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Les Moss

John Lester Moss

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: May 14, 1925 in Tulsa, OK
High School: Central HS (Tulsa, OK)
Signed
by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent in 1942. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1946 (Age 21.119)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1947 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/WhiteSox/Orioles/RedSox 1946-1958

Final Game: September 1, 1958 (Age 33.110)
Died: August 29, 2012 in Longwood, FL
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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
1946 21 SLB AL 12 39 35 4 13 3 0 0 5 1 0 3 5 .371 .436 .457 .893 144 16 0 1 0 2
1947 22 SLB AL 96 312 274 17 43 5 2 6 27 0 0 35 48 .157 .255 .255 .510 41 70 4 1 2 2
1948 23 SLB AL 107 380 335 35 86 12 1 14 46 0 0 39 50 .257 .334 .424 .758 99 142 16 0 7 *2
1949 24 SLB AL 97 330 278 28 81 11 0 10 39 0 1 49 32 .291 .399 .439 .838 117 122 10 1 2 2
1950 25 SLB AL 84 250 222 24 59 6 0 8 34 0 1 26 32 .266 .343 .401 .744 87 89 7 0 2 2
1951 26 TOT AL 87 285 249 23 48 8 0 4 33 0 0 31 42 .193 .285 .273 .558 46 68 12 1 4 2
1951 26 SLB AL 16 53 47 5 8 2 0 1 7 0 0 6 8 .170 .264 .277 .541 44 13 3 0 0 2
1951 26 BOS AL 71 232 202 18 40 6 0 3 26 0 0 25 34 .198 .289 .272 .562 47 55 9 1 4 2
1952 27 SLB AL 52 135 118 11 29 3 0 3 12 0 1 15 13 .246 .331 .347 .678 87 41 6 0 2 2
1953 28 SLB AL 78 260 239 21 66 14 1 2 28 0 1 18 31 .276 .329 .368 .698 86 88 10 1 1 2
1954 29 BAL AL 50 141 126 7 31 3 0 0 5 0 0 14 16 .246 .321 .270 .591 70 34 3 0 1 0 2
1955 30 TOT AL 61 131 115 10 34 3 0 4 13 0 1 13 14 .296 .372 .426 .798 118 49 1 1 2 0 2 2
1955 30 BAL AL 29 63 56 5 19 1 0 2 6 0 1 7 4 .339 .413 .464 .877 145 26 1 0 0 0 1 2
1955 30 CHW AL 32 68 59 5 15 2 0 2 7 0 0 6 10 .254 .333 .390 .723 93 23 0 1 2 0 1 2
1956 31 CHW AL 56 147 127 20 31 4 0 10 22 0 0 18 15 .244 .338 .512 .850 121 65 7 0 2 0 0 2
1957 32 CHW AL 42 137 115 10 31 3 0 2 12 0 0 20 18 .270 .375 .348 .723 99 40 4 0 1 1 1 2
1958 33 CHW AL 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 52 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Yrs 824 2549 2234 210 552 75 4 63 276 1 5 282 316 .247 .333 .369 .702 87 824 80 6 26 1 3
162 Game Avg. 162 501 439 41 109 15 1 12 54 0 1 55 62 .247 .333 .369 .702 87 162 16 1 5
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
BAL (10 yrs) 621 1963 1730 157 435 60 4 46 209 1 5 212 239 .251 .335 .371 .705 88 641 60 4 17 0 1
CHW (4 yrs) 132 354 302 35 77 9 0 14 41 0 0 45 43 .255 .352 .424 .776 107 128 11 1 5 1 2
BOS (1 yr) 71 232 202 18 40 6 0 3 26 0 0 25 34 .198 .289 .272 .562 47 55 9 1 4

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
1946 21 SLB AL 12 39 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.3 1 4 0.4 .524 .502 0.4 0.0 4 2
1947 22 SLB AL 96 312 -22 0 0 -1 3 -20 -2.2 9 -11 -1.3 .477 .487 -1.2 0.1 -10 2
1948 23 SLB AL 107 380 -2 0 -2 1 3 -0 -0.0 11 11 1.1 .500 .500 0.9 0.4 10 *2
1949 24 SLB AL 97 330 8 -1 -0 -1 3 8 0.8 10 18 1.8 .508 .505 1.9 0.2 19 2
1950 25 SLB AL 84 250 -5 -1 -1 -2 2 -6 -0.6 8 1 0.2 .493 .496 0.3 0.0 3 2
1951 26 SLB AL 16 53 -4 0 -0 0 0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .476 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 2
1951 26 BOS AL 71 232 -16 -0 -1 -1 2 -16 -1.7 7 -9 -1.0 .476 .490 -0.9 0.1 -8 2
1952 27 SLB AL 52 135 -2 -1 -1 -1 1 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .493 .498 0.2 0.0 2 2
1953 28 SLB AL 78 260 -5 -0 -1 -4 2 -8 -0.8 8 0 0.0 .490 .495 0.4 -0.2 4 2
1954 29 BAL AL 50 141 -6 -1 -0 -1 1 -6 -0.7 4 -2 -0.2 .486 .496 -0.1 0.0 -1 2
1955 30 BAL AL 29 63 4 -2 -0 -2 1 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .500 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 2
1955 30 CHW AL 32 68 1 0 -0 -2 1 -0 -0.0 2 2 0.2 .499 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 2
1956 31 CHW AL 56 147 3 0 -2 -3 2 -0 -0.0 5 4 0.4 .500 .500 0.7 -0.1 7 2
1957 32 CHW AL 42 137 2 -0 -0 -3 2 0 -0.0 4 4 0.4 .500 .500 0.7 -0.2 7 2
1958 33 CHW AL 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0
13 Seasons 824 2549 -41 -5 -10 -20 23 -52 -5.7 76 24 1.9 .493 .497 3.8 0.3 44
BAL (10 yrs) 621 1963 -31 -4 -6 -11 17 -36 -3.9 59 23 1.9 .494 .497 3.0 0.6 34
CHW (4 yrs) 132 354 6 -0 -2 -8 4 -0 -0.1 11 11 1.0 .500 .500 1.8 -0.4 18
BOS (1 yr) 71 232 -16 -0 -1 -1 2 -16 -1.7 7 -9 -1.0 .476 .490 -0.9 0.1 -8

