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Jack Pfiester

John Albert Pfiester (Jack The Giant Killer)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: May 24, 1878 in Cincinnati, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1903 (Age 25.107, 2,551st in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1906 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Pirates 1903-1911

Final Game: May 10, 1911 (Age 32.351)
Died: September 3, 1953 in Loveland, OH
Buried: Union Cemetery, Montgomery, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 28, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #832. Bob Groom… #833. Doug Rau… #834. Terry Larkin… #835. JACK PFIESTER… #836. Dick Tidrow… #837. George Pipgras… #838. Walt Terrell… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

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
1903 25 PIT NL 0 3 .000 6.16 3 3 0 2 0 0 19.0 26 21 13 0 10 15 2 0 0 93 54 3.07 1.895 12.3 0.0 4.7 7.1 1.50
1904 26 PIT NL 1 1 .500 7.20 3 2 0 1 0 0 20.0 28 18 16 0 9 6 0 0 1 97 39 3.17 1.850 12.6 0.0 4.1 2.7 0.67
1906 28 CHC NL 20 8 .714 1.51 31 29 2 20 4 0 250.2 173 63 42 3 63 153 13 1 4 966 174 2.21 0.941 6.2 0.1 2.3 5.5 2.43
1907 29 CHC NL 14 9 .609 1.15 30 22 5 13 3 0 195.0 143 61 25 1 48 90 5 0 2 745 216 2.14 0.979 6.6 0.0 2.2 4.2 1.88
1908 30 CHC NL 12 10 .545 2.00 33 29 1 18 3 0 252.0 204 82 56 1 70 117 11 0 5 994 118 2.19 1.087 7.3 0.0 2.5 4.2 1.67
1909 31 CHC NL 17 6 .739 2.43 29 25 4 13 5 0 196.2 179 67 53 1 49 73 5 1 3 800 105 2.36 1.159 8.2 0.0 2.2 3.3 1.49
1910 32 CHC NL 6 3 .667 1.79 14 13 0 5 2 0 100.1 82 28 20 0 26 34 1 1 0 391 161 2.45 1.076 7.4 0.0 2.3 3.0 1.31
1911 33 CHC NL 1 4 .200 4.01 6 5 0 3 0 0 33.2 34 25 15 0 18 15 2 0 1 150 83 3.66 1.545 9.1 0.0 4.8 4.0 0.83
8 Yrs 71 44 .617 2.02 149 128 12 75 17 0 1067.1 869 365 240 6 293 503 39 3 16 4236 128 2.32 1.089 7.3 0.1 2.5 4.2 1.72
162 Game Avg. 17 11 .617 2.02 37 31 3 18 4 0 262 213 90 59 1 72 123 10 1 4 1040 128 2.32 1.089 7.3 0.1 2.5 4.2 1.72
CHC (6 yrs) 70 40 .636 1.85 143 123 12 72 17 0 1028.1 815 326 211 6 274 482 37 3 15 4046 139 2.29 1.059 7.1 0.1 2.4 4.2 1.76
PIT (2 yrs) 1 4 .200 6.69 6 5 0 3 0 0 39.0 54 39 29 0 19 21 2 0 1 190 46 3.12 1.872 12.5 0.0 4.4 4.8 1.11
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
1903 25 PIT NL 19.0 3 3 21 9.95 4.65 0.32 0.00 99.0 4.29 -12 -0.8 -0.0 -0.7 -10 .223 .495
1904 26 PIT NL 20.0 3 2 18 8.10 3.85 0.12 0.00 100.0 3.73 -10 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.6 -8 .236 .495
1906 28 CHC NL 250.2 31 29 63 2.26 3.43 0.52 0.00 100.0 2.90 21 2.7 1.0 -0.2 4.7 36 .586 .517
1907 29 CHC NL 195.0 30 22 61 2.82 3.36 0.55 0.00 101.0 2.83 3 0.3 1.0 -0.2 1.9 14 .512 .502
1908 30 CHC NL 252.0 33 29 82 2.93 3.23 0.26 0.00 100.0 2.98 2 0.2 1.0 -0.2 2.3 18 .507 .502
1909 31 CHC NL 196.2 29 25 67 3.07 3.60 0.23 0.00 98.0 3.30 4 0.5 1.0 -0.2 2.0 19 .516 .503
1910 32 CHC NL 100.1 14 13 28 2.51 3.95 0.16 0.00 95.0 3.60 12 1.4 1.0 -0.1 2.2 20 .601 .509
1911 33 CHC NL 33.2 6 5 25 6.68 4.36 0.26 0.00 97.0 3.97 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.6 -7 .351 .494
8 Seasons 1067.1 149 128 365 3.08 3.51 0.36 0.00 99.2 3.12 10 2.6 1.0 -0.9 11.1 81 .518 .505
CHC (6 yrs) 1028.1 143 123 326 2.85 3.48 0.36 0.00 99.2 3.09 31 4.3 1.0 -0.9 12.4 99 .530 .506
PIT (2 yrs) 39.0 6 5 39 9.00 4.24 0.22 0.00 99.5 4.01 -21 -1.6 1.0 -0.0 -1.3 -18 .229 .495

