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Sam West

Samuel Filmore West

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: October 5, 1904 in Longview, TX
High School: Rule HS (Rule, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1927 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Senators/Browns/WhiteSox 1927-1942

Final Game: September 24, 1942 (Age 37)
Died: November 23, 1985 in Lubbock, TX
Buried: Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 17, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #585. Dwayne Murphy… #586. Kevin Mitchell… #587. Jay Buhner… #588. SAM WEST… #589. Sixto Lezcano… #590. Cliff Floyd… #591. Dan McGann… 

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
1927 22 WSH AL 38 75 67 9 16 4 1 0 6 1 0 8 8 .239 .320 .328 .648 70 22 0 0 O/879
1928 23 WSH AL 125 404 378 59 114 30 7 3 40 5 6 20 23 .302 .338 .442 .780 104 167 1 6 *O87/9
1929 24 WSH AL 142 578 510 60 136 16 8 3 75 10 8 45 41 .267 .326 .347 .673 73 177 0 22 *O8/7
1930 25 WSH AL 120 458 411 75 135 22 10 6 67 5 5 37 34 .328 .385 .474 .860 116 195 1 9 *O8/7
1931 26 WSH AL 132 559 526 77 175 43 13 3 91 6 8 30 37 .333 .369 .481 .850 121 253 0 3 *8O MVP-9
1932 27 WSH AL 146 612 554 88 159 27 12 6 83 4 5 48 57 .287 .345 .412 .756 97 228 1 9 *8O
1933 28 SLB AL 133 582 517 93 155 25 12 11 48 10 8 59 49 .300 .373 .458 .831 115 237 1 5 *8O AS,MVP-11
1934 29 SLB AL 122 554 482 90 157 22 10 9 55 3 5 62 55 .326 .403 .469 .871 118 226 0 10 *8O AS,MVP-15
1935 30 SLB AL 138 615 527 93 158 37 4 10 70 1 6 75 46 .300 .388 .442 .830 112 233 1 12 *8O AS
1936 31 SLB AL 152 637 533 78 148 26 4 7 70 2 0 94 70 .278 .386 .381 .767 88 203 0 10 *8O MVP-18
1937 32 SLB AL 122 506 457 68 150 37 4 7 58 1 1 46 28 .328 .390 .473 .862 116 216 0 3 *8O AS
1938 33 TOT AL 136 567 509 68 155 27 7 6 74 2 1 47 30 .305 .363 .420 .784 101 214 0 11 *8/7
1938 33 SLB AL 44 181 165 17 51 8 2 1 27 1 0 14 9 .309 .363 .400 .763 92 66 0 2 8O
1938 33 WSH AL 92 386 344 51 104 19 5 5 47 1 1 33 21 .302 .363 .430 .794 105 148 0 9 O8/7
1939 34 WSH AL 115 472 390 52 110 20 8 3 52 1 1 67 29 .282 .387 .397 .785 108 155 5 0 14 O8739
1940 35 WSH AL 57 117 99 7 25 6 1 1 18 0 2 16 13 .253 .357 .364 .720 93 36 0 0 2 3/O98
1941 36 WSH AL 26 49 37 3 10 0 0 0 6 1 0 11 2 .270 .438 .270 .708 95 10 0 0 1 /O798
1942 37 CHW AL 49 188 151 14 35 5 0 0 25 2 0 31 18 .232 .363 .265 .628 80 40 1 0 6 O8/7
16 Yrs 1753 6973 6148 934 1838 347 101 75 838 54 56 696 540 .299 .371 .425 .796 104 2612 6 5 123
