Bucky Walters Stats

Bucky Walters was born on Monday, April 19, 1909, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Walters was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 18, 1931, with the Boston 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 Bucky Walters baseball stats page.

"Hell, if the game was half as complicated as some of these writers make out it as, a lot of us boys from the farm would never have been able to make a living at it." - Bucky Walters in The Little Red Book of Baseball Wisdom (Wayne Stewart, Skyhorse Publishing, 06/05/2012, Page 49)
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters Autograph on a 1939 Play Ball Baseball Card (#22 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1939pla01' title='1939 Play Ball Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Bucky Walters Autograph on a 1939 Play Ball Baseball Card (#22 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
William Henry Walters
Nickname:
Bucky
Born On:
04-19-1909  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-20-1991 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Abington, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, Pennsylvania
High School:
Germantown High School (Germantown, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
09-18-1931 (Age 22)
Last Game:
07-23-1950
Draft:
Not Applicable
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters 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
1934 25 Phillies 2 1 1 0 0 .000 1.29 0 0 0 7.0 30 8 1 3 1 2 0 7 0 1 0 -
1935 26 Phillies 24 22 2 9 9 .500 4.17 8 2 0 151.0 666 168 70 86 9 68 3 40 4 7 0 -
1936 27 Phillies 40 33 3 11 21 .344 4.26 15 4 0 258.0 1,159 284 122 146 11 115 10 66 7 5 0 -
1937 28 Phillies 37 34 1 14 15 .483 4.75 15 3 0 246.1 1,094 292 130 148 14 86 7 87 4 3 0 -
1938 29 Phillies 12 12 0 4 8 .333 5.23 9 1 0 82.2 376 91 48 53 8 42 2 28 2 3 0 -
1938 29 Reds 27 22 3 11 6 .647 3.69 11 2 1 168.1 735 168 69 81 5 66 6 65 9 2 0 -
1939 30 Reds 39 36 2 27 11 .711 2.29 31 2 0 319.0 1,283 250 81 98 15 109 8 137 8 6 3 -
1940 31 Reds 36 36 0 22 10 .688 2.48 29 3 0 305.0 1,207 241 84 95 19 92 7 115 3 5 0 -
1941 32 Reds 37 35 2 19 15 .559 2.83 27 5 2 302.0 1,252 292 95 108 10 88 6 129 7 2 0 -
1942 33 Reds 34 32 1 15 14 .517 2.66 21 2 0 253.2 1,054 223 75 101 8 73 8 109 2 5 0 -
1943 34 Reds 34 34 0 15 15 .500 3.54 21 5 0 246.1 1,054 244 97 105 8 109 9 80 8 1 1 -
1944 35 Reds 34 32 2 23 8 .742 2.40 27 6 1 285.0 1,162 233 76 92 10 87 7 77 2 4 0 -
1945 36 Reds 22 22 0 10 10 .500 2.68 12 3 0 168.0 706 166 50 62 6 51 2 45 3 2 0 -
1946 37 Reds 22 22 0 10 7 .588 2.56 10 2 0 151.1 636 146 43 55 9 64 5 60 2 2 1 -
1947 38 Reds 20 20 0 8 8 .500 5.75 5 2 0 122.0 550 137 78 83 15 49 3 43 0 3 1 -
1948 39 Reds 7 5 1 0 3 .000 4.63 1 0 0 35.0 157 42 18 25 6 18 2 19 1 0 0 -
1950 41 Braves 1 0 0 0 0 .000 4.50 0 0 0 4.0 19 5 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
16 Years 428 398 18 198 160 .553 3.30 242 42 4 3,104.2 13,140 2,990 1,139 1,343 154 1,121 85 1,107 63 51 6 -
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1931 22 Braves 9 38 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 .211 .211 .263
1932 23 Braves 22 75 8 14 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 18 6 0 0 0 .187 .208 .253
1933 24 Red Sox 52 195 27 50 8 3 4 0 28 19 0 24 10 0 1 4 .256 .326 .390
1934 25 Red Sox 23 88 10 19 4 4 4 1 18 3 0 12 0 0 0 3 .216 .242 .489
1934 25 Phillies 83 300 36 78 20 3 4 0 38 19 1 54 3 0 2 11 .260 .308 .387
1935 26 Phillies 49 96 14 24 2 1 0 0 6 9 0 12 2 0 0 2 .250 .314 .292
1936 27 Phillies 64 121 12 29 10 1 1 0 16 7 0 15 3 0 0 3 .240 .281 .364
1937 28 Phillies 56 137 15 38 6 0 1 1 16 5 0 16 2 0 0 3 .277 .303 .343
1938 29 Phillies 15 35 6 10 2 0 1 0 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 1 .286 .306 .429
1938 29 Reds 36 64 10 9 1 0 0 0 5 7 0 18 2 0 1 1 .141 .236 .156
1939 30 Reds 40 120 16 39 8 1 1 0 16 5 0 12 5 0 1 2 .325 .357 .433
1940 31 Reds 37 117 11 24 3 0 1 0 18 4 0 14 6 0 0 1 .205 .231 .256
1941 32 Reds 39 106 6 20 6 0 0 0 9 7 0 13 4 0 0 3 .189 .239 .245
1942 33 Reds 40 99 13 24 6 1 2 0 13 3 0 13 2 0 0 2 .242 .265 .384
1943 34 Reds 37 90 11 24 7 1 1 0 12 6 0 15 5 0 0 1 .267 .313 .400
1944 35 Reds 37 107 9 30 4 0 0 0 13 8 0 18 5 0 0 0 .280 .330 .318
1945 36 Reds 24 61 11 14 3 0 3 0 8 3 0 14 3 0 0 2 .230 .266 .426
1946 37 Reds 24 55 6 7 2 0 0 0 5 4 0 12 4 0 0 1 .127 .186 .164
1947 38 Reds 20 45 3 12 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 13 2 0 0 0 .267 .298 .311
1948 39 Reds 7 15 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 .267 .267 .267
1950 41 Braves 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
19 Years 715 1,966 227 477 99 16 23 2 234 114 1 303 64 0 5 42 .243 .286 .344
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1931 Braves 2B 3 3 24 11 3.7 11 2 9 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 12.38
1931 Braves 3B 6 6 150 19 3.2 18 5 13 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.24
1932 Braves 3B 22 22 534 67 3.0 61 17 44 6 8 n/a n/a n/a .910 3.08
1933 Red Sox 2B 7 7 186 41 5.9 39 16 23 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .951 5.66
1933 Red Sox 3B 43 41 1,089 134 3.1 126 42 84 8 11 n/a n/a n/a .940 3.12
1934 Red Sox 2B 1 1 24 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1934 Red Sox 3B 22 22 552 96 4.4 87 33 54 9 6 n/a n/a n/a .906 4.26
1934 Phillies 2B 3 3 63 17 5.7 16 9 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 6.86
