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Mel Harder

Melvin Leroy Harder (Chief)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: October 15, 1909 in Beemer, NE
High School: Tech HS (Omaha, NE) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 24, 1928 (Age 18)
Rookie Status: Lost 1929 [*]
Team: Indians 1928-1947

Final Game: September 7, 1947 (Age 37)
Died: October 20, 2002 in Chardon, OH
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 7:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #75. Dave Stieb… #76. Jack Quinn… #77. Tim Keefe… #78. MEL HARDER… #79. Eddie Cicotte… #80. Lon Warneke… #81. Rick Reuschel… 

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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
1928 18 CLE AL 0 2 .000 6.61 23 1 12 0 0 1 49.0 64 42 36 4 32 15 0 0 0 240 63 5.31 1.959 11.8 0.7 5.9 2.8 0.47
1929 19 CLE AL 1 0 1.000 5.60 11 0 7 0 0 0 17.2 24 15 11 2 5 4 3 0 0 84 80 5.54 1.642 12.2 1.0 2.5 2.0 0.80
1930 20 CLE AL 11 10 .524 4.21 36 19 9 7 0 2 175.1 205 108 82 9 68 45 4 0 5 793 114 4.89 1.557 10.5 0.5 3.5 2.3 0.66
1931 21 CLE AL 13 14 .481 4.36 40 24 7 9 0 1 194.0 229 119 94 8 72 63 6 1 3 880 106 4.21 1.552 10.6 0.4 3.3 2.9 0.88
1932 22 CLE AL 15 13 .536 3.75 39 32 4 17 1 0 254.2 277 125 106 9 68 90 3 0 1 1106 128 3.61 1.355 9.8 0.3 2.4 3.2 1.32
1933 23 CLE AL 15 17 .469 2.95 43 31 10 14 2 4 253.0 254 113 83 10 67 81 3 0 2 1073 152 3.50 1.269 9.0 0.4 2.4 2.9 1.21
1934 24 CLE AL 20 12 .625 2.61 44 29 12 17 6 5 255.1 246 97 74 6 81 91 7 0 2 1072 173 3.75 1.281 8.7 0.2 2.9 3.2 1.12 AS,MVP-16
1935 25 CLE AL 22 11 .667 3.29 42 35 7 17 4 2 287.1 313 120 105 6 53 95 0 0 1 1206 137 3.22 1.274 9.8 0.2 1.7 3.0 1.79 AS,MVP-22
1936 26 CLE AL 15 15 .500 5.17 36 30 6 13 0 1 224.2 294 155 129 13 71 84 6 0 4 1031 100 4.30 1.625 11.8 0.5 2.8 3.4 1.18 AS
1937 27 CLE AL 15 12 .556 4.28 38 30 7 13 0 2 233.2 269 127 111 9 86 95 4 0 2 1038 105 3.88 1.519 10.4 0.3 3.3 3.7 1.10 AS
1938 28 CLE AL 17 10 .630 3.83 38 29 6 15 2 4 240.0 257 115 102 16 62 102 5 0 1 1026 120 3.78 1.329 9.6 0.6 2.3 3.8 1.65 MVP-16
1939 29 CLE AL 15 9 .625 3.50 29 26 3 12 1 1 208.0 213 89 81 15 64 67 3 0 1 877 125 4.23 1.332 9.2 0.6 2.8 2.9 1.05
1940 30 CLE AL 12 11 .522 4.06 31 25 2 5 0 0 186.1 200 96 84 16 59 76 5 0 2 797 105 4.17 1.390 9.7 0.8 2.8 3.7 1.29
1941 31 CLE AL 5 4 .556 5.24 15 10 1 1 0 1 68.2 76 43 40 8 37 21 2 0 1 317 76 5.27 1.646 10.0 1.0 4.8 2.8 0.57
1942 32 CLE AL 13 14 .481 3.44 29 29 0 13 4 0 198.2 179 83 76 8 82 74 3 0 1 842 100 3.48 1.314 8.1 0.4 3.7 3.4 0.90
1943 33 CLE AL 8 7 .533 3.06 19 18 0 6 1 0 135.1 126 57 46 7 61 40 1 0 0 571 102 3.87 1.382 8.4 0.5 4.1 2.7 0.66
1944 34 CLE AL 12 10 .545 3.71 30 27 0 12 2 0 196.1 211 95 81 5 69 64 3 0 3 843 89 3.32 1.426 9.7 0.2 3.2 2.9 0.93
1945 35 CLE AL 3 7 .300 3.67 11 11 0 2 0 0 76.0 93 37 31 3 23 16 0 0 4 335 89 3.54 1.526 11.0 0.4 2.7 1.9 0.70
1946 36 CLE AL 5 4 .556 3.41 13 12 1 4 1 0 92.1 85 37 35 4 31 21 0 0 0 382 97 3.50 1.256 8.3 0.4 3.0 2.0 0.68
1947 37 CLE AL 6 4 .600 4.50 15 15 0 4 1 0 80.0 91 41 40 3 27 17 1 1 0 348 78 3.61 1.475 10.2 0.3 3.0 1.9 0.63
20 Yrs 223 186 .545 3.80 582 433 94 181 25 24 3426.1 3706 1714 1447 161 1118 1161 59 2 33 14861 113 3.87 1.408 9.7 0.4 2.9 3.0 1.04
162 Game Avg. 15 12 .545 3.80 39 29 6 12 2 2 230 248 115 97 11 75 78 4 0 2 996 113 3.87 1.408 9.7 0.4 2.9 3.0 1.04
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

