Old-Time Franchises - Single-Season WAR Leaders

 

Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs - based on the research for Hardball Retrospective. This website will include information that was omitted from the paperback version due to space limitations along with brand new content. Additional content will be posted in the near future. The initial release consists of:

 

         Hardball Retrospective - Franchise Batting Register

         Hardball Retrospective - Franchise Pitching Register

         Hardball Retrospective - All-Time "Original" Rosters

         Defensive Lineups By Decade

         Fielding WAR and WS Leader Boards

         Old-Time Franchises - Single-Season WAR Leaders

         Franchise Charts Player-Seasons by Position, Greater Than 20 Win Shares

  

The team rosters are constructed using players that signed their first Major League contract with each organization. Therefore Babe Ruth is a member of the Red Sox for the duration of his career, Reggie Jackson and Rickey Henderson are listed with the Athletics, etc.

 

franchID

Name

Pos

Type

Year

WS

WAR

ALT

Germany Smith

SS

(NULL)

1885

16.69

4.18

ALT

Germany Smith

SS

(NULL)

1886

13.41

3.38

ALT

Germany Smith

SS

(NULL)

1887

15.81

3.33

ALT

Germany Smith

SS

(NULL)

1892

20.16

3.21

ATH

John Richmond

SS

P

1883

15.38

2.88

ATH

John Richmond

SS

P

1884

16.42

3.04

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1919

15.43

2.14

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1920

17.74

3.46

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1923

23.87

3.77

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1924

23.87

6.77

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1925

15.33

3.15

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1926

16.18

2.79

BFL

Howard Ehmke

SP

P

1928

9.6

2.22

BL2

Bob Emslie

SP

(NULL)

1884

32.35

7.86

BL2

Monk Cline

CF

(NULL)

1884

17.26

3.56

BL2

Tom Brown

RF

Fo

1885

22.12

3.95

BL2

Matt Kilroy

SP

(NULL)

1886

34.7

4.56

BL2

Tom Brown

RF

Fo

1886

19.32

3.07

BL2

Matt Kilroy

SP

(NULL)

1887

51.92

13.85

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1887

22.52

3.96

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1888

19.16

3.64

BL2

Matt Kilroy

SP

(NULL)

1889

43.81

5.3

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1889

22.9

5.15

BL2

Tom Brown

CF

Fo

1891

29.96

7.12

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1891

19.72

4.83

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1892

24.46

5.59

BL2

Tom Brown

CF

Fo

1892

15.97

2.2

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1893

18.3

3.71

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1894

20.78

5.9

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1895

31.17

8.13

BL2

Dusty Miller

RF

(NULL)

1895

18.48

2.95

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1896

16.87

4

BL2

Dusty Miller

RF

(NULL)

1896

18.23

2.93

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1897

23.66

6.33

BL2

Mike Griffin

CF

(NULL)

1898

20.01

4.56

BL2

Dusty Miller

RF

(NULL)

1898

21.08

3.33

BL3

John McGraw

SS

P

1893

21.28

2.57

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1894

23.22

5.76

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1895

20.64

5.87

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1897

19.11

4.5

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1898

30.26

7.5

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1899

34.28

8.15

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1900

19.65

4.49

BL3

John McGraw

3B

P

1901

15.35

3.34

BLO

George Treadway

LF

(NULL)

1894

18.5

4.08

BLO

Bill Hoffer

SP

D

1895

33.6

9.6

BLO

Bill Hoffer

SP

D

1896

30.1

8.06

BLO

Arlie Pond

SP

(NULL)

1896

15.73

2.02

BLO

Arlie Pond

SP

(NULL)

1897

20.09

4.78

BLO

Bill Hoffer

SP

D

1897

19.78

3.06

BLO

Jay Hughes

SP

(NULL)

1898

20.91

3.33

BLO

Monte Cross

SS

(NULL)

1898

19.01

2.57

BLO

Heinie Reitz

2B

P

1898

13.38

2.25

BLO

Jay Hughes

SP

(NULL)

1899

33.39

8.29

BLO

Frank Kitson

SP

P

1899

28.83

6.76

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1899

33.69

6.7

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1900

29.34

3.96

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1901

28

6.34

BLO

Frank Kitson

SP

P

1901

19.99

3.14

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1902

24.27

6.39

BLO

Frank Kitson

SP

P

1902

19.82

3.74

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1903

39.2

10.18

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1904

43.34

9.86

BLO

Joe McGinnity

SP

(NULL)

