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Rube Foster

George Foster

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: January 5, 1888 in Lehigh, OK (All Transactions)
Debut: April 10, 1913 (Age 25.095, 3,845th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Team: RedSox 1913-1917

Final Game: September 29, 1917 (Age 29.267)
Died: March 1, 1976 in Bokoshe, OK
Buried: Milton Cemetery, Bokoshe, OK
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 28, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #670. Ben McDonald… #671. Armando Benitez… #672. Ed Seward… #673. RUBE FOSTER… #674. Pascual Perez… #675. Bill Hoffer… #676. Johnny Niggeling… 

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
1913 25 BOS AL 3 3 .500 3.16 19 8 9 4 1 0 68.1 64 35 24 1 28 36 4 0 3 286 93 3.10 1.346 8.4 0.1 3.7 4.7 1.29
1914 26 BOS AL 14 8 .636 1.70 32 27 2 17 5 0 211.2 164 68 40 2 52 89 7 0 1 813 160 2.56 1.020 7.0 0.1 2.2 3.8 1.71
1915 27 BOS AL 19 8 .704 2.11 37 33 2 21 5 1 255.1 217 83 60 3 86 82 10 1 5 1010 132 3.05 1.187 7.6 0.1 3.0 2.9 0.95
1916 28 BOS AL 14 7 .667 3.06 33 19 13 9 3 2 182.1 173 73 62 0 86 53 4 0 5 748 91 3.22 1.420 8.5 0.0 4.2 2.6 0.62
1917 29 BOS AL 8 7 .533 2.53 17 16 1 9 1 0 124.2 108 43 35 0 53 34 4 0 5 502 103 3.09 1.291 7.8 0.0 3.8 2.5 0.64
5 Yrs 58 33 .637 2.36 138 103 27 60 15 3 842.1 726 302 221 6 305 294 29 1 19 3359 117 2.97 1.224 7.8 0.1 3.3 3.1 0.96
162 Game Avg. 16 9 .637 2.36 39 29 8 17 4 1 238 205 85 62 2 86 83 8 0 5 948 117 2.97 1.224 7.8 0.1 3.3 3.1 0.96
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
1913 25 BOS AL 68.1 19 8 35 4.61 3.89 -0.28 0.00 100.0 4.17 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 0.3 3 .484 .498
1914 26 BOS AL 211.2 32 27 68 2.89 3.65 0.23 0.00 98.0 3.34 13 1.6 1.0 -0.1 3.6 29 .550 .510
1915 27 BOS AL 255.1 37 33 83 2.93 3.91 0.22 0.00 95.0 3.51 17 2.1 1.0 -0.3 4.4 40 .556 .513
1916 28 BOS AL 182.1 33 19 73 3.60 3.67 0.16 0.00 98.5 3.46 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 1.4 12 .491 .498
1917 29 BOS AL 124.2 17 16 43 3.10 3.58 0.27 0.00 96.8 3.20 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.3 12 .507 .501
5 Seasons 842.1 138 103 302 3.23 3.74 0.18 0.00 97.2 3.46 26 3.2 1.0 -0.7 11.0 96 .523 .505

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1915 ❍ 27 BOS AL WS W PHI 2 0 1.000 2.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 18.0 12 5 4 1 2 0 13 2 0 0 66 0.778 6.0 0.5 1.0 6.5 6.50
1916 ❍ 28 BOS AL WS W BRO 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 2 0 1.000 1.71 3 2 1 2 0 0 21.0 15 5 4 1 2 0 14 2 0 0 77 0.810 6.4 0.4 0.9 6.0 7.00
2 WS 2 0 1.000 1.71 3 2 1 2 0 0 21.0 15 5 4 1 2 0 14 2 0 0 77 0.810 6.4 0.4 0.9 6.0 7.00

