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Wilbert Robinson

Wilbert Robinson (Uncle Robbie)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: June 29, 1864 in Bolton, MA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1886 (Age 21.294, 1,095th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1886 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Athletics/Cardinals 1886-1902

Last Game: September 29, 1902 (Age 38.092)
Died: August 8, 1934 in Atlanta, GA
Buried: New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Old Timers Committee as Manager in 1945. No induction ceremony in Cooperstown held (until 2013).
   View Wilbert Robinson Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Relatives: Brother of Fred Robinson
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 28, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1150. Danny Litwhiler… #1151. Rance Mulliniks… #1152. Shano Collins… #1153. WILBERT ROBINSON… #1154. Don Kessinger… #1155. Joe Stripp… #1156. Bump Wills… 

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
1886 22 PHA AA 87 366 342 57 69 11 3 1 30 33 21 .202 .254 .260 .514 62 89 3 23/O
1887 23 PHA AA 68 279 264 28 60 6 2 1 24 15 14 15 .227 .269 .277 .545 52 73 1 2/3O
1888 24 PHA AA 66 263 254 32 62 7 2 1 31 11 9 26 .244 .270 .299 .569 84 76 0 2/3
1889 25 PHA AA 69 271 264 31 61 13 2 0 28 9 6 34 .231 .251 .295 .546 58 78 1 2
1890 26 TOT AA 96 399 377 39 91 14 4 4 46 21 19 .241 .283 .332 .615 81 125 3 *2/3
1890 26 PHA AA 82 348 329 32 78 13 4 4 42 20 16 .237 .279 .337 .616 82 111 3 *2
1890 26 BAL AA 14 51 48 7 13 1 0 0 4 1 3 .271 .314 .292 .605 73 14 0 2/3
1891 27 BAL AA 93 350 334 25 72 8 5 2 46 18 16 37 .216 .251 .287 .539 54 96 0 *2/O
1892 28 BLN NL 90 347 330 36 88 14 4 2 57 5 15 35 .267 .303 .352 .654 95 116 2 2/3O
1893 29 BLN NL 95 387 359 49 120 21 3 3 57 17 26 22 .334 .382 .435 .817 116 156 2 *2/3
1894 30 BLN NL 109 474 414 69 146 21 4 1 98 12 46 18 .353 .421 .430 .851 102 178 3 11 *2
1895 31 BLN NL 77 301 282 38 74 19 1 0 48 11 12 19 .262 .295 .337 .632 61 95 1 6 2
1896 32 BLN NL 67 264 245 43 85 9 6 2 38 9 14 13 .347 .385 .457 .842 119 112 1 4 2
1897 33 BLN NL 48 191 181 25 57 9 0 0 23 0 8 8 .315 .347 .365 .712 88 66 1 1 2
1898 34 BLN NL 79 313 289 29 80 12 2 0 38 3 16 18 .277 .317 .332 .649 84 96 1 7 2
1899 35 BLN NL 108 395 356 40 101 15 2 0 47 5 31 25 .284 .344 .337 .682 83 120 2 6 *2
1900 36 STL NL 60 224 210 26 52 5 1 0 28 7 11 20 .248 .291 .281 .572 59 59 2 1 2
1901 37 BLA AL 68 254 239 32 72 12 3 0 26 9 10 16 .301 .335 .377 .711 93 90 2 3 2
1902 38 BLA AL 91 352 335 38 98 16 7 1 57 11 12 17 .293 .321 .391 .712 94 131 2 3 2
17 Yrs 1371 5430 5075 637 1388 212 51 18 722 196 286 323 .273 .316 .346 .662 83 1756 27 42
162 Game Avg. 162 642 600 75 164 25 6 2 85 23 34 .273 .316 .346 .662 83 207 3
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
BLN (10 yrs) 780 3073 2838 361 836 129 27 10 456 81 187 195 .295 .341 .370 .711 90 1049 13 35
PHA (5 yrs) 372 1527 1453 180 330 50 13 7 155 88 66 75 .227 .265 .294 .558 67 427 8
BLA (2 yrs) 159 606 574 70 170 28 10 1 83 20 22 33 .296 .327 .385 .712 94 221 4 6
STL (1 yr) 60 224 210 26 52 5 1 0 28 7 11 20 .248 .291 .281 .572 59 59 2 1
NL (9 yrs) 733 2896 2666 355 803 125 23 8 434 69 179 178 .301 .349 .374 .723 92 998 15 36
AA (6 yrs) 479 1928 1835 212 415 59 18 9 205 107 85 112 .226 .263 .293 .556 65 537 8
AL (2 yrs) 159 606 574 70 170 28 10 1 83 20 22 33 .296 .327 .385 .712 94 221 4 6

