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Frankie Pytlak    \PIT-lack\

Frank Anthony Pytlak

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: July 30, 1908 in Buffalo, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1932 (Age 23.267)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1933 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/RedSox 1932-1946

Final Game: April 25, 1946 (Age 37.269)
Died: May 8, 1977 in Buffalo, NY
Buried: St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Buffalo, NY
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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
1932 23 CLE AL 12 36 29 5 7 1 1 0 4 0 0 3 2 .241 .333 .345 .678 70 10 1 3 2
1933 24 CLE AL 80 267 248 36 77 10 6 2 33 3 4 17 10 .310 .355 .423 .778 101 105 0 2 2
1934 25 CLE AL 91 335 289 46 75 12 4 0 35 11 2 36 11 .260 .352 .329 .680 76 95 5 5 2
1935 26 CLE AL 55 164 149 14 44 6 1 1 12 3 2 11 4 .295 .348 .369 .717 84 55 1 3 2
1936 27 CLE AL 75 255 224 35 72 15 4 0 31 5 2 24 11 .321 .394 .424 .819 100 95 3 4 2
1937 28 CLE AL 125 463 397 60 125 15 6 1 44 16 5 52 15 .315 .404 .390 .794 103 155 7 7 *2
1938 29 CLE AL 113 406 364 46 112 14 7 1 43 9 5 36 15 .308 .376 .393 .769 94 143 4 2 2
1939 30 CLE AL 63 210 183 20 49 2 5 0 14 4 1 20 5 .268 .343 .333 .676 76 61 4 1 6 2
1940 31 CLE AL 62 172 149 16 21 2 1 0 16 0 1 17 5 .141 .234 .168 .401 7 25 3 1 5 2/O9
1941 32 BOS AL 106 375 336 36 91 23 1 2 39 5 7 28 19 .271 .329 .363 .692 81 122 6 1 6 2
1945 36 BOS AL 9 20 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .118 .250 .118 .368 7 2 0 0 0 /2
1946 37 BOS AL 4 14 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 -22 2 0 0 0 /2
12 Yrs 795 2717 2399 316 677 100 36 7 272 56 29 247 97 .282 .355 .363 .718 84 870 13 24 43
162 Game Avg. 162 554 489 64 138 20 7 1 55 11 6 50 20 .282 .355 .363 .718 84 177 5 9
CLE (9 yrs) 676 2308 2032 278 582 77 35 5 232 51 22 216 78 .286 .362 .366 .728 86 744 7 23 37
BOS (3 yrs) 119 409 367 38 95 23 1 2 40 5 7 31 19 .259 .318 .343 .662 74 126 6 1 6

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
1932 23 CLE AL 12 36 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .492 .499 0.0 0.0 0 $2,700 2
1933 24 CLE AL 80 267 0 -1 0 2 2 4 0.4 10 14 1.3 .505 .502 1.1 0.4 12 $3,300 2
1934 25 CLE AL 91 335 -9 2 0 1 3 -3 -0.3 13 9 0.9 .497 .498 0.8 0.3 8 $6,000 2
1935 26 CLE AL 55 164 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.4 .497 .499 0.4 0.1 4 $6,000 2
1936 27 CLE AL 75 255 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.4 9 14 1.2 .505 .502 1.2 0.3 13 $4,000 2
1937 28 CLE AL 125 463 7 1 0 3 4 15 1.4 17 32 2.9 .511 .508 2.7 0.6 28 $6,500 *2
1938 29 CLE AL 113 406 -1 -0 0 1 3 4 0.4 15 18 1.7 .503 .502 1.6 0.4 17 $9,000 2
1939 30 CLE AL 63 210 -5 1 0 2 2 -1 -0.1 8 6 0.6 .498 .499 0.4 0.4 4 $11,500 2
1940 31 CLE AL 62 172 -20 -0 0 2 1 -17 -1.7 6 -11 -1.1 .473 .490 -1.3 0.3 -13 $8,622 2/O9
1941 32 BOS AL 106 375 -9 -2 0 1 3 -6 -0.6 13 7 0.6 .494 .496 0.5 0.4 6 $9,000 2
1945 36 BOS AL 9 20 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1946 37 BOS AL 4 14 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .442 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /2
12 Seasons 795 2717 -43 1 0 13 22 -7 -0.9 98 91 8.3 .499 .500 7.2 3.4 78 $66,622
CLE (9 yrs) 676 2308 -30 2 0 12 19 3 0.1 84 87 8.0 .500 .501 7.0 3.0 75 $57,622
BOS (3 yrs) 119 409 -12 -2 0 1 3 -10 -1.0 14 4 0.3 .491 .496 0.2 0.5 3 $9,000

