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Rube Benton

John Cleave Benton

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: June 27, 1890 in Clinton, NC(All Transactions)
Debut: June 28, 1910 (Age 20.001)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Giants 1910-1925

Final Game: September 21, 1925 (Age 35.086)
Died: December 12, 1937 in Dothan, AL
Buried: Baptist Church Cemetery, Salemburg, NC
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1910 20 CIN NL 0 1 .000 4.74 12 2 10 0 0 0 38.0 44 34 20 1 23 15 1 1 1 180 62 3.77 1.763 10.4 0.2 5.4 3.6 0.65
1911 21 CIN NL 3 3 .500 2.01 6 6 0 5 0 0 44.2 44 18 10 0 23 28 3 0 3 189 167 3.26 1.500 8.9 0.0 4.6 5.6 1.22
1912 22 CIN NL 18 20 .474 3.10 50 39 8 22 2 2 302.0 316 143 104 2 118 162 18 0 12 1302 109 3.22 1.437 9.4 0.1 3.5 4.8 1.37
1913 23 CIN NL 11 7 .611 3.49 23 22 0 9 1 0 144.1 140 76 56 4 60 68 9 0 6 618 94 3.41 1.386 8.7 0.2 3.7 4.2 1.13
1914 24 CIN NL 16 18 .471 2.96 41 35 4 16 4 2 271.0 223 124 89 3 95 121 11 3 11 1115 98 2.86 1.173 7.4 0.1 3.2 4.0 1.27
1915 25 TOT NL 9 18 .333 3.19 45 27 12 9 2 5 237.0 222 105 84 2 76 109 19 0 6 997 88 2.80 1.257 8.4 0.1 2.9 4.1 1.43
1915 25 CIN NL 6 13 .316 3.32 35 21 9 6 2 4 176.1 165 79 65 2 67 83 14 0 5 749 87 2.99 1.316 8.4 0.1 3.4 4.2 1.24
1915 25 NYG NL 3 5 .375 2.82 10 6 3 3 0 1 60.2 57 26 19 0 9 26 5 0 1 248 92 2.24 1.088 8.5 0.0 1.3 3.9 2.89
1916 26 NYG NL 16 8 .667 2.87 38 29 6 15 3 2 238.2 210 84 76 5 58 115 10 0 5 960 85 2.48 1.123 7.9 0.2 2.2 4.3 1.98
1917 27 NYG NL 15 9 .625 2.72 35 25 8 14 3 3 215.0 190 78 65 5 41 70 7 0 3 865 94 2.58 1.074 8.0 0.2 1.7 2.9 1.71
1918 28 NYG NL 1 2 .333 1.88 3 3 0 2 0 0 24.0 17 8 5 0 3 9 0 0 1 90 145 1.86 0.833 6.4 0.0 1.1 3.4 3.00
1919 29 NYG NL 17 11 .607 2.63 35 28 6 11 1 2 209.0 181 71 61 5 52 53 4 0 4 848 108 3.10 1.115 7.8 0.2 2.2 2.3 1.02
1920 30 NYG NL 9 16 .360 3.03 33 25 5 12 4 2 193.1 222 82 65 8 31 52 3 0 5 821 100 3.28 1.309 10.3 0.4 1.4 2.4 1.68
1921 31 NYG NL 5 2 .714 2.88 18 9 4 3 1 0 72.0 72 28 23 2 17 11 0 0 2 297 130 3.87 1.236 9.0 0.3 2.1 1.4 0.65
1923 33 CIN NL 14 10 .583 3.66 33 26 5 15 0 1 219.0 243 106 89 10 57 59 5 0 3 938 106 3.84 1.370 10.0 0.4 2.3 2.4 1.04
1924 34 CIN NL 7 9 .438 2.77 32 19 7 6 1 1 162.2 166 70 50 2 24 42 4 1 4 671 136 3.20 1.168 9.2 0.1 1.3 2.3 1.75
1925 35 CIN NL 9 10 .474 4.05 33 16 7 6 1 1 146.2 182 88 66 3 34 36 1 1 0 648 101 3.60 1.473 11.2 0.2 2.1 2.2 1.06
