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Russ Christopher

Russell Ormand Christopher

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: September 12, 1917 in Richmond, CA
High School: Richmond HS (Richmond, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1942 (Age 24.214, 7,294th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Indians 1942-1948

Last Game: October 1, 1948 (Age 31.019)
Died: December 5, 1954 in Richmond, CA
Buried: Sunset Mausoleum, El Cerrito, CA
Relatives: Brother of Loyd Christopher
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 28, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1081. Scott Downs… #1082. Alexi Ogando… #1083. Bill Voiselle… #1084. RUSS CHRISTOPHER… #1085. Dick Selma… #1086. Terry Leach… #1087. Roger Nelson… 

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
1942 24 PHA AL 4 13 .235 3.82 30 18 10 10 0 1 165.0 154 78 70 8 99 58 3 0 2 718 100 4.20 1.533 8.4 0.4 5.4 3.2 0.59
1943 25 PHA AL 5 8 .385 3.45 24 15 8 5 0 2 133.0 120 58 51 3 58 56 3 1 2 569 99 3.24 1.338 8.1 0.2 3.9 3.8 0.97
1944 26 PHA AL 14 14 .500 2.97 35 24 10 13 1 1 215.1 200 91 71 6 63 84 9 1 5 903 116 3.12 1.221 8.4 0.3 2.6 3.5 1.33
1945 27 PHA AL 13 13 .500 3.17 33 27 5 17 2 2 227.1 213 92 80 9 75 100 9 0 0 949 106 3.28 1.267 8.4 0.4 3.0 4.0 1.33 MVP-32
1946 28 PHA AL 5 7 .417 4.30 30 13 13 1 0 0 119.1 119 71 57 5 44 79 3 0 0 520 82 2.79 1.366 9.0 0.4 3.3 6.0 1.80
1947 29 PHA AL 10 7 .588 2.90 44 0 38 0 0 12 80.2 70 30 26 4 33 33 0 0 1 333 132 3.55 1.277 7.8 0.4 3.7 3.7 1.00
1948 30 CLE AL 3 2 .600 2.90 45 0 28 0 0 17 59.0 55 21 19 3 27 14 0 0 1 255 141 4.22 1.390 8.4 0.5 4.1 2.1 0.52
7 Yrs 54 64 .458 3.37 241 97 112 46 3 35 999.2 931 441 374 38 399 424 27 2 11 4247 106 3.41 1.330 8.4 0.3 3.6 3.8 1.06
162 Game Avg. 11 13 .458 3.37 48 20 23 9 1 7 201 187 89 75 8 80 85 5 0 2 854 106 3.41 1.330 8.4 0.3 3.6 3.8 1.06
PHA (6 yrs) 51 62 .451 3.40 196 97 84 46 3 18 940.2 876 420 355 35 372 410 27 2 10 3992 104 3.36 1.327 8.4 0.3 3.6 3.9 1.10
CLE (1 yr) 3 2 .600 2.90 45 0 28 0 0 17 59.0 55 21 19 3 27 14 0 0 1 255 141 4.22 1.390 8.4 0.5 4.1 2.1 0.52
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
1942 24 PHA AL 165.0 30 18 78 4.25 4.20 -0.29 0.00 105.9 4.76 8 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.1 21 .530 .506 $3,000
1943 25 PHA AL 133.0 24 15 58 3.92 3.87 -0.26 0.00 103.6 4.28 5 0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.5 14 .523 .503 $4,000
1944 26 PHA AL 215.1 35 24 91 3.80 4.15 0.02 0.00 100.9 4.17 8 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.5 24 .527 .506 $5,000
1945 27 PHA AL 227.1 33 27 92 3.64 4.04 0.03 0.00 101.3 4.06 11 1.3 1.0 -0.2 3.0 26 .541 .508 $8,000 MVP-32
1946 28 PHA AL 119.1 30 13 71 5.35 4.10 -0.25 0.00 101.3 4.41 -13 -1.4 .9 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .454 .492 $10,000
1947 29 PHA AL 80.2 44 0 30 3.35 4.23 0.24 0.00 103.1 4.11 7 0.8 1.2 -0.0 1.4 13 .518 .505 $10,000
1948 30 CLE AL 59.0 45 0 21 3.20 4.77 0.56 0.00 96.0 4.05 5 0.6 2.4 0.3 1.3 10 .512 .503 $10,000
7 Seasons 999.2 241 97 441 3.97 4.13 -0.05 0.00 102.1 4.27 32 3.7 1.5 -0.3 11.4 105 .515 .503 $50,000
PHA (6 yrs) 940.2 196 97 420 4.02 4.09 -0.09 0.00 102.5 4.29 27 3.1 1.1 -0.6 10.0 94 .516 .503 $40,000
CLE (1 yr) 59.0 45 0 21 3.20 4.77 0.56 0.00 96.0 4.05 5 0.6 2.4 0.3 1.3 10 .512 .503 $10,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1948 ❍ 30 CLE AL WS W BSN 0 0 inf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 WS 0 0 inf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1942 24 PHA AL 30 60 56 2 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 17 .089 .105 .125 .230 -35 7 0 0 3 1
1943 25 PHA AL 24 48 45 2 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 13 .156 .191 .178 .369 9 8 1 0 1 1
1944 26 PHA AL 35 84 81 4 18 5 1 1 6 0 0 2 18 .222 .241 .346 .587 69 28 0 0 1 1
1945 27 PHA AL 34 88 76 5 13 1 0 1 4 0 0 6 28 .171 .232 .224 .455 33 17 0 0 6 1 MVP-32
1946 28 PHA AL 30 38 36 2 5 1 1 0 5 0 0 1 9 .139 .162 .222 .384 7 8 1 0 1 1
1947 29 PHA AL 44 21 16 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 .125 .263 .125 .388 9 2 0 0 2 1
1948 30 CLE AL 45 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 -29 0 0 0 2 1
7 Yrs 242 349 316 17 50 8 3 2 22 0 0 17 95 .158 .201 .222 .423 21 70 2 0 16
162 Game Avg. 162 234 212 11 33 5 2 1 15 0 0 11 64 .158 .201 .222 .423 21 47 1 0 11
PHA (6 yrs) 197 339 310 16 50 8 3 2 22 0 0 15 92 .161 .200 .226 .426 22 70 2 0 14
CLE (1 yr) 45 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 -29 0 0 0 2

