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Solly Hofman

Arthur Frederick Hofman (Circus Solly)

Positions: Centerfielder, Second Baseman and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: October 29, 1882 in St. Louis, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: July 28, 1903 (Age 20)
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Tip-Tops/Blues/Pirates/Yankees 1903-1916

Final Game: August 25, 1916 (Age 33)
Died: March 10, 1956 in St. Louis, MO
Buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO
Relatives: Uncle of Bobby Hofman
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 20, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1092. Cesar Geronimo… #1093. Dick Stuart… #1094. Steve Buechele… #1095. SOLLY HOFMAN… #1096. Taffy Wright… #1097. Matt Wieters… #1098. Jim Lefebvre… 

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
1903 20 PIT NL 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /O
1904 21 CHC NL 7 27 26 7 7 0 0 1 4 2 1 1 .269 .296 .385 .681 109 10 0 0 /O6
1905 22 CHC NL 86 316 287 43 68 14 4 1 38 15 20 26 .237 .289 .324 .613 79 93 1 8 4/365O
1906 23 CHC NL 64 221 195 30 50 2 3 2 20 13 20 11 .256 .326 .328 .654 99 64 0 6 O3/645
1907 24 CHC NL 134 536 470 67 126 11 3 1 36 29 41 31 .268 .328 .311 .639 95 146 1 24 O63/54
1908 25 CHC NL 120 478 411 55 100 15 5 2 42 15 33 34 .243 .309 .319 .628 97 131 6 28 O34/5
1909 26 CHC NL 153 613 527 60 150 21 4 2 58 20 53 49 .285 .351 .351 .702 116 185 1 32 *O
1910 27 CHC NL 136 572 477 83 155 24 16 3 86 29 65 34 .325 .406 .461 .867 154 220 0 30 *O3/5
1911 28 CHC NL 143 605 512 66 129 17 2 2 70 30 66 40 .252 .341 .305 .645 82 156 3 24 *O3
1912 29 TOT NL 53 210 178 35 49 15 1 0 20 5 27 19 .275 .374 .371 .745 104 66 1 4 O/3
1912 29 CHC NL 36 150 125 28 34 11 0 0 18 5 22 13 .272 .385 .360 .745 104 45 1 2 O/3
1912 29 PIT NL 17 60 53 7 15 4 1 0 2 0 5 6 .283 .345 .396 .741 103 21 0 2 O
1913 30 PIT NL 28 95 83 11 19 5 2 0 7 3 3 8 6 .229 .297 .337 .634 85 28 0 4 O
1914 31 BTT FL 147 591 515 65 148 25 12 5 83 34 54 41 .287 .357 .412 .769 120 212 2 12 *43O87/96
1915 32 BUF FL 109 386 346 29 81 10 6 0 27 12 30 28 .234 .295 .298 .593 72 103 0 10 O7893/546
1916 33 TOT MLB 11 47 43 2 13 3 2 0 4 1 3 3 .302 .348 .465 .813 141 20 0 1 O/87
1916 33 NYY AL 6 29 27 0 8 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 .296 .321 .407 .729 117 11 0 1 /8O
1916 33 CHC NL 5 18 16 2 5 2 1 0 2 0 2 2 .313 .389 .563 .951 179 9 0 0 /7O
14 Yrs 1194 4699 4072 554 1095 162 60 19 495 208 3 421 323 .269 .340 .352 .692 104 1434 15 183
162 Game Avg. 162 638 552 75 149 22 8 3 67 28 57 44 .269 .340 .352 .692 104 195 2 25
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
CHC (10 yrs) 884 3536 3046 441 824 117 38 14 374 158 323 241 .271 .343 .348 .691 106 1059 13 154
PIT (3 yrs) 48 157 138 19 34 9 3 0 9 3 3 13 12 .246 .311 .355 .666 89 49 0 6
BTT (1 yr) 147 591 515 65 148 25 12 5 83 34 54 41 .287 .357 .412 .769 120 212 2 12
NYY (1 yr) 6 29 27 0 8 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 .296 .321 .407 .729 117 11 0 1
BUF (1 yr) 109 386 346 29 81 10 6 0 27 12 30 28 .234 .295 .298 .593 72 103 0 10
NL (12 yrs) 932 3693 3184 460 858 126 41 14 383 161 3 336 253 .269 .342 .348 .690 105 1108 13 160
FL (2 yrs) 256 977 861 94 229 35 18 5 110 46 84 69 .266 .333 .366 .698 101 315 2 22
AL (1 yr) 6 29 27 0 8 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 .296 .321 .407 .729 117 11 0 1

