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John Irwin

John Irwin

Positions: Third Baseman, Shortstop and Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: July 21, 1861 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (All Transactions)
Debut: May 31, 1882 (Age 20.314, 565th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Nationals/Bisons/Colonels/Athletics/... 1882-1891

Last Game: August 8, 1896 (Age 35.018)
Died: February 28, 1934 in Boston, MA
Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston, MA
Relatives: Brother of Arthur Irwin
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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
1882 20 WOR NL 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 /3
1884 22 BOS UA 105 447 432 81 101 22 6 1 15 .234 .260 .319 .579 94 138 *5
1886 24 PHA AA 3 13 13 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .231 .231 .308 .538 69 4 0 /65
1887 25 WHS NL 8 35 31 6 11 2 0 2 3 6 3 6 .355 .429 .613 1.041 192 19 1 /65
1888 26 WHS NL 37 133 126 14 28 5 2 0 8 15 5 18 .222 .263 .294 .557 82 37 2 65
1889 27 WHS NL 58 257 228 42 66 11 4 0 25 10 25 14 .289 .370 .373 .742 114 85 4 5
1890 28 BUF PL 77 355 308 62 72 11 4 0 34 18 43 19 .234 .335 .295 .631 75 91 4 53/4
1891 29 TOT AA 33 139 127 13 31 3 3 0 22 7 11 15 .244 .309 .315 .624 80 40 1 O5/6
1891 29 BOS AA 19 78 72 6 16 2 2 0 15 6 6 9 .222 .282 .306 .588 67 22 0 O/56
1891 29 LOU AA 14 61 55 7 15 1 1 0 7 1 5 6 .273 .344 .327 .672 96 18 1 5
8 Yrs 322 1383 1269 222 312 55 19 3 93 56 102 74 .246 .308 .326 .634 92 414 12
162 Game Avg. 162 696 638 112 157 28 10 2 47 51 .246 .308 .326 .634 92 208
WHS (3 yrs) 103 425 385 62 105 18 6 2 36 31 33 38 .273 .341 .366 .707 111 141 7
LOU (1 yr) 14 61 55 7 15 1 1 0 7 1 5 6 .273 .344 .327 .672 96 18 1
PHA (1 yr) 3 13 13 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .231 .231 .308 .538 69 4 0
BOS (1 yr) 19 78 72 6 16 2 2 0 15 6 6 9 .222 .282 .306 .588 67 22 0
BUF (1 yr) 77 355 308 62 72 11 4 0 34 18 43 19 .234 .335 .295 .631 75 91 4
BOS (1 yr) 105 447 432 81 101 22 6 1 15 .234 .260 .319 .579 94 138
WOR (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0
AA (2 yrs) 36 152 140 17 34 4 3 0 23 7 11 15 .243 .303 .314 .617 79 44 1
NL (4 yrs) 104 429 389 62 105 18 6 2 36 31 33 40 .270 .338 .362 .700 109 141 7
UA (1 yr) 105 447 432 81 101 22 6 1 15 .234 .260 .319 .579 94 138
PL (1 yr) 77 355 308 62 72 11 4 0 34 18 43 19 .234 .335 .295 .631 75 91 4

