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Sam Chapman

Samuel Blake Chapman

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: April 11, 1916 in Tiburon, CA
High School: Tamalpais HS (Mill Valley, CA)
School: University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1938. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 16, 1938 (Age 22.035)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1938 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Indians 1938-1951

Final Game: September 22, 1951 (Age 35.164)
Died: December 22, 2006 in Kentfield, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 3, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #844. Lyle Overbay… #845. Fred Luderus… #846. Adam LaRoche… #847. SAM CHAPMAN… #848. Phil Nevin… #849. Duke Farrell… #850. Asdrubal Cabrera… 

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
1938 22 PHA AL 114 466 406 60 105 17 7 17 63 3 4 55 94 .259 .353 .461 .813 106 187 4 1 *O7/8
1939 23 PHA AL 140 554 498 74 134 24 6 15 64 11 4 51 62 .269 .338 .432 .770 98 215 10 1 4 *8O3
1940 24 PHA AL 134 562 508 88 140 26 3 23 75 2 6 46 96 .276 .337 .474 .811 110 241 14 1 7 *8O
1941 25 PHA AL 143 602 552 97 178 29 9 25 106 6 9 47 49 .322 .378 .543 .921 144 300 13 2 1 *8O MVP-12
1945 29 PHA AL 9 32 30 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 .200 .250 .267 .517 51 8 0 0 0 /8O
1946 ★ 30 PHA AL 146 601 545 77 142 22 5 20 67 1 3 54 66 .261 .327 .429 .757 112 234 22 0 2 *O78 AS
1947 31 PHA AL 149 624 551 84 139 18 5 14 83 3 4 65 70 .252 .331 .379 .710 96 209 14 0 8 *O87
1948 32 PHA AL 123 506 445 58 115 18 6 13 70 6 1 55 50 .258 .341 .413 .755 99 184 18 1 5 *8O
1949 33 PHA AL 154 674 589 89 164 24 4 24 108 3 4 80 68 .278 .367 .455 .822 120 268 23 2 3 *8O
1950 34 PHA AL 144 627 553 93 139 20 6 23 95 3 3 68 79 .251 .338 .434 .772 98 240 14 4 2 *8O
1951 35 TOT AL 112 351 311 31 67 10 1 6 41 3 0 39 44 .215 .303 .312 .615 70 97 8 0 2 87/93
1951 35 PHA AL 18 78 65 7 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 12 12 .169 .299 .185 .483 32 12 2 0 1 8O
1951 35 CLE AL 94 273 246 24 56 9 1 6 36 3 0 27 32 .228 .304 .346 .650 80 85 6 0 1 O87/93
11 Yrs 1368 5599 4988 754 1329 210 52 180 773 41 38 562 682 .266 .342 .438 .780 107 2183 136 15 35
162 Game Avg. 162 663 591 89 157 25 6 21 92 5 5 67 81 .266 .342 .438 .780 107 259 2 4
PHA (11 yrs) 1274 5326 4742 730 1273 201 51 174 737 38 38 535 650 .268 .344 .442 .787 108 2098 130 15 34
CLE (1 yr) 94 273 246 24 56 9 1 6 36 3 0 27 32 .228 .304 .346 .650 80 85 6 0 1

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
1938 22 PHA AL 114 466 0 -1 0 -2 -5 -8 -0.6 17 9 0.9 .494 .496 1.1 -0.6 11 $3,000 *O7/8
1939 23 PHA AL 140 554 -3 1 0 -8 -2 -12 -1.1 20 8 0.8 .492 .493 1.5 -0.9 16 $4,000 *8O3
1940 24 PHA AL 134 562 5 -2 0 -4 -1 -2 -0.2 19 17 1.6 .498 .499 2.0 -0.5 21 $6,000 *8O
1941 25 PHA AL 143 602 32 -2 0 2 -1 31 3.0 21 52 5.0 .521 .519 4.8 0.1 49 $7,500 *8O MVP-12
1945 29 PHA AL 9 32 -2 0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .477 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $7,500 /8O
1946 ★ 30 PHA AL 146 601 8 -0 0 2 -4 5 0.6 18 24 2.3 .504 .504 2.1 -0.2 22 $7,500 *O78 AS
1947 31 PHA AL 149 624 -3 -0 0 6 -1 1 0.1 18 20 1.9 .501 .501 1.3 0.4 14 $12,000 *O87
1948 32 PHA AL 123 506 -2 1 -2 0 -1 -3 -0.3 15 12 1.1 .498 .498 1.1 -0.1 12 $12,000 *8O
1949 33 PHA AL 154 674 15 4 -4 2 -1 17 1.6 19 36 3.5 .511 .510 3.3 0.1 34 $12,000 *8O
1950 34 PHA AL 144 627 -4 0 -1 1 -1 -5 -0.5 19 14 1.4 .496 .497 1.2 0.1 13 $15,000 *8O
1951 35 PHA AL 18 78 -6 0 -0 -1 -0 -7 -0.7 2 -5 -0.5 .459 .495 -0.4 -0.1 -4 $16,500 8O
1951 35 CLE AL 94 273 -7 2 -1 -6 -2 -14 -1.4 8 -6 -0.6 .485 .491 -0.1 -0.8 0 O87/93
11 Seasons 1368 5599 35 2 -8 -8 -20 1 0.2 178 179 17.5 .500 .501 17.9 -2.5 187 $103,000
PHA (11 yrs) 1274 5326 41 1 -7 -2 -18 15 1.6 169 185 18.1 .501 .502 17.9 -1.6 187 $103,000
CLE (1 yr) 94 273 -7 2 -1 -6 -2 -14 -1.4 8 -6 -0.6 .485 .491 -0.1 -0.8 0

