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Luke Appling

Lucius Benjamin Appling (Old Aches and Pains or Luscious Luke)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 183 lb.

Born: April 2, 1907 in High Point, NC
High School: Fulton HS (Atlanta, GA)
School: Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1930 (Age 23.161)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1931 season [*]
Team: WhiteSox 1930-1950

Final Game: October 1, 1950 (Age 43.182)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA in Runoff Election as Player in 1964 (189/201 ballots).
   View Luke Appling Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: January 3, 1991 in Cumming, GA
Buried: Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming, GA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 25, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #69. Alan Trammell… #70. Dan Brouthers… #71. Eddie Murray… #72. LUKE APPLING… #73. Ken Boyer… #74. Pee Wee Reese… #75. Billy Williams… 

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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
1930 23 CHW AL 6 26 26 2 8 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .308 .308 .385 .692 77 10 0 0 /6
1931 24 CHW AL 96 331 297 36 69 13 4 1 28 9 2 29 27 .232 .303 .313 .616 66 93 1 3 6/4
1932 25 CHW AL 139 532 489 66 134 20 10 3 63 9 8 40 36 .274 .329 .374 .703 87 183 0 3 645
1933 26 CHW AL 151 671 612 90 197 36 10 6 85 6 11 56 29 .322 .379 .443 .822 123 271 0 2 *6 MVP-21
1934 27 CHW AL 118 516 452 75 137 28 6 2 61 3 1 59 27 .303 .384 .405 .788 102 183 0 5 *6/4
1935 28 CHW AL 153 656 525 94 161 28 6 1 71 12 6 122 40 .307 .437 .389 .826 113 204 0 7 *6 MVP-15
1936 ★ 29 CHW AL 138 618 526 111 204 31 7 6 128 10 6 85 25 .388 .474 .508 .981 139 267 1 6 *6 AS,MVP-2
1937 30 CHW AL 154 665 574 98 182 42 8 4 77 18 10 86 28 .317 .407 .439 .846 113 252 1 4 *6 MVP-17
1938 31 CHW AL 81 339 294 41 89 14 0 0 44 1 3 42 17 .303 .392 .350 .742 85 103 1 1 6
1939 ★ 32 CHW AL 148 633 516 82 162 16 6 0 56 16 9 105 37 .314 .430 .368 .798 103 190 11 0 9 *6 AS,MVP-33
1940 ★ 33 CHW AL 150 640 566 96 197 27 13 0 79 3 5 69 35 .348 .420 .442 .862 123 250 11 1 3 *6 AS,MVP-10
1941 ★ 34 CHW AL 154 678 592 93 186 26 8 1 57 12 8 82 32 .314 .399 .390 .789 110 231 10 1 2 *6 AS
1942 35 CHW AL 142 613 543 78 142 26 4 3 53 17 5 63 23 .262 .342 .341 .682 95 185 7 3 4 *6
1943 ★ 36 CHW AL 155 677 585 63 192 33 2 3 80 27 8 90 29 .328 .419 .407 .825 143 238 13 1 1 *6 AS,MVP-2
1944 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1945 38 CHW AL 18 70 57 12 21 2 2 1 10 1 0 12 7 .368 .478 .526 1.005 195 30 0 0 1 6
1946 ★ 39 CHW AL 149 659 582 59 180 27 5 1 55 6 4 71 41 .309 .384 .378 .762 117 220 15 0 6 *6 AS,MVP-12
1947 ★ 40 CHW AL 139 573 503 67 154 29 0 8 49 8 6 64 28 .306 .386 .412 .797 126 207 15 1 4 *6/5 AS,MVP-10
1948 41 CHW AL 139 594 497 63 156 16 2 0 47 10 4 94 35 .314 .423 .354 .777 111 176 17 0 3 56 MVP-22
1949 42 CHW AL 142 619 492 82 148 21 5 5 58 7 12 121 24 .301 .439 .394 .833 125 194 23 0 6 *6 MVP-22
1950 43 CHW AL 50 144 128 11 30 3 4 0 13 2 0 12 8 .234 .300 .320 .620 61 41 7 0 4 63/4
20 Yrs 2422 10254 8856 1319 2749 440 102 45 1116 179 108 1302 528 .310 .399 .398 .798 113 3528 129 11 74
162 Game Avg. 162 686 592 88 184 29 7 3 75 12 7 87 35 .310 .399 .398 .798 113 236 1 5
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

