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Dain Clay

Dain Elmer Clay (Sniffy or Ding-A-Ling)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: July 10, 1919 in Hicksville, OH
High School: Cuyahoga Falls HS (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
School: Kent State University (Kent, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 12, 1943 (Age 23.337)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1944 season [*]
Team: Reds 1943-1946

Final Game: September 29, 1946 (Age 27.081)
Died: August 28, 1994 in Chula Vista, CA
Buried: Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, CA
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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
1943 23 CIN NL 49 106 93 19 25 2 4 0 9 1 8 14 .269 .333 .376 .710 106 35 1 1 4 O8/97
1944 24 CIN NL 110 391 356 51 89 15 0 0 17 8 17 18 .250 .290 .292 .582 67 104 6 3 15 O8/79
1945 25 CIN NL 153 700 656 81 184 29 2 1 50 19 37 58 .280 .321 .335 .656 84 220 10 2 5 *8O
1946 26 CIN NL 121 502 435 52 99 17 0 2 22 11 53 40 .228 .318 .280 .599 73 122 5 5 9 *O87
4 Yrs 433 1699 1540 203 397 63 6 3 98 39 115 130 .258 .314 .312 .626 78 481 22 11 33
162 Game Avg. 162 636 576 76 149 24 2 1 37 15 43 49 .258 .314 .312 .626 78 180 8 4 12

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
1943 23 CIN NL 49 106 0 -0 0 -5 -0 -5 -0.6 3 -2 -0.2 .488 .496 0.3 -0.6 3 O8/97
1944 24 CIN NL 110 391 -14 -0 0 6 -1 -9 -1.1 12 3 0.2 .491 .494 -0.5 0.6 -3 O8/79
1945 25 CIN NL 153 700 -14 0 0 2 -1 -13 -1.3 21 8 0.8 .491 .492 0.6 0.2 6 *8O
1946 26 CIN NL 121 502 -13 -0 0 8 -1 -6 -0.8 19 12 1.2 .494 .495 0.3 0.8 4 *O87
4 Seasons 433 1699 -41 -0 0 11 -4 -34 -3.7 56 22 1.9 .491 .494 0.7 0.8 11

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
1943 CIN NL 23 OF 33 21 20 47 42 2 3 0 .936 1.33 .977 2.41
1943 CIN NL 23 CF 28 17 17 35 31 2 2 0 .943 1.18 .978 2.74
1943 CIN NL 23 RF 4 4 3 11 10 0 1 0 .909 2.50 .976 2.20
1943 CIN NL 23 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1944 CIN NL 24 OF 98 86 83 278 272 4 2 0 .993 2.82 .980 2.47
1944 CIN NL 24 CF 92 84 82 270 264 4 2 0 .993 2.91 .985 2.95
1944 CIN NL 24 LF 5 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0.80 .980 2.34
1944 CIN NL 24 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
1945 CIN NL 25 CF 152 152 152 459 444 10 5 3 .989 2.99 .983 2.86
1945 CIN NL 25 OF 152 152 152 461 446 10 5 3 .989 3.00 .978 2.45
1946 CIN NL 26 OF 120 110 104 326 312 10 4 3 .988 2.68 .977 2.39
1946 CIN NL 26 CF 110 104 100 306 292 10 4 3 .987 2.75 .979 2.83
1946 CIN NL 26 LF 13 6 4 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 1.31 .975 2.25
4 Seasons OF 403 369 359 1112 1072 26 14 6 .987 2.72 .978 2.43
4 Seasons CF 382 357 351 1070 1031 26 13 6 .988 2.77 .982 2.86
3 Seasons LF 19 7 4 21 20 1 0 0 1.000 1.11 .976 2.27
2 Seasons RF 5 5 4 12 11 0 1 0 .917 2.20 .976 2.18
4 Seasons TOT 403 369 359 1112 1072 26 14 6 .987 2.72 .978 2.43
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

Games Played s c a p y
1945 NL  153 (6th)

At Bats s c a p y
1945 NL  656 (1st)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1945 NL  700 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1945 NL  184 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1945 NL  29 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1945 NL  58 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1945 NL  19 (3rd)
1946 NL  11 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1945 NL  152 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1946 NL  5 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1944 NL  15 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1945 NL  487 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  152 (1st)
1946 NL  110 (2nd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  444 (2nd)
1946 NL  292 (2nd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  10 (4th)
1946 NL  10 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  3 (3rd)
1946 NL  3 (3rd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1945 NL  152 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1945 NL  446 (2nd)
1946 NL  312 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1944 NL  2.91 (2nd)
1945 NL  2.99 (2nd)
1946 NL  2.75 (3rd)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 NL  .989 (4th)
1946 NL  .987 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1944 NL  2.82 (4th)
1945 NL  3.00 (2nd)
1946 NL  2.68 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1946 NL  .988 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 11 (1377), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Center Field (410th), 1.9 career WAR/1.9 7yr-peak WAR/1.9 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

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