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
1903 20 PIT NL 3 2 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .482 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /O
1904 21 CHC NL 7 27 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /O6
1905 22 CHC NL 86 316 -7 1 0 6 0 -0 -0.1 10 10 1.0 .500 .500 0.3 0.7 4 4/365O
1906 23 CHC NL 64 221 0 0 0 3 -1 3 0.3 7 10 1.1 .505 .502 0.8 0.2 7 O3/645
1907 24 CHC NL 134 536 -2 0 0 8 -1 6 0.6 17 23 2.5 .505 .504 1.6 0.9 15 O63/54
1908 25 CHC NL 120 478 -1 -1 0 2 -2 -2 -0.2 16 14 1.4 .498 .499 1.2 -0.1 12 O34/5
1909 26 CHC NL 153 613 10 -1 0 10 -4 14 1.8 20 34 3.9 .511 .511 2.6 0.8 24 *O
1910 27 CHC NL 136 572 33 -0 0 3 -4 32 3.6 18 49 5.3 .526 .522 4.9 -0.0 46 *O3/5
1911 28 CHC NL 143 605 -9 -1 0 0 -4 -14 -1.6 19 5 0.3 .490 .491 0.4 -0.5 5 $5,000 *O3
1912 29 CHC NL 36 150 2 -0 0 1 -1 2 0.1 5 6 0.6 .504 .501 0.5 -0.0 5 $5,000 O/3
1912 29 PIT NL 17 60 0 0 0 2 -0 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .512 .501 0.2 0.2 2 O
1913 30 PIT NL 28 95 -1 -0 0 -1 -1 -3 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .487 .498 0.0 -0.2 1 O
1914 31 BTT FL 147 591 14 1 0 -7 -1 7 0.9 10 17 1.7 .505 .505 2.3 -0.8 24 *43O87/96
1915 32 BUF FL 109 386 -11 -0 0 -2 -4 -18 -2.1 6 -11 -1.5 .481 .487 -1.3 -0.7 -9 O7893/546
1916 33 NYY AL 6 29 0 -0 0 1 -0 1 0.2 1 2 0.2 .525 .501 0.1 0.1 1 /8O
1916 33 CHC NL 5 18 1 0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .529 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 /7O
14 Seasons 1194 4699 29 -1 0 26 -24 30 3.4 135 165 17.2 .503 .503 14.1 0.6 139 $10,000
CHC (10 yrs) 884 3536 27 -2 0 33 -17 42 4.6 113 155 16.4 .506 .504 12.8 2.0 122 $10,000
PIT (3 yrs) 48 157 -2 -0 0 1 -1 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.2 .495 .499 0.2 -0.0 2
BTT (1 yr) 147 591 14 1 0 -7 -1 7 0.9 10 17 1.7 .505 .505 2.3 -0.8 24
NYY (1 yr) 6 29 0 -0 0 1 -0 1 0.2 1 2 0.2 .525 .501 0.1 0.1 1
BUF (1 yr) 109 386 -11 -0 0 -2 -4 -18 -2.1 6 -11 -1.5 .481 .487 -1.3 -0.7 -9

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1906 23 CHC NL WS CHW L 6 27 23 3 7 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 5 .304 .385 .348 .732 8 0 0 1 0 0
1908 25 CHC NL WS DET W 5 20 19 2 6 0 1 0 4 2 0 1 4 .316 .350 .421 .771 8 0 0 0 0 0
1910 27 CHC NL WS PHA L 5 21 15 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 3 .267 .400 .267 .667 4 0 0 1 1 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 16 68 57 7 17 1 1 0 8 3 1 8 12 .298 .379 .351 .730 20 0 0 2 1 0
3 WS 16 68 57 7 17 1 1 0 8 3 1 8 12 .298 .379 .351 .730 20 0 0 2 1 0

