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Del Rice

Delbert W. Rice

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: October 27, 1922 in Portsmouth, OH
High School: Portsmouth HS (Portsmouth, OH)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1945 (Age 22.187, 7,758th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves/Angels/Cubs/Orioles 1945-1961

Last Game: August 31, 1961 (Age 38.308)
Died: January 26, 1983 in Buena Park, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 21, 2014 10:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1684. Luis Salazar… #1685. Mike Aviles… #1686. Hick Carpenter… #1687. DEL RICE… #1688. Blondie Purcell… #1689. Miguel Cairo… #1690. Cesar Izturis… 

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
1945 22 STL NL 83 278 253 27 66 17 3 1 28 0 16 33 .261 .313 .364 .676 85 92 8 3 5 2
1946 23 STL NL 55 150 139 10 38 8 1 1 12 0 8 16 .273 .313 .367 .680 89 51 5 0 3 2
1947 24 STL NL 97 301 261 28 57 7 3 12 44 1 36 40 .218 .315 .406 .722 87 106 5 1 3 2
1948 25 STL NL 100 338 290 24 57 10 1 4 34 1 37 46 .197 .298 .279 .578 53 81 6 5 6 2
1949 26 STL NL 92 325 284 25 67 16 1 4 29 0 30 40 .236 .320 .342 .661 74 97 6 5 6 2
1950 27 STL NL 130 471 414 39 101 20 3 9 54 0 43 65 .244 .323 .372 .694 79 154 11 5 9 *2
1951 28 STL NL 122 419 374 34 94 13 1 9 47 0 0 34 26 .251 .319 .364 .682 83 136 11 3 8 *2
1952 29 STL NL 147 538 495 43 128 27 2 11 65 0 1 33 38 .259 .313 .388 .701 93 192 12 6 3 *2
1953 ★ 30 STL NL 135 479 419 32 99 22 1 6 37 0 0 48 49 .236 .323 .337 .660 72 141 13 6 7 *2 AS
1954 31 STL NL 56 167 147 13 37 10 1 2 16 0 1 16 21 .252 .321 .374 .695 81 55 3 0 2 2 2
1955 32 TOT NL 47 146 130 11 26 3 1 3 14 0 0 13 18 .200 .271 .308 .579 55 40 3 0 2 1 2 2
1955 32 STL NL 20 68 59 6 12 3 0 1 7 0 0 7 6 .203 .284 .305 .589 57 18 2 0 1 1 0 2
1955 32 MLN NL 27 78 71 5 14 0 1 2 7 0 0 6 12 .197 .260 .310 .570 53 22 1 0 1 0 2 2
1956 33 MLN NL 71 208 188 15 40 9 1 3 17 0 0 18 34 .213 .282 .319 .601 66 60 5 0 2 0 7 2
1957 34 MLN NL 54 163 144 15 33 1 1 9 20 0 0 17 37 .229 .309 .438 .746 104 63 5 0 1 1 7 2
1958 35 MLN NL 43 132 121 10 27 7 0 1 8 0 0 8 30 .223 .271 .306 .577 58 37 3 0 3 0 1 2
1959 36 MLN NL 13 32 29 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 .207 .250 .207 .457 29 6 2 0 0 1 0 /2
1960 37 TOT MLB 20 59 55 2 12 3 0 0 4 0 0 3 7 .218 .254 .273 .527 46 15 4 0 0 1 1 2
1960 37 TOT NL 19 58 54 2 12 3 0 0 4 0 0 3 7 .222 .259 .278 .536 48 15 4 0 0 1 1 2
1960 37 CHC NL 18 55 52 2 12 3 0 0 4 0 0 2 7 .231 .255 .288 .543 50 15 3 0 0 1 1 2
1960 37 STL NL 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 /2
1960 37 BAL AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1961 38 LAA AL 44 107 83 11 20 4 0 4 11 0 1 20 19 .241 .385 .434 .818 111 36 1 0 3 1 5 2
17 Yrs 1309 4313 3826 342 908 177 20 79 441 2 3 382 522 .237 .312 .356 .668 78 1362 103 34 63 7 23
