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Mule Watson

John Reaves Watson

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: October 15, 1896 in Arizona, LA
School: Baylor University (Waco, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: July 4, 1918 (Age 21.262)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1918 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Giants/Athletics/Pirates 1918-1924

Final Game: September 18, 1924 (Age 27.339)
Died: August 25, 1949 in Shreveport, LA
Buried: Arlington Cemetery, Homer, LA
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

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
1918 21 PHA AL 7 10 .412 3.37 21 19 2 11 3 0 141.2 139 74 53 0 44 30 2 0 3 542 86 2.78 1.292 8.8 0.0 2.8 1.9 0.68
1919 22 PHA AL 0 1 .000 6.91 4 2 2 0 0 0 14.1 17 11 11 2 7 6 0 1 1 62 51 4.93 1.674 10.7 1.3 4.4 3.8 0.86
1920 23 TOT NL 5 4 .556 4.29 18 10 5 4 2 0 86.0 94 44 41 2 24 17 1 0 1 360 72 3.53 1.372 9.8 0.2 2.5 1.8 0.71
1920 23 BSN NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2.75 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 23 PIT NL 0 0 8.74 5 0 2 0 0 0 11.1 15 11 11 2 7 1 0 0 0 55 38 6.72 1.941 11.9 1.6 5.6 0.8 0.14
1920 23 BSN NL 5 4 .556 3.77 12 10 2 4 2 0 71.2 79 33 30 0 17 16 1 0 1 296 80 3.06 1.340 9.9 0.0 2.1 2.0 0.94
1921 24 BSN NL 14 13 .519 3.85 44 31 8 15 1 2 259.1 269 128 111 11 57 48 7 0 0 1095 94 4.02 1.257 9.3 0.4 2.0 1.7 0.84
1922 25 BSN NL 8 14 .364 4.70 41 27 8 8 1 1 201.0 262 140 105 9 59 53 5 0 1 914 85 4.02 1.597 11.7 0.4 2.6 2.4 0.90
1923 26 TOT NL 9 7 .563 3.80 28 19 4 9 0 1 139.2 159 69 59 12 41 36 1 1 0 597 102 4.44 1.432 10.2 0.8 2.6 2.3 0.88
1923 26 BSN NL 1 2 .333 5.17 11 4 4 1 0 1 31.1 42 26 18 1 20 10 0 0 0 150 77 4.62 1.979 12.1 0.3 5.7 2.9 0.50
1923 26 NYG NL 8 5 .615 3.41 17 15 0 8 0 0 108.1 117 43 41 11 21 26 1 1 0 447 113 4.38 1.274 9.7 0.9 1.7 2.2 1.24
1924 27 NYG NL 7 4 .636 3.79 22 16 2 6 1 0 99.2 122 54 42 7 24 18 1 0 2 434 97 4.34 1.465 11.0 0.6 2.2 1.6 0.75
7 Yrs 50 53 .485 4.03 178 124 31 53 8 4 941.2 1062 520 422 43 256 208 17 2 8 4004 89 3.90 1.400 10.2 0.4 2.4 2.0 0.81
162 Game Avg. 11 12 .485 4.03 40 28 7 12 2 1 212 239 117 95 10 58 47 4 0 2 902 89 3.90 1.400 10.2 0.4 2.4 2.0 0.81
BSN (4 yrs) 28 33 .459 4.20 109 72 23 28 4 4 566.1 652 327 264 21 153 127 13 0 2 2464 88 3.93 1.421 10.4 0.3 2.4 2.0 0.83
NYG (2 yrs) 15 9 .625 3.59 39 31 2 14 1 0 208.0 239 97 83 18 45 44 2 1 2 881 105 4.36 1.365 10.3 0.8 1.9 1.9 0.98
PHA (2 yrs) 7 11 .389 3.69 25 21 4 11 3 0 156.0 156 85 64 2 51 36 2 1 4 604 80 2.98 1.327 9.0 0.1 2.9 2.1 0.71
PIT (1 yr) 0 0 8.74 5 0 2 0 0 0 11.1 15 11 11 2 7 1 0 0 0 55 38 6.72 1.941 11.9 1.6 5.6 0.8 0.14
NL (5 yrs) 43 42 .506 4.10 153 103 27 42 5 4 785.2 906 435 358 41 205 172 15 1 4 3400 91 4.08 1.414 10.4 0.5 2.3 2.0 0.84
AL (2 yrs) 7 11 .389 3.69 25 21 4 11 3 0 156.0 156 85 64 2 51 36 2 1 4 604 80 2.98 1.327 9.0 0.1 2.9 2.1 0.71
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
1918 21 PHA AL 140.1 21 19 74 4.75 3.66 0.07 0.00 105.9 3.79 -15 -1.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.4 -3 .417 .489
1919 22 PHA AL 14.1 4 2 11 6.91 3.79 -0.48 0.00 103.6 4.42 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .395 .497
1920 23 BSN NL 74.2 13 10 33 3.98 4.10 -0.08 0.00 96.9 4.04 0 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.6 6 .504 .500
1920 23 PIT NL 11.1 5 0 11 8.74 3.87 0.18 0.00 108.8 4.02 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .378 .496
1921 24 BSN NL 259.1 44 31 128 4.44 4.52 0.06 0.00 97.8 4.36 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.9 20 .496 .499
1922 25 BSN NL 200.0 41 27 140 6.30 5.22 -0.19 0.00 98.4 5.33 -23 -2.1 1.0 -0.1 -0.5 -3 .448 .487
1923 26 BSN NL 30.2 11 4 26 7.63 4.77 -0.26 0.00 100.7 5.06 -9 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.6 -6 .425 .495
1923 26 NYG NL 107.2 17 15 43 3.59 4.86 0.26 0.00 97.2 4.47 10 1.0 1.0 -0.1 1.9 20 .560 .506
1924 27 NYG NL 99.1 22 16 54 4.89 4.32 0.27 0.00 99.2 4.02 -9 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .458 .494
7 Seasons 937.2 178 124 520 4.99 4.51 0.03 0.00 99.5 4.45 -58 -5.7 1.0 -0.5 2.0 25 .468 .495
BSN (4 yrs) 564.2 109 72 327 5.21 4.72 -0.06 0.00 98.0 4.70 -33 -3.0 1.0 -0.3 1.5 17 .472 .494
NYG (2 yrs) 207.0 39 31 97 4.22 4.60 0.26 0.00 98.2 4.25 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.8 19 .503 .500
PHA (2 yrs) 154.2 25 21 85 4.95 3.67 0.02 0.00 105.7 3.85 -20 -2.2 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -6 .414 .491
PIT (1 yr) 11.1 5 0 11 8.74 3.87 0.18 0.00 108.8 4.02 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .378 .496

