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Jim Scott

James Scott (Death Valley Jim)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 235 lb.

Born: April 23, 1888 in Deadwood, SD
School: Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1909 (Age 21.002, 3,156th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1909 season [*]
Team: WhiteSox 1909-1917

Final Game: August 17, 1917 (Age 29.116)
Died: April 7, 1957 in Jacumba, CA
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
Relatives: Brother-In-Law of Buck Weaver
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 26, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #337. Dick Donovan… #338. Dick Rudolph… #339. Willis Hudlin… #340. JIM SCOTT… #341. Paul Splittorff… #342. Cy Falkenberg… #343. Don Wilson… 

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
1909 21 CHW AL 12 12 .500 2.30 36 29 6 20 4 0 250.1 194 86 64 0 93 135 16 0 6 978 102 2.44 1.146 7.0 0.0 3.3 4.9 1.45
1910 22 CHW AL 8 18 .308 2.43 41 23 17 14 2 1 229.2 182 99 62 5 86 135 4 0 8 897 99 2.61 1.167 7.1 0.2 3.4 5.3 1.57
1911 23 CHW AL 14 11 .560 2.39 39 26 7 13 3 0 222.0 195 82 59 3 81 128 4 0 4 899 136 2.94 1.243 7.9 0.1 3.3 5.2 1.58
1912 24 CHW AL 2 2 .500 2.15 6 4 2 2 1 0 37.2 36 16 9 0 15 23 1 0 1 152 151 2.90 1.354 8.6 0.0 3.6 5.5 1.53
1913 25 CHW AL 20 21 .488 1.90 48 38 6 25 4 1 312.1 252 96 66 2 86 158 9 0 2 1225 154 2.54 1.082 7.3 0.1 2.5 4.6 1.84 MVP-14
1914 26 CHW AL 14 18 .438 2.84 43 33 6 12 2 1 253.1 228 109 80 5 75 138 5 0 2 1008 95 2.55 1.196 8.1 0.2 2.7 4.9 1.84
1915 27 CHW AL 24 11 .686 2.03 48 35 8 23 7 2 296.1 256 98 67 3 78 120 5 2 4 1160 147 2.57 1.127 7.8 0.1 2.4 3.6 1.54
1916 28 CHW AL 7 14 .333 2.72 32 21 7 8 1 3 165.1 155 63 50 3 53 71 3 1 5 657 102 2.71 1.258 8.4 0.2 2.9 3.9 1.34
1917 29 CHW AL 6 7 .462 1.87 24 17 4 6 2 1 125.0 126 37 26 0 42 37 6 0 0 511 143 2.82 1.344 9.1 0.0 3.0 2.7 0.88
9 Yrs 107 114 .484 2.30 317 226 63 123 26 9 1892.0 1624 686 483 21 609 945 53 3 32 7487 121 2.63 1.180 7.7 0.1 2.9 4.5 1.55
162 Game Avg. 13 14 .484 2.30 40 28 8 15 3 1 237 203 86 60 3 76 118 7 0 4 938 121 2.63 1.180 7.7 0.1 2.9 4.5 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
1909 21 CHW AL 250.1 36 29 86 3.09 3.49 0.26 0.00 95.0 3.07 3 0.4 1.0 -0.3 2.6 18 .510 .502
1910 22 CHW AL 229.2 41 23 99 3.88 3.75 0.16 0.00 95.0 3.41 -10 -1.2 1.0 -0.2 0.9 7 .471 .493
1911 23 CHW AL 222.0 39 26 82 3.32 4.60 0.16 0.00 97.0 4.31 24 2.5 1.0 -0.2 4.7 48 .565 .516
1912 24 CHW AL 37.2 6 4 16 3.82 4.50 -0.05 0.00 97.0 4.41 3 0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.6 6 .547 .502
1913 25 CHW AL 312.1 48 38 96 2.77 4.03 0.21 0.00 100.0 3.82 39 4.8 1.0 -0.3 7.7 65 .599 .529 MVP-14
1914 26 CHW AL 253.1 43 33 109 3.87 3.73 0.15 0.00 98.0 3.51 -8 -0.9 1.0 -0.2 1.5 11 .479 .494
1915 27 CHW AL 296.1 48 35 98 2.98 3.87 0.09 0.00 102.0 3.85 30 3.6 1.0 -0.3 6.3 56 .575 .522
1916 28 CHW AL 166.1 32 21 63 3.41 3.63 0.20 0.00 98.0 3.37 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.1 1.5 13 .499 .500
1917 29 CHW AL 124.2 24 17 37 2.67 3.58 -0.03 0.00 102.2 3.69 14 1.8 1.0 -0.1 2.9 24 .573 .511
9 Seasons 1892.2 317 226 686 3.26 3.87 0.16 0.00 98.3 3.66 94 11.2 1.0 -1.7 28.7 251 .535 .509