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
1928 18 CLE AL 49.0 23 1 42 7.71 4.81 -0.16 0.00 101.8 5.06 -15 -1.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.9 -9 .440 .491 $2,100
1929 19 CLE AL 17.2 11 0 15 7.64 4.69 -0.12 0.00 104.2 5.02 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .456 .497
1930 20 CLE AL 175.1 36 19 108 5.54 5.27 -0.22 0.00 103.5 5.67 2 0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.9 25 .505 .501
1931 21 CLE AL 193.0 40 24 119 5.55 5.25 -0.22 0.00 103.2 5.64 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 2.0 25 .502 .500
1932 22 CLE AL 254.2 39 32 125 4.42 5.24 -0.03 0.00 106.4 5.62 33 3.3 1.0 -0.1 5.8 65 .584 .520
1933 23 CLE AL 253.0 43 31 113 4.02 5.08 0.10 0.00 106.2 5.29 33 3.4 1.0 -0.1 5.9 65 .579 .521
1934 24 CLE AL 255.1 44 29 97 3.42 5.20 0.05 0.00 100.4 5.17 49 4.9 1.0 -0.1 7.4 80 .611 .530 AS,MVP-16
1935 25 CLE AL 287.1 42 35 120 3.76 5.13 0.12 0.00 103.1 5.17 45 4.6 1.0 -0.2 7.3 79 .609 .528 $11,000 AS,MVP-22
1936 26 CLE AL 224.2 36 30 155 6.21 5.69 -0.17 0.00 102.9 6.03 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.5 24 .485 .497 $13,500 AS
1937 27 CLE AL 233.2 38 30 127 4.89 5.32 -0.20 0.00 98.1 5.41 13 1.3 1.0 -0.1 3.4 41 .533 .508 $13,500 AS
1938 28 CLE AL 240.0 38 29 115 4.31 5.59 -0.09 0.00 98.1 5.57 31 2.9 1.0 -0.1 5.2 63 .577 .518 $12,000 MVP-16
1939 29 CLE AL 208.0 29 26 89 3.85 5.35 -0.05 0.00 95.4 5.15 28 2.8 1.0 -0.1 4.7 54 .595 .517
1940 30 CLE AL 186.1 31 25 96 4.64 5.06 0.24 0.00 97.2 4.69 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.1 1.6 21 .499 .500
1941 31 CLE AL 68.2 15 10 43 5.64 4.93 0.01 0.00 98.4 4.84 -7 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 1 .458 .496
1942 32 CLE AL 198.2 29 29 83 3.76 4.32 0.19 0.00 96.8 3.99 4 0.4 -0.1 1.9 20 .515 .503
1943 33 CLE AL 135.1 19 18 57 3.79 3.72 0.23 0.00 97.9 3.42 -6 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 0.2 3 .463 .496
1944 34 CLE AL 196.1 30 27 95 4.35 4.05 0.09 0.00 96.8 3.83 -12 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 0.1 2 .457 .492
1945 35 CLE AL 76.0 11 11 37 4.38 3.72 -0.12 0.00 96.8 3.72 -5 -0.6 -0.1 -0.0 -0 .447 .496
1946 36 CLE AL 92.1 13 12 37 3.61 3.97 -0.01 0.00 94.1 3.75 1 0.2 1.0 -0.1 0.9 8 .512 .501
1947 37 CLE AL 80.0 15 15 41 4.61 4.00 0.48 0.00 94.8 3.34 -11 -1.1 -0.0 -0.5 -6 .424 .493
20 Seasons 3425.1 582 433 1714 4.50 4.98 0.01 0.00 100.3 5.00 173 17.1 1.0 -2.0 47.9 557 .529 .508 $52,100
Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards

