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Charlie Ferguson

Charles J. Ferguson

Positions: Pitcher, Outfielder and Second Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 17, 1863 in Charlottesville, VA
School: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1884 (Age 21.014)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Team: Quakers 1884-1887

Final Game: October 8, 1887 (Age 24.174)
Died: April 29, 1888 in Philadelphia, PA
Buried: Maplewood Cemetery, Charlottesville, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 30, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #330. Satchel Paige… #331. Tom Gordon… #332. Ray Caldwell… #333. CHARLIE FERGUSON… #334. Mike Flanagan… #335. Jesse Barnes… #336. Livan Hernandez… 

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
1884 21 PHI NL 21 25 .457 3.54 50 47 3 46 2 1 416.2 443 297 164 13 93 194 0 33 1844 82 3.42 1.286 9.6 0.3 2.0 4.2 2.09
1885 22 PHI NL 26 20 .565 2.22 48 45 3 45 5 0 405.0 345 197 100 5 81 197 3 15 1657 126 2.67 1.052 7.7 0.1 1.8 4.4 2.43
1886 23 PHI NL 30 9 .769 1.98 48 45 2 43 4 2 395.2 317 145 87 11 69 212 0 11 1582 161 2.91 0.976 7.2 0.3 1.6 4.8 3.07
1887 24 PHI NL 22 10 .688 3.00 37 33 4 31 2 1 297.1 297 154 99 13 47 125 11 0 5 1227 141 3.59 1.157 9.0 0.4 1.4 3.8 2.66
4 Yrs 99 64 .607 2.67 183 170 12 165 13 4 1514.2 1402 793 450 42 290 728 11 3 64 6310 120 3.12 1.117 8.3 0.2 1.7 4.3 2.51
162 Game Avg. 19 12 .607 2.67 35 33 2 32 3 1 292 270 153 87 8 56 140 1 12 1216 120 3.12 1.117 8.3 0.2 1.7 4.3 2.51
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
1884 21 PHI NL 416.2 50 47 297 6.42 5.59 -0.36 0.00 99.0 5.89 -16 -1.5 1.0 -1.0 1.5 21 .470 .491 $1,500
1885 22 PHI NL 405.0 48 45 197 4.38 5.00 0.22 0.00 98.0 4.68 23 2.3 1.0 -0.4 5.8 56 .548 .514 $1,800
1886 23 PHI NL 395.2 48 45 145 3.30 5.24 0.45 0.00 99.0 4.75 72 7.3 1.0 -0.5 10.5 107 .651 .545 $1,800
1887 24 PHI NL 297.1 37 33 154 4.66 5.95 0.09 0.00 104.0 6.10 59 5.3 1.0 -0.4 7.7 86 .644 .533 $2,500
4 Seasons 1514.2 183 170 793 4.71 5.41 0.09 0.00 99.7 5.31 138 13.4 1.0 -2.2 25.5 270 .573 .520 $7,600

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
1884 21 PHI NL 52 222 203 26 50 6 3 0 20 19 54 .246 .311 .305 .616 100 62 1/O
1885 22 PHI NL 61 258 235 42 72 8 3 1 27 23 18 .306 .368 .379 .747 145 89 1O
1886 23 PHI NL 72 298 261 56 66 9 1 2 25 9 37 28 .253 .346 .318 .664 104 83 1O
1887 24 PHI NL 72 300 264 67 89 14 6 3 85 13 34 19 .337 .417 .470 .886 140 124 2 14/O5
4 Yrs 257 1078 963 191 277 37 13 6 157 22 113 119 .288 .364 .372 .735 124 358 2
162 Game Avg. 162 680 607 120 175 23 8 4 99 71 75 .288 .364 .372 .735 124 226

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
1884 21 PHI NL 52 222 -1 0 0 0 7 6 0.4 0 6 0.4 .510 .503 0.5 -0.1 6 $1,500 1/O
1885 22 PHI NL 61 258 13 0 0 0 11 24 2.2 0 24 2.2 .537 .514 2.3 -0.1 24 $1,800 1O
1886 23 PHI NL 72 298 4 -1 0 0 11 15 1.2 0 15 1.2 .519 .508 1.4 -0.2 15 $1,800 1O
1887 24 PHI NL 72 300 17 -2 0 -1 22 35 2.7 0 35 2.7 .540 .518 2.9 -0.2 36 $2,500 14/O5
4 Seasons 257 1078 33 -3 0 -1 51 80 6.6 0 80 6.6 .527 .511 7.0 -0.6 81 $7,600

