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John Clarkson

John Gibson Clarkson

Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: July 1, 1861 in Cambridge, MA
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1882. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1882 (Age 20.305)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Beaneaters/WhiteStockings/Spiders/RubyLegs 1882-1894

Final Game: July 12, 1894 (Age 33.011)
Died: February 4, 1909 in Belmont, MA
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1963.
   View John Clarkson Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Relatives: Brother of Dad Clarkson, Brother of Walter Clarkson, Cousin of Mert Hackett and Cousin of Walter Hackett
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 31, 2014 2:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #36. Red Faber… #37. Don Sutton… #38. Fergie Jenkins… #39. JOHN CLARKSON… #40. Mike Mussina… #41. Eppa Rixey… #42. Don Drysdale… 

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
1882 20 WOR NL 1 2 .333 4.50 3 3 0 2 0 0 24.0 49 31 12 0 2 3 0 3 127 70 2.76 2.125 18.4 0.0 0.8 1.1 1.50
1884 22 CHC NL 10 3 .769 2.14 14 13 1 12 0 0 118.0 94 64 28 10 25 102 0 7 478 146 3.28 1.008 7.2 0.8 1.9 7.8 4.08
1885 23 CHC NL 53 16 .768 1.85 70 70 0 68 10 0 623.0 497 255 128 21 97 308 0 14 2487 163 2.80 0.953 7.2 0.3 1.4 4.4 3.18
1886 24 CHC NL 36 17 .679 2.41 55 55 0 50 3 0 466.2 419 248 125 19 86 313 0 17 1914 146 2.84 1.082 8.1 0.4 1.7 6.0 3.64
1887 25 CHC NL 38 21 .644 3.08 60 59 1 56 2 0 523.0 513 283 179 19 92 237 8 0 25 2183 145 3.42 1.157 8.8 0.3 1.6 4.1 2.58
1888 26 BSN NL 33 20 .623 2.76 54 54 0 53 3 0 483.1 448 247 148 17 119 223 10 0 33 2029 105 2.92 1.173 8.3 0.3 2.2 4.2 1.87
1889 27 BSN NL 49 19 .721 2.73 73 72 1 68 8 1 620.0 589 280 188 16 203 284 17 0 16 2641 150 3.49 1.277 8.6 0.2 2.9 4.1 1.40
1890 28 BSN NL 26 18 .591 3.27 44 44 0 43 2 0 383.0 370 186 139 14 140 138 16 0 21 1663 116 3.89 1.332 8.7 0.3 3.3 3.2 0.99
1891 29 BSN NL 33 19 .635 2.79 55 51 4 47 3 3 460.2 435 244 143 18 154 141 15 0 14 1982 129 3.53 1.279 8.5 0.4 3.0 2.8 0.92
1892 30 TOT NL 25 16 .610 2.48 45 44 1 42 5 1 389.0 350 197 107 8 132 139 9 0 9 1658 139 3.08 1.239 8.1 0.2 3.1 3.2 1.05
1892 30 BSN NL 8 6 .571 2.35 16 16 0 15 4 0 145.2 115 65 38 4 60 48 5 0 5 617 150 3.47 1.201 7.1 0.2 3.7 3.0 0.80
1892 30 CLV NL 17 10 .630 2.55 29 28 1 27 1 1 243.1 235 132 69 4 72 91 4 0 4 1041 133 2.84 1.262 8.7 0.1 2.7 3.4 1.26
1893 31 CLV NL 16 17 .485 4.45 36 35 1 31 0 0 295.0 358 240 146 11 95 62 5 0 15 1331 109 4.33 1.536 10.9 0.3 2.9 1.9 0.65
