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Bill Bailey

William F. Bailey

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 12, 1888 in Fort Smith, AR (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1907 (Age 19.158, 2,974th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1908 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Terrapins/Cardinals/Tigers/Whales 1907-1922

Last Game: June 26, 1922 (Age 34.075)
Died: November 2, 1926 in Houston, TX
Buried: Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston, TX
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1907 19 SLB AL 4 1 .800 2.42 6 5 1 3 0 0 48.1 39 16 13 0 15 17 4 0 0 194 105 2.66 1.117 7.3 0.0 2.8 3.2 1.13
1908 20 SLB AL 3 5 .375 3.04 22 12 8 7 0 0 106.2 85 53 36 2 50 42 3 0 5 439 78 3.05 1.266 7.2 0.2 4.2 3.5 0.84
1909 21 SLB AL 9 10 .474 2.44 32 20 12 17 1 0 199.0 174 71 54 2 75 114 6 0 9 784 99 2.42 1.251 7.9 0.1 3.4 5.2 1.52
1910 22 SLB AL 3 18 .143 3.32 34 20 9 13 0 0 192.1 186 133 71 2 97 90 10 0 8 816 74 3.19 1.471 8.7 0.1 4.5 4.2 0.93
1911 23 SLB AL 0 3 .000 4.55 7 2 3 2 0 0 31.2 42 26 16 1 16 8 2 0 0 142 75 4.38 1.832 11.9 0.3 4.5 2.3 0.50
1912 24 SLB AL 0 1 .000 9.28 3 2 1 0 0 0 10.2 15 12 11 0 10 2 0 0 3 54 38 5.29 2.344 12.7 0.0 8.4 1.7 0.20
1914 26 BAL FL 7 9 .438 3.08 19 18 0 10 1 0 128.2 106 58 44 2 68 131 7 1 9 536 109 2.35 1.352 7.4 0.1 4.8 9.2 1.93
1915 27 TOT FL 9 20 .310 4.27 41 28 12 14 5 0 223.2 202 127 106 9 125 122 9 0 3 951 74 3.64 1.462 8.1 0.4 5.0 4.9 0.98
1915 27 BAL FL 6 19 .240 4.63 36 23 12 11 2 0 190.1 179 118 98 8 115 98 9 0 3 827 70 3.88 1.545 8.5 0.4 5.4 4.6 0.85
1915 27 CHI FL 3 1 .750 2.16 5 5 0 3 3 0 33.1 23 9 8 1 10 24 0 0 0 124 133 2.26 0.990 6.2 0.3 2.7 6.5 2.40
1918 30 DET AL 1 2 .333 5.97 8 4 2 1 0 0 37.2 53 34 25 0 26 13 1 0 0 178 45 3.69 2.097 12.7 0.0 6.2 3.1 0.50
1921 33 STL NL 2 5 .286 4.26 19 6 3 3 1 0 74.0 95 41 35 1 22 20 2 1 4 330 86 3.71 1.581 11.6 0.1 2.7 2.4 0.91
1922 34 STL NL 0 2 .000 5.40 12 0 5 0 0 0 31.2 38 22 19 1 23 11 0 0 2 149 72 4.90 1.926 10.8 0.3 6.5 3.1 0.48
11 Yrs 38 76 .333 3.57 203 117 56 70 8 0 1084.1 1035 593 430 20 527 570 44 2 43 4573 80 3.16 1.441 8.6 0.2 4.4 4.7 1.08
162 Game Avg. 8 16 .333 3.57 43 25 12 15 2 0 230 220 126 91 4 112 121 9 0 9 972 80 3.16 1.441 8.6 0.2 4.4 4.7 1.08
SLB (6 yrs) 19 38 .333 3.07 104 61 34 42 1 0 588.2 541 311 201 7 263 273 25 0 25 2429 82 2.96 1.366 8.3 0.1 4.0 4.2 1.04
BAL (2 yrs) 13 28 .317 4.01 55 41 12 21 3 0 319.0 285 176 142 10 183 229 16 1 12 1363 82 3.26 1.467 8.0 0.3 5.2 6.5 1.25
STL (2 yrs) 2 7 .222 4.60 31 6 8 3 1 0 105.2 133 63 54 2 45 31 2 1 6 479 81 4.07 1.685 11.3 0.2 3.8 2.6 0.69
