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Spud Davis

Virgil Lawrence Davis

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 197 lb.

Born: December 20, 1904 in Birmingham, AL
High School: Gulf Coast Military Academy (Gulfport, MS) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 30, 1928 (Age 23.132, 5,854th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1928 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals/Pirates/Reds 1928-1945

Last Game: September 5, 1945 (Age 40.259)
Died: August 14, 1984 in Birmingham, AL
Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 20, 2014 2:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #644. Jhonny Peralta… #645. Cecil Fielder… #646. Mike Napoli… #647. SPUD DAVIS… #648. Dave Foutz… #649. Cesar Tovar… #650. Johnny Ray… 

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
1928 23 TOT NL 69 188 168 17 47 2 0 3 19 0 16 11 .280 .342 .345 .688 76 58 0 3 2
1928 23 STL NL 2 7 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533 41 1 0 1 /2
1928 23 PHI NL 67 181 163 16 46 2 0 3 18 0 15 11 .282 .343 .350 .692 77 57 0 2 2
1929 24 PHI NL 98 286 263 31 90 18 0 7 48 1 19 17 .342 .391 .490 .881 112 129 2 5 2
1930 25 PHI NL 106 358 329 41 103 16 1 14 65 1 17 20 .313 .349 .495 .844 96 163 1 10 2
1931 26 PHI NL 120 433 393 30 128 32 1 4 51 0 36 28 .326 .382 .443 .825 114 174 0 4 *2
1932 27 PHI NL 125 449 402 44 135 23 5 14 70 1 40 39 .336 .399 .522 .921 134 210 2 4 *2
1933 28 PHI NL 141 540 495 51 173 28 3 9 65 2 32 24 .349 .395 .473 .867 135 234 21 5 8 *2 MVP-25
1934 29 STL NL 107 384 347 45 104 22 4 9 65 0 34 27 .300 .366 .464 .830 114 161 12 2 1 2
1935 30 STL NL 102 354 315 28 100 24 2 1 60 0 33 30 .317 .386 .416 .802 112 131 4 2 4 2/3
1936 31 STL NL 112 402 363 24 99 26 2 4 59 0 35 34 .273 .342 .388 .730 97 141 12 3 1 *2/5
1937 32 CIN NL 76 232 209 19 56 10 1 3 33 0 23 15 .268 .341 .368 .709 97 77 7 0 0 2
1938 33 TOT NL 82 273 251 14 59 8 0 2 24 1 19 20 .235 .292 .291 .582 61 73 14 1 1 2
1938 33 CIN NL 12 42 36 3 6 1 0 0 1 0 5 6 .167 .286 .194 .480 35 7 2 1 0 2
1938 33 PHI NL 70 231 215 11 53 7 0 2 23 1 14 14 .247 .293 .307 .600 65 66 12 0 1 2
1939 34 PHI NL 87 234 202 10 62 8 1 0 23 0 24 20 .307 .383 .356 .740 105 72 5 1 7 2
1940 35 PIT NL 99 323 285 23 93 14 1 5 39 0 35 20 .326 .404 .435 .839 132 124 15 2 2 2
1941 36 PIT NL 57 118 107 3 27 4 1 0 6 0 11 11 .252 .322 .308 .630 78 33 6 0 0 2
1944 39 PIT NL 54 103 93 6 28 7 0 2 14 0 10 8 .301 .369 .441 .810 123 41 2 0 0 2
1945 40 PIT NL 23 36 33 2 8 2 0 0 6 0 2 2 .242 .306 .303 .609 67 10 2 1 0 2
