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Sy Sutcliffe

Elmer Ellsworth Sutcliffe

Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: April 15, 1862 in Wheaton, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: October 2, 1884 (Age 22.170, 1,033rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Infants/Orioles/Statesmen/Wolverines/Spiders/... 1884-1892

Last Game: October 6, 1892 (Age 30.174)
Died: February 13, 1893 in Wheaton, IL
Buried: Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, IL
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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
1884 22 CHC NL 4 17 15 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 4 .200 .294 .267 .561 73 4 /2
1885 23 TOT NL 27 99 92 7 14 2 1 0 8 7 15 .152 .212 .196 .408 30 18 2/O
1885 23 CHC NL 11 45 43 5 8 1 1 0 4 2 5 .186 .222 .256 .478 46 11 2/O
1885 23 SLM NL 16 54 49 2 6 1 0 0 4 5 10 .122 .204 .143 .347 15 7 2/O
1888 26 DTN NL 49 196 191 17 49 5 3 0 23 6 5 14 .257 .276 .314 .590 87 60 0 62/3O4
1889 27 CLV NL 46 175 161 17 40 3 2 1 21 5 14 6 .248 .309 .311 .619 71 50 0 2/3O
1890 28 CLE PL 99 419 386 62 127 14 8 2 60 10 33 16 .329 .382 .422 .804 122 163 0 2O/65
1891 29 WAS AA 53 220 201 29 71 8 3 2 33 8 17 17 .353 .409 .453 .862 153 91 2 O2/65
1892 30 BLN NL 66 291 276 41 77 10 7 1 27 12 14 15 .279 .316 .377 .693 106 104 1 3
8 Yrs 344 1417 1322 177 381 43 24 6 174 41 92 87 .288 .336 .371 .707 106 490 3
162 Game Avg. 162 667 623 83 179 20 11 3 82 43 41 .288 .336 .371 .707 106 231
CHC (2 yrs) 15 62 58 9 11 2 1 0 6 4 9 .190 .242 .259 .501 53 15
SLM (1 yr) 16 54 49 2 6 1 0 0 4 5 10 .122 .204 .143 .347 15 7
WAS (1 yr) 53 220 201 29 71 8 3 2 33 8 17 17 .353 .409 .453 .862 153 91 2
BLN (1 yr) 66 291 276 41 77 10 7 1 27 12 14 15 .279 .316 .377 .693 106 104 1
CLV (1 yr) 46 175 161 17 40 3 2 1 21 5 14 6 .248 .309 .311 .619 71 50 0
CLE (1 yr) 99 419 386 62 127 14 8 2 60 10 33 16 .329 .382 .422 .804 122 163 0
DTN (2 yrs) 49 196 191 17 49 5 3 0 23 6 5 14 .257 .276 .314 .590 87 60 0
NL (6 yrs) 192 778 735 86 183 21 13 2 81 23 42 54 .249 .290 .321 .612 83 236 1
AA (1 yr) 53 220 201 29 71 8 3 2 33 8 17 17 .353 .409 .453 .862 153 91 2
PL (1 yr) 99 419 386 62 127 14 8 2 60 10 33 16 .329 .382 .422 .804 122 163 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
1884 22 CHC NL 4 17 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .491 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
1885 23 CHC NL 11 45 -3 0 0 -3 1 -5 -0.5 2 -4 -0.3 .455 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 2/O
1885 23 SLM NL 16 54 -5 0 0 -2 1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .464 .496 -0.2 -0.1 -2 2/O
1887 25 DTN NL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1888 26 DTN NL 49 196 -3 -1 0 -1 2 -2 -0.3 7 4 0.5 .495 .499 0.6 0.1 5 $2,000 62/3O4
1889 27 CLV NL 46 175 -6 -1 0 -1 2 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .491 .497 0.2 0.1 2 $1,750 2/3O
1890 28 CLE PL 99 419 17 -2 0 -9 5 11 0.9 10 21 1.8 .508 .505 2.4 -0.2 30 2O/65
1891 29 WAS AA 53 220 15 -1 0 -5 -0 8 0.7 5 13 1.2 .513 .504 1.6 -0.4 18 O2/65
1892 30 BLN NL 66 291 1 -0 0 -10 -0 -9 -0.9 10 0 0.1 .487 .495 1.1 -0.9 10 3
8 Seasons 344 1417 16 -5 0 -31 11 -9 -1.2 42 33 3.0 .497 .500 5.8 -1.7 64 $3,750
DTN (2 yrs) 49 196 -3 -1 0 -1 2 -2 -0.3 7 4 0.5 .495 .499 0.6 0.1 5 $2,000
CHC (2 yrs) 15 62 -4 0 0 -3 1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.3 .464 .498 -0.0 -0.2 -0
SLM (1 yr) 16 54 -5 0 0 -2 1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .464 .496 -0.2 -0.1 -2
WAS (1 yr) 53 220 15 -1 0 -5 -0 8 0.7 5 13 1.2 .513 .504 1.6 -0.4 18
BLN (1 yr) 66 291 1 -0 0 -10 -0 -9 -0.9 10 0 0.1 .487 .495 1.1 -0.9 10
CLV (1 yr) 46 175 -6 -1 0 -1 2 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .491 .497 0.2 0.1 2 $1,750
CLE (1 yr) 99 419 17 -2 0 -9 5 11 0.9 10 21 1.8 .508 .505 2.4 -0.2 30

