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Happy Felsch

Oscar Emil Felsch

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: August 22, 1891 in Milwaukee, WI (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1915 (Age 23.235, 4,284th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1915 season [*]
Team: WhiteSox 1915-1920

Final Game: September 26, 1920 (Age 29.035)
Died: August 17, 1964 in Milwaukee, WI
Buried: Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 27, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #986. Tito Francona… #987. Jose Altuve… #988. Dave Collins… #989. HAPPY FELSCH… #990. Jocko Milligan… #991. Shawon Dunston… #992. Rich Aurilia… 

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
1915 23 CHW AL 121 496 427 65 106 18 11 3 53 16 18 51 59 .248 .334 .363 .697 106 155 4 14 *O87/9
1916 24 CHW AL 146 593 546 73 164 24 12 7 70 13 31 67 .300 .341 .427 .768 130 233 3 13 *8O
1917 25 CHW AL 152 634 575 75 177 17 10 6 102 26 33 52 .308 .352 .403 .755 128 232 6 18 *8O
1918 26 CHW AL 53 229 206 16 52 2 5 1 20 6 15 13 .252 .306 .325 .632 90 67 1 6 8O
1919 27 CHW AL 135 568 502 68 138 34 11 7 86 19 40 35 .275 .336 .428 .764 113 215 6 19 *8O
1920 28 CHW AL 142 615 556 88 188 40 15 14 115 8 13 37 25 .338 .384 .540 .923 143 300 4 16 *8O
6 Yrs 749 3135 2812 385 825 135 64 38 446 88 31 207 251 .293 .347 .427 .774 123 1202 24 86
162 Game Avg. 162 678 608 83 178 29 14 8 96 19 45 54 .293 .347 .427 .774 123 260 5 19

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
1915 23 CHW AL 121 496 2 -2 0 -2 -4 -7 -0.8 19 12 1.1 .494 .495 1.4 -0.8 14 *O87/9
1916 24 CHW AL 146 593 16 -1 0 5 -4 16 1.9 22 39 4.2 .513 .512 3.7 0.1 34 *8O
1917 25 CHW AL 152 634 17 -1 0 6 -4 18 2.2 24 42 4.7 .515 .514 4.0 0.2 36 *8O
1918 26 CHW AL 53 229 -3 -0 0 0 -1 -4 -0.5 8 4 0.4 .490 .497 0.4 -0.2 4 $2,750 8O
1919 27 CHW AL 135 568 8 0 0 6 -4 10 1.2 21 32 3.4 .509 .507 2.7 0.4 26 $2,750 *8O
1920 28 CHW AL 142 615 33 -2 0 6 -4 33 3.2 23 56 5.5 .523 .520 4.9 0.3 50 $7,000 *8O
6 Seasons 749 3135 72 -6 0 21 -20 67 7.2 118 185 19.3 .510 .509 17.0 0.0 164 $12,500

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 ❍ 25 CHW AL WS NYG W 6 23 22 4 6 1 0 1 3 0 1 5 .273 .304 .455 .759 10 0 0 0
1919 27 CHW AL WS CIN L 8 31 26 2 5 1 0 0 3 0 1 4 .192 .222 .231 .453 6 0 4 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 14 54 48 6 11 2 0 1 6 0 2 9 .229 .260 .333 .593 16 0 4 0
2 WS 14 54 48 6 11 2 0 1 6 0 2 9 .229 .260 .333 .593 16 0 4 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 Awards
1915 CHW AL 23 OF 118 116 107 267 247 9 11 1 .959 2.17 .958 2.05
1915 CHW AL 23 CF 78 77 73 204 187 9 8 2 .961 2.51 .954 2.45
1915 CHW AL 23 LF 35 32 28 52 50 0 2 0 .962 1.43 .963 2.09
1915 CHW AL 23 RF 8 7 6 11 10 0 1 0 .909 1.25 .957 1.60
1916 CHW AL 24 CF 141 141 137 366 340 19 7 5 .981 2.55 .969 2.45
1916 CHW AL 24 OF 141 141 137 366 340 19 7 5 .981 2.55 .963 2.12
1917 CHW AL 25 CF 152 152 147 470 440 23 7 4 .985 3.05 .972 2.61
1917 CHW AL 25 OF 152 152 147 471 440 24 7 5 .985 3.05 .967 2.22
1918 CHW AL 26 CF 53 53 53 163 149 7 7 4 .957 2.94 .967 2.63
1918 CHW AL 26 OF 53 53 53 163 149 7 7 4 .957 2.94 .962 2.26
1919 CHW AL 27 CF 135 135 131 405 360 32 13 14 .968 2.90 .961 2.64
1919 CHW AL 27 OF 135 135 131 405 360 32 13 14 .968 2.90 .958 2.26
1920 CHW AL 28 CF 142 141 138 418 385 26 7 10 .983 2.89 .966 2.55
1920 CHW AL 28 OF 142 141 138 418 385 25 8 10 .981 2.89 .962 2.25
6 Seasons OF 741 738 713 2090 1921 116 53 39 .975 2.75 .962 2.19 35-701-8
6 Seasons CF 701 699 679 2026 1861 116 49 39 .976 2.82 .966 2.56
1 Season LF 35 32 28 52 50 0 2 0 .962 1.43 .963 2.09
1 Season RF 8 7 6 11 10 0 1 0 .909 1.25 .957 1.60
6 Seasons TOT 741 738 713 2090 1921 116 53 39 .975 2.75 .962 2.19 35-701-8
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1917 AL  4.7 (8th)
1920 AL  5.6 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1920 AL  5.0 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1916 AL  .300 (9th)
1917 AL  .308 (5th)
1920 AL  .338 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1916 AL  .427 (6th)
1917 AL  .403 (10th)
1920 AL  .540 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1916 AL  .768 (9th)
1920 AL  .923 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1917 AL  152 (8th)

