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Tubby Spencer

Edward Russell Spencer

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: January 26, 1884 in Oil City, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: July 23, 1905 (Age 21.178, 2,731st in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1906 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Tigers/RedSox/Phillies 1905-1918

Last Game: September 1, 1918 (Age 34.218)
Died: February 1, 1945 in San Francisco, CA
Buried: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Daly City, CA
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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
1905 21 SLB AL 35 125 115 6 27 1 2 0 11 2 7 15 .235 .285 .278 .563 83 32 1 2 2
1906 22 SLB AL 58 200 188 15 33 6 1 0 17 4 7 11 .176 .205 .218 .423 35 41 0 5 2
1907 23 SLB AL 71 244 230 27 61 11 1 1 25 1 7 25 .265 .299 .335 .634 103 77 4 3 2
1908 24 SLB AL 91 310 286 19 60 6 1 0 28 1 17 24 .210 .254 .238 .492 60 68 0 7 2
1909 25 BOS AL 28 82 74 6 12 1 0 0 9 2 6 6 .162 .225 .176 .401 25 13 0 2 2
1911 27 PHI NL 11 35 32 2 5 1 0 1 3 0 3 7 .156 .229 .281 .510 42 9 0 0 2
1916 32 DET AL 19 65 54 7 20 1 1 1 10 2 6 6 .370 .443 .481 .924 173 26 1 4 2
1917 33 DET AL 70 218 192 13 46 8 3 0 22 0 15 15 .240 .324 .313 .637 94 60 9 2 2
1918 34 DET AL 66 178 155 11 34 8 1 0 8 1 19 18 .219 .313 .284 .596 84 44 2 2 2/3
9 Yrs 449 1457 1326 106 298 43 10 3 133 13 87 127 .225 .281 .279 .560 76 370 17 27
162 Game Avg. 162 526 478 38 108 16 4 1 48 5 31 46 .225 .281 .279 .560 76 133 6 10
SLB (4 yrs) 255 879 819 67 181 24 5 1 81 8 38 75 .221 .260 .266 .526 70 218 5 17
DET (3 yrs) 155 461 401 31 100 17 5 1 40 3 40 39 .249 .336 .324 .660 101 130 12 8
PHI (1 yr) 11 35 32 2 5 1 0 1 3 0 3 7 .156 .229 .281 .510 42 9 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 28 82 74 6 12 1 0 0 9 2 6 6 .162 .225 .176 .401 25 13 0 2
AL (8 yrs) 438 1422 1294 104 293 42 10 2 130 13 84 120 .226 .282 .279 .561 77 361 17 27
NL (1 yr) 11 35 32 2 5 1 0 1 3 0 3 7 .156 .229 .281 .510 42 9 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
1905 21 SLB AL 35 125 -2 -0 0 -1 2 -1 -0.2 4 3 0.3 .496 .499 0.5 0.1 4 2
1906 22 SLB AL 58 200 -12 -0 0 -3 3 -12 -1.4 7 -5 -0.7 .475 .491 -0.3 0.1 -2 2
1907 23 SLB AL 71 244 0 0 0 1 4 6 0.7 9 14 1.6 .510 .504 1.4 0.6 13 2
1908 24 SLB AL 91 310 -11 0 0 1 5 -5 -0.6 11 6 0.6 .494 .496 0.5 0.8 6 2
1909 25 BOS AL 28 82 -6 -0 0 1 1 -3 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .485 .497 -0.2 0.3 -1 2
1911 27 PHI NL 11 35 -3 0 0 -1 1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .472 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 2
1916 32 DET AL 19 65 5 -0 0 0 1 6 0.7 2 8 0.9 .535 .504 0.9 0.1 8 2
1917 33 DET AL 70 218 -1 0 0 1 3 4 0.5 8 12 1.4 .507 .503 1.2 0.5 11 2
1918 34 DET AL 66 178 -2 0 0 -1 2 -1 -0.1 7 6 0.6 .499 .499 0.7 0.2 7 2/3
9 Seasons 449 1457 -31 0 0 -2 24 -9 -1.2 53 44 4.5 .498 .499 4.6 2.6 46
SLB (4 yrs) 255 879 -25 -0 0 -2 15 -12 -1.5 31 20 1.9 .494 .498 2.0 1.6 22
DET (3 yrs) 155 461 2 0 0 0 7 9 1.1 17 26 2.9 .507 .502 2.9 0.8 27
PHI (1 yr) 11 35 -3 0 0 -1 1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .472 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1
BOS (1 yr) 28 82 -6 -0 0 1 1 -3 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .485 .497 -0.2 0.3 -1

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1905 SLB AL 21 C 34 182 134 41 7 1 .962 5.15 .971 6.40 3 46 28 38% 45%
1906 SLB AL 22 C 54 306 226 60 20 3 .935 5.30 .961 5.98 8 71 50 41% 45%
1907 SLB AL 23 C 63 345 250 80 15 6 .957 5.24 .968 6.11 3 77 56 42% 44%
1908 SLB AL 24 C 88 516 398 109 9 9 .983 5.76 .969 6.28 12 76 70 48% 45%
1909 BOS AL 25 C 26 119 94 24 1 0 .992 4.54 .969 6.46 0 23 17 43% 45%
1911 PHI NL 27 C 11 67 47 15 5 2 .925 5.64 .966 6.44 3 15 12 44% 44%
1916 DET AL 32 C 19 18 12 80 58 21 1 1 .988 4.16 .974 6.33 1 18 15 45% 43%
1917 DET AL 33 C 62 56 43 314 250 57 7 10 .978 4.95 .971 5.71 8 55 40 42% 45%
1918 DET AL 34 C 48 38 34 206 153 46 7 3 .966 4.15 .970 5.51 4 54 27 33% 44%
1918 DET AL 34 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 11.10
9 Seasons C 405 112 89 2135 1610 453 72 35 .966 5.09 .968 6.06 42 435 315 42% 45%
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 11.10
9 Seasons TOT 406 112 89 2135 1610 453 72 35 .966 5.08 .968 6.08 42 435 315 42% 45%
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

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1917 AL  9 (1st)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1908 AL  398 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1906 AL  20 (1st)
1907 AL  15 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1908 AL  9 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1908 AL  12 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1908 AL  .983 (2nd)

                           

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Name and misspellings: Edward Russell Tubby Spencer

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