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Hank Gowdy

Henry Morgan Gowdy

Positions: Catcher and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: August 24, 1889 in Columbus, OH
High School: North HS (Columbus, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 13, 1910 (Age 21.020)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1912 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Giants/Rustlers 1910-1930

Final Game: August 29, 1930 (Age 41.005)
Died: August 1, 1966 in Columbus, OH
Buried: Union Cemetery, Columbus, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 30, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1124. Jimmy Slagle… #1125. Grady Hatton… #1126. Mike Kreevich… #1127. HANK GOWDY… #1128. Wilbert Robinson… #1129. Cesar Geronimo… #1130. Perry Werden… 

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
1910 20 NYG NL 7 16 14 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 2 3 .214 .313 .286 .598 75 4 0 0 /3
1911 21 TOT NL 33 110 101 10 29 5 2 0 16 2 6 19 .287 .333 .376 .710 94 38 1 2 3/2
1911 21 NYG NL 4 6 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 .500 1.000 178 2 0 0 /3
1911 21 BSN NL 29 104 97 9 28 4 2 0 16 2 4 19 .289 .324 .371 .695 89 36 1 2 3/2
1912 22 BSN NL 44 115 96 16 26 6 1 3 10 3 16 13 .271 .386 .448 .834 128 43 2 1 2/3
1913 23 BSN NL 3 8 5 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 .600 .750 .800 1.550 342 4 0 0 /2
1914 24 BSN NL 128 426 366 42 89 17 6 3 46 14 48 40 .243 .337 .347 .684 100 127 4 8 *2/3
1915 25 BSN NL 118 365 316 27 78 15 3 2 30 10 4 41 34 .247 .339 .332 .671 105 105 3 5 *2
1916 26 BSN NL 118 393 349 32 88 14 1 1 34 8 24 33 .252 .311 .307 .618 95 107 6 14 *2
1917 27 BSN NL 49 176 154 12 33 7 0 0 14 2 15 13 .214 .288 .260 .548 73 40 1 6 2
1919 29 BSN NL 78 246 219 18 61 8 1 1 22 5 19 16 .279 .339 .338 .677 109 74 1 6 2/3
1920 30 BSN NL 80 241 214 14 52 11 2 0 18 6 1 20 15 .243 .314 .313 .627 85 67 2 5 2
1921 31 BSN NL 64 188 164 17 49 7 2 2 17 2 0 16 11 .299 .368 .402 .771 109 66 2 6 2
1922 32 BSN NL 92 254 221 23 70 11 1 1 27 2 1 24 13 .317 .391 .389 .780 106 86 3 6 2/3
1923 33 TOT NL 76 213 170 18 46 7 4 1 23 3 1 36 14 .271 .404 .376 .780 108 64 2 5 2
1923 33 BSN NL 23 66 48 5 6 1 1 0 5 1 1 15 5 .125 .354 .188 .541 49 9 2 1 2
1923 33 NYG NL 53 147 122 13 40 6 3 1 18 2 0 21 9 .328 .427 .451 .877 132 55 0 4 2
1924 34 NYG NL 87 219 191 25 62 9 1 4 37 1 0 26 11 .325 .411 .445 .856 131 85 2 0 2
1925 35 NYG NL 47 129 114 14 37 4 3 3 19 0 0 12 7 .325 .389 .491 .880 127 56 0 3 2
1929 39 BSN NL 10 16 16 1 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 .438 .438 .438 .875 122 7 0 0 /2
1930 40 BSN NL 16 29 25 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 .200 .310 .240 .550 37 6 1 0 2
17 Yrs 1050 3144 2735 270 738 124 27 21 322 59 7 311 247 .270 .351 .358 .709 104 979 30 67
162 Game Avg. 162 485 422 42 114 19 4 3 50 9 48 38 .270 .351 .358 .709 104 151 5 10
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
BSN (14 yrs) 852 2627 2290 216 595 103 20 13 246 55 7 248 217 .260 .339 .339 .679 99 777 28 60
NYG (5 yrs) 198 517 445 54 143 21 7 8 76 4 0 63 30 .321 .408 .454 .862 129 202 2 7

