12. Bobby Wallace

12. Bobby Wallace
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 4, 1873 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 15, 1894
  • Final Game: September 02, 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1908
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1910
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After eight seasons as a professional baseball player, Bobby Wallace jumped from the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League to the St. Louis Browns of the American League.  The jump happened in 1902, and Wallace could very well be the best defensive Shortstop of the first decade of the American League's existence.

Wallace would lead the AL in Defensive bWAR in 1902 and 1908, and in all of the seasons in between, he finished no lower than sixth.  With his bat, he did well enough, with five seasons over 130 Hits.  His play slipped in 1911, but he continued to be in the game with the Browns until 1916.  Wallace was traded back to the team he jumped from, the St. Louis Cardinals.

As Wallace would play games in 24 seasons, he holds the dubious distinction of playing in the most years without a World Series game.  With the Browns, he would have 1,424 Hits with a 20.9 Defensive bWAR.  He would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 by the Veteran’s Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Jumped from the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1902 Season.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the St. Louis Cardinals 7/11/17.
  • Games Played: 1569
  • Notable Statistics: 609 Runs Scored
    1,424 Hits
    236 Doubles
    65 Triples
    8 Home Runs
    607 Runs Batted In
    138 Stolen Bases
    .258/.326/.328 Slash Line
    48.5 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1902 & 1908)
    Most Assists (1903 & 1907)
    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1903 & 1907)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1910)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1904 & 1908)

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