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Babe Phelps

Ernest Gordon Phelps (Blimp)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 225 lb.

Born: April 16, 1908 in Odenton, MD (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1931 (Age 23.154)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1935 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Pirates/Cubs/Senators 1931-1942

Final Game: September 27, 1942 (Age 34.164)
Died: December 10, 1992 in Odenton, MD
Buried: Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Odenton, MD
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 24, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1099. Nate Schierholtz… #1100. Lou Bierbauer… #1101. Heinie Wagner… #1102. BABE PHELPS… #1103. Elvis Andrus… #1104. Frank Fennelly… #1105. Bucky Harris… 

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
1931 23 WSH AL 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 75 1 0 0
1933 25 CHC NL 3 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571 64 2 0 0 0 /2
1934 26 CHC NL 44 71 70 7 20 5 2 2 12 0 1 8 .286 .296 .500 .796 111 35 1 0 0 2
1935 27 BRO NL 47 130 121 17 44 7 2 5 22 0 9 10 .364 .408 .579 .986 164 70 3 0 0 2
1936 28 BRO NL 115 349 319 36 117 23 2 5 57 1 27 18 .367 .421 .498 .920 146 159 6 3 0 2/O9 MVP-18
1937 29 BRO NL 121 442 409 42 128 37 3 7 58 2 25 28 .313 .357 .469 .826 122 192 12 3 5 *2
1938 ★ 30 BRO NL 66 232 208 33 64 12 2 5 46 2 23 15 .308 .379 .457 .836 126 95 9 1 0 2 AS
1939 ★ 31 BRO NL 98 357 323 33 92 21 2 6 42 0 24 24 .285 .336 .418 .754 97 135 12 1 8 2 AS
1940 ★ 32 BRO NL 118 402 370 47 109 24 5 13 61 2 30 27 .295 .349 .492 .841 123 182 16 1 3 2/3 AS
1941 33 BRO NL 16 31 30 3 7 3 0 2 4 0 1 2 .233 .258 .533 .791 115 16 0 0 0 2
1942 34 PIT NL 95 282 257 21 73 11 1 9 41 2 20 24 .284 .345 .440 .785 126 113 5 4 0 2
11 Yrs 726 2306 2117 239 657 143 19 54 345 9 0 160 157 .310 .362 .472 .835 125 1000 64 13 16
162 Game Avg. 162 515 472 53 147 32 4 12 77 2 36 35 .310 .362 .472 .835 125 223 3 4
BRO (7 yrs) 581 1943 1780 211 561 127 16 43 290 7 139 124 .315 .368 .477 .845 125 849 58 9 16
CHC (2 yrs) 47 78 77 7 22 5 2 2 14 0 1 9 .286 .295 .481 .775 107 37 1 0 0
WSH (1 yr) 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 75 1 0 0
PIT (1 yr) 95 282 257 21 73 11 1 9 41 2 20 24 .284 .345 .440 .785 126 113 5 4 0
NL (10 yrs) 723 2303 2114 239 656 143 19 54 345 9 160 157 .310 .362 .473 .835 125 999 64 13 16
AL (1 yr) 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 75 1 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
1931 23 WSH AL 3 3 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .497 .500 0.0 0.0 0
1933 25 CHC NL 3 7 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 0 /2
1934 26 CHC NL 44 71 1 0 0 -1 1 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.0 3 2
1935 27 BRO NL 47 130 10 0 0 0 1 12 1.2 4 16 1.6 .524 .507 1.6 0.1 16 2
1936 28 BRO NL 115 349 21 0 0 -1 3 23 2.3 11 34 3.5 .520 .514 3.5 0.2 36 2/O9 MVP-18
1937 29 BRO NL 121 442 12 0 0 -2 4 14 1.4 14 28 2.9 .512 .509 3.1 0.2 30 *2
1938 ★ 30 BRO NL 66 232 8 -0 0 0 2 9 0.9 8 17 1.7 .515 .506 1.7 0.2 17 2 AS
1939 ★ 31 BRO NL 98 357 -1 0 0 1 3 3 0.2 12 15 1.5 .503 .502 1.4 0.4 14 2 AS
1940 ★ 32 BRO NL 118 402 11 0 0 -2 3 12 1.2 14 26 2.7 .511 .508 2.9 0.1 28 2/3 AS
1941 33 BRO NL 16 31 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .505 .500 0.2 0.0 2 2
1942 34 PIT NL 95 282 8 -0 0 -2 2 8 0.9 9 17 1.8 .510 .506 2.1 0.0 19 2
11 Seasons 726 2306 70 1 0 -7 19 82 8.1 75 157 16.0 .512 .507 16.8 1.1 165
BRO (7 yrs) 581 1943 62 1 0 -4 16 74 7.2 64 138 13.9 .513 .508 14.4 1.1 142
CHC (2 yrs) 47 78 0 0 0 -1 1 0 -0.0 2 2 0.2 .500 .500 0.3 -0.0 3
WSH (1 yr) 3 3 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .497 .500 0.0 0.0 0
PIT (1 yr) 95 282 8 -0 0 -2 2 8 0.9 9 17 1.8 .510 .506 2.1 0.0 19

