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Lee Viau    \Vee-oh\

Leon A. Viau

Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 4", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: July 5, 1866 in Corinth, VT
School: Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1888 (Age 21.292)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedStockings/Spiders/Colonels/Reds/Beaneaters 1888-1892

Final Game: August 27, 1892 (Age 26.053)
Died: December 17, 1947 in Hopewell, NJ
Buried: Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 22, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1082. Harry McCormick… #1083. Hal Woodeshick… #1084. Joe Saunders… #1085. LEE VIAU… #1086. Greg Harris… #1087. Heath Bell… #1088. Jason Frasor… 

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
1888 21 CIN AA 27 14 .659 2.65 42 42 0 42 1 0 387.2 331 192 114 7 110 164 20 0 27 1618 117 2.98 1.138 7.7 0.2 2.6 3.8 1.49
1889 22 CIN AA 22 20 .524 3.79 47 42 5 38 1 1 373.0 379 224 157 8 136 152 10 0 18 1631 104 3.64 1.381 9.1 0.2 3.3 3.7 1.12
1890 23 TOT NL 11 14 .440 3.88 26 23 3 20 2 0 197.0 198 134 85 12 81 71 6 0 4 870 92 4.31 1.416 9.0 0.5 3.7 3.2 0.88
1890 23 CIN NL 7 5 .583 4.50 13 10 3 7 1 0 90.0 97 69 45 8 39 41 1 0 1 404 81 4.49 1.511 9.7 0.8 3.9 4.1 1.05
1890 23 CLV NL 4 9 .308 3.36 13 13 0 13 1 0 107.0 101 65 40 4 42 30 5 0 3 466 104 4.16 1.336 8.5 0.3 3.5 2.5 0.71
1891 24 CLV NL 18 17 .514 3.01 45 38 6 31 0 0 343.2 367 239 115 3 138 130 15 0 21 1548 113 3.22 1.469 9.6 0.1 3.6 3.4 0.94
1892 25 TOT NL 5 12 .294 3.97 18 17 1 15 1 0 140.2 166 92 62 7 61 37 0 0 4 649 79 3.86 1.614 10.6 0.4 3.9 2.4 0.61
1892 25 CLV NL 0 1 .000 36.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 14 5.44 6.000 45.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1892 25 LOU NL 4 11 .267 3.99 16 15 1 14 1 0 130.2 156 86 58 7 56 36 0 0 4 604 77 3.87 1.622 10.7 0.5 3.9 2.5 0.64
1892 25 BSN NL 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 5 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 36 3.55 1.000 5.0 0.0 4.0 1.0 0.25
5 Yrs 83 77 .519 3.33 178 162 15 146 5 1 1442.0 1441 881 533 37 526 554 51 0 74 6316 104 3.48 1.364 9.0 0.2 3.3 3.5 1.05
162 Game Avg. 17 15 .519 3.33 36 32 3 29 1 0 288 288 176 107 7 105 111 10 0 15 1263 104 3.48 1.364 9.0 0.2 3.3 3.5 1.05
CLV (3 yrs) 22 27 .449 3.17 59 52 6 44 1 0 451.2 473 309 159 7 181 160 20 0 24 2023 109 3.45 1.448 9.4 0.1 3.6 3.2 0.88
CIN (3 yrs) 56 39 .589 3.34 102 94 8 87 3 1 850.2 807 485 316 23 285 357 31 0 46 3653 105 3.43 1.284 8.5 0.2 3.0 3.8 1.25
LOU (1 yr) 4 11 .267 3.99 16 15 1 14 1 0 130.2 156 86 58 7 56 36 0 0 4 604 77 3.87 1.622 10.7 0.5 3.9 2.5 0.64
BSN (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 5 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 36 3.55 1.000 5.0 0.0 4.0 1.0 0.25
NL (3 yrs) 34 43 .442 3.46 89 78 10 66 3 0 681.1 731 465 262 22 280 238 21 0 29 3067 98 3.67 1.484 9.7 0.3 3.7 3.1 0.85
AA (2 yrs) 49 34 .590 3.21 89 84 5 80 2 1 760.2 710 416 271 15 246 316 30 0 45 3249 109 3.30 1.257 8.4 0.2 2.9 3.7 1.28
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
1888 21 CIN AA 387.2 42 42 192 4.46 5.16 0.26 0.00 104.0 5.09 25 2.4 -0.5 4.2 53 .558 .515
1889 22 CIN AA 373.0 47 42 224 5.40 6.02 0.11 0.00 103.0 6.09 34 2.9 1.0 -0.3 4.9 57 .563 .518
1890 23 CIN NL 90.0 13 10 69 6.90 5.57 0.41 0.00 101.0 5.21 -14 -1.1 1.0 -0.2 -0.4 -6 .414 .493
1890 23 CLV NL 107.0 13 13 65 5.47 5.71 0.03 0.00 97.0 5.51 5 0.4 -0.2 1.2 13 .532 .503
1891 24 CLV NL 343.2 45 38 239 6.26 5.48 -0.21 0.00 103.0 5.87 -11 -0.9 1.0 -0.3 2.0 25 .479 .494
1892 25 CLV NL 1.0 1 1 5 45.00 5.05 0.70 0.00 103.0 4.47 -4 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -4 .207 .498
1892 25 LOU NL 130.2 16 15 86 5.92 5.18 -0.02 0.00 93.0 4.83 -13 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -0.0 -2 .427 .493
1892 25 BSN NL 9.0 1 1 1 1.00 5.05 0.29 0.00 107.0 5.08 4 0.4 -0.0 0.5 5 .941 .503
5 Seasons 1442.0 178 162 881 5.50 5.53 0.08 0.00 101.8 5.55 26 2.7 1.0 -1.5 12.2 140 .515 .506
CLV (3 yrs) 451.2 59 52 309 6.16 5.54 -0.15 0.00 101.6 5.78 -11 -0.8 1.0 -0.5 3.0 34 .486 .496
CIN (3 yrs) 850.2 102 94 485 5.13 5.58 0.21 0.00 103.2 5.54 46 4.3 1.0 -0.9 8.7 103 .542 .514
LOU (1 yr) 130.2 16 15 86 5.92 5.18 -0.02 0.00 93.0 4.83 -13 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -0.0 -2 .427 .493
BSN (1 yr) 9.0 1 1 1 1.00 5.05 0.29 0.00 107.0 5.08 4 0.4 -0.0 0.5 5 .941 .503