15 Yrs 150 144 .510 3.09 437 311 82 145 23 21 2517.1 2472 1115 863 52 712 950 95 6 66 10539 102 3.11 1.265 8.8 0.2 2.5 3.4 1.33
162 Game Avg. 14 13 .510 3.09 40 28 7 13 2 2 229 225 101 78 5 65 86 9 1 6 958 102 3.11 1.265 8.8 0.2 2.5 3.4 1.33
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
CIN (9 yrs) 84 91 .480 3.28 265 186 50 85 11 11 1504.2 1523 738 549 27 501 614 66 6 45 6410 103 3.29 1.345 9.1 0.2 3.0 3.7 1.23
NYG (7 yrs) 66 53 .555 2.79 172 125 32 60 12 10 1012.2 949 377 314 25 211 336 29 0 21 4129 99 2.85 1.145 8.4 0.2 1.9 3.0 1.59
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1910 20 CIN NL 38.0 12 2 34 8.05 4.04 -0.16 0.00 97.0 4.07 -17 -1.7 1.0 -0.0 -1.4 -14 .362 .490
1911 21 CIN NL 44.2 6 6 18 3.63 4.44 -0.05 0.00 98.0 4.40 4 0.5 -0.0 0.8 8 .578 .503
1912 22 CIN NL 302.0 50 39 143 4.26 4.67 -0.09 0.00 99.0 4.72 17 1.8 1.0 -0.3 4.0 41 .535 .511
1913 23 CIN NL 144.1 23 22 76 4.74 4.18 -0.09 0.00 101.0 4.31 -7 -0.8 1.0 -0.1 0.3 4 .467 .495
1914 24 CIN NL 271.0 41 35 124 4.12 3.90 0.04 0.00 105.0 4.06 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.1 2.1 18 .500 .500
1915 25 CIN NL 176.1 35 21 79 4.03 3.68 0.22 0.00 104.0 3.60 -7 -0.8 1.0 -0.1 0.6 3 .477 .495
1915 25 NYG NL 60.2 10 6 26 3.86 3.60 -0.11 0.00 93.0 3.46 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.2 1 .475 .498
1916 26 NYG NL 238.2 38 29 84 3.17 3.33 0.09 0.00 95.0 3.08 -3 -0.4 1.0 -0.2 1.4 13 .489 .498
1917 27 NYG NL 215.1 35 25 78 3.26 3.34 0.38 0.00 97.2 2.88 -10 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 0.5 5 .466 .493
1918 28 NYG NL 24.0 3 3 8 3.00 3.79 0.19 0.00 98.2 3.54 1 0.2 -0.0 0.4 3 .561 .501
1919 29 NYG NL 209.0 35 28 71 3.06 3.65 0.33 0.00 94.9 3.16 3 0.4 1.0 -0.2 2.0 16 .511 .502
1920 30 NYG NL 193.1 33 25 82 3.82 3.86 0.40 0.00 99.0 3.43 -9 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.5 6 .471 .494
1921 31 NYG NL 72.0 18 9 28 3.50 4.44 0.40 0.00 97.1 3.92 4 0.4 1.0 -0.0 1.0 10 .521 .502
1923 33 CIN NL 219.0 33 26 106 4.36 4.88 0.15 0.00 98.0 4.63 6 0.6 1.0 -0.1 2.3 26 .517 .504
1924 34 CIN NL 162.2 32 19 70 3.87 4.79 0.19 0.00 95.3 4.38 10 1.0 1.0 -0.1 2.3 23 .533 .506
1925 35 CIN NL 146.2 33 16 88 5.40 5.19 0.45 0.00 98.2 4.66 -12 -1.1 1.0 -0.1 0.1 2 .465 .493
15 Seasons 2517.2 437 311 1115 3.99 4.10 0.16 0.00 98.6 3.89 -22 -2.4 1.0 -1.6 17.1 165 .495 .500
CIN (9 yrs) 1504.2 265 186 738 4.41 4.44 0.09 0.00 100.2 4.35 -6 -0.5 1.0 -1.0 11.2 112 .498 .501
NYG (7 yrs) 1013.0 172 125 377 3.35 3.61 0.27 0.00 96.3 3.21 -16 -1.9 1.0 -0.7 5.9 54 .489 .497

