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Nap Rucker

George Napoleon Rucker

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 30, 1884 in Crabapple, GA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1907 (Age 22.197, 2,907th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1907 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Superbas/Dodgers/Robins 1907-1916

Last Game: September 13, 1916 (Age 31.349)
Died: December 19, 1970 in Alpharetta, GA
Buried: Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery, Roswell, GA
Relatives: Uncle of Johnny Rucker
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 27, 2014 1:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #120. Dwight Gooden… #121. Wes Ferrell… #122. Charlie Hough… #123. NAP RUCKER… #124. Don Newcombe… #125. Billy Wagner… #126. Murry Dickson… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1907 22 BRO NL 15 13 .536 2.06 37 30 7 26 4 0 275.1 242 94 63 3 80 131 8 0 10 1090 114 2.33 1.169 7.9 0.1 2.6 4.3 1.64
1908 23 BRO NL 17 19 .472 2.08 42 37 4 30 6 1 333.1 265 107 77 1 125 199 19 0 5 1292 112 2.24 1.170 7.2 0.0 3.4 5.4 1.59
1909 24 BRO NL 13 19 .406 2.24 38 33 5 28 6 1 309.1 245 95 77 6 101 201 14 0 5 1188 116 2.28 1.119 7.1 0.2 2.9 5.8 1.99
1910 25 BRO NL 17 18 .486 2.58 41 39 2 27 6 0 320.1 293 112 92 5 84 147 9 0 5 1261 117 2.48 1.177 8.2 0.1 2.4 4.1 1.75
1911 26 BRO NL 22 18 .550 2.71 48 33 14 23 5 4 315.2 255 102 95 12 110 190 8 0 5 1244 122 3.18 1.156 7.3 0.3 3.1 5.4 1.73 MVP-27
1912 27 BRO NL 18 21 .462 2.21 45 34 11 23 6 4 297.2 272 101 73 6 72 151 3 1 6 1201 151 2.85 1.156 8.2 0.2 2.2 4.6 2.10
1913 28 BRO NL 14 15 .483 2.87 41 33 7 16 4 3 260.0 236 99 83 3 67 111 7 1 3 1046 114 2.70 1.165 8.2 0.1 2.3 3.8 1.66
1914 29 BRO NL 7 6 .538 3.39 16 16 0 5 0 0 103.2 113 57 39 2 27 35 2 0 1 449 84 2.85 1.350 9.8 0.2 2.3 3.0 1.30
1915 30 BRO NL 9 4 .692 2.42 19 15 4 7 1 1 122.2 134 42 33 3 28 38 2 0 3 521 116 2.84 1.321 9.8 0.2 2.1 2.8 1.36
1916 31 BRO NL 2 1 .667 1.69 9 4 4 1 0 0 37.1 34 14 7 0 7 14 1 0 0 149 162 2.21 1.098 8.2 0.0 1.7 3.4 2.00
10 Yrs 134 134 .500 2.42 336 274 58 186 38 14 2375.1 2089 823 639 41 701 1217 73 2 43 9441 119 2.60 1.175 7.9 0.2 2.7 4.6 1.74
162 Game Avg. 15 15 .500 2.42 37 31 6 21 4 2 265 233 92 71 5 78 136 8 0 5 1052 119 2.60 1.175 7.9 0.2 2.7 4.6 1.74
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1907 22 BRO NL 275.1 37 30 94 3.07 3.47 -0.05 0.00 95.0 3.34 12 1.5 1.0 -0.2 3.7 27 .541 .509 $1,900
1908 23 BRO NL 333.1 42 37 107 2.89 3.45 -0.08 0.00 99.0 3.49 23 3.1 1.0 -0.3 5.8 44 .575 .519
1909 24 BRO NL 309.1 38 33 95 2.76 3.77 -0.24 0.00 100.0 4.01 41 5.5 1.0 -0.3 7.8 65 .644 .534
1910 25 BRO NL 320.1 41 39 112 3.15 4.15 -0.13 0.00 100.0 4.28 39 4.8 1.0 -0.3 7.2 65 .617 .529
1911 26 BRO NL 315.2 48 33 102 2.91 4.55 0.05 0.00 98.0 4.41 56 6.3 1.0 -0.3 8.7 79 .632 .539 MVP-27
1912 27 BRO NL 297.2 45 34 101 3.05 4.67 -0.06 0.00 98.0 4.63 54 5.9 1.0 -0.3 8.2 78 .632 .537
1913 28 BRO NL 260.0 41 33 99 3.43 4.18 0.10 0.00 103.0 4.20 22 2.5 1.0 -0.2 4.5 43 .562 .516 $4,000
1914 29 BRO NL 103.2 16 16 57 4.95 3.81 -0.07 0.00 102.0 3.96 -11 -1.2 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .427 .493
1915 30 BRO NL 122.2 19 15 42 3.08 3.64 0.03 0.00 101.0 3.65 9 1.1 1.0 -0.1 2.1 16 .559 .507 $4,500
1916 31 BRO NL 37.1 9 4 14 3.38 3.60 0.11 0.00 100.9 3.52 0 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .507 .500
10 Seasons 2375.1 336 274 823 3.12 4.00 -0.06 0.00 99.2 4.02 245 29.7 1.0 -2.0 47.9 415 .588 .523 $10,400

