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Chief Johnson

George Howard Johnson (Murphy or Big Murph)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: March 30, 1886 in Winnebago, NE
School: Carlisle Indian Industrial School (Carlisle, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1913 (Age 27.017, 3,866th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Packers/Reds 1913-1915

Last Game: September 30, 1915 (Age 29.184)
Died: June 12, 1922 in Des Moines, IA
Buried: Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, NE
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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
1913 27 CIN NL 14 16 .467 3.01 44 31 7 13 3 0 269.0 251 137 90 8 86 107 7 2 6 1107 108 3.18 1.253 8.4 0.3 2.9 3.6 1.24
1914 28 TOT MLB 9 10 .474 3.26 21 20 0 12 2 0 138.0 163 80 50 2 35 79 4 0 2 583 94 2.33 1.435 10.6 0.1 2.3 5.2 2.26
1914 28 CIN NL 0 0 6.75 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 6 4 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 20 49 3.44 2.000 13.5 0.0 4.5 2.3 0.50
1914 28 KCP FL 9 10 .474 3.16 20 19 0 12 2 0 134.0 157 76 47 2 33 78 4 0 2 563 97 2.30 1.418 10.5 0.1 2.2 5.2 2.36
1915 29 KCP FL 17 17 .500 2.75 46 34 6 19 4 2 281.1 253 121 86 5 71 118 8 0 13 1126 107 2.64 1.152 8.1 0.2 2.3 3.8 1.66
3 Yrs 40 43 .482 2.95 111 85 13 44 9 2 688.1 667 338 226 15 192 304 19 2 21 2816 105 2.79 1.248 8.7 0.2 2.5 4.0 1.58
162 Game Avg. 14 15 .482 2.95 39 29 5 15 3 1 239 231 117 78 5 67 105 7 1 7 977 105 2.79 1.248 8.7 0.2 2.5 4.0 1.58
CIN (2 yrs) 14 16 .467 3.07 45 32 7 13 3 0 273.0 257 141 93 8 88 108 7 2 6 1127 107 3.19 1.264 8.5 0.3 2.9 3.6 1.23
KCP (2 yrs) 26 27 .491 2.88 66 53 6 31 6 2 415.1 410 197 133 7 104 196 12 0 15 1689 103 2.53 1.238 8.9 0.2 2.3 4.2 1.88
FL (2 yrs) 26 27 .491 2.88 66 53 6 31 6 2 415.1 410 197 133 7 104 196 12 0 15 1689 103 2.53 1.238 8.9 0.2 2.3 4.2 1.88
NL (2 yrs) 14 16 .467 3.07 45 32 7 13 3 0 273.0 257 141 93 8 88 108 7 2 6 1127 107 3.19 1.264 8.5 0.3 2.9 3.6 1.23
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
1913 27 CIN NL 269.0 44 31 137 4.58 4.18 -0.09 0.00 101.0 4.31 -9 -0.9 1.0 -0.2 1.1 13 .479 .494 $2,250
1914 28 CIN NL 4.0 1 1 4 9.00 3.90 0.05 0.00 105.0 4.05 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .297 .499 $3,200
1914 28 KCP FL 134.0 20 19 76 5.10 4.10 -0.06 0.00 97.0 4.03 -17 -1.8 1.0 -0.1 -1.3 -11 .411 .489 $5,000
1915 29 KCP FL 281.1 46 34 121 3.87 3.89 0.10 0.00 97.0 3.68 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.2 0.5 4 .486 .496 $5,000
3 Seasons 688.1 111 85 338 4.42 4.04 -0.01 0.00 98.6 4.00 -34 -3.5 1.0 -0.4 0.2 4 .468 .494 $15,450
CIN (2 yrs) 273.0 45 32 141 4.65 4.18 -0.09 0.00 101.1 4.31 -11 -1.1 1.0 -0.2 0.9 11 .475 .494 $5,450
KCP (2 yrs) 415.1 66 53 197 4.27 3.96 0.05 0.00 97.0 3.79 -23 -2.4 1.0 -0.2 -0.8 -7 .464 .494 $10,000