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1917 27 NYG NL WS L CHW 1 1 .500 0.00 2 2 0 1 1 0 14.0 9 3 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 53 0.714 5.8 0.0 0.6 5.1 8.00
1 WS 1 1 .500 0.00 2 2 0 1 1 0 14.0 9 3 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 53 0.714 5.8 0.0 0.6 5.1 8.00

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1914 24 CIN NL 1115 0.3% 10.9% 8.5% 1.9% 9% 77%
1915 25 TOT NL 997 0.2% 10.9% 7.6% 1.0% 5% 76%
1915 25 CIN NL 749 0.3% 11.1% 9.0% 1.1% 5% 75%
1915 25 NYG NL 248 0.0% 10.5% 3.6% 0.8% 4% 80%
1916 26 NYG NL 960 0.5% 12.0% 6.0% 2.6% 12% 78%
1917 27 NYG NL 865 0.6% 8.1% 4.7% 2.1% 10% 83%
1918 28 NYG NL 90 0.0% 10.0% 3.3% 2.2% 12% 83%
1919 29 NYG NL 848 0.6% 6.3% 6.1% 1.7% 8% 83%
1920 30 NYG NL 822 1.0% 6.3% 3.8% 3.7% 14% 86%
1921 31 NYG NL 294 0.7% 3.7% 5.8% 87%
1923 33 CIN NL 938 1.1% 6.3% 6.1% 3.5% 14% 84%
1924 34 CIN NL 671 0.3% 6.3% 3.6% 1.6% 7% 87%
1925 35 CIN NL 649 0.5% 5.6% 5.2% 1.9% 7% 87%
11 Yrs 8249 0.6% 8.2% 5.9% 2.1% 9% 82%
MLB Averages 0.7% 8.5% 7.7% 2.7% 11% 73%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1910 20 0 1 .000 4.74 12 2 10 0 0 0 38.0 44 34 20 1 23 15 1 1 1 180 62 1.763 10.4 0.2 5.4 3.6 0.65 62
1911 21 3 4 .429 3.27 18 8 10 5 0 0 82.2 88 52 30 1 46 43 4 1 4 369 97 1.621 9.6 0.1 5.0 4.7 0.93 97
1912 22 21 24 .467 3.14 68 47 18 27 2 2 384.2 404 195 134 3 164 205 22 1 16 1671 106 1.477 9.5 0.1 3.8 4.8 1.25 106
1913 23 32 31 .508 3.23 91 69 18 36 3 2 529.0 544 271 190 7 224 273 31 1 22 2289 102 1.452 9.3 0.1 3.8 4.6 1.22 102
1914 24 48 49 .495 3.14 132 104 22 52 7 4 800.0 767 395 279 10 319 394 42 4 33 3404 101 1.358 8.6 0.1 3.6 4.4 1.24 101
1915 25 57 67 .460 3.15 177 131 34 61 9 9 1037.0 989 500 363 12 395 503 61 4 39 4401 98 1.335 8.6 0.1 3.4 4.4 1.27 98
1916 26 73 75 .493 3.10 215 160 40 76 12 11 1275.2 1199 584 439 17 453 618 71 4 44 5361 96 1.295 8.5 0.1 3.2 4.4 1.36 96
1917 27 88 84 .512 3.04 250 185 48 90 15 14 1490.2 1389 662 504 22 494 688 78 4 47 6226 96 1.263 8.4 0.1 3.0 4.2 1.39 96
1918 28 89 86 .509 3.02 253 188 48 92 15 14 1514.2 1406 670 509 22 497 697 78 4 48 6316 96 1.256 8.4 0.1 3.0 4.1 1.40 96
1919 29 106 97 .522 2.98 288 216 54 103 16 16 1723.2 1587 741 570 27 549 750 82 4 52 7164 97 1.239 8.3 0.1 2.9 3.9 1.37 97
1920 30 115 113 .504 2.98 321 241 59 115 20 18 1917.0 1809 823 635 35 580 802 85 4 57 7985 98 1.246 8.5 0.2 2.7 3.8 1.38 98
1921 31 120 115 .511 2.98 339 250 63 118 21 18 1989.0 1881 851 658 37 597 813 85 4 59 8282 99 1.246 8.5 0.2 2.7 3.7 1.36 99
1922 32 120 115 .511 2.98 339 250 63 118 21 18 1989.0 1881 851 658 37 597 813 85 4 59 8282 99 1.246 8.5 0.2 2.7 3.7 1.36 99
1923 33 134 125 .517 3.04 372 276 68 133 21 19 2208.0 2124 957 747 47 654 872 90 4 62 9220 100 1.258 8.7 0.2 2.7 3.6 1.33 100
1924 34 141 134 .513 3.03 404 295 75 139 22 20 2370.2 2290 1027 797 49 678 914 94 5 66 9891 102 1.252 8.7 0.2 2.6 3.5 1.35 102
1925 35 150 144 .510 3.09 437 311 82 145 23 21 2517.1 2472 1115 863 52 712 950 95 6 66 10539 102 1.265 8.8 0.2 2.5 3.4 1.33 102

