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Wally Gerber

Walter Gerber (Spooks)

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 152 lb.

Born: August 18, 1891 in Columbus, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: September 23, 1914 (Age 23)
Teams (by GP): Browns/RedSox/Pirates 1914-1929

Final Game: October 6, 1929 (Age 38)
Died: June 19, 1951 in Columbus, OH
Buried: Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 18, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1644. Eddie Kasko… #1645. Buddy Rosar… #1646. Julio Cruz… #1647. WALLY GERBER… #1648. Pat Tabler… #1649. Charlie Irwin… #1650. Derrel Thomas… 

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
1914 22 PIT NL 17 58 54 5 13 1 1 0 5 0 2 8 .241 .281 .296 .577 76 16 1 1 6
1915 23 PIT NL 56 157 144 8 28 2 0 0 7 6 1 9 16 .194 .252 .208 .460 41 30 2 3 56/4
1917 25 SLB AL 14 43 39 2 12 1 1 0 2 1 3 2 .308 .357 .385 .742 130 15 0 1 6/4
1918 26 SLB AL 56 195 171 10 41 4 0 0 10 2 19 11 .240 .316 .263 .579 77 45 0 5 6
1919 27 SLB AL 140 545 462 43 105 14 6 1 37 1 49 36 .227 .308 .290 .598 67 134 5 28 *6
1920 28 SLB AL 154 666 584 70 163 26 2 2 60 4 13 58 32 .279 .346 .341 .687 81 199 2 19 *6
1921 29 SLB AL 114 495 436 55 121 12 9 2 48 4 7 34 19 .278 .337 .360 .697 74 157 5 20 *6
1922 30 SLB AL 153 690 604 81 161 22 8 1 51 6 4 52 34 .267 .326 .334 .660 70 202 1 32 *6
1923 31 SLB AL 154 692 605 85 170 26 3 1 62 4 6 54 50 .281 .342 .339 .681 75 205 2 28 *6 MVP-4
1924 32 SLB AL 148 569 496 61 135 20 4 0 55 4 5 43 34 .272 .341 .329 .670 69 163 9 18 *6 MVP-17
1925 33 SLB AL 72 277 246 29 67 13 1 0 19 1 2 26 15 .272 .344 .333 .678 69 82 1 4 6
1926 34 SLB AL 131 476 411 37 111 8 0 0 43 0 2 40 29 .270 .339 .290 .629 62 119 3 19 *6/8 MVP-23
1927 35 SLB AL 142 498 438 44 98 13 9 0 45 3 6 35 25 .224 .284 .295 .579 48 129 2 23 *6/5
1928 36 TOT AL 110 362 318 22 69 7 1 0 28 6 1 33 34 .217 .291 .245 .536 44 78 0 12 *6
1928 36 SLB AL 6 19 18 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .278 .316 .333 .649 69 6 0 0 /6
1928 36 BOS AL 104 343 300 21 64 6 1 0 28 6 1 32 31 .213 .289 .240 .529 43 72 0 12 *6
1929 37 BOS AL 61 105 91 6 15 3 1 0 5 1 0 8 12 .165 .232 .220 .452 18 20 0 6 64
15 Yrs 1522 5828 5099 558 1309 172 46 7 477 43 47 465 357 .257 .323 .313 .635 67 1594 33 219
162 Game Avg. 162 620 543 59 139 18 5 1 51 5 49 38 .257 .323 .313 .635 67 170 4 23
