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Babe Borton

William Baker Borton

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: August 14, 1888 in Marion, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: September 2, 1912 (Age 24.019, 3,774th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Terriers/Browns/WhiteSox/Yankees 1912-1916

Last Game: September 30, 1916 (Age 28.047)
Died: July 29, 1954 in Berkeley, CA
Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA
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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
1912 23 CHW AL 31 118 105 15 39 3 1 0 17 1 7 8 9 .371 .416 .419 .835 142 44 0 5 3
1913 24 TOT AL 61 237 188 17 36 7 0 0 24 2 41 24 .191 .342 .229 .571 68 43 2 6 3
1913 24 CHW AL 28 106 80 9 22 5 0 0 13 1 23 5 .275 .442 .338 .780 130 27 1 2 3
1913 24 NYY AL 33 131 108 8 14 2 0 0 11 1 18 19 .130 .260 .148 .408 20 16 1 4 3
1915 26 SLM FL 159 668 549 97 157 20 14 3 83 17 92 64 .286 .395 .390 .785 126 214 7 20 *3
1916 27 SLB AL 66 118 98 10 22 1 2 1 12 1 19 13 .224 .350 .306 .657 102 30 0 2 3
4 Yrs 317 1141 940 139 254 31 17 4 136 21 7 160 110 .270 .381 .352 .734 114 331 9 33
162 Game Avg. 162 583 480 71 130 16 9 2 70 11 82 56 .270 .381 .352 .734 114 169 5 17
CHW (2 yrs) 59 224 185 24 61 8 1 0 30 2 7 31 14 .330 .429 .384 .812 137 71 1 7
SLM (1 yr) 159 668 549 97 157 20 14 3 83 17 92 64 .286 .395 .390 .785 126 214 7 20
NYY (1 yr) 33 131 108 8 14 2 0 0 11 1 18 19 .130 .260 .148 .408 20 16 1 4
SLB (1 yr) 66 118 98 10 22 1 2 1 12 1 19 13 .224 .350 .306 .657 102 30 0 2
AL (3 yrs) 158 473 391 42 97 11 3 1 53 4 7 68 46 .248 .362 .299 .661 96 117 2 13
FL (1 yr) 159 668 549 97 157 20 14 3 83 17 92 64 .286 .395 .390 .785 126 214 7 20

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
1912 23 CHW AL 31 118 6 -2 0 2 -1 5 0.5 4 9 1.0 .516 .503 0.7 0.1 7 3
1913 24 CHW AL 28 106 5 -0 0 0 -1 4 0.4 4 8 0.9 .515 .503 0.9 -0.1 8 3
1913 24 NYY AL 33 131 -10 -0 0 2 -1 -9 -1.1 5 -4 -0.6 .467 .493 -0.8 0.1 -6 3
1915 26 SLM FL 159 668 21 -1 0 -5 -5 9 1.0 11 20 2.1 .506 .506 2.5 -1.1 25 *3
1916 27 SLB AL 66 118 1 -0 0 0 -1 0 0.0 4 5 0.5 .501 .500 0.5 -0.1 5 3
4 Seasons 317 1141 22 -4 0 -1 -9 8 0.8 29 37 3.8 .503 .503 3.8 -1.1 38
CHW (2 yrs) 59 224 11 -2 0 2 -2 8 0.9 8 17 1.8 .516 .503 1.6 0.0 15
SLM (1 yr) 159 668 21 -1 0 -5 -5 9 1.0 11 20 2.1 .506 .506 2.5 -1.1 25
NYY (1 yr) 33 131 -10 -0 0 2 -1 -9 -1.1 5 -4 -0.6 .467 .493 -0.8 0.1 -6
SLB (1 yr) 66 118 1 -0 0 0 -1 0 0.0 4 5 0.5 .501 .500 0.5 -0.1 5

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 Awards
1912 CHW AL 23 1B 30 329 312 16 1 14 .997 10.93 .983 10.38
1913 TOT AL 24 1B 59 687 632 44 11 35 .984 11.46 .986 10.85
1913 CHW AL 24 1B 26 316 301 12 3 19 .991 12.04 .986 10.85
1913 NYY AL 24 1B 33 371 331 32 8 16 .978 11.00 .986 10.85
1915 SLM FL 26 1B 159 159 150 1641 1571 58 12 91 .993 10.25 .987 10.79
1916 SLB AL 27 1B 22 19 17 215 205 8 2 7 .991 9.68 .988 10.99
4 Seasons 1B 270 178 167 2872 2720 126 26 147 .991 10.54 .986 10.77
4 Seasons TOT 270 178 167 2872 2720 126 26 147 .991 10.54 .986 10.77
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

On-Base% s c a p y
1915 FL  .395 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1915 FL  159 (1st)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1915 FL  668 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1915 FL  97 (1st)

Total Bases s c a p y
1915 FL  214 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1915 FL  14 (5th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1915 FL  83 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1915 FL  92 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 FL  64 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1915 FL  120 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1915 FL  83 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1915 FL  26 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1915 FL  2.9 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1915 FL  256 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1915 FL  7 (6th)

Putoutss c a p y
1915 FL  1,571 (1st)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  159 (1st)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  1,571 (1st)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  58 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  12 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  91 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  10.25 (5th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1915 FL  .993 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 6 (354), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 11 (1377), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1829), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS First Base (287th), 3.8 career WAR/3.8 7yr-peak WAR/3.8 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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