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Nels Potter

Nelson Thomas Potter (Nellie)

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

Born: August 23, 1911 in Mount Morris, IL
Schools: Mount Morris College (Mount Morris, IL), Manchester College (North Manchester, IN) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1936 (Age 24.246, 6,658th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1938 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Athletics/Braves/RedSox/Cardinals 1936-1949

Last Game: September 18, 1949 (Age 38.026)
Died: September 30, 1990 in Mount Morris, IL
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 18, 2014 12:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #684. Greg Minton… #685. Rube Foster… #686. Kirk Rueter… #687. NELS POTTER… #688. Dontrelle Willis… #689. Mat Latos… #690. Billy Hoeft… 

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
1936 24 STL NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3.26 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 26 PHA AL 2 12 .143 6.47 35 9 20 4 0 5 111.1 139 95 80 15 49 43 2 0 0 517 74 5.28 1.689 11.2 1.2 4.0 3.5 0.88
1939 27 PHA AL 8 12 .400 6.60 41 25 12 9 0 2 196.1 258 163 144 26 88 60 5 2 12 922 71 5.50 1.762 11.8 1.2 4.0 2.8 0.68
1940 28 PHA AL 9 14 .391 4.44 31 25 5 13 0 0 200.2 213 115 99 18 71 73 1 2 10 876 100 4.35 1.415 9.6 0.8 3.2 3.3 1.03
1941 29 TOT AL 3 1 .750 7.06 20 3 9 1 0 2 43.1 56 36 34 3 32 13 0 1 4 213 60 5.18 2.031 11.6 0.6 6.6 2.7 0.41
1941 29 PHA AL 1 1 .500 9.26 10 3 3 1 0 2 23.1 35 26 24 3 16 7 0 0 3 121 46 5.79 2.186 13.5 1.2 6.2 2.7 0.44
1941 29 BOS AL 2 0 1.000 4.50 10 0 6 0 0 0 20.0 21 10 10 0 16 6 0 1 1 92 94 4.46 1.850 9.5 0.0 7.2 2.7 0.38
1943 31 SLB AL 10 5 .667 2.78 33 13 13 8 0 1 168.1 146 56 52 11 54 80 3 0 3 690 121 3.32 1.188 7.8 0.6 2.9 4.3 1.48
1944 32 SLB AL 19 7 .731 2.83 32 29 2 16 3 0 232.0 211 79 73 6 70 91 1 1 4 955 129 3.01 1.211 8.2 0.2 2.7 3.5 1.30 MVP-9
1945 33 SLB AL 15 11 .577 2.47 32 32 0 21 3 0 255.1 212 75 70 10 68 129 1 0 1 1028 145 2.85 1.097 7.5 0.4 2.4 4.5 1.90
1946 34 SLB AL 8 9 .471 3.72 23 19 2 10 0 0 145.0 152 72 60 9 59 72 3 0 4 641 101 3.48 1.455 9.4 0.6 3.7 4.5 1.22
1947 35 SLB AL 4 10 .286 4.04 32 10 19 3 0 2 122.2 130 61 55 13 44 65 2 0 1 529 97 3.94 1.418 9.5 1.0 3.2 4.8 1.48
1948 36 TOT MLB 8 5 .615 2.86 28 9 14 3 0 3 113.1 105 42 36 6 17 64 2 0 1 456 142 2.72 1.076 8.3 0.5 1.4 5.1 3.76
1948 36 TOT AL 3 3 .500 4.45 10 2 5 0 0 1 28.1 28 15 14 2 9 17 2 0 0 124 101 3.54 1.306 8.9 0.6 2.9 5.4 1.89
1948 36 SLB AL 1 1 .500 5.23 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.1 11 7 6 1 4 4 2 0 0 49 90 4.88 1.452 9.6 0.9 3.5 3.5 1.00
1948 36 PHA AL 2 2 .500 4.00 8 0 5 0 0 1 18.0 17 8 8 1 5 13 0 0 0 75 110 2.77 1.222 8.5 0.5 2.5 6.5 2.60
1948 36 BSN NL 5 2 .714 2.33 18 7 9 3 0 2 85.0 77 27 22 4 8 47 0 0 1 332 167 2.45 1.000 8.2 0.4 0.8 5.0 5.88
1949 37 BSN NL 6 11 .353 4.19 41 3 29 1 0 7 96.2 99 49 45 6 30 57 1 0 0 418 91 3.10 1.334 9.2 0.6 2.8 5.3 1.90
12 Yrs 92 97 .487 3.99 349 177 126 89 6 22 1686.0 1721 843 748 123 582 747 21 6 40 7248 100 3.77 1.366 9.2 0.7 3.1 4.0 1.28
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .487 3.99 45 23 16 12 1 3 218 222 109 97 16 75 97 3 1 5 937 100 3.77 1.366 9.2 0.7 3.1 4.0 1.28
