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Les Bell

Lester Rowland Bell

Positions: Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: December 14, 1901 in Harrisburg, PA(All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1923 (Age 21.277, 5,335th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 4 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1925 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves/Cubs 1923-1931

Last Game: September 27, 1931 (Age 29.287)   vs. PIT 3 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Died: December 26, 1985 in Hershey, PA
Buried: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA
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Standard Batting

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
1923 21 STL NL 15 60 51 5 19 2 1 0 9 1 0 9 7 .373 .467 .451 .918 146 23 0 0 6
1924 22 STL NL 17 62 57 5 14 3 2 1 5 0 0 3 7 .246 .295 .421 .716 91 24 1 1 6
1925 23 STL NL 153 639 586 80 167 29 9 11 88 4 5 43 47 .285 .334 .422 .755 90 247 0 10 *5/6
1926 24 STL NL 155 666 581 85 189 33 14 17 100 9 54 62 .325 .383 .518 .901 137 301 0 31 *5 MVP-6
1927 25 STL NL 115 438 390 48 101 26 6 9 65 5 34 63 .259 .320 .426 .746 94 166 1 13 56
1928 26 BSN NL 153 655 591 58 164 36 7 10 91 1 40 45 .277 .323 .413 .736 97 244 0 25 *5
1929 27 BSN NL 139 553 483 58 144 23 5 9 72 4 50 42 .298 .364 .422 .786 98 204 0 20 *5/46
1930 28 CHC NL 74 283 248 35 69 15 4 5 47 1 24 27 .278 .342 .431 .773 85 107 0 9 5/3
1931 29 CHC NL 75 272 252 30 71 17 1 4 32 0 19 22 .282 .332 .405 .737 95 102 0 1 5
9 Yrs 896 3628 3239 404 938 184 49 66 509 25 5 276 322 .290 .346 .438 .784 102 1418 2 110
162 Game Avg. 162 656 586 73 170 33 9 12 92 5 50 58 .290 .346 .438 .784 102 256 0 20
STL (5 yrs) 455 1865 1665 223 490 93 32 38 267 19 5 143 186 .294 .351 .457 .808 109 761 2 55
BSN (2 yrs) 292 1208 1074 116 308 59 12 19 163 5 90 87 .287 .342 .417 .759 98 448 0 45
CHC (2 yrs) 149 555 500 65 140 32 5 9 79 1 43 49 .280 .337 .418 .755 90 209 0 10

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
1923 21 STL NL 15 60 4 0 0 0 1 5 0.5 2 7 0.7 .534 .503 0.7 0.1 7 6
1924 22 STL NL 17 62 -1 0 0 -3 1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .483 .498 0.2 -0.2 2 6
1925 23 STL NL 153 639 -10 -0 0 -3 5 -8 -0.8 20 12 1.1 .495 .495 1.5 0.2 15 *5/6
1926 24 STL NL 155 666 29 -1 0 -9 5 24 2.3 21 45 4.4 .516 .515 5.4 -0.4 54 *5 MVP-6
1927 25 STL NL 115 438 -6 -0 0 -6 4 -8 -0.9 14 5 0.5 .493 .495 1.1 -0.2 11 56
1928 26 BSN NL 153 655 -3 1 0 -4 5 -2 -0.3 20 18 1.8 .499 .499 2.3 0.0 22 *5
1929 27 BSN NL 139 553 -0 -0 0 -11 4 -8 -0.7 17 9 0.9 .495 .496 2.0 -0.7 20 *5/46
1930 28 CHC NL 74 283 -7 0 0 -3 2 -8 -0.7 9 0 0.1 .490 .496 0.4 -0.1 3 $11,000 5/3
1931 29 CHC NL 75 272 -2 0 0 1 2 1 0.1 8 10 1.0 .502 .501 0.9 0.2 9 5
9 Seasons 896 3628 4 0 0 -38 28 -6 -0.9 112 105 10.5 .500 .500 14.5 -1.1 143 $11,000
STL (5 yrs) 455 1865 16 -1 0 -21 16 10 0.8 57 68 6.7 .502 .502 8.9 -0.6 89
BSN (2 yrs) 292 1208 -3 0 0 -15 8 -10 -1.0 37 27 2.7 .497 .497 4.3 -0.7 42
CHC (2 yrs) 149 555 -9 1 0 -2 3 -7 -0.6 17 10 1.1 .496 .498 1.4 0.1 12 $11,000

