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Ivy Olson

Ivan Massie Olson

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: October 14, 1885 in Kansas City, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1911 (Age 25.180)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Robins/Naps/Reds 1911-1924

Final Game: July 21, 1924 (Age 38.281)
Died: September 1, 1965 in Inglewood, CA
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 2, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1660. Billy Martin… #1661. Jerry Adair… #1662. Damian Miller… #1663. IVY OLSON… #1664. Mickey Owen… #1665. Miguel Olivo… #1666. Tim Foli… 

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
1911 25 CLE AL 140 610 545 89 142 20 8 1 50 20 34 56 .261 .311 .332 .643 79 181 6 25 *6/5
1912 26 CLE AL 125 522 467 68 118 13 1 0 33 16 10 21 23 .253 .291 .285 .575 63 133 4 30 654/O
1913 27 CLE AL 104 411 370 47 92 13 3 0 32 7 22 28 .249 .296 .300 .596 72 111 3 16 53/4
1914 28 CLE AL 89 331 310 22 75 6 2 1 20 15 9 13 24 .242 .275 .284 .559 66 88 1 7 645/O739
1915 29 TOT NL 81 257 233 20 50 5 5 0 17 10 6 13 13 .215 .256 .279 .535 60 65 0 11 45/36O9
1915 29 CIN NL 63 226 207 18 48 5 4 0 14 10 6 12 13 .232 .274 .295 .569 70 61 0 7 45/3
1915 29 BRO NL 18 31 26 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 .077 .111 .154 .265 -21 4 0 4 /645O9
1916 30 BRO NL 108 393 351 29 89 13 4 1 38 14 21 27 .254 .298 .322 .620 88 113 1 20 *6/43
1917 31 BRO NL 139 613 580 64 156 18 5 2 38 6 14 34 .269 .291 .328 .619 88 190 4 15 *6/5
1918 32 BRO NL 126 554 506 63 121 16 4 1 17 21 27 18 .239 .286 .292 .578 78 148 6 14 *6
1919 33 BRO NL 140 636 590 73 164 14 9 1 38 26 30 12 .278 .316 .337 .654 95 199 3 12 *6
1920 34 BRO NL 143 666 637 71 162 13 11 1 46 4 7 20 19 .254 .278 .314 .592 68 200 1 7 *64
1921 35 BRO NL 151 694 652 88 174 22 10 3 35 4 9 28 26 .267 .301 .345 .646 67 225 4 11 *64
1922 36 BRO NL 136 595 551 63 150 26 6 1 47 8 5 25 10 .272 .306 .347 .653 68 191 2 17 46
1923 37 BRO NL 82 318 292 33 76 11 1 1 35 5 0 14 10 .260 .296 .315 .611 63 92 1 11 4/536
1924 38 BRO NL 10 32 27 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .222 .300 .259 .559 53 7 0 2 /64
14 Yrs 1574 6632 6111 730 1575 191 69 13 446 156 46 285 301 .258 .295 .318 .613 74 1943 36 198
162 Game Avg. 162 683 629 75 162 20 7 1 46 16 29 31 .258 .295 .318 .613 74 200 4 20
BRO (10 yrs) 1053 4532 4212 486 1100 134 51 11 297 88 21 183 157 .261 .295 .325 .620 76 1369 22 113
CLE (4 yrs) 458 1874 1692 226 427 52 14 2 135 58 19 90 131 .252 .296 .303 .599 71 513 14 78
CIN (1 yr) 63 226 207 18 48 5 4 0 14 10 6 12 13 .232 .274 .295 .569 70 61 0 7
NL (10 yrs) 1116 4758 4419 504 1148 139 55 11 311 98 27 195 170 .260 .294 .324 .618 75 1430 22 120
AL (4 yrs) 458 1874 1692 226 427 52 14 2 135 58 19 90 131 .252 .296 .303 .599 71 513 14 78

