Friday, December 7, 2007

Career Win Leaders by Age 31

In an issue of Sports Weekly right around Thanksgiving there was an interesting snipet I thought was worth passing along, since right around the time the Veteran's Committee begins tossing around names that have yet to be inducted into Cooperstown, NY, former Chicago Cub third-baseman, Ron Santo's name always seems to be on that list.

Player wins are defined as the number of victories above the average that a player is deemed to contribute to his team, assuming an average player contributes a .500 record. The chart below presents the career leaders in player wins by age 31 up to the midpoint of the calendar year (June 30) during which they were 31. Fielding performance is factored into player-win totals.
This list consists of the top 30 players, some of which are still active.
All of the players on this list are in the Hall of Fame except for Ron Santo and the active players at the beginning of the 2007 season.

Babe Ruth 77.3 (Player wins by age 31) 129.0 (total player wins)
Walter Johnson 72.3 89.9
Rogers Hornsby 70.4 86.0
Ty Cobb 63.6 85.9
Nap Lajoie 59.5 101.0
Mickey Mantle 58.9 71.8
Alex Rodriguez 57.4
Rickey Henderson 57.3
Barry Bonds 56.4 128.7 (total player wins)
Christy Mathewson 55.3
Ted Williams 54.9 86.5
Charles Augustus "Kid" Nichols 54.7
Jimmie Foxx 54.1
Lou Gehrig 53.2
Tris Speaker 52.3
Hank Aaron 51.0
Willie Mays 50.2
Mike Schmidt, Eddie Collins, Eddie Mathews, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench, Pedro Martinez*, John Clarkson, Lou Boudreau, Ken Griffey Jr.*, Arky Vaughan, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Cal Ripken Jr., Ron Santo and Scott Rolen.

Kevin Marquez