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
SLB (12 yrs) 1284 5165 4510 518 1189 160 43 7 432 30 45 414 290 .264 .330 .323 .652 70 1456 30 197
PIT (2 yrs) 73 215 198 13 41 3 1 0 12 6 1 11 24 .207 .259 .232 .492 50 46 3 4
BOS (2 yrs) 165 448 391 27 79 9 2 0 33 7 1 40 43 .202 .276 .235 .511 37 92 0 18
AL (13 yrs) 1449 5613 4901 545 1268 169 45 7 465 37 46 454 333 .259 .325 .316 .641 67 1548 30 215
NL (2 yrs) 73 215 198 13 41 3 1 0 12 6 1 11 24 .207 .259 .232 .492 50 46 3 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
1914 22 PIT NL 17 58 -2 0 0 2 1 2 0.2 2 3 0.4 .511 .501 0.1 0.3 1 6
1915 23 PIT NL 56 157 -9 1 0 -1 2 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .486 .495 -0.2 0.1 -1 56/4
1917 25 SLB AL 14 43 1 -0 0 1 1 3 0.3 2 4 0.5 .525 .502 0.4 0.2 4 6/4
1918 26 SLB AL 56 195 -4 -0 0 -5 3 -5 -0.7 7 2 0.1 .488 .496 0.7 -0.2 7 6
1919 27 SLB AL 140 545 -18 1 0 -8 9 -16 -1.7 21 5 0.4 .487 .489 1.2 0.2 13 *6
1920 28 SLB AL 154 666 -14 -3 0 -1 10 -7 -0.7 25 18 1.7 .495 .496 1.9 0.9 19 $3,500 *6
1921 29 SLB AL 114 495 -18 -1 0 -9 8 -20 -1.9 19 -2 -0.1 .483 .488 0.7 -0.1 7 $4,200 *6
1922 30 SLB AL 153 690 -27 1 0 7 10 -9 -1.0 25 16 1.5 .494 .494 0.9 1.6 9 $6,000 *6
1923 31 SLB AL 154 692 -22 -0 0 3 10 -9 -0.9 25 16 1.6 .494 .494 1.4 1.3 14 $6,500 *6 MVP-4
1924 32 SLB AL 148 569 -23 -0 0 -9 10 -22 -2.1 21 -1 0.0 .485 .487 0.8 0.1 8 $7,500 *6 MVP-17
1925 33 SLB AL 72 277 -11 -0 0 0 5 -7 -0.6 10 4 0.4 .491 .496 0.4 0.4 4 $7,500 6
1926 34 SLB AL 131 476 -21 -0 0 -8 8 -22 -2.2 18 -4 -0.4 .484 .487 0.4 0.0 4 $7,500 *6/8 MVP-23
1927 35 SLB AL 142 498 -35 -1 0 -3 8 -31 -3.0 19 -13 -1.2 .478 .481 -0.9 0.5 -10 $8,000 *6/5
1928 36 SLB AL 6 19 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .475 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 $8,000 /6
1928 36 BOS AL 104 343 -24 1 0 3 6 -14 -1.4 13 -1 -0.1 .486 .491 -0.4 0.9 -4 *6
1929 37 BOS AL 61 105 -12 0 0 -1 2 -10 -1.0 4 -6 -0.6 .484 .494 -0.5 0.1 -5 $8,000 64
15 Seasons 1522 5828 -239 -2 0 -30 94 -176 -17.7 216 40 4.0 .488 .491 7.1 6.5 70 $66,700
SLB (12 yrs) 1284 5165 -192 -5 0 -33 82 -147 -14.7 193 45 4.6 .489 .491 8.0 5.0 78 $58,700
PIT (2 yrs) 73 215 -11 1 0 1 3 -5 -0.7 7 2 0.1 .491 .496 -0.0 0.5 1
BOS (2 yrs) 165 448 -36 2 0 2 8 -24 -2.3 17 -7 -0.7 .486 .492 -0.9 1.0 -9 $8,000

