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Bob Bescher

Robert Henry Bescher

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: February 25, 1884 in London, OH
High School: Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA)
Schools: University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 5, 1908 (Age 24)
Teams (by GP): Reds/Cardinals/Giants/Indians 1908-1918

Final Game: September 1, 1918 (Age 34)
Died: November 29, 1942 in London, OH
Buried: Kirkwood Cemetery, London, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 17, 2014 11:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #959. Brett Gardner… #960. Leon Wagner… #961. Kelly Johnson… #962. BOB BESCHER… #963. Ramon Hernandez… #964. Bob Skinner… #965. Pete Ward… 

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
1908 24 CIN NL 32 127 114 16 31 5 5 0 17 10 9 22 .272 .336 .404 .740 138 46 2 2 O
1909 25 CIN NL 124 513 446 73 107 17 6 1 34 54 56 76 .240 .335 .312 .647 102 139 8 3 *O
1910 26 CIN NL 150 682 589 95 147 20 10 4 48 70 81 75 .250 .344 .338 .682 102 199 4 8 *O
1911 27 CIN NL 153 716 599 106 165 32 10 1 45 81 102 78 .275 .385 .367 .753 114 220 5 10 *O MVP-17
1912 28 CIN NL 145 646 548 120 154 29 11 4 38 67 83 61 .281 .381 .396 .777 115 217 6 9 *O MVP-5
1913 29 CIN NL 141 615 511 86 132 22 11 1 37 38 23 94 68 .258 .377 .350 .727 108 179 3 7 *O
1914 30 NYG NL 135 571 512 82 138 23 4 6 35 36 45 48 .270 .336 .365 .701 111 187 6 8 *O87
1915 31 STL NL 130 560 486 71 128 15 7 4 34 27 19 52 53 .263 .342 .348 .690 108 169 6 15 *O7/9
1916 32 STL NL 151 636 561 78 132 24 8 6 43 39 12 60 50 .235 .316 .339 .654 103 190 6 9 *7O/89
1917 33 STL NL 42 134 110 10 17 1 1 1 8 3 20 13 .155 .290 .209 .499 56 23 1 3 O7/8
1918 34 CLE AL 25 77 60 12 20 2 1 0 6 3 17 5 .333 .487 .400 .887 157 24 1 0 O9/8
11 Yrs 1228 5277 4536 749 1171 190 74 28 345 428 54 619 549 .258 .353 .351 .704 108 1593 48 74
162 Game Avg. 162 696 598 99 154 25 10 4 46 56 82 72 .258 .353 .351 .704 108 210 6 10
CIN (6 yrs) 745 3299 2807 496 736 125 53 11 219 320 23 425 380 .262 .365 .356 .721 110 1000 28 39
STL (3 yrs) 323 1330 1157 159 277 40 16 11 85 69 31 132 116 .239 .324 .330 .654 100 382 13 27
NYG (1 yr) 135 571 512 82 138 23 4 6 35 36 45 48 .270 .336 .365 .701 111 187 6 8
CLE (1 yr) 25 77 60 12 20 2 1 0 6 3 17 5 .333 .487 .400 .887 157 24 1 0
NL (10 yrs) 1203 5200 4476 737 1151 188 73 28 339 425 54 602 544 .257 .351 .351 .702 108 1569 47 74
AL (1 yr) 25 77 60 12 20 2 1 0 6 3 17 5 .333 .487 .400 .887 157 24 1 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
1908 24 CIN NL 32 127 4 1 0 3 -2 6 0.8 4 10 1.2 .525 .505 0.9 0.2 7 O
1909 25 CIN NL 124 513 1 7 0 2 -6 4 0.5 17 20 2.2 .504 .503 1.9 -0.4 18 *O
1910 26 CIN NL 150 682 3 9 0 2 -8 6 0.7 19 25 2.6 .504 .504 2.3 -0.6 23 *O
1911 27 CIN NL 153 716 14 10 0 -6 -8 10 0.8 20 30 2.9 .507 .506 3.8 -1.6 36 *O MVP-17
1912 28 CIN NL 145 646 14 9 0 4 -8 19 1.8 19 38 3.8 .513 .512 3.5 -0.4 34 *O MVP-5
1913 29 CIN NL 141 615 8 1 0 0 -7 2 0.2 19 20 2.1 .502 .501 2.1 -0.8 20 *O
1914 30 NYG NL 135 571 7 2 0 2 -4 8 0.7 17 25 2.5 .506 .505 2.4 -0.3 23 *O87
1915 31 STL NL 130 560 5 0 0 2 -7 1 -0.0 17 18 1.8 .501 .501 1.7 -0.6 16 $4,500 *O7/9
1916 32 STL NL 151 636 3 5 0 -4 -8 -4 -0.5 19 15 1.5 .497 .497 2.0 -1.5 19 $4,500 *7O/89
1917 33 STL NL 42 134 -4 -0 0 0 -2 -6 -0.8 4 -2 -0.3 .482 .495 -0.3 -0.2 -2 O7/8
1918 34 CLE AL 25 77 5 -0 0 0 -1 4 0.5 3 7 0.8 .519 .503 0.8 -0.1 7 O9/8
11 Seasons 1228 5277 60 44 0 5 -60 49 4.8 159 208 21.2 .504 .503 21.0 -6.4 203 $9,000
CIN (6 yrs) 745 3299 43 37 0 5 -39 47 4.9 98 145 14.9 .507 .505 14.4 -3.6 140
STL (3 yrs) 323 1330 4 5 0 -2 -16 -9 -1.3 40 31 3.0 .496 .498 3.4 -2.3 33 $9,000
NYG (1 yr) 135 571 7 2 0 2 -4 8 0.7 17 25 2.5 .506 .505 2.4 -0.3 23
CLE (1 yr) 25 77 5 -0 0 0 -1 4 0.5 3 7 0.8 .519 .503 0.8 -0.1 7

