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Benny Kauff

Benjamin Michael Kauff

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 157 lb.

Born: January 5, 1890 in Pomeroy, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1912 (Age 22)
Rookie Status: Lost 1914 [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Hoosiers/Tip-Tops/Highlanders 1912-1920

Final Game: July 2, 1920 (Age 30)
Died: November 17, 1961 in Columbus, OH
Buried: Union Cemetery, Columbus, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #524. Wally Moon… #525. Bill Buckner… #526. Raul Mondesi… #527. BENNY KAUFF… #528. Ryan Howard… #529. Jermaine Dye… #530. Matty Alou… 

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
1912 22 NYY AL 5 14 11 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 .273 .429 .273 .701 97 3 0 0 /O
1914 24 IND FL 154 669 571 120 211 44 13 8 95 75 72 55 .370 .447 .534 .981 165 305 8 16 *O987
1915 25 BTT FL 136 580 483 92 165 23 11 12 83 55 85 50 .342 .446 .509 .955 180 246 6 7 *8O
1916 26 NYG NL 154 632 552 71 146 22 15 9 74 40 26 68 65 .264 .348 .408 .756 138 225 3 9 *8O
1917 27 NYG NL 153 644 559 89 172 22 4 5 68 30 59 54 .308 .379 .388 .767 138 217 5 21 *O8/7
1918 28 NYG NL 67 294 270 41 85 19 4 2 39 9 16 30 .315 .355 .437 .792 142 118 1 7 8O
1919 29 NYG NL 135 543 491 73 136 27 7 10 67 21 39 45 .277 .334 .422 .756 126 207 3 11 *8O
1920 30 NYG NL 55 188 157 31 43 12 3 3 26 3 7 25 14 .274 .380 .446 .826 137 70 2 4 8O
8 Yrs 859 3564 3094 521 961 169 57 49 454 234 33 367 313 .311 .389 .450 .838 149 1391 28 75
162 Game Avg. 162 672 584 98 181 32 11 9 86 44 69 59 .311 .389 .450 .838 149 262 5 14
NYG (5 yrs) 564 2301 2029 305 582 102 33 29 274 103 33 207 208 .287 .357 .413 .769 136 837 14 52
IND (1 yr) 154 669 571 120 211 44 13 8 95 75 72 55 .370 .447 .534 .981 165 305 8 16
BTT (1 yr) 136 580 483 92 165 23 11 12 83 55 85 50 .342 .446 .509 .955 180 246 6 7
NYY (1 yr) 5 14 11 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 .273 .429 .273 .701 97 3 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 564 2301 2029 305 582 102 33 29 274 103 33 207 208 .287 .357 .413 .769 136 837 14 52
FL (2 yrs) 290 1249 1054 212 376 67 24 20 178 130 157 105 .357 .447 .523 .969 172 551 14 23
AL (1 yr) 5 14 11 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 .273 .429 .273 .701 97 3 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
1912 22 NYY AL 5 14 0 0 0 -1 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .488 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 /O
1914 24 IND FL 154 669 51 9 0 9 -7 62 6.8 11 73 7.8 .543 .541 6.6 0.4 64 *O987
1915 25 BTT FL 136 580 49 4 0 3 -4 53 5.9 9 62 6.8 .544 .537 6.4 -0.0 59 $6,000 *8O
1916 26 NYG NL 154 632 23 1 0 -4 -4 16 2.0 19 36 4.0 .513 .512 4.5 -1.0 39 $8,500 *8O
1917 27 NYG NL 153 644 25 -0 0 1 -4 22 2.7 20 42 4.7 .518 .517 4.6 -0.4 41 $8,500 *O8/7
1918 28 NYG NL 67 294 12 -0 0 -1 -2 8 1.0 9 17 1.9 .515 .506 2.0 -0.4 18 8O
1919 29 NYG NL 135 543 15 0 0 -1 -3 10 1.1 17 27 2.9 .509 .508 3.1 -0.7 28 *8O
1920 30 NYG NL 55 188 8 -1 0 -2 -1 3 0.3 6 9 1.0 .507 .502 1.2 -0.4 11 8O
8 Seasons 859 3564 183 12 0 4 -25 174 19.7 91 266 29.0 .523 .520 28.5 -2.5 262 $23,000
NYG (5 yrs) 564 2301 83 -1 0 -7 -14 60 7.0 70 131 14.4 .513 .511 15.4 -2.8 138 $17,000
IND (1 yr) 154 669 51 9 0 9 -7 62 6.8 11 73 7.8 .543 .541 6.6 0.4 64
BTT (1 yr) 136 580 49 4 0 3 -4 53 5.9 9 62 6.8 .544 .537 6.4 -0.0 59 $6,000
NYY (1 yr) 5 14 0 0 0 -1 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .488 .500 0.1 -0.1 1

