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Buster Adams

Elvin Clark Adams

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: June 24, 1915 in Trinidad, CO (All Transactions)
Debut: April 27, 1939 (Age 23)
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals 1939-1947

Final Game: September 21, 1947 (Age 32)
Died: September 1, 1990 in Rancho Mirage, CA
Buried: Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, CA
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1939 24 STL NL 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1943 28 TOT NL 119 485 429 49 108 15 7 4 39 2 43 71 .252 .320 .347 .667 97 149 8 0 12 *8
1943 28 STL NL 8 18 11 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 4 .091 .333 .182 .515 47 2 0 0 3 /8O
1943 28 PHI NL 111 467 418 48 107 14 7 4 38 2 39 67 .256 .319 .352 .671 98 147 8 0 9 *8O
1944 29 PHI NL 151 682 584 86 165 35 3 17 64 2 74 74 .283 .370 .440 .810 131 257 11 7 17 *O8/9
1945 30 TOT NL 154 707 634 104 182 29 1 22 109 3 62 80 .287 .353 .440 .793 118 279 10 3 8 *87 MVP-18
1945 30 PHI NL 14 61 56 6 13 3 1 2 8 0 5 5 .232 .295 .429 .724 103 24 2 0 0 O7
1945 30 STL NL 140 646 578 98 169 26 0 20 101 3 57 75 .292 .359 .441 .800 119 255 8 3 8 *O87
1946 31 STL NL 81 209 173 21 32 6 0 5 22 3 29 27 .185 .312 .306 .619 73 53 3 3 4 O87
1947 32 PHI NL 69 209 182 21 45 11 1 2 15 2 26 29 .247 .341 .352 .693 88 64 3 0 1 O9/78
6 Yrs 576 2293 2003 282 532 96 12 50 249 12 234 281 .266 .346 .400 .747 110 802 35 13 42
162 Game Avg. 162 645 563 79 150 27 3 14 70 3 66 79 .266 .346 .400 .747 110 226 10 4 12
PHI (4 yrs) 345 1419 1240 161 330 63 12 25 125 6 144 175 .266 .346 .397 .743 112 492 24 7 27
STL (4 yrs) 231 874 763 121 202 33 0 25 124 6 90 106 .265 .347 .406 .753 107 310 11 6 15

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1939 24 STL NL 2 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .486 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1943 28 STL NL 8 18 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .488 .499 -0.0 0.0 -0 /8O
1943 28 PHI NL 111 467 -2 -0 0 -2 -1 -4 -0.6 15 10 1.0 .495 .497 1.2 -0.3 12 *8O
1944 29 PHI NL 151 682 25 0 0 4 -1 28 2.9 21 49 5.0 .520 .518 4.6 0.3 45 *O8/9
1945 30 PHI NL 14 61 -0 0 0 0 -1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 O7 MVP-18
1945 30 STL NL 140 646 13 -0 0 -3 -1 9 0.9 19 28 2.8 .506 .506 3.2 -0.4 31 *O87 MVP-18
1946 31 STL NL 81 209 -6 -0 0 -4 -1 -11 -1.3 8 -3 -0.5 .484 .492 -0.0 -0.6 1 O87
1947 32 PHI NL 69 209 -3 -0 0 -3 -2 -8 -0.8 8 0 0.0 .488 .495 0.3 -0.5 3 O9/78
6 Seasons 576 2293 27 -0 0 -8 -8 11 1.1 74 85 8.3 .502 .504 9.3 -1.6 93
PHI (4 yrs) 345 1419 20 -0 0 -1 -5 15 1.5 46 61 6.1 .505 .506 6.3 -0.6 61
STL (4 yrs) 231 874 7 -0 0 -7 -3 -4 -0.4 28 25 2.3 .498 .501 3.1 -1.0 31

