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Germany Smith

George J. Smith

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: April 21, 1863 in Pittsburgh, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1884 (Age 20.362)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Bridegrooms/Grays/Blues/Browns/... 1884-1898

Final Game: October 9, 1898 (Age 35.171)
Died: December 1, 1927 in Altoona, PA
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 3, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #960. Craig Counsell… #961. Deron Johnson… #962. Elvis Andrus… #963. GERMANY SMITH… #964. Glenn Beckert… #965. Doggie Miller… #966. George McBride… 

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
1884 21 TOT MLB 97 402 399 40 108 22 5 4 26 3 .271 .276 .381 .657 106 152 *64/1
1884 21 ALT UA 25 109 108 9 34 8 1 0 1 .315 .321 .407 .729 142 44 6/1
1884 21 CLV NL 72 293 291 31 74 14 4 4 26 2 45 .254 .259 .371 .631 94 108 46
1885 22 BRO AA 108 429 419 63 108 17 11 4 62 10 .258 .275 .379 .655 104 159 0 *6
1886 23 BRO AA 105 445 426 66 105 17 6 2 45 22 19 .246 .279 .329 .607 90 140 0 *6/2O
1887 24 BRO AA 103 449 435 79 128 19 16 4 72 26 13 18 .294 .316 .439 .755 107 191 1 *6/5
1888 25 BRO AA 103 424 402 47 86 10 7 3 61 27 22 39 .214 .255 .296 .551 76 119 0 *6/4
1889 26 BRO AA 121 487 446 89 103 22 3 3 53 35 40 42 .231 .296 .314 .610 78 140 1 *6/O
1890 27 BRO NL 129 526 481 76 92 6 5 1 47 24 42 23 .191 .260 .231 .491 43 111 3 *6
1891 28 CIN NL 138 551 512 50 103 11 5 3 53 16 38 32 .201 .258 .260 .517 51 133 1 *6
1892 29 CIN NL 139 548 506 58 123 13 6 8 63 19 42 52 .243 .301 .340 .641 94 172 0 *6
1893 30 CIN NL 130 540 500 63 118 18 6 4 56 14 38 20 .236 .293 .320 .613 61 160 2 *6
1894 31 CIN NL 129 538 492 73 130 34 6 3 79 15 41 28 .264 .323 .376 .699 66 185 2 3 *6
1895 32 CIN NL 127 540 503 75 151 23 6 4 74 13 34 24 .300 .345 .394 .738 87 198 0 3 *6
1896 33 CIN NL 120 492 456 65 131 21 9 3 71 22 28 22 .287 .330 .393 .722 85 179 1 7 *6
1897 34 BRO NL 112 453 428 47 86 17 3 0 29 1 14 23 .201 .233 .255 .488 32 109 4 7 *6
1898 35 STL NL 51 184 157 16 25 2 1 1 9 1 24 22 .159 .275 .204 .479 36 32 1 2 6
15 Yrs 1712 7008 6562 907 1597 252 95 47 800 235 408 390 .243 .289 .332 .622 75 2180 16 22
162 Game Avg. 162 663 621 86 151 24 9 4 76 39 .243 .289 .332 .622 75 206
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
BRO (7 yrs) 781 3213 3037 467 708 108 51 17 369 135 160 145 .233 .274 .319 .593 74 969 9 7
CIN (6 yrs) 783 3209 2969 384 756 120 38 25 396 99 221 178 .255 .308 .346 .653 74 1027 6 13
STL (1 yr) 51 184 157 16 25 2 1 1 9 1 24 22 .159 .275 .204 .479 36 32 1 2
CLV (1 yr) 72 293 291 31 74 14 4 4 26 2 45 .254 .259 .371 .631 94 108
ALT (1 yr) 25 109 108 9 34 8 1 0 1 .315 .321 .407 .729 142 44
NL (10 yrs) 1147 4665 4326 554 1033 159 51 31 507 125 303 291 .239 .291 .321 .611 66 1387 14 22
AA (5 yrs) 540 2234 2128 344 530 85 43 16 293 110 104 99 .249 .285 .352 .637 91 749 2
UA (1 yr) 25 109 108 9 34 8 1 0 1 .315 .321 .407 .729 142 44