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
1928 18 CLE AL 23 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1
1929 19 CLE AL 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1
1930 20 CLE AL 36 67 63 8 9 2 1 0 4 1 0 2 28 .143 .169 .206 .376 -6 13 0 2 1
1931 21 CLE AL 40 81 75 7 19 2 1 0 10 0 0 2 24 .253 .273 .307 .579 49 23 0 4 1
1932 22 CLE AL 39 101 94 11 17 7 1 0 13 0 0 5 25 .181 .222 .277 .499 24 26 0 2 1
1933 23 CLE AL 44 88 84 2 16 3 0 1 5 0 0 2 26 .190 .209 .262 .471 22 22 0 2 1
1934 24 CLE AL 44 99 87 9 14 6 0 0 5 0 0 3 24 .161 .189 .230 .419 7 20 0 9 1 AS,MVP-16
1935 25 CLE AL 42 111 102 11 21 1 0 2 10 0 0 2 29 .206 .221 .275 .496 26 28 0 7 1 AS,MVP-22
1936 26 CLE AL 36 87 80 3 11 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 19 .138 .148 .188 .336 -19 15 1 6 1 AS
1937 27 CLE AL 38 98 86 5 15 4 0 0 10 0 0 5 33 .174 .220 .221 .441 12 19 0 7 1 AS
1938 28 CLE AL 39 94 88 3 10 2 0 0 6 0 0 4 31 .114 .152 .136 .289 -27 12 0 2 1 MVP-16
1939 29 CLE AL 29 83 72 8 10 0 1 1 9 0 0 3 17 .139 .195 .208 .403 4 15 2 2 6 1
1940 30 CLE AL 31 71 62 4 11 1 0 0 4 1 0 4 17 .177 .227 .194 .421 11 12 0 0 5 1
1941 31 CLE AL 15 25 25 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .080 .080 .080 .160 -57 2 1 0 0 1
1942 32 CLE AL 29 72 67 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 19 .119 .145 .119 .264 -23 8 0 0 3 1
1943 33 CLE AL 19 53 47 2 10 1 1 0 4 0 0 2 11 .213 .245 .277 .521 57 13 0 0 4 1
1944 34 CLE AL 30 76 74 9 16 3 0 0 6 0 0 0 19 .216 .216 .257 .473 37 19 2 0 2 1
1945 35 CLE AL 11 28 25 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .080 .080 .120 .200 -41 3 3 0 3 1
1946 36 CLE AL 13 36 35 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 14 .086 .111 .086 .197 -43 3 2 0 0 1
1947 37 CLE AL 15 36 28 2 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 10 .179 .233 .214 .448 26 6 1 0 5 1
20 Yrs 584 1315 1203 89 199 38 5 4 93 2 0 39 369 .165 .194 .215 .409 7 259 11 3 69
162 Game Avg. 162 365 334 25 55 11 1 1 26 1 0 11 102 .165 .194 .215 .409 7 72 1 19
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

