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Ken O'Dea

James Kenneth O'Dea

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: March 16, 1913 in Lima, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1935 (Age 22)
Rookie Status: Lost 1935 [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Cubs/Giants/Braves 1935-1946

Final Game: August 6, 1946 (Age 33)
Died: December 17, 1985 in Lima, NY
Buried: St. Agnes Cemetery, Avon, NY
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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
1935 22 CHC NL 76 231 202 30 52 13 2 6 38 0 26 18 .257 .345 .431 .776 106 87 6 1 2 2
1936 23 CHC NL 80 229 189 36 58 10 3 2 38 0 38 18 .307 .423 .423 .846 126 80 6 0 3 2
1937 24 CHC NL 83 247 219 31 66 7 5 4 32 1 24 26 .301 .370 .434 .804 114 95 1 0 4 2
1938 25 CHC NL 86 263 247 22 65 12 1 3 33 1 12 18 .263 .297 .356 .654 77 88 9 0 3 2
1939 26 NYG NL 52 109 97 7 17 1 0 3 11 0 10 16 .175 .252 .278 .531 42 27 2 0 2 2
1940 27 NYG NL 48 114 96 9 23 4 1 0 12 0 16 15 .240 .348 .302 .650 80 29 2 0 2 2
1941 28 NYG NL 59 98 89 13 19 5 1 3 17 0 8 20 .213 .278 .393 .672 86 35 2 0 1 2
1942 29 STL NL 58 211 192 22 45 7 1 5 32 0 17 23 .234 .297 .359 .656 85 69 5 0 2 2
1943 30 STL NL 71 227 203 15 57 11 2 3 25 0 19 25 .281 .345 .399 .744 110 81 2 1 4 2
1944 31 STL NL 85 310 265 35 66 11 2 6 37 1 37 29 .249 .343 .374 .717 99 99 2 1 7 2
1945 32 STL NL 100 362 307 36 78 18 2 4 43 0 50 31 .254 .359 .365 .723 99 112 7 0 5 2
1946 33 TOT NL 34 109 89 6 14 2 0 1 5 0 16 12 .157 .286 .213 .499 41 19 6 0 4 2
1946 33 STL NL 22 68 57 2 7 2 0 1 3 0 8 8 .123 .231 .211 .441 23 12 4 0 3 2
1946 33 BSN NL 12 41 32 4 7 0 0 0 2 0 8 4 .219 .375 .219 .594 70 7 2 0 1 2
12 Yrs 832 2510 2195 262 560 101 20 40 323 3 273 251 .255 .338 .374 .712 95 821 50 3 39
162 Game Avg. 162 489 427 51 109 20 4 8 63 1 53 49 .255 .338 .374 .712 95 160 10 1 8
STL (5 yrs) 336 1178 1024 110 253 49 7 19 140 1 131 116 .247 .334 .364 .698 94 373 20 2 21
CHC (4 yrs) 325 970 857 119 241 42 11 15 141 2 100 80 .281 .357 .408 .765 105 350 22 1 12
NYG (3 yrs) 159 321 282 29 59 10 2 6 40 0 34 51 .209 .294 .323 .617 69 91 6 0 5
BSN (1 yr) 12 41 32 4 7 0 0 0 2 0 8 4 .219 .375 .219 .594 70 7 2 0 1

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
1935 22 CHC NL 76 231 2 0 0 -2 2 2 0.2 7 10 1.0 .503 .501 1.2 0.0 12 2
1936 23 CHC NL 80 229 9 0 0 -2 2 9 0.9 7 17 1.7 .511 .506 1.8 -0.0 19 2
1937 24 CHC NL 83 247 4 0 0 1 2 8 0.7 8 16 1.6 .509 .505 1.5 0.3 15 2
1938 25 CHC NL 86 263 -8 0 0 -1 2 -7 -0.8 9 2 0.1 .492 .496 0.3 0.1 3 2
1939 26 NYG NL 52 109 -8 0 0 -1 1 -8 -0.9 4 -5 -0.5 .483 .495 -0.4 -0.1 -4 2
1940 27 NYG NL 48 114 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .498 .499 0.3 0.1 3 2
1941 28 NYG NL 59 98 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 3 2 0.2 .497 .499 0.2 0.0 2 2
1942 29 STL NL 58 211 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.5 .496 .499 0.5 0.2 5 2
1943 30 STL NL 71 227 2 0 0 1 2 5 0.6 7 12 1.3 .508 .504 1.2 0.3 11 2
1944 31 STL NL 85 310 0 0 0 1 2 4 0.4 10 14 1.4 .505 .502 1.3 0.3 12 2
1945 32 STL NL 100 362 0 0 0 3 3 7 0.7 12 18 1.9 .507 .504 1.5 0.7 15 2
1946 33 STL NL 22 68 -6 0 0 -1 1 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .468 .496 -0.3 -0.1 -3 2
1946 33 BSN NL 12 41 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .500 0.1 0.0 1 2
12 Seasons 832 2510 -12 2 0 -1 20 9 0.6 81 90 8.9 .501 .501 9.1 1.9 91
STL (5 yrs) 336 1178 -7 1 0 4 9 7 0.7 38 46 4.5 .502 .502 4.2 1.4 41
CHC (4 yrs) 325 970 8 1 0 -4 8 13 1.1 31 44 4.4 .504 .502 4.8 0.4 48
NYG (3 yrs) 159 321 -12 0 0 -1 2 -11 -1.2 11 -0 -0.1 .493 .498 0.0 0.0 1
BSN (1 yr) 12 41 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .500 0.1 0.0 1

