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Bob Klinger

Robert Harold Klinger

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: June 4, 1908 in Allenton, MO
High School: Eureka HS (Eureka, MO) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1938 (Age 29)
Teams (by GP): Pirates/RedSox 1938-1947

Final Game: September 23, 1947 (Age 39)
Died: August 19, 1977 in Villa Ridge, MO
Buried: Allen Cemetery, Allenton, MO
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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
1938 30 PIT NL 12 5 .706 2.99 3.67 28 21 4 10 1 1 159.1 152 63 53 7 42 58 6 2 0 659 127 1.218 8.6 0.4 2.4 3.3 1.38
1939 31 PIT NL 14 17 .452 4.36 4.16 37 33 3 10 2 0 225.0 251 120 109 11 81 64 3 0 6 989 88 1.476 10.0 0.4 3.2 2.6 0.79
1940 32 PIT NL 8 13 .381 5.39 3.84 39 22 6 3 0 3 142.0 196 102 85 5 53 48 5 0 5 662 71 1.754 12.4 0.3 3.4 3.0 0.91
1941 33 PIT NL 9 4 .692 3.93 3.40 35 9 18 3 0 4 116.2 127 58 51 5 30 36 1 0 2 499 93 1.346 9.8 0.4 2.3 2.8 1.20
1942 34 PIT NL 8 11 .421 3.24 3.11 37 19 9 8 1 1 152.2 151 69 55 6 45 58 3 0 4 657 105 1.284 8.9 0.4 2.7 3.4 1.29
1943 35 PIT NL 11 8 .579 2.72 3.04 33 25 6 14 3 0 195.0 185 77 59 6 58 65 0 0 4 809 128 1.246 8.5 0.3 2.7 3.0 1.12
1946 38 BOS AL 3 2 .600 2.37 3.42 28 1 20 0 0 9 57.0 49 16 15 1 25 16 1 0 1 236 155 1.298 7.7 0.2 3.9 2.5 0.64
1947 39 BOS AL 1 1 .500 3.86 5.26 28 0 17 0 0 5 42.0 42 20 18 5 24 12 1 1 1 194 101 1.571 9.0 1.1 5.1 2.6 0.50
8 Yrs 66 61 .520 3.68 3.62 265 130 83 48 7 23 1089.2 1153 525 445 46 358 357 20 3 23 4705 100 1.387 9.5 0.4 3.0 2.9 1.00
162 Game Avg. 11 11 .520 3.68 3.62 46 22 14 8 1 4 188 198 90 77 8 62 61 3 1 4 810 100 1.387 9.5 0.4 3.0 2.9 1.00
PIT (6 yrs) 62 58 .517 3.74 3.56 209 129 46 48 7 9 990.2 1062 489 412 40 309 329 18 2 21 4275 98 1.384 9.6 0.4 2.8 3.0 1.06
BOS (2 yrs) 4 3 .571 3.00 4.20 56 1 37 0 0 14 99.0 91 36 33 6 49 28 2 1 2 430 125 1.414 8.3 0.5 4.5 2.5 0.57
NL (6 yrs) 62 58 .517 3.74 3.56 209 129 46 48 7 9 990.2 1062 489 412 40 309 329 18 2 21 4275 98 1.384 9.6 0.4 2.8 3.0 1.06
AL (2 yrs) 4 3 .571 3.00 4.20 56 1 37 0 0 14 99.0 91 36 33 6 49 28 2 1 2 430 125 1.414 8.3 0.5 4.5 2.5 0.57

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
1938 30 PIT NL 159.1 28 21 63 3.56 4.46 0.27 0.00 98.5 4.13 11 1.2 1.0 -0.1 2.5 24 .541 .507
1939 31 PIT NL 225.0 37 33 120 4.80 4.50 -0.16 0.00 98.4 4.59 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.5 15 .488 .497
1940 32 PIT NL 142.0 39 22 102 6.46 4.27 -0.29 0.00 100.7 4.59 -29 -2.9 1.0 -0.1 -1.6 -17 .426 .482
1941 33 PIT NL 116.2 35 9 58 4.47 4.21 0.07 0.00 100.7 4.17 -3 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 0.7 6 .490 .498
1942 34 PIT NL 152.0 37 19 69 4.09 4.01 -0.15 0.00 102.1 4.24 4 0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.7 14 .511 .503
1943 35 PIT NL 194.2 33 25 77 3.56 3.87 0.06 0.00 103.1 3.93 8 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.5 23 .528 .506
1946 38 BOS AL 57.0 28 1 16 2.53 4.03 0.16 0.00 104.8 4.05 10 1.1 1.3 0.1 1.7 14 .539 .507
1947 39 BOS AL 42.0 28 0 20 4.29 3.95 0.06 0.00 106.3 4.13 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 0.2 2 .498 .500
8 Seasons 1088.2 265 130 525 4.34 4.21 -0.02 0.00 101.0 4.27 -5 -0.1 1.0 -0.5 9.1 82 .499 .499
PIT (6 yrs) 989.2 209 129 489 4.45 4.23 -0.04 0.00 100.5 4.28 -14 -1.2 1.0 -0.5 7.2 65 .494 .498
BOS (2 yrs) 99.0 56 1 36 3.27 3.99 0.12 0.00 105.4 4.08 9 1.0 1.1 0.0 1.9 16 .519 .503

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1946 38 BOS AL WS L STL 0 1 .000 13.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 4.500 27.0 0.0 13.5 0.0 0.00
1 WS 0 1 .000 13.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 4.500 27.0 0.0 13.5 0.0 0.00

