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Vern Olsen

Vern Jarl Olsen

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: March 16, 1918 in Hillsboro, OR (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1939 (Age 21.176)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Team: Cubs 1939-1946

Final Game: September 13, 1946 (Age 28.181)
Died: July 13, 1989 in Maywood, IL
Buried: Arlington Cemetery, Elmhurst, IL
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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
1939 21 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 0.00 4 0 4 0 0 0 7.2 2 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 30 4.93 1.174 2.3 0.0 8.2 3.5 0.43
1940 22 CHC NL 13 9 .591 2.97 34 20 6 9 4 0 172.2 172 64 57 5 62 71 2 0 0 734 126 3.50 1.355 9.0 0.3 3.2 3.7 1.15
1941 23 CHC NL 10 8 .556 3.15 37 23 10 10 2 1 185.2 202 84 65 7 59 73 1 0 2 807 111 3.34 1.406 9.8 0.3 2.9 3.5 1.24
1942 24 CHC NL 6 9 .400 4.49 32 17 9 4 1 1 140.1 161 75 70 6 55 46 1 1 3 632 71 3.52 1.539 10.3 0.4 3.5 3.0 0.84
1946 28 CHC NL 0 0 2.79 5 0 3 0 0 0 9.2 10 3 3 0 9 8 0 0 0 44 124 3.52 1.966 9.3 0.0 8.4 7.4 0.89
5 Yrs 30 26 .536 3.40 112 60 32 23 7 2 516.0 547 226 195 18 192 201 4 1 5 2247 103 3.47 1.432 9.5 0.3 3.3 3.5 1.05
162 Game Avg. 12 10 .536 3.40 44 24 13 9 3 1 204 216 89 77 7 76 79 2 0 2 888 103 3.47 1.432 9.5 0.3 3.3 3.5 1.05
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
1939 21 CHC NL 7.2 4 0 0 0.00 4.23 -0.16 0.00 101.0 4.43 4 0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.5 4 .607 .503
1940 22 CHC NL 172.2 34 20 64 3.34 4.50 0.00 0.00 96.9 4.36 20 2.3 1.0 -0.1 3.8 35 .566 .514
1941 23 CHC NL 185.2 37 23 84 4.07 4.19 -0.19 0.00 96.5 4.22 4 0.5 1.0 -0.1 2.1 20 .512 .503
1942 24 CHC NL 140.1 32 17 75 4.81 4.05 -0.16 0.00 95.8 4.03 -11 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -2 .461 .492
1946 28 CHC NL 9.2 5 0 3 2.79 3.92 -0.07 0.00 97.8 3.90 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .527 .501
5 Seasons 516.0 112 60 226 3.94 4.25 -0.11 0.00 96.5 4.21 18 2.0 1.0 -0.3 6.5 60 .518 .503

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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
1939 21 CHC NL 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .667 .000 .667 91 0 0 0 0 /1
1940 22 CHC NL 35 63 57 4 15 3 0 0 5 2 2 9 .263 .288 .316 .604 69 18 0 0 3 1
1941 23 CHC NL 37 66 63 7 15 2 0 1 5 0 2 10 .238 .262 .317 .579 65 20 1 0 2 1
1942 24 CHC NL 32 54 48 4 9 1 0 0 4 0 5 2 .188 .264 .208 .472 42 10 0 0 1 1
1946 28 CHC NL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
5 Yrs 113 186 169 16 39 6 0 1 14 2 11 22 .231 .278 .284 .562 61 48 1 0 6
162 Game Avg. 162 267 242 23 56 9 0 1 20 3 16 32 .231 .278 .284 .562 61 69 1 0 9

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
1939 21 CHC NL 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .516 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1940 22 CHC NL 35 63 -3 0 0 0 7 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .513 .503 0.5 -0.0 4 1
1941 23 CHC NL 37 66 -3 0 0 0 7 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .513 .503 0.5 -0.0 4 1
1942 24 CHC NL 32 54 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 -0.0 2 1
1946 28 CHC NL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
5 Seasons 113 186 -8 0 0 0 20 12 1.2 0 12 1.2 .511 .502 1.3 -0.0 12

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1939 CHC NL 21 P 4 0 0 7.2 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.17 0.25 .960 2.23 2.15
1940 CHC NL 22 P 34 20 9 172.2 62 9 53 0 1 1.000 3.23 1.82 .962 2.22 2.22 1 2 67% 0
1941 CHC NL 23 P 37 23 10 185.2 59 9 48 2 2 .966 2.76 1.54 .965 2.23 2.21 0 0 0
1942 CHC NL 24 P 32 17 4 140.1 45 8 37 0 1 1.000 2.89 1.41 .968 2.35 2.35 1 0 0% 0
1946 CHC NL 28 P 5 0 0 9.2 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.86 0.40 .960 2.23 2.22
5 Seasons P 112 60 23 516.0 169 26 141 2 4 .988 2.91 1.49 .965 2.26 2.25 2 2 50% 0
5 Seasons TOT 112 60 23 516.0 169 26 141 2 4 .988 2.91 1.49 .965 2.26 2.25 2 2 50% 0
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
1940 NL  2.97 (5th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1940 NL  .591 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1940 NL  4 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1940 NL  0.261 (3rd)
1941 NL  0.339 (8th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1940 NL  126 (8th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1940 NL  3.50 (7th)
1941 NL  3.34 (10th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1940 NL  1.1 (10th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1940 NL  3.23 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1940 NL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1939 NL  born 1918-03-16 (7th)

                           

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 (·)

Gray InkPitching - 8 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2053), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1164), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1007th), 7.7 career WAR/7.7 7yr-peak WAR/7.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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