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Frank Bowerman

Frank Eugene Bowerman (Mike)

Positions: Catcher and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: December 5, 1868 in Romeo, MI
School: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) (All Transactions)
Debut: August 24, 1895 (Age 26.262, 1,878th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1897 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Pirates/Doves/Orioles 1895-1909

Last Game: July 13, 1909 (Age 40.220)
Died: November 30, 1948 in Romeo, MI
Buried: Romeo Cemetery, Romeo, MI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 20, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1776. Jack Cust… #1777. Endy Chavez… #1778. Ryan Theriot… #1779. FRANK BOWERMAN… #1780. Yuniesky Betancourt… #1781. Alex Cora… #1782. Jerry Morales… 

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
1895 26 BLN NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1896 27 BLN NL 4 17 16 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 .125 .176 .125 .301 -20 2 0 0 /23
1897 28 BLN NL 38 134 130 16 41 5 0 1 21 3 1 13 .315 .331 .377 .708 86 49 2 1 2
1898 29 TOT NL 74 271 257 22 73 7 3 0 30 5 9 10 .284 .313 .335 .648 87 86 2 3 2/3
1898 29 BLN NL 5 19 16 5 7 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 .438 .526 .500 1.026 192 8 1 0 /2
1898 29 PIT NL 69 252 241 17 66 6 3 0 29 4 7 9 .274 .297 .324 .621 79 78 1 3 2/3
1899 30 PIT NL 110 457 427 51 111 16 10 3 53 10 12 16 .260 .288 .365 .654 79 156 5 13 23
1900 31 NYG NL 80 282 270 25 65 5 3 1 42 10 6 22 .241 .268 .293 .560 58 79 4 2 2/6
1901 32 NYG NL 59 203 191 20 38 5 3 0 14 3 7 23 .199 .235 .257 .492 45 49 2 3 2/4563
1902 33 NYG NL 109 392 373 38 93 14 6 0 27 12 13 30 .249 .276 .319 .596 85 119 1 5 *2/3
1903 34 NYG NL 64 223 210 22 58 6 2 1 31 5 6 21 .276 .306 .338 .644 80 71 3 4 2/3O
1904 35 NYG NL 93 319 289 38 67 11 4 2 27 7 16 20 .232 .288 .318 .607 84 92 7 7 2/341
1905 36 NYG NL 98 327 297 37 80 8 1 3 41 6 12 19 .269 .322 .333 .655 93 99 11 7 23/4
1906 37 NYG NL 92 310 285 23 65 7 3 1 42 5 15 18 .228 .274 .284 .558 73 81 3 7 23
1907 38 NYG NL 96 347 311 31 81 8 2 0 32 11 17 28 .260 .309 .299 .608 88 93 5 14 23
1908 39 BSN NL 86 274 254 16 58 8 1 1 25 4 13 15 .228 .274 .280 .554 78 71 3 4 23
1909 40 BSN NL 33 102 99 6 21 2 0 0 4 0 2 7 .212 .228 .232 .460 40 23 0 1 2
15 Yrs 1037 3659 3410 345 853 102 38 13 393 81 130 242 .250 .287 .314 .601 77 1070 48 71
162 Game Avg. 162 572 533 54 133 16 6 2 61 13 20 38 .250 .287 .314 .601 77 167 7 11
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
NYG (8 yrs) 691 2403 2226 234 547 64 24 8 256 59 92 181 .246 .287 .307 .594 77 683 36 49
BLN (4 yrs) 48 171 163 21 50 6 0 1 26 4 4 14 .307 .335 .362 .697 85 59 3 1
PIT (2 yrs) 179 709 668 68 177 22 13 3 82 14 19 25 .265 .291 .350 .642 79 234 6 16
BSN (2 yrs) 119 376 353 22 79 10 1 1 29 4 15 22 .224 .261 .266 .528 67 94 3 5