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More Stats

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
1932 CLE AL 23 C 12 9 9 47 40 7 0 0 1.000 3.92 .982 4.90 0 4 3 43% 43%
1933 CLE AL 24 C 69 63 59 303 246 57 0 11 1.000 4.39 .988 4.88 2 18 30 63% 46%
1934 CLE AL 25 C 88 81 73 367 325 38 4 4 .989 4.13 .981 4.99 3 35 13 27% 36%
1935 CLE AL 26 C 48 36 35 189 166 20 3 2 .984 3.88 .984 4.75 2 12 13 52% 41%
1936 CLE AL 27 C 58 58 55 260 224 35 1 6 .996 4.47 .979 4.78 4 18 22 55% 36%
1937 CLE AL 28 C 115 115 108 648 559 80 9 13 .986 5.56 .980 5.04 2 55 42 43% 37%
1938 CLE AL 29 C 99 93 90 538 475 56 7 11 .987 5.36 .983 4.88 5 42 28 40% 38%
1939 CLE AL 30 C 51 47 44 251 227 24 0 5 1.000 4.92 .981 4.92 1 22 11 33% 37%
1940 CLE AL 31 C 58 42 38 266 235 30 1 5 .996 4.57 .982 5.27 1 11 22 18 45% 41% 0
1940 CLE AL 31 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1940 CLE AL 31 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1941 BOS AL 32 C 91 87 86 461 416 41 4 7 .991 5.02 .983 5.00 5 12 29 18 38% 41% 0
1945 BOS AL 36 C 6 6 6 23 17 6 0 0 1.000 3.83 .986 4.92 0 0 2 0 0% 46% 0
1946 BOS AL 37 C 4 4 3 29 28 1 0 0 1.000 7.25 .982 5.52 0 1 0 0% 46%
12 Seasons C 699 641 606 3382 2958 395 29 64 .991 4.80 .982 4.96 25 23 260 198 43% 39% 0
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1 Season RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
12 Seasons TOT 700 641 606 3382 2958 395 29 64 .991 4.79 .982 4.95 25 23 260 198 43% 39% 0
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

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1934 AL  11 (9th)
1937 AL  16 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1934 AL  5 (1st)
1937 AL  7 (2nd)
1938 AL  4 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1941 AL  7 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1937 AL  26.5 (3rd)
1938 AL  24.3 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1937 AL  115 (3rd)
1938 AL  99 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1937 AL  559 (2nd)
1938 AL  475 (3rd)
1941 AL  416 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1937 AL  80 (1st)
1938 AL  56 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1937 AL  9 (3rd)
1938 AL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1933 AL  11 (5th)
1937 AL  13 (1st)
1938 AL  11 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1937 AL  55 (1st)
1938 AL  42 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1936 AL  22 (5th)
1937 AL  42 (1st)
1938 AL  28 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1933 AL  62.5 (2nd)
1936 AL  55.0 (1st)
1937 AL  43.3 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1933 AL  4.39 (5th)
1936 AL  4.47 (4th)
1937 AL  5.56 (3rd)
1938 AL  5.36 (3rd)
1941 AL  5.02 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1934 AL  .989 (2nd)
1937 AL  .986 (4th)
1938 AL  .987 (3rd)
1941 AL  .991 (3rd)
Career  .991 (59th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1900), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1578), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (1976), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (185th), 8.3 career WAR/9.3 7yr-peak WAR/8.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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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
1932 23 Cleveland Indians $2,700 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1933 24 Cleveland Indians $3,300 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1934 25 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 26 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 27 Cleveland Indians $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 28 Cleveland Indians $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 29 Cleveland Indians $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 30 Cleveland Indians $11,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 31 Cleveland Indians $8,622 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 32 Boston Red Sox $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$66,622
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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