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Bob O'Farrell

Robert Arthur O'Farrell

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: October 19, 1896 in Waukegan, IL
High School: Waukegan HS (Waukegan, IL) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 5, 1915 (Age 18.321)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1919 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Giants/Cardinals/Reds 1915-1935

Final Game: September 23, 1935 (Age 38.339)
Died: February 20, 1988 in Waukegan, IL
Buried: North Shore Garden of Memories, North Chicago, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 1, 2014 2:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #851. Yasiel Puig… #852. Jeff Blauser… #853. Butch Wynegar… #854. BOB O'FARRELL… #855. Willard Marshall… #856. Jose Altuve… #857. Mike Bordick… 

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
1915 18 CHC NL 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 102 1 0 0 /2
1916 19 CHC NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1917 20 CHC NL 3 9 8 1 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .375 .444 .625 1.069 217 5 0 0 /2
1918 21 CHC NL 52 125 113 9 32 7 3 1 14 0 10 15 .283 .347 .425 .772 133 48 1 1 2
1919 22 CHC NL 49 135 125 11 27 4 2 0 9 2 7 10 .216 .258 .280 .538 62 35 0 3 2
1920 23 CHC NL 94 312 270 29 67 11 4 3 19 1 0 34 23 .248 .332 .352 .684 96 95 0 8 2
1921 24 CHC NL 96 281 260 32 65 12 7 4 32 2 0 18 14 .250 .299 .396 .695 82 103 0 3 2
1922 25 CHC NL 128 481 392 68 127 18 8 4 60 5 3 79 34 .324 .439 .441 .880 127 173 1 9 *2
1923 26 CHC NL 131 526 452 73 144 25 4 12 84 10 3 67 38 .319 .408 .471 .879 131 213 1 6 *2
1924 27 CHC NL 71 221 183 25 44 6 2 3 28 2 0 30 13 .240 .347 .344 .692 85 63 0 8 2
1925 28 TOT NL 111 391 339 39 92 13 3 3 35 0 1 48 31 .271 .365 .354 .719 83 120 2 2 2
1925 28 CHC NL 17 24 22 2 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 5 .182 .250 .273 .523 32 6 0 0 /2
1925 28 STL NL 94 367 317 37 88 13 2 3 32 0 1 46 26 .278 .373 .360 .732 86 114 2 2 2
1926 29 STL NL 147 567 492 63 144 30 9 7 68 1 61 44 .293 .371 .433 .804 112 213 0 14 *2 MVP-1
1927 30 STL NL 61 203 178 19 47 10 1 0 18 3 23 22 .264 .348 .331 .680 79 59 0 2 2
1928 31 TOT NL 91 240 185 29 37 7 0 2 24 4 47 25 .200 .362 .270 .632 67 50 0 8 2
1928 31 STL NL 16 65 52 6 11 1 0 0 4 2 13 9 .212 .369 .231 .600 58 12 0 0 2
1928 31 NYG NL 75 175 133 23 26 6 0 2 20 2 34 16 .195 .359 .286 .645 70 38 0 8 2
1929 32 NYG NL 91 283 248 35 76 14 3 4 42 3 28 30 .306 .384 .435 .819 102 108 3 3 2
1930 33 NYG NL 94 288 249 37 75 16 4 4 54 1 31 21 .301 .381 .446 .827 101 111 1 7 2
1931 34 NYG NL 85 197 174 11 39 8 3 1 19 0 21 23 .224 .311 .322 .633 72 56 1 1 2
1932 35 NYG NL 50 80 67 7 16 3 0 0 8 0 11 10 .239 .354 .284 .638 76 19 1 1 2
1933 36 STL NL 55 179 163 16 39 4 2 2 20 0 15 25 .239 .303 .325 .629 75 53 4 0 1 2
1934 37 TOT NL 66 210 190 13 45 11 3 1 14 0 14 30 .237 .289 .342 .631 71 65 6 0 6 2
1934 37 CIN NL 44 139 123 10 30 8 3 1 9 0 11 19 .244 .306 .382 .688 86 47 5 0 5 2
1934 37 CHC NL 22 71 67 3 15 3 0 0 5 0 3 11 .224 .257 .269 .526 42 18 1 0 1 2
1935 38 STL NL 14 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 -52 0 1 0 0 /2
21 Yrs 1492 4743 4101 517 1120 201 58 51 549 35 7 547 408 .273 .360 .388 .748 98 1590 11 11 83
162 Game Avg. 162 515 445 56 122 22 6 6 60 4 59 44 .273 .360 .388 .748 98 173 1 9
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
CHC (12 yrs) 666 2188 1895 253 529 88 31 27 255 23 6 251 163 .279 .364 .401 .765 106 760 1 3 39
STL (6 yrs) 387 1393 1212 141 329 58 14 12 142 6 1 160 126 .271 .357 .372 .729 92 451 5 2 19
NYG (5 yrs) 395 1023 871 113 232 47 10 11 143 6 125 100 .266 .362 .381 .743 89 332 6 20
CIN (1 yr) 44 139 123 10 30 8 3 1 9 0 11 19 .244 .306 .382 .688 86 47 5 0 5