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 G Awards
1908 CIN NL 24 OF 32 84 82 2 0 2 1.000 2.63 .960 2.04 32-0-0
1909 CIN NL 25 OF 117 274 247 14 13 4 .953 2.23 .961 2.07 115-0-2
1910 CIN NL 26 OF 150 375 339 16 20 4 .947 2.37 .959 2.17 150-0-0
1911 CIN NL 27 OF 153 302 267 21 14 2 .954 1.88 .960 2.15 153-0-0 MVP-17
1912 CIN NL 28 OF 143 376 347 15 14 4 .963 2.53 .956 2.24 143-0-0 MVP-5
1913 CIN NL 29 OF 138 315 283 22 10 2 .968 2.21 .960 2.21 138-0-0
1914 NYG NL 30 OF 126 124 124 325 298 14 13 7 .960 2.48 .957 2.13
1914 NYG NL 30 CF 110 107 107 282 262 11 9 6 .968 2.48 .958 2.42
1914 NYG NL 30 LF 17 17 17 43 36 3 4 1 .907 2.29 .956 2.17
1915 STL NL 31 OF 129 129 124 277 257 12 8 1 .971 2.09 .959 2.12
1915 STL NL 31 LF 128 128 123 275 257 10 8 1 .971 2.09 .962 2.18
1915 STL NL 31 RF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.70
1916 STL NL 32 LF 151 151 144 317 284 18 15 3 .953 2.00 .963 2.14
1916 STL NL 32 OF 151 151 144 317 284 18 15 2 .953 2.00 .967 2.15
1916 STL NL 32 CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.55
1916 STL NL 32 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80
1917 STL NL 33 OF 32 28 26 62 61 0 1 0 .984 1.91 .963 2.20
1917 STL NL 33 LF 27 25 23 54 53 0 1 0 .981 1.96 .963 2.17
1917 STL NL 33 CF 5 3 3 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1.60 .968 2.56
1918 CLE AL 34 OF 17 14 14 32 28 3 1 0 .969 1.82 .962 2.26
1918 CLE AL 34 RF 14 14 14 29 26 2 1 0 .966 2.00 .955 1.98
1918 CLE AL 34 CF 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .967 2.63
11 Seasons OF 1188 446 432 2739 2493 137 109 28 .960 2.21 .960 2.16 1054-120-18
4 Seasons (incomplete) LF 323 321 307 689 630 31 28 5 .959 2.05 .962 2.16
4 Seasons CF 120 110 110 293 272 12 9 6 .969 2.37 .958 2.43
3 Seasons (incomplete) RF 16 15 15 29 26 2 1 0 .966 1.75 .955 1.95
11 Seasons TOT 1188 446 432 2739 2493 137 109 28 .960 2.21 .960 2.16 1054-120-18
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
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))
1911 NL (17, 6%)
1912 NL (5, 27%)
0.33 Career Shares (589th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1912 NL  3.8 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1911 NL  3.8 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1913 NL  .377 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1911 NL  153 (8th)
1916 NL  151 (10th)

