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Sam Zoldak

Samuel Walter Zoldak (Sad Sam)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 8, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY
School: Fordham University (New York, NY)
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 13, 1944 (Age 25.157, 7,625th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Indians/Athletics 1944-1952

Last Game: August 26, 1952 (Age 33.262)
Died: August 25, 1966 in New Hyde Park, NY
Buried: Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, NY
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 28, 2014 10:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1115. Brian Fuentes… #1116. Armando Reynoso… #1117. Roger Pavlik… #1118. SAM ZOLDAK… #1119. Damaso Marte… #1120. Phil Marchildon… #1121. Scott Linebrink… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1944 25 SLB AL 0 0 3.72 18 0 10 0 0 0 38.2 49 22 16 1 19 15 0 0 2 181 99 3.57 1.759 11.4 0.2 4.4 3.5 0.79
1945 26 SLB AL 3 2 .600 3.36 26 1 14 1 0 0 69.2 74 32 26 3 18 19 0 1 1 297 107 3.33 1.321 9.6 0.4 2.3 2.5 1.06
1946 27 SLB AL 9 11 .450 3.43 35 21 7 9 2 2 170.1 166 71 65 11 57 51 1 0 2 718 109 3.65 1.309 8.8 0.6 3.0 2.7 0.89
1947 28 SLB AL 9 10 .474 3.47 35 19 8 6 1 1 171.0 162 76 66 7 76 36 0 1 1 725 112 3.94 1.392 8.5 0.4 4.0 1.9 0.47
1948 29 TOT AL 11 10 .524 3.44 34 21 5 4 1 0 159.2 168 67 61 10 43 30 1 1 1 666 124 3.92 1.322 9.5 0.6 2.4 1.7 0.70
1948 29 SLB AL 2 4 .333 4.67 11 9 0 0 0 0 54.0 64 30 28 4 19 13 1 0 1 238 98 4.25 1.537 10.7 0.7 3.2 2.2 0.68
1948 29 CLE AL 9 6 .600 2.81 23 12 5 4 1 0 105.2 104 37 33 6 24 17 0 1 0 428 145 3.75 1.211 8.9 0.5 2.0 1.4 0.71
1949 30 CLE AL 1 2 .333 4.25 27 0 13 0 0 0 53.0 60 30 25 4 18 11 0 0 1 235 95 4.10 1.472 10.2 0.7 3.1 1.9 0.61
1950 31 CLE AL 4 2 .667 3.96 33 3 14 0 0 4 63.2 64 33 28 6 21 15 1 0 0 274 109 4.37 1.335 9.0 0.8 3.0 2.1 0.71
1951 32 PHA AL 6 10 .375 3.16 26 18 5 8 1 0 128.0 127 51 45 9 24 18 0 1 0 525 135 3.67 1.180 8.9 0.6 1.7 1.3 0.75
1952 33 PHA AL 0 6 .000 4.06 16 10 2 2 0 1 75.1 86 41 34 3 25 12 0 0 0 325 97 3.59 1.473 10.3 0.4 3.0 1.4 0.48
9 Yrs 43 53 .448 3.54 250 93 78 30 5 8 929.1 956 423 366 54 301 207 3 4 8 3946 113 3.80 1.353 9.3 0.5 2.9 2.0 0.69
162 Game Avg. 9 11 .448 3.54 50 18 15 6 1 2 184 190 84 73 11 60 41 1 1 2 782 113 3.80 1.353 9.3 0.5 2.9 2.0 0.69
SLB (5 yrs) 23 27 .460 3.59 125 50 39 16 3 3 503.2 515 231 201 26 189 134 2 2 7 2159 108 3.76 1.398 9.2 0.5 3.4 2.4 0.71
CLE (3 yrs) 14 10 .583 3.48 83 15 32 4 1 4 222.1 228 100 86 16 63 43 1 1 1 937 119 4.01 1.309 9.2 0.6 2.6 1.7 0.68
PHA (2 yrs) 6 16 .273 3.50 42 28 7 10 1 1 203.1 213 92 79 12 49 30 0 1 0 850 119 3.64 1.289 9.4 0.5 2.2 1.3 0.61
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1944 25 SLB AL 38.2 18 0 22 5.12 3.90 -0.03 0.00 102.1 4.02 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .471 .497 $2,500
1945 26 SLB AL 69.2 26 1 32 4.13 4.01 0.08 0.00 105.2 4.13 0 0.0 .9 -0.1 0.5 5 .501 .500 $3,500
1946 27 SLB AL 170.1 35 21 71 3.75 4.14 -0.18 0.00 104.5 4.51 14 1.6 .9 -0.1 2.9 27 .546 .510 $5,000
1947 28 SLB AL 171.0 35 19 76 4.00 4.06 -0.20 0.00 104.1 4.44 9 1.0 .8 -0.1 2.2 21 .529 .506 $7,500
1948 29 SLB AL 54.0 11 9 30 5.00 4.67 -0.33 0.00 105.1 5.25 1 0.1 1.3 -0.0 0.6 6 .513 .501 $10,500
1948 29 CLE AL 105.2 23 12 37 3.15 4.82 0.56 0.00 93.9 4.00 10 1.0 1.9 0.0 1.9 19 .544 .506
1949 30 CLE AL 53.0 27 0 30 5.09 4.75 0.46 0.00 95.0 4.08 -6 -0.6 .8 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .478 .496 $14,000
1950 31 CLE AL 63.2 33 3 33 4.66 5.13 0.17 0.00 95.3 4.72 0 0.0 1.5 -0.1 0.5 6 .500 .500 $12,000
1951 32 PHA AL 128.0 26 18 51 3.59 4.59 0.13 0.00 101.9 4.55 13 1.4 1.1 -0.1 2.4 25 .552 .508 $13,000
1952 33 PHA AL 75.1 16 10 41 4.90 4.27 -0.11 0.00 103.4 4.54 -3 -0.4 1.3 -0.1 0.2 3 .478 .498 $14,000
9 Seasons 929.1 250 93 423 4.10 4.39 0.02 0.00 101.6 4.43 34 3.7 1.1 -0.6 10.8 108 .515 .503 $82,000
SLB (5 yrs) 503.2 125 50 231 4.13 4.13 -0.16 0.00 104.3 4.47 20 2.3 .9 -0.4 6.0 57 .518 .504 $29,000
CLE (3 yrs) 222.1 83 15 100 4.05 4.89 0.43 0.00 94.6 4.23 4 0.4 1.3 -0.1 2.2 24 .505 .501 $26,000
PHA (2 yrs) 203.1 42 28 92 4.07 4.47 0.04 0.00 102.5 4.55 10 1.0 1.2 -0.2 2.6 28 .524 .504 $27,000

