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Ossie Vitt

Oscar Joseph Vitt

Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: January 4, 1890 in San Francisco, CA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 11, 1912 (Age 22.098)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1912 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/RedSox 1912-1921

Final Game: October 1, 1921 (Age 31.270)
Died: January 31, 1963 in Oakland, CA
Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 26, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1408. Paul Radford… #1409. Tito Fuentes… #1410. Gene Freese… #1411. OSSIE VITT… #1412. John Jaha… #1413. Bob Brenly… #1414. Al Martin… 

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
1912 22 DET AL 76 298 273 39 67 4 4 0 19 17 8 18 12 .245 .297 .289 .586 70 79 2 5 O54
1913 23 DET AL 99 415 359 45 86 11 3 2 33 5 31 18 .240 .304 .304 .607 79 109 2 23 45/O
1914 24 DET AL 66 250 195 35 49 7 0 0 8 10 8 31 8 .251 .354 .287 .641 91 56 0 20 45/7O6
1915 25 DET AL 152 686 560 116 140 18 13 1 48 26 18 80 22 .250 .348 .334 .682 100 187 4 42 *5/4
1916 26 DET AL 153 706 597 88 135 17 12 0 42 18 75 28 .226 .314 .295 .608 80 176 1 32 *5/6
1917 27 DET AL 140 602 512 65 130 13 6 0 47 18 56 15 .254 .329 .303 .631 93 155 1 31 *5
1918 28 DET AL 81 321 267 29 64 5 2 0 17 5 32 6 .240 .321 .273 .594 83 73 0 20 5/48O
1919 29 BOS AL 133 583 469 64 114 10 3 0 40 9 44 11 .243 .309 .277 .587 69 130 1 47 *5
1920 30 BOS AL 87 369 296 50 65 10 4 1 28 5 4 43 10 .220 .321 .291 .611 65 86 1 26 54
1921 31 BOS AL 78 291 232 29 44 11 1 0 13 1 2 45 13 .190 .321 .246 .567 48 57 0 13 5/7O3
10 Yrs 1065 4521 3760 560 894 106 48 4 295 114 40 455 143 .238 .322 .295 .617 79 1108 12 259
162 Game Avg. 162 688 572 85 136 16 7 1 45 17 69 22 .238 .322 .295 .617 79 169 2 39
DET (7 yrs) 767 3278 2763 417 671 75 40 3 214 99 34 323 109 .243 .324 .302 .626 86 835 10 173
BOS (3 yrs) 298 1243 997 143 223 31 8 1 81 15 6 132 34 .224 .316 .274 .589 62 273 2 86

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 22 DET AL 76 298 -9 1 0 2 -1 -6 -0.6 11 5 0.5 .492 .496 0.3 0.2 3 O54
1913 23 DET AL 99 415 -8 -1 0 -2 1 -10 -1.2 15 6 0.5 .489 .493 0.7 -0.2 8 45/O
1914 24 DET AL 66 250 -1 -0 0 5 1 5 0.5 9 14 1.6 .509 .504 1.0 0.6 9 45/7O6
1915 25 DET AL 152 686 3 0 0 10 5 18 2.0 24 42 4.5 .513 .513 3.4 1.7 32 *5/4
1916 26 DET AL 153 706 -12 -1 0 16 5 8 0.9 24 32 3.3 .506 .506 1.5 2.5 16 *5/6
1917 27 DET AL 140 602 -2 -1 0 -4 5 -2 -0.3 22 20 2.0 .498 .498 2.5 0.1 24 *5
1918 28 DET AL 81 321 -4 -0 0 -6 2 -8 -1.0 12 4 0.3 .488 .494 1.1 -0.4 10 5/48O
1919 29 BOS AL 133 583 -17 -0 0 8 5 -5 -0.5 21 16 1.6 .496 .496 0.7 1.5 8 *5
1920 30 BOS AL 87 369 -13 0 0 7 3 -3 -0.3 14 11 1.1 .496 .498 0.4 1.0 4 $5,000 54
1921 31 BOS AL 78 291 -17 -0 0 2 2 -13 -1.2 11 -2 -0.1 .484 .492 -0.3 0.4 -4 5/7O3
10 Seasons 1065 4521 -80 -2 0 38 27 -16 -1.7 165 149 15.4 .499 .500 11.3 7.3 111 $5,000
DET (7 yrs) 767 3278 -33 -1 0 21 18 5 0.3 119 124 12.8 .501 .502 10.6 4.4 103
BOS (3 yrs) 298 1243 -47 -0 0 17 9 -21 -2.0 46 25 2.6 .493 .496 0.7 2.9 8 $5,000