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
1914 PIT NL 22 SS 17 17 15 101 31 62 8 7 .921 5.47 .925 5.38
1915 PIT NL 23 3B 23 21 21 71 25 41 5 2 .930 2.87 .947 3.13
1915 PIT NL 23 SS 21 18 18 122 56 58 8 9 .934 5.43 .931 5.44
1915 PIT NL 23 2B 2 1 1 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 3.50 .954 5.05
1917 SLB AL 25 SS 12 10 9 49 13 33 3 2 .939 3.83 .931 5.08
1917 SLB AL 25 2B 2 1 1 9 3 5 1 2 .889 4.00 .959 5.15
1918 SLB AL 26 SS 56 55 47 307 109 174 24 23 .922 5.05 .939 5.39
1919 SLB AL 27 SS 140 140 137 751 284 422 45 47 .940 5.04 .942 5.24
1920 SLB AL 28 SS 154 154 148 853 288 513 52 76 .939 5.20 .944 5.21
1921 SLB AL 29 SS 113 113 110 636 269 331 36 64 .943 5.31 .941 5.34
1922 SLB AL 30 SS 153 153 149 839 322 470 47 93 .944 5.18 .946 5.20
1923 SLB AL 31 SS 154 154 154 837 334 461 42 86 .950 5.16 .946 5.02 MVP-4
1924 SLB AL 32 SS 147 147 139 784 317 425 42 78 .946 5.05 .949 5.14 MVP-17
1925 SLB AL 33 SS 71 69 60 369 144 206 19 39 .949 4.93 .944 5.20
1926 SLB AL 34 SS 129 126 113 656 261 358 37 92 .944 4.80 .944 5.01 MVP-23
1926 SLB AL 34 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.70 MVP-23
1927 SLB AL 35 SS 141 139 113 758 290 427 41 91 .946 5.09 .945 5.28
1927 SLB AL 35 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1928 TOT AL 36 SS 109 107 74 577 207 340 30 54 .948 5.02 .938 5.11
1928 SLB AL 36 SS 6 6 3 23 6 12 5 4 .783 3.00 .938 5.12
1928 BOS AL 36 SS 103 101 71 554 201 328 25 50 .955 5.14 .938 5.11
1929 BOS AL 37 SS 30 14 5 79 35 39 5 3 .937 2.47 .937 5.21
1929 BOS AL 37 2B 22 19 14 116 35 76 5 10 .957 5.05 .968 5.91
15 Seasons SS 1447 1416 1291 7718 2960 4319 439 764 .943 5.03 .943 5.19
3 Seasons 2B 26 21 16 132 40 86 6 12 .955 4.85 .967 5.78
2 Seasons 3B 24 21 21 71 25 41 5 2 .930 2.75 .947 3.14
1 Season CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.70
15 Seasons TOT 1497 1458 1328 7921 3025 4446 450 778 .943 4.99 .944 5.16
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))
1923 AL (4, 31%)
1924 AL (17, 6%)
1926 AL (23, 3%)
0.40 Career Shares (524th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1922 AL  1.6 (3rd)
1923 AL  1.3 (7th)
1928 AL  0.8 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1919 AL  140 (4th)
1920 AL  154 (1st)
1923 AL  154 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1922 AL  604 (6th)
1923 AL  605 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1922 AL  690 (5th)
1923 AL  692 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1923 AL  140 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1924 AL  9 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1919 AL  28 (10th)
1922 AL  32 (5th)
1923 AL  28 (6th)
1927 AL  23 (8th)
Career  219 (63rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1920 AL  453 (8th)
1922 AL  479 (2nd)
1923 AL  469 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1919 AL  422 (5th)
1920 AL  513 (2nd)
1923 AL  461 (4th)
1927 AL  427 (5th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1919 AL  45 (2nd)
1920 AL  52 (1st)
1922 AL  47 (3rd)
1923 AL  42 (3rd)
1924 AL  42 (2nd)
1926 AL  37 (5th)
1927 AL  41 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  140 (1st)
1920 AL  154 (1st)
1922 AL  153 (4th)
1923 AL  154 (1st)
1924 AL  147 (4th)
1927 AL  141 (2nd)
Career  1,447 (67th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  284 (2nd)
1920 AL  288 (2nd)
1922 AL  322 (1st)
1923 AL  334 (1st)
1924 AL  317 (3rd)
1927 AL  290 (2nd)
Career  2,960 (48th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  422 (3rd)
1920 AL  513 (1st)
1922 AL  470 (5th)
1923 AL  461 (3rd)
1924 AL  425 (5th)
1926 AL  358 (5th)
1927 AL  427 (2nd)
1928 AL  340 (5th)
Career  4,319 (71st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  45 (1st)
1920 AL  52 (1st)
1922 AL  47 (3rd)
1923 AL  42 (3rd)
1924 AL  42 (1st)
1926 AL  37 (5th)
1927 AL  41 (2nd)
Career  439 (32nd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  47 (3rd)
1920 AL  76 (1st)
1921 AL  64 (5th)
1922 AL  93 (2nd)
1923 AL  86 (2nd)
1924 AL  78 (3rd)
1926 AL  92 (1st)
1927 AL  91 (1st)
Career  764 (74th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1920 AL  5.20 (3rd)
1921 AL  5.31 (4th)
1922 AL  5.18 (5th)
1923 AL  5.16 (4th)
1924 AL  5.05 (4th)
1926 AL  4.80 (5th)
1928 AL  5.02 (3rd)
Career  5.03 (64th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1919 AL  .940 (5th)
1920 AL  .939 (4th)
1921 AL  .943 (5th)
1922 AL  .944 (5th)
1923 AL  .950 (3rd)
1926 AL  .944 (4th)
1927 AL  .946 (4th)
1928 AL  .948 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (767), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 5 (1837), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1151), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (251st), 4.0 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/5.3 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
192028St. Louis Browns$3,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192129St. Louis Browns$4,200Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192230St. Louis Browns$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192331St. Louis Browns$6,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192432St. Louis Browns$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192533St. Louis Browns$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192634St. Louis Browns$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192735St. Louis Browns$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192836St. Louis Browns$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsSLB/BOS
192937Boston Red Sox$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$66,700
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: Spooks Wally walt Walter Gerber

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