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Candy Nelson

John W. Nelson

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 6", Weight: 145 lb.

Born: March 14, 1849 in Portland, ME (All Transactions)
Debut: June 11, 1872 (Age 23.089)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1873 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Metropolitans/Mutuals/Gladiators/Trojans/RubyLegs/... 1872-1890

Final Game: August 25, 1890 (Age 41.164)
Died: September 4, 1910 in Brooklyn, NY
Buried: Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 21, 2014 2:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1568. Ski Melillo… #1569. Austin McHenry… #1570. Bill Gleason… #1571. CANDY NELSON… #1572. Emmett Seery… #1573. Rafael Ramirez… #1574. Lee Magee… 

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
1872 23 TOT NA 22 98 96 14 26 5 1 0 13 1 0 2 5 .271 .286 .344 .629 102 33 0 O/456
1872 23 TRO NA 4 20 20 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 .350 .350 .350 .700 116 7 0 /O6
1872 23 ECK NA 18 78 76 12 19 5 1 0 9 1 0 2 3 .250 .269 .342 .611 99 26 0 /4O5
1873 24 NYU NA 36 169 168 28 55 4 1 0 22 2 0 1 2 .327 .331 .363 .694 107 61 1 4/5O32
1874 25 NYU NA 65 306 297 55 73 7 5 0 31 6 0 9 5 .246 .268 .303 .571 81 90 0 *46/O
1875 26 NYU NA 70 285 276 28 55 7 1 0 23 4 2 9 0 .199 .225 .232 .456 58 64 2 *45/6O
1878 29 IND NL 19 89 84 12 11 1 0 0 5 5 11 .131 .180 .143 .323 13 12 6
1879 30 TRO NL 28 114 106 17 28 7 1 0 10 8 4 .264 .316 .349 .665 123 37 6/O
1881 32 WOR NL 24 108 103 13 29 1 0 1 15 5 6 .282 .315 .320 .635 95 33 6
1883 34 NYP AA 97 448 417 75 127 19 6 0 31 .305 .353 .379 .732 128 158 *6
1884 35 NYP AA 111 515 432 114 110 15 3 1 74 .255 .375 .310 .685 126 134 9 *6/4
1885 36 NYP AA 107 484 420 98 107 12 4 1 30 61 .255 .353 .310 .663 126 130 3 *6/5
1886 37 NYP AA 109 479 413 89 93 7 2 0 23 14 64 .225 .332 .252 .584 88 104 2 6O
1887 38 TOT MLB 69 315 259 61 63 5 1 0 24 29 48 12 .243 .378 .270 .648 85 70 8 O6/45
1887 38 NYP AA 68 313 257 61 63 5 1 0 24 29 48 11 .245 .380 .272 .653 87 70 8 O6/4
1887 38 NYG NL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 /5
1890 41 BRG AA 60 263 223 44 56 3 2 0 12 12 35 .251 .365 .283 .648 92 63 5 6/O
13 Yrs 817 3673 3294 648 833 93 27 3 208 68 2 352 45 .253 .330 .300 .630 101 989 3 27
162 Game Avg. 162 728 653 128 165 18 5 1 41 70 .253 .330 .300 .630 101 196
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
NYP (5 yrs) 492 2239 1939 437 500 58 16 2 77 43 278 11 .258 .357 .307 .665 113 596 22
NYU (3 yrs) 171 760 741 111 183 18 7 0 76 12 2 19 7 .247 .266 .290 .556 79 215 3
TRO (1 yr) 28 114 106 17 28 7 1 0 10 8 4 .264 .316 .349 .665 123 37
BRG (1 yr) 60 263 223 44 56 3 2 0 12 12 35 .251 .365 .283 .648 92 63 5
NYG (1 yr) 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0
IND (1 yr) 19 89 84 12 11 1 0 0 5 5 11 .131 .180 .143 .323 13 12
TRO (1 yr) 4 20 20 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 .350 .350 .350 .700 116 7 0
ECK (1 yr) 18 78 76 12 19 5 1 0 9 1 0 2 3 .250 .269 .342 .611 99 26 0
WOR (1 yr) 24 108 103 13 29 1 0 1 15 5 6 .282 .315 .320 .635 95 33
AA (6 yrs) 552 2502 2162 481 556 61 18 2 89 55 313 11 .257 .358 .305 .663 110 659 27
NA (4 yrs) 193 858 837 125 209 23 8 0 89 13 2 21 12 .250 .268 .296 .564 82 248 3
NL (4 yrs) 72 313 295 42 68 9 1 1 30 0 18 22 .231 .275 .278 .553 81 82 0

