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Ernie Banks

Image above: Ernie Banks statue at Wrigley Field.

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All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding First Basemen (1871-2016)



First Base

Rank Name First Career
POSFV
Last Year
Played
CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF(pg)
1 Banks Ernie 1.3398 1971 1259 12005 809 80 0.994 10.18
2 Garvey Steve 1.3352 1987 2059 18844 1026 81 0.996 9.65
3 McCormick Frank 1.3278 1948 1448 13798 1001 78 0.995 10.22
4 Helton Todd 1.3230 2013 2178 18891 1721 79 0.996 9.46
5 Terry Bill 1.3118 1936 1579 15972 1108 138 0.992 10.82
6 Goldschmidt Paul 1.2991 2016 764 6769 505 28 0.996 9.52
7 Grace Mark 1.2887 2003 2162 18503 1665 110 0.995 9.33
8 Hernandez Keith 1.2838 1990 2014 17909 1682 115 0.994 9.73
9 Donahue Jiggs 1.2811 1909 745 8151 556 112 0.987 11.69
10 Parker Wes 1.2788 1972 1108 9640 695 45 0.996 9.33
11 LaChance Candy 1.2766 1905 1176 12320 457 207 0.984 10.86
12 Mattingly Don 1.2701 1995 1634 14148 1104 64 0.996 9.33
13 Fletcher Elbie 1.2657 1949 1380 13237 975 107 0.993 10.30
14 Konetchy Ed 1.2609 1921 2073 21361 1292 224 0.990 10.93
15 Pujols Albert 1.2601 2016 1730 15044 1429 99 0.994 9.52
16 Isbell Frank 1.2543 1909 619 6663 455 99 0.986 11.50
17 Murray Eddie 1.2507 1996 2413 21255 1865 167 0.993 9.58
18 Todt Phil 1.2479 1931 904 9079 623 80 0.992 10.73
19 Pipp Wally 1.2473 1928 1819 18779 1152 168 0.992 10.96
20 McInnis Stuffy 1.2466 1927 1995 19962 1238 160 0.993 10.63


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    Whose Number One at First Base


    1. Ernie Banks (1961-1971)

    For most, at least for us, we don't think of Ernie Banks as a first sacker, mainly because Ernie spent most of his years prior to the age of 30 as a very good shortstop on a lot of bad teams. Surprising fact, however, is that he spent more games at first base than at shortstop, 1,259 versus 1,149. But when Mr. Cub moved across the diamond for mostly good at the age of 31 in 1962, he would take the prowess he showed at the infield's most difficult position and turn the first sack into his own. Another surprise, after Ernie moved to first for good in 1962, he didn't play one more game at shortstop. Who figured that? Well, maybe it's because Ernie Banks had the highest rating of all first basemen for five years during that span, with no need to switch back to a shortstop position that was being manned by Don Kessinger for most of that time anyway. Of course, he didn't get the love from the Gold Glove committee at all. Go figure that, too!


Fielding Ratings in the Stat Geek Baseball PEVA system are meant to give a grade that relates to value for payroll purposes. A player with a low amount of innings played at a position may be rated lower for that purpose, but be a better defensive player. They would be rated higher in the PEVA/FV system with higher innings played, but their FV is lower due to lack of use.

Notes: Photo/Image Credits: Ernie Banks; Wikipedia Commons, Joon Han

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