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Sugar Cain

Merritt Patrick Cain

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 5, 1907 in Macon, GA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1932 (Age 25)
Rookie Status: Lost 1933 [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/WhiteSox/Browns 1932-1938

Final Game: May 28, 1938 (Age 31)
Died: April 3, 1975 in Atlanta, GA
Cremated
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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
1932 25 PHA AL 3 4 .429 5.00 10 6 1 3 0 0 45.0 42 27 25 1 28 24 0 0 0 197 91 4.11 1.556 8.4 0.2 5.6 4.8 0.86
1933 26 PHA AL 13 12 .520 4.25 38 32 2 16 1 1 218.0 244 132 103 18 137 43 3 0 4 1030 101 5.40 1.748 10.1 0.7 5.7 1.8 0.31
1934 27 PHA AL 9 17 .346 4.41 36 32 2 15 0 0 230.2 235 128 113 15 128 66 3 0 3 1035 99 5.10 1.574 9.2 0.6 5.0 2.6 0.52
1935 28 TOT AL 9 13 .409 5.44 37 29 1 8 0 0 193.2 236 134 117 8 123 73 4 0 2 922 87 4.81 1.854 11.0 0.4 5.7 3.4 0.59
1935 28 PHA AL 0 5 .000 6.58 6 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 39 22 19 1 19 5 0 0 0 127 70 5.36 2.231 13.5 0.3 6.6 1.7 0.26
1935 28 SLB AL 9 8 .529 5.26 31 24 1 8 0 0 167.2 197 112 98 7 104 68 4 0 2 795 91 4.72 1.795 10.6 0.4 5.6 3.7 0.65
1936 29 TOT AL 15 11 .577 4.89 34 29 2 15 1 0 211.2 248 125 115 18 84 50 5 0 1 943 107 5.16 1.569 10.5 0.8 3.6 2.1 0.60
1936 29 SLB AL 1 1 .500 6.61 4 3 0 1 0 0 16.1 20 13 12 0 9 8 0 0 0 79 82 3.94 1.776 11.0 0.0 5.0 4.4 0.89
1936 29 CHW AL 14 10 .583 4.75 30 26 2 14 1 0 195.1 228 112 103 18 75 42 5 0 1 864 110 5.26 1.551 10.5 0.8 3.5 1.9 0.56
1937 30 CHW AL 4 2 .667 6.16 18 6 4 1 0 0 68.2 88 48 47 7 51 17 0 0 1 328 75 6.10 2.024 11.5 0.9 6.7 2.2 0.33
1938 31 CHW AL 0 1 .000 4.58 5 3 2 0 0 0 19.2 26 17 10 0 18 6 0 0 1 101 110 5.06 2.237 11.9 0.0 8.2 2.7 0.33
7 Yrs 53 60 .469 4.83 178 137 14 58 2 1 987.1 1119 611 530 67 569 279 15 0 12 4556 96 5.14 1.710 10.2 0.6 5.2 2.5 0.49
162 Game Avg. 11 13 .469 4.83 38 30 3 13 0 0 213 242 132 114 14 123 60 3 0 3 984 96 5.14 1.710 10.2 0.6 5.2 2.5 0.49
PHA (4 yrs) 25 38 .397 4.50 90 75 5 34 1 1 519.2 560 309 260 35 312 138 6 0 7 2389 97 5.15 1.678 9.7 0.6 5.4 2.4 0.44
CHW (3 yrs) 18 13 .581 5.08 53 35 8 15 1 0 283.2 342 177 160 25 144 65 5 0 3 1293 99 5.45 1.713 10.9 0.8 4.6 2.1 0.45
SLB (2 yrs) 10 9 .526 5.38 35 27 1 9 0 0 184.0 217 125 110 7 113 76 4 0 2 874 90 4.65 1.793 10.6 0.3 5.5 3.7 0.67