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
1895 26 BLN NL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .476 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1896 27 BLN NL 4 17 -3 0 0 -2 0 -5 -0.4 1 -4 -0.3 .403 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /23
1897 28 BLN NL 38 134 -3 -0 0 -4 2 -6 -0.5 5 -1 -0.0 .488 .497 0.3 -0.2 3 2
1898 29 BLN NL 5 19 2 -0 0 -1 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .525 .501 0.3 -0.1 3 /2
1898 29 PIT NL 69 252 -7 -0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 9 6 0.6 .496 .498 0.6 0.4 6 2/3
1899 30 PIT NL 110 457 -15 -0 0 -2 5 -12 -1.2 16 4 0.5 .490 .493 0.7 0.2 6 23
1900 31 NYG NL 80 282 -16 -0 0 -3 5 -14 -1.3 10 -4 -0.3 .484 .492 -0.1 0.2 -1 2/6
1901 32 NYG NL 59 203 -13 -0 0 -4 3 -14 -1.4 7 -7 -0.7 .476 .491 -0.3 -0.1 -3 2/4563
1902 33 NYG NL 109 392 -7 -0 0 -2 6 -2 -0.3 13 10 1.1 .497 .498 1.3 0.4 12 $4,000 *2/3
1903 34 NYG NL 64 223 -6 -0 0 1 4 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.6 .497 .499 0.4 0.5 4 2/3O
1904 35 NYG NL 93 319 -5 -0 0 2 5 2 0.2 10 12 1.3 .502 .501 1.0 0.8 10 2/341
1905 36 NYG NL 98 327 -1 -1 0 2 4 4 0.5 11 15 1.6 .505 .503 1.4 0.7 13 23/4
1906 37 NYG NL 92 310 -8 -0 0 3 4 -2 -0.3 10 8 0.8 .498 .499 0.5 0.8 5 23
1907 38 NYG NL 96 347 -4 -1 0 0 3 -1 -0.2 11 10 1.0 .498 .499 1.1 0.4 10 23
1908 39 BSN NL 86 274 -5 -0 0 2 4 1 0.1 9 10 1.0 .501 .500 0.8 0.8 8 23
1909 40 BSN NL 33 102 -6 0 0 -1 2 -6 -0.7 3 -2 -0.3 .480 .496 -0.2 0.1 -1 2
15 Seasons 1037 3659 -96 -4 0 -9 51 -58 -5.9 121 63 6.9 .495 .498 7.7 4.8 72 $4,000
NYG (8 yrs) 691 2403 -59 -3 0 -1 34 -29 -3.0 79 50 5.3 .496 .498 5.4 3.7 51 $4,000
BLN (4 yrs) 48 171 -5 -0 0 -7 3 -9 -0.8 6 -3 -0.2 .484 .498 0.4 -0.4 4
PIT (2 yrs) 179 709 -21 -0 0 -2 9 -15 -1.4 24 9 1.1 .492 .495 1.3 0.6 11
BSN (2 yrs) 119 376 -11 -0 0 1 6 -5 -0.6 12 7 0.7 .495 .499 0.6 0.9 6

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1904 35 NYG NL 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 47 5.42 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1 Yr 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 47 5.42 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 9.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 68 204 272 68 0 68 0 0 0 0 544 47 5.42 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1904 35 NYG NL 1.0 1 0 4 36.00 3.80 0.86 0.00 100.0 2.93 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -4 .211 .498
1 Season 1.0 1 0 4 36.00 3.80 0.86 0.00 100.0 2.93 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -4 .211 .498

