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John Clapp

John Edgar Clapp

Positions: Catcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 194 lb.

Born: July 15, 1851 in Ithaca, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 26, 1872 (Age 20.286)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1873 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Blues/BrownStockings/Reds/Bisons/... 1872-1883

Final Game: September 28, 1883 (Age 32.075)
Died: December 18, 1904 in Ithaca, NY
Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Ithaca, NY
Relatives: Brother of Aaron Clapp
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 24, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1424. Billy Cox… #1425. Manny Machado… #1426. Rich Rollins… #1427. JOHN CLAPP… #1428. Scott Spiezio… #1429. Eric Byrnes… #1430. Charlie Neal… 

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
1872 20 MAN NA 19 98 97 30 27 7 1 1 16 2 1 1 0 .278 .286 .402 .688 113 39 0 2/63O
1873 21 ATH NA 45 206 204 36 62 10 2 1 27 4 5 2 2 .304 .311 .387 .698 99 79 2 *2/64O
1874 22 ATH NA 39 166 165 46 48 7 4 3 19 2 0 1 1 .291 .295 .436 .732 125 72 1 2O/6
1875 23 ATH NA 60 299 292 65 77 8 7 0 39 9 5 7 1 .264 .281 .339 .620 108 99 2 *2
1876 24 STL NL 64 306 298 60 91 4 2 0 29 8 2 .305 .324 .332 .656 127 99 *2/O4
1877 25 STL NL 60 263 255 47 81 6 6 0 34 8 6 .318 .338 .388 .727 134 99 *2O/3
1878 26 IND NL 63 276 263 42 80 10 2 0 29 13 8 .304 .337 .357 .694 141 94 *O3/264
1879 27 BUF NL 70 303 292 47 77 12 5 1 36 11 11 .264 .290 .349 .640 106 102 *2/O
1880 28 CIN NL 80 344 323 33 91 16 4 1 20 21 10 .282 .326 .365 .691 136 118 *2O
1881 29 CLV NL 68 296 261 47 66 12 2 0 25 35 6 .253 .341 .314 .655 112 82 2O
1883 31 NYG NL 20 78 73 6 13 0 0 0 5 5 4 .178 .231 .178 .409 27 13 2/O
11 Yrs 588 2635 2523 459 713 92 35 7 279 17 11 112 51 .283 .313 .355 .668 118 896 5
162 Game Avg. 162 726 695 126 196 25 10 2 77 31 14 .283 .313 .355 .668 118 247
ATH (3 yrs) 144 671 661 147 187 25 13 4 85 15 10 10 4 .283 .294 .378 .672 109 250 5
STL (2 yrs) 124 569 553 107 172 10 8 0 63 16 8 .311 .330 .358 .688 130 198
CIN (1 yr) 80 344 323 33 91 16 4 1 20 21 10 .282 .326 .365 .691 136 118
BUF (1 yr) 70 303 292 47 77 12 5 1 36 11 11 .264 .290 .349 .640 106 102
NYG (1 yr) 20 78 73 6 13 0 0 0 5 5 4 .178 .231 .178 .409 27 13
IND (1 yr) 63 276 263 42 80 10 2 0 29 13 8 .304 .337 .357 .694 141 94
CLV (1 yr) 68 296 261 47 66 12 2 0 25 35 6 .253 .341 .314 .655 112 82
MAN (1 yr) 19 98 97 30 27 7 1 1 16 2 1 1 0 .278 .286 .402 .688 113 39 0
NL (7 yrs) 425 1866 1765 282 499 60 21 2 178 101 47 .283 .322 .344 .665 121 607
NA (4 yrs) 163 769 758 177 214 32 14 5 101 17 11 11 4 .282 .293 .381 .674 110 289 5

