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Benn Karr

Benjamin Joyce Karr (Baldy)

Positions: Pitcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: November 28, 1893 in Mount Pleasant, MS
High School: Mount Pleasant HS (Mount Pleasant, MS) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1920 (Age 26)
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Indians 1920-1927

Final Game: July 3, 1927 (Age 33)
Died: December 8, 1968 in Memphis, TN
Buried: Crittendon Memorial Park, Marion, AR
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1920 26 BOS AL 3 8 .273 4.81 3.53 26 2 19 0 0 1 91.2 109 55 49 3 24 21 1 0 1 384 76 1.451 10.7 0.3 2.4 2.1 0.88
1921 27 BOS AL 8 7 .533 3.67 4.35 26 7 18 5 0 0 117.2 123 53 48 8 38 37 1 0 1 499 116 1.368 9.4 0.6 2.9 2.8 0.97
1922 28 BOS AL 5 12 .294 4.47 4.09 41 13 20 7 0 1 183.1 212 115 91 10 45 41 5 0 2 784 91 1.402 10.4 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.91
1925 31 CLE AL 11 12 .478 4.78 4.53 32 24 7 12 1 0 197.2 248 127 105 8 80 41 6 0 4 898 93 1.659 11.3 0.4 3.6 1.9 0.51
1926 32 CLE AL 5 6 .455 5.00 4.79 30 7 17 4 0 1 113.1 137 72 63 9 41 23 6 0 3 535 81 1.571 10.9 0.7 3.3 1.8 0.56
1927 33 CLE AL 3 3 .500 5.05 4.72 22 5 6 1 0 2 76.2 92 49 43 5 32 17 1 0 0 341 83 1.617 10.8 0.6 3.8 2.0 0.53
6 Yrs 35 48 .422 4.60 4.34 177 58 87 29 1 5 780.1 921 471 399 43 260 180 20 0 11 3441 90 1.513 10.6 0.5 3.0 2.1 0.69
162 Game Avg. 10 14 .422 4.60 4.34 51 17 25 8 0 1 226 267 136 115 12 75 52 6 0 3 996 90 1.513 10.6 0.5 3.0 2.1 0.69
CLE (3 yrs) 19 21 .475 4.90 4.64 84 36 30 17 1 3 387.2 477 248 211 22 153 81 13 0 7 1774 88 1.625 11.1 0.5 3.6 1.9 0.53
BOS (3 yrs) 16 27 .372 4.31 4.04 93 22 57 12 0 2 392.2 444 223 188 21 107 99 7 0 4 1667 94 1.403 10.2 0.5 2.5 2.3 0.93

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
1920 26 BOS AL 90.1 26 2 55 5.48 4.84 0.20 0.00 97.4 4.52 -10 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 0 .463 .494 $2,100
1921 27 BOS AL 117.2 26 7 53 4.05 5.31 0.24 0.00 99.3 5.04 12 1.2 1.0 -0.1 2.3 27 .545 .507 $2,400
1922 28 BOS AL 180.2 41 13 115 5.73 4.81 0.00 0.00 101.8 4.89 -16 -1.5 1.0 -0.1 0.3 3 .463 .491 $3,600
1925 31 CLE AL 203.2 32 24 127 5.61 5.23 -0.08 0.00 101.3 5.38 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 1.4 19 .482 .496 $4,500
1926 32 CLE AL 120.0 30 7 72 5.40 4.81 0.28 0.00 101.2 4.59 -11 -1.1 1.0 -0.1 0.1 2 .464 .493 $5,000
1927 33 CLE AL 76.2 22 5 49 5.75 5.08 -0.15 0.00 101.7 5.32 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.4 5 .482 .498 $5,000
6 Seasons 789.0 177 58 471 5.37 5.02 0.07 0.00 100.7 4.99 -35 -3.4 1.0 -0.4 4.4 57 .481 .496 $22,600
CLE (3 yrs) 400.1 84 36 248 5.58 5.08 0.01 0.00 101.4 5.13 -22 -2.1 1.0 -0.2 1.9 27 .476 .496 $14,500
BOS (3 yrs) 388.2 93 22 223 5.16 4.97 0.12 0.00 100.0 4.85 -14 -1.3 1.0 -0.2 2.5 30 .486 .496 $8,100