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1906 28 CHC NL WS L CHW 0 2 .000 6.10 2 1 0 1 0 0 10.1 7 7 7 0 3 0 11 2 0 0 43 0.968 6.1 0.0 2.6 9.6 3.67
1907 ❍ 29 CHC NL WS W DET 1 0 1.000 1.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 10 1 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 34 1.222 10.0 0.0 1.0 3.0 3.00
1908 ❍ 30 CHC NL WS W DET 0 1 .000 7.88 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 11 8 7 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 37 1.750 12.4 0.0 3.4 1.1 0.33
1910 32 CHC NL WS L PHA 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 6.2 10 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 1.650 13.5 0.0 1.4 1.4 1.00
4 Yrs (4 Series) 1 3 .250 3.97 5 3 1 2 0 0 34.0 38 21 15 0 8 0 16 3 0 0 145 1.353 10.1 0.0 2.1 4.2 2.00
4 WS 1 3 .250 3.97 5 3 1 2 0 0 34.0 38 21 15 0 8 0 16 3 0 0 145 1.353 10.1 0.0 2.1 4.2 2.00

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
1903 25 PIT NL 3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1904 26 PIT NL 3 8 7 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 .286 .375 .571 .946 188 4 0 0 /1
1906 28 CHC NL 31 90 84 5 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 34 .048 .091 .048 .139 -58 4 1 2 1
1907 29 CHC NL 30 77 64 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 5 26 .094 .159 .109 .269 -18 7 0 8 1
1908 30 CHC NL 33 86 79 2 8 1 0 0 2 1 3 30 .101 .134 .114 .248 -22 9 0 4 1
1909 31 CHC NL 29 73 65 5 11 1 0 0 4 1 5 26 .169 .229 .185 .413 27 12 0 3 1
1910 32 CHC NL 14 36 33 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 12 .091 .143 .091 .234 -31 3 0 1 1
1911 33 CHC NL 6 13 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 .182 .250 .182 .432 22 2 0 1 /1
8 Yrs 149 389 349 18 36 3 1 0 14 2 20 137 .103 .154 .117 .272 -17 41 1 19
162 Game Avg. 162 423 379 20 39 3 1 0 15 2 22 149 .103 .154 .117 .272 -17 45 1 21
CHC (6 yrs) 143 375 336 17 34 3 0 0 12 2 19 133 .101 .152 .110 .262 -20 37 1 19
PIT (2 yrs) 6 14 13 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 .154 .214 .308 .522 53 4 0 0

