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Jake Early

Jacob Willard Early

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: May 19, 1915 in Kings Mountain, NC (All Transactions)
Debut: May 4, 1939 (Age 23.350)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Browns 1939-1949

Final Game: September 30, 1949 (Age 34.134)
Died: May 31, 1985 in Melbourne, FL
Buried: Brevard Memorial Park, Cocoa, FL
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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
1939 24 WSH AL 32 91 84 8 22 7 2 0 14 0 0 5 14 .262 .303 .393 .696 83 33 1 0 2 2
1940 25 WSH AL 80 231 206 26 53 8 4 5 14 0 1 23 22 .257 .335 .408 .743 97 84 3 1 1 2
1941 26 WSH AL 104 384 355 42 102 20 7 10 54 0 1 24 38 .287 .338 .468 .805 116 166 6 3 2 2
1942 27 WSH AL 104 394 353 31 72 14 2 3 46 0 0 37 37 .204 .281 .280 .562 59 99 5 1 3 2
1943 ★ 28 WSH AL 126 484 423 37 109 23 3 5 60 5 3 53 43 .258 .346 .362 .708 111 153 6 4 4 *2 AS,MVP-23
1944 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 31 WSH AL 64 213 189 13 38 6 0 4 18 0 0 23 27 .201 .288 .296 .584 68 56 3 0 0 2
1947 32 SLB AL 87 268 214 25 48 9 3 3 19 0 1 54 34 .224 .381 .336 .717 99 72 3 0 0 2
1948 33 WSH AL 97 286 246 22 54 7 2 1 28 2 1 36 33 .220 .322 .276 .598 62 68 1 1 3 2
1949 34 WSH AL 53 168 138 12 34 4 0 1 11 0 1 26 11 .246 .370 .297 .667 80 41 5 1 3 2
9 Yrs 747 2519 2208 216 532 98 23 32 264 7 8 281 259 .241 .330 .350 .679 89 772 33 11 18
162 Game Avg. 162 546 479 47 115 21 5 7 57 2 2 61 56 .241 .330 .350 .679 89 167 7 2 4
WSH (8 yrs) 660 2251 1994 191 484 89 20 29 245 7 7 227 225 .243 .323 .351 .675 88 700 30 11 18
SLB (1 yr) 87 268 214 25 48 9 3 3 19 0 1 54 34 .224 .381 .336 .717 99 72 3 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
1939 24 WSH AL 32 91 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 3 2 0.1 .495 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1940 25 WSH AL 80 231 -0 -0 0 -1 2 0 0.0 8 8 0.8 .500 .500 0.9 0.1 9 2
1941 26 WSH AL 104 384 7 -0 0 -3 3 7 0.7 13 20 1.9 .506 .504 2.2 0.1 23 2
1942 27 WSH AL 104 394 -18 0 0 1 3 -14 -1.5 11 -2 -0.4 .486 .491 -0.5 0.5 -3 2
1943 ★ 28 WSH AL 126 484 6 0 0 -1 4 10 1.1 14 24 2.5 .509 .507 2.6 0.4 25 *2 AS,MVP-23
1946 31 WSH AL 64 213 -7 0 0 -3 2 -8 -0.9 7 -2 -0.3 .486 .494 0.1 -0.1 1 2
1947 32 SLB AL 87 268 1 -0 0 0 2 4 0.3 8 11 1.2 .504 .502 1.2 0.2 11 2
1948 33 WSH AL 97 286 -12 -1 1 0 2 -10 -1.0 8 -2 -0.2 .489 .494 -0.2 0.2 -2 2
1949 34 WSH AL 53 168 -2 -0 -1 0 1 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.3 .496 .499 0.3 0.1 3 2
9 Seasons 747 2519 -29 -0 -0 -7 21 -16 -1.6 77 61 5.9 .498 .499 6.6 1.5 68
WSH (8 yrs) 660 2251 -30 -0 -0 -7 19 -19 -2.0 69 50 4.8 .497 .499 5.5 1.3 57
SLB (1 yr) 87 268 1 -0 0 0 2 4 0.3 8 11 1.2 .504 .502 1.2 0.2 11

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1939 WSH AL 24 C 24 22 20 108 95 9 4 1 .963 4.33 .981 4.92 1 13 1 7% 37%
1940 WSH AL 25 C 56 51 47 327 276 41 10 5 .969 5.66 .982 5.27 5 1 30 24 44% 41% 0
1941 WSH AL 26 C 100 92 86 453 385 52 16 13 .965 4.37 .983 5.00 17 7 29 28 49% 41% 1
1942 WSH AL 27 C 98 95 84 472 392 71 9 11 .981 4.72 .979 4.93 9 5 38 39 51% 42% 0
1943 WSH AL 28 C 122 114 103 537 443 83 11 10 .980 4.31 .981 5.23 13 7 39 41 51% 42% 0 AS,MVP-23
1946 WSH AL 31 C 64 56 53 303 246 45 12 7 .960 4.55 .982 5.52 15 6 19 24 56% 46% 2
1947 SLB AL 32 C 85 70 58 348 301 43 4 5 .989 4.05 .985 5.02 5 3 24 21 47% 46% 0
1948 WSH AL 33 C 92 76 57 322 268 51 3 7 .991 3.47 .986 4.74 8 9 18 30 63% 44% 3
1949 WSH AL 34 C 53 41 34 187 160 22 5 6 .973 3.43 .985 4.76 3 10 23 14 38% 45% 1
9 Seasons C 694 617 542 3057 2566 417 74 65 .976 4.30 .982 5.05 76 48 233 222 49% 43% 7
9 Seasons TOT 694 617 542 3057 2566 417 74 65 .976 4.30 .982 5.05 76 48 233 222 49% 43% 7
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1943 AL (23, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1941 AL  3 (10th)
1943 AL  4 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1941 AL  100 (5th)
1942 AL  98 (1st)
1943 AL  122 (1st)
1948 AL  92 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1942 AL  392 (2nd)
1943 AL  443 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1941 AL  52 (5th)
1942 AL  71 (1st)
1943 AL  83 (3rd)
1948 AL  51 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1940 AL  10 (4th)
1941 AL  16 (1st)
1942 AL  9 (4th)
1943 AL  11 (1st)
1946 AL  12 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1941 AL  13 (1st)
1942 AL  11 (1st)
1943 AL  10 (4th)
1946 AL  7 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1941 AL  17 (1st)
1942 AL  9 (5th)
1943 AL  13 (1st)
1946 AL  15 (2nd)
1947 AL  5 (5th)
1948 AL  8 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1940 AL  30 (5th)
1942 AL  38 (4th)
1947 AL  24 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1941 AL  28 (4th)
1942 AL  39 (1st)
1943 AL  41 (3rd)
1946 AL  24 (4th)
1948 AL  30 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1941 AL  49.1 (3rd)
1942 AL  50.6 (3rd)
1943 AL  51.3 (5th)
1946 AL  55.8 (3rd)
1948 AL  62.5 (2nd)
Career  48.8 (28th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1942 AL  4.72 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1942 AL  .981 (5th)
1947 AL  .989 (5th)
1948 AL  .991 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1827), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (258th), 5.9 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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