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Earl Smith

Earl Sutton Smith (Oil)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: February 14, 1897 in Sheridan, AR (All Transactions)
Debut: April 24, 1919 (Age 22.069)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1920 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Giants/Braves/Cardinals 1919-1930

Final Game: September 28, 1930 (Age 33.226)
Died: June 8, 1963 in Little Rock, AR
Buried: Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, AR
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 1, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1348. Rickie Weeks… #1349. Sam Leslie… #1350. Alfredo Griffin… #1351. EARL SMITH… #1352. Ethan Allen… #1353. Dick Green… #1354. Milt May… 

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
1919 22 NYG NL 21 41 36 5 9 2 1 0 8 1 3 3 .250 .308 .361 .669 101 13 0 1 2/4
1920 23 NYG NL 91 285 262 20 77 7 1 1 30 5 2 18 16 .294 .344 .340 .684 97 89 2 3 2
1921 24 NYG NL 89 261 229 35 77 8 4 10 51 4 3 27 8 .336 .409 .537 .946 147 123 1 4 2
1922 25 NYG NL 90 275 234 29 65 11 4 9 39 1 1 37 12 .278 .383 .474 .858 118 111 3 1 2
1923 26 TOT NL 96 254 225 24 62 16 2 4 23 0 1 26 11 .276 .353 .418 .771 106 94 1 3 2
1923 26 NYG NL 24 39 34 2 7 1 1 1 4 0 0 4 1 .206 .289 .382 .672 76 13 0 1 2
1923 26 BSN NL 72 215 191 22 55 15 1 3 19 0 1 22 10 .288 .364 .424 .789 112 81 1 2 2
1924 27 TOT NL 72 194 170 13 57 13 1 4 29 2 1 19 7 .335 .402 .494 .896 139 84 0 5 2
1924 27 BSN NL 33 66 59 1 16 3 0 0 8 0 1 6 3 .271 .338 .322 .660 82 19 0 1 2
1924 27 PIT NL 39 128 111 12 41 10 1 4 21 2 0 13 4 .369 .435 .586 1.021 169 65 0 4 2
1925 28 PIT NL 109 367 329 34 103 22 3 8 64 4 1 31 13 .313 .374 .471 .845 109 155 1 5 2
1926 29 PIT NL 105 331 292 29 101 17 2 2 46 1 28 7 .346 .407 .438 .845 124 128 2 9 2
1927 30 PIT NL 66 223 189 16 51 3 1 5 25 0 21 11 .270 .346 .376 .722 87 71 1 11 2
1928 31 TOT NL 56 167 143 11 34 8 0 2 18 0 16 11 .238 .314 .336 .650 67 48 0 4 2
1928 31 PIT NL 32 103 85 8 21 6 0 2 11 0 11 7 .247 .333 .388 .722 85 33 0 3 2
1928 31 STL NL 24 64 58 3 13 2 0 0 7 0 5 4 .224 .286 .259 .544 41 15 0 1 2
1929 32 STL NL 57 164 145 9 50 8 0 1 22 0 18 6 .345 .417 .421 .838 106 61 0 1 2
1930 33 STL NL 8 13 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .231 .000 .231 -39 0 0 0 /2
12 Yrs 860 2575 2264 225 686 115 19 46 355 18 9 247 106 .303 .374 .432 .806 111 977 11 47
162 Game Avg. 162 485 426 42 129 22 4 9 67 3 47 20 .303 .374 .432 .806 111 184 2 9
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
PIT (5 yrs) 351 1152 1006 99 317 58 7 21 167 7 1 104 42 .315 .382 .449 .831 114 452 4 32
NYG (5 yrs) 315 901 795 91 235 29 11 21 132 11 6 89 40 .296 .371 .439 .810 118 349 6 10
STL (3 yrs) 89 241 213 12 63 10 0 1 29 0 26 11 .296 .372 .357 .729 82 76 0 2
BSN (2 yrs) 105 281 250 23 71 18 1 3 27 0 2 28 13 .284 .358 .400 .758 105 100 1 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
1919 22 NYG NL 21 41 0 -0 0 0 1 0 0.1 1 2 0.2 .503 .500 0.2 0.1 2 2/4
1920 23 NYG NL 91 285 -0 1 0 1 3 5 0.5 9 14 1.5 .506 .504 1.4 0.5 13 2
1921 24 NYG NL 89 261 16 0 0 -1 3 19 1.8 8 27 2.7 .521 .512 2.8 0.2 28 2
1922 25 NYG NL 90 275 7 0 0 -2 3 8 0.8 8 17 1.6 .509 .505 1.8 0.1 19 2
1923 26 NYG NL 24 39 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .497 .500 0.0 0.0 0 2
1923 26 BSN NL 72 215 4 0 0 0 2 6 0.6 7 13 1.2 .508 .504 1.2 0.2 13 2
1924 27 BSN NL 33 66 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .494 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 2
1924 27 PIT NL 39 128 11 1 0 -1 1 12 1.2 4 16 1.6 .531 .507 1.7 -0.0 17 2
1925 28 PIT NL 109 367 5 1 0 1 3 10 0.9 11 22 2.1 .509 .506 2.0 0.4 21 2
1926 29 PIT NL 105 331 11 0 0 0 3 14 1.4 10 25 2.5 .514 .509 2.5 0.2 25 2
1927 30 PIT NL 66 223 -3 0 0 -1 2 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.5 .497 .499 0.6 0.1 6 2
1928 31 PIT NL 32 103 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 3 2 0.2 .497 .499 0.2 0.1 2 2
1928 31 STL NL 24 64 -5 0 0 0 1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .482 .497 -0.2 0.1 -2 2
1929 32 STL NL 57 164 3 0 0 -1 1 4 0.3 5 8 0.8 .506 .502 0.9 0.0 10 2
1930 33 STL NL 8 13 -2 0 0 -1 0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.2 .464 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /2
12 Seasons 860 2575 44 4 0 -6 24 66 6.3 79 145 14.4 .508 .504 15.1 1.7 151
PIT (5 yrs) 351 1152 23 2 0 -1 10 34 3.2 36 69 6.8 .510 .505 7.0 0.8 70
NYG (5 yrs) 315 901 22 2 0 -2 10 32 3.1 28 59 6.0 .510 .506 6.2 0.8 61
STL (3 yrs) 89 241 -4 0 0 -2 2 -4 -0.4 7 3 0.3 .495 .500 0.5 0.0 5
BSN (2 yrs) 105 281 3 -0 0 -1 2 4 0.4 9 13 1.2 .504 .502 1.4 0.1 14

