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Don Heffner

Donald Henry Heffner (Jeep)

Positions: Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: February 8, 1911 in Rouzerville, PA
High School: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Baltimore, MD) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1934 (Age 23.068)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Yankees/Athletics/Tigers 1934-1944

Final Game: April 29, 1944 (Age 33.081)
Died: August 1, 1989 in Pasadena, CA
Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, CA
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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
1934 23 NYY AL 72 270 241 29 63 8 3 0 25 1 1 25 18 .261 .331 .320 .650 73 77 0 4 4
1935 24 NYY AL 10 40 36 3 11 3 1 0 8 0 0 4 1 .306 .375 .444 .819 116 16 0 0 4
1936 25 NYY AL 19 55 48 7 11 2 1 0 6 0 0 6 5 .229 .315 .313 .627 57 15 0 1 /546
1937 26 NYY AL 60 221 201 23 50 6 5 0 21 1 4 19 19 .249 .314 .328 .642 61 66 0 1 46/53O9
1938 27 SLB AL 141 555 473 47 116 23 3 2 69 1 1 65 53 .245 .341 .319 .661 67 151 4 12 *4
1939 28 SLB AL 110 434 375 45 100 10 2 1 35 1 7 48 39 .267 .350 .312 .662 69 117 11 0 11 64
1940 29 SLB AL 126 530 487 52 115 23 2 3 53 5 5 39 37 .236 .295 .310 .606 56 151 9 2 2 *4
1941 30 SLB AL 110 446 399 48 93 14 2 0 17 5 6 38 27 .233 .303 .278 .581 53 111 3 2 7 *4
1942 31 SLB AL 19 37 36 2 6 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 4 .167 .189 .222 .411 14 8 2 0 0 /43
1943 32 TOT AL 70 235 211 19 41 7 0 0 10 3 2 20 14 .194 .267 .227 .495 45 48 5 1 3 4/3
1943 32 SLB AL 18 37 33 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 .121 .171 .152 .323 -6 5 1 0 2 4/3
1943 32 PHA AL 52 198 178 17 37 6 0 0 8 3 2 18 12 .208 .284 .242 .526 55 43 4 1 1 4/3
1944 33 DET AL 6 24 19 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 .211 .375 .263 .638 80 5 0 0 0 /4
11 Yrs 743 2847 2526 275 610 99 19 6 248 18 26 270 218 .241 .317 .303 .620 61 765 30 9 41
162 Game Avg. 162 621 551 60 133 22 4 1 54 4 6 59 48 .241 .317 .303 .620 61 167 2 9
SLB (6 yrs) 524 2039 1803 196 434 73 9 6 179 13 19 193 162 .241 .317 .301 .618 59 543 26 8 34
NYY (4 yrs) 161 586 526 62 135 19 10 0 60 2 5 54 43 .257 .326 .331 .657 69 174 0 6
PHA (1 yr) 52 198 178 17 37 6 0 0 8 3 2 18 12 .208 .284 .242 .526 55 43 4 1 1
DET (1 yr) 6 24 19 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 .211 .375 .263 .638 80 5 0 0 0

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
1934 23 NYY AL 72 270 -9 -0 0 2 2 -4 -0.4 10 6 0.5 .494 .497 0.4 0.4 4 $3,000 4
1935 24 NYY AL 10 40 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.2 2 4 0.3 .522 .501 0.3 0.1 3 $4,000 4
1936 25 NYY AL 19 55 -3 0 0 2 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 0.2 -1 $5,000 /546
1937 26 NYY AL 60 221 -12 -1 0 -2 2 -14 -1.3 8 -6 -0.5 .479 .492 -0.3 0.0 -4 $5,000 46/53O9
1938 27 SLB AL 141 555 -23 0 0 -16 5 -34 -3.0 20 -14 -1.1 .479 .481 0.2 -0.9 2 $7,000 *4
1939 28 SLB AL 110 434 -16 -3 0 -13 6 -26 -2.3 16 -10 -0.9 .479 .485 0.3 -0.6 3 $7,500 64
1940 29 SLB AL 126 530 -31 -1 0 3 5 -24 -2.3 18 -5 -0.6 .482 .486 -0.9 0.8 -8 $8,000 *4
1941 30 SLB AL 110 446 -26 -1 0 1 5 -22 -2.2 15 -6 -0.7 .480 .486 -0.8 0.6 -7 $8,500 *4
1942 31 SLB AL 19 37 -4 0 0 -1 0 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .473 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $7,500 /43
1943 32 SLB AL 18 37 -4 0 0 -1 0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.5 .468 .496 -0.4 -0.1 -3 $7,500 4/3
1943 32 PHA AL 52 198 -9 0 0 -2 2 -9 -1.0 6 -3 -0.4 .480 .494 -0.2 0.0 -1 4/3
1944 33 DET AL 6 24 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $9,000 /4
11 Seasons 743 2847 -136 -5 0 -26 29 -139 -13.5 99 -40 -4.1 .482 .488 -1.8 0.6 -14 $72,000
SLB (6 yrs) 524 2039 -104 -4 0 -27 21 -114 -10.9 71 -43 -4.2 .479 .485 -1.9 -0.2 -16 $46,000
NYY (4 yrs) 161 586 -23 -1 0 3 5 -16 -1.6 22 5 0.5 .491 .496 0.3 0.8 2 $17,000
PHA (1 yr) 52 198 -9 0 0 -2 2 -9 -1.0 6 -3 -0.4 .480 .494 -0.2 0.0 -1
DET (1 yr) 6 24 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $9,000