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
1884 21 ALT UA 25 109 4 0 0 -2 2 4 0.4 0 4 0.5 .514 .502 0.6 0.0 6 6/1
1884 21 CLV NL 72 293 -4 0 0 3 3 2 0.1 10 12 1.1 .502 .501 0.9 0.5 9 46
1885 22 BRO AA 108 429 0 0 0 19 7 26 2.4 9 35 3.4 .522 .515 1.6 2.4 16 *6
1886 23 BRO AA 105 445 -7 0 0 6 7 6 0.5 10 15 1.5 .505 .503 0.9 1.1 9 *6/2O
1887 24 BRO AA 103 449 -2 -1 0 8 7 12 1.0 10 22 2.0 .509 .506 1.3 1.2 14 *6/5
1888 25 BRO AA 103 424 -12 1 0 3 7 -2 -0.2 9 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.4 0.9 4 *6/4
1889 26 BRO AA 121 487 -12 2 0 11 8 9 0.7 10 19 1.8 .506 .505 0.8 1.6 8 *6/O
1890 27 BRO NL 129 526 -34 -1 0 16 8 -10 -1.2 18 8 0.6 .493 .494 -0.6 2.0 -8 *6
1891 28 CIN NL 138 551 -32 -1 0 18 9 -6 -0.8 19 13 1.1 .496 .497 -0.3 2.3 -5 *6
1892 29 CIN NL 139 548 -5 -1 0 25 9 28 2.5 19 46 4.5 .519 .516 2.2 3.2 21 *6
1893 30 CIN NL 130 540 -33 -1 0 21 9 -4 -0.4 18 14 1.4 .498 .498 -0.2 2.3 -7 *6
1894 31 CIN NL 129 538 -35 -1 0 13 8 -14 -1.1 18 4 0.7 .492 .494 -0.2 1.5 -9 *6
1895 32 CIN NL 127 540 -12 -2 0 6 8 0 -0.0 18 19 1.8 .500 .500 1.4 1.1 13 *6
1896 33 CIN NL 120 492 -14 -1 0 10 8 3 0.2 17 20 1.9 .502 .502 1.1 1.5 10 *6
1897 34 BRO NL 112 453 -44 0 0 5 7 -31 -2.7 15 -16 -1.2 .476 .484 -1.6 1.0 -21 *6
1898 35 STL NL 51 184 -13 0 0 -2 3 -12 -1.1 6 -6 -0.5 .478 .493 -0.3 0.1 -4 6
15 Seasons 1712 7008 -255 -5 0 160 110 10 0.4 207 218 21.5 .501 .501 8.1 22.8 58
BRO (7 yrs) 781 3213 -111 2 0 68 51 9 0.5 81 91 9.0 .501 .500 3.0 10.4 23
CIN (6 yrs) 783 3209 -130 -7 0 93 51 7 0.5 110 116 11.5 .501 .501 4.0 11.9 24
STL (1 yr) 51 184 -13 0 0 -2 3 -12 -1.1 6 -6 -0.5 .478 .493 -0.3 0.1 -4
CLV (1 yr) 72 293 -4 0 0 3 3 2 0.1 10 12 1.1 .502 .501 0.9 0.5 9
ALT (1 yr) 25 109 4 0 0 -2 2 4 0.4 0 4 0.5 .514 .502 0.6 0.0 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
1889 26 BRO AA WS NYG L 0 32 29 2 5 2 1 0 2 2 3 2 .172 .250 .310 .560 9 0
1890 27 BRO NL WS LOU T 0 29 29 3 8 0 2 0 7 1 0 3 .276 .276 .414 .690 12 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 0 61 58 5 13 2 3 0 9 3 3 5 .224 .262 .362 .624 21 0
2 WS 0 61 58 5 13 2 3 0 9 3 3 5 .224 .262 .362 .624 21 0

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
1884 21 ALT UA 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 6 54 1.27 3.000 27.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
1 Yr 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 6 54 1.27 3.000 27.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 9.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 68 204 136 68 0 0 68 0 68 408 54 1.27 3.000 27.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
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
1884 21 ALT UA 1.0 1 0 2 18.00 5.70 -1.33 0.00 109.0 7.66 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .404 .499
1 Season 1.0 1 0 2 18.00 5.70 -1.33 0.00 109.0 7.66 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .404 .499