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 25 CLE AL 140 610 -16 -1 0 -6 9 -14 -1.3 22 9 0.9 .490 .491 1.5 0.4 15 *6/5
1912 26 CLE AL 125 522 -21 1 0 -3 5 -18 -1.9 20 1 0.1 .484 .488 0.4 0.2 4 654/O
1913 27 CLE AL 104 411 -12 -1 0 0 2 -11 -1.4 15 4 0.3 .487 .492 0.3 0.2 4 53/4
1914 28 CLE AL 89 331 -12 1 0 -4 2 -13 -1.6 12 -0 -0.2 .483 .490 0.3 -0.3 4 645/O739
1915 29 CIN NL 63 226 -7 1 0 1 0 -5 -0.7 7 2 0.1 .490 .496 0.0 0.1 1 45/3
1915 29 BRO NL 18 31 -4 0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.5 1 -3 -0.4 .471 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -2 /645O9
1916 30 BRO NL 108 393 -5 -0 0 -4 7 -2 -0.3 12 10 1.0 .498 .498 1.5 0.3 14 *6/43
1917 31 BRO NL 139 613 -7 -0 0 -2 9 -0 -0.1 18 18 1.7 .500 .500 2.0 0.9 19 *6/5
1918 32 BRO NL 126 554 -11 0 0 -11 8 -14 -1.8 16 2 -0.1 .487 .490 1.3 -0.3 13 *6
1919 33 BRO NL 140 636 -3 -0 0 -5 9 2 -0.0 18 19 1.9 .501 .501 2.6 0.4 24 *6
1920 34 BRO NL 143 666 -24 -0 0 2 9 -14 -1.7 19 5 0.3 .489 .490 0.2 1.2 3 *64
1921 35 BRO NL 151 694 -30 -1 0 2 9 -19 -2.1 20 1 0.0 .487 .488 -0.1 1.1 -1 *64
1922 36 BRO NL 136 595 -25 1 0 -5 6 -23 -2.2 18 -5 -0.4 .483 .486 0.0 0.2 -0 46
1923 37 BRO NL 82 318 -15 2 0 5 3 -6 -0.6 10 4 0.4 .493 .497 -0.1 0.8 -1 4/536
1924 38 BRO NL 10 32 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 1 0 -0.0 .490 .499 0.0 0.1 -0 /64
14 Seasons 1574 6632 -195 2 0 -31 80 -143 -16.3 210 66 5.6 .490 .493 9.6 5.1 97
BRO (10 yrs) 1053 4532 -126 2 0 -19 62 -82 -9.4 133 51 4.4 .492 .493 7.1 4.4 70
CLE (4 yrs) 458 1874 -62 0 0 -13 18 -56 -6.2 70 14 1.1 .487 .490 2.5 0.5 27
CIN (1 yr) 63 226 -7 1 0 1 0 -5 -0.7 7 2 0.1 .490 .496 0.0 0.1 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
1916 30 BRO NL WS BOS L 5 20 16 1 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 .250 .333 .375 .708 6 1 0 2 0 0
1920 34 BRO NL WS CLE L 7 28 25 2 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 .320 .393 .360 .753 9 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 12 48 41 3 12 1 1 0 2 0 1 5 3 .293 .370 .366 .735 15 1 0 2 0 0
2 WS 12 48 41 3 12 1 1 0 2 0 1 5 3 .293 .370 .366 .735 15 1 0 2 0 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 G Awards
1911 CLE AL 25 SS 139 793 293 428 72 51 .909 5.19 .926 5.57
1911 CLE AL 25 3B 1 3 0 2 1 0 .667 2.00 .930 3.30
1912 CLE AL 26 SS 56 325 118 180 27 10 .917 5.32 .921 5.32
1912 CLE AL 26 3B 36 144 62 74 8 2 .944 3.78 .920 3.37
1912 CLE AL 26 2B 21 120 47 64 9 6 .925 5.29 .945 4.91
1912 CLE AL 26 OF 3 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 2.03 3-0-0
1913 CLE AL 27 3B 73 254 97 145 12 7 .953 3.32 .934 3.15
1913 CLE AL 27 1B 21 224 206 10 8 17 .964 10.29 .986 10.85
1913 CLE AL 27 2B 1 9 5 3 1 1 .889 8.00 .954 5.00
1914 CLE AL 28 SS 31 30 30 156 58 89 9 14 .942 4.74 .937 5.35
1914 CLE AL 28 2B 23 22 21 136 62 72 2 5 .985 5.83 .953 4.93
1914 CLE AL 28 3B 19 18 18 79 42 32 5 1 .937 3.89 .936 3.26
1914 CLE AL 28 OF 6 5 5 15 14 1 0 0 1.000 2.50 .956 2.00