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
SLB (6 yrs) 57 43 .570 3.05 154 105 36 58 6 3 933.2 862 350 316 50 299 441 12 1 13 3892 119 3.24 1.243 8.3 0.5 2.9 4.3 1.47
PHA (5 yrs) 22 41 .349 5.81 125 62 45 27 0 10 549.2 662 407 355 63 229 196 8 4 25 2511 79 4.96 1.621 10.8 1.0 3.7 3.2 0.86
BSN (2 yrs) 11 13 .458 3.32 59 10 38 4 0 9 181.2 176 76 67 10 38 104 1 0 1 750 116 2.79 1.178 8.7 0.5 1.9 5.2 2.74
STL (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3.26 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
BOS (1 yr) 2 0 1.000 4.50 10 0 6 0 0 0 20.0 21 10 10 0 16 6 0 1 1 92 94 4.46 1.850 9.5 0.0 7.2 2.7 0.38
AL (10 yrs) 81 84 .491 4.08 289 167 87 85 6 13 1503.1 1545 767 681 113 544 643 20 6 39 6495 98 3.88 1.390 9.2 0.7 3.3 3.8 1.18
NL (3 yrs) 11 13 .458 3.30 60 10 39 4 0 9 182.2 176 76 67 10 38 104 1 0 1 753 117 2.80 1.172 8.7 0.5 1.9 5.1 2.74
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
1936 24 STL NL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.11 -0.15 0.00 96.0 5.06 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .558 .500
1938 26 PHA AL 111.1 35 9 95 7.68 5.60 -0.39 0.00 100.3 6.00 -22 -1.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.8 -7 .446 .488 $3,000
1939 27 PHA AL 196.1 41 25 163 7.47 5.31 -0.47 0.00 101.6 5.87 -37 -3.2 1.0 -0.1 -1.4 -12 .422 .480 $3,000
1940 28 PHA AL 200.2 31 25 115 5.16 5.05 -0.31 0.00 103.8 5.56 8 0.7 1.0 -0.1 2.5 30 .524 .505 $4,000
1941 29 PHA AL 23.1 10 3 26 10.03 5.05 -0.06 0.00 98.7 5.04 -13 -1.2 1.0 -0.0 -1.0 -11 .383 .493 $4,500
1941 29 BOS AL 20.0 10 0 10 4.50 4.92 -0.12 0.00 100.1 5.05 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .511 .501
1943 31 SLB AL 168.1 33 13 56 2.99 3.88 -0.22 0.00 103.5 4.24 23 2.8 1.0 -0.1 4.0 35 .585 .517 $4,500
1944 32 SLB AL 232.0 32 29 79 3.06 4.05 -0.03 0.00 107.3 4.38 33 4.0 1.0 -0.1 5.7 50 .626 .525 $6,000 MVP-9
1945 33 SLB AL 255.1 32 32 75 2.64 3.90 0.07 0.00 105.8 4.05 41 5.2 -0.2 7.0 57 .662 .532 $10,500
1946 34 SLB AL 145.0 23 19 72 4.47 4.13 -0.18 0.00 107.1 4.61 2 0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.3 13 .510 .501 $11,500
1947 35 SLB AL 122.2 32 10 61 4.48 4.35 -0.19 0.00 104.1 4.72 4 0.4 .9 -0.1 1.3 12 .513 .503 $10,000
1948 36 SLB AL 10.1 2 2 7 6.10 4.76 -0.34 0.00 101.2 5.16 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .448 .499 $8,500
1948 36 PHA AL 18.0 8 0 8 4.00 5.16 0.01 0.00 100.4 5.17 2 0.2 1.4 0.0 0.4 4 .530 .501
1948 36 BSN NL 85.0 18 7 27 2.86 4.52 0.13 0.00 98.6 4.33 14 1.5 1.4 0.1 2.5 23 .584 .509
1949 37 BSN NL 96.2 41 3 49 4.56 4.61 -0.14 0.00 94.4 4.48 -1 -0.1 2.2 -0.2 0.8 10 .498 .499
12 Seasons 1686.0 349 177 843 4.50 4.50 -0.17 0.00 103.4 4.82 54 8.9 1.3 -1.1 22.8 208 .525 .504 $65,500
SLB (6 yrs) 933.2 154 105 350 3.37 4.04 -0.09 0.00 105.7 4.35 101 12.6 1.0 -0.7 19.3 167 .582 .516 $51,000
PHA (5 yrs) 549.2 125 62 407 6.66 5.26 -0.36 0.00 102.0 5.73 -62 -5.3 1.0 -0.3 -0.3 4 .458 .491 $14,500
BSN (2 yrs) 181.2 59 10 76 3.77 4.57 -0.02 0.00 96.4 4.41 13 1.4 2.0 -0.1 3.3 33 .524 .502
STL (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 5.11 -0.15 0.00 96.0 5.06 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .558 .500
BOS (1 yr) 20.0 10 0 10 4.50 4.92 -0.12 0.00 100.1 5.05 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .511 .501