1905

21.98

3.43

BLU

Emmett Seery

LF

(NULL)

1888

16.19

2.92

BLU

Emmett Seery

LF

(NULL)

1889

19.05

3.76

BLU

Emmett Seery

RF

(NULL)

1891

16.17

3.92

BNA

Al Spalding

SP

(NULL)

1876

51.98

17.38

BNA

Ross Barnes

2B

(NULL)

1876

22.65

6.95

BNA

George Wright

SS

(NULL)

1876

17.9

3.65

BNA

Cal McVey

1B

(NULL)

1876

15.53

3.36

BNA

George Wright

SS

(NULL)

1879

15.47

3.78

BNA

Jack Manning

RF

(NULL)

1884

21.66

2.4

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1886

25.47

2.42

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1887

26.48

5.07

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1888

20.09

4.61

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1889

29.74

6.5

BR3

Jim Conway

SP

(NULL)

1889

19.56

3.32

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1890

39.69

9.05

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1892

18.95

3.5

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1895

22.78

3.31

BR3

Adonis Terry

SP

(NULL)

1896

17.19

2.44

BRA

Tommy Bond

SP

(NULL)

1876

46.74

12.09

BRA

Tommy Bond

SP

(NULL)

1877

45.03

13.38

BRA

John Cassidy

RF

(NULL)

1877

14.21

2.9

BRA

Tommy Bond

SP

(NULL)

1878

57.46

13.22

BRA

Tommy Bond

SP

(NULL)

1879

46.1

16.58

BRA

Oscar Walker

CF

(NULL)

1882

12.47

2

BRA

Jack Burdock

2B

(NULL)

1883

20.94

4.37

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

RF

Fo

1888

22.57

3.85

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

RF

Fo

1889

18.39

3.05

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

RF

Fo

1890

28.39

7.07

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

RF

Fo

1891

22.54

3.55

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

RF

Fo

1892

21.33

3.25

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

LF

Fo

1893

24.46

5.51

BRD

Tommy McCarthy

LF

Fo

1894

19.88

2.72

BUF

Stump Wiedman

SP

P

1881

9.24

3.12

BUF

Hardy Richardson

CF

Fo

1881

15.59

2.88

BUF

Jack Rowe

C

(NULL)

1881

12.04

2.7

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1881

23.43

2.57

BUF

Stump Wiedman

SP

P

1882

32.9

7.21

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1882

46.31

6.03

BUF

Denny Driscoll

SP

(NULL)

1882

17.05

5.25

BUF

Ed Swartwood

RF

P

1882

17.05

3.51

BUF

Joe Hornung

LF

(NULL)

1882

15.03

2.81

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1882

11.5

2.72

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1883

58.63

14.35

BUF

Mike Moynahan

SS

(NULL)

1883

25.03

4.77

BUF

Ed Swartwood

1B

P

1883

22.83

4.44

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1883

17.86

4.03

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1883

11.12

3.67

BUF

Joe Hornung

LF

(NULL)

1883

17.35

2.52

BUF

Hugh Daily

SP

(NULL)

1883

34.37

2.36

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1884

88.34

20.62

BUF

Jack Lynch

SP

(NULL)

1884

37.21

5.83

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1884

24.24

5.81

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1884

19.45

4.29

BUF

Jack Rowe

C

(NULL)

1884

18.23

3.9

BUF

Joe Hornung

LF

(NULL)

1884

17.67

2.38

BUF

Ed Swartwood

RF

P

1884

16.29

2.04

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1885

40.98

5.09

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1885

20.16

3.27

BUF

Hardy Richardson

LF

Fo

1886

33.56

6.97

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1886

25.22

6.03

BUF

Ed Swartwood

RF

P

1886

23.44

3.78

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1886

30.73

3.6

BUF

Ed Cushman

SP

(NULL)

1886

21.67

2.44

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1887

26.71

5.49

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1887

23.2

3.91

BUF

Jack Rowe

SS

(NULL)

1887

20.15

3.15

BUF

Pete Conway

SP

(NULL)

1888

29.78

8.43

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1888

23.56

4.63

BUF

Old Hoss Radbourn

SP

(NULL)

1889

23.53

5.26

BUF

Hardy Richardson

2B

Fo

1889

23.34

3.25

BUF

Ecky Stearns

1B

(NULL)

1889

16.87

2.1

BUF

Ed Swartwood

RF

P

1890

23.71

6.26

BUF

Arlie Latham

3B

(NULL)

