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Elmer Riddle

Elmer Ray Riddle

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: July 31, 1914 in Columbus, GA (All Transactions)
Debut: October 1, 1939 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Reds/Pirates 1939-1949

Final Game: August 3, 1949 (Age 35)
Died: May 14, 1984 in Columbus, GA
Buried: Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, GA
Relatives: Brother of Johnny Riddle
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 20, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #708. J.J. Putz… #709. Mark Portugal… #710. Johnny Cueto… #711. ELMER RIDDLE… #712. Rip Collins… #713. Yovani Gallardo… #714. Hisashi Iwakuma… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1939 24 CIN NL 0 0 0.00 2.97 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 25 CIN NL 1 2 .333 1.87 3.82 15 1 12 1 0 2 33.2 30 12 7 0 17 9 0 0 0 142 206 1.396 8.0 0.0 4.5 2.4 0.53
1941 26 CIN NL 19 4 .826 2.24 3.29 33 22 4 15 4 1 216.2 180 68 54 8 59 80 5 0 2 884 161 1.103 7.5 0.3 2.5 3.3 1.36 MVP-5
1942 27 CIN NL 7 11 .389 3.69 3.58 29 19 5 7 1 0 158.1 157 74 65 7 79 78 4 0 2 700 89 1.491 8.9 0.4 4.5 4.4 0.99
1943 28 CIN NL 21 11 .656 2.63 3.44 36 33 3 19 5 3 260.1 235 87 76 6 107 69 2 0 0 1086 127 1.314 8.1 0.2 3.7 2.4 0.64 MVP-7
1944 29 CIN NL 2 2 .500 4.05 3.44 4 4 0 2 0 0 26.2 25 12 12 0 12 6 0 0 0 113 88 1.388 8.4 0.0 4.1 2.0 0.50
1945 30 CIN NL 1 4 .200 8.19 6.69 12 3 6 0 0 0 29.2 39 27 27 4 27 5 0 0 1 146 47 2.225 11.8 1.2 8.2 1.5 0.19
1947 32 CIN NL 1 0 1.000 8.31 7.28 16 3 6 0 0 0 30.1 42 30 28 5 31 8 1 0 0 159 51 2.407 12.5 1.5 9.2 2.4 0.26
1948 33 PIT NL 12 10 .545 3.49 4.47 28 27 1 12 3 1 191.0 184 83 74 17 81 63 3 0 9 828 117 1.387 8.7 0.8 3.8 3.0 0.78 AS
1949 34 PIT NL 1 8 .111 5.33 5.42 16 12 3 1 0 1 74.1 81 45 44 9 45 24 4 1 0 341 79 1.695 9.8 1.1 5.4 2.9 0.53
10 Yrs 65 52 .556 3.40 3.98 190 124 40 57 13 8 1023.0 974 438 387 56 458 342 19 1 14 4406 107 1.400 8.6 0.5 4.0 3.0 0.75
162 Game Avg. 14 11 .556 3.40 3.98 41 27 9 12 3 2 222 211 95 84 12 99 74 4 0 3 954 107 1.400 8.6 0.5 4.0 3.0 0.75
CIN (8 yrs) 52 34 .605 3.20 3.72 146 85 36 44 10 6 757.2 709 310 269 30 332 255 12 0 5 3237 109 1.374 8.4 0.4 3.9 3.0 0.77
PIT (2 yrs) 13 18 .419 4.00 4.74 44 39 4 13 3 2 265.1 265 128 118 26 126 87 7 1 9 1169 103 1.474 9.0 0.9 4.3 3.0 0.69