162 Game Avg. 162 534 474 42 112 22 2 10 55 0 47 65 .237 .312 .356 .668 78 169 13 4 8
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
STL (12 yrs) 1038 3537 3137 281 756 153 17 60 373 2 2 309 380 .241 .316 .358 .674 79 1123 83 34 53 3 0
MLN (5 yrs) 208 613 553 48 120 17 3 15 53 0 0 51 116 .217 .282 .340 .622 71 188 16 0 7 2 17
LAA (1 yr) 44 107 83 11 20 4 0 4 11 0 1 20 19 .241 .385 .434 .818 111 36 1 0 3 1 5
CHC (1 yr) 18 55 52 2 12 3 0 0 4 0 0 2 7 .231 .255 .288 .543 50 15 3 0 0 1 1
BAL (1 yr) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (16 yrs) 1264 4205 3742 331 888 173 20 75 430 2 2 362 503 .237 .310 .354 .664 77 1326 102 34 60 6 18
AL (2 yrs) 45 108 84 11 20 4 0 4 11 0 1 20 19 .238 .381 .429 .810 108 36 1 0 3 1 5

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
1945 22 STL NL 83 278 -6 0 0 0 2 -4 -0.3 9 5 0.5 .496 .498 0.5 0.3 5 2
1946 23 STL NL 55 150 -2 0 0 -1 1 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.3 .496 .499 0.5 0.0 5 2
1947 24 STL NL 97 301 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.3 12 9 0.9 .497 .498 0.9 0.3 9 2
1948 25 STL NL 100 338 -19 -1 -0 2 3 -15 -1.6 13 -2 -0.3 .484 .490 -0.4 0.5 -4 2
1949 26 STL NL 92 325 -10 -2 1 2 3 -7 -0.8 13 6 0.5 .492 .496 0.4 0.5 4 2
1950 27 STL NL 130 471 -13 -0 -2 0 4 -11 -1.2 18 7 0.6 .491 .493 0.7 0.3 7 *2
1951 28 STL NL 122 419 -8 -1 -1 2 4 -4 -0.5 16 12 1.1 .496 .497 1.0 0.6 10 *2
1952 29 STL NL 147 538 -4 -1 -2 2 5 -0 -0.1 20 20 2.0 .500 .500 1.8 0.7 18 *2
1953 ★ 30 STL NL 135 479 -16 -2 -2 2 4 -13 -1.4 18 5 0.3 .490 .492 0.3 0.6 3 *2 AS
1954 31 STL NL 56 167 -4 -1 0 -1 2 -4 -0.5 6 2 0.2 .492 .497 0.3 0.1 3 2
1955 32 STL NL 20 68 -1 -0 -0 -2 1 -3 -0.3 3 0 -0.0 .487 .498 0.2 -0.2 2 2
1955 32 MLN NL 27 78 -5 -0 -0 -1 1 -6 -0.6 3 -3 -0.3 .479 .496 -0.2 -0.1 -2 2
1956 33 MLN NL 71 208 -11 -1 -1 0 3 -10 -1.2 8 -2 -0.4 .485 .493 -0.3 0.2 -2 2
1957 34 MLN NL 54 163 -2 1 -1 1 2 1 0.0 6 7 0.6 .502 .501 0.6 0.3 6 2
1958 35 MLN NL 43 132 -8 -0 -0 -1 2 -8 -0.9 5 -3 -0.4 .480 .495 -0.2 0.1 -2 2
1959 36 MLN NL 13 32 -3 0 -0 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .468 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /2
1960 37 CHC NL 18 55 -4 0 -1 -1 1 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .471 .497 -0.2 -0.0 -2 2
1960 37 STL NL 1 3 -0 0 -0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .451 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1960 37 BAL AL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1961 38 LAA AL 44 107 -1 -1 -0 0 1 0 -0.0 3 3 0.3 .500 .500 0.3 0.1 3 2
17 Seasons 1309 4313 -124 -9 -9 3 41 -97 -11.0 162 64 5.3 .492 .496 5.9 4.2 61
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
STL (12 yrs) 1038 3537 -89 -8 -5 6 31 -66 -7.3 133 67 6.1 .493 .496 6.1 3.7 61
MLN (5 yrs) 208 613 -29 -0 -3 -2 8 -26 -3.1 23 -3 -0.7 .486 .496 -0.3 0.4 -1
LAA (1 yr) 44 107 -1 -1 -0 0 1 0 -0.0 3 3 0.3 .500 .500 0.3 0.1 3
