Biographical

Portrait of Paul Waner

Paul Waner RFPirates

Pirates Player Cards | Pirates Team Audit | Pirates Depth Chart

Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
20 10762 .333 .404 .473 .000 0
Birth Date4-16-1903
Height5' 8"
Weight153 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1926 PIT 23 144 618 536 101 180 35 22 8 283 66 19 4 12 79 11 .336 .413 .528 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PIT 24 155 709 623 114 237 42 18 9 342 60 14 3 23 131 5 .380 .437 .549 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PIT 25 152 697 602 142 223 50 19 6 329 77 16 5 13 86 6 .370 .446 .547 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 PIT 26 151 703 596 131 200 43 15 15 318 89 24 3 15 100 15 .336 .424 .534 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 PIT 27 145 665 589 117 217 32 18 8 309 57 18 4 15 77 18 .368 .428 .525 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 PIT 28 150 646 559 88 180 35 10 6 253 73 21 4 10 70 6 .322 .404 .453 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 PIT 29 154 697 630 107 215 62 10 8 321 56 24 2 9 82 13 .341 .397 .510 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 PIT 30 154 694 618 101 191 38 16 7 282 60 20 2 14 70 3 .309 .372 .456 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 PIT 31 146 677 599 122 217 32 16 14 323 68 24 2 8 90 8 .362 .429 .539 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 PIT 32 139 623 549 98 176 29 12 11 262 61 22 3 10 78 2 .321 .392 .477 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 PIT 33 148 666 585 107 218 53 9 5 304 74 29 3 4 94 7 .373 .446 .520 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 PIT 34 154 690 619 94 219 30 9 2 273 63 34 0 8 74 4 .354 .413 .441 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 PIT 35 148 680 625 77 175 31 6 6 236 47 28 1 7 69 2 .280 .331 .378 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 PIT 36 125 506 461 62 151 30 6 3 202 35 18 0 10 45 0 .328 .375 .438 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 PIT 37 89 261 238 32 69 16 1 1 90 23 14 0 0 32 0 .290 .352 .378 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO 38 11 44 35 5 6 0 0 0 6 8 0 0 1 4 0 .171 .326 .171 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BSN 38 95 341 294 40 82 10 2 2 102 47 14 0 0 46 1 .279 .378 .347 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 BSN 39 114 404 333 43 86 17 1 1 108 62 20 1 8 39 2 .258 .376 .324 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO 40 82 267 225 29 70 16 0 1 89 35 9 1 6 26 0 .311 .406 .396 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 BRO 41 83 164 136 16 39 4 1 0 45 27 7 0 1 16 0 .287 .405 .331 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 NYA 41 9 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .333 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 NYA 42 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career254910762945916273152605191113447810913763817413091040.333.404.473.0000.00.00.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1926 PIT MLB 144 618 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PIT MLB 155 709 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PIT MLB 152 697 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 PIT MLB 151 703 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 PIT MLB 145 665 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 PIT MLB 150 646 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 PIT MLB 154 697 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 PIT MLB 154 694 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 PIT MLB 146 677 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 PIT MLB 139 623 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 PIT MLB 148 666 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 PIT MLB 154 690 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 PIT MLB 148 680 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 PIT MLB 125 506 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 PIT MLB 89 261 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO MLB 11 44 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BSN MLB 95 341 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 BSN MLB 114 404 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO MLB 82 267 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 BRO MLB 83 164 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 NYA MLB 9 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 NYA MLB 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1926 PIT MLB 618 101 180 35 22 8 79 66 19 11 .336 .413 .528 .192 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PIT MLB 709 114 237 42 18 9 131 60 14 5 .380 .437 .549 .169 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PIT MLB 697 142 223 50 19 6 86 77 16 6 .370 .446 .547 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 PIT MLB 703 131 200 43 15 15 100 89 24 15 .336 .424 .534 .198 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 PIT MLB 665 117 217 32 18 8 77 57 18 18 .368 .428 .525 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 PIT MLB 646 88 180 35 10 6 70 73 21 6 .322 .404 .453 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 PIT MLB 697 107 215 62 10 8 82 56 24 13 .341 .397 .510 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 PIT MLB 694 101 191 38 16 7 70 60 20 3 .309 .372 .456 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 PIT MLB 677 122 217 32 16 14 90 68 24 8 .362 .429 .539 .177 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 PIT MLB 623 98 176 29 12 11 78 61 22 2 .321 .392 .477 .157 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 PIT MLB 666 107 218 53 9 5 94 74 29 7 .373 .446 .520 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 PIT MLB 690 94 219 30 9 2 74 63 34 4 .354 .413 .441 .087 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 PIT MLB 680 77 175 31 6 6 69 47 28 2 .280 .331 .378 .098 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 PIT MLB 506 62 151 30 6 3 45 35 18 0 .328 .375 .438 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 PIT MLB 261 32 69 16 1 1 32 23 14 0 .290 .352 .378 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO MLB 44 5 6 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 .171 .326 .171 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BSN MLB 341 40 82 10 2 2 46 47 14 1 .279 .378 .347 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 BSN MLB 404 43 86 17 1 1 39 62 20 2 .258 .376 .324 .066 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO MLB 267 29 70 16 0 1 26 35 9 0 .311 .406 .396 .084 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 BRO MLB 164 16 39 4 1 0 16 27 7 0 .287 .405 .331 .044 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1944 NYA MLB 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 .143 .333 .143 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 NYA MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details

BP Annual Player Comments

No BP Book Comments have been found for this player.

