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Frank House

Henry Franklin House (Pig)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: February 18, 1930 in Bessemer, AL
High School: Hueytown HS (Hueytown, AL)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 21, 1950 (Age 20.153)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Athletics/Reds 1950-1961

Final Game: September 25, 1961 (Age 31.219)
Died: March 13, 2005 in Birmingham, AL
Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Bessemer, AL
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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
1950 20 DET AL 5 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000 150 3 0 0 0 /2
1951 21 DET AL 18 48 41 3 9 2 0 1 4 1 1 6 2 .220 .319 .341 .661 79 14 3 0 1 2
1952 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1953 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1954 24 DET AL 114 392 352 35 88 12 1 9 38 2 1 31 34 .250 .307 .366 .673 85 129 7 1 1 7 *2
1955 25 DET AL 102 359 328 37 85 11 1 15 53 0 0 22 25 .259 .308 .436 .744 101 143 4 3 2 4 4 2
1956 26 DET AL 94 348 321 44 77 6 2 10 44 1 1 21 19 .240 .290 .364 .655 72 117 15 3 0 3 0 2
1957 27 DET AL 106 389 348 31 90 9 0 7 36 1 1 35 26 .259 .327 .345 .672 82 120 12 1 5 1 13 2
1958 28 KCA AL 76 218 202 16 51 6 3 4 24 1 0 12 13 .252 .295 .371 .666 81 75 9 1 1 2 2 2
1959 29 KCA AL 98 372 347 32 82 14 3 1 30 0 3 20 23 .236 .282 .303 .584 60 105 10 2 2 0 6 2
1960 30 CIN NL 23 28 28 0 5 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .179 .179 .250 .429 15 7 2 0 0 0 0 /2
1961 31 DET AL 17 28 22 3 5 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 2 .227 .333 .364 .697 85 8 1 0 1 1 0 2
10 Yrs 653 2187 1994 202 494 64 11 47 235 6 7 151 147 .248 .302 .362 .663 79 721 63 11 13 18 25
162 Game Avg. 162 543 495 50 123 16 3 12 58 1 2 37 36 .248 .302 .362 .663 79 179 16 3 3
DET (7 yrs) 456 1569 1417 154 356 42 5 42 178 5 4 119 109 .251 .310 .377 .686 85 534 42 8 10 16 17
KCA (2 yrs) 174 590 549 48 133 20 6 5 54 1 3 32 36 .242 .287 .328 .615 68 180 19 3 3 2 8
CIN (1 yr) 23 28 28 0 5 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .179 .179 .250 .429 15 7 2 0 0 0 0
AL (9 yrs) 630 2159 1966 202 489 62 11 47 232 6 7 151 145 .249 .303 .363 .667 80 714 61 11 13 18 25
NL (1 yr) 23 28 28 0 5 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .179 .179 .250 .429 15 7 2 0 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
1950 20 DET AL 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 0.0 0.0 1 $5,000 /2
1951 21 DET AL 18 48 -1 0 -0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 1 0.1 .496 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $5,000 2
1954 24 DET AL 114 392 -8 1 0 5 4 3 0.2 12 15 1.5 .502 .502 1.0 1.0 10 $9,600 *2
1955 25 DET AL 102 359 -4 1 0 2 4 3 0.3 11 14 1.4 .503 .502 1.1 0.7 12 $12,600 2
1956 26 DET AL 94 348 -16 0 -1 1 4 -12 -1.2 11 -1 -0.2 .487 .493 -0.3 0.5 -2 $13,000 2
1957 27 DET AL 106 389 -10 -2 -1 3 5 -5 -0.6 12 7 0.6 .495 .497 0.3 0.8 4 $14,000 2
1958 28 KCA AL 76 218 -2 0 -1 -1 3 -1 -0.2 7 6 0.5 .499 .499 0.7 0.2 7 $14,000 2
1959 29 KCA AL 98 372 -21 -1 -1 -6 5 -24 -2.7 11 -13 -1.5 .474 .484 -0.8 -0.2 -7 $14,000 2
1960 30 CIN NL 23 28 -3 -0 -0 0 0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .484 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 $15,000 /2
1961 31 DET AL 17 28 -1 0 -0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .490 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 2
10 Seasons 653 2187 -66 0 -3 3 25 -41 -4.7 67 26 2.1 .493 .496 1.8 2.9 23 $102,200
DET (7 yrs) 456 1569 -40 1 -2 10 17 -13 -1.5 48 35 3.4 .497 .498 2.2 2.9 25 $59,200
KCA (2 yrs) 174 590 -23 -1 -2 -7 8 -25 -2.9 18 -7 -1.0 .485 .491 -0.2 -0.0 0 $28,000
CIN (1 yr) 23 28 -3 -0 -0 0 0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .484 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 $15,000

