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Ben Cantwell

Benjamin Caldwell Cantwell

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: April 13, 1902 in Milan, TN
School: University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) (All Transactions)
Debut: August 19, 1927 (Age 25.128)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1928 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Bees/Giants/Dodgers 1927-1937

Final Game: September 23, 1937 (Age 35.163)
Died: December 4, 1962 in Salem, MO
Buried: North Lawn Cemetery, Salem, MO
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 29, 2014 6:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #966. Vicente Padilla… #967. Justin Duchscherer… #968. Jaime Navarro… #969. BEN CANTWELL… #970. Charlie Sweeney… #971. Dave Veres… #972. Bert Cunningham… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

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
1927 25 NYG NL 1 1 .500 4.12 5 2 2 1 0 0 19.2 26 9 9 1 2 6 1 0 1 87 96 3.53 1.424 11.9 0.5 0.9 2.7 3.00
1928 26 TOT NL 4 3 .571 4.98 29 11 11 3 0 1 108.1 132 73 60 8 40 18 3 0 1 492 78 4.72 1.588 11.0 0.7 3.3 1.5 0.45
1928 26 NYG NL 1 0 1.000 4.42 7 1 3 0 0 1 18.1 20 10 9 1 4 0 1 0 0 79 90 4.43 1.309 9.8 0.5 2.0 0.0 0.00
1928 26 BSN NL 3 3 .500 5.10 22 10 8 3 0 0 90.0 112 63 51 7 36 18 2 0 1 413 75 4.78 1.644 11.2 0.7 3.6 1.8 0.50
1929 27 BSN NL 4 13 .235 4.47 27 20 5 8 0 2 157.0 171 98 78 11 52 25 2 0 3 683 105 4.79 1.420 9.8 0.6 3.0 1.4 0.48
1930 28 BSN NL 9 15 .375 4.88 31 21 6 10 0 2 173.1 213 99 94 15 45 43 1 0 3 753 101 4.93 1.488 11.1 0.8 2.3 2.2 0.96
1931 29 BSN NL 7 9 .438 3.63 33 16 8 9 2 2 156.1 160 73 63 4 34 32 0 0 4 659 106 3.69 1.241 9.2 0.2 2.0 1.8 0.94
1932 30 BSN NL 13 11 .542 2.96 37 9 27 3 1 5 146.0 133 56 48 6 33 33 5 0 0 589 128 3.88 1.137 8.2 0.4 2.0 2.0 1.00
1933 31 BSN NL 20 10 .667 2.62 40 29 9 18 2 2 254.2 242 89 74 12 54 57 3 0 4 1046 116 3.63 1.162 8.6 0.4 1.9 2.0 1.06 MVP-10
1934 32 BSN NL 5 11 .313 4.33 27 19 7 6 1 5 143.1 163 88 69 8 34 45 2 0 1 620 87 3.97 1.374 10.2 0.5 2.1 2.8 1.32
1935 33 BSN NL 4 25 .138 4.61 39 24 10 13 0 0 210.2 235 117 108 15 44 34 2 0 0 898 82 4.31 1.324 10.0 0.6 1.9 1.5 0.77
1936 34 BSN NL 9 9 .500 3.04 34 11 20 4 0 2 133.1 127 55 45 8 35 42 4 0 2 556 126 4.29 1.215 8.6 0.5 2.4 2.8 1.20
1937 35 TOT NL 0 1 .000 5.17 14 1 6 0 0 0 31.1 38 21 18 2 9 13 0 0 0 144 79 3.90 1.500 10.9 0.6 2.6 3.7 1.44
1937 35 NYG NL 0 1 .000 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 6 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 18 47 6.54 1.750 13.5 2.3 2.3 2.3 1.00
1937 35 BRO NL 0 0 4.61 13 0 6 0 0 0 27.1 32 17 14 1 8 12 0 0 0 126 89 3.52 1.463 10.5 0.3 2.6 4.0 1.50
11 Yrs 76 108 .413 3.91 316 163 111 75 6 21 1534.0 1640 778 666 90 382 348 23 0 19 6527 100 4.19 1.318 9.6 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.91
162 Game Avg. 11 15 .413 3.91 45 23 16 11 1 3 218 233 110 95 13 54 49 3 0 3 927 100 4.19 1.318 9.6 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.91
BSN (9 yrs) 74 106 .411 3.87 290 159 100 74 6 20 1464.2 1556 738 630 86 367 329 21 0 18 6217 101 4.20 1.313 9.6 0.5 2.3 2.0 0.90
NYG (3 yrs) 2 2 .500 4.71 13 4 5 1 0 1 42.0 52 23 22 3 7 7 2 0 1 184 84 4.21 1.405 11.1 0.6 1.5 1.5 1.00
BRO (1 yr) 0 0 4.61 13 0 6 0 0 0 27.1 32 17 14 1 8 12 0 0 0 126 89 3.52 1.463 10.5 0.3 2.6 4.0 1.50
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
1927 25 NYG NL 19.2 5 2 9 4.12 4.66 0.16 0.00 99.2 4.47 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .519 .501
1928 26 NYG NL 18.1 7 1 10 4.91 4.41 0.36 0.00 96.3 3.90 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .470 .499
1928 26 BSN NL 90.0 22 10 63 6.30 4.73 -0.25 0.00 96.1 4.78 -15 -1.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -7 .433 .491
1929 27 BSN NL 157.0 27 20 98 5.62 5.67 -0.11 0.00 97.2 5.62 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.1 1.2 16 .500 .500
1930 28 BSN NL 173.1 31 21 99 5.14 5.85 0.05 0.00 98.7 5.73 12 1.0 1.0 -0.1 2.4 30 .533 .506
1931 29 BSN NL 156.1 33 16 73 4.20 4.87 0.11 0.00 98.6 4.69 9 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.2 22 .528 .506
1932 30 BSN NL 146.1 37 9 56 3.44 4.62 0.09 0.00 95.9 4.35 15 1.6 1.0 -0.1 2.7 27 .542 .510
1933 31 BSN NL 254.0 40 29 89 3.15 3.99 0.23 0.00 91.6 3.45 9 1.0 1.0 -0.1 3.0 27 .525 .506 MVP-10
1934 32 BSN NL 143.1 27 19 88 5.53 4.61 0.06 0.00 97.0 4.42 -19 -1.8 1.0 -0.1 -0.6 -5 .434 .489
1935 33 BSN NL 210.1 39 24 117 5.01 4.86 -0.39 0.00 93.2 4.89 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.2 16 .490 .497
1936 34 BSN NL 132.1 34 11 55 3.74 4.83 0.17 0.00 95.7 4.46 10 1.0 1.0 -0.1 2.2 23 .531 .506
1937 35 NYG NL 4.0 1 1 4 9.00 5.02 0.38 0.00 102.0 4.74 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -2 .335 .499
1937 35 BRO NL 27.1 13 0 17 5.60 4.62 -0.31 0.00 102.7 5.06 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .487 .499
11 Seasons 1532.1 316 163 778 4.57 4.84 0.01 0.00 95.8 4.65 11 1.4 1.0 -0.8 13.8 150 .505 .502
BSN (9 yrs) 1463.0 290 159 738 4.54 4.86 0.00 0.00 95.6 4.65 15 1.9 1.0 -0.7 13.6 148 .506 .502
NYG (3 yrs) 42.0 13 4 23 4.93 4.59 0.27 0.00 98.2 4.25 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.1 0 .478 .499
BRO (1 yr) 27.1 13 0 17 5.60 4.62 -0.31 0.00 102.7 5.06 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .487 .499

