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Whitey Witt

Lawton Walter Witt
born Ladislaw Waldemar Wittkowski

Positions: Outfielder, Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: September 28, 1895 in Orange, MA
School: Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1915. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1916 (Age 20.197)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1916 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Yankees/Robins 1916-1926

Final Game: August 19, 1926 (Age 30.325)
Died: July 14, 1988 in Salem County, NJ
Buried: St. Joseph Church Cemetery, Woodstown, NJ
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 30, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1306. Mike Devereaux… #1307. Troy O'Leary… #1308. Jackie Brandt… #1309. WHITEY WITT… #1310. Aaron Ward… #1311. Chris Young… #1312. Lee Tannehill… 

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
1916 20 PHA AL 143 626 563 64 138 16 15 2 36 19 55 71 .245 .315 .337 .652 101 190 2 6 *6
1917 21 PHA AL 128 530 452 62 114 13 4 0 28 12 65 45 .252 .346 .299 .645 99 135 0 13 *6/7O5
1919 23 PHA AL 122 517 460 56 123 15 6 0 33 11 46 26 .267 .334 .326 .660 85 150 0 12 O478/5
1920 24 PHA AL 65 253 218 29 70 11 3 1 25 2 3 27 16 .321 .396 .413 .809 114 90 0 8 O94/86
1921 25 PHA AL 154 731 629 100 198 31 11 4 45 16 15 77 52 .315 .390 .418 .809 106 263 1 19 *O9
1922 26 NYY AL 140 628 528 98 157 11 6 4 40 5 8 89 29 .297 .400 .364 .763 98 192 1 10 *O89/7
1923 27 NYY AL 146 686 596 113 187 18 10 6 56 2 7 67 42 .314 .386 .408 .794 107 243 3 19 *8O
1924 28 NYY AL 147 662 600 88 178 26 5 1 36 9 7 45 20 .297 .346 .362 .707 83 217 0 15 *8O
1925 29 NYY AL 31 46 40 9 8 2 1 0 0 1 1 6 2 .200 .304 .300 .604 55 12 0 0 O/89
1926 30 BRO NL 63 99 85 13 22 1 1 0 3 1 12 6 .259 .351 .294 .645 76 25 0 2 O8/79
10 Yrs 1139 4778 4171 632 1195 144 62 18 302 78 41 489 309 .287 .362 .364 .726 98 1517 7 104
162 Game Avg. 162 680 593 90 170 20 9 3 43 11 70 44 .287 .362 .364 .726 98 216 1 15
PHA (5 yrs) 612 2657 2322 311 643 86 39 7 167 60 18 270 210 .277 .353 .357 .710 100 828 3 58
NYY (4 yrs) 464 2022 1764 308 530 57 22 11 132 17 23 207 93 .300 .375 .376 .752 95 664 4 44
BRO (1 yr) 63 99 85 13 22 1 1 0 3 1 12 6 .259 .351 .294 .645 76 25 0 2
AL (9 yrs) 1076 4679 4086 619 1173 143 61 18 299 77 41 477 303 .287 .363 .365 .728 98 1492 7 102
NL (1 yr) 63 99 85 13 22 1 1 0 3 1 12 6 .259 .351 .294 .645 76 25 0 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
1916 20 PHA AL 143 626 0 -1 0 -21 10 -12 -1.5 23 11 0.8 .490 .491 3.4 -1.4 32 *6
1917 21 PHA AL 128 530 2 -1 0 -4 7 4 0.5 20 24 2.6 .504 .503 3.1 0.4 28 *6/7O5
1919 23 PHA AL 122 517 -7 -1 0 -9 -2 -18 -2.0 19 1 -0.0 .483 .487 0.9 -1.1 10 O478/5
1920 24 PHA AL 65 253 6 -0 0 -5 -2 -2 -0.1 10 8 0.8 .498 .499 1.3 -0.7 13 O94/86
1921 25 PHA AL 154 731 8 -2 0 2 -8 1 0.2 26 26 2.7 .501 .500 2.4 -0.5 24 *O9
1922 26 NYY AL 140 628 4 -1 0 6 -4 5 0.3 23 27 2.7 .503 .503 2.2 0.1 21 $4,500 *O89/7
1923 27 NYY AL 146 686 8 -1 0 4 -4 7 0.7 24 31 3.1 .505 .505 2.7 -0.0 27 $6,000 *8O
1924 28 NYY AL 147 662 -15 0 0 -2 -4 -20 -1.9 24 4 0.5 .487 .488 0.6 -0.5 6 $7,500 *8O
1925 29 NYY AL 31 46 -3 -0 0 -1 -0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .488 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $8,000 O/89
1926 30 BRO NL 63 99 -2 -0 0 -2 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .492 .497 -0.0 -0.3 0 O8/79
10 Seasons 1139 4778 2 -7 0 -32 -7 -44 -4.8 173 129 12.7 .496 .497 16.5 -4.1 161 $26,000