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
1944 32 SLB AL WS L STL 0 1 .000 0.93 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.2 10 5 1 0 3 1 6 0 0 0 44 1.345 9.3 0.0 2.8 5.6 2.00
1948 36 BSN NL WS L CLE 0 0 8.44 2 1 1 0 0 0 5.1 6 6 5 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 1.500 10.1 3.4 3.4 1.7 0.50
2 Yrs (2 Series) 0 1 .000 3.60 4 3 1 0 0 0 15.0 16 11 6 2 5 1 7 0 0 0 69 1.400 9.6 1.2 3.0 4.2 1.40
2 WS 0 1 .000 3.60 4 3 1 0 0 0 15.0 16 11 6 2 5 1 7 0 0 0 69 1.400 9.6 1.2 3.0 4.2 1.40

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1936 24 STL NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1938 26 PHA AL 38 41 39 1 10 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 3 .256 .275 .282 .557 42 11 0 1 1
1939 27 PHA AL 41 76 67 6 12 2 0 0 4 0 0 5 6 .179 .236 .209 .445 16 14 1 0 4 1
1940 28 PHA AL 31 80 71 4 18 2 0 0 4 0 0 3 7 .254 .284 .282 .565 49 20 2 0 6 1
1941 29 TOT AL 20 12 9 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .111 .273 .111 .384 5 1 0 0 1 1
1941 29 PHA AL 10 8 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 .167 .286 .167 .452 24 1 0 0 1 1
1941 29 BOS AL 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 -30 0 0 0 0 1
1943 31 SLB AL 33 62 55 0 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 2 .145 .203 .164 .367 7 9 2 0 4 1
1944 32 SLB AL 32 92 82 4 13 1 0 0 5 0 0 4 4 .159 .207 .171 .378 5 14 2 1 5 1 MVP-9
1945 33 SLB AL 32 99 92 3 28 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 7 .304 .319 .326 .645 83 30 3 0 5 1
1946 34 SLB AL 23 56 52 2 12 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 4 .231 .286 .288 .574 57 15 1 0 0 1
1947 35 SLB AL 32 42 35 3 9 1 0 0 2 0 0 7 2 .257 .381 .286 .667 85 10 0 0 0 1
1948 36 TOT MLB 28 40 37 1 14 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 3 .378 .395 .405 .800 116 15 2 0 2 1
1948 36 TOT AL 10 9 8 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .375 .444 .375 .819 118 3 1 0 0 1
1948 36 SLB AL 2 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 164 2 0 0 0 /1
1948 36 PHA AL 8 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 74 1 1 0 0 /1
1948 36 BSN NL 18 31 29 0 11 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 .379 .379 .414 .793 115 12 1 0 2 1
1949 37 BSN NL 41 27 23 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 .130 .200 .174 .374 3 4 1 0 0 1
12 Yrs 352 627 562 25 128 15 0 0 37 0 0 35 50 .228 .274 .254 .529 44 143 14 1 28
162 Game Avg. 162 289 259 12 59 7 0 0 17 0 16 23 .228 .274 .254 .529 44 66 0 13
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
SLB (6 yrs) 154 355 320 13 72 8 0 0 18 0 0 21 19 .225 .275 .250 .525 47 80 8 1 14
PHA (5 yrs) 128 210 187 12 42 5 0 0 16 0 0 11 18 .225 .268 .251 .519 36 47 4 0 12
BSN (2 yrs) 59 58 52 0 14 2 0 0 3 0 2 10 .269 .296 .308 .604 65 16 2 0 2
STL (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 -30 0 0 0 0
AL (10 yrs) 292 569 510 25 114 13 0 0 34 0 0 33 40 .224 .272 .249 .521 42 127 12 1 26
NL (3 yrs) 60 58 52 0 14 2 0 0 3 0 2 10 .269 .296 .308 .604 65 16 2 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
1936 24 STL NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1938 26 PHA AL 38 41 -3 0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $3,000 1
1939 27 PHA AL 41 76 -9 0 0 0 8 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $3,000 1
1940 28 PHA AL 31 80 -5 0 0 0 9 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .511 .502 0.3 0.0 3 $4,000 1
1941 29 PHA AL 10 8 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $4,500 1
1941 29 BOS AL 10 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1943 31 SLB AL 33 62 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $4,500 1
1944 32 SLB AL 32 92 -10 0 0 0 8 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $6,000 1 MVP-9
