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John Kirby

John F. Kirby

Positions: Pitcher and Outfielder
Bats: Unknown, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 172 lb.

Born: January 13, 1865 in St. Louis, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: August 1, 1884 (Age 19)
Rookie Status: Lost 1885 [*]
Teams (by GP): Maroons/Hoosiers/Cowboys/Blues 1884-1888

Final Game: June 29, 1888 (Age 23)
Died: October 6, 1931 in St. Louis, MO
Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, Affton, 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
1884 19 KCC UA 0 1 .000 4.09 2 2 0 1 0 0 11.0 13 10 5 0 2 1 0 1 49 73 3.64 1.364 10.6 0.0 1.6 0.8 0.50
1885 20 SLM NL 5 8 .385 3.55 14 14 0 14 0 0 129.1 118 66 51 0 44 46 1 10 534 78 3.19 1.253 8.2 0.0 3.1 3.2 1.05
1886 21 SLM NL 11 26 .297 3.30 41 41 0 38 1 0 325.0 329 222 119 9 134 129 1 43 1438 95 3.91 1.425 9.1 0.2 3.7 3.6 0.96
1887 22 TOT MLB 1 11 .083 7.25 13 13 0 10 0 0 103.0 132 117 83 4 71 13 4 0 12 515 58 5.71 1.971 11.5 0.3 6.2 1.1 0.18
1887 22 IND NL 1 6 .143 6.10 8 8 0 5 0 0 62.0 70 64 42 3 43 7 2 0 4 302 68 5.86 1.823 10.2 0.4 6.2 1.0 0.16
1887 22 CLE AA 0 5 .000 9.00 5 5 0 5 0 0 41.0 62 53 41 1 28 6 2 0 8 213 49 5.50 2.195 13.6 0.2 6.1 1.3 0.21
1888 23 KCC AA 1 4 .200 4.19 5 5 0 5 0 0 43.0 48 36 20 0 7 11 1 0 9 184 81 2.63 1.279 10.0 0.0 1.5 2.3 1.57
5 Yrs 18 50 .265 4.09 75 75 0 68 1 0 611.1 640 451 278 13 258 200 5 2 75 2720 80 3.96 1.469 9.4 0.2 3.8 2.9 0.78
162 Game Avg. 8 23 .265 4.09 34 34 0 31 0 0 277 290 204 126 6 117 91 1 34 1233 80 3.96 1.469 9.4 0.2 3.8 2.9 0.78
SLM (2 yrs) 16 34 .320 3.37 55 55 0 52 1 0 454.1 447 288 170 9 178 175 2 53 1972 90 3.70 1.376 8.9 0.2 3.5 3.5 0.98
KCC (1 yr) 1 4 .200 4.19 5 5 0 5 0 0 43.0 48 36 20 0 7 11 1 0 9 184 81 2.63 1.279 10.0 0.0 1.5 2.3 1.57
KCC (1 yr) 0 1 .000 4.09 2 2 0 1 0 0 11.0 13 10 5 0 2 1 0 1 49 73 3.64 1.364 10.6 0.0 1.6 0.8 0.50
IND (1 yr) 1 6 .143 6.10 8 8 0 5 0 0 62.0 70 64 42 3 43 7 2 0 4 302 68 5.86 1.823 10.2 0.4 6.2 1.0 0.16
CLE (1 yr) 0 5 .000 9.00 5 5 0 5 0 0 41.0 62 53 41 1 28 6 2 0 8 213 49 5.50 2.195 13.6 0.2 6.1 1.3 0.21
NL (3 yrs) 17 40 .298 3.70 63 63 0 57 1 0 516.1 517 352 212 12 221 182 2 2 57 2274 86 3.96 1.429 9.0 0.2 3.9 3.2 0.82
AA (2 yrs) 1 9 .100 6.54 10 10 0 10 0 0 84.0 110 89 61 1 35 17 3 0 17 397 59 4.03 1.726 11.8 0.1 3.8 1.8 0.49
UA (1 yr) 0 1 .000 4.09 2 2 0 1 0 0 11.0 13 10 5 0 2 1 0 1 49 73 3.64 1.364 10.6 0.0 1.6 0.8 0.50

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
1884 19 KCC UA 11.0 2 2 10 8.18 5.83 -0.61 0.00 92.0 5.93 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .387 .499
1885 20 SLM NL 129.1 14 14 66 4.59 5.16 0.23 0.00 98.0 4.83 6 0.6 -0.1 1.8 17 .545 .504
1886 21 SLM NL 325.0 41 41 222 6.15 5.37 0.03 0.00 97.0 5.18 -28 -2.5 -0.4 0.2 1 .439 .485
1887 22 IND NL 62.0 8 8 64 9.29 6.25 0.23 0.00 102.0 6.14 -19 -1.4 -0.1 -0.9 -14 .329 .492 $1,800
1887 22 CLE AA 41.0 5 5 53 11.63 6.73 -0.86 0.00 101.0 7.67 -18 -1.1 -0.0 -0.9 -15 .283 .493
1888 23 KCC AA 43.0 5 5 36 7.53 5.30 -0.17 0.00 112.0 6.12 -7 -0.6 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .383 .496
5 Seasons 611.1 75 75 451 6.64 5.51 0.01 0.00 99.0 5.45 -68 -5.1 -0.7 -0.4 -18 .431 .491 $1,800
SLM (2 yrs) 454.1 55 55 288 5.71 5.31 0.08 0.00 97.3 5.08 -22 -1.9 -0.5 1.9 18 .466 .489
KCC (1 yr) 43.0 5 5 36 7.53 5.30 -0.17 0.00 112.0 6.12 -7 -0.6 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .383 .496
KCC (1 yr) 11.0 2 2 10 8.18 5.83 -0.61 0.00 92.0 5.93 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .387 .499
IND (1 yr) 62.0 8 8 64 9.29 6.25 0.23 0.00 102.0 6.14 -19 -1.4 -0.1 -0.9 -14 .329 .492 $1,800
CLE (1 yr) 41.0 5 5 53 11.63 6.73 -0.86 0.00 101.0 7.67 -18 -1.1 -0.0 -0.9 -15 .283 .493

