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Butch Nieman

Elmer Leroy Nieman

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: February 8, 1918 in Herkimer, KS
School: Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)(All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1943 (Age 25.083)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Team: Braves 1943-1945

Final Game: September 30, 1945 (Age 27.234)
Died: November 2, 1993 in Topeka, KS
Buried: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1943 BSN NL 25 OF 93 85 81 215 195 12 8 1 .963 2.23 .977 2.41
1943 BSN NL 25 LF 73 65 61 169 152 11 6 1 .964 2.23 .977 2.23
1943 BSN NL 25 RF 17 17 17 37 34 1 2 0 .946 2.06 .976 2.21
1943 BSN NL 25 CF 3 3 3 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.33 .979 2.73
1944 BSN NL 26 OF 126 116 107 281 261 13 7 2 .975 2.17 .980 2.47
1944 BSN NL 26 LF 87 72 68 184 173 8 3 1 .984 2.08 .981 2.34
1944 BSN NL 26 RF 45 44 39 91 82 5 4 1 .956 1.93 .974 2.10
1945 BSN NL 27 OF 57 55 50 146 132 4 10 1 .932 2.39 .978 2.45
1945 BSN NL 27 LF 43 42 37 117 105 2 10 0 .915 2.49 .970 2.33
1945 BSN NL 27 RF 14 13 13 31 29 2 0 1 1.000 2.21 .978 2.13
3 Seasons OF 276 256 238 642 588 29 25 4 .961 2.24 .979 2.45
3 Seasons LF 203 179 166 470 430 21 19 2 .960 2.22 .977 2.30
3 Seasons RF 76 74 69 159 145 8 6 2 .962 2.01 .975 2.13
1 Season CF 3 3 3 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.33 .979 2.73
3 Seasons TOT 276 256 238 642 588 29 25 4 .961 2.24 .979 2.45
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1943 BSN NL 25 LF
1943 BSN NL 25 RF
1943 BSN NL 25 CF
1944 BSN NL 26 LF
1944 BSN NL 26 RF
1945 BSN NL 27 LF
1945 BSN NL 27 RF
3 Seasons LF
3 Seasons RF
1 Season CF
3 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1943 BSN NL 25 101 85 101 93 0 0 0 0 0 0 73 3 17 93 0 4 5
1944 BSN NL 26 134 116 134 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 87 0 45 126 0 9 0
1945 BSN NL 27 97 55 97 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 43 0 14 57 0 41 0
3 Seasons 332 256 332 276 0 0 0 0 0 0 203 3 76 276 0 54 5
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1943 BSN NL 25 3 0 3 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 6 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 7 7 0 19 12 63.2% 7 0 0.0% 3 979 60% 90% 28% 81 68%
1944 BSN NL 26 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 6 3 0 2 2 0 16 8 50.0% 8 0 0.0% 2 990 64% 83% 29% 83 70%
1945 BSN NL 27 3 0 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 9 6 0 8 3 1 6 3 0 3 0 0 6 6 0 32 18 56.3% 13 1 3.1% 1 899 61% 84% 31% 102 60%
3 Seasons 7 0 7 0 2 7 0 5 0 1 19 13 0 13 3 1 9 4 0 11 3 0 15 15 0 67 38 56.7% 28 1 1.5% 6 2868 62% 85% 29% 266 65%
MLB Averages 58.7% 2.9% 62% 85% 31% 62%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1943 BSN NL 25 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 5 3 60.0% 2 0 0.0% 1 295 51% 88% 32% 25 76%
1944 BSN NL 26 3 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 12 3 25.0% 8 1 8.3% 1 738 60% 90% 31% 51 75%
1945 BSN NL 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 197 59% 86% 29% 12 67%
3 Seasons 3 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 5 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 5 3 0 17 6 35.3% 10 1 5.9% 2 1230 58% 89% 31% 88 74%
MLB Averages 43.8% 4.0% 62% 85% 31% 64%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  11 (3rd)
1944 NL  8 (4th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  6 (3rd)
1945 NL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1943 NL  1 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1943 NL  8 (5th)
1945 NL  10 (2nd)

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