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 Awards
1934 NYY AL 23 2B 68 65 61 347 158 179 10 46 .971 4.96 .969 5.87
1935 NYY AL 24 2B 10 10 10 50 20 29 1 5 .980 4.90 .969 5.86
1936 NYY AL 25 3B 8 7 6 34 11 22 1 2 .971 4.13 .946 3.12
1936 NYY AL 25 2B 5 2 2 13 3 10 0 2 1.000 2.60 .972 5.78
1936 NYY AL 25 SS 3 2 2 12 5 6 1 3 .917 3.67 .950 5.33
1937 NYY AL 26 2B 38 34 32 205 107 94 4 28 .980 5.29 .972 5.64
1937 NYY AL 26 SS 13 10 10 50 16 32 2 2 .960 3.69 .955 5.23
1937 NYY AL 26 3B 3 3 3 9 3 6 0 0 1.000 3.00 .946 3.13
1937 NYY AL 26 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .990 9.80
1937 NYY AL 26 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1937 NYY AL 26 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
1938 SLB AL 27 2B 141 141 135 750 365 363 22 103 .971 5.16 .967 5.52
1939 SLB AL 28 SS 73 68 61 377 138 218 21 33 .944 4.88 .950 5.16
1939 SLB AL 28 2B 32 31 31 189 84 97 8 21 .958 5.66 .965 5.56
1940 SLB AL 29 2B 125 125 123 754 311 426 17 102 .977 5.90 .969 5.39
1941 SLB AL 30 2B 105 99 88 545 224 307 14 52 .974 5.06 .967 5.47
1942 SLB AL 31 2B 6 5 4 32 13 16 3 1 .906 4.83 .969 5.62
1942 SLB AL 31 1B 4 2 1 24 21 3 0 4 1.000 6.00 .989 10.07
1943 TOT AL 32 2B 60 54 49 269 119 144 6 31 .978 4.38 .969 5.57
1943 TOT AL 32 1B 2 1 0 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 4.00 .991 10.00
1943 SLB AL 32 2B 13 8 5 39 21 17 1 4 .974 2.92 .969 5.57
1943 SLB AL 32 1B 1 1 0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 7.00 .991 10.00
1943 PHA AL 32 2B 47 46 44 230 98 127 5 27 .978 4.79 .969 5.57
1943 PHA AL 32 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .990 10.00
1944 DET AL 33 2B 5 5 5 26 12 13 1 4 .962 5.00 .967 5.60
11 Seasons 2B 595 571 540 3180 1416 1678 86 395 .973 5.20 .968 5.55
3 Seasons SS 89 80 73 439 159 256 24 38 .945 4.66 .951 5.18
2 Seasons 3B 11 10 9 43 14 28 1 2 .977 3.82 .946 3.13
3 Seasons 1B 7 3 1 33 29 4 0 4 1.000 4.71 .990 10.01
1 Season RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
11 Seasons TOT 703 664 623 3695 1618 1966 111 439 .970 5.10 .966 5.50
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1940 AL  0.8 (7th)
1941 AL  0.6 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1938 AL  4 (7th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1938 AL  12 (6th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1939 AL  7 (10th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  141 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  365 (3rd)
1940 AL  311 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  363 (4th)
1940 AL  426 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  22 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  103 (3rd)
1940 AL  102 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1940 AL  5.90 (1st)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1938 AL  .971 (3rd)
1940 AL  .977 (1st)
1941 AL  .974 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (1149th), -4.1 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-2.3 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1934 23 New York Yankees $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 24 New York Yankees $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 25 New York Yankees $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 26 New York Yankees $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 27 St. Louis Browns $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 28 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 29 St. Louis Browns $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 30 St. Louis Browns $8,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 31 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 32 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts SLB/PHA
1944 33 Detroit Tigers $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$72,000
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: Donald dave Don donald Henry Jeep Heffner

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