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Joe Birmingham

Joseph Leo Birmingham (Dode)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 3, 1884 in Elmira, NY
Schools: University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 12, 1906 (Age 21.283, 2,872nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1907 season [*]
Team: Naps 1906-1914

Last Game: July 25, 1914 (Age 29.234)
Died: April 24, 1946 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
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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
1906 21 CLE AL 10 41 40 5 11 2 1 0 6 2 1 2 .275 .293 .375 .668 110 15 0 0 /O5
1907 22 CLE AL 137 503 476 55 112 10 9 1 33 23 16 73 .235 .265 .300 .565 79 143 3 8 *O/6
1908 23 CLE AL 122 446 413 32 88 10 1 2 38 15 19 63 .213 .253 .257 .510 66 106 3 11 *O/6
1909 24 CLE AL 100 370 343 29 99 10 5 1 38 12 19 57 .289 .333 .356 .689 114 122 4 4 O
1910 25 CLE AL 104 406 367 41 84 11 2 0 35 18 23 42 .229 .284 .270 .553 73 99 5 11 *O/5
1911 26 CLE AL 125 481 447 55 136 18 5 2 51 16 15 42 .304 .334 .380 .714 98 170 5 14 O5
1912 27 CLE AL 107 415 369 49 94 19 3 1 45 15 9 26 34 .255 .311 .331 .641 81 122 4 16 O/3 MVP-20
1913 28 CLE AL 47 148 131 16 37 9 1 0 15 7 8 22 .282 .324 .366 .690 99 48 0 9 O
1914 29 CLE AL 19 50 47 2 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 5 .128 .163 .128 .291 -14 6 0 1 O/98
9 Yrs 771 2860 2633 284 667 89 27 7 265 108 10 129 340 .253 .294 .316 .610 84 831 24 74
162 Game Avg. 162 601 553 60 140 19 6 1 56 23 27 71 .253 .294 .316 .610 84 175 5 16

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
1906 21 CLE AL 10 41 0 0 0 1 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.3 .512 .501 0.2 0.1 1 /O5
1907 22 CLE AL 137 503 -12 1 0 4 -4 -12 -1.4 18 6 0.5 .490 .491 -0.1 0.0 3 *O/6
1908 23 CLE AL 122 446 -15 -0 0 4 -3 -14 -1.8 16 2 -0.1 .485 .489 -0.6 0.2 -2 *O/6
1909 24 CLE AL 100 370 4 -1 0 0 -2 0 -0.1 13 14 1.4 .501 .500 1.5 -0.4 14 O
1910 25 CLE AL 104 406 -11 -0 0 2 -3 -12 -1.5 15 4 0.2 .486 .491 -0.0 -0.2 2 *O/5
1911 26 CLE AL 125 481 -2 -1 0 3 -2 -2 -0.2 18 16 1.6 .498 .499 1.3 0.1 13 O5
1912 27 CLE AL 107 415 -9 1 0 -6 -3 -17 -1.7 16 -1 -0.1 .484 .489 0.5 -0.9 5 O/3 MVP-20
1913 28 CLE AL 47 148 -1 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.3 .495 .499 0.4 -0.1 4 O
1914 29 CLE AL 19 50 -6 -0 0 -2 -1 -9 -1.1 2 -7 -0.9 .444 .493 -0.6 -0.3 -5 $6,000 O/98
9 Seasons 771 2860 -51 -0 0 6 -20 -65 -7.9 105 40 3.3 .490 .494 2.4 -1.5 34 $6,000

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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
1906 CLE AL 21 OF 9 20 18 2 0 0 1.000 2.22 .963 1.89 9-0-0
1906 CLE AL 21 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .920 3.20
1907 CLE AL 22 OF 133 312 268 28 16 8 .949 2.23 .959 1.85 17-101-16
1907 CLE AL 22 SS 3 17 9 7 1 3 .941 5.33 .934 5.70
1908 CLE AL 23 OF 121 282 250 20 12 6 .957 2.23 .954 1.84 1-119-1
1908 CLE AL 23 SS 1 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 3.00 .927 5.50
1909 CLE AL 24 OF 98 230 203 15 12 2 .948 2.22 .951 1.85 0-98-0
1910 CLE AL 25 OF 103 257 223 24 10 8 .961 2.40 .954 1.83 1-102-0
1910 CLE AL 25 3B 1 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 6.00 .932 3.50
1911 CLE AL 26 OF 102 257 231 19 7 6 .973 2.45 .950 1.99 3-96-3
1911 CLE AL 26 3B 16 63 22 35 6 4 .905 3.56 .929 3.32
1912 CLE AL 27 OF 96 227 198 18 11 8 .952 2.25 .951 2.04 3-93-0 MVP-20
1912 CLE AL 27 1B 9 78 66 9 3 3 .962 8.33 .983 10.38 MVP-20
1913 CLE AL 28 OF 36 77 73 2 2 0 .974 2.08 .953 2.01 4-32-0
1914 CLE AL 29 OF 14 11 9 15 14 1 0 0 1.000 1.07 .956 2.00
1914 CLE AL 29 RF 8 7 6 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1.13 .960 1.58
1914 CLE AL 29 CF 6 4 3 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .955 2.35
9 Seasons OF 712 11 9 1677 1478 129 70 38 .958 2.26 .954 1.90 38-647-28
3 Seasons 3B 18 70 23 41 6 4 .914 3.56 .929 3.32
1 Season 1B 9 78 66 9 3 3 .962 8.33 .983 10.38
1 Season (incomplete) RF 8 7 6 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1.13 .960 1.58
1 Season (incomplete) CF 6 4 3 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .955 2.35
2 Seasons SS 4 20 9 10 1 3 .950 4.75 .933 5.65
9 Seasons TOT 743 11 9 1845 1576 189 80 48 .957 2.38 .954 2.06 38-647-28
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))
1912 AL (20, 3%)
0.03 Career Shares (1298th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1909 AL  .289 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1907 AL  73 (5th)
1908 AL  63 (9th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1907 AL  28 (2nd)
1908 AL  20 (2nd)
1910 AL  24 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1907 AL  16 (2nd)
1908 AL  12 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1907 AL  8 (2nd)
1908 AL  6 (4th)
1910 AL  8 (3rd)
1911 AL  6 (5th)
1912 AL  8 (2nd)
Career  38 (86th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1907 AL  2.23 (4th)
1908 AL  2.23 (3rd)
1909 AL  2.22 (4th)
1910 AL  2.40 (2nd)
1911 AL  2.45 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (341st), 3.3 career WAR/4.3 7yr-peak WAR/3.8 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • August, 1906: Purchased by the Cleveland Naps from Amsterdam-Gloversville (New York State) for $1,500.
The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.

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
1914 29 Cleveland Naps $6,000 ? 7/17/15 Sporting Life
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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