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 Awards
1903 PIT NL 20 OF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.95 1-1-0
1904 CHC NL 21 OF 6 9 7 2 0 1 1.000 1.50 .947 1.88 1-3-2
1904 CHC NL 21 SS 1 4 1 2 1 0 .750 3.00 .920 5.40
1905 CHC NL 22 2B 59 331 138 178 15 13 .955 5.36 .943 5.20
1905 CHC NL 22 1B 9 95 86 6 3 2 .968 10.22 .981 10.76
1905 CHC NL 22 SS 9 39 17 19 3 3 .923 4.00 .931 5.58
1905 CHC NL 22 3B 3 13 3 8 2 0 .846 3.67 .921 3.20
1905 CHC NL 22 OF 3 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 1.67 .956 1.97 0-2-1
1906 CHC NL 23 OF 23 41 38 2 1 1 .976 1.74 .959 1.89 1-17-6
1906 CHC NL 23 1B 21 197 186 9 2 10 .990 9.29 .984 10.79
1906 CHC NL 23 SS 9 55 20 32 3 7 .945 5.78 .933 5.39
1906 CHC NL 23 2B 4 6 4 2 0 0 1.000 1.50 .947 5.03
1906 CHC NL 23 3B 4 13 5 7 1 0 .923 3.00 .931 3.22
1907 CHC NL 24 OF 69 160 136 14 10 4 .938 2.17 .960 1.98 12-23-35
1907 CHC NL 24 SS 42 214 81 116 17 21 .921 4.69 .932 5.18
1907 CHC NL 24 1B 18 210 204 4 2 7 .990 11.56 .984 10.58
1907 CHC NL 24 3B 4 7 4 2 1 0 .857 1.50 .929 3.35
1907 CHC NL 24 2B 3 19 10 8 1 4 .947 6.00 .952 5.23
1908 CHC NL 25 OF 50 133 118 9 6 1 .955 2.54 .960 2.04 0-50-2
1908 CHC NL 25 1B 37 388 357 20 11 10 .972 10.19 .986 11.07
1908 CHC NL 25 2B 22 102 41 55 6 5 .941 4.36 .954 5.13
1908 CHC NL 25 3B 9 29 16 13 0 0 1.000 3.22 .932 3.31
1909 CHC NL 26 OF 153 376 347 16 13 5 .965 2.37 .961 2.07 0-143-11
1910 CHC NL 27 OF 110 275 249 19 7 4 .975 2.44 .959 2.17 0-110-1
1910 CHC NL 27 1B 24 225 212 8 5 10 .978 9.17 .984 10.40
1910 CHC NL 27 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .930 3.20
1911 CHC NL 28 OF 107 249 230 11 8 5 .968 2.25 .960 2.15 2-107-0
1911 CHC NL 28 1B 36 376 353 17 6 17 .984 10.28 .985 10.23
1912 TOT NL 29 OF 42 117 106 10 1 4 .991 2.76 .956 2.24 0-42-0
1912 CHC NL 29 OF 27 75 67 7 1 4 .987 2.74 .956 2.24 0-27-0
1912 CHC NL 29 1B 9 81 77 2 2 7 .975 8.78 .988 10.17
1912 PIT NL 29 OF 15 42 39 3 0 0 1.000 2.80 .956 2.24 0-15-0
1913 PIT NL 30 OF 24 55 50 3 2 1 .964 2.21 .960 2.21 0-23-2
1914 BTT FL 31 2B 108 108 99 548 232 289 27 39 .951 4.82 .951 5.17
1914 BTT FL 31 1B 22 22 21 193 173 16 4 13 .979 8.59 .985 10.50
1914 BTT FL 31 OF 21 17 15 45 37 7 1 2 .978 2.10 .951 1.94
1914 BTT FL 31 CF 10 8 6 21 18 3 0 1 1.000 2.10 .953 2.24
1914 BTT FL 31 LF 10 9 9 23 18 4 1 1 .957 2.20 .948 1.95
1914 BTT FL 31 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 1.60
1914 BTT FL 31 SS 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .930 5.20
1915 BUF FL 32 OF 82 75 69 154 132 16 6 5 .961 1.80 .963 2.06
1915 BUF FL 32 LF 46 43 39 95 81 9 5 4 .947 1.96 .960 2.12
1915 BUF FL 32 CF 20 20 18 43 37 5 1 1 .977 2.10 .969 2.39
1915 BUF FL 32 RF 18 12 12 16 14 2 0 0 1.000 0.89 .958 1.68
1915 BUF FL 32 1B 11 10 9 95 86 7 2 1 .979 8.45 .987 10.79
1915 BUF FL 32 3B 4 2 1 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .942 3.32
1915 BUF FL 32 2B 2 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.50 .950 5.05
1915 BUF FL 32 SS 1 1 1 8 4 4 0 1 1.000 8.00 .929 5.20
1916 TOT MLB 33 OF 10 10 9 27 24 3 0 0 1.000 2.70 .964 2.13
1916 NYY AL 33 CF 6 6 5 19 17 2 0 0 1.000 3.17 .969 2.45
1916 NYY AL 33 OF 6 6 5 19 17 2 0 0 1.000 3.17 .963 2.12