At Bats s c a p y
1910 NL  589 (4th)
1911 NL  599 (2nd)
1916 NL  561 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1910 NL  682 (2nd)
1911 NL  716 (1st)
1912 NL  646 (6th)
1916 NL  636 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1910 NL  95 (5th)
1911 NL  106 (2nd)
1912 NL  120 (1st)
1913 NL  86 (6th)
1914 NL  82 (8th)
1916 NL  78 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1911 NL  165 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1911 NL  32 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1910 NL  81 (6th)
1911 NL  102 (3rd)
1912 NL  83 (4th)
1913 NL  94 (1st)
1916 NL  60 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1909 NL  76 (2nd)
1910 NL  75 (3rd)
1911 NL  78 (1st)
1913 NL  68 (4th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1909 NL  54 (1st)
1910 NL  70 (1st)
1911 NL  81 (1st)
1912 NL  67 (1st)
1913 NL  38 (6th)
1914 NL  36 (5th)
1915 NL  27 (6th)
1916 NL  39 (3rd)
Career  428 (59th)

Singles s c a p y
1911 NL  122 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1910 NL  232 (7th)
1911 NL  272 (2nd)
1912 NL  243 (7th)
1913 NL  229 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1909 NL  8 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1913 NL  23 (7th)
1915 NL  19 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1910 NL  7.6 (10th)
1914 NL  10.3 (8th)
1916 NL  10.4 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1910 NL  450 (5th)
1911 NL  444 (3rd)
1916 NL  450 (7th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  128 (5th)
1916 NL  151 (2nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  257 (5th)
1916 NL  284 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  10 (5th)
1916 NL  18 (2nd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  8 (5th)
1916 NL  15 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1916 NL  3 (2nd)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  110 (4th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  262 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  6 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1910 NL  150 (4th)
1911 NL  153 (3rd)
1916 NL  151 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1910 NL  339 (5th)
1912 NL  347 (2nd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1913 NL  22 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1910 NL  20 (1st)
1911 NL  14 (4th)
1916 NL  15 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1914 NL  7 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  2.09 (4th)
1916 NL  2.00 (4th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  .971 (2nd)
1916 NL  .953 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  2.48 (3rd)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 NL  .968 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1912 NL  2.53 (4th)
1914 NL  2.48 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1915 NL  .971 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 13 (186), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 54 (474), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 17 (921), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1040), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (113th), 21.2 career WAR/18.0 7yr-peak WAR/19.6 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
191531St. Louis Cardinals$4,500C. Alexander, Rogers Hornsby, p. 37
191632St. Louis Cardinals$4,500C. Alexander, Rogers Hornsby, p. 37
Career to date (may be incomplete)$9,000
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: Robert Bob bobby Henry robert Bescher

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