16 Yrs 1458 4713 4255 388 1312 244 22 77 647 6 386 326 .308 .369 .430 .799 110 1831 100 22 50
162 Game Avg. 162 524 473 43 146 27 2 9 72 1 43 36 .308 .369 .430 .799 110 203 2 6
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
PHI (8 yrs) 814 2712 2462 234 790 134 11 53 363 6 197 173 .321 .374 .449 .823 111 1105 38 11 41
PIT (4 yrs) 233 580 518 34 156 27 2 7 65 0 58 41 .301 .375 .402 .776 116 208 25 3 2
STL (4 yrs) 323 1147 1030 98 304 72 8 14 185 0 103 91 .295 .363 .421 .785 107 434 28 7 7
CIN (2 yrs) 88 274 245 22 62 11 1 3 34 0 28 21 .253 .332 .343 .675 87 84 9 1 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
1928 23 STL NL 2 7 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .482 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1928 23 PHI NL 67 181 -5 0 0 0 2 -3 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .495 .498 0.2 0.1 2 2
1929 24 PHI NL 98 286 5 0 0 0 2 8 0.7 9 17 1.6 .507 .504 1.6 0.2 17 2
1930 25 PHI NL 106 358 -3 0 0 2 3 2 0.1 11 13 1.2 .502 .501 1.1 0.4 11 2
1931 26 PHI NL 120 433 9 1 0 2 4 15 1.5 13 28 2.9 .513 .509 2.7 0.5 26 *2
1932 27 PHI NL 125 449 20 0 0 4 4 28 2.8 14 42 4.3 .523 .518 3.9 0.8 38 *2
1933 28 PHI NL 141 540 23 0 0 -1 4 27 2.9 17 43 4.7 .521 .518 4.9 0.3 44 *2 MVP-25
1934 29 STL NL 107 384 7 0 0 1 3 12 1.2 12 24 2.4 .511 .507 2.3 0.4 23 2
1935 30 STL NL 102 354 6 0 0 0 2 9 0.9 11 20 2.1 .509 .506 2.0 0.3 20 2/3
1936 31 STL NL 112 402 -1 1 0 1 3 4 0.4 13 17 1.8 .504 .502 1.6 0.4 16 *2/5
1937 32 CIN NL 76 232 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .503 .502 1.0 0.2 10 2
1938 33 CIN NL 12 42 -3 0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -2 -0.2 .469 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 2
1938 33 PHI NL 70 231 -10 -0 0 1 2 -7 -0.8 8 1 0.0 .490 .496 -0.0 0.3 -0 2
1939 34 PHI NL 87 234 3 0 0 0 2 5 0.5 8 13 1.3 .506 .503 1.3 0.2 13 2
1940 35 PIT NL 99 323 14 0 0 1 3 18 1.8 11 29 3.0 .519 .511 2.9 0.4 28 2
1941 36 PIT NL 57 118 -3 0 0 1 1 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .499 .500 0.2 0.2 2 2
1944 39 PIT NL 54 103 3 0 0 0 1 4 0.4 3 7 0.7 .508 .503 0.7 0.1 7 2
1945 40 PIT NL 23 36 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .495 .499 0.0 0.0 0 2
16 Seasons 1458 4713 65 4 0 11 39 118 11.6 149 267 27.2 .508 .506 26.3 4.8 256
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
PHI (8 yrs) 814 2712 42 2 0 8 23 75 7.3 84 159 16.2 .509 .508 15.7 2.8 151
PIT (4 yrs) 233 580 12 1 0 2 5 20 2.0 20 39 4.0 .509 .505 3.8 0.7 37
STL (4 yrs) 323 1147 13 1 0 2 9 25 2.5 36 61 6.2 .508 .505 5.9 1.2 59
CIN (2 yrs) 88 274 -3 0 0 -1 2 -1 -0.2 9 8 0.8 .499 .501 0.9 0.1 9

