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Hersh Freeman

Hershell Baskin Freeman (Buster)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: July 1, 1928 in Gadsden, AL
School: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1952 (Age 24.071, 8,553rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Redlegs/RedSox/Cubs 1952-1958

Last Game: June 7, 1958 (Age 29.341)
Died: January 17, 2004 in Orlando, FL
Buried: Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, Gadsden, AL
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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
1952 23 BOS AL 1 0 1.000 3.29 4 1 1 1 0 0 13.2 13 5 5 1 5 5 1 0 0 56 123 3.93 1.317 8.6 0.7 3.3 3.3 1.00
1953 24 BOS AL 1 4 .200 5.54 18 2 7 0 0 0 39.0 50 31 24 2 17 15 0 0 1 179 76 3.80 1.718 11.5 0.5 3.9 3.5 0.88
1955 26 TOT MLB 7 4 .636 2.12 54 0 27 0 0 11 93.1 95 31 22 3 31 7 38 2 1 2 392 200 3.03 1.350 9.2 0.3 3.0 3.7 1.23
1955 26 BOS AL 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 2.97 1.200 5.4 0.0 5.4 5.4 1.00
1955 26 CIN NL 7 4 .636 2.16 52 0 27 0 0 11 91.2 94 31 22 3 30 6 37 2 1 2 386 195 3.03 1.353 9.2 0.3 2.9 3.6 1.23
1956 27 CIN NL 14 5 .737 3.40 64 0 47 0 0 18 108.2 112 44 41 2 34 11 50 1 1 3 458 116 2.65 1.344 9.3 0.2 2.8 4.1 1.47 MVP-13
1957 28 CIN NL 7 2 .778 4.52 52 0 26 0 0 8 83.2 90 49 42 14 14 4 36 3 1 2 353 91 4.38 1.243 9.7 1.5 1.5 3.9 2.57
1958 29 TOT NL 0 1 .000 6.53 12 0 3 0 0 0 20.2 27 16 15 3 8 0 14 0 1 1 101 64 4.17 1.694 11.8 1.3 3.5 6.1 1.75
1958 29 CIN NL 0 0 3.52 3 0 0 0 0 0 7.2 4 3 3 0 5 0 7 0 1 1 32 125 2.61 1.174 4.7 0.0 5.9 8.2 1.40
1958 29 CHC NL 0 1 .000 8.31 9 0 3 0 0 0 13.0 23 13 12 3 3 0 7 0 0 0 69 49 5.09 2.000 15.9 2.1 2.1 4.8 2.33
6 Yrs 30 16 .652 3.74 204 3 111 1 0 37 359.0 387 176 149 25 109 22 158 7 4 9 1539 110 3.41 1.382 9.7 0.6 2.7 4.0 1.45
162 Game Avg. 10 5 .652 3.74 67 1 36 0 0 12 118 127 58 49 8 36 52 2 1 3 506 110 3.41 1.382 9.7 0.6 2.7 4.0 1.45
CIN (4 yrs) 28 11 .718 3.33 171 0 100 0 0 37 291.2 300 127 108 19 83 21 130 6 4 8 1229 122 3.27 1.313 9.3 0.6 2.6 4.0 1.57
BOS (3 yrs) 2 4 .333 4.80 24 3 8 1 0 0 54.1 64 36 29 3 23 1 21 1 0 1 241 87 3.81 1.601 10.6 0.5 3.8 3.5 0.91
CHC (1 yr) 0 1 .000 8.31 9 0 3 0 0 0 13.0 23 13 12 3 3 0 7 0 0 0 69 49 5.09 2.000 15.9 2.1 2.1 4.8 2.33
NL (4 yrs) 28 12 .700 3.54 180 0 103 0 0 37 304.2 323 140 120 22 86 21 137 6 4 8 1298 115 3.35 1.342 9.5 0.6 2.5 4.0 1.59
AL (3 yrs) 2 4 .333 4.80 24 3 8 1 0 0 54.1 64 36 29 3 23 1 21 1 0 1 241 87 3.81 1.601 10.6 0.5 3.8 3.5 0.91
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
1952 23 BOS AL 13.2 4 1 5 3.29 3.81 0.08 0.00 111.0 4.14 1 0.1 .7 -0.0 0.2 2 .535 .501
1953 24 BOS AL 39.0 18 2 31 7.15 4.36 0.30 0.00 105.7 4.29 -13 -1.2 1.5 -0.3 -1.2 -9 .431 .492
1955 26 BOS AL 1.2 2 0 0 0.00 3.89 0.19 0.00 116.7 4.31 1 0.1 1.7 0.0 0.1 1 .542 .501
1955 26 CIN NL 91.2 52 0 31 3.04 4.75 0.26 0.00 103.0 4.63 18 1.9 1.4 0.3 3.2 26 .536 .512
1956 27 CIN NL 109.0 64 0 44 3.63 4.26 0.10 0.00 104.8 4.36 11 1.2 1.7 0.2 2.6 20 .518 .507 MVP-13
1957 28 CIN NL 83.2 52 0 49 5.27 4.37 0.06 0.00 105.5 4.54 -6 -0.7 1.1 -0.1 0.1 2 .487 .496
1958 29 CIN NL 7.2 3 0 3 3.52 4.78 0.05 0.00 102.5 4.85 1 0.1 .5 -0.0 0.2 2 .542 .501
1958 29 CHC NL 13.0 9 0 13 9.00 4.62 0.04 0.00 95.9 4.39 -7 -0.7 1.5 -0.2 -0.7 -5 .427 .496
6 Seasons 359.1 204 3 176 4.41 4.43 0.15 0.00 104.5 4.47 6 0.9 1.4 -0.1 4.5 38 .504 .503
CIN (4 yrs) 292.0 171 0 127 3.91 4.46 0.14 0.00 104.4 4.51 24 2.5 1.4 0.4 6.0 49 .515 .505
BOS (3 yrs) 54.1 24 3 36 5.96 4.21 0.25 0.00 107.4 4.25 -11 -1.0 1.4 -0.3 -0.8 -6 .457 .494
CHC (1 yr) 13.0 9 0 13 9.00 4.62 0.04 0.00 95.9 4.39 -7 -0.7 1.5 -0.2 -0.7 -5 .427 .496