1894 32 CLV NL 8 10 .444 4.42 22 18 3 13 1 0 150.2 173 109 74 6 46 28 0 0 8 653 123 4.88 1.454 10.3 0.4 2.7 1.7 0.61
12 Yrs 328 178 .648 2.81 531 518 12 485 37 5 4536.1 4295 2384 1417 159 1191 1978 80 0 182 19146 133 3.35 1.209 8.5 0.3 2.4 3.9 1.66
162 Game Avg. 21 12 .648 2.81 34 34 1 31 2 0 294 278 155 92 10 77 128 0 12 1241 133 3.35 1.209 8.5 0.3 2.4 3.9 1.66
BSN (5 yrs) 149 82 .645 2.82 242 237 5 226 20 4 2092.2 1957 1022 656 69 676 834 63 0 89 8932 128 3.44 1.258 8.4 0.3 2.9 3.6 1.23
CHC (4 yrs) 137 57 .706 2.39 199 197 2 186 15 0 1730.2 1523 850 460 69 300 960 8 0 63 7062 150 3.03 1.053 7.9 0.4 1.6 5.0 3.20
CLV (3 yrs) 41 37 .526 3.78 87 81 5 71 2 1 689.0 766 481 289 21 213 181 9 0 27 3025 118 3.92 1.421 10.0 0.3 2.8 2.4 0.85
WOR (1 yr) 1 2 .333 4.50 3 3 0 2 0 0 24.0 49 31 12 0 2 3 0 3 127 70 2.76 2.125 18.4 0.0 0.8 1.1 1.50
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
1882 20 WOR NL 24.0 3 3 31 11.63 5.54 -0.72 0.00 107.0 6.69 -13 -0.9 -0.0 -0.6 -11 .216 .495
1884 22 CHC NL 118.0 14 13 64 4.88 5.24 0.14 0.00 105.0 5.35 8 0.8 1.0 -0.3 1.7 19 .559 .505
1885 23 CHC NL 623.0 70 70 255 3.68 4.60 0.35 0.00 107.0 4.55 74 7.7 -0.5 13.1 125 .609 .547
1886 24 CHC NL 466.2 55 55 248 4.78 4.96 0.15 0.00 109.0 5.24 33 3.2 -0.6 7.1 75 .558 .520
1887 25 CHC NL 523.0 60 59 283 4.87 6.04 0.09 0.00 110.0 6.55 118 10.8 1.0 -0.8 14.9 165 .679 .566
1888 26 BSN NL 483.1 54 54 247 4.60 4.49 0.08 0.00 102.0 4.50 3 0.3 -0.5 4.3 40 .506 .502 $3,500
1889 27 BSN NL 620.0 73 72 280 4.06 5.79 0.26 0.00 104.0 5.75 123 11.5 1.0 -0.6 16.7 193 .657 .571
1890 28 BSN NL 383.0 44 44 186 4.37 5.56 0.35 0.00 105.0 5.47 61 5.9 -0.7 8.8 91 .634 .536
1891 29 BSN NL 460.2 55 51 244 4.77 5.46 0.12 0.00 109.0 5.83 60 5.7 1.0 -0.4 9.6 108 .603 .535
1892 30 BSN NL 145.2 16 16 65 4.02 5.04 0.30 0.00 107.0 5.08 20 2.0 -0.1 3.3 33 .627 .513
1892 30 CLV NL 243.1 29 28 132 4.88 5.05 0.32 0.00 103.0 4.88 5 0.4 1.0 -0.2 2.6 26 .515 .503
1893 31 CLV NL 295.0 36 35 240 7.32 6.48 -0.04 0.00 105.0 6.85 -13 -1.0 1.0 -0.3 1.5 25 .473 .494
1894 32 CLV NL 150.2 22 18 109 6.51 7.40 0.13 0.00 103.0 7.49 21 1.5 1.0 -0.1 2.8 40 .570 .509
12 Seasons 4536.1 531 518 2384 4.73 5.40 0.19 0.00 106.1 5.53 502 48.0 1.0 -5.1 85.7 931 .590 .533 $3,500
BSN (5 yrs) 2092.2 242 237 1022 4.40 5.32 0.21 0.00 105.0 5.38 268 25.4 1.0 -2.3 42.7 466 .605 .537 $3,500
CHC (4 yrs) 1730.2 199 197 850 4.42 5.17 0.20 0.00 108.3 5.39 234 22.4 1.0 -2.2 36.7 383 .613 .542
CLV (3 yrs) 689.0 87 81 481 6.28 6.18 0.12 0.00 103.9 6.29 13 1.0 1.0 -0.6 6.9 92 .512 .501
WOR (1 yr) 24.0 3 3 31 11.63 5.54 -0.72 0.00 107.0 6.69 -13 -0.9 -0.0 -0.6 -11 .216 .495

