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Bob Steele

Robert Wesley Steele

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: March 29, 1894 in Cassburn, Ontario, Canada (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1916 (Age 22.019)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1916 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cardinals/Giants 1916-1919

Final Game: April 24, 1919 (Age 25.026)
Died: January 27, 1962 in Ocala, FL
Buried: Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, WI
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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
1916 22 STL NL 5 15 .250 3.41 29 21 4 7 1 0 148.0 156 74 56 6 42 67 3 1 2 619 77 2.85 1.338 9.5 0.4 2.6 4.1 1.60
1917 23 TOT NL 6 14 .300 2.84 39 25 11 14 1 1 221.2 191 88 70 1 72 105 5 2 8 920 99 2.42 1.186 7.8 0.0 2.9 4.3 1.46
1917 23 STL NL 1 3 .250 3.21 12 6 3 1 0 0 42.0 33 17 15 1 19 23 0 0 2 173 84 2.83 1.238 7.1 0.2 4.1 4.9 1.21
1917 23 PIT NL 5 11 .313 2.76 27 19 8 13 1 1 179.2 158 71 55 0 53 82 5 2 6 747 103 2.32 1.174 7.9 0.0 2.7 4.1 1.55
1918 24 TOT NL 5 8 .385 2.90 22 11 6 7 2 2 115.0 100 54 37 3 28 45 5 0 3 479 96 2.65 1.113 7.8 0.2 2.2 3.5 1.61
1918 24 PIT NL 2 3 .400 3.31 10 4 3 2 1 1 49.0 44 25 18 2 17 21 2 0 0 209 89 3.07 1.245 8.1 0.4 3.1 3.9 1.24
1918 24 NYG NL 3 5 .375 2.59 12 7 3 5 1 1 66.0 56 29 19 1 11 24 3 0 3 270 103 2.34 1.015 7.6 0.1 1.5 3.3 2.18
1919 25 NYG NL 0 1 .000 6.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 15 56 4.49 1.667 9.0 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.00
4 Yrs 16 38 .296 3.05 91 57 22 28 4 3 487.2 450 219 165 10 144 217 13 3 13 2033 90 2.61 1.218 8.3 0.2 2.7 4.0 1.51
162 Game Avg. 7 17 .296 3.05 42 26 10 13 2 1 224 207 101 76 5 66 100 6 1 6 934 90 2.61 1.218 8.3 0.2 2.7 4.0 1.51
NYG (2 yrs) 3 6 .333 2.74 13 7 4 5 1 1 69.0 59 32 21 1 13 24 3 0 3 285 99 2.43 1.043 7.7 0.1 1.7 3.1 1.85
PIT (2 yrs) 7 14 .333 2.87 37 23 11 15 2 2 228.2 202 96 73 2 70 103 7 2 6 956 100 2.48 1.190 8.0 0.1 2.8 4.1 1.47
STL (2 yrs) 6 18 .250 3.36 41 27 7 8 1 0 190.0 189 91 71 7 61 90 3 1 4 792 79 2.85 1.316 9.0 0.3 2.9 4.3 1.48
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
1916 22 STL NL 147.1 29 21 74 4.52 3.55 -0.23 0.00 100.9 3.82 -12 -1.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -2 .450 .491
1917 23 STL NL 41.1 12 6 17 3.70 3.49 0.24 0.00 99.8 3.24 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .477 .498
1917 23 PIT NL 179.2 27 19 71 3.56 3.63 -0.17 0.00 104.3 3.97 8 1.0 1.0 -0.1 2.3 20 .536 .506
1918 24 PIT NL 49.0 10 4 25 4.59 3.60 0.25 0.00 106.2 3.56 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -2 .435 .496
1918 24 NYG NL 65.0 12 7 29 4.02 3.74 0.21 0.00 94.8 3.35 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0 .453 .497
1919 25 NYG NL 3.0 1 0 3 9.00 3.37 0.40 0.00 122.0 3.63 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .321 .499
4 Seasons 485.1 91 57 219 4.06 3.60 -0.06 0.00 101.9 3.73 -19 -2.1 1.0 -0.3 1.6 14 .476 .498
NYG (2 yrs) 68.0 13 7 32 4.24 3.73 0.22 0.00 96.0 3.36 -7 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .443 .497
PIT (2 yrs) 228.2 37 23 96 3.78 3.62 -0.08 0.00 104.7 3.88 2 0.3 1.0 -0.1 2.1 18 .509 .503
STL (2 yrs) 188.2 41 27 91 4.34 3.54 -0.13 0.00 100.7 3.69 -14 -1.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -2 .458 .493

