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Buttons Briggs

Herbert Theodore Briggs

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: July 8, 1875 in Poughkeepsie, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 23, 1896 (Age 20.290, 1,927th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1896 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Colts/Orphans 1896-1905

Last Game: September 25, 1905 (Age 30.079)
Died: February 18, 1911 in Cleveland, OH
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
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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
1896 20 CHC NL 12 8 .600 4.31 26 21 4 19 0 1 194.0 202 129 93 6 108 84 15 0 6 882 105 4.73 1.598 9.4 0.3 5.0 3.9 0.78
1897 21 CHC NL 4 17 .190 5.26 22 22 0 21 0 0 186.2 246 166 109 6 85 60 9 0 6 876 84 4.60 1.773 11.9 0.3 4.1 2.9 0.71
1898 22 CHC NL 1 3 .250 5.70 4 4 0 3 0 0 30.0 38 22 19 0 10 14 1 0 1 135 64 2.93 1.600 11.4 0.0 3.0 4.2 1.40
1904 28 CHC NL 19 11 .633 2.05 34 30 4 28 3 3 277.0 252 102 63 3 77 112 8 0 3 1109 129 2.67 1.188 8.2 0.1 2.5 3.6 1.45
1905 29 CHC NL 8 8 .500 2.14 20 20 0 13 5 0 168.0 141 58 40 1 52 68 6 0 1 654 139 2.82 1.149 7.6 0.1 2.8 3.6 1.31
5 Yrs 44 47 .484 3.41 106 97 8 84 8 4 855.2 879 477 324 16 332 338 39 0 17 3656 105 3.60 1.415 9.2 0.2 3.5 3.6 1.02
162 Game Avg. 15 16 .484 3.41 36 32 3 28 3 1 287 294 160 109 5 111 113 13 0 6 1225 105 3.60 1.415 9.2 0.2 3.5 3.6 1.02
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
1896 20 CHC NL 194.0 26 21 129 5.98 6.02 0.06 0.00 104.0 6.20 9 0.8 1.0 -0.2 2.5 30 .531 .505
1897 21 CHC NL 186.2 22 22 166 8.00 5.87 -0.22 0.00 104.0 6.33 -30 -2.3 -0.1 -0.7 -11 .395 .486
1898 22 CHC NL 30.0 4 4 22 6.60 4.91 0.15 0.00 99.0 4.72 -6 -0.5 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .381 .497
1904 28 CHC NL 277.0 34 30 102 3.31 3.92 0.21 0.00 98.0 3.64 11 1.3 1.0 -0.3 3.5 32 .539 .508
1905 29 CHC NL 168.0 20 20 58 3.11 4.08 0.41 0.00 99.0 3.63 10 1.2 -0.1 2.6 24 .560 .507
5 Seasons 855.2 106 97 477 5.02 4.89 0.12 0.00 100.9 4.84 -5 0.5 1.0 -0.7 7.6 71 .505 .502

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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
1896 20 CHC NL 26 85 78 5 10 0 2 0 6 0 7 14 .128 .200 .179 .379 -1 14 0 0 1
1897 21 CHC NL 22 86 81 5 13 0 1 0 5 1 3 15 .160 .190 .185 .376 -2 15 0 2 1
1898 22 CHC NL 4 14 14 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .429 .429 .500 .929 165 7 0 0 /1
1904 28 CHC NL 34 101 94 6 16 1 0 1 4 0 5 26 .170 .212 .213 .425 31 20 0 2 1
1905 29 CHC NL 20 64 57 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 10 .053 .115 .053 .167 -50 3 0 3 1
5 Yrs 106 350 324 19 48 2 3 1 17 1 19 66 .148 .195 .182 .377 6 59 0 7
162 Game Avg. 162 535 495 29 73 3 5 2 26 2 29 101 .148 .195 .182 .377 6 90 0 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
1896 20 CHC NL 26 85 -14 0 0 0 6 -7 -0.6 0 -7 -0.6 .477 .496 -0.6 0.0 -7 1
1897 21 CHC NL 22 86 -14 -0 0 0 7 -8 -0.7 0 -8 -0.7 .470 .496 -0.7 0.0 -8 1
1898 22 CHC NL 4 14 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .545 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /1
1904 28 CHC NL 34 101 -8 0 0 0 6 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1905 29 CHC NL 20 64 -11 0 0 0 5 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .468 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1
5 Seasons 106 350 -45 0 0 0 25 -20 -1.9 0 -20 -1.9 .482 .497 -1.9 0.0 -20

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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
1896 CHC NL 20 P 26 194.0 39 6 29 4 0 .897 1.62 1.35 .916 2.72 2.62
1897 CHC NL 21 P 22 186.2 44 8 35 1 0 .977 2.07 1.95 .920 2.54 2.45
1898 CHC NL 22 P 4 30.0 9 1 6 2 0 .778 2.10 1.75 .918 2.64 2.55
1904 CHC NL 28 P 34 277.0 70 16 54 0 2 1.000 2.27 2.06 .940 3.03 2.95
1905 CHC NL 29 P 20 168.0 49 11 36 2 0 .959 2.52 2.35 .943 2.97 2.93
5 Seasons P 106 855.2 211 42 160 9 2 .957 2.12 1.91 .931 2.83 2.75
5 Seasons TOT 106 855.2 211 42 160 9 2 .957 2.12 1.91 .931 2.83 2.75
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1904 NL  2.05 (8th)
1905 NL  2.14 (4th)

Wins s c a p y
1904 NL  19 (8th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1904 NL  .633 (9th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1896 NL  9.371 (7th)
1905 NL  7.554 (8th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1896 NL  3.897 (1st)
1897 NL  2.893 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1896 NL  1 (4th)
1904 NL  3 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1904 NL  112 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1905 NL  5 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1905 NL  0.054 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1896 NL  15 (8th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1904 NL  129 (10th)
1905 NL  139 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1905 NL  15 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1905 NL  1.6 (10th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1897 NL  .977 (2nd)
1904 NL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1896 NL  born 1875-07-08 (8th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 30 (804), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1258), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1445), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1166th), 5.8 career WAR/5.8 7yr-peak WAR/5.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Herbert Buttons Theodore Briggs

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