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
1915 18 CHC NL 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .504 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
1916 19 CHC NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
1917 20 CHC NL 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 0 2 0.2 .552 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /2
1918 21 CHC NL 52 125 4 0 0 -1 2 5 0.6 4 9 0.9 .511 .504 1.1 0.1 10 2
1919 22 CHC NL 49 135 -5 -0 0 0 2 -4 -0.5 4 0 -0.1 .491 .497 -0.0 0.2 0 2
1920 23 CHC NL 94 312 -1 1 0 -2 4 2 0.2 10 12 1.2 .502 .501 1.5 0.2 14 2
1921 24 CHC NL 96 281 -7 1 0 0 3 -2 -0.3 9 6 0.6 .498 .499 0.7 0.3 6 2
1922 25 CHC NL 128 481 21 1 0 4 4 30 2.9 15 45 4.3 .522 .517 3.9 0.9 41 *2
1923 26 CHC NL 131 526 23 2 0 1 4 30 2.9 16 46 4.5 .522 .518 4.4 0.5 45 *2
1924 27 CHC NL 71 221 -3 1 0 1 2 1 0.1 7 8 0.8 .501 .501 0.7 0.2 7 2
1925 28 CHC NL 17 24 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -2 -0.2 .487 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /2
1925 28 STL NL 94 367 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 11 10 1.0 .499 .499 1.0 0.3 10 2
1926 29 STL NL 147 567 9 0 0 4 5 18 1.8 17 35 3.5 .512 .511 3.2 0.9 31 *2 MVP-1
1927 30 STL NL 61 203 -5 -0 0 1 2 -2 -0.3 6 4 0.4 .496 .498 0.3 0.3 3 2
1928 31 STL NL 16 65 -3 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .486 .499 -0.0 0.0 -0 2
1928 31 NYG NL 75 175 -5 -0 0 0 1 -3 -0.4 5 2 0.2 .496 .498 0.2 0.1 2 2
1929 32 NYG NL 91 283 1 -0 0 0 2 4 0.3 9 12 1.2 .503 .502 1.2 0.2 12 2
1930 33 NYG NL 94 288 1 0 0 0 2 4 0.3 9 13 1.2 .504 .502 1.2 0.2 13 2
1931 34 NYG NL 85 197 -6 0 0 -1 2 -6 -0.6 6 0 0.0 .493 .496 0.2 0.0 2 2
1932 35 NYG NL 50 80 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .499 0.2 0.1 1 2
1933 36 STL NL 55 179 -5 0 0 -2 2 -6 -0.7 6 -0 -0.1 .488 .496 0.2 -0.1 2 2
1934 37 CIN NL 44 139 -3 0 0 -1 1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .494 .498 0.3 0.0 3 2
1934 37 CHC NL 22 71 -5 0 0 1 1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .482 .498 -0.3 0.2 -3 2
1935 38 STL NL 14 12 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .486 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /2
21 Seasons 1492 4743 1 7 0 5 43 56 4.8 146 203 19.9 .504 .504 19.7 4.5 198
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CHC (12 yrs) 666 2188 25 6 0 4 22 57 5.3 67 124 12.3 .508 .507 12.0 2.5 120
STL (6 yrs) 387 1393 -11 0 0 3 12 4 0.2 43 48 4.7 .501 .503 4.5 1.4 44
NYG (5 yrs) 395 1023 -10 0 0 -1 9 -2 -0.5 32 29 2.7 .499 .500 3.0 0.6 30
CIN (1 yr) 44 139 -3 0 0 -1 1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .494 .498 0.3 0.0 3