1914 CLE AL 28 LF 5 4 4 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 2.80 .959 2.08
1914 CLE AL 28 1B 3 2 2 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 6.00 .985 10.57
1914 CLE AL 28 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 1.60
1915 TOT NL 29 2B 40 37 36 227 88 125 14 17 .938 5.33 .955 5.05
1915 TOT NL 29 3B 16 16 11 56 17 35 4 0 .929 3.25 .947 3.12
1915 CIN NL 29 2B 39 37 36 227 88 125 14 17 .938 5.46 .955 5.05
1915 CIN NL 29 3B 15 16 11 55 17 34 4 0 .927 3.40 .947 3.13
1915 CIN NL 29 1B 7 5 5 73 65 7 1 3 .986 10.29 .990 10.61
1915 BRO NL 29 SS 7 4 3 33 16 14 3 2 .909 4.29 .931 5.44
1915 BRO NL 29 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.00
1915 BRO NL 29 3B 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 3.10
1915 BRO NL 29 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1915 BRO NL 29 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.70
1916 BRO NL 30 SS 103 102 97 584 234 303 47 28 .920 5.21 .926 5.52
1916 BRO NL 30 2B 3 1 1 12 7 4 1 0 .917 3.67 .951 5.13
1916 BRO NL 30 1B 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .985 10.80
1917 BRO NL 31 SS 133 133 131 759 283 431 45 53 .941 5.37 .931 5.34
1917 BRO NL 31 3B 6 6 6 17 4 7 6 0 .647 1.83 .942 3.23
1918 BRO NL 32 SS 126 126 126 711 265 388 58 42 .918 5.18 .934 5.80
1919 BRO NL 33 SS 140 140 138 838 349 445 44 61 .947 5.67 .943 5.66
1920 BRO NL 34 SS 125 124 117 726 275 404 47 48 .935 5.43 .941 5.73
1920 BRO NL 34 2B 21 19 18 136 51 78 7 20 .949 6.14 .963 5.73
1921 BRO NL 35 SS 133 131 124 857 343 465 49 71 .943 6.08 .951 5.86
1921 BRO NL 35 2B 20 19 18 108 36 65 7 12 .935 5.05 .962 5.70
1922 BRO NL 36 2B 85 82 78 496 193 283 20 39 .960 5.60 .961 5.76
1922 BRO NL 36 SS 51 52 50 301 139 149 13 43 .957 5.65 .945 5.78
1923 BRO NL 37 2B 72 69 63 416 161 244 11 36 .974 5.63 .959 5.90
1923 BRO NL 37 3B 4 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.50 .945 3.10
1923 BRO NL 37 1B 2 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .990 10.55
1923 BRO NL 37 SS 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .940 5.80
1924 BRO NL 38 SS 8 8 7 34 15 17 2 6 .941 4.00 .949 5.76
1924 BRO NL 38 2B 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .960 6.00
13 Seasons SS 1054 850 823 6119 2389 3313 417 429 .932 5.41 .936 5.62
10 Seasons 2B 288 249 235 1661 651 938 72 136 .957 5.52 .958 5.55
7 Seasons 3B 155 40 35 555 223 296 36 10 .935 3.35 .932 3.21
5 Seasons 1B 34 7 7 322 295 18 9 20 .972 9.21 .987 10.76
3 Seasons OF 10 5 5 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 .955 2.02 8-0-2
1 Season (incomplete) LF 5 4 4 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 2.80 .959 2.08
2 Seasons RF 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .960 1.65
14 Seasons TOT 1541 1151 1105 8675 3575 4566 534 595 .938 5.28 .942 5.46 8-0-2
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1917 NL  0.9 (10th)
1920 NL  1.2 (9th)
1921 NL  1.1 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1918 NL  126 (5th)
1919 NL  140 (1st)
1921 NL  151 (10th)

