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Bob Fothergill

Robert Roy Fothergill (Fats)

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 230 lb.

Born: August 16, 1897 in Massillon, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1922 (Age 24.245)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1922 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/WhiteSox/RedSox 1922-1933

Final Game: July 5, 1933 (Age 35.323)
Died: March 20, 1938 in Detroit, MI
Buried: Massillon Cemetery, Massillon, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 30, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1111. Max Flack… #1112. Ed Charles… #1113. Solly Hofman… #1114. BOB FOTHERGILL… #1115. Rance Mulliniks… #1116. Casey McGehee… #1117. Bengie Molina… 

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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
1922 24 DET AL 42 162 152 20 49 12 4 0 29 1 5 8 9 .322 .356 .454 .810 112 69 0 3 O9/87
1923 25 DET AL 101 268 241 34 76 18 2 1 49 5 4 12 19 .315 .358 .419 .777 106 101 4 11 O7/98
1924 26 DET AL 54 179 166 28 50 8 3 0 15 2 3 5 13 .301 .326 .386 .711 84 64 1 7 O7/98
1925 27 DET AL 71 223 204 38 72 14 0 2 28 3 2 6 3 .353 .377 .451 .828 111 92 2 11 O78/9
1926 28 DET AL 110 437 387 63 142 31 7 3 73 4 12 33 23 .367 .421 .506 .927 140 196 3 14 *O78/9 MVP-12
1927 29 DET AL 143 592 527 93 189 38 9 9 114 9 15 47 31 .359 .413 .516 .929 139 272 2 17 *O7
1928 30 DET AL 111 386 347 49 110 28 10 3 63 8 3 24 19 .317 .366 .481 .848 119 167 3 10 O79/8
1929 31 DET AL 115 293 277 42 98 24 9 6 62 3 1 11 11 .354 .378 .570 .949 141 158 0 5 O79
1930 32 TOT AL 107 297 278 24 77 18 3 2 38 1 1 10 18 .277 .307 .385 .692 75 107 2 6 O79
1930 32 DET AL 55 153 143 14 37 9 3 2 14 1 1 6 10 .259 .289 .406 .694 72 58 0 4 O7/9
1930 32 CHW AL 52 144 135 10 40 9 0 0 24 0 0 4 8 .296 .326 .363 .689 77 49 2 2 O9/7
1931 33 CHW AL 108 333 312 25 88 9 4 3 56 2 2 17 17 .282 .323 .365 .689 85 114 2 2 O79
1932 34 CHW AL 116 377 346 36 102 24 1 7 50 4 4 27 10 .295 .348 .431 .778 107 149 1 2 O79
1933 35 BOS AL 28 34 32 1 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 4 .344 .382 .375 .757 100 12 0 0 /O97
12 Yrs 1106 3581 3269 453 1064 225 52 36 582 42 52 202 177 .325 .368 .459 .828 115 1501 20 88
162 Game Avg. 162 525 479 66 156 33 8 5 85 6 8 30 26 .325 .368 .459 .828 115 220 3 13
DET (9 yrs) 802 2693 2444 381 823 182 47 26 447 36 46 152 138 .337 .379 .482 .861 122 1177 15 82
CHW (3 yrs) 276 854 793 71 230 42 5 10 130 6 6 48 35 .290 .335 .393 .728 93 312 5 6
BOS (1 yr) 28 34 32 1 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 4 .344 .382 .375 .757 100 12 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
1922 24 DET AL 42 162 2 -2 0 -5 -2 -6 -0.6 6 0 0.0 .486 .496 0.5 -0.7 5 $3,000 O9/87
1923 25 DET AL 101 268 2 -0 0 -2 -3 -4 -0.4 10 7 0.6 .496 .498 0.9 -0.5 9 $3,600 O7/98
1924 26 DET AL 54 179 -5 -1 0 0 -2 -7 -0.7 7 -0 -0.0 .487 .496 -0.0 -0.2 -0 $3,850 O7/98
1925 27 DET AL 71 223 4 0 0 0 -2 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .502 .501 1.0 -0.2 10 $3,850 O78/9
1926 28 DET AL 110 437 23 -4 0 0 -4 15 1.5 16 32 3.1 .514 .509 3.2 -0.4 32 $5,000 *O78/9 MVP-12
1927 29 DET AL 143 592 31 -4 0 2 -6 22 2.2 22 45 4.4 .515 .513 4.2 -0.4 43 $6,000 *O7
1928 30 DET AL 111 386 9 1 0 -1 -4 5 0.5 14 19 1.9 .504 .503 2.0 -0.5 20 $7,500 O79/8
1929 31 DET AL 115 293 16 1 0 -2 -3 12 1.1 11 23 2.2 .510 .507 2.4 -0.4 25 $6,500 O79
1930 32 DET AL 55 153 -7 -0 0 -2 -2 -11 -1.0 6 -5 -0.4 .482 .494 -0.2 -0.3 -3 $8,000 O7/9
1930 32 CHW AL 52 144 -4 0 0 -3 -1 -8 -0.8 5 -3 -0.2 .485 .495 0.0 -0.4 0 O9/7
1931 33 CHW AL 108 333 -6 0 0 2 -3 -7 -0.6 12 5 0.6 .494 .496 0.3 -0.1 3 $6,000 O79
1932 34 CHW AL 116 377 4 -0 0 -5 -4 -5 -0.5 14 9 0.9 .496 .497 1.3 -0.8 14 $5,000 O79
1933 35 BOS AL 28 34 0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 $4,500 /O97
12 Seasons 1106 3581 70 -8 0 -16 -38 8 0.9 134 143 14.2 .501 .502 15.6 -5.1 158 $62,800
DET (9 yrs) 802 2693 75 -8 0 -10 -29 29 2.8 101 130 12.9 .503 .504 13.8 -3.7 140 $47,300
CHW (3 yrs) 276 854 -5 -0 0 -6 -9 -20 -1.9 32 12 1.2 .493 .496 1.7 -1.3 18 $11,000
BOS (1 yr) 28 34 0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 $4,500

