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Joe Benz

Joseph Louis Benz (Blitzen or Butcher Boy)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 196 lb.

Born: January 21, 1886 in New Alsace, IN (All Transactions)
Debut: August 16, 1911 (Age 25.207, 3,557th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Team: WhiteSox 1911-1919

Last Game: May 2, 1919 (Age 33.101)
Died: April 22, 1957 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Worth, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 21, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #552. Takashi Saito… #553. Mike Krukow… #554. Vinegar Bend Mizell… #555. JOE BENZ… #556. Jeff Suppan… #557. Kelvim Escobar… #558. Bob Turley… 

Standard Pitching

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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
1911 25 CHW AL 3 2 .600 2.26 12 6 4 1 0 0 55.2 52 23 14 0 13 28 2 1 1 222 144 2.57 1.168 8.4 0.0 2.1 4.5 2.15
1912 26 CHW AL 13 17 .433 2.90 42 31 6 12 3 0 238.2 231 107 77 5 70 97 8 0 8 970 111 3.29 1.261 8.7 0.2 2.6 3.7 1.39
1913 27 CHW AL 7 10 .412 2.74 33 17 10 6 1 1 151.0 146 64 46 1 59 79 2 0 5 630 107 2.81 1.358 8.7 0.1 3.5 4.7 1.34
1914 28 CHW AL 15 19 .441 2.26 48 35 8 16 4 2 283.1 245 103 71 4 66 142 2 0 4 1108 119 2.34 1.098 7.8 0.1 2.1 4.5 2.15
1915 29 CHW AL 15 11 .577 2.11 39 28 6 17 2 0 238.1 209 78 56 4 43 81 3 2 4 925 142 2.53 1.057 7.9 0.2 1.6 3.1 1.88
1916 30 CHW AL 9 5 .643 2.03 28 16 7 6 4 0 142.0 108 40 32 0 32 57 3 0 5 540 137 2.25 0.986 6.8 0.0 2.0 3.6 1.78
1917 31 CHW AL 7 3 .700 2.47 19 13 3 7 2 0 94.2 76 36 26 1 23 25 2 0 2 371 108 2.66 1.046 7.2 0.1 2.2 2.4 1.09
1918 32 CHW AL 8 8 .500 2.63 29 17 5 10 1 0 154.0 156 57 45 1 28 30 2 0 1 632 105 2.51 1.195 9.1 0.1 1.6 1.8 1.07
1919 33 CHW AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2.49 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
9 Yrs 77 75 .507 2.43 251 163 50 75 17 3 1359.2 1225 509 367 16 334 539 24 3 30 5406 120 2.63 1.147 8.1 0.1 2.2 3.6 1.61
162 Game Avg. 13 12 .507 2.43 41 27 8 12 3 0 223 201 84 60 3 55 89 4 0 5 888 120 2.63 1.147 8.1 0.1 2.2 3.6 1.61
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
1911 25 CHW AL 55.2 12 6 23 3.72 4.60 0.17 0.00 97.0 4.30 3 0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.9 10 .530 .502
1912 26 CHW AL 238.2 42 31 107 4.03 4.50 -0.05 0.00 97.0 4.41 11 1.2 1.0 -0.3 3.4 35 .528 .507
1913 27 CHW AL 151.0 33 17 64 3.81 4.03 0.22 0.00 100.0 3.81 1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.5 14 .504 .501 $2,400
1914 28 CHW AL 283.1 48 35 103 3.27 3.73 0.15 0.00 98.0 3.50 10 1.3 1.0 -0.2 4.0 31 .526 .508 $3,000
1915 29 CHW AL 238.1 39 28 78 2.95 3.87 0.09 0.00 102.0 3.85 25 3.0 1.0 -0.2 5.2 46 .577 .518 $6,500
1916 30 CHW AL 142.0 28 16 40 2.54 3.42 0.19 0.00 98.7 3.18 11 1.3 1.0 -0.1 2.7 22 .548 .508
1917 31 CHW AL 94.2 19 13 36 3.42 3.51 -0.03 0.00 99.2 3.51 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.0 9 .504 .500
1918 32 CHW AL 154.1 29 17 57 3.32 3.52 -0.12 0.00 100.3 3.65 5 0.6 1.0 -0.1 2.1 18 .521 .504
1919 33 CHW AL 2.0 1 0 1 4.50 3.73 0.09 0.00 98.0 3.56 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .475 .500
9 Seasons 1360.0 251 163 509 3.37 3.89 0.08 0.00 99.1 3.77 67 7.9 1.0 -1.2 20.7 185 .532 .507 $11,900