1916 CHC NL 33 LF 4 4 4 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .962 2.15
1916 CHC NL 33 OF 4 4 4 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .968 2.15
14 Seasons OF 702 102 93 1646 1478 113 55 33 .967 2.27 .960 2.09 77-557-79
6 Seasons 2B 198 108 99 1009 426 534 49 61 .951 4.85 .949 5.17
9 Seasons 1B 187 32 30 1860 1734 89 37 77 .980 9.75 .985 10.60
6 Seasons SS 63 1 1 321 124 173 24 32 .925 4.71 .932 5.27
3 Seasons (incomplete) LF 60 56 52 126 106 14 6 5 .952 2.00 .958 2.09
3 Seasons (incomplete) CF 36 34 29 83 72 10 1 2 .988 2.28 .965 2.36
6 Seasons 3B 25 2 1 71 36 31 4 0 .944 2.68 .931 3.29
2 Seasons (incomplete) RF 19 12 12 17 15 2 0 0 1.000 0.89 .958 1.67
14 Seasons TOT 1175 245 224 4907 3798 940 169 203 .966 4.03 .965 4.16 77-557-79
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
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Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1910 NL  5.3 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1910 NL  5.3 (2nd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1910 NL  4.9 (3rd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1910 NL  .325 (3rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1910 NL  .406 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1910 NL  .461 (2nd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1910 NL  .867 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1909 NL  153 (3rd)

Triples s c a p y
1910 NL  16 (3rd)
1914 FL  12 (7th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1910 NL  86 (4th)
1914 FL  83 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1909 NL  123 (10th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1910 NL  154 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1910 NL  89 (4th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1910 NL  33 (3rd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1910 NL  3.6 (2nd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1910 NL  43 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1910 NL  .755 (3rd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1907 NL  24 (10th)
1908 NL  28 (8th)
1909 NL  32 (3rd)
1910 NL  30 (7th)
Career  183 (103rd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  4 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1909 NL  153 (2nd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1909 NL  347 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1909 NL  2.37 (4th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1910 NL  .975 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1903 NL  born 1882-10-29 (7th)
1904 NL  born 1882-10-29 (9th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 18 (1109), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1756), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1394), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (151st), 17.2 career WAR/16.9 7yr-peak WAR/17.0 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
191128Chicago Cubs$5,0007/26/13 SL
191229Chicago Cubs$5,0007/26/13 SL; II Seymour at 181
Career to date (may be incomplete)$10,000
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: Arthur Circus Frederick Solly Hofman

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