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Ed Sprague

Edward Nelson Sprague Sr.

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: September 16, 1945 in Boston, MA
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1966. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 10, 1968 (Age 22.207, 10,268th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Reds/Brewers/Cardinals 1968-1976

Final Game: June 5, 1976 (Age 30.263)
Relatives: Father of Ed Sprague
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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
1968 22 OAK AL 3 4 .429 3.28 47 1 16 0 0 4 68.2 51 29 25 5 34 5 34 2 0 6 282 85 3.91 1.238 6.7 0.7 4.5 4.5 1.00
1969 23 OAK AL 1 1 .500 4.47 27 0 9 0 0 2 46.1 47 24 23 4 31 6 20 2 0 2 210 77 4.90 1.683 9.1 0.8 6.0 3.9 0.65
1971 25 CIN NL 1 0 1.000 0.00 7 0 1 0 0 0 11.0 8 2 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 1 43 1.45 0.818 6.5 0.0 0.8 5.7 7.00
1972 26 CIN NL 3 3 .500 4.13 33 1 10 0 0 0 56.2 55 33 26 6 26 3 25 3 0 6 245 78 4.43 1.429 8.7 1.0 4.1 4.0 0.96
1973 27 TOT MLB 1 4 .200 5.43 43 0 20 0 0 2 56.1 56 35 34 4 40 12 24 4 1 4 265 66 4.98 1.704 8.9 0.6 6.4 3.8 0.60
1973 27 TOT NL 1 3 .250 4.63 36 0 15 0 0 1 46.2 43 24 24 4 26 7 21 2 1 3 206 76 4.58 1.479 8.3 0.8 5.0 4.1 0.81
1973 27 CIN NL 1 3 .250 5.12 28 0 10 0 0 1 38.2 35 22 22 3 22 7 19 2 1 3 172 67 4.45 1.474 8.1 0.7 5.1 4.4 0.86
1973 27 STL NL 0 0 2.25 8 0 5 0 0 0 8.0 8 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 34 172 5.19 1.500 9.0 1.1 4.5 2.3 0.50
1973 27 MIL AL 0 1 .000 9.31 7 0 5 0 0 1 9.2 13 11 10 0 14 5 3 2 0 1 59 42 6.91 2.793 12.1 0.0 13.0 2.8 0.21
1974 28 MIL AL 7 2 .778 2.39 20 10 5 3 0 0 94.0 94 32 25 3 31 0 57 4 0 1 395 151 2.90 1.330 9.0 0.3 3.0 5.5 1.84
1975 29 MIL AL 1 7 .125 4.68 18 11 2 0 0 1 67.1 81 46 35 5 40 3 21 2 0 6 320 82 4.80 1.797 10.8 0.7 5.3 2.8 0.53
1976 30 MIL AL 0 2 .000 7.04 3 0 1 0 0 0 7.2 14 7 6 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 37 52 3.81 2.217 16.4 0.0 3.5 0.0 0.00
8 Yrs 17 23 .425 3.84 198 23 64 3 0 9 408.0 406 208 174 27 206 30 188 17 1 27 1797 89 4.09 1.500 9.0 0.6 4.5 4.1 0.91
162 Game Avg. 5 7 .425 3.84 61 7 20 1 0 3 126 125 64 54 8 63 9 58 5 0 8 553 89 4.09 1.500 9.0 0.6 4.5 4.1 0.91
