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Oyster Burns

Image above: Oyster Burns. Burns played for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association in 1884-1885, 1887-1888. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

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1871-Current (Regular Season). Batting and Pitching.
Baltimore Canaries 1872-1874, Baltimore Orioles (AA 1882-1891/NL 1892-1899), Baltimore Marylands 1873, Baltimore Terrapins 1914-1915, Baltimore Monumentals 1884.



BATTING

Baltimore Canaries
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-B YRS PER HR RBI H AVE.
1 Pike Lip 1873 BL1 NA 28.774 2 14.387 10 110 174 0.303
2 York Tom 1873 BL1 NA 23.360 2 11.680 3 90 150 0.286
3 Hall George 1873 BL1 NA 18.938 2 9.469 1 67 142 0.340
4 Mills Everett 1873 BL1 NA 18.843 2 9.422 0 91 166 0.314
5 Force Davy 1873 BL1 NA 18.415 2 9.207 0 44 127 0.386
6 Radcliff John 1873 BL1 NA 18.184 2 9.092 1 77 156 0.288
7 Carey Tom 1873 BL1 NA 13.845 2 6.923 3 82 154 0.316
8 Higham Dick 1872 BL1 NA 12.788 1 12.788 2 38 84 0.343
Baltimore Orioles AA/NL BL2, BL3, BLN
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-B YRS PER HR RBI H AVE.
1 Kelley Joe 1898 BLN NL 151.911 7 21.702 40 653 1069 0.351
2 Jennings Hughie 1899 BLN NL 127.498 7 18.214 12 529 929 0.359
3 Keeler Willie 1898 BLN NL 108.922 5 21.784 14 372 1097 0.388
4 McGraw John 1899 BLN NL 86.517 9 9.613 10 392 1063 0.336
5 Brodie Steve 1899 BLN NL 51.992 6 8.665 10 459 776 0.331
6 Tucker Tommy 1889 BL2 AA 44.242 3 14.747 17 244 489 0.311
7 Griffin Mike 1889 BL2 AA 44.007 3 14.669 7 188 447 0.279
8 Shindle Billy 1893 BLN NL 40.560 4 10.140 8 242 577 0.260
9 Burns Oyster 1888 BL2 AA 37.883 4 9.471 24 201 398 0.300
10 Van Haltren George 1892 BLN NL 36.236 2 18.118 16 140 348 0.310
11 Sommer Joe 1890 BL3 AA 36.221 7 5.174 7 255 670 0.241
12 Robinson Wilbert 1899 BLN NL 34.867 10 3.487 10 456 836 0.295
13 Reitz Heinie 1897 BLN NL 31.908 5 6.382 9 400 618 0.291
14 Stenzel Jake 1898 BLN NL 22.731 2 11.365 4 138 224 0.332
15 Doyle Jack 1897 BLN NL 21.305 2 10.653 3 188 328 0.346
16 Clinton Jim 1886 BL2 AA 18.925 3 6.308 4 6 258 0.281
17 Welch Curt 1892 BLN NL 17.721 3 5.907 4 82 203 0.248
18 Purcell Blondie 1888 BL2 AA 15.896 3 5.299 6 143 257 0.243
19 DeMontreville Gene 1899 BLN NL 15.641 2 7.820 1 122 253 0.314
20 Holmes Ducky 1899 BLN NL 15.606 2 7.803 5 130 303 0.305
Baltimore Marylands
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-B YRS PER HR RBI H AVE.
1 French Bill 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 1 4 0.222
2 Hooper Mike 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 2 3 0.214
3 Lennon Bill 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 2 4 0.211
4 Say Lou 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 2 2 0.167
5 Smith Bill 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 1 4 0.174
Baltimore Terrapins
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-B YRS PER HR RBI H AVE.
1 Duncan Vern 1915 BLF FL 20.247 2 10.124 4 96 302 0.278
2 Walsh Jimmy 1915 BLF FL 14.932 2 7.466 19 125 253 0.305
3 Doolan Mickey 1915 BLF FL 12.543 2 6.271 3 74 194 0.218
4 Meyer Benny 1915 BLF FL 12.041 2 6.021 5 45 181 0.292
5 Swacina Harry 1915 BLF FL 11.880 2 5.940 1 128 247 0.269
6 Jacklitsch Fred 1915 BLF FL 11.714 2 5.857 4 61 125 0.265
Baltimore Monumentals
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-B YRS PER HR RBI H AVE.
1 Seery Emmett 1884 BLU UA 12.494 1 12.494 2 0 144 0.311
2 Robinson Yank 1884 BLU UA 7.959 1 7.959 2 0 111 0.267
3 Fusselback Eddie 1884 BLU UA 3.994 1 3.994 1 0 86 0.284
4 Say Lou 1884 BLU UA 3.749 1 3.749 2 0 81 0.239
5 Phelan Dick 1884 BLU UA 3.499 1 3.499 3 0 99 0.246


