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The Only Nolan

Edward Sylvester Nolan

Positions: Pitcher, Outfielder and Third Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 171 lb.

Born: November 7, 1857 in Canada (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1878 (Age 20.175)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1878 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Blues/Quicksteps/Quakers/PittsburghAlleghenys 1878-1885

Final Game: October 9, 1885 (Age 27.336)
Died: May 18, 1913 in Paterson, NJ
Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ
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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
1878 20 IND NL 13 22 .371 2.57 38 38 0 37 1 0 347.0 357 208 99 1 56 125 0 21 1469 80 2.34 1.190 9.3 0.0 1.5 3.2 2.23
1881 23 CLV NL 8 14 .364 3.05 22 21 1 20 0 0 180.0 183 111 61 3 38 54 0 10 768 86 2.94 1.228 9.2 0.2 1.9 2.7 1.42
1883 25 PIT AA 0 7 .000 4.25 7 7 0 6 0 0 55.0 81 44 26 0 10 23 0 6 262 76 2.96 1.655 13.3 0.0 1.6 3.8 2.30
1884 26 WIL UA 1 4 .200 2.93 5 5 0 5 0 0 40.0 44 28 13 1 7 52 0 13 175 116 1.52 1.275 9.9 0.2 1.6 11.7 7.43
1885 27 PHI NL 1 5 .167 4.17 7 7 0 6 0 0 54.0 55 43 25 1 24 20 0 5 239 68 3.71 1.463 9.2 0.2 4.0 3.3 0.83
5 Yrs 23 52 .307 2.98 79 78 1 74 1 0 676.0 720 434 224 6 135 274 0 55 2913 82 2.61 1.265 9.6 0.1 1.8 3.6 2.03
162 Game Avg. 10 23 .307 2.98 34 34 0 32 0 0 293 312 188 97 3 58 119 0 24 1262 82 2.61 1.265 9.6 0.1 1.8 3.6 2.03
PIT (1 yr) 0 7 .000 4.25 7 7 0 6 0 0 55.0 81 44 26 0 10 23 0 6 262 76 2.96 1.655 13.3 0.0 1.6 3.8 2.30
PHI (1 yr) 1 5 .167 4.17 7 7 0 6 0 0 54.0 55 43 25 1 24 20 0 5 239 68 3.71 1.463 9.2 0.2 4.0 3.3 0.83
IND (1 yr) 13 22 .371 2.57 38 38 0 37 1 0 347.0 357 208 99 1 56 125 0 21 1469 80 2.34 1.190 9.3 0.0 1.5 3.2 2.23
CLV (1 yr) 8 14 .364 3.05 22 21 1 20 0 0 180.0 183 111 61 3 38 54 0 10 768 86 2.94 1.228 9.2 0.2 1.9 2.7 1.42
WIL (1 yr) 1 4 .200 2.93 5 5 0 5 0 0 40.0 44 28 13 1 7 52 0 13 175 116 1.52 1.275 9.9 0.2 1.6 11.7 7.43
NL (3 yrs) 22 41 .349 2.87 67 66 1 63 1 0 581.0 595 362 185 5 118 199 0 36 2476 80 2.65 1.227 9.2 0.1 1.8 3.1 1.69
AA (1 yr) 0 7 .000 4.25 7 7 0 6 0 0 55.0 81 44 26 0 10 23 0 6 262 76 2.96 1.655 13.3 0.0 1.6 3.8 2.30
UA (1 yr) 1 4 .200 2.93 5 5 0 5 0 0 40.0 44 28 13 1 7 52 0 13 175 116 1.52 1.275 9.9 0.2 1.6 11.7 7.43
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
1878 20 IND NL 347.0 38 38 208 5.39 5.28 0.03 0.00 89.0 4.67 -27 -2.5 -0.6 -0.0 7 .433 .484
1881 23 CLV NL 180.0 22 21 111 5.55 5.17 0.07 0.00 95.0 4.84 -14 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 0.3 5 .443 .492
1883 25 PIT AA 55.0 7 7 44 7.20 5.78 -0.56 0.00 98.0 6.21 -6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .432 .497
1884 26 WIL UA 40.0 5 5 28 6.30 5.72 -0.63 0.00 109.0 6.92 3 0.3 -0.1 0.2 2 .552 .502
1885 27 PHI NL 54.0 7 7 43 7.17 5.00 0.24 0.00 98.0 4.67 -14 -1.1 -0.0 -0.7 -9 .338 .493
5 Seasons 676.0 79 78 434 5.78 5.29 -0.03 0.00 93.2 4.98 -58 -5.1 1.0 -0.9 -0.4 2 .435 .489
PIT (1 yr) 55.0 7 7 44 7.20 5.78 -0.56 0.00 98.0 6.21 -6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .432 .497
PHI (1 yr) 54.0 7 7 43 7.17 5.00 0.24 0.00 98.0 4.67 -14 -1.1 -0.0 -0.7 -9 .338 .493
IND (1 yr) 347.0 38 38 208 5.39 5.28 0.03 0.00 89.0 4.67 -27 -2.5 -0.6 -0.0 7 .433 .484
CLV (1 yr) 180.0 22 21 111 5.55 5.17 0.07 0.00 95.0 4.84 -14 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 0.3 5 .443 .492
WIL (1 yr) 40.0 5 5 28 6.30 5.72 -0.63 0.00 109.0 6.92 3 0.3 -0.1 0.2 2 .552 .502