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
1939 24 CIN NL 2.0 1 0 0 0.00 4.50 0.41 0.00 96.0 3.93 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .598 .501
1940 25 CIN NL 33.2 15 1 12 3.21 4.41 0.65 0.00 99.4 3.74 2 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.5 5 .515 .501
1941 26 CIN NL 216.2 33 22 68 2.82 4.34 0.17 0.00 99.4 4.15 33 3.9 1.0 -0.1 5.8 51 .617 .524 MVP-5
1942 27 CIN NL 158.1 29 19 74 4.21 3.67 0.23 0.00 99.3 3.41 -13 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -2 .451 .491
1943 28 CIN NL 260.1 36 33 87 3.01 3.89 0.32 0.00 98.7 3.53 15 1.7 1.0 -0.2 3.8 35 .548 .511 MVP-7
1944 29 CIN NL 26.2 4 4 12 4.05 4.66 0.57 0.00 94.5 3.86 -1 -0.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .486 .500
1945 30 CIN NL 29.2 12 3 27 8.19 4.95 0.03 0.00 101.0 4.97 -11 -1.0 .8 0.0 -0.8 -8 .413 .494
1947 32 CIN NL 30.1 16 3 30 8.90 4.84 -0.35 0.00 101.6 5.27 -12 -1.2 .5 0.1 -0.7 -9 .426 .493
1948 33 PIT NL 191.0 28 27 83 3.91 4.40 0.20 0.00 102.1 4.29 8 0.8 1.0 -0.1 2.8 29 .529 .505 AS
1949 34 PIT NL 74.1 16 12 45 5.45 4.83 -0.05 0.00 105.1 5.13 -3 -0.3 .7 -0.0 0.5 6 .482 .498
10 Seasons 1023.0 190 124 438 3.85 4.21 0.21 0.00 100.1 4.01 19 2.7 .9 -0.4 12.0 109 .514 .505
CIN (8 yrs) 757.2 146 85 310 3.68 4.11 0.24 0.00 99.1 3.83 14 2.2 .9 -0.2 8.8 75 .515 .505
PIT (2 yrs) 265.1 44 39 128 4.34 4.52 0.13 0.00 102.9 4.52 5 0.5 .7 -0.1 3.2 34 .512 .503

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
1940 25 CIN NL WS W DET 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0

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
1939 24 CIN NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1940 25 CIN NL 15 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .143 .250 .143 .393 10 1 0 0 0 1
1941 26 CIN NL 33 83 71 10 16 4 0 0 9 0 3 11 .225 .257 .282 .538 52 20 1 0 9 1 MVP-5
1942 27 CIN NL 29 61 58 4 15 1 0 0 5 0 2 12 .259 .283 .276 .559 64 16 0 0 0 1
1943 28 CIN NL 36 104 93 6 18 3 0 0 7 0 5 11 .194 .235 .226 .461 34 21 2 0 6 1 MVP-7
1944 29 CIN NL 4 10 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .347 1 1 0 0 1 /1
1945 30 CIN NL 12 11 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .364 .636 77 4 0 0 0 1
1947 32 CIN NL 16 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .286 .000 .286 -18 0 1 0 1 1
1948 33 PIT NL 29 74 64 6 12 1 0 1 5 1 4 16 .188 .235 .250 .485 30 16 0 0 6 1 AS
1949 34 PIT NL 16 24 22 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 10 .136 .174 .136 .310 -16 3 1 0 1 1
10 Yrs 191 383 339 30 69 10 0 1 28 1 19 69 .204 .246 .242 .488 38 82 5 0 24
162 Game Avg. 162 325 288 25 59 8 0 1 24 1 16 59 .204 .246 .242 .488 38 70 4 0 20
CIN (8 yrs) 146 285 253 24 54 9 0 0 21 0 14 43 .213 .255 .249 .504 45 63 4 0 17
PIT (2 yrs) 45 98 86 6 15 1 0 1 7 1 5 26 .174 .220 .221 .441 18 19 1 0 7