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
1909 21 CHW AL 36 96 85 7 9 2 0 0 5 0 9 37 .106 .191 .129 .321 3 11 0 2 1
1910 22 CHW AL 41 79 74 6 15 3 1 0 6 0 3 24 .203 .234 .270 .504 61 20 0 2 1
1911 23 CHW AL 39 81 71 5 11 2 0 0 4 0 4 27 .155 .211 .183 .394 11 13 1 5 1
1912 24 CHW AL 6 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1913 25 CHW AL 48 109 97 3 7 1 0 1 8 2 3 24 .072 .109 .113 .222 -35 11 1 8 1 MVP-14
1914 26 CHW AL 43 91 86 3 14 3 0 0 2 0 2 3 19 .163 .191 .198 .389 17 17 0 2 1
1915 27 CHW AL 48 109 95 3 12 0 0 0 6 1 0 8 26 .126 .194 .126 .320 -5 12 0 6 1
1916 28 CHW AL 32 56 52 2 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 13 .115 .115 .115 .231 -31 6 0 4 1
1917 29 CHW AL 24 47 42 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 .119 .196 .119 .315 -5 5 0 0 1
9 Yrs 317 680 614 30 79 11 1 1 34 3 2 34 182 .129 .177 .155 .332 -0 95 2 29
162 Game Avg. 162 348 314 15 40 6 1 1 17 2 17 93 .129 .177 .155 .332 -0 49 1 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
1909 21 CHW AL 36 96 -9 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1910 22 CHW AL 41 79 -4 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1911 23 CHW AL 39 81 -10 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1912 24 CHW AL 6 12 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .465 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /1
1913 25 CHW AL 48 109 -17 0 0 0 9 -7 -0.9 0 -7 -0.9 .482 .495 -0.9 -0.0 -7 1 MVP-14
1914 26 CHW AL 43 91 -8 -0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1915 27 CHW AL 48 109 -13 0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .490 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1916 28 CHW AL 32 56 -8 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .485 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1917 29 CHW AL 24 47 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
9 Seasons 317 680 -77 1 0 0 54 -22 -2.7 0 -22 -2.7 .492 .498 -2.6 -0.1 -22

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
1909 CHW AL 21 P 36 250.1 80 6 70 4 2 .950 2.73 2.11 .942 3.19 3.15
1910 CHW AL 22 P 41 229.2 98 11 84 3 4 .969 3.72 2.32 .942 3.29 3.28
1911 CHW AL 23 P 39 222.0 58 7 43 8 3 .862 2.03 1.28 .938 2.88 2.85
1912 CHW AL 24 P 6 37.2 12 0 11 1 0 .917 2.63 1.83 .940 2.96 2.90
1913 CHW AL 25 P 48 312.1 106 7 90 9 2 .915 2.80 2.02 .938 3.01 2.98 MVP-14
1914 CHW AL 26 P 43 33 12 253.1 100 6 87 7 1 .930 3.30 2.16 .936 2.96 2.93
1915 CHW AL 27 P 48 35 23 296.1 114 6 103 5 2 .956 3.31 2.27 .937 3.01 3.00
1916 CHW AL 28 P 32 21 8 165.1 50 4 45 1 3 .980 2.67 1.53 .945 2.95 2.96
1917 CHW AL 29 P 24 17 6 125.0 46 7 37 2 1 .957 3.17 1.83 .947 3.04 3.05
9 Seasons P 317 106 49 1892.0 664 54 570 40 18 .940 2.97 1.97 .940 3.04 3.02
9 Seasons TOT 317 106 49 1892.0 664 54 570 40 18 .940 2.97 1.97 .940 3.04 3.02
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))
1913 AL (14, 8%)
0.08 Career Shares (1006th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1913 AL  6.8 (9th)
1915 AL  5.8 (7th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1911 AL  4.7 (10th)
1913 AL  7.7 (3rd)
1915 AL  6.3 (3rd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1911 AL  2.39 (8th)
1913 AL  1.90 (3rd)
1915 AL  2.03 (4th)
Career  2.30 (19th)

