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Elmer Jacobs

William Elmer Jacobs

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: August 10, 1892 in Salem, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: April 23, 1914 (Age 21.256)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1914 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cubs/Phillies/Cardinals/WhiteSox 1914-1927

Final Game: September 13, 1927 (Age 35.034)
Died: February 10, 1958 in Salem, MO
Buried: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Salem, MO
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1914 21 PHI NL 1 3 .250 4.80 14 7 6 1 0 0 50.2 65 38 27 2 20 17 3 0 3 225 62 3.64 1.678 11.5 0.4 3.6 3.0 0.85
1916 23 PIT NL 6 10 .375 2.94 34 17 8 8 0 0 153.0 151 70 50 2 38 46 4 1 2 647 90 2.71 1.235 8.9 0.1 2.2 2.7 1.21
1917 24 PIT NL 6 19 .240 2.81 38 25 12 10 1 2 227.1 214 87 71 3 76 58 5 2 1 941 101 2.99 1.276 8.5 0.1 3.0 2.3 0.76
1918 25 TOT NL 9 6 .600 2.95 26 18 3 12 4 1 146.1 122 57 48 3 56 35 4 0 2 606 101 3.25 1.216 7.5 0.2 3.4 2.2 0.63
1918 25 PIT NL 0 1 .000 5.79 8 4 1 0 0 0 23.1 31 18 15 0 14 2 0 0 0 111 51 3.86 1.929 12.0 0.0 5.4 0.8 0.14
1918 25 PHI NL 9 5 .643 2.41 18 14 2 12 4 1 123.0 91 39 33 3 42 33 4 0 2 495 124 3.13 1.081 6.7 0.2 3.1 2.4 0.79
1919 26 TOT NL 9 16 .360 3.32 34 23 9 17 1 1 214.0 231 96 79 7 69 68 11 3 4 903 92 3.40 1.402 9.7 0.3 2.9 2.9 0.99
1919 26 PHI NL 6 10 .375 3.85 17 15 2 13 0 0 128.2 150 66 55 5 44 37 6 2 2 557 83 3.58 1.508 10.5 0.3 3.1 2.6 0.84
1919 26 STL NL 3 6 .333 2.53 17 8 7 4 1 1 85.1 81 30 24 2 25 31 5 1 2 346 112 3.12 1.242 8.5 0.2 2.6 3.3 1.24
1920 27 STL NL 4 8 .333 5.21 23 9 7 1 0 1 77.2 91 56 45 2 33 21 5 1 4 359 59 4.01 1.597 10.5 0.2 3.8 2.4 0.64
1924 31 CHC NL 11 12 .478 3.74 38 22 11 13 1 1 190.1 181 93 79 9 72 50 2 1 5 792 104 4.30 1.329 8.6 0.4 3.4 2.4 0.69
1925 32 CHC NL 2 3 .400 5.17 18 4 8 1 1 1 55.2 63 37 32 8 22 19 1 0 3 255 85 5.54 1.527 10.2 1.3 3.6 3.1 0.86
1927 34 CHW AL 2 4 .333 4.60 25 8 10 2 1 0 74.1 105 49 38 3 37 22 4 1 0 353 89 4.61 1.910 12.7 0.4 4.5 2.7 0.59
9 Yrs 50 81 .382 3.55 250 133 74 65 9 7 1189.1 1223 583 469 39 423 336 39 9 24 5081 90 3.58 1.384 9.3 0.3 3.2 2.5 0.79
162 Game Avg. 9 14 .382 3.55 44 24 13 12 2 1 211 217 104 83 7 75 60 7 2 4 902 90 3.58 1.384 9.3 0.3 3.2 2.5 0.79
PIT (3 yrs) 12 30 .286 3.03 80 46 21 18 1 2 403.2 396 175 136 5 128 106 9 3 3 1699 92 2.93 1.298 8.8 0.1 2.9 2.4 0.83
PHI (3 yrs) 16 18 .471 3.42 49 36 10 26 4 1 302.1 306 143 115 10 106 87 13 2 7 1277 90 3.41 1.363 9.1 0.3 3.2 2.6 0.82
STL (2 yrs) 7 14 .333 3.81 40 17 14 5 1 2 163.0 172 86 69 4 58 52 10 2 6 705 78 3.54 1.411 9.5 0.2 3.2 2.9 0.90
CHC (2 yrs) 13 15 .464 4.06 56 26 19 14 2 2 246.0 244 130 111 17 94 69 3 1 8 1047 98 4.58 1.374 8.9 0.6 3.4 2.5 0.73
CHW (1 yr) 2 4 .333 4.60 25 8 10 2 1 0 74.1 105 49 38 3 37 22 4 1 0 353 89 4.61 1.910 12.7 0.4 4.5 2.7 0.59
NL (8 yrs) 48 77 .384 3.48 225 125 64 63 8 7 1115.0 1118 534 431 36 386 314 35 8 24 4728 91 3.52 1.349 9.0 0.3 3.1 2.5 0.81
AL (1 yr) 2 4 .333 4.60 25 8 10 2 1 0 74.1 105 49 38 3 37 22 4 1 0 353 89 4.61 1.910 12.7 0.4 4.5 2.7 0.59
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1914 21 PHI NL 50.2 14 7 38 6.75 3.78 -0.52 0.00 105.0 4.52 -12 -1.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.9 -9 .407 .492
1916 23 PIT NL 152.2 34 17 70 4.13 3.59 -0.24 0.00 102.1 3.92 -4 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 0.7 6 .485 .497
1917 24 PIT NL 227.2 38 25 87 3.44 3.59 -0.18 0.00 105.3 3.98 13 1.6 1.0 -0.1 3.4 28 .543 .510
1918 25 PIT NL 23.1 8 4 18 6.94 3.48 0.30 0.00 106.3 3.38 -9 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -8 .375 .494
1918 25 PHI NL 122.0 18 14 39 2.88 3.53 -0.05 0.00 107.1 3.84 13 1.7 1.0 -0.1 2.6 21 .595 .511
1919 26 PHI NL 128.2 17 15 66 4.62 3.70 -0.37 0.00 111.7 4.55 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 0.9 8 .496 .500
1919 26 STL NL 85.1 17 8 30 3.16 3.61 0.19 0.00 97.6 3.34 2 0.2 1.0 -0.1 0.9 7 .515 .502
1920 27 STL NL 77.2 23 9 56 6.49 3.82 -0.10 0.00 102.0 4.00 -22 -2.3 1.0 -0.0 -1.7 -16 .401 .486
1924 31 CHC NL 190.1 38 22 93 4.40 4.45 0.15 0.00 104.0 4.48 3 0.3 1.0 -0.1 1.8 18 .507 .502
1925 32 CHC NL 55.2 18 4 37 5.98 5.17 0.19 0.00 104.0 5.18 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 0 .474 .497
1927 34 CHW AL 74.1 25 8 49 5.93 4.80 0.13 0.00 99.0 4.62 -11 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -2 .458 .494 $6,000
9 Seasons 1188.1 250 133 583 4.42 3.91 -0.08 0.00 104.3 4.16 -34 -2.8 1.0 -0.8 6.6 54 .489 .499 $6,000
PIT (3 yrs) 403.2 80 46 175 3.90 3.59 -0.18 0.00 104.2 3.92 -1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 3.3 27 .502 .503
PHI (3 yrs) 301.1 49 36 143 4.27 3.64 -0.27 0.00 108.7 4.25 0 0.3 1.0 -0.2 2.6 20 .507 .501
STL (2 yrs) 163.0 40 17 86 4.75 3.71 0.05 0.00 99.7 3.66 -20 -2.0 1.0 -0.1 -0.8 -8 .449 .493
CHC (2 yrs) 246.0 56 26 130 4.76 4.61 0.15 0.00 104.0 4.63 -3 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.8 18 .496 .500
CHW (1 yr) 74.1 25 8 49 5.93 4.80 0.13 0.00 99.0 4.62 -11 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -2 .458 .494 $6,000