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
1916 31 BRO NL WS L BOS 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5

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
1907 22 BRO NL 37 103 97 6 15 1 1 0 8 0 3 23 .155 .180 .186 .366 19 18 0 3 1
1908 23 BRO NL 42 119 117 3 21 0 1 0 6 1 1 14 .179 .186 .197 .383 24 23 0 1 1
1909 24 BRO NL 38 110 101 3 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 16 .119 .136 .129 .265 -16 13 0 7 1
1910 25 BRO NL 41 116 110 6 23 1 0 0 3 0 2 15 .209 .223 .218 .441 30 24 0 4 1
1911 26 BRO NL 48 114 104 6 21 2 2 1 9 0 3 15 .202 .224 .288 .513 46 30 0 7 1 MVP-27
1912 27 BRO NL 45 109 102 8 25 2 1 0 12 1 3 12 .245 .267 .284 .551 53 29 0 4 1
1913 28 BRO NL 41 93 87 3 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 .241 .275 .253 .528 50 22 0 2 1
1914 29 BRO NL 16 38 34 6 9 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 .265 .286 .353 .639 89 12 0 3 1
1915 30 BRO NL 19 44 42 2 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 6 .214 .267 .238 .505 51 10 0 0 1
1916 31 BRO NL 9 11 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182 -45 1 0 0 /1
10 Yrs 336 857 805 44 157 10 6 1 44 2 0 22 117 .195 .216 .226 .443 33 182 0 31
162 Game Avg. 162 413 388 21 76 5 3 0 21 1 11 56 .195 .216 .226 .443 33 88 0 15

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
1907 22 BRO NL 37 103 -8 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $1,900 1
1908 23 BRO NL 42 119 -9 -0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1909 24 BRO NL 38 110 -13 0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .486 .497 -0.6 0.0 -4 1
1910 25 BRO NL 41 116 -9 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1911 26 BRO NL 48 114 -8 0 0 0 10 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .502 0.2 -0.0 2 1 MVP-27
1912 27 BRO NL 45 109 -7 -0 0 0 9 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1913 28 BRO NL 41 93 -5 0 0 0 8 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .507 .502 0.3 0.0 3 $4,000 1
1914 29 BRO NL 16 38 -1 0 0 0 3 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .519 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1
1915 30 BRO NL 19 44 -2 0 0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .507 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 $4,500 1
1916 31 BRO NL 9 11 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
10 Seasons 336 857 -64 1 0 0 66 3 0.1 0 3 0.1 .501 .500 0.2 -0.0 3 $10,400

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
1916 31 BRO NL WS BOS L 1 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

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 Awards
1907 BRO NL 22 P 37 275.1 85 5 73 7 4 .918 2.55 2.11 .950 2.97 2.89
1908 BRO NL 23 P 42 333.1 124 13 107 4 1 .968 3.24 2.86 .953 2.99 2.98
1909 BRO NL 24 P 38 309.1 74 3 67 4 3 .946 2.04 1.84 .940 2.83 2.84
1910 BRO NL 25 P 41 320.1 88 6 80 2 0 .977 2.42 2.10 .945 2.82 2.80
1911 BRO NL 26 P 48 315.2 98 7 88 3 1 .969 2.71 1.98 .943 2.77 2.74 MVP-27
1912 BRO NL 27 P 45 297.2 88 5 82 1 3 .989 2.63 1.93 .948 2.54 2.52
1913 BRO NL 28 P 41 260.0 57 5 50 2 1 .965 1.90 1.34 .955 2.61 2.60
1914 BRO NL 29 P 16 16 5 103.2 33 4 29 0 1 1.000 2.86 2.06 .943 2.68 2.66
1915 BRO NL 30 P 19 15 7 122.2 47 6 40 1 2 .979 3.38 2.42 .952 2.72 2.71
1916 BRO NL 31 P 9 4 1 37.1 10 1 9 0 2 1.000 2.41 1.11 .959 2.68 2.67
10 Seasons P 336 35 13 2375.1 704 55 625 24 18 .966 2.58 2.02 .948 2.78 2.75
10 Seasons TOT 336 35 13 2375.1 704 55 625 24 18 .966 2.58 2.02 .948 2.78 2.75
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1937 BBWAA ( 5.5%)
1938 BBWAA ( 4.6%)
1939 BBWAA ( 4.7%)
1942 BBWAA ( 6.4%)
1945 BBWAA ( 4.0%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 6.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1911 NL (27, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1413th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1908 NL  5.7 (9th)
1909 NL  7.3 (5th)
1910 NL  7.1 (2nd)
1911 NL  8.9 (1st)
1912 NL  8.4 (1st)
1913 NL  4.8 (9th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1907 NL  3.7 (9th)
1908 NL  5.8 (6th)
1909 NL  7.8 (3rd)
1910 NL  7.2 (2nd)
1911 NL  8.7 (1st)
1912 NL  8.2 (1st)
1913 NL  4.5 (9th)
Career  47.9 (109th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1910 NL  2.58 (10th)
1912 NL  2.21 (3rd)
Career  2.42 (30th)

