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Virgil Cheeves

Virgil Earl Cheeves (Chief)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: February 12, 1901 in Oklahoma City, OK (All Transactions)
Debut: September 7, 1920 (Age 19.208)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1921 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Indians/Giants 1920-1927

Final Game: May 13, 1927 (Age 26.090)
Died: May 5, 1979 in Dallas, TX
Buried: Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, TX
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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
1920 19 CHC NL 0 0 3.50 5 2 2 0 0 0 18.0 16 7 7 0 7 3 0 0 0 73 93 3.58 1.278 8.0 0.0 3.5 1.5 0.43
1921 20 CHC NL 11 12 .478 4.64 37 22 12 9 1 0 163.0 192 97 84 8 47 39 9 1 0 708 83 4.29 1.466 10.6 0.4 2.6 2.2 0.83
1922 21 CHC NL 12 11 .522 4.09 39 22 9 9 1 3 182.2 195 99 83 9 76 40 10 0 1 802 102 4.62 1.484 9.6 0.4 3.7 2.0 0.53
1923 22 CHC NL 3 4 .429 6.18 19 8 6 0 0 0 71.1 89 54 49 8 37 13 3 0 0 332 65 5.71 1.766 11.2 1.0 4.7 1.6 0.35
1924 23 CLE AL 0 0 7.79 8 1 1 0 0 0 17.1 26 17 15 2 17 2 1 0 0 90 56 7.42 2.481 13.5 1.0 8.8 1.0 0.12
1927 26 NYG NL 0 0 4.26 3 0 2 0 0 0 6.1 8 3 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 30 97 6.66 1.895 11.4 1.4 5.7 1.4 0.25
6 Yrs 26 27 .491 4.73 111 55 32 18 2 3 458.2 526 277 241 28 188 98 23 1 1 2035 85 4.77 1.557 10.3 0.5 3.7 1.9 0.52
162 Game Avg. 11 11 .491 4.73 45 23 13 7 1 1 188 215 113 99 11 77 40 9 0 0 834 85 4.77 1.557 10.3 0.5 3.7 1.9 0.52
CHC (4 yrs) 26 27 .491 4.61 100 54 29 18 2 3 435.0 492 257 223 25 167 95 22 1 1 1915 86 4.63 1.515 10.2 0.5 3.5 2.0 0.57
NYG (1 yr) 0 0 4.26 3 0 2 0 0 0 6.1 8 3 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 30 97 6.66 1.895 11.4 1.4 5.7 1.4 0.25
CLE (1 yr) 0 0 7.79 8 1 1 0 0 0 17.1 26 17 15 2 17 2 1 0 0 90 56 7.42 2.481 13.5 1.0 8.8 1.0 0.12
NL (5 yrs) 26 27 .491 4.61 103 54 31 18 2 3 441.1 500 260 226 26 171 96 22 1 1 1945 87 4.66 1.520 10.2 0.5 3.5 2.0 0.56
AL (1 yr) 0 0 7.79 8 1 1 0 0 0 17.1 26 17 15 2 17 2 1 0 0 90 56 7.42 2.481 13.5 1.0 8.8 1.0 0.12
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
1920 19 CHC NL 18.0 5 2 7 3.50 3.69 -0.15 0.00 106.0 4.07 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 2 .526 .501
1921 20 CHC NL 163.0 37 22 97 5.36 4.58 0.01 0.00 100.8 4.61 -13 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 0.1 1 .465 .492
1922 21 CHC NL 183.1 39 22 99 4.86 5.09 0.03 0.00 102.9 5.21 6 0.6 1.0 -0.1 2.1 24 .515 .504
1923 22 CHC NL 70.1 19 8 54 6.91 5.12 0.29 0.00 97.0 4.69 -18 -1.6 1.0 -0.0 -1.0 -11 .415 .490
1924 23 CLE AL 17.0 8 1 17 9.00 5.08 -0.22 0.00 98.0 5.19 -7 -0.7 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .417 .496
1927 26 NYG NL 6.1 3 0 3 4.26 4.45 0.15 0.00 97.1 4.18 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.1 0 .500 .500
6 Seasons 458.0 111 55 277 5.44 4.85 0.05 0.00 101.1 4.86 -31 -2.9 1.0 -0.2 0.9 12 .474 .497
CHC (4 yrs) 434.2 100 54 257 5.32 4.85 0.05 0.00 101.3 4.86 -23 -2.2 1.0 -0.2 1.3 16 .478 .497
NYG (1 yr) 6.1 3 0 3 4.26 4.45 0.15 0.00 97.1 4.18 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.1 0 .500 .500
CLE (1 yr) 17.0 8 1 17 9.00 5.08 -0.22 0.00 98.0 5.19 -7 -0.7 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .417 .496