CHC (1 yr) 18 55 -4 0 -1 -1 1 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .471 .497 -0.2 -0.0 -2
BAL (1 yr) 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .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
1946 ❍ 23 STL NL WS BOS W 3 8 6 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .625 .667 1.292 4 0 0 0 2
1957 ❍ 34 MLN NL WS NYY W 2 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .286 .167 .452 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 5 15 12 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .333 .467 .417 .883 5 0 0 0 0 2
2 WS 5 15 12 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .333 .467 .417 .883 5 0 0 0 0 2

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1945 STL NL 22 C 77 69 53 325 284 39 2 6 .994 4.19 .978 4.57 7 3 31 23 43% 40% 3
1946 STL NL 23 C 53 43 27 213 196 12 5 0 .977 3.92 .980 5.01 1 4 10 6 38% 43% 0
1947 STL NL 24 C 94 78 55 421 380 33 8 7 .981 4.39 .981 4.96 7 8 10 14 58% 44% 3
1948 STL NL 25 C 99 90 73 495 447 46 2 5 .996 4.98 .980 5.15 3 7 9 17 65% 40% 0
1949 STL NL 26 C 92 88 67 387 355 29 3 4 .992 4.17 .982 4.98 2 11 15 13 46% 43% 1
1950 STL NL 27 C 130 123 105 1072.1 645 572 63 10 12 .984 5.33 4.88 .982 5.38 5.33 9 18 33 13 28% 38% 3
1951 STL NL 28 C 120 108 89 954.1 521 447 66 8 12 .985 4.84 4.28 .981 5.18 5.16 5 6 36 25 41% 41% 3
1952 STL NL 29 C 147 137 119 1196.1 764 677 81 6 8 .992 5.70 5.16 .984 5.52 5.47 7 13 27 30 53% 44% 5
1953 STL NL 30 C 135 128 103 1080.1 695 627 60 8 6 .988 2 2 5.72 5.09 .984 5.53 5.42 8 24 35 21 38% 40% 3 AS
1954 STL NL 31 C 52 45 26 382.0 272 248 20 4 2 .985 -1 -3 6.31 5.15 .986 5.36 5.33 3 9 9 5 36% 44% 3
1955 TOT NL 32 C 40 37 26 314.0 187 164 18 5 3 .973 -3 -11 5.22 4.55 .987 5.65 5.60 3 10 7 7 50% 46% 1
1955 STL NL 32 C 18 18 10 144.1 83 74 6 3 1 .964 -2 -17 4.99 4.44 .987 5.65 5.60 2 4 4 2 33% 46% 0
1955 MLN NL 32 C 22 19 16 169.2 104 90 12 2 2 .981 -1 -7 5.41 4.64 .987 5.65 5.60 1 6 3 5 63% 46% 1
1956 MLN NL 33 C 65 59 35 494.2 297 271 21 5 2 .983 0 0 5.31 4.49 .985 5.83 5.77 0 10 15 8 35% 40% 2
1957 MLN NL 34 C 48 44 33 374.2 251 235 14 2 3 .992 1 3 5.98 5.19 .988 5.98 6.02 1 7 14 8 36% 40% 0
1958 MLN NL 35 C 38 33 28 287.2 188 174 13 1 1 .995 -1 -4 5.85 4.92 .988 6.06 6.02 2 8 8 3 27% 39% 0
1959 MLN NL 36 C 9 8 4 63.2 45 42 1 2 1 .956 -1 -19 6.08 4.78 .989 6.35 6.28 2 2 1 0 0% 38% 1
1960 TOT MLB 37 C 20 18 11 154.2 100 90 7 3 0 .970 -1 -8 5.64 4.85 .986 6.57 6.54 2 4 12 6 33% 40% 0
1960 TOT NL 37 C 19 18 11 151.2 99 89 7 3 0 .970 -1 -8 5.70 5.05 .986 6.58 6.57 2 4 12 6 33% 40% 0
1960 CHC NL 37 C 18 17 11 143.2 95 85 7 3 0 .968 -1 -8 5.76 5.11 .986 6.58 6.57 2 4 12 6 33% 40% 0
1960 STL NL 37 C 1 1 0 8.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.50 4.00 .985 6.52 6.60 0 0 0 0 0
1960 BAL AL 37 C 1 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.00 1.00 .990 6.00 5.90 0 0 0 0 0