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
1928 18 CLE AL 23 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $2,100 1
1929 19 CLE AL 11 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1930 20 CLE AL 36 67 -12 0 0 0 7 -5 -0.4 0 -5 -0.4 .488 .497 -0.4 0.0 -5 1
1931 21 CLE AL 40 81 -7 0 0 0 8 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 2 1
1932 22 CLE AL 39 101 -12 0 0 0 11 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1933 23 CLE AL 44 88 -11 0 0 0 9 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1934 24 CLE AL 44 99 -14 0 0 0 11 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1 AS,MVP-16
1935 25 CLE AL 42 111 -13 0 0 0 11 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $11,000 1 AS,MVP-22
1936 26 CLE AL 36 87 -18 0 0 0 10 -8 -0.7 0 -8 -0.7 .481 .496 -0.7 0.0 -8 $13,500 1 AS
1937 27 CLE AL 38 98 -14 0 0 0 11 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $13,500 1 AS
1938 28 CLE AL 39 94 -19 0 0 0 11 -8 -0.7 0 -8 -0.7 .481 .495 -0.7 0.0 -8 $12,000 1 MVP-16
1939 29 CLE AL 29 83 -12 0 0 0 9 -3 -0.2 0 -3 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -3 1
1940 30 CLE AL 31 71 -9 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1941 31 CLE AL 15 25 -5 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .482 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1942 32 CLE AL 29 72 -11 0 0 0 7 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .486 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1943 33 CLE AL 19 53 -3 0 0 0 4 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .511 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1944 34 CLE AL 30 76 -6 0 0 0 7 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1945 35 CLE AL 11 28 -5 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .476 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 1
1946 36 CLE AL 13 36 -6 0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .476 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1947 37 CLE AL 15 36 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 1
20 Seasons 584 1315 -183 2 0 0 138 -43 -4.2 0 -43 -4.2 .493 .499 -4.2 0.0 -43 $52,100
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1928 CLE AL 18 P 23 1 0 49.0 10 0 8 2 0 .800 1.47 0.35 .957 2.44 2.42
1929 CLE AL 19 P 11 0 0 17.2 4 0 3 1 0 .750 1.53 0.27 .958 2.34 2.31
1930 CLE AL 20 P 36 19 7 175.1 48 9 32 7 3 .854 2.10 1.14 .946 2.20 2.17
1931 CLE AL 21 P 40 24 9 194.0 56 14 38 4 4 .929 2.41 1.30 .954 2.21 2.19
1932 CLE AL 22 P 39 32 17 254.2 85 18 65 2 0 .976 2.93 2.13 .958 2.24 2.23
1933 CLE AL 23 P 43 31 14 253.0 112 22 87 3 4 .973 3.88 2.53 .960 2.28 2.27
1934 CLE AL 24 P 44 29 17 255.1 78 10 61 7 2 .910 2.50 1.61 .956 2.14 2.11 AS,MVP-16
1935 CLE AL 25 P 42 35 17 287.1 103 18 81 4 0 .961 3.10 2.36 .949 2.15 2.14 AS,MVP-22
1936 CLE AL 26 P 36 30 13 224.2 54 13 38 3 3 .944 2.04 1.42 .956 1.99 1.96 AS
1937 CLE AL 27 P 38 30 13 233.2 61 12 48 1 3 .984 2.31 1.58 .954 2.05 2.01 AS