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
1913 25 BOS AL 20 22 21 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 7 .095 .136 .095 .232 -33 2 0 0 1
1914 26 BOS AL 35 72 63 4 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 14 .175 .224 .190 .414 24 12 0 5 1
1915 27 BOS AL 40 98 83 10 23 7 0 1 9 0 0 6 18 .277 .326 .398 .723 119 33 0 9 1
1916 28 BOS AL 38 67 62 3 11 3 0 0 2 0 3 10 .177 .215 .226 .441 32 14 0 2 1/7O
1917 29 BOS AL 17 46 41 2 11 2 0 0 4 0 2 10 .268 .302 .317 .619 90 13 0 3 1
5 Yrs 150 305 270 19 58 13 0 1 19 1 0 16 59 .215 .259 .274 .533 60 74 0 19
162 Game Avg. 162 329 292 21 63 14 0 1 21 1 17 64 .215 .259 .274 .533 60 80 0 21

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
1913 25 BOS AL 20 22 -3 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1914 26 BOS AL 35 72 -6 0 0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1915 27 BOS AL 40 98 1 0 0 0 7 9 1.0 0 9 1.0 .525 .506 1.0 -0.0 9 1
1916 28 BOS AL 38 67 -5 0 0 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1/7O
1917 29 BOS AL 17 46 -1 0 0 0 3 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .517 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
5 Seasons 150 305 -14 1 0 0 24 11 1.2 0 11 1.2 .508 .502 1.2 -0.1 11

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
1915 ❍ 27 BOS AL WS PHI W 2 8 8 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .500 .500 .625 1.125 5 0 0 0
1916 ❍ 28 BOS AL WS BRO W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 3 9 9 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 .444 .444 .556 1.000 5 0 0 0
2 WS 3 9 9 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 .444 .444 .556 1.000 5 0 0 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
1913 BOS AL 25 P 19 68.1 27 5 21 1 0 .963 3.42 1.37 .938 3.00 2.98
1914 BOS AL 26 P 32 27 17 211.2 78 18 56 4 1 .949 3.15 2.31 .936 2.96 2.93
1915 BOS AL 27 P 37 33 21 255.1 97 18 77 2 0 .979 3.35 2.57 .937 3.01 3.00
1916 BOS AL 28 P 33 19 9 182.1 74 16 57 1 5 .986 3.60 2.21 .945 2.95 2.96
1916 BOS AL 28 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1916 BOS AL 28 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1917 BOS AL 29 P 17 16 9 124.2 54 14 38 2 1 .963 3.75 3.06 .947 3.04 3.05
5 Seasons P 138 95 56 842.1 330 71 249 10 7 .970 3.42 2.32 .940 2.99 2.98
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10 1-0-0
1 Season LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
5 Seasons TOT 139 95 56 842.1 330 71 249 10 7 .970 3.42 2.30 .940 2.99 2.97 1-0-0
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1914 AL  1.70 (2nd)
1915 AL  2.11 (7th)

Wins s c a p y
1915 AL  19 (6th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1914 AL  .636 (7th)
1915 AL  .704 (2nd)
1916 AL  .667 (3rd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1914 AL  1.020 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 AL  6.973 (5th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 AL  2.211 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1915 AL  33 (8th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1914 AL  17 (9th)
1915 AL  21 (6th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1914 AL  5 (5th)
1915 AL  5 (4th)
1916 AL  3 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 AL  0.085 (7th)
1916 AL  0.000 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1915 AL  10 (9th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1914 AL  160 (3rd)
1915 AL  132 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1914 AL  19 (5th)
1915 AL  20 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1914 AL  2.2 (5th)
1915 AL  2.2 (8th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1914 AL  18 (3rd)
1915 AL  18 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
Career  3.42 (39th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1915 AL  2.57 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1915 AL  .979 (3rd)
1916 AL  .986 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 33 (737), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 20 (647), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 28 (170), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (769th), 12.2 career WAR/12.2 7yr-peak WAR/12.2 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: George Rube Foster

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