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 Awards
1938 PHA AL 22 OF 110 110 109 249 229 8 12 0 .952 2.15 .972 2.35
1938 PHA AL 22 LF 103 102 102 230 212 7 11 0 .952 2.13 .972 2.17
1938 PHA AL 22 CF 8 8 7 19 17 1 1 0 .947 2.25 .972 2.82
1939 PHA AL 23 CF 117 115 107 378 350 11 17 2 .955 3.09 .977 2.87
1939 PHA AL 23 OF 117 115 107 378 350 11 17 2 .955 3.09 .969 2.44
1939 PHA AL 23 1B 19 14 14 156 147 5 4 6 .974 8.00 .990 9.64
1940 PHA AL 24 CF 129 127 124 373 347 12 14 2 .962 2.78 .976 2.78
1940 PHA AL 24 OF 129 127 124 375 348 13 14 2 .963 2.80 .970 2.40
1941 PHA AL 25 CF 141 141 140 455 419 21 15 5 .967 3.12 .976 2.78 MVP-12
1941 PHA AL 25 OF 141 141 140 452 416 21 15 5 .967 3.10 .973 2.41 MVP-12
1945 PHA AL 29 CF 8 7 7 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 2.25 .983 2.81
1945 PHA AL 29 OF 8 7 7 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 2.25 .978 2.40
1946 PHA AL 30 OF 145 145 140 394 369 13 12 4 .970 2.63 .977 2.36 AS
1946 PHA AL 30 LF 84 84 79 189 181 5 3 2 .984 2.21 .974 2.24 AS
1946 PHA AL 30 CF 65 61 61 201 185 7 9 2 .955 2.95 .984 2.72 AS
1947 PHA AL 31 OF 146 145 144 450 428 16 6 2 .987 3.04 .979 2.47
1947 PHA AL 31 CF 134 134 133 414 396 12 6 2 .986 3.04 .983 2.90
1947 PHA AL 31 LF 12 11 11 34 31 3 0 0 1.000 2.83 .976 2.31
1948 PHA AL 32 CF 118 117 116 382 367 8 7 3 .982 3.18 .978 3.01
1948 PHA AL 32 OF 118 117 116 383 368 8 7 2 .982 3.19 .975 2.51
1949 PHA AL 33 CF 154 154 153 452 433 9 10 3 .978 2.87 .980 2.80
1949 PHA AL 33 OF 154 154 153 471 450 11 10 3 .979 2.99 .980 2.44
1950 PHA AL 34 CF 140 140 140 1230.1 436 415 11 10 4 .977 3.12 3.04 .981 2.93 2.88
1950 PHA AL 34 OF 140 140 140 1230.1 449 428 11 10 4 .978 3.21 3.14 .979 2.51 2.47
1951 TOT AL 35 OF 101 75 67 727.2 182 175 3 4 1 .978 2.20 1.76 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 TOT AL 35 CF 62 39 35 406.0 114 110 2 2 1 .982 2.48 1.81 .981 2.84 2.82
1951 PHA AL 35 CF 17 17 17 149.1 47 44 1 2 0 .957 2.71 2.65 .981 2.84 2.82
1951 PHA AL 35 OF 17 17 17 149.1 46 43 1 2 0 .957 2.65 2.59 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 CLE AL 35 OF 84 58 50 578.1 136 132 2 2 1 .985 2.09 1.60 .977 2.45 2.44
1951 CLE AL 35 CF 45 22 18 256.2 67 66 1 0 1 1.000 2.35 1.49 .981 2.84 2.82
1951 CLE AL 35 LF 37 31 28 276.2 64 61 1 2 0 .969 2.02 1.68 .973 2.42 2.41
1951 CLE AL 35 RF 7 5 4 45.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0.80 0.57 .978 2.04 2.04
1951 CLE AL 35 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 1 1.000 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.70
11 Seasons OF 1309 1276 1247 1958.0 3801 3579 115 107 25 .972 2.84 2.82 .975 2.49 2.43
11 Seasons CF 1076 1043 1023 1636.1 3242 3057 94 91 24 .972 2.96 2.93 .979 2.91 2.85
4 Seasons LF 236 228 220 276.2 517 485 16 16 2 .969 2.02 2.12 .973 2.42 2.24
2 Seasons 1B 20 14 14 1.0 157 148 5 4 7 .975 9.00 7.65 .990 9.90 9.64
1 Season RF 7 5 4 45.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0.80 0.57 .978 2.04 2.04
11 Seasons TOT 1329 1290 1261 1959.0 3958 3727 120 111 32 .972 2.84 2.89 .976 2.49 2.54
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Hall of Fame
1958 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1941 AL (12, 7%)
0.07 Career Shares (1036th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1941 AL  5.0 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1941 AL  4.8 (8th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1941 AL  .322 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1941 AL  .543 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1941 AL  .921 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1949 AL  154 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1949 AL  589 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1949 AL  674 (10th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1947 AL  84 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1941 AL  178 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1941 AL  300 (5th)
1949 AL  268 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1941 AL  25 (6th)
1946 AL  20 (6th)
1949 AL  24 (3rd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1941 AL  106 (7th)
1949 AL  108 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1938 AL  94 (2nd)
1939 AL  62 (7th)
1940 AL  96 (1st)
1946 AL  66 (10th)
1947 AL  70 (6th)
1949 AL  68 (8th)
1950 AL  79 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1941 AL  115 (10th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1941 AL  144 (6th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1941 AL  109 (6th)
1949 AL  97 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1941 AL  32 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1941 AL  3.1 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1941 AL  63 (7th)