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1923 26 NYG NL WS L NYY 0 0 13.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 4 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 2.500 18.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
1924 27 NYG NL WS L WSH 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 0 0 10.13 2 1 1 0 0 1 2.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 1.875 13.5 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00
2 WS 0 0 10.13 2 1 1 0 0 1 2.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 1.875 13.5 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1918 21 PHA AL 21 49 47 0 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 17 .128 .146 .149 .295 -11 7 0 1 1/3
1919 22 PHA AL 4 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1920 23 TOT NL 18 29 27 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 11 .111 .143 .111 .254 -25 3 0 1 1
1920 23 BSN NL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1920 23 PIT NL 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1920 23 BSN NL 12 25 23 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 .130 .167 .130 .297 -12 3 0 1 1
1921 24 BSN NL 44 94 87 9 12 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 36 .138 .148 .184 .332 -11 16 0 6 1
1922 25 BSN NL 41 71 66 4 13 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 17 .197 .221 .242 .463 22 16 1 3 1
1923 26 TOT NL 28 56 54 4 10 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 15 .185 .185 .241 .426 12 13 0 2 1
1923 26 BSN NL 11 9 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 35 2 0 1 1
1923 26 NYG NL 17 47 46 3 8 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 13 .174 .174 .239 .413 8 11 0 1 1
1924 27 NYG NL 22 37 35 4 9 0 2 2 11 0 0 2 11 .257 .297 .543 .840 122 19 0 0 1
7 Yrs 178 342 322 23 53 7 4 2 21 0 0 6 108 .165 .182 .230 .412 12 74 1 13
162 Game Avg. 162 311 293 21 48 6 4 2 19 0 5 98 .165 .182 .230 .412 12 67 1 12
BSN (4 yrs) 109 200 185 16 30 3 2 0 3 0 0 3 64 .162 .180 .200 .380 3 37 1 11
NYG (2 yrs) 39 84 81 7 17 3 2 2 15 0 0 2 24 .210 .229 .370 .599 57 30 0 1
PHA (2 yrs) 25 55 53 0 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 18 .113 .130 .132 .262 -22 7 0 1
PIT (1 yr) 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 153 287 269 23 47 6 4 2 18 0 0 5 90 .175 .193 .249 .442 18 67 1 12
AL (2 yrs) 25 55 53 0 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 18 .113 .130 .132 .262 -22 7 0 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
1918 21 PHA AL 21 49 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .482 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 1/3
1919 22 PHA AL 4 6 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .471 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1920 23 BSN NL 13 26 -4 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .487 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -1 /1
1920 23 PIT NL 5 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .488 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /1
1921 24 BSN NL 44 94 -15 0 0 0 9 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .486 .496 -0.6 -0.0 -6 1
1922 25 BSN NL 41 71 -8 0 0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1923 26 BSN NL 11 9 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1923 26 NYG NL 17 47 -7 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .488 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1924 27 NYG NL 22 37 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .517 .502 0.4 -0.0 4 1
7 Seasons 178 342 -42 1 0 0 31 -11 -1.2 0 -11 -1.2 .493 .499 -1.2 -0.0 -11
BSN (4 yrs) 109 200 -28 1 0 0 19 -8 -0.9 0 -8 -0.9 .492 .498 -0.9 -0.0 -8
NYG (2 yrs) 39 84 -6 0 0 0 8 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 -0.0 2
PHA (2 yrs) 25 55 -8 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .480 .498 -0.5 0.0 -4
PIT (1 yr) 5 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .488 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0

