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Luke Hamlin

Lewis Dennison Hamlin (Hot Potato)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: July 3, 1904 in Ferris Center, MI (All Transactions)
Debut: September 18, 1933 (Age 29.077)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Athletics/Tigers/Pirates 1933-1944

Final Game: September 26, 1944 (Age 40.085)
Died: February 18, 1978 in Clare, MI
Buried: East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos, MI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 20, 2014 7:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #882. Jeff Brantley… #883. Vern Ruhle… #884. Art Houtteman… #885. LUKE HAMLIN… #886. Jesse Crain… #887. Walt Terrell… #888. Alex Kellner… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1933 28 DET AL 1 0 1.000 4.86 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.2 20 11 9 3 10 10 0 0 0 80 90 5.74 1.800 10.8 1.6 5.4 5.4 1.00
1934 29 DET AL 2 3 .400 5.38 20 5 7 1 0 1 75.1 87 48 45 11 44 30 0 0 2 348 82 5.97 1.739 10.4 1.3 5.3 3.6 0.68
1937 32 BRO NL 11 13 .458 3.59 39 25 8 11 1 1 185.2 183 96 74 4 48 93 0 0 4 787 113 3.09 1.244 8.9 0.2 2.3 4.5 1.94
1938 33 BRO NL 12 15 .444 3.68 44 30 9 10 3 6 237.1 243 111 97 14 65 97 2 0 2 997 107 3.72 1.298 9.2 0.5 2.5 3.7 1.49
1939 34 BRO NL 20 13 .606 3.64 40 36 2 19 2 0 269.2 255 115 109 27 54 88 0 0 2 1100 112 4.22 1.146 8.5 0.9 1.8 2.9 1.63 MVP-10
1940 35 BRO NL 9 8 .529 3.06 33 25 2 9 2 0 182.1 183 77 62 17 34 91 2 0 0 758 132 3.64 1.190 9.0 0.8 1.7 4.5 2.68
1941 36 BRO NL 8 8 .500 4.24 30 20 5 5 1 1 136.0 139 75 64 14 41 58 2 1 0 581 88 4.10 1.324 9.2 0.9 2.7 3.8 1.41
1942 37 PIT NL 4 4 .500 3.94 23 14 4 6 1 0 112.0 128 58 49 3 19 38 1 1 1 483 86 2.62 1.313 10.3 0.2 1.5 3.1 2.00
1944 39 PHA AL 6 12 .333 3.74 29 23 2 9 2 0 190.0 204 94 79 13 38 58 3 0 4 809 92 3.47 1.274 9.7 0.6 1.8 2.7 1.53
9 Yrs 73 76 .490 3.77 261 181 39 70 12 9 1405.0 1442 685 588 106 353 563 10 2 15 5943 103 3.78 1.278 9.2 0.7 2.3 3.6 1.59
162 Game Avg. 11 12 .490 3.77 40 28 6 11 2 1 216 222 105 90 16 54 87 2 0 2 914 103 3.78 1.278 9.2 0.7 2.3 3.6 1.59
BRO (5 yrs) 60 57 .513 3.61 186 136 26 54 9 8 1011.0 1003 474 406 76 242 427 6 1 8 4223 110 3.78 1.231 8.9 0.7 2.2 3.8 1.76
DET (2 yrs) 3 3 .500 5.28 23 8 7 1 0 1 92.0 107 59 54 14 54 40 0 0 2 428 83 5.93 1.750 10.5 1.4 5.3 3.9 0.74
PIT (1 yr) 4 4 .500 3.94 23 14 4 6 1 0 112.0 128 58 49 3 19 38 1 1 1 483 86 2.62 1.313 10.3 0.2 1.5 3.1 2.00
PHA (1 yr) 6 12 .333 3.74 29 23 2 9 2 0 190.0 204 94 79 13 38 58 3 0 4 809 92 3.47 1.274 9.7 0.6 1.8 2.7 1.53
NL (6 yrs) 64 61 .512 3.65 209 150 30 60 10 8 1123.0 1131 532 455 79 261 465 7 2 9 4706 108 3.66 1.240 9.1 0.6 2.1 3.7 1.78
AL (3 yrs) 9 15 .375 4.24 52 31 9 10 2 1 282.0 311 153 133 27 92 98 3 0 6 1237 88 4.27 1.429 9.9 0.9 2.9 3.1 1.07
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1933 28 DET AL 16.2 3 3 11 5.94 4.56 0.20 0.00 101.4 4.42 -3 -0.3 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .412 .498 $2,400
1934 29 DET AL 75.1 20 5 48 5.73 5.13 0.15 0.00 99.7 4.96 -7 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 0.1 3 .469 .496 $3,000
1937 32 BRO NL 185.2 39 25 96 4.65 4.73 -0.28 0.00 107.2 5.37 15 1.6 1.0 -0.1 3.2 32 .541 .510
1938 33 BRO NL 236.2 44 30 111 4.22 4.43 -0.11 0.00 105.2 4.77 15 1.7 1.0 -0.1 3.7 35 .538 .510
1939 34 BRO NL 269.2 40 36 115 3.84 4.55 0.16 0.00 104.3 4.58 24 2.6 1.0 -0.1 4.8 46 .565 .516 MVP-10
1940 35 BRO NL 182.1 33 25 77 3.80 4.40 -0.07 0.00 103.8 4.64 18 2.0 1.0 -0.1 3.5 34 .559 .512
1941 36 BRO NL 136.0 30 20 75 4.96 4.19 0.37 0.00 101.2 3.87 -16 -1.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .445 .490
1942 37 PIT NL 112.0 23 14 58 4.66 3.61 -0.15 0.00 99.9 3.76 -10 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -3 .450 .493
1944 39 PHA AL 190.0 29 23 94 4.45 4.14 0.02 0.00 101.3 4.18 -6 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 0.7 7 .476 .496
9 Seasons 1404.1 261 181 685 4.39 4.40 0.00 0.00 103.4 4.56 29 3.4 1.0 -0.7 15.3 148 .513 .505 $5,400
BRO (5 yrs) 1010.1 186 136 474 4.22 4.48 0.00 0.00 104.5 4.69 56 6.2 1.0 -0.5 14.8 142 .533 .508
DET (2 yrs) 92.0 23 8 59 5.77 5.03 0.16 0.00 100.0 4.86 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 0.0 2 .461 .496 $5,400
PIT (1 yr) 112.0 23 14 58 4.66 3.61 -0.15 0.00 99.9 3.76 -10 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -3 .450 .493
PHA (1 yr) 190.0 29 23 94 4.45 4.14 0.02 0.00 101.3 4.18 -6 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 0.7 7 .476 .496