CHI (1 yr) 3 1 .750 2.16 5 5 0 3 3 0 33.1 23 9 8 1 10 24 0 0 0 124 133 2.26 0.990 6.2 0.3 2.7 6.5 2.40
DET (1 yr) 1 2 .333 5.97 8 4 2 1 0 0 37.2 53 34 25 0 26 13 1 0 0 178 45 3.69 2.097 12.7 0.0 6.2 3.1 0.50
AL (7 yrs) 20 40 .333 3.25 112 65 36 43 1 0 626.1 594 345 226 7 289 286 26 0 25 2607 78 3.01 1.410 8.5 0.1 4.2 4.1 0.99
FL (2 yrs) 16 29 .356 3.83 60 46 12 24 6 0 352.1 308 185 150 11 193 253 16 1 12 1487 84 3.17 1.422 7.9 0.3 4.9 6.5 1.31
NL (2 yrs) 2 7 .222 4.60 31 6 8 3 1 0 105.2 133 63 54 2 45 31 2 1 6 479 81 4.07 1.685 11.3 0.2 3.8 2.6 0.69
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1907 19 SLB AL 48.1 6 5 16 2.98 3.68 0.10 0.00 99.0 3.54 3 0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.8 7 .564 .502
1908 20 SLB AL 106.2 22 12 53 4.47 3.44 0.27 0.00 100.0 3.16 -16 -1.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.9 -7 .415 .489
1909 21 SLB AL 199.0 32 20 71 3.21 3.52 -0.11 0.00 98.0 3.56 11 1.4 1.0 -0.2 3.1 23 .543 .508
1910 22 SLB AL 192.1 34 20 133 6.22 3.76 -0.29 0.00 98.0 3.96 -47 -4.9 1.0 -0.2 -3.1 -32 .356 .470
1911 23 SLB AL 31.2 7 2 26 7.39 4.73 -0.08 0.00 101.0 4.86 -9 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -6 .383 .495
1912 24 SLB AL 10.2 3 2 12 10.13 4.57 -0.09 0.00 100.0 4.66 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -5 .316 .497
1914 26 BAL FL 128.2 19 18 58 4.06 4.12 -0.13 0.00 105.0 4.45 4 0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.0 11 .526 .503
1915 27 BAL FL 190.1 36 23 118 5.58 3.89 -0.34 0.00 105.0 4.44 -24 -2.6 1.0 -0.1 -1.8 -17 .429 .484
1915 27 CHI FL 33.1 5 5 9 2.43 3.81 0.05 0.00 92.0 3.46 4 0.5 -0.0 0.6 5 .596 .503
1918 30 DET AL 37.2 8 4 34 8.12 3.59 -0.46 0.00 100.6 4.08 -17 -1.7 1.0 -0.0 -1.3 -14 .293 .490
1921 33 STL NL 73.2 19 6 41 5.01 4.81 0.06 0.00 94.8 4.50 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .479 .498
1922 34 STL NL 30.2 12 0 22 6.46 4.77 -0.42 0.00 95.0 4.93 -5 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .458 .497
11 Seasons 1083.0 203 117 593 4.93 3.88 -0.14 0.00 100.0 4.02 -106 -10.5 1.0 -0.8 -2.6 -36 .448 .492
SLB (6 yrs) 588.2 104 61 311 4.75 3.68 -0.08 0.00 98.6 3.71 -64 -6.4 1.0 -0.6 -1.0 -21 .439 .490
BAL (2 yrs) 319.0 55 41 176 4.97 3.98 -0.25 0.00 105.0 4.45 -19 -2.1 1.0 -0.2 -0.8 -7 .462 .491
STL (2 yrs) 104.1 31 6 63 5.43 4.80 -0.08 0.00 94.8 4.63 -9 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .471 .497
CHI (1 yr) 33.1 5 5 9 2.43 3.81 0.05 0.00 92.0 3.46 4 0.5 -0.0 0.6 5 .596 .503
DET (1 yr) 37.2 8 4 34 8.12 3.59 -0.46 0.00 100.6 4.08 -17 -1.7 1.0 -0.0 -1.3 -14 .293 .490