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
1918 21 CHC NL WS BOS L 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1926 ❍ 29 STL NL WS NYY W 7 26 23 2 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 .304 .346 .348 .694 8 0 0 0 1 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 10 29 26 2 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 .269 .310 .308 .618 8 1 0 0 1 0
2 WS 10 29 26 2 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 .269 .310 .308 .618 8 1 0 0 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1915 CHC NL 18 C 2 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 .667 1.00 .973 6.20 0 1 1 50% 46%
1916 CHC NL 19 C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.30 0 0 0
1917 CHC NL 20 C 3 3 2 10 9 1 0 1 1.000 3.33 .975 5.97 0 2 1 33% 44%
1918 CHC NL 21 C 45 25 23 155 115 36 4 4 .974 3.36 .974 5.25 4 36 24 40% 44%
1919 CHC NL 22 C 38 30 29 173 119 48 6 4 .965 4.39 .972 5.39 2 29 29 50% 44%
1920 CHC NL 23 C 86 75 70 436 317 100 19 6 .956 4.85 .968 5.31 6 66 57 46% 46%
1921 CHC NL 24 C 90 71 65 368 269 87 12 8 .967 3.96 .971 4.87 3 46 50 52% 49%
1922 CHC NL 25 C 125 119 106 603 446 143 14 22 .977 4.71 .974 4.63 3 43 83 66% 46%
1923 CHC NL 26 C 124 122 114 549 418 118 13 11 .976 4.32 .976 4.66 7 61 57 48% 44%
1924 CHC NL 27 C 57 53 49 248 204 40 4 5 .984 4.28 .981 4.78 1 30 29 49% 47%
1925 TOT NL 28 C 95 93 85 407 330 67 10 5 .975 4.18 .970 4.45 3 41 31 43% 44%
1925 CHC NL 28 C 3 2 2 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 4.47 0 2 0 0% 44%
1925 STL NL 28 C 92 91 83 401 324 67 10 5 .975 4.25 .970 4.45 3 39 31 44% 44%
1926 STL NL 29 C 146 142 124 593 466 117 10 12 .983 3.99 .971 4.39 4 51 53 51% 44% MVP-1
1927 STL NL 30 C 53 51 40 190 141 45 4 5 .979 3.51 .974 4.43 1 27 22 45% 39%
1928 TOT NL 31 C 77 49 44 233 199 31 3 2 .987 2.99 .979 4.42 1 26 13 33% 45%
1928 STL NL 31 C 14 14 14 66 61 4 1 1 .985 4.64 .979 4.42 0 10 2 17% 45%
1928 NYG NL 31 C 63 35 30 167 138 27 2 1 .988 2.62 .979 4.42 1 16 11 41% 45%
1929 NYG NL 32 C 84 60 58 282 254 22 6 2 .979 3.29 .974 4.34 3 31 8 21% 42%
1930 NYG NL 33 C 69 61 58 301 259 34 8 6 .973 4.25 .976 4.57 4 24 19 44% 44%
1931 NYG NL 34 C 80 43 38 255 223 27 5 1 .980 3.13 .980 4.64 3 15 13 46% 46%
1932 NYG NL 35 C 41 13 11 97 85 9 3 2 .969 2.29 .979 4.66 0 6 5 45% 44%
1933 STL NL 36 C 50 45 38 237 211 19 7 1 .970 4.60 .982 4.35 3 20 10 33% 46%
1934 TOT NL 37 C 64 54 44 253 217 35 1 4 .996 3.94 .985 4.85 6 14 14 50% 44%
1934 CIN NL 37 C 42 36 33 150 124 25 1 2 .993 3.55 .985 4.85 6 6 10 63% 44%
1934 CHC NL 37 C 22 18 11 103 93 10 0 2 1.000 4.68 .985 4.85 0 8 4 33% 44%
1935 STL NL 38 C 8 0 0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .976 4.78 0 0 0
21 Seasons C 1338 1110 998 5405 4295 980 130 101 .976 3.94 .975 4.67 54 569 519 48% 45%
21 Seasons TOT 1338 1110 998 5405 4295 980 130 101 .976 3.94 .975 4.67 54 569 519 48% 45%
Lg 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
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

