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Walter Blair

Walter Allen Blair (Heavy)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: October 13, 1883 in Landrus, PA
School: Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1907 (Age 23.339, 2,974th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1908 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Highlanders/Buffeds/Blues 1907-1915

Final Game: September 29, 1915 (Age 31.351)
Died: August 20, 1948 in Lewisburg, PA
Buried: Lewisburg City Cemetery, Lewisburg, PA
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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
1907 23 NYY AL 7 24 22 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 .182 .250 .182 .432 34 4 0 0 /2
1908 24 NYY AL 76 230 211 9 40 5 1 1 13 4 11 31 .190 .237 .237 .474 54 50 2 6 2/O3
1909 25 NYY AL 42 121 110 5 23 2 2 0 11 2 7 17 .209 .269 .264 .533 67 29 2 2 2
1910 26 NYY AL 6 23 22 2 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 .227 .227 .318 .545 66 7 0 1 /2
1911 27 NYY AL 85 254 222 18 43 9 2 0 26 2 16 24 .194 .257 .252 .510 39 56 3 13 2/3
1914 30 BUF FL 128 416 378 22 92 11 2 0 33 6 32 64 .243 .304 .283 .587 67 107 1 5 *2
1915 31 BUF FL 98 313 290 23 65 15 3 2 20 4 18 32 .224 .274 .317 .591 71 92 2 2 2
7 Yrs 442 1381 1255 80 272 42 11 3 106 18 86 176 .217 .272 .275 .547 60 345 10 29
162 Game Avg. 162 506 460 29 100 15 4 1 39 7 32 65 .217 .272 .275 .547 60 126 4 11
NYY (5 yrs) 216 652 587 35 115 16 6 1 53 8 36 80 .196 .251 .249 .500 50 146 7 22
BUF (2 yrs) 226 729 668 45 157 26 5 2 53 10 50 96 .235 .291 .298 .589 69 199 3 7
AL (5 yrs) 216 652 587 35 115 16 6 1 53 8 36 80 .196 .251 .249 .500 50 146 7 22
FL (2 yrs) 226 729 668 45 157 26 5 2 53 10 50 96 .235 .291 .298 .589 69 199 3 7

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
1907 23 NYY AL 7 24 -2 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.3 1 -1 -0.2 .463 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -0 /2
1908 24 NYY AL 76 230 -10 -0 0 -2 3 -9 -1.1 8 -0 -0.2 .485 .493 -0.0 0.2 1 2/O3
1909 25 NYY AL 42 121 -4 -0 0 -1 2 -3 -0.4 4 1 0.1 .491 .498 0.2 0.1 2 2
1910 26 NYY AL 6 23 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .489 .500 0.0 0.1 0 /2
1911 27 NYY AL 85 254 -19 0 0 2 4 -13 -1.3 10 -3 -0.3 .485 .492 -0.6 0.7 -5 2/3
1914 30 BUF FL 128 416 -16 -1 0 3 7 -6 -0.6 7 0 -0.0 .494 .496 -0.5 1.2 -3 *2
1915 31 BUF FL 98 313 -10 -0 0 2 5 -3 -0.3 5 2 0.2 .496 .498 -0.1 0.9 0 2
7 Seasons 442 1381 -61 -1 0 3 23 -37 -4.1 36 -1 -0.5 .491 .495 -1.0 3.0 -4
NYY (5 yrs) 216 652 -35 -0 0 -2 10 -27 -3.1 24 -3 -0.6 .486 .494 -0.4 0.9 -1
BUF (2 yrs) 226 729 -26 -1 0 5 12 -10 -1.0 12 3 0.1 .495 .497 -0.6 2.1 -2

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1907 NYY AL 23 C 7 51 36 11 4 0 .922 6.71 .968 6.11 1 8 7 47% 44%
1908 NYY AL 24 C 60 296 225 58 13 4 .956 4.72 .969 6.28 6 67 41 38% 45%
1908 NYY AL 24 OF 9 15 12 0 3 0 .800 1.33 .954 1.84 2-0-7
1908 NYY AL 24 1B 3 10 9 1 0 0 1.000 3.33 .984 11.37
1909 NYY AL 25 C 42 195 151 37 7 2 .964 4.48 .969 6.46 4 45 28 38% 45%
1910 NYY AL 26 C 6 33 22 10 1 2 .970 5.33 .968 6.88 2 8 7 47% 45%
1911 NYY AL 27 C 84 495 379 101 15 12 .970 5.71 .965 6.80 9 95 78 45% 45%
1911 NYY AL 27 1B 1 9 7 1 1 0 .889 8.00 .978 10.30
1914 BUF FL 30 C 128 117 97 811 604 194 13 17 .984 6.23 .973 6.76 11 115 107 48% 45%
1915 BUF FL 31 C 97 89 69 565 404 150 11 15 .981 5.71 .975 6.29 7 130 94 42% 45%
7 Seasons C 424 206 166 2446 1821 561 64 52 .974 5.62 .971 6.55 40 468 362 44% 45%
1 Season OF 9 15 12 0 3 0 .800 1.33 .954 1.84 2-0-7
2 Seasons 1B 4 19 16 2 1 0 .947 4.50 .981 11.10
7 Seasons TOT 437 206 166 2480 1849 563 68 52 .973 5.52 .971 6.50 2-0-7 40 468 362 44% 45%
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1914 FL  1.2 (6th)
1915 FL  0.9 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1911 AL  84 (4th)
1914 FL  128 (3rd)
1915 FL  97 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1911 AL  379 (5th)
1914 FL  604 (3rd)
1915 FL  404 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1914 FL  194 (4th)
1915 FL  150 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1911 AL  12 (4th)
1914 FL  17 (3rd)
1915 FL  15 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1914 FL  11 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1915 FL  130 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1911 AL  78 (5th)
1914 FL  107 (4th)
1915 FL  94 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1911 AL  .970 (3rd)
1914 FL  .984 (3rd)
1915 FL  .981 (1st)

                                         

Transactions

  • August 18, 1907: Purchased by the New York Highlanders from Williamsport (Tri-State) for $1,000.
  • Before 1910 Season: Purchased by Rochester (Eastern) from the New York Highlanders for $1,500. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • August, 1910: Purchased by the New York Highlanders from Rochester (Eastern) for $7,000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
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