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Rudy Kemmler

Rudolph Kemmler
born Rudolph Kemler

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 206 lb.

Born: January, 1860 in Chicago, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: July 26, 1879 (Age 19)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1883 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Buckeyes/PittsburghAlleghenys/Browns/Solons/RedStockings/... 1879-1889

Final Game: August 11, 1889 (Age 29)
Died: June 20, 1909 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, IL
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Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1879 19 PRO NL 2 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 -6 1 /2
1881 21 CLV NL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 /2
1882 22 TOT AA 27 109 108 8 24 5 0 0 1 .222 .229 .269 .498 67 29 2/O
1882 22 CIN AA 3 11 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 .091 .091 .182 .273 -13 2 /2O
1882 22 PIT AA 24 98 97 8 23 4 0 0 1 .237 .245 .278 .523 76 27 2/O
1883 23 COL AA 84 331 318 27 66 6 2 0 13 .208 .239 .239 .478 60 76 *2/O
1884 24 COL AA 61 226 211 28 42 3 3 0 15 .199 .252 .242 .494 68 51 0 2/3O
1885 25 PIT AA 18 67 64 2 13 2 1 0 5 2 .203 .239 .266 .504 60 17 1 2
1886 26 STL AA 35 132 123 13 17 2 0 0 6 0 8 .138 .197 .154 .351 9 19 1 2/3
1889 29 COL AA 8 29 26 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .115 .207 .115 .322 -5 3 0 /2
8 Yrs 236 904 860 80 166 18 6 0 11 0 42 5 .193 .232 .228 .460 52 196 2
162 Game Avg. 162 621 590 55 114 12 4 0 8 29 .193 .232 .228 .460 52 135
PIT (2 yrs) 42 165 161 10 36 6 1 0 5 3 .224 .242 .273 .516 69 44 1
COL (2 yrs) 145 557 529 55 108 9 5 0 28 .204 .244 .240 .484 63 127 0
PRO (1 yr) 2 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 -6 1
STL (1 yr) 35 132 123 13 17 2 0 0 6 0 8 .138 .197 .154 .351 9 19 1
COL (1 yr) 8 29 26 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .115 .207 .115 .322 -5 3 0
CLV (1 yr) 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0
CIN (1 yr) 3 11 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 .091 .091 .182 .273 -13 2
AA (6 yrs) 233 894 850 80 165 18 6 0 11 0 42 3 .194 .234 .229 .463 53 195 2
NL (2 yrs) 3 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200 -34 1

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
1879 19 PRO NL 2 7 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.1 .421 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -0 /2
1881 21 CLV NL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .433 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1882 22 CIN AA 3 11 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .461 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2O
1882 22 PIT AA 24 98 -2 0 0 4 1 3 0.3 2 5 0.5 .513 .502 0.2 0.5 1 2/O
1883 23 COL AA 84 331 -11 0 0 20 5 14 1.2 7 21 2.0 .515 .508 0.2 2.3 1 *2/O
1884 24 COL AA 61 226 -6 0 0 -3 4 -5 -0.6 5 -0 -0.1 .493 .497 0.3 -0.1 3 2/3O
1885 25 PIT AA 18 67 -3 0 0 -3 1 -5 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .476 .497 -0.0 -0.2 -0 $1,800 2
1886 26 STL AA 35 132 -14 0 0 -2 2 -14 -1.2 3 -11 -0.9 .466 .493 -0.7 0.0 -9 $2,000 2/3
1889 29 COL AA 8 29 -3 -0 0 -2 0 -5 -0.4 1 -4 -0.4 .448 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /2
8 Seasons 236 904 -42 0 0 13 14 -15 -1.4 20 5 0.7 .495 .501 -0.4 2.4 -8 $3,800
PIT (2 yrs) 42 165 -5 0 0 1 3 -2 -0.1 4 2 0.3 .497 .500 0.2 0.4 1 $1,800
COL (2 yrs) 145 557 -17 0 0 17 9 9 0.7 12 21 2.0 .506 .503 0.6 2.2 4
PRO (1 yr) 2 7 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.1 .421 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -0
STL (1 yr) 35 132 -14 0 0 -2 2 -14 -1.2 3 -11 -0.9 .466 .493 -0.7 0.0 -9 $2,000
COL (1 yr) 8 29 -3 -0 0 -2 0 -5 -0.4 1 -4 -0.4 .448 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -2
CLV (1 yr) 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .433 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1
CIN (1 yr) 3 11 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .461 .499 -0.1 0.0 -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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1879 PRO NL 19 C 2 24 13 7 4 0 .833 10.00 .889 6.45 4 0 0
1881 CLV NL 21 C 1 7 5 2 0 1 1.000 7.00 .911 6.20 2 0 0
1882 TOT AA 22 C 26 186 131 39 16 1 .914 6.54 .880 6.30 21 0 0
1882 TOT AA 22 OF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-0-2
1882 CIN AA 22 C 3 11 8 2 1 0 .909 3.33 .880 6.30 3 0 0
1882 CIN AA 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-0-1
1882 PIT AA 22 C 23 175 123 37 15 1 .914 6.96 .880 6.30 18 0 0
1882 PIT AA 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-0-1
1883 COL AA 23 C 82 556 388 97 71 10 .872 5.91 .890 6.68 114 0 0
1883 COL AA 23 OF 2 6 2 2 2 1 .667 2.00 .852 1.80 0-2-0
1884 COL AA 24 C 58 381 268 77 36 3 .906 5.95 .913 7.44 63 0 0
1884 COL AA 24 1B 2 23 22 0 1 1 .957 11.00 .958 10.65
1884 COL AA 24 OF 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .847 1.60 1-0-0
1885 PIT AA 25 C 18 131 86 28 17 0 .870 6.33 .908 6.94 22 0 0
1886 STL AA 26 C 32 243 159 63 21 3 .914 6.94 .910 7.19 35 0 0
1886 STL AA 26 1B 3 27 23 2 2 1 .926 8.33 .968 10.27
1889 COL AA 29 C 8 57 35 18 4 1 .930 6.63 .917 6.26 12 0 0
8 Seasons C 227 1585 1085 331 169 19 .893 6.24 .900 6.90 273 0 0
2 Seasons 1B 5 50 45 2 3 2 .940 9.40 .963 10.42
3 Seasons OF 5 9 5 2 2 1 .778 1.40 .850 1.76 1-2-2
8 Seasons TOT 237 1644 1135 335 174 22 .894 6.20 .902 6.87 1-2-2 273 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1882 AA  0.5 (10th)
1883 AA  2.3 (1st)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1883 AA  82 (1st)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1883 AA  388 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1883 AA  97 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1883 AA  71 (1st)
Career  169 (58th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1883 AA  10 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1883 AA  114 (1st)
Career  273 (26th)

Youngest s c a p y
1879 NL  born 1860-01-00 (3rd)
1881 NL  born 1860-01-00 (5th)

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
1885 25 Pittsburgh Alleghenys $1,800 ? 11/12/84 SL
1886 26 St. Louis Browns $2,000 ? 12/2/85 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,800
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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