Happy Reds birthday, Benny Frey!
April 6, 1906
Benny Frey’s 11-18 record in 1930 looks abysmal, but advanced statistics show that he was worth 3.0 wins above the average replacement player, despite tying Pittsburgh’s Larry French for the league lead in losses. Just as surprising, French’s WAR in 1930 was 3.5, good for 7th best in the National League. Back to Frey, his ERA in 1930 was 4.70; his ERA+ was a not-too-impressive 103. A few years later, when he went 11-16 in 1934, Frey racked up 4.5 WAR, and was actually named on a few MVP ballots. Those were some progressive-thinking voters back in the 1930s, voting for a guy who lost five more games than he won!