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Russ Van Atta

Russell Van Atta (Sheriff)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 184 lb.

Born: June 21, 1906 in Augusta, NJ
High School: Augusta HS (Augusta, NJ)
School: Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1933 (Age 26)
Rookie Status: Lost 1933 [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Yankees 1933-1939

Final Game: May 11, 1939 (Age 32)
Died: October 10, 1986 in Andover, NJ
Buried: Frankford Plains Cemetery, Newton, NJ
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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
1933 27 NYY AL 12 4 .750 4.18 26 22 3 10 2 1 157.0 160 81 73 8 63 76 1 0 3 687 93 3.72 1.420 9.2 0.5 3.6 4.4 1.21
1934 28 NYY AL 3 5 .375 6.34 28 9 9 0 0 0 88.0 107 69 62 3 46 39 2 1 1 403 65 4.31 1.739 10.9 0.3 4.7 4.0 0.85
1935 29 TOT AL 9 16 .360 5.30 58 17 25 1 0 3 175.0 206 121 103 10 91 90 3 0 4 811 90 4.38 1.697 10.6 0.5 4.7 4.6 0.99
1935 29 NYY AL 0 0 3.86 5 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 5 5 2 0 4 3 0 0 0 23 114 4.34 1.929 9.6 0.0 7.7 5.8 0.75
1935 29 SLB AL 9 16 .360 5.34 53 17 23 1 0 3 170.1 201 116 101 10 87 87 3 0 4 788 89 4.38 1.691 10.6 0.5 4.6 4.6 1.00
1936 30 SLB AL 4 7 .364 6.60 52 9 20 2 0 2 122.2 164 101 90 9 68 59 2 0 3 591 81 4.97 1.891 12.0 0.7 5.0 4.3 0.87
1937 31 SLB AL 1 2 .333 5.52 16 6 4 1 0 0 58.2 74 41 36 2 32 34 0 0 2 280 88 3.96 1.807 11.4 0.3 4.9 5.2 1.06
1938 32 SLB AL 4 7 .364 6.06 25 12 5 3 1 0 104.0 118 75 70 7 61 35 1 0 3 481 82 4.91 1.721 10.2 0.6 5.3 3.0 0.57
1939 33 SLB AL 0 0 11.57 2 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 9 10 9 0 7 6 1 1 0 38 44 4.69 2.286 11.6 0.0 9.0 7.7 0.86
7 Yrs 33 41 .446 5.60 207 76 66 17 3 6 712.1 838 498 443 39 368 339 10 2 16 3291 83 4.37 1.693 10.6 0.5 4.6 4.3 0.92
162 Game Avg. 8 10 .446 5.60 50 18 16 4 1 1 171 201 120 106 9 88 81 2 0 4 791 83 4.37 1.693 10.6 0.5 4.6 4.3 0.92
SLB (5 yrs) 18 32 .360 5.95 148 45 52 7 1 5 462.2 566 343 306 28 255 221 7 1 12 2178 84 4.61 1.774 11.0 0.5 5.0 4.3 0.87
NYY (3 yrs) 15 9 .625 4.94 59 31 14 10 2 1 249.2 272 155 137 11 113 118 3 1 4 1113 81 3.94 1.542 9.8 0.4 4.1 4.3 1.04

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
1933 27 NYY AL 157.0 26 22 81 4.64 4.87 -0.25 0.00 93.9 4.81 2 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.7 21 .506 .501 $3,500
1934 28 NYY AL 88.0 28 9 69 7.06 5.09 0.26 0.00 92.2 4.46 -26 -2.3 1.0 -0.0 -1.4 -15 .419 .486 $6,000
1935 29 NYY AL 4.2 5 0 5 9.64 5.10 0.32 0.00 97.0 4.64 -3 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .452 .499 $6,000
1935 29 SLB AL 170.1 53 17 116 6.13 5.39 -0.24 0.00 104.8 5.90 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.3 16 .492 .497
1936 30 SLB AL 122.2 52 9 101 7.41 5.90 -0.38 0.00 103.7 6.51 -13 -1.1 1.0 -0.1 0.0 3 .478 .493 $6,000
1937 31 SLB AL 58.2 16 6 41 6.29 5.33 -0.31 0.00 102.9 5.80 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.3 4 .482 .498 $6,000
1938 32 SLB AL 104.0 25 12 75 6.49 5.51 -0.40 0.00 100.7 5.95 -7 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 0.3 6 .474 .496 $5,000
1939 33 SLB AL 7.0 2 1 10 12.86 5.97 -0.53 0.00 110.0 7.15 -5 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -4 .324 .498 $5,500
7 Seasons 712.1 207 76 498 6.29 5.34 -0.23 0.00 99.9 5.59 -60 -5.2 1.0 -0.4 1.8 30 .475 .495 $38,000
SLB (5 yrs) 462.2 148 45 343 6.67 5.55 -0.33 0.00 103.4 6.08 -33 -2.8 1.0 -0.3 1.6 25 .481 .496 $22,500
NYY (3 yrs) 249.2 59 31 155 5.59 4.95 -0.06 0.00 93.4 4.68 -27 -2.4 1.0 -0.1 0.1 4 .460 .494 $15,500