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
1927 25 NYG NL 5 8 8 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 .250 .250 .375 .625 65 3 0 0 /1
1928 26 TOT NL 29 33 33 5 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 .212 .212 .212 .424 14 7 0 0 1
1928 26 NYG NL 7 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 162 2 0 0 /1
1928 26 BSN NL 22 29 29 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 .172 .172 .172 .345 -7 5 0 0 1
1929 27 BSN NL 27 57 50 5 9 3 0 0 5 0 4 5 .180 .241 .240 .481 22 12 0 3 1
1930 28 BSN NL 34 65 63 4 19 1 1 0 5 0 0 7 .302 .302 .349 .651 59 22 0 2 1
1931 29 BSN NL 40 58 57 7 13 1 0 0 2 0 0 7 .228 .228 .246 .474 29 14 0 2 1
1932 30 BSN NL 37 51 50 3 14 0 0 0 4 0 1 3 .280 .294 .280 .574 58 14 0 0 1
1933 31 BSN NL 49 92 85 9 12 2 1 0 7 0 4 10 .141 .180 .188 .368 9 16 2 0 3 1 MVP-10
1934 32 BSN NL 29 48 43 5 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .279 .279 .279 .558 55 12 0 0 5 1
1935 33 BSN NL 41 74 67 4 19 1 0 0 2 0 2 8 .284 .304 .299 .603 69 20 2 0 5 1
1936 34 BSN NL 35 44 41 3 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 .195 .195 .195 .390 9 8 1 0 3 1
1937 35 TOT NL 14 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .286 .167 .452 25 1 0 0 0 1
1937 35 NYG NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 /1
1937 35 BRO NL 13 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333 -10 1 0 0 0 1
11 Yrs 340 537 503 46 116 9 2 0 31 1 12 57 .231 .249 .256 .505 37 129 5 0 23
162 Game Avg. 162 256 240 22 55 4 1 0 15 0 6 27 .231 .249 .256 .505 37 61 0 11
BSN (9 yrs) 314 518 485 43 111 8 2 0 27 1 11 55 .229 .246 .254 .500 36 123 5 0 23
NYG (3 yrs) 13 13 12 3 4 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 .333 .385 .417 .801 113 5 0 0 0
BRO (1 yr) 13 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333 -10 1 0 0 0