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
1872 20 MAN NA 19 98 2 -0 0 0 1 3 0.2 3 6 0.5 .510 .501 0.5 0.1 6 2/63O
1873 21 ATH NA 45 206 -1 -2 0 4 3 3 0.2 7 10 0.8 .505 .501 0.6 0.4 6 *2/64O
1874 22 ATH NA 39 166 4 0 0 3 1 8 0.6 6 14 1.1 .515 .504 0.9 0.3 11 2O/6
1875 23 ATH NA 60 299 2 -0 0 6 4 12 1.0 9 21 1.9 .517 .506 1.5 0.9 15 *2
1876 24 STL NL 64 306 12 0 0 8 4 24 2.0 10 34 3.0 .533 .513 2.4 1.0 25 *2/O4
1877 25 STL NL 60 263 11 0 0 1 3 15 1.3 9 24 2.2 .523 .508 2.2 0.3 23 *2O/3
1878 26 IND NL 63 276 14 0 0 0 -2 12 1.1 9 22 2.1 .519 .507 2.1 -0.2 22 *O3/264
1879 27 BUF NL 70 303 3 0 0 8 4 15 1.3 10 25 2.4 .520 .509 1.7 1.1 17 *2/O
1880 28 CIN NL 80 344 15 0 0 5 4 24 2.3 11 35 3.6 .530 .515 3.1 0.9 30 *2O
1881 29 CLV NL 68 296 8 0 0 -5 2 5 0.4 10 15 1.5 .507 .503 2.0 -0.3 20 2O
1883 31 NYG NL 20 78 -6 0 0 -1 1 -6 -0.5 3 -3 -0.3 .474 .497 -0.2 -0.0 -2 2/O
11 Seasons 588 2635 64 -2 0 29 25 115 9.9 87 203 18.9 .518 .507 16.8 4.5 173
ATH (3 yrs) 144 671 4 -2 0 13 8 23 1.8 22 45 3.9 .513 .504 3.0 1.6 32
STL (2 yrs) 124 569 23 0 0 9 7 39 3.3 19 58 5.2 .528 .511 4.5 1.4 49
CIN (1 yr) 80 344 15 0 0 5 4 24 2.3 11 35 3.6 .530 .515 3.1 0.9 30
BUF (1 yr) 70 303 3 0 0 8 4 15 1.3 10 25 2.4 .520 .509 1.7 1.1 17
NYG (1 yr) 20 78 -6 0 0 -1 1 -6 -0.5 3 -3 -0.3 .474 .497 -0.2 -0.0 -2
IND (1 yr) 63 276 14 0 0 0 -2 12 1.1 9 22 2.1 .519 .507 2.1 -0.2 22
CLV (1 yr) 68 296 8 0 0 -5 2 5 0.4 10 15 1.5 .507 .503 2.0 -0.3 20
MAN (1 yr) 19 98 2 -0 0 0 1 3 0.2 3 6 0.5 .510 .501 0.5 0.1 6

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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1872 MAN NA 20 C 19 103 66 21 16 1 .845 4.58 .847 5.45 10 0 0
1872 MAN NA 20 SS 2 8 2 5 1 2 .875 3.50 .774 4.80
1872 MAN NA 20 1B 1 7 6 0 1 2 .857 6.00 .930 10.40
1872 MAN NA 20 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .820 1.90 0-1-0
1873 ATH NA 21 C 43 243 182 35 26 2 .893 5.05 .841 5.06 53 0 0
1873 ATH NA 21 SS 6 23 1 15 7 0 .696 2.67 .779 5.07
1873 ATH NA 21 2B 1 4 0 2 2 0 .500 2.00 .830 5.80
1873 ATH NA 21 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-1-0
1874 ATH NA 22 C 27 173 126 23 24 3 .861 5.52 .801 5.48 11 0 0
1874 ATH NA 22 OF 15 30 19 1 10 1 .667 1.33 .802 2.02 0-1-14
1874 ATH NA 22 SS 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .790 4.70
1875 ATH NA 23 C 60 420 305 62 53 4 .874 6.12 .823 5.71 19 0 0
1876 STL NL 24 C 61 445 333 56 56 5 .874 6.38 .805 5.81 52 0 0
1876 STL NL 24 OF 4 3 2 0 1 0 .667 0.50 .847 2.10 0-1-3
1876 STL NL 24 2B 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .860 5.70
1877 STL NL 25 C 53 353 269 44 40 2 .887 5.91 .876 6.13 45 0 0
1877 STL NL 25 OF 10 9 7 0 2 0 .778 0.70 .831 1.88 2-0-9
1877 STL NL 25 1B 1 10 9 1 0 0 1.000 10.00 .951 10.90
1878 IND NL 26 OF 44 73 60 5 8 0 .890 1.48 .834 1.77 44-0-0
1878 IND NL 26 1B 12 150 143 2 5 6 .967 12.08 .956 11.51
1878 IND NL 26 C 9 43 29 11 3 0 .930 4.44 .891 7.09 10 0 0
1878 IND NL 26 SS 3 12 1 8 3 0 .750 3.00 .877 4.30
1878 IND NL 26 2B 1 10 1 7 2 0 .800 8.00 .874 6.40
1879 BUF NL 27 C 63 382 286 60 36 4 .906 5.49 .889 6.45 56 0 0
1879 BUF NL 27 OF 7 15 11 0 4 0 .733 1.57 .838 1.89 0-0-7
1880 CIN NL 28 C 73 603 420 121 62 5 .897 7.41 .894 6.88 56 0 0
1880 CIN NL 28 OF 10 17 16 0 1 0 .941 1.60 .855 1.85 1-9-0
1881 CLV NL 29 C 48 319 211 73 35 8 .890 5.92 .912 6.21 55 0 0
1881 CLV NL 29 OF 21 52 37 6 9 2 .827 2.05 .871 2.06 15-6-0
1883 NYG NL 31 C 16 124 80 31 13 1 .895 6.94 .884 6.36 26 0 0
1883 NYG NL 31 OF 5 10 7 1 2 0 .800 1.60 .849 1.96 0-3-2
11 Seasons C 472 3208 2307 537 364 35 .887 6.03 .861 6.07 393 0 0
10 Seasons OF 118 210 160 13 37 3 .824 1.47 .841 1.90 62-22-35
3 Seasons 1B 14 167 158 3 6 8 .964 11.50 .955 11.39
4 Seasons SS 12 44 4 29 11 2 .750 2.75 .805 4.80
3 Seasons 2B 3 15 1 9 5 0 .667 3.33 .861 5.97
11 Seasons TOT 619 3644 2630 591 423 48 .884 5.20 .863 5.37 62-22-35 393 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1877 NL  2.2 (9th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1876 NL  3.0 (7th)
1877 NL  2.2 (6th)
1878 NL  2.1 (9th)
1880 NL  3.6 (5th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1876 NL  2.4 (10th)
1877 NL  2.2 (8th)
1878 NL  2.2 (8th)
1880 NL  3.1 (5th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1873 NA  0.5 (9th)
1875 NA  0.9 (9th)
1876 NL  1.0 (10th)
1879 NL  1.1 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1877 NL  .318 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1877 NL  .338 (9th)
1878 NL  .337 (9th)
1880 NL  .326 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1874 NA  .436 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1877 NL  60 (10th)
1878 NL  63 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1878 NL  263 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1878 NL  276 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1877 NL  47 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1877 NL  81 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1875 NA  7 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1872 NA  1 (9th)
1874 NA  3 (2nd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1878 NL  29 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1875 NA  7 (6th)
1876 NL  8 (10th)
1878 NL  13 (3rd)
1880 NL  21 (2nd)
1881 NL  35 (1st)

