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Ben Sanders

Alexander Bennett Sanders

Positions: Pitcher, Outfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: February 16, 1865 in Catharpin, VA
Schools: Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), Roanoke College (Salem, VA) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 6, 1888 (Age 23.111)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Quakers/Athletics/Colonels 1888-1892

Final Game: October 14, 1892 (Age 27.241)
Died: August 29, 1930 in Memphis, TN
Buried: Sudley Methodist Church Cemetery, Catharpin, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 11, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #462. Mike Witt… #463. Rube Benton… #464. Woody Williams… #465. BEN SANDERS… #466. Kyle Lohse… #467. Ed Brandt… #468. Wilson Alvarez… 

Standard Pitching

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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
1888 23 PHI NL 19 10 .655 1.90 31 29 2 28 8 0 275.1 240 100 58 3 33 121 3 1 14 1089 156 2.24 0.992 7.8 0.1 1.1 4.0 3.67
1889 24 PHI NL 19 18 .514 3.55 44 39 4 34 1 1 349.2 406 217 138 9 96 123 4 0 8 1539 120 3.49 1.436 10.4 0.2 2.5 3.2 1.28
1890 25 PHQ PL 19 18 .514 3.76 43 40 3 37 2 1 346.2 412 237 145 13 69 107 10 0 3 1536 115 3.47 1.388 10.7 0.3 1.8 2.8 1.55
1891 26 PHA AA 11 5 .688 3.79 19 18 1 15 0 0 145.0 157 85 61 3 37 40 8 0 3 633 99 3.18 1.338 9.7 0.2 2.3 2.5 1.08
1892 27 LOU NL 12 19 .387 3.22 31 31 0 30 3 0 268.1 281 150 96 6 62 77 2 0 5 1150 95 2.87 1.278 9.4 0.2 2.1 2.6 1.24
5 Yrs 80 70 .533 3.24 168 157 10 144 14 2 1385.0 1496 789 498 34 297 468 27 1 33 5947 115 3.08 1.295 9.7 0.2 1.9 3.0 1.58
162 Game Avg. 17 15 .533 3.24 35 33 2 30 3 0 290 313 165 104 7 62 98 6 0 7 1244 115 3.08 1.295 9.7 0.2 1.9 3.0 1.58
PHA (2 yrs) 30 23 .566 3.77 62 58 4 52 2 1 491.2 569 322 206 16 106 147 18 0 6 2169 110 3.38 1.373 10.4 0.3 1.9 2.7 1.39
PHI (2 yrs) 38 28 .576 2.82 75 68 6 62 9 1 625.0 646 317 196 12 129 244 7 1 22 2628 131 2.94 1.240 9.3 0.2 1.9 3.5 1.89
LOU (1 yr) 12 19 .387 3.22 31 31 0 30 3 0 268.1 281 150 96 6 62 77 2 0 5 1150 95 2.87 1.278 9.4 0.2 2.1 2.6 1.24
NL (3 yrs) 50 47 .515 2.94 106 99 6 92 12 1 893.1 927 467 292 18 191 321 9 1 27 3778 119 2.92 1.251 9.3 0.2 1.9 3.2 1.68
AA (1 yr) 11 5 .688 3.79 19 18 1 15 0 0 145.0 157 85 61 3 37 40 8 0 3 633 99 3.18 1.338 9.7 0.2 2.3 2.5 1.08
PL (1 yr) 19 18 .514 3.76 43 40 3 37 2 1 346.2 412 237 145 13 69 107 10 0 3 1536 115 3.47 1.388 10.7 0.3 1.8 2.8 1.55
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
1888 23 PHI NL 275.1 31 29 100 3.27 4.60 0.11 0.00 104.0 4.68 48 5.5 1.0 -0.3 7.8 69 .677 .534
1889 24 PHI NL 349.2 44 39 217 5.59 5.86 -0.26 0.00 108.0 6.61 44 4.0 1.0 -0.4 6.9 83 .590 .524
1890 25 PHQ PL 346.2 43 40 237 6.15 6.84 -0.13 0.00 101.0 7.04 35 2.8 1.0 -0.4 4.7 68 .565 .517
1891 26 PHA AA 145.0 19 18 85 5.28 5.87 -0.05 0.00 103.0 6.11 14 1.2 1.0 -0.1 2.1 26 .565 .508
1892 27 LOU NL 268.1 31 31 150 5.03 5.18 -0.02 0.00 93.0 4.83 -1 -0.1 -0.2 2.3 23 .498 .500
5 Seasons 1385.0 168 157 789 5.13 5.73 -0.09 0.00 102.0 5.94 141 13.4 1.0 -1.4 23.7 269 .580 .518
PHA (2 yrs) 491.2 62 58 322 5.89 6.56 -0.10 0.00 101.6 6.76 49 4.0 1.0 -0.5 6.8 94 .565 .514
PHI (2 yrs) 625.0 75 68 317 4.56 5.31 -0.10 0.00 106.2 5.76 92 9.4 1.0 -0.6 14.7 152 .626 .528
LOU (1 yr) 268.1 31 31 150 5.03 5.18 -0.02 0.00 93.0 4.83 -1 -0.1 -0.2 2.3 23 .498 .500

