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Big Jeff Pfeffer

Francis Xavier Pfeffer

Positions: Pitcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: March 31, 1882 in Champaign, IL
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1905 (Age 23.015)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1905 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Beaneaters/Rustlers/Cubs/Doves 1905-1911

Final Game: October 9, 1911 (Age 29.192)
Died: December 19, 1954 in Kankakee, IL
Buried: St. Mary Cemetery, Champaign, 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
1905 23 CHC NL 4 4 .500 2.50 15 11 4 9 0 0 101.0 84 36 28 2 36 56 4 0 4 390 119 2.86 1.188 7.5 0.2 3.2 5.0 1.56
1906 24 BSN NL 13 22 .371 2.95 36 36 0 33 4 0 302.1 270 138 99 4 114 158 16 1 3 1229 91 2.78 1.270 8.0 0.1 3.4 4.7 1.39
1907 25 BSN NL 6 8 .429 3.00 19 16 1 12 1 0 144.0 129 62 48 3 61 65 7 0 2 577 85 2.96 1.319 8.1 0.2 3.8 4.1 1.07
1908 26 BSN NL 0 0 12.60 4 0 3 0 0 0 10.0 18 16 14 1 8 3 0 0 0 55 20 5.20 2.600 16.2 0.9 7.2 2.7 0.38
1910 28 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 3.27 13 1 10 1 0 0 41.1 43 31 15 1 16 11 1 0 1 170 89 3.34 1.427 9.4 0.2 3.5 2.4 0.69
1911 29 BSN NL 7 5 .583 4.73 26 6 16 4 1 2 97.0 116 74 51 3 57 24 0 0 1 442 80 4.44 1.784 10.8 0.3 5.3 2.2 0.42
6 Yrs 31 39 .443 3.30 113 70 34 59 6 2 695.2 660 357 255 14 292 317 28 1 11 2863 87 3.13 1.368 8.5 0.2 3.8 4.1 1.09
162 Game Avg. 12 14 .443 3.30 42 26 13 22 2 1 259 245 133 95 5 109 118 10 0 4 1064 87 3.13 1.368 8.5 0.2 3.8 4.1 1.09
BSN (4 yrs) 26 35 .426 3.45 85 58 20 49 6 2 553.1 533 290 212 11 240 250 23 1 6 2303 82 3.16 1.397 8.7 0.2 3.9 4.1 1.04
CHC (2 yrs) 5 4 .556 2.72 28 12 14 10 0 0 142.1 127 67 43 3 52 67 5 0 5 560 109 3.00 1.258 8.0 0.2 3.3 4.2 1.29
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
1905 23 CHC NL 101.0 15 11 36 3.21 4.08 0.38 0.00 99.0 3.66 5 0.6 1.0 -0.1 1.5 13 .541 .504
1906 24 BSN NL 302.1 36 36 138 4.11 3.69 -0.24 0.00 102.0 4.01 0 0.0 -0.2 2.5 18 .500 .500
1907 25 BSN NL 144.0 19 16 62 3.88 3.41 -0.09 0.00 103.0 3.61 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 0.9 6 .484 .498
1908 26 BSN NL 10.0 4 0 16 14.40 3.31 0.09 0.00 102.0 3.28 -12 -1.1 1.0 -0.0 -1.0 -12 .222 .493
1910 28 CHC NL 41.1 13 1 31 6.75 3.95 0.16 0.00 95.0 3.60 -15 -1.5 1.0 -0.0 -1.1 -11 .387 .491
1911 29 BSN NL 97.0 26 6 74 6.87 4.41 -0.52 0.00 111.0 5.47 -14 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -7 .445 .491
6 Seasons 695.2 113 70 357 4.62 3.80 -0.13 0.00 102.6 4.04 -38 -3.7 1.0 -0.5 1.9 7 .467 .497
BSN (4 yrs) 553.1 85 58 290 4.72 3.74 -0.24 0.00 103.8 4.15 -29 -2.8 1.0 -0.4 1.6 5 .467 .497
CHC (2 yrs) 142.1 28 12 67 4.24 4.04 0.31 0.00 97.8 3.64 -9 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 0.3 2 .469 .498