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
1910 20 NYG NL 7 16 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.1 0 0 -0.0 .492 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 /3
1911 21 NYG NL 4 6 1 0 0 0 -0 0 0.1 0 1 0.1 .514 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /3
1911 21 BSN NL 29 104 -2 -0 0 -3 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -3 -0.3 .478 .496 0.0 -0.4 0 3/2
1912 22 BSN NL 44 115 4 -0 0 -2 1 3 0.3 4 6 0.6 .507 .502 0.9 -0.1 9 2/3
1913 23 BSN NL 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .572 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /2
1914 24 BSN NL 128 426 1 -1 0 0 7 7 0.7 13 20 2.1 .507 .505 2.2 0.7 20 *2/3
1915 25 BSN NL 118 365 3 1 0 1 6 12 1.3 11 23 2.6 .512 .509 2.5 0.8 22 *2
1916 26 BSN NL 118 393 -1 -1 0 4 7 9 1.1 12 21 2.4 .510 .507 1.9 1.4 17 *2
1917 27 BSN NL 49 176 -4 -0 0 0 3 -1 -0.2 5 4 0.4 .497 .499 0.4 0.3 4 2
1919 29 BSN NL 78 246 3 -0 0 2 3 8 0.8 8 15 1.7 .512 .506 1.5 0.6 13 2/3
1920 30 BSN NL 80 241 -3 1 0 3 3 4 0.5 7 12 1.3 .506 .503 0.9 0.6 9 2
1921 31 BSN NL 64 188 3 1 0 0 2 6 0.6 6 12 1.2 .510 .504 1.2 0.2 12 2
1922 32 BSN NL 92 254 4 1 0 1 2 8 0.8 8 16 1.5 .508 .505 1.4 0.3 15 2/3
1923 33 BSN NL 23 66 -2 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .491 .499 0.0 0.1 0 2
1923 33 NYG NL 53 147 7 1 0 1 1 10 0.9 5 14 1.4 .518 .506 1.3 0.2 13 2
1924 34 NYG NL 87 219 10 1 0 1 2 13 1.3 7 20 2.0 .516 .508 1.9 0.2 19 2
1925 35 NYG NL 47 129 5 0 0 1 1 7 0.7 4 11 1.1 .515 .504 1.0 0.2 10 2
1929 39 BSN NL 10 16 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .507 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1930 40 BSN NL 16 29 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 2
17 Seasons 1050 3144 27 4 0 9 38 79 8.1 97 175 18.2 .508 .505 17.5 5.2 167
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
BSN (14 yrs) 852 2627 6 3 0 6 34 49 5.2 81 129 13.7 .507 .504 13.2 4.5 124
NYG (5 yrs) 198 517 21 2 0 3 4 30 2.9 16 46 4.5 .515 .506 4.3 0.7 43