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
1888 23 PHI NL 57 246 236 26 58 11 2 1 25 13 8 12 .246 .276 .322 .598 86 76 2 1O/5
1889 24 PHI NL 44 176 169 21 47 8 2 0 21 4 6 11 .278 .307 .349 .656 77 59 1 1/O
1890 25 PHQ PL 52 199 189 31 59 6 6 0 30 2 10 10 .312 .347 .407 .754 98 77 0 1O
1891 26 PHA AA 40 165 156 24 39 6 4 1 19 2 7 12 .250 .291 .359 .650 84 56 2 O1
1892 27 LOU NL 54 215 198 30 54 12 2 3 18 6 16 17 .273 .330 .399 .729 128 79 1 13/O
5 Yrs 247 1001 948 132 257 43 16 5 113 27 47 62 .271 .310 .366 .676 95 347 6
162 Game Avg. 162 657 622 87 169 28 10 3 74 18 31 41 .271 .310 .366 .676 95 228 4
PHI (2 yrs) 101 422 405 47 105 19 4 1 46 17 14 23 .259 .289 .333 .622 82 135 3
PHA (2 yrs) 92 364 345 55 98 12 10 1 49 4 17 22 .284 .321 .386 .707 92 133 2
LOU (1 yr) 54 215 198 30 54 12 2 3 18 6 16 17 .273 .330 .399 .729 128 79 1
NL (3 yrs) 155 637 603 77 159 31 6 4 64 23 30 40 .264 .303 .355 .658 96 214 4
AA (1 yr) 40 165 156 24 39 6 4 1 19 2 7 12 .250 .291 .359 .650 84 56 2
PL (1 yr) 52 199 189 31 59 6 6 0 30 2 10 10 .312 .347 .407 .754 98 77 0

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
1888 23 PHI NL 57 246 -3 -0 0 0 14 11 1.0 0 11 1.0 .519 .507 1.1 -0.2 11 1O/5
1889 24 PHI NL 44 176 -6 -1 0 0 14 7 0.6 0 7 0.6 .514 .504 0.6 -0.1 7 1/O
1890 25 PHQ PL 52 199 -1 -0 0 0 14 13 1.0 0 13 1.0 .519 .506 1.0 0.0 13 1O
1891 26 PHA AA 40 165 -5 -0 0 -3 -1 -10 -0.8 4 -6 -0.4 .480 .495 -0.2 -0.3 -3 O1
1892 27 LOU NL 54 215 7 -1 0 -1 14 19 1.7 0 19 1.7 .531 .510 1.8 -0.2 20 13/O
5 Seasons 247 1001 -8 -2 0 -4 55 40 3.5 4 44 3.9 .514 .505 4.3 -0.7 48
PHI (2 yrs) 101 422 -9 -1 0 0 28 18 1.6 0 18 1.6 .517 .505 1.7 -0.3 18
PHA (2 yrs) 92 364 -6 -1 0 -3 13 3 0.2 4 7 0.6 .502 .501 0.8 -0.3 10
LOU (1 yr) 54 215 7 -1 0 -1 14 19 1.7 0 19 1.7 .531 .510 1.8 -0.2 20