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
1903 25 PIT NL 3 6 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .462 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1904 26 PIT NL 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .540 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1906 28 CHC NL 31 90 -15 0 0 0 6 -9 -1.2 0 -9 -1.2 .463 .493 -1.1 -0.0 -9 1
1907 29 CHC NL 30 77 -10 0 0 0 5 -4 -0.6 0 -4 -0.6 .481 .497 -0.6 -0.0 -4 1
1908 30 CHC NL 33 86 -11 -0 0 0 6 -5 -0.7 0 -5 -0.7 .480 .496 -0.7 0.0 -5 1
1909 31 CHC NL 29 73 -6 -0 0 0 6 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 1
1910 32 CHC NL 14 36 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .475 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1911 33 CHC NL 6 13 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
8 Seasons 149 389 -50 0 0 0 27 -22 -2.8 0 -22 -2.8 .481 .497 -2.8 0.0 -22
CHC (6 yrs) 143 375 -49 0 0 0 26 -22 -2.8 0 -22 -2.8 .480 .496 -2.8 0.0 -22
PIT (2 yrs) 6 14 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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
1906 28 CHC NL WS CHW L 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1907 ❍ 29 CHC NL WS DET W 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1 0
1908 ❍ 30 CHC NL WS DET W 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1910 32 CHC NL WS PHA L 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 5 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1 0
4 WS 5 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 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 Awards
1903 PIT NL 25 P 3 19.0 6 2 3 1 0 .833 2.37 1.67 .923 2.89 2.80
1904 PIT NL 26 P 3 20.0 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 2.70 2.00 .940 3.02 2.97
1906 CHC NL 28 P 31 250.2 90 21 62 7 1 .922 2.98 2.68 .948 3.05 2.99
1907 CHC NL 29 P 30 195.0 59 8 44 7 0 .881 2.40 1.73 .950 2.97 2.89
1908 CHC NL 30 P 33 252.0 71 13 56 2 2 .972 2.46 2.09 .953 2.99 2.98
1909 CHC NL 31 P 29 196.2 77 6 69 2 1 .974 3.43 2.59 .940 2.83 2.84
1910 CHC NL 32 P 14 100.1 36 8 25 3 0 .917 2.96 2.36 .945 2.82 2.80
1911 CHC NL 33 P 6 33.2 15 1 13 1 1 .933 3.74 2.33 .943 2.78 2.73
8 Seasons P 149 1067.1 360 59 278 23 5 .936 2.84 2.26 .947 2.95 2.91
8 Seasons TOT 149 1067.1 360 59 278 23 5 .936 2.84 2.26 .947 2.95 2.91
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

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1906 NL  4.7 (8th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1906 NL  1.51 (2nd)
1907 NL  1.15 (1st)
1908 NL  2.00 (9th)
Career  2.02 (4th)

Wins s c a p y
1906 NL  20 (6th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1906 NL  .714 (5th)
1907 NL  .609 (10th)
1909 NL  .739 (4th)
Career  .617 (80th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1906 NL  0.941 (2nd)
1907 NL  0.979 (3rd)
Career  1.089 (15th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1906 NL  6.211 (2nd)
1907 NL  6.600 (2nd)
Career  7.328 (25th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1907 NL  2.215 (10th)
1909 NL  2.242 (8th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1906 NL  5.493 (3rd)
1907 NL  4.154 (9th)
1908 NL  4.179 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1906 NL  153 (4th)
1908 NL  117 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1909 NL  5 (8th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1906 NL  2.429 (2nd)
1907 NL  1.875 (6th)
1908 NL  1.671 (5th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1907 NL  0.046 (9th)
1908 NL  0.036 (5th)
1909 NL  0.046 (10th)
Career  0.051 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1906 NL  13 (7th)
1908 NL  11 (7th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1906 NL  174 (2nd)
1907 NL  216 (1st)
1908 NL  118 (9th)
Career  128 (46th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1906 NL  2.21 (4th)
1907 NL  2.14 (4th)
1908 NL  2.19 (4th)
1909 NL  2.36 (7th)
Career  2.32 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1906 NL  30 (3rd)
1907 NL  20 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1906 NL  3.5 (3rd)
1907 NL  2.4 (6th)
1908 NL  1.1 (10th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1907 NL  7 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1909 NL  .974 (2nd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 4 (476), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 42 (611), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 37 (379), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 32 (134), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (947th), 8.3 career WAR/9.1 7yr-peak WAR/8.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • August, 1905: Purchased by the Chicago Cubs from Omaha (Western). (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • May 15, 1911: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to Louisville (American Association) for Reggie Richter.
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Name + "Statistics" Translations



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Japanese: ジャック・フィースター 統計

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