Bobby Wallace

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Roderick John Wallace

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1953

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Hall of Famer Bobby Wallace played an impressive 25 years in the majors, primarily as a shortstop. He started when Cap Anson was still a good hitter, and ended up a teammate of Rogers Hornsby when Hornsby had already become a star. One of the most similar players, according to the similarity scores method, is a much more recent player, Dave Concepcion.

He had an unusual career. He first came up as a pitcher and posted an ERA+ over 120 in 400 innings. His bat was so good, the Cleveland Spiders moved him to third base where he provided excellent defense along with solid offense. In fact, of the 300 third basemen listed in the back of Bill James' "Win Shares" book, Wallace had the best WS per 1000 rate of all. While only playing around 3,600 innings at the position, he racked up more fielding win shares than anyone under 4,700 innings.

He then moved to short where he continued to provide excellent defense for a few years before declining. Ultimately Bill James's Win Shares system lists him as a C at shortstop, but he had a tremendous defensive prime that was split between two positions. His career defensive value in terms of win shares places him among the best 10-20 players ever when his time at 3B and SS are combined.

Wallace managed the 1917 Wichita Witches and 1921 Muskogee Mets and was a member of the 1926 Cincinnati Reds coaching staff. He then became a scout for the Reds until his passing

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1897 & 1899)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1895)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1953


Preceded by
Jack O'Connor
St. Louis Browns Manager
1912-1913
Succeeded by
George Stovall
Preceded by
Chuck Dressen
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1937
Succeeded by
Bill McKechnie

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1911 St. Louis Browns American League 45-107 8th St. Louis Browns
1912 St. Louis Browns American League 12-27 St. Louis Browns Replaced by George Stovall on June 2
1917 Wichita Witches Western League none Replaced Frank Isbell /
Replaced by Joe Berger
1921 Muskogee Mets Southwestern League 93-56 2nd none
1937 Cincinnati Reds National League 5-20 8th Cincinnati Reds Replaced Chuck Dressen (51-78) on September 14

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