Johnny Bassler

Catcher

1913—1927

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Player LeveL
Regular
All-time rank
Catcher RANK
#60

Player Detail

John Landis
GIVEN NAME
Bassler
SURNAME
June 3, 1895, in Lancaster, PA
BORN
June 29, 1979, in Santa Monica, CA, USA
DIED
1913—1927
Playing Career
Played from 18-32
PLAYING AGE
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
The Ty-gers
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
none
UNIFORM NUMBER
#8 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-9 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Right
BATTED / THREW
July 11, 1913
Major League Debut
September 30, 1927
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Johnny Bassler?

Solid backstop for Ty-gers when Cobb managed Detroit in the Roaring Twenties.

60

HITTING

30

POWER

30

RUNNING

60

FIELDING

50

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Johnny was working in a movie theater in Hollywood when he met Cleveland infielder Ivy Olson, who recruited him to play professional baseball after seeing Bassler catch.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
811
704
1
319
.304

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1923 Tigers

28 Years Old

.298
AVG
0
HR
49
RBI
45
RUNS
.414
OBP
114
HITS
12
2B
3
3B
.345
SLG
76
BB
2
SB
4.9
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.304
.416
.361

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.777
.695
111.9

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
20.5
43.9

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

One Degree Of Separation

Chapman discovered Bassler during an off-season vacation to California and urged the Indians to sign the teenager

Johnny Bassler 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
Bassler
487
148
52
21
3
0
67
92
17
3
176
242
.304
.416
.361
777
AVG C
522
140
56
23
5
3
69
57
46
7
183
201
.267
.344
.350
.695

Johnny Bassler Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
60
69
54
65
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Catcher BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
69
59
28
66
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Johnny Bassler PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
21.3
19.7
18.8
10.9
4.25
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Johnny Bassler
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
99.3
98.0
77.4
54.2
19.8
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Johnny Bassler
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

— 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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