1891

23.46

5.71

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1891

16.83

3.93

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1892

16.31

2.48

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1894

18.51

3.98

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1895

17.61

4.23

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1896

28.08

5.97

BWW

Bill Joyce

3B

(NULL)

1897

18.38

4.79

BWW

Bill Joyce

1B

(NULL)

1898

23.15

4.83

CBK

Ed Morris

SP

P

1884

41.37

8.74

CBK

Fred Carroll

C

P

1884

15.05

2.55

CBK

Ed Morris

SP

P

1885

50.42

12.35

CBK

Ed Morris

SP

P

1886

45.05

11.35

CBK

Fred Carroll

C

P

1886

22.68

3.96

CBK

Fred Carroll

C

P

1887

18.08

2.83

CBK

Ed Morris

SP

P

1888

32.26

3.74

CBK

Fred Carroll

C

P

1889

24.6

5.17

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1880

19.02

3.61

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1881

16.17

3.96

CBL

Ned Hanlon

CF

(NULL)

1881

10.38

2.02

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1882

19.53

4.95

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1882

14.09

3

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1883

18.5

4.77

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1883

14.57

3.75

CBL

Ned Hanlon

CF

(NULL)

1884

10.88

2.93

CBL

Barney Gilligan

C

(NULL)

1884

13.53

2.28

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1885

16.88

4.12

CBL

Ned Hanlon

CF

(NULL)

1885

15.42

3.51

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1885

14.62

3.3

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1886

23.16

6.68

CBL

Fred Dunlap

2B

(NULL)

1886

16.89

3.86

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1887

17.76

3.55

CBL

George Pinkney

3B

(NULL)

1888

24.53

3.97

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1888

15.17

2.71

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1889

28.51

5.9

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1890

25.2

5.88

CBL

George Pinkney

3B

(NULL)

1890

30.53

5.31

CBL

Deacon McGuire

C

P

1891

17.22

2.55

CBL

Jack Glasscock

SS

(NULL)

1893

18.28

2.47

CBL

Deacon McGuire

C

P

1895

18.14

3.21

CBL

Deacon McGuire

C

P

1896

13.02

2.17

CBL

Deacon McGuire

C

P

1897

12.25

2.06

CFC

Joe Battin

3B

(NULL)

1876

14.57

3.13

CFC

Deacon White

C

(NULL)

1876

13.28

3.05

CFC

Deacon White

1B

(NULL)

1877

17.87

3.58

CFC

Deacon White

C

(NULL)

1879

17.95

3.68

CFC

Ezra Sutton

3B

(NULL)

1883

22.89

3.8

CFC

Ezra Sutton

3B

(NULL)

1884

28.69

5.25

CFC

Deacon White

3B

(NULL)

1884

21.18

3.92

CFC

Ezra Sutton

3B

(NULL)

1885

23.59

4.07

CFC

Deacon White

3B

(NULL)

1887

15.59

2.42

CFC

Deacon White

3B

(NULL)

1888

17.6

2.81

CH2

John Peters

SS

(NULL)

1876

12.75

3.35

CHF

Max Flack

RF

P

1920

20.22

2.28

CHP

Frank Shugart

SS

Fo

1892

21.11

3.43

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1888

26.06

3.88

CL3

Cinders O'Brien

SP

P

1889

21.92

3.47

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1889

20.82

3.07

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1890

21.33

5.13

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1893

19.14

2.54

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1894

20.79

3.25

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1895

22.82

3.59

CL3

Ed McKean

SS

(NULL)

1896

17.75

2.09

CLI

Willie McGill

SP

P

1891

23.6

3.7

CLI

Willie McGill

SP

P

1893

19.17

4.8

CLI

George Hemming

SP

(NULL)

1894

22.68

5.9

CLI

George Hemming

SP

(NULL)

1895

22.64

5.34

CLI

George Hemming

SP

(NULL)

1896

15.81

3.4

CLS

Spud Johnson

LF

(NULL)

1890

27.24

4.57

CLS

Charlie Reilly

3B

(NULL)

1890

19.38

4.19

CLS

Frank Knauss

SP

(NULL)

1890

20.79

3.67

CLS

Hank Gastright

SP

(NULL)

1890

27.07

3.47

CLS

Jack Crooks

2B

P

1890

14.96

2.5

CLS

Jack Crooks

2B

P

1891

22.95

3.72

CLS

Jack Doyle

RF

(NULL)

1892

17.61

2.68

CLS

Jack Crooks

2B

P

1892

15.38

2.49

CLS

Jack Doyle

C

(NULL)