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
1932 25 PHA AL 45.0 10 6 27 5.40 5.57 0.17 0.00 98.7 5.33 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.4 5 .496 .500 $1,500
1933 26 PHA AL 218.0 38 32 132 5.45 4.90 -0.41 0.00 101.1 5.37 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.8 23 .490 .498 $3,000
1934 27 PHA AL 230.2 36 32 128 4.99 5.19 0.21 0.00 99.3 4.95 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 2.0 26 .495 .499 $4,000
1935 28 PHA AL 26.0 6 5 22 7.62 5.57 -0.10 0.00 98.9 5.61 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .414 .497 $5,500
1935 28 SLB AL 167.2 31 24 112 6.01 5.29 -0.25 0.00 103.3 5.73 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.1 14 .484 .497
1936 29 SLB AL 16.1 4 3 13 7.16 5.77 -0.39 0.00 108.8 6.71 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .479 .499 $5,500
1936 29 CHW AL 195.1 30 26 112 5.16 5.56 0.21 0.00 104.7 5.60 8 0.7 1.0 -0.1 2.5 34 .523 .504
1937 30 CHW AL 68.2 18 6 48 6.29 5.30 0.36 0.00 100.6 4.97 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .450 .494 $8,000
1938 31 CHW AL 19.2 5 3 17 7.78 5.46 0.02 0.00 105.1 5.71 -5 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .420 .498 $7,000
7 Seasons 987.1 178 137 611 5.57 5.27 -0.02 0.00 101.8 5.38 -26 -2.3 1.0 -0.6 7.2 98 .487 .499 $34,500
PHA (4 yrs) 519.2 90 75 309 5.35 5.12 -0.07 0.00 100.0 5.19 -12 -1.1 1.0 -0.3 3.9 52 .487 .498 $14,000
CHW (3 yrs) 283.2 53 35 177 5.62 5.49 0.23 0.00 103.7 5.45 -7 -0.6 1.0 -0.2 2.0 30 .489 .500 $15,000
SLB (2 yrs) 184.0 35 27 125 6.11 5.34 -0.26 0.00 103.8 5.81 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 1.2 16 .483 .497 $5,500

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
1932 25 PHA AL 10 14 12 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .250 .357 .250 .607 58 3 0 0 1
1933 26 PHA AL 39 87 80 3 16 2 0 0 4 0 0 2 17 .200 .229 .225 .454 21 18 1 4 1
1934 27 PHA AL 36 88 82 4 13 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 23 .159 .169 .171 .339 -11 14 0 5 1
1935 28 TOT AL 37 69 65 3 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 1 16 .169 .182 .185 .366 -6 12 0 3 1
1935 28 PHA AL 6 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1935 28 SLB AL 31 61 57 3 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 1 15 .193 .207 .211 .417 7 12 0 3 1
1936 29 TOT AL 35 86 75 6 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 15 .120 .195 .120 .315 -21 9 0 4 1
1936 29 SLB AL 4 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571 40 2 0 0 /1
1936 29 CHW AL 31 79 68 5 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 14 .103 .187 .103 .290 -28 7 0 4 1
1937 30 CHW AL 18 24 22 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364 -8 4 0 2 1
1938 31 CHW AL 5 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 180 376 344 18 56 4 0 0 21 0 0 13 83 .163 .196 .174 .370 -5 60 1 18
162 Game Avg. 162 338 310 16 50 4 0 0 19 0 0 12 75 .163 .196 .174 .370 -5 54 1 16
PHA (4 yrs) 91 197 182 7 32 3 0 0 10 0 0 5 44 .176 .202 .192 .394 4 35 1 9
CHW (3 yrs) 54 111 98 7 11 0 0 0 6 0 0 7 23 .112 .171 .112 .284 -29 11 0 6
SLB (2 yrs) 35 68 64 4 13 1 0 0 5 0 0 1 16 .203 .215 .219 .434 11 14 0 3