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
1934 ❍ 29 STL NL WS DET W 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 2 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 2 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1928 TOT NL 23 C 51 44 36 207 155 46 6 7 .971 3.94 .979 4.42 5 29 24 45% 45%
1928 STL NL 23 C 2 2 1 8 6 0 2 0 .750 3.00 .979 4.40 0 3 0 0% 45%
1928 PHI NL 23 C 49 42 35 199 149 46 4 7 .980 3.98 .979 4.42 5 26 24 48% 45%
1929 PHI NL 24 C 89 63 47 255 198 47 10 7 .961 2.75 .974 4.34 4 42 29 41% 42%
1930 PHI NL 25 C 96 90 70 362 307 50 5 6 .986 3.72 .976 4.57 4 32 30 48% 44%
1931 PHI NL 26 C 114 107 91 501 420 78 3 10 .994 4.37 .980 4.64 5 48 40 45% 46%
1932 PHI NL 27 C 120 107 89 468 408 54 6 15 .987 3.85 .979 4.66 2 34 24 41% 44%
1933 PHI NL 28 C 132 130 116 472 395 69 8 9 .983 3.52 .982 4.35 10 56 36 39% 46% MVP-25
1934 STL NL 29 C 94 89 75 507 459 42 6 7 .988 5.33 .985 4.85 2 25 17 40% 44%
1935 STL NL 30 C 81 76 64 372 335 34 3 2 .992 4.56 .976 4.78 4 21 6 22% 44%
1935 STL NL 30 1B 5 4 4 48 48 0 0 4 1.000 9.60 .989 9.92
1936 STL NL 31 C 103 94 68 456 390 59 7 7 .985 4.36 .979 4.96 3 26 24 48% 46%
1936 STL NL 31 3B 2 1 1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 2.50 .948 2.65
1937 CIN NL 32 C 59 52 48 347 300 40 7 3 .980 5.76 .980 5.25 1 30 19 39% 46%
1938 TOT NL 33 C 74 67 48 301 260 34 7 6 .977 3.97 .979 4.85 5 19 15 44% 45%
1938 CIN NL 33 C 11 9 8 52 43 7 2 1 .962 4.55 .979 4.85 3 4 3 43% 45%
1938 PHI NL 33 C 63 58 40 249 217 27 5 5 .980 3.87 .979 4.85 2 15 12 44% 45%
1939 PHI NL 34 C 85 66 42 300 260 40 0 1 1.000 3.53 .982 4.81 5 39 20 34% 46%
1940 PIT NL 35 C 87 83 48 361 288 61 12 11 .967 4.01 .978 5.00 2 2 37 32 46% 45% 0
1941 PIT NL 36 C 49 27 14 113 97 16 0 3 1.000 2.31 .983 5.04 2 0 7 7 50% 46% 0
1944 PIT NL 39 C 35 20 11 89 76 10 3 3 .966 2.46 .979 4.56 0 2 7 4 36% 42% 0
1945 PIT NL 40 C 13 4 3 31 26 4 1 0 .968 2.31 .978 4.57 0 0 6 2 25% 40% 0
16 Seasons C 1282 1119 870 5142 4374 684 84 97 .984 3.95 .980 4.72 54 4 458 329 42% 45% 0
1 Season 1B 5 4 4 48 48 0 0 4 1.000 9.60 .989 9.92
1 Season 3B 2 1 1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 2.50 .948 2.65
16 Seasons TOT 1289 1124 875 5195 4423 688 84 101 .984 3.97 .980 4.73 54 4 458 329 42% 45% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
1948 BBWAA ( 0.8%)
1949 BBWAA ( 0.7%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1933 NL (25, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1548th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1932 NL  4.3 (8th)
1933 NL  4.7 (6th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1932 NL  3.9 (8th)
1933 NL  4.9 (5th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1931 NL  .326 (9th)
1932 NL  .336 (7th)
1933 NL  .349 (2nd)
Career  .308 (118th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1932 NL  .399 (5th)
1933 NL  .395 (2nd)
1935 NL  .386 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1932 NL  .522 (8th)
1933 NL  .473 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1932 NL  .921 (7th)
1933 NL  .867 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1933 NL  173 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1933 NL  133 (7th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1932 NL  134 (9th)
1933 NL  135 (8th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1933 NL  91 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1932 NL  20 (10th)
1933 NL  24 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1932 NL  2.0 (10th)
1933 NL  2.5 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1932 NL  .737 (7th)
1933 NL  .726 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1933 NL  5 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1933 NL  21 (2nd)
1940 NL  15 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1930 NL  23.5 (10th)
1932 NL  28.7 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1931 NL  114 (1st)
1932 NL  120 (3rd)
1933 NL  132 (3rd)
Career  1,282 (56th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1931 NL  420 (4th)
1932 NL  408 (5th)
1933 NL  395 (5th)
1934 NL  459 (3rd)
1936 NL  390 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1930 NL  50 (4th)
1931 NL  78 (1st)
1933 NL  69 (4th)
1936 NL  59 (5th)
1940 NL  61 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1929 NL  10 (5th)
1933 NL  8 (3rd)
1940 NL  12 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1929 NL  7 (4th)
1931 NL  10 (4th)
1932 NL  15 (1st)
1933 NL  9 (5th)
1934 NL  7 (4th)
1940 NL  11 (2nd)
Career  97 (63rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1928 NL  5 (5th)
1931 NL  5 (4th)
1933 NL  10 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1931 NL  48 (1st)
1932 NL  34 (5th)
1933 NL  56 (1st)
1934 NL  25 (5th)
1937 NL  30 (4th)
1939 NL  39 (2nd)
1940 NL  37 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1930 NL  30 (4th)
1931 NL  40 (1st)
1933 NL  36 (3rd)
1940 NL  32 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1928 NL  45.3 (4th)
1930 NL  48.4 (5th)
1936 NL  48.0 (5th)
1938 NL  44.1 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1934 NL  5.33 (2nd)
1935 NL  4.56 (5th)
1937 NL  5.76 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1930 NL  .986 (3rd)
1931 NL  .994 (2nd)
1932 NL  .987 (3rd)
1933 NL  .983 (4th)
1934 NL  .988 (3rd)
1935 NL  .992 (1st)
1936 NL  .985 (4th)
1939 NL  1.000 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 21 (1010), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 44 (444), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 38 (192), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (49th), 27.2 career WAR/21.1 7yr-peak WAR/24.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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