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1933 28 DET AL 3 6 5 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 1.000 1.400 259 5 0 1 /1
1934 29 DET AL 20 29 26 1 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 .231 .231 .231 .462 19 6 0 3 1
1937 32 BRO NL 41 68 59 4 11 0 0 0 1 0 3 16 .186 .238 .186 .425 16 11 2 1 5 1
1938 33 BRO NL 44 84 78 3 11 1 1 0 4 0 2 16 .141 .163 .179 .342 -7 14 3 0 4 1
1939 34 BRO NL 40 110 103 4 13 3 0 1 6 0 1 21 .126 .135 .184 .319 -17 19 2 0 6 1 MVP-10
1940 35 BRO NL 35 66 58 1 5 1 0 0 3 0 0 18 .086 .086 .103 .190 -49 6 0 0 8 1
1941 36 BRO NL 30 46 41 3 6 1 0 0 2 0 2 12 .146 .186 .171 .357 -1 7 1 0 3 1
1942 37 PIT NL 23 40 37 2 9 0 0 0 7 0 0 11 .243 .243 .243 .486 41 9 0 0 3 1
1944 39 PHA AL 29 69 56 5 13 0 0 0 6 0 0 9 12 .232 .338 .232 .571 67 13 0 0 4 1
9 Yrs 265 518 463 24 76 7 2 1 31 0 0 17 115 .164 .195 .194 .390 6 90 8 1 37
162 Game Avg. 162 317 283 15 46 4 1 1 19 0 10 70 .164 .195 .194 .390 6 55 1 23
BRO (5 yrs) 190 374 339 15 46 6 1 1 16 0 8 83 .136 .158 .168 .326 -12 57 8 1 26
DET (2 yrs) 23 35 31 2 8 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 9 .258 .258 .355 .613 57 11 0 4
PIT (1 yr) 23 40 37 2 9 0 0 0 7 0 0 11 .243 .243 .243 .486 41 9 0 0 3
PHA (1 yr) 29 69 56 5 13 0 0 0 6 0 0 9 12 .232 .338 .232 .571 67 13 0 0 4
NL (6 yrs) 213 414 376 17 55 6 1 1 23 0 8 94 .146 .166 .176 .342 -7 66 8 1 29
AL (3 yrs) 52 104 87 7 21 1 1 0 8 0 0 9 21 .241 .313 .276 .588 64 24 0 0 8

