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Bill Abstein

William Henry Abstein (Big Bill)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February 2, 1883 in St. Louis, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: September 25, 1906 (Age 23.235)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1909 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Browns 1906-1910

Final Game: June 2, 1910 (Age 27.120)
Died: April 8, 1940 in St. Louis, MO
Buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1906 23 PIT NL 8 21 20 2 4 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 23 4 0 1 /4O
1909 26 PIT NL 137 570 512 51 133 20 10 1 70 16 27 59 .260 .302 .344 .646 97 176 4 27 *3
1910 27 SLB AL 25 90 87 1 13 2 0 0 3 3 2 15 .149 .169 .172 .341 10 15 0 1 3
3 Yrs 170 681 619 54 150 22 10 1 76 21 29 75 .242 .281 .315 .596 83 195 4 29
162 Game Avg. 162 649 590 51 143 21 10 1 72 20 28 71 .242 .281 .315 .596 83 186 4 28
PIT (2 yrs) 145 591 532 53 137 20 10 1 73 18 27 60 .258 .298 .338 .637 94 180 4 28
SLB (1 yr) 25 90 87 1 13 2 0 0 3 3 2 15 .149 .169 .172 .341 10 15 0 1
NL (2 yrs) 145 591 532 53 137 20 10 1 73 18 27 60 .258 .298 .338 .637 94 180 4 28
AL (1 yr) 25 90 87 1 13 2 0 0 3 3 2 15 .149 .169 .172 .341 10 15 0 1

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1906 23 PIT NL 8 21 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -2 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .461 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /4O
1909 26 PIT NL 137 570 -4 -1 0 -1 -4 -10 -1.1 19 9 0.8 .491 .493 0.8 -0.6 10 *3
1910 27 SLB AL 25 90 -8 0 0 -2 -1 -11 -1.4 3 -7 -1.0 .447 .492 -0.7 -0.3 -5 3
3 Seasons 170 681 -13 -0 0 -4 -5 -23 -2.8 23 -0 -0.4 .483 .493 -0.0 -1.1 4
PIT (2 yrs) 145 591 -5 -1 0 -2 -5 -12 -1.4 19 7 0.6 .490 .493 0.7 -0.7 9
SLB (1 yr) 25 90 -8 0 0 -2 -1 -11 -1.4 3 -7 -1.0 .447 .492 -0.7 -0.3 -5

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1909 ❍ 26 PIT NL WS DET W 7 29 26 3 6 2 0 0 2 1 0 3 9 .231 .310 .308 .618 8 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 29 26 3 6 2 0 0 2 1 0 3 9 .231 .310 .308 .618 8 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1906 PIT NL 23 2B 3 13 3 7 3 0 .769 3.33 .947 5.03
1906 PIT NL 23 OF 2 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 .960 1.90 0-0-2
1909 PIT NL 26 1B 135 1504 1412 65 27 70 .982 10.94 .985 10.83
1910 SLB AL 27 1B 23 299 268 20 11 13 .963 12.52 .983 11.07
2 Seasons 1B 158 1803 1680 85 38 83 .979 11.17 .985 10.86
1 Season 2B 3 13 3 7 3 0 .769 3.33 .947 5.03
1 Season OF 2 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 .960 1.90 0-0-2
3 Seasons TOT 163 1819 1685 93 41 83 .977 10.91 .984 10.65 0-0-2
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1909 NL  70 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1909 NL  59 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1909 NL  27 (10th)

Putoutss c a p y
1909 NL  1,412 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  135 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  1,412 (3rd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  65 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  27 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  70 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  10.94 (3rd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  .982 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1902), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 1 (2287), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS First Base (819th), -0.4 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-0.4 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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