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
1930 23 CHW AL 6 26 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .486 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 $4,200 /6
1931 24 CHW AL 96 331 -14 1 0 -12 5 -19 -1.8 12 -7 -0.6 .481 .489 0.5 -0.6 5 $4,200 6/4
1932 25 CHW AL 139 532 -8 -1 0 -2 7 -4 -0.4 20 16 1.5 .497 .498 1.7 0.5 18 $4,200 645
1933 26 CHW AL 151 671 21 -3 0 0 10 29 2.8 25 54 5.1 .518 .517 5.1 1.0 54 $5,000 *6 MVP-21
1934 27 CHW AL 118 516 4 1 0 -11 8 1 0.0 19 20 1.9 .501 .500 3.0 -0.3 31 $7,500 *6/4
1935 28 CHW AL 153 656 20 0 0 17 10 47 4.3 25 72 6.7 .529 .528 5.2 2.5 55 $7,000 *6 MVP-15
1936 ★ 29 CHW AL 138 618 42 -0 0 6 9 57 4.9 22 79 6.9 .535 .530 6.5 1.3 73 $12,000 *6 AS,MVP-2
1937 30 CHW AL 154 665 17 -0 0 16 10 43 3.9 24 67 6.2 .525 .524 4.7 2.5 51 $18,500 *6 MVP-17
1938 31 CHW AL 81 339 -4 -1 0 5 5 6 0.5 12 18 1.6 .506 .503 1.2 1.0 13 $15,000 6
1939 ★ 32 CHW AL 148 633 12 -0 0 1 10 22 2.1 23 45 4.2 .514 .513 4.1 1.1 44 $13,500 *6 AS,MVP-33
1940 ★ 33 CHW AL 150 640 24 -1 0 2 10 35 3.3 22 56 5.3 .522 .520 5.1 1.2 54 $13,500 *6 AS,MVP-10
1941 ★ 34 CHW AL 154 678 13 -0 0 6 10 29 2.9 23 52 5.1 .519 .518 4.5 1.7 46 $14,000 *6 AS
1942 35 CHW AL 142 613 -1 2 0 -1 9 9 1.0 18 27 2.7 .507 .506 2.8 0.9 28 $14,000 *6
1943 ★ 36 CHW AL 155 677 33 3 0 3 10 50 5.6 19 69 7.6 .536 .535 7.2 1.6 66 $11,000 *6 AS,MVP-2
1945 38 CHW AL 18 70 7 0 0 -1 1 7 0.8 2 9 1.0 .545 .505 1.1 0.0 10 $11,000 6
1946 ★ 39 CHW AL 149 659 15 0 0 11 10 37 4.0 20 56 5.9 .527 .525 4.7 2.4 45 $12,000 *6 AS,MVP-12
1947 ★ 40 CHW AL 139 573 19 -0 0 0 9 28 2.9 17 44 4.6 .521 .518 4.7 0.9 44 $16,000 *6/5 AS,MVP-10
1948 41 CHW AL 139 594 15 1 -1 -1 4 18 1.8 17 35 3.5 .513 .511 3.5 0.3 36 $17,000 56 MVP-22
1949 42 CHW AL 142 619 26 -4 -1 2 9 34 3.3 18 52 5.1 .523 .520 4.9 1.1 50 $17,000 *6 MVP-22
1950 43 CHW AL 50 144 -8 2 0 1 1 -4 -0.4 4 0 0.1 .492 .498 -0.1 0.2 -1 $18,000 63/4
20 Seasons 2422 10254 234 0 -2 41 149 423 41.5 343 766 74.5 .517 .516 70.6 19.0 725 $234,600
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1930 CHW AL 23 SS 6 6 6 33 12 17 4 1 .879 4.83 .940 5.12
1931 CHW AL 24 SS 76 71 69 421 147 232 42 37 .900 4.99 .936 5.18
1931 CHW AL 24 2B 1 1 1 6 4 1 1 0 .833 5.00 .965 5.80
