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Buck Freeman

John Frank Freeman

Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 169 lb.

Born: October 30, 1871 in Catasauqua, PA
Signed
by the Washington Statesmen as an amateur free agent in 1891. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 27, 1891 (Age 19.240)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1899 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Americans/Senators/Beaneaters/Statesmen 1891-1907

Final Game: April 20, 1907 (Age 35.172)
Died: June 25, 1949 in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Shavertown, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 28, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #690. Dave Cash… #691. Al Smith… #692. Jack Clements… #693. BUCK FREEMAN… #694. Jeff Conine… #695. Sam Mertes… #696. Tommy Tucker… 

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
1891 19 WAS AA 5 20 18 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 .222 .300 .278 .578 69 5 0 /1
1898 26 WHS NL 29 119 107 19 39 2 3 3 21 2 7 4 .364 .424 .523 .947 171 56 4 1 O
1899 27 WHS NL 155 634 588 107 187 19 25 25 122 21 23 25 .318 .362 .563 .925 153 331 18 5 *O/1
1900 28 BSN NL 117 461 418 58 126 19 13 6 65 10 25 28 .301 .355 .452 .808 112 189 10 8 O3
1901 29 BOS AL 129 548 490 88 166 23 15 12 114 17 44 30 .339 .400 .520 .920 155 255 6 8 *3/4O
1902 30 BOS AL 138 608 564 75 174 38 19 11 121 17 32 40 .309 .352 .502 .854 132 283 6 6 *O
1903 31 BOS AL 141 611 567 74 163 39 20 13 104 5 30 73 .287 .328 .496 .823 139 281 4 10 *O
1904 32 BOS AL 157 652 597 64 167 20 19 7 84 7 32 90 .280 .329 .412 .741 128 246 12 11 *O
1905 33 BOS AL 130 515 455 59 109 20 8 3 49 8 46 51 .240 .316 .338 .655 107 154 5 9 3O/5
1906 34 BOS AL 121 436 392 42 98 18 9 1 30 5 28 43 .250 .302 .349 .651 104 137 1 15 O3/5
1907 35 BOS AL 4 15 12 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 2 .167 .333 .417 .750 140 5 0 0 /O
11 Yrs 1126 4619 4208 588 1235 199 131 82 713 92 272 388 .293 .346 .462 .808 132 1942 66 73
162 Game Avg. 162 665 605 85 178 29 19 12 103 13 39 56 .293 .346 .462 .808 132 279 9
BOS (7 yrs) 820 3385 3077 403 879 158 90 48 504 59 215 329 .286 .339 .442 .781 130 1361 34 59
WHS (3 yrs) 189 773 713 127 230 22 28 28 144 23 32 31 .323 .370 .550 .920 154 392 22 6
BSN (1 yr) 117 461 418 58 126 19 13 6 65 10 25 28 .301 .355 .452 .808 112 189 10 8
AL (7 yrs) 820 3385 3077 403 879 158 90 48 504 59 215 329 .286 .339 .442 .781 130 1361 34 59
NL (3 yrs) 301 1214 1113 184 352 40 41 34 208 33 55 57 .316 .366 .518 .883 139 576 32 14
AA (1 yr) 5 20 18 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 .222 .300 .278 .578 69 5 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
1891 19 WAS AA 5 20 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .514 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1898 26 WHS NL 29 119 10 -0 0 -2 -2 6 0.6 4 10 1.0 .519 .503 1.2 -0.4 12 O
1899 27 WHS NL 155 634 37 -1 0 -12 -9 15 1.3 22 37 3.5 .509 .509 4.7 -2.0 49 *O/1
1900 28 BSN NL 117 461 5 -1 0 -2 -5 -3 -0.3 16 13 1.3 .498 .498 1.5 -0.7 15 O3
1901 29 BOS AL 129 548 37 -1 0 0 -3 33 2.9 20 52 4.8 .522 .518 4.8 -0.3 52 *3/4O
1902 30 BOS AL 138 608 22 -1 0 6 -7 20 1.8 21 41 3.9 .514 .512 3.4 -0.1 35 *O
1903 31 BOS AL 141 611 24 -0 0 0 -8 17 1.6 21 38 4.0 .513 .511 4.1 -1.0 38 *O
1904 32 BOS AL 157 652 16 -0 0 -3 -8 5 0.4 23 28 3.0 .504 .503 3.5 -1.5 31 *O
1905 33 BOS AL 130 515 4 -1 0 -4 -5 -6 -0.7 18 13 1.3 .495 .496 1.8 -1.1 17 3O/5
1906 34 BOS AL 121 436 2 -0 0 -2 -5 -6 -0.7 16 10 1.0 .495 .496 1.2 -0.8 12 O3/5
1907 35 BOS AL 4 15 1 0 0 0 -0 0 0.1 1 1 0.1 .515 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /O
11 Seasons 1126 4619 157 -5 0 -19 -51 82 7.0 161 243 24.1 .507 .506 26.3 -7.8 262
BOS (7 yrs) 820 3385 106 -3 0 -3 -36 63 5.4 120 183 18.2 .507 .506 18.9 -4.8 186
WHS (3 yrs) 189 773 47 -1 0 -14 -10 22 1.9 26 48 4.6 .511 .508 5.9 -2.3 62
BSN (1 yr) 117 461 5 -1 0 -2 -5 -3 -0.3 16 13 1.3 .498 .498 1.5 -0.7 15