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
1884 PHI NL 21 P 50 416.2 107 23 72 12 4 .888 2.05 1.90 .892 2.29 2.24
1884 PHI NL 21 OF 5 14 12 1 1 0 .929 2.60 .867 1.80 1-3-1
1885 PHI NL 22 P 48 405.0 123 27 87 9 3 .927 2.53 2.38 .899 2.43 2.37
1885 PHI NL 22 OF 15 37 29 2 6 0 .838 2.07 .881 1.85 2-10-3
1886 PHI NL 23 P 48 395.2 139 33 97 9 1 .935 2.96 2.71 .915 2.26 2.16
1886 PHI NL 23 OF 27 48 39 4 5 0 .896 1.59 .890 1.75 8-5-14
1887 PHI NL 24 P 37 297.1 76 16 54 6 4 .921 2.12 1.89 .902 2.02 1.96
1887 PHI NL 24 2B 27 132 57 65 10 4 .924 4.52 .911 5.87
1887 PHI NL 24 OF 6 15 11 2 2 0 .867 2.17 .883 1.97 2-4-0
1887 PHI NL 24 3B 5 22 9 9 4 3 .818 3.60 .870 3.44
4 Seasons P 183 1514.2 445 99 310 36 12 .919 2.43 2.23 .903 2.27 2.20
4 Seasons OF 53 114 91 9 14 0 .877 1.89 .883 1.81 13-22-18
1 Season 2B 27 132 57 65 10 4 .924 4.52 .911 5.87
1 Season 3B 5 22 9 9 4 3 .818 3.60 .870 3.44
4 Seasons TOT 268 1514.2 713 256 393 64 19 .910 2.43 2.42 .900 2.27 2.51 13-22-18
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

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1885 NL  8.1 (5th)
1886 NL  11.8 (1st)
1887 NL  10.4 (2nd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1885 NL  5.8 (6th)
1886 NL  10.5 (2nd)
1887 NL  7.7 (3rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1885 NL  2.22 (7th)
1886 NL  1.98 (2nd)
1887 NL  3.00 (3rd)
Career  2.67 (72nd)

Wins s c a p y
1884 NL  21 (7th)
1885 NL  26 (5th)
1886 NL  30 (6th)
1887 NL  22 (8th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1885 NL  .565 (6th)
1886 NL  .769 (2nd)
1887 NL  .688 (2nd)
Career  .607 (97th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1885 NL  1.052 (6th)
1886 NL  0.976 (2nd)
1887 NL  1.157 (3rd)
Career  1.117 (29th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  7.667 (6th)
1886 NL  7.211 (2nd)
1887 NL  8.990 (8th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  1.800 (8th)
1886 NL  1.570 (2nd)
1887 NL  1.423 (3rd)
Career  1.723 (41st)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  4.378 (6th)
1886 NL  4.822 (8th)
1887 NL  3.784 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1884 NL  50 (6th)
1885 NL  48 (8th)
1886 NL  48 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1884 NL  1 (3rd)
1886 NL  2 (1st)
1887 NL  1 (1st)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1884 NL  416.7 (6th)
1885 NL  405.0 (7th)
1886 NL  395.7 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1884 NL  194 (7th)
1885 NL  197 (6th)
1886 NL  212 (8th)
1887 NL  125 (7th)

Games Started s c a p y
1884 NL  47 (6th)
1885 NL  45 (9th)
1886 NL  45 (7th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1884 NL  46 (6th)
1885 NL  45 (8th)
1886 NL  43 (7th)
Career  165 (191st)

Shutouts s c a p y
1884 NL  2 (10th)
1885 NL  5 (6th)
1886 NL  4 (2nd)
1887 NL  2 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1884 NL  13 (7th)
1886 NL  11 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1884 NL  93 (7th)
1885 NL  81 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1884 NL  443 (6th)
1885 NL  345 (10th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1885 NL  2.432 (5th)
1886 NL  3.073 (3rd)
1887 NL  2.660 (2nd)
Career  2.510 (107th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1884 NL  0.281 (7th)
1885 NL  0.111 (6th)
Career  0.250 (229th)

Losses s c a p y
1884 NL  25 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1884 NL  164 (1st)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1884 NL  33 (6th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1884 NL  1,844 (6th)
1885 NL  1,657 (8th)
1886 NL  1,582 (10th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1884 NL  3 (3rd)
1885 NL  3 (1st)
1886 NL  2 (7th)
1887 NL  4 (2nd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1885 NL  126 (6th)
1886 NL  161 (2nd)
1887 NL  141 (3rd)
Career  120 (118th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1885 NL  2.67 (3rd)
1886 NL  2.92 (4th)
1887 NL  3.59 (4th)
Career  3.12 (173rd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1885 NL  21 (6th)
1886 NL  55 (2nd)
1887 NL  38 (3rd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1885 NL  2.1 (6th)
1886 NL  5.3 (2nd)
1887 NL  3.4 (3rd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1884 NL  23 (5th)
1885 NL  27 (2nd)
1886 NL  33 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1885 NL  87 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1886 NL  2.96 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1886 NL  2.71 (2nd)
Career  2.24 (99th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1885 NL  .927 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 6 (384), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 99 (220), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 49 (276), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 27 (179), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (229th), 32.1 career WAR/32.1 7yr-peak WAR/32.1 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
1884 21 Philadelphia Quakers $1,500 ? 11/19/1884 Sporting Life
1885 22 Philadelphia Quakers $1,800 ? 11/19/1884 Sporting Life
1886 23 Philadelphia Quakers $1,800 ? 3/26/87 TSN
1887 24 Philadelphia Quakers $2,500 ? 11/5/1887 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$7,600
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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