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Chief Zimmer

Charles Louis Zimmer

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: November 23, 1860 in Marietta, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: July 18, 1884 (Age 23.238)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Spiders/Pirates/Blues/Colonels/Phillies/... 1884-1903

Final Game: September 27, 1903 (Age 42.308)
Died: August 22, 1949 in Cleveland, OH
Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Twinsburg, OH
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 22, 2014 6:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #961. Harry Rice… #962. Jeff King… #963. Terry Moore… #964. CHIEF ZIMMER… #965. Tony Clark… #966. Nick Etten… #967. Juan Uribe… 

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
1884 23 DTN NL 8 30 29 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 14 .069 .100 .103 .203 -34 3 /2O
1886 25 NYP AA 6 21 19 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .158 .238 .158 .396 28 3 1 /2
1887 26 CLE AA 14 57 52 9 12 5 0 0 4 1 4 4 .231 .298 .327 .625 75 17 1 2/3
1888 27 CLE AA 65 234 212 27 51 11 4 0 22 15 18 39 .241 .312 .330 .642 109 70 4 2/3O6
1889 28 CLV NL 84 304 259 47 67 9 9 1 21 14 44 35 .259 .368 .375 .743 105 97 1 2/3
1890 29 CLV NL 125 501 444 54 95 16 6 2 57 15 46 54 .214 .303 .291 .594 77 129 11 *2
1891 30 CLV NL 116 477 440 55 112 21 4 3 69 15 33 49 .255 .312 .341 .653 88 150 4 *2/5
1892 31 CLV NL 111 452 413 63 109 29 13 1 64 18 32 47 .264 .327 .404 .732 117 167 7 *2
1893 32 CLV NL 57 244 227 27 70 13 7 2 41 4 16 15 .308 .357 .454 .810 110 103 1 2/5
1894 33 CLV NL 90 365 341 55 97 20 5 4 65 14 17 31 .284 .328 .408 .735 74 139 5 2 *2
1895 34 CLV NL 88 357 315 60 107 21 2 5 56 14 33 30 .340 .417 .467 .884 122 147 9 0 2/3
1896 35 CLV NL 91 381 336 46 93 18 3 3 46 4 31 48 .277 .354 .375 .729 88 126 9 5 *2/5
1897 36 CLV NL 80 328 294 50 93 22 3 0 40 8 25 29 .316 .378 .412 .789 100 121 4 5 2
1898 37 CLV NL 20 73 63 5 15 2 0 0 4 2 5 7 .238 .304 .270 .574 67 17 1 4 2
1899 38 TOT NL 95 383 335 52 103 13 4 4 43 10 27 22 .307 .378 .406 .784 117 136 11 10 23
1899 38 CLV NL 20 81 73 9 25 2 1 2 14 1 5 5 .342 .407 .479 .887 155 35 3 0 2
1899 38 LOU NL 75 302 262 43 78 11 3 2 29 9 22 17 .298 .370 .385 .755 107 101 8 10 23
1900 39 PIT NL 82 308 271 27 80 7 10 0 35 4 17 28 .295 .361 .395 .756 108 107 11 9 2/3
1901 40 PIT NL 69 267 236 17 52 7 3 0 21 6 20 31 .220 .292 .275 .568 62 65 4 7 2
1902 41 PIT NL 42 163 142 13 38 4 2 0 17 4 11 14 .268 .338 .324 .662 102 46 4 6 2/3
1903 42 PHI NL 37 133 118 9 26 3 1 1 19 3 9 14 .220 .292 .288 .580 71 34 3 3 2
19 Yrs 1280 5078 4546 617 1225 222 76 26 625 151 390 511 .269 .339 .369 .708 96 1677 91 51
162 Game Avg. 162 643 575 78 155 28 10 3 79 49 .269 .339 .369 .708 96 212
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
CLV (13 yrs) 961 3854 3469 507 946 189 57 23 503 125 309 393 .273 .343 .380 .723 98 1318 60 16
PIT (3 yrs) 193 738 649 57 170 18 15 0 73 14 48 73 .262 .331 .336 .667 90 218 19 22