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
1927 25 NYG NL 5 8 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1928 26 NYG NL 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1928 26 BSN NL 22 29 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1929 27 BSN NL 27 57 -6 0 0 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1930 28 BSN NL 34 65 -4 0 0 0 7 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 3 1
1931 29 BSN NL 40 58 -5 0 0 0 6 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 -0.0 0 1
1932 30 BSN NL 37 51 -3 0 0 0 5 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1
1933 31 BSN NL 49 92 -9 0 0 0 9 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1 MVP-10
1934 32 BSN NL 29 48 -3 0 0 0 5 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1
1935 33 BSN NL 41 74 -3 0 0 0 8 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .512 .503 0.5 0.0 5 1
1936 34 BSN NL 35 44 -5 0 0 0 5 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1937 35 NYG NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .541 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1937 35 BRO NL 13 6 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
11 Seasons 340 537 -44 1 0 0 57 13 1.3 0 13 1.3 .504 .501 1.3 -0.0 13
BSN (9 yrs) 314 518 -43 1 0 0 55 12 1.1 0 12 1.1 .504 .501 1.1 -0.0 12
NYG (3 yrs) 13 13 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .512 .500 0.2 0.0 2
BRO (1 yr) 13 6 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1927 NYG NL 25 P 5 2 1 19.2 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 1.83 0.80 .958 2.33 2.32
1928 TOT NL 26 P 29 11 3 108.1 44 7 34 3 1 .932 3.41 1.41 .966 2.42 2.41
1928 NYG NL 26 P 7 1 0 18.1 9 2 7 0 0 1.000 4.42 1.29 .966 2.41 2.41
1928 BSN NL 26 P 22 10 3 90.0 35 5 27 3 1 .914 3.20 1.45 .966 2.42 2.41
1929 BSN NL 27 P 27 20 8 157.0 69 12 53 4 5 .942 3.73 2.41 .964 2.39 2.35
1930 BSN NL 28 P 31 21 10 173.1 64 13 50 1 9 .984 3.27 2.03 .964 2.21 2.18
1931 BSN NL 29 P 33 16 9 156.1 59 7 49 3 2 .949 3.22 1.70 .959 2.22 2.19
1932 BSN NL 30 P 37 9 3 146.0 56 12 43 1 6 .982 3.39 1.49 .957 2.29 2.29
1933 BSN NL 31 P 40 29 18 254.2 90 12 77 1 3 .989 3.15 2.23 .964 2.36 2.33 MVP-10
1934 BSN NL 32 P 27 19 6 143.1 51 8 40 3 1 .941 3.01 1.78 .960 2.27 2.24
1935 BSN NL 33 P 39 24 13 210.2 67 12 54 1 4 .985 2.82 1.69 .959 2.31 2.28
1936 BSN NL 34 P 34 11 4 133.1 55 9 44 2 2 .964 3.58 1.56 .950 2.32 2.31
1937 TOT NL 35 P 14 1 0 31.1 18 1 17 0 0 1.000 5.17 1.29 .958 2.38 2.36
1937 NYG NL 35 P 1 1 0 4.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 4.50 2.00 .960 2.48 2.40
1937 BRO NL 35 P 13 0 0 27.1 16 1 15 0 0 1.000 5.27 1.23 .958 2.37 2.36
11 Seasons P 316 163 75 1534.0 577 95 463 19 33 .967 3.27 1.77 .960 2.31 2.29
11 Seasons TOT 316 163 75 1534.0 577 95 463 19 33 .967 3.27 1.77 .960 2.31 2.29
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1933 NL (10, 23%)
0.23 Career Shares (705th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1933 NL  2.62 (6th)

Wins s c a p y
1933 NL  20 (2nd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1933 NL  .667 (2nd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1931 NL  1.241 (7th)
1933 NL  1.162 (6th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1933 NL  8.552 (9th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1931 NL  1.957 (3rd)
1933 NL  1.908 (6th)
Career  2.241 (177th)

Saves s c a p y
1932 NL  5 (3rd)
1934 NL  5 (6th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1933 NL  254.7 (10th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1933 NL  18 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1933 NL  12 (6th)
1935 NL  15 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1931 NL  0.230 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1930 NL  15 (6th)
1935 NL  25 (1st)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1935 NL  108 (4th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1932 NL  27 (2nd)
1936 NL  20 (7th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1933 NL  116 (9th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1930 NL  50 (4th)
1933 NL  77 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1929 NL  4 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1929 NL  3.73 (1st)
1930 NL  3.27 (2nd)
1931 NL  3.22 (3rd)
1933 NL  3.15 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1929 NL  2.41 (1st)
1930 NL  2.03 (2nd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 28 (854), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 7 (1183), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1285), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (636th), 15.0 career WAR/16.0 7yr-peak WAR/15.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Benjamin Ben benji Caldwell Cantwell

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