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Sam Mertes    \MUR-teez\

Samuel Blair Mertes (Sandow)

Positions: Leftfielder and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: August 6, 1872 in San Francisco, CA (All Transactions)
Debut: June 30, 1896 (Age 23.329, 1,940th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1896 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Orphans/WhiteSox/Cardinals/Phillies 1896-1906

Last Game: September 15, 1906 (Age 34.040)
Died: March 11, 1945 in Villa Grande, CA
Buried: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Daly City, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 22, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #788. Delino DeShields… #789. Steve O'Neill… #790. Mike Bordick… #791. SAM MERTES… #792. Roy McMillan… #793. Dode Paskert… #794. Billy Southworth… 

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
1896 23 PHI NL 37 157 143 20 34 4 4 0 14 19 8 10 .238 .288 .322 .609 61 46 2 4 O/46
1898 25 CHC NL 83 316 269 45 80 4 8 1 47 27 34 28 .297 .388 .383 .771 121 103 6 7 O6/43
1899 26 CHC NL 117 474 426 83 127 13 16 9 81 45 33 35 .298 .349 .467 .816 124 199 0 15 *O/36
1900 27 CHC NL 127 548 481 72 142 25 4 7 60 38 42 26 .295 .356 .407 .763 113 196 3 22 O3/6
1901 28 CHW AL 137 623 545 94 151 16 17 5 98 46 52 34 .277 .347 .396 .743 107 216 6 20 *4/O
1902 29 CHW AL 129 544 497 60 140 23 7 1 79 46 37 43 .282 .334 .362 .696 97 180 2 8 *O/623451
1903 30 NYG NL 138 592 517 100 145 32 14 7 104 45 61 45 .280 .360 .437 .797 123 226 3 11 *O/32
1904 31 NYG NL 148 611 532 83 147 28 11 4 78 47 54 48 .276 .346 .393 .739 124 209 3 22 *O/6
1905 32 NYG NL 150 627 551 81 154 27 17 5 108 52 56 51 .279 .351 .417 .769 127 230 5 15 *O
1906 33 TOT NL 124 507 444 57 107 16 10 1 52 31 45 58 .241 .315 .329 .644 101 146 3 15 *O
1906 33 NYG NL 71 291 253 37 60 9 6 1 33 21 29 32 .237 .323 .332 .655 102 84 3 6 O
1906 33 STL NL 53 216 191 20 47 7 4 0 19 10 16 26 .246 .304 .325 .629 99 62 0 9 O
10 Yrs 1190 4999 4405 695 1227 188 108 40 721 396 422 378 .279 .346 .398 .744 113 1751 33 139
162 Game Avg. 162 681 600 95 167 26 15 5 98 54 57 51 .279 .346 .398 .744 113 238 4 19
NYG (4 yrs) 507 2121 1853 301 506 96 48 17 323 165 200 176 .273 .348 .404 .753 122 749 14 54
CHC (3 yrs) 327 1338 1176 200 349 42 28 17 188 110 109 89 .297 .361 .423 .784 119 498 9 44
CHW (2 yrs) 266 1167 1042 154 291 39 24 6 177 92 89 77 .279 .341 .380 .721 102 396 8 28
PHI (1 yr) 37 157 143 20 34 4 4 0 14 19 8 10 .238 .288 .322 .609 61 46 2 4
STL (1 yr) 53 216 191 20 47 7 4 0 19 10 16 26 .246 .304 .325 .629 99 62 0 9
NL (8 yrs) 924 3832 3363 541 936 149 84 34 544 304 333 301 .278 .348 .403 .751 117 1355 25 111
AL (2 yrs) 266 1167 1042 154 291 39 24 6 177 92 89 77 .279 .341 .380 .721 102 396 8 28