Wins s c a p y
1908 NL  17 (8th)
1910 NL  17 (7th)
1911 NL  22 (5th)
1912 NL  18 (8th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1910 NL  1.177 (9th)
1911 NL  1.156 (7th)
1912 NL  1.156 (3rd)
1913 NL  1.165 (9th)
Career  1.175 (95th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1909 NL  7.128 (7th)
1911 NL  7.270 (3rd)
1912 NL  8.224 (8th)
Career  7.915 (98th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1910 NL  2.360 (8th)
1912 NL  2.177 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1907 NL  4.282 (7th)
1908 NL  5.373 (3rd)
1909 NL  5.848 (2nd)
1910 NL  4.130 (10th)
1911 NL  5.417 (3rd)
1912 NL  4.566 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1907 NL  37 (10th)
1908 NL  42 (8th)
1909 NL  38 (10th)
1911 NL  48 (3rd)
1912 NL  45 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1911 NL  4 (3rd)
1912 NL  4 (3rd)
1913 NL  3 (5th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1907 NL  275.3 (8th)
1908 NL  333.3 (3rd)
1909 NL  309.3 (3rd)
1910 NL  320.3 (1st)
1911 NL  315.7 (4th)
1912 NL  297.7 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1907 NL  131 (7th)
1908 NL  199 (2nd)
1909 NL  201 (2nd)
1910 NL  147 (5th)
1911 NL  190 (3rd)
1912 NL  151 (5th)
1913 NL  111 (9th)

Games Started s c a p y
1908 NL  37 (5th)
1909 NL  33 (6th)
1910 NL  39 (1st)
1911 NL  33 (8th)
1912 NL  34 (7th)
1913 NL  33 (9th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1907 NL  26 (6th)
1908 NL  30 (4th)
1909 NL  28 (3rd)
1910 NL  27 (1st)
1911 NL  23 (6th)
1912 NL  23 (6th)
Career  186 (161st)

Shutouts s c a p y
1907 NL  4 (10th)
1908 NL  6 (7th)
1909 NL  6 (4th)
1910 NL  6 (1st)
1911 NL  5 (3rd)
1912 NL  6 (1st)
1913 NL  4 (3rd)
Career  38 (54th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1909 NL  6 (4th)
1911 NL  12 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1908 NL  125 (1st)
1909 NL  101 (5th)
1911 NL  110 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1908 NL  265 (4th)
1909 NL  245 (4th)
1910 NL  293 (1st)
1912 NL  272 (10th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1909 NL  1.990 (5th)
1910 NL  1.750 (7th)
1911 NL  1.727 (9th)
1912 NL  2.097 (5th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1908 NL  0.027 (3rd)
1913 NL  0.104 (4th)
Career  0.155 (107th)

Losses s c a p y
1908 NL  19 (5th)
1909 NL  19 (4th)
1910 NL  18 (6th)
1911 NL  18 (3rd)
1912 NL  21 (2nd)
1913 NL  15 (9th)
Career  134 (242nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1908 NL  77 (5th)
1909 NL  77 (5th)
1910 NL  92 (5th)
1911 NL  95 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1907 NL  10 (4th)
1912 NL  6 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1908 NL  19 (2nd)
1909 NL  14 (3rd)
1910 NL  9 (10th)
Career  73 (194th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1907 NL  1,090 (9th)
1908 NL  1,292 (4th)
1909 NL  1,188 (5th)
1910 NL  1,261 (1st)
1911 NL  1,244 (5th)
1912 NL  1,201 (9th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1911 NL  14 (4th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1912 NL  151 (3rd)
Career  119 (143rd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1908 NL  2.24 (5th)
1909 NL  2.28 (6th)
1910 NL  2.48 (5th)
1912 NL  2.85 (3rd)
1913 NL  2.71 (7th)
Career  2.60 (35th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1908 NL  10 (9th)
1909 NL  17 (10th)
1910 NL  20 (5th)
1911 NL  30 (5th)
1912 NL  38 (2nd)
Career  138 (150th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1908 NL  1.2 (9th)
1909 NL  1.9 (10th)
1910 NL  2.2 (5th)
1911 NL  3.1 (5th)
1912 NL  3.9 (2nd)
Career  15.0 (139th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1911 NL  48 (3rd)
1912 NL  45 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1908 NL  107 (4th)
1911 NL  88 (4th)
1912 NL  82 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1907 NL  7 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1910 NL  .977 (5th)
1912 NL  .989 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 8 (306), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 119 (163), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 40 (363), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 23 (248), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (88th), 48.0 career WAR/45.7 7yr-peak WAR/46.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • September, 1906: Drafted by the Brooklyn Superbas from Augusta (South Atlantic) in the 1906 rule 5 draft. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
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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
1907 22 Brooklyn Superbas $1,900 ? 1942 TSN Guide 163
1913 28 Brooklyn Superbas $4,000 ? Celler committee, p. 52
1915 30 Brooklyn Robins $4,500 ? Celler committee, p. 52
Career to date (may be incomplete)$10,400
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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