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1923 21 STL NL 60 32 11 9.3 105 .432 .373 .289 .467 .348 .451 .403 .918 .751 146 .772 4.1 0.4 1.031 .275 .078 .0
1924 22 STL NL 62 44 7 4.3 102 .265 .246 .287 .295 .343 .421 .400 .716 .743 91 .470 -1.0 -0.1 .651 .228 .175 .0
1925 23 STL NL 639 434 81 5.0 116 .295 .285 .303 .334 .361 .422 .432 .755 .793 90 .489 -10.5 -1.0 .682 .208 .137 5.9
1926 24 STL NL 666 423 115 7.2 106 .343 .325 .292 .383 .352 .518 .405 .901 .757 137 .703 28.5 2.8 .929 .301 .193 11.8
1927 25 STL NL 438 302 53 4.7 108 .289 .259 .296 .320 .356 .426 .409 .746 .764 94 .512 -4.4 -0.4 .713 .267 .167 6.4
1928 26 BSN NL 655 452 79 4.7 103 .287 .277 .281 .323 .345 .413 .400 .736 .745 97 .488 -3.0 -0.3 .667 .205 .135 1.8
1929 27 BSN NL 553 359 74 5.5 116 .313 .298 .298 .364 .361 .422 .434 .786 .795 98 .501 -0.2 -0.0 .761 .236 .124 5.5
1930 28 CHC NL 283 188 37 5.2 127 .296 .278 .313 .342 .372 .431 .466 .773 .837 85 .447 -6.6 -0.6 .737 .254 .153 1.7
1931 29 CHC NL 272 182 34 5.0 105 .296 .282 .288 .332 .347 .405 .406 .737 .753 95 .535 -1.6 -0.2 .669 .198 .123 .0
9 Yrs 3628 2416 491 5.4 111 .306 .290 .294 .346 .355 .438 .418 .784 .773 102 .542 5.2 0.6 .744 .240 .148 36.3
162 Game Avg. 656 437 89 5.4 111 .306 .290 .294 .346 .355 .438 .418 .784 .773 102 .542 1 0 .744 .240 .148 7
STL (5 yrs) 1865 1235 267 5.8 110 .314 .294 .297 .351 .356 .457 .415 .808 .771 109 .589 16.8 1.7 .780 .257 .163 25.3
BSN (2 yrs) 1208 811 153 5.1 109 .299 .287 .289 .342 .352 .417 .415 .759 .768 98 .493 -3.2 -0.3 .709 .219 .130 7.9
CHC (2 yrs) 555 370 71 5.1 116 .296 .280 .300 .337 .359 .418 .436 .755 .795 90 .487 -8.3 -0.7 .703 .226 .138 1.8

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1926 ❍ 24 STL NL WS NYY W 7 30 27 4 7 1 0 1 6 0 2 2 5 .259 .310 .407 .718 11 0 0 0
1 WS 7 30 27 4 7 1 0 1 6 0 2 2 5 .259 .310 .407 .718 11 0 0 0

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1923 21 STL NL 60 0.0% 11.7% 15.0% 5.0% 16% 0.78 7.3 5.7 73%
1924 22 STL NL 62 1.6% 11.3% 4.8% 9.7% 43% 2.33 8.1 57.0 11.4 79%
1925 23 STL NL 639 1.7% 7.4% 6.7% 7.7% 29% 1.09 12.5 53.3 6.7 83%
1926 24 STL NL 666 2.6% 9.3% 8.1% 9.6% 34% 1.15 9.4 34.2 5.8 75%
1927 25 STL NL 438 2.1% 14.4% 7.8% 9.4% 41% 1.85 6.2 43.3 6.0 73%
1928 26 BSN NL 655 1.5% 6.9% 6.1% 8.1% 32% 1.13 13.1 59.1 6.5 82%
1929 27 BSN NL 553 1.6% 7.6% 9.0% 6.7% 26% 0.84 11.5 53.7 6.7 78%
1930 28 CHC NL 283 1.8% 9.5% 8.5% 8.5% 35% 1.13 9.2 49.6 5.3 0.72 76%
1931 29 CHC NL 272 1.5% 8.1% 7.0% 8.1% 31% 1.16 11.5 63.0 7.9 1.03 83%
9 Yrs 3628 1.8% 8.9% 7.6% 8.2% 32% 1.17 10.1 49.1 6.4 0.86 79%
MLB Averages 1.2% 7.4% 8.0% 6.8% 27% 0.93 12.0 77.4 7.6 1.03 80%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
1923 21 STL NL 4.1 0.4 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 22 STL NL -1.0 -0.1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1925 23 STL NL -10.5 -1.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1926 24 STL NL 28.5 2.8 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 25 STL NL -4.4 -0.4 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 26 BSN NL -3.0 -0.3 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 27 BSN NL -0.2 -0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 28 CHC NL -6.6 -0.6 235 -0.3 3.9 -4.3 .96 -0.8 0.4 -3.5 0.93 -8.2 0.46 3
1931 29 CHC NL -1.6 -0.2 212 -0.9 3.2 -4.1 1.06 -0.2 -0.6 -4.3 1.04 0.2 1.42 4
9 Yrs 5.3 0.6 447 -1.2 7.2 -8.4 1.01 -1.0 -0.2 -7.7 0.98 -8.1 1.01 7