LOU (1 yr) 75 302 262 43 78 11 3 2 29 9 22 17 .298 .370 .385 .755 107 101 8 10
PHI (1 yr) 37 133 118 9 26 3 1 1 19 3 9 14 .220 .292 .288 .580 71 34 3 3
NYP (1 yr) 6 21 19 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .158 .238 .158 .396 28 3 1
DTN (1 yr) 8 30 29 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 14 .069 .100 .103 .203 -34 3
NL (16 yrs) 1195 4766 4263 580 1159 206 72 26 598 135 367 468 .272 .342 .372 .714 95 1587 85 51
AA (3 yrs) 85 312 283 37 66 16 4 0 27 16 23 43 .233 .304 .318 .623 97 90 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
1884 23 DTN NL 8 30 -5 0 0 -2 0 -7 -0.7 1 -6 -0.6 .417 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -4 /2O
1886 25 NYP AA 6 21 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.1 .470 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -1 /2
1887 26 CLE AA 14 57 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 1 -0 0.0 .492 .499 0.0 0.1 -0 2/3
1888 27 CLE AA 65 234 3 -0 0 -1 4 6 0.5 5 11 1.0 .508 .503 1.1 0.3 12 2/3O6
1889 28 CLV NL 84 304 2 -1 0 -1 5 5 0.3 10 16 1.4 .505 .503 1.6 0.3 17 2/3
1890 29 CLV NL 125 501 -12 -2 0 5 8 -1 -0.3 17 16 1.4 .499 .499 1.2 1.0 11 *2
1891 30 CLV NL 116 477 -9 -1 0 4 8 2 -0.0 16 18 1.6 .501 .501 1.4 0.9 14 *2/5
1892 31 CLV NL 111 452 5 -0 0 7 7 19 1.7 15 35 3.3 .516 .511 2.7 1.3 28 *2
1893 32 CLV NL 57 244 1 -0 0 2 4 6 0.5 8 15 1.3 .509 .503 1.1 0.4 13 2/5
1894 33 CLV NL 90 365 -21 -0 0 9 6 -7 -0.5 12 6 0.7 .495 .497 0.1 1.0 -3 *2
1895 34 CLV NL 88 357 11 -1 0 3 5 18 1.4 12 31 2.6 .516 .509 2.4 0.6 28 2/3
1896 35 CLV NL 91 381 -9 -1 0 3 6 -1 -0.1 13 12 1.2 .499 .500 1.0 0.7 9 *2/5
1897 36 CLV NL 80 328 -1 -1 0 6 5 9 0.8 11 20 1.9 .510 .505 1.4 0.9 14 2
1898 37 CLV NL 20 73 -3 -0 0 1 1 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .497 .500 0.1 0.2 1 2
1899 38 CLV NL 20 81 6 -0 0 1 1 8 0.7 3 11 1.0 .536 .504 0.9 0.2 10 2
1899 38 LOU NL 75 302 4 -1 0 3 4 10 0.8 10 20 1.9 .512 .505 1.7 0.6 17 23
1900 39 PIT NL 82 308 3 -0 0 3 5 11 0.9 11 22 2.0 .512 .506 1.8 0.7 19 2/3
1901 40 PIT NL 69 267 -11 -0 0 2 4 -5 -0.6 9 3 0.4 .492 .497 0.2 0.6 1 2
1902 41 PIT NL 42 163 1 -0 0 2 3 5 0.5 5 10 1.1 .513 .503 0.9 0.5 8 2/3
1903 42 PHI NL 37 133 -4 -0 0 1 2 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .497 .499 0.2 0.3 2 $3,000 2
19 Seasons 1280 5078 -43 -10 0 47 80 74 5.6 169 243 22.8 .505 .503 19.4 10.7 196 $3,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CLV (13 yrs) 961 3854 -28 -9 0 39 61 64 4.8 128 191 17.7 .506 .503 15.0 8.1 153
PIT (3 yrs) 193 738 -8 -1 0 7 12 11 0.9 25 35 3.5 .505 .502 2.9 1.9 28
LOU (1 yr) 75 302 4 -1 0 3 4 10 0.8 10 20 1.9 .512 .505 1.7 0.6 17
PHI (1 yr) 37 133 -4 -0 0 1 2 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .497 .499 0.2 0.3 2 $3,000
NYP (1 yr) 6 21 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.1 .470 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -1
DTN (1 yr) 8 30 -5 0 0 -2 0 -7 -0.7 1 -6 -0.6 .417 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -4

