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Spike Shannon

William Porter Shannon

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: February 7, 1878 in Pittsburgh, PA
School: Grove City College (Grove City, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1904 (Age 26.068)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1904 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Giants/Pirates 1904-1908

Final Game: September 30, 1908 (Age 30.236)
Died: May 16, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN
Buried: St. Mary's Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
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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
1904 26 STL NL 134 582 500 84 140 10 3 1 26 34 50 63 .280 .349 .318 .667 111 159 3 29 *O
1905 27 STL NL 140 612 544 73 146 16 3 0 41 27 47 51 .268 .327 .309 .635 92 168 0 21 *O
1906 28 TOT NL 156 684 589 78 151 9 1 0 50 33 70 81 .256 .339 .275 .614 93 162 4 21 *O
1906 28 STL NL 80 351 302 36 78 4 0 0 25 15 36 45 .258 .337 .272 .609 93 82 0 13 O
1906 28 NYG NL 76 333 287 42 73 5 1 0 25 18 34 36 .254 .342 .279 .620 92 80 4 8 O
1907 29 NYG NL 155 685 585 104 155 12 5 1 33 33 82 58 .265 .363 .308 .671 108 180 8 10 *O
1908 30 TOT NL 109 452 395 44 85 2 3 1 33 18 37 35 .215 .294 .243 .537 69 96 7 13 *O
1908 30 NYG NL 77 313 268 34 60 2 1 1 21 13 28 24 .224 .314 .250 .564 77 67 7 10 O
1908 30 PIT NL 32 139 127 10 25 0 2 0 12 5 9 11 .197 .250 .228 .478 53 29 0 3 O
5 Yrs 694 3015 2613 383 677 49 15 3 183 145 286 288 .259 .337 .293 .630 96 765 22 94
162 Game Avg. 162 704 610 89 158 11 4 1 43 34 67 67 .259 .337 .293 .630 96 179 5 22
NYG (3 yrs) 308 1331 1140 180 288 19 7 2 79 64 144 118 .253 .346 .287 .633 96 327 19 28
STL (3 yrs) 354 1545 1346 193 364 30 6 1 92 76 133 159 .270 .337 .304 .641 99 409 3 63
PIT (1 yr) 32 139 127 10 25 0 2 0 12 5 9 11 .197 .250 .228 .478 53 29 0 3

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
1904 26 STL NL 134 582 7 0 0 8 -7 8 1.0 18 26 2.8 .507 .506 1.9 0.2 18 *O
1905 27 STL NL 140 612 -4 -1 0 3 -7 -9 -1.0 19 10 0.9 .493 .494 0.6 -0.4 7 *O
1906 28 STL NL 80 351 -1 -1 0 4 -4 -2 -0.4 11 8 0.8 .496 .498 0.4 -0.1 4 O
1906 28 NYG NL 76 333 -2 -0 0 -4 -4 -10 -1.2 10 0 -0.2 .484 .493 0.4 -1.0 4 O
1907 29 NYG NL 155 685 7 -1 0 0 -8 -2 -0.3 21 19 1.9 .499 .499 2.1 -1.1 19 *O
1908 30 NYG NL 77 313 -5 -0 0 -2 -4 -12 -1.6 10 -2 -0.5 .480 .491 -0.2 -0.8 0 O
1908 30 PIT NL 32 139 -6 -0 0 2 -1 -5 -0.7 4 -1 -0.3 .478 .496 -0.5 0.1 -3 O
5 Seasons 694 3015 -4 -2 0 11 -36 -31 -4.2 93 61 5.5 .494 .497 4.6 -3.1 50
NYG (3 yrs) 308 1331 0 -1 0 -6 -16 -23 -3.1 41 18 1.3 .490 .495 2.3 -2.9 24
STL (3 yrs) 354 1545 2 -1 0 15 -19 -3 -0.4 48 45 4.5 .499 .499 2.9 -0.3 30
PIT (1 yr) 32 139 -6 -0 0 2 -1 -5 -0.7 4 -1 -0.3 .478 .496 -0.5 0.1 -3

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
1904 STL NL 26 OF 133 270 246 18 6 10 .978 1.98 .947 1.89 13-3-117
1905 STL NL 27 OF 140 311 299 7 5 3 .984 2.19 .955 1.97 140-0-0
1906 TOT NL 28 OF 156 297 274 13 10 5 .966 1.84 .959 1.89 156-0-0
1906 STL NL 28 OF 80 179 165 9 5 3 .972 2.18 .959 1.89 80-0-0
1906 NYG NL 28 OF 76 118 109 4 5 2 .958 1.49 .959 1.89 76-0-0
1907 NYG NL 29 OF 155 307 282 18 7 3 .977 1.94 .960 1.98 155-0-0
1908 TOT NL 30 OF 106 220 202 10 8 3 .964 2.00 .960 2.04 68-20-22
1908 NYG NL 30 OF 74 125 114 8 3 3 .976 1.65 .960 2.04 60-0-15
1908 PIT NL 30 OF 32 95 88 2 5 0 .947 2.81 .960 2.04 8-20-7
5 Seasons OF 690 1405 1303 66 36 24 .974 1.98 .956 1.95 532-23-139
5 Seasons TOT 690 1405 1303 66 36 24 .974 1.98 .956 1.95 532-23-139
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

Games Played s c a p y
1906 NL  156 (1st)
1907 NL  155 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1906 NL  589 (2nd)
1907 NL  585 (1st)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1906 NL  684 (1st)
1907 NL  685 (1st)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1904 NL  84 (9th)
1906 NL  78 (8th)
1907 NL  104 (1st)

Hits s c a p y
1906 NL  151 (10th)
1907 NL  155 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1906 NL  70 (7th)
1907 NL  82 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1904 NL  63 (5th)
1906 NL  81 (3rd)
1907 NL  58 (8th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1904 NL  34 (8th)
1906 NL  33 (9th)
1907 NL  33 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1904 NL  126 (6th)
1906 NL  141 (1st)
1907 NL  137 (2nd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1906 NL  225 (7th)
1907 NL  245 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1907 NL  8 (7th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1904 NL  29 (2nd)
1905 NL  21 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1906 NL  459 (2nd)
1907 NL  440 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1906 NL  156 (1st)
1907 NL  155 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1904 NL  10 (2nd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1904 NL  .978 (1st)
1905 NL  .984 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (390), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 29 (825), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1454), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (283rd), 5.5 career WAR/5.5 7yr-peak WAR/5.5 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

Transactions

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