MIL (4 yrs) 8 12 .400 3.83 48 21 13 3 0 2 178.2 202 96 76 8 88 9 81 8 0 9 811 97 3.87 1.623 10.2 0.4 4.4 4.1 0.92
CIN (3 yrs) 5 6 .455 4.06 68 1 21 0 0 1 106.1 98 57 48 9 49 10 51 5 1 10 460 82 4.13 1.382 8.3 0.8 4.1 4.3 1.04
OAK (2 yrs) 4 5 .444 3.76 74 1 25 0 0 6 115.0 98 53 48 9 65 11 54 4 0 8 492 81 4.31 1.417 7.7 0.7 5.1 4.2 0.83
STL (1 yr) 0 0 2.25 8 0 5 0 0 0 8.0 8 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 34 172 5.19 1.500 9.0 1.1 4.5 2.3 0.50
AL (6 yrs) 12 17 .414 3.80 122 22 38 3 0 8 293.2 300 149 124 17 153 20 135 12 0 17 1303 91 4.04 1.543 9.2 0.5 4.7 4.1 0.88
NL (3 yrs) 5 6 .455 3.94 76 1 26 0 0 1 114.1 106 59 50 10 53 10 53 5 1 10 494 86 4.20 1.391 8.3 0.8 4.2 4.2 1.00
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
1968 22 OAK AL 68.2 47 1 29 3.80 3.47 0.08 -0.14 96.1 3.13 -4 -0.5 1.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0 .488 .497 $4,800
1969 23 OAK AL 46.1 27 0 24 4.66 4.00 0.26 -0.16 96.6 3.45 -6 -0.7 .9 -0.1 -0.3 -2 .476 .496
1971 25 CIN NL 11.0 7 0 2 1.64 3.90 0.34 -0.17 90.4 3.06 2 0.2 .8 -0.0 0.3 3 .527 .501
1972 26 CIN NL 56.2 33 1 33 5.24 3.79 0.35 -0.14 95.2 3.14 -14 -1.6 .8 -0.0 -1.1 -9 .453 .490
1973 27 CIN NL 38.2 28 0 22 5.12 4.01 0.29 -0.33 92.6 3.14 -9 -0.9 .7 0.1 -0.5 -5 .467 .494 $16,000
1973 27 STL NL 8.0 8 0 2 2.25 4.70 0.14 -0.38 102.8 4.29 2 0.2 .8 -0.0 0.2 2 .525 .501
1973 27 MIL AL 9.2 7 0 11 10.24 4.40 0.00 -0.36 98.3 3.97 -7 -0.7 1.3 -0.1 -0.7 -6 .404 .496
1974 28 MIL AL 94.0 20 10 32 3.06 4.11 0.11 -0.01 100.9 4.02 10 1.2 .8 -0.1 2.0 18 .558 .507 $18,000
1975 29 MIL AL 67.1 18 11 46 6.15 4.21 -0.29 -0.02 102.3 4.57 -12 -1.2 .8 -0.0 -0.6 -5 .434 .493
1976 30 MIL AL 7.2 3 0 7 8.22 4.03 -0.05 -0.33 100.3 3.76 -4 -0.4 1.4 -0.1 -0.4 -3 .373 .498
8 Seasons 408.0 198 23 208 4.59 3.96 0.11 -0.13 98.0 3.66 -42 -4.4 .9 -0.6 -1.0 -8 .478 .496 $38,800
MIL (4 yrs) 178.2 48 21 96 4.84 4.16 -0.05 -0.05 101.3 4.22 -12 -1.1 1.0 -0.4 0.3 4 .477 .499 $18,000
CIN (3 yrs) 106.1 68 1 57 4.82 3.88 0.33 -0.21 93.8 3.13 -21 -2.3 .8 0.0 -1.3 -12 .466 .493 $16,000
OAK (2 yrs) 115.0 74 1 53 4.15 3.68 0.15 -0.15 96.3 3.26 -10 -1.2 1.1 -0.2 -0.3 -3 .484 .496 $4,800
STL (1 yr) 8.0 8 0 2 2.25 4.70 0.14 -0.38 102.8 4.29 2 0.2 .8 -0.0 0.2 2 .525 .501

