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Ray Sanders

Raymond Floyd Sanders

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 4, 1916 in Bonne Terre, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1942 (Age 25.131)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves 1942-1949

Final Game: September 21, 1949 (Age 32.291)
Died: October 28, 1983 in Washington, MO
Buried: Mount Hope Mausoleum, St. Louis, MO
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 21, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1611. Leon Roberts… #1612. Darrin Jackson… #1613. Adam Everett… #1614. RAY SANDERS… #1615. Frank Baumholtz… #1616. Bones Ely… #1617. Dave Roberts… 

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
1942 25 STL NL 95 328 282 37 71 17 2 5 39 2 42 31 .252 .351 .379 .730 107 107 7 1 3 3
1943 26 STL NL 144 572 478 69 134 21 5 11 73 1 77 33 .280 .381 .414 .796 124 198 10 1 15 *3
1944 27 STL NL 154 682 601 87 177 34 9 12 102 2 71 50 .295 .371 .441 .812 125 265 12 2 9 *3 MVP-15
1945 28 STL NL 143 631 537 85 148 29 3 8 78 3 83 55 .276 .375 .385 .760 109 207 6 2 9 *3
1946 29 BSN NL 80 314 259 43 63 12 0 6 35 0 50 38 .243 .368 .359 .727 106 93 3 1 4 3
1948 31 BSN NL 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 80 1 1 0 0
1949 32 BSN NL 9 25 21 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 .143 .280 .190 .470 31 4 0 0 0 /3
7 Yrs 630 2557 2182 321 597 114 19 42 329 8 328 216 .274 .370 .401 .771 115 875 39 7 40
162 Game Avg. 162 658 561 83 154 29 5 11 85 2 84 56 .274 .370 .401 .771 115 225 10 2 10
STL (4 yrs) 536 2213 1898 278 530 101 19 36 292 8 273 169 .279 .372 .409 .781 118 777 35 6 36
BSN (3 yrs) 94 344 284 43 67 13 0 6 37 0 55 47 .236 .362 .345 .707 100 98 4 1 4

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
1942 25 STL NL 95 328 3 -0 0 -2 -4 -3 -0.4 10 8 0.7 .497 .498 1.0 -0.7 10 3
1943 26 STL NL 144 572 17 0 0 -1 -7 10 1.0 18 28 2.9 .507 .507 3.1 -0.9 29 *3
1944 27 STL NL 154 682 20 0 0 1 -7 14 1.5 21 35 3.6 .510 .509 3.5 -0.7 34 *3 MVP-15
1945 28 STL NL 143 631 8 -0 0 0 -7 2 0.2 20 21 2.1 .501 .501 2.1 -0.6 21 *3
1946 29 BSN NL 80 314 3 0 0 3 -4 3 0.3 12 15 1.5 .504 .502 1.2 -0.1 12 3
1948 31 BSN NL 5 5 -0 -0 -0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .494 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1949 32 BSN NL 9 25 -2 -0 0 1 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .486 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 /3
7 Seasons 630 2557 49 0 -0 2 -28 24 2.5 83 107 10.8 .504 .504 10.8 -2.9 105
STL (4 yrs) 536 2213 48 0 0 -2 -24 22 2.3 70 92 9.3 .505 .504 9.7 -2.9 94
BSN (3 yrs) 94 344 1 0 -0 4 -4 1 0.2 13 15 1.5 .502 .502 1.1 0.0 10

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
1942 ❍ 25 STL NL WS NYY W 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 26 STL NL WS NYY L 5 20 17 3 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 4 .294 .400 .471 .871 8 0 0 0 0 1
1944 ❍ 27 STL NL WS SLB W 6 26 21 5 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 8 .286 .423 .429 .852 9 0 0 0 0 1
1948 31 BSN NL WS CLE L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 14 49 40 9 11 0 0 2 3 0 0 9 12 .275 .408 .425 .833 17 0 0 0 0 2
4 WS 14 49 40 9 11 0 0 2 3 0 0 9 12 .275 .408 .425 .833 17 0 0 0 0 2

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
1942 STL NL 25 1B 77 74 68 667 626 35 6 54 .991 8.58 .989 10.18
1943 STL NL 26 1B 141 139 130 1380 1302 71 7 142 .995 9.74 .992 10.48
1944 STL NL 27 1B 152 150 146 1442 1370 64 8 142 .994 9.43 .990 10.04 MVP-15
1945 STL NL 28 1B 142 141 138 1368 1259 90 19 113 .986 9.50 .990 10.17
1946 BSN NL 29 1B 77 74 71 729 659 61 9 57 .988 9.35 .991 9.98
1949 BSN NL 32 1B 7 7 3 62 52 9 1 2 .984 8.71 .991 9.61
6 Seasons 1B 596 585 556 5648 5268 330 50 510 .991 9.39 .991 10.18
7 Seasons TOT 596 585 556 5648 5268 330 50 510 .991 9.39 .991 10.18
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))
1944 NL (15, 7%)
0.07 Career Shares (1036th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1943 NL  .381 (10th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1943 NL  .796 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1944 NL  154 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1944 NL  601 (5th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1944 NL  682 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1944 NL  177 (6th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1944 NL  265 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1945 NL  29 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1944 NL  9 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1943 NL  11 (9th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1943 NL  73 (7th)
1944 NL  102 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1943 NL  77 (7th)
1944 NL  71 (10th)
1945 NL  83 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1945 NL  55 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1944 NL  122 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1944 NL  55 (9th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1944 NL  250 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1943 NL  15 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1943 NL  43.5 (9th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1944 NL  445 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1944 NL  32.75 (6th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1944 NL  3.3 (6th)

Putoutss c a p y
1943 NL  1,302 (3rd)
1944 NL  1,370 (4th)
1945 NL  1,259 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  141 (2nd)
1944 NL  152 (3rd)
1945 NL  142 (3rd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  1,302 (2nd)
1944 NL  1,370 (4th)
1945 NL  1,259 (3rd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  71 (3rd)
1945 NL  90 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  7 (4th)
1945 NL  19 (1st)
1946 NL  9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  142 (1st)
1944 NL  142 (1st)
1945 NL  113 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1945 NL  9.50 (5th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1943 NL  .995 (3rd)
1944 NL  .994 (1st)
1945 NL  .986 (4th)

                           

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 (·)

Gray InkBatting - 26 (895), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1713), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1420), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (181st), 10.8 career WAR/10.8 7yr-peak WAR/10.8 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Raymond Floyd Ray Sanders

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