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Lu Blue

Luzerne Atwell Blue

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: March 5, 1897 in Washington, DC
High School: Hall Military School (Blairly, MD) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1921 (Age 24.040)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1921 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Browns/WhiteSox/Dodgers 1921-1933

Final Game: April 25, 1933 (Age 36.051)
Died: July 28, 1958 in Alexandria, VA
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 18, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #530. Baby Doll Jacobson… #531. Ray Chapman… #532. George Hendrick… #533. LU BLUE… #534. Bill Joyce… #535. Brian Jordan… #536. Kevin Mitchell… 

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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
1921 24 DET AL 153 711 585 103 180 33 11 5 75 13 17 103 47 .308 .416 .427 .843 116 250 5 16 *3
1922 25 DET AL 145 681 584 131 175 31 9 6 45 8 5 82 48 .300 .392 .414 .807 113 242 7 8 *3 MVP-10
1923 26 DET AL 129 615 504 100 143 27 7 1 46 10 11 96 40 .284 .402 .371 .773 106 187 4 10 *3
1924 27 DET AL 108 479 395 81 123 26 7 2 53 9 4 64 26 .311 .413 .428 .840 119 169 4 13 *3 MVP-19
1925 28 DET AL 150 653 532 91 163 18 9 3 94 19 5 83 29 .306 .403 .391 .794 104 208 3 34 *3 MVP-12
1926 29 DET AL 128 538 429 92 123 24 14 1 52 13 7 90 18 .287 .413 .415 .828 115 178 2 17 *3/8O
1927 30 DET AL 112 456 365 71 95 17 9 1 42 13 7 71 28 .260 .384 .364 .748 94 133 2 16 *3
1928 31 SLB AL 154 681 549 116 154 32 11 14 80 12 7 105 43 .281 .400 .455 .855 121 250 4 20 *3
1929 32 SLB AL 151 714 573 111 168 40 10 6 61 12 6 126 32 .293 .422 .429 .852 117 246 2 11 *3
1930 33 SLB AL 117 524 425 85 100 27 5 4 42 12 7 81 44 .235 .363 .351 .713 80 149 4 14 *3
1931 34 CHW AL 155 726 589 119 179 23 15 1 62 13 3 127 60 .304 .430 .399 .829 125 235 3 6 *3 MVP-17
1932 35 CHW AL 112 444 373 51 93 21 2 0 43 17 6 64 21 .249 .364 .316 .680 83 118 3 3 *3
1933 36 BRO NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /3
13 Yrs 1615 7223 5904 1151 1696 319 109 44 695 151 85 1092 436 .287 .402 .401 .803 109 2365 0 43 168
162 Game Avg. 162 725 592 115 170 32 11 4 70 15 110 44 .287 .402 .401 .803 109 237 4 17
DET (7 yrs) 925 4133 3394 669 1002 176 66 19 407 85 56 589 236 .295 .403 .403 .806 110 1367 27 114
SLB (3 yrs) 422 1919 1547 312 422 99 26 24 183 36 20 312 119 .273 .398 .417 .815 108 645 10 45
CHW (2 yrs) 267 1170 962 170 272 44 17 1 105 30 9 191 81 .283 .405 .367 .772 109 353 6 9
BRO (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
AL (12 yrs) 1614 7222 5903 1151 1696 319 109 44 695 151 85 1092 436 .287 .402 .401 .803 109 2365 43 168
NL (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 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
1921 24 DET AL 153 711 20 -3 0 -6 -7 4 0.4 25 30 2.9 .502 .502 3.4 -1.1 35 $3,000 *3
1922 25 DET AL 145 681 14 1 0 4 -6 13 1.1 24 36 3.6 .509 .508 3.3 -0.3 32 $5,000 *3 MVP-10
1923 26 DET AL 129 615 10 -1 0 9 -6 12 1.1 21 33 3.2 .509 .507 2.4 0.3 24 $7,000 *3
1924 27 DET AL 108 479 14 1 0 5 -5 16 1.6 18 33 3.3 .514 .509 2.8 0.1 28 $10,000 *3 MVP-19