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
1938 30 PIT NL 28 63 60 5 10 0 0 0 3 0 2 13 .167 .194 .167 .360 -0 10 1 0 1 1
1939 31 PIT NL 37 90 84 9 17 0 0 0 6 0 5 12 .202 .247 .202 .450 23 17 2 0 1 1
1940 32 PIT NL 39 44 42 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .143 .163 .143 .306 -15 6 3 0 1 1
1941 33 PIT NL 35 35 32 1 8 2 0 0 3 0 2 4 .250 .294 .313 .607 71 10 1 0 1 1
1942 34 PIT NL 37 50 40 3 8 1 0 0 3 0 5 4 .200 .289 .225 .514 49 9 2 0 5 1
1943 35 PIT NL 33 74 65 5 16 2 0 0 4 0 5 2 .246 .300 .277 .577 64 18 4 0 4 1
1946 38 BOS AL 28 19 16 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 .313 .313 .313 .625 71 5 1 0 3 1
1947 39 BOS AL 28 11 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111 .111 .111 .222 -40 1 0 0 2 1
8 Yrs 265 386 348 28 71 5 0 0 21 0 0 20 41 .204 .247 .218 .466 30 76 14 0 18
162 Game Avg. 162 236 213 17 43 3 0 0 13 0 12 25 .204 .247 .218 .466 30 46 9 0 11
PIT (6 yrs) 209 356 323 26 65 5 0 0 19 0 20 37 .201 .248 .217 .465 30 70 13 0 13
BOS (2 yrs) 56 30 25 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 .240 .240 .240 .480 31 6 1 0 5
NL (6 yrs) 209 356 323 26 65 5 0 0 19 0 20 37 .201 .248 .217 .465 30 70 13 0 13
AL (2 yrs) 56 30 25 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 .240 .240 .240 .480 31 6 1 0 5

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
1938 30 PIT NL 28 63 -8 0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1939 31 PIT NL 37 90 -9 0 0 0 10 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1940 32 PIT NL 39 44 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1941 33 PIT NL 35 35 -1 0 0 0 4 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1
1942 34 PIT NL 37 50 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 -0.0 2 1
1943 35 PIT NL 33 74 -3 0 0 0 6 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .512 .502 0.4 0.0 3 1
1946 38 BOS AL 28 19 -1 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1947 39 BOS AL 28 11 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
8 Seasons 265 386 -32 0 0 0 40 8 0.8 0 8 0.8 .503 .501 0.9 -0.1 8
PIT (6 yrs) 209 356 -30 0 0 0 37 7 0.8 0 7 0.8 .504 .501 0.8 -0.1 7
BOS (2 yrs) 56 30 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0

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
1946 38 BOS AL WS STL L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1938 PIT NL 30 P 28 21 10 159.1 38 4 34 0 2 1.000 2.15 1.36 .964 2.21 2.19
1939 PIT NL 31 P 37 33 10 225.0 72 7 62 3 5 .958 2.76 1.86 .960 2.19 2.16
1940 PIT NL 32 P 39 22 3 142.0 39 6 33 0 1 1.000 2.47 1.00 .962 2.22 2.22 3 0 0% 0
1941 PIT NL 33 P 35 9 3 116.2 30 4 25 1 3 .967 2.24 0.83 .965 2.23 2.21 1 2 67% 0
1942 PIT NL 34 P 37 19 8 152.2 50 14 35 1 0 .980 2.89 1.32 .968 2.35 2.35 8 2 20% 0
1943 PIT NL 35 P 33 25 14 195.0 51 14 37 0 2 1.000 2.35 1.55 .961 2.25 2.25 3 1 25% 0
1946 BOS AL 38 P 28 1 0 57.0 13 1 11 1 0 .923 1.89 0.43 .951 2.01 1.99 0 0 0
1947 BOS AL 39 P 28 0 0 42.0 8 4 4 0 0 1.000 1.71 0.29 .955 1.93 1.90 2 1 33% 50% 0
8 Seasons P 265 130 48 1089.2 301 54 241 6 13 .980 2.44 1.11 .962 2.22 2.17 17 6 26% 6% 0
8 Seasons TOT 265 130 48 1089.2 301 54 241 6 13 .980 2.44 1.11 .962 2.22 2.17 17 6 26% 6% 0
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1938 NL  2.99 (5th)
1943 NL  2.72 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1938 NL  .706 (2nd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1938 NL  1.218 (5th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1938 NL  8.586 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1940 NL  3 (6th)
1941 NL  4 (7th)
1946 AL  9 (1st)
1947 AL  5 (8th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1939 NL  225.0 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1939 NL  33 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1939 NL  2 (8th)
1943 NL  3 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1939 NL  81 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1939 NL  251 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1938 NL  0.395 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1939 NL  17 (1st)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1939 NL  109 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1939 NL  6 (5th)
1940 NL  5 (6th)
1942 NL  4 (9th)
1943 NL  4 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1938 NL  6 (5th)
1940 NL  5 (9th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1939 NL  989 (9th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1941 NL  18 (7th)
1946 AL  20 (4th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1938 NL  127 (4th)
1943 NL  128 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1938 NL  3.67 (9th)
1943 NL  3.04 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1943 NL  10.78 (7th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1943 NL  1.5 (6th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1943 NL  1.8 (5th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1943 NL  1.2 (7th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1942 NL  14 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1939 NL  62 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1939 NL  2.76 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1939 NL  1.86 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1938 NL  1.000 (1st)
1943 NL  1.000 (1st)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (580), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 31 (783), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1234), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1276), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (826th), 9.9 career WAR/11.7 7yr-peak WAR/10.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Robert Bob bobby Harold robert Klinger

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