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Doc Gessler

Henry Homer Gessler (Brownie)

Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: December 23, 1880 in Greensburg, PA
High School: Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, PA)
Schools: Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), Washington and Jefferson College (Washington, PA), Ohio University (Athens, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 23, 1903 (Age 22.121)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1903 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Superbas/RedSox/Cubs/Tigers 1903-1911

Final Game: October 7, 1911 (Age 30.288)
Died: December 26, 1924 in Allegheny County, PA
Buried: St. Bernard Cemetery, Indiana, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 31, 2014 11:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1368. Bobby Richardson… #1369. Jamey Carroll… #1370. Juan Encarnacion… #1371. DOC GESSLER… #1372. Alex Gonzalez… #1373. Sammy Hale… #1374. Jim McTamany… 

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
1903 22 TOT MLB 78 306 259 29 63 13 7 0 30 10 20 57 .243 .331 .347 .679 99 90 14 13 O
1903 22 DET AL 29 114 105 9 25 5 4 0 12 1 3 23 .238 .273 .362 .635 92 38 2 4 O
1903 22 BRO NL 49 192 154 20 38 8 3 0 18 9 17 34 .247 .366 .338 .704 103 52 12 9 O
1904 23 BRO NL 104 381 341 41 99 18 4 2 28 13 30 44 .290 .355 .384 .739 131 131 4 6 O/34
1905 24 BRO NL 126 486 431 44 125 17 4 3 46 26 38 56 .290 .366 .369 .735 127 159 14 3 *3O
1906 25 TOT NL 43 136 116 11 29 4 2 0 14 7 15 14 .250 .346 .319 .665 106 37 2 3 O3
1906 25 BRO NL 9 37 33 3 8 1 2 0 4 3 3 2 .242 .324 .394 .718 132 13 1 0 /3
1906 25 CHC NL 34 99 83 8 21 3 0 0 10 4 12 12 .253 .354 .289 .643 96 24 1 3 O/3
1908 27 BOS AL 128 507 435 55 134 13 14 3 63 19 51 47 .308 .394 .423 .817 163 184 11 10 *O
1909 28 TOT AL 128 510 450 67 128 26 2 0 54 20 43 55 .284 .361 .351 .712 123 158 11 6 *O/3
1909 28 BOS AL 111 440 396 57 115 24 1 0 46 16 31 53 .290 .354 .356 .710 121 141 8 5 *O
1909 28 WSH AL 17 70 54 10 13 2 1 0 8 4 12 2 .241 .406 .315 .721 132 17 3 1 O/3
1910 29 WSH AL 145 577 487 58 126 17 12 2 50 18 62 54 .259 .361 .355 .716 129 173 16 12 *O
1911 30 WSH AL 128 553 450 65 127 19 5 4 78 29 74 42 .282 .406 .373 .780 120 168 20 9 *O/3
8 Yrs 880 3456 2969 370 831 127 50 14 363 142 333 369 .280 .370 .370 .741 128 1100 92 62
162 Game Avg. 162 636 547 68 153 23 9 3 67 26 61 68 .280 .370 .370 .741 128 203 17 11
BRO (4 yrs) 288 1096 959 108 270 44 13 5 96 51 88 136 .282 .361 .370 .731 124 355 31 18
WSH (3 yrs) 290 1200 991 133 266 38 18 6 136 51 148 98 .268 .385 .361 .746 125 358 39 22
BOS (2 yrs) 239 947 831 112 249 37 15 3 109 35 82 100 .300 .376 .391 .767 143 325 19 15
CHC (1 yr) 34 99 83 8 21 3 0 0 10 4 12 12 .253 .354 .289 .643 96 24 1 3
DET (1 yr) 29 114 105 9 25 5 4 0 12 1 3 23 .238 .273 .362 .635 92 38 2 4
AL (5 yrs) 558 2261 1927 254 540 80 37 9 257 87 233 221 .280 .375 .374 .749 131 721 60 41
NL (4 yrs) 322 1195 1042 116 291 47 13 5 106 55 100 148 .279 .360 .364 .724 122 379 32 21

