John Wockenfuss Stats

John Wockenfuss was born on Sunday, February 27, 1949, in Welch, West Virginia. Wockenfuss was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 11, 1974, with the Detroit Tigers. 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 John Wockenfuss baseball stats page.

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"The problem with (John) Wockenfuss getting on base is that it takes three doubles to score him." - Detroit Tigers Manager (1979-1995) Sparky Anderson in It Ain't Over 'til It's Over (Steve Goldman, Basic Books, Managers 2.0 , Page 394)

John Wockenfuss

John Wockenfuss Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#472)

John Wockenfuss Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#472)

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Birth Name:
Johnny Bilton Wockenfuss
Nickname:
Fuss or John
Born On:
02-27-1949  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Welch, West Virginia
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Dickinson High School (Wilmington, DE)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
08-11-1974 (Age 25)
Last Game:
08-15-1985
Draft:
1967 : 42nd Round (760th)

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John Wockenfuss Pitching Stats

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John Wockenfuss Hitting Stats

1974 25 Tigers 13 29 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .138 .212 .172
1975 26 Tigers 35 118 15 27 6 3 4 0 13 10 0 15 1 1 0 5 .229 .287 .432
1976 27 Tigers 60 144 18 32 7 2 3 0 10 17 0 14 1 0 1 3 .222 .309 .361
1977 28 Tigers 53 164 26 45 8 1 9 0 25 14 0 18 0 0 0 1 .274 .331 .500
1978 29 Tigers 71 187 23 53 5 0 7 0 22 21 4 14 1 1 1 7 .283 .357 .422
1979 30 Tigers 87 231 27 61 9 1 15 1 46 18 0 40 1 2 2 9 .264 .320 .506
1980 31 Tigers 126 372 56 102 13 2 16 0 65 68 4 64 0 1 3 7 .274 .390 .449
1981 32 Tigers 70 172 20 37 4 0 9 0 25 28 1 22 0 2 0 5 .215 .322 .395
1982 33 Tigers 70 193 28 58 9 0 8 0 32 29 2 21 0 2 0 3 .301 .388 .472
1983 34 Tigers 92 245 32 66 8 1 9 1 44 31 1 37 0 2 0 5 .269 .349 .420
1984 35 Phillies 86 180 20 52 3 1 6 0 24 30 1 24 1 0 0 4 .289 .390 .417
1985 36 Phillies 32 37 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 8 1 7 0 0 0 3 .162 .311 .162
12 Years 795 2,072 267 543 73 11 86 2 310 277 14 278 5 12 7 52 .262 .349 .432

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John Wockenfuss Fielding Stats

1974 Tigers C 13 10 275 59 4.5 55 45 10 4 1 2 6 6 .932 5.40
1975 Tigers C 34 32 883 222 6.5 218 195 23 4 4 7 26 15 .982 6.67
1976 Tigers C 59 43 1,215 255 4.3 240 221 19 15 5 2 39 19 .941 5.33
1977 Tigers C 37 33 890 198 5.4 195 175 20 3 2 5 20 12 .985 5.92
1977 Tigers LF 6 6 138 4 0.7 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.78
1977 Tigers RF 3 1 42 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
1978 Tigers LF 6 5 147 18 3.0 18 18 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.31
1978 Tigers RF 55 44 1,167 75 1.4 73 72 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 1.69
1979 Tigers 1B 31 25 579 224 7.2 223 205 18 1 22 n/a n/a n/a .996 10.40
1979 Tigers C 20 18 444 119 6.0 117 109 8 2 0 2 18 6 .983 7.11
1979 Tigers LF 5 5 102 4 0.8 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.06
1979 Tigers RF 1 1 24 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1980 Tigers 1B 52 45 1,212 458 8.8 450 415 35 8 41 n/a n/a n/a .983 10.02
1980 Tigers C 25 23 632 136 5.4 133 123 10 3 2 6 19 5 .978 5.68
1980 Tigers LF 21 18 414 34 1.6 34 32 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.22
1980 Tigers RF 2 2 45 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1981 Tigers 1B 25 23 498 187 7.5 184 179 5 3 27 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.98
1981 Tigers C 5 2 69 16 3.2 16 15 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.000 6.26
1981 Tigers LF 1 0 24 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1982 Tigers 1B 17 14 321 125 7.4 125 122 3 0 9 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.51
1982 Tigers 3B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1982 Tigers C 24 18 518 103 4.3 101 91 10 2 0 1 18 7 .981 5.26
1982 Tigers LF 2 1 30 6 3.0 6 5 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1982 Tigers RF 8 7 168 10 1.3 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.61
1983 Tigers 1B 13 16 360 96 7.4 94 84 10 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .979 7.05
1983 Tigers 3B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1983 Tigers C 29 22 570 152 5.2 152 141 11 0 2 0 13 8 1.000 7.20
1983 Tigers LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1984 Phillies 1B 39 32 705 245 6.3 244 231 13 1 20 n/a n/a n/a .996 9.34
1984 Phillies 3B 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1984 Phillies C 21 15 446 105 5.0 99 92 7 6 1 2 26 4 .943 5.99
1985 Phillies 1B 7 4 120 40 5.7 40 39 1 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1985 Phillies C 2 0 15 5 2.5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 9.00
C Totals 269 216 5,957 1,370 5.1 1,331 1,212 119 39 17 27 188 82 .972 6.03
1B Totals 184 159 3,795 1,375 7.5 1,360 1,275 85 15 132 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.68
RF Totals 69 55 1,446 90 1.3 88 87 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.64
LF Totals 42 35 858 69 1.6 69 66 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.17
3B Totals 4 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
12 Years 568 465 12,068 2,904 5.1 2,848 2,640 208 56 150 27 188 82 .981 6.37