1934 Phillies 3B 80 79 1,929 221 2.8 210 74 136 11 12 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.94
1934 Phillies P 2 1 21 3 1.5 3 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
1935 Phillies 2B 2 1 24 9 4.5 8 1 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 9.00
1935 Phillies 3B 1 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1935 Phillies LF 5 4 99 8 1.6 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.18
1935 Phillies P 24 22 453 47 2.0 47 7 40 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.80
1936 Phillies 2B 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1936 Phillies 3B 1 0 8 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1936 Phillies P 40 33 774 114 2.9 111 15 96 3 6 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.87
1937 Phillies 3B 8 7 180 14 1.8 14 5 9 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1937 Phillies P 37 34 739 84 2.3 83 7 76 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .988 3.03
1938 Phillies P 12 12 248 22 1.8 21 3 18 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.29
1938 Reds P 27 22 505 52 1.9 51 3 48 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.73
1939 Reds P 39 36 957 95 2.4 93 16 77 2 10 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.62
1940 Reds P 36 36 915 73 2.0 69 13 56 4 7 n/a n/a n/a .945 2.04
1941 Reds P 37 35 906 88 2.4 86 18 68 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.56
1942 Reds CF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1942 Reds P 34 32 761 76 2.2 73 13 60 3 6 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.59
1943 Reds P 34 34 739 70 2.1 68 19 49 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.48
1944 Reds P 34 32 855 70 2.1 70 15 55 0 7 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.21
1945 Reds P 22 22 504 40 1.8 39 6 33 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.09
1946 Reds P 22 22 454 50 2.3 47 10 37 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.80
1947 Reds P 20 20 366 26 1.3 25 6 19 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.84
1948 Reds P 7 5 105 12 1.7 12 1 11 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.09
1950 Braves P 1 0 12 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 428 398 9,314 923 2.2 899 153 746 24 76 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.61
3B Totals 183 177 4,447 552 3.0 517 176 341 35 38 n/a n/a n/a .937 3.14
2B Totals 17 15 324 79 4.6 75 28 47 4 5 n/a n/a n/a .949 6.25
LF Totals 5 4 99 8 1.6 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.18
CF Totals 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
19 Years 634 594 14,187 1,562 2.5 1,499 364 1,135 63 119 n/a n/a n/a .960 2.85
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1931 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.7 0.0 - - -
1932 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.2 18.8 - - -
1933 Red Sox 1 1 .500 2 0 n/a 48.8 8.1 7.0 - - -
1934 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 22.0 7.3 4.9 - - -
1934 Phillies 1 4 .200 0 0 n/a 75.0 5.6 7.9 3.50 9.00 2.57
1935 Phillies 0 0 .000 17 1 n/a 0.0 8.0 16.0 0.59 2.38 4.05
1936 Phillies 0 0 .000 20 3 n/a 121.0 8.1 7.6 0.57 2.30 4.01
1937 Phillies 1 0 1.000 10 1 n/a 137.0 8.6 8.6 1.01 3.18 3.14
1938 Phillies 1 0 1.000 2 1 n/a 35.0 7.0 11.7 0.67 3.05 4.57
1938 Reds 0 0 .000 3 6 n/a 0.0 3.6 12.8 0.98 3.48 3.53
1939 Reds 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 120.0 10.0 7.5 1.26 3.87 3.08
1940 Reds 2 1 .667 1 0 n/a 117.0 8.4 6.5 1.25 3.39 2.71
1941 Reds 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 8.2 11.8 1.47 3.84 2.62
1942 Reds 0 0 .000 4 1 n/a 49.5 7.6 7.6 1.49 3.87 2.59
1943 Reds 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 90.0 6.0 7.5 0.73 2.92 3.98
1944 Reds 0 1 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 5.9 8.2 0.89 2.43 2.75
1945 Reds 2 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 20.3 4.4 7.6 0.88 2.41 2.73
1946 Reds 2 0 1.000 1 1 n/a 0.0 4.6 11.0 0.94 3.57 3.81
1947 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 11.3 0.88 3.17 3.61
1948 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.5 7.5 1.06 4.89 4.63
1950 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 4.50
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
19 Years 12 8 .600 71 14 n/a 85.5 6.5 8.4 0.99 3.21 3.25
Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1931 Boston Braves n/a Undetermined n/a -
1932 Boston Braves 9 Undetermined n/a -
1933 Boston Red Sox 6 Undetermined - -
1934 Boston Red Sox 8 Undetermined - -
1934 Philadelphia Phillies 35 Undetermined - -
1935 Philadelphia Phillies 20 Undetermined - -
1936 Philadelphia Phillies 40 Undetermined - -
1937 Philadelphia Phillies 40 Undetermined Stats -
1938 Philadelphia Phillies 17 Undetermined - -
1938 Cincinnati Reds 56 Undetermined - -
1939 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined Stats Stats
1940 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined Stats Stats
1941 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined Stats -
1942 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined Stats -
1943 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined - -
1944 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined Stats -
1945 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined n/a -
1946 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined - -
1947 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined - -
1948 Cincinnati Reds 31 Undetermined - -
1950 Boston Braves 31 Undetermined - -