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 Awards
1888 PHI NL 23 P 31 275.1 98 17 74 7 1 .929 2.97 2.94 .895 2.36 2.30
1888 PHI NL 23 OF 25 45 38 5 2 0 .956 1.72 .906 1.91 13-6-7
1888 PHI NL 23 3B 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .880 3.10
1889 PHI NL 24 P 44 349.2 91 22 58 11 1 .879 2.06 1.82 .905 2.22 2.16
1889 PHI NL 24 OF 3 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .910 2.00 1-2-0
1890 PHQ PL 25 P 43 346.2 119 17 93 9 5 .924 2.86 2.56 .912 2.80 2.72
1890 PHQ PL 25 OF 10 17 13 2 2 1 .882 1.50 .904 2.11 0-3-7
1891 PHA AA 26 OF 22 31 26 0 5 0 .839 1.18 .908 1.88 10-0-13
1891 PHA AA 26 P 19 145.0 40 6 31 3 1 .925 2.30 1.95 .908 2.55 2.46
1892 LOU NL 27 P 31 268.1 71 12 54 5 3 .930 2.21 2.13 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 LOU NL 27 1B 15 159 147 6 6 4 .962 10.20 .976 10.54
1892 LOU NL 27 OF 9 15 13 1 1 0 .933 1.56 .912 1.89 0-0-9
5 Seasons P 168 1385.0 419 74 310 35 11 .916 2.50 2.29 .904 2.48 2.41
5 Seasons OF 69 110 92 8 10 1 .909 1.45 .907 1.93 24-11-36
1 Season 1B 15 159 147 6 6 4 .962 10.20 .976 10.54
1 Season 3B 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .880 3.10
5 Seasons TOT 253 1385.0 689 313 324 52 16 .925 2.50 2.52 .921 2.48 2.76 24-11-36
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

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1888 NL  8.8 (3rd)
1889 NL  7.5 (3rd)
1890 PL  5.7 (6th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1888 NL  7.8 (4th)
1889 NL  6.9 (3rd)
1890 PL  4.7 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1888 NL  1.90 (2nd)
1889 NL  3.55 (8th)
1890 PL  3.76 (9th)

Wins s c a p y
1888 NL  19 (9th)
1890 PL  19 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1888 NL  .655 (3rd)
1891 AA  .688 (3rd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1888 NL  0.992 (6th)
1890 PL  1.388 (5th)
1891 AA  1.338 (8th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 NL  7.845 (9th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 NL  1.079 (1st)
1889 NL  2.471 (5th)
1890 PL  1.791 (2nd)
1891 AA  2.297 (2nd)
1892 NL  2.080 (3rd)
Career  1.930 (74th)

Games Played s c a p y
1889 NL  44 (8th)
1890 PL  43 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1889 NL  1 (4th)
1890 PL  1 (7th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1889 NL  349.7 (7th)
1890 PL  346.7 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1889 NL  123 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1889 NL  39 (10th)
1890 PL  40 (6th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1890 PL  37 (6th)
Career  144 (239th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1888 NL  8 (1st)
1890 PL  2 (4th)
1892 NL  3 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1890 PL  13 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1889 NL  406 (4th)
1890 PL  412 (5th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1888 NL  3.667 (3rd)
1889 NL  1.281 (6th)
1890 PL  1.551 (2nd)
1892 NL  1.242 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 NL  0.098 (2nd)
1889 NL  0.232 (3rd)
1891 AA  0.186 (7th)
Career  0.221 (193rd)

Losses s c a p y
1889 NL  18 (7th)
1890 PL  18 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1889 NL  138 (7th)
1890 PL  145 (9th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1889 NL  1,539 (8th)
1890 PL  1,536 (9th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1888 NL  2 (3rd)
1889 NL  4 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1888 NL  156 (2nd)
1889 NL  120 (5th)
1890 PL  115 (10th)
Career  115 (204th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1888 NL  2.24 (2nd)
1889 NL  3.49 (4th)
1890 PL  3.47 (4th)
1891 AA  3.18 (7th)
1892 NL  2.87 (6th)
Career  3.08 (158th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1888 NL  30 (4th)
1889 NL  23 (5th)
1890 PL  22 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1888 NL  3.1 (4th)
1889 NL  2.0 (6th)
1890 PL  1.8 (7th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1889 NL  22 (3rd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1890 PL  93 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1889 NL  11 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1888 NL  2.97 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1888 NL  2.94 (2nd)
Career  2.29 (88th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (571), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 63 (406), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 17 (712), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 11 (772), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (293rd), 27.6 career WAR/27.6 7yr-peak WAR/27.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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