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
1888 21 CIN AA 43 160 149 16 13 1 2 0 8 5 11 46 .087 .150 .121 .271 -14 18 0 1/O
1889 22 CIN AA 47 159 147 14 21 2 1 0 9 4 11 47 .143 .208 .170 .378 7 25 1 1/O
1890 23 TOT NL 26 86 79 8 12 1 0 0 3 4 7 15 .152 .221 .165 .385 14 13 0 1
1890 23 CIN NL 13 39 36 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 .139 .205 .139 .344 -0 5 0 1
1890 23 CLV NL 13 47 43 6 7 1 0 0 2 2 4 8 .163 .234 .186 .420 25 8 0 1
1891 24 CLV NL 45 156 144 15 23 3 2 0 6 2 12 28 .160 .224 .208 .433 25 30 0 1/O
1892 25 TOT NL 23 77 69 5 13 2 0 0 5 2 7 18 .188 .273 .217 .490 53 15 1 1/O
1892 25 CLV NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1892 25 LOU NL 21 74 66 5 13 2 0 0 5 2 7 16 .197 .284 .227 .511 60 15 1 1/O
1892 25 BSN NL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 /1
5 Yrs 184 638 588 58 82 9 5 0 31 17 48 154 .139 .207 .172 .379 12 101 2
162 Game Avg. 162 562 518 51 72 8 4 0 27 15 42 136 .139 .207 .172 .379 12 89 2
CLV (3 yrs) 59 203 187 21 30 4 2 0 8 4 16 36 .160 .227 .203 .430 25 38 0
CIN (3 yrs) 103 358 332 32 39 3 3 0 18 11 25 100 .117 .182 .145 .326 -3 48 1
LOU (1 yr) 21 74 66 5 13 2 0 0 5 2 7 16 .197 .284 .227 .511 60 15 1
BSN (1 yr) 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0
NL (3 yrs) 94 319 292 28 48 6 2 0 14 8 26 61 .164 .235 .199 .434 28 58 1
AA (2 yrs) 90 319 296 30 34 3 3 0 17 9 22 93 .115 .179 .145 .324 -3 43 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
1888 21 CIN AA 43 160 -20 -0 0 0 10 -10 -1.0 0 -10 -1.0 .477 .494 -1.0 0.0 -10 1/O
1889 22 CIN AA 47 159 -23 -1 0 0 13 -11 -0.9 0 -11 -0.9 .480 .494 -1.0 0.0 -11 1/O
1890 23 CIN NL 13 39 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .486 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1890 23 CLV NL 13 47 -4 -0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1891 24 CLV NL 45 156 -16 -0 0 0 12 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .491 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4 1/O
1892 25 CLV NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1892 25 LOU NL 21 74 -3 -0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1/O
1892 25 BSN NL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .431 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
5 Seasons 184 638 -73 -1 0 0 46 -29 -2.7 0 -29 -2.7 .486 .496 -2.6 -0.1 -29
CLV (3 yrs) 59 203 -20 -0 0 0 15 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .492 .498 -0.5 -0.1 -5
CIN (3 yrs) 103 358 -48 -1 0 0 26 -23 -2.1 0 -23 -2.1 .480 .495 -2.1 -0.0 -23
LOU (1 yr) 21 74 -3 -0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 -0.0 1
BSN (1 yr) 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .431 .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
1888 CIN AA 21 P 42 387.2 105 18 78 9 0 .914 2.23 2.29 .891 2.45 2.41
1888 CIN AA 21 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.80 0-0-1
1889 CIN AA 22 P 47 373.0 73 9 60 4 2 .945 1.66 1.47 .905 2.13 2.05
1889 CIN AA 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-1-0
1890 TOT NL 23 P 26 197.0 52 6 42 4 0 .923 2.19 1.85 .898 2.24 2.19
1890 CIN NL 23 P 13 90.0 29 5 23 1 0 .966 2.80 2.15 .898 2.24 2.19
1890 CLV NL 23 P 13 107.0 23 1 19 3 0 .870 1.68 1.54 .898 2.24 2.19
1891 CLV NL 24 P 45 343.2 105 12 79 14 2 .867 2.38 2.02 .915 2.29 2.25
1891 CLV NL 24 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.90 0-0-1
1892 TOT NL 25 P 18 140.2 55 10 41 4 4 .927 3.26 2.83 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 CLV NL 25 P 1 1.0 3 1 1 1 1 .667 18.00 2.00 .900 2.70 2.40
1892 LOU NL 25 P 16 130.2 50 8 39 3 3 .940 3.24 2.94 .901 2.48 2.41
1892 LOU NL 25 OF 5 7 5 2 0 1 1.000 1.40 .911 1.90 0-0-5
1892 BSN NL 25 P 1 9.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 2.00 .900 2.50 2.40
5 Seasons P 178 1442.0 390 55 300 35 8 .910 2.22 1.99 .902 2.30 2.24
4 Seasons OF 8 7 5 2 0 1 1.000 0.88 .911 1.90 0-1-7
5 Seasons TOT 186 1442.0 397 60 302 35 9 .912 2.22 1.95 .903 2.30 2.23 0-1-7
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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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1888 AA  4.2 (7th)
1889 AA  4.9 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1888 AA  2.65 (10th)

