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Dave Danforth

David Charles Danforth (Dauntless Dave)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 167 lb.

Born: March 7, 1890 in Granger, TX
School: Baylor University (Waco, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: August 1, 1911 (Age 21.147)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1912 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/WhiteSox/Athletics 1911-1925

Final Game: October 1, 1925 (Age 35.208)
Died: September 19, 1970 in Baltimore, MD
Buried: Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
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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
1911 21 PHA AL 4 1 .800 3.74 14 2 10 1 0 1 33.2 29 18 14 1 17 21 3 0 0 141 85 3.69 1.366 7.8 0.3 4.5 5.6 1.24
1912 22 PHA AL 0 0 3.98 3 0 3 0 0 0 20.1 26 14 9 0 12 8 0 0 0 89 80 3.83 1.869 11.5 0.0 5.3 3.5 0.67
1916 26 CHW AL 6 5 .545 3.27 28 8 12 1 0 2 93.2 87 43 34 1 37 49 3 3 1 376 85 2.69 1.324 8.4 0.1 3.6 4.7 1.32
1917 27 CHW AL 11 6 .647 2.65 50 9 26 1 1 9 173.0 155 56 51 1 74 79 3 1 2 713 101 2.76 1.324 8.1 0.1 3.8 4.1 1.07
1918 28 CHW AL 6 15 .286 3.43 39 11 20 5 0 2 139.0 148 73 53 1 40 48 5 0 1 570 80 2.61 1.353 9.6 0.1 2.6 3.1 1.20
1919 29 CHW AL 1 2 .333 7.78 15 1 9 0 0 1 41.2 58 44 36 1 20 17 1 0 0 195 41 3.50 1.872 12.5 0.2 4.3 3.7 0.85
1922 32 SLB AL 5 2 .714 3.28 20 10 5 3 0 1 79.2 93 37 29 1 38 48 1 4 0 358 127 3.44 1.644 10.5 0.1 4.3 5.4 1.26
1923 33 SLB AL 16 14 .533 3.94 38 29 4 16 0 1 226.1 221 111 99 4 87 96 12 3 2 967 106 3.63 1.361 8.8 0.2 3.5 3.8 1.10
1924 34 SLB AL 15 12 .556 4.51 41 27 10 12 1 5 219.2 246 126 110 16 69 65 3 1 1 946 101 4.38 1.434 10.1 0.7 2.8 2.7 0.94
1925 35 SLB AL 7 9 .438 4.36 38 15 10 5 0 2 159.0 172 96 77 19 61 53 3 1 1 697 107 5.21 1.465 9.7 1.1 3.5 3.0 0.87
10 Yrs 71 66 .518 3.89 286 112 109 44 2 24 1186.0 1235 618 512 45 455 484 34 13 8 5052 96 3.64 1.425 9.4 0.3 3.5 3.7 1.06
162 Game Avg. 12 11 .518 3.89 49 19 19 8 0 4 203 211 106 87 8 78 83 6 2 1 863 96 3.64 1.425 9.4 0.3 3.5 3.7 1.06
SLB (4 yrs) 43 37 .538 4.14 137 81 29 36 1 9 684.2 732 370 315 40 255 262 19 9 4 2968 106 4.21 1.442 9.6 0.5 3.4 3.4 1.03
CHW (4 yrs) 24 28 .462 3.50 132 29 67 7 1 14 447.1 448 216 174 4 171 193 12 4 4 1854 79 2.77 1.384 9.0 0.1 3.4 3.9 1.13
PHA (2 yrs) 4 1 .800 3.83 17 2 13 1 0 1 54.0 55 32 23 1 29 29 3 0 0 230 83 3.74 1.556 9.2 0.2 4.8 4.8 1.00
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
1911 21 PHA AL 33.2 14 2 18 4.81 4.46 -0.02 0.00 95.0 4.25 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.1 2 .484 .499
1912 22 PHA AL 20.1 3 0 14 6.20 4.35 0.29 0.00 93.0 3.78 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .341 .497
1916 26 CHW AL 93.2 28 8 43 4.13 3.69 0.19 0.00 98.1 3.43 -7 -0.8 1.0 -0.1 0.1 1 .471 .495
1917 27 CHW AL 172.0 50 9 56 2.93 3.56 -0.02 0.00 100.4 3.60 12 1.5 1.0 -0.1 3.2 27 .531 .510
1918 28 CHW AL 137.2 39 11 73 4.77 3.66 -0.11 0.00 98.0 3.70 -17 -2.0 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -5 .449 .488
1919 29 CHW AL 42.0 15 1 44 9.43 4.01 0.09 0.00 100.1 3.93 -26 -2.5 1.0 -0.0 -2.1 -22 .335 .485
1922 32 SLB AL 79.2 20 10 37 4.18 4.50 0.24 0.00 102.1 4.35 2 0.2 1.0 -0.0 1.0 10 .510 .501 $4,500
1923 33 SLB AL 226.1 38 29 111 4.41 4.89 0.03 0.00 104.2 5.06 16 1.6 1.0 -0.1 3.9 41 .543 .510 $5,500
1924 34 SLB AL 219.2 41 27 126 5.16 5.12 -0.03 0.00 106.0 5.46 5 0.5 1.0 -0.1 2.7 33 .512 .503 $6,500
1925 35 SLB AL 159.0 38 15 96 5.43 5.28 -0.11 0.00 106.0 5.72 4 0.4 1.0 -0.1 2.0 24 .511 .502 $6,500
10 Seasons 1184.0 286 112 618 4.70 4.48 0.01 0.00 102.3 4.59 -18 -1.7 1.0 -0.8 9.9 108 .494 .501 $23,000
SLB (4 yrs) 684.2 137 81 370 4.86 5.01 0.00 0.00 105.0 5.26 27 2.7 1.0 -0.4 9.5 109 .520 .505 $23,000
CHW (4 yrs) 445.1 132 29 216 4.37 3.66 0.00 0.00 99.1 3.63 -38 -3.7 1.0 -0.4 0.5 1 .472 .497
PHA (2 yrs) 54.0 17 2 32 5.33 4.42 0.10 0.00 94.2 4.07 -8 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .459 .498

