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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)
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves/Cubs 1923-1931

Final Game: September 27, 1931 (Age 29)
Died: December 26, 1985 in Hershey, PA
Buried: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 18, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1503. Tom Brookens… #1504. Ellie Rodriguez… #1505. Jose Vizcaino… #1506. LES BELL… #1507. Wayne Gross… #1508. Hod Ford… #1509. Brandon Belt… 

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
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

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 .300 .407 .707 11 1 0 0 1 0
1 WS 7 30 27 4 7 1 0 1 6 0 2 2 5 .259 .300 .407 .707 11 1 0 0 1 0

Standard Fielding

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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
1923 STL NL 21 SS 15 15 15 96 35 53 8 9 .917 5.87 .939 5.80
1924 STL NL 22 SS 17 15 15 95 44 42 9 8 .905 5.06 .949 5.76
1925 STL NL 23 3B 153 153 152 471 151 284 36 39 .924 2.84 .939 2.98
1925 STL NL 23 SS 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .940 5.70
1926 STL NL 24 3B 155 155 155 441 165 254 22 25 .950 2.70 .953 2.99 MVP-6
1927 STL NL 25 3B 100 93 91 251 85 142 24 13 .904 2.27 .945 2.96
1927 STL NL 25 SS 10 9 9 63 16 41 6 8 .905 5.70 .944 5.50
1928 BSN NL 26 3B 153 153 153 518 177 314 27 37 .948 3.21 .943 3.06
1929 BSN NL 27 3B 127 127 124 320 107 198 15 15 .953 2.40 .953 2.88
1929 BSN NL 27 2B 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 5.80
1929 BSN NL 27 SS 1 1 1 7 4 1 2 0 .714 5.00 .950 5.60
1930 CHC NL 28 3B 70 59 58 174 63 102 9 14 .948 2.36 .950 2.85
1930 CHC NL 28 1B 2 2 2 21 18 3 0 1 1.000 10.50 .990 10.20
1931 CHC NL 29 3B 70 62 59 195 66 118 11 18 .944 2.63 .944 2.85
7 Seasons 3B 828 802 792 2370 814 1412 144 161 .939 2.69 .946 2.96
5 Seasons SS 44 40 40 262 99 138 25 25 .905 5.39 .944 5.71
1 Season 1B 2 2 2 21 18 3 0 1 1.000 10.50 .990 10.20
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 5.80
9 Seasons TOT 875 844 834 2655 931 1555 169 187 .936 2.84 .946 3.12
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))
1926 NL (6, 30%)
0.30 Career Shares (620th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1926 NL  4.5 (10th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1926 NL  4.5 (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)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  153 (1st)
1926 NL  155 (1st)
1927 NL  100 (4th)
1928 NL  153 (1st)
1929 NL  127 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  151 (2nd)
1926 NL  165 (2nd)
1928 NL  177 (1st)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  284 (2nd)
1926 NL  254 (3rd)
1928 NL  314 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  36 (1st)
1926 NL  22 (2nd)
1927 NL  24 (1st)
1928 NL  27 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  39 (2nd)
1926 NL  25 (2nd)
1927 NL  13 (5th)
1928 NL  37 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  2.84 (5th)
1928 NL  3.21 (2nd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1925 NL  .924 (4th)
1928 NL  .948 (3rd)
1929 NL  .953 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (767), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 29 (830), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1229), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1413), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (186th), 10.5 career WAR/10.5 7yr-peak WAR/10.5 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
193028Chicago Cubs$11,000Undated HOF clip
Career to date (may be incomplete)$11,000
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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Name and misspellings: Lester Les Rowland Bell belle

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