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Tom Downey

Thomas Edward Downey

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: January 1, 1884 in Lewiston, ME (All Transactions)
Debut: May 7, 1909 (Age 25.126)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1909 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Buffeds/Blues/Phillies/Cubs 1909-1915

Final Game: September 30, 1915 (Age 31.272)
Died: August 3, 1961 in Passaic, NJ
Buried: St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford, CT
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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
1909 25 CIN NL 119 468 416 39 96 9 6 1 32 16 32 34 .231 .287 .288 .576 79 120 1 19 *6/2
1910 26 CIN NL 111 432 378 43 102 9 3 2 32 12 34 28 .270 .335 .325 .660 96 123 3 17 65
1911 27 CIN NL 111 416 360 50 94 16 7 0 36 10 44 38 .261 .345 .344 .689 95 124 2 10 6/453O
1912 28 TOT NL 67 231 193 31 54 6 5 1 27 3 22 25 .280 .353 .378 .732 96 73 0 16 5/64
1912 28 PHI NL 54 207 171 27 50 6 3 1 23 3 21 20 .292 .370 .380 .750 100 65 0 15 5/6
1912 28 CHC NL 13 24 22 4 4 0 2 0 4 0 1 5 .182 .217 .364 .581 57 8 0 1 /654
1914 30 BUF FL 151 610 541 69 118 20 3 2 42 35 40 55 .218 .273 .277 .550 56 150 1 23 *46/5
1915 31 BUF FL 92 314 282 24 56 9 1 1 19 11 26 26 .199 .269 .248 .517 50 70 1 7 45/63
6 Yrs 651 2471 2170 256 520 69 25 7 188 87 198 206 .240 .306 .304 .610 77 660 8 92
162 Game Avg. 162 615 540 64 129 17 6 2 47 22 49 51 .240 .306 .304 .610 77 164 2 23
CIN (3 yrs) 341 1316 1154 132 292 34 16 3 100 38 110 100 .253 .321 .318 .639 90 367 6 46
BUF (2 yrs) 243 924 823 93 174 29 4 3 61 46 66 81 .211 .272 .267 .539 54 220 2 30
PHI (1 yr) 54 207 171 27 50 6 3 1 23 3 21 20 .292 .370 .380 .750 100 65 0 15
CHC (1 yr) 13 24 22 4 4 0 2 0 4 0 1 5 .182 .217 .364 .581 57 8 0 1
NL (4 yrs) 408 1547 1347 163 346 40 21 4 127 41 132 125 .257 .326 .327 .653 91 440 6 62
FL (2 yrs) 243 924 823 93 174 29 4 3 61 46 66 81 .211 .272 .267 .539 54 220 2 30