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
1878 20 IND NL 38 154 152 11 37 8 0 0 16 2 10 .243 .253 .296 .549 90 45 1/O
1881 23 CLV NL 41 172 168 12 41 5 1 0 18 4 13 .244 .262 .286 .547 76 48 1O/5
1883 25 PIT AA 7 27 26 4 8 1 0 0 1 .308 .333 .346 .679 126 9 /1O
1884 26 WIL UA 9 35 33 5 9 2 1 0 2 .273 .314 .394 .708 133 13 /1O
1885 27 PHI NL 7 29 26 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 8 .077 .172 .115 .288 -4 3 /1O
5 Yrs 102 417 405 33 97 17 2 0 35 12 31 .240 .261 .291 .553 83 118
162 Game Avg. 162 662 643 52 154 27 3 0 56 19 .240 .261 .291 .553 83 187
PIT (1 yr) 7 27 26 4 8 1 0 0 1 .308 .333 .346 .679 126 9
PHI (1 yr) 7 29 26 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 8 .077 .172 .115 .288 -4 3
IND (1 yr) 38 154 152 11 37 8 0 0 16 2 10 .243 .253 .296 .549 90 45
CLV (1 yr) 41 172 168 12 41 5 1 0 18 4 13 .244 .262 .286 .547 76 48
WIL (1 yr) 9 35 33 5 9 2 1 0 2 .273 .314 .394 .708 133 13
NL (3 yrs) 86 355 346 24 80 14 1 0 35 9 31 .231 .251 .277 .528 75 96
AA (1 yr) 7 27 26 4 8 1 0 0 1 .308 .333 .346 .679 126 9
UA (1 yr) 9 35 33 5 9 2 1 0 2 .273 .314 .394 .708 133 13

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
1878 20 IND NL 38 154 -0 0 0 0 6 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .516 .504 0.6 -0.0 6 1/O
1881 23 CLV NL 41 172 -4 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 -0.1 2 1O/5
1883 25 PIT AA 7 27 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .526 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 /1O
1884 26 WIL UA 9 35 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .520 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /1O
1885 27 PHI NL 7 29 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .472 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 /1O
5 Seasons 102 417 -5 0 0 0 16 11 1.0 0 11 1.0 .510 .502 1.0 -0.1 11
PIT (1 yr) 7 27 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .526 .501 0.2 -0.0 2
PHI (1 yr) 7 29 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .472 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
IND (1 yr) 38 154 -0 0 0 0 6 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .516 .504 0.6 -0.0 6
CLV (1 yr) 41 172 -4 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 -0.1 2
WIL (1 yr) 9 35 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .520 .501 0.2 0.0 2

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 Awards
1878 IND NL 20 P 38 347.0 110 19 80 11 5 .900 2.57 2.61 .888 2.31 2.32
1878 IND NL 20 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-1-0
1881 CLV NL 23 P 22 180.0 41 9 28 4 0 .902 1.85 1.68 .896 2.25 2.22
1881 CLV NL 23 OF 14 24 20 2 2 1 .917 1.57 .871 2.06 6-9-0
1881 CLV NL 23 3B 6 13 3 7 3 1 .769 1.67 .860 3.55
1883 PIT AA 25 P 7 55.0 16 2 11 3 0 .813 2.13 1.86 .852 2.31 2.29
1883 PIT AA 25 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-1-0
1884 WIL UA 26 P 5 40.0 13 1 11 1 0 .923 2.70 2.40 .844 2.56 2.46
1884 WIL UA 26 OF 4 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .815 1.52 0-1-3
1885 PHI NL 27 P 7 54.0 12 0 10 2 0 .833 1.67 1.43 .899 2.43 2.37
1885 PHI NL 27 OF 1 3 1 1 1 0 .667 2.00 .880 1.80 1-0-0
5 Seasons P 79 676.0 192 31 140 21 5 .891 2.28 2.16 .884 2.32 2.30
5 Seasons OF 21 31 25 3 3 1 .903 1.33 .865 1.92 7-12-3
1 Season 3B 6 13 3 7 3 1 .769 1.67 .860 3.55
5 Seasons TOT 106 676.0 236 59 150 27 7 .886 2.28 1.97 .880 2.32 2.30 7-12-3
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1878 NL  2.57 (9th)

Wins s c a p y
1878 NL  13 (5th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1878 NL  .371 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1878 NL  1.190 (7th)
1881 NL  1.228 (10th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1878 NL  9.259 (6th)
1881 NL  9.150 (9th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1878 NL  1.452 (8th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1878 NL  3.242 (4th)
1881 NL  2.700 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1878 NL  38 (5th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1878 NL  347.0 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1878 NL  125 (4th)

Games Started s c a p y
1878 NL  38 (5th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1878 NL  37 (5th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1878 NL  1 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1878 NL  1 (6th)
1881 NL  3 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1878 NL  56 (1st)

Hits s c a p y
1878 NL  357 (5th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1878 NL  2.232 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1878 NL  0.026 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1878 NL  22 (3rd)
1881 NL  14 (10th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1878 NL  99 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1878 NL  21 (6th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1878 NL  1,469 (5th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1878 NL  80 (9th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1878 NL  2.34 (8th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1878 NL  38 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1878 NL  19 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1878 NL  80 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1878 NL  11 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1878 NL  2.57 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1878 NL  2.61 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1878 NL  .900 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1878 NL  born 1857-11-07 (8th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 29 (830), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2051), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 13 (640), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1849th), 0.6 career WAR/0.6 7yr-peak WAR/0.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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