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
1930 28 CHC NL 4 0 34% 78 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 3 40% 5 4 1 6 4 2 9 2 5
1931 29 CHC NL 2 0 30% 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 40% 12 7 5 4 4 0 4 1 3
9 Yrs 6 0 29% 165 25 5 250% 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 1 2 5 40% 17 11 6 10 8 2 13 3 8

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
1930 28 CHC NL 232 28% 69 3 1 0 1 0.46 5 1 7 3 0 4 1 0 9 54 17 7 41% 164 31 19% 11 8 73% 13 11 85% 51
1931 29 CHC NL 210 19% 71 4 1 0 1 1.42 4 0 11 3 0 2 2 0 1 52 22 9 41% 163 25 15% 20 11 55% 6 3 50% 62
9 Yrs 442 24% 938 7 2 0 2 1.01 66 1 18 6 0 6 3 0 110 106 39 16 41% 327 56 17% 31 19 61% 19 14 74% 113
MLB Averages 49% 37% 17% 57% 61%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1923 21 15 60 51 5 19 2 1 0 9 1 0 9 7 .373 .467 .451 .918 146 23 0 0
1924 22 32 122 108 10 33 5 3 1 14 1 0 12 14 .306 .380 .435 .815 118 47 1 1
1925 23 185 761 694 90 200 34 12 12 102 5 5 55 61 .288 .341 .424 .765 94 294 1 11
1926 24 340 1427 1275 175 389 67 26 29 202 14 5 109 123 .305 .360 .467 .827 113 595 1 42
1927 25 455 1865 1665 223 490 93 32 38 267 19 5 143 186 .294 .351 .457 .808 109 761 2 55
1928 26 608 2520 2256 281 654 129 39 48 358 20 5 183 231 .290 .344 .445 .789 106 1005 2 80
1929 27 747 3073 2739 339 798 152 44 57 430 24 5 233 273 .291 .347 .441 .789 104 1209 2 100
1930 28 821 3356 2987 374 867 167 48 62 477 25 5 257 300 .290 .347 .441 .787 103 1316 2 109
1931 29 896 3628 3239 404 938 184 49 66 509 25 5 276 322 .290 .346 .438 .784 102 1418 2 110

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 688 total runs (4.25 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1923 21 16 62 53 5 19 2 1 0 9 1 9 7 .358 .452 .434 .886 11 15
1924 22 18 64 59 5 14 3 2 1 5 0 3 7 .237 .286 .407 .692 6 17
1925 23 162 654 602 70 158 27 9 10 77 4 41 50 .262 .309 .387 .697 72 153
1926 24 162 680 595 80 185 32 14 17 94 9 53 65 .311 .367 .497 .865 109 155
1927 25 121 451 403 45 99 25 6 9 61 5 33 66 .246 .304 .404 .709 49 115
1928 26 161 686 619 60 170 37 7 10 93 1 41 47 .275 .320 .405 .725 81 153
1929 27 146 561 493 51 136 22 5 8 63 4 47 44 .276 .339 .389 .728 65 139
1930 28 77 277 247 27 60 13 3 4 36 1 21 28 .243 .302 .368 .671 28 74
1931 29 78 281 261 30 72 17 1 4 32 0 19 23 .276 .325 .395 .720 33 75
9 Yrs 941 3716 3332 373 913 178 48 63 470 25 267 337 .274 .328 .413 .741 454 896
162 Game Avg. 162 640 574 64 157 31 8 11 81 4 46 58 .274 .328 .413 .741 78 896



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1926 NL (6, 30%)
0.30 Career Shares (631st)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1926 NL  4.4 (10th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1926 NL  4.4 (6th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1926 NL  5.4 (1st)

Batting Average s c a p y
1926 NL  .325 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1926 NL  .518 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1926 NL  .901 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1925 NL  153 (1st)
1926 NL  155 (3rd)
1928 NL  153 (3rd)

At Bats s c a p y
1925 NL  586 (10th)
1926 NL  581 (6th)
1928 NL  591 (8th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1926 NL  666 (5th)
1928 NL  655 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1926 NL  189 (4th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1926 NL  301 (2nd)

Doubles s c a p y
1926 NL  33 (8th)
1928 NL  36 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1926 NL  14 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1926 NL  17 (4th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1926 NL  100 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1925 NL  47 (9th)
1926 NL  62 (3rd)
1927 NL  63 (2nd)

Singles s c a p y
1926 NL  125 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1926 NL  137 (5th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1926 NL  115 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1926 NL  29 (3rd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1926 NL  2.8 (3rd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1926 NL  64 (4th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1926 NL  243 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1926 NL  .703 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1926 NL  31 (3rd)
1928 NL  25 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1926 NL  11.8 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1926 NL  34.2 (5th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1925 NL  434 (4th)
1926 NL  423 (10th)
1928 NL  452 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (764), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 29 (834), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1254), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1441), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (193rd), 10.5 career WAR/10.5 7yr-peak WAR/10.5 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.5 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.1 JAWS

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