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
1939 24 CIN NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1940 25 CIN NL 15 8 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1941 26 CIN NL 33 83 -5 0 0 0 9 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .513 .503 0.4 -0.0 4 1 MVP-5
1942 27 CIN NL 29 61 -3 0 0 0 6 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .513 .502 0.4 -0.0 3 1
1943 28 CIN NL 36 104 -8 0 0 0 9 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1 MVP-7
1944 29 CIN NL 4 10 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .495 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1945 30 CIN NL 12 11 -0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1947 32 CIN NL 16 8 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1948 33 PIT NL 29 74 -7 -0 0 0 8 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1 AS
1949 34 PIT NL 16 24 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .492 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
10 Seasons 191 383 -30 0 0 0 38 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .505 .501 0.9 -0.0 8
CIN (8 yrs) 146 285 -19 0 0 0 27 9 1.0 0 9 1.0 .507 .501 1.0 -0.0 9
PIT (2 yrs) 45 98 -11 -0 0 0 10 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .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
1940 25 CIN NL WS DET W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1939 CIN NL 24 P 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1940 CIN NL 25 P 15 1 1 33.2 7 0 7 0 2 1.000 1.87 0.47 .961 2.22 2.22 0 0 0
1941 CIN NL 26 P 33 22 15 216.2 50 7 43 0 2 1.000 2.08 1.52 .965 2.23 2.21 1 0 0% 0 MVP-5
1942 CIN NL 27 P 29 19 7 158.1 35 7 28 0 3 1.000 1.99 1.21 .968 2.35 2.35 0 3 100% 0
1943 CIN NL 28 P 36 33 19 260.1 65 16 48 1 4 .985 2.21 1.78 .961 2.25 2.25 6 6 50% 0 MVP-7
1944 CIN NL 29 P 4 4 2 26.2 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 3.38 2.50 .961 2.13 2.12 1 0 0% 0
1945 CIN NL 30 P 12 3 0 29.2 8 1 7 0 1 1.000 2.43 0.67 .962 2.18 2.17 0 1 100% 0
1947 CIN NL 32 P 16 3 0 30.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0.89 0.19 .967 2.11 2.07 2 1 33% 0
1948 PIT NL 33 P 28 27 12 191.0 48 9 37 2 3 .958 2.17 1.64 .963 2.11 2.08 5 5 50% 2 AS
1949 PIT NL 34 P 16 12 1 74.1 10 6 4 0 0 1.000 1.21 0.63 .953 2.03 2.02 1 3 75% 42% 0
10 Seasons P 190 124 57 1023.0 236 49 184 3 15 .987 2.05 1.23 .963 2.21 2.19 16 19 54% 5% 2
10 Seasons TOT 190 124 57 1023.0 236 49 184 3 15 .987 2.05 1.23 .963 2.21 2.19 16 19 54% 5% 2
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))
1941 NL (5, 28%)
1943 NL (7, 20%)
0.49 Career Shares (462nd)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1941 NL  6.2 (5th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1941 NL  5.8 (3rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1941 NL  2.24 (1st)
1943 NL  2.63 (8th)
1948 NL  3.49 (10th)

Wins s c a p y
1941 NL  19 (3rd)
1943 NL  21 (1st)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1941 NL  .826 (1st)
1943 NL  .656 (7th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1941 NL  1.103 (3rd)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1941 NL  7.477 (5th)
1943 NL  8.124 (7th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1941 NL  2.451 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1942 NL  4.434 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1943 NL  3 (10th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1943 NL  260.3 (6th)

Games Started s c a p y
1943 NL  33 (5th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1941 NL  15 (10th)
1943 NL  19 (7th)
1948 NL  12 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1941 NL  4 (5th)
1943 NL  5 (3rd)
1948 NL  3 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1948 NL  17 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1942 NL  79 (9th)
1943 NL  107 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  235 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1941 NL  0.332 (7th)
1943 NL  0.207 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1943 NL  76 (10th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1948 NL  9 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1941 NL  5 (5th)
1942 NL  4 (10th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1943 NL  1,086 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1941 NL  161 (1st)
1943 NL  127 (9th)
1948 NL  117 (9th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1941 NL  3.29 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1941 NL  31 (2nd)
1943 NL  22 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1941 NL  3.4 (2nd)
1943 NL  2.4 (7th)
1948 NL  1.3 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1941 NL  9.41 (9th)
1943 NL  12.34 (6th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1943 NL  1.3 (8th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1941 NL  1.2 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1941 NL  1.0 (9th)
1943 NL  1.4 (6th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1943 NL  16 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1948 NL  1.64 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1941 NL  1.000 (1st)
1942 NL  1.000 (1st)


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 (·)

Black InkPitching - 11 (218), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 48 (543), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 22 (590), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 10 (862), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (714th), 12.9 career WAR/14.2 7yr-peak WAR/13.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Elmer Elmer Ray Riddle

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