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1943 TOT NL 28 CF 113 109 106 322 310 7 5 1 .984 2.81 .978 2.74
1943 TOT NL 28 OF 113 109 106 320 309 6 5 1 .984 2.79 .977 2.41
1943 STL NL 28 CF 6 5 3 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1.83 .978 2.73
1943 STL NL 28 OF 6 5 3 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1.83 .977 2.42
1943 PHI NL 28 CF 107 104 103 311 299 7 5 1 .984 2.86 .978 2.74
1943 PHI NL 28 OF 107 104 103 309 298 6 5 1 .984 2.84 .977 2.41
1944 PHI NL 29 OF 151 150 149 473 449 14 10 1 .979 3.07 .980 2.47
1944 PHI NL 29 CF 150 150 149 475 451 14 10 2 .979 3.10 .985 2.95
1944 PHI NL 29 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1945 TOT NL 30 OF 154 152 152 426 408 9 9 3 .979 2.71 .978 2.45 MVP-18
1945 TOT NL 30 LF 27 27 27 56 51 2 3 1 .946 1.96 .970 2.33 MVP-18
1945 PHI NL 30 OF 14 13 13 26 26 0 0 0 1.000 1.86 .978 2.45
1945 PHI NL 30 LF 13 13 13 25 25 0 0 0 1.000 1.92 .970 2.33
1945 STL NL 30 OF 140 139 139 400 382 9 9 3 .978 2.79 .978 2.45
1945 STL NL 30 CF 126 125 125 369 356 7 6 2 .984 2.88 .983 2.86 MVP-18
1945 STL NL 30 LF 14 14 14 31 26 2 3 1 .903 2.00 .970 2.33
1946 STL NL 31 OF 58 42 35 97 95 1 1 1 .990 1.66 .977 2.39
1946 STL NL 31 CF 32 25 19 57 56 1 0 1 1.000 1.78 .979 2.83
1946 STL NL 31 LF 26 17 16 40 39 0 1 0 .975 1.50 .975 2.25
1947 PHI NL 32 OF 51 45 38 87 78 5 4 2 .954 1.63 .977 2.42
1947 PHI NL 32 RF 44 40 33 70 62 4 4 1 .943 1.50 .978 2.10
1947 PHI NL 32 LF 6 5 5 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 2.00 .976 2.30
1947 PHI NL 32 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.80
5 Seasons OF 527 498 480 1403 1339 35 29 8 .979 2.61 .978 2.44
5 Seasons CF 422 409 399 1223 1173 29 21 6 .983 2.85 .982 2.86
3 Seasons LF 59 49 48 108 101 3 4 2 .963 1.76 .972 2.29
2 Seasons RF 45 40 33 70 62 4 4 1 .943 1.47 .978 2.10
6 Seasons TOT 527 498 480 1403 1339 35 29 8 .979 2.61 .978 2.44
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1945 NL (18, 4%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1944 NL  5.0 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1944 NL  4.6 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1945 NL  154 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1944 NL  584 (9th)
1945 NL  634 (3rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1944 NL  682 (5th)
1945 NL  707 (4th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1945 NL  104 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1945 NL  182 (5th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1945 NL  279 (2nd)

Doubles s c a p y
1944 NL  35 (7th)
1945 NL  29 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1944 NL  17 (6th)
1945 NL  22 (3rd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1945 NL  109 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1944 NL  74 (8th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1943 NL  71 (5th)
1944 NL  74 (2nd)
1945 NL  80 (2nd)

Singles s c a p y
1945 NL  130 (8th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1945 NL  98 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1944 NL  55 (9th)
1945 NL  52 (3rd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1944 NL  246 (9th)
1945 NL  247 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1944 NL  7 (2nd)
1946 NL  3 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  12 (8th)
1944 NL  17 (3rd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1944 NL  34.4 (10th)
1945 NL  28.8 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1944 NL  447 (7th)
1945 NL  470 (3rd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1944 NL  2.0 (8th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  1 (5th)
1947 NL  1 (4th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  113 (5th)
1944 NL  150 (2nd)
1945 NL  126 (5th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  310 (5th)
1944 NL  451 (1st)
1945 NL  356 (5th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1944 NL  14 (2nd)
1945 NL  7 (5th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1944 NL  10 (1st)
1945 NL  6 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1944 NL  2 (5th)
1945 NL  2 (4th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1944 NL  151 (3rd)
1945 NL  154 (1st)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1944 NL  449 (1st)
1945 NL  408 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1944 NL  10 (3rd)
1945 NL  9 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  2.81 (4th)
1944 NL  3.10 (1st)
1945 NL  2.88 (4th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  .984 (3rd)
1944 NL  .979 (5th)
1945 NL  .984 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1943 NL  2.79 (5th)
1944 NL  3.07 (1st)
Career  2.61 (38th)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 27 (879), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 7 (1379), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1830), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (249th), 8.3 career WAR/8.3 7yr-peak WAR/8.3 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Elvin Buster Clark Adams

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