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Merv Shea

Mervyn John Shea

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: September 5, 1900 in San Francisco, CA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 23, 1927 (Age 26.230)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1928 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Tigers/Browns/Dodgers/RedSox/... 1927-1944

Final Game: August 19, 1944 (Age 43.349)
Died: January 27, 1953 in Sacramento, CA
Buried: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Sacramento, CA
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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
1927 26 DET AL 34 94 85 5 15 6 3 0 9 0 0 7 15 .176 .239 .318 .557 43 27 0 2 2
1928 27 DET AL 39 97 85 8 20 2 3 0 9 2 1 9 11 .235 .316 .329 .645 68 28 1 2 2
1929 28 DET AL 50 182 162 23 47 6 0 3 24 2 1 19 18 .290 .365 .383 .747 92 62 0 1 2
1933 32 TOT AL 110 387 335 27 81 14 1 1 35 2 0 47 33 .242 .335 .299 .634 66 100 0 3 2
1933 32 BOS AL 16 60 56 1 8 3 0 0 8 0 0 4 7 .143 .200 .196 .396 4 11 0 0 2
1933 32 SLB AL 94 327 279 26 73 11 1 1 27 2 0 43 26 .262 .360 .319 .679 78 89 0 3 2
1934 33 CHW AL 62 202 176 8 28 3 0 0 5 0 1 24 19 .159 .260 .176 .436 13 31 0 2 2
1935 34 CHW AL 46 154 122 8 28 2 0 0 13 0 0 30 9 .230 .382 .246 .627 64 30 0 2 2
1936 35 CHW AL 14 31 24 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 5 .125 .300 .125 .425 7 3 0 1 2
1937 36 CHW AL 25 86 71 7 15 1 0 0 5 1 0 15 10 .211 .349 .225 .574 48 16 0 0 2
1938 37 BRO NL 48 148 120 14 22 5 0 0 12 1 28 20 .183 .338 .225 .563 55 27 2 0 0 2
1939 38 DET AL 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /2
1944 43 PHI NL 7 19 15 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 4 4 .267 .421 .467 .888 154 7 1 0 0 /2
11 Yrs 439 1402 1197 105 263 39 7 5 115 8 3 189 145 .220 .327 .277 .603 58 331 3 1 13
162 Game Avg. 162 517 442 39 97 14 3 2 42 3 70 54 .220 .327 .277 .603 58 122 0 5
DET (4 yrs) 127 375 334 36 82 14 6 3 42 4 2 35 45 .246 .319 .350 .669 73 117 0 1 5
CHW (4 yrs) 147 473 393 26 74 6 0 0 25 1 1 75 43 .188 .318 .204 .522 35 80 0 5
PHI (1 yr) 7 19 15 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 4 4 .267 .421 .467 .888 154 7 1 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 16 60 56 1 8 3 0 0 8 0 0 4 7 .143 .200 .196 .396 4 11 0 0
BRO (1 yr) 48 148 120 14 22 5 0 0 12 1 28 20 .183 .338 .225 .563 55 27 2 0 0
SLB (1 yr) 94 327 279 26 73 11 1 1 27 2 0 43 26 .262 .360 .319 .679 78 89 0 3
AL (9 yrs) 384 1235 1062 89 237 34 7 4 102 7 3 157 121 .223 .324 .280 .603 57 297 0 1 13
NL (2 yrs) 55 167 135 16 26 5 0 1 13 1 32 24 .193 .347 .252 .599 66 34 3 0 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
1927 26 DET AL 34 94 -8 0 0 -1 1 -8 -0.8 4 -5 -0.5 .476 .495 -0.4 -0.0 -4 $4,500 2
1928 27 DET AL 39 97 -4 0 0 -1 1 -4 -0.4 4 -0 -0.1 .489 .497 0.0 -0.0 0 $5,000 2
1929 28 DET AL 50 182 -1 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 7 7 0.7 .501 .500 0.7 0.2 7 $5,000 2
1933 32 BOS AL 16 60 -8 0 0 1 0 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .461 .496 -0.5 0.2 -5 $4,350 2
1933 32 SLB AL 94 327 -7 1 0 3 3 -1 -0.1 12 11 1.1 .499 .499 0.8 0.6 8 2
1934 33 CHW AL 62 202 -23 -0 0 -2 2 -23 -2.3 8 -16 -1.5 .464 .486 -1.3 -0.0 -14 $4,800 2
1935 34 CHW AL 46 154 -5 0 0 0 1 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.2 .493 .498 0.2 0.1 3 $4,500 2
1936 35 CHW AL 14 31 -4 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .478 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 $4,800 2
1937 36 CHW AL 25 86 -5 0 0 0 1 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .485 .498 -0.1 0.1 -1 $4,800 2
1938 37 BRO NL 48 148 -6 -0 0 0 1 -5 -0.6 5 -0 -0.1 .489 .497 -0.1 0.1 -0 2
1939 38 DET AL 4 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .485 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,500 /2
1944 43 PHI NL 7 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .520 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /2
11 Seasons 439 1402 -71 2 0 0 12 -57 -5.7 52 -6 -0.6 .487 .496 -0.6 1.1 -6 $40,250
DET (4 yrs) 127 375 -14 1 0 -2 3 -13 -1.3 14 1 0.2 .490 .498 0.3 0.1 3 $17,000
CHW (4 yrs) 147 473 -36 0 0 -2 4 -34 -3.3 18 -16 -1.6 .478 .493 -1.3 0.2 -14 $18,900
PHI (1 yr) 7 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .520 .501 0.2 0.0 2
BOS (1 yr) 16 60 -8 0 0 1 0 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .461 .496 -0.5 0.2 -5 $4,350
BRO (1 yr) 48 148 -6 -0 0 0 1 -5 -0.6 5 -0 -0.1 .489 .497 -0.1 0.1 -0
SLB (1 yr) 94 327 -7 1 0 3 3 -1 -0.1 12 11 1.1 .499 .499 0.8 0.6 8

