Spud Davis

Catcher

1928—1945

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Player LeveL
Regular
All-time rank
Catcher RANK
#72

Player Detail

Virgil Lawrence
GIVEN NAME
Davis
SURNAME
December 20, 1904, in Birmingham, AL
BORN
August 14, 1984, in Birmingham, AL, USA
DIED
1928—1945
Playing Career
Played from 23-40
PLAYING AGE
Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
Philadelphia Phillies
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
8
UNIFORM NUMBER
#8 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-1 / 197
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
April 30, 1928
Major League Debut
September 5, 1945
FINAL GAME

60

HITTING

40

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
Spud’s .308 career batting average ranks fourth all-time among major league catchers.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1458
1312
77
647
.308

Teammate Team

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

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.308
.369
.430

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.799
.705
113.4

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
22.1
43.9

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

Spud Davis 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
Davis
542
167
49
31
3
10
82
49
42
1
233
219
.308
.369
.430
799
AVG C
542
146
57
25
4
8
78
47
44
3
203
196
.270
.331
.375
.705

Spud Davis Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
72
72
77
57
64
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
61
53
57
53
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Spud Davis PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
23.0
21.2
15.6
12.0
2.55
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Spud Davis
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
146.3
105.7
UNK
50.9
16.2
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Spud Davis
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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