1925 28 DET AL 150 653 8 3 0 8 -7 13 1.2 25 37 3.7 .508 .507 2.9 0.1 29 $10,000 *3 MVP-12
1926 29 DET AL 128 538 14 1 0 -2 -5 8 0.8 20 28 2.8 .506 .505 3.0 -0.7 30 $12,500 *3/8O
1927 30 DET AL 112 456 -1 0 0 1 -5 -4 -0.4 17 13 1.3 .496 .498 1.2 -0.4 12 $12,500 *3
1928 31 SLB AL 154 681 21 0 0 8 -7 22 2.2 25 47 4.7 .514 .514 3.9 0.1 39 $13,500 *3
1929 32 SLB AL 151 714 22 1 0 6 -7 22 2.1 25 47 4.6 .514 .513 4.0 -0.1 41 $14,000 *3
1930 33 SLB AL 117 524 -11 0 0 2 -5 -14 -1.3 19 5 0.6 .489 .492 0.4 -0.3 3 $14,000 *3
1931 34 CHW AL 155 726 31 2 0 -2 -7 24 2.3 26 50 4.8 .515 .514 4.9 -0.8 52 *3 MVP-17
1932 35 CHW AL 112 444 -4 1 0 3 -5 -5 -0.5 17 12 1.1 .496 .497 0.9 -0.2 9 $13,000 *3
1933 36 BRO NL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .472 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /3
13 Seasons 1615 7223 139 7 0 36 -72 110 10.7 261 372 36.7 .507 .506 32.9 -3.3 335 $114,500
DET (7 yrs) 925 4133 81 1 0 19 -41 61 5.9 150 211 20.8 .506 .505 19.0 -2.1 192 $60,000
SLB (3 yrs) 422 1919 32 2 0 16 -19 30 3.0 69 99 9.9 .507 .507 8.2 -0.3 83 $41,500
CHW (2 yrs) 267 1170 27 4 0 1 -12 20 1.8 42 62 5.9 .507 .507 5.7 -1.0 61 $13,000
BRO (1 yr) 1 1 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .472 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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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
1921 DET AL 24 1B 152 152 151 1579 1478 85 16 85 .990 10.28 .991 10.63
1922 DET AL 25 1B 144 144 139 1616 1506 95 15 106 .991 11.12 .991 10.80 MVP-10
1923 DET AL 26 1B 129 129 127 1452 1347 93 12 74 .992 11.16 .990 10.59
1924 DET AL 27 1B 108 106 101 1201 1099 85 17 72 .986 10.96 .989 10.49 MVP-19
1925 DET AL 28 1B 148 148 143 1600 1480 101 19 115 .988 10.68 .988 10.46 MVP-12
1926 DET AL 29 1B 109 109 108 1229 1153 57 19 95 .985 11.10 .990 10.77
1926 DET AL 29 CF 1 0 0 6 3 1 2 0 .667 4.00 .968 2.70
1926 DET AL 29 OF 1 0 0 6 3 1 2 0 .667 4.00 .967 2.30
1927 DET AL 30 1B 104 101 98 1126 1040 68 18 99 .984 10.65 .988 10.71
1928 SLB AL 31 1B 154 154 153 1596 1472 107 17 121 .989 10.25 .990 10.42
1929 SLB AL 32 1B 151 151 149 1589 1491 88 10 127 .994 10.46 .993 10.22
1930 SLB AL 33 1B 111 111 111 1194 1110 68 16 91 .987 10.61 .989 10.00
1931 CHW AL 34 1B 155 154 149 1549 1452 81 16 105 .990 9.89 .991 10.03 MVP-17
1932 CHW AL 35 1B 105 100 99 1118 1014 88 16 106 .986 10.50 .989 10.12
1933 BRO NL 36 1B 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .990 10.40
13 Seasons 1B 1571 1559 1528 16851 15644 1016 191 1196 .989 10.60 .990 10.43
1 Season CF 1 0 0 6 3 1 2 0 .667 4.00 .968 2.70
1 Season OF 1 0 0 6 3 1 2 0 .667 4.00 .967 2.30
13 Seasons TOT 1572 1559 1528 16857 15647 1017 193 1196 .989 10.60 .990 10.43
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
1954 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1922 AL (10, 17%)
1924 AL (19, 5%)
1925 AL (12, 11%)
1931 AL (17, 5%)
0.38 Career Shares (535th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1928 AL  4.7 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1931 AL  4.9 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1921 AL  .416 (8th)
1928 AL  .400 (8th)
1929 AL  .422 (6th)
1931 AL  .430 (5th)
Career  .402 (50th)