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
1942 24 PHA AL 30 60 -10 0 0 0 6 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .484 .497 -0.5 0.0 -4 $3,000 1
1943 25 PHA AL 24 48 -5 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .495 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $4,000 1
1944 26 PHA AL 35 84 -4 0 0 0 8 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .513 .503 0.4 0.0 4 $5,000 1
1945 27 PHA AL 34 88 -7 0 0 0 8 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 $8,000 1 MVP-32
1946 28 PHA AL 30 38 -4 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $10,000 1
1947 29 PHA AL 44 21 -2 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 $10,000 1
1948 30 CLE AL 45 10 -1 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $10,000 1
7 Seasons 242 349 -34 0 0 0 33 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .499 .500 -0.2 -0.0 -1 $50,000
PHA (6 yrs) 197 339 -33 0 0 0 31 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $40,000
CLE (1 yr) 45 10 -1 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $10,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1948 ❍ 30 CLE AL WS BSN W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1942 PHA AL 24 P 30 18 10 165.0 72 10 60 2 5 .972 3.82 2.33 .957 2.31 2.30 6 7 54% 0
1943 PHA AL 25 P 24 15 5 133.0 73 11 61 1 5 .986 4.87 3.00 .963 2.27 2.30 2 0 0% 0
1944 PHA AL 26 P 35 24 13 215.1 88 27 58 3 5 .966 3.55 2.43 .960 2.09 2.10 7 5 42% 1
1945 PHA AL 27 P 33 27 17 227.1 98 26 71 1 4 .990 3.84 2.94 .955 2.24 2.23 6 10 63% 1 MVP-32
1946 PHA AL 28 P 30 13 1 119.1 46 7 38 1 1 .978 3.39 1.50 .951 2.01 1.99 0 2 100% 0
1947 PHA AL 29 P 44 0 0 80.2 24 10 13 1 0 .958 2.57 0.52 .955 1.92 1.90 1 2 67% 50% 0
1948 CLE AL 30 P 45 0 0 59.0 15 2 13 0 0 1.000 2.29 0.33 .963 2.01 1.99 1 1 50% 48% 0
7 Seasons P 241 97 46 999.2 416 93 314 9 20 .978 3.66 1.69 .958 2.16 2.09 23 27 54% 5% 2
7 Seasons TOT 241 97 46 999.2 416 93 314 9 20 .978 3.66 1.69 .958 2.16 2.09 23 27 54% 5% 2
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

All-Star Games
1945--not played

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1945 AL (32, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1766th)

Wins s c a p y
1944 AL  14 (8th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1944 AL  1.221 (10th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1945 AL  8.433 (10th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1945 AL  3.959 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1947 AL  44 (4th)
1948 AL  45 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1947 AL  12 (3rd)
1948 AL  17 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1945 AL  100 (8th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1945 AL  17 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1945 AL  9 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1942 AL  99 (3rd)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1945 AL  1.333 (9th)

Losses s c a p y
1944 AL  14 (7th)
1945 AL  13 (6th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1945 AL  80 (10th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1944 AL  5 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1944 AL  9 (1st)
1945 AL  9 (2nd)

Games Finished s c a p y
1947 AL  38 (2nd)
1948 AL  28 (2nd)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1944 AL  4.03 (10th)
1945 AL  17.45 (4th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.7 (10th)
1945 AL  2.8 (3rd)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.8 (5th)
1945 AL  2.0 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1944 AL  0.4 (10th)
1945 AL  1.9 (3rd)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1947 AL  44 (4th)
1948 AL  45 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1944 AL  27 (1st)
1945 AL  26 (1st)

Assists as P s c a p y
1942 AL  60 (2nd)
1943 AL  61 (4th)
1944 AL  58 (5th)
1945 AL  71 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1944 AL  3 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1942 AL  3.82 (1st)
1944 AL  3.55 (1st)
1945 AL  3.84 (1st)
Career  3.66 (24th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1942 AL  2.33 (3rd)
1944 AL  2.43 (1st)
1945 AL  2.94 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1945 AL  .990 (4th)

                                         

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 (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (569), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 20 (1091), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1258), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 9 (968), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (814th), 11.2 career WAR/11.2 7yr-peak WAR/11.2 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

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
1942 24 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 25 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 26 Philadelphia Athletics $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 27 Philadelphia Athletics $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 28 Philadelphia Athletics $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 29 Philadelphia Athletics $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 30 Cleveland Indians $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$50,000
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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Name and misspellings: Russell Ormand Russ russell Christopher

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