At Bats s c a p y
1917 AL  575 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1916 AL  164 (9th)
1917 AL  177 (5th)
1920 AL  188 (9th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1916 AL  233 (5th)
1917 AL  232 (6th)
1919 AL  215 (10th)
1920 AL  300 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1919 AL  34 (5th)
1920 AL  40 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1916 AL  12 (8th)
1920 AL  15 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1916 AL  7 (3rd)
1917 AL  6 (4th)
1919 AL  7 (8th)
1920 AL  14 (4th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1917 AL  102 (2nd)
1919 AL  86 (6th)
1920 AL  115 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1916 AL  67 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1917 AL  144 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1916 AL  130 (10th)
1920 AL  143 (6th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1916 AL  79 (9th)
1917 AL  80 (8th)
1920 AL  109 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1920 AL  31 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1920 AL  3.1 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1916 AL  43 (8th)
1919 AL  52 (5th)
1920 AL  69 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1916 AL  .696 (7th)
1917 AL  .687 (9th)
1920 AL  .704 (8th)
Career  .645 (231st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1917 AL  6 (10th)
1919 AL  6 (9th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1916 AL  9.1 (5th)
1917 AL  9.8 (4th)
1919 AL  10.2 (6th)
1920 AL  10.2 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1916 AL  78.0 (5th)
1917 AL  95.8 (7th)
1920 AL  39.7 (5th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  78 (5th)
1916 AL  141 (5th)
1917 AL  152 (2nd)
1919 AL  135 (1st)
1920 AL  142 (3rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  187 (5th)
1916 AL  340 (4th)
1917 AL  440 (1st)
1919 AL  360 (2nd)
1920 AL  385 (2nd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1916 AL  19 (4th)
1917 AL  23 (1st)
1919 AL  32 (1st)
1920 AL  26 (1st)
Career  116 (20th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1917 AL  7 (5th)
1918 AL  7 (4th)
1919 AL  13 (1st)
Career  49 (66th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1916 AL  5 (5th)
1917 AL  4 (4th)
1918 AL  4 (3rd)
1919 AL  14 (1st)
1920 AL  10 (1st)
Career  39 (9th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1917 AL  152 (4th)
1919 AL  135 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1917 AL  440 (1st)
1919 AL  360 (2nd)
1920 AL  385 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1917 AL  24 (4th)
1919 AL  32 (1st)
1920 AL  25 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1919 AL  13 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1919 AL  14 (1st)
1920 AL  10 (1st)
Career  39 (77th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  2.51 (3rd)
1916 AL  2.55 (3rd)
1917 AL  3.05 (1st)
1919 AL  2.90 (3rd)
1920 AL  2.89 (2nd)
Career  2.82 (21st)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1916 AL  .981 (1st)
1917 AL  .985 (2nd)
1919 AL  .968 (3rd)
1920 AL  .983 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1916 AL  2.55 (2nd)
1917 AL  3.05 (1st)
1919 AL  2.90 (2nd)
1920 AL  2.89 (2nd)
Career  2.75 (16th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1916 AL  .981 (1st)
1917 AL  .985 (2nd)
1920 AL  .981 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 66 (387), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (878), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1202), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (134th), 19.4 career WAR/19.4 7yr-peak WAR/19.4 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • August 8, 1914: Traded by Milwaukee (American Association) to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later and $12000 and two players to be named. The Chicago White Sox sent Error (January, 1915) to Milwaukee (American Association) to complete the trade.
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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
1918 26 Chicago White Sox $2,750 ? B. Veeck, The Hustler's Handbook 257
1919 27 Chicago White Sox $2,750 ? B. Veeck, The Hustler's Handbook 257
1920 28 Chicago White Sox $7,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts II Seymour at 335:7000.00,
Career to date (may be incomplete)$12,500
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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