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
1944 25 SLB AL 18 6 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 85 2 0 0 0 1
1945 26 SLB AL 27 21 20 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 .050 .050 .050 .100 -72 1 0 0 0 1
1946 27 SLB AL 35 58 52 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 .173 .218 .192 .410 13 10 0 0 3 1
1947 28 SLB AL 35 62 58 4 10 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 .172 .213 .207 .420 16 12 0 0 1 1
1948 29 TOT AL 34 62 58 3 11 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 9 .190 .203 .224 .428 14 13 2 0 3 1
1948 29 SLB AL 11 23 22 3 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 .273 .273 .318 .591 55 7 0 0 1 1
1948 29 CLE AL 23 39 36 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .139 .162 .167 .329 -11 6 2 0 2 1
1949 30 CLE AL 27 8 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .375 .375 .375 .750 100 3 0 0 0 1
1950 31 CLE AL 33 19 16 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 .188 .316 .188 .503 34 3 1 1 0 1
1951 32 PHA AL 26 46 45 1 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 .156 .156 .178 .333 -10 8 0 0 1 1
1952 33 PHA AL 16 25 23 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .174 .208 .174 .382 5 4 1 0 1 1
9 Yrs 251 307 286 16 50 6 0 0 11 1 0 10 52 .175 .205 .196 .401 9 56 4 1 9
162 Game Avg. 162 198 185 10 32 4 0 0 7 1 0 6 34 .175 .205 .196 .401 9 36 3 1 6
SLB (5 yrs) 126 170 158 11 28 4 0 0 6 1 0 6 33 .177 .207 .203 .410 13 32 0 0 5
CLE (3 yrs) 83 66 60 3 11 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 .183 .234 .200 .434 16 12 3 1 2
PHA (2 yrs) 42 71 68 2 11 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 11 .162 .174 .176 .350 -5 12 1 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
1944 25 SLB AL 18 6 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $2,500 1
1945 26 SLB AL 27 21 -4 0 0 0 2 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .489 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 $3,500 1
1946 27 SLB AL 35 58 -6 0 0 0 6 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 $5,000 1
1947 28 SLB AL 35 62 -6 0 0 0 7 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 $7,500 1
1948 29 SLB AL 11 23 -2 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .510 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $10,500 1
1948 29 CLE AL 23 39 -6 -0 -0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .488 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 1
1949 30 CLE AL 27 8 -0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $14,000 1
1950 31 CLE AL 33 19 -1 0 -0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $12,000 1
1951 32 PHA AL 26 46 -7 -0 0 0 5 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $13,000 1
1952 33 PHA AL 16 25 -3 0 -0 0 3 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $14,000 1
9 Seasons 251 307 -36 0 -0 0 32 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .498 .500 -0.5 -0.0 -4 $82,000
SLB (5 yrs) 126 170 -19 0 0 0 17 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .499 .500 -0.2 -0.0 -1 $29,000
CLE (3 yrs) 83 66 -7 -0 -0 0 7 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $26,000
PHA (2 yrs) 42 71 -10 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.3 0.0 -2 $27,000