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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
1933 CHC NL 25 C 2 1 1 8 6 2 0 1 1.000 4.00 .982 4.35 1 2 1 33% 46%
1934 CHC NL 26 C 18 7 5 52 44 7 1 0 .981 2.83 .985 4.85 4 4 3 43% 44%
1935 BRO NL 27 C 34 24 18 140 118 16 6 4 .957 3.94 .976 4.78 1 8 7 47% 44%
1936 BRO NL 28 C 98 66 45 392 334 49 9 6 .977 3.91 .979 4.96 6 38 23 38% 46% MVP-18
1936 BRO NL 28 OF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .973 2.40 MVP-18
1936 BRO NL 28 RF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .967 2.10 MVP-18
1937 BRO NL 29 C 111 107 80 557 465 76 16 10 .971 4.87 .980 5.25 12 35 33 49% 46%
1938 BRO NL 30 C 55 52 47 248 218 25 5 5 .980 4.42 .979 4.85 7 16 10 38% 45% AS
1939 BRO NL 31 C 92 86 69 409 361 40 8 9 .980 4.36 .982 4.81 4 25 19 43% 46% AS
1940 BRO NL 32 C 99 86 65 474 428 35 11 3 .977 4.68 .978 5.00 5 9 32 15 32% 45% 1 AS
1940 BRO NL 32 1B 1 1 1 8 8 0 0 1 1.000 8.00 .990 10.50 AS
1941 BRO NL 33 C 11 6 4 35 33 1 1 0 .971 3.09 .983 5.04 1 2 1 0 0% 46% 0
1942 PIT NL 34 C 72 62 49 296 244 40 12 5 .959 3.94 .979 4.95 5 6 48 19 28% 46% 0
10 Seasons C 592 497 383 2611 2251 291 69 43 .974 4.29 .980 4.97 46 17 209 130 38% 46% 1
1 Season 1B 1 1 1 8 8 0 0 1 1.000 8.00 .990 10.50
1 Season OF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .973 2.40
1 Season RF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .967 2.10
11 Seasons TOT 594 499 385 2622 2262 291 69 44 .974 4.30 .980 4.98 46 17 209 130 38% 46% 1
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1936 NL (18, 4%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1936 NL  .367 (2nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1936 NL  .421 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1936 NL  .498 (8th)
1937 NL  .469 (10th)
1940 NL  .492 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1936 NL  .920 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1937 NL  37 (4th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1936 NL  146 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1936 NL  .749 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1940 NL  16 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1940 NL  28.5 (10th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1940 NL  0.9 (8th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1937 NL  111 (2nd)
1939 NL  92 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1937 NL  465 (2nd)
1939 NL  361 (5th)
1940 NL  428 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1937 NL  76 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1936 NL  9 (5th)
1937 NL  16 (2nd)
1939 NL  8 (4th)
1940 NL  11 (3rd)
1942 NL  12 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1937 NL  10 (2nd)
1939 NL  9 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1936 NL  6 (3rd)
1937 NL  12 (2nd)
1938 NL  7 (3rd)
1940 NL  5 (4th)
1942 NL  5 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1936 NL  38 (1st)
1937 NL  35 (2nd)
1939 NL  25 (5th)
1940 NL  32 (5th)
1942 NL  48 (1st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1937 NL  33 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1937 NL  4.87 (5th)
1940 NL  4.68 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1936 NL  .977 (5th)

                           

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 InkBatting - 15 (1209), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 26 (696), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 19 (807), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (97th), 16.0 career WAR/15.6 7yr-peak WAR/15.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Ernest Babe Blimp Gordon Phelps

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