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Ben Houser

Benjamin Franklin Houser

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: November 30, 1883 in Frackville, PA
High School: Girard Preparatory (Philadelphia, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1910 (Age 26.153)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Athletics/Rustlers 1910-1912

Final Game: October 5, 1912 (Age 28.310)
Died: January 15, 1952 in Augusta, ME
Buried: New Gloucester Cemetery, New Gloucester, ME
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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
1910 26 PHA AL 34 79 69 9 13 3 2 0 7 0 7 15 .188 .263 .290 .553 74 20 0 3 3
1911 27 BSN NL 20 79 71 11 18 1 0 1 9 2 8 6 .254 .329 .310 .639 75 22 0 0 3
1912 28 BSN NL 108 360 332 38 95 17 3 8 52 1 22 29 .286 .332 .428 .760 107 142 1 5 3
3 Yrs 162 518 472 58 126 21 5 9 68 3 37 50 .267 .322 .390 .711 98 184 1 8
162 Game Avg. 162 518 472 58 126 21 5 9 68 3 37 50 .267 .322 .390 .711 98 184 1 8
BSN (2 yrs) 128 439 403 49 113 18 3 9 61 3 30 35 .280 .332 .407 .739 101 164 1 5
PHA (1 yr) 34 79 69 9 13 3 2 0 7 0 7 15 .188 .263 .290 .553 74 20 0 3
NL (2 yrs) 128 439 403 49 113 18 3 9 61 3 30 35 .280 .332 .407 .739 101 164 1 5
AL (1 yr) 34 79 69 9 13 3 2 0 7 0 7 15 .188 .263 .290 .553 74 20 0 3

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
1910 26 PHA AL 34 79 -2 0 0 1 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .493 .499 -0.0 0.0 0 3
1911 27 BSN NL 20 79 -2 -0 0 0 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -0 -0.1 .484 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 3
1912 28 BSN NL 108 360 3 1 0 -2 -3 -2 -0.2 11 10 0.9 .499 .499 1.2 -0.5 12 3
3 Seasons 162 518 -2 0 0 -1 -4 -6 -0.8 17 10 0.9 .496 .499 1.1 -0.6 11
BSN (2 yrs) 128 439 1 0 0 -2 -3 -4 -0.5 14 9 0.8 .496 .499 1.1 -0.6 11
PHA (1 yr) 34 79 -2 0 0 1 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .493 .499 -0.0 0.0 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 Awards
1910 PHA AL 26 1B 26 167 160 7 0 10 1.000 6.42 .983 11.07
1911 BSN NL 27 1B 20 173 160 11 2 13 .988 8.55 .985 10.23
1912 BSN NL 28 1B 83 807 759 37 11 48 .986 9.59 .988 10.17
3 Seasons 1B 129 1147 1079 55 13 71 .989 8.79 .987 10.36
3 Seasons TOT 129 1147 1079 55 13 71 .989 8.79 .987 10.36
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

Home Runs s c a p y
1912 NL  8 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1912 NL  41.5 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1901), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS First Base (385th), 0.9 career WAR/0.9 7yr-peak WAR/0.9 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • September 1, 1911: Drafted by the Boston Rustlers from Indianapolis (American Association) in the 1911 rule 5 draft.
  • December 10, 1912: Purchased by Baltimore (International) from the Boston Braves.
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Name and misspellings: Benjamin Ben benji Franklin Houser

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