George Van Haltren Stats

George Van Haltren was born on Friday, March 30, 1866, in St. Louis, Missouri. Van Haltren was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 27, 1887, with the Chicago White Stockings. 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 George Van Haltren baseball stats page.

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"(George) Van Haltren at one time caught ' Only Nolan ,' the first man in the west to throw a curve ball. They were an invincible battery, striking out so many batters they were viewed with superstition. In 1893, Van Haltren was a victim of second base in Pittsburgh, breaking his leg on that 'hoodoo bag' where Otis Clymer and Fred Clarke received injuries. For 12 years, from 1889 to 1901, Van Haltren batted .300 or better: and as for 1901, he says that when Gabriel blows his trumpet it will be learned that he hit .300 and that the men who did the figuring where in error. Van Haltren was one of the fleetest men in baseball, having been timed 100 years in 10.3 seconds." - The Winnipeg Tribune (03/29/1913, 'George Van Haltren, Great Slugger of Three Decades, Lives in Affluence and Handles Indictor for Amusement, Page 23)

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Birth Name:
George Edward Martin Van Haltren
Nickname:
Rip
Born On:
03-30-1866  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
St. Louis, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-01-1945 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Oakland, California
Cemetery:
St. Mary Cemetery, Oakland, California
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
06-27-1887 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-26-1903
Draft:
Not Applicable

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George Van Haltren Pitching Stats

1887 21 White Stockings 20 18 1 11 7 .611 3.86 18 1 1 161.0 722 177 69 113 7 66 - 76 9 16 0 -
1888 22 White Stockings 30 24 5 13 13 .500 3.52 24 4 1 245.2 1,057 263 96 149 15 60 - 139 21 13 1 -
1890 24 Wonders 28 25 3 15 10 .600 4.28 23 0 2 223.0 1,064 272 106 190 8 89 - 48 11 21 0 -
1891 25 Orioles 6 1 5 0 1 .000 5.09 0 0 0 23.0 0 38 13 34 1 10 - 7 3 4 0 -
1892 26 Orioles 4 0 4 0 0 .000 9.20 0 0 0 14.2 0 28 15 17 1 7 - 5 0 0 0 -
1895 29 Giants 1 0 1 0 0 .000 12.60 0 0 0 5.0 0 13 7 12 0 2 - 1 0 2 0 -
1896 30 Giants 2 0 2 1 0 1.000 2.25 0 0 0 8.0 0 5 2 2 1 1 - 3 0 0 0 -
1900 34 Giants 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 3 - 0 0 0 0 -
1901 35 Giants 1 0 1 0 0 .000 3.00 0 0 0 6.0 0 12 2 10 0 6 - 2 0 1 0 -
9 Years 93 68 23 40 31 .563 4.05 65 5 4 689.1 2,843 809 310 527 33 244 - 281 44 57 1 -

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George Van Haltren Hitting Stats

1887 21 White Stockings 45 172 30 35 4 0 3 0 17 15 - 15 - - 1 - .203 .271 .192
1888 22 White Stockings 81 318 46 90 9 14 4 0 34 22 - 34 - - 0 - .283 .329 .437
1889 23 White Stockings 134 543 126 175 20 10 9 0 81 82 - 41 - - 5 - .322 .416 .446
1890 24 Wonders 92 376 84 126 8 9 5 0 54 41 - 23 - - 3 - .335 .405 .444
1891 25 Orioles 139 566 136 180 14 15 9 0 83 71 - 46 - - 4 - .318 .398 .443
1892 26 Orioles 135 556 105 168 20 12 7 0 57 70 - 34 - - 2 - .302 .382 .419
1892 26 Pirates 13 55 10 11 2 2 0 0 5 6 - 0 - - 0 - .200 .279 .309
1893 27 Pirates 124 529 129 179 14 11 3 1 79 75 - 25 - - 2 - .338 .422 .423
1894 28 Giants 137 519 109 172 22 4 7 1 104 55 - 22 13 - 4 - .331 .400 .430
1895 29 Giants 131 521 113 177 23 19 8 0 103 57 - 29 6 - 3 - .340 .408 .503
1896 30 Giants 133 562 136 197 18 21 5 1 74 55 - 36 4 - 2 - .351 .410 .484
1897 31 Giants 129 564 117 186 22 9 3 0 64 40 - - 6 - 1 - .330 .375 .417
1898 32 Giants 156 654 129 204 28 16 2 0 68 59 - - 5 - 4 - .312 .372 .413
1899 33 Giants 151 604 117 182 21 3 2 0 58 74 - - 4 - 1 - .301 .378 .356
1900 34 Giants 141 571 114 180 30 7 1 0 51 50 - - 13 - 1 - .315 .371 .398
1901 35 Giants 135 543 82 182 23 6 1 0 47 51 - - 7 - 4 - .335 .396 .405
1902 36 Giants 24 88 14 23 1 2 0 0 7 17 - - 0 - 0 - .261 .381 .318
1903 37 Giants 84 280 42 72 6 1 0 0 28 28 - - 7 - 1 - .257 .327 .286
17 Years 1,984 8,021 1,639 2,539 285 161 69 3 1,014 868 - 305 65 - 38 - .317 .386 .418

