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Taffy Wright

Taft Shedron Wright

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 10, 1911 in Tabor City, NC (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1938 (Age 26)
Rookie Status: Lost 1938 [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Senators/Athletics 1938-1949

Final Game: September 16, 1949 (Age 38)
Died: October 22, 1981 in Orlando, FL
Buried: Meadowbrook Cemetery, Lumberton, NC
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 23, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1089. Gus Triandos… #1090. Manny Machado… #1091. Steve Buechele… #1092. TAFFY WRIGHT… #1093. Manny Mota… #1094. Jim Lefebvre… #1095. Hal Morris… 

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
1938 26 WSH AL 100 282 263 37 92 18 10 2 36 1 2 13 17 .350 .389 .517 .906 133 136 4 1 O97
1939 27 WSH AL 129 546 499 77 154 29 11 4 93 1 2 38 19 .309 .359 .435 .794 109 217 7 1 9 *O97
1940 28 CHW AL 147 627 581 79 196 31 9 5 88 4 7 43 25 .337 .385 .448 .832 114 260 9 2 1 *O9
1941 29 CHW AL 136 580 513 71 165 35 5 10 97 5 4 60 27 .322 .399 .468 .867 129 240 8 6 1 *O9 MVP-25
1942 30 CHW AL 85 353 300 43 100 13 5 0 47 1 8 48 9 .333 .432 .410 .842 140 123 5 4 1 7O/9 MVP-23
1946 34 CHW AL 115 467 422 46 116 19 4 7 52 10 3 42 17 .275 .342 .389 .731 107 164 17 1 2 *O9/7
1947 35 CHW AL 124 455 401 48 130 13 0 4 54 8 6 48 17 .324 .398 .387 .784 123 155 9 1 5 O97 MVP-31
1948 36 CHW AL 134 499 455 50 127 15 6 4 61 2 1 38 18 .279 .341 .365 .706 91 166 13 5 1 *O9/7
1949 37 PHA AL 59 172 149 14 35 2 5 2 25 0 0 16 6 .235 .321 .356 .677 81 53 8 3 4 O9
9 Yrs 1029 3981 3583 465 1115 175 55 38 553 32 33 346 155 .311 .376 .423 .799 115 1514 76 27 25
162 Game Avg. 162 627 564 73 176 28 9 6 87 5 5 54 24 .311 .376 .423 .799 115 238 4 4
CHW (6 yrs) 741 2981 2672 337 834 126 29 30 399 30 29 279 113 .312 .381 .415 .796 116 1108 61 19 11
WSH (2 yrs) 229 828 762 114 246 47 21 6 129 2 4 51 36 .323 .369 .463 .832 117 353 7 5 10
PHA (1 yr) 59 172 149 14 35 2 5 2 25 0 0 16 6 .235 .321 .356 .677 81 53 8 3 4

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
1938 26 WSH AL 100 282 13 -0 0 -2 -3 8 0.7 10 18 1.7 .507 .504 1.8 -0.4 20 $3,000 O97
1939 27 WSH AL 129 546 9 -0 0 0 -6 3 0.3 20 22 2.1 .502 .502 2.1 -0.5 22 $5,000 *O97
1940 28 CHW AL 147 627 14 -2 0 0 -7 6 0.6 21 28 2.6 .504 .504 2.6 -0.6 28 $6,000 *O9
1941 29 CHW AL 136 580 24 -0 0 3 -6 20 2.0 20 40 3.9 .515 .512 3.6 -0.3 37 $8,000 *O9 MVP-25
1942 30 CHW AL 85 353 18 -3 0 0 -4 12 1.3 10 22 2.3 .515 .508 2.3 -0.4 22 $9,000 7O/9 MVP-23
1946 34 CHW AL 115 467 5 1 0 2 -5 4 0.4 14 18 1.8 .503 .502 1.6 -0.3 16 $11,000 *O9/7
1947 35 CHW AL 124 455 14 -0 0 -4 -5 6 0.5 13 19 1.9 .505 .504 2.3 -1.0 23 $15,000 O97 MVP-31
1948 36 CHW AL 134 499 -5 -0 0 0 -5 -10 -1.0 14 5 0.4 .493 .494 0.4 -0.5 5 $17,000 *O9/7
1949 37 PHA AL 59 172 -4 0 1 0 -2 -4 -0.4 5 1 0.0 .493 .497 0.0 -0.2 1 $15,000 O9
9 Seasons 1029 3981 90 -4 1 -1 -42 44 4.4 128 172 16.8 .504 .503 16.7 -4.2 173 $89,000
CHW (6 yrs) 741 2981 72 -4 0 1 -32 38 3.8 93 131 13.0 .505 .504 12.8 -3.1 130 $66,000
WSH (2 yrs) 229 828 22 -1 0 -2 -9 10 1.0 30 40 3.8 .504 .503 3.9 -0.9 42 $8,000
PHA (1 yr) 59 172 -4 0 1 0 -2 -4 -0.4 5 1 0.0 .493 .497 0.0 -0.2 1 $15,000