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1917 27 NYG NL WS CHW L 6 25 25 2 4 1 0 2 5 1 0 0 2 .160 .160 .440 .600 11 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 6 25 25 2 4 1 0 2 5 1 0 0 2 .160 .160 .440 .600 11 0 0 0 0 0

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 G Awards
1912 NYY AL 22 OF 4 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 2.05 0-4-0
1914 IND FL 24 OF 154 154 148 358 310 31 17 5 .953 2.21 .951 1.94
1914 IND FL 24 RF 67 67 63 142 125 13 4 2 .972 2.06 .952 1.64
1914 IND FL 24 CF 55 54 52 152 133 11 8 2 .947 2.62 .953 2.24
1914 IND FL 24 LF 33 33 33 64 52 7 5 1 .922 1.79 .948 1.95
1915 BTT FL 25 CF 136 136 132 364 317 32 15 6 .959 2.57 .969 2.39
1915 BTT FL 25 OF 136 136 132 364 317 32 15 7 .959 2.57 .963 2.06
1916 NYG NL 26 CF 154 154 148 365 329 22 14 7 .962 2.28 .973 2.54
1916 NYG NL 26 OF 154 154 148 365 329 22 14 6 .962 2.28 .967 2.15
1917 NYG NL 27 OF 153 153 147 378 357 12 9 4 .976 2.41 .963 2.20
1917 NYG NL 27 CF 152 152 147 377 356 12 9 4 .976 2.42 .968 2.57
1917 NYG NL 27 LF 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.20
1918 NYG NL 28 CF 67 67 64 167 148 11 8 3 .952 2.37 .960 2.71
1918 NYG NL 28 OF 67 67 64 166 147 11 8 3 .952 2.36 .962 2.26
1919 NYG NL 29 CF 134 134 131 341 306 18 17 3 .950 2.42 .968 2.60
1919 NYG NL 29 OF 134 134 131 341 306 18 17 3 .950 2.42 .964 2.26
1920 NYG NL 30 CF 51 42 34 126 111 10 5 0 .960 2.37 .963 2.75
1920 NYG NL 30 OF 51 42 34 126 111 10 5 0 .960 2.37 .964 2.34
8 Seasons OF 853 840 804 2102 1881 136 85 28 .960 2.36 .962 2.14 34-753-67
7 Seasons (incomplete) CF 749 739 708 1892 1700 116 76 25 .960 2.42 .967 2.54
1 Season RF 67 67 63 142 125 13 4 2 .972 2.06 .952 1.64
2 Seasons LF 34 34 33 65 53 7 5 1 .923 1.76 .948 1.96
8 Seasons TOT 853 840 804 2102 1881 136 85 28 .960 2.36 .962 2.14 34-753-67
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1914 FL  7.9 (1st)
1915 FL  6.8 (3rd)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1914 FL  7.9 (1st)
1915 FL  6.8 (1st)
1917 NL  4.7 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1914 FL  6.7 (1st)
1915 FL  6.4 (1st)
1916 NL  4.5 (6th)
1917 NL  4.6 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1914 FL  .370 (1st)
1915 FL  .342 (1st)
1917 NL  .308 (4th)
Career  .311 (105th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1914 FL  .447 (1st)
1915 FL  .446 (1st)
1917 NL  .379 (5th)
Career  .389 (109th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1914 FL  .534 (2nd)
1915 FL  .509 (1st)
1916 NL  .408 (9th)
1919 NL  .422 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1914 FL  .981 (1st)
1915 FL  .955 (1st)
1916 NL  .756 (8th)
1917 NL  .767 (7th)
1919 NL  .756 (10th)
Career  .838 (216th)

Games Played s c a p y
1914 FL  154 (7th)
1916 NL  154 (6th)
1917 NL  153 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1914 FL  571 (5th)
1917 NL  559 (10th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1914 FL  669 (1st)
1916 NL  632 (10th)
1917 NL  644 (4th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1914 FL  120 (1st)
1915 FL  92 (4th)
1917 NL  89 (3rd)
1919 NL  73 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1914 FL  211 (1st)
1915 FL  165 (4th)
1917 NL  172 (6th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1914 FL  305 (1st)
1915 FL  246 (4th)
1916 NL  225 (6th)
1917 NL  217 (9th)
1919 NL  207 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1914 FL  44 (1st)
1919 NL  27 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1914 FL  13 (4th)
1915 FL  11 (10th)
1916 NL  15 (2nd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1914 FL  8 (9th)
1915 FL  12 (3rd)
1916 NL  9 (4th)
1917 NL  5 (7th)
1919 NL  10 (2nd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1914 FL  95 (3rd)
1915 FL  83 (4th)
1916 NL  74 (4th)
1917 NL  68 (7th)
1919 NL  67 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1914 FL  72 (3rd)
1915 FL  85 (2nd)
1916 NL  68 (4th)
1917 NL  59 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1916 NL  65 (7th)
1919 NL  45 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1914 FL  75 (1st)
1915 FL  55 (1st)
1916 NL  40 (2nd)
1917 NL  30 (3rd)

