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Riggs Stephenson

Jackson Riggs Stephenson (Old Hoss)

Positions: Leftfielder, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: January 5, 1898 in Akron, AL
School: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1921 (Age 23.098, 4,963rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1921 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Indians 1921-1934

Last Game: September 24, 1934 (Age 36.262)
Died: November 15, 1985 in Tuscaloosa, AL
Buried: Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, AL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 27, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #403. Dick McAuliffe… #404. Jim Sundberg… #405. Rico Carty… #406. RIGGS STEPHENSON… #407. Rico Petrocelli… #408. Rafael Furcal… #409. Jesse Barfield… 

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
1921 23 CLE AL 65 240 206 45 68 17 2 2 34 4 1 23 15 .330 .408 .461 .869 119 95 4 7 4/5
1922 24 CLE AL 86 267 233 47 79 24 5 2 32 3 0 27 18 .339 .421 .511 .932 140 119 6 1 54/O79
1923 25 CLE AL 91 327 301 48 96 20 6 5 65 5 5 15 25 .319 .357 .475 .832 118 143 3 8 4/O59
1924 26 CLE AL 71 272 240 33 89 20 0 4 44 1 2 27 10 .371 .439 .504 .943 141 121 2 3 4/O9
1925 27 CLE AL 19 65 54 8 16 3 1 1 9 1 1 7 3 .296 .387 .444 .832 110 24 1 2 O9
1926 28 CHC NL 82 324 281 40 95 18 3 3 44 2 31 16 .338 .404 .456 .859 130 128 0 12 O7/9
1927 29 CHC NL 152 668 579 101 199 46 9 7 82 8 65 28 .344 .415 .491 .906 140 284 6 18 *7O/5 MVP-20
1928 30 CHC NL 137 591 512 75 166 36 9 8 90 8 68 29 .324 .407 .477 .883 131 244 3 8 *7O
1929 31 CHC NL 136 582 495 91 179 36 6 17 110 10 67 21 .362 .445 .562 1.006 147 278 7 13 *7O MVP-23
1930 32 CHC NL 109 382 341 56 125 21 1 5 68 2 32 20 .367 .421 .478 .899 116 163 0 9 7O
1931 33 CHC NL 80 302 263 34 84 14 4 1 52 1 37 14 .319 .405 .414 .820 119 109 1 1 7O
1932 34 CHC NL 147 644 583 86 189 49 4 4 85 3 54 27 .324 .383 .443 .826 121 258 2 5 *7O MVP-5
1933 35 CHC NL 97 388 346 45 114 17 4 4 51 5 34 16 .329 .397 .436 .834 138 151 12 5 3 7O
1934 36 CHC NL 38 82 74 5 16 0 0 0 7 0 7 5 .216 .293 .216 .509 40 16 2 1 1 7O
14 Yrs 1310 5134 4508 714 1515 321 54 63 773 53 9 494 247 .336 .407 .473 .880 129 2133 14 41 91
162 Game Avg. 162 635 557 88 187 40 7 8 96 7 61 31 .336 .407 .473 .880 129 264 5 11
CHC (9 yrs) 978 3963 3474 533 1167 237 40 49 589 39 395 176 .336 .408 .469 .877 129 1631 14 25 70
CLE (5 yrs) 332 1171 1034 181 348 84 14 14 184 14 9 99 71 .337 .403 .485 .888 128 502 16 21
NL (9 yrs) 978 3963 3474 533 1167 237 40 49 589 39 395 176 .336 .408 .469 .877 129 1631 14 25 70
AL (5 yrs) 332 1171 1034 181 348 84 14 14 184 14 9 99 71 .337 .403 .485 .888 128 502 16 21