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
1885 23 CHC NL WS T STL 0 1 .000 1.13 2 2 0 2 0 0 16.0 15 14 2 0 1 15 1.000 8.4 0.0 0.6 8.4 15.00
1886 24 CHC NL WS L STL 2 2 .500 2.03 4 4 0 3 1 0 31.0 25 15 7 0 12 28 1.194 7.3 0.0 3.5 8.1 2.33
1892 30 CLV NL CS L BSN 0 2 .000 5.29 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 24 16 10 1 5 9 1.706 12.7 0.5 2.6 4.8 1.80
3 Yrs (3 Series) 2 5 .286 2.67 8 8 0 7 1 0 64.0 64 45 19 1 18 52 1.281 9.0 0.1 2.5 7.3 2.89
1 CS 0 2 .000 5.29 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 24 16 10 1 5 9 1.706 12.7 0.5 2.6 4.8 1.80
2 WS 2 3 .400 1.72 6 6 0 5 1 0 47.0 40 29 9 0 13 43 1.128 7.7 0.0 2.5 8.2 3.31

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
1882 20 WOR NL 3 11 11 0 4 2 0 0 2 0 3 .364 .364 .545 .909 185 6 /13
1884 22 CHC NL 21 86 84 16 22 6 2 3 17 2 16 .262 .279 .488 .767 130 41 1/O53
1885 23 CHC NL 72 286 283 34 61 11 5 4 32 3 44 .216 .224 .332 .556 69 94 1/O5
1886 24 CHC NL 55 210 210 21 49 9 1 3 23 2 0 38 .233 .233 .329 .562 61 69 1/O
1887 25 CHC NL 63 226 215 40 52 5 5 6 25 6 11 25 .242 .279 .395 .674 76 85 0 1/O
1888 26 BSN NL 55 212 205 20 40 9 1 1 17 5 7 48 .195 .222 .263 .485 52 54 0 1/O
1889 27 BSN NL 73 273 262 36 54 9 3 2 23 8 11 59 .206 .238 .286 .524 43 75 0 1/O5
1890 28 BSN NL 45 182 173 18 43 6 3 2 26 2 8 31 .249 .286 .353 .638 79 61 1 1/O
1891 29 BSN NL 55 205 187 28 42 7 4 0 26 2 18 50 .225 .293 .305 .597 68 57 0 1/O
1892 30 TOT NL 45 169 158 15 27 3 0 1 17 3 11 39 .171 .225 .209 .434 28 33 0 1
1892 30 BSN NL 16 60 57 7 13 3 0 1 13 1 3 15 .228 .267 .333 .600 74 19 0 1
1892 30 CLV NL 29 109 101 8 14 0 0 0 4 2 8 24 .139 .202 .139 .340 2 14 0 1
1893 31 CLV NL 37 135 131 18 27 6 2 1 17 2 4 20 .206 .230 .305 .535 39 40 0 1/O
1894 32 CLV NL 22 65 55 8 11 0 0 1 7 1 6 9 .200 .279 .255 .533 28 14 0 4 1
12 Yrs 546 2060 1974 254 432 73 26 24 232 31 81 382 .219 .250 .319 .569 61 629 1 4
162 Game Avg. 162 611 586 75 128 22 8 7 69 24 113 .219 .250 .319 .569 61 187
BSN (5 yrs) 244 932 884 109 192 34 11 6 105 18 47 203 .217 .258 .301 .558 59 266 1
CHC (4 yrs) 211 808 792 111 184 31 13 16 97 8 16 123 .232 .248 .365 .612 75 289 0
CLV (3 yrs) 88 309 287 34 52 6 2 2 28 5 18 53 .181 .230 .237 .466 25 68 0 4
WOR (1 yr) 3 11 11 0 4 2 0 0 2 0 3 .364 .364 .545 .909 185 6

