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Paul Richards

Paul Rapier Richards

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: November 21, 1908 in Waxahachie, TX
High School: Waxahachie HS (Waxahachie, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1932 (Age 23.148)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Giants/Athletics/Dodgers 1932-1946

Final Game: September 22, 1946 (Age 37.305)
Died: May 4, 1986 in Waxahachie, TX
Buried: Hillcrest Burial Park, Waxahachie, TX
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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
1932 23 BRO NL 3 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1933 24 NYG NL 51 92 87 4 17 3 0 0 10 0 3 12 .195 .222 .230 .452 30 20 5 0 2 2
1934 25 NYG NL 42 89 75 10 12 1 0 0 3 0 13 8 .160 .284 .173 .457 26 13 2 0 1 2
1935 26 TOT MLB 92 292 261 31 64 10 1 4 29 0 0 26 13 .245 .314 .337 .651 69 88 0 0 5 2
1935 26 NYG NL 7 6 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .250 .750 109 1 0 0 0 /2
1935 26 PHA AL 85 286 257 31 63 10 1 4 29 0 0 24 12 .245 .310 .339 .648 68 87 0 5 2
1943 34 DET AL 100 355 313 32 69 7 1 5 33 1 0 38 35 .220 .307 .297 .604 72 93 7 1 3 2
1944 35 DET AL 95 343 300 24 71 13 0 3 37 8 3 35 30 .237 .318 .310 .628 76 93 13 1 7 2 MVP-17
1945 36 DET AL 83 256 234 26 60 12 1 3 32 4 0 19 31 .256 .315 .355 .670 89 83 1 1 2 2 MVP-10
1946 37 DET AL 57 167 139 13 28 5 2 0 11 2 0 23 18 .201 .315 .266 .581 59 37 7 0 5 2
8 Yrs 523 1602 1417 140 321 51 5 15 155 15 3 157 149 .227 .305 .301 .606 68 427 35 3 25
162 Game Avg. 162 496 439 43 99 16 2 5 48 5 49 46 .227 .305 .301 .606 68 132 1 8
DET (4 yrs) 335 1121 986 95 228 37 4 11 113 15 3 115 114 .231 .313 .310 .624 75 306 28 3 17
NYG (3 yrs) 100 187 166 14 30 4 0 0 13 0 18 21 .181 .261 .205 .466 31 34 7 0 3
PHA (1 yr) 85 286 257 31 63 10 1 4 29 0 0 24 12 .245 .310 .339 .648 68 87 0 5
BRO (1 yr) 3 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
AL (5 yrs) 420 1407 1243 126 291 47 5 15 142 15 3 139 126 .234 .313 .316 .629 74 393 28 3 22
NL (4 yrs) 103 195 174 14 30 4 0 0 13 0 18 23 .172 .250 .195 .445 25 34 7 0 3

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 BRO NL 3 8 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .425 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /2
1933 24 NYG NL 51 92 -8 0 0 0 1 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.5 .485 .495 -0.5 0.1 -4 2
1934 25 NYG NL 42 89 -7 0 0 1 1 -5 -0.5 3 -3 -0.3 .487 .497 -0.4 0.2 -4 2
1935 26 NYG NL 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $2,994 /2
1935 26 PHA AL 85 286 -12 0 0 -1 2 -10 -1.0 11 1 0.0 .489 .494 0.2 0.1 2 2
1943 34 DET AL 100 355 -10 0 0 1 3 -6 -0.7 10 4 0.4 .493 .496 0.2 0.5 4 $6,000 2
1944 35 DET AL 95 343 -9 1 0 2 3 -3 -0.3 10 7 0.7 .496 .498 0.4 0.5 5 $42,000 2 MVP-17
1945 36 DET AL 83 256 -4 1 0 1 2 0 0.0 7 8 0.8 .501 .500 0.7 0.3 7 $10,800 2 MVP-10
1946 37 DET AL 57 167 -7 1 0 2 1 -3 -0.4 5 2 0.1 .493 .498 -0.1 0.4 -0 $12,000 2
8 Seasons 523 1602 -58 3 0 6 13 -36 -3.9 49 14 1.1 .493 .497 0.4 2.1 8 $73,794
DET (4 yrs) 335 1121 -30 3 0 6 9 -12 -1.4 33 21 2.0 .496 .498 1.3 1.7 15 $70,800
NYG (3 yrs) 100 187 -15 0 0 1 2 -12 -1.3 6 -6 -0.7 .487 .496 -0.8 0.3 -7 $2,994
PHA (1 yr) 85 286 -12 0 0 -1 2 -10 -1.0 11 1 0.0 .489 .494 0.2 0.1 2
BRO (1 yr) 3 8 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .425 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2