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
1886 22 PHA AA 87 366 -16 3 0 -9 4 -18 -1.6 8 -10 -0.7 .482 .490 -0.0 -0.4 -1 $2,000 23/O
1887 23 PHA AA 68 279 -19 -1 0 -8 4 -24 -1.8 6 -18 -1.2 .473 .489 -0.6 -0.2 -10 2/3O
1888 24 PHA AA 66 263 -5 -1 0 3 4 1 0.1 6 6 0.6 .501 .500 0.3 0.7 3 2/3
1889 25 PHA AA 69 271 -17 -1 0 8 4 -5 -0.5 6 0 0.1 .493 .497 -0.6 1.1 -7 2
1890 26 PHA AA 82 348 -10 0 0 8 5 3 0.2 8 12 1.1 .503 .502 0.4 1.1 4 *2
1890 26 BAL AA 14 51 -2 -0 0 3 1 2 0.1 1 3 0.3 .510 .501 -0.0 0.3 -0 2/3
1891 27 BAL AA 93 350 -24 1 0 8 6 -10 -0.8 8 -1 0.1 .491 .495 -0.7 1.2 -9 *2/O
1892 28 BLN NL 90 347 -4 -1 0 -1 6 -1 -0.1 12 11 1.1 .499 .500 1.2 0.4 12 $2,800 2/3O
1893 29 BLN NL 95 387 8 -1 0 2 6 15 1.1 13 28 2.4 .512 .507 2.3 0.6 26 *2/3
1894 30 BLN NL 109 474 7 -2 0 3 7 15 1.0 16 31 2.6 .510 .507 2.4 0.7 28 $2,500 *2
1895 31 BLN NL 77 301 -20 -0 0 6 5 -10 -0.8 10 0 0.2 .490 .495 -0.2 0.8 -6 2
1896 32 BLN NL 67 264 7 -1 0 1 4 11 0.9 9 20 1.8 .513 .505 1.7 0.4 19 2
1897 33 BLN NL 48 191 -3 0 0 1 3 2 0.1 7 8 0.8 .503 .501 0.7 0.3 7 2
1898 34 BLN NL 79 313 -6 0 0 1 5 -0 -0.0 11 11 1.1 .500 .500 1.0 0.6 10 $2,600 2
1899 35 BLN NL 108 395 -8 -0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 14 12 1.2 .499 .499 1.2 0.6 12 *2
1900 36 STL NL 60 224 -12 -0 0 0 4 -8 -0.8 8 -1 -0.0 .487 .495 0.0 0.3 -1 $6,000 2
1901 37 BLA AL 68 254 -3 -0 0 2 4 3 0.3 9 12 1.2 .504 .502 1.0 0.6 10 2
1902 38 BLA AL 91 352 -3 -0 0 -1 6 1 0.1 13 14 1.3 .501 .501 1.4 0.5 14 2
17 Seasons 1371 5430 -132 -6 0 27 85 -26 -2.8 164 138 13.9 .498 .499 11.6 9.6 111 $15,900
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
BLN (10 yrs) 780 3073 -47 -4 0 24 49 22 1.3 101 123 11.5 .502 .501 9.7 6.0 99 $7,900
PHA (5 yrs) 372 1527 -68 0 0 2 22 -43 -3.6 34 -10 -0.0 .491 .496 -0.4 2.2 -12 $2,000
BLA (2 yrs) 159 606 -6 -1 0 1 10 4 0.3 22 26 2.4 .502 .501 2.4 1.0 25
STL (1 yr) 60 224 -12 -0 0 0 4 -8 -0.8 8 -1 -0.0 .487 .495 0.0 0.3 -1 $6,000

