Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham

Regular
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM:
In 1959 when he led the National League with a .453 on-base percentage, Cunningham reached base in 123 of the 130 complete games he played. He had a 33-game on-base streak that season, and he was always doing things like that, getting on base a lot. He was traded straight up for Minnie Minoso after the 1961 season in a deal that was a serious mistake for the Redbirds. Cunningham continued to get on base in Chicago and set career marks for runs scored and RBIs in his first season with the Pale Hose. He played about 60 percent of his games at first and the balance in right field.

primary position

First Base

primary team

St. Louis Cardinals

playing career

1954—1966

nickname

Born

August 27, 1931, in Paterson, NJ

died

Still Living

bats / throws

Left / Left

height / weight

6-0 / 180
Average HOF 1B
Hitting
60
Power
60
Running
40
Fielding
40
Throwing
50
*The Scouting Grades are based on performance in the Major Leagues, not predictive skills typically placed on prospects.
SCOUTING SCALE
80 = Elite
70 = Excellent
60 = Above Average
50 = MLB Average
40 = Below Average
30 = Inferior
20 = Poor
Traded For
UNIFORM NUMBER
Not in our database
BATTING ORDER
2
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT
6-30-1954
FINAL GAME
4-17-1966
CAREER AGE
22-34
MEMBER OF WORLD CHAMPIONS
None
WAR
Win Shares

WAR

22.4

career value

WAR7

20.9

long peak

WAR5C

14.2

prime

WAR3

12.0

short peak
Average HOF 1B

66.5

Career Wins Above Replacement
Average HOF 1B

42.5

war in best 7 seasons
Average HOF 1B

30.5

war in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 1B

20.9

WAR in best 3 seasons

WIN SHARES

129.9

career value

WIN shares 7

110.4

long peak

Win SHares 5C

NA

prime

Win SHares 3

61.0

short peak
Average HOF 1B

348.1

Career Win Shares
Average HOF 1B

202.5

Win SHares In best 7 seasons
Average HOF 1B

142.5

Win shares in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 1B

97.0

Win Shares in best 3 seasons

Position

NR

First Base

ERA AT HIS POSITION

#9

1954—1966

All-Time

#790

POsition Players
#113
BILL JAMES POSITION
UNRANKED
BILL JAMES TOP 100
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HALL OF STATS POSITION
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JOE POSNANSKI TOP 100
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JAWS POSITION
UNRANKED
JAWS TOP 100
.291
Batting Average
.403
On-Base Percentage
.417
Slugging Percentage
9
home runs per season
2
Stolen Bases per season