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John Wockenfuss Miscellaneous Stats

1974 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 14.5 14.5 - - -
1975 Tigers 0 0 .000 1 0 0 29.5 7.9 9.1 - - -
1976 Tigers 0 3 .000 1 0 0 48.0 10.3 14.4 - - -
1977 Tigers 0 0 .000 9 0 3 18.2 9.1 6.6 - - -
1978 Tigers 0 1 .000 19 1 2 26.7 13.4 8.5 - - -
1979 Tigers 2 2 .500 22 0 18 15.4 5.8 5.0 - - -
1980 Tigers 1 4 .200 22 0 28 23.3 5.8 5.7 - - -
1981 Tigers 0 0 .000 17 0 39 19.1 7.8 6.9 - - -
1982 Tigers 0 0 .000 12 0 17 24.1 9.2 6.0 - - -
1983 Tigers 1 1 .500 30 0 39 27.2 6.6 5.6 - - -
1984 Phillies 1 0 1.000 33 0 n/a 30.0 7.5 7.5 - - -
1985 Phillies 0 0 .000 27 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 18.5 - - -
12 Years 5 11 .313 193 1 146 24.1 7.5 6.7 - - -

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Johnny Bilton Wockenfuss was a Major League Baseball player with the Detroit Tigers (1974-1983), and Philadelphia Phillies (1984-1985). When Fuss, his nickname, made his big league debut on August 11, 1974 , he became the first Dickinson High School (Wilmington, Delaware) graduate to reach the majors!
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John Wockenfuss Rookie Card | 1976 Topps Baseball Card (#13 | Checklist )
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Did you know that John Wockenfuss was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame in 1993? Their goal is to celebrate the history, preserve the legacy, and honor the heroes of the sports within Delaware and those who have brought recognition to Delaware by their accomplishments elsewhere. His plaque reads:

John Wockenfuss

John Wockenfuss, a four-sport star at Dickinson High School, was a 42nd round free agent draft pick of the Washington Senators in 1967. He got his shot at the majors seven years later when he was called up by the Detroit Tigers in 1974.

Once there, he played 10 years, then two more with the Phillies before retiring in 1985. He compiled a .262 batting average and played every position except pitcher and third base.

In 1974, he was picked Delaware's Athlete of the Year. The popular Wockenfuss returned to the Detroit organization as a minor league manager after his playing career ended, and moved rapidly up the ladder from Class A to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He was released after only 24 games of the 1990 season. He later held the managing helm of the Carolina Mudcats, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate in the Double-A Southern League. "There were a lot of blockades along the way" Wokenfuss said, "But I was "just too stubborn to give up". "My dad always taught me that you can not replace hustle". John, who saw action in the Wilmington semi-pro league, remains an excellent role model and instructor for young athletes.

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