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Lew Fonseca

Lewis Albert Fonseca

Positions: First Baseman, Second Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: January 21, 1899 in Oakland, CA
School: St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1921 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Indians/Reds/WhiteSox/Phillies 1921-1933

Final Game: September 11, 1933 (Age 34)
Died: November 26, 1989 in Ely, IA
Buried: All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 17, 2014 2:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #941. Don Blasingame… #942. Vince Coleman… #943. Gus Zernial… #944. LEW FONSECA… #945. Gary Ward… #946. George Case… #947. George Pinkney… 

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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
1921 22 CIN NL 82 319 297 38 82 10 3 1 41 2 3 8 13 .276 .304 .340 .644 74 101 4 10 43O7/9
1922 23 CIN NL 81 318 291 55 105 20 3 4 45 7 8 14 18 .361 .390 .491 .882 128 143 0 13 4
1923 24 CIN NL 65 255 237 33 66 11 4 3 28 4 0 9 16 .278 .310 .397 .707 87 94 2 7 43
1924 25 CIN NL 20 63 57 5 13 2 1 0 9 1 0 4 4 .228 .279 .298 .577 55 17 0 2 4/3
1925 26 PHI NL 126 505 467 78 149 30 5 7 60 6 2 21 42 .319 .352 .450 .802 97 210 3 15 43
1927 28 CLE AL 112 459 428 60 133 20 7 2 40 12 4 12 17 .311 .333 .404 .737 90 173 2 17 43
1928 29 CLE AL 75 288 263 38 86 19 4 3 36 4 2 13 17 .327 .361 .464 .825 114 122 1 11 35/64 MVP-22
1929 30 CLE AL 148 645 566 97 209 44 15 6 103 19 11 50 23 .369 .427 .532 .959 142 301 7 20 *3
1930 31 CLE AL 40 140 129 20 36 9 2 0 17 1 0 7 7 .279 .316 .380 .696 73 49 0 4 3/5
1931 32 TOT AL 147 629 573 86 179 35 6 3 85 7 6 40 29 .312 .361 .410 .772 106 235 4 11 O7349/5
1931 32 CLE AL 26 120 108 21 40 9 1 1 14 3 2 8 7 .370 .419 .500 .919 136 54 1 3 3
1931 32 CHW AL 121 509 465 65 139 26 5 2 71 4 4 32 22 .299 .348 .389 .737 98 181 3 8 O749/35
1932 33 CHW AL 18 39 37 0 5 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 7 .135 .158 .162 .320 -14 6 0 1 /O791
1933 34 CHW AL 23 66 59 8 12 2 0 2 15 1 0 7 6 .203 .288 .339 .627 70 20 0 0 3
12 Yrs 937 3726 3404 518 1075 203 50 31 485 64 36 186 199 .316 .355 .432 .788 103 1471 23 111
162 Game Avg. 162 644 589 90 186 35 9 5 84 11 6 32 34 .316 .355 .432 .788 103 254 4 19
CLE (5 yrs) 401 1652 1494 236 504 101 29 12 210 39 19 90 71 .337 .379 .468 .847 116 699 11 55
CIN (4 yrs) 248 955 882 131 266 43 11 8 123 14 11 35 51 .302 .333 .402 .735 94 355 6 32
CHW (3 yrs) 162 614 561 73 156 29 5 4 92 5 4 40 35 .278 .329 .369 .698 88 207 3 9
PHI (1 yr) 126 505 467 78 149 30 5 7 60 6 2 21 42 .319 .352 .450 .802 97 210 3 15
AL (7 yrs) 563 2266 2055 309 660 130 34 16 302 44 23 130 106 .321 .366 .441 .806 109 906 14 64
NL (5 yrs) 374 1460 1349 209 415 73 16 15 183 20 13 56 93 .308 .339 .419 .758 95 565 9 47

