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Orator Shafer

George W. Shafer
born Shafer

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: October 4, 1851 in Philadelphia, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: May 23, 1874 (Age 22.231, 219th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1877 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Blues/Maroons/Athletics/Bisons/WhiteStockings/... 1874-1890

Last Game: September 13, 1890 (Age 38.344)
Died: January 22, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA
Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Relatives: Brother of Taylor Shafer
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 21, 2014 10:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1118. Billy Shindle… #1119. Tom Burns… #1120. Elvis Andrus… #1121. ORATOR SHAFER… #1122. Monte Cross… #1123. Don Hurst… #1124. Tony Batista… 

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
1874 22 TOT NA 10 40 40 7 9 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 .225 .225 .300 .525 64 12 0 O
1874 22 HAR NA 9 35 35 6 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 .229 .229 .314 .543 69 11 0 /O
1874 22 NYU NA 1 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 28 1 0 /O
1875 23 PHI NA 19 70 70 10 17 2 1 0 6 2 0 0 4 .243 .243 .300 .543 83 21 0 O/53
1877 25 LOU NL 61 269 260 38 74 9 5 3 34 9 17 .285 .309 .392 .701 106 102 *O/3
1878 26 IND NL 63 279 266 48 90 19 6 0 30 13 20 .338 .369 .455 .824 184 121 *O
1879 27 CHC NL 73 322 316 53 96 13 0 0 35 6 28 .304 .317 .345 .662 111 109 *O/5
1880 28 CLV NL 83 355 338 62 90 14 9 0 21 17 36 .266 .301 .361 .662 126 122 *O
1881 29 CLV NL 85 366 343 48 88 13 6 1 34 23 20 .257 .303 .338 .641 106 116 *O
1882 30 CLV NL 84 340 313 37 67 14 2 3 28 27 27 .214 .276 .300 .577 88 94 *O
1883 31 BUF NL 95 428 401 67 117 11 3 0 41 27 39 .292 .336 .334 .671 103 134 *O
1884 32 SLM UA 106 497 467 130 168 40 10 2 30 .360 .398 .501 .899 201 234 *O/43
1885 33 TOT MLB 71 286 266 31 52 11 3 0 19 20 .195 .252 .259 .511 67 69 0 O
1885 33 SLM NL 69 276 257 30 50 11 2 0 18 19 31 .195 .250 .253 .503 65 65 O
1885 33 PHA AA 2 10 9 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 .222 .300 .444 .744 127 4 0 /O
1886 34 PHA AA 21 90 82 15 22 3 3 0 8 3 8 .268 .333 .378 .711 124 31 0 O
1890 38 PHA AA 100 442 390 55 110 15 5 1 58 29 47 .282 .367 .354 .720 113 138 5 *O/3
13 Yrs 871 3784 3552 601 1000 164 53 11 317 34 0 227 226 .282 .326 .367 .692 121 1303 0 5
162 Game Avg. 162 704 661 112 186 31 10 2 59 42 .282 .326 .367 .692 121 242
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
PHA (3 yrs) 123 542 481 71 134 18 9 1 67 32 56 .279 .360 .360 .719 115 173 5
CLV (3 yrs) 252 1061 994 147 245 41 17 4 83 67 83 .246 .294 .334 .628 106 332
SLM (2 yrs) 175 773 724 160 218 51 12 2 18 49 31 .301 .345 .413 .758 152 299
PHI (1 yr) 19 70 70 10 17 2 1 0 6 2 0 0 4 .243 .243 .300 .543 83 21 0
BUF (1 yr) 95 428 401 67 117 11 3 0 41 27 39 .292 .336 .334 .671 103 134
IND (1 yr) 63 279 266 48 90 19 6 0 30 13 20 .338 .369 .455 .824 184 121
NYU (1 yr) 1 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 28 1 0
CHC (1 yr) 73 322 316 53 96 13 0 0 35 6 28 .304 .317 .345 .662 111 109
HAR (1 yr) 9 35 35 6 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 .229 .229 .314 .543 69 11 0
LOU (1 yr) 61 269 260 38 74 9 5 3 34 9 17 .285 .309 .392 .701 106 102
NL (8 yrs) 613 2635 2494 383 672 104 33 7 241 141 218 .269 .309 .346 .655 109 863
NA (2 yrs) 29 110 110 17 26 2 1 1 9 2 0 0 8 .236 .236 .300 .536 76 33 0
AA (3 yrs) 123 542 481 71 134 18 9 1 67 32 56 .279 .360 .360 .719 115 173 5
UA (1 yr) 106 497 467 130 168 40 10 2 30 .360 .398 .501 .899 201 234