Singles s c a p y
1914 FL  146 (1st)
1917 NL  141 (1st)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1914 FL  165 (2nd)
1915 FL  180 (1st)
1916 NL  138 (7th)
1917 NL  138 (7th)
1919 NL  126 (9th)
Career  149 (39th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1914 FL  134 (1st)
1915 FL  108 (1st)
1916 NL  75 (9th)
1917 NL  81 (6th)
1919 NL  68 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1914 FL  58 (1st)
1915 FL  56 (1st)
1916 NL  25 (6th)
1917 NL  28 (6th)
1919 NL  15 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1914 FL  6.0 (1st)
1915 FL  6.1 (1st)
1916 NL  2.9 (6th)
1917 NL  3.2 (6th)
1919 NL  1.7 (10th)
Career  22.4 (229th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1914 FL  65 (3rd)
1915 FL  46 (5th)
1916 NL  46 (3rd)
1919 NL  44 (1st)

Times On Base s c a p y
1914 FL  291 (1st)
1915 FL  256 (1st)
1916 NL  217 (6th)
1917 NL  236 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1914 FL  .836 (1st)
1915 FL  .838 (1st)
1917 NL  .703 (7th)
Career  .746 (28th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1914 FL  8 (6th)
1915 FL  6 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1917 NL  21 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1916 NL  26 (2nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1914 FL  14.5 (4th)
1915 FL  19.7 (1st)
1916 NL  14.7 (2nd)
1917 NL  8.6 (5th)
1919 NL  13.5 (1st)

AB per HR s c a p y
1914 FL  71.4 (10th)
1915 FL  40.3 (3rd)
1916 NL  61.3 (6th)
1919 NL  49.1 (2nd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1916 NL  441 (9th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  136 (5th)
1916 NL  154 (1st)
1917 NL  152 (2nd)
1919 NL  134 (1st)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  317 (4th)
1916 NL  329 (2nd)
1917 NL  356 (2nd)
1919 NL  306 (3rd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  32 (1st)
1916 NL  22 (2nd)
1918 NL  11 (5th)
1919 NL  18 (2nd)
Career  116 (20th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  15 (1st)
1916 NL  14 (1st)
1917 NL  9 (5th)
1918 NL  8 (4th)
1919 NL  17 (1st)
Career  76 (28th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  6 (1st)
1916 NL  7 (2nd)
1917 NL  4 (3rd)
1918 NL  3 (5th)
1919 NL  3 (3rd)
Career  25 (30th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 FL  125 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1914 FL  154 (3rd)
1916 NL  154 (3rd)
1917 NL  153 (1st)
1919 NL  134 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1914 FL  310 (4th)
1915 FL  317 (4th)
1916 NL  329 (4th)
1917 NL  357 (2nd)
1919 NL  306 (4th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1914 FL  31 (2nd)
1915 FL  32 (1st)
1916 NL  22 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1914 FL  17 (3rd)
1915 FL  15 (2nd)
1916 NL  14 (2nd)
1919 NL  17 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1915 FL  7 (2nd)
1916 NL  6 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  2.57 (1st)
1917 NL  2.42 (5th)
1919 NL  2.42 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 FL  .959 (5th)
1917 NL  .976 (3rd)
1919 NL  .950 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1915 FL  2.57 (1st)
1919 NL  2.42 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1917 NL  .976 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 23 (86), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 113 (185), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 51 (390), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (492), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (73rd), 29.0 career WAR/29.0 7yr-peak WAR/29.0 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
191424Brooklyn Tip-Tops$4,000C. Alexander, John McGraw, p. 254
191525Brooklyn Tip-Tops$6,000C. Alexander, John McGraw, p. 254
191626New York Giants$8,5003/2/16 TSN2 years at $6,000 per, plus $5K bonus
191727New York Giants$8,5003/2/16 TSN2 years at $6,000 per, plus $5K bonus
Career to date (may be incomplete)$27,000
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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