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
1935 22 CHC NL WS DET L 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
1938 25 CHC NL WS NYY L 3 6 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .800 1.133 4 0 0 0 0 0
1942 29 STL NL WS NYY W 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
1943 30 STL NL WS NYY L 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 2 0 0 0 0 0
1944 31 STL NL WS SLB W 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 Yrs (5 Series) 10 14 13 1 6 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 0 .462 .500 .692 1.192 9 0 0 0 0 0
5 WS 10 14 13 1 6 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 0 .462 .500 .692 1.192 9 0 0 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1935 CHC NL 22 C 63 46 41 249 213 27 9 3 .964 3.81 .976 4.78 6 21 12 36% 44%
1936 CHC NL 23 C 55 41 37 243 211 27 5 1 .979 4.33 .979 4.96 6 18 11 38% 46%
1937 CHC NL 24 C 64 49 46 267 234 29 4 4 .985 4.11 .980 5.25 1 24 13 35% 46%
1938 CHC NL 25 C 71 59 56 336 294 32 10 3 .970 4.59 .979 4.85 3 23 12 34% 45%
1939 NYG NL 26 C 30 17 16 94 78 11 5 1 .947 2.97 .982 4.81 1 11 5 31% 46%
1940 NYG NL 27 C 31 22 21 119 89 29 1 1 .992 3.81 .978 5.00 2 1 11 12 52% 45% 0
1941 NYG NL 28 C 14 13 11 71 62 9 0 0 1.000 5.07 .983 5.04 2 2 4 67% 46%
1942 STL NL 29 C 49 48 39 290 247 37 6 6 .979 5.80 .979 4.95 3 2 12 18 60% 46% 0
1943 STL NL 30 C 56 52 42 272 237 32 3 6 .989 4.80 .981 4.70 4 3 8 13 62% 44% 0
1944 STL NL 31 C 69 66 60 362 326 34 2 4 .994 5.22 .979 4.56 5 3 16 14 47% 42% 1
1945 STL NL 32 C 91 79 71 373 321 50 2 14 .995 4.08 .978 4.57 4 2 35 30 46% 40% 3
1946 TOT NL 33 C 34 27 21 158 138 19 1 1 .994 4.62 .980 5.01 3 2 6 10 63% 43% 0
1946 STL NL 33 C 22 16 13 114 99 14 1 0 .991 5.14 .980 5.01 3 2 3 7 70% 43% 0
1946 BSN NL 33 C 12 11 8 44 39 5 0 1 1.000 3.67 .980 5.01 0 0 3 3 50% 44% 0
12 Seasons C 627 519 461 2834 2450 336 48 44 .983 4.44 .979 4.83 40 13 187 154 45% 44% 4
12 Seasons TOT 627 519 461 2834 2450 336 48 44 .983 4.44 .979 4.83 40 13 187 154 45% 44% 4
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

All-Star Games
1945--not played

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 NL  2.4 (8th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1945 NL  91 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1945 NL  321 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1945 NL  50 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1938 NL  10 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1945 NL  14 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1936 NL  6 (3rd)
1944 NL  5 (5th)
1945 NL  4 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1938 NL  23 (5th)
1945 NL  35 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1945 NL  30 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1945 NL  46.2 (4th)
Career  45.2 (92nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1938 NL  4.59 (4th)
1944 NL  5.22 (1st)
1945 NL  4.08 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1945 NL  .995 (1st)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1813), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2247), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (178th), 8.9 career WAR/9.2 7yr-peak WAR/9.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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