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
1903 22 DET AL 29 114 -2 -0 0 -1 -1 -4 -0.5 4 0 -0.0 .484 .497 0.1 -0.3 1 O
1903 22 BRO NL 49 192 1 -0 0 -1 -2 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.4 .495 .498 0.5 -0.3 5 O
1904 23 BRO NL 104 381 11 -1 0 -2 -3 6 0.7 12 18 2.0 .506 .504 2.2 -0.5 20 O/34
1905 24 BRO NL 126 486 15 -0 0 -7 -4 4 0.4 16 20 2.0 .503 .502 2.8 -1.2 26 *3O
1906 25 BRO NL 9 37 1 0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.3 .516 .501 0.3 -0.0 2 /3
1906 25 CHC NL 34 99 -0 -0 0 -1 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .493 .499 0.2 -0.2 2 O/3
1908 27 BOS AL 128 507 29 -1 0 0 -7 22 2.7 18 40 4.6 .521 .517 4.6 -0.8 40 *O
1909 28 BOS AL 111 440 9 -1 0 -2 -6 0 -0.1 16 16 1.6 .500 .500 2.0 -1.1 18 *O
1909 28 WSH AL 17 70 3 -0 0 0 -1 2 0.2 2 4 0.5 .515 .502 0.5 -0.1 4 O/3
1910 29 WSH AL 145 577 18 -2 0 -4 -8 5 0.5 22 27 2.8 .504 .504 3.4 -1.5 31 *O
1911 30 WSH AL 128 553 18 -1 0 -8 -7 2 0.3 20 23 2.4 .502 .501 3.1 -1.4 31 *O/3
8 Seasons 880 3456 104 -6 0 -26 -39 34 3.8 122 155 16.6 .505 .504 19.7 -7.5 181
BRO (4 yrs) 288 1096 29 -1 0 -10 -9 8 1.0 36 44 4.6 .503 .502 5.7 -2.0 54
WSH (3 yrs) 290 1200 39 -3 0 -12 -15 9 1.0 45 54 5.7 .504 .503 7.0 -3.1 66
BOS (2 yrs) 239 947 38 -2 0 -2 -12 22 2.6 34 56 6.2 .511 .509 6.6 -1.9 58
CHC (1 yr) 34 99 -0 -0 0 -1 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .493 .499 0.2 -0.2 2
DET (1 yr) 29 114 -2 -0 0 -1 -1 -4 -0.5 4 0 -0.0 .484 .497 0.1 -0.3 1

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
1906 25 CHC NL WS CHW L 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 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 G Awards
1903 TOT MLB 22 OF 71 99 92 5 2 2 .980 1.37 .946 1.94 0-2-69
1903 DET AL 22 OF 28 38 36 1 1 1 .974 1.32 .952 1.95 0-0-28
1903 BRO NL 22 OF 43 61 56 4 1 1 .984 1.40 .942 1.94 0-2-41
1904 BRO NL 23 OF 88 201 170 15 16 2 .920 2.10 .947 1.89 14-72-2
1904 BRO NL 23 1B 1 12 10 1 1 0 .917 11.00 .983 10.70
1904 BRO NL 23 2B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .940 5.40
1905 BRO NL 24 1B 107 1105 998 77 30 54 .973 10.05 .981 10.76
1905 BRO NL 24 OF 12 24 19 2 3 0 .875 1.75 .955 1.97 1-1-10
1906 TOT NL 25 1B 10 97 83 9 5 4 .948 9.20 .984 10.79
1906 BRO NL 25 1B 9 93 79 9 5 4 .946 9.78 .984 10.79
1906 CHC NL 25 OF 21 31 27 4 0 0 1.000 1.48 .959 1.89 0-19-2
1906 CHC NL 25 1B 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .985 10.80
1908 BOS AL 27 OF 126 179 162 8 9 4 .950 1.35 .954 1.84 0-0-126
1909 TOT AL 28 OF 125 184 154 19 11 2 .940 1.38 .951 1.85 0-0-125
1909 BOS AL 28 OF 109 164 135 18 11 1 .933 1.40 .951 1.85 0-0-109
1909 WSH AL 28 OF 16 20 19 1 0 1 1.000 1.25 .951 1.85 0-0-16
1909 WSH AL 28 1B 1 12 11 1 0 0 1.000 12.00 .985 11.10
1910 WSH AL 29 OF 144 193 161 23 9 3 .953 1.28 .954 1.83 0-0-144
1911 WSH AL 30 OF 126 158 130 19 9 2 .943 1.18 .950 1.99 2-0-124
1911 WSH AL 30 1B 1 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 6.00 .978 10.30
8 Seasons OF 713 1069 915 95 59 15 .945 1.42 .951 1.89 17-94-602
5 Seasons 1B 120 1232 1107 89 36 58 .971 9.97 .981 10.76
1 Season 2B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .940 5.40
8 Seasons TOT 834 2303 2023 185 95 73 .959 2.65 .967 3.17 17-94-602
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
1908 AL  4.6 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1908 AL  4.6 (5th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1904 NL  .290 (9th)
1908 AL  .308 (3rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1908 AL  .394 (1st)
1909 AL  .361 (8th)
1911 AL  .406 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1908 AL  .423 (3rd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1908 AL  .817 (2nd)
1909 AL  .712 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1909 AL  26 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1908 AL  14 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1911 AL  4 (8th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1908 AL  63 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1910 AL  62 (5th)
1911 AL  74 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1905 NL  56 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1908 AL  163 (2nd)
Career  128 (202nd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1908 AL  70 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1908 AL  32 (4th)
1910 AL  19 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1908 AL  3.9 (4th)
1910 AL  2.3 (9th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1910 AL  204 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1908 AL  .789 (2nd)
Career  .643 (240th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1903 NL  12 (3rd)
1905 NL  14 (3rd)
1908 AL  11 (4th)
1909 AL  11 (6th)
1910 AL  16 (1st)
1911 AL  20 (2nd)
Career  92 (102nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1911 AL  7.0 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1908 AL  145.0 (10th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1905 NL  77 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1905 NL  30 (2nd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1910 AL  23 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 26 (894), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1977), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1841), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (138th), 16.6 career WAR/16.3 7yr-peak WAR/16.5 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Henry Brownie Doc Homer Gessler

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