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
1914 ❍ 24 BSN NL WS PHA W 4 16 11 3 6 3 1 1 3 1 0 5 1 .545 .688 1.273 1.960 14 0 0 0 0 0
1923 33 NYG NL WS NYY L 3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000 .200 0 0 0 0 0 0
1924 34 NYG NL WS WSH L 7 29 27 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 .259 .310 .259 .570 7 1 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 14 50 42 7 13 3 1 1 4 1 0 8 3 .310 .420 .500 .920 21 1 0 0 0 0
3 WS 14 50 42 7 13 3 1 1 4 1 0 8 3 .310 .420 .500 .920 21 1 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1910 NYG NL 20 1B 5 35 30 3 2 1 .943 6.60 .984 10.40
1911 TOT NL 21 1B 28 288 267 12 9 9 .969 9.96 .985 10.23
1911 NYG NL 21 1B 2 22 22 0 0 0 1.000 11.00 .985 10.25
1911 BSN NL 21 1B 26 266 245 12 9 9 .966 9.88 .985 10.23
1911 BSN NL 21 C 1 9 6 3 0 0 1.000 9.00 .966 6.40 0 2 2 50% 44%
1912 BSN NL 22 C 22 121 82 30 9 5 .926 5.09 .969 6.31 5 28 22 44% 44%
1912 BSN NL 22 1B 7 60 56 4 0 2 1.000 8.57 .988 10.17
1913 BSN NL 23 C 2 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 .970 6.30 1 2 0 0% 44%
1914 BSN NL 24 C 115 101 93 647 475 151 21 11 .968 5.44 .970 6.31 10 90 89 50% 44%
1914 BSN NL 24 1B 9 7 6 65 59 5 1 5 .985 7.11 .988 10.60
1915 BSN NL 25 C 114 95 85 624 460 148 16 11 .974 5.33 .975 6.20 6 63 84 57% 46%
1916 BSN NL 26 C 116 108 93 705 533 158 14 19 .980 5.96 .974 6.30 10 77 85 52% 44%
1917 BSN NL 27 C 49 46 43 288 204 75 9 3 .969 5.69 .975 5.98 1 26 39 60% 44%
1919 BSN NL 29 C 74 66 53 343 230 105 8 11 .977 4.53 .972 5.39 3 54 60 53% 44%
1919 BSN NL 29 1B 1 1 1 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 10.00 .988 11.20
1920 BSN NL 30 C 74 62 48 342 231 104 7 12 .980 4.53 .968 5.31 2 42 53 56% 46%
1921 BSN NL 31 C 53 46 32 216 162 50 4 3 .981 4.00 .971 4.87 3 32 33 51% 49%
1922 BSN NL 32 C 72 61 52 275 204 63 8 7 .971 3.71 .974 4.63 2 41 45 52% 46%
1922 BSN NL 32 1B 1 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 6.00 .990 10.70
1923 TOT NL 33 C 58 50 38 197 164 30 3 1 .985 3.34 .976 4.66 1 19 17 47% 44%
1923 BSN NL 33 C 15 13 13 56 43 12 1 0 .982 3.67 .976 4.66 1 9 5 36% 44%
1923 NYG NL 33 C 43 37 25 141 121 18 2 1 .986 3.23 .976 4.66 0 10 12 55% 44%
1924 NYG NL 34 C 78 56 39 279 223 51 5 8 .982 3.51 .981 4.78 1 33 32 49% 47%
1925 NYG NL 35 C 41 34 21 150 124 26 0 1 1.000 3.66 .970 4.45 1 21 17 45% 44%
1929 BSN NL 39 C 9 2 0 13 11 2 0 1 1.000 1.44 .974 4.34 0 1 1 50% 42%
1930 BSN NL 40 C 15 6 3 36 31 4 1 0 .972 2.33 .976 4.57 0 1 2 67% 44%
16 Seasons C 893 733 600 4254 3149 1000 105 93 .975 4.65 .973 5.52 46 532 581 52% 45%
6 Seasons 1B 51 8 7 464 428 24 12 17 .974 8.86 .986 10.33
17 Seasons TOT 944 741 607 4718 3577 1024 117 110 .975 4.87 .974 5.78 46 532 581 52% 45%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Hall of Fame
1937 BBWAA ( 1.0%)
1938 BBWAA ( 3.1%)
1939 BBWAA ( 1.5%)
1942 BBWAA ( 3.4%)
1945 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1947 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1948 BBWAA ( 2.5%)
1949 BBWAA ( 6.5%)
1950 BBWAA ( 3.6%)
1951 BBWAA (11.5%)
1952 BBWAA (14.5%)
1953 BBWAA (22.0%)
1954 BBWAA (20.2%)
1955 BBWAA (35.9%)
1956 BBWAA (25.4%)
1958 BBWAA (16.9%)
1960 BBWAA (14.1%)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1916 NL  1.3 (5th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1914 NL  115 (2nd)
1915 NL  114 (3rd)
1916 NL  116 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1914 NL  475 (2nd)
1915 NL  460 (5th)
1916 NL  533 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1914 NL  151 (2nd)
1915 NL  148 (2nd)
1916 NL  158 (2nd)
1919 NL  105 (5th)
Career  1,000 (47th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1914 NL  21 (1st)
1915 NL  16 (4th)
1916 NL  14 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1914 NL  11 (4th)
1915 NL  11 (4th)
1916 NL  19 (1st)
1919 NL  11 (2nd)
1920 NL  12 (2nd)
Career  93 (67th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1914 NL  10 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1914 NL  89 (3rd)
1915 NL  84 (3rd)
1916 NL  85 (2nd)
1919 NL  60 (5th)
1920 NL  53 (4th)
Career  581 (50th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1914 NL  49.7 (4th)
1915 NL  57.1 (1st)
1916 NL  52.5 (2nd)
1917 NL  60.0 (1st)
1919 NL  52.6 (1st)
1920 NL  55.8 (3rd)
1922 NL  52.3 (5th)
Career  52.2 (6th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1916 NL  5.96 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1915 NL  .974 (5th)
1916 NL  .980 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1925 NL  born 1889-08-24 (10th)
1929 NL  born 1889-08-24 (4th)
1930 NL  born 1889-08-24 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1910 NL  born 1889-08-24 (7th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1452), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (492), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (95th), 18.2 career WAR/13.7 7yr-peak WAR/15.9 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Henry Hank henry Morgan Gowdy

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