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1884 TOT MLB 21 SS 55 314 84 195 35 4 .889 5.07 .842 4.15
1884 ALT UA 21 SS 25 147 40 88 19 1 .871 5.12 .816 3.96
1884 ALT UA 21 P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
1884 CLV NL 21 2B 42 281 111 136 34 23 .879 5.88 .890 5.78
1884 CLV NL 21 SS 30 167 44 107 16 3 .904 5.03 .864 4.30
1885 BRO AA 22 SS 108 697 161 455 81 23 .884 5.70 .879 4.69
1886 BRO AA 23 SS 105 608 142 381 85 30 .860 4.98 .854 4.56
1886 BRO AA 23 C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 7.20 0 0 0
1886 BRO AA 23 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 1-0-0
1887 BRO AA 24 SS 101 614 157 387 70 23 .886 5.39 .858 4.48
1887 BRO AA 24 3B 2 8 4 2 2 0 .750 3.00 .850 3.35
1888 BRO AA 25 SS 103 601 155 352 94 29 .844 4.92 .863 4.61
1888 BRO AA 25 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.60
1889 BRO AA 26 SS 120 666 182 417 67 37 .899 4.99 .873 5.13
1889 BRO AA 26 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1890 BRO NL 27 SS 129 774 232 468 74 49 .904 5.43 .902 5.33
1891 CIN NL 28 SS 138 822 240 507 75 40 .909 5.41 .889 5.25
1892 CIN NL 29 SS 139 870 239 561 70 55 .920 5.76 .897 5.37
1893 CIN NL 30 SS 130 803 250 500 53 67 .934 5.77 .897 5.54
1894 CIN NL 31 SS 129 823 236 513 74 76 .910 5.81 .897 5.70
1895 CIN NL 32 SS 127 767 251 457 59 58 .923 5.57 .899 5.63
1896 CIN NL 33 SS 120 663 207 407 49 47 .926 5.12 .903 5.58
1897 BRO NL 34 SS 112 661 201 399 61 36 .908 5.36 .907 5.76
1898 STL NL 35 SS 51 272 79 167 26 14 .904 4.82 .913 5.66
15 Seasons SS 1667 9955 2816 6166 973 588 .902 5.39 .887 5.21
2 Seasons 2B 43 281 111 136 34 23 .879 5.74 .890 5.78
1 Season 3B 2 8 4 2 2 0 .750 3.00 .850 3.35
2 Seasons OF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 1-0-1
1 Season C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 7.20 0 0 0
1 Season P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
15 Seasons TOT 1716 1.0 10244 2931 6304 1009 611 .902 0.00 5.38 .887 2.70 5.22 1-0-1 0 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1885 AA  3.4 (7th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1885 AA  2.4 (1st)
1886 AA  1.1 (6th)
1887 AA  1.2 (1st)
1889 AA  1.6 (3rd)
1890 NL  2.0 (4th)
1891 NL  2.3 (2nd)
1892 NL  3.2 (1st)
1893 NL  2.3 (1st)
1894 NL  1.5 (2nd)
1895 NL  1.1 (9th)
1896 NL  1.5 (4th)
1897 NL  1.0 (9th)
Career  22.8 (28th)

Games Played s c a p y
1891 NL  138 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1887 AA  16 (7th)
Career  95 (183rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1885 AA  4 (9th)
1892 NL  8 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1885 AA  62 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1885 AA  32 (9th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1890 NL  20.9 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1885 AA  104.8 (10th)
1892 NL  63.3 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1890 NL  389 (10th)
1891 NL  409 (7th)

Assistss c a p y
1885 AA  455 (1st)
1890 NL  468 (2nd)
1891 NL  507 (1st)
1892 NL  561 (1st)
1893 NL  500 (1st)
1894 NL  513 (1st)
1895 NL  457 (4th)
Career  6,304 (35th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1885 AA  81 (2nd)
1888 AA  94 (3rd)
1890 NL  74 (4th)
Career  1,009 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  108 (3rd)
1886 AA  105 (4th)
1888 AA  103 (5th)
1889 AA  120 (5th)
1890 NL  129 (4th)
1891 NL  138 (3rd)
1893 NL  130 (1st)
1894 NL  129 (2nd)
1895 NL  127 (5th)
Career  1,667 (43rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  161 (2nd)
1886 AA  142 (3rd)
1888 AA  155 (3rd)
1889 AA  182 (5th)
1890 NL  232 (5th)
1891 NL  240 (4th)
1893 NL  250 (4th)
1894 NL  236 (5th)
Career  2,816 (57th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  455 (1st)
1886 AA  381 (3rd)
1887 AA  387 (5th)
1888 AA  352 (4th)
1890 NL  468 (2nd)
1891 NL  507 (1st)
1892 NL  561 (1st)
1893 NL  500 (1st)
1894 NL  513 (1st)
1895 NL  457 (4th)
1897 NL  399 (5th)
Career  6,166 (18th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  81 (1st)
1886 AA  85 (3rd)
1888 AA  94 (2nd)
1889 AA  67 (5th)
1890 NL  74 (2nd)
1891 NL  75 (4th)
1894 NL  74 (4th)
Career  973 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  23 (5th)
1886 AA  30 (4th)
1888 AA  29 (4th)
1890 NL  49 (3rd)
1891 NL  40 (4th)
1892 NL  55 (4th)
1893 NL  67 (1st)
1894 NL  76 (1st)
1895 NL  58 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  5.70 (1st)
1886 AA  4.98 (1st)
1887 AA  5.39 (1st)
1888 AA  4.92 (3rd)
1890 NL  5.43 (4th)
1891 NL  5.41 (5th)
1892 NL  5.76 (3rd)
1893 NL  5.77 (4th)
1894 NL  5.81 (4th)
Career  5.39 (27th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1885 AA  .884 (4th)
1886 AA  .860 (3rd)
1887 AA  .886 (1st)
1888 AA  .844 (5th)
1889 AA  .899 (2nd)
1890 NL  .904 (4th)
1891 NL  .909 (3rd)
1892 NL  .920 (2nd)
1893 NL  .934 (1st)
1894 NL  .910 (3rd)
1895 NL  .923 (4th)
1896 NL  .926 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1898 NL  born 1863-04-21 (9th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 14 (1251), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1076), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (890), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (115th), 21.5 career WAR/17.0 7yr-peak WAR/19.2 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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