Pepper Martin Stats

Pepper Martin was born on Monday, February 29, 1904, in Temple, Oklahoma. Martin was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1928, with the St. Louis Cardinals. 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 Pepper Martin baseball stats page.

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"A chunky, unshaven hobo who (Pepper Martin) ran the bases like a beserk locomotive, slept in the raw, and swore at pitchers in his sleep." - Author Lee Allen in The National League Story (1961)

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Birth Name:
Johnny Leonard Roosevelt Martin
Nickname:
Pepper - The Wild Horse of the Osage
Born On:
02-29-1904  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Temple, Oklahoma
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-05-1965 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
McAlester, Oklahoma
Cemetery:
Quinton Cemetery, Quinton, Oklahoma
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-08
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
04-16-1928 (Age 24)
Last Game:
10-01-1944
Draft:
Not Applicable

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin Pitching Stats

1934 30 Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 .000 4.50 0 0 0 2.0 6 1 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
1936 32 Cardinals 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 2.0 7 1 0 0 0 2 - 0 0 0 0 -
2 Years 2 0 1 0 0 .000 2.25 0 0 0 4.0 13 2 1 1 0 2 - 0 0 0 0 -

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin Hitting Stats

1928 24 Cardinals 39 13 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 .308 .400 .308
1930 26 Cardinals 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1931 27 Cardinals 123 413 68 124 32 8 7 0 75 30 0 40 4 1 2 6 .300 .350 .467
1932 28 Cardinals 85 323 47 77 19 6 4 0 34 30 0 31 1 0 1 0 .238 .305 .372
1933 29 Cardinals 145 599 122 189 36 12 8 0 57 67 0 46 0 0 3 9 .316 .387 .456
1934 30 Cardinals 110 454 74 131 25 11 5 0 49 32 0 41 1 1 1 1 .289 .336 .425
1935 31 Cardinals 135 539 121 161 41 6 9 1 54 33 0 58 1 0 2 7 .299 .341 .447
1936 32 Cardinals 143 572 121 177 36 11 11 1 76 58 0 66 4 0 0 11 .309 .373 .469
1937 33 Cardinals 98 339 60 103 27 8 5 0 38 33 1 50 1 0 0 3 .304 .366 .475
1938 34 Cardinals 91 269 34 79 18 2 2 0 38 18 1 34 2 0 1 2 .294 .340 .398
1939 35 Cardinals 88 281 48 86 17 7 3 0 37 30 0 35 4 0 1 7 .306 .375 .448
1940 36 Cardinals 86 228 28 72 15 4 3 1 39 22 0 24 2 0 1 1 .316 .378 .456
1944 40 Cardinals 40 86 15 24 4 0 2 0 4 15 0 11 1 0 0 3 .279 .386 .395
13 Years 1,189 4,117 754 1,227 270 75 59 3 501 369 2 438 22 2 13 50 .298 .357 .443

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin Fielding Stats

1928 Cardinals LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1928 Cardinals RF 3 0 4 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.50
1931 Cardinals CF 110 109 2,643 302 2.7 292 282 10 10 2 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.98
1931 Cardinals LF 1 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1932 Cardinals 3B 15 15 396 37 2.5 36 18 18 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.45
1932 Cardinals CF 65 64 1,620 154 2.4 150 140 10 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.50
1932 Cardinals LF 5 5 117 11 2.2 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.54
1933 Cardinals 3B 145 145 3,873 437 3.0 412 139 273 25 14 n/a n/a n/a .943 2.87
1934 Cardinals 3B 107 103 2,667 299 2.8 280 85 195 19 7 n/a n/a n/a .936 2.83
1934 Cardinals LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1934 Cardinals P 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1935 Cardinals 3B 114 111 2,637 314 2.8 284 113 171 30 17 n/a n/a n/a .904 2.91
1935 Cardinals CF 5 5 111 13 2.6 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.16
1935 Cardinals LF 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1935 Cardinals RF 10 10 189 21 2.1 19 19 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .905 2.71
1936 Cardinals 3B 15 13 348 32 2.1 25 13 12 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .781 1.94
1936 Cardinals CF 3 3 81 7 2.3 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.33
1936 Cardinals P 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1936 Cardinals RF 123 122 3,138 237 1.9 231 219 12 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.99
1937 Cardinals 3B 5 5 123 15 3.0 14 6 8 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .933 3.07
1937 Cardinals CF 40 40 1,047 129 3.2 126 120 6 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .977 3.25
1937 Cardinals RF 42 40 1,032 93 2.2 90 84 6 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.35
1938 Cardinals 3B 4 2 54 4 1.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1938 Cardinals CF 39 39 957 106 2.7 104 103 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.93
1938 Cardinals LF 1 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1938 Cardinals RF 22 18 471 35 1.6 35 35 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.01
1939 Cardinals 3B 22 18 255 49 2.2 45 15 30 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .918 4.76
1939 Cardinals CF 37 36 585 96 2.6 94 91 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 4.34
1939 Cardinals LF 9 6 105 12 1.3 11 10 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 2.83
1939 Cardinals RF 8 7 156 13 1.6 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1940 Cardinals 3B 2 2 57 8 4.0 8 3 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.79
1940 Cardinals CF 10 3 69 9 0.9 8 8 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 3.13
1940 Cardinals LF 18 11 231 21 1.2 21 20 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.45
1940 Cardinals RF 40 36 645 84 2.1 82 75 7 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 3.43
1944 Cardinals CF 12 5 102 21 1.8 21 21 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.56
1944 Cardinals RF 17 17 213 29 1.7 28 27 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 3.55
3B Totals 429 414 10,410 1,195 2.8 1,108 393 715 87 44 n/a n/a n/a .927 2.87
CF Totals 321 304 7,215 837 2.6 815 785 30 22 7 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.05
RF Totals 265 250 5,848 514 1.9 500 474 26 14 5 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.31
LF Totals 37 22 501 44 1.2 43 41 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.32
P Totals 2 0 12 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
12 Years 1,054 990 23,986 2,591 2.5 2,467 1,693 774 124 56 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.78