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
1920 26 BOS AL 57 83 75 8 21 5 0 1 15 0 0 6 18 .280 .333 .387 .720 94 29 0 1 1
1921 27 BOS AL 43 69 62 7 16 2 0 0 9 1 0 3 16 .258 .292 .290 .583 51 18 0 4 1
1922 28 BOS AL 66 104 98 7 21 2 0 0 4 1 0 4 7 .214 .245 .235 .480 26 23 0 1 1
1925 31 CLE AL 46 106 92 11 24 5 0 1 17 0 0 7 8 .261 .313 .348 .661 67 32 0 7 1
1926 32 CLE AL 31 49 45 8 10 5 0 0 4 0 0 3 4 .222 .271 .333 .604 56 15 0 1 1
1927 33 CLE AL 22 25 20 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 6 .200 .333 .250 .583 52 5 0 1 1
6 Yrs 265 436 392 43 96 20 0 2 49 3 0 27 59 .245 .294 .311 .605 57 122 0 15
162 Game Avg. 162 267 240 26 59 12 0 1 30 2 0 17 36 .245 .294 .311 .605 57 75 0 9
CLE (3 yrs) 99 180 157 21 38 11 0 1 21 1 0 14 18 .242 .304 .331 .635 62 52 0 9
BOS (3 yrs) 166 256 235 22 58 9 0 1 28 2 0 13 41 .247 .286 .298 .584 54 70 0 6

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
1920 26 BOS AL 57 83 -1 0 0 0 6 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .510 .503 0.6 0.0 6 $2,100 1
1921 27 BOS AL 43 69 -5 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 2 $2,400 1
1922 28 BOS AL 66 104 -10 0 0 0 11 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 $3,600 1
1925 31 CLE AL 46 106 -5 0 0 0 11 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .512 .503 0.6 0.0 6 $4,500 1
1926 32 CLE AL 31 49 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $5,000 1
1927 33 CLE AL 22 25 -2 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $5,000 1
6 Seasons 265 436 -27 2 0 0 42 17 1.6 0 17 1.6 .506 .502 1.6 -0.0 17 $22,600
CLE (3 yrs) 99 180 -10 1 0 0 18 9 0.9 0 9 0.9 .509 .502 0.9 0.0 9 $14,500
BOS (3 yrs) 166 256 -17 1 0 0 24 8 0.8 0 8 0.8 .505 .502 0.8 -0.0 8 $8,100

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
1920 BOS AL 26 P 26 2 0 91.2 25 5 18 2 0 .920 2.26 0.88 .949 2.70 2.68
1921 BOS AL 27 P 26 7 5 117.2 34 2 30 2 0 .941 2.45 1.23 .956 2.70 2.68
1922 BOS AL 28 P 41 13 7 183.1 58 9 44 5 3 .914 2.60 1.29 .963 2.60 2.59
1925 CLE AL 31 P 32 24 12 197.2 75 14 57 4 5 .947 3.23 2.22 .960 2.66 2.64
1926 CLE AL 32 P 30 7 4 113.1 43 6 35 2 0 .953 3.26 1.37 .957 2.66 2.63
1927 CLE AL 33 P 22 5 1 76.2 35 4 29 2 0 .943 3.87 1.50 .959 2.62 2.59
6 Seasons P 177 58 29 780.1 270 40 213 17 8 .937 2.92 1.43 .958 2.65 2.63
6 Seasons TOT 177 58 29 780.1 270 40 213 17 8 .937 2.92 1.43 .958 2.65 2.63
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
1922 AL  41 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1926 AL  6 (7th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1920 AL  19 (1st)
1921 AL  18 (3rd)
1922 AL  20 (3rd)
1926 AL  17 (8th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1922 AL  5 (3rd)
1925 AL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1925 AL  2.22 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 1 (2695), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 3 (1756), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1128th), 6.1 career WAR/6.1 7yr-peak WAR/6.1 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
192026Boston Red Sox$2,100Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192127Boston Red Sox$2,400Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192228Boston Red Sox$3,600Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192531Cleveland Indians$4,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192632Cleveland Indians$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192733Cleveland Indians$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$22,600
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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Name and misspellings: Benjamin Baldy Benn Joyce Karr

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