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Ray Blades

Francis Raymond Blades

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 163 lb.

Born: August 6, 1896 in Mount Vernon, IL
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1920. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 19, 1922 (Age 26.013)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1923 season [*]
Team: Cardinals 1922-1932

Final Game: September 25, 1932 (Age 36.050)
Died: May 18, 1979 in Lincoln, IL
Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 22, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1309. Jose Hernandez… #1310. Rich Dauer… #1311. Hank Majeski… #1312. RAY BLADES… #1313. Troy O'Leary… #1314. Les Mann… #1315. Tim Teufel… 

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
1922 25 STL NL 37 163 130 27 39 2 4 3 21 3 3 25 21 .300 .428 .446 .874 130 58 4 4 7O/659
1923 26 STL NL 98 366 317 48 78 21 5 5 44 4 2 37 46 .246 .342 .391 .733 95 124 9 3 7O/59
1924 27 STL NL 131 514 456 86 142 21 13 11 68 7 9 35 38 .311 .373 .487 .860 131 222 10 13 *O7/4598
1925 28 STL NL 122 531 462 112 158 37 8 12 57 6 8 59 47 .342 .423 .535 .958 141 247 6 5 *7O/5
1926 29 STL NL 107 498 416 81 127 17 12 8 43 6 62 57 .305 .409 .462 .871 130 192 11 9 *7O
1927 30 STL NL 61 216 180 33 57 8 5 2 29 3 28 22 .317 .414 .450 .864 127 81 2 6 O79
1928 31 STL NL 51 111 85 9 20 7 1 1 19 0 20 26 .235 .393 .376 .769 99 32 2 4 O9/7
1930 33 STL NL 45 127 101 26 40 6 2 4 25 1 21 15 .396 .504 .614 1.118 163 62 1 4 O97
1931 34 STL NL 35 81 67 10 19 4 0 1 5 1 10 7 .284 .392 .388 .780 106 26 2 2 O9/7
1932 35 STL NL 80 238 201 35 46 10 1 3 29 2 34 31 .229 .340 .333 .674 79 67 0 3 O97/5
10 Yrs 767 2845 2415 467 726 133 51 50 340 33 22 331 310 .301 .395 .460 .855 123 1111 47 53
162 Game Avg. 162 601 510 99 153 28 11 11 72 7 70 65 .301 .395 .460 .855 123 235 10 11

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
1922 25 STL NL 37 163 7 -0 0 -1 -1 5 0.5 5 10 0.9 .512 .503 1.0 -0.2 11 7O/659
1923 26 STL NL 98 366 -2 1 0 6 -4 1 0.1 11 12 1.2 .501 .501 0.6 0.2 6 7O/59
1924 27 STL NL 131 514 19 -1 0 3 -5 17 1.6 16 33 3.3 .513 .511 3.0 -0.2 30 *O7/4598
1925 28 STL NL 122 531 30 -1 0 8 -5 31 2.9 16 48 4.5 .524 .518 3.8 0.2 40 *7O/5
1926 29 STL NL 107 498 19 -1 0 6 -5 20 1.9 14 34 3.4 .519 .512 2.8 0.1 28 *7O
1927 30 STL NL 61 216 8 -0 0 -7 -2 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.5 .497 .499 1.2 -1.0 12 O79
1928 31 STL NL 51 111 0 0 0 -1 -1 -2 -0.2 3 2 0.2 .497 .499 0.3 -0.2 3 O9/7
1930 33 STL NL 45 127 13 -0 0 0 -2 11 0.9 4 15 1.3 .521 .506 1.3 -0.2 15 O97
1931 34 STL NL 35 81 1 -0 0 -3 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -0 -0.0 .492 .498 0.3 -0.4 3 O9/7
1932 35 STL NL 80 238 -5 -0 0 -1 -3 -9 -1.0 7 -2 -0.2 .488 .494 -0.1 -0.4 -1 O97/5
10 Seasons 767 2845 90 -3 0 10 -28 69 6.2 86 155 15.1 .509 .506 14.3 -2.0 145

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1928 31 STL NL WS NYY L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1930 33 STL NL WS PHA L 5 11 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .111 .273 .111 .384 1 0 0 0
1931 ❍ 34 STL NL WS PHA W 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 8 14 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 .083 .214 .083 .298 1 0 0 0
3 WS 8 14 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 .083 .214 .083 .298 1 0 0 0