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin Miscellaneous Stats

1928 Cardinals 2 0 1.000 14 21 n/a 0.0 6.5 0.0 - - -
1930 Cardinals 0 0 .000 1 5 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1931 Cardinals 16 6 .727 8 5 n/a 59.0 10.3 5.5 - - -
1932 Cardinals 9 0 1.000 0 1 n/a 80.8 10.4 9.5 - - -
1933 Cardinals 26 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 74.9 13.0 10.5 - - -
1934 Cardinals 23 4 .852 1 1 n/a 90.8 11.1 9.3 0.00 0.00 0.00
1935 Cardinals 20 3 .870 5 2 n/a 59.9 9.3 10.0 - - -
1936 Cardinals 23 2 .920 1 1 n/a 52.0 8.7 7.5 0.00 0.00 9.00
1937 Cardinals 9 4 .692 11 0 n/a 67.8 6.8 8.9 - - -
1938 Cardinals 4 1 .800 24 1 n/a 134.5 7.9 7.1 - - -
1939 Cardinals 6 0 1.000 13 3 n/a 93.7 8.0 7.6 - - -
1940 Cardinals 6 0 1.000 21 0 n/a 76.0 9.5 5.8 - - -
1944 Cardinals 2 0 1.000 5 6 n/a 43.0 7.8 21.5 - - -
13 Years 146 20 .880 104 46 n/a 69.8 9.4 8.2 0.00 0.00 4.50

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1928 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1930 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1931 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1932 St. Louis Cardinals 2 $4,500.00 n/a -
1933 St. Louis Cardinals 28 $8,000.00 Stats -
1934 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $9,000.00 Stats Stats
1935 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Undetermined Stats -
1936 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Undetermined - -
1937 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Undetermined Stats -
1938 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Undetermined - -
1939 St. Louis Cardinals 11 $7,500.00 - -
1940 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Undetermined - -
1944 St. Louis Cardinals 10 Undetermined - -
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Pepper Martin was born on February 29th , also known as leap day, the least likely date to be born on as it only comes once ever four years (chances are about one in 1,461 according to the BBC). Martin was the sixth Major League Player ever born on leap day!

Major League Baseball Players Born on Leap Day

Player Name Date of Birth Years Played
Dickey Pearce 02-29-1836 1876 - 1877
Sadie Houck 02-29-1856 1879 - 1887
Ed Appleton 02-29-1892 1915 - 1916
Roy Parker 02-29-1896 1919 - 1919
Ralph Miller 02-29-1896 1920 - 1924
Pepper Martin 02-29-1904 1928 - 1944
Al Rosen 02-29-1924 1947 - 1956
Steve Mingori 02-29-1944 1970 - 1979
Al Autry 02-29-1952 1976 - 1976
Jerry Fry 02-29-1956 1978 - 1978
Bill Long 02-29-1960 1985 - 1991
Terrence Long 02-29-1976 1999 - 2006
Gerardo Concepcion 02-29-1992 2016 - 2016
Stefan Crichton 02-29-1992 2017 - 2019

Did you know that hall of fame manager John McGraw once said that Pepper Martin, during the 1931 World Series , had "the greatest individual performance in the history of the World Series" - a Fall Classic so memorable that Topps paid tribute to it on a baseball card?
Pepper Martin Baseball Card
Pepper Martin | 1971 Topps Baseball Card (#29) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Pepper Martin led the National League (NL) in stolen bases in 1933, 1934, and 1936, the first St. Louis Cardinals player to lead the NL in back-to-back seasons (1933-1934). When The Wild Horse of the Osage topped the senior circuit his third time, in 1936, he passed hall of famer Frankie Frisch (league leader in 1927 & 1931) for most seasons leading the league as a Cardinal . Martin's record stood for thirty-three years, until Lou Brock passed him in 1969, finishing his career with eight years leading the league. [ Stolen Base Champions ]

Pepper Martin "was called the Wild Horse of the Osage because of a sliding, diving, hustling style that taught Enos Slaughter and Pete Rose everything they needed to know. His longtime teammate and manager Frank Frisch called Martin 'a streak on base, a great thrower, a grand fielder. And what a fellow to have on a ball club, full of fun, never moody. And what a fighter!'" Source: The Cardinals Encyclopedia . Michael Eisenbath. Temple University Press. May 14, 1999. Page 233.]

Pepper Martin played with a reckless abandon that "came to symbolize more than any other player the aggressive style of play employed by the Cardinals' 'Gas House Gang' of the 1930s. Whether making a headfirst slide on the base paths, diving after a ball in the field, or swearing at opposing players from the bench, Martin displayed tremendous passion on the ball field, approaching each contest as if it were the seventh game of the World Series." [Source: The 50 Greatest Players in St. Louis Cardinals History . Robert W. Cohen. #34. Pepper Martin. Taylor Trade Publishing. April 1, 2015. Page 239.]

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