1938 CLE AL 28 P 38 29 15 240.0 71 21 49 1 2 .986 2.62 1.84 .952 2.11 2.06 MVP-16
1939 CLE AL 29 P 29 26 12 208.0 41 14 26 1 1 .976 1.73 1.38 .951 1.92 1.89
1940 CLE AL 30 P 31 25 5 186.1 49 9 38 2 4 .959 2.27 1.52 .956 2.04 2.01 7 7 50% 1
1941 CLE AL 31 P 15 10 1 68.2 24 7 16 1 0 .958 3.01 1.53 .960 2.14 2.11 0 0 0
1942 CLE AL 32 P 29 29 13 198.2 61 14 44 3 5 .951 2.63 2.00 .957 2.31 2.30 4 4 50% 0
1943 CLE AL 33 P 19 18 6 135.1 33 6 27 0 2 1.000 2.19 1.74 .963 2.27 2.30 0 3 100% 0
1944 CLE AL 34 P 30 27 12 196.1 47 11 34 2 3 .957 2.06 1.50 .960 2.09 2.10 0 0 0
1945 CLE AL 35 P 11 11 2 76.0 25 6 19 0 1 1.000 2.96 2.27 .955 2.24 2.23 1 2 67% 0
1946 CLE AL 36 P 13 12 4 92.1 14 5 9 0 1 1.000 1.36 1.08 .951 2.01 1.99
1947 CLE AL 37 P 15 15 4 80.0 12 0 11 1 0 .917 1.24 0.73 .955 1.92 1.90 2 2 50% 50% 0
20 Seasons P 582 433 181 3426.1 988 209 734 45 38 .954 2.48 1.62 .955 2.14 2.13 14 18 56% 6% 1
20 Seasons TOT 582 433 181 3426.1 988 209 734 45 38 .954 2.48 1.62 .955 2.14 2.13 14 18 56% 6% 1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
1949 BBWAA ( 2.6%)
1950 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1951 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1952 BBWAA ( 4.3%)
1953 BBWAA ( 3.0%)
1958 BBWAA ( 2.3%)
1960 BBWAA ( 4.5%)
1962 BBWAA ( 4.4%)
1964 BBWAA (25.4%)
1964 Run Off ( 7.0%)
1966 BBWAA (11.3%)
1967 BBWAA (17.8%)
1967 Run Off ( 4.6%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1934 AL (16, 5%)
1935 AL (22, 3%)
1938 AL (16, 4%)
0.12 Career Shares (883rd)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1932 AL  5.6 (10th)
1933 AL  5.7 (9th)
1934 AL  7.1 (6th)
1935 AL  7.1 (7th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1932 AL  5.8 (5th)
1933 AL  5.9 (3rd)
1934 AL  7.4 (2nd)
1935 AL  7.3 (3rd)
1938 AL  5.2 (3rd)
1939 AL  4.7 (6th)
Career  47.9 (108th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1932 AL  3.75 (10th)
1933 AL  2.95 (1st)
1934 AL  2.61 (2nd)
1935 AL  3.29 (5th)
1938 AL  3.83 (9th)
1939 AL  3.50 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
1933 AL  15 (7th)
1934 AL  20 (4th)
1935 AL  22 (2nd)
1937 AL  15 (8th)
1938 AL  17 (4th)
1939 AL  15 (6th)
Career  223 (70th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1934 AL  .625 (8th)
1935 AL  .667 (5th)
1938 AL  .630 (7th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1932 AL  1.355 (8th)
1933 AL  1.269 (3rd)
1934 AL  1.281 (3rd)
1935 AL  1.274 (6th)
1938 AL  1.329 (4th)
1939 AL  1.332 (8th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1934 AL  8.671 (7th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1932 AL  2.403 (4th)
1933 AL  2.383 (4th)
1934 AL  2.855 (7th)
1935 AL  1.660 (1st)
1936 AL  2.844 (6th)
1938 AL  2.325 (2nd)
1939 AL  2.769 (6th)
1940 AL  2.850 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1933 AL  43 (8th)
1934 AL  44 (5th)
1935 AL  42 (9th)
1937 AL  38 (8th)
Career  582 (221st)