Games Played s c a p y
1921 AL  153 (8th)
1928 AL  154 (3rd)
1929 AL  151 (10th)
1931 AL  155 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1921 AL  711 (4th)
1922 AL  681 (8th)
1928 AL  681 (6th)
1929 AL  714 (2nd)
1931 AL  726 (2nd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1922 AL  131 (2nd)
1923 AL  100 (10th)
1928 AL  116 (4th)
1931 AL  119 (6th)
Career  1,151 (211th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1928 AL  250 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1929 AL  40 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1926 AL  14 (5th)
1931 AL  15 (2nd)
Career  109 (128th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1928 AL  14 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1921 AL  103 (2nd)
1922 AL  82 (3rd)
1923 AL  96 (3rd)
1925 AL  83 (5th)
1926 AL  90 (6th)
1927 AL  71 (5th)
1928 AL  105 (2nd)
1929 AL  126 (2nd)
1930 AL  81 (5th)
1931 AL  127 (2nd)
Career  1,092 (80th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1921 AL  47 (10th)
1922 AL  48 (9th)
1931 AL  60 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1925 AL  19 (4th)
1926 AL  13 (10th)
1931 AL  13 (10th)
1932 AL  17 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1925 AL  133 (9th)
1931 AL  140 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1928 AL  99 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1921 AL  20 (10th)
1931 AL  30 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1921 AL  1.9 (10th)
1931 AL  2.8 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1928 AL  57 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1921 AL  288 (3rd)
1922 AL  264 (6th)
1925 AL  249 (10th)
1928 AL  263 (6th)
1929 AL  296 (1st)
1931 AL  309 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1922 AL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1925 AL  34 (4th)
Career  168 (128th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1921 AL  17 (2nd)
Career  85 (190th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1928 AL  12.9 (3rd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1928 AL  39.2 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1928 AL  422 (9th)

Putoutss c a p y
1921 AL  1,478 (4th)
1922 AL  1,506 (3rd)
1923 AL  1,347 (5th)
1925 AL  1,480 (2nd)
1928 AL  1,472 (3rd)
1929 AL  1,491 (1st)
1930 AL  1,110 (5th)
1931 AL  1,452 (1st)
Career  15,647 (39th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1921 AL  152 (3rd)
1922 AL  144 (4th)
1923 AL  129 (5th)
1925 AL  148 (3rd)
1928 AL  154 (1st)
1929 AL  151 (4th)
1931 AL  155 (1st)
Career  1,571 (53rd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1921 AL  1,478 (4th)
1922 AL  1,506 (3rd)
1923 AL  1,347 (5th)
1925 AL  1,480 (2nd)
1928 AL  1,472 (3rd)
1929 AL  1,491 (1st)
1930 AL  1,110 (5th)
1931 AL  1,452 (1st)
Career  15,644 (38th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1922 AL  95 (4th)
1923 AL  93 (2nd)
1925 AL  101 (2nd)
1928 AL  107 (1st)
1929 AL  88 (4th)
1930 AL  68 (5th)
1931 AL  81 (3rd)
1932 AL  88 (2nd)
Career  1,016 (50th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1921 AL  16 (2nd)
1922 AL  15 (3rd)
1924 AL  17 (3rd)
1925 AL  19 (4th)
1926 AL  19 (3rd)
1927 AL  18 (2nd)
1928 AL  17 (2nd)
1929 AL  10 (3rd)
1930 AL  16 (3rd)
1931 AL  16 (2nd)
1932 AL  16 (3rd)
Career  191 (36th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1925 AL  115 (4th)
1926 AL  95 (4th)
1927 AL  99 (5th)
1928 AL  121 (1st)
1929 AL  127 (5th)
1931 AL  105 (4th)
1932 AL  106 (4th)
Career  1,196 (55th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1921 AL  10.28 (5th)
1922 AL  11.12 (2nd)
1923 AL  11.16 (1st)
1924 AL  10.96 (2nd)
1925 AL  10.68 (3rd)
1926 AL  11.10 (2nd)
1927 AL  10.65 (3rd)
1928 AL  10.25 (2nd)
1929 AL  10.46 (2nd)
1930 AL  10.61 (1st)
1931 AL  9.89 (5th)
1932 AL  10.50 (3rd)
Career  10.60 (21st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1921 AL  .990 (5th)
1922 AL  .991 (5th)
1923 AL  .992 (3rd)
1925 AL  .988 (5th)
1928 AL  .989 (4th)
1929 AL  .994 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 52 (493), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 32 (600), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (491), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (53rd), 36.7 career WAR/27.9 7yr-peak WAR/32.3 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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 ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1921 24 Detroit Tigers $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 25 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 26 Detroit Tigers $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 27 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 28 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 29 Detroit Tigers $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 30 Detroit Tigers $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 31 St. Louis Browns $13,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 32 St. Louis Browns $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1930 33 St. Louis Browns $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1932 35 Chicago White Sox $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$114,500
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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