Germany Schaefer Stats

Germany Schaefer was born on Friday, February 4, 1876, in Chicago, Illinois. Schaefer was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on October 5, 1901, with the Chicago Orphans. 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 Germany Schaefer baseball stats page.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, you are now looking at Herman Schaefer, better known as Herman the Great, and the greatest pinch-hitter (June 24, 1906, called into pinch hit in the 9th inning, facing pitcher Doc White ) in the world. I'm going up there and I'm going to hit the ball in that left-field bleachers and win this ball game. Thank you." - Germany Schaefer in Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else (Touchstone Publishing, 04/01/2008, Page 149) [Also Appeared on Sporting News Baseball Card / Image Below]

Germany Schaefer


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Birth Name:
William Herman Schaefer
Nickname:
Dutch - Germany - Liberty - Schaef
Born On:
02-04-1876  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chicago, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-16-1919 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Saranac Lake, New York
Cemetery:
St. Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
10-05-1901 (Age 25)
Last Game:
04-25-1918
Draft:
Not Applicable

Germany Schaefer

Germany Schaefer Pitching Stats

1912 36 Senators 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 0.2 3 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
1913 37 Senators 1 0 0 0 0 .000 54.05 0 0 0 0.1 3 2 2 2 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
2 Years 2 0 0 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 1.0 6 3 2 2 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 -

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Germany Schaefer Hitting Stats

1901 25 Orphans 2 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 - - 0 - 0 - .600 .714 .800
1902 26 Cubs 81 291 32 57 2 3 0 0 14 19 - - 11 - 2 - .196 .250 .223
1905 29 Tigers 153 554 64 135 17 9 2 0 47 45 - - 29 - 1 - .244 .302 .318
1906 30 Tigers 124 446 48 106 14 3 2 0 42 32 - - 19 - 1 - .238 .290 .296
1907 31 Tigers 109 372 45 96 12 3 1 0 32 30 - - 17 - 0 - .258 .313 .315
1908 32 Tigers 153 584 96 151 20 10 3 0 52 37 - - 43 - 1 - .259 .304 .342
1909 33 Tigers 87 280 26 70 12 0 0 0 22 14 - - 14 - 0 - .250 .286 .293
1909 33 Senators 37 128 13 31 5 1 1 0 4 6 - - 5 - 1 - .242 .281 .320
1910 34 Senators 74 229 27 63 6 5 0 0 14 25 - - 9 - 2 - .275 .352 .345
1911 35 Senators 125 440 74 147 14 7 0 0 45 57 - - 18 - 1 - .334 .412 .398
1912 36 Senators 60 166 21 41 7 3 0 0 19 23 - - 4 - 1 - .247 .342 .325
1913 37 Senators 54 100 17 32 1 1 0 0 7 15 - 12 2 - 2 - .320 .419 .350
1914 38 Senators 30 29 6 7 1 0 0 0 2 3 - 5 1 - 0 - .241 .313 .276
1915 39 Peppers 59 154 26 33 5 3 0 0 8 25 - 11 3 - 1 - .214 .328 .286
1916 40 Yankees 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
1918 42 Indians 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
15 Years 1,150 3,784 497 972 117 48 9 0 308 333 - 28 175 - 13 - .257 .319 .320

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Germany Schaefer Fielding Stats