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
1917 ❍ 27 CHW AL WS W NYG 0 0 18.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 3.000 27.0 9.0 0.0 18.0
1 WS 0 0 18.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 3.000 27.0 9.0 0.0 18.0

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
1911 21 PHA AL 14 8 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .286 .167 .452 28 1 0 1 1
1912 22 PHA AL 3 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 45 2 0 0 /1
1916 26 CHW AL 28 29 23 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 .087 .222 .087 .309 -7 2 0 2 1
1917 27 CHW AL 50 57 46 3 6 2 1 0 5 1 6 19 .130 .231 .217 .448 36 10 0 5 1
1918 28 CHW AL 39 48 42 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 .143 .200 .143 .343 3 6 1 2 1
1919 29 CHW AL 15 12 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .111 .273 .222 .495 39 2 0 1 1
1922 32 SLB AL 20 30 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .087 .125 .087 .212 -45 2 0 0 1
1923 33 SLB AL 38 88 71 5 15 5 1 0 11 0 0 9 7 .211 .309 .310 .619 59 22 1 8 1
1924 34 SLB AL 41 87 76 3 13 3 2 0 9 1 0 4 15 .171 .213 .263 .476 19 20 0 6 1
1925 35 SLB AL 38 56 46 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 8 .174 .255 .174 .429 8 8 1 5 1
10 Yrs 286 423 350 23 56 11 4 0 27 2 0 33 84 .160 .238 .214 .453 22 75 3 30
162 Game Avg. 162 240 198 13 32 6 2 0 15 1 19 48 .160 .238 .214 .453 22 42 2 17
SLB (4 yrs) 137 261 216 12 38 8 3 0 22 1 0 18 36 .176 .246 .241 .487 24 52 2 19
CHW (4 yrs) 132 146 120 9 15 3 1 0 5 1 14 44 .125 .222 .167 .389 16 20 1 10
PHA (2 yrs) 17 16 14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .214 .267 .214 .481 38 3 0 1