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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1895 BLN NL 26 C 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .940 4.60 0 0 0
1896 BLN NL 27 C 3 20 12 6 2 0 .900 6.00 .943 4.60 6 6 7 54% 37%
1896 BLN NL 27 1B 1 9 9 0 0 1 1.000 9.00 .980 10.50
1897 BLN NL 28 C 36 194 155 29 10 1 .948 5.11 .948 4.74 21 55 25 31% 37%
1898 TOT NL 29 C 63 316 216 83 17 9 .946 4.75 .953 4.82 13 71 65 48% 44%
1898 BLN NL 29 C 4 20 12 7 1 1 .950 4.75 .953 4.82 3 4 6 60% 44%
1898 PIT NL 29 C 59 296 204 76 16 8 .946 4.75 .953 4.82 10 67 59 47% 44%
1898 PIT NL 29 1B 9 88 84 3 1 5 .989 9.67 .977 10.33
1899 PIT NL 30 C 80 433 280 130 23 8 .947 5.13 .952 4.60 18 101 106 51% 44%
1899 PIT NL 30 1B 28 285 259 16 10 14 .965 9.82 .977 10.52
1900 NYG NL 31 C 75 396 232 136 28 15 .929 4.91 .949 4.98 26 95 105 53% 44%
1900 NYG NL 31 SS 2 16 3 8 5 2 .688 5.50 .922 5.85
1901 NYG NL 32 C 46 340 256 67 17 6 .950 7.02 .971 6.20 21 61 53 46% 44%
1901 NYG NL 32 2B 3 24 8 14 2 0 .917 7.33 .941 5.13
1901 NYG NL 32 3B 3 14 5 7 2 0 .857 4.00 .888 3.20
1901 NYG NL 32 SS 3 12 2 7 3 0 .750 3.00 .925 5.73
1901 NYG NL 32 1B 1 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 10.00 .978 10.20
1902 NYG NL 33 C 100 612 438 146 28 11 .954 5.84 .965 6.07 16 116 100 46% 45%
1902 NYG NL 33 1B 3 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 6.00 .981 10.60
1903 NYG NL 34 C 55 391 316 66 9 9 .977 6.95 .967 6.10 10 62 51 45% 45%
1903 NYG NL 34 1B 4 33 32 1 0 0 1.000 8.25 .977 10.55
1903 NYG NL 34 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-1-0
1904 NYG NL 35 C 79 521 413 96 12 11 .977 6.44 .964 6.01 9 62 74 54% 46%
1904 NYG NL 35 1B 9 83 80 3 0 3 1.000 9.22 .983 10.68
1904 NYG NL 35 2B 2 7 2 4 1 0 .857 3.00 .941 5.35
1904 NYG NL 35 P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1905 NYG NL 36 C 72 457 383 66 8 4 .982 6.24 .963 6.20 6 51 50 50% 45%
1905 NYG NL 36 1B 17 157 142 10 5 8 .968 8.94 .981 10.76
1905 NYG NL 36 2B 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .943 5.20
1906 NYG NL 37 C 67 386 300 80 6 8 .984 5.67 .970 6.25 8 54 55 50% 45%
1906 NYG NL 37 1B 20 191 177 12 2 2 .990 9.45 .984 10.79
1907 NYG NL 38 C 62 394 320 70 4 5 .990 6.29 .971 5.98 7 51 49 49% 45%
1907 NYG NL 38 1B 29 297 286 9 2 9 .993 10.17 .984 10.58
1908 BSN NL 39 C 63 306 228 69 9 12 .971 4.71 .971 5.92 3 73 51 41% 46%
1908 BSN NL 39 1B 11 112 101 8 3 2 .973 9.91 .986 11.07
1909 BSN NL 40 C 27 167 122 33 12 6 .928 5.74 .965 6.27 2 37 25 40% 45%
15 Seasons C 829 4935 3673 1077 185 105 .963 5.73 .963 5.69 166 895 816 48% 44%
11 Seasons 1B 132 1283 1197 63 23 44 .982 9.55 .981 10.65
3 Seasons 2B 6 34 13 18 3 0 .912 5.17 .941 5.22
2 Seasons SS 5 28 5 15 8 2 .714 4.00 .923 5.78
1 Season 3B 3 14 5 7 2 0 .857 4.00 .888 3.20
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-1-0
1 Season P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
15 Seasons TOT 977 1.0 6294 4893 1180 221 151 .965 0.00 6.22 .966 2.70 6.34 0-1-0 166 895 816 48% 44%
Lg 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
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
1906 NL  0.8 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1905 NL  11 (8th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1900 NL  75 (4th)
1902 NL  100 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1902 NL  438 (2nd)
1904 NL  413 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1899 NL  130 (1st)
1900 NL  136 (2nd)
1902 NL  146 (2nd)
Career  1,077 (35th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1899 NL  23 (1st)
1900 NL  28 (1st)
1901 NL  17 (3rd)
1902 NL  28 (2nd)
Career  185 (50th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1900 NL  15 (1st)
1902 NL  11 (4th)
1903 NL  9 (3rd)
1904 NL  11 (3rd)
1908 NL  12 (2nd)
Career  105 (46th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1897 NL  21 (2nd)
1899 NL  18 (3rd)
1900 NL  26 (2nd)
1901 NL  21 (1st)
1902 NL  16 (2nd)
1903 NL  10 (5th)
Career  166 (59th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1902 NL  116 (3rd)
Career  895 (45th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1899 NL  106 (5th)
1900 NL  105 (2nd)
1902 NL  100 (2nd)
Career  816 (21st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1899 NL  51.2 (2nd)
1900 NL  52.5 (1st)
1904 NL  54.4 (2nd)
1905 NL  49.5 (3rd)
1906 NL  50.5 (4th)
Career  47.7 (43rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1899 NL  5.13 (2nd)
1900 NL  4.91 (5th)
1902 NL  5.84 (5th)
1903 NL  6.95 (1st)
1904 NL  6.44 (1st)
1905 NL  6.24 (5th)
1907 NL  6.29 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1902 NL  .954 (5th)
1904 NL  .977 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1904 NL  born 1868-12-05 (9th)
1905 NL  born 1868-12-05 (6th)
1906 NL  born 1868-12-05 (5th)
1907 NL  born 1868-12-05 (4th)
1908 NL  born 1868-12-05 (2nd)
1909 NL  born 1868-12-05 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (923), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (225th), 6.9 career WAR/7.6 7yr-peak WAR/7.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1902 33 New York Giants $4,000 ? 10/18/02 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,000
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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