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Happy Townsend

John Townsend

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 9, 1879 in Townsend, DE
High School: Townsend HS (Townsend, DE)
School: Washington College (Chestertown, MD) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1901 (Age 22.010)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1901 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Phillies/Naps 1901-1906

Final Game: September 21, 1906 (Age 27.165)
Died: December 21, 1963 in Wilmington, DE
Buried: Townsend Cemetery, Townsend, DE
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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
1901 22 PHI NL 9 6 .600 3.45 19 16 2 14 2 0 143.2 118 73 55 3 64 72 5 0 7 599 99 3.64 1.267 7.4 0.2 4.0 4.5 1.13
1902 23 WSH AL 8 16 .333 4.45 27 26 1 22 0 0 220.1 233 157 109 12 89 71 13 1 10 960 83 4.12 1.461 9.5 0.5 3.6 2.9 0.80
1903 24 WSH AL 2 11 .154 4.76 20 13 7 10 0 0 126.2 145 85 67 3 48 54 9 0 7 563 66 3.56 1.524 10.3 0.2 3.4 3.8 1.13
1904 25 WSH AL 5 26 .161 3.58 36 34 2 31 2 0 291.1 319 163 116 3 100 143 9 1 19 1252 75 2.69 1.438 9.9 0.1 3.1 4.4 1.43
1905 26 WSH AL 7 16 .304 2.63 34 24 9 22 0 0 263.0 247 117 77 2 84 102 15 0 7 1087 100 2.97 1.259 8.5 0.1 2.9 3.5 1.21
1906 27 CLE AL 3 7 .300 2.91 17 12 5 8 1 0 92.2 92 45 30 1 31 31 6 0 1 388 90 3.04 1.327 8.9 0.1 3.0 3.0 1.00
6 Yrs 34 82 .293 3.59 153 125 26 107 5 0 1137.2 1154 640 454 24 416 473 57 2 51 4849 83 3.28 1.380 9.1 0.2 3.3 3.7 1.14
162 Game Avg. 8 20 .293 3.59 37 31 6 26 1 0 278 282 157 111 6 102 116 14 0 12 1186 83 3.28 1.380 9.1 0.2 3.3 3.7 1.14
WSH (4 yrs) 22 69 .242 3.68 117 97 19 85 2 0 901.1 944 522 369 20 321 370 46 2 43 3862 81 3.25 1.403 9.4 0.2 3.2 3.7 1.15
PHI (1 yr) 9 6 .600 3.45 19 16 2 14 2 0 143.2 118 73 55 3 64 72 5 0 7 599 99 3.64 1.267 7.4 0.2 4.0 4.5 1.13
CLE (1 yr) 3 7 .300 2.91 17 12 5 8 1 0 92.2 92 45 30 1 31 31 6 0 1 388 90 3.04 1.327 8.9 0.1 3.0 3.0 1.00
AL (5 yrs) 25 76 .248 3.61 134 109 24 93 3 0 994.0 1036 567 399 21 352 401 52 2 44 4250 81 3.23 1.396 9.4 0.2 3.2 3.6 1.14
NL (1 yr) 9 6 .600 3.45 19 16 2 14 2 0 143.2 118 73 55 3 64 72 5 0 7 599 99 3.64 1.267 7.4 0.2 4.0 4.5 1.13
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
1901 22 PHI NL 143.2 19 16 73 4.57 4.61 0.18 0.00 102.0 4.52 1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.1 12 .503 .500
1902 23 WSH AL 220.1 27 26 157 6.41 4.86 -0.21 0.00 104.0 5.26 -27 -2.4 1.0 -0.3 -0.5 -4 .410 .485 $2,100
1903 24 WSH AL 126.2 20 13 85 6.04 4.24 -0.13 0.00 105.0 4.59 -18 -1.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -9 .407 .489
1904 25 WSH AL 291.1 36 34 163 5.04 3.65 -0.45 0.00 102.0 4.18 -24 -2.8 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -5 .423 .483
1905 26 WSH AL 263.0 34 24 117 4.00 3.69 0.01 0.00 100.0 3.68 -8 -0.9 1.0 -0.2 1.5 12 .473 .494
1906 27 CLE AL 92.2 17 12 45 4.37 3.58 0.48 0.00 97.0 3.01 -14 -1.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.6 -6 .411 .491
6 Seasons 1137.2 153 125 640 5.06 4.07 -0.10 0.00 101.9 4.27 -90 -9.4 1.0 -1.1 0.6 -0 .439 .490 $2,100
WSH (4 yrs) 901.1 117 97 522 5.21 4.04 -0.21 0.00 102.3 4.36 -77 -8.0 1.0 -0.8 0.1 -6 .432 .488 $2,100
PHI (1 yr) 143.2 19 16 73 4.57 4.61 0.18 0.00 102.0 4.52 1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.1 12 .503 .500
CLE (1 yr) 92.2 17 12 45 4.37 3.58 0.48 0.00 97.0 3.01 -14 -1.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.6 -6 .411 .491

