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Catcher Of The Decade
(
Golden Mask Award)

Since 1900 there have been over 1,700 players who have caught in at least one game. Of this number there have been 1,450 players whose career position was that of catcher, having played the majority of games at this position. Each decade (1900 through 2009) has averaged 191 different catchers, many of whom caught in more than one decade and sometimes in 3 decades. For this Catcher of the Decade project career accomplishments were not considered, just what was accomplished in each decade unto itself. Within each decade the Top 25 Catchers were selected and from this grouping the Number One Backstop of the Decade was chosen. Below are these elite eleven catchers along with a few of their credentials. To view each decade Top 25, just click on the link where indicated.

CATCHER OF THE 1900s DECADE

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Roger Bresnahan

  • Enshrined in Baseball's Hall Of Fame
  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 20
  • Most Triples by a catcher in the decade - 51
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 156
  • Highest Average by a catcher in the decade - .285
  • Most Win Shares by a catcher in the decade - 169
  • Most Runs Created by a catcher in the decade - 591
  • Most Runs Created per Game by a catcher in the decade - 5.55

 

CATCHER OF THE 1910s DECADE

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Chief Meyers

  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 333
  • Most Win Shares by a catcher in the decade - 119
  • Most Runs Created by a catcher in the decade - 400
  • Highest Average by a catcher in the decade - .293
  • Fourth Most Triples by a catcher in the decade - 36
  • 2nd Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 110
  • 847 Games Caught in the decade

CATCHER OF THE 1920s DECADE

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Muddy Ruel

  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 433
  • Most Innings Caught in the decade - 5,698
  • Most Putouts by a catcher in the decade - 4,273
  • Most Assists by a catcher in the decade - 911
  • Most Runners Caught Stealing in the decade - 454
  • Most Games Caught in the decade - 1,115

 

CATCHER OF THE 1930s DECADE

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Bill Dickey

  • Inducted Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame
  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 168
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 937
  • SIX All Star selections (1933-34, 36-39)
  • Most Triples by a catcher in the decade - 56
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 247
  • 2nd Highest Batting Average by a catcher in the decade - .320
  • Most Putouts by a catcher in the decade - 5,791
  • 1,179 Games Caught in the decade

CATCHER OF THE 1940s DECADE

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Walker Cooper

  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 109
  • Most Triples by a catcher in the decade - 30
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 156
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 546
  • Seven All Star selections (1942-44, 46-49)
  • 3rd Highest Average by a catcher in the decade - .288
  • 798 Games Caught in the decade

 

CATCHER OF THE 1950s DECADE

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Yogi Berra

  • Inducted Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame
  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 256
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 997
  • TEN All Star selections (1950-1959)
  • Most Triples by a catcher in the decade - 33
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 222
  • 2nd Highest Average by a catcher in the decade - .287
  • 1,316 Games Caught in the decade

CATCHER OF THE 1960s DECADE

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Joe Torre

  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 160
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 653
  • Gold Glove Award 1965
  • Five All Star selections (1963-1967)
  • 2nd highest average by a catcher in the decade - .293
  • 813 Games Caught in the decade

 

CATCHER OF THE 1970s DECADE

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Johnny Bench

  • Inducted Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame
  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 290
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 1,013
  • Gold Glove Awards 1970-1977
  • Ten All Star selections (1970-1979)
  • 2nd Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 264
  • 1,297 Games Caught in the decade

CATCHER OF THE 1980s DECADE

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Gary Carter

  • Inducted Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame
  • NINE All Star selections (1981-1989)
  • Five Silver Slugger Awards (1981-82, 84-86)
  • Three Gold Glove Awards (1980-1982)
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 800
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 219
  • Most Games Caught in the decade (1,255)
  • Most Putouts (7,666) and Assist (726) in the decade
  • Most Runners Caught Stealing in the decade (495)

 

CATCHER OF THE 1990s DECADE

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Mike Piazza

  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 240
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 768
  • Seven All Star selections (1993-1999)
  • Seven Silver Slugger Awards in the decade (1993-99)
  • Most Win Shares by a catcher in the decade - 206
  • Most Runs Created by a catcher in the decade - 752
  • Highest Average by a catcher in the decade - .329
  • 940 Games Caught in the decade

CATCHER OF THE 2000s DECADE

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Jorge Posada

  • Most Homeruns by a catcher in the decade - 208
  • Most RBIs by a catcher in the decade - 819
  • Five All Star selections (2000-03, 07)
  • Five Silver Slugger awards (2000-03, 07)
  • Most Win Shares by a catcher in the decade - 214
  • Most Runs Created by a catcher in the decade - 827
  • Most Doubles by a catcher in the decade - 288
  • Most Base Stealers Caught in the decade - 302
  • 1,217 Games Caught in the decade

 

CATCHER OF THE 2010s DECADE

 

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