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
1921 22 CIN NL 82 319 -10 0 0 0 -0 -10 -1.1 10 -0 -0.1 .487 .494 0.0 -0.1 -0 43O7/9
1922 23 CIN NL 81 318 12 -1 0 6 2 19 1.8 10 29 2.8 .522 .511 2.2 0.8 23 4
1923 24 CIN NL 65 255 -5 1 0 3 1 0 0.1 8 8 0.8 .501 .500 0.5 0.4 5 43
1924 25 CIN NL 20 63 -4 0 0 2 0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 4/3
1925 26 PHI NL 126 505 -3 1 0 -6 -0 -8 -0.8 16 7 0.7 .494 .495 1.4 -0.6 13 43
1927 28 CLE AL 112 459 -8 1 0 -6 3 -10 -0.9 17 8 0.8 .492 .494 1.4 -0.3 14 $6,500 43
1928 29 CLE AL 75 288 5 0 0 3 -2 7 0.7 11 17 1.8 .509 .504 1.4 0.1 14 $7,500 35/64 MVP-22
1929 30 CLE AL 148 645 39 0 0 0 -7 32 3.0 24 56 5.5 .521 .519 5.4 -0.6 56 $7,500 *3
1930 31 CLE AL 40 140 -5 0 0 0 -1 -6 -0.6 5 -1 -0.0 .486 .497 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $10,000 3/5
1931 32 CLE AL 26 120 6 -0 0 -1 -1 4 0.3 4 8 0.8 .513 .502 0.9 -0.2 9 $10,000 3
1931 32 CHW AL 121 509 1 -0 0 -3 -4 -6 -0.5 19 13 1.3 .495 .496 1.5 -0.6 16 O749/35
1932 33 CHW AL 18 39 -6 0 0 0 -0 -7 -0.6 1 -5 -0.5 .465 .496 -0.5 -0.0 -5 $17,500 /O791
1933 34 CHW AL 23 66 -2 0 0 1 -1 -2 -0.2 2 1 0.1 .493 .499 -0.0 0.1 -0 $17,500 3
12 Seasons 937 3726 19 5 0 -1 -11 12 1.0 130 142 13.9 .501 .502 13.9 -1.0 143 $76,500
CLE (5 yrs) 401 1652 37 2 0 -4 -8 27 2.6 62 89 8.8 .506 .506 9.0 -1.1 93 $41,500
CIN (4 yrs) 248 955 -6 1 0 11 3 8 0.6 29 37 3.6 .503 .501 2.6 1.3 27
CHW (3 yrs) 162 614 -8 0 0 -2 -5 -15 -1.4 23 8 0.8 .491 .497 1.0 -0.6 10 $35,000
PHI (1 yr) 126 505 -3 1 0 -6 -0 -8 -0.8 16 7 0.7 .494 .495 1.4 -0.6 13

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1932 33 CHW AL 0 0 0.00 3.02 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1 Yr 0 0 0.00 3.02 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 3.02 68 0 0 0 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 204 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1932 33 CHW AL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.11 -0.13 0.00 114.0 5.99 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .564 .500 $17,500
1 Season 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.11 -0.13 0.00 114.0 5.99 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .564 .500 $17,500