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 Awards
1922 DET AL 24 OF 38 36 35 55 50 2 3 1 .945 1.37 .964 2.31
1922 DET AL 24 RF 27 27 26 44 39 2 3 1 .932 1.52 .954 1.85
1922 DET AL 24 CF 9 8 8 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1.11 .968 2.70
1922 DET AL 24 LF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.40
1923 DET AL 25 OF 68 52 40 128 121 4 3 0 .977 1.84 .965 2.38
1923 DET AL 25 LF 59 46 35 120 113 4 3 0 .975 1.98 .966 2.35
1923 DET AL 25 RF 6 6 5 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.17 .960 2.12
1923 DET AL 25 CF 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.25 .970 2.70
1924 DET AL 26 OF 45 35 30 94 89 2 3 1 .968 2.02 .970 2.39
1924 DET AL 26 LF 41 34 29 92 87 2 3 1 .967 2.17 .964 2.34
1924 DET AL 26 RF 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .970 2.00
1924 DET AL 26 CF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 2.80
1925 DET AL 27 OF 59 50 36 129 120 6 3 2 .977 2.14 .965 2.43
1925 DET AL 27 LF 40 36 23 78 75 2 1 0 .987 1.93 .958 2.33
1925 DET AL 27 CF 16 11 10 42 38 3 1 2 .976 2.56 .971 2.89
1925 DET AL 27 RF 4 3 3 9 7 1 1 0 .889 2.00 .966 2.08
1926 DET AL 28 OF 103 96 91 258 245 3 10 0 .961 2.41 .966 2.34 MVP-12
1926 DET AL 28 LF 76 75 71 195 185 3 7 0 .964 2.47 .965 2.30 MVP-12
1926 DET AL 28 CF 19 14 13 45 43 0 2 0 .956 2.26 .969 2.72 MVP-12
1926 DET AL 28 RF 9 7 7 18 17 0 1 0 .944 1.89 .964 2.00 MVP-12
1927 DET AL 29 OF 137 134 122 331 315 3 13 1 .961 2.32 .964 2.35
1927 DET AL 29 LF 136 134 122 331 315 3 13 1 .961 2.34 .967 2.38
1928 DET AL 30 OF 90 84 76 193 179 6 8 0 .959 2.06 .973 2.36
1928 DET AL 30 LF 68 64 57 153 141 6 6 0 .961 2.16 .974 2.30
1928 DET AL 30 RF 21 20 19 40 38 0 2 0 .950 1.81 .973 1.98
1928 DET AL 30 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.80
1929 DET AL 31 OF 59 50 49 122 116 2 4 1 .967 2.00 .966 2.42
1929 DET AL 31 LF 38 33 33 92 88 1 3 0 .967 2.34 .964 2.39
1929 DET AL 31 RF 21 17 16 31 29 1 1 1 .968 1.43 .963 1.97
1930 TOT AL 32 OF 69 59 53 115 102 3 10 0 .913 1.52 .965 2.32
1930 TOT AL 32 LF 41 37 31 64 60 0 4 0 .938 1.46 .968 2.14
1930 TOT AL 32 RF 28 22 22 53 46 3 4 0 .925 1.75 .961 1.96
1930 DET AL 32 OF 38 31 26 57 53 1 3 0 .947 1.42 .965 2.32
1930 DET AL 32 LF 32 29 24 49 46 0 3 0 .939 1.44 .968 2.14
1930 DET AL 32 RF 6 2 2 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 1.33 .961 1.97
1930 CHW AL 32 OF 31 28 27 58 49 2 7 0 .879 1.65 .965 2.32
1930 CHW AL 32 RF 22 20 20 45 39 2 4 0 .911 1.86 .961 1.96
1930 CHW AL 32 LF 9 8 7 15 14 0 1 0 .933 1.56 .968 2.14
1931 CHW AL 33 OF 74 65 52 176 169 2 5 0 .972 2.31 .969 2.38
1931 CHW AL 33 LF 47 42 37 129 124 1 4 0 .969 2.66 .966 2.20
1931 CHW AL 33 RF 27 23 15 47 45 1 1 0 .979 1.70 .964 2.11
1932 CHW AL 34 OF 86 85 55 147 136 4 7 0 .952 1.63 .967 2.42
1932 CHW AL 34 LF 52 50 30 75 67 4 4 0 .947 1.37 .964 2.21
1932 CHW AL 34 RF 35 35 25 72 68 1 3 0 .958 1.97 .963 2.10
1933 BOS AL 35 OF 4 2 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.38
1933 BOS AL 35 RF 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .960 2.10
1933 BOS AL 35 LF 1 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 2.30
12 Seasons OF 832 748 639 1752 1646 37 69 6 .961 2.02 .967 2.37
12 Seasons LF 600 553 469 1333 1259 26 48 2 .964 2.14 .966 2.31
11 Seasons RF 183 162 139 323 298 9 16 2 .950 1.68 .963 2.01
6 Seasons CF 50 33 31 99 93 3 3 2 .970 1.92 .970 2.77
12 Seasons TOT 832 748 639 1752 1646 37 69 6 .961 2.02 .967 2.37
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1926 AL (12, 9%)