Singles s c a p y
1876 NL  85 (5th)
1877 NL  69 (8th)
1878 NL  68 (8th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1877 NL  134 (9th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1877 NL  89 (10th)
1878 NL  93 (8th)
1880 NL  112 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1877 NL  .641 (10th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1873 NA  5 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1874 NA  2.4 (7th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1874 NA  165.0 (9th)
1875 NA  292.0 (2nd)
1876 NL  149.0 (3rd)
1877 NL  42.5 (9th)
1878 NL  32.9 (5th)
1880 NL  32.3 (6th)
1881 NL  43.5 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1874 NA  55.0 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1880 NL  63 (4th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1873 NA  43 (4th)
1875 NA  60 (3rd)
1876 NL  61 (2nd)
1877 NL  53 (3rd)
1879 NL  63 (3rd)
1880 NL  73 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1873 NA  182 (3rd)
1875 NA  305 (3rd)
1876 NL  333 (1st)
1877 NL  269 (3rd)
1879 NL  286 (5th)
1880 NL  420 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1873 NA  35 (5th)
1875 NA  62 (3rd)
1876 NL  56 (2nd)
1877 NL  44 (3rd)
1880 NL  121 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1875 NA  53 (5th)
1876 NL  56 (4th)
1877 NL  40 (2nd)
1880 NL  62 (2nd)
1881 NL  35 (4th)
Career  364 (12th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1874 NA  3 (4th)
1875 NA  4 (4th)
1876 NL  5 (1st)
1879 NL  4 (5th)
1880 NL  5 (5th)
1881 NL  8 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1873 NA  53 (2nd)
1876 NL  52 (1st)
1877 NL  45 (3rd)
1879 NL  56 (5th)
1880 NL  56 (4th)
1881 NL  55 (4th)
Career  393 (11th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1873 NA  5.05 (3rd)
1874 NA  5.52 (3rd)
1875 NA  6.12 (2nd)
1876 NL  6.38 (1st)
1877 NL  5.91 (3rd)
1880 NL  7.41 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1873 NA  .893 (4th)
1875 NA  .874 (3rd)
1876 NL  .874 (2nd)
1877 NL  .887 (3rd)
1879 NL  .906 (3rd)
1880 NL  .897 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1878 NL  .890 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 3 (537), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 39 (645), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2119), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (86th), 18.9 career WAR/16.7 7yr-peak WAR/17.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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