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Herman Besse

Herman A. Besse

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: August 16, 1911 in St. Louis, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1940 (Age 28.247)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Team: Athletics 1940-1946

Final Game: May 22, 1946 (Age 34.279)
Died: August 13, 1972 in Los Angeles, CA
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
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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
1940 28 PHA AL 0 3 .000 8.83 17 5 7 0 0 0 53.0 70 56 52 10 34 19 3 0 2 262 50 6.67 1.962 11.9 1.7 5.8 3.2 0.56
1941 29 PHA AL 2 0 1.000 10.07 6 2 3 1 0 0 19.2 28 22 22 4 12 8 0 0 2 97 42 6.32 2.034 12.8 1.8 5.5 3.7 0.67
1942 30 PHA AL 2 9 .182 6.16 30 14 12 4 0 1 133.0 163 99 91 7 69 78 4 0 2 629 62 3.58 1.744 11.0 0.5 4.7 5.3 1.13
1943 31 PHA AL 1 1 .500 3.31 5 1 4 0 0 0 16.1 18 6 6 2 4 3 1 0 0 68 106 4.55 1.347 9.9 1.1 2.2 1.7 0.75
1946 34 PHA AL 0 2 .000 5.23 7 3 2 0 0 1 20.2 19 12 12 1 9 10 0 0 0 89 68 3.35 1.355 8.3 0.4 3.9 4.4 1.11
5 Yrs 5 15 .250 6.79 65 25 28 5 0 2 242.2 298 195 183 24 128 118 8 0 6 1145 58 4.52 1.755 11.1 0.9 4.7 4.4 0.92
162 Game Avg. 4 11 .250 6.79 49 19 21 4 0 2 183 225 147 138 18 97 89 6 0 5 865 58 4.52 1.755 11.1 0.9 4.7 4.4 0.92
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
1940 28 PHA AL 53.0 17 5 56 9.51 5.15 -0.32 0.00 100.9 5.52 -24 -2.1 1.0 -0.0 -1.6 -18 .379 .487 $3,000
1941 29 PHA AL 19.2 6 2 22 10.07 4.69 -0.05 0.00 97.9 4.64 -12 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -10 .331 .494 $4,000
1942 30 PHA AL 133.0 30 14 99 6.70 4.46 -0.31 0.00 104.4 4.98 -26 -2.6 1.0 -0.1 -1.6 -16 .413 .484 $4,000
1943 31 PHA AL 16.1 5 1 6 3.31 3.82 -0.28 0.00 104.6 4.28 2 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .541 .501 $4,000
1946 34 PHA AL 20.2 7 3 12 5.23 4.10 -0.26 0.00 95.6 4.17 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .462 .498 $4,800
5 Seasons 242.2 65 25 195 7.23 4.56 -0.29 0.00 102.4 4.96 -63 -5.7 1.0 -0.2 -3.9 -41 .412 .489 $19,800

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
1940 28 PHA AL 17 23 19 1 5 1 0 0 7 0 0 4 6 .263 .391 .316 .707 88 6 0 0 0 1
1941 29 PHA AL 6 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 7 1 0 0 0 /1
1942 30 PHA AL 34 57 53 7 12 1 0 0 7 0 0 4 10 .226 .281 .245 .526 49 13 0 0 0 1
1943 31 PHA AL 7 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1946 34 PHA AL 7 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .000 .167 -50 0 0 0 0 /1
5 Yrs 71 99 90 8 18 2 0 0 15 0 0 9 20 .200 .273 .222 .495 39 20 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 226 205 18 41 5 0 0 34 0 0 21 46 .200 .273 .222 .495 39 46 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
1940 28 PHA AL 17 23 -0 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .513 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $3,000 1
1941 29 PHA AL 6 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $4,000 /1
1942 30 PHA AL 34 57 -3 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $4,000 1
1943 31 PHA AL 7 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $4,000 /1
1946 34 PHA AL 7 6 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .494 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $4,800 /1
5 Seasons 71 99 -7 0 0 0 10 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .504 .501 0.3 0.0 3 $19,800

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1940 PHA AL 28 P 17 5 0 53.0 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 0.85 0.29 .956 2.04 2.01 0 0 0
1941 PHA AL 29 P 6 2 1 19.2 5 1 4 0 1 1.000 2.29 0.83 .960 2.15 2.12 2 1 33% 0
1942 PHA AL 30 P 30 14 4 133.0 19 0 18 1 0 .947 1.22 0.60 .957 2.31 2.30 9 2 18% 0
1943 PHA AL 31 P 5 1 0 16.1 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 2.20 0.80 .962 2.26 2.30 0 1 100% 0
1946 PHA AL 34 P 7 3 0 20.2 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.31 0.43 .950 2.00 1.99
5 Seasons P 65 25 5 242.2 36 1 34 1 1 .972 1.30 0.54 .957 2.21 2.17 11 4 27% 0
5 Seasons TOT 65 25 5 242.2 36 1 34 1 1 .972 1.30 0.54 .957 2.21 2.17 11 4 27% 0
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

Earned Runs s c a p y
1942 AL  91 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1940 AL  3 (10th)
1942 AL  4 (8th)

                           

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
1940 28 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 29 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 30 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 31 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 34 Philadelphia Athletics $4,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$19,800
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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