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
1938 WSH AL 26 OF 60 57 46 112 107 3 2 3 .982 1.83 .972 2.35
1938 WSH AL 26 RF 46 44 38 80 76 3 1 3 .988 1.72 .972 2.06
1938 WSH AL 26 LF 14 13 8 32 31 0 1 0 .969 2.21 .972 2.17
1939 WSH AL 27 OF 123 120 112 259 236 10 13 4 .950 2.00 .969 2.44
1939 WSH AL 27 RF 80 77 72 174 159 8 7 4 .960 2.09 .962 2.08
1939 WSH AL 27 LF 43 43 40 85 77 2 6 0 .929 1.84 .966 2.38
1940 CHW AL 28 OF 144 144 143 300 278 11 11 2 .963 2.01 .970 2.40
1940 CHW AL 28 RF 144 144 143 300 279 10 11 2 .963 2.01 .970 2.08
1941 CHW AL 29 OF 134 134 133 295 279 8 8 3 .973 2.14 .973 2.41 MVP-25
1941 CHW AL 29 RF 134 134 133 295 279 8 8 3 .973 2.14 .969 2.13 MVP-25
1942 CHW AL 30 LF 81 81 80 184 172 6 6 1 .967 2.20 .974 2.26 MVP-23
1942 CHW AL 30 OF 81 81 80 188 176 6 6 1 .968 2.25 .976 2.38 MVP-23
1942 CHW AL 30 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10 MVP-23
1946 CHW AL 34 OF 107 107 102 224 217 5 2 0 .991 2.07 .977 2.36
1946 CHW AL 34 RF 99 99 94 211 204 5 2 0 .991 2.11 .972 2.09
1946 CHW AL 34 LF 8 8 8 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 1.63 .974 2.24
1947 CHW AL 35 OF 100 98 96 210 198 6 6 1 .971 2.04 .979 2.47 MVP-31
1947 CHW AL 35 RF 67 66 64 150 143 4 3 1 .980 2.19 .977 2.11 MVP-31
1947 CHW AL 35 LF 34 32 32 54 48 3 3 0 .944 1.50 .976 2.31 MVP-31
1948 CHW AL 36 OF 114 112 112 239 227 9 3 3 .987 2.07 .975 2.51
1948 CHW AL 36 RF 108 106 106 229 218 8 3 3 .987 2.09 .971 2.14
1948 CHW AL 36 LF 6 6 6 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .976 2.33
1949 PHA AL 37 OF 35 31 23 67 60 5 2 0 .970 1.86 .980 2.44
1949 PHA AL 37 RF 35 31 23 64 58 4 2 0 .969 1.77 .978 2.06
9 Seasons OF 898 884 847 1894 1778 63 53 17 .972 2.05 .974 2.42
9 Seasons RF 714 701 673 1503 1416 50 37 16 .975 2.05 .970 2.10
6 Seasons LF 186 183 174 377 350 11 16 1 .958 1.94 .972 2.29
9 Seasons TOT 898 884 847 1894 1778 63 53 17 .972 2.05 .974 2.42
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.
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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))
1941 AL (25, 1%)
1942 AL (23, 2%)
1947 AL (31, 0%)
0.03 Career Shares (1281st)

Batting Average s c a p y
1938 ML  .350 (1st)
1940 AL  .337 (7th)
1941 AL  .322 (8th)
1947 AL  .324 (4th)
Career  .311 (101st)

On-Base% s c a p y
1941 AL  .399 (10th)
1947 AL  .398 (4th)
Career  .376 (200th)

Hits s c a p y
1940 AL  196 (5th)
1941 AL  165 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1941 AL  35 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1938 AL  10 (7th)
1939 AL  11 (5th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1946 AL  10 (7th)

Singles s c a p y
1940 AL  151 (4th)
1941 AL  115 (10th)
1947 AL  113 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1941 AL  .670 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1938 AL  4 (7th)
1941 AL  6 (2nd)
1942 AL  4 (7th)
1948 AL  5 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1946 AL  17 (4th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1946 AL  8.2 (4th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1939 AL  26.3 (2nd)
1940 AL  23.2 (5th)
1941 AL  19.0 (8th)
1946 AL  24.8 (4th)
1947 AL  23.6 (5th)
1948 AL  25.3 (3rd)
Career  23.1 (76th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  80 (5th)
1940 AL  144 (1st)
1941 AL  134 (1st)
1946 AL  99 (4th)
1948 AL  108 (3rd)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  159 (5th)
1940 AL  279 (2nd)
1941 AL  279 (1st)
1946 AL  204 (4th)
1948 AL  218 (3rd)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  8 (5th)
1940 AL  10 (2nd)
1948 AL  8 (1st)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  7 (5th)
1940 AL  11 (1st)
1941 AL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1938 AL  3 (2nd)
1939 AL  4 (1st)
1940 AL  2 (2nd)
1941 AL  3 (3rd)
1948 AL  3 (2nd)
Career  16 (88th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1940 AL  144 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  13 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1938 AL  3 (4th)
1939 AL  4 (1st)
1941 AL  3 (5th)
1948 AL  3 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1942 AL  2.20 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  2.09 (4th)
1940 AL  2.01 (4th)
1941 AL  2.14 (3rd)
1946 AL  2.11 (3rd)
1948 AL  2.09 (3rd)
Career  2.05 (41st)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 AL  .963 (2nd)
1941 AL  .973 (3rd)
1948 AL  .987 (1st)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1946 AL  .991 (3rd)
1948 AL  .987 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1949 AL  born 1911-08-10 (8th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 24 (937), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 24 (723), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 24 (557), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (135th), 16.8 career WAR/16.3 7yr-peak WAR/16.5 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
193826Washington Senators$3,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193927Washington Senators$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194028Chicago White Sox$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194129Chicago White Sox$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194230Chicago White Sox$9,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194634Chicago White Sox$11,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194735Chicago White Sox$15,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194836Chicago White Sox$17,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194937Philadelphia Athletics$15,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$89,000
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: Taft Shedron Taffy Wright

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