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Elmer Smith

Elmer John Smith

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: September 21, 1892 in Erie County, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: September 20, 1914 (Age 21)
Rookie Status: Lost 1915 [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Reds/Yankees/Senators/RedSox/... 1914-1925

Final Game: September 27, 1925 (Age 33)
Died: August 3, 1984 in Columbia, KY
Cremated
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #1159. Larry Herndon… #1160. Brandon Inge… #1161. Tony Kubek… #1162. ELMER SMITH… #1163. Marcus Giles… #1164. Wid Conroy… #1165. Hank Gowdy… 

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
1914 21 CLE AL 13 56 53 5 17 3 0 0 8 1 1 2 11 .321 .345 .377 .723 114 20 0 1 8O
1915 22 CLE AL 144 527 476 37 118 23 12 3 67 10 11 36 75 .248 .301 .366 .666 98 174 0 16 *O97/8
1916 23 TOT AL 124 434 381 37 95 25 6 5 67 7 36 63 .249 .319 .386 .705 110 147 3 13 O97
1916 23 CLE AL 79 239 213 25 59 15 3 3 40 3 18 35 .277 .336 .418 .754 122 89 1 6 O9/7
1916 23 WSH AL 45 195 168 12 36 10 3 2 27 4 18 28 .214 .298 .345 .643 94 58 2 7 O97
1917 24 TOT AL 99 311 278 29 68 9 4 3 39 7 18 32 .245 .293 .338 .631 90 94 1 12 O79/8
1917 24 WSH AL 35 130 117 8 26 4 3 0 17 1 5 14 .222 .260 .308 .568 74 36 1 5 O7/9
1917 24 CLE AL 64 181 161 21 42 5 1 3 22 6 13 18 .261 .316 .360 .676 100 58 0 7 O9/78
1919 26 CLE AL 114 456 395 60 110 24 6 9 54 15 41 30 .278 .354 .438 .792 116 173 5 10 *O9/8
1920 27 CLE AL 129 527 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 5 4 53 35 .316 .391 .520 .910 136 237 3 13 *9O
1921 28 CLE AL 129 504 431 98 125 28 9 16 85 0 2 56 46 .290 .374 .508 .882 121 219 2 16 *O9
1922 29 TOT AL 94 295 258 44 71 13 6 7 37 0 3 28 26 .275 .348 .453 .802 108 117 1 7 O9/8
1922 29 BOS AL 73 264 231 43 66 13 6 6 32 0 3 25 21 .286 .358 .472 .830 116 109 1 6 O9/8
1922 29 NYY AL 21 31 27 1 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 5 .185 .267 .296 .563 45 8 0 1 O/98
1923 30 NYY AL 70 208 183 30 56 6 2 7 35 3 1 21 21 .306 .377 .475 .853 122 87 0 4 O9
1925 32 CIN NL 96 320 284 47 77 13 7 8 46 6 5 28 20 .271 .339 .451 .789 101 128 1 7 O79/8
10 Yrs 1012 3638 3195 469 881 181 62 70 541 54 27 319 359 .276 .344 .437 .781 113 1396 16 99
162 Game Avg. 162 582 511 75 141 29 10 11 87 9 51 57 .276 .344 .437 .781 113 223 3 16
CLE (7 yrs) 672 2490 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 40 18 219 250 .281 .350 .444 .794 117 970 11 69
WSH (2 yrs) 80 325 285 20 62 14 6 2 44 5 23 42 .218 .283 .330 .613 86 94 3 12
NYY (2 yrs) 91 239 210 31 61 6 2 8 40 3 1 24 26 .290 .363 .452 .816 112 95 0 5
BOS (1 yr) 73 264 231 43 66 13 6 6 32 0 3 25 21 .286 .358 .472 .830 116 109 1 6
CIN (1 yr) 96 320 284 47 77 13 7 8 46 6 5 28 20 .271 .339 .451 .789 101 128 1 7
AL (9 yrs) 916 3318 2911 422 804 168 55 62 495 48 22 291 339 .276 .345 .436 .781 114 1268 15 92
NL (1 yr) 96 320 284 47 77 13 7 8 46 6 5 28 20 .271 .339 .451 .789 101 128 1 7

