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Del Wilber

Delbert Quentin Wilber (Babe)

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: February 24, 1919 in Lincoln Park, MI (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1946 (Age 27.056, 7,852nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Phillies/Cardinals 1946-1954

Last Game: September 19, 1954 (Age 35.207)
Died: July 18, 2002 in St. Petersburg, FL
Buried: Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, FL
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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
1946 27 STL NL 4 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000 .200 -42 0 0 0 0 /2
1947 28 STL NL 51 104 99 7 23 8 1 0 12 0 5 13 .232 .269 .333 .603 57 33 5 0 0 2
1948 29 STL NL 27 64 58 5 11 2 0 0 10 0 4 9 .190 .242 .224 .466 24 13 3 0 2 2
1949 30 STL NL 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 32 1 0 0 0 /2
1951 32 PHI NL 84 263 245 30 68 7 3 8 34 0 1 17 26 .278 .324 .429 .753 102 105 6 0 1 2
1952 33 TOT MLB 49 145 137 7 36 10 1 3 23 1 0 7 21 .263 .303 .416 .720 93 57 4 1 0 2
1952 33 PHI NL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1952 33 BOS AL 47 143 135 7 36 10 1 3 23 1 0 7 20 .267 .308 .422 .730 96 57 4 1 0 2
1953 34 BOS AL 58 120 112 16 27 6 1 7 29 0 0 6 21 .241 .286 .500 .786 105 56 5 1 1 2/3
1954 35 BOS AL 24 68 61 2 8 2 1 1 7 0 0 4 6 .131 .179 .246 .425 11 15 1 0 1 2 2
8 Yrs 299 773 720 67 174 35 7 19 115 1 1 44 96 .242 .286 .389 .675 79 280 24 2 5 2
162 Game Avg. 162 419 390 36 94 19 4 10 62 1 24 52 .242 .286 .389 .675 79 152 13 1 3
STL (4 yrs) 84 177 165 12 35 10 1 0 22 0 10 22 .212 .257 .285 .542 42 47 8 0 2
BOS (3 yrs) 129 331 308 25 71 18 3 11 59 1 0 17 47 .231 .274 .416 .689 82 128 10 2 2 2
PHI (2 yrs) 86 265 247 30 68 7 3 8 34 0 1 17 27 .275 .322 .425 .747 101 105 6 0 1
NL (6 yrs) 170 442 412 42 103 17 4 8 56 0 1 27 49 .250 .296 .369 .665 77 152 14 0 3
AL (3 yrs) 129 331 308 25 71 18 3 11 59 1 0 17 47 .231 .274 .416 .689 82 128 10 2 2 2

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
1946 27 STL NL 4 5 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .481 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /2
1947 28 STL NL 51 104 -6 0 0 0 1 -5 -0.6 4 -1 -0.2 .489 .497 -0.2 0.1 -1 2
1948 29 STL NL 27 64 -6 0 -0 -1 1 -7 -0.8 3 -5 -0.5 .472 .495 -0.4 -0.1 -4 2
1949 30 STL NL 2 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .483 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1951 32 PHI NL 84 263 0 -1 0 -1 2 1 0.1 10 11 1.1 .501 .501 1.2 0.1 12 2
1952 33 PHI NL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .471 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0
1952 33 BOS AL 47 143 -1 0 -1 0 1 -0 -0.0 4 4 0.4 .500 .500 0.4 0.1 4 2
1953 34 BOS AL 58 120 -1 -0 -0 0 1 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .498 .499 0.3 0.1 3 2/3
1954 35 BOS AL 24 68 -8 -1 0 -1 1 -9 -1.0 2 -7 -0.8 .459 .494 -0.7 -0.1 -6 2
8 Seasons 299 773 -24 -1 -1 -3 6 -23 -2.6 27 4 0.2 .492 .499 0.6 0.3 7
STL (4 yrs) 84 177 -14 0 -0 -1 2 -13 -1.4 7 -7 -0.7 .483 .496 -0.6 0.1 -6
BOS (3 yrs) 129 331 -11 -0 -1 -1 3 -10 -1.1 10 0 -0.1 .491 .499 0.0 0.2 1
PHI (2 yrs) 86 265 -0 -1 0 -1 2 0 0.0 10 10 1.0 .500 .501 1.2 0.1 11

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1946 STL NL 27 C 4 1 0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 3.25 .980 5.00 1 0 1 0 0% 43% 0
1947 STL NL 28 C 34 27 15 120 108 10 2 2 .983 3.47 .981 4.96 4 2 9 4 31% 44% 0
1948 STL NL 29 C 26 15 13 78 67 7 4 1 .949 2.85 .980 5.15 2 2 0 3 100% 40% 1
1949 STL NL 30 C 2 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .982 5.00 0 0 0 0 0
1951 PHI NL 32 C 73 61 59 582.1 360 326 26 8 5 .978 5.44 4.82 .981 5.18 5.16 8 9 20 13 39% 41% 0
1952 BOS AL 33 C 39 32 26 299.0 183 160 22 1 5 .995 5.48 4.67 .985 5.44 5.44 6 7 7 10 59% 46% 0
1953 BOS AL 34 C 28 19 14 179.1 99 90 7 2 0 .980 0 0 4.87 3.46 .985 5.18 5.15 2 5 3 4 57% 51% 1
1953 BOS AL 34 1B 2 2 2 18.0 18 18 0 0 2 1.000 0 0 9.00 9.00 .989 9.70 9.65
1954 BOS AL 35 C 18 16 7 126.1 60 49 8 3 2 .950 -1 -9 4.06 3.17 .986 5.40 5.36 1 4 5 4 44% 48% 1
8 Seasons C 224 171 134 1187.0 919 818 81 20 15 .978 -1 -1 5.22 4.01 .982 5.27 5.19 24 29 45 38 46% 44% 3
1 Season 1B 2 2 2 18.0 18 18 0 0 2 1.000 0 0 9.00 9.00 .989 9.70 9.65
8 Seasons TOT 226 173 136 1205.0 937 836 81 20 17 .979 -1 -1 5.27 4.06 .983 5.33 5.23 24 29 45 38 46% 44% 3
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

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1951 NL  8 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1951 NL  8 (2nd)
1952 AL  6 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1951 NL  5.44 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1951 NL  4.82 (3rd)

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Delbert Babe Del Quentin Wilber

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