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Wid Matthews

Wid Curry Matthews (Matty)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: October 20, 1896 in Raleigh, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1923 (Age 26.180, 5,225th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1923 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Senators 1923-1925

Last Game: June 7, 1925 (Age 28.230)
Died: October 5, 1965 in Hollywood, CA
Buried: Roseland Park Cemetery, Hattiesburg, MS
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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
1923 26 PHA AL 129 543 485 52 133 11 6 1 25 16 16 50 27 .274 .343 .328 .671 76 159 1 6 *O8/7
1924 27 WSH AL 53 193 169 25 51 10 4 0 13 3 8 11 4 .302 .355 .408 .763 98 69 3 12 O8/7
1925 28 WSH AL 10 9 9 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .444 .444 .444 .889 128 4 0 0 /8O
3 Yrs 192 745 663 79 188 21 10 1 39 19 24 61 32 .284 .348 .350 .697 83 232 4 18
162 Game Avg. 162 629 559 67 159 18 8 1 33 16 20 51 27 .284 .348 .350 .697 83 196 3 15
WSH (2 yrs) 63 202 178 27 55 10 4 0 14 3 8 11 5 .309 .359 .410 .769 100 73 3 12
PHA (1 yr) 129 543 485 52 133 11 6 1 25 16 16 50 27 .274 .343 .328 .671 76 159 1 6

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
1923 26 PHA AL 129 543 -15 -2 0 -6 -3 -27 -2.7 20 -6 -0.6 .479 .484 -0.0 -1.0 -0 $3,400 *O8/7
1924 27 WSH AL 53 193 -0 -3 0 4 -1 -0 0.0 7 7 0.7 .500 .500 0.3 0.3 3 $4,000 O8/7
1925 28 WSH AL 10 9 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $5,000 /8O
3 Seasons 192 745 -15 -5 0 -2 -5 -26 -2.7 28 2 0.1 .486 .489 0.4 -0.7 4 $12,400
WSH (2 yrs) 63 202 0 -3 0 4 -1 0 0.0 8 8 0.8 .500 .500 0.4 0.3 4 $9,000
PHA (1 yr) 129 543 -15 -2 0 -6 -3 -27 -2.7 20 -6 -0.6 .479 .484 -0.0 -1.0 -0 $3,400

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
1923 PHA AL 26 OF 127 118 115 337 316 3 18 0 .947 2.51 .965 2.38
1923 PHA AL 26 CF 125 116 113 329 308 3 18 0 .945 2.49 .968 2.69
1923 PHA AL 26 LF 2 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .966 2.35
1924 WSH AL 27 OF 44 41 39 130 121 7 2 2 .985 2.91 .970 2.39
1924 WSH AL 27 CF 43 41 39 130 121 7 2 2 .985 2.98 .975 2.80
1924 WSH AL 27 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1925 WSH AL 28 CF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.90
1925 WSH AL 28 OF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.40
3 Seasons OF 172 159 154 468 438 10 20 2 .957 2.60 .966 2.38
3 Seasons CF 169 157 152 460 430 10 20 2 .957 2.60 .970 2.72
2 Seasons LF 3 2 2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 2.67 .966 2.33
3 Seasons TOT 172 159 154 468 438 10 20 2 .957 2.60 .966 2.38
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

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1923 AL  16 (10th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1923 AL  16 (5th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  18 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 AL  2 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1923 AL  18 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Center Field (563rd), 0.1 career WAR/0.1 7yr-peak WAR/0.1 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1923 26 Philadelphia Athletics $3,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 27 Washington Senators $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 28 Washington Senators $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$12,400
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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Name and misspellings: Wid Curry Matty Wid mathews Matthews

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