Gavvy Cravath Stats

Gavvy Cravath was born on Wednesday, March 23, 1881, in Poway, California. Cravath was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1908, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Gavvy Cravath baseball stats page.

"Short singles are like left-hand jabs in the boxing ring, but a home run is a knock-out punch. It is the clean-up man of the club that does the heavy scoring work even if he is wide in the shoulders and slow on his feet. There is no advice I can give in batting, except to hammer the ball. Some players steal bases with hook slides and speed. I steal bases with my bat." - Gavvy Cravath in Philadelphia's Top Fifty Baseball Players (Rich Westcott, University of Nebraska Publishers, 05/01/2013, Page 69)
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Birth Name:
Clifford Carlton Cravath
Nickname:
Cactus or Gavy or Gavvy
Born On:
03-23-1881  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Poway, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-23-1963 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Laguna Beach, California
Cemetery:
Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim, California
High School:
Escondido High School (Escondido, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
186
First Game:
04-18-1908 (Age 27)
Last Game:
10-02-1920
Draft:
Not Applicable
Gavvy Cravath

Gavvy Cravath Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Gavvy Cravath

Gavvy Cravath Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1908 27 Red Sox 94 277 43 71 10 11 1 0 34 38 - 52 8 - 4 - .256 .354 .383
1909 28 White Sox 19 50 7 9 0 0 1 0 8 19 - 8 1 - 0 - .180 .406 .240
1909 28 Senators 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 4 0 - 0 - .000 .143 .000
1912 31 Phillies 130 436 63 124 30 9 11 0 70 47 - 77 16 - 3 - .284 .358 .470
1913 32 Phillies 147 525 78 179 34 14 19 0 128 55 - 63 11 - 3 - .341 .407 .568
1914 33 Phillies 149 499 76 149 27 8 19 0 100 83 - 72 19 - 3 - .299 .402 .499
1915 34 Phillies 150 522 89 149 31 7 24 1 115 86 - 77 7 - 6 - .285 .393 .510
1916 35 Phillies 137 448 70 127 21 8 11 0 70 64 - 89 15 - 5 - .283 .379 .440
1917 36 Phillies 140 503 70 141 29 16 12 0 83 70 - 57 16 - 1 - .280 .369 .473
1918 37 Phillies 121 426 43 99 27 5 8 0 54 54 - 46 8 - 1 - .232 .320 .376
1919 38 Phillies 83 214 34 73 18 5 12 0 45 35 - 21 4 - 2 - .341 .438 .640
1920 39 Phillies 46 45 2 13 5 0 1 0 11 9 - 12 0 - 0 - .289 .407 .467
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
11 Years 1,220 3,951 575 1,134 232 83 119 1 719 561 - 578 105 - 28 - .287 .380 .478
Gavvy Cravath

Gavvy Cravath Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1908 Red Sox 1B 5 - - 8 1.6 6 6 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
1908 Red Sox OF 77 - - 146 1.9 135 128 7 11 3 n/a n/a n/a .925 0.00
1909 White Sox CF 18 - - 36 2.0 34 34 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 0.00
1909 Senators RF 1 - - 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1912 Phillies OF 113 - - 234 2.1 226 200 26 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .966 0.00
1913 Phillies OF 141 - - 238 1.7 228 208 20 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 0.00
1914 Phillies LF 1 0 5 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.80
1914 Phillies RF 142 140 3,767 255 1.8 237 203 34 18 7 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.70
1915 Phillies RF 149 149 3,871 276 1.9 261 233 28 15 2 n/a n/a n/a .946 1.82
1916 Phillies RF 130 130 3,081 206 1.6 199 182 17 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.74
1917 Phillies RF 140 139 3,606 239 1.7 226 209 17 13 3 n/a n/a n/a .946 1.69
1918 Phillies LF 6 5 135 6 1.0 6 5 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.20
1918 Phillies RF 113 113 2,976 213 1.9 198 180 18 15 2 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.80
1919 Phillies CF 1 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1919 Phillies LF 2 1 27 2 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1919 Phillies RF 53 53 1,398 103 1.9 96 89 7 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .932 1.85
1920 Phillies LF 3 2 24 2 0.7 1 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 1.13
1920 Phillies RF 2 1 24 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
RF Totals 730 725 18,723 1,295 1.8 1,220 1,098 122 75 18 n/a n/a n/a .942 1.76
OF Totals 331 0 0 618 1.9 589 536 53 29 9 n/a n/a n/a .953 0.00
CF Totals 19 0 4 36 1.9 34 34 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 229.50
LF Totals 12 8 191 12 1.0 9 8 1 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.27
1B Totals 5 0 0 8 1.6 6 6 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
11 Years 1,097 733 18,918 1,969 1.8 1,858 1,682 176 111 28 n/a n/a n/a .944 2.65
Gavvy Cravath

