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Ben Shields

Benjamin Cowan Shields (Lefty or Big Ben)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: June 17, 1903 in Huntersville, NC (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1924 (Age 20.305, 5,381st in MLB history)
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Phillies/RedSox 1924-1931

Last Game: May 23, 1931 (Age 27.340)
Died: January 24, 1982 in Woodruff, SC
Buried: Hopewell Church Cemetery, Huntersville, NC
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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
1924 21 NYY AL 0 0 27.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 6 6 6 0 2 3 0 0 0 13 18 3.04 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 13.5 1.50
1925 22 NYY AL 3 0 1.000 4.88 4 2 2 2 0 0 24.0 24 13 13 2 12 5 2 0 0 105 89 5.53 1.500 9.0 0.8 4.5 1.9 0.42
1930 27 BOS AL 0 0 9.00 3 0 3 0 0 0 10.0 16 11 10 0 6 1 0 0 0 48 53 5.10 2.200 14.4 0.0 5.4 0.9 0.17
1931 28 PHI NL 1 0 1.000 15.19 4 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 9 9 9 1 7 0 0 0 0 32 30 9.49 3.000 15.2 1.7 11.8 0.0 0.00
4 Yrs 4 0 1.000 8.27 13 2 7 2 0 0 41.1 55 39 38 3 27 9 2 0 0 198 54 5.82 1.984 12.0 0.7 5.9 2.0 0.33
162 Game Avg. 18 0 1.000 8.27 59 9 32 9 0 0 187 249 177 172 14 122 41 9 0 0 898 54 5.82 1.984 12.0 0.7 5.9 2.0 0.33
NYY (2 yrs) 3 0 1.000 6.58 6 2 3 2 0 0 26.0 30 19 19 2 14 8 2 0 0 118 67 5.34 1.692 10.4 0.7 4.8 2.8 0.57
PHI (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 15.19 4 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 9 9 9 1 7 0 0 0 0 32 30 9.49 3.000 15.2 1.7 11.8 0.0 0.00
BOS (1 yr) 0 0 9.00 3 0 3 0 0 0 10.0 16 11 10 0 6 1 0 0 0 48 53 5.10 2.200 14.4 0.0 5.4 0.9 0.17
AL (3 yrs) 3 0 1.000 7.25 9 2 6 2 0 0 36.0 46 30 29 2 20 9 2 0 0 166 62 5.27 1.833 11.5 0.5 5.0 2.3 0.45
NL (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 15.19 4 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 9 9 9 1 7 0 0 0 0 32 30 9.49 3.000 15.2 1.7 11.8 0.0 0.00
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
1924 21 NYY AL 2.0 2 0 6 27.00 5.45 0.04 0.00 102.8 5.55 -5 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -5 .310 .498 $1,800
1925 22 NYY AL 24.0 4 2 13 4.88 5.66 0.01 0.00 94.0 5.31 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 4 .525 .501 $2,700
1930 27 BOS AL 10.0 3 0 11 9.90 6.63 0.21 0.00 98.0 6.29 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .389 .498 $2,500
1931 28 PHI NL 5.1 4 0 9 15.19 4.53 -0.39 0.00 112.4 5.52 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .369 .497
4 Seasons 41.1 13 2 39 8.49 5.74 0.01 0.00 97.8 5.59 -14 -1.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.7 -8 .413 .498 $7,000
NYY (2 yrs) 26.0 6 2 19 6.58 5.64 0.01 0.00 94.7 5.33 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .453 .500 $4,500
PHI (1 yr) 5.1 4 0 9 15.19 4.53 -0.39 0.00 112.4 5.52 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .369 .497
BOS (1 yr) 10.0 3 0 11 9.90 6.63 0.21 0.00 98.0 6.29 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .389 .498 $2,500

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
1924 21 NYY AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1925 22 NYY AL 4 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .125 .125 .125 .250 -36 1 0 0 /1
1930 27 BOS AL 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1931 28 PHI NL 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
4 Yrs 13 13 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .077 .077 .077 .154 -60 1 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 162 162 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 .077 .077 .077 .154 -60 12 0 0
NYY (2 yrs) 6 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .125 .125 .125 .250 -36 1 0 0
PHI (1 yr) 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
AL (3 yrs) 9 11 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182 -53 1 0 0
NL (1 yr) 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 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
1924 21 NYY AL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $1,800 /1
1925 22 NYY AL 4 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .480 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,700 /1
1930 27 BOS AL 3 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .479 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,500 /1
1931 28 PHI NL 4 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
4 Seasons 13 13 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .486 .500 -0.2 0.0 -2 $7,000
NYY (2 yrs) 6 8 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .486 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $4,500
PHI (1 yr) 4 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
BOS (1 yr) 3 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .479 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,500

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
1924 NYY AL 21 P 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
1925 NYY AL 22 P 4 2 2 24.0 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 1.88 1.25 .960 2.66 2.65
1930 BOS AL 27 P 3 0 0 10.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 2.70 1.00 .947 2.16 2.17
1931 PHI NL 28 P 4 0 0 5.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.69 0.25 .960 2.19 2.20
4 Seasons P 13 2 2 41.1 9 2 7 0 0 1.000 1.96 0.69 .956 2.48 2.38
4 Seasons TOT 13 2 2 41.1 9 2 7 0 0 1.000 1.96 0.69 .956 2.48 2.38
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

Youngest s c a p y
1924 AL  born 1903-06-17 (5th)

                                         

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
1923 20 New York Yankees $1,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 21 New York Yankees $1,800 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 22 New York Yankees $2,700 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 23 New York Yankees $2,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1930 27 Boston Red Sox $2,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$11,200
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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Name and misspellings: Lefty Benjamin Big Ben benji Big Cowan Lefty Shields

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