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Branch Rickey

Wesley Branch Rickey (The Mahatma)

Positions: Catcher, Leftfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: December 20, 1881 in Flat, OH
School: Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 16, 1905 (Age 23.178)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1906 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Highlanders 1905-1914

Final Game: August 25, 1914 (Age 32.248)
Died: December 9, 1965 in Columbia, MO
Buried: Rushtown Cemetery, Rushtown, OH
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Pioneer/Executive in 1967.
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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
1905 23 SLB AL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1906 24 SLB AL 65 223 201 22 57 7 3 3 24 4 16 26 .284 .345 .393 .738 136 79 3 3 2/O
1907 25 NYY AL 52 152 137 16 25 1 3 0 15 4 11 25 .182 .253 .234 .487 50 32 2 2 O2/3
1914 32 SLB AL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
4 Yrs 120 380 343 38 82 8 6 3 39 8 0 27 54 .239 .304 .324 .628 98 111 5 5
162 Game Avg. 162 513 463 51 111 11 8 4 53 11 36 73 .239 .304 .324 .628 98 150 7 7
SLB (3 yrs) 68 228 206 22 57 7 3 3 24 4 0 16 29 .277 .338 .383 .721 130 79 3 3
NYY (1 yr) 52 152 137 16 25 1 3 0 15 4 11 25 .182 .253 .234 .487 50 32 2 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
1905 23 SLB AL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .424 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /2
1906 24 SLB AL 65 223 8 -0 0 0 4 11 1.3 8 19 2.2 .520 .508 2.1 0.4 19 $2,700 2/O
1907 25 NYY AL 52 152 -8 -0 0 -4 -1 -12 -1.5 5 -7 -0.9 .471 .491 -0.5 -0.6 -3 $2,700 O2/3
1914 32 SLB AL 2 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .472 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0
4 Seasons 120 380 -1 -1 0 -4 3 -3 -0.4 14 11 1.1 .497 .500 1.5 -0.1 15 $5,400
SLB (3 yrs) 68 228 7 -0 0 0 4 10 1.1 8 18 2.0 .517 .508 2.0 0.5 18 $2,700
NYY (1 yr) 52 152 -8 -0 0 -4 -1 -12 -1.5 5 -7 -0.9 .471 .491 -0.5 -0.6 -3 $2,700

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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1905 SLB AL 23 C 1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 6.40 0 1 1 50% 44%
1906 SLB AL 24 C 55 305 233 58 14 2 .954 5.29 .961 5.98 5 75 48 39% 45%
1906 SLB AL 24 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 1.90 0-0-1
1907 NYY AL 25 OF 22 39 32 1 6 0 .846 1.50 .959 1.85 20-1-1
1907 NYY AL 25 C 11 76 56 11 9 2 .882 6.09 .968 6.11 1 13 7 35% 44%
1907 NYY AL 25 1B 9 77 71 4 2 3 .974 8.33 .982 11.16
3 Seasons C 67 384 291 70 23 4 .940 5.39 .962 6.01 6 89 56 39% 44%
2 Seasons OF 23 40 33 1 6 0 .850 1.48 .959 1.85 20-1-2
1 Season 1B 9 77 71 4 2 3 .974 8.33 .982 11.16
4 Seasons TOT 99 501 395 75 31 7 .938 4.75 .965 5.51 20-1-2 6 89 56 39% 44%
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

Hall of Fame
1942 BBWAA ( 1.3%)
1945 BBWAA ( 0.8%)
1967 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1967
by Veteran's Committee

Home Runs s c a p y
1906 AL  3 (8th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Catcher (533rd), 1.1 career WAR/1.1 7yr-peak WAR/1.1 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
1906 24 St. Louis Browns $2,700 ? Murray Polner, Branch Rickey, p. 48 $450/month, pro-rated
1907 25 New York Highlanders $2,700 ? Arthur Mann, Branch Rickey, p. 48
Career to date (may be incomplete)$5,400
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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