Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are you here?

These pages aim to provide a one-stop resource for information about Major League Baseball contracts, service time and franchise values.

Are the contract figures here accurate?
More or less. The numbers are not official, but they have been collected as reported by the Associated Press or beat writers covering each club. Any additions, questions or comments may be directed to JEuston@baseballprospectus.com.

 

Who was Cotton Tierney?
James “Cot” Tierney was a major-league infielder from 1920 to 1925. He was a Pirate, a Phillie, a Brave and a Robin/Dodger. He also played minor-league ball for the Kansas City Blues, Minneapolis Millers, Tulsa Drillers & Oilers, Dallas Giants, Tyler (Tex.) Elbertas, Pueblo (Colo.) Steel Workers and Hollywood Stars.

Tierney made his major-league debut at 26 years old in September, 1920, after serving in World War I. On October 2, 1920, he became one of only five players to play in all three games of the only triple-header in major league history, played in Pittsburgh. The Pirates played the final game of the season the following afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

In 1922, Tierney hit .345, ranking fifth in National League, and hit safely in 21 consecutive games, the longest hitting streak of the season in the NL. On August 8, Tierney set an NL record by going 8-for-11, with a double and 2 home runs, in a double-header against Philadelphia. He tied another NL record by scoring 5 runs in one of the two games.

After retiring, Cot & Hall of Famer Zach Wheat, a former teammate, established Tierney-Wheat Recreation, a bowling alley, in Kansas City. Tierney died in 1953, at age 59. Find his major league statistics here.