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
1921 23 CLE AL 65 240 7 1 0 -5 1 4 0.4 9 14 1.3 .506 .503 1.8 -0.3 19 4/5
1922 24 CLE AL 86 267 14 1 0 -1 2 16 1.5 10 26 2.6 .518 .510 2.7 0.0 27 54/O79
1923 25 CLE AL 91 327 6 -0 0 -2 2 6 0.6 12 18 1.8 .507 .504 2.0 0.0 20 4/O59
1924 26 CLE AL 71 272 16 -0 0 -6 2 12 1.1 10 22 2.1 .515 .507 2.7 -0.4 28 4/O9
1925 27 CLE AL 19 65 1 -0 0 1 -1 1 0.1 2 4 0.3 .506 .501 0.2 0.0 3 O9
1926 28 CHC NL 82 324 13 -0 0 -2 -3 7 0.7 10 17 1.7 .509 .505 1.9 -0.6 19 O7/9
1927 29 CHC NL 152 668 35 -1 0 0 -7 28 2.7 20 48 4.8 .518 .517 4.9 -0.7 48 *7O/5 MVP-20
1928 30 CHC NL 137 591 25 -1 0 2 -6 20 1.9 18 38 3.8 .515 .513 3.7 -0.5 36 *7O
1929 31 CHC NL 136 582 42 -1 0 -2 -6 33 2.9 18 51 4.7 .522 .518 4.9 -0.7 53 *7O MVP-23
1930 32 CHC NL 109 382 12 0 0 -4 -4 4 0.4 12 16 1.5 .503 .502 1.9 -0.7 20 $15,000 7O
1931 33 CHC NL 80 302 9 0 0 0 -3 6 0.6 9 15 1.5 .508 .504 1.6 -0.3 15 7O
1932 34 CHC NL 147 644 20 -0 0 0 -7 13 1.2 20 32 3.3 .509 .508 3.3 -0.7 32 *7O MVP-5
1933 35 CHC NL 97 388 17 -0 0 2 -4 15 1.6 12 27 2.9 .517 .510 2.7 -0.3 25 7O
1934 36 CHC NL 38 82 -6 0 0 0 -1 -6 -0.6 3 -4 -0.4 .483 .496 -0.4 -0.1 -4 7O
14 Seasons 1310 5134 212 -1 0 -17 -35 159 15.2 166 325 32.1 .512 .509 34.0 -5.2 342 $15,000
CHC (9 yrs) 978 3963 168 -3 0 -4 -41 120 11.4 121 242 23.9 .512 .510 24.6 -4.6 246 $15,000
CLE (5 yrs) 332 1171 45 1 0 -13 6 39 3.8 44 83 8.1 .511 .506 9.4 -0.6 96

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1929 31 CHC NL WS PHA L 5 21 19 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 .316 .381 .368 .749 7 0 0 0
1932 34 CHC NL WS NYY L 4 18 18 2 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .444 .444 .500 .944 9 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 9 39 37 5 14 2 0 0 7 0 0 2 2 .378 .410 .432 .843 16 0 0 0
2 WS 9 39 37 5 14 2 0 0 7 0 0 2 2 .378 .410 .432 .843 16 0 0 0

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
1921 CLE AL 23 2B 54 52 51 292 122 153 17 30 .942 5.09 .956 5.55
1921 CLE AL 23 3B 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 1.000 1.00 .950 3.40
1922 CLE AL 24 3B 34 29 28 105 31 69 5 4 .952 2.94 .950 3.45
1922 CLE AL 24 2B 25 21 18 117 44 67 6 12 .949 4.44 .966 5.70
1922 CLE AL 24 OF 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .960 2.30
1922 CLE AL 24 LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1922 CLE AL 24 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 1.80
1923 CLE AL 25 2B 66 65 64 432 205 214 13 49 .970 6.35 .965 5.68
1923 CLE AL 25 OF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.37
1923 CLE AL 25 3B 2 1 1 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .945 3.45
1923 CLE AL 25 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1924 CLE AL 26 2B 58 54 50 305 114 179 12 20 .961 5.05 .966 5.76
1924 CLE AL 26 OF 7 7 6 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 1.86 .970 2.39
1924 CLE AL 26 RF 7 7 6 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .968 2.01
1925 CLE AL 27 OF 16 14 11 37 33 2 2 1 .946 2.19 .965 2.43
1925 CLE AL 27 RF 16 14 11 37 33 2 2 1 .946 2.19 .966 2.08
1926 CHC NL 28 OF 74 73 73 140 126 7 7 0 .950 1.80 .965 2.42
1926 CHC NL 28 LF 73 73 73 139 125 7 7 0 .950 1.81 .961 2.21
1926 CHC NL 28 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.20
1927 CHC NL 29 LF 146 146 144 323 297 18 8 5 .975 2.16 .970 2.25 MVP-20
1927 CHC NL 29 OF 146 146 144 323 297 18 8 5 .975 2.16 .970 2.49 MVP-20
1927 CHC NL 29 3B 6 6 6 21 12 7 2 2 .905 3.17 .945 2.97 MVP-20
1928 CHC NL 30 LF 135 135 135 283 268 10 5 1 .982 2.06 .972 2.24
1928 CHC NL 30 OF 135 135 135 283 268 10 5 1 .982 2.06 .972 2.47
1929 CHC NL 31 LF 130 130 130 258 245 9 4 4 .984 1.95 .971 2.10 MVP-23
1929 CHC NL 31 OF 130 130 130 258 245 9 4 4 .984 1.95 .973 2.47 MVP-23
1930 CHC NL 32 LF 80 79 74 143 132 5 6 1 .958 1.71 .968 2.01
1930 CHC NL 32 OF 80 79 74 143 132 5 6 1 .958 1.71 .968 2.40
1931 CHC NL 33 LF 66 65 63 137 134 1 2 1 .985 2.05 .976 2.21
1931 CHC NL 33 OF 66 65 63 137 134 1 2 1 .985 2.05 .973 2.48
1932 CHC NL 34 LF 147 147 141 310 298 7 5 2 .984 2.07 .975 2.28 MVP-5
1932 CHC NL 34 OF 147 147 141 310 298 7 5 2 .984 2.07 .976 2.52 MVP-5
1933 CHC NL 35 LF 91 89 88 195 187 5 3 2 .985 2.11 .976 2.29
1933 CHC NL 35 OF 91 89 88 195 187 5 3 2 .985 2.11 .977 2.43
1934 CHC NL 36 LF 15 13 10 29 26 3 0 1 1.000 1.93 .969 2.19
1934 CHC NL 36 OF 15 13 10 29 26 3 0 1 1.000 1.93 .973 2.37
13 Seasons OF 913 898 875 1869 1759 68 42 18 .978 2.00 .972 2.46
10 Seasons LF 885 877 858 1817 1712 65 40 17 .978 2.01 .972 2.21
4 Seasons 2B 203 192 183 1146 485 613 48 111 .958 5.41 .963 5.67
4 Seasons 3B 44 36 35 132 45 80 7 8 .947 2.84 .949 3.38
5 Seasons RF 26 21 17 53 48 3 2 1 .962 1.96 .966 2.06
14 Seasons TOT 1160 1126 1093 3147 2289 761 97 137 .969 2.63 .968 3.06
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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