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
1933 28 DET AL 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .553 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $2,400 /1
1934 29 DET AL 20 29 -4 0 0 0 3 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $3,000 1
1937 32 BRO NL 41 68 -7 0 0 0 7 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1938 33 BRO NL 44 84 -12 0 0 0 10 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1939 34 BRO NL 40 110 -18 0 0 0 12 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .485 .496 -0.6 -0.0 -6 1 MVP-10
1940 35 BRO NL 35 66 -13 0 0 0 7 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .481 .496 -0.7 -0.0 -6 1
1941 36 BRO NL 30 46 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1942 37 PIT NL 23 40 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1944 39 PHA AL 29 69 -2 0 0 0 6 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .516 .503 0.5 0.0 4 1
9 Seasons 265 518 -64 1 0 0 56 -8 -1.0 0 -8 -1.0 .497 .499 -0.9 -0.1 -8 $5,400
BRO (5 yrs) 190 374 -57 0 0 0 42 -15 -1.6 0 -15 -1.6 .492 .498 -1.6 -0.1 -15
DET (2 yrs) 23 35 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $5,400
PIT (1 yr) 23 40 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 -0.0 1
PHA (1 yr) 29 69 -2 0 0 0 6 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .516 .503 0.5 0.0 4

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1933 DET AL 28 P 3 3 0 16.2 3 1 0 2 0 .333 0.54 0.33 .960 2.27 2.27
1934 DET AL 29 P 20 5 1 75.1 16 4 12 0 0 1.000 1.91 0.80 .956 2.14 2.11
1937 BRO NL 32 P 39 25 11 185.2 39 7 26 6 1 .846 1.60 0.85 .958 2.39 2.36
1938 BRO NL 33 P 44 30 10 237.1 39 8 29 2 1 .949 1.40 0.84 .964 2.21 2.19
1939 BRO NL 34 P 40 36 19 269.2 47 13 33 1 1 .979 1.54 1.15 .960 2.19 2.16 MVP-10
1940 BRO NL 35 P 33 25 9 182.1 26 5 19 2 3 .923 1.18 0.73 .962 2.22 2.22 6 5 45% 1
1941 BRO NL 36 P 30 20 5 136.0 27 9 18 0 2 1.000 1.79 0.90 .965 2.23 2.21 3 4 57% 0
1942 PIT NL 37 P 23 14 6 112.0 21 4 15 2 0 .905 1.53 0.83 .968 2.35 2.35 1 2 67% 0
1944 PHA AL 39 P 29 23 9 190.0 24 1 19 4 0 .833 0.95 0.69 .960 2.09 2.10 4 3 43% 0
9 Seasons P 261 181 70 1405.0 242 52 171 19 8 .921 1.43 0.85 .962 2.22 2.22 14 14 50% 1
9 Seasons TOT 261 181 70 1405.0 242 52 171 19 8 .921 1.43 0.85 .962 2.22 2.22 14 14 50% 1
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))
1939 NL (10, 10%)
0.10 Career Shares (932nd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1938 NL  3.7 (5th)
1939 NL  4.9 (5th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1940 NL  3.06 (6th)

Wins s c a p y
1939 NL  20 (4th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1939 NL  .606 (10th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1937 NL  1.244 (9th)
1939 NL  1.146 (3rd)
1940 NL  1.190 (6th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1939 NL  8.511 (4th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1939 NL  1.802 (4th)
1940 NL  1.678 (3rd)
1944 AL  1.800 (5th)
Career  2.261 (188th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1940 NL  4.492 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1938 NL  44 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1938 NL  6 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1939 NL  269.7 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1939 NL  88 (10th)
1940 NL  91 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1939 NL  36 (1st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1939 NL  19 (4th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1938 NL  3 (5th)
1939 NL  2 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  14 (9th)
1939 NL  27 (1st)
1940 NL  17 (5th)
1941 NL  14 (7th)
1944 AL  13 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1938 NL  243 (10th)
1939 NL  255 (6th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1937 NL  1.938 (8th)
1938 NL  1.492 (9th)
1939 NL  1.630 (7th)
1940 NL  2.677 (1st)
1944 AL  1.526 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  0.194 (6th)

Losses s c a p y
1938 NL  15 (6th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1938 NL  97 (10th)
1939 NL  109 (3rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1939 NL  1,100 (5th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1940 NL  132 (4th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1937 NL  3.09 (3rd)
1940 NL  3.64 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1939 NL  17 (9th)
1940 NL  17 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1939 NL  1.7 (9th)
1940 NL  1.7 (8th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1940 NL  1.5 (9th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1942 NL  1.1 (9th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1938 NL  44 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1939 NL  13 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1937 NL  6 (1st)
1944 AL  4 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1942 NL  born 1904-07-03 (8th)
1944 AL  born 1904-07-03 (10th)

                                         

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 (·)

Black InkPitching - 1 (856), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 39 (647), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1253), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 8 (1062), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (674th), 14.3 career WAR/15.0 7yr-peak WAR/14.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1933 28 Detroit Tigers $2,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1934 29 Detroit Tigers $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$5,400
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: Hot Lewis Dennison Luke Potato Hamlin

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