Wins s c a p y
1913 AL  20 (5th)
1915 AL  24 (2nd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1915 AL  .686 (5th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1913 AL  1.082 (3rd)
1915 AL  1.127 (10th)
Career  1.180 (104th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1909 AL  6.975 (8th)
1911 AL  7.905 (5th)
1913 AL  7.262 (7th)
Career  7.725 (59th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1915 AL  2.369 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1909 AL  4.854 (10th)
1910 AL  5.290 (7th)
1911 AL  5.189 (9th)
1913 AL  4.553 (10th)
1914 AL  4.903 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1909 AL  36 (8th)
1910 AL  41 (4th)
1911 AL  39 (8th)
1913 AL  48 (2nd)
1915 AL  48 (3rd)

Saves s c a p y
1910 AL  1 (9th)
1916 AL  3 (8th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1909 AL  250.3 (10th)
1913 AL  312.3 (3rd)
1915 AL  296.3 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1909 AL  135 (7th)
1910 AL  135 (8th)
1913 AL  158 (4th)
1914 AL  138 (8th)

Games Started s c a p y
1909 AL  29 (10th)
1913 AL  38 (1st)
1914 AL  33 (8th)
1915 AL  35 (3rd)

Complete Games s c a p y
1913 AL  25 (3rd)
1915 AL  23 (4th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1909 AL  4 (9th)
1911 AL  3 (7th)
1913 AL  4 (5th)
1915 AL  7 (1st)
Career  26 (161st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1910 AL  5 (6th)
1914 AL  5 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1909 AL  93 (3rd)
1910 AL  86 (5th)
1911 AL  81 (5th)
1913 AL  86 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1913 AL  252 (7th)
1914 AL  228 (9th)
1915 AL  256 (6th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1913 AL  1.837 (7th)
1914 AL  1.840 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1909 AL  0.000 (1st)
1913 AL  0.058 (8th)
Career  0.100 (33rd)

Losses s c a p y
1910 AL  18 (3rd)
1913 AL  21 (1st)
1914 AL  18 (2nd)
1916 AL  14 (10th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1914 AL  80 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1910 AL  8 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1909 AL  16 (3rd)
1913 AL  9 (10th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1909 AL  978 (10th)
1913 AL  1,225 (2nd)
1915 AL  1,160 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1910 AL  17 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1911 AL  136 (9th)
1913 AL  154 (4th)
1915 AL  147 (4th)
Career  121 (108th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1913 AL  2.54 (7th)
Career  2.63 (37th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1911 AL  22 (8th)
1913 AL  33 (4th)
1915 AL  29 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1911 AL  2.2 (8th)
1913 AL  3.7 (4th)
1915 AL  3.2 (2nd)
Career  10.2 (250th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1910 AL  41 (4th)
1913 AL  48 (2nd)
1915 AL  48 (3rd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1913 AL  90 (4th)
1915 AL  103 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1911 AL  8 (3rd)
1913 AL  9 (2nd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1916 AL  .980 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1909 AL  born 1888-04-23 (10th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 2 (750), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 79 (318), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 35 (402), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 18 (379), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (342nd), 26.1 career WAR/24.6 7yr-peak WAR/25.3 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • Before 1909 Season: Purchased by the Chicago White Sox from Wichita (Western Association) for $2,000.
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