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
1932 25 PHA AL 10 14 -1 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .507 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $1,500 1
1933 26 PHA AL 39 87 -10 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $3,000 1
1934 27 PHA AL 36 88 -15 0 0 0 10 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -5 $4,000 1
1935 28 PHA AL 6 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .475 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $5,500 /1
1935 28 SLB AL 31 61 -9 0 0 0 6 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1936 29 SLB AL 4 7 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $5,500 /1
1936 29 CHW AL 31 79 -16 0 0 0 9 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .482 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1
1937 30 CHW AL 18 24 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $8,000 1
1938 31 CHW AL 5 8 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .466 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $7,000 /1
7 Seasons 180 376 -60 0 0 0 40 -19 -1.8 0 -19 -1.8 .490 .498 -1.7 -0.0 -19 $34,500
PHA (4 yrs) 91 197 -28 0 0 0 21 -7 -0.7 0 -7 -0.7 .493 .499 -0.6 0.0 -7 $14,000
CHW (3 yrs) 54 111 -22 0 0 0 13 -10 -0.9 0 -10 -0.9 .484 .498 -0.9 0.0 -10 $15,000
SLB (2 yrs) 35 68 -9 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $5,500

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1932 PHA AL 25 P 10 6 3 45.0 9 1 8 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.90 .958 2.24 2.23
1933 PHA AL 26 P 38 32 16 218.0 53 6 45 2 5 .962 2.11 1.34 .960 2.28 2.27
1934 PHA AL 27 P 36 32 15 230.2 56 4 47 5 2 .911 1.99 1.42 .956 2.14 2.11
1935 TOT AL 28 P 37 29 8 193.2 31 2 26 3 4 .903 1.30 0.76 .949 2.15 2.14
1935 PHA AL 28 P 6 5 0 26.0 8 0 7 1 1 .875 2.42 1.17 .949 2.15 2.13
1935 SLB AL 28 P 31 24 8 167.2 23 2 19 2 3 .913 1.13 0.68 .949 2.15 2.14
1936 TOT AL 29 P 34 29 15 211.2 34 3 28 3 3 .912 1.32 0.91 .956 1.99 1.96
1936 SLB AL 29 P 4 3 1 16.1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.10 0.50 .955 1.98 1.95
1936 CHW AL 29 P 30 26 14 195.1 32 2 27 3 3 .906 1.34 0.97 .956 1.99 1.96
1937 CHW AL 30 P 18 6 1 68.2 14 0 14 0 1 1.000 1.83 0.78 .954 2.04 2.01
1938 CHW AL 31 P 5 3 0 19.2 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.46 0.20 .950 2.11 2.06
7 Seasons P 178 137 58 987.1 199 17 168 14 15 .930 1.69 1.04 .956 2.14 2.12
7 Seasons TOT 178 137 58 987.1 199 17 168 14 15 .930 1.69 1.04 .956 2.14 2.12
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.
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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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Games Started s c a p y
1933 AL  32 (5th)
1934 AL  32 (5th)
1935 AL  29 (10th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1933 AL  16 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1933 AL  18 (4th)
1936 AL  18 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1933 AL  137 (2nd)
1934 AL  128 (3rd)
1935 AL  123 (1st)

Hits s c a p y
1933 AL  244 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1935 AL  0.372 (9th)

Losses s c a p y
1934 AL  17 (4th)
1935 AL  13 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1933 AL  103 (8th)
1934 AL  113 (7th)
1935 AL  117 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1934 AL  3 (10th)
1935 AL  4 (6th)
1936 AL  5 (7th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1933 AL  1,030 (7th)
1934 AL  1,035 (9th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1934 AL  5 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1935), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1763), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1178th), 5.4 career WAR/5.4 7yr-peak WAR/5.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
193225Philadelphia Athletics$1,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193326Philadelphia Athletics$3,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193427Philadelphia Athletics$4,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193528Philadelphia Athletics$5,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsPHA/SLB
193629St. Louis Browns$5,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsSLB/CHW
193730Chicago White Sox$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193831Chicago White Sox$7,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$34,500
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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Name and misspellings: Merritt Patrick Sugar Cain

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