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Lou Criger    \CRIGG-ur\

Louis Criger

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: February 3, 1872 in Elkhart, IN (All Transactions)
Debut: September 21, 1896 (Age 24.231)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1897 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Americans/Spiders/RedSox/Cardinals/Perfectos/... 1896-1912

Final Game: June 3, 1912 (Age 40.121)
Died: May 14, 1934 in Tucson, AZ
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson, AZ
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 31, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1711. Marlon Anderson… #1712. Darren Lewis… #1713. Dick Schofield… #1714. LOU CRIGER… #1715. Casey Kotchman… #1716. Jack Burns… #1717. Craig Gentry… 

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
1896 24 CLV NL 2 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 -55 0 0 0 /2
1897 25 CLV NL 39 165 138 15 31 4 1 0 22 5 23 12 .225 .340 .268 .608 55 37 1 3 2/3
1898 26 CLV NL 84 338 287 43 80 13 4 1 32 2 40 22 .279 .377 .362 .739 115 104 5 6 2
1899 27 STL NL 77 294 258 39 66 4 5 2 44 14 28 10 .256 .333 .333 .667 81 86 2 6 2
1900 28 STL NL 80 294 288 31 78 8 6 2 38 5 4 4 .271 .286 .361 .647 79 104 2 0 2/5
1901 29 BOS AL 76 288 268 26 62 6 3 0 24 7 11 9 .231 .270 .276 .546 52 74 3 6 2/3
1902 30 BOS AL 83 298 266 32 68 16 6 0 28 7 27 18 .256 .324 .361 .685 88 96 0 5 2/O
1903 31 BOS AL 96 358 317 41 61 7 10 3 31 5 26 31 .192 .256 .306 .562 64 97 1 14 *2
1904 32 BOS AL 98 337 299 34 63 10 5 2 34 1 27 27 .211 .283 .298 .580 79 89 3 8 2
1905 33 BOS AL 109 377 313 33 62 6 7 1 36 5 54 20 .198 .322 .272 .593 88 85 3 7 *2
1906 34 BOS AL 7 19 17 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 4 .176 .222 .235 .458 44 4 0 1 /2
1907 35 BOS AL 75 257 226 12 41 4 0 0 14 2 19 17 .181 .251 .199 .450 44 45 2 10 2
1908 36 BOS AL 84 257 237 12 45 4 2 0 25 1 13 14 .190 .232 .224 .456 47 53 0 7 2
1909 37 SLB AL 74 250 212 15 36 1 1 0 9 2 25 22 .170 .261 .184 .444 45 39 1 12 2
1910 38 NYY AL 27 79 69 3 13 2 0 0 4 0 10 15 .188 .291 .217 .509 56 15 0 0 2
1912 40 SLB AL 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
16 Yrs 1012 3619 3202 337 709 86 50 11 342 58 0 309 225 .221 .295 .290 .584 72 928 23 85
162 Game Avg. 162 579 513 54 113 14 8 2 55 9 49 36 .221 .295 .290 .584 72 149 4 14
BOS (8 yrs) 628 2191 1943 190 405 54 33 6 193 29 178 140 .208 .279 .279 .558 68 543 12 58
CLV (3 yrs) 125 509 430 58 111 17 5 1 54 8 64 34 .258 .362 .328 .690 92 141 6 9
STL (2 yrs) 157 588 546 70 144 12 11 4 82 19 32 14 .264 .309 .348 .657 80 190 4 6
SLB (2 yrs) 75 252 214 16 36 1 1 0 9 2 0 25 22 .168 .258 .182 .441 44 39 1 12
NYY (1 yr) 27 79 69 3 13 2 0 0 4 0 10 15 .188 .291 .217 .509 56 15 0 0
AL (11 yrs) 730 2522 2226 209 454 57 34 6 206 31 0 213 177 .204 .277 .268 .546 65 597 13 70
NL (5 yrs) 282 1097 976 128 255 29 16 5 136 27 96 48 .261 .334 .339 .673 86 331 10 15

