Roger Bresnahan

Hall of Fame

Catcher

1897—1915

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Catcher RANK
#30

Player Detail

Roger Philip
GIVEN NAME
Bresnahan
SURNAME
June 11, 1879, in Toledo, OH
BORN
December 4, 1944, in Toledo, OH, USA
DIED
1897—1915
Playing Career
Played from 22-36
PLAYING AGE
Washington
Chicago Cubs
BLA
New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
New York Giants
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
The Duke Of Tralee
NICKNAME
none
UNIFORM NUMBER
#8 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-9 / 200
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
August 27, 1897
Major League Debut
October 3, 1915
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Roger Bresnahan?

Reportedly first catcher to wear shinguards. Starred for McGraw’s Giants in early 1900s.

60

HITTING

50

POWER

50

RUNNING

60

FIELDING

60

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Though Bresnahan is often credited with inventing the catcher’s gear, he did not. However, he did popularize the use of an early batting helmet.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1438
1246
26
527
.279

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1908 New York Giants

29 Years Old

.283
AVG
1
HR
54
RBI
70
RUNS
.402
OBP
127
HITS
25
2B
3
3B
.359
SLG
83
BB
14
SB
6.0
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.279
.386
.377

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.764
.626
122.0

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
36.3
43.9

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

Roger Bresnahan 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
Bresnahan
500
140
76
24
8
3
59
80
45
24
189
227
.279
.386
.377
764
AVG C
542
135
55
19
6
2
63
39
49
12
173
180
.249
.306
.320
.626

Roger Bresnahan Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
30
18
19
20
20
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
19
19
17
19
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Roger Bresnahan PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
42.1
30.5
22.9
16.0
4.74
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Roger Bresnahan
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
226.5
155.0
113.5
81.9
25.5
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Roger Bresnahan
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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