1932 CHW AL 25 SS 85 82 81 519 195 287 37 66 .929 5.67 .941 5.15
1932 CHW AL 25 2B 30 27 27 178 62 110 6 16 .966 5.73 .968 5.92
1932 CHW AL 25 3B 14 13 13 41 13 22 6 2 .854 2.50 .950 2.96
1933 CHW AL 26 SS 151 151 149 903 314 534 55 107 .939 5.62 .942 5.34 MVP-21
1934 CHW AL 27 SS 110 110 108 618 243 341 34 55 .945 5.31 .951 5.24
1934 CHW AL 27 2B 8 8 7 38 21 16 1 4 .974 4.63 .969 5.88
1935 CHW AL 28 SS 153 153 153 930 335 556 39 93 .958 5.82 .957 5.35 MVP-15
1936 CHW AL 29 SS 137 137 136 832 320 471 41 119 .951 5.77 .950 5.35 AS,MVP-2
1937 CHW AL 30 SS 154 154 153 870 280 541 49 111 .944 5.33 .955 5.23 MVP-17
1938 CHW AL 31 SS 78 77 74 427 149 258 20 37 .953 5.22 .953 5.17
1939 CHW AL 32 SS 148 148 145 789 289 461 39 78 .951 5.07 .950 5.16 AS,MVP-33
1940 CHW AL 33 SS 150 150 148 780 307 436 37 83 .953 4.95 .949 4.85 AS,MVP-10
1941 CHW AL 34 SS 154 154 151 809 294 473 42 95 .948 4.98 .948 4.96 AS
1942 CHW AL 35 SS 141 141 136 725 269 418 38 77 .948 4.87 .949 5.01
1943 CHW AL 36 SS 155 155 152 836 300 500 36 115 .957 5.16 .953 5.13 AS,MVP-2
1945 CHW AL 38 SS 17 17 10 100 37 56 7 7 .930 5.47 .951 5.28
1946 CHW AL 39 SS 149 149 142 796 252 505 39 99 .951 5.08 .954 4.97 AS,MVP-12
1947 CHW AL 40 SS 129 128 126 689 232 422 35 86 .949 5.07 .964 5.13 AS,MVP-10
1947 CHW AL 40 3B 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 3.00 AS,MVP-10
1948 CHW AL 41 3B 72 69 67 262 84 163 15 13 .943 3.43 .958 3.04 MVP-22
1948 CHW AL 41 SS 64 62 62 363 133 210 20 50 .945 5.36 .964 5.17 MVP-22
1949 CHW AL 42 SS 141 140 117 729 253 450 26 95 .964 4.99 .963 5.17 MVP-22
1950 CHW AL 43 SS 20 15 15 148.2 90 37 50 3 13 .967 5.27 4.35 .961 5.05 4.96
1950 CHW AL 43 1B 13 13 10 100.1 103 91 12 0 16 1.000 9.24 7.92 .989 9.54 9.37
1950 CHW AL 43 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 6.30 5.80
20 Seasons SS 2218 2200 2133 148.2 12259 4398 7218 643 1424 .948 5.27 5.24 .952 5.05 5.15
3 Seasons 3B 88 83 81 305 98 186 21 15 .931 3.23 .957 3.03
4 Seasons 2B 40 36 35 1.0 222 87 127 8 20 .964 0.00 5.35 .968 6.30 5.90
1 Season 1B 13 13 10 100.1 103 91 12 0 16 1.000 9.24 7.92 .989 9.54 9.37
20 Seasons TOT 2359 2332 2259 250.0 12889 4674 7543 672 1475 .948 6.84 5.18 .953 6.85 5.10
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

