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Boots Poffenberger

Cletus Elwood Poffenberger

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: July 1, 1915 in Williamsport, MD (All Transactions)
Debut: June 11, 1937 (Age 21)
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Dodgers 1937-1939

Final Game: May 21, 1939 (Age 23)
Died: September 1, 1999 in Williamsport, MD
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Williamsport, MD
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1937 21 DET AL 10 5 .667 4.65 5.10 29 16 10 5 0 3 137.1 147 83 71 8 79 35 4 0 2 625 101 1.646 9.6 0.5 5.2 2.3 0.44
1938 22 DET AL 6 7 .462 4.82 4.94 25 15 6 8 1 1 125.0 147 74 67 8 66 28 2 0 2 569 105 1.704 10.6 0.6 4.8 2.0 0.42
1939 23 BRO NL 0 0 5.40 7.17 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 7 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 26 81 2.200 12.6 1.8 7.2 3.6 0.50
3 Yrs 16 12 .571 4.75 5.06 57 32 17 13 1 4 267.1 301 160 141 17 149 65 6 0 4 1220 103 1.683 10.1 0.6 5.0 2.2 0.44
162 Game Avg. 12 9 .571 4.75 5.06 44 24 13 10 1 3 204 230 122 108 13 114 50 5 0 3 932 103 1.683 10.1 0.6 5.0 2.2 0.44
DET (2 yrs) 16 12 .571 4.73 5.02 54 31 16 13 1 4 262.1 294 157 138 16 145 63 6 0 4 1194 103 1.673 10.1 0.5 5.0 2.2 0.43
BRO (1 yr) 0 0 5.40 7.17 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 7 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 26 81 2.200 12.6 1.8 7.2 3.6 0.50
AL (2 yrs) 16 12 .571 4.73 5.02 54 31 16 13 1 4 262.1 294 157 138 16 145 63 6 0 4 1194 103 1.673 10.1 0.5 5.0 2.2 0.43
NL (1 yr) 0 0 5.40 7.17 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 7 3 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 26 81 2.200 12.6 1.8 7.2 3.6 0.50

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
1937 21 DET AL 137.1 29 16 83 5.44 5.25 0.03 0.00 101.1 5.27 -3 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.0 13 .492 .499
1938 22 DET AL 125.0 25 15 74 5.33 5.59 0.04 0.00 106.1 5.89 6 0.6 1.0 -0.1 1.8 23 .524 .504
1939 23 BRO NL 5.0 3 1 3 5.40 4.68 0.17 0.00 94.5 4.26 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .479 .500
3 Seasons 267.1 57 32 160 5.39 5.40 0.04 0.00 103.3 5.54 3 0.3 1.0 -0.2 2.8 36 .505 .501
DET (2 yrs) 262.1 54 31 157 5.39 5.41 0.04 0.00 103.5 5.57 4 0.4 1.0 -0.2 2.8 36 .507 .501
BRO (1 yr) 5.0 3 1 3 5.40 4.68 0.17 0.00 94.5 4.26 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .479 .500

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
1937 21 DET AL 29 53 51 5 11 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 .216 .216 .275 .490 22 14 0 2 1
1938 22 DET AL 25 47 44 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 9 .182 .217 .182 .399 -2 8 0 1 1
1939 23 BRO NL 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
3 Yrs 57 101 96 5 19 3 0 0 5 0 0 2 18 .198 .214 .229 .443 10 22 0 0 3
162 Game Avg. 162 287 273 14 54 9 0 0 14 0 6 51 .198 .214 .229 .443 10 63 0 9
DET (2 yrs) 54 100 95 5 19 3 0 0 5 0 0 2 17 .200 .216 .232 .448 11 22 0 3
BRO (1 yr) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
AL (2 yrs) 54 100 95 5 19 3 0 0 5 0 0 2 17 .200 .216 .232 .448 11 22 0 3
NL (1 yr) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 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
1937 21 DET AL 29 53 -7 0 0 0 6 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1938 22 DET AL 25 47 -8 0 0 0 5 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1939 23 BRO NL 3 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
3 Seasons 57 101 -15 0 0 0 11 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .495 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
DET (2 yrs) 54 100 -14 0 0 0 11 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .495 .499 -0.3 0.0 -3
BRO (1 yr) 3 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1937 DET AL 21 P 29 16 5 137.1 41 8 32 1 3 .976 2.62 1.38 .954 2.05 2.01
1938 DET AL 22 P 25 15 8 125.0 23 5 17 1 1 .957 1.58 0.88 .952 2.11 2.06
1939 BRO NL 23 P 3 1 0 5.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 3.60 0.67 .960 2.16 2.17
3 Seasons P 57 32 13 267.1 66 13 51 2 4 .970 2.15 1.12 .953 2.08 2.04
3 Seasons TOT 57 32 13 267.1 66 13 51 2 4 .970 2.15 1.12 .953 2.08 2.04
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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Saves s c a p y
1937 AL  3 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1937 AL  4 (10th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 3 (2199), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1481st), 2.5 career WAR/2.5 7yr-peak WAR/2.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Cletus Boots Elwood Poffenberger

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