Wins s c a p y
1888 AA  27 (5th)
1889 AA  22 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1888 AA  .659 (5th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 AA  7.684 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1891 NL  3.405 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1888 AA  42 (9th)
1889 AA  47 (10th)

Saves s c a p y
1889 AA  1 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1888 AA  387.7 (8th)
1889 AA  373.0 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1888 AA  164 (10th)
1889 AA  152 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1888 AA  42 (8th)
1889 AA  42 (10th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1888 AA  42 (7th)
1889 AA  38 (9th)
Career  146 (233rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1890 NL  2 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1888 AA  7 (8th)
1890 NL  12 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1888 AA  110 (7th)
1889 AA  136 (8th)
1891 NL  138 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1888 AA  331 (10th)
1889 AA  379 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1889 AA  0.193 (10th)
1891 NL  0.079 (2nd)
Career  0.231 (208th)

Losses s c a p y
1889 AA  20 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1888 AA  114 (9th)
1889 AA  157 (8th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1891 NL  21 (4th)
Career  74 (225th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1888 AA  20 (10th)
1891 NL  15 (9th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1888 AA  1,618 (7th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1889 AA  5 (9th)
1891 NL  6 (4th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1888 AA  117 (10th)
1891 NL  113 (10th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1889 AA  3.64 (9th)
1891 NL  3.22 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1888 AA  20 (9th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1888 AA  1.9 (9th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1891 NL  14 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 43 (599), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 21 (616), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 9 (963), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (898th), 9.5 career WAR/9.5 7yr-peak WAR/9.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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