Hall of Fame
1953 BBWAA ( 0.8%)
1955 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1956 BBWAA ( 7.3%)
1958 BBWAA (28.9%)
1960 BBWAA (26.8%)
1962 BBWAA (30.0%)
1964 BBWAA (70.6%)
1964 Run Off (94.0%)
Selected to HOF in 1964
by BBWAA in Runoff Election

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1933 AL (21, 1%)
1935 AL (15, 9%)
1936 AL (2, 81%)
1937 AL (17, 6%)
1939 AL (33, 0%)
1940 AL (10, 16%)
1943 AL (2, 64%)
1946 AL (12, 8%)
1947 AL (10, 13%)
1948 AL (22, 2%)
1949 AL (22, 1%)
2.01 Career Shares (89th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1935 AL  6.8 (8th)
1936 AL  6.9 (5th)
1937 AL  6.2 (10th)
1941 AL  5.1 (10th)
1943 AL  7.6 (2nd)
1946 AL  6.0 (8th)
1949 AL  5.1 (10th)
Career  74.5 (78th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1933 AL  5.1 (9th)
1935 AL  6.8 (5th)
1936 AL  6.9 (3rd)
1937 AL  6.2 (7th)
1940 AL  5.3 (8th)
1941 AL  5.1 (7th)
1943 AL  7.6 (2nd)
1946 AL  6.0 (5th)
1947 AL  4.6 (6th)
1949 AL  5.1 (6th)
Career  74.5 (49th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1933 AL  5.1 (8th)
1935 AL  5.2 (7th)
1936 AL  6.4 (4th)
1937 AL  4.7 (8th)
1940 AL  5.1 (6th)
1941 AL  4.5 (9th)
1943 AL  7.2 (1st)
1946 AL  4.7 (9th)
1947 AL  4.6 (5th)
1948 AL  3.5 (9th)
1949 AL  4.9 (4th)
Career  70.6 (57th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1933 AL  1.0 (8th)
1935 AL  2.5 (2nd)
1936 AL  1.3 (2nd)
1937 AL  2.5 (1st)
1938 AL  1.0 (6th)
1939 AL  1.1 (4th)
1940 AL  1.2 (3rd)
1941 AL  1.7 (3rd)
1942 AL  1.0 (10th)
1943 AL  1.6 (4th)
1946 AL  2.4 (2nd)
1947 AL  0.9 (10th)
1949 AL  1.1 (10th)
Career  19.0 (54th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1933 AL  .322 (7th)
1936 AL  .388 (1st)
1940 AL  .348 (2nd)
1941 AL  .314 (10th)
1943 AL  .328 (1st)
1946 AL  .309 (6th)
1947 AL  .306 (9th)
1948 AL  .314 (9th)
Career  .310 (106th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1935 AL  .437 (5th)
1936 AL  .474 (2nd)
1937 AL  .407 (10th)
1939 AL  .430 (7th)
1940 AL  .420 (6th)
1943 AL  .419 (1st)
1946 AL  .384 (6th)
1948 AL  .423 (3rd)
1949 AL  .439 (2nd)
Career  .399 (60th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1936 AL  .981 (7th)
1943 AL  .825 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1933 AL  151 (9th)
1935 AL  153 (2nd)
1937 AL  154 (7th)
1941 AL  154 (3rd)
1943 AL  155 (1st)
1946 AL  149 (10th)
Career  2,422 (76th)

At Bats s c a p y
1933 AL  612 (4th)
1941 AL  592 (5th)
1943 AL  585 (9th)
1946 AL  582 (5th)
Career  8,856 (78th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1933 AL  671 (9th)
1941 AL  678 (7th)
1943 AL  677 (2nd)
1946 AL  659 (6th)
Career  10,254 (63rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
Career  1,319 (117th)

Hits s c a p y
1933 AL  197 (6th)
1936 AL  204 (8th)
1940 AL  197 (4th)
1941 AL  186 (4th)
1943 AL  192 (2nd)
1946 AL  180 (3rd)
Career  2,749 (54th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1933 AL  271 (9th)
1943 AL  238 (7th)
Career  3,528 (160th)