Hall of Fame
1950 BBWAA ( 2.4%)
1958 BBWAA ( 1.1%)
1960 BBWAA ( 1.1%)

Awards (yr lg award)
1926 NL MVP

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1926 NL (1, 99%)
1 MVP
0.99 Career Shares (254th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1922 NL  4.3 (8th)
1923 NL  4.5 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1922 NL  3.9 (8th)
1923 NL  4.4 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1926 NL  0.9 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1922 NL  .439 (3rd)
1923 NL  .408 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1922 NL  .880 (10th)
1923 NL  .879 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1923 NL  12 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1922 NL  79 (2nd)
1923 NL  67 (6th)
1926 NL  61 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1922 NL  127 (7th)
1923 NL  131 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1922 NL  21 (9th)
1923 NL  23 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1922 NL  2.0 (9th)
1923 NL  2.3 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1922 NL  .675 (8th)
1923 NL  .696 (8th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1923 NL  10.9 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1923 NL  37.7 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1922 NL  125 (1st)
1923 NL  124 (1st)
1925 NL  95 (5th)
1926 NL  146 (1st)
Career  1,338 (48th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1920 NL  317 (5th)
1922 NL  446 (1st)
1923 NL  418 (2nd)
1925 NL  330 (3rd)
1926 NL  466 (1st)

Assists as C s c a p y
1922 NL  143 (1st)
1923 NL  118 (1st)
1925 NL  67 (5th)
1926 NL  117 (2nd)
Career  980 (52nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1920 NL  19 (2nd)
1921 NL  12 (5th)
1922 NL  14 (3rd)
1923 NL  13 (2nd)
1926 NL  10 (5th)
1933 NL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1922 NL  22 (1st)
1923 NL  11 (3rd)
1926 NL  12 (2nd)
Career  101 (55th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1934 NL  6 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1921 NL  46 (5th)
1922 NL  43 (5th)
1923 NL  61 (4th)
1926 NL  51 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1920 NL  57 (3rd)
1922 NL  83 (1st)
1923 NL  57 (4th)
1926 NL  53 (2nd)
Career  519 (61st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1919 NL  50.0 (3rd)
1922 NL  65.9 (1st)
1926 NL  51.0 (4th)
Career  47.7 (42nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1922 NL  4.71 (1st)
1923 NL  4.32 (5th)
1925 NL  4.18 (3rd)
1930 NL  4.25 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1922 NL  .977 (5th)
1925 NL  .975 (4th)
1926 NL  .983 (4th)
1928 NL  .987 (2nd)
1929 NL  .979 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1935 NL  born 1896-10-19 (9th)

Youngest s c a p y
1915 NL  born 1896-10-19 (3rd)
1916 NL  born 1896-10-19 (3rd)
1917 NL  born 1896-10-19 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 10 (1436), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 34 (561), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 29 (350), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (81st), 19.9 career WAR/16.9 7yr-peak WAR/18.4 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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