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Oscar Grimes

Oscar Ray Grimes Jr.

Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: April 13, 1915 in Minerva, OH
School: Mount Union College (Alliance, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 28, 1938 (Age 23.168, 6,937th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Indians/Athletics 1938-1946

Last Game: September 25, 1946 (Age 31.165)
Died: May 19, 1993 in Westlake, OH
Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted, OH
Relatives: Son of Ray Grimes and Nephew of Roy Grimes
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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
1938 23 CLE AL 4 12 10 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 .200 .333 .400 .733 84 4 0 0 /43
1939 24 CLE AL 119 431 364 51 98 20 5 4 56 8 3 56 61 .269 .368 .385 .753 95 140 7 1 11 436/5
1940 25 CLE AL 11 13 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /35
1941 26 CLE AL 77 291 244 28 58 9 3 4 24 4 0 39 47 .238 .345 .348 .693 88 85 1 1 7 34/5
1942 27 CLE AL 51 100 84 10 15 2 0 0 2 3 2 13 17 .179 .289 .202 .491 43 17 1 0 3 4/536
1943 28 NYY AL 9 24 20 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 .150 .261 .150 .411 21 3 0 0 0 /63
1944 29 NYY AL 116 456 387 44 108 17 8 5 46 6 0 59 57 .279 .377 .403 .780 120 156 2 2 8 56
1945 30 NYY AL 142 595 480 64 127 19 7 4 45 7 6 97 73 .265 .395 .358 .753 115 172 10 6 12 *5/3
1946 31 TOT AL 73 271 230 29 58 6 0 1 24 2 1 28 36 .252 .336 .291 .627 77 67 7 1 12 46/5
1946 31 NYY AL 14 41 39 1 8 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 7 .205 .225 .231 .456 27 9 0 0 1 /64
1946 31 PHA AL 59 230 191 28 50 5 0 1 20 2 0 27 29 .262 .356 .304 .660 87 58 7 1 11 4/56
9 Yrs 602 2193 1832 235 469 73 24 18 200 30 12 297 303 .256 .363 .352 .715 98 644 28 11 53
162 Game Avg. 162 590 493 63 126 20 6 5 54 8 3 80 82 .256 .363 .352 .715 98 173 3 14
CLE (5 yrs) 262 847 715 94 173 31 9 8 84 15 5 110 130 .242 .345 .344 .689 84 246 9 2 21
NYY (4 yrs) 281 1116 926 113 246 37 15 9 96 13 7 160 144 .266 .378 .367 .746 112 340 12 8 21
PHA (1 yr) 59 230 191 28 50 5 0 1 20 2 0 27 29 .262 .356 .304 .660 87 58 7 1 11

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
1938 23 CLE AL 4 12 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .496 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /43
1939 24 CLE AL 119 431 -2 1 0 -6 2 -5 -0.4 15 11 1.0 .496 .497 1.5 -0.3 17 436/5
1940 25 CLE AL 11 13 -4 0 0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .464 .498 -0.4 -0.0 -4 /35
1941 26 CLE AL 77 291 -4 1 0 -2 -2 -7 -0.7 10 3 0.2 .491 .496 0.5 -0.4 5 34/5
1942 27 CLE AL 51 100 -6 -0 0 -3 1 -8 -0.8 3 -5 -0.6 .483 .495 -0.2 -0.2 -2 $6,500 4/536
1943 28 NYY AL 9 24 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.2 .476 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 $7,000 /63
1944 29 NYY AL 116 456 10 1 0 -3 1 10 1.1 13 23 2.5 .510 .507 2.8 -0.2 26 56
1945 30 NYY AL 142 595 12 -0 0 4 -0 16 1.8 17 33 3.6 .513 .511 3.1 0.4 29 *5/3
1946 31 NYY AL 14 41 -4 -0 0 -2 1 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.5 .457 .496 -0.3 -0.1 -2 /64
1946 31 PHA AL 59 230 -2 1 0 -6 2 -5 -0.6 7 2 0.1 .490 .496 0.8 -0.4 8 4/56
9 Seasons 602 2193 -1 3 0 -18 6 -10 -1.0 68 59 5.9 .499 .502 7.6 -1.2 76 $13,500
CLE (5 yrs) 262 847 -16 2 0 -11 1 -24 -2.4 29 5 0.4 .491 .496 1.4 -0.9 16 $6,500
NYY (4 yrs) 281 1116 17 1 0 -1 2 19 2.0 32 52 5.4 .508 .508 5.5 0.1 53 $7,000
PHA (1 yr) 59 230 -2 1 0 -6 2 -5 -0.6 7 2 0.1 .490 .496 0.8 -0.4 8

