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Hal Wagner

Harold Edward Wagner

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: July 2, 1915 in East Riverton, NJ
High School: Riverside HS (Riverside, NJ)
School: Duke University (Durham, NC) (All Transactions)
Debut: October 3, 1937 (Age 22.093, 6,830th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1940 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/RedSox/Tigers/Phillies 1937-1949

Last Game: April 19, 1949 (Age 33.291)
Died: August 4, 1979 in Riverside, NJ
Buried: Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ
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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
1937 21 PHA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1938 22 PHA AL 33 100 88 10 20 2 1 0 8 0 0 8 9 .227 .299 .273 .572 47 24 1 3 2
1939 23 PHA AL 5 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250 -35 1 0 0 0 /2
1940 24 PHA AL 34 89 75 9 19 5 1 0 10 0 0 11 6 .253 .356 .347 .703 85 26 2 1 2 2
1941 25 PHA AL 46 150 131 18 29 8 2 1 15 1 0 19 9 .221 .320 .336 .656 76 44 1 0 0 2
1942 ★ 26 PHA AL 104 320 288 26 68 17 1 1 30 1 0 24 29 .236 .304 .313 .616 74 90 7 4 4 2 AS
1943 27 PHA AL 111 330 289 22 69 17 1 1 26 3 3 36 17 .239 .327 .315 .642 89 91 9 2 3 2 MVP-33
1944 28 TOT AL 71 262 227 21 75 13 4 1 38 1 1 29 14 .330 .415 .436 .852 144 99 2 4 2 2
1944 28 PHA AL 5 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 45 1 0 0 0 /2
1944 28 BOS AL 66 258 223 21 74 13 4 1 38 1 1 29 14 .332 .418 .439 .857 146 98 2 4 2 2
1946 ★ 30 BOS AL 117 445 370 39 85 12 2 6 52 3 1 69 32 .230 .354 .322 .675 85 119 7 2 4 *2 AS,MVP-26
1947 31 TOT AL 92 297 256 24 70 13 0 5 39 0 1 37 21 .273 .367 .383 .750 105 98 3 1 3 2
1947 31 BOS AL 21 75 65 5 15 3 0 0 6 0 0 9 5 .231 .324 .277 .601 63 18 1 0 1 2
1947 31 DET AL 71 222 191 19 55 10 0 5 33 0 1 28 16 .288 .382 .419 .801 119 80 2 1 2 2
1948 32 TOT MLB 57 136 113 10 22 3 0 0 10 1 0 20 11 .195 .316 .221 .537 43 25 3 0 3 2
1948 32 DET AL 54 132 109 10 22 3 0 0 10 1 0 20 11 .202 .326 .229 .555 47 25 2 0 3 2
1948 32 PHI NL 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 /2
1949 33 PHI NL 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /2
12 Yrs 672 2140 1849 179 458 90 12 15 228 10 6 253 152 .248 .343 .334 .677 87 617 34 15 24
162 Game Avg. 162 516 446 43 110 22 3 4 55 2 61 37 .248 .343 .334 .677 87 149 4 6
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
PHA (8 yrs) 339 1001 883 85 207 49 6 3 89 5 3 98 73 .234 .316 .314 .630 76 277 19 8 12
BOS (3 yrs) 204 778 658 65 174 28 6 7 96 4 2 107 51 .264 .372 .357 .729 103 235 10 6 7
PHI (2 yrs) 4 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0
DET (2 yrs) 125 354 300 29 77 13 0 5 43 1 1 48 27 .257 .361 .350 .711 92 105 4 1 5
AL (11 yrs) 668 2133 1841 179 458 90 12 15 228 10 6 253 151 .249 .344 .335 .679 88 617 33 15 24
NL (2 yrs) 4 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 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
1937 21 PHA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $1,200 /2
1938 22 PHA AL 33 100 -7 0 0 0 1 -6 -0.6 4 -3 -0.2 .483 .496 -0.2 0.1 -3 $1,200 2
1939 23 PHA AL 5 8 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .469 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,000 /2
1940 24 PHA AL 34 89 -1 0 0 1 1 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .502 .500 0.3 0.2 3 $3,000 2
1941 25 PHA AL 46 150 -4 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.2 .495 .499 0.2 0.1 3 $4,000 2
1942 ★ 26 PHA AL 104 320 -9 0 0 -1 3 -7 -0.8 9 2 0.1 .493 .495 0.2 0.2 3 $5,000 2 AS
1943 27 PHA AL 111 330 -3 -0 0 -3 3 -3 -0.4 10 6 0.6 .497 .498 0.9 -0.0 9 $5,000 2 MVP-33
1944 28 PHA AL 5 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .495 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $6,000 /2
1944 28 BOS AL 66 258 14 -0 0 -1 2 15 1.6 7 22 2.4 .525 .510 2.5 0.1 23 2
1946 ★ 30 BOS AL 117 445 -5 1 0 1 4 1 0.1 14 14 1.4 .501 .501 1.3 0.5 13 $9,000 *2 AS,MVP-26
1947 31 BOS AL 21 75 -3 0 0 -1 1 -3 -0.4 2 -1 -0.1 .483 .498 -0.0 -0.1 -0 2
1947 31 DET AL 71 222 5 -0 0 0 2 7 0.8 6 14 1.4 .511 .505 1.4 0.2 14 2
1948 32 DET AL 54 132 -8 0 -0 1 1 -6 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .489 .496 -0.3 0.2 -3 2
1948 32 PHI NL 3 4 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .461 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1949 33 PHI NL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .414 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
12 Seasons 672 2140 -24 1 -0 -3 18 -8 -0.8 65 57 5.6 .499 .500 6.0 1.6 60 $36,400
PHA (8 yrs) 339 1001 -26 1 0 -3 8 -20 -2.0 31 11 1.0 .494 .497 1.3 0.6 14 $27,400
BOS (3 yrs) 204 778 6 1 0 -1 7 13 1.3 23 36 3.6 .507 .503 3.8 0.6 37 $9,000
PHI (2 yrs) 4 7 -2 -0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .450 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2
DET (2 yrs) 125 354 -2 -0 -0 1 3 1 0.2 10 12 1.2 .502 .501 1.1 0.4 11

