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Herman Franks

Herman Louis Franks

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 187 lb.

Born: January 4, 1914 in Price, UT
School: University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 27, 1939 (Age 25)
Rookie Status: Lost 1940 [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Athletics/Cardinals/Giants 1939-1949

Final Game: August 28, 1949 (Age 35)
Died: March 30, 2009 in Salt Lake City, UT
Cremated
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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
1939 25 STL NL 17 21 17 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 .059 .200 .059 .259 -29 1 1 0 1 2
1940 26 BRO NL 65 154 131 11 24 4 0 1 14 2 20 6 .183 .296 .237 .533 44 31 4 1 2 2
1941 27 BRO NL 57 156 139 10 28 7 0 1 11 0 14 13 .201 .275 .273 .548 52 38 1 0 3 2/O9
1947 33 PHA AL 8 19 15 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 4 .200 .368 .333 .702 95 5 1 0 0 /2
1948 34 PHA AL 40 120 98 10 22 7 1 1 14 0 0 16 11 .224 .345 .347 .692 83 34 4 2 4 2
1949 35 NYG NL 1 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 259 2 0 0 0 /2
6 Yrs 188 473 403 35 80 18 2 3 43 2 0 57 37 .199 .302 .275 .578 57 111 11 3 10
162 Game Avg. 162 408 347 30 69 16 2 3 37 2 49 32 .199 .302 .275 .578 57 96 9 3 9
PHA (2 yrs) 48 139 113 12 25 7 2 1 15 0 0 20 15 .221 .348 .345 .693 85 39 5 2 4
BRO (2 yrs) 122 310 270 21 52 11 0 2 25 2 34 19 .193 .285 .256 .541 48 69 5 1 5
NYG (1 yr) 1 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 259 2 0 0 0
STL (1 yr) 17 21 17 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 .059 .200 .059 .259 -29 1 1 0 1
NL (4 yrs) 140 334 290 23 55 11 0 2 28 2 37 22 .190 .284 .248 .532 45 72 6 1 6
AL (2 yrs) 48 139 113 12 25 7 2 1 15 0 0 20 15 .221 .348 .345 .693 85 39 5 2 4

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
1939 25 STL NL 17 21 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 2
1940 26 BRO NL 65 154 -9 -0 0 1 1 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.2 .488 .495 -0.3 0.2 -3 2
1941 27 BRO NL 57 156 -9 0 0 1 1 -6 -0.7 5 -1 -0.2 .488 .496 -0.3 0.2 -2 $4,000 2/O9
1947 33 PHA AL 8 19 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1948 34 PHA AL 40 120 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 3 3 0.3 .498 .500 0.3 0.1 3 2
1949 35 NYG NL 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .565 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
6 Seasons 188 473 -23 0 0 2 4 -16 -1.8 15 -1 -0.2 .491 .497 -0.4 0.6 -3 $4,000
PHA (2 yrs) 48 139 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .499 .500 0.3 0.1 3
BRO (2 yrs) 122 310 -18 0 0 2 3 -13 -1.5 11 -3 -0.4 .488 .496 -0.6 0.5 -5 $4,000
NYG (1 yr) 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .565 .500 0.1 0.0 1
STL (1 yr) 17 21 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2

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
1941 27 BRO NL WS NYY L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1939 STL NL 25 C 13 4 2 37 34 2 1 0 .973 2.77 .982 4.81 1 1 1 50% 46%
1940 BRO NL 26 C 43 31 27 207 183 22 2 3 .990 4.77 .978 5.00 0 1 6 9 60% 45% 0
1941 BRO NL 27 C 54 36 24 215 191 21 3 6 .986 3.93 .983 5.04 3 2 3 10 77% 46% 1
1941 BRO NL 27 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1941 BRO NL 27 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90
1947 PHA AL 33 C 4 4 3 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 3.25 .985 5.03 1 0 2 0 0% 46% 0
1948 PHA AL 34 C 27 25 23 133 113 17 3 2 .977 4.81 .986 4.74 0 3 6 5 45% 44% 0
1949 NYG NL 35 C 1 1 1 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 5.00 .982 5.00 0 0 0
6 Seasons C 142 101 80 610 537 64 9 11 .985 4.23 .982 4.95 5 6 18 25 58% 45% 1
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1 Season RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90
6 Seasons TOT 143 101 80 610 537 64 9 11 .985 4.20 .982 4.93 5 6 18 25 58% 45% 1
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
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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
194127Brooklyn Dodgers$4,000Ford Frick letter of 3/5/42, at HOF
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,000
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: Herman Herman Louis Franks

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