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
1896 23 PHI NL 37 157 -10 2 0 -2 -2 -12 -1.0 5 -6 -0.5 .473 .494 -0.3 -0.3 -4 O/46
1898 25 CHC NL 83 316 8 2 0 -2 -3 5 0.4 11 16 1.6 .506 .503 1.8 -0.5 18 O6/43
1899 26 CHC NL 117 474 11 6 0 2 -6 13 1.1 16 30 2.8 .510 .507 2.7 -0.4 28 *O/36
1900 27 CHC NL 127 548 10 2 0 -3 -4 6 0.4 19 24 2.4 .504 .503 2.7 -0.6 27 O3/6
1901 28 CHW AL 137 623 6 4 0 6 1 17 1.5 21 38 3.6 .511 .509 3.0 0.6 32 $2,700 *4/O
1902 29 CHW AL 129 544 -2 5 0 -1 -6 -4 -0.4 19 15 1.5 .497 .498 1.6 -0.7 16 *O/623451
1903 30 NYG NL 138 592 15 4 0 6 -7 18 1.8 19 37 3.7 .513 .511 3.1 -0.0 31 *O/32
1904 31 NYG NL 148 611 15 4 0 6 -7 18 2.1 20 38 4.1 .514 .512 3.4 -0.1 32 *O/6
1905 32 NYG NL 150 627 17 6 0 -2 -8 13 1.4 20 33 3.5 .510 .509 3.8 -1.1 35 *O
1906 33 NYG NL 71 291 1 2 0 0 -4 -1 -0.2 9 8 0.8 .498 .499 0.9 -0.5 8 O
1906 33 STL NL 53 216 -0 0 0 -4 -3 -7 -0.9 7 -0 -0.1 .484 .495 0.4 -0.9 4 $4,000 O
10 Seasons 1190 4999 70 38 0 6 -49 65 6.2 168 233 23.3 .505 .506 22.9 -4.4 227 $6,700
NYG (4 yrs) 507 2121 47 17 0 10 -26 47 5.0 69 116 12.1 .510 .509 11.1 -1.7 106
CHC (3 yrs) 327 1338 29 11 0 -3 -12 24 2.0 46 70 6.7 .507 .505 7.1 -1.5 73
CHW (2 yrs) 266 1167 4 9 0 5 -6 13 1.1 41 53 5.1 .504 .504 4.7 -0.1 49 $2,700
PHI (1 yr) 37 157 -10 2 0 -2 -2 -12 -1.0 5 -6 -0.5 .473 .494 -0.3 -0.3 -4
STL (1 yr) 53 216 -0 0 0 -4 -3 -7 -0.9 7 -0 -0.1 .484 .495 0.4 -0.9 4 $4,000

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
1905 ❍ 32 NYG NL WS PHA W 5 19 17 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 5 .176 .263 .235 .498 4 0 0 0
1 WS 5 19 17 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 5 .176 .263 .235 .498 4 0 0 0

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
1902 29 CHW AL 1 0 1.000 1.13 1 0 1 0 0 0 8.0 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 315 2.67 0.750 6.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
1 Yr 1 0 1.000 1.13 1 0 1 0 0 0 8.0 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 315 2.67 0.750 6.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
162 Game Avg. 68 0 1.000 1.13 68 0 68 0 0 0 544 408 136 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 1972 315 2.67 0.750 6.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
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
1902 29 CHW AL 8.0 1 0 2 2.25 4.89 0.27 0.00 95.0 4.39 2 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .713 .501
1 Season 8.0 1 0 2 2.25 4.89 0.27 0.00 95.0 4.39 2 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .713 .501