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1946 30 BOS AL WS STL L 5 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0
1 WS 5 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1937 PHA AL 21 C 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1.000 1.00 .980 5.00 0 0 0
1938 PHA AL 22 C 30 25 22 106 87 16 3 2 .972 3.43 .983 4.88 2 12 6 33% 38%
1939 PHA AL 23 C 5 3 1 14 11 3 0 0 1.000 2.80 .981 4.92 0 3 2 40% 37%
1940 PHA AL 24 C 28 18 12 111 91 16 4 4 .964 3.82 .982 5.27 0 0 26 8 24% 41% 0
1941 PHA AL 25 C 42 32 31 167 144 19 4 4 .976 3.88 .983 5.00 4 8 26 10 28% 41% 1
1942 PHA AL 26 C 94 77 68 424 371 47 6 7 .986 4.45 .979 4.93 15 8 51 27 35% 42% 0 AS
1943 PHA AL 27 C 99 77 73 404 340 56 8 3 .980 4.00 .981 5.23 13 2 58 29 33% 42% 0 MVP-33
1944 TOT AL 28 C 65 63 54 340 300 30 10 4 .971 5.08 .976 4.91 4 2 27 15 36% 39% 0
1944 PHA AL 28 C 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .975 4.90 0 0 1 100% 39%
1944 BOS AL 28 C 64 63 54 338 299 29 10 4 .970 5.13 .976 4.91 4 2 27 14 34% 39% 0
1946 BOS AL 30 C 116 109 102 602 553 39 10 3 .983 5.10 .982 5.52 3 2 23 19 45% 46% 0 AS,MVP-26
1947 TOT AL 31 C 92 77 66 393 357 31 5 4 .987 4.22 .985 5.02 4 14 22 11 33% 46% 1
1947 BOS AL 31 C 21 20 16 93 82 9 2 1 .978 4.33 .985 5.02 2 7 3 3 50% 46% 0
1947 DET AL 31 C 71 57 50 300 275 22 3 3 .990 4.18 .985 5.02 2 7 19 8 30% 46% 1
1948 TOT MLB 32 C 53 30 22 181 165 14 2 4 .989 3.38 .986 4.75 1 1 14 9 39% 44% 0
1948 DET AL 32 C 52 29 22 176 162 12 2 4 .989 3.35 .986 4.74 1 1 13 8 38% 45% 0
1948 PHI NL 32 C 1 1 0 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 5.00 .980 5.20 0 1 1 50% 40%
1949 PHI NL 33 C 1 1 1 4 3 0 1 0 .750 3.00 .982 5.00 0 1 1 0 0% 43% 0
12 Seasons C 626 512 452 2747 2423 271 53 36 .981 4.30 .981 5.10 46 38 263 136 34% 42% 2
12 Seasons TOT 626 512 452 2747 2423 271 53 36 .981 4.30 .981 5.10 46 38 263 136 34% 42% 2
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1943 AL (33, 0%)
1946 AL (26, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1766th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1946 AL  69 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1942 AL  4 (7th)
1944 AL  4 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1942 AL  94 (4th)
1943 AL  99 (4th)
1946 AL  116 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1942 AL  371 (3rd)
1943 AL  340 (5th)
1946 AL  553 (1st)

Assists as C s c a p y
1942 AL  47 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1943 AL  8 (4th)
1944 AL  10 (4th)
1946 AL  10 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1942 AL  7 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1942 AL  15 (1st)
1943 AL  13 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1942 AL  51 (2nd)
1943 AL  58 (1st)
1946 AL  23 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1943 AL  29 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1944 AL  5.08 (2nd)
1946 AL  5.10 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1942 AL  .986 (3rd)
1943 AL  .980 (5th)
1946 AL  .983 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 11 (1144), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (265th), 5.6 career WAR/6.4 7yr-peak WAR/6.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1937 21 Philadelphia Athletics $1,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 22 Philadelphia Athletics $1,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 23 Philadelphia Athletics $2,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 24 Philadelphia Athletics $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 25 Philadelphia Athletics $4,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 26 Philadelphia Athletics $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1943 27 Philadelphia Athletics $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1944 28 Philadelphia Athletics $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts PHA/BOS
1946 30 Boston Red Sox $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$36,400
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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