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PITCHING

Baltimore Canaries
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-P YRS PER W L SV IP ERA
1 Cummings Candy 1873 BL1 NA 11.758 1 11.758 28 14 0 382.0 2.66
2 Mathews Bobby 1872 BL1 NA 11.290 1 11.290 25 18 0 405.3 3.15
3 Fisher Cherokee 1872 BL1 NA 5.672 1 5.672 10 1 1 110.3 2.53
4 Brainard Asa 1874 BL1 NA 1.853 2 0.927 10 29 0 347.7 4.69
5 Manning Jack 1874 BL1 NA 0.784 1 0.784 4 16 0 179.7 3.41
Baltimore Orioles AA/NL
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-P YRS PER W L SV IP ERA
1 Kilroy Matt 1889 BL2 AA 65.201 4 16.300 121 99 0 1974.0 3.26
2 McMahon Sadie 1896 BLN NL 58.921 7 8.417 130 91 3 1919.0 3.46
3 Hoffer Bill 1898 BLN NL 42.819 4 10.705 78 28 0 960.7 3.76
4 McGinnity Joe 1899 BLN NL 34.184 1 34.184 28 16 2 366.3 2.68
5 Kitson Frank 1899 BLN NL 25.482 2 12.741 30 21 0 447.0 2.90
6 Corbett Joe 1897 BLN NL 25.055 2 12.528 27 8 1 354.0 3.00
7 McJames Doc 1898 BLN NL 23.828 1 23.828 27 15 0 374.0 2.36
8 Nops Jerry 1899 BLN NL 21.214 4 5.304 55 27 0 736.7 3.58
9 Henderson Hardie 1886 BL2 AA 18.246 4 4.562 65 105 0 1508.3 3.38
10 Pond Arlie 1898 BLN NL 15.089 4 3.772 35 19 2 496.0 3.45
11 Maul Al 1898 BLN NL 13.778 2 6.889 20 7 0 247.3 2.26
12 Foreman Frank 1892 BLN NL 12.249 3 4.083 25 25 0 466.0 3.84
13 Smith Phenomenal 1888 BL2 AA 12.058 2 6.029 39 49 0 783.3 3.72
14 Emslie Bob 1885 BL2 AA 10.236 3 3.412 44 40 0 763.7 3.08
15 Hemming George 1896 BLN NL 10.126 3 3.375 39 19 0 509.7 4.06
Baltimore Marylands
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-P YRS PER W L SV IP ERA
1 Stratton Ed 1873 BL4 NA 0.377 1 0.377 0 3 0 27.0 8.33
2 French Bill 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 1 0 9.0 12.00
3 Selman Frank 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 1 0 9.0 8.00
4 McDoolan NA 1873 BL4 NA 0.200 1 0.200 0 1 0 9.0 3.00
Baltimore Terrapins
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-P YRS PER W L SV IP ERA
1 Quinn Jack 1915 BLF FL 21.400 2 10.700 35 36 2 616.3 2.98
2 Suggs George 1915 BLF FL 13.424 2 6.712 35 31 7 552.0 3.42
3 Wilhelm Kaiser 1915 BLF FL 3.470 2 1.735 12 17 5 244.7 4.01
4 Bailey Bill 1915 BLF FL 3.366 2 1.683 13 28 0 319.0 4.01
5 Smith Frank 1915 BLF FL 2.807 2 1.404 14 12 2 263.3 3.55
Baltimore Monumentals
Rank Name First LYear LTeam Lg PEVA-P YRS PER W L SV IP ERA
1 Sweeney Bill 1884 BLU UA 12.261 1 12.261 40 21 0 538.0 2.59
2 Robinson Yank 1884 BLU UA 0.874 1 0.874 3 3 0 75.0 3.48
3 Lee Tom 1884 BLU UA 0.754 1 0.754 5 8 0 122.0 3.39
4 Atkinson Al 1884 BLU UA 0.720 1 0.720 3 5 0 69.7 2.33
5 Ryan John 1884 BLU UA 0.713 1 0.713 3 2 0 51.0 3.35
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    PEVA Scale

    64.000 - Maximum
    32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
    20.000 - All League
    15.000 - All-Star Level
    10.000 - Very Good
    3.500 - Average
    0.200 - Minimum


Notes: Photo/Image Credits: Baseball painting, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ty Cobb, Oyster Burns, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.

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