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Les Nunamaker

Leslie Grant Nunamaker

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: January 25, 1889 in Malcolm, NE (All Transactions)
Debut: April 28, 1911 (Age 22.093, 3,480th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Indians/RedSox/Browns 1911-1922

Last Game: September 5, 1922 (Age 33.223)
Died: November 14, 1938 in Hastings, NE
Buried: Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, NE
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 29, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1639. Jim King… #1640. Jimmy Brown… #1641. Jackie Hayes… #1642. LES NUNAMAKER… #1643. Ryan Doumit… #1644. Travis Lee… #1645. Emmett Seery… 

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1911 22 BOS AL 62 207 183 18 47 4 3 0 19 1 12 34 .257 .303 .311 .614 72 57 0 12 2
1912 23 BOS AL 35 115 103 15 26 5 2 0 6 2 2 6 17 .252 .313 .340 .652 83 35 3 3 2
1913 24 BOS AL 29 76 65 9 14 5 2 0 9 2 8 8 .215 .311 .354 .665 92 23 1 2 2
1914 25 TOT AL 92 290 262 19 69 10 3 2 29 11 9 23 34 .263 .328 .347 .675 103 91 2 3 2/3
1914 25 BOS AL 5 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533 60 1 0 0 /23
1914 25 NYY AL 87 284 257 19 68 10 3 2 29 11 9 22 34 .265 .327 .350 .678 104 90 2 3 2/3
1915 26 NYY AL 87 277 249 24 56 6 3 0 17 3 2 23 24 .225 .293 .273 .566 69 68 1 4 2/3
1916 27 NYY AL 91 298 260 25 77 14 7 0 28 4 34 21 .296 .380 .404 .784 133 105 1 1 2
1917 28 NYY AL 104 341 310 22 81 9 2 0 33 5 21 25 .261 .310 .303 .613 86 94 1 6 2
1918 29 SLB AL 85 313 274 22 71 9 2 0 22 6 28 16 .259 .339 .307 .645 98 84 5 8 2/93O
1919 30 CLE AL 26 59 56 6 14 1 1 0 7 0 2 6 .250 .276 .304 .579 58 17 0 1 2
1920 31 CLE AL 34 60 54 10 18 3 3 0 14 1 0 4 5 .333 .379 .500 .879 128 27 0 1 2/3
1921 32 CLE AL 46 148 131 16 47 7 2 0 25 1 1 11 8 .359 .408 .443 .851 115 58 0 6 2
1922 33 CLE AL 25 49 43 8 13 2 0 0 7 0 0 4 3 .302 .362 .349 .711 84 15 0 2 2
12 Yrs 716 2233 1990 194 533 75 30 2 216 36 14 176 201 .268 .332 .339 .670 95 674 14 49
162 Game Avg. 162 505 450 44 121 17 7 0 49 8 40 45 .268 .332 .339 .670 95 152 3 11
BOS (4 yrs) 131 404 356 42 88 14 7 0 34 5 2 27 59 .247 .307 .326 .633 79 116 4 17
CLE (4 yrs) 131 316 284 40 92 13 6 0 53 2 1 21 22 .324 .370 .412 .782 102 117 0 10
NYY (4 yrs) 369 1200 1076 90 282 39 15 2 107 23 11 100 104 .262 .328 .332 .659 98 357 5 14
SLB (1 yr) 85 313 274 22 71 9 2 0 22 6 28 16 .259 .339 .307 .645 98 84 5 8

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
1911 22 BOS AL 62 207 -8 0 0 -1 3 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .491 .497 0.3 0.3 4 2
1912 23 BOS AL 35 115 -3 -0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 4 4 0.4 .498 .499 0.4 0.2 4 2
1913 24 BOS AL 29 76 -1 -0 0 0 1 0 0.1 3 3 0.4 .502 .500 0.4 0.1 3 2
1914 25 BOS AL 5 6 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .498 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /23
1914 25 NYY AL 87 284 1 -0 0 1 5 6 0.7 11 17 1.9 .509 .505 1.8 0.6 16 2/3
1915 26 NYY AL 87 277 -9 0 0 1 5 -3 -0.3 10 8 0.8 .497 .498 0.7 0.6 7 $5,000 2/3
1916 27 NYY AL 91 298 10 -0 0 2 5 17 2.0 11 28 3.1 .522 .512 2.9 0.8 26 $5,000 2
1917 28 NYY AL 104 341 -5 -0 0 1 5 1 0.1 13 14 1.5 .501 .501 1.3 0.8 13 $5,000 2
1918 29 SLB AL 85 313 0 -0 0 0 4 4 0.5 12 16 1.8 .506 .503 1.8 0.5 16 2/93O
1919 30 CLE AL 26 59 -3 0 0 -1 1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .486 .498 -0.0 -0.0 0 2
1920 31 CLE AL 34 60 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.3 2 5 0.5 .508 .502 0.5 0.1 5 $5,000 2/3
1921 32 CLE AL 46 148 4 0 0 -1 2 4 0.4 6 10 1.0 .509 .503 1.0 0.1 11 $5,000 2
1922 33 CLE AL 25 49 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .495 .499 0.2 -0.1 2 $5,000 2
12 Seasons 716 2233 -12 -0 0 1 34 23 2.6 84 107 11.4 .504 .502 11.3 4.0 106 $30,000
BOS (4 yrs) 131 404 -11 0 0 -1 7 -6 -0.5 15 10 1.0 .496 .498 1.1 0.6 11
CLE (4 yrs) 131 316 2 1 0 -3 3 3 0.2 12 14 1.4 .502 .501 1.7 0.1 18 $15,000
NYY (4 yrs) 369 1200 -2 -0 0 5 19 22 2.4 45 67 7.2 .507 .504 6.8 2.8 62 $15,000
SLB (1 yr) 85 313 0 -0 0 0 4 4 0.5 12 16 1.8 .506 .503 1.8 0.5 16