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
1882 20 WOR NL 1 4 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .314 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /3
1884 22 BOS UA 105 447 -3 0 0 -5 3 -4 -0.1 0 -4 -0.0 .496 .497 0.1 0.1 0 *5
1886 24 PHA AA 3 13 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 0.0 .489 .500 0.0 0.0 -0 /65
1887 25 WHS NL 8 35 4 0 0 0 0 4 0.3 1 6 0.5 .544 .502 0.5 0.0 6 /65
1888 26 WHS NL 37 133 -2 1 0 -4 2 -4 -0.4 5 1 0.1 .491 .498 0.6 -0.2 5 65
1889 27 WHS NL 58 257 7 -1 0 -2 2 6 0.4 9 15 1.3 .509 .503 1.6 -0.0 17 5
1890 28 BUF PL 77 355 -7 -0 0 0 2 -5 -0.3 8 3 0.5 .495 .498 0.4 0.3 3 53/4
1891 29 BOS AA 19 78 -4 0 0 -1 -1 -5 -0.5 2 -4 -0.3 .476 .497 -0.2 -0.2 -3 O/56
1891 29 LOU AA 14 61 -0 -0 0 -2 0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.0 .489 .499 0.2 -0.1 2 5
8 Seasons 322 1383 -7 0 0 -15 10 -13 -0.9 27 14 1.8 .497 .499 2.9 -0.2 29
WHS (3 yrs) 103 425 8 0 0 -6 4 7 0.4 15 22 1.9 .505 .501 2.6 -0.2 28
LOU (1 yr) 14 61 -0 -0 0 -2 0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.0 .489 .499 0.2 -0.1 2
PHA (1 yr) 3 13 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 0.0 .489 .500 0.0 0.0 -0
BOS (1 yr) 19 78 -4 0 0 -1 -1 -5 -0.5 2 -4 -0.3 .476 .497 -0.2 -0.2 -3
BUF (1 yr) 77 355 -7 -0 0 0 2 -5 -0.3 8 3 0.5 .495 .498 0.4 0.3 3
BOS (1 yr) 105 447 -3 0 0 -5 3 -4 -0.1 0 -4 -0.0 .496 .497 0.1 0.1 0
WOR (1 yr) 1 4 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .314 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1882 WOR NL 20 1B 1 11 7 0 4 1 .636 7.00 .958 10.40
1884 BOS UA 22 3B 105 395 117 191 87 7 .780 2.93 .777 3.02
1886 PHA AA 24 SS 2 7 2 3 2 0 .714 2.50 .854 4.55
1886 PHA AA 24 3B 1 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 4.00 .850 3.20
1887 WHS NL 25 SS 5 24 9 12 3 1 .875 4.20 .890 5.00
1887 WHS NL 25 3B 4 13 4 7 2 0 .846 2.75 .870 3.42
1888 WHS NL 26 SS 27 164 54 87 23 5 .860 5.22 .881 4.47
1888 WHS NL 26 3B 10 29 12 10 7 1 .759 2.20 .877 3.13
1889 WHS NL 27 3B 58 243 82 129 32 14 .868 3.64 .885 3.55
1890 BUF PL 28 3B 64 247 79 139 29 13 .883 3.41 .853 3.54
1890 BUF PL 28 1B 12 115 103 11 1 13 .991 9.50 .973 10.45
1890 BUF PL 28 2B 1 9 2 5 2 1 .778 7.00 .913 5.90
1891 TOT AA 29 3B 16 56 17 27 12 1 .786 2.75 .872 3.61
1891 BOS AA 29 OF 17 34 25 5 4 0 .882 1.76 .908 1.87 9-0-9
1891 BOS AA 29 3B 2 12 4 5 3 0 .750 4.50 .872 3.60
1891 BOS AA 29 SS 1 3 1 1 1 0 .667 2.00 .880 5.10
1891 LOU AA 29 3B 14 44 13 22 9 1 .795 2.50 .872 3.61
7 Seasons 3B 258 987 311 507 169 36 .829 3.17 .832 3.32
4 Seasons SS 35 198 66 103 29 6 .854 4.83 .881 4.57
1 Season OF 17 34 25 5 4 0 .882 1.76 .908 1.87 9-0-9
2 Seasons 1B 13 126 110 11 5 14 .960 9.31 .972 10.45
1 Season 2B 1 9 2 5 2 1 .778 7.00 .913 5.90
8 Seasons TOT 324 1354 514 631 209 57 .846 3.53 .855 3.67 9-0-9
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

Games Played s c a p y
1884 UA  105 (9th)

At Bats s c a p y
1884 UA  432 (8th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1884 UA  447 (9th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1884 UA  81 (9th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1884 UA  29 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1884 UA  331 (4th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  105 (1st)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  117 (2nd)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  191 (1st)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  87 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  7 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  2.93 (4th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1884 UA  .780 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1882 NL  born 1861-07-21 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 5 (1819), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (368th), 1.9 career WAR/2.1 7yr-peak WAR/2.0 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

  • May 21, 1891: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Reds. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • July 16, 1891: Released by the Boston Reds.
  • August 10, 1891: Released by the Louisville Colonels.
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