At Bats s c a p y
1917 NL  580 (6th)
1918 NL  506 (2nd)
1919 NL  590 (1st)
1920 NL  637 (2nd)
1921 NL  652 (1st)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1918 NL  554 (4th)
1919 NL  636 (1st)
1920 NL  666 (6th)
1921 NL  694 (4th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1918 NL  63 (10th)
1919 NL  73 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1917 NL  156 (9th)
1919 NL  164 (1st)

Total Bases s c a p y
1919 NL  199 (10th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1918 NL  21 (10th)
1919 NL  26 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1917 NL  131 (6th)
1919 NL  140 (1st)
1920 NL  137 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1919 NL  197 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1918 NL  6 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1911 AL  25 (10th)
1912 AL  30 (2nd)
1916 NL  20 (9th)
Career  198 (84th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1912 AL  20.3 (4th)
1918 NL  28.1 (6th)
1919 NL  49.2 (1st)
1920 NL  33.5 (4th)
1922 NL  55.1 (2nd)
Career  20.3 (116th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1911 AL  428 (6th)
1917 NL  439 (4th)
1918 NL  399 (1st)
1919 NL  438 (1st)
1920 NL  489 (3rd)
1921 NL  498 (1st)

Assistss c a p y
1911 AL  430 (4th)
1919 NL  445 (4th)
1920 NL  482 (5th)
1921 NL  530 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1911 AL  73 (2nd)
1916 NL  48 (4th)
1917 NL  51 (5th)
1918 NL  58 (2nd)
1919 NL  44 (3rd)
1920 NL  54 (1st)
1921 NL  56 (1st)
Career  534 (68th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1922 NL  85 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1922 NL  193 (5th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1911 AL  139 (3rd)
1916 NL  103 (4th)
1917 NL  133 (5th)
1918 NL  126 (2nd)
1919 NL  140 (1st)
1920 NL  125 (5th)
1921 NL  133 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1911 AL  293 (3rd)
1916 NL  234 (4th)
1917 NL  283 (2nd)
1918 NL  265 (5th)
1919 NL  349 (2nd)
1920 NL  275 (5th)
1921 NL  343 (3rd)
Career  2,389 (74th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1911 AL  428 (3rd)
1916 NL  303 (4th)
1919 NL  445 (3rd)
1920 NL  404 (5th)
1921 NL  465 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1911 AL  72 (2nd)
1916 NL  47 (4th)
1918 NL  58 (2nd)
1919 NL  44 (3rd)
1920 NL  47 (3rd)
1921 NL  49 (1st)
Career  417 (34th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1911 AL  51 (2nd)
1918 NL  42 (5th)
1919 NL  61 (2nd)
1921 NL  71 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1922 NL  5.60 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1916 NL  5.21 (5th)
1917 NL  5.37 (5th)
1919 NL  5.67 (4th)
1921 NL  6.08 (3rd)
Career  5.41 (25th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1916 NL  .920 (4th)
1917 NL  .941 (3rd)
1919 NL  .947 (2nd)
1920 NL  .935 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1921 NL  born 1885-10-14 (8th)
1922 NL  born 1885-10-14 (5th)
1923 NL  born 1885-10-14 (4th)
1924 NL  born 1885-10-14 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 6 (354), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 24 (935), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1095), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 13 (1272), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (241st), 5.6 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.1 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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