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
1913 27 CIN NL 44 100 88 6 10 0 0 1 5 1 0 9 38 .114 .196 .148 .344 -1 13 0 3 1
1914 28 TOT MLB 21 53 49 4 6 1 1 1 2 0 1 23 .122 .157 .245 .402 16 12 1 1 1
1914 28 CIN NL 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 /1
1914 28 KCP FL 20 52 49 3 6 1 1 1 2 0 0 23 .122 .140 .245 .385 11 12 1 1 1
1915 29 KCP FL 46 98 87 2 11 2 0 1 8 2 6 39 .126 .200 .184 .384 15 16 2 4 1
3 Yrs 111 251 224 12 27 3 1 3 15 3 0 16 100 .121 .189 .183 .372 9 41 3 8
162 Game Avg. 162 366 327 18 39 4 1 4 22 4 23 146 .121 .189 .183 .372 9 60 4 12
CIN (2 yrs) 45 101 88 7 10 0 0 1 5 1 0 10 38 .114 .204 .148 .352 1 13 0 3
KCP (2 yrs) 66 150 136 5 17 3 1 2 10 2 6 62 .125 .179 .206 .385 13 28 3 5
FL (2 yrs) 66 150 136 5 17 3 1 2 10 2 6 62 .125 .179 .206 .385 13 28 3 5
NL (2 yrs) 45 101 88 7 10 0 0 1 5 1 0 10 38 .114 .204 .148 .352 1 13 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
1913 27 CIN NL 44 100 -12 0 0 0 9 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .492 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 $2,250 1
1914 28 CIN NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .540 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $3,200 /1
1914 28 KCP FL 20 52 -6 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .490 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $5,000 1
1915 29 KCP FL 46 98 -10 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .494 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 $5,000 1
3 Seasons 111 251 -28 1 0 0 20 -7 -0.8 0 -7 -0.8 .493 .498 -0.8 0.0 -7 $15,450
CIN (2 yrs) 45 101 -12 0 0 0 9 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $5,450
KCP (2 yrs) 66 150 -16 0 0 0 12 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .493 .498 -0.5 0.0 -4 $10,000

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 Awards
1913 CIN NL 27 P 44 269.0 82 1 75 6 2 .927 2.54 1.73 .955 2.61 2.60
1914 TOT MLB 28 P 21 20 12 138.0 32 1 27 4 1 .875 1.83 1.33 .947 3.03 2.99
1914 CIN NL 28 P 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1914 KCP FL 28 P 20 19 12 134.0 32 1 27 4 1 .875 1.88 1.40 .947 3.04 3.00
1915 KCP FL 29 P 46 34 19 281.1 119 13 94 12 4 .899 3.42 2.33 .956 3.08 3.05
3 Seasons P 111 54 31 688.1 233 15 196 22 7 .906 2.76 1.90 .954 2.89 2.86
3 Seasons TOT 111 54 31 688.1 233 15 196 22 7 .906 2.76 1.90 .954 2.89 2.86
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.
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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

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1915 FL  1.152 (10th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1915 FL  2.271 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1913 NL  44 (6th)
1915 FL  46 (4th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1915 FL  281.3 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 FL  118 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1915 FL  34 (6th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1913 NL  3 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1913 NL  8 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1913 NL  86 (9th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1915 FL  1.662 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1913 NL  16 (8th)
1915 FL  17 (6th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1913 NL  90 (9th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1913 NL  6 (7th)
1915 FL  13 (1st)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1915 FL  1,126 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1915 FL  2.64 (8th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1915 FL  46 (4th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1915 FL  13 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1913 NL  6 (4th)
1915 FL  12 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 13 (1346), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 3 (1638), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 13 (640), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2914th), -0.6 career WAR/-0.6 7yr-peak WAR/-0.6 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
1912 26 Chicago White Sox $1,500 ? Celler Committee transceipt 1393
1913 27 Cincinnati Reds $2,250* ? 6/11/14 TSN Raised from $1,650 at beginning of season
1914 28 Kansas City Packers $5,000 ? 4/25/14 SL
28 Cincinnati Reds $3,200 ? 6/11/14 TSN
1915 29 Kansas City Packers $5,000 ? 4/25/14 SL
Career to date (may be incomplete)$16,950
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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