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John Sowders

John Sowders

Positions: Pitcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: December 10, 1866 in Louisville, KY (All Transactions)
Debut: June 28, 1887 (Age 20.200)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1889 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Ward'sWonders/Cowboys/Hoosiers 1887-1890

Final Game: October 4, 1890 (Age 23.298)
Died: July 29, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN
Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN
Relatives: Brother of Bill Sowders and Brother of Len Sowders
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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
1887 20 IND NL 0 0 21.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 11 13 7 0 5 0 0 0 4 27 22 8.28 5.333 33.0 0.0 15.0 0.0 0.00
1889 22 KCC AA 6 16 .273 4.82 25 23 2 20 0 1 185.0 204 181 99 9 105 104 7 0 21 864 86 4.33 1.670 9.9 0.4 5.1 5.1 0.99
1890 23 BWW PL 19 16 .543 3.82 39 37 2 28 1 0 309.0 358 233 131 3 161 91 11 1 12 1461 117 4.12 1.680 10.4 0.1 4.7 2.7 0.57
3 Yrs 25 32 .439 4.29 65 60 5 48 1 1 497.0 573 427 237 12 271 195 18 1 37 2352 101 4.22 1.698 10.4 0.2 4.9 3.5 0.72
162 Game Avg. 14 17 .439 4.29 35 33 3 26 1 1 270 312 232 129 7 147 106 10 1 20 1279 101 4.22 1.698 10.4 0.2 4.9 3.5 0.72
BWW (1 yr) 19 16 .543 3.82 39 37 2 28 1 0 309.0 358 233 131 3 161 91 11 1 12 1461 117 4.12 1.680 10.4 0.1 4.7 2.7 0.57
KCC (1 yr) 6 16 .273 4.82 25 23 2 20 0 1 185.0 204 181 99 9 105 104 7 0 21 864 86 4.33 1.670 9.9 0.4 5.1 5.1 0.99
IND (1 yr) 0 0 21.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 11 13 7 0 5 0 0 0 4 27 22 8.28 5.333 33.0 0.0 15.0 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
1887 20 IND NL 3.0 1 0 13 39.00 6.25 0.42 0.00 102.0 5.95 -11 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -11 .076 .497
1889 22 KCC AA 185.0 25 23 181 8.81 6.06 -0.33 0.00 108.0 6.90 -36 -2.7 1.0 -0.1 -1.8 -25 .391 .483
1890 23 BWW PL 309.0 39 37 233 6.79 6.83 -0.22 0.00 105.0 7.40 22 1.7 1.0 -0.3 3.5 52 .544 .511
3 Seasons 497.0 65 60 427 7.73 6.54 -0.26 0.00 106.1 7.21 -25 -1.4 1.0 -0.5 1.3 16 .478 .500
BWW (1 yr) 309.0 39 37 233 6.79 6.83 -0.22 0.00 105.0 7.40 22 1.7 1.0 -0.3 3.5 52 .544 .511
KCC (1 yr) 185.0 25 23 181 8.81 6.06 -0.33 0.00 108.0 6.90 -36 -2.7 1.0 -0.1 -1.8 -25 .391 .483
IND (1 yr) 3.0 1 0 13 39.00 6.25 0.42 0.00 102.0 5.95 -11 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -11 .076 .497

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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
1887 20 IND NL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 /O1
1889 22 KCC AA 28 93 87 11 19 3 0 0 6 1 4 20 .218 .269 .253 .522 46 22 2 1/O
1890 23 BWW PL 40 142 132 14 25 3 0 1 20 0 10 12 .189 .246 .235 .481 26 31 0 1/O
3 Yrs 69 237 221 25 44 6 0 1 26 1 14 33 .199 .253 .240 .493 32 53 2
162 Game Avg. 162 556 519 59 103 14 0 2 61 2 33 77 .199 .253 .240 .493 32 124 5
BWW (1 yr) 40 142 132 14 25 3 0 1 20 0 10 12 .189 .246 .235 .481 26 31 0
KCC (1 yr) 28 93 87 11 19 3 0 0 6 1 4 20 .218 .269 .253 .522 46 22 2
IND (1 yr) 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 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
1887 20 IND NL 1 2 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .441 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /O1
1889 22 KCC AA 28 93 -8 -0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1/O
1890 23 BWW PL 40 142 -17 0 0 -1 10 -7 -0.5 0 -7 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -6 1/O
3 Seasons 69 237 -25 0 0 -1 18 -9 -0.6 0 -9 -0.6 .490 .498 -0.6 -0.0 -8
BWW (1 yr) 40 142 -17 0 0 -1 10 -7 -0.5 0 -7 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -6
KCC (1 yr) 28 93 -8 -0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1
IND (1 yr) 1 2 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .441 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1

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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
1887 IND NL 20 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .880 2.00 0-0-1
1887 IND NL 20 P 1 3.0 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .900 2.10 2.00
1889 KCC AA 22 P 25 185.0 38 5 27 6 0 .842 1.56 1.28 .905 2.13 2.05
1889 KCC AA 22 OF 3 3 2 0 1 0 .667 0.67 .903 2.00 3-0-0
1890 BWW PL 23 P 39 309.0 89 7 75 7 1 .921 2.39 2.10 .912 2.80 2.72
1890 BWW PL 23 OF 3 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.33 .900 2.10 0-0-3
3 Seasons P 65 497.0 129 12 102 15 1 .884 2.06 1.75 .910 2.55 2.45
3 Seasons OF 7 5 3 1 1 0 .800 0.57 .898 2.04 3-0-4
3 Seasons TOT 72 497.0 134 15 103 16 1 .881 2.06 1.64 .909 2.55 2.41 3-0-4
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.
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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 for Pitcherss c a p y
1890 PL  3.5 (9th)

Wins s c a p y
1890 PL  19 (10th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1889 AA  5.060 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1889 AA  1 (3rd)

Games Started s c a p y
1890 PL  37 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1890 PL  1 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1890 PL  161 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1890 PL  358 (10th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1890 PL  0.087 (1st)

Losses s c a p y
1890 PL  16 (10th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1887 NL  1 (10th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1890 PL  117 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1890 PL  17 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1890 PL  1.3 (9th)

Youngest s c a p y
1887 NL  born 1866-12-10 (9th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 9 (1577), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1457), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1807th), 0.7 career WAR/0.7 7yr-peak WAR/0.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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