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
1916 22 STL NL 29 51 51 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .196 .196 .196 .392 22 10 0 0 1
1917 23 TOT NL 45 90 89 8 22 2 1 0 5 1 0 14 .247 .247 .292 .539 64 26 0 1 1
1917 23 STL NL 12 13 13 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385 .385 .462 .846 162 6 0 0 1
1917 23 PIT NL 33 77 76 6 17 1 1 0 5 1 0 14 .224 .224 .263 .487 47 20 0 1 1
1918 24 TOT NL 22 41 37 4 8 0 2 0 2 3 3 5 .216 .275 .324 .599 82 12 0 0 1
1918 24 PIT NL 10 18 16 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 .125 .176 .250 .426 27 4 0 0 1
1918 24 NYG NL 12 23 21 3 6 0 1 0 2 2 2 2 .286 .348 .381 .729 123 8 0 0 1
1919 25 NYG NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
4 Yrs 97 183 178 12 40 2 3 0 7 4 3 31 .225 .238 .270 .507 55 48 0 1
162 Game Avg. 162 306 297 20 67 3 5 0 12 7 5 52 .225 .238 .270 .507 55 80 0 2
NYG (2 yrs) 13 24 22 3 6 0 1 0 2 2 2 3 .273 .333 .364 .697 113 8 0 0
PIT (2 yrs) 43 95 92 7 19 1 2 0 5 2 1 17 .207 .215 .261 .476 43 24 0 1
STL (2 yrs) 41 64 64 2 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 .234 .234 .250 .484 50 16 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
1916 22 STL NL 29 51 -4 0 0 0 4 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1917 23 STL NL 12 13 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .518 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1917 23 PIT NL 33 77 -5 -0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1918 24 PIT NL 10 18 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1918 24 NYG NL 12 23 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .521 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1919 25 NYG NL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .479 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
4 Seasons 97 183 -9 0 0 0 13 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .505 .500 0.5 0.0 4
NYG (2 yrs) 13 24 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .518 .501 0.2 0.0 2
PIT (2 yrs) 43 95 -6 0 0 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 0
STL (2 yrs) 41 64 -4 0 0 0 5 1 0.2 0 1 0.2 .504 .500 0.2 0.0 1

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 Awards
1916 STL NL 22 P 29 21 7 148.0 32 3 26 3 0 .906 1.76 1.00 .959 2.67 2.67
1917 TOT NL 23 P 39 25 14 221.2 64 5 52 7 3 .891 2.31 1.46 .961 2.85 2.86
1917 STL NL 23 P 12 6 1 42.0 11 1 9 1 0 .909 2.14 0.83 .961 2.85 2.86
1917 PIT NL 23 P 27 19 13 179.2 53 4 43 6 3 .887 2.35 1.74 .961 2.85 2.86
1918 TOT NL 24 P 22 11 7 115.0 25 2 21 2 1 .920 1.80 1.05 .965 2.93 2.94
1918 PIT NL 24 P 10 4 2 49.0 13 1 12 0 1 1.000 2.39 1.30 .965 2.94 2.94
1918 NYG NL 24 P 12 7 5 66.0 12 1 9 2 0 .833 1.36 0.83 .965 2.93 2.94
1919 NYG NL 25 P 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.00 2.90
4 Seasons P 91 57 28 487.2 121 10 99 12 4 .901 2.01 1.20 .961 2.82 2.82
4 Seasons TOT 91 57 28 487.2 121 10 99 12 4 .901 2.01 1.20 .961 2.82 2.82
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 NL  7.755 (7th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 NL  4.263 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1918 NL  2 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1916 NL  6 (8th)
1918 NL  3 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1917 NL  72 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 NL  0.041 (6th)

Losses s c a p y
1916 NL  15 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1917 NL  8 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1917 NL  7 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2052), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1557th), 2.0 career WAR/2.0 7yr-peak WAR/2.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Robert Bob bobby robert Wesley Steele

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