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
1909 25 CIN NL 119 468 -9 -0 0 -4 8 -6 -0.6 15 10 0.9 .494 .496 1.4 0.6 14 *6/2
1910 26 CIN NL 111 432 -1 -1 0 -12 6 -8 -0.8 13 6 0.5 .492 .495 1.8 -0.6 18 65
1911 27 CIN NL 111 416 -1 -1 0 -7 6 -3 -0.4 13 10 0.9 .497 .498 1.8 -0.2 17 6/453O
1912 28 PHI NL 54 207 0 -0 0 -5 2 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.3 .494 .498 0.9 -0.3 8 5/6
1912 28 CHC NL 13 24 -2 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /654
1914 30 BUF FL 151 610 -30 3 0 12 1 -14 -1.4 10 -4 -0.6 .489 .490 -2.1 1.6 -16 *46/5
1915 31 BUF FL 92 314 -16 0 0 -5 1 -20 -2.3 5 -15 -1.8 .475 .486 -1.3 -0.4 -10 45/63
6 Seasons 651 2471 -58 0 0 -22 25 -55 -6.2 64 9 0.1 .490 .494 2.4 0.6 30
CIN (3 yrs) 341 1316 -11 -2 0 -23 20 -16 -1.8 41 25 2.4 .495 .496 4.9 -0.2 48
BUF (2 yrs) 243 924 -46 3 0 7 3 -34 -3.8 15 -19 -2.4 .484 .489 -3.4 1.2 -26
PHI (1 yr) 54 207 0 -0 0 -5 2 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.3 .494 .498 0.9 -0.3 8
CHC (1 yr) 13 24 -2 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.0 -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
1909 CIN NL 25 SS 119 685 260 363 62 54 .909 5.24 .926 5.33
1909 CIN NL 25 C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.30 0 0 0
1910 CIN NL 26 SS 68 373 136 192 45 18 .879 4.82 .924 5.20
1910 CIN NL 26 3B 41 169 65 89 15 8 .911 3.76 .932 3.17
1911 CIN NL 27 SS 93 513 198 267 48 26 .906 5.00 .925 5.12
1911 CIN NL 27 2B 6 41 15 22 4 2 .902 6.17 .952 5.22
1911 CIN NL 27 3B 5 14 3 10 1 0 .929 2.60 .936 3.14
1911 CIN NL 27 1B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .980 10.25
1911 CIN NL 27 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.20 0-0-1
1912 TOT NL 28 3B 49 157 60 80 17 3 .892 2.86 .935 3.15
1912 TOT NL 28 SS 8 50 18 23 9 2 .820 5.13 .931 5.20
1912 PHI NL 28 3B 46 149 57 76 16 3 .893 2.89 .935 3.15
1912 PHI NL 28 SS 3 26 10 12 4 2 .846 7.33 .931 5.20
1912 CHC NL 28 SS 5 24 8 11 5 0 .792 3.80 .931 5.20
1912 CHC NL 28 3B 3 8 3 4 1 0 .875 2.33 .935 3.13
1912 CHC NL 28 2B 1 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 3.00 .953 5.30
1914 BUF FL 30 2B 129 127 123 679 265 388 26 49 .962 5.06 .951 5.17
1914 BUF FL 30 SS 16 16 14 69 31 35 3 3 .957 4.13 .929 5.24
1914 BUF FL 30 3B 5 5 4 23 8 15 0 2 1.000 4.60 .932 3.12
1915 BUF FL 31 2B 48 46 43 273 124 130 19 22 .930 5.29 .951 5.07
1915 BUF FL 31 3B 35 23 21 107 41 63 3 3 .972 2.97 .943 3.33
1915 BUF FL 31 SS 2 2 2 13 5 7 1 1 .923 6.00 .929 5.25
1915 BUF FL 31 1B 1 0 0 6 5 0 1 0 .833 5.00 .987 10.80
6 Seasons SS 306 18 16 1703 648 887 168 104 .901 5.02 .926 5.23
4 Seasons 2B 184 173 166 996 404 543 49 73 .951 5.15 .951 5.15
5 Seasons 3B 135 28 25 470 177 257 36 16 .923 3.21 .936 3.20
2 Seasons 1B 3 0 0 7 6 0 1 0 .857 2.00 .986 10.43
1 Season C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.30 0 0 0
1 Season OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.20 0-0-1
6 Seasons TOT 630 219 207 3177 1236 1687 254 193 .920 4.64 .935 4.79 0-0-1 0 0 0
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1914 FL  1.6 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1914 FL  151 (9th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1914 FL  35 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1914 FL  23 (7th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1914 FL  446 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1914 FL  438 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1909 NL  62 (1st)
1910 NL  60 (2nd)
1911 NL  53 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1914 FL  129 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1914 FL  388 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1914 FL  49 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  119 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  260 (5th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  363 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  62 (1st)
1910 NL  45 (4th)
1911 NL  48 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  54 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1914 FL  5.06 (5th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1914 FL  .962 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1909 NL  5.24 (4th)
1911 NL  5.00 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 3 (2114), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Shortstop (488th), 0.1 career WAR/0.1 7yr-peak WAR/0.1 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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