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
1903 ❍ 31 BOS AL WS PIT W 8 34 32 6 9 0 3 0 4 0 1 2 2 .281 .324 .469 .792 15 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 8 34 32 6 9 0 3 0 4 0 1 2 2 .281 .324 .469 .792 15 0 0 0 0 0

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
1891 19 WAS AA 3 2 .600 3.89 5 4 1 4 0 0 44.0 35 32 19 0 33 28 4 0 1 203 95 3.78 1.545 7.2 0.0 6.8 5.7 0.85
1899 27 WHS NL 0 0 7.71 2 0 2 0 0 0 7.0 15 13 6 3 3 0 3 1 0 41 53 11.08 2.571 19.3 3.9 3.9 0.0 0.00
2 Yrs 3 2 .600 4.41 7 4 3 4 0 0 51.0 50 45 25 3 36 28 7 1 1 244 85 4.78 1.686 8.8 0.5 6.4 4.9 0.78
162 Game Avg. 19 12 .600 4.41 43 25 19 25 0 0 315 309 278 155 19 223 173 43 6 6 1508 85 4.78 1.686 8.8 0.5 6.4 4.9 0.78
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
1891 19 WAS AA 44.0 5 4 32 6.55 5.98 -0.72 0.00 100.0 6.69 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 4 .516 .500
1899 27 WHS NL 7.0 2 0 13 16.71 5.28 -0.74 0.00 101.0 6.08 -8 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -7 .231 .497
2 Seasons 51.0 7 4 45 7.94 5.88 -0.72 0.00 100.1 6.61 -7 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -3 .435 .499

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
1891 WAS AA 19 P 5 44.0 13 0 10 3 0 .769 2.05 2.00 .908 2.56 2.46
1898 WHS NL 26 OF 29 45 39 5 1 2 .978 1.52 .937 2.08 0-0-29
1899 WHS NL 27 OF 155 248 220 14 14 3 .944 1.51 .944 2.15 0-0-155
1899 WHS NL 27 P 2 7.0 4 0 3 1 0 .750 3.86 1.50 .910 2.70 2.55
1900 BSN NL 28 OF 91 140 130 3 7 1 .950 1.46 .940 2.17 16-3-72
1900 BSN NL 28 1B 19 166 148 13 5 5 .970 8.47 .979 10.55
1901 BOS AL 29 1B 128 1369 1278 55 36 71 .974 10.41 .974 10.77
1901 BOS AL 29 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.70
1901 BOS AL 29 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .930 2.00 0-0-1
1902 BOS AL 30 OF 138 251 222 15 14 3 .944 1.72 .944 2.07 0-0-138
1903 BOS AL 31 OF 141 223 195 13 15 2 .933 1.48 .952 1.95 0-0-141
1904 BOS AL 32 OF 157 241 216 14 11 4 .954 1.46 .954 1.86 0-0-157
1905 BOS AL 33 1B 66 675 627 30 18 20 .973 9.95 .982 10.78
1905 BOS AL 33 OF 57 71 68 0 3 0 .958 1.19 .953 1.86 0-1-56
1905 BOS AL 33 3B 2 8 2 4 2 0 .750 3.00 .922 3.15
1906 BOS AL 34 OF 65 87 74 12 1 2 .989 1.32 .963 1.89 0-3-62
1906 BOS AL 34 1B 43 435 393 35 7 0 .984 9.95 .982 10.85
1906 BOS AL 34 3B 4 9 5 3 1 1 .889 2.00 .921 3.22
1907 BOS AL 35 OF 3 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .958 1.87 0-0-3
10 Seasons OF 837 1313 1171 76 66 17 .950 1.49 .948 2.01 16-7-814
4 Seasons 1B 256 2645 2446 133 66 96 .975 10.07 .978 10.77
2 Seasons P 7 51.0 17 0 13 4 0 .765 2.29 1.86 .908 2.58 2.49
2 Seasons 3B 6 17 7 7 3 1 .824 2.33 .922 3.20
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.70
11 Seasons TOT 1107 51.0 3992 3624 229 139 114 .965 2.29 3.48 .967 2.58 4.05 16-7-814
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1901 AL  4.8 (4th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1899 NL  4.6 (8th)
1901 AL  4.8 (3rd)
1903 AL  4.1 (9th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1901 AL  .339 (3rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1901 AL  .400 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1899 NL  .563 (2nd)
1900 NL  .452 (9th)
1901 AL  .520 (2nd)
1902 AL  .502 (6th)
1903 AL  .496 (3rd)
1904 AL  .412 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1899 NL  .925 (5th)
1901 AL  .920 (2nd)
1902 AL  .854 (7th)
1903 AL  .823 (5th)
1904 AL  .741 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1899 NL  155 (1st)
1902 AL  138 (2nd)
1903 AL  141 (1st)
1904 AL  157 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1902 AL  564 (2nd)
1903 AL  567 (3rd)
1904 AL  597 (7th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1902 AL  608 (6th)
1903 AL  611 (4th)

