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Leon Culberson

Delbert Leon Culberson (Lee)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 6, 1919 in Hall's Station, GA (All Transactions)
Debut: May 16, 1943 (Age 23.283)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Senators 1943-1948

Final Game: May 12, 1948 (Age 28.280)
Died: September 17, 1989 in Rome, GA
Buried: Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, Rome, GA
Relatives: Grandfather of Charlie Culberson
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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 BOS AL 81 347 312 36 85 16 6 3 34 14 0 31 35 .272 .338 .391 .729 111 122 5 0 4 O87
1944 24 BOS AL 75 303 282 41 67 11 5 2 21 6 4 20 20 .238 .288 .333 .621 78 94 5 0 1 O8/9
1945 25 BOS AL 97 355 331 26 91 21 6 6 45 4 3 20 37 .275 .316 .429 .745 114 142 14 0 4 O8/79
1946 26 BOS AL 59 204 179 34 56 10 1 3 18 3 2 16 19 .313 .369 .430 .799 117 77 4 0 9 O98/75
1947 27 BOS AL 47 102 84 10 20 1 0 0 11 1 1 12 10 .238 .354 .250 .604 65 21 2 3 3 O9/758
1948 28 WSH AL 12 37 29 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 5 .172 .351 .172 .524 44 5 2 0 0 8O
6 Yrs 371 1348 1217 148 324 59 18 14 131 28 10 107 126 .266 .327 .379 .706 100 461 32 3 21
162 Game Avg. 162 589 531 65 141 26 8 6 57 12 4 47 55 .266 .327 .379 .706 100 201 14 1 9
BOS (5 yrs) 359 1311 1188 147 319 59 18 14 129 28 10 99 121 .269 .326 .384 .710 102 456 30 3 21
WSH (1 yr) 12 37 29 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 5 .172 .351 .172 .524 44 5 2 0 0

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 BOS AL 81 347 4 3 0 2 -2 7 0.8 10 17 1.8 .510 .505 1.6 0.1 15 $3,600 O87
1944 24 BOS AL 75 303 -8 -0 0 -3 -1 -12 -1.3 9 -3 -0.4 .483 .492 -0.1 -0.4 0 $5,000 O8/9
1945 25 BOS AL 97 355 4 0 0 0 -1 3 0.3 10 13 1.4 .504 .502 1.4 -0.1 13 $6,500 O8/79
1946 26 BOS AL 59 204 4 0 0 -3 -2 -0 -0.1 6 6 0.6 .499 .500 0.9 -0.5 9 $8,000 O98/75
1947 27 BOS AL 47 102 -3 -0 0 -2 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .485 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -2 $10,000 O9/758
1948 28 WSH AL 12 37 -2 0 -0 -2 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .465 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 $11,000 8O
6 Seasons 371 1348 -1 3 -0 -8 -5 -12 -1.4 39 27 2.7 .497 .499 3.5 -1.5 35 $44,100
BOS (5 yrs) 359 1311 0 3 0 -6 -5 -8 -0.9 38 30 3.0 .498 .499 3.6 -1.3 36 $33,100
WSH (1 yr) 12 37 -2 0 -0 -2 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .465 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 $11,000

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
1946 26 BOS AL WS STL L 5 10 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 .222 .300 .556 .856 5 0 0 0 0 1
1 WS 5 10 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 .222 .300 .556 .856 5 0 0 0 0 1

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 BOS AL 23 OF 79 78 72 226 211 10 5 2 .978 2.80 .977 2.47
1943 BOS AL 23 CF 52 52 47 155 142 8 5 1 .968 2.88 .978 2.78
1943 BOS AL 23 LF 27 26 25 70 68 2 0 1 1.000 2.59 .979 2.38
1944 BOS AL 24 OF 72 67 62 192 182 6 4 2 .979 2.61 .974 2.47
1944 BOS AL 24 CF 71 66 61 183 174 5 4 1 .978 2.52 .979 3.00
1944 BOS AL 24 RF 1 1 1 5 4 1 0 1 1.000 5.00 .972 2.10
1945 BOS AL 25 OF 91 84 77 241 219 14 8 6 .967 2.56 .978 2.40
1945 BOS AL 25 CF 89 83 76 238 217 13 8 6 .966 2.58 .983 2.81
1945 BOS AL 25 LF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 2.20
1945 BOS AL 25 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
1946 BOS AL 26 OF 49 37 32 91 87 1 3 0 .967 1.80 .977 2.36
1946 BOS AL 26 RF 27 26 21 57 55 0 2 0 .965 2.04 .972 2.09
1946 BOS AL 26 CF 17 10 10 31 29 1 1 0 .968 1.76 .984 2.72
1946 BOS AL 26 LF 6 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .975 2.23
1946 BOS AL 26 3B 4 3 2 13 2 9 2 2 .846 2.75 .948 3.05
1947 BOS AL 27 OF 25 15 13 38 35 2 1 0 .974 1.48 .979 2.47
1947 BOS AL 27 RF 16 13 11 24 22 1 1 0 .958 1.44 .977 2.11
1947 BOS AL 27 LF 5 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0.80 .975 2.32
1947 BOS AL 27 3B 4 3 1 6 1 4 1 1 .833 1.25 .958 3.00
1947 BOS AL 27 CF 4 2 2 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 2.25 .983 2.90
1948 WSH AL 28 CF 11 8 8 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 1.55 .978 3.01
1948 WSH AL 28 OF 11 8 8 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 1.55 .975 2.51
6 Seasons OF 327 289 264 805 750 34 21 10 .974 2.40 .977 2.43
6 Seasons CF 244 221 204 633 587 28 18 8 .972 2.52 .981 2.86
4 Seasons RF 45 41 34 87 82 2 3 1 .966 1.87 .973 2.10
4 Seasons LF 39 27 26 77 75 2 0 1 1.000 1.97 .979 2.35
2 Seasons 3B 8 6 3 19 3 13 3 3 .842 2.00 .951 3.02
6 Seasons TOT 335 295 267 824 753 47 24 13 .971 2.39 .976 2.45
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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.
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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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1943 AL  14 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1947 AL  3 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1945 AL  14 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  1 (2nd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  8 (4th)
1945 AL  13 (1st)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  5 (5th)
1945 AL  8 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 AL  1 (3rd)
1945 AL  6 (1st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1945 AL  14 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1945 AL  8 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1945 AL  6 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1945 AL  2.58 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1943 AL  2.80 (2nd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2199), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2263), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (374th), 2.6 career WAR/2.6 7yr-peak WAR/2.6 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1943 23 Boston Red Sox $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 24 Boston Red Sox $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 25 Boston Red Sox $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 26 Boston Red Sox $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 27 Boston Red Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 28 Washington Senators $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$44,100
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: Delbert Lee Leon Culberson

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