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Charlie Sprague

Charles Wellington Sprague

Positions: Outfielder and Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: October 10, 1864 in Cleveland, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1887 (Age 22.342, 1,232nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1890 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Maumees/WhiteStockings/Spiders 1887-1890

Final Game: October 10, 1890 (Age 26.000)
Died: December 31, 1912 in Des Moines, IA
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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 22 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 4.91 3 3 0 2 0 0 22.0 24 16 12 1 13 9 4 0 1 104 92 5.37 1.682 9.8 0.4 5.3 3.7 0.69
1889 24 CLV NL 0 2 .000 8.47 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 27 31 16 0 10 8 2 0 1 89 50 4.18 2.176 14.3 0.0 5.3 4.2 0.80
1890 25 TOL AA 9 5 .643 3.89 19 12 5 9 0 0 122.2 111 83 53 0 78 59 18 0 18 570 103 4.30 1.541 8.1 0.0 5.7 4.3 0.76
3 Yrs 10 7 .588 4.51 24 17 5 13 0 0 161.2 162 130 81 1 101 76 24 0 20 763 91 4.43 1.627 9.0 0.1 5.6 4.2 0.75
162 Game Avg. 17 12 .588 4.51 40 28 8 22 0 0 268 269 216 134 2 168 126 40 0 33 1265 91 4.43 1.627 9.0 0.1 5.6 4.2 0.75
CLV (1 yr) 0 2 .000 8.47 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 27 31 16 0 10 8 2 0 1 89 50 4.18 2.176 14.3 0.0 5.3 4.2 0.80
TOL (1 yr) 9 5 .643 3.89 19 12 5 9 0 0 122.2 111 83 53 0 78 59 18 0 18 570 103 4.30 1.541 8.1 0.0 5.7 4.3 0.76
CHC (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 4.91 3 3 0 2 0 0 22.0 24 16 12 1 13 9 4 0 1 104 92 5.37 1.682 9.8 0.4 5.3 3.7 0.69
NL (2 yrs) 1 2 .333 6.46 5 5 0 4 0 0 39.0 51 47 28 1 23 17 6 0 2 193 68 4.85 1.897 11.8 0.2 5.3 3.9 0.74
AA (1 yr) 9 5 .643 3.89 19 12 5 9 0 0 122.2 111 83 53 0 78 59 18 0 18 570 103 4.30 1.541 8.1 0.0 5.7 4.3 0.76
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 22 CHC NL 22.0 3 3 16 6.55 6.04 0.09 0.00 110.0 6.54 1 0.1 -0.0 0.2 3 .524 .500
1889 24 CLV NL 17.0 2 2 31 16.41 5.99 0.40 0.00 105.0 5.87 -20 -0.8 -0.0 -0.7 -18 .087 .495
1890 25 TOL AA 122.2 19 12 83 6.09 5.61 0.11 0.00 102.0 5.61 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.2 0.5 3 .492 .499
3 Seasons 161.2 24 17 130 7.24 5.71 0.14 0.00 103.4 5.76 -21 -0.9 1.0 -0.2 0.1 -12 .462 .499
CLV (1 yr) 17.0 2 2 31 16.41 5.99 0.40 0.00 105.0 5.87 -20 -0.8 -0.0 -0.7 -18 .087 .495
TOL (1 yr) 122.2 19 12 83 6.09 5.61 0.11 0.00 102.0 5.61 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.2 0.5 3 .492 .499
CHC (1 yr) 22.0 3 3 16 6.55 6.04 0.09 0.00 110.0 6.54 1 0.1 -0.0 0.2 3 .524 .500

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
1887 22 CHC NL 3 13 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .154 .308 -19 2 0 /1O
1889 24 CLV NL 2 8 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 .143 .250 .143 .393 10 1 0 /1
1890 25 TOL AA 55 218 199 25 47 5 6 1 19 10 16 .236 .303 .337 .639 85 67 3 O1
3 Yrs 60 239 219 27 50 5 6 1 20 11 17 2 .228 .293 .320 .613 76 70 3
162 Game Avg. 162 645 591 73 135 14 16 3 54 30 46 .228 .293 .320 .613 76 189 8
CLV (1 yr) 2 8 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 .143 .250 .143 .393 10 1 0
TOL (1 yr) 55 218 199 25 47 5 6 1 19 10 16 .236 .303 .337 .639 85 67 3
CHC (1 yr) 3 13 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .154 .308 -19 2 0
NL (2 yrs) 5 21 20 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 .150 .190 .150 .340 -8 3 0
AA (1 yr) 55 218 199 25 47 5 6 1 19 10 16 .236 .303 .337 .639 85 67 3

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 22 CHC NL 3 13 -2 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .455 .499 -0.1 0.0 -2 /1O
1889 24 CLV NL 2 8 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1890 25 TOL AA 55 218 -5 -1 0 -2 -2 -11 -1.0 5 -5 -0.4 .483 .494 -0.2 -0.4 -3 O1
3 Seasons 60 239 -9 -1 0 -2 -1 -12 -1.2 5 -7 -0.6 .482 .495 -0.4 -0.4 -5
CLV (1 yr) 2 8 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
TOL (1 yr) 55 218 -5 -1 0 -2 -2 -11 -1.0 5 -5 -0.4 .483 .494 -0.2 -0.4 -3
CHC (1 yr) 3 13 -2 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .455 .499 -0.1 0.0 -2

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 Awards
1887 CHC NL 22 P 3 22.0 3 0 2 1 0 .667 0.82 0.67 .903 2.00 1.97
1887 CHC NL 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-1-0
1889 CLV NL 24 P 2 17.0 7 0 6 1 1 .857 3.18 3.00 .906 2.22 2.15
1890 TOL AA 25 OF 40 65 53 5 7 1 .892 1.45 .916 1.82 24-10-6
1890 TOL AA 25 P 19 122.2 21 7 13 1 0 .952 1.47 1.05 .907 2.23 2.14
2 Seasons OF 41 65 53 5 7 1 .892 1.41 .916 1.82 24-11-6
3 Seasons P 24 161.2 31 7 21 3 1 .903 1.56 1.17 .906 2.20 2.12
3 Seasons TOT 65 161.2 96 60 26 10 2 .896 1.56 1.32 .913 2.20 1.93 24-11-6
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

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1890 AA  .643 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1890 AA  8.144 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1890 AA  0.000 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1890 AA  18 (7th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1890 AA  5 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1890 AA  .952 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2904th), -0.6 career WAR/-0.6 7yr-peak WAR/-0.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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