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Duster Mails

John Walter Mails (Walter or The Great)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: October 1, 1894 in San Quentin, CA
High School: Christian Brothers HS (Sacramento, CA)
School: St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 28, 1915 (Age 20.362)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1920 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Cardinals/Robins 1915-1926

Final Game: April 29, 1926 (Age 31.210)
Died: July 5, 1974 in San Francisco, CA
Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA
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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
1915 20 BRO NL 0 1 .000 3.60 2 0 2 0 0 0 5.0 6 5 2 2 5 3 0 0 0 24 86 9.41 2.200 10.8 3.6 9.0 5.4 0.60
1916 21 BRO NL 0 1 .000 3.63 11 0 10 0 0 0 17.1 15 9 7 1 9 13 0 0 1 73 76 3.12 1.385 7.8 0.5 4.7 6.8 1.44
1920 25 CLE AL 7 0 1.000 1.85 9 8 1 6 2 0 63.1 54 18 13 1 18 25 0 0 1 253 208 3.02 1.137 7.7 0.1 2.6 3.6 1.39
1921 26 CLE AL 14 8 .636 3.94 34 24 4 10 2 2 194.1 210 103 85 4 89 87 2 0 2 861 109 3.88 1.539 9.7 0.2 4.1 4.0 0.98
1922 27 CLE AL 4 7 .364 5.28 26 13 7 4 1 0 104.0 122 69 61 8 40 54 4 0 2 477 77 4.24 1.558 10.6 0.7 3.5 4.7 1.35
1925 30 STL NL 7 7 .500 4.60 21 16 2 9 0 0 131.0 145 78 67 11 58 49 7 0 1 592 94 4.94 1.550 10.0 0.8 4.0 3.4 0.84
1926 31 STL NL 0 1 .000 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 8 3.92 3.000 18.0 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
7 Yrs 32 25 .561 4.10 104 61 26 29 5 2 516.0 554 283 235 27 220 232 13 0 7 2288 101 4.14 1.500 9.7 0.5 3.8 4.0 1.05
162 Game Avg. 13 10 .561 4.10 43 25 11 12 2 1 213 228 117 97 11 91 96 5 0 3 943 101 4.14 1.500 9.7 0.5 3.8 4.0 1.05
CLE (3 yrs) 25 15 .625 3.96 69 45 12 20 5 2 361.2 386 190 159 13 147 166 6 0 5 1591 105 3.83 1.474 9.6 0.3 3.7 4.1 1.13
STL (2 yrs) 7 8 .467 4.57 22 16 2 9 0 0 132.0 147 79 67 11 59 50 7 0 1 600 95 4.94 1.561 10.0 0.8 4.0 3.4 0.85
BRO (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 3.63 13 0 12 0 0 0 22.1 21 14 9 3 14 16 0 0 1 97 79 4.53 1.567 8.5 1.2 5.6 6.4 1.14
NL (4 yrs) 7 10 .412 4.43 35 16 14 9 0 0 154.1 168 93 76 14 73 66 7 0 2 697 93 4.88 1.562 9.8 0.8 4.3 3.8 0.90
AL (3 yrs) 25 15 .625 3.96 69 45 12 20 5 2 361.2 386 190 159 13 147 166 6 0 5 1591 105 3.83 1.474 9.6 0.3 3.7 4.1 1.13
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1915 20 BRO NL 5.0 2 0 5 9.00 3.64 0.02 0.00 101.0 3.66 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .348 .498
1916 21 BRO NL 17.1 11 0 9 4.67 3.65 0.09 0.00 101.8 3.62 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .477 .498
1920 25 CLE AL 63.1 9 8 18 2.56 4.67 0.16 0.00 101.7 4.60 14 1.6 1.0 -0.0 2.2 21 .673 .510
1921 26 CLE AL 194.1 34 24 103 4.77 5.03 -0.09 0.00 100.5 5.14 7 0.6 1.0 -0.1 2.5 31 .519 .504
1922 27 CLE AL 104.1 26 13 69 5.95 4.85 -0.21 0.00 100.1 5.06 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 0.1 1 .464 .494
1925 30 STL NL 131.0 21 16 78 5.36 5.21 0.11 0.00 99.3 5.06 -5 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 0.6 8 .480 .497
1926 31 STL NL 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 4.39 0.45 0.00 102.0 4.02 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .445 .500
7 Seasons 516.1 104 61 283 4.93 4.93 -0.03 0.00 100.3 4.97 1 0.2 1.0 -0.3 5.0 58 .502 .500
CLE (3 yrs) 362.0 69 45 190 4.72 4.91 -0.08 0.00 100.6 5.03 11 1.3 1.0 -0.2 4.8 54 .518 .501
STL (2 yrs) 132.0 22 16 79 5.39 5.20 0.12 0.00 99.3 5.05 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 0.6 8 .478 .497
BRO (2 yrs) 22.1 13 0 14 5.64 3.65 0.08 0.00 101.6 3.63 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -4 .457 .498

