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Emil Gross

Emil Michael Gross

Positions: Catcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: March 4, 1858 in Chicago, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: August 13, 1879 (Age 21.162, 439th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1879 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Grays/Quakers/Chicago/Pittsburgh 1879-1884

Last Game: July 14, 1884 (Age 26.132)
Died: August 24, 1921 in Eagle River, WI
Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL
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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
1879 21 PRO NL 30 136 132 31 46 9 5 0 24 4 8 .348 .368 .492 .860 180 65 2
1880 22 PRO NL 87 363 347 43 90 18 3 1 34 16 15 .259 .292 .337 .629 116 117 *2
1881 23 PRO NL 51 195 182 15 50 9 4 1 24 13 11 .275 .323 .385 .708 122 70 2/O
1883 25 PHI NL 57 243 231 39 71 25 7 1 25 12 18 .307 .342 .489 .831 158 113 2/O
1884 26 CPI UA 23 101 95 13 34 6 2 4 6 .358 .396 .589 .986 228 56 2/O
5 Yrs 248 1038 987 141 291 67 21 7 107 51 52 .295 .329 .427 .756 146 421
162 Game Avg. 162 678 645 92 190 44 14 5 70 33 .295 .329 .427 .756 146 275
PRO (3 yrs) 168 694 661 89 186 36 12 2 82 33 34 .281 .316 .381 .697 131 252
CPI (1 yr) 23 101 95 13 34 6 2 4 6 .358 .396 .589 .986 228 56
PHI (1 yr) 57 243 231 39 71 25 7 1 25 12 18 .307 .342 .489 .831 158 113
NL (4 yrs) 225 937 892 128 257 61 19 3 107 45 52 .288 .322 .409 .731 138 365
UA (1 yr) 23 101 95 13 34 6 2 4 6 .358 .396 .589 .986 228 56

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
1879 21 PRO NL 30 136 11 0 0 0 2 13 1.2 4 18 1.7 .540 .507 1.7 0.2 18 2
1880 22 PRO NL 87 363 8 0 0 3 6 17 1.6 12 29 3.0 .519 .510 2.7 0.9 26 *2
1881 23 PRO NL 51 195 5 0 0 -4 3 4 0.4 7 11 1.1 .508 .503 1.5 -0.1 15 $1,500 2/O
1883 25 PHI NL 57 243 17 0 0 -11 4 10 0.8 8 18 1.6 .515 .505 2.7 -0.7 29 2/O
1884 26 CPI UA 23 101 13 0 0 -7 0 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .523 .503 1.1 -0.5 13 2/O
5 Seasons 248 1038 55 0 0 -19 15 50 4.5 32 82 8.0 .519 .507 9.7 -0.2 101 $1,500
PRO (3 yrs) 168 694 24 0 0 -1 11 34 3.2 23 58 5.7 .520 .507 5.9 1.0 59 $1,500
CPI (1 yr) 23 101 13 0 0 -7 0 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .523 .503 1.1 -0.5 13
PHI (1 yr) 57 243 17 0 0 -11 4 10 0.8 8 18 1.6 .515 .505 2.7 -0.7 29

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1879 PRO NL 21 C 30 213 152 39 22 1 .897 6.37 .889 6.45 30 0 0
1880 PRO NL 22 C 87 641 429 126 86 5 .866 6.38 .894 6.88 73 0 0
1881 PRO NL 23 C 50 347 240 70 37 5 .893 6.20 .912 6.21 56 0 0
1881 PRO NL 23 OF 1 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .870 2.10 0-0-1
1883 PHI NL 25 C 55 351 207 70 74 1 .789 5.04 .884 6.36 67 0 0
1883 PHI NL 25 OF 2 6 3 0 3 0 .500 1.50 .848 1.95 1-1-0
1884 CPI UA 26 C 15 164 98 43 23 1 .860 9.40 .895 8.35 31 0 0
1884 CPI UA 26 OF 9 11 5 1 5 0 .545 0.67 .816 1.53 6-0-3
5 Seasons C 237 1716 1126 348 242 13 .859 6.22 .895 6.66 257 0 0
3 Seasons OF 12 19 9 1 9 0 .526 0.83 .832 1.65 7-1-4
5 Seasons TOT 249 1735 1135 349 251 13 .855 5.96 .894 6.42 7-1-4 257 0 0
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
1880 NL  3.0 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1880 NL  2.7 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1880 NL  87 (1st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1884 UA  4 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1880 NL  16 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1880 NL  86 (2nd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1880 NL  87 (1st)
1881 NL  50 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1880 NL  429 (1st)
1881 NL  240 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1880 NL  126 (1st)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1880 NL  86 (1st)
1881 NL  37 (3rd)
1883 NL  74 (1st)
Career  242 (25th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1880 NL  5 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1880 NL  73 (1st)
1881 NL  56 (3rd)
1883 NL  67 (5th)
Career  257 (27th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1879 NL  6.37 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 7 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Catcher (204th), 8.0 career WAR/8.0 7yr-peak WAR/8.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1881 23 Providence Grays $1,500 ? D. Morse, Sphere and Ash 60
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,500
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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