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
1911 21 PHA AL 14 8 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1912 22 PHA AL 3 8 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .499 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1916 26 CHW AL 28 29 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1917 27 CHW AL 50 57 -4 0 0 0 4 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1918 28 CHW AL 39 48 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1919 29 CHW AL 15 12 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1922 32 SLB AL 20 30 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .484 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 $4,500 1
1923 33 SLB AL 38 88 -5 0 0 0 8 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .510 .502 0.4 -0.0 4 $5,500 1
1924 34 SLB AL 41 87 -11 0 0 0 8 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $6,500 1
1925 35 SLB AL 38 56 -7 0 0 0 6 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $6,500 1
10 Seasons 286 423 -44 1 0 0 36 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .498 .500 -0.7 0.0 -6 $23,000
SLB (4 yrs) 137 261 -29 1 0 0 25 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .497 .500 -0.4 0.0 -4 $23,000
CHW (4 yrs) 132 146 -13 0 0 0 10 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .497 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
PHA (2 yrs) 17 16 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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
1917 ❍ 27 CHW AL WS NYG W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 Awards
1911 PHA AL 21 P 14 33.2 10 3 7 0 0 1.000 2.67 0.71 .938 2.89 2.85
1912 PHA AL 22 P 3 20.1 7 1 6 0 1 1.000 3.10 2.33 .940 2.97 2.90
1916 CHW AL 26 P 28 8 1 93.2 37 2 32 3 0 .919 3.27 1.21 .945 2.95 2.96
1917 CHW AL 27 P 50 9 1 173.0 46 0 42 4 0 .913 2.18 0.84 .947 3.04 3.05
1918 CHW AL 28 P 39 11 5 139.0 48 7 39 2 1 .958 2.98 1.18 .952 2.82 2.84
1919 CHW AL 29 P 15 1 0 41.2 11 1 10 0 0 1.000 2.38 0.73 .948 2.85 2.83
1922 SLB AL 32 P 20 10 3 79.2 17 6 11 0 2 1.000 1.92 0.85 .963 2.60 2.59
1923 SLB AL 33 P 38 29 16 226.1 61 7 54 0 2 1.000 2.43 1.61 .959 2.72 2.70
1924 SLB AL 34 P 41 27 12 219.2 46 4 40 2 2 .957 1.80 1.07 .959 2.53 2.49
1925 SLB AL 35 P 38 15 5 159.0 27 4 21 2 0 .926 1.42 0.66 .960 2.66 2.64
10 Seasons P 286 110 43 1186.0 310 35 262 13 8 .958 2.25 1.04 .953 2.76 2.78
10 Seasons TOT 286 110 43 1186.0 310 35 262 13 8 .958 2.25 1.04 .953 2.76 2.78
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

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1917 AL  .647 (7th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1923 AL  8.788 (5th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 AL  4.110 (5th)
1918 AL  3.108 (10th)
1923 AL  3.817 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1917 AL  50 (1st)
1918 AL  39 (6th)
1924 AL  41 (10th)

Saves s c a p y
1917 AL  9 (1st)
1918 AL  2 (9th)
1919 AL  1 (10th)
1924 AL  5 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1923 AL  96 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1924 AL  16 (2nd)
1925 AL  19 (1st)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1918 AL  1.200 (10th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1923 AL  0.159 (1st)

Losses s c a p y
1918 AL  15 (5th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1924 AL  110 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1923 AL  12 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1911 AL  10 (8th)
1917 AL  26 (1st)
1918 AL  20 (3rd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1918 AL  2.61 (10th)
1923 AL  3.63 (10th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1917 AL  50 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1923 AL  1.000 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 4 (478), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 24 (969), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 8 (1118), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 4 (1594), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (830th), 9.2 career WAR/12.4 7yr-peak WAR/10.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1922 32 St. Louis Browns $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 33 St. Louis Browns $5,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 34 St. Louis Browns $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 35 St. Louis Browns $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$23,000
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: Dauntless David Charles Dave davey david Danforth

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