from right-handed hitters."

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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