PHA (5 yrs) 612 2657 9 -4 0 -37 6 -27 -3.0 97 70 6.8 .495 .496 11.1 -3.3 108
NYY (4 yrs) 464 2022 -5 -2 0 7 -12 -12 -1.2 73 60 6.1 .498 .498 5.4 -0.5 54 $26,000
BRO (1 yr) 63 99 -2 -0 0 -2 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .492 .497 -0.0 -0.3 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
1922 26 NYY AL WS NYG L 5 19 18 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .222 .263 .389 .652 7 1 0 0 0 0
1923 ❍ 27 NYY AL WS NYG W 6 27 25 1 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 .240 .269 .320 .589 8 0 0 1 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 11 46 43 2 10 3 1 0 4 0 0 2 3 .233 .267 .349 .616 15 1 0 1 0 0
2 WS 11 46 43 2 10 3 1 0 4 0 0 2 3 .233 .267 .349 .616 15 1 0 1 0 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 G Awards
1916 PHA AL 20 SS 142 142 139 800 299 423 78 59 .903 5.08 .938 5.18
1917 PHA AL 21 SS 111 109 104 582 190 354 38 41 .935 4.90 .931 5.08
1917 PHA AL 21 LF 7 7 6 18 15 2 1 0 .944 2.43 .964 2.23
1917 PHA AL 21 OF 7 7 6 18 15 2 1 0 .944 2.43 .967 2.21
1917 PHA AL 21 3B 6 6 5 19 4 14 1 0 .947 3.00 .941 3.37
1919 PHA AL 23 OF 59 60 58 141 134 3 4 0 .972 2.32 .958 2.26
1919 PHA AL 23 2B 56 54 53 309 132 162 15 26 .951 5.25 .961 5.35
1919 PHA AL 23 LF 41 41 39 97 91 3 3 0 .969 2.29 .961 2.21
1919 PHA AL 23 CF 20 19 19 47 46 0 1 0 .979 2.30 .961 2.64
1919 PHA AL 23 3B 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 3.35
1920 PHA AL 24 OF 50 49 48 75 70 2 3 0 .960 1.44 .962 2.25
1920 PHA AL 24 RF 45 45 44 69 64 2 3 0 .957 1.47 .958 1.91
1920 PHA AL 24 2B 10 9 9 58 29 27 2 8 .966 5.60 .962 5.70
1920 PHA AL 24 CF 5 4 4 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.20 .967 2.56
1920 PHA AL 24 SS 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.50 .940 5.20
1921 PHA AL 25 OF 154 154 150 316 288 15 13 3 .959 1.97 .960 2.33
1921 PHA AL 25 RF 154 154 150 317 289 15 13 3 .959 1.97 .958 1.96
1922 NYY AL 26 OF 139 136 120 329 312 9 8 2 .976 2.31 .964 2.31
1922 NYY AL 26 CF 113 110 95 290 278 7 5 2 .983 2.52 .968 2.70
1922 NYY AL 26 RF 25 25 24 36 31 2 3 0 .917 1.32 .954 1.85
1922 NYY AL 26 LF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 2.40
1923 NYY AL 27 CF 144 143 135 379 357 14 8 4 .979 2.58 .968 2.69
1923 NYY AL 27 OF 144 143 135 379 357 14 8 4 .979 2.58 .965 2.38
1924 NYY AL 28 CF 144 143 135 380 362 9 9 1 .976 2.58 .975 2.80
1924 NYY AL 28 OF 144 143 135 382 362 11 9 1 .976 2.59 .970 2.39
1925 NYY AL 29 OF 10 7 7 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.43
1925 NYY AL 29 CF 9 6 6 19 18 1 0 0 1.000 2.11 .971 2.89
1925 NYY AL 29 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
1926 BRO NL 30 OF 22 15 12 50 44 2 4 1 .920 2.09 .965 2.42
1926 BRO NL 30 CF 17 14 12 46 42 2 2 1 .957 2.59 .965 2.85
1926 BRO NL 30 LF 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.33 .960 2.20
1926 BRO NL 30 RF 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .970 2.20
9 Seasons OF 729 714 671 1710 1601 59 50 11 .971 2.28 .964 2.34 52-452-227
7 Seasons CF 452 439 406 1167 1109 33 25 8 .979 2.53 .970 2.73
3 Seasons SS 255 251 243 1383 489 778 116 100 .916 4.97 .935 5.14
5 Seasons RF 227 226 219 425 386 19 20 3 .953 1.78 .958 1.94
2 Seasons 2B 66 63 62 367 161 189 17 34 .954 5.30 .961 5.40
4 Seasons LF 52 49 46 120 110 5 5 0 .958 2.21 .962 2.22
2 Seasons 3B 8 8 6 21 5 15 1 0 .952 2.50 .942 3.36
10 Seasons TOT 1058 1036 982 3481 2256 1041 184 145 .947 3.12 .952 3.21 52-452-227
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

