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Lew Brown

Lewis J. Brown (Blower)

Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February 1, 1858 in Leominster, MA (All Transactions)
Debut: June 17, 1876 (Age 18.137)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1876 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Grays/RedStockings/Reds/Wolverines/Eclipse/... 1876-1884

Final Game: October 19, 1884 (Age 26.261)
Died: January 15, 1889 in Boston, MA
Buried: Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA
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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
1876 18 BSN NL 45 198 195 23 41 6 6 2 21 3 22 .210 .222 .333 .556 83 65 *2/O
1877 19 BSN NL 58 227 221 27 56 12 8 1 31 6 33 .253 .273 .394 .667 104 87 *2/3
1878 20 PRO NL 58 250 243 44 74 21 6 1 43 7 37 .305 .324 .453 .777 153 110 *23/O1
1879 21 TOT NL 59 255 250 25 65 14 4 2 41 5 28 .260 .275 .372 .647 110 93 2/3O
1879 21 PRO NL 53 233 229 23 59 13 4 2 38 4 24 .258 .270 .376 .646 110 86 2/O
1879 21 CHC NL 6 22 21 2 6 1 0 0 3 1 4 .286 .318 .333 .652 108 7 /3
1881 23 TOT NL 45 190 183 25 44 6 2 3 24 7 29 .240 .268 .344 .613 89 63 3O
1881 23 DTN NL 27 111 108 16 26 3 1 3 14 3 16 .241 .261 .370 .632 93 40 3
1881 23 PRO NL 18 79 75 9 18 3 1 0 10 4 13 .240 .278 .307 .585 84 23 O/3
1883 25 TOT MLB 28 118 114 11 24 6 2 0 9 4 .211 .237 .298 .536 68 34 3/2
1883 25 BSN NL 14 57 54 5 13 4 1 0 9 3 6 .241 .281 .352 .633 88 19 3
1883 25 LOU AA 14 61 60 6 11 2 1 0 1 .183 .197 .250 .447 47 15 3/2
1884 26 BOS UA 85 338 325 50 75 18 3 1 13 .231 .260 .314 .574 92 102 23/O1
7 Yrs 378 1576 1531 205 379 83 31 10 169 45 155 .248 .269 .362 .631 103 554
162 Game Avg. 162 675 656 88 162 36 13 4 72 19 .248 .269 .362 .631 103 237
PRO (3 yrs) 129 562 547 76 151 37 11 3 91 15 74 .276 .295 .400 .696 125 219
BSN (3 yrs) 117 482 470 55 110 22 15 3 61 12 61 .234 .253 .364 .617 94 171
LOU (1 yr) 14 61 60 6 11 2 1 0 1 .183 .197 .250 .447 47 15
BOS (1 yr) 85 338 325 50 75 18 3 1 13 .231 .260 .314 .574 92 102
DTN (1 yr) 27 111 108 16 26 3 1 3 14 3 16 .241 .261 .370 .632 93 40
CHC (1 yr) 6 22 21 2 6 1 0 0 3 1 4 .286 .318 .333 .652 108 7
NL (6 yrs) 279 1177 1146 149 293 63 27 9 169 31 155 .256 .275 .381 .657 109 437
AA (1 yr) 14 61 60 6 11 2 1 0 1 .183 .197 .250 .447 47 15
UA (1 yr) 85 338 325 50 75 18 3 1 13 .231 .260 .314 .574 92 102