Hall of Fame
1956 BBWAA ( 1.0%)
1958 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1960 BBWAA ( 1.5%)
1962 BBWAA ( 0.6%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1927 NL (20, 4%)
1929 NL (23, 1%)
1932 NL (5, 40%)
0.45 Career Shares (484th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1927 NL  4.8 (8th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1927 NL  4.9 (6th)
1929 NL  4.9 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1927 NL  .344 (4th)
1929 NL  .362 (5th)
1930 NL  .367 (8th)
Career  .336 (22nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1927 NL  .415 (4th)
1928 NL  .407 (5th)
1929 NL  .445 (5th)
1932 NL  .383 (9th)
Career  .407 (41st)

Slugging % s c a p y
1927 NL  .491 (10th)
1929 NL  .562 (9th)
Career  .473 (232nd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1927 NL  .906 (7th)
1929 NL  1.006 (8th)
Career  .880 (94th)

Games Played s c a p y
1927 NL  152 (6th)

At Bats s c a p y
1927 NL  579 (7th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1927 NL  668 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1927 NL  101 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1927 NL  199 (5th)
1932 NL  189 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1927 NL  284 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1927 NL  46 (1st)
1928 NL  36 (8th)
1932 NL  49 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1927 NL  65 (7th)
1928 NL  68 (8th)
1932 NL  54 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1927 NL  137 (8th)
1932 NL  132 (8th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1927 NL  140 (7th)
1929 NL  147 (7th)
Career  129 (177th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1927 NL  116 (4th)
1932 NL  98 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1927 NL  36 (5th)
1928 NL  26 (9th)
1929 NL  40 (7th)
1932 NL  20 (9th)
Career  213 (248th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1927 NL  3.5 (5th)
1928 NL  2.5 (9th)
1929 NL  3.6 (7th)
1932 NL  2.0 (9th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1927 NL  62 (6th)
1932 NL  57 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1927 NL  270 (3rd)
1932 NL  245 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1927 NL  .726 (6th)
1929 NL  .746 (7th)
Career  .685 (104th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1927 NL  6 (5th)
1929 NL  7 (3rd)
1933 NL  5 (6th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1929 NL  12.6 (7th)

AB per SO s c a p y
Career  18.3 (155th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 NL  146 (2nd)
1928 NL  135 (2nd)
1929 NL  130 (2nd)
1932 NL  147 (2nd)
1933 NL  91 (5th)
Career  885 (80th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 NL  297 (2nd)
1928 NL  268 (1st)
1929 NL  245 (5th)
1932 NL  298 (3rd)
Career  1,712 (71st)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 NL  7 (5th)
1927 NL  18 (1st)
1928 NL  10 (2nd)
1929 NL  9 (2nd)
1930 NL  5 (5th)
1932 NL  7 (3rd)
1933 NL  5 (5th)
Career  65 (67th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1926 NL  7 (4th)
1927 NL  8 (2nd)
1928 NL  5 (5th)
1930 NL  6 (4th)
1932 NL  5 (3rd)
Career  40 (90th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 NL  5 (1st)
1928 NL  1 (5th)
1929 NL  4 (2nd)
1930 NL  1 (4th)
1931 NL  1 (3rd)
1932 NL  2 (2nd)
1933 NL  2 (3rd)
1934 NL  1 (4th)
Career  17 (31st)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1927 NL  146 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 NL  2.16 (5th)
1928 NL  2.06 (4th)
1933 NL  2.11 (4th)
Career  2.01 (74th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1927 NL  .975 (3rd)
1928 NL  .982 (2nd)
1929 NL  .984 (1st)
1932 NL  .984 (2nd)
Career  .978 (96th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1928 NL  .982 (3rd)
1929 NL  .984 (4th)
1932 NL  .984 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (619), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 41 (615), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 56 (354), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 32 (262), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (61st), 32.1 career WAR/24.2 7yr-peak WAR/28.1 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1930 32 Chicago Cubs $15,000 ? Clip at HOF
Career to date (may be incomplete)$15,000
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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