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
1892 31 CLV NL CS BSN L 0 23 23 2 6 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 .261 .261 .391 .652 9 0
1 CS 0 23 23 2 6 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 .261 .261 .391 .652 9 0

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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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1884 DTN NL 23 C 6 47 28 11 8 3 .830 6.50 .895 7.37 11 0 0
1884 DTN NL 23 OF 2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .867 1.80 0-0-2
1886 NYP AA 25 C 6 56 33 17 6 0 .893 8.33 .910 7.18 9 0 0
1887 CLE AA 26 C 12 65 47 13 5 1 .923 5.00 .893 6.26 9 0 0
1887 CLE AA 26 1B 2 19 17 0 2 1 .895 8.50 .971 9.90
1888 CLE AA 27 C 59 460 311 111 38 6 .917 7.15 .914 7.13 47 0 0
1888 CLE AA 27 1B 3 33 31 2 0 0 1.000 11.00 .976 10.67
1888 CLE AA 27 OF 3 6 3 1 2 1 .667 1.33 .907 1.83 0-1-2
1888 CLE AA 27 SS 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .860 4.60
1889 CLV NL 28 C 81 479 315 131 33 10 .931 5.51 .910 6.00 50 0 0
1889 CLV NL 28 1B 3 23 21 0 2 1 .913 7.00 .974 10.37
1890 CLV NL 29 C 125 713 480 188 45 14 .937 5.34 .926 6.10 55 234 183 44% 37%
1891 CLV NL 30 C 116 702 476 181 45 7 .936 5.66 .926 5.79 35 229 170 43% 37%
1891 CLV NL 30 3B 1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 4.00 .880 3.70
1892 CLV NL 31 C 111 678 514 122 42 11 .938 5.73 .936 5.87 19 149 93 38% 37%
1893 CLV NL 32 C 56 250 169 73 8 10 .968 4.32 .936 4.78 22 82 70 46% 37%
1893 CLV NL 32 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.80
1894 CLV NL 33 C 89 404 289 100 15 16 .963 4.37 .924 4.63 9 107 111 51% 37%
1895 CLV NL 34 C 84 405 318 77 10 2 .975 4.70 .938 4.65 22 132 81 38% 37%
1895 CLV NL 34 1B 3 24 21 2 1 3 .958 7.67 .978 10.13
1896 CLV NL 35 C 91 431 338 81 12 9 .972 4.60 .943 4.59 22 122 90 42% 37%
1896 CLV NL 35 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.50
1897 CLV NL 36 C 80 368 278 81 9 10 .976 4.49 .948 4.74 8 118 75 39% 37%
1898 CLV NL 37 C 19 101 78 20 3 2 .970 5.16 .953 4.82 2 19 15 44% 44%
1899 TOT NL 38 C 82 357 242 107 8 10 .978 4.26 .952 4.60 8 125 99 44% 44%
1899 CLV NL 38 C 20 92 58 30 4 4 .957 4.40 .952 4.60 2 48 27 36% 44%
1899 LOU NL 38 C 62 265 184 77 4 6 .985 4.21 .952 4.60 6 77 72 48% 44%
1899 LOU NL 38 1B 11 125 116 4 5 3 .960 10.91 .977 10.52
1900 PIT NL 39 C 78 435 318 100 17 8 .961 5.36 .949 4.98 16 93 89 49% 44%
1900 PIT NL 39 1B 2 26 25 1 0 1 1.000 13.00 .979 10.55
1901 PIT NL 40 C 68 363 285 69 9 4 .975 5.21 .971 6.20 6 63 58 48% 44%
1902 PIT NL 41 C 41 258 202 48 8 8 .969 6.10 .965 6.07 3 33 35 51% 45%
1902 PIT NL 41 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.60
1903 PHI NL 42 C 35 219 162 50 7 4 .968 6.06 .967 6.10 2 56 39 41% 45%
19 Seasons C 1239 6791 4883 1580 328 135 .952 5.22 .936 5.46 355 1562 1208 44% 39%
7 Seasons 1B 25 250 231 9 10 9 .960 9.60 .976 10.43
2 Seasons OF 5 9 6 1 2 1 .778 1.40 .893 1.82 0-1-4
3 Seasons 3B 3 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.33 .880 3.67
1 Season SS 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .860 4.60
19 Seasons TOT 1273 7055 5121 1594 340 145 .952 5.27 .937 5.54 0-1-4 355 1562 1208 44% 39%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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
1938 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1892 NL  1.3 (9th)
1894 NL  1.1 (7th)
1897 NL  0.9 (10th)
1900 NL  0.7 (8th)
Career  10.7 (187th)