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George Van Haltren Fielding Stats

1887 White Stockings OF 27 - - 41 1.5 38 37 1 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .927 0.00
1887 White Stockings P 20 18 483 40 2.0 35 10 25 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.96
1888 White Stockings OF 57 - - 94 1.6 82 73 9 12 0 n/a n/a n/a .872 0.00
1888 White Stockings P 30 24 737 83 2.8 78 25 53 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.86
1889 White Stockings 2B 1 - - 5 5.0 5 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1889 White Stockings OF 130 - - 275 2.1 247 222 25 28 3 n/a n/a n/a .898 0.00
1889 White Stockings SS 3 - - 17 5.7 13 4 9 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .765 0.00
1890 Wonders OF 67 - - 144 2.1 129 113 16 15 1 n/a n/a n/a .896 0.00
1890 Wonders P 28 25 669 99 3.5 93 25 68 6 5 n/a n/a n/a .939 3.75
1890 Wonders SS 3 - - 12 4.0 11 5 6 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .917 0.00
1891 Orioles 2B 2 - - 4 2.0 3 3 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
1891 Orioles OF 81 - - 186 2.3 164 143 21 22 7 n/a n/a n/a .882 0.00
1891 Orioles P 6 1 69 10 1.7 8 3 5 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 3.13
1891 Orioles SS 59 - - 347 5.9 290 126 164 57 15 n/a n/a n/a .836 0.00
1892 Orioles 1B 2 - - 24 12.0 24 24 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1892 Orioles 3B 3 - - 15 5.0 14 6 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 0.00
1892 Orioles OF 129 - - 287 2.2 244 217 27 43 5 n/a n/a n/a .850 0.00
1892 Orioles P 4 0 44 6 1.5 5 0 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 3.07
1892 Orioles SS 2 - - 16 8.0 11 5 6 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .688 0.00
1892 Pirates CF 13 - - 21 1.6 19 18 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .905 0.00
1893 Pirates 2B 2 - - 11 5.5 10 2 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 0.00
1893 Pirates CF 111 - - 289 2.6 251 227 24 38 3 n/a n/a n/a .869 0.00
1893 Pirates SS 12 - - 63 5.3 53 16 37 10 3 n/a n/a n/a .841 0.00
1894 Giants CF 137 - - 359 2.6 328 299 29 31 5 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1895 Giants CF 131 - - 304 2.3 278 252 26 26 3 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1895 Giants P 1 0 15 2 2.0 1 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 1.80
1896 Giants CF 133 - - 312 2.3 297 272 25 15 4 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.00
1896 Giants P 2 0 24 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1897 Giants CF 129 - - 318 2.5 298 267 31 20 6 n/a n/a n/a .937 0.00
1898 Giants OF 156 - - 350 2.2 321 299 22 29 5 n/a n/a n/a .917 0.00
1899 Giants OF 151 - - 338 2.2 315 284 31 23 8 n/a n/a n/a .932 0.00
1900 Giants CF 141 - - 376 2.7 353 325 28 23 7 n/a n/a n/a .939 0.00
1900 Giants P 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1901 Giants CF 135 - - 304 2.3 286 263 23 18 5 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1901 Giants P 1 0 18 4 4.0 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1902 Giants OF 24 - - 53 2.2 49 43 6 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .925 0.00
1903 Giants OF 75 - - 145 1.9 139 136 3 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .959 0.00
CF Totals 930 0 0 2,283 2.5 2,110 1,923 187 173 34 n/a n/a n/a .924 0.00
OF Totals 897 0 0 1,913 2.1 1,728 1,567 161 185 32 n/a n/a n/a .903 0.00
P Totals 93 68 2,068 246 2.6 226 64 162 20 7 n/a n/a n/a .919 2.95
SS Totals 79 0 0 455 5.8 378 156 222 77 22 n/a n/a n/a .831 0.00
2B Totals 5 0 0 20 4.0 18 9 9 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 0.00
3B Totals 3 0 0 15 5.0 14 6 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 0.00
1B Totals 2 0 0 24 12.0 24 24 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
17 Years 2,009 68 2,068 4,956 2.5 4,498 3,749 749 458 96 n/a n/a n/a .908 58.73

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George Van Haltren Miscellaneous Stats