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
1876 18 BSN NL 45 198 -6 0 0 8 3 5 0.4 7 11 1.1 .509 .503 0.4 0.9 3 *2/O
1877 19 BSN NL 58 227 -2 0 0 3 4 4 0.3 8 12 1.1 .507 .502 0.9 0.6 9 *2/3
1878 20 PRO NL 58 250 11 0 0 -1 3 13 1.2 9 21 2.1 .521 .508 2.2 0.2 22 *23/O1
1879 21 PRO NL 53 233 2 0 0 -2 3 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .504 .501 1.2 0.1 12 2/O
1879 21 CHC NL 6 22 -0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .514 .501 0.1 0.1 1 /3
1881 23 DTN NL 27 111 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .490 .498 0.2 -0.1 2 3
1881 23 PRO NL 18 79 -2 0 0 -2 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .475 .497 0.0 -0.3 -0 O/3
1883 25 BSN NL 14 57 -1 0 0 -1 -0 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .488 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 3
1883 25 LOU AA 14 61 -3 0 0 -4 0 -7 -0.6 1 -6 -0.5 .455 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -2 3/2
1884 26 BOS UA 85 338 -3 0 0 7 3 8 0.9 0 8 1.0 .508 .504 0.1 1.2 1 23/O1
7 Seasons 378 1576 -7 0 0 8 15 16 1.5 41 57 5.9 .504 .503 5.1 2.2 49
PRO (3 yrs) 129 562 11 0 0 -5 5 11 0.9 19 29 2.9 .508 .504 3.5 -0.1 34
BSN (3 yrs) 117 482 -10 0 0 10 6 7 0.5 16 23 2.2 .505 .502 1.4 1.4 13
LOU (1 yr) 14 61 -3 0 0 -4 0 -7 -0.6 1 -6 -0.5 .455 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -2
BOS (1 yr) 85 338 -3 0 0 7 3 8 0.9 0 8 1.0 .508 .504 0.1 1.2 1
DTN (1 yr) 27 111 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .490 .498 0.2 -0.1 2
CHC (1 yr) 6 22 -0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .514 .501 0.1 0.1 1

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
1878 20 PRO NL 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 4 2 0 4 0 0 2 8 21 14.54 4.000 0.0 0.0 36.0 0.0 0.00
1884 26 BOS UA 0 0 36.00 1 0 1 0 0 1 1.0 6 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 10 13 6.27 7.000 54.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
2 Yrs 0 0 27.00 2 0 1 0 0 1 2.0 6 11 6 0 5 0 0 2 18 15 10.40 5.500 27.0 0.0 22.5 0.0 0.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 27.00 68 0 34 0 0 34 68 204 374 204 0 170 0 0 68 612 15 10.40 5.500 27.0 0.0 22.5 0.0 0.00
PRO (1 yr) 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 4 2 0 4 0 0 2 8 21 14.54 4.000 0.0 0.0 36.0 0.0 0.00
BOS (1 yr) 0 0 36.00 1 0 1 0 0 1 1.0 6 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 10 13 6.27 7.000 54.0 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
1878 20 PRO NL 1.0 1 0 4 36.00 5.07 0.24 0.00 96.0 4.63 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .244 .498
1884 26 BOS UA 1.0 1 0 7 63.00 5.62 -0.63 0.00 98.0 6.13 -6 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -6 .150 .498
2 Seasons 2.0 2 0 11 49.50 5.35 -0.19 0.00 97.0 5.38 -10 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.6 -10 .197 .498
PRO (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 4 36.00 5.07 0.24 0.00 96.0 4.63 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .244 .498
BOS (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 7 63.00 5.62 -0.63 0.00 98.0 6.13 -6 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -6 .150 .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
1876 BSN NL 18 C 45 277 192 45 40 4 .856 5.27 .805 5.81 32 0 0
1876 BSN NL 18 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .850 2.10 0-1-1
1877 BSN NL 19 C 55 476 360 67 49 5 .897 7.76 .876 6.13 39 0 0
1877 BSN NL 19 1B 4 27 27 0 0 0 1.000 6.75 .951 10.85
1878 PRO NL 20 C 45 359 232 84 43 11 .880 7.02 .891 7.09 55 0 0
1878 PRO NL 20 1B 15 192 178 3 11 7 .943 12.07 .956 11.51
1878 PRO NL 20 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-0-1
1878 PRO NL 20 P 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .890 2.70 2.30
1879 PRO NL 21 C 48 412 286 63 63 5 .847 7.27 .889 6.45 42 0 0
1879 PRO NL 21 OF 6 8 4 1 3 0 .625 0.83 .838 1.88 0-0-6
1879 CHC NL 21 1B 6 76 72 2 2 5 .974 12.33 .953 11.13
1881 TOT NL 23 1B 32 326 304 9 13 24 .960 9.78 .960 10.52
1881 DTN NL 23 1B 27 271 252 8 11 20 .959 9.63 .960 10.52
1881 PRO NL 23 OF 13 12 9 1 2 0 .833 0.77 .871 2.06 0-0-13
1881 PRO NL 23 1B 5 55 52 1 2 4 .964 10.60 .960 10.52
1883 TOT MLB 25 1B 28 313 280 7 26 13 .917 10.25 .956 10.64
1883 BSN NL 25 1B 14 157 146 2 9 7 .943 10.57 .961 10.58
1883 LOU AA 25 1B 14 156 134 5 17 6 .891 9.93 .951 10.69
1883 LOU AA 25 C 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .890 6.70 3 0 0
1884 BOS UA 26 C 54 581 414 117 50 6 .914 9.83 .895 8.35 65 0 0
1884 BOS UA 26 1B 33 354 322 11 21 9 .941 10.09 .950 10.18
1884 BOS UA 26 OF 2 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .815 1.55 0-0-2
1884 BOS UA 26 P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
6 Seasons C 248 2106 1485 376 245 31 .884 7.50 .877 6.79 236 0 0
6 Seasons 1B 118 1288 1183 32 73 58 .943 10.30 .955 10.62
5 Seasons OF 23 23 15 2 6 0 .739 0.74 .853 1.96 0-1-23
2 Seasons P 2 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 0.50 .890 2.70 2.40
7 Seasons TOT 391 2.0 3418 2683 411 324 89 .905 4.50 7.91 .906 2.70 7.64 0-1-23 236 0 0
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1878 NL  2.1 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1878 NL  2.2 (7th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1884 UA  1.2 (6th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1878 NL  .453 (4th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1878 NL  .777 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1878 NL  44 (10th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1878 NL  110 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1877 NL  12 (8th)
1878 NL  21 (2nd)