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
1923 26 NYG NL WS NYY L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1924 27 NYG NL WS WSH L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1918 PHA AL 21 P 21 19 11 141.2 38 5 30 3 3 .921 2.22 1.67 .952 2.82 2.84
1918 PHA AL 21 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 11.10
1919 PHA AL 22 P 4 2 0 14.1 9 0 9 0 0 1.000 5.65 2.25 .948 2.83 2.82
1920 TOT NL 23 P 18 10 4 86.0 27 0 26 1 1 .963 2.72 1.44 .957 2.79 2.83
1920 BSN NL 23 P 1 10 4 3.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 1.00 .960 2.70 2.80
1920 PIT NL 23 P 5 0 0 11.1 3 0 3 0 1 1.000 2.38 0.60 .957 2.78 2.84
1920 BSN NL 23 P 12 71.2 23 0 22 1 0 .957 2.76 1.83 .957 2.80 2.83
1921 BSN NL 24 P 44 31 15 259.1 85 7 72 6 1 .929 2.74 1.80 .953 2.67 2.66
1922 BSN NL 25 P 41 27 8 201.0 54 4 47 3 1 .944 2.28 1.24 .957 2.38 2.36
1923 TOT NL 26 P 28 19 9 139.2 35 5 29 1 0 .971 2.19 1.21 .958 2.41 2.40
1923 BSN NL 26 P 11 4 1 31.1 9 2 7 0 0 1.000 2.59 0.82 .958 2.41 2.40
1923 NYG NL 26 P 17 15 8 108.1 26 3 22 1 0 .962 2.08 1.47 .958 2.41 2.40
1924 NYG NL 27 P 22 16 6 99.2 24 1 22 1 3 .958 2.08 1.05 .965 2.52 2.51
7 Seasons P 178 124 53 941.2 272 22 235 15 9 .945 2.46 1.44 .956 2.59 2.57
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 11.10
7 Seasons TOT 179 124 53 941.2 272 22 235 15 9 .945 2.46 1.44 .956 2.59 2.62
Note: Complete player games played data.
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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.
  • 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

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1921 NL  1.257 (6th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1921 NL  9.336 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1921 NL  44 (4th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1921 NL  259.3 (8th)

Games Started s c a p y
1921 NL  31 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1918 AL  3 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1918 AL  0.000 (1st)

Losses s c a p y
1922 NL  14 (10th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1921 NL  111 (6th)
1922 NL  105 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1921 NL  7 (9th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1921 NL  1,095 (7th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1921 NL  44 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1921 NL  6 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 8 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 3 (1633), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1443), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1799th), 0.8 career WAR/0.8 7yr-peak WAR/0.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: John Mule Reaves Watson

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