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
1872 23 TRO NA 4 20 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /O6
1872 23 ECK NA 18 78 1 0 0 -1 -0 0 0.0 3 3 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.1 4 /4O5
1873 24 NYU NA 36 169 3 1 0 -1 0 3 0.2 6 9 0.7 .506 .501 0.8 -0.1 10 4/5O32
1874 25 NYU NA 65 306 -6 1 0 -4 2 -7 -0.6 10 3 0.4 .492 .497 0.8 -0.2 7 *46/O
1875 26 NYU NA 70 285 -10 0 0 3 2 -5 -0.5 10 5 0.5 .494 .497 0.3 0.4 2 *45/6O
1878 29 IND NL 19 89 -7 0 0 -3 1 -8 -0.9 3 -6 -0.6 .456 .495 -0.3 -0.2 -3 6
1879 30 TRO NL 28 114 4 0 0 -3 1 2 0.2 4 6 0.6 .507 .501 0.9 -0.2 9 6/O
1881 32 WOR NL 24 108 -0 0 0 1 2 2 0.2 3 6 0.6 .509 .501 0.5 0.2 5 6
1883 34 NYP AA 97 448 14 0 0 3 6 23 2.0 9 32 3.0 .521 .513 2.8 0.8 29 *6
1884 35 NYP AA 111 515 19 0 0 5 7 31 2.6 10 41 3.7 .526 .518 3.5 0.9 36 *6/4
1885 36 NYP AA 107 484 22 0 0 2 7 31 2.8 10 41 3.9 .526 .517 3.7 0.9 39 *6/5
1886 37 NYP AA 109 479 1 -2 0 -2 3 -0 -0.1 10 10 1.0 .500 .500 1.1 0.1 12 6O
1887 38 NYP AA 68 313 2 0 0 0 -0 2 0.2 6 9 0.9 .503 .501 0.9 0.1 9 O6/4
1887 38 NYG NL 1 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.0 .446 .500 -0.0 0.0 -1 /5
1890 41 BRG AA 60 263 1 -2 0 1 3 4 0.2 6 10 0.9 .505 .502 0.9 0.3 9 6/O
13 Seasons 817 3673 42 -1 0 1 35 78 6.4 91 169 15.9 .508 .506 16.1 3.1 168
NYP (5 yrs) 492 2239 58 -2 0 8 23 88 7.6 45 133 12.5 .516 .510 11.9 2.8 125
NYU (3 yrs) 171 760 -13 2 0 -2 4 -9 -0.9 26 17 1.6 .495 .498 1.9 0.2 19
TRO (1 yr) 28 114 4 0 0 -3 1 2 0.2 4 6 0.6 .507 .501 0.9 -0.2 9
BRG (1 yr) 60 263 1 -2 0 1 3 4 0.2 6 10 0.9 .505 .502 0.9 0.3 9
NYG (1 yr) 1 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.0 .446 .500 -0.0 0.0 -1
IND (1 yr) 19 89 -7 0 0 -3 1 -8 -0.9 3 -6 -0.6 .456 .495 -0.3 -0.2 -3
TRO (1 yr) 4 20 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 -0.0 1
ECK (1 yr) 18 78 1 0 0 -1 -0 0 0.0 3 3 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.1 4
WOR (1 yr) 24 108 -0 0 0 1 2 2 0.2 3 6 0.6 .509 .501 0.5 0.2 5