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
1945 ❍ 36 DET AL WS CHC W 7 23 19 0 4 2 0 0 6 0 0 4 3 .211 .348 .316 .664 6 0 0 0 0 2
1 WS 7 23 19 0 4 2 0 0 6 0 0 4 3 .211 .348 .316 .664 6 0 0 0 0 2

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1932 BRO NL 23 C 3 3 1 24 21 3 0 1 1.000 8.00 .979 4.67 0 3 1 25% 44%
1933 NYG NL 24 C 36 17 13 92 74 17 1 2 .989 2.53 .982 4.35 0 13 9 41% 46%
1934 NYG NL 25 C 37 21 16 101 86 15 0 3 1.000 2.73 .985 4.85 1 7 7 50% 44%
1935 TOT MLB 26 C 83 71 65 350 300 42 8 5 .977 4.12 .984 4.75 6 41 18 31% 41%
1935 NYG NL 26 C 4 0 0 9 7 2 0 0 1.000 2.25 .976 4.78 0 0 1 100% 44%
1935 PHA AL 26 C 79 71 65 341 293 40 8 5 .977 4.22 .984 4.75 6 41 17 29% 41%
1943 DET AL 34 C 100 93 79 632 537 86 9 12 .986 6.23 .981 5.23 6 2 37 55 60% 42% 1
1944 DET AL 35 C 90 83 78 483 413 60 10 13 .979 5.26 .976 4.91 7 1 17 29 63% 39% 0 MVP-17
1945 DET AL 36 C 83 70 59 407 361 44 2 7 .995 4.88 .986 4.92 4 1 15 16 52% 45% 0 MVP-10
1946 DET AL 37 C 54 44 36 347 311 35 1 6 .997 6.41 .982 5.52 1 0 11 11 50% 46% 0
8 Seasons C 486 402 347 2436 2103 302 31 49 .987 4.95 .982 4.97 25 4 144 146 50% 42% 1
8 Seasons TOT 486 402 347 2436 2103 302 31 49 .987 4.95 .982 4.97 25 4 144 146 50% 42% 1
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
  • 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 (17, 2%)
1945 AL (10, 10%)
0.12 Career Shares (883rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1943 AL  100 (3rd)
1944 AL  90 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1943 AL  537 (1st)
1944 AL  413 (2nd)
1945 AL  361 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1943 AL  86 (2nd)
1944 AL  60 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1935 AL  8 (4th)
1943 AL  9 (3rd)
1944 AL  10 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1943 AL  12 (1st)
1944 AL  13 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1935 AL  6 (5th)
1944 AL  7 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1935 AL  41 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1943 AL  55 (1st)
1944 AL  29 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1943 AL  59.8 (2nd)
1944 AL  63.0 (1st)
1945 AL  51.6 (5th)
Career  50.3 (11th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1943 AL  6.23 (1st)
1944 AL  5.26 (1st)
1945 AL  4.88 (1st)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1943 AL  .986 (1st)
1945 AL  .995 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1452), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Catcher (508th), 1.1 career WAR/1.6 7yr-peak WAR/1.3 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
1935 26 New York Giants $2,994 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts NYG/PHA
1943 34 Detroit Tigers $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 35 Detroit Tigers $42,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 36 Detroit Tigers $10,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 37 Detroit Tigers $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$73,794
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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Name and misspellings: Paul Paul poison Rapier Richards

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