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Ira Thomas

Ira Felix Thomas

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: January 22, 1881 in Ballston Spa, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: May 18, 1906 (Age 25.116, 2,832nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1907 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Highlanders/Tigers 1906-1915

Last Game: June 18, 1915 (Age 34.147)
Died: October 11, 1958 in Philadelphia, PA
Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, PA
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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
1906 25 NYY AL 44 126 115 12 23 1 2 0 15 2 8 11 .200 .258 .243 .502 51 28 1 2 2
1907 26 NYY AL 80 224 208 20 40 5 4 1 24 5 10 24 .192 .240 .269 .509 57 56 3 3 2/3
1908 27 DET AL 40 108 101 6 31 1 0 0 8 0 5 10 .307 .346 .317 .663 112 32 1 1 2
1909 28 PHA AL 84 286 256 22 57 9 3 0 31 4 18 34 .223 .292 .281 .573 79 72 7 5 2
1910 29 PHA AL 60 189 180 14 50 8 2 1 19 2 6 17 .278 .301 .361 .662 108 65 0 3 2
1911 30 PHA AL 103 337 297 33 81 14 3 0 39 4 23 27 .273 .341 .340 .682 92 101 8 9 *2 MVP-8
1912 31 PHA AL 48 154 139 14 30 4 2 1 13 3 1 8 7 .216 .268 .295 .563 64 41 2 5 2
1913 32 PHA AL 22 58 53 3 15 4 1 0 6 0 4 8 .283 .333 .396 .730 115 21 0 1 2
1914 33 PHA AL 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1915 34 PHA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
10 Yrs 484 1485 1352 124 327 46 17 3 155 20 1 82 138 .242 .296 .308 .604 82 416 22 29
162 Game Avg. 162 497 453 42 109 15 6 1 52 7 27 46 .242 .296 .308 .604 82 139 7 10
PHA (7 yrs) 320 1027 928 86 233 39 11 2 108 13 1 59 93 .251 .308 .323 .631 88 300 17 23
NYY (2 yrs) 124 350 323 32 63 6 6 1 39 7 18 35 .195 .246 .260 .506 55 84 4 5
DET (1 yr) 40 108 101 6 31 1 0 0 8 0 5 10 .307 .346 .317 .663 112 32 1 1

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
1906 25 NYY AL 44 126 -6 -0 0 0 2 -4 -0.5 5 0 -0.0 .488 .497 -0.0 0.3 0 2
1907 26 NYY AL 80 224 -10 -0 0 -2 4 -8 -1.0 8 -0 -0.1 .488 .494 0.1 0.2 2 2/3
1908 27 DET AL 40 108 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.5 4 8 0.9 .513 .503 0.8 0.4 7 2
1909 28 PHA AL 84 286 -5 -0 0 2 5 1 0.1 10 11 1.2 .502 .501 1.0 0.8 9 2
1910 29 PHA AL 60 189 1 -0 0 1 3 5 0.6 7 12 1.3 .510 .504 1.2 0.5 11 2
1911 30 PHA AL 103 337 -2 -0 0 2 6 6 0.6 13 18 1.9 .506 .504 1.6 0.8 16 *2 MVP-8
1912 31 PHA AL 48 154 -6 1 0 2 3 -0 -0.0 6 5 0.6 .499 .500 0.3 0.5 3 2
1913 32 PHA AL 22 58 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .509 .501 0.4 0.1 4 2
1914 33 PHA AL 2 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .466 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /2
1915 34 PHA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
10 Seasons 484 1485 -26 -0 0 6 25 4 0.3 55 59 6.1 .501 .500 5.4 3.5 53
PHA (7 yrs) 320 1027 -12 -0 0 7 17 12 1.3 38 51 5.3 .504 .502 4.6 2.7 44
NYY (2 yrs) 124 350 -16 -0 0 -2 6 -12 -1.5 13 0 -0.1 .488 .495 0.0 0.5 2
DET (1 yr) 40 108 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.5 4 8 0.9 .513 .503 0.8 0.4 7

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
1908 27 DET AL WS CHC L 2 5 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350 3 0 0 0
1910 ❍ 29 PHA AL WS CHC W 4 16 12 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 .250 .438 .250 .688 3 0 0 0
1911 ❍ 30 PHA AL WS NYG W 4 14 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 .083 .154 .083 .237 1 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 10 35 28 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 6 3 .214 .353 .250 .603 7 0 0 0
3 WS 10 35 28 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 6 3 .214 .353 .250 .603 7 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1906 NYY AL 25 C 42 195 145 38 12 1 .938 4.36 .961 5.98 0 39 31 44% 45%
1907 NYY AL 26 C 61 364 257 90 17 7 .953 5.69 .968 6.11 11 64 61 49% 44%
1907 NYY AL 26 1B 2 9 7 2 0 1 1.000 4.50 .982 11.15
1908 DET AL 27 C 29 143 124 15 4 3 .972 4.79 .969 6.28 1 29 11 28% 45%
1909 PHA AL 28 C 84 600 479 112 9 5 .985 7.04 .969 6.46 5 77 74 49% 45%
1910 PHA AL 29 C 60 424 324 86 14 8 .967 6.83 .968 6.88 3 61 54 47% 45%
1911 PHA AL 30 C 103 666 499 150 17 12 .974 6.30 .965 6.80 11 105 110 51% 45% MVP-8
1912 PHA AL 31 C 48 273 207 58 8 5 .971 5.52 .961 6.78 2 45 47 51% 42%
1913 PHA AL 32 C 21 115 88 25 2 1 .983 5.38 .967 6.56 2 18 17 49% 45%
1914 PHA AL 33 C 1 1 0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 7.00 .967 6.70 1 1 1 50% 46%
1915 PHA AL 34 C 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 6.50 0 0 1 100% 43%
10 Seasons C 450 1 0 2788 2129 576 83 42 .970 6.01 .966 6.53 36 439 407 48% 45%
1 Season 1B 2 9 7 2 0 1 1.000 4.50 .982 11.15
10 Seasons TOT 452 1 0 2797 2136 578 83 43 .970 6.00 .966 6.55 36 439 407 48% 45%
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
1938 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1911 AL (8, 19%)
0.19 Career Shares (781st)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1911 AL  0.8 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1909 AL  84 (3rd)
1911 AL  103 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1909 AL  479 (2nd)
1911 AL  499 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1909 AL  112 (3rd)
1911 AL  150 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1907 AL  17 (3rd)
1911 AL  17 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1911 AL  12 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1907 AL  11 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1911 AL  105 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1911 AL  110 (2nd)
Career  407 (98th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1907 AL  48.8 (3rd)
1909 AL  49.0 (5th)
1911 AL  51.2 (2nd)
1912 AL  51.1 (5th)
Career  48.1 (37th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1907 AL  5.69 (3rd)
1909 AL  7.04 (1st)
1910 AL  6.83 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1909 AL  .985 (1st)
1911 AL  .974 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1915 AL  born 1881-01-22 (10th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1456), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Catcher (260th), 6.1 career WAR/6.3 7yr-peak WAR/6.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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