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Pinch Thomas

Chester David Thomas

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 173 lb.

Born: January 24, 1888 in Camp Point, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: April 24, 1912 (Age 24)
Rookie Status: Lost 1914 [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Indians 1912-1921

Final Game: June 19, 1921 (Age 33)
Died: December 24, 1953 in Modesto, CA
Cremated
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Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1912 24 BOS AL 13 33 30 0 6 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 3 .200 .250 .200 .450 26 6 0 1 /2
1913 25 BOS AL 38 96 91 6 26 1 2 1 15 1 2 11 .286 .309 .374 .682 97 34 1 2 2
1914 26 BOS AL 66 146 130 9 25 1 0 0 5 1 0 18 17 .192 .291 .200 .491 47 26 0 2 2/3
1915 27 BOS AL 86 225 203 21 48 4 4 0 21 3 2 13 20 .236 .286 .296 .581 76 60 1 7 2
1916 28 BOS AL 99 266 216 21 57 10 1 1 21 4 33 13 .264 .364 .333 .697 109 72 1 15 2
1917 29 BOS AL 83 238 202 24 48 7 0 0 24 2 27 9 .238 .333 .272 .606 86 55 2 7 2
1918 30 CLE AL 32 83 73 2 18 0 1 0 5 0 6 6 .247 .304 .274 .578 67 20 0 3 2
1919 31 CLE AL 34 51 46 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 4 3 .109 .180 .109 .289 -20 5 0 2 2
1920 32 CLE AL 9 12 9 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .333 .500 .444 .944 148 4 0 0 /2
1921 33 CLE AL 21 46 35 1 9 3 0 0 4 0 0 10 2 .257 .422 .343 .765 95 12 0 1 2
10 Yrs 481 1196 1035 88 245 27 8 2 102 12 2 118 85 .237 .318 .284 .602 78 294 5 40
162 Game Avg. 162 403 349 30 83 9 3 1 34 4 40 29 .237 .318 .284 .602 78 99 2 13
BOS (6 yrs) 385 1004 872 81 210 23 7 2 91 12 2 95 73 .241 .319 .290 .609 83 253 5 34
CLE (4 yrs) 96 192 163 7 35 4 1 0 11 0 0 23 12 .215 .312 .252 .563 55 41 0 6

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
1912 24 BOS AL 13 33 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .484 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 /2
1913 25 BOS AL 38 96 -1 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 4 4 0.5 .502 .501 0.5 0.2 4 2
1914 26 BOS AL 66 146 -7 1 0 -1 2 -5 -0.6 6 0 -0.0 .491 .496 0.1 0.1 2 2/3
1915 27 BOS AL 86 225 -6 0 0 2 4 0 0.0 8 9 0.9 .500 .500 0.7 0.6 7 2
1916 28 BOS AL 99 266 4 -0 0 1 4 9 1.0 10 19 2.0 .511 .506 2.0 0.6 18 2
1917 29 BOS AL 83 238 -2 -0 0 0 4 2 0.2 9 11 1.1 .503 .501 1.1 0.4 11 2
1918 30 CLE AL 32 83 -3 0 0 -1 1 -2 -0.3 3 1 0.0 .490 .498 0.1 0.0 2 2
1919 31 CLE AL 34 51 -7 0 0 0 1 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.5 .479 .496 -0.5 0.1 -4 2
1920 32 CLE AL 9 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 2 0.1 .511 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $4,800 /2
1921 33 CLE AL 21 46 0 0 0 -1 1 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.0 3 $4,800 2
10 Seasons 481 1196 -23 1 0 0 19 -3 -0.4 45 42 4.3 .499 .501 4.4 2.1 42 $9,600
BOS (6 yrs) 385 1004 -15 1 0 2 17 5 0.5 38 42 4.4 .502 .501 4.3 2.1 41
CLE (4 yrs) 96 192 -8 0 0 -2 2 -8 -0.9 7 -0 -0.2 .491 .498 0.0 0.1 2 $9,600

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
1915 27 BOS AL WS PHI W 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 1 0 0 0 0 0
1916 28 BOS AL WS BRO W 3 8 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .429 .571 3 0 0 1 0 0
1920 32 CLE AL WS BRO W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 6 13 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500 4 0 0 1 0 0
3 WS 6 13 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500 4 0 0 1 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
1912 BOS AL 24 C 8 58 42 14 2 1 .966 7.00 .961 6.78 1 9 9 50% 42%
1913 BOS AL 25 C 31 179 135 41 3 2 .983 5.68 .967 6.56 5 36 29 45% 45%
1914 BOS AL 26 C 64 45 30 292 235 47 10 6 .966 4.41 .967 6.69 13 46 34 43% 45%
1914 BOS AL 26 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 10.60
1915 BOS AL 27 C 82 59 45 419 325 81 13 7 .969 4.95 .965 6.46 3 54 47 47% 43%
1916 BOS AL 28 C 90 63 42 415 321 86 8 7 .981 4.52 .974 6.33 4 56 45 45% 43%
1917 BOS AL 29 C 77 67 56 370 296 69 5 8 .986 4.74 .971 5.71 12 55 45 45% 45%
1918 CLE AL 30 C 24 18 15 115 85 24 6 2 .948 4.54 .970 5.51 0 18 12 40% 44%
1919 CLE AL 31 C 21 6 6 49 39 9 1 0 .980 2.29 .974 5.57 0 6 5 45% 45%
1920 CLE AL 32 C 7 3 1 17 14 3 0 0 1.000 2.43 .973 5.11 0 3 0 0% 48%
1921 CLE AL 33 C 19 7 6 34 27 3 4 0 .882 1.58 .971 4.89 0 5 1 17% 45%
10 Seasons C 423 268 201 1948 1519 377 52 33 .973 4.48 .969 6.15 38 288 227 44% 44%
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 10.60
10 Seasons TOT 424 268 201 1949 1520 377 52 33 .973 4.47 .969 6.16 38 288 227 44% 44%
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

AB per SO s c a p y
1916 AL  16.6 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1916 AL  90 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1914 AL  13 (4th)
1917 AL  12 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1915 AL  .969 (4th)
1916 AL  .981 (4th)
1917 AL  .986 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1089), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2966), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (317th), 4.3 career WAR/4.9 7yr-peak WAR/4.6 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
192032Cleveland Indians$4,800Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
192133Cleveland Indians$4,800Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$9,600
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: Chester David Pinch Thomas

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