Hall of Fame
1949 BBWAA ( 0.7%)

Games Played s c a p y
1921 AL  154 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1921 AL  629 (2nd)
1923 AL  596 (6th)
1924 AL  600 (6th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1921 AL  731 (1st)
1923 AL  686 (6th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1922 AL  98 (8th)
1923 AL  113 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1921 AL  198 (7th)
1923 AL  187 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1916 AL  15 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1917 AL  65 (8th)
1921 AL  77 (6th)
1922 AL  89 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1916 AL  71 (4th)
1921 AL  52 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1921 AL  152 (4th)
1922 AL  136 (9th)
1923 AL  153 (2nd)
1924 AL  146 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1921 AL  276 (5th)
1922 AL  247 (10th)
1923 AL  257 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1921 AL  15 (4th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1921 AL  465 (3rd)
1923 AL  435 (8th)
1924 AL  444 (6th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1916 AL  78 (1st)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  142 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  299 (1st)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  423 (4th)
1917 AL  354 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  78 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  59 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1922 AL  113 (4th)
1923 AL  144 (3rd)
1924 AL  144 (3rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  357 (5th)
1924 AL  362 (4th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  14 (3rd)
1924 AL  9 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 AL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  4 (2nd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  154 (1st)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  289 (1st)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  15 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  13 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  3 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1921 AL  154 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  5.08 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1917 AL  .935 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  2.58 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1922 AL  .983 (2nd)
1923 AL  .979 (1st)
1924 AL  .976 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  1.97 (3rd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  .959 (4th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1923 AL  .979 (1st)
1924 AL  .976 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (616), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 23 (953), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 15 (987), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (970), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (204th), 12.7 career WAR/13.2 7yr-peak WAR/12.9 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1922 26 New York Yankees $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 27 New York Yankees $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 28 New York Yankees $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 29 New York Yankees $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$26,000
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: Lawton Walter Whitey whity Witt

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