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
1882 20 WOR NL 3 11 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .532 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /13
1884 22 CHC NL 21 86 2 0 0 -1 2 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .514 .502 0.4 -0.2 4 1/O53
1885 23 CHC NL 72 286 -14 0 0 0 13 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.1 -1 1/O5
1886 24 CHC NL 55 210 -13 -0 0 0 9 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .493 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4 1/O
1887 25 CHC NL 63 226 -11 -1 0 0 16 4 0.2 0 4 0.2 .505 .502 0.3 -0.1 4 1/O
1888 26 BSN NL 55 212 -13 -1 0 0 14 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $3,500 1/O
1889 27 BSN NL 73 273 -27 -0 0 0 22 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .494 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -5 1/O5
1890 28 BSN NL 45 182 -8 -1 0 -1 13 4 0.3 0 4 0.3 .508 .502 0.4 -0.2 5 1/O
1891 29 BSN NL 55 205 -12 -0 0 0 15 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .505 .502 0.2 -0.1 3 1/O
1892 30 BSN NL 16 60 -3 -0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1892 30 CLV NL 29 109 -13 -0 0 0 7 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .479 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1
1893 31 CLV NL 37 135 -16 -0 0 0 9 -6 -0.5 0 -6 -0.5 .486 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -6 1/O
1894 32 CLV NL 22 65 -9 -0 0 0 5 -4 -0.3 0 -4 -0.3 .487 .498 -0.3 0.0 -4 1
12 Seasons 546 2060 -136 -4 0 -2 130 -12 -1.7 0 -12 -1.7 .498 .499 -0.9 -0.7 -10 $3,500
BSN (5 yrs) 244 932 -63 -2 0 -1 68 2 -0.1 0 2 -0.1 .501 .500 0.2 -0.3 3 $3,500
CHC (4 yrs) 211 808 -36 -1 0 -1 40 2 -0.2 0 2 -0.2 .501 .500 0.2 -0.4 3
CLV (3 yrs) 88 309 -38 -0 0 0 22 -17 -1.5 0 -17 -1.5 .484 .497 -1.4 -0.0 -17
WOR (1 yr) 3 11 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .532 .501 0.1 0.0 1

