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Ray Chapman

Raymond Johnson Chapman

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: January 15, 1891 in Beaver Dam, KY (All Transactions)
Debut: August 30, 1912 (Age 21.228)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Naps 1912-1920

Final Game: August 16, 1920 (Age 29.214)
Died: August 17, 1920 in New York, NY
Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 18, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #530. Jacoby Ellsbury… #531. Baby Doll Jacobson… #532. Max Bishop… #533. RAY CHAPMAN… #534. George Hendrick… #535. Lu Blue… #536. Bill Joyce… 

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
1912 21 CLE AL 31 132 109 29 34 6 3 0 19 10 5 10 13 .312 .375 .422 .797 125 46 1 12 6
1913 22 CLE AL 141 601 508 78 131 19 7 3 39 29 46 51 .258 .322 .341 .662 91 173 2 45 *6/O
1914 23 CLE AL 106 442 375 59 103 16 10 2 42 24 9 48 48 .275 .358 .387 .745 121 145 1 18 64
1915 24 CLE AL 154 674 570 101 154 14 17 3 67 36 15 70 82 .270 .353 .370 .723 115 211 3 26 *6
1916 25 CLE AL 109 436 346 50 80 10 5 0 27 21 14 50 46 .231 .330 .289 .619 82 100 1 40 654
1917 26 CLE AL 156 693 563 98 170 28 13 2 36 52 61 65 .302 .370 .409 .779 131 230 0 67 *6
1918 27 CLE AL 128 571 446 84 119 19 8 1 32 35 84 46 .267 .390 .352 .742 115 157 6 35 *6/O
1919 28 CLE AL 115 518 433 75 130 23 10 3 53 18 31 38 .300 .351 .420 .772 111 182 3 50 *6
1920 29 CLE AL 111 530 435 97 132 27 8 3 49 13 9 52 38 .303 .380 .423 .803 109 184 2 41 *6
9 Yrs 1051 4597 3785 671 1053 162 81 17 364 238 52 452 427 .278 .358 .377 .735 111 1428 19 334
162 Game Avg. 162 709 583 103 162 25 12 3 56 37 70 66 .278 .358 .377 .735 111 220 3 51

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
1912 21 CLE AL 31 132 3 1 0 -3 2 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .510 .502 1.1 -0.1 11 6
1913 22 CLE AL 141 601 -6 0 0 0 9 4 0.3 22 26 2.7 .503 .503 2.8 1.0 26 *6/O
1914 23 CLE AL 106 442 9 3 0 -10 5 7 0.7 17 24 2.6 .508 .505 3.9 -0.7 34 64
1915 24 CLE AL 154 674 10 3 0 -7 10 16 1.8 25 41 4.3 .512 .511 5.1 0.3 48 *6
1916 25 CLE AL 109 436 -7 0 0 -3 5 -5 -0.7 16 11 1.0 .494 .496 1.4 0.2 14 654
1917 26 CLE AL 156 693 20 5 0 8 11 44 5.2 25 68 7.8 .534 .532 6.8 2.2 60 *6
1918 27 CLE AL 128 571 11 2 0 -12 9 9 1.0 20 29 3.2 .508 .506 4.7 -0.4 41 *6/O
1919 28 CLE AL 115 518 6 -0 0 -5 8 8 1.0 18 27 2.8 .508 .506 3.3 0.4 32 *6
1920 29 CLE AL 111 530 7 0 0 6 7 21 2.1 18 39 3.8 .519 .513 3.2 1.4 33 *6
9 Seasons 1051 4597 52 14 0 -26 66 106 11.7 166 273 29.1 .511 .510 32.4 4.3 299