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1950 DET AL 20 C 5 1 1 14.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 3.21 1.00 .984 4.95 4.84 0 0 1 0 0% 49% 0
1951 DET AL 21 C 18 11 9 111.1 70 56 11 3 1 .957 5.42 3.72 .982 5.03 5.01 0 2 7 9 56% 46% 0
1954 DET AL 24 C 107 99 91 880.0 494 434 56 4 7 .992 5 7 5.01 4.58 .986 5.40 5.36 4 9 23 32 58% 48% 3
1955 DET AL 25 C 93 87 77 750.1 464 423 35 6 5 .987 2 3 5.49 4.92 .988 5.58 5.54 3 11 27 24 47% 47% 0
1956 DET AL 26 C 88 78 71 700.2 490 450 33 7 8 .986 1 2 6.20 5.49 .988 5.91 5.86 3 16 17 17 50% 44% 1
1957 DET AL 27 C 97 95 83 849.1 591 535 54 2 5 .997 3 4 6.24 6.07 .991 5.92 5.94 5 12 22 21 49% 47% 3
1958 KCA AL 28 C 55 52 46 440.0 260 236 22 2 4 .992 -1 -3 5.28 4.69 .990 6.01 5.95 7 10 17 15 47% 47% 0
1959 KCA AL 29 C 95 92 85 808.2 499 447 43 9 7 .982 -6 -9 5.45 5.16 .989 6.08 6.04 7 25 33 16 33% 40% 1
1960 CIN NL 30 C 8 1 1 29.2 23 21 2 0 1 1.000 0 0 6.98 2.88 .986 6.58 6.58 0 0 1 1 50% 40% 0
1961 DET AL 31 C 14 5 4 59.1 38 36 1 1 0 .974 -1 -20 5.61 2.64 .989 6.20 6.14 0 2 3 1 25% 36% 0
10 Seasons C 580 521 468 4643.1 2934 2642 258 34 38 .988 3 1 5.62 5.00 .988 5.78 5.75 29 87 151 136 47% 45% 8
10 Seasons TOT 580 521 468 4643.1 2934 2642 258 34 38 .988 3 1 5.62 5.00 .988 5.78 5.75 29 87 151 136 47% 45% 8
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

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1954 AL  7 (8th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1957 AL  13 (3rd)
1959 AL  6 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1954 AL  107 (5th)
1957 AL  97 (5th)
1959 AL  95 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1954 AL  434 (5th)
1957 AL  535 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1954 AL  56 (3rd)
1957 AL  54 (4th)
1959 AL  43 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1955 AL  6 (4th)
1956 AL  7 (4th)
1959 AL  9 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1956 AL  8 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1959 AL  7 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1955 AL  27 (3rd)
1959 AL  33 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1954 AL  32 (3rd)
1955 AL  24 (3rd)
1957 AL  21 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1954 AL  58.2 (2nd)
1955 AL  47.1 (5th)
1957 AL  48.8 (4th)
Career  47.4 (49th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1954 AL  5 (1st)
1955 AL  2 (4th)
1957 AL  3 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1955 AL  5.49 (4th)
1956 AL  6.20 (3rd)
1957 AL  6.24 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1955 AL  4.92 (5th)
1956 AL  5.49 (3rd)
1957 AL  6.07 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1954 AL  .992 (3rd)
1955 AL  .987 (5th)
1957 AL  .997 (4th)
1959 AL  .982 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1950 AL  born 1930-02-18 (4th)
1951 AL  born 1930-02-18 (7th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2805), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (383rd), 2.1 career WAR/4.1 7yr-peak WAR/3.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1950 20 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 21 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1954 24 Detroit Tigers $9,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1955 25 Detroit Tigers $12,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1956 26 Detroit Tigers $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1957 27 Detroit Tigers $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1958 28 Kansas City Athletics $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1959 29 Kansas City Athletics $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1960 30 Cincinnati Reds $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$102,200
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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