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
1896 24 CLV NL 2 6 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .454 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1897 25 CLV NL 39 165 -9 -0 0 -1 2 -8 -0.7 6 -3 -0.2 .482 .496 -0.1 0.1 -2 2/3
1898 26 CLV NL 84 338 8 1 0 2 5 16 1.5 12 28 2.7 .518 .509 2.5 0.7 26 2
1899 27 STL NL 77 294 -6 -0 0 0 5 -2 -0.2 10 9 0.9 .498 .499 0.9 0.4 9 2
1900 28 STL NL 80 294 -8 -0 0 3 5 -0 -0.1 10 10 1.0 .500 .500 0.7 0.7 7 2/5
1901 29 BOS AL 76 288 -17 -0 0 2 4 -11 -1.0 10 -0 0.0 .487 .494 -0.2 0.6 -2 $2,900 2/3
1902 30 BOS AL 83 298 -4 -0 0 1 5 1 0.1 11 12 1.1 .501 .501 1.1 0.6 11 2/O
1903 31 BOS AL 96 358 -13 -0 0 2 6 -6 -0.8 13 7 0.7 .493 .496 0.5 0.8 5 *2
1904 32 BOS AL 98 337 -6 0 0 3 6 3 0.3 12 15 1.6 .504 .502 1.3 1.0 12 2
1905 33 BOS AL 109 377 -1 -0 0 -1 6 4 0.4 14 17 1.9 .504 .503 2.0 0.6 18 *2
1906 34 BOS AL 7 19 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .505 .500 -0.0 0.2 -0 /2
1907 35 BOS AL 75 257 -12 -0 0 2 4 -6 -0.7 9 3 0.2 .490 .496 -0.0 0.8 1 2
1908 36 BOS AL 84 257 -12 0 0 1 4 -7 -0.9 9 2 0.1 .490 .495 -0.0 0.7 1 2
1909 37 SLB AL 74 250 -11 -0 0 4 4 -3 -0.4 9 6 0.5 .495 .498 0.1 1.0 2 2
1910 38 NYY AL 27 79 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.3 3 1 0.1 .491 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1912 40 SLB AL 1 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .455 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
16 Seasons 1012 3619 -99 -1 0 19 59 -22 -2.8 128 107 10.7 .498 .499 8.8 8.2 87 $2,900
BOS (8 yrs) 628 2191 -67 -1 0 11 36 -21 -2.5 79 58 5.8 .496 .498 4.7 5.1 46 $2,900
CLV (3 yrs) 125 509 -3 0 0 1 8 7 0.7 17 24 2.5 .506 .505 2.4 0.8 23
STL (2 yrs) 157 588 -14 -0 0 3 10 -2 -0.2 20 18 1.8 .499 .500 1.6 1.2 15
SLB (2 yrs) 75 252 -11 -0 0 4 4 -3 -0.5 9 6 0.5 .495 .498 0.1 1.0 2
NYY (1 yr) 27 79 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.3 3 1 0.1 .491 .499 0.1 0.1 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
1903 ❍ 31 BOS AL WS PIT W 8 29 26 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 2 3 .231 .286 .231 .516 6 0 1 0
1 WS 8 29 26 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 2 3 .231 .286 .231 .516 6 0 1 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1896 CLV NL 24 C 1 7 5 2 0 0 1.000 7.00 .943 4.60 0 2 2 50% 37%
1897 CLV NL 25 C 37 175 129 35 11 1 .937 4.43 .948 4.74 3 56 32 36% 37%
1897 CLV NL 25 1B 2 27 20 2 5 3 .815 11.00 .980 10.25
1898 CLV NL 26 C 82 446 322 105 19 9 .957 5.21 .953 4.82 10 85 78 48% 44%
1899 STL NL 27 C 75 336 228 91 17 6 .949 4.25 .952 4.60 10 83 80 49% 44%
1900 STL NL 28 C 75 406 282 105 19 8 .953 5.16 .949 4.98 11 115 90 44% 44%
1900 STL NL 28 3B 1 5 1 3 1 0 .800 4.00 .896 3.80
1901 BOS AL 29 C 68 423 300 109 14 11 .967 6.01 .950 4.97 9 82 80 49% 44%
1901 BOS AL 29 1B 8 83 80 1 2 5 .976 10.13 .974 10.78
1902 BOS AL 30 C 80 463 330 117 16 6 .965 5.59 .957 4.90 11 73 80 52% 44%
1902 BOS AL 30 OF 1 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .945 2.10 1-0-0
1903 BOS AL 31 C 96 661 491 156 14 10 .979 6.74 .971 6.07 11 82 93 53% 44%
1904 BOS AL 32 C 95 626 502 112 12 7 .981 6.46 .969 6.15 7 69 71 51% 44%
1905 BOS AL 33 C 109 706 539 147 20 5 .972 6.29 .971 6.40 13 91 97 52% 45%
1906 BOS AL 34 C 6 54 46 7 1 0 .981 8.83 .961 5.98 0 8 5 38% 45%
1907 BOS AL 35 C 75 406 288 109 9 12 .978 5.29 .968 6.11 11 74 66 47% 44%
1908 BOS AL 36 C 84 510 380 120 10 11 .980 5.95 .969 6.28 14 79 73 48% 45%
1909 SLB AL 37 C 73 492 387 98 7 16 .986 6.64 .969 6.46 7 91 71 44% 45%
1910 NYY AL 38 C 27 149 120 28 1 0 .993 5.48 .968 6.88 3 27 19 41% 45%
1912 SLB AL 40 C 1 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 6.00 .962 6.80 0 1 1 50% 42%
16 Seasons C 984 5866 4354 1342 170 102 .971 5.79 .963 5.66 120 1018 938 48% 44%
2 Seasons 1B 10 110 100 3 7 8 .936 10.30 .975 10.67
1 Season 3B 1 5 1 3 1 0 .800 4.00 .896 3.80
1 Season OF 1 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .945 2.10 1-0-0
16 Seasons TOT 996 5983 4456 1348 179 110 .970 5.83 .963 5.71 1-0-0 120 1018 938 48% 44%
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