0.09 Career Shares (960th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1927 AL  4.4 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1927 AL  4.2 (10th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1926 AL  .367 (3rd)
1927 AL  .359 (4th)
1929 AL  .354 (6th)
Career  .325 (38th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1926 AL  .421 (7th)
1927 AL  .413 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1926 AL  .506 (9th)
1927 AL  .516 (7th)
1928 AL  .481 (9th)
1929 AL  .570 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1926 AL  .927 (7th)
1927 AL  .929 (5th)
1929 AL  .949 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1927 AL  189 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1927 AL  272 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1927 AL  38 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1927 AL  9 (9th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1927 AL  114 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1927 AL  133 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1926 AL  140 (7th)
1927 AL  139 (6th)
1929 AL  141 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1927 AL  107 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1927 AL  30 (6th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1927 AL  2.9 (6th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1927 AL  56 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1927 AL  238 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1926 AL  .706 (7th)
1927 AL  .700 (7th)
1929 AL  .736 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1926 AL  12 (4th)
1927 AL  15 (3rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1927 AL  9.0 (10th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1929 AL  25.2 (8th)
1932 AL  34.6 (6th)
Career  18.5 (152nd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1927 AL  58.6 (10th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  136 (3rd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  315 (3rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  13 (2nd)
1928 AL  6 (3rd)
Career  48 (64th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  2.34 (5th)
Career  2.14 (41st)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 AL  .961 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 37 (682), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 40 (486), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 27 (423), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (161st), 14.2 career WAR/14.1 7yr-peak WAR/14.2 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1922 24 Detroit Tigers $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 25 Detroit Tigers $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 26 Detroit Tigers $3,850 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 27 Detroit Tigers $3,850 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 28 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 29 Detroit Tigers $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 30 Detroit Tigers $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 31 Detroit Tigers $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1930 32 Detroit Tigers $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts DET/CHW
1931 33 Chicago White Sox $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1932 34 Chicago White Sox $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1933 35 Boston Red Sox $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$62,800
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: Robert Bob bobby Fats robert Roy Fothergill

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