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1944 SLB AL 25 P 18 0 0 38.2 8 0 8 0 2 1.000 1.86 0.44 .960 2.09 2.10 0 0 0
1945 SLB AL 26 P 26 1 1 69.2 13 3 9 1 0 .923 1.55 0.46 .955 2.23 2.23 1 2 67% 0
1946 SLB AL 27 P 35 21 9 170.1 43 10 32 1 3 .977 2.22 1.20 .951 2.01 1.99 3 0 0% 2
1947 SLB AL 28 P 35 19 6 171.0 51 6 44 1 2 .980 2.63 1.43 .955 1.92 1.90 3 5 63% 50% 1
1948 TOT AL 29 P 34 21 4 159.2 47 7 39 1 4 .979 2.59 1.35 .963 2.02 1.99 4 2 33% 48% 1
1948 SLB AL 29 P 11 9 0 54.0 13 2 11 0 1 1.000 2.17 1.18 .963 2.02 1.99 2 0 0% 48% 0
1948 CLE AL 29 P 23 12 4 105.2 34 5 28 1 3 .971 2.81 1.43 .963 2.02 1.99 2 2 50% 48% 1
1949 CLE AL 30 P 27 0 0 53.0 31 12 19 0 1 1.000 5.26 1.15 .962 2.12 2.09 0 0 0
1950 CLE AL 31 P 33 3 0 63.2 14 4 10 0 0 1.000 1.98 0.42 .950 2.04 1.99 2 0 0% 0
1951 PHA AL 32 P 26 18 8 128.0 23 6 17 0 0 1.000 1.62 0.88 .953 2.07 2.06 1 2 67% 45% 1
1952 PHA AL 33 P 16 10 2 75.1 28 6 22 0 2 1.000 3.35 1.75 .966 2.10 2.10 1 2 67% 46% 0
9 Seasons P 250 93 30 929.1 258 54 200 4 14 .984 2.46 1.02 .958 2.04 2.04 15 13 46% 34% 5
9 Seasons TOT 250 93 30 929.1 258 54 200 4 14 .984 2.46 1.02 .958 2.04 2.04 15 13 46% 34% 5
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

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1948 AL  3.44 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1948 AL  1.322 (9th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1946 AL  3.012 (10th)
1948 AL  2.424 (2nd)

Games Played s c a p y
1946 AL  35 (9th)

Saves s c a p y
1950 AL  4 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1947 AL  0.368 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1948 AL  124 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1948 AL  16 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1948 AL  1.6 (9th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1948 AL  1.5 (9th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1946 AL  0.9 (8th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1947 AL  44 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1947 AL  2.63 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
Career  .984 (82nd)

                           

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 12 (1386), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 7 (1164), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (221st), 10.3 career WAR/10.6 7yr-peak WAR/10.4 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 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
1944 25 St. Louis Browns $2,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1945 26 St. Louis Browns $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1946 27 St. Louis Browns $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1947 28 St. Louis Browns $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 29 St. Louis Browns $10,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts SLB/CLE
1949 30 Cleveland Indians $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 31 Cleveland Indians $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 32 Philadelphia Athletics $13,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1952 33 Philadelphia Athletics $14,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$82,000
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: Sad Samuel Sam sammy samuel Walter Zoldak

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