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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 Awards
1921 CIN NL 22 2B 50 48 47 285 125 149 11 20 .961 5.48 .962 5.70
1921 CIN NL 22 1B 16 14 13 157 150 6 1 11 .994 9.75 .990 10.79
1921 CIN NL 22 OF 16 15 15 34 32 0 2 0 .941 2.00 .965 2.40
1921 CIN NL 22 LF 14 13 13 33 31 0 2 0 .939 2.21 .963 2.35
1921 CIN NL 22 RF 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .960 2.10
1922 CIN NL 23 2B 71 70 69 462 197 251 14 40 .970 6.31 .961 5.76
1923 CIN NL 24 2B 45 44 44 305 123 169 13 27 .957 6.49 .959 5.90
1923 CIN NL 24 1B 14 13 11 138 129 7 2 10 .986 9.71 .990 10.56
1924 CIN NL 25 2B 10 7 6 38 11 27 0 3 1.000 3.80 .961 5.98
1924 CIN NL 25 1B 6 6 6 55 51 3 1 1 .982 9.00 .989 10.72
1925 PHI NL 26 2B 69 65 58 386 150 219 17 31 .956 5.35 .967 5.85
1925 PHI NL 26 1B 55 52 42 527 498 26 3 37 .994 9.53 .989 10.33
1927 CLE AL 28 2B 96 90 87 548 229 304 15 51 .973 5.55 .961 5.69
1927 CLE AL 28 1B 13 11 10 120 118 1 1 9 .992 9.15 .988 10.71
1928 CLE AL 29 1B 56 54 49 582 541 41 0 65 1.000 10.39 .990 10.42 MVP-22
1928 CLE AL 29 3B 15 15 12 46 11 32 3 1 .935 2.87 .951 3.27 MVP-22
1928 CLE AL 29 SS 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1.000 0.25 .940 5.10 MVP-22
1928 CLE AL 29 2B 1 1 1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 5.00 .964 5.70 MVP-22
1929 CLE AL 30 1B 147 147 144 1601 1486 107 8 141 .995 10.84 .993 10.22
1930 CLE AL 31 1B 28 27 25 304 274 24 6 15 .980 10.64 .989 10.00
1930 CLE AL 31 3B 6 2 2 12 3 6 3 0 .750 1.50 .945 3.03
1931 TOT AL 32 1B 28 26 26 306 289 15 2 19 .993 10.86 .991 10.03
1931 CLE AL 32 1B 26 26 26 301 284 15 2 18 .993 11.50 .991 10.03
1931 CHW AL 32 OF 95 95 81 192 183 4 5 1 .974 1.97 .969 2.38
1931 CHW AL 32 LF 80 80 70 170 162 4 4 1 .976 2.08 .966 2.20
1931 CHW AL 32 2B 21 19 14 97 46 49 2 8 .979 4.52 .965 5.84
1931 CHW AL 32 RF 16 15 11 22 21 0 1 0 .955 1.31 .964 2.11
1931 CHW AL 32 1B 2 0 0 5 5 0 0 1 1.000 2.50 .992 10.05
1931 CHW AL 32 3B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.10
1932 CHW AL 33 OF 8 7 4 16 14 2 0 1 1.000 2.00 .967 2.42
1932 CHW AL 33 LF 5 5 2 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 2.40 .964 2.20
1932 CHW AL 33 RF 3 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 1.33 .962 2.10
1932 CHW AL 33 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
1933 CHW AL 34 1B 12 12 11 150 138 12 0 15 1.000 12.50 .989 10.27
10 Seasons 1B 375 362 337 3940 3674 242 24 323 .994 10.44 .991 10.30
8 Seasons 2B 363 344 326 2126 882 1172 72 180 .966 5.66 .962 5.78
3 Seasons OF 119 117 100 242 229 6 7 2 .971 1.97 .968 2.39
3 Seasons LF 99 98 85 215 204 5 6 2 .972 2.11 .965 2.22
3 Seasons 3B 22 18 14 58 14 38 6 1 .897 2.36 .950 3.20
3 Seasons RF 21 19 15 27 25 1 1 0 .963 1.24 .964 2.11
1 Season SS 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1.000 0.25 .940 5.10
1 Season P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
12 Seasons TOT 884 841 777 1.0 6367 4799 1459 109 507 .983 0.00 7.08 .980 1.80 7.17
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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%)
1950 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1956 BBWAA ( 1.0%)
1958 BBWAA ( 1.1%)
1960 BBWAA ( 1.1%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1928 AL (22, 3%)
0.03 Career Shares (1281st)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1929 AL  5.5 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1929 AL  5.4 (8th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1929 AL  .369 (1st)
Career  .316 (73rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1929 AL  .427 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1929 AL  .959 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1929 AL  209 (4th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1929 AL  301 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1929 AL  44 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1929 AL  15 (4th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1929 AL  103 (10th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1929 AL  19 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1929 AL  144 (3rd)
1931 AL  135 (4th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1929 AL  142 (8th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1929 AL  125 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1929 AL  37 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1929 AL  3.5 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1929 AL  65 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1929 AL  266 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1929 AL  .734 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1929 AL  7 (1st)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1925 NL  15 (9th)
1931 AL  11 (5th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1929 AL  11 (7th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1929 AL  24.6 (10th)
Career  17.1 (200th)

Putoutss c a p y
1929 AL  1,486 (2nd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  147 (5th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  1,486 (2nd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  107 (1st)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  8 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  141 (1st)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1922 NL  197 (4th)
1927 AL  229 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  17 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1931 AL  1 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  10.84 (1st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1929 AL  .995 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1927 AL  5.55 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (432), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 16 (1183), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 44 (434), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (697), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (148th), 13.9 career WAR/14.4 7yr-peak WAR/14.2 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
192728Cleveland Indians$6,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192829Cleveland Indians$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192930Cleveland Indians$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193031Cleveland Indians$10,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193132Cleveland Indians$10,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsCLE/CHW
193233Chicago White Sox$17,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193334Chicago White Sox$17,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$76,500
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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Name and misspellings: Lewis Albert Lew lou Fonseca

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