1901 Orphans 2B 1 - - 5 5.0 5 3 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1901 Orphans 3B 1 - - 5 5.0 5 3 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1902 Cubs 1B 3 - - 37 12.3 36 35 1 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 0.00
1902 Cubs 3B 75 - - 295 3.9 255 103 152 40 11 n/a n/a n/a .864 0.00
1902 Cubs RF 2 - - 5 2.5 5 4 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1902 Cubs SS 1 - - 5 5.0 3 1 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .600 0.00
1905 Tigers 2B 151 - - 829 5.5 792 403 389 37 35 n/a n/a n/a .955 0.00
1905 Tigers SS 3 - - 12 4.0 12 7 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1906 Tigers 2B 114 - - 713 6.3 676 348 328 37 42 n/a n/a n/a .948 0.00
1906 Tigers SS 7 - - 50 7.1 44 20 24 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .880 0.00
1907 Tigers 2B 74 - - 410 5.5 394 188 206 16 23 n/a n/a n/a .961 0.00
1907 Tigers 3B 14 - - 56 4.0 53 21 32 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .946 0.00
1907 Tigers RF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1907 Tigers SS 18 - - 88 4.9 84 36 48 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 0.00
1908 Tigers 2B 58 - - 297 5.1 282 122 160 15 22 n/a n/a n/a .949 0.00
1908 Tigers 3B 29 - - 105 3.6 100 35 65 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.00
1908 Tigers SS 68 - - 453 6.7 416 162 254 37 35 n/a n/a n/a .918 0.00
1909 Tigers 2B 86 - - 469 5.5 453 180 273 16 26 n/a n/a n/a .966 0.00
1909 Tigers RF 1 - - 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1909 Senators 2B 32 - - 152 4.8 143 52 91 9 16 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1909 Senators 3B 1 - - 5 5.0 4 2 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
1910 Senators 2B 35 - - 172 4.9 164 60 104 8 15 n/a n/a n/a .953 0.00
1910 Senators 3B 2 - - 6 3.0 6 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1911 Senators 1B 108 - - 1,132 10.5 1,109 1,038 71 23 57 n/a n/a n/a .980 0.00
1911 Senators LF 7 - - 10 1.4 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1912 Senators 1B 15 - - 129 8.6 127 125 2 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .984 0.00
1912 Senators 2B 15 - - 58 3.9 54 30 24 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .931 0.00
1912 Senators P 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1912 Senators RF 19 - - 20 1.1 18 14 4 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 0.00
1913 Senators 1B 6 - - 60 10.0 58 57 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 0.00
1913 Senators 2B 16 - - 68 4.3 63 26 37 5 5 n/a n/a n/a .926 0.00
1913 Senators 3B 2 - - 3 1.5 3 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1913 Senators P 1 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 27.00
1913 Senators RF 1 - - 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1914 Senators 2B 3 - - 4 1.3 4 3 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1914 Senators RF 3 - - 4 1.3 4 3 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1915 Peppers 1B 13 - - 116 8.9 115 109 6 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .991 0.00
1915 Peppers 2B 2 - - 6 3.0 6 1 5 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1915 Peppers 3B 9 - - 41 4.6 36 19 17 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .878 0.00
1916 Yankees CF 1 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1916 Yankees RF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1918 Indians 2B 1 1 27 6 6.0 6 3 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
2B Totals 588 1 27 3,189 5.4 3,042 1,419 1,623 147 189 n/a n/a n/a .954 3.00
1B Totals 145 0 0 1,474 10.2 1,445 1,364 81 29 71 n/a n/a n/a .980 0.00
3B Totals 133 0 0 516 3.9 462 186 276 54 16 n/a n/a n/a .895 0.00
SS Totals 97 0 0 608 6.3 559 226 333 49 38 n/a n/a n/a .919 0.00
RF Totals 28 0 0 33 1.2 31 25 6 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .939 0.00
LF Totals 7 0 0 10 1.4 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
P Totals 2 0 3 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
CF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
15 Years 1,001 1 30 5,831 5.8 5,550 3,230 2,320 281 315 n/a n/a n/a .952 4,995.00

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Germany Schaefer Miscellaneous Stats