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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
1933 27 NYY AL 26 67 60 8 17 2 0 0 7 0 0 2 8 .283 .306 .317 .623 70 19 0 5 1
1934 28 NYY AL 28 30 29 5 6 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 4 .207 .207 .379 .586 52 11 0 1 1
1935 29 TOT AL 58 50 43 5 9 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 4 .209 .227 .256 .483 23 11 0 6 1
1935 29 NYY AL 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1935 29 SLB AL 53 49 42 5 9 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 4 .214 .233 .262 .494 26 11 0 6 1
1936 30 SLB AL 53 29 29 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 .172 .172 .241 .414 0 7 0 0 1
1937 31 SLB AL 16 15 13 3 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 .462 .533 .692 1.226 206 9 0 0 1
1938 32 SLB AL 25 33 30 2 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 .133 .133 .200 .333 -17 6 0 3 1
1939 33 SLB AL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 208 226 206 24 47 8 1 2 17 1 0 5 34 .228 .246 .306 .552 42 63 0 0 15
162 Game Avg. 162 176 160 19 37 6 1 2 13 1 0 4 26 .228 .246 .306 .552 42 49 0 12
SLB (5 yrs) 149 128 116 11 24 6 0 1 7 1 0 3 22 .207 .227 .284 .511 28 33 0 0 9
NYY (3 yrs) 59 98 90 13 23 2 1 1 10 0 0 2 12 .256 .272 .333 .605 62 30 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
1933 27 NYY AL 26 67 -3 0 0 0 7 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .514 .502 0.4 0.0 4 $3,500 1
1934 28 NYY AL 28 30 -2 0 0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $6,000 1
1935 29 NYY AL 5 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $6,000 /1
1935 29 SLB AL 53 49 -5 0 0 0 5 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0 1
1936 30 SLB AL 53 29 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $6,000 1
1937 31 SLB AL 16 15 2 0 0 0 2 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .522 .502 0.4 0.0 4 $6,000 1
1938 32 SLB AL 25 33 -6 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $5,000 1
1939 33 SLB AL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .480 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $5,500 /1
7 Seasons 208 226 -21 0 0 0 24 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .502 .500 0.4 0.0 4 $38,000
SLB (5 yrs) 149 128 -15 0 0 0 14 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $22,500
NYY (3 yrs) 59 98 -5 0 0 0 10 5 0.4 0 5 0.4 .508 .501 0.4 0.0 5 $15,500

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1933 NYY AL 27 P 26 22 10 157.0 40 7 32 1 1 .975 2.24 1.50 .960 2.28 2.27
1934 NYY AL 28 P 28 9 0 88.0 17 3 13 1 0 .941 1.64 0.57 .956 2.14 2.11
1935 TOT AL 29 P 58 17 1 175.0 35 2 28 5 1 .857 1.54 0.52 .949 2.15 2.14
1935 NYY AL 29 P 5 0 0 4.2 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .950 2.12 2.14
1935 SLB AL 29 P 53 17 1 170.1 34 2 28 4 1 .882 1.59 0.57 .949 2.15 2.14
1936 SLB AL 30 P 52 9 2 122.2 32 3 28 1 0 .969 2.27 0.60 .956 1.99 1.96
1937 SLB AL 31 P 16 6 1 58.2 18 2 14 2 0 .889 2.45 1.00 .954 2.06 2.01
1938 SLB AL 32 P 25 12 3 104.0 26 3 21 2 3 .923 2.08 0.96 .952 2.11 2.06
1939 SLB AL 33 P 2 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.93 1.90
7 Seasons P 207 76 17 712.1 168 20 136 12 5 .929 1.97 0.75 .955 2.13 2.09
7 Seasons TOT 207 76 17 712.1 168 20 136 12 5 .929 1.97 0.75 .955 2.13 2.09
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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1933 AL  .750 (1st)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1933 AL  4.357 (6th)
1935 AL  4.629 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1935 AL  58 (1st)
1936 AL  52 (1st)

Saves s c a p y
1935 AL  3 (8th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1935 AL  90 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1933 AL  2 (4th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1933 AL  1.206 (10th)

Losses s c a p y
1935 AL  16 (2nd)

Games Finished s c a p y
1935 AL  25 (2nd)
1936 AL  20 (3rd)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1935 AL  58 (1st)
1936 AL  52 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1935 AL  5 (2nd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 5 (438), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 13 (1351), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1345), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (999th), 2.1 career WAR/2.1 7yr-peak WAR/2.1 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 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
193327New York Yankees$3,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193428New York Yankees$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193529New York Yankees$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193630St. Louis Browns$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193731St. Louis Browns$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193832St. Louis Browns$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193933St. Louis Browns$5,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$38,000
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: Russ Russell Sheriff Van vanatta Atta

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