Hits s c a p y
1901 AL  166 (7th)
1902 AL  174 (5th)
1903 AL  163 (7th)
1904 AL  167 (10th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1899 NL  331 (2nd)
1901 AL  255 (4th)
1902 AL  283 (2nd)
1903 AL  281 (1st)
1904 AL  246 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1902 AL  38 (5th)
1903 AL  39 (3rd)

Triples s c a p y
1899 NL  25 (2nd)
1900 NL  13 (8th)
1901 AL  15 (6th)
1902 AL  19 (2nd)
1903 AL  20 (3rd)
1904 AL  19 (1st)
Career  131 (78th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1899 NL  25 (1st)
1900 NL  6 (10th)
1901 AL  12 (2nd)
1902 AL  11 (2nd)
1903 AL  13 (1st)
1904 AL  7 (2nd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1899 NL  122 (2nd)
1901 AL  114 (2nd)
1902 AL  121 (1st)
1903 AL  104 (1st)
1904 AL  84 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1903 AL  73 (2nd)
1904 AL  90 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1899 NL  153 (5th)
1901 AL  155 (2nd)
1902 AL  132 (7th)
1903 AL  139 (7th)
Career  132 (144th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1899 NL  114 (5th)
1901 AL  100 (3rd)
1902 AL  98 (4th)
1903 AL  91 (4th)
1904 AL  78 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1899 NL  35 (5th)
1901 AL  36 (2nd)
1902 AL  22 (7th)
1903 AL  25 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1899 NL  3.5 (5th)
1901 AL  3.5 (2nd)
1902 AL  2.2 (7th)
1903 AL  2.8 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1899 NL  69 (2nd)
1900 NL  38 (9th)
1901 AL  50 (5th)
1902 AL  68 (1st)
1903 AL  72 (1st)
1904 AL  46 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1899 NL  .722 (8th)
1901 AL  .750 (2nd)
1902 AL  .687 (7th)
1903 AL  .709 (7th)
1904 AL  .673 (10th)
Career  .680 (115th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1899 NL  18 (4th)
1904 AL  12 (4th)
Career  66 (241st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1899 NL  22.8 (1st)
1901 AL  14.1 (2nd)
1902 AL  13.4 (2nd)
1903 AL  7.2 (9th)
1904 AL  7.0 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1899 NL  23.5 (1st)
1900 NL  69.7 (7th)
1901 AL  40.8 (3rd)
1902 AL  51.3 (7th)
1903 AL  43.6 (2nd)
1904 AL  85.3 (5th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1902 AL  396 (5th)
1903 AL  414 (3rd)

Putoutss c a p y
1901 AL  1,279 (4th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  128 (3rd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  1,278 (4th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  55 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  36 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  71 (4th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1899 NL  155 (1st)
1902 AL  138 (1st)
1903 AL  141 (1st)
1904 AL  157 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1903 AL  15 (4th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  .974 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1891 AA  born 1871-10-30 (7th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 19 (115), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 95 (241), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 48 (408), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (852), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (92nd), 24.1 career WAR/21.9 7yr-peak WAR/23.0 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

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