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
1885 23 CHC NL WS STL T 0 13 13 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .154 .231 .385 3 0
1886 24 CHC NL WS STL L 0 15 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 .067 .067 .067 .133 1 0
1892 30 CLV NL CS BSN L 0 8 8 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 .250 .250 .625 .875 5 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 0 36 36 2 5 1 0 1 4 1 0 3 .139 .139 .250 .389 9 0
1 CS 0 8 8 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 .250 .250 .625 .875 5 0
2 WS 0 28 28 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .107 .107 .143 .250 4 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 G Awards
1882 WOR NL 20 P 3 24.0 8 1 6 1 0 .875 2.62 2.33 .906 2.17 2.17
1882 WOR NL 20 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.40
1884 CHC NL 22 P 14 118.0 55 6 38 11 5 .800 3.36 3.14 .892 2.29 2.24
1884 CHC NL 22 OF 8 14 5 5 4 1 .714 1.25 .867 1.79 0-0-8
1884 CHC NL 22 3B 2 4 0 2 2 0 .500 1.00 .848 3.15
1884 CHC NL 22 1B 1 6 3 0 3 0 .500 3.00 .962 10.50
1885 CHC NL 23 P 70 623.0 220 26 174 20 8 .909 2.89 2.86 .899 2.43 2.37
1885 CHC NL 23 OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .880 1.87 0-0-3
1885 CHC NL 23 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .870 3.30
1886 CHC NL 24 P 55 466.2 152 19 114 19 3 .875 2.56 2.42 .915 2.26 2.16
1886 CHC NL 24 OF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.20 .890 1.76 2-0-3
1887 CHC NL 25 P 60 523.0 166 34 125 7 5 .958 2.74 2.65 .902 2.02 1.96
1887 CHC NL 25 OF 5 6 5 0 1 0 .833 1.00 .883 1.96 1-0-4
1888 BSN NL 26 P 54 483.1 158 22 117 19 3 .880 2.59 2.57 .895 2.36 2.30
1888 BSN NL 26 OF 1 3 1 0 2 0 .333 1.00 .907 1.90 0-0-1
1889 BSN NL 27 P 73 620.0 235 36 172 27 8 .885 3.02 2.85 .905 2.22 2.16
1889 BSN NL 27 OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .910 2.00 0-0-0
1889 BSN NL 27 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.60
1890 BSN NL 28 P 44 383.0 107 21 72 14 3 .869 2.19 2.11 .898 2.24 2.19
1890 BSN NL 28 OF 1 4 1 0 3 0 .250 1.00 .915 1.90 1-0-0
1891 BSN NL 29 P 55 460.2 154 27 114 13 2 .916 2.75 2.56 .915 2.29 2.25
1891 BSN NL 29 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-1-0
1892 TOT NL 30 P 45 389.0 113 11 87 15 4 .867 2.27 2.18 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 BSN NL 30 P 16 145.2 43 2 36 5 3 .884 2.35 2.38 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 CLV NL 30 P 29 243.1 70 9 51 10 1 .857 2.22 2.07 .901 2.48 2.41
1893 CLV NL 31 P 36 295.0 104 15 82 7 1 .933 2.96 2.69 .913 2.50 2.45
1893 CLV NL 31 OF 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .920 2.20 0-0-1
1894 CLV NL 32 P 22 150.2 54 3 42 9 2 .833 2.69 2.05 .912 2.18 2.09
12 Seasons P 531 4536.1 1526 221 1143 162 44 .894 2.71 2.57 .904 2.29 2.23
9 Seasons OF 27 31 15 5 11 1 .645 0.74 .885 1.87 4-1-20
3 Seasons 3B 4 5 0 3 2 0 .600 0.75 .852 3.30
2 Seasons 1B 2 6 3 0 3 0 .500 1.50 .962 10.45
12 Seasons TOT 564 4536.1 1568 239 1151 178 45 .886 2.71 2.46 .904 2.29 2.25 4-1-20
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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
1936 Veterans ( 6.4%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 0.5%)
1963 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1963
by Veteran's Committee

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1885 NL  13.0 (1st)
1887 NL  15.1 (1st)
1889 NL  16.1 (1st)
1890 NL  9.1 (5th)
1891 NL  9.8 (2nd)
Career  84.0 (54th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1884 NL  1.7 (10th)
1885 NL  13.1 (1st)
1886 NL  7.1 (5th)
1887 NL  14.9 (1st)
1888 NL  4.3 (9th)
1889 NL  16.7 (1st)
1890 NL  8.8 (4th)
1891 NL  9.6 (2nd)
1892 NL  5.9 (9th)
Career  85.7 (18th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1884 NL  2.14 (6th)
1885 NL  1.85 (3rd)
1886 NL  2.41 (5th)
1887 NL  3.08 (4th)
1889 NL  2.73 (1st)
1891 NL  2.79 (6th)
1892 NL  2.48 (3rd)
1894 NL  4.42 (8th)
Career  2.81 (105th)

