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Topper Rigney

Emory Elmo Rigney

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: January 7, 1897 in Groveton, TX
School: Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1922 (Age 25.095)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1922 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/RedSox/Senators 1922-1927

Final Game: August 26, 1927 (Age 30.231)
Died: June 7, 1972 in San Antonio, TX
Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, TX
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 22, 2014 11:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1133. Al Bridwell… #1134. John Stearns… #1135. Matt Carpenter… #1136. TOPPER RIGNEY… #1137. Earl Webb… #1138. Billy Johnson… #1139. Chief Wilson… 

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
1922 25 DET AL 155 643 536 68 161 17 7 2 63 17 8 68 44 .300 .380 .369 .750 98 198 1 37 *6
1923 26 DET AL 129 560 470 63 148 24 11 1 74 7 5 55 35 .315 .389 .419 .808 114 197 2 33 *6
1924 27 DET AL 147 633 499 81 144 29 9 4 94 11 11 102 39 .289 .410 .407 .817 113 203 1 31 *6
1925 28 DET AL 62 170 146 21 36 5 2 2 18 2 2 21 15 .247 .341 .349 .691 77 51 0 3 6/5
1926 29 BOS AL 148 659 525 71 142 32 6 4 50 6 8 108 31 .270 .395 .377 .772 105 198 0 26 *6 MVP-21
1927 30 TOT AL 53 177 150 20 38 6 4 0 13 1 2 23 12 .253 .356 .347 .703 85 52 1 3 65
1927 30 BOS AL 8 20 18 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .111 .158 .167 .325 -15 3 0 1 /56
1927 30 WSH AL 45 157 132 20 36 5 4 0 13 1 2 22 10 .273 .381 .371 .752 97 49 1 2 6/5
6 Yrs 694 2842 2326 324 669 113 39 13 312 44 36 377 176 .288 .388 .387 .775 104 899 5 133
162 Game Avg. 162 663 543 76 156 26 9 3 73 10 8 88 41 .288 .388 .387 .775 104 210 1 31
DET (4 yrs) 493 2006 1651 233 489 75 29 9 249 37 26 246 133 .296 .389 .393 .782 105 649 4 104
BOS (2 yrs) 156 679 543 71 144 33 6 4 50 6 8 109 33 .265 .388 .370 .758 102 201 0 27
WSH (1 yr) 45 157 132 20 36 5 4 0 13 1 2 22 10 .273 .381 .371 .752 97 49 1 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
1922 25 DET AL 155 643 2 1 0 -10 10 3 0.2 24 28 2.7 .502 .502 3.8 -0.1 38 *6
1923 26 DET AL 129 560 12 0 0 -9 9 12 1.1 21 33 3.2 .509 .507 4.2 -0.1 42 *6
1924 27 DET AL 147 633 15 -1 0 0 10 23 2.3 24 47 4.7 .515 .514 4.6 1.0 47 *6
1925 28 DET AL 62 170 -5 -0 0 -1 3 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.3 .495 .498 0.4 0.2 4 6/5
1926 29 BOS AL 148 659 10 -1 0 3 10 22 2.2 24 46 4.6 .515 .513 4.3 1.3 43 $8,000 *6 MVP-21
1927 30 BOS AL 8 20 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .463 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 $8,000 /56
1927 30 WSH AL 45 157 0 -0 0 -1 2 1 0.1 6 7 0.7 .502 .501 0.8 0.1 8 6/5
6 Seasons 694 2842 31 -1 0 -18 44 55 5.3 107 162 16.0 .508 .507 17.8 2.5 180 $16,000
DET (4 yrs) 493 2006 23 0 0 -20 32 35 3.3 76 111 10.9 .507 .506 12.9 1.1 131
BOS (2 yrs) 156 679 7 -1 0 3 10 19 1.9 25 44 4.3 .512 .513 4.1 1.3 41 $16,000
WSH (1 yr) 45 157 0 -0 0 -1 2 1 0.1 6 7 0.7 .502 .501 0.8 0.1 8

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 Awards
1922 DET AL 25 SS 155 155 151 805 262 493 50 78 .938 4.87 .946 5.20
1923 DET AL 26 SS 129 129 128 627 209 383 35 46 .944 4.59 .946 5.02
1924 DET AL 27 SS 146 146 140 761 273 463 25 72 .967 5.04 .949 5.14
1925 DET AL 28 SS 51 26 22 152 51 91 10 7 .934 2.78 .944 5.20
1925 DET AL 28 3B 4 3 3 9 5 4 0 1 1.000 2.25 .947 3.20
1926 BOS AL 29 SS 146 146 146 803 286 492 25 80 .969 5.33 .944 5.01 MVP-21
1927 TOT AL 30 SS 33 32 31 176 69 95 12 22 .932 4.97 .945 5.28
1927 TOT AL 30 3B 10 9 8 21 8 12 1 2 .952 2.00 .952 3.33
1927 BOS AL 30 3B 4 3 2 7 4 3 0 1 1.000 1.75 .951 3.32
1927 BOS AL 30 SS 1 1 1 6 4 2 0 1 1.000 6.00 .945 5.30
1927 WSH AL 30 SS 32 31 30 170 65 93 12 21 .929 4.94 .945 5.28
1927 WSH AL 30 3B 6 6 6 14 4 9 1 1 .929 2.17 .952 3.33
6 Seasons SS 660 634 618 3324 1150 2017 157 305 .953 4.80 .946 5.11
2 Seasons 3B 14 12 11 30 13 16 1 3 .967 2.07 .950 3.29
6 Seasons TOT 674 646 629 3354 1163 2033 158 308 .953 4.74 .946 5.08
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))
1926 AL (21, 5%)
0.05 Career Shares (1140th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1924 AL  4.7 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1923 AL  4.2 (10th)
1924 AL  4.6 (7th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1924 AL  1.0 (4th)
1926 AL  1.3 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1922 AL  155 (1st)

Triples s c a p y
1923 AL  11 (9th)
1924 AL  9 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1922 AL  68 (9th)
1924 AL  102 (2nd)
1926 AL  108 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1922 AL  17 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1922 AL  135 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1922 AL  37 (2nd)
1923 AL  33 (4th)
1924 AL  31 (4th)
1926 AL  26 (10th)
Career  133 (229th)

Assistss c a p y
1922 AL  493 (4th)
1924 AL  463 (4th)
1926 AL  492 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1922 AL  50 (2nd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1922 AL  155 (1st)
1924 AL  146 (5th)
1926 AL  146 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1926 AL  286 (3rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1922 AL  493 (3rd)
1924 AL  463 (3rd)
1926 AL  492 (1st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1922 AL  50 (1st)
1923 AL  35 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1924 AL  72 (5th)
1926 AL  80 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1924 AL  5.04 (5th)
1926 AL  5.33 (1st)
Career  4.80 (96th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1923 AL  .944 (5th)
1924 AL  .967 (1st)
1926 AL  .969 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (759), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 11 (1379), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1578), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 13 (1292), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (136th), 16.0 career WAR/16.0 7yr-peak WAR/16.0 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1926 29 Boston Red Sox $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 30 Boston Red Sox $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts BOS/WSH
Career to date (may be incomplete)$16,000
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: Emory Elmo Topper Rigney

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