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
1884 19 KCC UA 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 1 /1O
1885 20 SLM NL 14 51 50 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 17 .060 .078 .060 .138 -54 3 1
1886 21 SLM NL 42 139 136 10 15 4 0 0 5 0 3 47 .110 .129 .140 .269 -15 19 1/O
1887 22 TOT MLB 13 47 47 3 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 12 .149 .149 .234 .383 6 11 0 1/O
1887 22 IND NL 8 29 29 3 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 7 .138 .138 .207 .345 -4 6 0 /1O
1887 22 CLE AA 5 18 18 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .278 .444 24 5 0 /1
1888 23 KCC AA 5 17 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .063 .118 .063 .180 -43 1 1 /1
5 Yrs 76 261 256 17 27 4 2 0 7 0 4 81 .105 .123 .137 .259 -19 35 1
162 Game Avg. 162 556 546 36 58 9 4 0 15 9 .105 .123 .137 .259 -19 75
SLM (2 yrs) 56 190 186 12 18 4 0 0 5 0 4 64 .097 .116 .118 .234 -25 22
CLE (1 yr) 5 18 18 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .278 .444 24 5 0
KCC (1 yr) 5 17 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .063 .118 .063 .180 -43 1 1
KCC (1 yr) 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 1
IND (1 yr) 8 29 29 3 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 7 .138 .138 .207 .345 -4 6 0
NL (3 yrs) 64 219 215 15 22 4 1 0 7 0 4 71 .102 .119 .130 .249 -22 28 0
AA (2 yrs) 10 35 34 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 .118 .143 .176 .319 -6 6 1
UA (1 yr) 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 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
1884 19 KCC UA 2 7 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1O
1885 20 SLM NL 14 51 -9 0 0 0 2 -7 -0.7 0 -7 -0.7 .451 .496 -0.7 -0.0 -7 1
1886 21 SLM NL 42 139 -20 0 0 0 6 -14 -1.4 0 -14 -1.4 .468 .492 -1.3 -0.0 -14 1/O
1887 22 IND NL 8 29 -5 -0 0 0 2 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .468 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -3 $1,800 /1O
1887 22 CLE AA 5 18 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .484 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1888 23 KCC AA 5 17 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .470 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /1
5 Seasons 76 261 -40 -0 0 0 13 -27 -2.6 0 -27 -2.6 .466 .494 -2.5 -0.1 -27 $1,800
SLM (2 yrs) 56 190 -29 0 0 0 8 -21 -2.1 0 -21 -2.1 .463 .493 -2.0 -0.0 -21
CLE (1 yr) 5 18 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .484 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1
KCC (1 yr) 5 17 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .470 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2
KCC (1 yr) 2 7 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
IND (1 yr) 8 29 -5 -0 0 0 2 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .468 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -3 $1,800

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
1884 KCC UA 19 P 2 11.0 8 1 6 1 0 .875 5.73 3.50 .844 2.54 2.45
1884 KCC UA 19 OF 1 3 1 0 2 0 .333 1.00 .817 1.50 1-0-0
1885 SLM NL 20 P 14 129.1 34 5 22 7 1 .794 1.88 1.93 .899 2.43 2.37
1886 SLM NL 21 P 41 325.0 84 14 61 9 2 .893 2.08 1.83 .915 2.26 2.16
1886 SLM NL 21 OF 3 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .890 1.73 0-2-1
1887 TOT MLB 22 P 13 103.0 22 2 18 2 0 .909 1.75 1.54 .892 2.11 2.05
1887 IND NL 22 P 8 62.0 11 0 10 1 0 .909 1.45 1.25 .902 2.02 1.96
1887 IND NL 22 OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .880 1.97 0-1-2
1887 CLE AA 22 P 5 41.0 11 2 8 1 0 .909 2.20 2.00 .883 2.26 2.18
1888 KCC AA 23 P 5 43.0 15 1 11 3 0 .800 2.51 2.40 .891 2.45 2.40
5 Seasons P 75 611.1 163 23 118 22 3 .865 2.08 1.88 .903 2.29 2.20
3 Seasons OF 7 6 4 0 2 0 .667 0.57 .852 1.80 1-3-3
5 Seasons TOT 82 611.1 169 27 118 24 3 .858 2.08 1.77 .901 2.29 2.17 1-3-3
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  8.211 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1886 NL  9 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1886 NL  134 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1885 NL  0.000 (1st)

Losses s c a p y
1886 NL  26 (5th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1886 NL  43 (3rd)
Career  75 (214th)

Youngest s c a p y
1884 UA  born 1865-01-13 (7th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 2 (2534), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 1 (2038), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (3343rd), -3.1 career WAR/-3.1 7yr-peak WAR/-3.1 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
188722Indianapolis Hoosiers$1,8004/3/1887 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,800
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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