1949 AL  52 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1941 AL  .691 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1938 AL  4 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1946 AL  22 (1st)
1948 AL  18 (8th)
1949 AL  23 (2nd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1941 AL  9 (3rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1939 AL  12.7 (8th)
1941 AL  9.7 (7th)
1948 AL  8.2 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1941 AL  22.1 (6th)
1946 AL  27.3 (6th)
1949 AL  24.5 (9th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1946 AL  430 (9th)
1947 AL  438 (10th)
1949 AL  455 (2nd)
1950 AL  433 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1946 AL  1.2 (7th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  103 (5th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  7 (4th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  11 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 AL  2 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  117 (5th)
1941 AL  141 (3rd)
1947 AL  134 (3rd)
1948 AL  118 (5th)
1949 AL  154 (1st)
1950 AL  140 (2nd)
Career  1,076 (77th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  350 (4th)
1941 AL  419 (1st)
1947 AL  396 (3rd)
1948 AL  367 (5th)
1949 AL  433 (1st)
1950 AL  415 (1st)
Career  3,057 (57th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  11 (4th)
1940 AL  12 (1st)
1941 AL  21 (1st)
1946 AL  7 (5th)
1947 AL  12 (2nd)
1948 AL  8 (4th)
1949 AL  9 (3rd)
1950 AL  11 (3rd)
Career  94 (42nd)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  17 (1st)
1940 AL  14 (1st)
1941 AL  15 (1st)
1946 AL  9 (1st)
1947 AL  6 (5th)
1948 AL  7 (5th)
1949 AL  10 (1st)
1950 AL  10 (1st)
Career  91 (12th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  2 (3rd)
1940 AL  2 (5th)
1941 AL  5 (1st)
1946 AL  2 (3rd)
1947 AL  2 (3rd)
1948 AL  3 (3rd)
1949 AL  3 (1st)
1950 AL  4 (2nd)
Career  24 (33rd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1941 AL  141 (5th)
1946 AL  145 (4th)
1947 AL  146 (2nd)
1949 AL  154 (3rd)
1950 AL  140 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1941 AL  416 (1st)
1946 AL  369 (4th)
1947 AL  428 (1st)
1948 AL  368 (5th)
1949 AL  450 (1st)
1950 AL  428 (1st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1940 AL  13 (4th)
1941 AL  21 (1st)
1946 AL  13 (4th)
1947 AL  16 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1938 AL  12 (4th)
1939 AL  17 (2nd)
1940 AL  14 (2nd)
1941 AL  15 (1st)
1946 AL  12 (1st)
1949 AL  10 (1st)
1950 AL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1941 AL  5 (1st)
1946 AL  4 (4th)
1950 AL  4 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  2.13 (5th)
1946 AL  2.21 (2nd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  .952 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1950 AL  3.12 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  3.09 (2nd)
1940 AL  2.78 (4th)
1941 AL  3.12 (1st)
1947 AL  3.04 (2nd)
1948 AL  3.18 (3rd)
1949 AL  2.87 (3rd)
1950 AL  3.04 (2nd)
Career  2.93 (9th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 AL  .967 (5th)
1947 AL  .986 (3rd)
1948 AL  .982 (1st)
1949 AL  .978 (1st)
1950 AL  .977 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1950 AL  3.21 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  3.09 (2nd)
1940 AL  2.80 (4th)
1941 AL  3.10 (1st)
1946 AL  2.63 (4th)
1947 AL  3.04 (2nd)
1948 AL  3.19 (2nd)
1949 AL  2.99 (2nd)
1950 AL  3.14 (1st)
Career  2.82 (11th)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 35 (714), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1116), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (923), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (149th), 17.4 career WAR/17.0 7yr-peak WAR/17.2 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1938 22 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 23 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 24 Philadelphia Athletics $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 25 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 29 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 30 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 31 Philadelphia Athletics $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 32 Philadelphia Athletics $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1949 33 Philadelphia Athletics $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 34 Philadelphia Athletics $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 35 Philadelphia Athletics $16,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts PHA/CLE
Career to date (may be incomplete)$103,000
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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