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1921 ❍ 24 NYG NL WS NYY W 3 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .125 .000 .125 0 0 0 0 0 0
1922 ❍ 25 NYG NL WS NYY W 4 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 1 0 0 0 0
1925 ❍ 28 PIT NL WS WSH W 6 22 20 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .350 .381 .400 .781 8 2 0 1 0 1
1927 30 PIT NL WS NYY L 3 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1928 31 STL NL WS NYY L 1 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .750 .750 .750 1.500 3 0 0 0 0 0
5 Yrs (5 Series) 17 49 46 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 .239 .271 .261 .532 12 3 0 1 0 1
5 WS 17 49 46 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 .239 .271 .261 .532 12 3 0 1 0 1

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
1919 NYG NL 22 C 14 7 7 37 26 10 1 1 .973 2.57 .972 5.39 0 3 6 67% 44%
1919 NYG NL 22 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.40
1920 NYG NL 23 C 82 75 60 333 252 73 8 12 .976 3.96 .968 5.31 10 56 33 37% 46%
1921 NYG NL 24 C 78 71 43 260 195 56 9 4 .965 3.22 .971 4.87 4 44 35 44% 49%
1922 NYG NL 25 C 75 71 53 276 214 56 6 3 .978 3.60 .974 4.63 11 29 23 44% 46%
1923 TOT NL 26 C 66 53 39 237 173 58 6 9 .975 3.50 .976 4.66 8 57 28 33% 44%
1923 NYG NL 26 C 12 6 2 40 32 7 1 2 .975 3.25 .976 4.66 1 2 3 60% 44%
1923 BSN NL 26 C 54 47 37 197 141 51 5 7 .975 3.56 .976 4.66 7 55 25 31% 44%
1924 TOT NL 27 C 48 46 36 210 167 36 7 4 .967 4.23 .981 4.78 7 18 17 49% 47%
1924 BSN NL 27 C 13 11 7 56 40 13 3 1 .946 4.08 .981 4.78 3 7 4 36% 47%
1924 PIT NL 27 C 35 35 29 154 127 23 4 3 .974 4.29 .981 4.78 4 11 13 54% 47%
1925 PIT NL 28 C 96 93 69 407 317 77 13 15 .968 4.10 .970 4.45 9 31 38 55% 44%
1926 PIT NL 29 C 98 93 64 384 307 63 14 10 .964 3.78 .971 4.39 7 36 27 43% 44%
1927 PIT NL 30 C 61 59 43 222 187 32 3 2 .986 3.59 .974 4.43 7 28 11 28% 39%
1928 TOT NL 31 C 46 41 26 150 130 17 3 4 .980 3.20 .979 4.42 4 17 9 35% 45%
1928 PIT NL 31 C 28 28 18 92 78 11 3 2 .967 3.18 .979 4.42 2 13 6 32% 45%
1928 STL NL 31 C 18 13 8 58 52 6 0 2 1.000 3.22 .979 4.42 2 4 3 43% 45%
1929 STL NL 32 C 50 45 23 158 131 21 6 1 .962 3.04 .974 4.34 4 25 12 32% 42%
1930 STL NL 33 C 6 3 3 23 18 3 2 0 .913 3.50 .976 4.57 1 2 2 50% 44%
12 Seasons C 720 657 466 2697 2117 502 78 65 .971 3.64 .973 4.65 72 346 241 41% 45%
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.40
12 Seasons TOT 721 657 466 2697 2117 502 78 65 .971 3.63 .973 4.65 72 346 241 41% 45%
Lg 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
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

Hall of Fame
1948 BBWAA ( 0.8%)
1956 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

Batting Average s c a p y
1926 NL  .346 (3rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1926 NL  .407 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1926 NL  .686 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1926 NL  41.7 (4th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1925 NL  96 (2nd)
1926 NL  98 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1925 NL  317 (4th)
1926 NL  307 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1925 NL  77 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1924 NL  7 (4th)
1925 NL  13 (3rd)
1926 NL  14 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1920 NL  12 (2nd)
1925 NL  15 (1st)
1926 NL  10 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1920 NL  10 (3rd)
1922 NL  11 (1st)
1923 NL  8 (3rd)
1924 NL  7 (3rd)
1925 NL  9 (1st)
1926 NL  7 (5th)
1927 NL  7 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1923 NL  57 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1925 NL  38 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1925 NL  55.1 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1925 NL  4.10 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1920 NL  .976 (4th)
1925 NL  .968 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1900), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 19 (848), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (865), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (119th), 14.4 career WAR/13.2 7yr-peak WAR/13.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Earl Earl Oil Sutton Smith

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