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1938 CLE AL 23 2B 2 2 2 5 3 2 0 1 1.000 2.50 .968 5.50
1938 CLE AL 23 1B 1 1 1 7 7 0 0 1 1.000 7.00 .990 9.80
1939 CLE AL 24 2B 48 45 28 218 102 109 7 21 .968 4.40 .965 5.56
1939 CLE AL 24 1B 43 36 35 362 341 17 4 36 .989 8.33 .990 9.64
1939 CLE AL 24 SS 37 22 20 135 58 66 11 18 .919 3.35 .950 5.16
1939 CLE AL 24 3B 3 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 1.33 .942 3.13
1940 CLE AL 25 1B 4 2 1 24 21 2 1 2 .958 5.75 .989 9.80
1940 CLE AL 25 3B 1 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 4.00 .938 3.20
1941 CLE AL 26 1B 62 60 56 578 544 31 3 53 .995 9.27 .990 9.92
1941 CLE AL 26 2B 13 11 10 61 28 31 2 7 .967 4.54 .967 5.47
1941 CLE AL 26 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1942 CLE AL 27 2B 24 15 12 90 46 39 5 10 .944 3.54 .969 5.62
1942 CLE AL 27 3B 8 5 4 18 5 12 1 1 .944 2.13 .939 3.16
1942 CLE AL 27 1B 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .990 10.10
1942 CLE AL 27 SS 1 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 .333 1.00 .950 5.00
1943 NYY AL 28 SS 3 3 3 9 2 7 0 3 1.000 3.00 .953 5.13
1943 NYY AL 28 1B 1 1 1 9 8 1 0 3 1.000 9.00 .991 10.00
1944 NYY AL 29 3B 97 95 94 311 105 189 17 14 .945 3.03 .954 3.34
1944 NYY AL 29 SS 20 17 15 99 35 57 7 10 .929 4.60 .947 5.29
1945 NYY AL 30 3B 141 141 138 489 162 296 31 35 .937 3.25 .948 3.16
1945 NYY AL 30 1B 1 0 0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 5.00 .988 10.10
1946 TOT AL 31 2B 48 45 44 235 109 116 10 32 .957 4.69 .970 5.54
1946 TOT AL 31 SS 11 11 11 55 27 20 8 4 .855 4.27 .954 4.97
1946 NYY AL 31 SS 7 7 7 38 20 14 4 3 .895 4.86 .954 4.97
1946 NYY AL 31 2B 5 4 4 23 11 11 1 2 .957 4.40 .970 5.54
1946 PHA AL 31 2B 43 41 40 212 98 105 9 30 .958 4.72 .970 5.54
1946 PHA AL 31 3B 6 6 6 27 6 19 2 0 .926 4.17 .948 3.07
1946 PHA AL 31 SS 4 4 4 17 7 6 4 1 .765 3.25 .954 4.97
7 Seasons 3B 257 247 242 853 281 521 51 50 .940 3.12 .950 3.23
5 Seasons 2B 135 118 96 609 288 297 24 71 .961 4.33 .968 5.55
7 Seasons 1B 113 100 94 989 929 52 8 95 .992 8.68 .990 9.81
5 Seasons SS 72 53 49 301 122 151 28 35 .907 3.79 .950 5.16
9 Seasons TOT 577 518 481 2752 1620 1021 111 251 .960 4.58 .968 5.30
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

All-Star Games
1945--not played

On-Base% s c a p y
1945 AL  .395 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1944 AL  8 (10th)
1945 AL  7 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1945 AL  97 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1939 AL  61 (9th)
1944 AL  57 (10th)
1945 AL  73 (4th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1945 AL  230 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1945 AL  6 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1946 AL  12 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1945 AL  5.1 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1945 AL  10.88 (10th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.3 (10th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.0 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.1 (10th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1945 AL  31 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  141 (2nd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  162 (2nd)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  296 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  31 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  35 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  3.25 (2nd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1945 AL  .937 (3rd)

                                         

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 InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1829), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (1980), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (250th), 5.9 career WAR/6.8 7yr-peak WAR/6.3 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
1942 27 Cleveland Indians $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
27 New York Yankees $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 28 New York Yankees $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$20,000
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: Oscar Ray Jr. Oscar Grimes

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