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
1914 21 CLE AL 13 56 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.2 -0.1 2 8O
1915 22 CLE AL 144 527 -4 -1 0 0 -6 -11 -1.4 20 8 0.7 .491 .492 0.7 -0.8 9 *O97/8
1916 23 CLE AL 79 239 4 -0 0 -2 -3 -1 -0.1 9 8 0.8 .499 .499 1.1 -0.6 10 O9/7
1916 23 WSH AL 45 195 -2 -0 0 1 -2 -3 -0.4 7 4 0.3 .492 .498 0.2 -0.2 3 O97
1917 24 WSH AL 35 130 -4 -0 0 0 -2 -5 -0.7 5 -0 -0.2 .481 .496 -0.2 -0.2 -0 O7/9
1917 24 CLE AL 64 181 -0 -0 0 1 -2 -1 -0.2 7 6 0.5 .497 .499 0.4 -0.1 4 O9/78
1919 26 CLE AL 114 456 9 -0 0 -2 -5 1 0.2 17 18 1.9 .501 .501 2.1 -0.8 20 *O9/8
1920 27 CLE AL 129 527 23 1 0 4 -6 22 2.2 20 42 4.1 .517 .513 3.7 -0.2 38 $3,200 *9O
1921 28 CLE AL 129 504 13 0 0 -3 -6 4 0.4 19 22 2.2 .503 .502 2.5 -0.8 25 $5,000 *O9
1922 29 BOS AL 73 264 5 -1 0 2 -3 3 0.3 10 13 1.3 .504 .502 1.1 -0.1 11 $5,500 O9/8
1922 29 NYY AL 21 31 -2 0 0 0 -0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .487 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 $5,500 O/98
1923 30 NYY AL 70 208 5 1 0 1 -2 5 0.4 8 13 1.2 .507 .503 1.1 -0.1 12 $6,000 O9
1925 32 CIN NL 96 320 0 -0 0 0 -4 -4 -0.4 10 6 0.6 .496 .498 0.6 -0.4 6 O79/8
10 Seasons 1012 3638 48 -1 0 2 -43 6 0.0 135 140 13.6 .500 .501 13.5 -4.4 138 $25,200
CLE (7 yrs) 672 2490 45 -0 0 -2 -30 13 1.1 94 107 10.5 .502 .501 10.7 -3.4 109 $8,200
WSH (2 yrs) 80 325 -5 -0 0 1 -4 -8 -1.1 12 4 0.2 .487 .497 0.1 -0.4 3
NYY (2 yrs) 91 239 3 1 0 1 -3 2 0.2 9 11 1.1 .502 .502 1.0 -0.2 10 $11,500
BOS (1 yr) 73 264 5 -1 0 2 -3 3 0.3 10 13 1.3 .504 .502 1.1 -0.1 11 $5,500
CIN (1 yr) 96 320 0 -0 0 0 -4 -4 -0.4 10 6 0.6 .496 .498 0.6 -0.4 6

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
1920 27 CLE AL WS BRO W 5 14 13 1 4 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 1 .308 .357 .692 1.049 9 0 0 0 0 0
1922 29 NYY AL WS NYG L 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 7 16 15 1 4 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 3 .267 .313 .600 .913 9 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 7 16 15 1 4 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 3 .267 .313 .600 .913 9 0 0 0 0 0