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1968 22 OAK AL 47 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1969 23 OAK AL 27 7 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600 68 2 1 0 2 0 0 1
1971 25 CIN NL 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1972 26 CIN NL 33 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1973 27 TOT MLB 43 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1973 27 TOT NL 36 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1973 27 CIN NL 28 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1973 27 STL NL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1973 27 MIL AL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1974 28 MIL AL 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1975 29 MIL AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1976 30 MIL AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 198 25 22 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 .045 .045 .091 .136 -60 2 1 0 3 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 20 18 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .045 .045 .091 .136 -60 2 1 0 2 0 0
MIL (4 yrs) 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CIN (3 yrs) 68 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0
OAK (2 yrs) 74 14 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .083 .083 .167 .250 -26 2 1 0 2 0 0
STL (1 yr) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 122 14 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .083 .083 .167 .250 -26 2 1 0 2 0 0
NL (3 yrs) 76 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 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
1968 22 OAK AL 47 7 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $4,800 1
1969 23 OAK AL 27 7 -0 -0 -0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 1
1971 25 CIN NL 7 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1972 26 CIN NL 33 7 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1973 27 CIN NL 28 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $16,000 1
1973 27 STL NL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 /1
1973 27 MIL AL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1974 28 MIL AL 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $18,000 1
1975 29 MIL AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1976 30 MIL AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
8 Seasons 198 25 -5 -0 -0 0 3 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .499 .500 -0.2 0.0 -1 $38,800
MIL (4 yrs) 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $18,000
CIN (3 yrs) 68 11 -3 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $16,000
OAK (2 yrs) 74 14 -2 -0 -0 0 2 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.1 -0 $4,800
STL (1 yr) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1968 OAK AL 22 P 47 1 0 68.2 25 8 15 2 0 .920 3.01 0.49 .957 1.89 1.88 6 1 14% 37% 0
1969 OAK AL 23 P 27 0 0 46.1 23 5 17 1 1 .957 4.27 0.81 .951 1.88 1.88 4 4 50% 36% 0
1971 CIN NL 25 P 7 0 0 11.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .950 1.88 1.90 0 1 100% 35% 0
1972 CIN NL 26 P 33 1 0 56.2 9 2 6 1 1 .889 1.27 0.24 .950 1.78 1.78 4 2 33% 37% 0
1973 TOT MLB 27 P 43 0 0 56.1 19 6 11 2 1 .895 2.72 0.40 .950 1.89 1.87 6 2 25% 36% 1
1973 TOT NL 27 P 36 0 0 46.2 17 5 10 2 1 .882 2.89 0.42 .950 1.89 1.88 5 2 29% 36% 1
1973 CIN NL 27 P 28 0 0 38.2 14 3 9 2 0 .857 2.79 0.43 .950 1.89 1.88 4 2 33% 36% 1
1973 STL NL 27 P 8 0 0 8.0 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 3.38 0.38 .950 1.91 1.88 1 0 0% 36% 0
1973 MIL AL 27 P 7 0 0 9.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.86 0.29 .950 1.86 1.86 1 0 0% 38% 0
1974 MIL AL 28 P 20 10 3 94.0 19 8 9 2 2 .895 1.63 0.85 .947 1.81 1.80 4 4 50% 38% 0
1975 MIL AL 29 P 18 11 0 67.1 18 7 8 3 0 .833 2.00 0.83 .940 1.87 1.86 11 3 21% 38% 0
1976 MIL AL 30 P 3 0 0 7.2 4 0 4 0 1 1.000 4.70 1.33 .950 1.88 1.87 3 0 0% 34% 0
8 Seasons P 198 23 3 408.0 118 36 70 12 6 .898 2.34 0.54 .950 1.85 1.85 38 17 31% 37% 1
8 Seasons TOT 198 23 3 408.0 118 36 70 12 6 .898 2.34 0.54 .950 1.85 1.85 38 17 31% 37% 1
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
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Transactions

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1968 22 Oakland Athletics $4,800 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 27 Cincinnati Reds $16,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1974 28 Milwaukee Brewers $18,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$38,800
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: Edward Nelson Ed ep Edward eddy eddie Sr. Sprague sprauge

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