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Buster Mills

Colonel Buster Mills (Bus)

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: September 16, 1908 in Ranger, TX
High School: Ranger HS (Ranger, TX)
School: University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1934 (Age 25.214)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1937 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Browns/Indians/Yankees/Cardinals/... 1934-1946

Final Game: June 1, 1946 (Age 37.258)
Died: December 1, 1991 in Arlington, TX
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, TX
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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
1934 25 STL NL 29 80 72 7 17 4 1 1 8 0 4 11 .236 .295 .361 .656 70 26 2 2 2 O8/9
1935 26 BRO NL 17 65 56 12 12 2 1 1 7 0 5 11 .214 .323 .339 .662 80 19 4 4 0 O7/89
1937 28 BOS AL 123 566 505 85 149 25 8 7 58 11 8 46 41 .295 .361 .418 .779 92 211 6 9 *O78/9
1938 29 SLB AL 123 520 466 66 133 24 4 3 46 7 8 43 46 .285 .350 .373 .723 82 174 3 8 *O7/89
1940 31 NYY AL 34 70 63 10 25 3 3 1 15 0 0 7 5 .397 .457 .587 1.044 173 37 6 0 0 O7/9
1942 33 CLE AL 80 221 195 19 54 4 2 1 26 5 4 23 18 .277 .353 .333 .687 99 65 7 0 2 O87/9
1946 37 CLE AL 9 25 22 1 6 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 5 .273 .360 .273 .633 84 6 1 0 0 /7O
7 Yrs 415 1547 1379 200 396 62 19 14 163 23 21 131 137 .287 .355 .390 .746 91 538 20 15 21
162 Game Avg. 162 604 538 78 155 24 7 5 64 9 51 53 .287 .355 .390 .746 91 210 6 8
CLE (2 yrs) 89 246 217 20 60 4 2 1 29 5 5 26 23 .276 .354 .327 .681 97 71 8 0 2
STL (1 yr) 29 80 72 7 17 4 1 1 8 0 4 11 .236 .295 .361 .656 70 26 2 2 2
BOS (1 yr) 123 566 505 85 149 25 8 7 58 11 8 46 41 .295 .361 .418 .779 92 211 6 9
BRO (1 yr) 17 65 56 12 12 2 1 1 7 0 5 11 .214 .323 .339 .662 80 19 4 4 0
NYY (1 yr) 34 70 63 10 25 3 3 1 15 0 0 7 5 .397 .457 .587 1.044 173 37 6 0 0
SLB (1 yr) 123 520 466 66 133 24 4 3 46 7 8 43 46 .285 .350 .373 .723 82 174 3 8
AL (5 yrs) 369 1402 1251 181 367 56 17 12 148 23 21 122 115 .293 .360 .394 .754 93 493 14 9 19
NL (2 yrs) 46 145 128 19 29 6 2 2 15 0 9 22 .227 .308 .352 .659 74 45 6 6 2

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
1934 25 STL NL 29 80 -3 0 0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.1 .488 .498 -0.1 -0.0 -1 O8/9
1935 26 BRO NL 17 65 -1 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .488 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 O7/89
1937 28 BOS AL 123 566 -6 -1 0 -3 -5 -15 -1.4 20 4 0.4 .488 .491 0.7 -0.8 7 $4,000 *O78/9
1938 29 SLB AL 123 520 -12 -2 0 0 -5 -20 -1.7 19 -1 0.0 .486 .489 -0.0 -0.4 -1 $6,000 *O7/89
1940 31 NYY AL 34 70 7 0 0 0 -1 6 0.6 2 9 0.8 .518 .504 0.8 -0.1 9 $6,000 O7/9
1942 33 CLE AL 80 221 0 -0 0 2 -1 1 0.1 6 8 0.7 .502 .501 0.5 0.1 5 $5,000 O87/9
1946 37 CLE AL 9 25 -0 -0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .488 .499 -0.0 -0.0 -0 $6,000 /7O
7 Seasons 415 1547 -16 -3 0 -1 -13 -34 -3.1 52 18 1.8 .492 .494 1.9 -1.2 19 $27,000
CLE (2 yrs) 89 246 0 -1 0 2 -1 0 0.0 7 7 0.7 .500 .501 0.5 0.1 5 $11,000
STL (1 yr) 29 80 -3 0 0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.1 .488 .498 -0.1 -0.0 -1
BOS (1 yr) 123 566 -6 -1 0 -3 -5 -15 -1.4 20 4 0.4 .488 .491 0.7 -0.8 7 $4,000
BRO (1 yr) 17 65 -1 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .488 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0
NYY (1 yr) 34 70 7 0 0 0 -1 6 0.6 2 9 0.8 .518 .504 0.8 -0.1 9 $6,000
SLB (1 yr) 123 520 -12 -2 0 0 -5 -20 -1.7 19 -1 0.0 .486 .489 -0.0 -0.4 -1 $6,000