Doubles s c a p y
1933 AL  36 (10th)
1937 AL  42 (6th)
1943 AL  33 (5th)
1947 AL  29 (5th)
Career  440 (119th)

Triples s c a p y
1940 AL  13 (5th)
Career  102 (150th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1936 AL  128 (6th)
1943 AL  80 (10th)
Career  1,116 (198th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1935 AL  122 (2nd)
1937 AL  86 (10th)
1939 AL  105 (3rd)
1943 AL  90 (4th)
1946 AL  71 (9th)
1948 AL  94 (7th)
1949 AL  121 (4th)
Career  1,302 (43rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1937 AL  18 (4th)
1939 AL  16 (9th)
1941 AL  12 (8th)
1942 AL  17 (5th)
1943 AL  27 (4th)
1948 AL  10 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1933 AL  145 (4th)
1936 AL  160 (2nd)
1939 AL  140 (3rd)
1940 AL  157 (2nd)
1941 AL  151 (2nd)
1943 AL  154 (2nd)
1946 AL  147 (2nd)
1947 AL  117 (7th)
1948 AL  138 (5th)
Career  2,162 (27th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1936 AL  139 (8th)
1943 AL  143 (5th)
1947 AL  126 (10th)
1949 AL  125 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1936 AL  126 (7th)
1943 AL  103 (3rd)
Career  1,412 (106th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1935 AL  19 (10th)
1936 AL  39 (6th)
1943 AL  37 (2nd)
1949 AL  26 (7th)
Career  223 (227th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1935 AL  1.8 (10th)
1936 AL  3.4 (6th)
1943 AL  4.0 (2nd)
1949 AL  2.6 (7th)
Career  21.8 (237th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1933 AL  253 (10th)
1935 AL  283 (5th)
1936 AL  290 (8th)
1937 AL  269 (10th)
1939 AL  267 (4th)
1940 AL  267 (5th)
1941 AL  269 (5th)
1943 AL  283 (1st)
1946 AL  251 (6th)
1949 AL  269 (9th)
Career  4,062 (41st)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1936 AL  .748 (5th)
1940 AL  .656 (10th)
1943 AL  .742 (2nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1946 AL  15 (10th)
1949 AL  23 (2nd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1932 AL  8 (10th)
1933 AL  11 (4th)
1937 AL  10 (3rd)
1939 AL  9 (7th)
1941 AL  8 (8th)
1943 AL  8 (9th)
1949 AL  12 (2nd)
Career  108 (91st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1947 AL  8.0 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1936 AL  21.0 (10th)
1937 AL  20.5 (9th)
1941 AL  18.5 (10th)
1942 AL  23.6 (7th)
1943 AL  20.2 (8th)
1947 AL  18.0 (9th)
1949 AL  20.5 (7th)
Career  16.8 (211th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1933 AL  428 (7th)
1946 AL  427 (10th)
Career  6,418 (100th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1941 AL  1.6 (10th)
1947 AL  1.9 (7th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1947 AL  1.8 (9th)

