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John Thornton

John James Thornton

Positions: Pitcher and Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: May 22, 1869 in Washington, DC (All Transactions)
Debut: August 14, 1889 (Age 20.084, 1,357th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1891 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Nationals/Browns 1889-1892

Final Game: September 15, 1892 (Age 23.116)
Died: April 26, 1935 in Washington, DC
Buried: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1889 20 WHS NL 0 1 .000 5.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 8 11 5 0 7 3 0 1 0 42 81 4.67 1.667 8.0 0.0 7.0 3.0 0.43
1891 22 PHI NL 15 16 .484 3.68 37 32 5 23 1 2 269.0 268 161 110 3 115 52 10 1 8 1197 91 3.68 1.424 9.0 0.1 3.8 1.7 0.45
1892 23 PHI NL 0 2 .000 12.75 3 2 1 1 0 0 12.0 16 19 17 1 17 2 0 0 2 69 27 7.44 2.750 12.0 0.8 12.8 1.5 0.12
3 Yrs 15 19 .441 4.10 41 35 6 25 1 2 290.0 292 191 132 4 139 57 10 2 10 1308 82 3.87 1.486 9.1 0.1 4.3 1.8 0.41
162 Game Avg. 13 17 .441 4.10 37 31 5 22 1 2 259 261 171 118 4 124 51 9 2 9 1170 82 3.87 1.486 9.1 0.1 4.3 1.8 0.41
PHI (2 yrs) 15 18 .455 4.07 40 34 6 24 1 2 281.0 284 180 127 4 132 54 10 1 10 1266 82 3.84 1.480 9.1 0.1 4.2 1.7 0.41
WHS (1 yr) 0 1 .000 5.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 8 11 5 0 7 3 0 1 0 42 81 4.67 1.667 8.0 0.0 7.0 3.0 0.43
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1889 20 WHS NL 9.0 1 1 11 11.00 5.96 -0.36 0.00 98.0 6.19 -5 -0.3 -0.0 -0.2 -4 .214 .498
1891 22 PHI NL 269.0 37 32 161 5.39 5.55 0.14 0.00 102.0 5.51 7 0.6 1.0 -0.2 3.0 35 .517 .504
1892 23 PHI NL 12.0 3 2 19 14.25 5.05 0.25 0.00 99.0 4.76 -12 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.7 -11 .221 .495
3 Seasons 290.0 41 35 191 5.93 5.54 0.13 0.00 101.8 5.50 -10 -0.5 1.0 -0.2 2.0 20 .488 .503
PHI (2 yrs) 281.0 40 34 180 5.77 5.53 0.15 0.00 101.9 5.48 -5 -0.2 1.0 -0.2 2.2 24 .495 .503
WHS (1 yr) 9.0 1 1 11 11.00 5.96 -0.36 0.00 98.0 6.19 -5 -0.3 -0.0 -0.2 -4 .214 .498

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
1889 20 WHS NL 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 /1
1891 22 PHI NL 39 125 123 7 17 3 0 0 6 1 2 10 .138 .152 .163 .315 -8 20 0 1/O
1892 23 TOT NL 6 16 16 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .313 .313 .313 .625 88 5 0 /O1
1892 23 PHI NL 5 13 13 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .385 .385 .385 .769 132 5 0 /1O
1892 23 STL NL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 /O
3 Yrs 46 145 143 8 22 3 0 0 9 1 2 13 .154 .166 .175 .340 -1 25 0
162 Game Avg. 162 511 504 28 77 11 0 0 32 4 7 46 .154 .166 .175 .340 -1 88 0
PHI (2 yrs) 44 138 136 8 22 3 0 0 8 1 2 10 .162 .174 .184 .358 4 25 0
STL (1 yr) 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0
WHS (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 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
1889 20 WHS NL 1 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .428 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1891 22 PHI NL 39 125 -18 -0 0 -1 9 -10 -0.9 0 -10 -0.9 .478 .495 -0.8 -0.2 -8 1/O
1892 23 PHI NL 5 13 1 0 0 -1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .505 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 /1O
1892 23 STL NL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .408 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /O
3 Seasons 46 145 -19 -0 0 -2 10 -11 -1.0 0 -11 -1.0 .478 .496 -0.8 -0.3 -9
PHI (2 yrs) 44 138 -17 -0 0 -2 10 -9 -0.9 0 -9 -0.9 .481 .495 -0.6 -0.3 -7
STL (1 yr) 1 3 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .408 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
WHS (1 yr) 1 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .428 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1

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 G Awards
1889 WHS NL 20 P 1 9.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 1.00 .900 2.20 2.20
1891 PHI NL 22 P 37 269.0 101 28 61 12 4 .881 2.98 2.41 .915 2.29 2.25
1891 PHI NL 22 OF 3 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .910 1.93 1-2-0
1892 TOT NL 23 OF 3 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.33 .910 1.90 0-2-1
1892 PHI NL 23 P 3 12.0 7 2 4 1 0 .857 4.50 2.00 .901 2.47 2.40
1892 PHI NL 23 OF 2 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .910 1.90 0-2-0
1892 STL NL 23 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-0-1
3 Seasons P 41 290.0 109 30 66 13 4 .881 2.98 2.34 .914 2.29 2.26
2 Seasons OF 6 3 1 0 2 0 .333 0.17 .910 1.92 1-4-1
3 Seasons TOT 47 290.0 112 31 66 15 4 .866 2.98 2.06 .914 2.29 2.21 1-4-1
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

Saves s c a p y
1891 NL  2 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1891 NL  0.100 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1891 NL  5 (8th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1891 NL  28 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1891 NL  2.98 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1891 NL  2.41 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1889 NL  born 1869-05-22 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 3 (2178), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1798), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1736th), 1.0 career WAR/1.0 7yr-peak WAR/1.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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