162 Game Avg. 162 644 568 86 170 32 9 7 77 5 5 64 50 .299 .371 .425 .796 104 241 0 11
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
WSH (10 yrs) 993 3710 3316 481 984 187 65 30 485 34 36 315 265 .297 .358 .419 .778 102 1391 5 3 75
SLB (6 yrs) 711 3075 2681 439 819 155 36 45 328 18 20 350 257 .305 .386 .441 .827 108 1181 2 42
CHW (1 yr) 49 188 151 14 35 5 0 0 25 2 0 31 18 .232 .363 .265 .628 80 40 1 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
1927 22 WSH AL 38 75 -3 0 0 -1 -1 -4 -0.4 3 -2 -0.2 .489 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -0 O/879
1928 23 WSH AL 125 404 1 -1 0 -4 -4 -8 -0.8 15 8 0.8 .494 .495 1.1 -0.8 12 *O87/9
1929 24 WSH AL 142 578 -21 -0 0 7 -3 -17 -1.7 22 4 0.5 .488 .490 -0.2 0.4 -3 *O8/7
1930 25 WSH AL 120 458 11 -1 0 9 -2 17 1.5 17 34 3.2 .513 .509 2.4 0.6 25 *O8/7
1931 26 WSH AL 132 559 14 -2 0 12 -2 23 2.2 21 44 4.2 .516 .513 3.0 1.0 32 *8O MVP-9
1932 27 WSH AL 146 612 -3 -1 0 12 -2 6 0.5 23 29 2.7 .504 .503 1.6 0.9 17 *8O
1933 28 SLB AL 133 582 11 -1 0 0 -2 8 0.8 22 30 2.8 .506 .505 2.8 -0.1 30 *8O AS,MVP-11
1934 29 SLB AL 122 554 14 -1 0 -1 -2 10 0.9 20 30 2.8 .507 .506 3.0 -0.3 31 *8O AS,MVP-15
1935 30 SLB AL 138 615 11 -2 0 7 -2 14 1.2 23 37 3.5 .510 .508 2.9 0.4 30 *8O AS
1936 31 SLB AL 152 637 -7 1 0 -3 -2 -11 -1.0 23 12 1.1 .493 .494 1.4 -0.4 15 *8O MVP-18
1937 32 SLB AL 122 506 13 0 0 2 -1 14 1.2 18 32 3.0 .510 .508 2.8 0.1 30 *8O AS
1938 33 SLB AL 44 181 -2 0 0 -4 -0 -6 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .489 .497 0.5 -0.4 5 8O
1938 33 WSH AL 92 386 4 0 0 0 -1 3 0.3 14 17 1.6 .503 .502 1.6 -0.0 17 O8/7
1939 34 WSH AL 115 472 9 0 0 1 -3 7 0.7 17 24 2.3 .506 .504 2.2 -0.1 23 O8739
1940 35 WSH AL 57 117 -0 -1 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .497 .499 0.2 -0.1 2 3/O98
1941 36 WSH AL 26 49 1 0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 2 2 0.2 .503 .500 0.2 -0.0 2 /O798
1942 37 CHW AL 49 188 -2 1 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.3 .495 .498 0.3 -0.1 3 O8/7
16 Seasons 1753 6973 50 -6 0 37 -29 52 4.6 255 307 29.2 .503 .502 25.7 1.0 270
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
WSH (10 yrs) 993 3710 13 -4 0 36 -19 25 2.2 137 162 15.5 .502 .502 12.0 1.7 127
SLB (6 yrs) 711 3075 39 -2 0 1 -9 29 2.7 112 142 13.3 .504 .503 13.4 -0.7 141
CHW (1 yr) 49 188 -2 1 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 5 3 0.3 .495 .498 0.3 -0.1 3