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
1874 22 HAR NA 9 35 -2 0 0 -2 -1 -5 -0.4 1 -4 -0.2 .460 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -2 /O
1874 22 NYU NA 1 5 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .463 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 /O
1875 23 PHI NA 19 70 -2 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.1 .491 .499 0.1 -0.1 0 O/53
1877 25 LOU NL 61 269 -0 0 0 14 -4 10 0.9 9 19 1.8 .515 .506 0.5 0.9 5 *O/3
1878 26 IND NL 63 279 24 0 0 6 -4 26 2.5 9 36 3.5 .540 .516 2.9 0.2 30 *O
1879 27 CHC NL 73 322 2 0 0 7 -5 5 0.4 11 16 1.5 .506 .503 0.9 0.2 9 *O/5
1880 28 CLV NL 83 355 9 0 0 12 -5 15 1.5 12 27 2.8 .519 .510 1.6 0.7 15 *O
1881 29 CLV NL 85 366 4 0 0 2 -5 1 0.0 12 13 1.4 .501 .501 1.2 -0.3 11 *O
1882 30 CLV NL 84 340 -3 0 0 0 -5 -8 -0.8 12 4 0.4 .491 .495 0.4 -0.6 4 *O
1883 31 BUF NL 95 428 3 0 0 12 -6 9 0.7 14 23 2.1 .508 .505 1.2 0.5 11 *O
1884 32 SLM UA 106 497 51 0 0 5 -6 50 4.7 0 50 4.8 .541 .527 4.0 0.2 44 $2,500 *O/43
1885 33 SLM NL 69 276 -9 0 0 5 -4 -8 -0.9 9 1 0.2 .488 .495 -0.3 0.0 -4 O
1885 33 PHA AA 2 10 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .505 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 /O
1886 34 PHA AA 21 90 2 -0 0 0 -1 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .503 .500 0.3 -0.1 3 O
1890 38 PHA AA 100 442 8 -1 0 -5 -6 -4 -0.5 11 7 0.7 .497 .498 1.2 -1.0 12 *O/3
13 Seasons 871 3784 87 -1 0 56 -53 89 8.0 105 194 19.2 .510 .505 14.0 0.4 138 $2,500
PHA (3 yrs) 123 542 11 -1 0 -5 -7 -3 -0.4 13 10 1.0 .498 .498 1.5 -1.1 15
CLV (3 yrs) 252 1061 11 0 0 14 -16 8 0.7 36 44 4.5 .504 .502 3.3 -0.2 30
SLM (2 yrs) 175 773 41 0 0 10 -10 41 3.8 9 51 5.0 .520 .514 3.7 0.2 41 $2,500
PHI (1 yr) 19 70 -2 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.1 .491 .499 0.1 -0.1 0
BUF (1 yr) 95 428 3 0 0 12 -6 9 0.7 14 23 2.1 .508 .505 1.2 0.5 11
IND (1 yr) 63 279 24 0 0 6 -4 26 2.5 9 36 3.5 .540 .516 2.9 0.2 30
NYU (1 yr) 1 5 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .463 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0
CHC (1 yr) 73 322 2 0 0 7 -5 5 0.4 11 16 1.5 .506 .503 0.9 0.2 9
HAR (1 yr) 9 35 -2 0 0 -2 -1 -5 -0.4 1 -4 -0.2 .460 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -2
LOU (1 yr) 61 269 -0 0 0 14 -4 10 0.9 9 19 1.8 .515 .506 0.5 0.9 5

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
1874 TOT NA 22 OF 10 31 22 0 9 0 .710 2.20 .802 2.02 8-0-2
1874 HAR NA 22 OF 9 31 22 0 9 0 .710 2.44 .802 2.02 8-0-1
1874 NYU NA 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1875 PHI NA 23 OF 12 26 19 1 6 1 .769 1.67 .818 1.88 3-8-1
1875 PHI NA 23 3B 5 11 2 6 3 0 .727 1.60 .764 3.68
1875 PHI NA 23 1B 2 10 10 0 0 1 1.000 5.00 .936 10.90
1877 LOU NL 25 OF 60 170 121 21 28 1 .835 2.37 .831 1.88 0-1-60
1877 LOU NL 25 1B 1 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 12.00 .951 10.90
1878 IND NL 26 OF 63 158 105 28 25 2 .842 2.11 .834 1.77 1-0-63
1879 CHC NL 27 OF 72 186 99 50 37 3 .801 2.07 .838 1.89 0-0-72
1879 CHC NL 27 3B 1 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .830 3.40
1880 CLV NL 28 OF 83 181 128 35 18 5 .901 1.96 .855 1.85 0-0-83
1881 CLV NL 29 OF 85 166 122 24 20 4 .880 1.72 .871 2.06 0-0-85
1882 CLV NL 30 OF 84 159 111 17 31 2 .805 1.52 .855 1.93 2-1-83
1883 BUF NL 31 OF 95 259 182 41 36 3 .861 2.35 .849 1.96 0-0-95
1884 SLM UA 32 OF 100 154 110 24 20 3 .870 1.34 .816 1.53 6-0-96
1884 SLM UA 32 2B 7 44 22 16 6 1 .864 5.43 .869 5.47
1884 SLM UA 32 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.20
1885 TOT MLB 33 OF 71 147 107 28 12 0 .918 1.90 .881 1.85 0-3-68
1885 SLM NL 33 OF 69 146 106 28 12 0 .918 1.94 .881 1.85 0-1-68
1885 PHA AA 33 OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .880 1.85 0-2-0
1886 PHA AA 34 OF 21 54 40 4 10 2 .815 2.10 .877 1.79 0-18-4
1890 PHA AA 38 OF 98 167 143 17 7 6 .958 1.63 .916 1.82 0-0-98
1890 PHA AA 38 1B 3 29 26 2 1 1 .966 9.33 .973 10.30
13 Seasons OF 854 1858 1309 290 259 32 .861 1.87 .853 1.85 20-31-810
4 Seasons 1B 7 51 48 2 1 2 .980 7.14 .961 10.54
1 Season 2B 7 44 22 16 6 1 .864 5.43 .869 5.47
2 Seasons 3B 6 13 2 7 4 0 .692 1.50 .774 3.63
13 Seasons TOT 874 1966 1381 315 270 35 .863 1.94 .856 1.96 20-31-810
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1878 NL  3.5 (5th)
1884 UA  4.8 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1878 NL  3.5 (1st)
1884 UA  4.8 (2nd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1878 NL  2.9 (1st)
1884 UA  4.0 (2nd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1877 NL  0.9 (4th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1878 NL  .338 (6th)
1884 UA  .360 (2nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1878 NL  .369 (3rd)
1884 UA  .398 (2nd)