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
1905 23 CHC NL 15 41 40 4 8 3 0 0 3 2 0 10 .200 .200 .275 .475 39 11 0 1 1
1906 24 BSN NL 60 172 158 10 31 3 3 1 11 2 5 29 .196 .253 .272 .525 66 43 7 2 1O
1907 25 BSN NL 21 64 60 1 15 3 0 0 6 0 2 6 .250 .286 .300 .586 84 18 1 1 1
1908 26 BSN NL 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1910 28 CHC NL 14 19 17 1 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 .176 .222 .353 .575 68 6 0 1 1/O
1911 29 BSN NL 33 52 46 4 9 2 0 1 6 0 5 7 .196 .288 .304 .593 62 14 1 0 1/O3
6 Yrs 147 350 323 20 66 12 4 2 28 4 13 54 .204 .255 .285 .540 64 92 9 5
162 Game Avg. 162 386 356 22 73 13 4 2 31 4 14 60 .204 .255 .285 .540 64 101 10 6
BSN (4 yrs) 118 290 266 15 55 8 3 2 23 2 12 43 .207 .265 .282 .547 68 75 9 3
CHC (2 yrs) 29 60 57 5 11 4 1 0 5 2 1 11 .193 .207 .298 .505 47 17 0 2

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
1905 23 CHC NL 15 41 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1906 24 BSN NL 60 172 -6 -0 0 0 11 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .509 .503 0.6 -0.1 5 1O
1907 25 BSN NL 21 64 -1 0 0 0 4 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .519 .502 0.4 -0.0 3 1
1908 26 BSN NL 4 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1910 28 CHC NL 14 19 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 0 1/O
1911 29 BSN NL 33 52 -2 0 0 -1 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.2 -0.1 2 1/O3
6 Seasons 147 350 -14 0 0 -1 24 9 1.0 0 9 1.0 .508 .502 1.2 -0.2 10
BSN (4 yrs) 118 290 -10 0 0 -1 19 9 1.0 0 9 1.0 .509 .502 1.1 -0.3 10
CHC (2 yrs) 29 60 -4 0 0 0 4 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 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
1905 CHC NL 23 P 15 101.0 28 4 24 0 0 1.000 2.50 1.87 .943 2.97 2.93
1906 BSN NL 24 P 36 302.1 108 13 91 4 0 .963 3.10 2.89 .948 3.05 2.99
1906 BSN NL 24 OF 14 22 19 2 1 1 .955 1.50 .959 1.89 5-3-7
1907 BSN NL 25 P 19 144.0 44 4 38 2 0 .955 2.62 2.21 .950 2.97 2.89
1908 BSN NL 26 P 4 10.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.90 0.25 .950 2.97 2.98
1910 CHC NL 28 P 13 41.1 10 0 10 0 0 1.000 2.18 0.77 .945 2.81 2.80
1910 CHC NL 28 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.20 0-0-1
1911 BSN NL 29 P 26 97.0 33 8 25 0 0 1.000 3.06 1.27 .943 2.77 2.74
1911 BSN NL 29 OF 3 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .960 2.13 0-3-0
1911 BSN NL 29 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.20
6 Seasons P 113 695.2 224 29 189 6 0 .973 2.82 1.93 .947 2.97 2.88
3 Seasons OF 18 25 22 2 1 1 .960 1.33 .959 1.95 5-6-8
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.20
6 Seasons TOT 132 695.2 249 51 191 7 1 .972 2.82 1.83 .948 2.97 2.81 5-6-8
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

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1906 NL  4.703 (6th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1906 NL  302.3 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1906 NL  158 (2nd)

Games Started s c a p y
1906 NL  36 (5th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1906 NL  33 (2nd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1906 NL  4 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1906 NL  114 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1906 NL  270 (7th)

Losses s c a p y
1906 NL  22 (4th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1906 NL  99 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1906 NL  16 (2nd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1906 NL  1,229 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1911 NL  16 (3rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 10 (1510), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2036), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1160), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1436th), 3.0 career WAR/3.0 7yr-peak WAR/3.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Big Francis Jeff Xavier Pfeffer

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