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
1922 STL NL 25 LF 31 31 29 71 60 6 5 0 .930 2.13 .958 2.22
1922 STL NL 25 OF 29 32 30 72 61 6 5 0 .931 2.31 .962 2.40
1922 STL NL 25 SS 4 3 3 22 5 12 5 2 .773 4.25 .945 5.78
1922 STL NL 25 3B 1 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 .750 3.00 .948 3.00
1922 STL NL 25 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.20
1923 STL NL 26 LF 84 71 65 208 191 10 7 2 .966 2.39 .966 2.26
1923 STL NL 26 OF 83 73 66 212 194 11 7 2 .967 2.47 .964 2.44
1923 STL NL 26 3B 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.25 .950 3.10
1923 STL NL 26 RF 2 2 1 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .958 2.20
1924 STL NL 27 OF 109 106 99 274 256 6 12 1 .956 2.40 .965 2.39
1924 STL NL 27 LF 105 104 97 268 250 6 12 1 .955 2.44 .964 2.26
1924 STL NL 27 2B 7 5 5 28 12 16 0 2 1.000 4.00 .961 5.99
1924 STL NL 27 3B 7 6 6 16 7 8 1 0 .938 2.14 .956 2.93
1924 STL NL 27 RF 3 2 2 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .967 2.07
1924 STL NL 27 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.80
1925 STL NL 28 LF 114 114 105 285 266 13 6 4 .979 2.45 .967 2.26
1925 STL NL 28 OF 114 114 105 285 266 13 6 4 .979 2.45 .967 2.48
1925 STL NL 28 3B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .940 3.00
1926 STL NL 29 LF 105 104 101 244 229 10 5 1 .980 2.28 .961 2.21
1926 STL NL 29 OF 105 104 101 244 229 10 5 1 .980 2.28 .965 2.42
1927 STL NL 30 OF 50 45 40 70 64 0 6 0 .914 1.28 .970 2.49
1927 STL NL 30 LF 32 29 25 42 39 0 3 0 .929 1.22 .970 2.25
1927 STL NL 30 RF 19 16 15 28 25 0 3 0 .893 1.32 .968 2.26
1928 STL NL 31 OF 19 18 11 36 34 1 1 1 .972 1.84 .972 2.47
1928 STL NL 31 RF 15 14 7 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 1.40 .968 2.26
1928 STL NL 31 LF 4 4 4 15 13 1 1 1 .933 3.50 .972 2.25
1930 STL NL 33 OF 32 29 15 70 66 1 3 0 .957 2.09 .968 2.40
1930 STL NL 33 RF 23 20 9 53 49 1 3 0 .943 2.17 .966 2.41
1930 STL NL 33 LF 11 9 6 17 17 0 0 0 1.000 1.55 .968 2.01
1931 STL NL 34 OF 20 15 7 31 26 1 4 0 .871 1.35 .973 2.48
1931 STL NL 34 RF 13 11 5 21 18 1 2 0 .905 1.46 .969 2.33
1931 STL NL 34 LF 7 4 2 10 8 0 2 0 .800 1.14 .976 2.21
1932 STL NL 35 OF 62 53 45 122 117 2 3 0 .975 1.92 .976 2.52
1932 STL NL 35 RF 50 44 38 105 102 0 3 0 .971 2.04 .969 2.32
1932 STL NL 35 LF 12 9 7 17 15 2 0 0 1.000 1.42 .975 2.28
1932 STL NL 35 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.90
10 Seasons OF 623 589 519 1416 1313 51 52 9 .963 2.19 .967 2.45
10 Seasons LF 505 479 441 1177 1088 48 41 9 .965 2.25 .965 2.24
8 Seasons RF 126 110 78 239 225 3 11 0 .954 1.81 .968 2.31
5 Seasons 3B 14 7 6 22 9 11 2 0 .909 1.43 .954 2.99
1 Season 2B 7 5 5 28 12 16 0 2 1.000 4.00 .961 5.99
1 Season SS 4 3 3 22 5 12 5 2 .773 4.25 .945 5.78
1 Season CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.80
10 Seasons TOT 648 604 533 1488 1339 90 59 13 .960 2.21 .966 2.52
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Hall of Fame
1958 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1960 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1925 NL  4.5 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1925 NL  3.8 (8th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1925 NL  .342 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1925 NL  .423 (4th)
1926 NL  .409 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1925 NL  .535 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1925 NL  .958 (5th)
1926 NL  .871 (8th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1925 NL  112 (5th)

Doubles s c a p y
1925 NL  37 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1924 NL  13 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1924 NL  11 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1925 NL  59 (8th)
1926 NL  62 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1923 NL  46 (8th)
1925 NL  47 (9th)
1926 NL  57 (5th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1925 NL  141 (6th)
1926 NL  130 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1925 NL  31 (6th)
1926 NL  20 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1925 NL  2.9 (6th)
1926 NL  2.0 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1925 NL  57 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1925 NL  .714 (6th)
1926 NL  .678 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1923 NL  9 (2nd)
1924 NL  10 (2nd)
1925 NL  6 (7th)
1926 NL  11 (1st)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 NL  105 (3rd)
1925 NL  114 (4th)
1926 NL  105 (2nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 NL  250 (3rd)
1925 NL  266 (3rd)
1926 NL  229 (1st)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1925 NL  13 (2nd)
1926 NL  10 (1st)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 NL  7 (4th)
1924 NL  12 (1st)
1925 NL  6 (5th)
Career  41 (83rd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 NL  2 (3rd)
1925 NL  4 (1st)
1926 NL  1 (3rd)
1928 NL  1 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1924 NL  12 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1925 NL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 NL  2.39 (3rd)
1924 NL  2.44 (1st)
1925 NL  2.45 (2nd)
1926 NL  2.28 (2nd)
Career  2.25 (19th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 NL  .955 (4th)
1925 NL  .979 (1st)
1926 NL  .980 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1924 NL  2.40 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1925 NL  .979 (2nd)
1926 NL  .980 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 21 (1010), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 22 (756), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (698), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (153rd), 15.1 career WAR/15.2 7yr-peak WAR/15.1 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

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