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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1886 PHA AA 22 C 61 419 265 109 45 12 .893 6.13 .910 7.19 87 0 0
1886 PHA AA 22 1B 22 192 171 9 12 14 .938 8.18 .968 10.27
1886 PHA AA 22 OF 5 7 6 0 1 0 .857 1.20 .877 1.80 0-4-1
1887 PHA AA 23 C 67 464 281 137 46 9 .901 6.24 .893 6.26 82 0 0
1887 PHA AA 23 1B 3 15 10 1 4 0 .733 3.67 .971 9.87
1887 PHA AA 23 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-1-0
1888 PHA AA 24 C 65 609 428 143 38 5 .938 8.78 .914 7.13 53 0 0
1888 PHA AA 24 1B 1 10 9 0 1 2 .900 9.00 .976 10.60
1889 PHA AA 25 C 69 420 290 106 24 8 .943 5.74 .917 6.26 33 0 0
1890 TOT AA 26 C 93 649 495 114 40 12 .938 6.55 .925 6.49 26 259 106 29% 38%
1890 PHA AA 26 C 82 554 412 103 39 9 .930 6.28 .925 6.49 22 235 95 29% 38%
1890 BAL AA 26 C 11 95 83 11 1 3 .989 8.55 .925 6.49 4 24 11 31% 38%
1890 BAL AA 26 1B 3 22 20 1 1 1 .955 7.00 .973 10.30
1891 BAL AA 27 C 92 519 415 80 24 11 .954 5.38 .929 6.17 35 116 66 36% 38%
1891 BAL AA 27 OF 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .910 1.90 0-0-1
1892 BLN NL 28 C 87 454 332 86 36 8 .921 4.80 .936 5.87 27 144 68 32% 37%
1892 BLN NL 28 1B 2 19 17 0 2 3 .895 8.50 .976 10.55
1892 BLN NL 28 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-0-1
1893 BLN NL 29 C 93 445 349 70 26 8 .942 4.51 .936 4.78 26 171 61 26% 37%
1893 BLN NL 29 1B 1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .977 10.60
1894 BLN NL 30 C 109 481 370 84 27 8 .944 4.17 .924 4.63 24 164 91 36% 37%
1895 BLN NL 31 C 75 328 243 78 7 6 .979 4.28 .938 4.65 11 86 80 48% 37%
1896 BLN NL 32 C 67 325 260 48 17 5 .948 4.60 .943 4.59 13 110 53 33% 37%
1897 BLN NL 33 C 48 230 186 36 8 2 .965 4.63 .948 4.74 10 72 31 30% 37%
1898 BLN NL 34 C 77 373 288 72 13 4 .965 4.68 .953 4.82 11 72 60 45% 44%
1899 BLN NL 35 C 105 389 286 83 20 2 .949 3.51 .952 4.60 13 114 84 42% 44%
1900 STL NL 36 C 54 268 189 72 7 3 .974 4.83 .949 4.98 18 80 62 44% 44%
1901 BLA AL 37 C 67 312 235 61 16 4 .949 4.42 .950 4.97 5 80 55 41% 44%
1902 BLA AL 38 C 87 355 262 75 18 4 .949 3.87 .957 4.90 17 118 64 35% 44%
17 Seasons C 1316 7040 5174 1454 412 111 .941 5.04 .931 5.43 491 1586 881 36% 39%
6 Seasons 1B 32 261 228 13 20 20 .923 7.53 .970 10.27
4 Seasons OF 8 8 6 0 2 0 .750 0.75 .881 1.85 0-5-3
17 Seasons TOT 1356 7309 5408 1467 434 131 .941 5.07 .932 5.53 0-5-3 491 1586 881 36% 39%
Lg 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
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
1936 Veterans ( 7.7%)
1937 BBWAA ( 2.5%)
1938 BBWAA ( 6.5%)
1939 BBWAA (16.8%)
1942 BBWAA (38.2%)
1945 BBWAA (32.8%)
1945 Old Timers (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1945
by Old Timers Committee