1893

10.89

2.04

CLS

Jack Doyle

1B

(NULL)

1894

17.17

3.55

CLS

Jack Doyle

1B

(NULL)

1896

16.38

2.85

CLS

Jack Doyle

1B

(NULL)

1897

16.35

2.38

CLS

Jack Doyle

1B

(NULL)

1903

20.01

2.29

CLV

Bill Phillips

1B

P

1885

18.46

2.6

CLV

Bob Gilks

SP

(NULL)

1887

7.24

3.04

CLV

George Davis

CF

Fo

1890

14.34

2.54

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1891

27.49

5.29

CLV

George Davis

CF

Fo

1891

22.11

3.51

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1892

46.75

13.39

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1892

32.18

6.88

CLV

Jimmy McAleer

CF

(NULL)

1892

21.27

3.52

CLV

Jake Virtue

1B

(NULL)

1892

21.16

2.9

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1893

35.74

10.45

CLV

George Davis

3B

Fo

1893

22.95

5.64

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1894

37.15

10.3

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1894

25.46

5.13

CLV

George Davis

3B

Fo

1894

25.26

4.7

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1895

41.84

11.45

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1895

37.46

8.2

CLV

George Davis

3B

Fo

1895

21.36

4.69

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1896

43.08

10.97

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1896

38.36

10.73

CLV

George Davis

3B

Fo

1896

20.99

4.18

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SP

Fo

1896

14.79

3.46

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1897

30.67

7.11

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1897

24.67

5.93

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1897

19.12

4.95

CLV

Bobby Wallace

3B

Fo

1897

22.2

3.98

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1897

12.25

3.24

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1898

35.16

7.59

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1898

28.04

5.28

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1898

19.63

4.34

CLV

Bobby Wallace

3B

Fo

1898

23.63

3.29

CLV

Lou Criger

C

(NULL)

1898

14.26

2.09

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1899

33.96

7.92

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1899

27.57

5.51

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1899

20.38

4.16

CLV

Ed McFarland

C

(NULL)

1899

19.32

3.71

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1899

24.66

3.7

CLV

Emmet Heidrick

RF

(NULL)

1899

19.55

2.57

CLV

Nig Cuppy

SP

(NULL)

1899

13.62

2.54

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1900

24.63

6.32

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1900

18.8

3.4

CLV

Ed McFarland

C

(NULL)

1900

14.18

2.5

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1901

41.99

11.67

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1901

26.07

6.21

CLV

Emmet Heidrick

CF

(NULL)

1901

23.45

6.06

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1901

21.71

3.43

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1902

37.95

8.3

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1902

28.77

5.35

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1902

22.24

4.74

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1902

25.62

3.43

CLV

Lou Criger

C

(NULL)

1902

10.24

2.01

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1903

35.24

7.6

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1903

19.53

3.47

CLV

Emmet Heidrick

CF

(NULL)

1903

16.94

3.15

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1904

34.66

7.99

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1904

27.86

6.18

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1904

23.08

3.66

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1904

31.1

3.64

CLV

Jack Harper

SP

(NULL)

1904

24.28

3.52

CLV

Emmet Heidrick

CF

(NULL)

1904

17.33

2.51

CLV

Lou Criger

C

(NULL)

1904

10.12

2.08

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1905

27.34

6.62

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1905

27.99

4.94

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1905

20.02

4.14

CLV

Lou Criger

C

(NULL)

1905

10.64

2.21

CLV

Ed McFarland

C

(NULL)

1905

13.24

2.13

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1906

27.33

5.02

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1906

21.6

4.21

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1906

18.28

3.12

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1907

26.08

5.6

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1907

19.57

4.39

CLV

George Davis

SS

Fo

1907

16.83

2.4

CLV

Cy Young

SP

P

1908

26.74

7.35

CLV

Bobby Wallace

SS

Fo

1908

21.53

4.07

CLV

Jack Powell

SP

P

1908

19.01

4.03

CN2

Bill Mountjoy

SP

(NULL)

1884

19.13

4.03

CN2

Bid McPhee

2B

Fo

1884

18.81

3.97

CN2

Bid McPhee

2B

Fo

1886

25.13

6.11

CN2

Bid McPhee

2B

Fo

1887

22.67

4.58

CN2

Bid McPhee

2B

Fo

1888

17.85

4.06

CN2

Lee Viau

SP

(NULL)

1888

30.01

2.12

CN2

Bid McPhee

2B