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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
1952 23 BOS AL 4 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .600 .500 1.100 200 2 1 0 0 /1
1953 24 BOS AL 18 11 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .091 .182 -52 1 1 0 0 1
1955 26 TOT MLB 55 19 18 3 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 3 .167 .211 .389 .599 52 7 1 0 0 0 0 1/5
1955 26 BOS AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1955 26 CIN NL 53 19 18 3 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 3 .167 .211 .389 .599 52 7 1 0 0 0 0 1/5
1956 27 CIN NL 64 21 18 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 4 .056 .190 .111 .302 -17 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 MVP-13
1957 28 CIN NL 52 10 10 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .300 .500 29 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
1958 29 TOT NL 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1958 29 CIN NL 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1958 29 CHC NL 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
6 Yrs 205 67 63 4 9 3 0 1 5 0 0 5 12 .143 .206 .238 .444 17 15 4 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 53 50 3 7 2 0 1 4 0 0 4 9 .143 .206 .238 .444 17 12 3 0 0
CIN (4 yrs) 172 51 47 4 6 3 0 1 5 0 0 4 9 .128 .196 .255 .451 17 12 2 0 0 0 0
BOS (3 yrs) 24 15 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .250 .200 .450 21 3 2 0 0 0 0
CHC (1 yr) 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 181 52 48 4 6 3 0 1 5 0 0 4 9 .125 .192 .250 .442 15 12 2 0 0 0 0
AL (3 yrs) 24 15 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .250 .200 .450 21 3 2 0 0 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
1952 23 BOS AL 4 4 1 -0 -0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .518 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1953 24 BOS AL 18 11 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1955 26 BOS AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1955 26 CIN NL 53 19 -1 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .503 .501 0.2 -0.1 2 1/5
1956 27 CIN NL 64 21 -3 0 0 0 2 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.1 -0 1 MVP-13
1957 28 CIN NL 52 10 -1 0 -0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1958 29 CIN NL 3 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .494 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1958 29 CHC NL 9 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
6 Seasons 205 67 -7 0 -0 0 7 0 -0.0 0 0 -0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.2 0
CIN (4 yrs) 172 51 -5 0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 -0.2 1
BOS (3 yrs) 24 15 -2 0 -0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
CHC (1 yr) 9 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1952 BOS AL 23 P 4 1 1 13.2 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 2.63 1.00 .965 2.11 2.10 0 2 100% 46% 0
1953 BOS AL 24 P 18 2 0 39.0 7 0 7 0 0 1.000 1.62 0.39 .957 1.94 1.93 2 2 50% 50% 0
1955 TOT MLB 26 P 54 0 0 93.1 24 4 20 0 4 1.000 2.31 0.44 .950 2.04 2.02 1 1 50% 44% 0
1955 BOS AL 26 P 2 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.16 1.95 0 0 0
1955 CIN NL 26 P 52 0 0 91.2 24 4 20 0 4 1.000 2.36 0.46 .950 2.04 2.02 1 1 50% 44% 0
1955 CIN NL 26 3B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.10
1956 CIN NL 27 P 64 0 0 108.2 23 8 15 0 2 1.000 1.90 0.36 .966 2.05 2.03 5 1 17% 41% 0 MVP-13
1957 CIN NL 28 P 52 0 0 83.2 17 5 12 0 1 1.000 1.83 0.33 .962 2.07 2.08 3 1 25% 39% 0
1958 TOT NL 29 P 12 0 0 20.2 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 3.05 0.58 .954 1.96 1.96 0 0 0
1958 CIN NL 29 P 3 0 0 7.2 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.52 1.00 .953 2.00 1.97 0 0 0
1958 CHC NL 29 P 9 0 0 13.0 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.77 0.44 .955 1.94 1.96 0 0 0
6 Seasons P 204 3 1 359.0 82 19 63 0 7 1.000 2.06 0.40 .959 2.04 2.03 11 7 39% 44% 0
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.10
6 Seasons TOT 205 3 1 359.1 82 19 63 0 7 1.000 0 0 2.05 0.40 .959 2.04 2.03 11 7 39% 44% 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1956 NL (13, 7%)
0.07 Career Shares (1049th)

Wins s c a p y
1956 NL  14 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1956 NL  .737 (2nd)

Games Played s c a p y
1955 NL  52 (5th)
1956 NL  64 (2nd)
1957 NL  52 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1955 NL  11 (3rd)
1956 NL  18 (2nd)
1957 NL  8 (8th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1955 NL  27 (4th)
1956 NL  47 (1st)
1957 NL  26 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1955 NL  18 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1955 NL  1.8 (7th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1955 NL  21.22 (5th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1955 NL  2.1 (6th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1955 NL  52 (5th)
1956 NL  64 (2nd)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 19 (1129), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 3 (1638), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (648th), 4.4 career WAR/4.4 7yr-peak WAR/4.4 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Hershell Baskin Buster Hersh Freeman

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