Hall of Fame
1936 BBWAA ( 3.1%)
1936 Veterans ( 1.3%)
1937 BBWAA ( 8.0%)
1938 BBWAA ( 4.2%)
1939 BBWAA ( 0.7%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 3.0%)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1909 AL  1.0 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1905 AL  54 (6th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1905 AL  15.7 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1900 NL  75 (4th)
1902 AL  80 (4th)
1903 AL  96 (1st)
1904 AL  95 (3rd)
1905 AL  109 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1900 NL  282 (3rd)
1901 AL  300 (5th)
1902 AL  330 (3rd)
1903 AL  491 (2nd)
1904 AL  502 (3rd)
1905 AL  539 (2nd)
1909 AL  387 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1898 NL  105 (5th)
1900 NL  105 (4th)
1901 AL  109 (4th)
1902 AL  117 (2nd)
1903 AL  156 (1st)
1904 AL  112 (3rd)
1905 AL  147 (1st)
1907 AL  109 (5th)
1908 AL  120 (4th)
Career  1,342 (16th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1900 NL  19 (5th)
1903 AL  14 (5th)
1905 AL  20 (2nd)
Career  170 (57th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1900 NL  8 (5th)
1901 AL  11 (2nd)
1903 AL  10 (1st)
1907 AL  12 (2nd)
1908 AL  11 (3rd)
1909 AL  16 (2nd)
Career  102 (53rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1903 AL  11 (3rd)
1905 AL  13 (1st)
1907 AL  11 (3rd)
1908 AL  14 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1900 NL  115 (2nd)
1903 AL  82 (2nd)
1905 AL  91 (4th)
1909 AL  91 (3rd)
Career  1,018 (30th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1900 NL  90 (4th)
1902 AL  80 (3rd)
1903 AL  93 (1st)
1904 AL  71 (3rd)
1905 AL  97 (1st)
1907 AL  66 (5th)
Career  938 (12th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1899 NL  49.1 (3rd)
1901 AL  49.4 (4th)
1902 AL  52.3 (1st)
1903 AL  53.1 (1st)
1904 AL  50.7 (2nd)
1905 AL  51.6 (1st)
Career  48.0 (38th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1898 NL  5.21 (2nd)
1900 NL  5.16 (4th)
1901 AL  6.01 (1st)
1902 AL  5.59 (2nd)
1903 AL  6.74 (2nd)
1904 AL  6.46 (3rd)
1905 AL  6.29 (4th)
1908 AL  5.95 (4th)
1909 AL  6.64 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1900 NL  .953 (4th)
1902 AL  .965 (4th)
1903 AL  .979 (2nd)
1904 AL  .981 (3rd)
1905 AL  .972 (4th)
1908 AL  .980 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1908 AL  born 1872-02-03 (9th)
1909 AL  born 1872-02-03 (5th)
1910 AL  born 1872-02-03 (5th)
1912 AL  born 1872-02-03 (7th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 11 (1140), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 20 (772), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (159th), 10.7 career WAR/9.8 7yr-peak WAR/10.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1901 29 Boston Americans $2,900 ? 3/23/01 SL; 3/23/01 TSN (w/o expenses) Incl. $100 expenses. 5/20/01 Dayton Herald: $3,800
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,900
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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