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
1911 25 CHW AL 12 17 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .059 .059 .059 .118 -67 1 0 0 1
1912 26 CHW AL 42 85 76 3 10 0 1 0 4 0 1 1 29 .132 .143 .158 .301 -13 12 0 8 1
1913 27 CHW AL 33 52 50 3 9 2 0 0 4 0 0 14 .180 .180 .220 .400 17 11 0 2 1
1914 28 CHW AL 48 97 92 5 12 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 29 .130 .140 .163 .303 -9 15 0 4 1
1915 29 CHW AL 39 85 79 7 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 25 .127 .148 .152 .300 -11 12 1 4 1
1916 30 CHW AL 28 50 46 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 19 .065 .104 .087 .191 -43 4 0 2 1
1917 31 CHW AL 19 34 30 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 .167 .167 .200 .367 11 6 0 3 1
1918 32 CHW AL 29 55 51 3 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 14 .216 .216 .235 .451 35 12 0 4 1
1919 33 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
9 Yrs 251 475 441 29 61 8 2 0 17 1 1 5 148 .138 .150 .166 .315 -7 73 1 27
162 Game Avg. 162 307 285 19 39 5 1 0 11 1 3 96 .138 .150 .166 .315 -7 47 1 17

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
1911 25 CHW AL 12 17 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .480 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1912 26 CHW AL 42 85 -13 -0 0 0 7 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .485 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1
1913 27 CHW AL 33 52 -5 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $2,400 1
1914 28 CHW AL 48 97 -12 0 0 0 8 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .492 .498 -0.4 -0.0 -3 $3,000 1
1915 29 CHW AL 39 85 -11 0 0 0 6 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .486 .497 -0.6 -0.0 -5 $6,500 1
1916 30 CHW AL 28 50 -8 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .482 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1917 31 CHW AL 19 34 -4 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1918 32 CHW AL 29 55 -4 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1919 33 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
9 Seasons 251 475 -62 1 0 0 37 -23 -2.7 0 -23 -2.7 .489 .498 -2.7 -0.0 -23 $11,900

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
1911 CHW AL 25 P 12 55.2 28 1 22 5 1 .821 3.72 1.92 .938 2.88 2.85
1912 CHW AL 26 P 42 238.2 97 10 77 10 0 .897 3.28 2.07 .940 2.96 2.90
1913 CHW AL 27 P 33 151.0 74 4 66 4 1 .946 4.17 2.12 .938 3.01 2.98
1914 CHW AL 28 P 48 35 16 283.1 127 5 112 10 8 .921 3.72 2.44 .936 2.96 2.93
1915 CHW AL 29 P 39 28 17 238.1 94 5 86 3 5 .968 3.44 2.33 .937 3.01 3.00
1916 CHW AL 30 P 28 16 6 142.0 55 5 46 4 1 .927 3.23 1.82 .945 2.95 2.96
1917 CHW AL 31 P 19 13 7 94.2 40 3 32 5 0 .875 3.33 1.84 .947 3.04 3.05
1918 CHW AL 32 P 29 17 10 154.0 70 4 62 4 2 .943 3.86 2.28 .952 2.82 2.84
1919 CHW AL 33 P 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .950 2.70 2.80
9 Seasons P 251 109 56 1359.2 586 37 504 45 18 .923 3.58 2.16 .941 2.96 2.94
9 Seasons TOT 251 109 56 1359.2 586 37 504 45 18 .923 3.58 2.16 .941 2.96 2.94
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

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1914 AL  4.0 (10th)
1915 AL  5.2 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1914 AL  2.26 (7th)
1915 AL  2.11 (6th)
Career  2.43 (33rd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1914 AL  1.098 (8th)
1915 AL  1.057 (5th)
Career  1.147 (62nd)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
Career  8.109 (161st)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 AL  2.097 (8th)
1915 AL  1.624 (3rd)
1918 AL  1.636 (3rd)
Career  2.211 (166th)

Games Played s c a p y
1912 AL  42 (5th)
1914 AL  48 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1914 AL  283.3 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1914 AL  142 (7th)

Games Started s c a p y
1912 AL  31 (10th)
1914 AL  35 (4th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1912 AL  3 (6th)
1916 AL  4 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1912 AL  5 (5th)
1914 AL  4 (8th)
1915 AL  4 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1914 AL  245 (8th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1914 AL  2.152 (7th)
1915 AL  1.884 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
Career  0.106 (38th)

Losses s c a p y
1912 AL  17 (5th)
1914 AL  19 (1st)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1912 AL  8 (10th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1914 AL  1,108 (7th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1914 AL  119 (8th)
1915 AL  142 (5th)
Career  120 (126th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1914 AL  2.34 (5th)
1915 AL  2.53 (9th)
1918 AL  2.51 (7th)
Career  2.63 (38th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1915 AL  22 (6th)
1916 AL  13 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1915 AL  2.5 (6th)
1916 AL  1.5 (9th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1912 AL  42 (5th)
1914 AL  48 (3rd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1914 AL  112 (2nd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1912 AL  10 (2nd)
1914 AL  10 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1914 AL  3.72 (5th)
1915 AL  3.44 (5th)
1918 AL  3.86 (4th)
Career  3.58 (28th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 27 (887), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 9 (1063), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 18 (379), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (567th), 17.9 career WAR/17.3 7yr-peak WAR/17.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1913 27 Chicago White Sox $2,400 ? Celler committee, p. 52
1914 28 Chicago White Sox $3,000 ? 1942 TSN Guide 164
1915 29 Chicago White Sox $6,500 ? Celler committee, p. 52
Career to date (may be incomplete)$11,900
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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