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
1912 DET AL 22 OF 28 56 50 2 4 1 .929 1.86 .951 2.04 26-1-1
1912 DET AL 22 3B 24 88 30 55 3 4 .966 3.54 .920 3.37
1912 DET AL 22 2B 15 75 29 42 4 3 .947 4.73 .945 4.91
1913 DET AL 23 2B 78 401 151 234 16 24 .960 4.94 .954 4.98
1913 DET AL 23 3B 17 75 19 49 7 1 .907 4.00 .934 3.15
1913 DET AL 23 OF 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .952 2.00 0-2-0
1914 DET AL 24 2B 36 34 33 166 48 112 6 10 .964 4.44 .953 4.93
1914 DET AL 24 3B 16 16 15 60 15 42 3 3 .950 3.56 .936 3.26
1914 DET AL 24 LF 2 2 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .960 2.05
1914 DET AL 24 OF 2 2 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .956 2.00
1914 DET AL 24 SS 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .940 5.40
1915 DET AL 25 3B 151 150 142 534 191 324 19 19 .964 3.41 .925 3.16
1915 DET AL 25 2B 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.50 .960 5.15
1916 DET AL 26 3B 151 150 149 615 208 385 22 32 .964 3.93 .939 3.40
1916 DET AL 26 SS 2 2 2 6 2 4 0 0 1.000 3.00 .938 5.20
1917 DET AL 27 3B 140 140 139 451 164 260 27 18 .940 3.03 .941 3.36
1918 DET AL 28 3B 66 66 66 255 106 137 12 17 .953 3.68 .948 3.37
1918 DET AL 28 2B 9 7 7 44 20 22 2 2 .955 4.67 .958 5.48
1918 DET AL 28 CF 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .965 2.63
1918 DET AL 28 OF 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .960 2.27
1919 BOS AL 29 3B 133 133 127 492 169 308 15 23 .970 3.59 .950 3.34
1920 BOS AL 30 3B 64 62 61 212 61 148 3 13 .986 3.27 .946 3.59
1920 BOS AL 30 2B 21 16 16 103 38 60 5 9 .951 4.67 .962 5.70
1921 BOS AL 31 3B 71 66 56 209 63 138 8 15 .962 2.83 .952 3.41
1921 BOS AL 31 LF 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .960 2.37
1921 BOS AL 31 OF 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .960 2.33
1921 BOS AL 31 1B 2 0 0 11 10 0 1 2 .909 5.00 .991 10.65
10 Seasons 3B 833 783 755 2991 1026 1846 119 145 .960 3.45 .940 3.34
6 Seasons 2B 161 58 56 790 286 471 33 48 .958 4.70 .954 5.09
5 Seasons OF 38 5 2 69 63 2 4 1 .942 1.71 .952 2.08 31-6-1
2 Seasons (incomplete) LF 5 2 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.40 .960 2.24
2 Seasons SS 3 2 2 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 2.33 .939 5.27
1 Season (incomplete) CF 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .965 2.63
1 Season 1B 2 0 0 11 10 0 1 2 .909 5.00 .991 10.65
10 Seasons TOT 1037 848 815 3868 1387 2324 157 196 .959 3.58 .943 3.59 31-6-1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1915 AL  4.5 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1915 AL  1.7 (4th)
1916 AL  2.5 (1st)
1919 AL  1.5 (4th)
1920 AL  1.0 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1916 AL  153 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1916 AL  597 (3rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1915 AL  686 (4th)
1916 AL  706 (2nd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1915 AL  116 (3rd)
1916 AL  88 (7th)

Triples s c a p y
1915 AL  13 (9th)
1916 AL  12 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1915 AL  80 (7th)
1916 AL  75 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1915 AL  224 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1913 AL  23 (9th)
1915 AL  42 (1st)
1916 AL  32 (4th)
1917 AL  31 (10th)
1919 AL  47 (2nd)
Career  259 (32nd)

AB per SO s c a p y
1913 AL  19.9 (6th)
1915 AL  25.5 (4th)
1916 AL  21.3 (6th)
1917 AL  34.1 (4th)
1918 AL  44.5 (2nd)
1919 AL  42.6 (2nd)
Career  26.3 (43rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1915 AL  480 (4th)
1916 AL  494 (2nd)
1919 AL  402 (7th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  151 (1st)
1916 AL  151 (1st)
1917 AL  140 (3rd)
1919 AL  133 (3rd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  191 (1st)
1916 AL  208 (1st)
1917 AL  164 (3rd)
1918 AL  106 (5th)
1919 AL  169 (2nd)
Career  1,026 (85th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  324 (1st)
1916 AL  385 (1st)
1917 AL  260 (5th)
1919 AL  308 (1st)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  19 (5th)
1916 AL  22 (3rd)
1917 AL  27 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  19 (3rd)
1916 AL  32 (1st)
1917 AL  18 (4th)
1918 AL  17 (4th)
1919 AL  23 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1913 AL  4.94 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  3.41 (1st)
1916 AL  3.93 (1st)
1918 AL  3.68 (1st)
1919 AL  3.59 (2nd)
Career  3.45 (16th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1915 AL  .964 (1st)
1916 AL  .964 (1st)
1917 AL  .940 (4th)
1919 AL  .970 (1st)
Career  .960 (60th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 14 (1251), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1823), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1495), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (140th), 15.4 career WAR/14.7 7yr-peak WAR/15.0 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
1920 30 Boston Red Sox $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$5,000
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: Oscar Joseph Ossie Vitt

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