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
1914 21 PHI NL 14 15 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .067 .000 .067 -80 0 0 0 1
1916 23 PIT NL 34 45 40 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 13 .075 .159 .125 .284 -12 5 1 1 1
1917 24 PIT NL 38 72 67 3 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 26 .179 .203 .209 .412 25 14 1 3 1
1918 25 TOT NL 26 49 45 1 8 0 1 0 2 0 2 17 .178 .213 .222 .435 29 10 0 2 1
1918 25 PIT NL 8 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .286 .286 .286 .571 71 2 0 0 /1
1918 25 PHI NL 18 42 38 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 2 14 .158 .200 .211 .411 22 8 0 2 1
1919 26 TOT NL 34 72 68 5 16 4 1 0 1 0 2 13 .235 .257 .324 .581 72 22 0 2 1
1919 26 PHI NL 17 47 45 5 8 2 0 0 1 0 1 9 .178 .196 .222 .418 22 10 0 1 1
1919 26 STL NL 17 25 23 0 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 .348 .375 .522 .897 174 12 0 1 1
1920 27 STL NL 23 30 26 2 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .192 .222 .231 .453 31 6 0 3 1
1924 31 CHC NL 38 63 54 3 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 3 13 .111 .158 .111 .269 -27 6 0 6 1
1925 32 CHC NL 18 13 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .231 .462 17 3 0 0 1
1927 34 CHW AL 25 25 20 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 .150 .190 .150 .340 -10 3 0 4 1
9 Yrs 250 384 347 22 56 7 3 0 13 0 1 14 101 .161 .198 .199 .397 15 69 2 21
162 Game Avg. 162 249 225 14 36 5 2 0 8 0 9 65 .161 .198 .199 .397 15 45 1 14
PIT (3 yrs) 80 124 114 6 17 2 1 0 1 0 4 42 .149 .192 .184 .376 15 21 2 4
PHI (3 yrs) 49 104 97 7 14 2 1 0 3 0 4 30 .144 .178 .186 .364 7 18 0 3
STL (2 yrs) 40 55 49 2 13 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 11 .265 .294 .367 .661 96 18 0 4
CHC (2 yrs) 56 76 67 3 9 0 0 0 5 0 0 3 13 .134 .171 .134 .306 -18 9 0 6
CHW (1 yr) 25 25 20 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 .150 .190 .150 .340 -10 3 0 4
NL (8 yrs) 225 359 327 18 53 7 3 0 11 0 0 13 96 .162 .199 .202 .401 17 66 2 17
AL (1 yr) 25 25 20 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 .150 .190 .150 .340 -10 3 0 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
1914 21 PHI NL 14 15 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .485 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1916 23 PIT NL 34 45 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1917 24 PIT NL 38 72 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1918 25 PIT NL 8 7 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1918 25 PHI NL 18 42 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1919 26 PHI NL 17 47 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .495 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1919 26 STL NL 17 25 2 0 0 0 2 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .525 .503 0.4 -0.0 4 1
1920 27 STL NL 23 30 -3 0 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1924 31 CHC NL 38 63 -11 0 0 0 5 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .486 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -5 1
1925 32 CHC NL 18 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1927 34 CHW AL 25 25 -4 -0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $6,000 1
9 Seasons 250 384 -40 0 0 0 30 -10 -1.1 0 -10 -1.1 .496 .499 -1.1 -0.1 -10 $6,000
PIT (3 yrs) 80 124 -12 0 0 0 9 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .496 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
PHI (3 yrs) 49 104 -11 0 0 0 7 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .491 .499 -0.5 -0.0 -4
STL (2 yrs) 40 55 -1 0 0 0 4 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .510 .501 0.4 -0.0 3
CHC (2 yrs) 56 76 -12 0 0 0 7 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .490 .498 -0.5 -0.0 -5
CHW (1 yr) 25 25 -4 -0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $6,000