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1946 SLB AL 21 C 12 10 9 62 55 5 2 1 .968 5.00 .982 5.52 0 6 3 33% 46%
1947 SLB AL 22 C 96 84 69 412 362 43 7 6 .983 4.22 .985 5.02 6 6 39 24 38% 46% 1
1948 SLB AL 23 C 103 88 79 414 357 52 5 8 .988 3.97 .986 4.74 4 15 33 24 42% 44% 0
1949 SLB AL 24 C 83 79 62 334 283 41 10 9 .970 3.90 .985 4.76 4 14 22 19 46% 45% 1
1950 SLB AL 25 C 60 53 43 462.0 234 204 20 10 4 .957 4.36 3.73 .985 4.94 4.85 6 7 9 14 61% 49% 3
1951 TOT AL 26 C 81 64 59 617.0 378 335 36 7 5 .981 5.41 4.58 .982 5.03 5.01 6 17 25 16 39% 46% 2
1951 SLB AL 26 C 12 11 10 100.0 60 50 8 2 1 .967 5.22 4.83 .982 5.03 5.01 0 2 2 6 75% 46% 0
1951 BOS AL 26 C 69 53 49 517.0 318 285 28 5 4 .984 5.45 4.54 .982 5.03 5.01 6 15 23 10 30% 46% 2
1952 SLB AL 27 C 39 29 26 276.2 141 118 17 6 3 .957 4.39 3.46 .985 5.44 5.44 3 3 11 11 50% 46% 1
1953 SLB AL 28 C 71 61 51 558.0 324 296 21 7 4 .978 -4 -9 5.11 4.46 .985 5.18 5.15 4 12 21 15 42% 51% 1
1954 BAL AL 29 C 38 31 24 284.0 180 159 16 5 4 .972 -1 -4 5.55 4.61 .986 5.40 5.36 2 5 10 8 44% 48% 2
1955 TOT AL 30 C 49 25 19 269.0 167 156 10 1 5 .994 -4 -18 5.55 3.39 .988 5.58 5.54 3 11 18 7 28% 47% 0
1955 BAL AL 30 C 17 12 10 106.0 71 66 5 0 4 1.000 -2 -23 6.03 4.18 .988 5.58 5.54 2 7 11 5 31% 47% 0
1955 CHW AL 30 C 32 13 9 163.0 96 90 5 1 1 .990 -2 -15 5.25 2.97 .988 5.58 5.54 1 4 7 2 22% 47% 0
1956 CHW AL 31 C 49 30 22 303.0 160 149 10 1 1 .994 -3 -12 4.72 3.24 .988 5.91 5.86 4 10 11 4 27% 44% 1
1957 CHW AL 32 C 39 34 27 292.0 149 138 8 3 2 .980 -3 -12 4.50 3.74 .991 5.92 5.94 3 4 7 1 13% 47% 0
12 Seasons C 720 588 490 3061.2 2955 2612 279 64 52 .978 -15 -6 4.98 4.02 .985 5.34 5.14 45 104 212 146 41% 46% 12
13 Seasons TOT 720 588 490 3061.2 2955 2612 279 64 52 .978 -15 -6 4.98 4.02 .985 5.34 5.14 45 104 212 146 41% 46% 12
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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1947 AL  96 (5th)
1948 AL  103 (4th)
1951 AL  81 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1948 AL  357 (5th)
1951 AL  335 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1948 AL  52 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1947 AL  7 (5th)
1948 AL  5 (5th)
1949 AL  10 (2nd)
1950 AL  10 (3rd)
1951 AL  7 (5th)
1953 AL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1948 AL  8 (4th)
1949 AL  9 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1947 AL  6 (4th)
1949 AL  4 (3rd)
1950 AL  6 (2nd)
1951 AL  6 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1947 AL  39 (1st)
1948 AL  33 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1947 AL  24 (4th)
1948 AL  24 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1949 AL  46.3 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1951 AL  5.41 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1951 AL  .981 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1946 AL  born 1925-05-14 (6th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2119), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (381st), 1.9 career WAR/4.6 7yr-peak WAR/3.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: John Les Lester Moss

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