1901 Orphans 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1902 Cubs 12 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 20.8 - - -
1905 Tigers 19 - - 0 0 n/a 277.0 0.0 11.8 - - -
1906 Tigers 31 - - 0 0 n/a 223.0 0.0 10.6 - - -
1907 Tigers 21 - - 0 0 n/a 372.0 0.0 11.6 - - -
1908 Tigers 40 - - 0 0 n/a 194.7 0.0 11.2 - - -
1909 Tigers 12 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 12.7 - - -
1909 Senators 2 - - 0 0 n/a 128.0 0.0 32.0 - - -
1910 Senators 17 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 16.4 - - -
1911 Senators 22 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 9.8 - - -
1912 Senators 11 6 .647 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 8.7 0.00 0.00 0.00
1913 Senators 6 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.3 14.3 0.00 0.00 0.00
1914 Senators 4 1 .800 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.8 14.5 - - -
1915 Peppers 3 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 14.0 19.3 - - -
1916 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1918 Indians 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
15 Years 201 7 .966 0 0 n/a 420.4 135.1 12.3 0.00 0.00 0.00

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Did you know that Germany Schaefer, who stole first base at least once in his career, is often credited (and is at minimum partly responsible) for rule 7.08i - passed a year after Schaefer's death - which states that a player is out if "After he has acquired legal possession of a base, he runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game. The umpire shall immediately call 'Time' and declare the runner out." Author David Jones in Deadball Stars of the American League (Potomac Books, Inc., 02/15/2006) described one of his steals of first:

On August 4, 1911, in the bottom of the ninth, Schaefer stole second, hoping to draw a throw and allow teammate Clyde Milan , who was on third with the potential winning run, to steal home. White Sox catcher Fred Payne didn't fall for the gambit, however, so Schaefer, now on second, took his lead toward the first-base side of the bag and promptly stole first on a subsequent pitch. Sox manager Hugh Duffy came out to argue, and while Duffy jawed with umpire Tommy Connolly, Schaefer scampered for second again. This time Schaefer got caught in a rundown, as had been his intention, and Milan dashed for home, where he was nipped to end the inning. Schaefer and his teammates then argued unsuccessfully that the play should be nullified because the White Sox had ten players on the field, although Duffy hadn't been an active player since 1908. The official scorer credited Schaefer with only one stolen base, but he "had a perfect right to go from second back to first," umpire Connolly insisted after the game. It has been widely reported that Schaefer also stole first base on another occasion, against Cleveland in 1908, although the details usually given are contradictory and the incident is almost certainly a fabrication.

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Germany Schaefer Cartoon | Art by Al Demaree | 1936 Sporting News
While researching the September 7, 1911, issue of The Sporting News (for details about the steal of first described above), historian Robert H. Schaefer found this wonderful anecdote:

"Herman Schaefer can always have a job on a team that Jimmy McAleer manages. The Washington manager could not get along without Herman. 'He's been a big help to us this year, both in batting and fielding," says McAleer . 'And then 'Schaef' constantly keeps the team in good humor. 'Whenever I have an all-star team I engage 'Schaef', and before the first game is over 'Schaef' will have assigned more work to himself than any other man on the team has. 'When I got up a team to play against the Athletics last fall after the American League season closed, I included 'Schaef' in the squad. 'In the first game in Philadelphia Cobb did not play. He lost a wheel on his auto coming to Philly, so I had Schaefer in right. 'Of course, the crowd wanted to see Cobb above all others, and they continually asked Schaefer, 'Where's Cobb ?' Finally 'Schaef' turned to the mob in the bleachers and yelled: " Cobb ? Cobb ? Who the hell's Cobb . Ladies and gentlemen, keep you eyes focused on me and you will witness the greatest exhibition ever staged on a ball field! Cobb ? Why, say, if that guy would see me play he'd burn his uniform.'"

Germany Schaefer Anecdote
Germany Schaefer | 1995 Sporting News Baseball Card (#1372) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Did you know the Germany Schaefer (pictured below) played every infield position (1B, 2B, 3B, SS), every outfielder position (LF, CF, RF) and pitched twice - one position (C) shy of being included in the Baseball Almanac Positions Played Record Book ?
Germany Schaefer Baseball Card
Germany Schaefer | 1911 T206 Baseball Card (#70) | Baseball Almanac Collection

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