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Willie Kamm

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Fenway Park, Boston

All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding Third Basemen (1871-2016)



Third Base

Rank Name First FVPos LastYear CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF(pg)
1 Kamm Willie 1.6683 1935 1674 2151 3345 185 0.967 3.28
2 Arenado Nolan 1.6624 2016 558 364 1352 56 0.968 3.08
3 Robinson Brooks 1.6397 1977 2870 2697 6205 263 0.971 3.10
4 Bell Buddy 1.6138 1989 2183 1798 4925 254 0.964 3.08
5 Pendleton Terry 1.6051 1998 1785 1386 3891 238 0.957 2.96
6 Inge Brandon 1.6021 2013 1083 850 2188 121 0.962 2.81
7 Boyer Clete 1.5965 1971 1439 1470 3218 168 0.965 3.26
8 Seager Kyle 1.5917 2016 813 515 1671 78 0.966 2.69
9 Jones Willie 1.5914 1961 1614 2045 2934 192 0.963 3.08
10 Polanco Placido 1.5872 2013 752 475 1420 32 0.983 2.52
11 May Pinky 1.5815 1943 646 737 1391 84 0.962 3.29
12 Nettles Graig 1.5806 1988 2412 1898 5279 295 0.961 2.98
13 Gaetti Gary 1.5787 1999 2282 1699 4531 224 0.965 2.73
14 Wallach Tim 1.5780 1996 2054 1662 3992 240 0.959 2.75
15 Schmidt Mike 1.5777 1989 2212 1591 5045 313 0.955 3.00
16 Williamson Ned 1.5755 1890 716 878 1719 401 0.866 3.63
17 Keltner Ken 1.5750 1950 1500 1576 3070 171 0.965 3.10
18 Rolen Scott 1.5748 2012 2023 1478 4080 186 0.968 2.75
19 Boone Ray 1.5728 1959 510 576 1058 72 0.958 3.20
20 Collins Jimmy 1.5702 1908 1683 2372 3702 465 0.929 3.61


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    Whose Number One at Third Base


    1. Willie Kamm (1923-1935)

    He's at a significant disadvantage in this debate with no ESPN coverage or even televised highlight reel plays. Geez, there was no television until four years after his final season. But Willie Kamm was superb. Superb in an era dominated by Babe Ruth, by Yankee baseball, by homers at a rate unseen before. But that wasn't Willie. He walked twice as much as he struck out. He hit only 29 homers for his career. It was his defense that was stellar. For all of those seasons in a White Sox or Indians uniform, he was that highlight reel behind the bag, even if ESPN was only the brainchild of someone with the capacity for time travel. Statistically, Willie Kamm was the best fielder in baseball at the hot corner for eight seasons. How good? In 1928, Kamm finished 5th in the MVP voting while hitting only 1 HR, 84 RBI, and batting 0.308. That year, Ruth went 54 HR, 126 RBI, 0.343. What Kamm did in the field was remarkable, fielding at a sure handed rate of 0.977 while the league fielded at a 0.951 percentage and all with a range 9 points higher than baseball as well. Five years later, he would set the record for Fielding Percentage by a third sacker (0.984); that record would last for 18 years.


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.

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