Doubles s c a p y
1892 NL  29 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1890 NL  54 (5th)
1896 NL  48 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1890 NL  11 (3rd)
1900 NL  11 (10th)
Career  91 (107th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1889 NL  81 (3rd)
1890 NL  125 (1st)
1891 NL  116 (1st)
1892 NL  111 (2nd)
1894 NL  89 (5th)
1895 NL  84 (4th)
1896 NL  91 (2nd)
1897 NL  80 (5th)
1900 NL  78 (3rd)
Career  1,239 (65th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1889 NL  315 (5th)
1890 NL  480 (2nd)
1891 NL  476 (1st)
1892 NL  514 (2nd)
1894 NL  289 (4th)
1895 NL  318 (3rd)
1896 NL  338 (2nd)
1900 NL  318 (1st)

Assists as C s c a p y
1888 AA  111 (5th)
1889 NL  131 (2nd)
1890 NL  188 (1st)
1891 NL  181 (1st)
1892 NL  122 (4th)
1894 NL  100 (4th)
1896 NL  81 (4th)
Career  1,580 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1888 AA  38 (5th)
1890 NL  45 (1st)
1891 NL  45 (2nd)
1892 NL  42 (3rd)
Career  328 (14th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1889 NL  10 (1st)
1890 NL  14 (1st)
1891 NL  7 (3rd)
1892 NL  11 (4th)
1893 NL  10 (3rd)
1894 NL  16 (1st)
1896 NL  9 (5th)
1897 NL  10 (2nd)
1899 NL  10 (5th)
1900 NL  8 (5th)
Career  135 (23rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1889 NL  50 (1st)
1890 NL  55 (1st)
1891 NL  35 (2nd)
1895 NL  22 (4th)
1896 NL  22 (3rd)
Career  355 (15th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1890 NL  234 (1st)
1891 NL  229 (1st)
1892 NL  149 (4th)
1895 NL  132 (5th)
1899 NL  125 (5th)
Career  1,562 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1890 NL  183 (1st)
1891 NL  170 (1st)
1892 NL  93 (4th)
1894 NL  111 (3rd)
1895 NL  81 (5th)
1896 NL  90 (4th)
1900 NL  89 (5th)
Career  1,208 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1890 NL  43.9 (4th)
1891 NL  42.6 (3rd)
1893 NL  46.1 (2nd)
1894 NL  50.9 (1st)
1896 NL  42.5 (5th)
1900 NL  48.9 (5th)
1902 NL  51.5 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1888 AA  7.15 (4th)
1900 NL  5.36 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1889 NL  .931 (3rd)
1890 NL  .937 (5th)
1891 NL  .936 (4th)
1892 NL  .938 (3rd)
1894 NL  .963 (1st)
1895 NL  .975 (2nd)
1896 NL  .972 (1st)
1897 NL  .976 (2nd)
1899 NL  .978 (1st)
1900 NL  .961 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1898 NL  born 1860-11-23 (4th)
1899 NL  born 1860-11-23 (3rd)
1900 NL  born 1860-11-23 (1st)
1901 NL  born 1860-11-23 (1st)
1902 NL  born 1860-11-23 (1st)
1903 NL  born 1860-11-23 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 15 (989), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 24 (532), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (77th), 22.8 career WAR/15.8 7yr-peak WAR/19.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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 ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1903 42 Philadelphia Phillies $3,000 ? 3/21/03 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,000
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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