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Walt French

Walter Edward French (Piggy or Fitz)

Positions: Rightfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: July 12, 1899 in Moorestown, NJ
High School: Moorestown HS (Moorestown, NJ)
Schools: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ), United States Military Academy (West Point, NY)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1923. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 15, 1923 (Age 24.065)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1925 season [*]
Team: Athletics 1923-1929

Final Game: October 6, 1929 (Age 30.086)
Died: May 13, 1984 in Mountain Home, AR
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
1923 23 PHA AL 16 44 39 7 9 3 0 0 2 0 1 5 7 .231 .318 .308 .626 64 12 0 0 8O
1925 25 PHA AL 67 104 100 20 37 9 0 0 14 1 1 1 9 .370 .376 .460 .836 105 46 0 3 O9/7
1926 26 PHA AL 112 441 397 51 121 18 7 1 36 2 3 18 24 .305 .340 .393 .733 87 156 3 23 O9/8
1927 27 PHA AL 109 356 326 48 99 10 5 0 41 9 1 16 14 .304 .338 .365 .703 79 119 1 13 O9/78
1928 28 PHA AL 48 76 74 9 19 4 0 0 7 1 1 2 5 .257 .286 .311 .597 55 23 1 0 O9/7
1929 29 PHA AL 45 51 45 7 12 1 0 1 9 0 0 2 3 .267 .298 .356 .653 65 16 0 2 O/798
6 Yrs 397 1072 981 142 297 45 12 2 109 13 7 44 62 .303 .336 .379 .715 82 372 5 41
162 Game Avg. 162 437 400 58 121 18 5 1 44 5 3 18 25 .303 .336 .379 .715 82 152 2 17

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
1923 23 PHA AL 16 44 -2 -0 0 -2 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .471 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 $2,400 8O
1925 25 PHA AL 67 104 0 0 0 0 -1 -0 -0.0 4 4 0.3 .499 .500 0.3 -0.1 4 $3,000 O9/7
1926 26 PHA AL 112 441 -8 -0 0 4 -5 -9 -0.9 17 7 0.7 .492 .494 0.3 -0.1 3 $5,000 O9/8
1927 27 PHA AL 109 356 -10 2 0 4 -4 -9 -0.8 13 5 0.5 .492 .495 0.1 -0.0 1 $7,500 O9/78
1928 28 PHA AL 48 76 -5 -0 0 0 -1 -6 -0.6 3 -3 -0.3 .488 .496 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $7,500 O9/7
1929 29 PHA AL 45 51 -3 0 0 -1 -0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .492 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $7,500 O/798
6 Seasons 397 1072 -28 1 0 5 -11 -33 -3.2 40 8 0.8 .492 .496 0.3 -0.6 3 $32,900

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
1929 ❍ 29 PHA AL WS CHC W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 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 Awards
1923 PHA AL 23 CF 10 10 5 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 .968 2.69
1923 PHA AL 23 OF 10 10 5 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 .965 2.38
1925 PHA AL 25 OF 19 14 12 35 31 3 1 0 .971 1.79 .965 2.43
1925 PHA AL 25 RF 16 14 12 33 29 3 1 0 .970 2.00 .966 2.08
1925 PHA AL 25 LF 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .960 2.33
1926 PHA AL 26 OF 99 98 92 204 186 12 6 7 .971 2.00 .966 2.34
1926 PHA AL 26 RF 98 97 91 201 183 12 6 7 .970 1.99 .964 2.00
1926 PHA AL 26 CF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 2.70
1927 PHA AL 27 OF 94 78 72 205 190 6 9 2 .956 2.09 .964 2.35
1927 PHA AL 27 RF 81 69 65 182 170 4 8 2 .956 2.15 .955 1.97
1927 PHA AL 27 LF 8 6 5 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 1.38 .967 2.38
1927 PHA AL 27 CF 5 3 2 12 10 1 1 0 .917 2.20 .966 2.72
1928 PHA AL 28 OF 19 7 6 34 33 1 0 0 1.000 1.79 .973 2.36
1928 PHA AL 28 RF 12 3 3 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 1.17 .973 1.98
1928 PHA AL 28 LF 7 4 3 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 2.86 .974 2.30
1929 PHA AL 29 OF 10 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 0.80 .966 2.42
1929 PHA AL 29 LF 5 1 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .964 2.40
1929 PHA AL 29 RF 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .960 1.97
1929 PHA AL 29 CF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.90
6 Seasons OF 251 209 189 504 465 23 16 9 .968 1.94 .966 2.36
5 Seasons RF 210 184 172 431 397 19 15 9 .965 1.98 .961 1.99
4 Seasons LF 23 11 9 38 36 2 0 0 1.000 1.65 .970 2.35
4 Seasons CF 18 14 8 35 32 2 1 0 .971 1.89 .967 2.72
6 Seasons TOT 251 209 189 504 465 23 16 9 .968 1.94 .966 2.36
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

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 AL  98 (5th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 AL  183 (4th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 AL  12 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 AL  7 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1926 AL  7 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 AL  1.99 (4th)
1927 AL  2.15 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1578), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Right Field (453rd), 0.8 career WAR/0.8 7yr-peak WAR/0.8 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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
1923 23 Philadelphia Athletics $2,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 25 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 26 Philadelphia Athletics $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 27 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 28 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 29 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$32,900
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: Walter Edward Fitz Piggy Piggy,Fitz Walt French

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