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
1887 ❍ 25 DTN NL WS STL W 0 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .091 .167 .091 .258 1 0
1 WS 0 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .091 .167 .091 .258 1 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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1884 CHC NL 22 C 4 41 34 6 1 1 .976 10.00 .895 7.38 11 0 0
1885 TOT NL 23 C 25 152 105 26 21 0 .862 5.24 .893 6.63 36 0 0
1885 TOT NL 23 OF 3 8 3 2 3 0 .625 1.67 .881 1.83 0-0-3
1885 CHC NL 23 C 11 68 46 11 11 0 .838 5.18 .893 6.63 17 0 0
1885 CHC NL 23 OF 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .880 1.80 0-0-1
1885 SLM NL 23 C 14 84 59 15 10 0 .881 5.29 .893 6.63 19 0 0
1885 SLM NL 23 OF 2 6 2 1 3 0 .500 1.50 .882 1.85 0-0-2
1888 DTN NL 26 SS 24 141 39 88 14 6 .901 5.29 .881 4.47
1888 DTN NL 26 C 14 125 75 34 16 5 .872 7.79 .912 6.83 0 0 0
1888 DTN NL 26 1B 5 60 54 1 5 2 .917 11.00 .977 10.50
1888 DTN NL 26 OF 4 4 3 0 1 0 .750 0.75 .905 1.90 0-0-4
1888 DTN NL 26 2B 2 8 1 4 3 0 .625 2.50 .920 5.65
1889 CLV NL 27 C 37 279 179 70 30 3 .892 6.73 .910 6.00 23 0 0
1889 CLV NL 27 1B 8 79 74 4 1 7 .987 9.75 .974 10.36
1889 CLV NL 27 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1890 CLE PL 28 C 84 429 264 115 50 9 .883 4.51 .901 5.36 55 213 110 34% 37%
1890 CLE PL 28 OF 15 27 19 4 4 1 .852 1.53 .904 2.11 1-0-14
1890 CLE PL 28 SS 4 14 3 7 4 1 .714 2.50 .868 5.12
1890 CLE PL 28 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.55
1891 WAS AA 29 OF 35 61 50 6 5 1 .918 1.60 .908 1.87 9-5-21
1891 WAS AA 29 C 22 105 65 30 10 3 .905 4.32 .929 6.17 17 34 28 45% 38%
1891 WAS AA 29 SS 3 14 3 5 6 0 .571 2.67 .879 5.13
1891 WAS AA 29 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.60
1892 BLN NL 30 1B 66 733 678 24 31 39 .958 10.64 .976 10.54
6 Seasons C 186 1131 722 281 128 21 .887 5.39 .906 5.91 142 247 138 36% 37%
3 Seasons 1B 79 872 806 29 37 48 .958 10.57 .976 10.52
5 Seasons OF 58 100 75 12 13 2 .870 1.50 .905 1.93 10-5-43
3 Seasons SS 31 169 45 100 24 7 .858 4.68 .880 4.62
2 Seasons 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.57
1 Season 2B 2 8 1 4 3 0 .625 2.50 .920 5.65
8 Seasons TOT 359 2280 1649 426 205 78 .910 5.78 .931 6.15 10-5-43 142 247 138 36% 37%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1890 PL  84 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1890 PL  264 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1890 PL  115 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1890 PL  50 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1890 PL  9 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1890 PL  55 (1st)
Career  142 (73rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1890 PL  213 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1890 PL  110 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1891 AA  45.2 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1890 PL  .883 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (389th), 3.0 career WAR/3.0 7yr-peak WAR/3.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1888 26 Detroit Wolverines $2,000 ? NL meeting minutes, 11/13/1889
1889 27 Cleveland Spiders $1,750 ? NL meeting minutes, 11/13/1889 11/13/89 - NL makes up $250 diff bet this and '88
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,750
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: Elmer Ellsworth Sy Sutcliffe

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