Neutralized Pitching

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

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1910 20 1 3 .250 8.10 40.0 50 40 36 1 26 16 1 1.900 11.3 5.9 3.6 0.62 0.2 12
1911 21 3 2 .600 3.33 46.0 48 19 17 0 25 29 3 1.587 9.4 4.9 5.7 1.16 0.0 6
1912 22 19 17 .528 3.68 320.0 336 146 131 2 125 171 19 1.441 9.5 3.5 4.8 1.37 0.1 50
1913 23 8 9 .471 4.47 151.0 154 83 75 4 66 71 10 1.457 9.2 3.9 4.2 1.08 0.2 23
1914 24 15 16 .484 4.10 281.0 249 142 128 3 106 126 12 1.263 8.0 3.4 4.0 1.19 0.1 41
1915 25 13 14 .481 4.28 246.0 261 130 117 2 89 113 22 1.423 9.5 3.3 4.1 1.27 0.1 45
1916 26 14 14 .500 3.96 248.0 270 121 109 6 75 119 13 1.391 9.8 2.7 4.3 1.59 0.2 38
1917 27 13 12 .520 3.91 223.0 236 108 97 6 51 73 9 1.287 9.5 2.1 2.9 1.43 0.2 35
1918 28 2 1 .667 3.48 31.0 26 13 12 0 5 12 0 1.000 7.5 1.5 3.5 2.40 0.0 3
1919 29 15 12 .556 3.46 242.0 241 103 93 7 69 61 5 1.281 9.0 2.6 2.3 0.88 0.3 35
1920 30 11 12 .478 3.99 203.0 258 100 90 9 36 55 3 1.448 11.4 1.6 2.4 1.53 0.4 33
1921 31 4 4 .500 3.08 76.0 76 29 26 2 18 12 0 1.237 9.0 2.1 1.4 0.67 0.2 18
1923 33 14 12 .538 3.68 230.0 250 105 94 10 59 62 5 1.343 9.8 2.3 2.4 1.05 0.4 33
1924 34 10 9 .526 3.53 171.0 177 74 67 2 26 44 4 1.187 9.3 1.4 2.3 1.69 0.1 32
1925 35 8 9 .471 4.41 155.0 185 85 76 3 35 38 1 1.419 10.7 2.0 2.2 1.09 0.2 33
15 Yrs 150 146 .507 3.95 2663.0 2817 1298 1168 57 811 1002 107 1.362 9.5 3.4 1.24 0.2 437

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1924 NL  2.77 (4th)
Career  3.09 (194th)

Wins s c a p y
1912 NL  18 (8th)
1919 NL  17 (7th)
Career  150 (249th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1913 NL  .611 (10th)
1916 NL  .667 (6th)
1917 NL  .625 (8th)
1919 NL  .607 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1917 NL  1.074 (7th)
1924 NL  1.168 (3rd)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 NL  7.406 (7th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 NL  1.716 (9th)
1920 NL  1.443 (4th)
1923 NL  2.343 (10th)
1924 NL  1.328 (1st)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1912 NL  4.828 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1912 NL  50 (1st)
1915 NL  45 (6th)
1919 NL  35 (9th)

Saves s c a p y
1912 NL  2 (10th)
1915 NL  5 (2nd)
1916 NL  2 (8th)
1917 NL  3 (2nd)
1919 NL  2 (7th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1912 NL  302.0 (5th)
Career  2,517.3 (239th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1912 NL  162 (4th)
1914 NL  121 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1912 NL  39 (1st)
1914 NL  35 (8th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1912 NL  22 (8th)
Career  145 (236th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1914 NL  4 (8th)
1920 NL  4 (7th)
Career  23 (203rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1920 NL  8 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1912 NL  118 (3rd)
1914 NL  95 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1912 NL  316 (2nd)
Career  2,472 (239th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1920 NL  1.677 (9th)
1924 NL  1.750 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1912 NL  0.060 (1st)
1914 NL  0.100 (4th)
1915 NL  0.076 (9th)
1924 NL  0.111 (1st)
Career  0.186 (144th)

Losses s c a p y
1912 NL  20 (3rd)
1914 NL  18 (4th)
1915 NL  18 (3rd)
1920 NL  16 (6th)
Career  144 (186th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1912 NL  104 (5th)
1914 NL  89 (5th)
1915 NL  84 (5th)
1916 NL  76 (6th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1912 NL  12 (3rd)
1913 NL  6 (7th)
1914 NL  11 (5th)
1915 NL  6 (10th)
1920 NL  5 (9th)
1924 NL  4 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1912 NL  18 (1st)
1913 NL  9 (7th)
1914 NL  11 (5th)
1915 NL  19 (1st)
1916 NL  10 (4th)
1917 NL  7 (7th)
Career  95 (103rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1912 NL  1,302 (1st)
Career  10,539 (249th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1924 NL  136 (4th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1924 NL  3.20 (3rd)
Career  3.11 (168th)

Youngest s c a p y
1910 NL  born 1890-06-27 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 4 (475), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 69 (366), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 29 (474), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 17 (420), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (682nd), 15.0 career WAR/13.9 7yr-peak WAR/14.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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