Defensive WARs c a p y
1889 AA  1.1 (9th)
1890 AA  1.4 (4th)
1891 AA  1.2 (6th)
Career  9.6 (238th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1890 AA  4 (9th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1890 AA  94.3 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1887 AA  67 (4th)
1888 AA  65 (5th)
1889 AA  69 (4th)
1890 AA  93 (2nd)
1891 AA  92 (3rd)
1893 NL  93 (1st)
1894 NL  109 (1st)
1899 NL  105 (1st)
1902 AL  87 (1st)
Career  1,316 (50th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1887 AA  281 (5th)
1888 AA  428 (1st)
1890 AA  495 (2nd)
1891 AA  415 (5th)
1893 NL  349 (1st)
1894 NL  370 (2nd)
1896 NL  260 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1886 AA  109 (5th)
1887 AA  137 (3rd)
1888 AA  143 (1st)
1889 AA  106 (5th)
1890 AA  114 (5th)
1895 NL  78 (4th)
Career  1,454 (8th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1887 AA  46 (5th)
1888 AA  38 (5th)
1890 AA  40 (2nd)
1892 NL  36 (5th)
1893 NL  26 (4th)
1902 AL  18 (4th)
Career  412 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1886 AA  12 (3rd)
1887 AA  9 (2nd)
1889 AA  8 (4th)
1890 AA  12 (2nd)
1891 AA  11 (1st)
1893 NL  8 (5th)
Career  111 (35th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1886 AA  87 (3rd)
1887 AA  82 (1st)
1888 AA  53 (2nd)
1891 AA  35 (4th)
1893 NL  26 (4th)
1894 NL  24 (3rd)
1902 AL  17 (2nd)
Career  491 (6th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1890 AA  259 (1st)
1893 NL  171 (2nd)
1894 NL  164 (4th)
1902 AL  118 (1st)
Career  1,586 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1890 AA  106 (5th)
Career  881 (17th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1895 NL  48.2 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1887 AA  6.24 (3rd)
1888 AA  8.78 (1st)
1890 AA  6.55 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1890 AA  .938 (4th)
1891 AA  .954 (2nd)
1893 NL  .942 (5th)
1894 NL  .944 (4th)
1895 NL  .979 (1st)
1898 NL  .965 (4th)

Oldest s c a p y
1900 NL  born 1864-06-29 (5th)
1901 AL  born 1864-06-29 (4th)
1902 AL  born 1864-06-29 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 25 (700), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 24 (574), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (134th), 13.9 career WAR/11.8 7yr-peak WAR/12.8 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
1886 22 Philadelphia Athletics $2,000 ? J. Kavanagh, Uncle Robbie 6
1892 28 Baltimore Orioles $2,800 ? J. Kavanagh, Uncle Robbie 13
1894 30 Baltimore Orioles $2,500 ? TSN, 2/8/1917
1898 34 Baltimore Orioles $2,600 ? 1/14/1899 Sporting Life
1900 36 St. Louis Cardinals $6,000 ? 12/22/00 TSN $3,500 salary, $2,500 bonus; C. Alexander 70 - $5K
Career to date (may be incomplete)$15,900
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: Uncle Robbie Wilbert robbie robby robenson robinsen Robinson robison

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