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Doc Lavan

John Leonard Lavan
born John Leonard Laven

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 151 lb.

Born: October 28, 1890 in Grand Rapids, MI
Schools: Hope College (Holland, MI), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 22, 1913 (Age 22.237)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Browns/Senators/Athletics 1913-1924

Final Game: May 4, 1924 (Age 33.189)
Died: May 29, 1952 in Detroit, MI
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 22, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1705. Cesar Izturis… #1706. Dave Valle… #1707. Mike Lum… #1708. DOC LAVAN… #1709. Sammy White… #1710. Joe Gerhardt… #1711. Pat Borders… 

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
1913 22 TOT AL 51 180 163 9 22 2 2 0 5 3 10 46 .135 .199 .172 .371 10 28 3 4 6
1913 22 SLB AL 46 166 149 8 21 2 1 0 4 3 10 46 .141 .210 .168 .378 12 25 3 4 6
1913 22 PHA AL 5 14 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .071 .071 .214 .286 -16 3 0 0 /6
1914 23 SLB AL 75 263 239 21 63 7 4 1 21 6 12 17 39 .264 .318 .339 .657 101 81 2 5 6
1915 24 SLB AL 157 579 514 44 112 17 7 1 48 13 19 42 83 .218 .281 .284 .565 72 146 3 21 *6
1916 25 SLB AL 110 382 343 32 81 13 1 0 19 7 32 38 .236 .305 .280 .585 80 96 2 5 *6
1917 26 SLB AL 118 388 355 19 85 8 5 0 30 5 19 34 .239 .284 .290 .574 78 103 3 11 *6/4
1918 27 WSH AL 117 494 464 44 129 17 2 0 45 12 14 21 .278 .302 .323 .625 90 150 2 13 *6/8O
1919 28 STL NL 100 376 356 25 86 12 2 1 25 4 11 30 .242 .264 .295 .559 72 105 0 9 *6
1920 29 STL NL 142 568 516 52 149 21 10 1 63 11 14 19 38 .289 .318 .374 .692 100 193 3 31 *6
1921 30 STL NL 150 608 560 58 145 23 11 2 82 7 7 23 30 .259 .291 .350 .641 71 196 2 22 *6
1922 31 STL NL 89 294 264 24 60 8 1 0 27 3 1 13 10 .227 .271 .265 .537 42 70 3 13 6/5
1923 32 STL NL 50 128 111 10 22 6 0 1 12 0 3 9 7 .198 .264 .279 .544 45 31 1 7 6/534
1924 33 STL NL 4 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /46
12 Yrs 1163 4266 3891 338 954 134 45 7 377 71 56 209 376 .245 .288 .308 .596 74 1199 24 141
162 Game Avg. 162 594 542 47 133 19 6 1 53 10 29 52 .245 .288 .308 .596 74 167 3 20
STL (6 yrs) 535 1980 1813 169 462 70 24 5 209 25 25 75 115 .255 .288 .328 .616 72 595 9 82
SLB (5 yrs) 506 1778 1600 124 362 47 18 2 122 34 31 120 240 .226 .286 .282 .568 74 451 13 46
WSH (1 yr) 117 494 464 44 129 17 2 0 45 12 14 21 .278 .302 .323 .625 90 150 2 13
PHA (1 yr) 5 14 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .071 .071 .214 .286 -16 3 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 628 2286 2078 169 492 64 21 2 168 46 31 134 261 .237 .288 .291 .578 77 604 15 59
NL (6 yrs) 535 1980 1813 169 462 70 24 5 209 25 25 75 115 .255 .288 .328 .616 72 595 9 82

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
1913 22 SLB AL 46 166 -17 -0 0 -2 3 -16 -1.9 6 -10 -1.2 .460 .489 -1.0 0.1 -8 6
1913 22 PHA AL 5 14 -2 0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .485 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 /6
1914 23 SLB AL 75 263 -0 -2 0 -8 4 -6 -0.8 10 4 0.3 .490 .495 1.3 -0.5 12 6
1915 24 SLB AL 157 579 -18 -3 0 4 10 -8 -0.9 22 14 1.3 .494 .495 0.9 1.5 10 *6
1916 25 SLB AL 110 382 -7 -1 0 11 6 10 1.2 14 25 2.7 .511 .508 1.4 2.1 14 *6
1917 26 SLB AL 118 388 -9 -0 0 -4 7 -6 -0.8 15 8 0.7 .493 .495 1.2 0.3 12 *6/4
1918 27 WSH AL 117 494 -6 -1 0 -6 8 -5 -0.6 19 14 1.4 .495 .497 2.2 0.2 20 *6/8O
1919 28 STL NL 100 376 -11 -0 0 4 6 -1 -0.2 12 11 1.0 .499 .499 0.6 1.2 7 *6
1920 29 STL NL 142 568 -1 -2 0 2 9 9 0.9 18 26 2.9 .507 .506 2.7 1.2 25 *6
1921 30 STL NL 150 608 -23 0 0 12 10 -0 -0.2 19 18 1.8 .500 .500 0.7 2.2 6 *6
1922 31 STL NL 89 294 -22 1 0 -7 5 -23 -2.2 9 -14 -1.3 .475 .486 -0.7 -0.2 -7 6/5
1923 32 STL NL 50 128 -9 -1 0 0 2 -8 -0.8 4 -4 -0.4 .485 .495 -0.4 0.2 -4 6/534
1924 33 STL NL 4 6 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .463 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /46
12 Seasons 1163 4266 -125 -8 0 7 71 -55 -6.4 147 91 9.2 .495 .498 8.7 8.5 85
STL (6 yrs) 535 1980 -67 -1 0 11 33 -24 -2.6 61 37 3.9 .496 .499 2.8 4.7 26
SLB (5 yrs) 506 1778 -51 -6 0 1 30 -26 -3.2 67 41 3.9 .494 .497 3.9 3.5 40
WSH (1 yr) 117 494 -6 -1 0 -6 8 -5 -0.6 19 14 1.4 .495 .497 2.2 0.2 20
PHA (1 yr) 5 14 -2 0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .485 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1