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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 Awards
1912 CLE AL 21 SS 31 157 70 72 15 10 .904 4.58 .921 5.32
1913 CLE AL 22 SS 138 755 299 408 48 59 .936 5.12 .935 5.39
1913 CLE AL 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1914 CLE AL 23 SS 72 72 69 381 161 187 33 24 .913 4.83 .937 5.35
1914 CLE AL 23 2B 33 33 33 163 62 92 9 1 .945 4.67 .953 4.93
1915 CLE AL 24 SS 154 154 154 897 378 469 50 38 .944 5.50 .937 5.15
1916 CLE AL 25 SS 52 51 51 307 117 170 20 19 .935 5.52 .938 5.18
1916 CLE AL 25 3B 36 35 33 156 53 97 6 13 .962 4.17 .939 3.40
1916 CLE AL 25 2B 16 15 14 86 37 43 6 3 .930 5.00 .964 5.06
1917 CLE AL 26 SS 156 156 155 947 360 528 59 71 .938 5.69 .931 5.08
1918 CLE AL 27 SS 128 127 124 768 321 398 49 46 .936 5.62 .939 5.39
1918 CLE AL 27 OF 1 3 2 0 1 0 .667 2.00 .963 2.30
1919 CLE AL 28 SS 115 113 109 638 255 347 36 46 .944 5.23 .942 5.24
1920 CLE AL 29 SS 111 111 110 640 243 371 26 45 .959 5.53 .944 5.21
9 Seasons SS 957 784 772 5490 2204 2950 336 358 .939 5.39 .937 5.25
2 Seasons 2B 49 48 47 249 99 135 15 4 .940 4.78 .957 4.97
1 Season 3B 36 35 33 156 53 97 6 13 .962 4.17 .939 3.40
2 Seasons OF 2 3 2 0 1 0 .667 1.00 .963 2.15 0-0-1
9 Seasons TOT 1044 867 852 5898 2358 3182 358 375 .939 5.31 .938 5.16 0-0-1
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

Hall of Fame
1938 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1917 AL  7.8 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1915 AL  4.3 (9th)
1917 AL  7.8 (2nd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1915 AL  5.1 (5th)
1917 AL  6.8 (3rd)
1918 AL  4.7 (6th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1913 AL  1.0 (7th)
1917 AL  2.2 (2nd)
1920 AL  1.4 (6th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1917 AL  .302 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1917 AL  .370 (8th)
1918 AL  .390 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1917 AL  .409 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1917 AL  .779 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1915 AL  154 (8th)
1917 AL  156 (2nd)
1918 AL  128 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1915 AL  570 (6th)
1917 AL  563 (10th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1915 AL  674 (9th)
1917 AL  693 (1st)
1918 AL  571 (5th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1915 AL  101 (5th)
1917 AL  98 (3rd)
1918 AL  84 (1st)
1920 AL  97 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1917 AL  170 (8th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1915 AL  211 (10th)
1917 AL  230 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1917 AL  28 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1915 AL  17 (3rd)
1917 AL  13 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1915 AL  70 (8th)
1918 AL  84 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 AL  82 (2nd)
1917 AL  65 (4th)
1918 AL  46 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1915 AL  36 (7th)
1917 AL  52 (3rd)
1918 AL  35 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1917 AL  131 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1915 AL  75 (8th)
1917 AL  85 (5th)
1918 AL  60 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1917 AL  21 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1917 AL  2.4 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1917 AL  43 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1915 AL  227 (8th)
1917 AL  231 (7th)
1918 AL  209 (3rd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1914 AL  .665 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1918 AL  6 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1913 AL  45 (1st)
1916 AL  40 (2nd)
1917 AL  67 (1st)
1918 AL  35 (2nd)
1919 AL  50 (1st)
1920 AL  41 (4th)
Career  334 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1913 AL  422 (9th)
1915 AL  457 (10th)
1917 AL  460 (1st)

Assistss c a p y
1915 AL  469 (5th)
1917 AL  528 (1st)
1918 AL  398 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1913 AL  48 (3rd)
1915 AL  50 (3rd)
1917 AL  59 (2nd)
1918 AL  50 (2nd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  138 (4th)
1915 AL  154 (3rd)
1917 AL  156 (2nd)
1918 AL  128 (1st)
1919 AL  115 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  299 (4th)
1915 AL  378 (1st)
1917 AL  360 (1st)
1918 AL  321 (1st)
1919 AL  255 (5th)
1920 AL  243 (5th)
Career  2,204 (86th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  408 (4th)
1915 AL  469 (4th)
1917 AL  528 (1st)
1918 AL  398 (3rd)
1919 AL  347 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  48 (3rd)
1915 AL  50 (3rd)
1917 AL  59 (2nd)
1918 AL  49 (2nd)
Career  336 (57th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  59 (5th)
1917 AL  71 (2nd)
1918 AL  46 (5th)
1919 AL  46 (4th)
1920 AL  45 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  5.50 (1st)
1917 AL  5.69 (1st)
1918 AL  5.62 (3rd)
1919 AL  5.23 (4th)
1920 AL  5.53 (1st)
Career  5.39 (29th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1913 AL  .936 (5th)
1915 AL  .944 (2nd)
1917 AL  .938 (2nd)
1918 AL  .936 (4th)
1919 AL  .944 (2nd)
1920 AL  .959 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (391), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 41 (614), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 20 (833), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (529), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (66th), 29.1 career WAR/27.2 7yr-peak WAR/28.1 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 30, 1911: Purchased by the Cleveland Naps from Davenport (Three-I).
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