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Lou Klein

Louis Frank Klein

Positions: Second Baseman, Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 167 lb.

Born: October 22, 1918 in New Orleans, LA
High School: Peters HS (New Orleans, LA)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1940. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1943 (Age 24.181)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Athletics/Indians 1943-1951

Final Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 32.343)
Died: June 20, 1976 in Metairie, LA
Buried: St. Louis Cemetery #3, New Orleans, LA
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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
1943 24 STL NL 154 696 627 91 180 28 14 7 62 9 50 70 .287 .342 .410 .752 111 257 4 2 15 *46 MVP-23
1945 26 STL NL 19 72 57 12 13 4 1 1 6 0 14 9 .228 .389 .386 .775 113 22 0 1 0 /O65794
1946 27 STL NL 23 105 93 12 18 3 0 1 4 1 9 7 .194 .265 .258 .523 46 24 0 0 3 4
1949 30 STL NL 58 142 114 25 25 6 0 2 12 0 22 20 .219 .355 .325 .680 80 37 2 2 4 6/45
1951 32 TOT AL 51 158 146 22 33 7 0 5 17 0 0 10 13 .226 .276 .377 .652 74 55 4 0 2 4
1951 32 CLE AL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1951 32 PHA AL 49 156 144 22 33 7 0 5 17 0 0 10 12 .229 .279 .382 .661 77 55 4 0 2 4
5 Yrs 305 1173 1037 162 269 48 15 16 101 10 0 105 119 .259 .330 .381 .711 97 395 10 5 24
162 Game Avg. 162 623 551 86 143 25 8 8 54 5 56 63 .259 .330 .381 .711 97 210 5 3 13
STL (4 yrs) 254 1015 891 140 236 41 15 11 84 10 95 106 .265 .339 .382 .721 101 340 6 5 22
PHA (1 yr) 49 156 144 22 33 7 0 5 17 0 0 10 12 .229 .279 .382 .661 77 55 4 0 2
CLE (1 yr) 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 254 1015 891 140 236 41 15 11 84 10 95 106 .265 .339 .382 .721 101 340 6 5 22
AL (1 yr) 51 158 146 22 33 7 0 5 17 0 0 10 13 .226 .276 .377 .652 74 55 4 0 2

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
1943 24 STL NL 154 696 7 -0 0 17 9 32 3.7 21 53 5.8 .524 .523 3.9 2.9 36 *46 MVP-23
1945 26 STL NL 19 72 1 0 0 -1 0 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .504 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 /O65794
1946 27 STL NL 23 105 -6 -0 0 1 1 -4 -0.5 4 -1 -0.1 .478 .497 -0.2 0.2 -2 4
1949 30 STL NL 58 142 -3 1 0 1 2 2 0.2 6 7 0.7 .503 .501 0.6 0.3 6 $9,000 6/45
1951 32 CLE AL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .471 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1
1951 32 PHA AL 49 156 -5 0 0 2 2 -1 -0.1 5 4 0.4 .498 .499 0.1 0.4 2 4
5 Seasons 305 1173 -6 1 0 20 14 29 3.2 38 67 7.0 .511 .511 4.8 3.8 46 $9,000
STL (4 yrs) 254 1015 -0 1 0 18 12 30 3.4 33 63 6.7 .514 .514 4.7 3.4 45 $9,000
PHA (1 yr) 49 156 -5 0 0 2 2 -1 -0.1 5 4 0.4 .498 .499 0.1 0.4 2
CLE (1 yr) 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .471 .500 -0.1 0.0 -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
1943 24 STL NL WS NYY L 5 23 22 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .136 .174 .136 .310 3 0 0 0 0
1 WS 5 23 22 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .136 .174 .136 .310 3 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 Awards
1943 STL NL 24 2B 126 119 103 675 301 356 18 99 .973 5.21 .969 5.76 MVP-23
1943 STL NL 24 SS 51 32 25 152 55 88 9 19 .941 2.80 .954 5.30 MVP-23
1945 STL NL 26 OF 7 5 4 20 19 1 0 1 1.000 2.86 .978 2.46
1945 STL NL 26 SS 7 6 5 28 12 14 2 3 .929 3.71 .947 5.26
1945 STL NL 26 3B 4 4 3 14 5 8 1 0 .929 3.25 .941 3.20
1945 STL NL 26 LF 4 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.33
1945 STL NL 26 RF 3 3 2 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .978 2.13
1945 STL NL 26 2B 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .965 5.60
1946 STL NL 27 2B 23 22 22 121 58 60 3 18 .975 5.13 .971 5.52
1949 STL NL 30 SS 21 16 16 91 17 64 10 7 .890 3.86 .961 5.04
1949 STL NL 30 2B 9 4 2 27 14 13 0 3 1.000 3.00 .976 5.57
1949 STL NL 30 3B 7 4 2 11 2 8 1 0 .909 1.43 .952 3.19
1951 PHA AL 32 2B 42 37 30 316.0 197 85 107 5 32 .975 5.47 4.57 .978 5.72 5.69
5 Seasons 2B 202 182 157 316.0 1022 460 536 26 152 .975 5.47 4.93 .971 5.72 5.71
3 Seasons SS 79 54 46 271 84 166 21 29 .923 3.16 .956 5.23
2 Seasons 3B 11 8 5 25 7 16 2 0 .920 2.09 .946 3.19
1 Season OF 7 5 4 20 19 1 0 1 1.000 2.86 .978 2.46
1 Season LF 4 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.33
1 Season RF 3 3 2 12 11 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .978 2.13
5 Seasons TOT 299 249 212 316.0 1338 570 719 49 182 .963 5.47 4.31 .968 5.72 5.41
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1943 NL (23, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1943 NL  5.8 (4th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1943 NL  5.8 (3rd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1943 NL  3.9 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1943 NL  2.9 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1943 NL  154 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1943 NL  627 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1943 NL  696 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1943 NL  91 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  180 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1943 NL  257 (4th)

Triples s c a p y
1943 NL  14 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1943 NL  70 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1943 NL  9 (7th)

Singles s c a p y
1943 NL  131 (6th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1943 NL  87 (6th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  49 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1943 NL  232 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  15 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1943 NL  7.9 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1943 NL  466 (4th)

Assistss c a p y
1943 NL  444 (5th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  126 (4th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  301 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  356 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  18 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  99 (2nd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1943 NL  .973 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 11 (1377), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1827), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2119), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (230th), 7.0 career WAR/7.0 7yr-peak WAR/7.0 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1949 30 St. Louis Cardinals $9,000 ? W. Marshall, Baseball's Pivotal Era 245 Includes $2,500 midyear raise
Career to date (may be incomplete)$9,000
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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