1945 33 SLB AL 32 99 -2 0 0 0 9 7 0.7 0 7 0.7 .523 .505 0.7 -0.0 7 $10,500 1
1946 34 SLB AL 23 56 -3 0 0 0 6 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .514 .502 0.3 0.0 3 $11,500 1
1947 35 SLB AL 32 42 -0 0 0 0 5 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .515 .503 0.4 -0.0 4 $10,000 1
1948 36 SLB AL 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .538 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $8,500 /1
1948 36 PHA AL 8 5 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .506 .500 0.1 0.0 0 /1
1948 36 BSN NL 18 31 1 -1 -0 0 3 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .518 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1
1949 37 BSN NL 41 27 -3 0 -0 0 3 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
12 Seasons 352 627 -43 0 -0 0 63 20 2.0 0 20 2.0 .506 .501 2.0 0.0 20 $65,500
SLB (6 yrs) 154 355 -21 0 0 0 33 12 1.3 0 12 1.3 .508 .501 1.3 -0.0 12 $51,000
PHA (5 yrs) 128 210 -18 0 0 0 23 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .504 .501 0.5 0.0 5 $14,500
BSN (2 yrs) 59 58 -3 -0 -0 0 6 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .505 .500 0.3 0.0 3
STL (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0
BOS (1 yr) 10 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .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
1944 32 SLB AL WS STL L 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
1948 36 BSN NL WS CLE L 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 4 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 1 0 0 0 0
2 WS 4 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 1 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1936 STL NL 24 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.30
1938 PHA AL 26 P 35 9 4 111.1 25 8 16 1 0 .960 1.94 0.69 .952 2.11 2.06
1939 PHA AL 27 P 41 25 9 196.1 43 8 34 1 0 .977 1.93 1.02 .951 1.92 1.89
1940 PHA AL 28 P 31 25 13 200.2 47 17 30 0 2 1.000 2.11 1.52 .956 2.04 2.01 7 2 22% 0
1941 TOT AL 29 P 20 3 1 43.1 12 5 6 1 1 .917 2.28 0.55 .960 2.14 2.11 2 0 0% 0
1941 PHA AL 29 P 10 3 1 23.1 8 3 4 1 1 .875 2.70 0.70 .960 2.12 2.11 2 0 0% 0
1941 BOS AL 29 P 10 0 0 20.0 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.40 .960 2.16 2.11 0 0 0
1943 SLB AL 31 P 33 13 8 168.1 47 10 36 1 2 .979 2.46 1.39 .963 2.27 2.30 6 1 14% 1
1944 SLB AL 32 P 32 29 16 232.0 66 11 52 3 3 .955 2.44 1.97 .960 2.09 2.10 4 1 20% 0 MVP-9
1945 SLB AL 33 P 32 32 21 255.1 59 13 43 3 4 .949 1.97 1.75 .955 2.24 2.23 6 2 25% 2
1946 SLB AL 34 P 23 19 10 145.0 30 11 18 1 3 .967 1.80 1.26 .951 2.01 1.99 4 1 20% 0
1947 SLB AL 35 P 32 10 3 122.2 36 6 27 3 1 .917 2.42 1.03 .955 1.92 1.90 5 0 0% 50% 0
1948 TOT MLB 36 P 28 9 3 113.1 35 7 25 3 1 .914 2.54 1.14 .963 2.08 2.05 2 2 50% 0% 1
1948 TOT AL 36 P 10 2 0 28.1 9 3 5 1 0 .889 2.54 0.80 .963 2.00 1.99 0 0 0
1948 SLB AL 36 P 2 2 0 10.1 7 2 4 1 0 .857 5.23 3.00 .963 2.00 2.00 0 0 0
1948 PHA AL 36 P 8 0 0 18.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 0.25 .965 2.00 1.99 0 0 0
1948 BSN NL 36 P 18 7 3 85.0 26 4 20 2 1 .923 2.54 1.33 .963 2.11 2.08 2 2 50% 1
1949 BSN NL 37 P 41 3 1 96.2 23 2 20 1 1 .957 2.05 0.54 .953 2.04 2.02 6 3 33% 43% 0
12 Seasons P 349 177 89 1686.0 423 98 307 18 18 .957 2.16 1.16 .957 2.09 2.06 42 12 22% 12% 4
12 Seasons TOT 349 177 89 1686.0 423 98 307 18 18 .957 2.16 1.16 .957 2.09 2.06 42 12 22% 12% 4
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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))
1944 AL (9, 15%)
0.15 Career Shares (832nd)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1944 AL  5.5 (10th)
1945 AL  7.8 (3rd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1943 AL  4.0 (9th)
1944 AL  5.7 (3rd)
1945 AL  7.0 (2nd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1944 AL  2.83 (10th)
1945 AL  2.47 (6th)