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
1920 ❍ 31 CLE AL WS BRO W 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1911 BOS AL 22 C 59 399 309 79 11 8 .972 6.58 .965 6.80 14 74 61 45% 45%
1912 BOS AL 23 C 35 205 166 33 6 3 .971 5.69 .961 6.78 6 39 23 37% 42%
1913 BOS AL 24 C 27 174 147 23 4 1 .977 6.30 .967 6.56 2 30 16 35% 45%
1914 TOT AL 25 C 73 67 66 448 305 130 13 12 .971 5.96 .967 6.69 7 95 88 48% 45%
1914 TOT AL 25 1B 6 3 2 27 24 1 2 1 .926 4.17 .985 10.57
1914 BOS AL 25 C 3 0 0 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 1.67 .968 6.70 0 1 3 75% 46%
1914 BOS AL 25 1B 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .985 10.60
1914 NYY AL 25 C 70 67 66 443 304 126 13 12 .971 6.14 .967 6.69 7 94 85 47% 45%
1914 NYY AL 25 1B 5 3 2 23 20 1 2 1 .913 4.20 .985 10.56
1915 NYY AL 26 C 77 67 64 439 324 99 16 9 .964 5.49 .965 6.46 5 76 60 44% 43%
1915 NYY AL 26 1B 2 2 2 27 26 1 0 0 1.000 13.50 .987 10.80
1916 NYY AL 27 C 79 77 68 463 353 102 8 13 .983 5.76 .974 6.33 5 73 60 45% 43%
1917 NYY AL 28 C 91 82 74 497 372 113 12 12 .976 5.33 .971 5.71 10 70 71 50% 45%
1918 SLB AL 29 C 81 78 72 432 315 108 9 9 .979 5.22 .970 5.51 8 84 64 43% 44%
1918 SLB AL 29 RF 2 1 1 6 5 0 1 0 .833 2.50 .955 2.00
1918 SLB AL 29 1B 1 1 0 7 5 0 2 0 .714 5.00 .986 11.10
1918 SLB AL 29 OF 1 1 1 3 2 0 1 0 .667 2.00 .963 2.30
1919 CLE AL 30 C 16 10 10 55 39 12 4 0 .927 3.19 .974 5.57 1 15 6 29% 45%
1920 CLE AL 31 C 17 6 5 54 42 10 2 1 .963 3.06 .973 5.11 0 7 2 22% 48%
1920 CLE AL 31 1B 6 3 2 32 27 3 2 2 .938 5.00 .990 10.82
1921 CLE AL 32 C 46 37 25 203 166 31 6 4 .970 4.28 .971 4.89 4 35 13 27% 45%
1922 CLE AL 33 C 13 10 7 47 39 5 3 0 .936 3.38 .977 4.81 0 17 1 6% 43%
12 Seasons C 614 434 391 3416 2577 745 94 72 .972 5.41 .969 6.08 62 615 465 43% 44%
4 Seasons 1B 15 9 6 93 82 5 6 3 .935 5.80 .987 10.73
1 Season RF 2 1 1 6 5 0 1 0 .833 2.50 .955 2.00
1 Season OF 1 1 1 3 2 0 1 0 .667 2.00 .963 2.30 0-0-2
12 Seasons TOT 630 444 398 3512 2661 750 101 75 .971 5.41 .969 6.18 0-0-2 62 615 465 43% 44%
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

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1918 AL  5 (8th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1918 AL  81 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1916 AL  353 (5th)
1918 AL  315 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1916 AL  102 (5th)
1917 AL  113 (5th)
Career  745 (87th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1914 AL  12 (3rd)
1915 AL  9 (5th)
1916 AL  13 (4th)
1917 AL  12 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1911 AL  14 (2nd)
1917 AL  10 (4th)
1918 AL  8 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1918 AL  84 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1917 AL  71 (5th)
1918 AL  64 (4th)
Career  465 (75th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1914 AL  48.1 (5th)
1917 AL  50.4 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1911 AL  6.58 (3rd)
1915 AL  5.49 (5th)
1916 AL  5.76 (3rd)
1917 AL  5.33 (4th)
1918 AL  5.22 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1916 AL  .983 (2nd)
1917 AL  .976 (5th)
1918 AL  .979 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (153rd), 11.4 career WAR/10.5 7yr-peak WAR/10.9 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1915 26 New York Yankees $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1916 27 New York Yankees $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1917 28 New York Yankees $5,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 1/31/18 TSN:5000.00,
1918 29 New York Yankees $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1920 31 Cleveland Indians $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 32 Cleveland Indians $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 33 Cleveland Indians $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$35,000
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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