Saves s c a p y
1933 AL  4 (8th)
1934 AL  5 (3rd)
1938 AL  4 (6th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1932 AL  254.7 (10th)
1933 AL  253.0 (6th)
1934 AL  255.3 (6th)
1935 AL  287.3 (2nd)
1937 AL  233.7 (9th)
1938 AL  240.0 (6th)
Career  3,426.3 (80th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1934 AL  91 (10th)
1935 AL  95 (9th)
1938 AL  102 (9th)

Games Started s c a p y
1932 AL  32 (7th)
1933 AL  31 (7th)
1935 AL  35 (2nd)
1937 AL  30 (10th)
1938 AL  29 (8th)
1942 AL  29 (7th)
Career  433 (89th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1934 AL  17 (7th)
1938 AL  15 (10th)
Career  181 (169th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1933 AL  2 (4th)
1934 AL  6 (1st)
1935 AL  4 (2nd)
1938 AL  2 (5th)
1942 AL  4 (2nd)
Career  25 (173rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1938 AL  16 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
Career  1,118 (72nd)

Hits s c a p y
1932 AL  277 (6th)
1933 AL  254 (7th)
1935 AL  313 (3rd)
1936 AL  294 (2nd)
1937 AL  269 (3rd)
1938 AL  257 (4th)
Career  3,706 (52nd)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1932 AL  1.324 (7th)
1933 AL  1.209 (9th)
1935 AL  1.793 (4th)
1936 AL  1.183 (6th)
1937 AL  1.105 (10th)
1938 AL  1.645 (2nd)
1940 AL  1.288 (10th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1931 AL  0.371 (10th)
1932 AL  0.318 (2nd)
1933 AL  0.356 (9th)
1934 AL  0.212 (3rd)
1935 AL  0.188 (1st)
1937 AL  0.347 (5th)

Losses s c a p y
1931 AL  14 (10th)
1933 AL  17 (4th)
1936 AL  15 (8th)
1942 AL  14 (9th)
Career  186 (58th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1936 AL  129 (8th)
1944 AL  81 (9th)
Career  1,447 (47th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1930 AL  5 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1931 AL  6 (4th)
1934 AL  7 (2nd)
1936 AL  6 (3rd)
1937 AL  4 (10th)
1938 AL  5 (7th)
1939 AL  3 (10th)
1940 AL  5 (3rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1932 AL  1,106 (10th)
1933 AL  1,073 (6th)
1934 AL  1,072 (7th)
1935 AL  1,206 (3rd)
1936 AL  1,031 (9th)
1937 AL  1,038 (9th)
1938 AL  1,026 (7th)
Career  14,861 (68th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1932 AL  128 (8th)
1933 AL  152 (1st)
1934 AL  173 (2nd)
1935 AL  137 (3rd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1932 AL  3.61 (3rd)
1933 AL  3.50 (3rd)
1934 AL  3.75 (5th)
1935 AL  3.22 (2nd)
1936 AL  4.30 (8th)
1937 AL  3.88 (7th)
1938 AL  3.78 (5th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1932 AL  28 (5th)
1933 AL  35 (1st)
1934 AL  49 (2nd)
1935 AL  39 (3rd)
1938 AL  23 (8th)
1939 AL  23 (10th)
Career  170 (109th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1932 AL  2.6 (5th)
1933 AL  3.5 (1st)
1934 AL  4.8 (2nd)
1935 AL  3.8 (3rd)
1938 AL  2.1 (8th)
1939 AL  2.3 (10th)
Career  16.5 (121st)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1942 AL  1.5 (5th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1934 AL  44 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1932 AL  18 (1st)
1933 AL  22 (1st)
1935 AL  18 (1st)
1936 AL  13 (2nd)
1938 AL  21 (1st)
1939 AL  14 (4th)
Career  209 (93rd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1932 AL  65 (1st)
1933 AL  87 (1st)
1934 AL  61 (2nd)
1935 AL  81 (1st)
1937 AL  48 (5th)
1938 AL  49 (3rd)
Career  734 (78th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1930 AL  7 (1st)
1934 AL  7 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1932 AL  2.93 (3rd)
1933 AL  3.88 (1st)
1935 AL  3.10 (1st)
1937 AL  2.31 (5th)
1938 AL  2.63 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1932 AL  2.13 (2nd)
1933 AL  2.53 (1st)
1935 AL  2.36 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1938 AL  .986 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1928 AL  born 1909-10-15 (1st)
1929 AL  born 1909-10-15 (2nd)
1930 AL  born 1909-10-15 (10th)

                                         

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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 7 (340), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 133 (127), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 51 (264), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 21 (284), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (138th), 43.8 career WAR/37.5 7yr-peak WAR/40.6 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

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Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
192818Cleveland Indians$2,100W. Mead, Two Spectacular Seasons, p. 75$350/month for six months
193525Cleveland Indians$11,0002/20/36 TSN
193626Cleveland Indians$13,50011/12/36 TSN2/20/36 TSN says $15K per
193727Cleveland Indians$13,50011/12/36 TSN2/20/36 TSN says $15K per
193828Cleveland Indians$12,0001/27/38 TSNPlus victory-based bonus
Career to date (may be incomplete)$52,100
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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