1887 White Stockings 12 - - 0 0 n/a 57.3 11.5 10.1 1.15 4.25 3.69
1888 White Stockings 21 - - 0 0 n/a 79.5 9.4 9.4 2.32 5.09 2.20
1889 White Stockings 28 - - 0 0 n/a 60.3 13.2 6.7 - - -
1890 Wonders 35 - - 0 0 n/a 75.2 16.3 7.0 0.54 1.94 3.59
1891 Orioles 75 - - 0 0 n/a 62.9 12.3 6.8 0.70 2.74 3.91
1892 Orioles 49 - - 0 0 n/a 79.4 16.4 9.8 0.71 3.07 4.30
1892 Pirates 6 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 11.0 - - -
1893 Pirates 37 - - 0 0 n/a 176.3 21.2 6.7 - - -
1894 Giants 43 - - 0 0 n/a 74.1 23.6 5.0 - - -
1895 Giants 32 - - 0 0 n/a 65.1 18.0 5.1 0.50 1.80 3.60
1896 Giants 39 - - 0 0 n/a 112.4 15.6 7.6 3.00 3.38 1.13
1897 Giants 50 - - 0 0 n/a 188.0 0.0 8.8 - - -
1898 Giants 36 - - 0 0 n/a 327.0 0.0 9.6 - - -
1899 Giants 31 - - 0 0 n/a 302.0 0.0 10.4 - - -
1900 Giants 45 - - 0 0 n/a 571.0 0.0 11.2 0.00 0.00 9.00
1901 Giants 24 - - 0 0 n/a 543.0 0.0 11.6 0.33 3.00 9.00
1902 Giants 6 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 12.6 - - -
1903 Giants 14 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 10.0 - - -
17 Years 583 - - 0 0 n/a 116.2 26.3 7.9 1.15 3.67 3.19

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Did you know that George Van Haltren tied a Major League record on June 27, 1887, that still stands to this day? In that infamous game, Rip walked sixteen batters, a record that tied Bill George (set on May 30, 1887) for Most Bases on Balls Allowed in a 9-Inning Game in the National League.

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George Van Haltren | The Winnipeg Tribune | March 29, 1913
George Van Haltren has a better career batting average than thirty-four players who are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Alfred Spink wrote the following passage about Rip in The National Game (Vintage Publishing, 1910, Page 254):

GEORGE E. VAN HALTREN

"One of the greatest batsmen and left fielders that ever lived who has just rounded out his baseball career as an umpire out in California, is George Van Haltren. He started his career, which was crowned with glory, with the old Greenhood Morans, a kind of semi-professional (if the term may be used) team, which played a couple of games a week. He was a pitcher and as good left-handed twirlers were scarce in those days, he soon attracted attention of the Eastern magnates, and in 1884, he signed a contract with the famous old Chicago White Stockings, then under the leader of the peerless ' Captain ' Anson .

"His control was lacking, however, and he was forced to give up pitching. He was given a trial in the outfield and 'made good' from the jump; and old-time fans in cities were big leaguers were wont to romp, will recall the brilliant work of the famous Giant.

"Van Haltren played with Brooklyn and Pittsburg, with Baltimore and with New York. It was with the latter club that he achieved what is probably his best record. Gotham devotees of the sport will remember distinctly the old war horse, for he played for ten consecutive seasons in the Eastern metropolis, starting in 1894, and leaving in 1904.

"It was in 1903, while sliding into second I believe, that Van Haltren sustained a broken ankle which eventually caused his retirement from the ranks of the 'big ones.' He could probably have stayed another year or two with the majors, but he thought best to accept the battering offer to captain the Seattle team, then in the Pacific Coast League, but now in the Territory of the Northwestern.

Van Haltren batted over .300 for twelve years, all told, and one year - the fourth - spoiled the continuity by a drop of four points below the standard.

George Van Haltren Baseball Card
George Van Haltren | Old Judge Baseball Card (#77) (Front/Back) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Van Haltren was a hitting machine, singles being his preferred method of reaching base, and once on base, he was an accomplished base stealer. George finished in the top ten during a regular season with singles ten times, hits nine times, runs scored eight times, at bats seven times, batting average five times, and stolen bases five times. Christy Mathewson knew exactly how Van Haltren did it and said in The Washington Post (02/06/1911, 'His Own Tipping Bureau', Page 8), "George Van Haltren, the old Giant outfielder, had a signal-tipping bureau all of his own. Van invented the system. Van would try to call the turn on what the pitcher was going to use. If he decided to go after a curve, he never tried to hit anything else. He let many good ones go by because he wasn't prepared to swing, but when the kind he was playing for came up, Van used to murder the ball. He was one of the good hitters for several years. Van Haltren's plan reminds me of being peculiarly successful against Jesse Burkett . Jess was one of the greatest hitters of his time. The first time I worked against him he hit one of my best curves a mile. I knew he was waiting for the kind of ball I used and expected I would use curves most of the time. I never gave him another curve and his first hit was the only one he ever made off me, and I pitched against games against St. Louis that season."

Last-Modified: July 18, 2018 4:36 AM EST

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