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
1920 ❍ 25 CLE AL WS W BRO 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 0 1 1 0 15.2 6 0 0 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 58 0.766 3.4 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00
1 WS 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 0 1 1 0 15.2 6 0 0 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 58 0.766 3.4 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00

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
1915 20 BRO NL 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1916 21 BRO NL 11 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 52 1 0 0 1
1920 25 CLE AL 9 25 20 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 .200 .273 .250 .523 37 5 0 3 /1
1921 26 CLE AL 34 81 64 5 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 9 38 .094 .205 .125 .330 -15 8 0 8 1
1922 27 CLE AL 26 34 31 2 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 14 .161 .212 .258 .470 21 8 0 1 1
1925 30 STL NL 21 50 45 3 6 2 0 0 3 0 1 3 13 .133 .188 .178 .365 -7 8 0 2 1
1926 31 STL NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 104 195 165 14 22 6 1 0 8 0 1 16 73 .133 .210 .182 .392 1 30 0 14
162 Game Avg. 162 304 257 22 34 9 2 0 12 0 25 114 .133 .210 .182 .392 1 47 0 22
CLE (3 yrs) 69 140 115 10 15 4 1 0 5 0 0 13 58 .130 .219 .183 .401 3 21 0 12
STL (2 yrs) 22 50 45 3 6 2 0 0 3 0 1 3 13 .133 .188 .178 .365 -7 8 0 2
BRO (2 yrs) 13 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 21 1 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 35 55 50 4 7 2 0 0 3 0 1 3 15 .140 .189 .180 .369 -5 9 0 2
AL (3 yrs) 69 140 115 10 15 4 1 0 5 0 0 13 58 .130 .219 .183 .401 3 21 0 12

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
1915 20 BRO NL 2 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .492 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1916 21 BRO NL 11 4 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1920 25 CLE AL 9 25 -2 0 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1921 26 CLE AL 34 81 -14 0 0 0 8 -7 -0.6 0 -7 -0.6 .481 .496 -0.6 0.0 -7 1
1922 27 CLE AL 26 34 -4 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1925 30 STL NL 21 50 -8 -0 0 0 5 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .485 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1926 31 STL NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
7 Seasons 104 195 -29 -0 0 0 19 -11 -1.1 0 -11 -1.1 .490 .498 -1.0 0.0 -11
CLE (3 yrs) 69 140 -21 0 0 0 13 -7 -0.7 0 -7 -0.7 .489 .498 -0.7 0.0 -7
STL (2 yrs) 22 50 -8 -0 0 0 5 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .486 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3
BRO (2 yrs) 13 5 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .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
1920 ❍ 25 CLE AL WS BRO W 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 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
1915 BRO NL 20 P 2 0 0 5.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 3.60 1.00 .950 2.70 2.70
1916 BRO NL 21 P 11 0 0 17.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.04 0.18 .960 2.65 2.67
1920 CLE AL 25 P 9 8 6 63.1 13 3 10 0 0 1.000 1.85 1.44 .949 2.70 2.68
1921 CLE AL 26 P 34 24 10 194.1 42 7 33 2 0 .952 1.85 1.18 .956 2.70 2.68
1922 CLE AL 27 P 26 13 4 104.0 30 6 24 0 1 1.000 2.60 1.15 .963 2.60 2.59
1925 STL NL 30 P 21 16 9 131.0 31 4 24 3 1 .903 1.92 1.33 .957 2.44 2.41
1926 STL NL 31 P 1 0 0 1.0 2 0 1 1 0 .500 9.00 1.00 .960 2.70 2.50
7 Seasons P 104 61 29 516.0 122 20 96 6 2 .951 2.02 1.12 .957 2.61 2.60
7 Seasons TOT 104 61 29 516.0 122 20 96 6 2 .951 2.02 1.12 .957 2.61 2.60
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

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1921 AL  .636 (7th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1921 AL  4.029 (5th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1921 AL  2 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1921 AL  89 (6th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1921 AL  0.185 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1925 NL  7 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 4 (2035), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1359), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1443), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1325th), 3.9 career WAR/3.9 7yr-peak WAR/3.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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