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
1913 TOT AL 22 SS 51 266 88 153 25 24 .906 4.73 .935 5.39
1913 SLB AL 22 SS 46 248 82 141 25 24 .899 4.85 .935 5.39
1913 PHA AL 22 SS 5 18 6 12 0 0 1.000 3.60 .935 5.40
1914 SLB AL 23 SS 74 71 66 405 178 193 34 17 .916 5.01 .937 5.35
1915 SLB AL 24 SS 157 153 146 863 313 475 75 81 .913 5.02 .937 5.15
1916 SLB AL 25 SS 106 101 93 635 217 386 32 52 .950 5.69 .938 5.18
1917 SLB AL 26 SS 110 107 95 614 229 338 47 67 .923 5.15 .931 5.08
1917 SLB AL 26 2B 7 6 4 34 15 16 3 3 .912 4.43 .959 5.14
1918 WSH AL 27 SS 117 117 116 686 275 354 57 51 .917 5.38 .939 5.39
1918 WSH AL 27 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1918 WSH AL 27 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1919 STL NL 28 SS 99 99 96 602 207 352 43 49 .929 5.65 .943 5.66
1920 STL NL 29 SS 138 138 131 866 327 489 50 77 .942 5.91 .941 5.73
1921 STL NL 30 SS 150 150 148 971 382 540 49 88 .950 6.15 .951 5.86
1922 STL NL 31 SS 82 79 58 443 169 246 28 39 .937 5.06 .945 5.78
1922 STL NL 31 3B 5 4 2 17 3 12 2 1 .882 3.00 .948 3.04
1923 STL NL 32 SS 40 30 22 172 64 95 13 20 .924 3.98 .939 5.80
1923 STL NL 32 3B 4 2 2 13 5 8 0 0 1.000 3.25 .947 3.10
1923 STL NL 32 1B 3 1 1 16 14 1 1 1 .938 5.00 .990 10.57
1923 STL NL 32 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.90
1924 STL NL 33 2B 2 1 0 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 6.00
1924 STL NL 33 SS 2 2 0 11 2 7 2 2 .818 4.50 .949 5.75
12 Seasons SS 1126 1047 971 6534 2451 3628 455 567 .930 5.40 .940 5.48
3 Seasons 2B 10 7 4 38 16 19 3 3 .921 3.50 .959 5.39
2 Seasons 3B 9 6 4 30 8 20 2 1 .933 3.11 .948 3.07
1 Season 1B 3 1 1 16 14 1 1 1 .938 5.00 .990 10.57
1 Season CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30 0-1-0
12 Seasons TOT 1149 1061 980 6618 2489 3668 461 572 .930 5.36 .941 5.47 0-1-0
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
  • 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
1915 AL  1.5 (7th)
1916 AL  2.1 (2nd)
1919 NL  1.2 (9th)
1920 NL  1.2 (7th)
1921 NL  2.2 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1915 AL  157 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 AL  83 (1st)

Singles s c a p y
1918 AL  110 (7th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1920 NL  31 (5th)
Career  141 (199th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1915 AL  19 (10th)

Assistss c a p y
1915 AL  475 (3rd)
1920 NL  489 (4th)
1921 NL  540 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1915 AL  75 (1st)
1917 AL  50 (5th)
1918 AL  57 (1st)
1919 NL  43 (4th)
1920 NL  50 (2nd)
1921 NL  49 (2nd)
Career  461 (93rd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  157 (1st)
1918 AL  117 (5th)
1920 NL  138 (3rd)
1921 NL  150 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  313 (4th)
1916 AL  217 (5th)
1918 AL  275 (3rd)
1920 NL  327 (3rd)
1921 NL  382 (2nd)
Career  2,451 (72nd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  475 (2nd)
1916 AL  386 (5th)
1918 AL  354 (5th)
1920 NL  489 (3rd)
1921 NL  540 (2nd)
Career  3,628 (91st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  75 (1st)
1916 AL  32 (5th)
1917 AL  47 (5th)
1918 AL  57 (1st)
1919 NL  43 (4th)
1920 NL  50 (1st)
1921 NL  49 (1st)
Career  455 (31st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1915 AL  81 (1st)
1916 AL  52 (3rd)
1917 AL  67 (3rd)
1918 AL  51 (3rd)
1919 NL  49 (5th)
1920 NL  77 (2nd)
1921 NL  88 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  5.69 (1st)
1917 AL  5.15 (2nd)
1918 AL  5.38 (5th)
1919 NL  5.65 (5th)
1920 NL  5.91 (4th)
1921 NL  6.15 (2nd)
Career  5.40 (26th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  .950 (4th)
1920 NL  .942 (4th)
1921 NL  .950 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2438), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1232), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (170th), 9.2 career WAR/11.9 7yr-peak WAR/10.5 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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