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
1920 19 CHC NL 5 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200 -40 0 0 0 /1
1921 20 CHC NL 37 53 48 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 .167 .184 .188 .371 -2 9 0 4 1
1922 21 CHC NL 39 68 62 6 13 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 16 .210 .258 .306 .564 44 19 2 2 1
1923 22 CHC NL 19 23 23 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 .174 .174 .217 .391 3 5 0 0 1
1924 23 CLE AL 8 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750 89 2 0 0 /1
1927 26 NYG NL 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 /1
6 Yrs 111 154 141 11 26 4 1 1 4 0 1 4 39 .184 .218 .248 .466 21 35 2 7
162 Game Avg. 162 225 206 16 38 6 1 1 6 0 6 57 .184 .218 .248 .466 21 51 3 10
CHC (4 yrs) 100 149 137 10 25 3 1 1 4 0 1 4 37 .182 .217 .241 .458 19 33 2 6
NYG (1 yr) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
CLE (1 yr) 8 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750 89 2 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 103 150 137 10 25 3 1 1 4 0 1 4 37 .182 .217 .241 .458 19 33 2 7
AL (1 yr) 8 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750 89 2 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
1920 19 CHC NL 5 5 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1921 20 CHC NL 37 53 -8 0 0 0 5 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 1
1922 21 CHC NL 39 68 -6 -0 0 0 7 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1923 22 CHC NL 19 23 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1924 23 CLE AL 8 4 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1927 26 NYG NL 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
6 Seasons 111 154 -18 -0 0 0 15 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .497 .500 -0.3 -0.0 -3
CHC (4 yrs) 100 149 -18 -0 0 0 15 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .497 .499 -0.3 -0.0 -3
NYG (1 yr) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.0 0.0 0
CLE (1 yr) 8 4 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 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
1920 CHC NL 19 P 5 2 0 18.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.00 0.40 .955 2.80 2.84
1921 CHC NL 20 P 37 22 9 163.0 41 4 33 4 0 .902 2.04 1.00 .953 2.67 2.66
1922 CHC NL 21 P 39 22 9 182.2 41 3 38 0 3 1.000 2.02 1.05 .957 2.38 2.36
1923 CHC NL 22 P 19 8 0 71.1 15 2 13 0 1 1.000 1.89 0.79 .958 2.41 2.40
1924 CLE AL 23 P 8 1 0 17.1 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 2.60 0.63 .960 2.54 2.49
1927 NYG NL 26 P 3 0 0 6.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 4.26 1.00 .957 2.27 2.30
6 Seasons P 111 55 18 458.2 107 10 93 4 4 .963 2.02 0.93 .956 2.51 2.50
6 Seasons TOT 111 55 18 458.2 107 10 93 4 4 .963 2.02 0.93 .956 2.51 2.50
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1922 NL  9.608 (9th)

Saves s c a p y
1922 NL  3 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1922 NL  76 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1921 NL  9 (5th)
1922 NL  10 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1922 NL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1920 NL  born 1901-02-12 (2nd)
1921 NL  born 1901-02-12 (6th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1841st), 0.6 career WAR/0.6 7yr-peak WAR/0.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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