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1927 DET AL 26 C 31 28 16 117 94 17 6 1 .949 3.58 .974 4.63 3 19 4 17% 39%
1928 DET AL 27 C 30 26 17 123 93 24 6 2 .951 3.90 .976 4.71 2 10 15 60% 41%
1929 DET AL 28 C 46 42 38 196 157 32 7 4 .964 4.11 .976 4.69 2 34 20 37% 44%
1933 TOT AL 32 C 101 98 82 449 376 71 2 17 .996 4.43 .988 4.88 3 20 31 61% 46%
1933 BOS AL 32 C 16 16 14 59 48 11 0 2 1.000 3.69 .988 4.88 0 3 5 63% 46%
1933 SLB AL 32 C 85 82 68 390 328 60 2 15 .995 4.56 .988 4.88 3 17 26 60% 46%
1934 CHW AL 33 C 60 54 46 283 240 35 8 4 .972 4.58 .981 4.99 7 33 14 30% 36%
1935 CHW AL 34 C 43 37 34 193 161 30 2 2 .990 4.44 .984 4.75 2 18 14 44% 41%
1936 CHW AL 35 C 14 7 6 35 32 3 0 0 1.000 2.50 .979 4.78 0 3 2 40% 36%
1937 CHW AL 36 C 25 23 20 116 91 21 4 1 .966 4.48 .980 5.04 0 8 6 43% 38%
1938 BRO NL 37 C 47 40 26 172 149 19 4 2 .977 3.57 .979 4.85 0 14 7 33% 45%
1939 DET AL 38 C 4 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.25 .980 4.92 0 0 0
1944 PHI NL 43 C 6 5 1 21 18 2 1 0 .952 3.33 .979 4.57 1 2 1 33% 42%
11 Seasons C 407 360 286 1707 1412 254 41 33 .976 4.09 .981 4.83 20 161 114 41% 41%
11 Seasons TOT 407 360 286 1707 1412 254 41 33 .976 4.09 .981 4.83 20 161 114 41% 41%
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1933 AL  0.7 (9th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1933 AL  71 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1934 AL  8 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1933 AL  17 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1934 AL  7 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1933 AL  31 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1933 AL  60.8 (3rd)
1935 AL  43.8 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1933 AL  4.43 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1933 AL  .996 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1938 NL  born 1900-09-05 (7th)
1939 AL  born 1900-09-05 (5th)
1944 NL  born 1900-09-05 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2807), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (610th), -0.6 career WAR/1.6 7yr-peak WAR/0.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1927 26 Detroit Tigers $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 27 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 28 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1933 32 Boston Red Sox $4,350 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts BOS/SLB
1934 33 Chicago White Sox $4,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 34 Chicago White Sox $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 35 Chicago White Sox $4,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 36 Chicago White Sox $4,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 38 Detroit Tigers $2,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$40,250
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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