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 Awards
1927 WSH AL 22 OF 18 11 10 33 28 3 2 0 .939 1.72 .964 2.35
1927 WSH AL 22 CF 8 4 3 11 8 2 1 0 .909 1.25 .966 2.71
1927 WSH AL 22 LF 5 5 5 11 10 0 1 0 .909 2.00 .967 2.38
1927 WSH AL 22 RF 5 2 2 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 2.20 .955 1.96
1928 WSH AL 23 OF 116 80 76 224 210 13 1 0 .996 1.92 .973 2.36
1928 WSH AL 23 CF 61 59 58 151 137 13 1 0 .993 2.46 .972 2.79
1928 WSH AL 23 LF 52 18 16 64 64 0 0 0 1.000 1.23 .974 2.30
1928 WSH AL 23 RF 6 3 2 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .973 1.98
1929 WSH AL 24 OF 139 136 128 410 376 25 9 8 .978 2.88 .966 2.42
1929 WSH AL 24 CF 135 132 125 404 370 25 9 8 .978 2.93 .970 2.89
1929 WSH AL 24 LF 4 4 3 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .963 2.40
1930 WSH AL 25 OF 118 94 93 327 310 8 9 1 .972 2.69 .965 2.32
1930 WSH AL 25 CF 117 94 93 323 306 8 9 1 .972 2.68 .966 2.84
1930 WSH AL 25 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1931 WSH AL 26 CF 127 126 125 419 402 13 4 3 .990 3.27 .975 2.83 MVP-9
1931 WSH AL 26 OF 127 126 125 419 402 13 4 3 .990 3.27 .969 2.38 MVP-9
1932 WSH AL 27 CF 143 138 134 480 455 15 10 7 .979 3.29 .971 2.94
1932 WSH AL 27 OF 143 138 134 475 450 15 10 7 .979 3.25 .967 2.42
1933 SLB AL 28 CF 127 127 123 346 328 14 4 3 .988 2.69 .976 2.75 AS,MVP-11
1933 SLB AL 28 OF 127 127 123 347 329 14 4 3 .988 2.70 .970 2.37 AS,MVP-11
1934 SLB AL 29 CF 120 120 117 326 303 14 9 3 .972 2.64 .972 2.64 AS,MVP-15
1934 SLB AL 29 OF 120 120 117 326 303 14 9 3 .972 2.64 .968 2.29 AS,MVP-15
1935 SLB AL 30 CF 135 135 134 461 449 7 5 2 .989 3.38 .974 2.84 AS
1935 SLB AL 30 OF 135 135 134 461 449 7 5 2 .989 3.38 .970 2.39 AS
1936 SLB AL 31 CF 148 144 144 465 447 10 8 2 .983 3.09 .974 2.82 MVP-18
1936 SLB AL 31 OF 148 144 144 460 442 10 8 2 .983 3.05 .968 2.38 MVP-18
1937 SLB AL 32 CF 105 105 99 319 298 17 4 6 .987 3.00 .974 2.84 AS
1937 SLB AL 32 OF 105 105 99 319 298 17 4 6 .987 3.00 .969 2.35 AS
1938 TOT AL 33 OF 126 126 123 333 322 4 7 3 .979 2.59 .972 2.35
1938 TOT AL 33 CF 125 125 122 331 320 4 7 3 .979 2.59 .972 2.82
1938 SLB AL 33 CF 41 41 41 104 101 0 3 0 .971 2.46 .972 2.82
1938 SLB AL 33 OF 41 41 41 104 101 0 3 0 .971 2.46 .972 2.35
1938 WSH AL 33 OF 85 85 82 229 221 4 4 3 .983 2.65 .972 2.35
1938 WSH AL 33 CF 84 84 81 227 219 4 4 3 .982 2.65 .972 2.82
1938 WSH AL 33 LF 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.20
1939 WSH AL 34 OF 89 85 82 241 232 7 2 3 .992 2.69 .969 2.44
1939 WSH AL 34 CF 53 53 52 155 151 4 0 3 1.000 2.92 .977 2.87
1939 WSH AL 34 LF 26 25 24 59 56 1 2 0 .966 2.19 .966 2.38
1939 WSH AL 34 1B 17 15 15 143 133 6 4 9 .972 8.18 .990 9.64
1939 WSH AL 34 RF 10 7 6 27 25 2 0 0 1.000 2.70 .962 2.08
1940 WSH AL 35 1B 12 12 12 103 95 7 1 13 .990 8.50 .989 9.80
1940 WSH AL 35 OF 9 7 7 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.40
1940 WSH AL 35 RF 5 4 4 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.20 .970 2.08
1940 WSH AL 35 CF 4 3 3 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .976 2.78
1941 WSH AL 36 OF 8 7 7 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 2.38 .973 2.41
1941 WSH AL 36 LF 4 4 4 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 2.75 .975 2.28
1941 WSH AL 36 RF 3 2 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.33 .970 2.13
1941 WSH AL 36 CF 1 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .975 2.80
1942 CHW AL 37 OF 45 44 38 115 112 1 2 1 .983 2.51 .976 2.38
1942 CHW AL 37 CF 37 37 31 101 98 1 2 1 .980 2.68 .981 2.80
1942 CHW AL 37 LF 8 7 7 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 1.75 .974 2.26
16 Seasons OF 1573 1485 1440 4527 4300 151 76 42 .983 2.83 .969 2.37
16 Seasons CF 1446 1403 1364 4308 4088 147 73 42 .983 2.93 .973 2.82
8 Seasons LF 101 64 60 167 163 1 3 0 .982 1.62 .970 2.32
2 Seasons 1B 29 27 27 246 228 13 5 22 .980 8.31 .990 9.71
5 Seasons RF 29 18 16 57 54 3 0 0 1.000 1.97 .964 2.04
16 Seasons TOT 1602 1512 1467 4773 4528 164 81 64 .983 2.93 .970 2.51
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Hall of Fame
1948 BBWAA ( 0.8%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1931 AL (9, 20%)
1933 AL (11, 14%)
1934 AL (15, 6%)
1936 AL (18, 3%)
0.43 Career Shares (498th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1930 AL  0.6 (10th)
1931 AL  1.0 (7th)
1932 AL  0.9 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1931 AL  .333 (8th)
1934 AL  .326 (10th)
Career  .299 (221st)