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1896 PHI NL 23 OF 35 97 85 3 9 0 .907 2.51 .933 2.16 1-33-1
1896 PHI NL 23 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.50
1896 PHI NL 23 SS 1 3 1 2 0 1 1.000 3.00 .903 5.60
1898 CHC NL 25 OF 60 125 97 13 15 6 .880 1.83 .937 2.08 4-5-53
1898 CHC NL 25 SS 14 49 19 23 7 4 .857 3.00 .913 5.66
1898 CHC NL 25 2B 4 33 11 17 5 6 .848 7.00 .943 5.62
1898 CHC NL 25 1B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .980 10.35
1899 CHC NL 26 OF 108 235 197 20 18 4 .923 2.01 .944 2.15 16-47-46
1899 CHC NL 26 1B 3 30 24 4 2 4 .933 9.33 .977 10.53
1899 CHC NL 26 SS 1 6 2 3 1 1 .833 5.00 .910 5.70
1900 CHC NL 27 OF 88 209 180 13 16 4 .923 2.19 .940 2.17 10-78-0
1900 CHC NL 27 1B 33 367 340 17 10 16 .973 10.82 .979 10.55
1900 CHC NL 27 SS 7 33 12 19 2 2 .939 4.43 .922 5.87
1901 CHW AL 28 2B 132 780 337 396 47 54 .940 5.55 .935 5.71
1901 CHW AL 28 OF 5 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .931 2.02 5-0-0
1902 CHW AL 29 OF 120 270 223 26 21 5 .922 2.08 .944 2.07 111-0-9
1902 CHW AL 29 SS 5 32 17 15 0 2 1.000 6.40 .928 5.74
1902 CHW AL 29 C 2 4 3 0 1 0 .750 1.50 .958 4.90 0 1 0 0% 44%
1902 CHW AL 29 1B 1 11 10 1 0 1 1.000 11.00 .980 10.90
1902 CHW AL 29 2B 1 9 1 6 2 1 .778 7.00 .948 5.40
1902 CHW AL 29 3B 1 6 4 1 1 0 .833 5.00 .912 3.60
1902 CHW AL 29 P 1 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.15 3.00
1903 NYG NL 30 OF 137 297 265 24 8 5 .973 2.11 .942 1.94 137-0-0
1903 NYG NL 30 1B 1 10 9 0 1 0 .900 9.00 .977 10.60
1903 NYG NL 30 C 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 6.10 0 0 1 100% 45%
1904 NYG NL 31 OF 147 273 244 17 12 1 .956 1.78 .947 1.89 130-17-0
1904 NYG NL 31 SS 1 6 4 2 0 0 1.000 6.00 .920 5.40
1905 NYG NL 32 OF 150 250 230 10 10 3 .960 1.60 .955 1.97 149-2-0
1906 TOT NL 33 OF 124 224 196 14 14 0 .938 1.69 .959 1.89 124-0-1
1906 NYG NL 33 OF 71 133 119 10 4 0 .970 1.82 .959 1.89 71-0-1
1906 STL NL 33 OF 53 91 77 4 10 0 .890 1.53 .959 1.89 53-0-0
10 Seasons OF 974 2000 1737 140 123 28 .939 1.93 .946 2.01 687-182-110
4 Seasons 2B 138 822 349 419 54 61 .934 5.57 .935 5.70
5 Seasons 1B 40 419 384 22 13 21 .969 10.15 .979 10.55
6 Seasons SS 29 129 55 64 10 10 .922 4.10 .919 5.71
2 Seasons C 3 5 3 1 1 0 .800 1.33 .960 5.30 0 1 1 50% 44%
1 Season 3B 1 6 4 1 1 0 .833 5.00 .912 3.60
1 Season P 1 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.15 3.00
10 Seasons TOT 1186 8.0 3381 2532 647 202 120 .940 0.00 2.68 .946 3.15 2.83 687-182-110 0 1 1 50% 44%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1904 NL  4.1 (9th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1899 NL  .467 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1901 AL  137 (9th)
1903 NL  138 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1903 NL  517 (10th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1901 AL  623 (6th)
1903 NL  592 (10th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1903 NL  100 (6th)
1904 NL  83 (10th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1903 NL  226 (7th)
1904 NL  209 (6th)
1905 NL  230 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1903 NL  32 (1st)
1904 NL  28 (2nd)
1905 NL  27 (6th)

Triples s c a p y
1899 NL  16 (6th)
1901 AL  17 (3rd)
1903 NL  14 (7th)
1905 NL  17 (2nd)
1906 NL  10 (7th)
Career  108 (133rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1899 NL  9 (3rd)
1900 NL  7 (6th)
1903 NL  7 (2nd)
1905 NL  5 (7th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1901 AL  98 (4th)
1903 NL  104 (1st)
1904 NL  78 (2nd)
1905 NL  108 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1903 NL  61 (8th)
1904 NL  54 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1902 AL  43 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1899 NL  45 (7th)
1900 NL  38 (5th)
1901 AL  46 (2nd)
1902 AL  46 (2nd)
1903 NL  45 (5th)
1904 NL  47 (2nd)
1905 NL  52 (4th)
Career  396 (76th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1903 NL  81 (9th)
1904 NL  72 (6th)
1905 NL  80 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1903 NL  53 (2nd)
1904 NL  43 (4th)
1905 NL  49 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1904 NL  204 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1900 NL  22 (2nd)
1901 AL  20 (3rd)
1904 NL  22 (5th)
Career  139 (207th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1899 NL  15.0 (2nd)
1900 NL  11.8 (3rd)
1901 AL  9.0 (10th)
1903 NL  12.1 (2nd)
1904 NL  7.4 (8th)
1905 NL  9.1 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1899 NL  47.3 (2nd)
1900 NL  68.7 (6th)
1903 NL  73.9 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1901 AL  414 (5th)
1903 NL  383 (9th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  132 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  337 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  396 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  54 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1903 NL  137 (5th)
1904 NL  147 (4th)
1905 NL  150 (4th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1902 AL  26 (1st)
1903 NL  24 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1902 AL  21 (2nd)
1906 NL  14 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1898 NL  6 (5th)
1902 AL  5 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  .940 (2nd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1903 NL  .973 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 6 (354), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 73 (343), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 21 (792), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (865), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (92nd), 23.3 career WAR/21.7 7yr-peak WAR/22.5 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1901 28 Chicago White Sox $2,700 ? 5/20/01 Dayton Herald, per 1995 BRJ 24 4/13/01 SL: $2,800
1906 33 St. Louis Cardinals $4,000 ? 1908 National Commission report
Career to date (may be incomplete)$6,700
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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