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Al Spohrer

Alfred Ray Spohrer

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: December 3, 1902 in Philadelphia, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1928 (Age 25.132)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1929 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Giants 1928-1935

Final Game: September 29, 1935 (Age 32.300)
Died: July 17, 1972 in Plymouth, NH
Buried: Trinity Cemetery, Holderness, NH
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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
1928 25 TOT NL 53 132 126 15 27 3 0 0 9 1 5 11 .214 .250 .238 .488 32 30 1 0 2
1928 25 NYG NL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1928 25 BSN NL 51 130 124 15 27 3 0 0 9 1 5 11 .218 .254 .242 .496 34 30 1 0 2
1929 26 BSN NL 114 382 342 42 93 21 8 2 48 1 26 35 .272 .327 .398 .725 82 136 2 12 *2
1930 27 BSN NL 112 389 356 44 113 22 8 2 37 3 22 24 .317 .361 .441 .802 95 157 2 8 *2
1931 28 BSN NL 114 373 350 23 84 17 5 0 27 2 22 27 .240 .285 .317 .602 64 111 0 1 *2
1932 29 BSN NL 104 354 335 31 90 12 2 0 33 2 15 26 .269 .300 .316 .616 69 106 0 4 2
1933 30 BSN NL 67 199 184 11 46 6 1 1 12 3 11 13 .250 .292 .310 .602 78 57 3 0 4 2
1934 31 BSN NL 100 280 265 25 59 15 0 0 17 1 14 18 .223 .262 .279 .541 50 74 8 0 1 2
1935 32 BSN NL 92 275 260 22 63 7 1 1 16 0 9 12 .242 .273 .288 .562 57 75 7 2 4 2
8 Yrs 756 2384 2218 213 575 103 25 6 199 13 124 166 .259 .301 .336 .637 70 746 18 7 34
162 Game Avg. 162 511 475 46 123 22 5 1 43 3 27 36 .259 .301 .336 .637 70 160 2 7
BSN (8 yrs) 754 2382 2216 213 575 103 25 6 199 13 124 166 .259 .301 .337 .637 70 746 18 7 34
NYG (1 yr) 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 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
1928 25 NYG NL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1928 25 BSN NL 51 130 -11 -0 0 -1 1 -11 -1.1 4 -7 -0.7 .478 .493 -0.6 -0.0 -6 2
1929 26 BSN NL 114 382 -10 0 0 -3 3 -10 -0.9 12 2 0.2 .492 .494 0.6 0.0 5 *2
1930 27 BSN NL 112 389 -2 -0 0 -3 3 -2 -0.2 12 10 1.0 .498 .499 1.3 0.0 13 *2
1931 28 BSN NL 114 373 -17 -0 0 -1 3 -15 -1.6 12 -3 -0.4 .487 .491 -0.2 0.2 -2 *2
1932 29 BSN NL 104 354 -13 -0 0 0 3 -10 -1.1 11 0 0.0 .490 .493 0.0 0.3 0 2
1933 30 BSN NL 67 199 -4 -0 0 0 2 -3 -0.4 6 3 0.3 .495 .498 0.3 0.2 3 2
1934 31 BSN NL 100 280 -17 0 0 0 2 -14 -1.5 9 -6 -0.6 .485 .491 -0.6 0.2 -6 2
1935 32 BSN NL 92 275 -14 0 0 -1 2 -12 -1.2 8 -4 -0.3 .487 .493 -0.2 0.2 -2 2
8 Seasons 756 2384 -89 0 0 -9 20 -78 -8.1 74 -5 -0.5 .490 .494 0.5 1.1 4
BSN (8 yrs) 754 2382 -89 0 0 -9 20 -78 -8.0 73 -4 -0.5 .490 .494 0.5 1.1 5
NYG (1 yr) 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .473 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1928 TOT NL 25 C 50 31 27 129 104 22 3 1 .977 2.52 .979 4.42 2 19 11 37% 45%
1928 NYG NL 25 C 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 4.40 0 0 0
1928 BSN NL 25 C 48 31 27 127 102 22 3 1 .976 2.58 .979 4.42 2 19 11 37% 45%
1929 BSN NL 26 C 109 98 82 389 314 57 18 5 .954 3.40 .974 4.34 7 55 35 39% 42%
1930 BSN NL 27 C 108 95 84 374 322 36 16 4 .957 3.31 .976 4.57 9 33 17 34% 44%
1931 BSN NL 28 C 111 104 79 454 392 54 8 5 .982 4.02 .980 4.64 5 38 26 41% 46%
1932 BSN NL 29 C 100 94 72 440 374 62 4 2 .991 4.36 .979 4.66 6 26 29 53% 44%
1933 BSN NL 30 C 65 50 46 181 150 26 5 4 .972 2.71 .982 4.35 2 16 11 41% 46%
1934 BSN NL 31 C 98 70 62 349 296 45 8 5 .977 3.48 .985 4.85 3 24 18 43% 44%
1935 BSN NL 32 C 90 74 64 287 230 45 12 4 .958 3.06 .976 4.78 2 24 20 45% 44%
8 Seasons C 731 616 516 2603 2182 347 74 30 .972 3.46 .979 4.59 36 235 167 42% 44%
8 Seasons TOT 731 616 516 2603 2182 347 74 30 .972 3.46 .979 4.59 36 235 167 42% 44%
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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1929 NL  109 (2nd)
1930 NL  108 (3rd)
1931 NL  111 (3rd)
1934 NL  98 (5th)
1935 NL  90 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1929 NL  314 (3rd)
1931 NL  392 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1932 NL  62 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1929 NL  18 (1st)
1930 NL  16 (1st)
1934 NL  8 (3rd)
1935 NL  12 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1929 NL  7 (2nd)
1930 NL  9 (2nd)
1931 NL  5 (4th)
1932 NL  6 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1929 NL  55 (2nd)
1930 NL  33 (5th)
1931 NL  38 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1932 NL  29 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1932 NL  52.7 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1932 NL  4.36 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1931 NL  .982 (5th)
1932 NL  .991 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1970), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2986), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (1165th), -0.5 career WAR/0.3 7yr-peak WAR/-0.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Alfred Al alan alberto allan allen alphonse Ray Spohrer

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