1961 LAA AL 38 C 30 27 17 209.2 159 144 14 1 0 .994 0 0 6.78 5.27 .989 6.21 6.14 3 12 11 10 48% 36% 0
17 Seasons C 1249 1135 871 6584.1 5965 5353 537 75 72 .987 -4 -1 5.56 4.72 .983 5.57 5.34 65 156 283 209 42% 41% 28
17 Seasons TOT 1249 1135 871 6584.1 5965 5353 537 75 72 .987 -4 -1 5.56 4.72 .983 5.57 5.34 65 156 283 209 42% 41% 28
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP 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.
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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.
  • 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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1966 BBWAA ( 0.7%)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1948 NL  5 (2nd)
1949 NL  5 (6th)
1950 NL  5 (7th)
1952 NL  6 (6th)
1953 NL  6 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1950 NL  9 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1948 NL  99 (4th)
1949 NL  92 (4th)
1950 NL  130 (2nd)
1951 NL  120 (3rd)
1952 NL  147 (1st)
1953 NL  135 (2nd)
Career  1,249 (60th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1945 NL  284 (5th)
1948 NL  447 (4th)
1949 NL  355 (5th)
1950 NL  572 (3rd)
1951 NL  447 (3rd)
1952 NL  677 (1st)
1953 NL  627 (2nd)
Career  5,353 (98th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1948 NL  46 (4th)
1950 NL  63 (2nd)
1951 NL  66 (2nd)
1952 NL  81 (1st)
1953 NL  60 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1947 NL  8 (5th)
1950 NL  10 (5th)
1951 NL  8 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1947 NL  7 (3rd)
1948 NL  5 (5th)
1950 NL  12 (3rd)
1951 NL  12 (1st)
1952 NL  8 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1945 NL  7 (3rd)
1947 NL  7 (5th)
1950 NL  9 (2nd)
1952 NL  7 (5th)
1953 NL  8 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1945 NL  31 (5th)
1950 NL  33 (2nd)
1951 NL  36 (2nd)
1952 NL  27 (4th)
1953 NL  35 (1st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1945 NL  23 (4th)
1951 NL  25 (4th)
1952 NL  30 (3rd)
1953 NL  21 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1952 NL  52.6 (4th)
1953 NL  37.5 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1952 NL  5.70 (2nd)
1953 NL  5.72 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1945 NL  4.19 (3rd)
1948 NL  4.98 (2nd)
1950 NL  4.88 (5th)
1952 NL  5.16 (3rd)
1953 NL  5.09 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1945 NL  .994 (2nd)
1947 NL  .981 (5th)
1948 NL  .996 (1st)
1949 NL  .992 (2nd)
1950 NL  .984 (5th)
1951 NL  .985 (5th)
1952 NL  .992 (2nd)
1953 NL  .988 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (895), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 22 (660), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (272nd), 5.3 career WAR/6.3 7yr-peak WAR/5.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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