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Elmer Ponder

Charles Elmer Ponder

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: June 26, 1893 in Reed, OK
High School: Blackwell HS (Blackwell, OK)
School: University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 18, 1917 (Age 24.084)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1919 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cubs 1917-1921

Final Game: September 21, 1921 (Age 28.087)
Died: April 20, 1974 in Albuquerque, NM
Buried: Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque, NM
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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
1917 24 PIT NL 1 1 .500 1.69 3 2 1 1 1 0 21.1 12 5 4 0 6 11 1 0 1 80 172 2.22 0.844 5.1 0.0 2.5 4.6 1.83
1919 26 PIT NL 0 5 .000 3.99 9 5 2 0 0 0 47.1 55 26 21 0 6 6 3 0 2 204 77 2.80 1.289 10.5 0.0 1.1 1.1 1.00
1920 27 PIT NL 11 15 .423 2.62 33 23 10 14 2 0 196.0 182 76 57 3 40 62 2 0 10 803 124 2.96 1.133 8.4 0.1 1.8 2.8 1.55
1921 28 TOT NL 5 6 .455 4.18 24 12 5 6 0 0 114.0 146 66 53 8 20 34 3 0 0 495 92 4.02 1.456 11.5 0.6 1.6 2.7 1.70
1921 28 PIT NL 2 0 1.000 2.19 8 1 2 1 0 0 24.2 29 8 6 1 3 3 0 0 0 101 177 3.75 1.297 10.6 0.4 1.1 1.1 1.00
1921 28 CHC NL 3 6 .333 4.74 16 11 3 5 0 0 89.1 117 58 47 7 17 31 3 0 0 394 81 4.10 1.500 11.8 0.7 1.7 3.1 1.82
4 Yrs 17 27 .386 3.21 69 42 18 21 3 0 378.2 395 173 135 11 72 113 9 0 13 1582 105 3.22 1.233 9.4 0.3 1.7 2.7 1.57
162 Game Avg. 10 17 .386 3.21 42 26 11 13 2 0 232 242 106 83 7 44 69 6 0 8 969 105 3.22 1.233 9.4 0.3 1.7 2.7 1.57
PIT (4 yrs) 14 21 .400 2.74 53 31 15 16 3 0 289.1 278 115 88 4 55 82 6 0 13 1188 118 2.95 1.151 8.6 0.1 1.7 2.6 1.49
CHC (1 yr) 3 6 .333 4.74 16 11 3 5 0 0 89.1 117 58 47 7 17 31 3 0 0 394 81 4.10 1.500 11.8 0.7 1.7 3.1 1.82
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
1917 24 PIT NL 21.1 3 2 5 2.11 3.76 -0.15 0.00 110.0 4.30 5 0.7 1.0 -0.0 0.9 7 .745 .505
1919 26 PIT NL 47.1 9 5 26 4.94 3.78 0.29 0.00 105.9 3.70 -6 -0.7 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -3 .420 .496
1920 27 PIT NL 196.0 33 23 76 3.49 4.02 0.16 0.00 105.2 4.06 12 1.5 1.0 -0.1 3.0 27 .544 .509
1921 28 PIT NL 24.2 8 1 8 2.92 4.43 0.26 0.00 94.7 3.95 3 0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.5 5 .538 .502
1921 28 CHC NL 89.1 16 11 58 5.84 4.56 0.01 0.00 104.8 4.77 -10 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .437 .494
4 Seasons 378.2 69 42 173 4.11 4.13 0.13 0.00 104.8 4.19 4 0.8 1.0 -0.2 3.7 32 .511 .503
PIT (4 yrs) 289.1 53 31 115 3.58 4.00 0.17 0.00 104.7 4.01 14 1.8 1.0 -0.2 4.0 35 .534 .505
CHC (1 yr) 89.1 16 11 58 5.84 4.56 0.01 0.00 104.8 4.77 -10 -1.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .437 .494

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
1917 24 PIT NL 3 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1919 26 PIT NL 9 15 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .133 .133 .133 .267 -21 2 0 0 /1
1920 27 PIT NL 33 64 59 2 7 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 24 .119 .148 .136 .283 -19 8 0 3 1
1921 28 TOT NL 24 45 43 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 16 .093 .093 .116 .209 -45 5 0 2 1
1921 28 PIT NL 8 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1921 28 CHC NL 16 35 33 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 .121 .121 .152 .273 -28 5 0 2 1
4 Yrs 69 131 124 2 13 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 50 .105 .119 .121 .240 -33 15 0 5
162 Game Avg. 162 308 291 5 31 5 0 0 12 0 5 117 .105 .119 .121 .240 -33 35 0 12
PIT (4 yrs) 53 96 91 2 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 41 .099 .118 .110 .228 -35 10 0 3
CHC (1 yr) 16 35 33 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 .121 .121 .152 .273 -28 5 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
1917 24 PIT NL 3 7 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .452 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1919 26 PIT NL 9 15 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .487 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /1
1920 27 PIT NL 33 64 -10 0 0 0 5 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .484 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1921 28 PIT NL 8 10 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .473 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /1
1921 28 CHC NL 16 35 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .480 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
4 Seasons 69 131 -23 0 0 0 11 -12 -1.3 0 -12 -1.3 .481 .498 -1.3 -0.0 -12
PIT (4 yrs) 53 96 -16 0 0 0 8 -9 -1.0 0 -9 -1.0 .481 .498 -1.0 -0.0 -9
CHC (1 yr) 16 35 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .480 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3

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
1917 PIT NL 24 P 3 2 1 21.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.42 0.33 .960 2.83 2.87
1919 PIT NL 26 P 9 5 0 47.1 16 1 12 3 0 .813 2.47 1.44 .960 2.93 2.93
1920 PIT NL 27 P 33 23 14 196.0 71 13 55 3 2 .958 3.12 2.06 .957 2.80 2.83
1921 TOT NL 28 P 24 12 6 114.0 43 3 38 2 3 .953 3.24 1.71 .953 2.67 2.66
1921 PIT NL 28 P 8 1 1 24.2 7 0 7 0 2 1.000 2.55 0.88 .953 2.66 2.66
1921 CHC NL 28 P 16 11 5 89.1 36 3 31 2 1 .944 3.43 2.13 .953 2.67 2.66
4 Seasons P 69 42 21 378.2 131 17 106 8 5 .939 2.92 1.78 .956 2.78 2.79
4 Seasons TOT 69 42 21 378.2 131 17 106 8 5 .939 2.92 1.78 .956 2.78 2.79
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1920 NL  2.62 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1920 NL  1.133 (7th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1920 NL  8.357 (8th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1920 NL  1.837 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1920 NL  0.138 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1920 NL  15 (9th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1920 NL  10 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1920 NL  124 (6th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1920 NL  2.96 (8th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 8 (1656), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2038), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1503rd), 2.4 career WAR/2.4 7yr-peak WAR/2.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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