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
1901 22 PHI NL 19 65 64 2 7 1 1 0 5 1 0 14 .109 .123 .156 .279 -20 10 1 0 1/O
1902 23 WSH AL 27 91 87 11 23 6 1 0 10 1 1 14 .264 .273 .356 .629 73 31 0 3 1
1903 24 WSH AL 20 47 44 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 .045 .106 .045 .152 -53 2 0 0 1
1904 25 WSH AL 38 122 119 6 20 4 0 1 8 0 2 34 .168 .189 .227 .415 32 27 1 0 1/O
1905 26 WSH AL 34 94 83 6 15 3 1 0 4 1 5 32 .181 .244 .241 .485 57 20 2 4 1
1906 27 CLE AL 17 32 30 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 12 .133 .161 .133 .295 -7 4 0 1 1
6 Yrs 155 451 427 26 71 14 3 1 29 3 12 118 .166 .196 .220 .417 26 94 4 8
162 Game Avg. 162 471 446 27 74 15 3 1 30 3 13 123 .166 .196 .220 .417 26 98 4 8
WSH (4 yrs) 119 354 333 24 60 13 2 1 23 2 11 92 .180 .213 .240 .453 38 80 3 7
PHI (1 yr) 19 65 64 2 7 1 1 0 5 1 0 14 .109 .123 .156 .279 -20 10 1 0
CLE (1 yr) 17 32 30 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 12 .133 .161 .133 .295 -7 4 0 1
AL (5 yrs) 136 386 363 24 64 13 2 1 24 2 12 104 .176 .209 .231 .440 35 84 3 8
NL (1 yr) 19 65 64 2 7 1 1 0 5 1 0 14 .109 .123 .156 .279 -20 10 1 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
1901 22 PHI NL 19 65 -10 0 0 0 5 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .472 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -5 1/O
1902 23 WSH AL 27 91 -4 0 0 0 6 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .509 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $2,100 1
1903 24 WSH AL 20 47 -8 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .477 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1904 25 WSH AL 38 122 -9 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1/O
1905 26 WSH AL 34 94 -5 -0 0 0 7 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .508 .502 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1906 27 CLE AL 17 32 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .489 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
6 Seasons 155 451 -39 0 0 0 31 -7 -0.9 0 -7 -0.9 .495 .500 -0.8 -0.1 -7 $2,100
WSH (4 yrs) 119 354 -25 0 0 0 25 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.1 -0 $2,100
PHI (1 yr) 19 65 -10 0 0 0 5 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .472 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -5
CLE (1 yr) 17 32 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .489 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2

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
1901 PHI NL 22 P 19 143.2 33 5 25 3 2 .909 1.88 1.58 .934 2.75 2.72
1901 PHI NL 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10 1-0-0
1902 WSH AL 23 P 27 220.1 75 12 57 6 1 .920 2.82 2.56 .928 3.10 3.03
1903 WSH AL 24 P 20 126.2 43 6 37 0 2 1.000 3.06 2.15 .948 3.19 3.13
1904 WSH AL 25 P 36 291.1 100 15 81 4 8 .960 2.97 2.67 .952 3.45 3.39
1904 WSH AL 25 OF 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .955 1.85 0-0-2
1905 WSH AL 26 P 34 263.0 90 21 64 5 1 .944 2.91 2.50 .942 3.25 3.21
1906 CLE AL 27 P 17 92.2 36 2 31 3 0 .917 3.21 1.94 .948 3.22 3.17
6 Seasons P 153 1137.2 377 61 295 21 14 .944 2.82 2.33 .942 3.20 3.14
2 Seasons OF 3 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.33 .955 1.93 1-0-2
6 Seasons TOT 156 1137.2 381 65 295 21 14 .945 2.82 2.31 .943 3.20 3.12 1-0-2
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.
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  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1901 NL  7.392 (1st)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1901 NL  4.510 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1901 NL  2 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1902 AL  12 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1902 AL  89 (7th)
1904 AL  100 (2nd)

Hits s c a p y
1904 AL  319 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1905 AL  0.068 (8th)
Career  0.190 (153rd)

Losses s c a p y
1902 AL  16 (9th)
1904 AL  26 (1st)
1905 AL  16 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1902 AL  109 (9th)
1904 AL  116 (2nd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1902 AL  10 (3rd)
1903 AL  7 (5th)
1904 AL  19 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1902 AL  13 (3rd)
1903 AL  9 (9th)
1905 AL  15 (3rd)

Games Finished s c a p y
1903 AL  7 (2nd)
1905 AL  9 (6th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 2 (752), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 3 (2174), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2024), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1285), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (2536th), -0.3 career WAR/-0.3 7yr-peak WAR/-0.3 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1902 23 Washington Senators $2,100 ? S. Povich, The Washington Senators, 245 10/26/01 Sporting Life: $2,400
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,100
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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