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
1914 CLE AL 21 CF 13 13 13 31 29 2 0 0 1.000 2.38 .955 2.35
1914 CLE AL 21 OF 13 13 13 31 29 2 0 0 1.000 2.38 .956 2.00
1915 CLE AL 22 OF 123 122 122 235 202 15 18 4 .923 1.76 .958 2.05
1915 CLE AL 22 RF 97 97 97 181 158 9 14 4 .923 1.72 .957 1.60
1915 CLE AL 22 LF 21 21 21 40 36 2 2 0 .950 1.81 .963 2.09
1915 CLE AL 22 CF 5 4 4 9 7 0 2 0 .778 1.40 .954 2.44
1916 TOT AL 23 OF 102 97 88 168 152 12 4 4 .976 1.61 .963 2.12
1916 TOT AL 23 RF 91 87 78 142 126 12 4 3 .972 1.52 .960 1.69
1916 TOT AL 23 LF 11 10 10 26 26 0 0 0 1.000 2.36 .961 2.22
1916 CLE AL 23 OF 57 52 43 87 77 7 3 3 .966 1.47 .963 2.12
1916 CLE AL 23 RF 56 52 43 85 75 7 3 2 .965 1.46 .960 1.69
1916 CLE AL 23 LF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.20
1916 WSH AL 23 OF 45 45 45 81 75 5 1 1 .988 1.78 .963 2.12
1916 WSH AL 23 RF 35 35 35 57 51 5 1 1 .982 1.60 .960 1.69
1916 WSH AL 23 LF 10 10 10 24 24 0 0 0 1.000 2.40 .961 2.22
1917 TOT AL 24 OF 69 65 61 141 124 9 8 2 .943 1.93 .967 2.22
1917 TOT AL 24 LF 36 36 33 89 76 5 8 1 .910 2.25 .964 2.23
1917 TOT AL 24 RF 32 29 28 53 48 4 1 3 .981 1.63 .961 1.81
1917 WSH AL 24 OF 29 29 27 71 60 4 7 0 .901 2.21 .967 2.22
1917 WSH AL 24 LF 27 27 25 68 57 4 7 0 .897 2.26 .964 2.23
1917 WSH AL 24 RF 2 2 2 4 3 0 1 0 .750 1.50 .960 1.80
1917 CLE AL 24 OF 40 36 34 70 64 5 1 2 .986 1.73 .967 2.22
1917 CLE AL 24 RF 30 27 26 49 45 4 0 3 1.000 1.63 .961 1.81
1917 CLE AL 24 LF 9 9 8 21 19 1 1 1 .952 2.22 .964 2.23
1917 CLE AL 24 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1919 CLE AL 26 OF 111 104 96 187 167 12 8 6 .957 1.61 .958 2.26
1919 CLE AL 26 RF 110 103 95 184 164 12 8 6 .957 1.60 .951 1.94
1919 CLE AL 26 CF 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.60
1920 CLE AL 27 RF 130 118 101 232 217 8 7 2 .970 1.73 .958 1.91
1920 CLE AL 27 OF 129 118 101 232 217 8 7 2 .970 1.74 .962 2.25
1921 CLE AL 28 OF 127 110 94 205 183 16 6 1 .971 1.57 .960 2.33
1921 CLE AL 28 RF 127 110 94 205 183 16 6 1 .971 1.57 .958 1.96
1922 TOT AL 29 OF 69 60 55 146 130 8 8 4 .945 2.00 .964 2.31
1922 TOT AL 29 RF 65 60 55 143 127 8 8 4 .944 2.08 .954 1.85
1922 TOT AL 29 CF 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .970 2.70
1922 BOS AL 29 OF 58 57 52 131 117 7 7 3 .947 2.14 .964 2.31
1922 BOS AL 29 RF 57 57 52 131 117 7 7 3 .947 2.18 .954 1.85
1922 BOS AL 29 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.70
1922 NYY AL 29 OF 11 3 3 15 13 1 1 1 .933 1.27 .964 2.31
1922 NYY AL 29 RF 8 3 3 12 10 1 1 1 .917 1.38 .954 1.85
1922 NYY AL 29 CF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.70
1923 NYY AL 30 OF 47 42 31 96 86 5 5 2 .948 1.94 .965 2.38
1923 NYY AL 30 RF 47 42 31 96 86 5 5 2 .948 1.94 .960 2.12
1925 CIN NL 32 OF 80 66 55 152 139 8 5 5 .967 1.84 .967 2.48
1925 CIN NL 32 LF 51 44 36 100 90 5 5 2 .950 1.86 .967 2.26
1925 CIN NL 32 RF 28 22 19 50 47 3 0 3 1.000 1.79 .967 2.27
1925 CIN NL 32 CF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .965 2.90
10 Seasons OF 870 797 716 1593 1429 95 69 30 .957 1.75 .962 2.25 119-25-727
9 Seasons RF 727 668 598 1286 1156 77 53 28 .959 1.70 .957 1.87
4 Seasons LF 119 111 100 255 228 12 15 3 .941 2.02 .965 2.22
6 Seasons CF 25 18 18 46 42 2 2 0 .957 1.76 .956 2.48
10 Seasons TOT 870 797 716 1593 1429 95 69 30 .957 1.75 .962 2.25 119-25-727
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
  • 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

Slugging % s c a p y
1920 AL  .520 (6th)
1921 AL  .508 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1920 AL  .910 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1920 AL  37 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1916 AL  5 (5th)
1919 AL  9 (5th)
1920 AL  12 (5th)
1921 AL  16 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1920 AL  103 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 AL  75 (5th)
1916 AL  63 (7th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1920 AL  136 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1920 AL  24 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1920 AL  2.3 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1915 AL  38 (10th)
1920 AL  59 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1920 AL  .707 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1919 AL  11.3 (4th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1916 AL  76.2 (4th)
1917 AL  92.7 (6th)
1919 AL  43.9 (2nd)
1920 AL  38.0 (4th)
1921 AL  26.9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1925 NL  2 (4th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  97 (5th)
1919 AL  110 (3rd)
1920 AL  130 (2nd)
1921 AL  127 (5th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  158 (5th)
1919 AL  164 (5th)
1920 AL  217 (2nd)
1921 AL  183 (5th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1916 AL  12 (5th)
1919 AL  12 (5th)
1921 AL  16 (4th)
Career  77 (72nd)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  14 (1st)
1919 AL  8 (5th)
1920 AL  7 (5th)
Career  53 (54th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  4 (4th)
1916 AL  3 (4th)
1917 AL  3 (5th)
1919 AL  6 (1st)
1920 AL  2 (5th)
1922 AL  4 (3rd)
Career  28 (25th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1915 AL  18 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1919 AL  6 (4th)
1922 AL  4 (4th)
1925 NL  5 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 AL  1.72 (2nd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1919 AL  .957 (3rd)
1920 AL  .970 (1st)
1921 AL  .971 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 28 (855), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1228), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1225), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (171st), 13.6 career WAR/12.4 7yr-peak WAR/13.0 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
192027Cleveland Indians$3,200Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192128Cleveland Indians$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192229Boston Red Sox$5,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsBOS/NYY
29New York Yankees$5,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192330New York Yankees$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$25,200
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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