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
1914 PHI NL 21 P 14 7 1 50.2 18 1 16 1 0 .944 3.02 1.21 .943 2.68 2.66
1916 PIT NL 23 P 34 17 8 153.0 42 3 37 2 0 .952 2.35 1.18 .959 2.67 2.67
1917 PIT NL 24 P 38 25 10 227.1 85 8 75 2 3 .976 3.29 2.18 .961 2.85 2.86
1918 TOT NL 25 P 26 18 12 146.1 48 12 36 0 0 1.000 2.95 1.85 .965 2.93 2.94
1918 PIT NL 25 P 8 4 0 23.1 14 3 11 0 0 1.000 5.40 1.75 .965 2.93 2.94
1918 PHI NL 25 P 18 14 12 123.0 34 9 25 0 0 1.000 2.49 1.89 .965 2.93 2.94
1919 TOT NL 26 P 34 23 17 214.0 77 6 68 3 1 .961 3.11 2.18 .960 2.93 2.93
1919 PHI NL 26 P 17 15 13 128.2 52 3 46 3 0 .942 3.43 2.88 .960 2.93 2.93
1919 STL NL 26 P 17 8 4 85.1 25 3 22 0 1 1.000 2.64 1.47 .960 2.93 2.93
1920 STL NL 27 P 23 9 1 77.2 33 3 28 2 1 .939 3.59 1.35 .957 2.80 2.83
1924 CHC NL 31 P 38 22 13 190.1 65 9 54 2 0 .969 2.98 1.66 .965 2.52 2.51
1925 CHC NL 32 P 18 4 1 55.2 15 1 14 0 1 1.000 2.43 0.83 .957 2.44 2.41
1927 CHW AL 34 P 25 8 2 74.1 32 3 27 2 1 .938 3.63 1.20 .959 2.62 2.59
9 Seasons P 250 133 65 1189.1 415 46 355 14 7 .966 3.03 1.60 .960 2.75 2.73
9 Seasons TOT 250 133 65 1189.1 415 46 355 14 7 .966 3.03 1.60 .960 2.75 2.73
Note: Complete player games played data.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1917 NL  3.4 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1918 NL  .600 (9th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1918 NL  7.503 (5th)
1924 NL  8.559 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1924 NL  38 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1917 NL  2 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1918 NL  4 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1918 NL  3 (10th)
1919 NL  7 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1917 NL  76 (7th)
1919 NL  69 (5th)
1924 NL  72 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1919 NL  231 (5th)

Losses s c a p y
1917 NL  19 (5th)
1919 NL  16 (3rd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1919 NL  79 (2nd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1924 NL  5 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1919 NL  11 (4th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1924 NL  38 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1918 NL  12 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1918 NL  1.000 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 12 (1388), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1787), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1294), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1077th), 5.5 career WAR/8.2 7yr-peak WAR/6.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1927 34 Chicago White Sox $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$6,000
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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