Wins s c a p y
1885 NL  53 (1st)
1886 NL  36 (3rd)
1887 NL  38 (1st)
1888 NL  33 (2nd)
1889 NL  49 (1st)
1890 NL  26 (7th)
1891 NL  33 (2nd)
Career  328 (12th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1884 NL  .769 (2nd)
1885 NL  .768 (2nd)
1886 NL  .679 (6th)
1887 NL  .644 (5th)
1888 NL  .623 (6th)
1889 NL  .721 (1st)
1890 NL  .591 (9th)
1891 NL  .635 (5th)
Career  .648 (27th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1884 NL  1.008 (7th)
1885 NL  0.953 (2nd)
1886 NL  1.082 (4th)
1887 NL  1.157 (2nd)
1889 NL  1.277 (1st)
1891 NL  1.279 (5th)
1894 NL  1.454 (4th)
Career  1.209 (157th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1884 NL  7.170 (3rd)
1885 NL  7.180 (4th)
1886 NL  8.081 (9th)
1887 NL  8.828 (5th)
1889 NL  8.550 (3rd)
1891 NL  8.499 (6th)
1894 NL  10.334 (5th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  1.401 (3rd)
1886 NL  1.659 (3rd)
1887 NL  1.583 (4th)
1891 NL  3.009 (8th)
1893 NL  2.898 (6th)
1894 NL  2.748 (7th)
Career  2.363 (225th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1884 NL  7.780 (1st)
1885 NL  4.449 (5th)
1886 NL  6.036 (2nd)
1887 NL  4.078 (5th)
1888 NL  4.152 (9th)
1889 NL  4.123 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1885 NL  70 (1st)
1886 NL  55 (5th)
1887 NL  60 (1st)
1888 NL  54 (2nd)
1889 NL  73 (1st)
1890 NL  44 (9th)
1891 NL  55 (3rd)

Saves s c a p y
1889 NL  1 (4th)
1891 NL  3 (1st)
1892 NL  1 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1885 NL  623.0 (1st)
1886 NL  466.7 (5th)
1887 NL  523.0 (1st)
1888 NL  483.3 (1st)
1889 NL  620.0 (1st)
1890 NL  383.0 (7th)
1891 NL  460.7 (3rd)
Career  4,536.3 (23rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1885 NL  308 (1st)
1886 NL  313 (2nd)
1887 NL  237 (1st)
1888 NL  223 (2nd)
1889 NL  284 (1st)
1890 NL  138 (10th)
1891 NL  141 (7th)
Career  1,978 (76th)

Games Started s c a p y
1885 NL  70 (1st)
1886 NL  55 (5th)
1887 NL  59 (1st)
1888 NL  54 (2nd)
1889 NL  72 (1st)
1890 NL  44 (8th)
1891 NL  51 (3rd)
Career  518 (41st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1885 NL  68 (1st)
1886 NL  50 (5th)
1887 NL  56 (1st)
1888 NL  53 (2nd)
1889 NL  68 (1st)
1890 NL  43 (7th)
1891 NL  47 (4th)
Career  485 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1885 NL  10 (1st)
1886 NL  3 (4th)
1887 NL  2 (5th)
1889 NL  8 (1st)
1890 NL  2 (8th)
1891 NL  3 (5th)
1892 NL  5 (4th)
1894 NL  1 (7th)
Career  37 (57th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1885 NL  21 (1st)
1886 NL  19 (1st)
1887 NL  19 (5th)
1888 NL  17 (4th)
1889 NL  16 (3rd)
1890 NL  14 (2nd)
1891 NL  18 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1885 NL  97 (6th)
1887 NL  92 (9th)
1888 NL  119 (1st)
1889 NL  203 (1st)
1890 NL  140 (7th)
1891 NL  154 (6th)
Career  1,191 (55th)