Wins s c a p y
1944 AL  19 (3rd)
1945 AL  15 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1944 AL  .731 (3rd)
1945 AL  .577 (10th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1943 AL  1.188 (9th)
1944 AL  1.211 (8th)
1945 AL  1.097 (2nd)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1944 AL  8.185 (9th)
1945 AL  7.473 (3rd)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1945 AL  2.397 (6th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1943 AL  4.277 (10th)
1945 AL  4.547 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1939 AL  41 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1938 AL  5 (4th)
1949 NL  7 (2nd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1944 AL  232.0 (8th)
1945 AL  255.3 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1944 AL  91 (10th)
1945 AL  129 (2nd)

Games Started s c a p y
1944 AL  29 (10th)
1945 AL  32 (3rd)

Complete Games s c a p y
1945 AL  21 (3rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1944 AL  3 (4th)
1945 AL  3 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1939 AL  26 (2nd)
1940 AL  18 (10th)
1943 AL  11 (8th)
1945 AL  10 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1939 AL  258 (5th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1943 AL  1.482 (10th)
1945 AL  1.897 (5th)

Losses s c a p y
1938 AL  12 (7th)
1939 AL  12 (10th)
1940 AL  14 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1939 AL  144 (1st)
1940 AL  99 (8th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1939 AL  12 (2nd)
1940 AL  10 (3rd)
1946 AL  4 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1939 AL  5 (3rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1944 AL  955 (10th)
1945 AL  1,028 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1938 AL  20 (6th)
1947 AL  19 (10th)
1949 NL  29 (3rd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1944 AL  129 (9th)
1945 AL  145 (5th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1944 AL  3.01 (9th)
1945 AL  2.85 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1944 AL  23 (5th)
1945 AL  32 (2nd)
1948 NL  14 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1944 AL  2.5 (5th)
1945 AL  3.7 (2nd)
1948 NL  1.5 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1945 AL  17.87 (2nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.7 (6th)
1948 NL  2.3 (7th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.2 (5th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1945 AL  1.9 (4th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1939 AL  41 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1940 AL  17 (2nd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1944 AL  3 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1944 AL  1.97 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1939 AL  .977 (5th)
1940 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1949 NL  born 1911-08-23 (7th)


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 InkPitching - 55 (466), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 18 (686), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 4 (1601), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (332nd), 24.8 career WAR/26.7 7yr-peak WAR/25.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1938 26 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 27 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 28 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 29 Philadelphia Athletics $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts PHA/BOS
1943 31 St. Louis Browns $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 32 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 33 St. Louis Browns $10,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 34 St. Louis Browns $11,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 35 St. Louis Browns $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 36 St. Louis Browns $8,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts SLB/PHA
Career to date (may be incomplete)$65,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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