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
1884 35 NYP AA WS PRO L 0 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200 1 0
1 WS 0 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200 1 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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1872 TOT NA 23 OF 11 32 26 0 6 0 .813 2.36 .820 1.94 0-11-0
1872 TRO NA 23 OF 3 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.33 .820 1.93 0-3-0
1872 TRO NA 23 SS 1 5 1 2 2 0 .600 3.00 .774 4.80
1872 ECK NA 23 2B 8 43 13 23 7 3 .837 4.50 .826 5.51
1872 ECK NA 23 OF 8 25 19 0 6 0 .760 2.38 .820 1.94 0-8-0
1872 ECK NA 23 3B 4 16 5 7 4 0 .750 3.00 .758 4.45
1873 NYU NA 24 2B 27 128 58 53 17 4 .867 4.11 .831 5.81
1873 NYU NA 24 3B 6 30 7 13 10 0 .667 3.33 .739 4.60
1873 NYU NA 24 OF 6 5 4 0 1 0 .800 0.67 .804 2.00 0-0-6
1873 NYU NA 24 1B 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .925 10.80
1873 NYU NA 24 C 1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .840 5.10 0 0 0
1874 NYU NA 25 2B 51 267 115 105 47 8 .824 4.31 .805 5.51
1874 NYU NA 25 SS 14 70 17 37 16 3 .771 3.86 .786 4.69
1874 NYU NA 25 OF 1 3 1 1 1 0 .667 2.00 .803 2.00 0-1-0
1875 NYU NA 26 2B 49 290 109 139 42 14 .855 5.06 .837 5.89
1875 NYU NA 26 3B 23 113 41 50 22 1 .805 3.96 .764 3.67
1875 NYU NA 26 SS 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .820 4.65
1875 NYU NA 26 OF 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .820 1.90 1-0-0
1878 IND NL 29 SS 19 82 19 50 13 1 .841 3.63 .877 4.29
1879 TRO NL 30 SS 24 151 37 89 25 8 .834 5.25 .872 4.56
1879 TRO NL 30 OF 4 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 .838 1.90 4-0-0
1881 WOR NL 32 SS 24 127 20 94 13 6 .898 4.75 .873 4.63
1883 NYP AA 34 SS 97 377 98 232 47 18 .875 3.40 .836 3.94
1884 NYP AA 35 SS 110 461 113 292 56 16 .879 3.68 .862 4.28
1884 NYP AA 35 2B 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 7.00 .901 6.00
1885 NYP AA 36 SS 107 586 153 370 63 33 .892 4.89 .879 4.69
1885 NYP AA 36 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
1886 NYP AA 37 SS 73 373 103 216 54 17 .855 4.37 .854 4.56
1886 NYP AA 37 OF 36 65 56 3 6 2 .908 1.64 .877 1.79 0-28-8
1887 NYP AA 38 OF 37 95 74 11 10 6 .895 2.30 .898 2.04 0-1-36
1887 NYP AA 38 SS 32 163 46 100 17 12 .896 4.56 .858 4.48
1887 NYP AA 38 2B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .910 6.00
1887 NYG NL 38 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.40
1890 BRG AA 41 SS 57 298 60 198 40 20 .866 4.53 .885 4.90
1890 BRG AA 41 OF 4 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.75 .916 1.82 0-0-4
12 Seasons SS 560 2694 668 1680 346 134 .872 4.19 .863 4.45
6 Seasons 2B 137 736 303 320 113 29 .846 4.55 .824 5.71
8 Seasons OF 100 215 175 16 24 8 .888 1.91 .875 1.92 5-41-54
5 Seasons 3B 35 159 53 70 36 1 .774 3.51 .759 3.89
1 Season 1B 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .925 10.80
1 Season C 1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .840 5.10 0 0 0
13 Seasons TOT 834 3809 1203 2087 519 172 .864 3.94 .852 4.34 5-41-54 0 0 0
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
1883 AA  3.0 (6th)
1885 AA  3.9 (5th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1883 AA  2.7 (6th)
1884 AA  3.5 (8th)
1885 AA  3.7 (5th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1885 AA  0.9 (9th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1883 AA  .305 (7th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1883 AA  .353 (5th)
1884 AA  .375 (2nd)
1885 AA  .353 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1883 AA  .732 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1874 NA  65 (7th)
1883 AA  97 (6th)
1884 AA  111 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1883 AA  417 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1883 AA  448 (4th)
1884 AA  515 (2nd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1884 AA  114 (4th)
1885 AA  98 (4th)

Hits s c a p y
1883 AA  127 (5th)

Doubles s c a p y
1883 AA  19 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1874 NA  5 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1874 NA  9 (1st)
1875 NA  9 (2nd)
1883 AA  31 (2nd)
1884 AA  74 (1st)
1885 AA  61 (1st)
1886 AA  64 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1874 NA  6 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1883 AA  102 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1883 AA  56 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1883 AA  15 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1883 AA  1.6 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1883 AA  158 (2nd)
1884 AA  193 (2nd)
1885 AA  171 (6th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1883 AA  .664 (8th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1874 NA  224 (10th)

Assistss c a p y
1885 AA  370 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
Career  519 (73rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  51 (2nd)
1875 NA  49 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  115 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  105 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  47 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  8 (5th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1883 AA  97 (2nd)
1884 AA  110 (1st)
1885 AA  107 (4th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1883 AA  98 (5th)
1885 AA  153 (3rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  370 (2nd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  63 (5th)
Career  346 (54th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1883 AA  18 (4th)
1885 AA  33 (3rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  .824 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  4.89 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1883 AA  .875 (2nd)
1884 AA  .879 (3rd)
1885 AA  .892 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1879 NL  born 1849-03-14 (7th)
1881 NL  born 1849-03-14 (7th)
1883 AA  born 1849-03-14 (3rd)
1884 AA  born 1849-03-14 (2nd)
1885 AA  born 1849-03-14 (1st)
1886 AA  born 1849-03-14 (1st)
1887 AA  born 1849-03-14 (3rd)
1887 NL  born 1849-03-14 (2nd)
1890 AA  born 1849-03-14 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 6 (354), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 34 (731), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1578), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2432), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (139th), 15.9 career WAR/14.1 7yr-peak WAR/15.0 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: John Candy W. nellie Nelson

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