Gavvy Cravath Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1908 Red Sox 6 - - 0 0 n/a 277.0 5.3 8.1 - - -
1909 White Sox 3 - - 0 0 n/a 50.0 6.3 6.3 - - -
1909 Senators 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 6.0 - - -
1912 Phillies 15 - - 0 0 n/a 39.6 5.7 6.2 - - -
1913 Phillies 10 11 .476 0 0 n/a 27.6 8.3 4.1 - - -
1914 Phillies 14 - - 6 0 n/a 26.3 6.9 5.0 - - -
1915 Phillies 11 9 .550 1 0 n/a 21.8 6.8 4.5 - - -
1916 Phillies 9 0 1.000 7 0 n/a 40.7 5.0 6.4 - - -
1917 Phillies 6 - - 1 0 n/a 41.9 8.8 6.1 - - -
1918 Phillies 7 - - 3 0 n/a 53.3 9.3 7.9 - - -
1919 Phillies 8 - - 27 0 n/a 17.8 10.2 4.8 - - -
1920 Phillies 0 0 .000 41 0 n/a 45.0 3.8 4.1 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
11 Years 89 20 .817 86 0 n/a 33.2 6.8 5.5 - - -
Gavvy Cravath

Gavvy Cravath Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1908 Boston Red Sox n/a $1,900.00 n/a -
1909 Chicago White Sox n/a $2,400.00 n/a -
1909 Washington Senators n/a "     " n/a -
1912 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a -
1913 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a -
1914 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a -
1915 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1916 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $3,000.00 n/a -
1918 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $4,000.00 n/a -
1919 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $8,014.00 n/a -
1920 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a -


Did you know that Gavvy Cravath was a six-time National League home run champion ( 1913 , 1914 , 1915 , 1917 , 1918 , 1919 ), a two time National League RBI champion ( 1913 , 1915 ), and once tied the Major League record for doubles in a game on August 8, 1915?

Bill James commented, "A lot of people think that Cravath was the first great power hitter, or the Babe Ruth of his era or something. But Cravath played in a park, the Baker Bowl, which was by far the easiest place in baseball to hit a home run. In 1914 , when Cravath led the National League with 19 home runs, he never homered in any other park; all 19 were hit in the Baker Bowl. In 1918 , same thing; Cravath led the National League in home runs with 8, but all of them were at home. Cravath in his career actually hit fewer home runs in road games (26) than Nellie Fox (30)."

Gsvvy Cravath Baseball Card
Gavvy Cravath | Philadelphia Phillies Playing Card (10 of Clubs) | Baseball Almanac Collection
On June 22, 1912, Gavvy Cravath hit a triple in the fourth inning off the Brooklyn Dodgers starting pitcher, Eddie Stack . After a call to the bullpen, Cactus Cravath came to the plate again, still in the fourth inning, tripled again (off reliever Earl Yingling ), and became the first Philadelphia Phillies player to hit two triples in the same inning - a hitting feat that has not yet been matched in franchise history through today.
Gsvvy Cravath Newspaper Clipping
Gavvy Cravath (2 Triple Inning) | The Brooklyn Daily Eagle | June 23, 1912 | Page 1

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