William Henry Bucky Walters was a Major League Baseball pitcher who originally played infield for the Boston Braves Boston Red Sox (1933–1934), before being converted to an All-Star (6x) pitcher by the Philadelphia Phillies (1934–1938) and Cincinnati Reds (1938–1948).

How did a fairly good infielder became a near Hall of Fame pitcher? The Cincinnati Reds , who inducted Bucky Walters into their Hall of Fame in 1958, shared ( Source ) the following details:

Convinced that Walters should refocus his career to pitching, Phillies manager Jimmie Wilson resorted to a bit of intrigue. He enlisted coaches Hans Lobert and Dick Spalding to have lunch with Walters at a chicken shack. Prolific baseball author Tom Meany, in his book Baseball's Greatest Pitchers , recounted the story.

Lobert , who had been a good third baseman with several clubs, opened the conversation with the wish he had become a pitcher, playing only every fourth day for big money.

Spalding , whose Major League experience was a brief " cups of coffee " stint, chimed in that perhaps he would have stuck in the Majors if he had been a pitcher rather than outfielder.

As they were about to finish their meal, manager Wilson "unexpectedly" arrived and snorted that he had been telling Walters he should switch to pitching for more than a year but that Walters was too hard-headed. "If he wants to be a third baseman in the Minors, that's his lookout," Wilson concluded.

The meeting ended when Walters agreed to try pitching, but only after a Wilson promise that if pitching didn't work out, he would get another shot at third base. Wilson sealed the deal by promising a bonus of $100 for every Walters win.

Bucky Walters made his Major League debut on September 18, 1931 , spent five years as an infielder, then put together his first winning season in 1938 (15-14). What happened next, was remarkable:

1939 : Bucky Walters led the National League in wins (27 | Top 25 ), earned run average (2.29 | Top 25 ), and strikeouts (137 | Top 25 ) - capturing a Triple Crown , the first ever won by a Cincinnati Reds pitcher. The Baseball Writers Association of America selected him as the Most Valuable Player in the National League, the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to ever receive the honor.

1940 : Bucky Walters led the senior circuit in wins (22), complete games (29), innings pitched (305.0), and captured his second consecutive ERA Title (2.48) - the first, and through today, only Cincinnati Reds pitcher with back-to-back ERA Titles .

1941 : Bucky Walters led the senior circuit in innings pitched (302.0) and complete games (27), a third consecutive year - the first, and through today, only Cincinnati Reds pitcher to lead the NL in innings pitched three straight years and complete games three straight years!

1944 : Bucky Walters led the NL in wins one last time, only making it to 23 wins - a total that three Reds pitchers ( Bob Purkey , Jim Maloney , Danny Jackson ) have matched since, but none have surpassed to date!

1955 : Bucky Walters shared some of his pitching insights with The Sporting News , called Mound Philosophy , one of the first legendary lists we ever preserved on Baseball Almanac!

Did you know that when Bucky Walters homered during Game 6 of the 1940 World Series , he became the fifth pitcher to homer in a Fall Classic game, but only the second who also tossed a complete game that same day? Who was first? [ Answer ] Did you know that when Bucky Walters homered twice on May 20, 1945 , he became the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher with a multi-homer game?
Bucky Walters 2 Home Runs in a Game
Bucky Walters Homers Twice | The Cincinnati Enquirer | May 21, 1945 | Page 12

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