Hits s c a p y
1885 NL  497 (2nd)
1886 NL  419 (6th)
1887 NL  513 (1st)
1888 NL  448 (2nd)
1889 NL  589 (1st)
1890 NL  370 (7th)
1891 NL  435 (2nd)
Career  4,295 (26th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1884 NL  4.080 (7th)
1885 NL  3.175 (3rd)
1886 NL  3.640 (1st)
1887 NL  2.576 (3rd)
1889 NL  1.399 (2nd)
1890 NL  0.986 (10th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1887 NL  0.327 (8th)
1889 NL  0.232 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1887 NL  21 (6th)
1888 NL  20 (9th)
1889 NL  19 (5th)
1890 NL  18 (7th)
1891 NL  19 (9th)
Career  178 (77th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1885 NL  128 (4th)
1886 NL  125 (9th)
1887 NL  179 (3rd)
1888 NL  148 (2nd)
1889 NL  188 (1st)
1890 NL  139 (6th)
1891 NL  143 (6th)
Career  1,417 (57th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1887 NL  25 (5th)
1888 NL  33 (1st)
1889 NL  16 (7th)
1890 NL  21 (7th)
1893 NL  15 (6th)
Career  182 (19th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1888 NL  10 (10th)
1889 NL  17 (3rd)
1890 NL  16 (6th)
1891 NL  15 (9th)
Career  80 (152nd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1885 NL  2,487 (1st)
1886 NL  1,914 (6th)
1887 NL  2,183 (1st)
1888 NL  2,029 (1st)
1889 NL  2,641 (1st)
1890 NL  1,663 (7th)
1891 NL  1,982 (3rd)
Career  19,146 (24th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1887 NL  1 (10th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1884 NL  146 (5th)
1885 NL  163 (3rd)
1886 NL  146 (4th)
1887 NL  145 (2nd)
1889 NL  150 (1st)
1891 NL  129 (4th)
1892 NL  139 (2nd)
1894 NL  123 (7th)
Career  133 (28th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1884 NL  3.28 (9th)
1885 NL  2.80 (6th)
1886 NL  2.84 (3rd)
1887 NL  3.42 (1st)
1889 NL  3.49 (3rd)
1893 NL  4.33 (10th)
1894 NL  4.88 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1884 NL  9 (10th)
1885 NL  69 (1st)
1886 NL  43 (3rd)
1887 NL  71 (1st)
1889 NL  93 (1st)
1890 NL  31 (6th)
1891 NL  38 (3rd)
1892 NL  32 (5th)
Career  406 (11th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1884 NL  0.9 (10th)
1885 NL  6.9 (1st)
1886 NL  4.0 (3rd)
1887 NL  6.3 (1st)
1889 NL  8.5 (1st)
1890 NL  2.9 (6th)
1891 NL  3.5 (3rd)
1892 NL  3.1 (5th)
Career  37.6 (16th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1889 NL  59 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1885 NL  70.8 (8th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1885 NL  70 (1st)
1886 NL  55 (5th)
1887 NL  60 (1st)
1888 NL  54 (2nd)
1889 NL  73 (1st)
1891 NL  55 (3rd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1885 NL  26 (3rd)
1887 NL  34 (1st)
1889 NL  36 (1st)
1891 NL  27 (4th)
Career  221 (74th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1885 NL  174 (1st)
1886 NL  114 (1st)
1887 NL  125 (1st)
1888 NL  117 (2nd)
1889 NL  172 (1st)
1891 NL  114 (1st)
Career  1,143 (12th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1885 NL  20 (1st)
1886 NL  19 (1st)
1888 NL  19 (1st)
1889 NL  27 (1st)
1890 NL  14 (4th)
1891 NL  13 (3rd)
Career  162 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1884 NL  3.36 (1st)
1885 NL  2.89 (4th)
1887 NL  2.74 (5th)
1889 NL  3.02 (1st)
1891 NL  2.75 (2nd)
1893 NL  2.96 (4th)
1894 NL  2.69 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1884 NL  3.14 (1st)
1885 NL  2.86 (4th)
1886 NL  2.42 (5th)
1887 NL  2.65 (5th)
1889 NL  2.85 (1st)
1891 NL  2.56 (1st)
1893 NL  2.69 (2nd)
Career  2.57 (36th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1887 NL  .958 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1882 NL  born 1861-07-01 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 60 (18), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 204 (37), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 252 (13), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 65 (12), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (11th), 84.0 career WAR/74.9 7yr-peak WAR/79.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1888 26 Boston Beaneaters $3,500 ? 3/31/88 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,500
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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