Buck Leonard

Hall of Fame

First Base

1933—1948

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Player LeveL
Legend
All-time rank
NR
First Base RANK
#19

Player Detail

Walter Fenner
GIVEN NAME
Leonard
SURNAME
September 8, 1907, in Rocky Mount, NC
BORN
November 27, 1997, in Rocky Mount, NC, USA
DIED
1933—1948
Playing Career
Played from 25-40
PLAYING AGE
Homestead Grays
Teams Played For
First Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Homestead Grays
PRIMARY TEAM
1943, 1944, 1948 Homestead Grays
World Series titles
Buddy, The Black Lou Gehrig
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
UNKNOWN
BATTING ORDER
5-10 / 185
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Left
BATTED / THREW
1934
Major League Debut
1948
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Buck Leonard?

Leonard hit cleanup directly behind teammate Josh Gibson for numerous seasons on the Homestead Grays, arguably the greatest teams in the history of the negro leagues. Leonard and Gibson were compared to Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, and some even called Buck “The Black Lou Gehrig.” He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the same year Gibson was honored.

70

HITTING

70

POWER

40

RUNNING

50

FIELDING

40

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
With Buck Leonard as their cleanup hitter, the Homestead Grays won nine consecutive pennants in the Negro National League from 1937 to 1945.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
589
728
95
545
.345

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:
COMING SOON

BEST SEASON

1938 Homestead Grays

30 Years Old

.420
AVG
9
HR
53
RBI
41
RUNS
.500
OBP
63
HITS
11
2B
5
3B
.740
SLG
24
BB
1
SB
WAR
Led the Negro National League in triples, total bases, batting, on-base percentage, and slugging.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.345
.452
.590

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.1042
NA
UNK

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
NR
52.3

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Buck Leonard Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Leonard
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
.345
.452
.590
1042
AVG 1B
446

Buck Leonard Rankings

AT First Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
19
NR
NR
NR
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT First Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
NR
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Buck Leonard PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
62.1
42.4
30.7
21.0
5.09
BLUE = Buck Leonard
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
348.1
202.5
145.2
97.0
26.5
BLUE = Buck Leonard
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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