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
1934 STL NL 25 OF 18 16 16 45 45 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .973 2.37
1934 STL NL 25 CF 17 16 16 41 41 0 0 0 1.000 2.41 .979 2.70
1934 STL NL 25 RF 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .970 2.20
1935 BRO NL 26 OF 17 15 12 34 33 0 1 0 .971 1.94 .971 2.42
1935 BRO NL 26 LF 11 7 6 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 1.82 .970 2.25
1935 BRO NL 26 CF 8 8 6 13 12 0 1 0 .923 1.50 .974 2.82
1935 BRO NL 26 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.20
1937 BOS AL 28 OF 120 120 116 261 239 8 14 0 .946 2.06 .969 2.35
1937 BOS AL 28 LF 107 107 103 225 207 8 10 0 .956 2.01 .966 2.16
1937 BOS AL 28 CF 10 9 9 24 23 0 1 0 .958 2.30 .974 2.84
1937 BOS AL 28 RF 5 4 4 12 9 0 3 0 .750 1.80 .964 2.04
1938 SLB AL 29 OF 113 110 108 253 235 9 9 2 .964 2.16 .972 2.35
1938 SLB AL 29 LF 106 104 102 240 223 9 8 2 .967 2.19 .972 2.17
1938 SLB AL 29 CF 6 6 6 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1.83 .972 2.82
1938 SLB AL 29 RF 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .970 2.10
1940 NYY AL 31 OF 14 12 11 22 22 0 0 0 1.000 1.57 .970 2.40
1940 NYY AL 31 LF 12 10 9 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 1.75 .963 2.32
1940 NYY AL 31 RF 2 2 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.10
1942 CLE AL 33 OF 53 48 37 150 142 4 4 2 .973 2.75 .976 2.38
1942 CLE AL 33 CF 38 35 25 106 99 3 4 2 .962 2.68 .981 2.80
1942 CLE AL 33 LF 12 10 9 31 31 0 0 0 1.000 2.58 .974 2.26
1942 CLE AL 33 RF 4 3 3 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 2.25 .969 2.05
1946 CLE AL 37 LF 6 5 4 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1.83 .974 2.23
1946 CLE AL 37 OF 6 5 4 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1.83 .977 2.37
7 Seasons OF 341 326 304 776 727 21 28 4 .964 2.19 .972 2.36
6 Seasons LF 254 243 233 548 513 17 18 2 .967 2.09 .969 2.18
5 Seasons CF 79 74 62 195 186 3 6 2 .969 2.39 .979 2.79
6 Seasons RF 14 9 9 32 27 1 4 0 .875 2.00 .968 2.08
7 Seasons TOT 341 326 304 776 727 21 28 4 .964 2.19 .972 2.36
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1937 AL  6 (3rd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1937 AL  8 (5th)
1938 AL  8 (7th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1937 AL  107 (5th)
1938 AL  106 (4th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  223 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1937 AL  8 (5th)
1938 AL  9 (2nd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1937 AL  10 (2nd)
1938 AL  8 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  2 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  2 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  2.19 (2nd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1937 AL  .956 (4th)
1938 AL  .967 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1732), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (413th), 1.8 career WAR/1.8 7yr-peak WAR/1.8 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
1937 28 Boston Red Sox $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 29 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 31 New York Yankees $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 33 Cleveland Indians $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 37 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$27,000
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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