Assistss c a p y
1933 AL  534 (2nd)
1935 AL  556 (1st)
1936 AL  471 (4th)
1937 AL  541 (1st)
1939 AL  461 (1st)
1940 AL  436 (5th)
1941 AL  473 (1st)
1943 AL  500 (1st)
1946 AL  505 (1st)
1949 AL  450 (4th)
Career  7,543 (8th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1931 AL  43 (3rd)
1932 AL  49 (1st)
1933 AL  55 (1st)
1935 AL  39 (1st)
1936 AL  41 (2nd)
1937 AL  49 (1st)
1939 AL  39 (2nd)
1940 AL  37 (4th)
1941 AL  42 (3rd)
1942 AL  38 (2nd)
1943 AL  36 (4th)
1946 AL  39 (1st)
1947 AL  35 (3rd)
1948 AL  35 (1st)
1949 AL  26 (4th)
Career  672 (32nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1948 AL  15 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  151 (3rd)
1935 AL  153 (1st)
1936 AL  137 (5th)
1937 AL  154 (2nd)
1939 AL  148 (2nd)
1940 AL  150 (2nd)
1941 AL  154 (1st)
1942 AL  141 (5th)
1943 AL  155 (1st)
1946 AL  149 (3rd)
1949 AL  141 (5th)
Career  2,218 (7th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  314 (2nd)
1935 AL  335 (1st)
1936 AL  320 (2nd)
1937 AL  280 (5th)
1939 AL  289 (3rd)
1940 AL  307 (1st)
1941 AL  294 (2nd)
1942 AL  269 (5th)
1943 AL  300 (3rd)
1946 AL  252 (4th)
1949 AL  253 (5th)
Career  4,398 (7th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  534 (1st)
1935 AL  556 (1st)
1936 AL  471 (3rd)
1937 AL  541 (1st)
1939 AL  461 (1st)
1940 AL  436 (3rd)
1941 AL  473 (1st)
1942 AL  418 (4th)
1943 AL  500 (1st)
1946 AL  505 (1st)
1949 AL  450 (3rd)
Career  7,218 (6th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1931 AL  42 (4th)
1932 AL  37 (4th)
1933 AL  55 (1st)
1934 AL  34 (4th)
1935 AL  39 (1st)
1936 AL  41 (2nd)
1937 AL  49 (1st)
1939 AL  39 (1st)
1940 AL  37 (3rd)
1941 AL  42 (3rd)
1942 AL  38 (2nd)
1943 AL  36 (4th)
1946 AL  39 (1st)
1947 AL  35 (3rd)
1948 AL  20 (2nd)
1949 AL  26 (3rd)
Career  643 (12th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  107 (2nd)
1935 AL  93 (2nd)
1936 AL  119 (1st)
1937 AL  111 (1st)
1939 AL  78 (3rd)
1940 AL  83 (3rd)
1941 AL  95 (4th)
1942 AL  77 (5th)
1943 AL  115 (2nd)
1946 AL  99 (1st)
1949 AL  95 (5th)
Career  1,424 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1932 AL  5.67 (2nd)
1933 AL  5.62 (1st)
1934 AL  5.31 (2nd)
1935 AL  5.82 (1st)
1936 AL  5.77 (1st)
1937 AL  5.33 (2nd)
1938 AL  5.22 (5th)
1939 AL  5.07 (3rd)
1940 AL  4.95 (3rd)
1941 AL  4.98 (3rd)
1942 AL  4.87 (5th)
1943 AL  5.16 (4th)
1946 AL  5.08 (3rd)
1947 AL  5.07 (5th)
Career  5.24 (39th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  .939 (4th)
1935 AL  .958 (3rd)
1936 AL  .951 (5th)
1939 AL  .951 (4th)
1940 AL  .953 (4th)
1942 AL  .948 (4th)
1943 AL  .957 (2nd)
1946 AL  .951 (4th)
1949 AL  .964 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1947 AL  born 1907-04-02 (7th)
1948 AL  born 1907-04-02 (4th)
1949 AL  born 1907-04-02 (2nd)
1950 AL  born 1907-04-02 (1st)

             

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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 9 (260), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 103 (217), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 149 (88), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 57 (50), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (9th), 74.5 career WAR/43.8 7yr-peak WAR/59.2 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1930 23 Chicago White Sox $4,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1931 24 Chicago White Sox $4,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1932 25 Chicago White Sox $4,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1933 26 Chicago White Sox $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1934 27 Chicago White Sox $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 28 Chicago White Sox $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 29 Chicago White Sox $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 30 Chicago White Sox $18,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 31 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 32 Chicago White Sox $13,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 33 Chicago White Sox $13,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 34 Chicago White Sox $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 35 Chicago White Sox $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 36 Chicago White Sox $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 38 Chicago White Sox $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 39 Chicago White Sox $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 40 Chicago White Sox $16,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 41 Chicago White Sox $17,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1949 42 Chicago White Sox $17,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 43 Chicago White Sox $18,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 2/8/50 NYT:25000.00,
Career to date (may be incomplete)$234,600
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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