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Vern Benson

Vernon Adair Benson

Positions: Third Baseman, Pinch Hitter and Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: September 19, 1924 in Granite Quarry, NC
High School: Granite Quarry HS (Granite Quarry, NC)
School: Catawba College (Salisbury, NC)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 31, 1943 (Age 18.315)
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Athletics 1943-1953

Final Game: May 30, 1953 (Age 28.253)
Died: January 20, 2014 in Salisbury, NC
Buried: Rowan Memorial Park Cemetery, Salisbury, NC
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Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1943 18 PHA AL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1946 21 PHA AL 7 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167 -50 0 0 0 0 /7O
1951 26 STL NL 13 52 46 8 12 3 1 1 7 0 0 6 8 .261 .346 .435 .781 109 20 0 0 0 /57O
1952 27 STL NL 20 53 47 6 9 2 0 2 5 0 0 5 9 .191 .269 .362 .631 73 17 0 0 1 5
1953 28 STL NL 13 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200 -42 0 0 0 0
5 Yrs 55 118 104 17 21 5 1 3 12 0 0 13 22 .202 .291 .356 .646 76 37 0 0 1
162 Game Avg. 162 348 306 50 62 15 3 9 35 0 0 38 65 .202 .291 .356 .646 76 109 0 0 3
STL (3 yrs) 46 110 97 16 21 5 1 3 12 0 0 12 19 .216 .303 .381 .684 85 37 0 0 1
PHA (2 yrs) 9 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .125 .000 .125 -63 0 0 0 0
NL (3 yrs) 46 110 97 16 21 5 1 3 12 0 0 12 19 .216 .303 .381 .684 85 37 0 0 1
AL (2 yrs) 9 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .125 .000 .125 -63 0 0 0 0

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
1943 18 PHA AL 2 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $3,000
1946 21 PHA AL 7 6 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $3,000 /7O
1951 26 STL NL 13 52 0 0 0 1 -0 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .511 .501 0.2 0.1 2 /57O
1952 27 STL NL 20 53 -2 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .491 .499 0.0 0.0 0 5
1953 28 STL NL 13 5 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1
5 Seasons 55 118 -4 -0 0 1 -0 -3 -0.4 4 1 0.1 .494 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $6,000
STL (3 yrs) 46 110 -2 -0 0 1 -0 -2 -0.2 4 3 0.2 .496 .500 0.2 0.1 2
PHA (2 yrs) 9 8 -1 0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $6,000

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
1946 PHA AL 21 LF 2 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .975 2.25
1946 PHA AL 21 OF 2 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .978 2.35
1951 STL NL 26 3B 9 8 7 71.0 20 1 18 1 3 .950 2.41 2.11 .953 3.37 3.36
1951 STL NL 26 LF 4 3 3 35.1 11 9 1 1 0 .909 2.55 2.50 .977 2.32 2.30
1951 STL NL 26 OF 4 3 3 35.1 11 9 1 1 0 .909 2.55 2.50 .981 2.42 2.40
1952 STL NL 27 3B 15 11 8 106.0 36 5 27 4 3 .889 2.72 2.13 .954 3.15 3.12
2 Seasons 3B 24 19 15 177.0 56 6 45 5 6 .911 2.59 2.13 .954 3.24 3.21
2 Seasons LF 6 4 4 35.1 15 13 1 1 0 .933 2.55 2.33 .977 2.32 2.28
2 Seasons OF 6 4 4 35.1 15 13 1 1 0 .933 2.55 2.33 .980 2.42 2.38
5 Seasons TOT 30 23 19 212.1 71 19 46 6 6 .915 2.59 2.17 .959 3.10 3.04
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

Youngest s c a p y
1943 AL  born 1924-09-19 (4th)

                                         

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
1943 18 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 21 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$6,000
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: Vernon Adair Vern vernon Benson

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