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Bob Swift

Robert Virgil Swift

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: March 6, 1915 in Salina, KS (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1940 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Browns/Athletics 1940-1953

Final Game: September 27, 1953 (Age 38)
Died: October 17, 1966 in Detroit, MI
Buried: Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, KS
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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
1940 25 SLB AL 130 433 398 37 97 20 1 0 39 1 0 28 39 .244 .295 .299 .594 53 119 8 1 6 *2
1941 26 SLB AL 63 195 170 13 44 7 0 0 21 2 0 22 11 .259 .344 .300 .644 69 51 5 0 3 2
1942 27 TOT AL 89 287 268 12 59 7 0 1 23 1 4 16 22 .220 .264 .257 .522 47 69 5 0 3 2
1942 27 SLB AL 29 81 76 3 15 4 0 1 8 0 2 3 5 .197 .228 .289 .517 44 22 1 0 2 2
1942 27 PHA AL 60 206 192 9 44 3 0 0 15 1 2 13 17 .229 .278 .245 .523 48 47 4 0 1 2
1943 28 PHA AL 77 262 224 16 43 5 1 1 11 0 0 35 16 .192 .301 .237 .538 59 53 10 0 3 2
1944 29 DET AL 80 283 247 15 63 11 1 1 19 2 0 27 27 .255 .331 .320 .651 82 79 9 1 8 2
1945 30 DET AL 95 310 279 19 65 5 0 0 24 1 0 26 22 .233 .298 .251 .549 56 70 7 0 5 2
1946 31 DET AL 42 124 107 13 25 2 0 2 10 0 0 14 7 .234 .322 .308 .631 72 33 4 0 3 2
1947 32 DET AL 97 323 279 23 70 11 0 1 21 2 2 33 16 .251 .330 .301 .631 73 84 8 0 11 2
1948 33 DET AL 113 356 292 23 65 6 0 4 33 1 0 51 29 .223 .338 .284 .622 64 83 9 0 13 *2
1949 34 DET AL 74 215 189 16 45 6 0 2 18 0 0 26 20 .238 .330 .302 .632 68 57 2 0 0 2
1950 35 DET AL 67 159 132 14 30 4 0 2 9 0 0 25 6 .227 .350 .303 .653 66 40 7 0 2 2
1951 36 DET AL 44 118 104 8 20 0 0 0 5 0 0 12 10 .192 .276 .192 .468 28 20 0 0 2 2
1952 37 DET AL 28 66 58 3 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 7 7 .138 .242 .155 .398 12 9 5 1 0 2
1953 38 DET AL 2 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .333 .600 .667 1.267 244 2 0 0 0 /2
14 Yrs 1001 3136 2750 212 635 86 3 14 238 10 6 324 233 .231 .313 .280 .592 61 769 79 3 59
162 Game Avg. 162 508 445 34 103 14 0 2 39 2 1 52 38 .231 .313 .280 .592 61 124 13 0 10
DET (10 yrs) 642 1959 1690 134 392 47 1 12 144 6 2 223 145 .232 .322 .282 .604 64 477 51 2 44
SLB (3 yrs) 222 709 644 53 156 31 1 1 68 3 2 53 55 .242 .301 .298 .599 57 192 14 1 11
PHA (2 yrs) 137 468 416 25 87 8 1 1 26 1 2 48 33 .209 .291 .240 .531 54 100 14 0 4

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
1940 25 SLB AL 130 433 -27 1 0 0 4 -23 -2.2 15 -8 -0.8 .483 .486 -0.9 0.4 -8 $3,000 *2
1941 26 SLB AL 63 195 -6 1 0 0 2 -4 -0.4 7 2 0.2 .493 .497 0.2 0.2 2 $5,000 2
1942 27 SLB AL 29 81 -6 -1 0 1 1 -5 -0.5 2 -2 -0.3 .482 .497 -0.4 0.2 -3 $5,000 2
1942 27 PHA AL 60 206 -12 -0 0 -1 2 -12 -1.3 6 -6 -0.7 .478 .492 -0.6 0.1 -5 2
1943 28 PHA AL 77 262 -10 0 0 1 2 -6 -0.8 8 1 0.0 .490 .495 -0.1 0.4 0 $6,000 2
1944 29 DET AL 80 283 -5 1 0 0 2 -2 -0.3 8 6 0.6 .497 .498 0.6 0.3 6 $6,000 2
1945 30 DET AL 95 310 -15 0 0 1 3 -11 -1.3 9 -2 -0.4 .487 .492 -0.5 0.4 -3 $9,000 2
1946 31 DET AL 42 124 -4 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .494 .498 0.1 0.1 1 $10,000 2
1947 32 DET AL 97 323 -9 -0 0 0 3 -6 -0.8 9 3 0.2 .493 .496 0.2 0.3 3 $9,000 2
1948 33 DET AL 113 356 -14 -1 0 0 3 -12 -1.1 10 -1 -0.1 .490 .493 -0.2 0.3 -1 $11,000 *2
1949 34 DET AL 74 215 -8 1 1 0 2 -5 -0.5 6 2 0.1 .494 .497 0.1 0.2 2 $12,000 2
1950 35 DET AL 67 159 -6 1 -1 0 1 -5 -0.4 5 0 0.0 .493 .497 -0.0 0.2 0 $13,000 2
1951 36 DET AL 44 118 -10 -0 1 0 1 -8 -0.8 4 -4 -0.5 .482 .495 -0.5 0.1 -4 $13,000 2
1952 37 DET AL 28 66 -6 -0 -0 0 1 -7 -0.7 2 -5 -0.5 .474 .495 -0.6 0.1 -5 $13,000 2
1953 38 DET AL 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .543 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $11,000 /2
14 Seasons 1001 3136 -137 2 1 2 26 -107 -11.4 95 -12 -2.0 .489 .494 -2.3 3.1 -14 $126,000
DET (10 yrs) 642 1959 -76 1 1 1 17 -56 -6.1 57 1 -0.4 .491 .495 -0.5 1.8 -0 $107,000
SLB (3 yrs) 222 709 -39 1 0 1 6 -32 -3.2 24 -8 -0.9 .486 .491 -1.1 0.8 -9 $13,000
PHA (2 yrs) 137 468 -22 -0 0 0 4 -18 -2.1 13 -5 -0.7 .485 .494 -0.7 0.5 -5 $6,000