Triples s c a p y
1876 NL  6 (8th)
1877 NL  8 (3rd)
1878 NL  6 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1876 NL  2 (3rd)
1877 NL  1 (6th)
1878 NL  1 (5th)
1879 NL  2 (5th)
1881 NL  3 (5th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1878 NL  43 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1876 NL  22 (2nd)
1877 NL  33 (1st)
1878 NL  37 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1878 NL  153 (5th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1878 NL  36 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1878 NL  14 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1878 NL  1.6 (9th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1877 NL  21 (6th)
1878 NL  28 (2nd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1878 NL  .720 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1876 NL  97.5 (3rd)
1877 NL  221.0 (6th)
1878 NL  243.0 (10th)
1879 NL  125.0 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1884 UA  1 (2nd)

Putoutss c a p y
1877 NL  387 (4th)
1884 UA  737 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1878 NL  54 (3rd)
1879 NL  68 (2nd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1876 NL  45 (4th)
1877 NL  55 (2nd)
1878 NL  45 (5th)
1884 UA  54 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1877 NL  360 (1st)
1878 NL  232 (5th)
1879 NL  286 (5th)
1884 UA  414 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1877 NL  67 (2nd)
1878 NL  84 (3rd)
1879 NL  63 (5th)
1884 UA  117 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1877 NL  49 (1st)
1878 NL  43 (2nd)
1879 NL  63 (1st)
1884 UA  50 (3rd)
Career  245 (24th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1876 NL  4 (2nd)
1877 NL  5 (2nd)
1878 NL  11 (1st)
1879 NL  5 (3rd)
1884 UA  6 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1876 NL  32 (3rd)
1877 NL  39 (4th)
1878 NL  55 (2nd)
1884 UA  65 (5th)
Career  236 (37th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1877 NL  7.76 (1st)
1878 NL  7.02 (2nd)
1879 NL  7.27 (1st)
1884 UA  9.83 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1876 NL  .856 (3rd)
1877 NL  .897 (2nd)
1878 NL  .880 (4th)
1884 UA  .914 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1876 NL  born 1858-02-01 (2nd)
1877 NL  born 1858-02-01 (3rd)
1878 NL  born 1858-02-01 (6th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 37 (682), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Pitching - 3 (2173), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Catcher (271st), 5.9 career WAR/5.9 7yr-peak WAR/5.9 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Lewis Blower J. Lew lou Brown

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