Babe Ruth

Position
Right Fielder
Years
1914-1935
Hall Rating
395
Hall of Fame (1936 via BBWAA)
Inductee
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Babe Ruth Photo
Peak
74%
Longevity
26%

Everyone knows that Babe Ruth’s offensive prowess changed the game. But the fact is, he very well might have been a Hall of Fame pitcher if he remained on the mound for his entire career. Only three pitchers since 1900 provided more value in their age 21 and 22 seasons—Bob Feller, Smoky Joe Wood, and Walter Johnson. Between his hitting (he rates as the best offensive player of all time), his pitching, and his surprisingly good defense, he easily stands ahead of Barry Bonds as the best player of all time. Bonds, of course, is tied to performance-enhancing substances while Ruth seemed to exclusively dabble in performance-curtailing ones.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
183.7 135.2 189.8 131.1
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
1335 -12 0 79 -75 69
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1914 BOS -0.3 -0.1
1915 BOS 2.5 4.5
1916 BOS 7.4 10.4
1917 BOS 5.6 8.7
1918 BOS 4.4 7.4
1919 BOS 6.9 10.2
1920 NYY 9.5 11.8
1921 NYY 10.0 12.6
1922 NYY 4.4 6.3
1923 NYY 11.5 14.1
1924 NYY 9.3 11.7
1925 NYY 1.9 3.5
1926 NYY 9.0 11.5
1927 NYY 9.9 12.4
1928 NYY 7.6 10.1
1929 NYY 5.8 8.0
1930 NYY 8.0 10.5
1931 NYY 8.0 10.3
1932 NYY 6.2 8.3
1933 NYY 4.2 6.4
1934 NYY 3.4 5.1
1935 BSN (ATL) -0.1 0.2
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Stan Musial (261) 1327
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Nap Lajoie (225) 1633
Cap Anson (213) 1679
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