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
1945 30 DET AL WS CHC W 3 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 .250 .750 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 .250 .750 1 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1940 SLB AL 25 C 128 116 89 453 389 55 9 8 .980 3.47 .982 5.27 11 6 46 21 31% 41% 1
1941 SLB AL 26 C 58 48 36 205 180 22 3 3 .985 3.48 .983 5.00 3 4 23 9 28% 41% 2
1942 TOT AL 27 C 88 81 59 393 334 50 9 5 .977 4.36 .979 4.93 5 6 39 35 47% 42% 0
1942 SLB AL 27 C 28 24 16 92 81 11 0 2 1.000 3.29 .979 4.93 2 0 6 8 57% 42% 0
1942 PHA AL 27 C 60 57 43 301 253 39 9 3 .970 4.87 .979 4.93 3 6 33 27 45% 42% 0
1943 PHA AL 28 C 77 73 52 339 278 53 8 9 .976 4.30 .981 5.23 4 6 52 25 32% 42% 4
1944 DET AL 29 C 76 73 63 342 288 48 6 4 .982 4.42 .976 4.91 5 0 20 31 61% 39% 0
1945 DET AL 30 C 94 84 71 423 358 60 5 12 .988 4.45 .986 4.92 7 6 33 36 52% 45% 0
1946 DET AL 31 C 42 29 25 205 187 14 4 2 .980 4.79 .982 5.52 3 0 15 5 25% 46% 0
1947 DET AL 32 C 97 84 66 451 401 45 5 6 .989 4.60 .985 5.02 5 7 18 22 55% 46% 1
1948 DET AL 33 C 112 99 69 536 476 55 5 13 .991 4.74 .986 4.74 10 15 20 18 47% 44% 2
1949 DET AL 34 C 69 52 41 261 232 26 3 6 .989 3.74 .985 4.76 3 11 11 12 52% 45% 1
1950 DET AL 35 C 66 46 26 391.0 222 201 20 1 3 .995 5.09 3.35 .985 4.94 4.85 4 2 2 9 82% 49% 0
1951 DET AL 36 C 43 33 21 291.1 166 146 17 3 3 .982 5.04 3.79 .982 5.03 5.01 2 6 12 6 33% 46% 1
1952 DET AL 37 C 28 23 10 182.1 133 118 12 3 1 .977 6.42 4.64 .985 5.44 5.44 1 4 2 5 71% 46% 1
1953 DET AL 38 C 2 2 0 13.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 6.50 .985 5.19 5.15 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons C 980 843 628 877.2 4142 3601 477 64 75 .985 0 0 5.40 4.16 .983 5.08 5.01 63 73 293 234 44% 43% 13
14 Seasons TOT 980 843 628 877.2 4142 3601 477 64 75 .985 0 0 5.40 4.16 .983 5.08 5.01 63 73 293 234 44% 43% 13
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

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1947 AL  11 (10th)
1948 AL  13 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1940 AL  128 (3rd)
1942 AL  88 (5th)
1945 AL  94 (4th)
1947 AL  97 (4th)
1948 AL  112 (3rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1942 AL  334 (5th)
1945 AL  358 (5th)
1947 AL  401 (4th)
1948 AL  476 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1942 AL  50 (4th)
1944 AL  48 (5th)
1945 AL  60 (4th)
1947 AL  45 (5th)
1948 AL  55 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1942 AL  9 (4th)
1943 AL  8 (4th)
1945 AL  5 (5th)
1948 AL  5 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1940 AL  8 (4th)
1943 AL  9 (5th)
1945 AL  12 (2nd)
1948 AL  13 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1940 AL  11 (4th)
1945 AL  7 (5th)
1947 AL  5 (5th)
1948 AL  10 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1940 AL  46 (2nd)
1942 AL  39 (3rd)
1943 AL  52 (3rd)
1945 AL  33 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1942 AL  35 (2nd)
1944 AL  31 (2nd)
1945 AL  36 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1942 AL  47.3 (5th)
1944 AL  60.8 (2nd)
1945 AL  52.2 (4th)
1947 AL  55.0 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1950 AL  5.09 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1947 AL  4.60 (5th)
1948 AL  4.74 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1940 AL  .980 (5th)
1945 AL  .988 (5th)
1947 AL  .989 (2nd)
1948 AL  .991 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1953 AL  born 1915-03-06 (8th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1440), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (697), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (1377th), -2.0 career WAR/1.4 7yr-peak WAR/-0.3 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
194025St. Louis Browns$3,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194126St. Louis Browns$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194227St. Louis Browns$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contractsSLB/PHA
194328Philadelphia Athletics$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194429Detroit Tigers$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194530Detroit Tigers$9,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194631Detroit Tigers$10,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194732Detroit Tigers$9,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194833Detroit Tigers$11,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194934Detroit Tigers$12,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195035Detroit Tigers$13,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195136Detroit Tigers$13,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195237Detroit Tigers$13,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195338Detroit Tigers$11,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$126,000
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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Name and misspellings: Robert Bob bobby robert Virgil Swift

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