Slugging % s c a p y
1878 NL  .455 (3rd)
1884 UA  .501 (2nd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1878 NL  .824 (2nd)
1884 UA  .899 (2nd)

Games Played s c a p y
1877 NL  61 (1st)
1878 NL  63 (1st)
1881 NL  85 (1st)
1882 NL  84 (4th)
1884 UA  106 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1878 NL  266 (8th)
1884 UA  467 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1878 NL  279 (4th)
1884 UA  497 (1st)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1878 NL  48 (7th)
1880 NL  62 (8th)
1884 UA  130 (2nd)

Hits s c a p y
1878 NL  90 (5th)
1884 UA  168 (2nd)

Total Bases s c a p y
1878 NL  121 (4th)
1884 UA  234 (2nd)

Doubles s c a p y
1878 NL  19 (3rd)
1884 UA  40 (1st)

Triples s c a p y
1878 NL  6 (4th)
1880 NL  9 (6th)
1884 UA  10 (3rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1877 NL  3 (2nd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1878 NL  30 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1877 NL  9 (6th)
1878 NL  13 (3rd)
1880 NL  17 (7th)
1881 NL  23 (8th)
1882 NL  27 (2nd)
1883 NL  27 (4th)
1884 UA  30 (2nd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1877 NL  17 (10th)
1880 NL  36 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1879 NL  83 (7th)
1883 NL  103 (2nd)
1884 UA  116 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1878 NL  184 (1st)
1884 UA  201 (2nd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1878 NL  45 (1st)
1884 UA  93 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1878 NL  24 (1st)
1884 UA  54 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1878 NL  2.6 (1st)
1884 UA  6.0 (2nd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1878 NL  25 (3rd)
1884 UA  52 (2nd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1878 NL  103 (1st)
1884 UA  198 (2nd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1878 NL  .783 (2nd)
1884 UA  .839 (2nd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1877 NL  86.7 (2nd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1881 NL  255 (10th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1877 NL  60 (2nd)
1878 NL  63 (1st)
1880 NL  83 (2nd)
1881 NL  85 (1st)
1882 NL  84 (1st)
1884 UA  100 (3rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1877 NL  121 (3rd)
1878 NL  105 (5th)
1883 NL  182 (5th)
1884 UA  110 (5th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1877 NL  21 (1st)
1878 NL  28 (2nd)
1879 NL  50 (1st)
1880 NL  35 (1st)
1881 NL  24 (5th)
1883 NL  41 (1st)
1884 UA  24 (3rd)
1885 NL  28 (2nd)
Career  290 (10th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1877 NL  28 (1st)
1878 NL  25 (3rd)
1879 NL  37 (3rd)
1882 NL  31 (4th)
1883 NL  36 (2nd)
Career  259 (17th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1879 NL  3 (3rd)
1880 NL  5 (2nd)
1884 UA  3 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1877 NL  2.37 (3rd)
1878 NL  2.11 (4th)
1883 NL  2.35 (5th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1880 NL  .901 (3rd)
1884 UA  .870 (3rd)
1890 AA  .958 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1884 UA  born 1851-10-04 (8th)
1885 AA  born 1851-10-04 (6th)
1885 NL  born 1851-10-04 (8th)
1886 AA  born 1851-10-04 (5th)
1890 AA  born 1851-10-04 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (390), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 65 (392), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 7 (1396), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 7 (1980), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (122nd), 19.2 career WAR/17.9 7yr-peak WAR/18.6 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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
1884 32 St. Louis Maroons $2,500 ? 12/5/1883 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,500
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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Japanese: オレーター・シェーファー 統計

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