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Hal Smith

Harold Raymond Smith (Cura)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 186 lb.

Born: June 1, 1931 in Barling, AR
High School: Fort Smith HS (Fort Smith, AR)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1956 (Age 24.336, 8,967th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Pirates 1956-1965

Final Game: July 8, 1965 (Age 34.037)
Died: April 12, 2014 in Fort Smith, AR
Buried: Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR
Relatives: Uncle of Tim Flannery
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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
1956 25 STL NL 75 242 227 27 64 12 0 5 23 1 0 15 22 .282 .326 .401 .727 96 91 7 0 0 0 4 2
1957 ★ 26 STL NL 100 355 333 25 93 12 3 2 37 2 2 18 18 .279 .314 .351 .665 77 117 9 0 1 3 2 2 AS
1958 27 STL NL 77 238 220 13 50 4 1 1 24 0 0 14 14 .227 .272 .268 .541 41 59 6 0 3 1 4 2
1959 ★ 28 STL NL 142 474 452 35 122 15 3 13 50 2 6 15 28 .270 .295 .403 .698 80 182 13 1 5 0 6 *2 AS
1960 29 STL NL 127 370 337 20 77 16 0 2 28 1 0 29 33 .228 .291 .294 .585 56 99 12 1 1 1 13 *2
1961 30 STL NL 45 142 125 6 31 4 1 0 10 0 0 11 12 .248 .309 .296 .605 57 37 3 1 3 2 4 2
1965 34 PIT NL 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
7 Yrs 570 1824 1697 126 437 63 8 23 172 6 8 102 128 .258 .300 .345 .644 70 585 50 3 13 7 33
162 Game Avg. 162 518 482 36 124 18 2 7 49 2 2 29 36 .258 .300 .345 .644 70 166 14 1 4 2 9
STL (6 yrs) 566 1821 1694 126 437 63 8 23 172 6 8 102 127 .258 .300 .345 .645 70 585 50 3 13 7 33
PIT (1 yr) 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 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
1956 25 STL NL 75 242 1 -1 -1 -2 3 0 -0.1 9 9 0.8 .500 .500 1.2 -0.0 11 2
1957 ★ 26 STL NL 100 355 -7 -4 -0 -3 4 -9 -1.1 13 4 0.2 .490 .494 0.7 0.1 7 2 AS
1958 27 STL NL 77 238 -18 -0 1 0 3 -14 -1.5 9 -5 -0.6 .481 .491 -0.6 0.3 -5 2
1959 ★ 28 STL NL 142 474 -11 -4 -1 3 7 -5 -0.5 18 13 1.3 .496 .497 1.0 1.1 10 *2 AS
1960 29 STL NL 127 370 -23 -1 -1 6 6 -13 -1.5 14 1 -0.1 .489 .491 -0.7 1.2 -5 $20,000 *2
1961 30 STL NL 45 142 -9 -0 1 5 2 -2 -0.2 5 4 0.4 .496 .499 -0.2 0.7 -1 2
1965 34 PIT NL 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .481 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
7 Seasons 570 1824 -67 -10 -1 9 26 -43 -5.0 69 26 1.9 .492 .495 1.4 3.5 17 $20,000
STL (6 yrs) 566 1821 -66 -10 -1 9 26 -42 -4.9 69 26 2.0 .492 .495 1.4 3.5 17 $20,000
PIT (1 yr) 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .481 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1956 STL NL 25 C 66 58 56 516.0 340 300 34 6 3 .982 -2 -5 5.83 5.06 .985 5.83 5.77 1 21 15 11 42% 40% 1
1957 STL NL 26 C 97 86 77 795.0 515 468 42 5 8 .990 -3 -5 5.77 5.26 .988 5.98 6.02 17 21 28 15 35% 40% 4 AS
1958 STL NL 27 C 71 61 52 554.2 372 346 22 4 4 .989 0 0 5.97 5.18 .988 6.06 6.02 2 7 25 9 26% 39% 1
1959 STL NL 28 C 141 128 99 1105.2 827 758 60 9 13 .989 3 3 6.66 5.80 .989 6.34 6.28 5 34 44 32 42% 38% 7 AS
1960 STL NL 29 C 124 108 74 917.0 732 664 61 7 9 .990 6 8 7.12 5.85 .986 6.58 6.57 2 24 32 34 52% 40% 0
1961 STL NL 30 C 45 42 29 344.1 291 261 28 2 6 .993 5 17 7.55 6.42 .985 6.39 6.32 1 9 12 11 48% 38% 5
1965 PIT NL 34 C 4 1 0 12.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.75 3.25 .988 6.98 6.98 0 1 0 0 0
7 Seasons C 548 484 387 4244.2 3090 2810 247 33 43 .989 9 3 6.48 5.58 .987 6.23 6.21 28 117 156 112 42% 39% 18
7 Seasons TOT 548 484 387 4244.2 3090 2810 247 33 43 .989 9 3 6.48 5.58 .987 6.23 6.21 28 117 156 112 42% 39% 18
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1959 NL  1.1 (10th)
1960 NL  1.3 (8th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1960 NL  13 (3rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1959 NL  141 (2nd)
1960 NL  124 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1957 NL  468 (5th)
1959 NL  758 (3rd)
1960 NL  664 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1957 NL  42 (4th)
1959 NL  60 (3rd)
1960 NL  61 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1959 NL  9 (2nd)
1960 NL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1957 NL  8 (4th)
1959 NL  13 (2nd)
1960 NL  9 (2nd)
1961 NL  6 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1957 NL  17 (1st)
1959 NL  5 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1957 NL  28 (4th)
1959 NL  44 (2nd)
1960 NL  32 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1957 NL  15 (5th)
1959 NL  32 (1st)
1960 NL  34 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1960 NL  51.5 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1959 NL  3 (4th)
1960 NL  6 (2nd)
1961 NL  5 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1959 NL  6.66 (4th)
1960 NL  7.12 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1957 NL  5.26 (5th)
1959 NL  5.80 (3rd)
1960 NL  5.85 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1957 NL  .990 (4th)
1959 NL  .989 (5th)
1960 NL  .990 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 9 (1257), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (460th), 1.9 career WAR/1.9 7yr-peak WAR/1.9 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
1960 29 St. Louis Cardinals $20,000 ? 2/17/60 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$20,000
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: Harold Cura Hal hank Raymond Smith

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