On-Base% s c a p y
Career  .371 (249th)

Doubles s c a p y
1931 AL  43 (5th)
1935 AL  37 (6th)

Triples s c a p y
1931 AL  13 (6th)
1932 AL  12 (8th)
1933 AL  12 (7th)
1934 AL  10 (3rd)
Career  101 (158th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1936 AL  94 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1932 AL  57 (10th)
1936 AL  70 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1933 AL  10 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1929 AL  22 (7th)
1938 AL  11 (7th)
1939 AL  14 (9th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1933 AL  10.5 (9th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  135 (4th)
1930 AL  117 (5th)
1931 AL  127 (5th)
1932 AL  143 (2nd)
1933 AL  127 (5th)
1934 AL  120 (4th)
1935 AL  135 (5th)
1936 AL  148 (3rd)
1937 AL  105 (5th)
1938 AL  125 (5th)
Career  1,446 (37th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  370 (3rd)
1930 AL  306 (5th)
1931 AL  402 (2nd)
1932 AL  455 (1st)
1933 AL  328 (5th)
1934 AL  303 (4th)
1935 AL  449 (1st)
1936 AL  447 (1st)
Career  4,088 (25th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1928 AL  13 (3rd)
1929 AL  25 (1st)
1930 AL  8 (4th)
1931 AL  13 (2nd)
1932 AL  15 (1st)
1933 AL  14 (1st)
1934 AL  14 (1st)
1935 AL  7 (4th)
1936 AL  10 (5th)
1937 AL  17 (2nd)
Career  147 (10th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  9 (4th)
1930 AL  9 (4th)
1932 AL  10 (3rd)
1934 AL  9 (3rd)
1936 AL  8 (5th)
Career  73 (32nd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  8 (1st)
1931 AL  3 (4th)
1932 AL  7 (1st)
1933 AL  3 (2nd)
1934 AL  3 (1st)
1935 AL  2 (3rd)
1937 AL  6 (1st)
1938 AL  3 (2nd)
1939 AL  3 (2nd)
Career  42 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1936 AL  148 (3rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1929 AL  376 (3rd)
1931 AL  402 (2nd)
1932 AL  450 (1st)
1935 AL  449 (1st)
1936 AL  442 (2nd)
Career  4,300 (55th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1929 AL  25 (1st)
1932 AL  15 (2nd)
1934 AL  14 (4th)
1937 AL  17 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1929 AL  8 (1st)
1932 AL  7 (1st)
1934 AL  3 (3rd)
1937 AL  6 (1st)
1938 AL  3 (4th)
1939 AL  3 (3rd)
Career  42 (58th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  2.93 (2nd)
1930 AL  2.68 (5th)
1931 AL  3.27 (1st)
1932 AL  3.29 (1st)
1933 AL  2.69 (2nd)
1934 AL  2.64 (4th)
1935 AL  3.38 (1st)
1936 AL  3.09 (2nd)
1937 AL  3.00 (2nd)
Career  2.93 (8th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1929 AL  .978 (3rd)
1930 AL  .972 (3rd)
1931 AL  .990 (2nd)
1932 AL  .979 (5th)
1933 AL  .988 (1st)
1934 AL  .972 (3rd)
1935 AL  .989 (1st)
1936 AL  .983 (2nd)
1937 AL  .987 (2nd)
1938 AL  .979 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1929 AL  2.88 (2nd)
1930 AL  2.69 (4th)
1931 AL  3.27 (1st)
1932 AL  3.25 (1st)
1933 AL  2.70 (2nd)
1934 AL  2.64 (3rd)
1935 AL  3.38 (1st)
1936 AL  3.05 (2nd)
1937 AL  3.00 (1st)
Career  2.83 (10th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1928 AL  .996 (1st)
1931 AL  .990 (2nd)
1933 AL  .988 (3rd)
1935 AL  .989 (1st)
1936 AL  .983 (2nd)
1937 AL  .987 (2nd)
1938 AL  .979 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 20 (1052), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 35 (540), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 24 (537), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (96th), 29.1 career WAR/22.2 7yr-peak WAR/25.7 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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