BP Articles

Paul Waner is referenced in the following articles.

BP Premium requires BP Premium access to view, BP Fantasy requires BP Premium or BP Fantasy access to view

  Title Author Date
The BP Wayback Machine: Fourteen Years of Brian RobertsBP Prospect Staff2014-10-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Bash BrothersDaniel Rathman2013-04-24
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie LindstromJay Jaffe2013-03-06
The Lineup Card: 12 Stats We Wish Were Readily AvailableBaseball Prospectus2012-09-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Fat Elvis' Swan SongJay Jaffe2012-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Ten Excuses for Not Voting Johnny Damon Into the HOFMichael Bates2012-05-16
The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT BadBaseball Prospectus2011-07-20
Prospectus Hit and Run: Duke Snider, 1926-2011Jay Jaffe2011-02-28
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Three HundredSteven Goldman2011-02-04
This article requires BP Premium accessWorld Series Prospectus: Series NotebookJay Jaffe2010-11-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' CommitteeJay Jaffe2010-07-28
BP Unfiltered: This Week in Minor League History: May 10 - May 16Geoff Young2010-05-14
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Notes #17Steven Goldman2010-04-27
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayer Profile: Brian GilesMarc Normandin2010-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Return of the RickeysJay Jaffe2009-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Weekend RoundupJohn Perrotto2009-06-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Importance of Being Paul WanerSteven Goldman2009-05-12
You Could Look It Up: Why Babe Phelps and I Weren't in St. Louis Last WeekSteven Goldman2009-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Reality TherapySteven Goldman2009-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Thursday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Hit Second and Like ItSteven Goldman2008-04-15
Doctoring The Numbers: The Cubs and the Red SoxRany Jazayerli2008-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Mariners, Braves, and DiamondbacksRany Jazayerli2008-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Mets, Rangers, and OriolesRany Jazayerli2008-02-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Double and Triple ThatJim Baker2007-08-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Milestoners and the New New Veterans CommitteeJay Jaffe2007-08-14
Prospectus Matchups: Non-Classic ConfrontationsJim Baker2007-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Ask, and You Shall Be AnsweredJim Baker2006-10-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Generosity CountsJim Baker2006-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: SluggishJim Baker2004-06-22
You Could Look It Up: WelcomeSteven Goldman2004-02-13
This article requires BP Premium accessCross Your Fingers: Cautionary Tales From the Second Base Trade Logs, Part IISteven Goldman2003-07-18


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gardner on the basepaths looks like he's afraid to break the eggs in his pockets, while Carl Crawford seems to have forgotten he can steal bases....which condition will last longer???
(Youpi from Winnipeg)
Probably the latter, because the Red Sox have rarely cared much about steals in recent years, if ever. Until Jacoby Ellsbury came along, their single-season list was Tommy Harper '73 and a bunch of Deadball-era guys. Your comment on Gardner reminds me of Casey Stengel's explanation of why Paul Waner was so good at sliding--he had to be graceful to avoid breaking the flask in his hip pocket. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantastic essay on Paul Waner... how many players have you come across from the Pre-WW II era that could be considered highly-functioning alcoholics, using booze as a 'PAD' (performance altering drug)?
(BL from Bozeman)
Thanks! Alcoholism was epidemic in baseball at least into the early 1960s, and it almost certainly hurt far more players than it helped. Probably the most famous example of a career destroyed by demon rum is that of Hack Wilson, but there are dozens and dozens more. The weird dichotomy is, and I was a bit uncomfortable telling some of the Waner/drinking stories because of this, that even though guys were killing themselves, this was often a source of fun, at least for baseball writers. You read a lot of stories about Bugs Raymond, the 1910s pitcher for the Giants who used to trade balls from the bullpen for beers, but John McGraw found him too often soused to be usable, cut him, and he had his head stomped in in a bar fight the next year. There's more of that then the "fun and successful drunk," but we hear a lot more about the latter. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Someone give him some milk to calm him down from all of those Red Bulls" - Keith Hernandez last night referring to Jeff Francour
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
When I wrote about Paul Waner in today's YCLIU, I was writing about a guy whose physical tools might not have been the greatest, but his approach to hitting was very, very smart. Francoeur is the mirror image, a guy with all the tools but none of the brain cells.

...There are things Waner did that I've never seen done. Knowing a certain pitcher liked to pitch him inside, he would crowd the plate on the first pitch, and that pitch would be called a strike. Then he'd back off a bit, the pitcher would come inside again, but now that pitch was a ball, and the pitcher wouldn't even know why. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ummm... "Babe" Ruth?
(Swingingbunts from NY)
I've been waiting for someone to bring that up, actually. There have been several Babes - Herman, Phelps, Dahlgren, Adams - but there's really only one guy that it fit perfectly.

...Another great one, an organic one, is Paul Waner, "Big Poison." I've always wanted to ask a hitting coach why Waner's approach at the plate (shoot for the lines) wouldn't work today... (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

No BP Roundtables have mentioned this guy.