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
1907 19 SLB AL 6 21 20 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .150 .150 .150 .300 -4 3 0 1 /1
1908 20 SLB AL 22 38 34 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 2 13 .088 .139 .088 .227 -26 3 0 2 1
1909 21 SLB AL 38 82 77 1 22 1 1 0 7 1 3 20 .286 .313 .325 .637 107 25 0 2 1/O
1910 22 SLB AL 34 68 63 6 13 0 0 0 2 1 4 22 .206 .254 .206 .460 48 13 0 1 1
1911 23 SLB AL 7 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1912 24 SLB AL 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167 241 1 0 0 /1
1914 26 BAL FL 19 49 43 4 7 1 0 0 1 0 5 10 .163 .250 .186 .436 24 8 0 1 1
1915 27 TOT FL 41 85 74 5 17 1 0 0 1 1 4 18 .230 .269 .243 .512 49 18 0 7 1
1915 27 BAL FL 36 74 65 5 15 1 0 0 1 0 3 16 .231 .265 .246 .511 48 16 0 7 1
1915 27 CHI FL 5 11 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 .222 .300 .222 .522 58 2 0 0 /1
1918 30 DET AL 8 13 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .077 .077 .154 .231 -29 2 0 0 /1
1921 33 STL NL 19 23 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .130 .091 .221 -40 2 0 0 1
1922 34 STL NL 12 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571 51 2 0 0 1
11 Yrs 209 400 366 23 71 4 1 0 15 3 0 20 109 .194 .236 .210 .446 36 77 0 14
162 Game Avg. 162 310 284 18 55 3 1 0 12 2 16 84 .194 .236 .210 .446 36 60 0 11
SLB (6 yrs) 110 223 207 14 42 1 1 0 13 2 0 10 71 .203 .240 .217 .457 47 45 0 6
BAL (2 yrs) 55 123 108 9 22 2 0 0 2 0 8 26 .204 .259 .222 .481 38 24 0 8
STL (2 yrs) 31 30 29 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .138 .167 .138 .305 -18 4 0 0
CHI (1 yr) 5 11 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 .222 .300 .222 .522 58 2 0 0
DET (1 yr) 8 13 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .077 .077 .154 .231 -29 2 0 0
AL (7 yrs) 118 236 220 14 43 2 1 0 13 2 0 10 75 .195 .230 .214 .444 42 47 0 6
FL (2 yrs) 60 134 117 9 24 2 0 0 2 1 9 28 .205 .262 .222 .484 40 26 0 8
NL (2 yrs) 31 30 29 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .138 .167 .138 .305 -18 4 0 0

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
1907 19 SLB AL 6 21 -3 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .476 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1908 20 SLB AL 22 38 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .488 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 1
1909 21 SLB AL 38 82 -0 -0 0 0 6 6 0.7 0 6 0.7 .520 .505 0.7 -0.1 6 1/O
1910 22 SLB AL 34 68 -4 -0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1911 23 SLB AL 7 11 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .471 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /1
1912 24 SLB AL 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .526 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1914 26 BAL FL 19 49 -4 0 0 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1915 27 BAL FL 36 74 -5 0 0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1915 27 CHI FL 5 11 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 0 /1
1918 30 DET AL 8 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .484 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1921 33 STL NL 19 23 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .489 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1922 34 STL NL 12 7 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
11 Seasons 209 400 -30 0 0 0 30 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .501 0.1 -0.1 1
SLB (6 yrs) 110 223 -14 -0 0 0 16 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .503 .501 0.3 -0.1 2
BAL (2 yrs) 55 123 -9 0 0 0 10 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1
STL (2 yrs) 31 30 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
CHI (1 yr) 5 11 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 0
DET (1 yr) 8 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .484 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1

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
1907 SLB AL 19 P 6 48.1 14 2 11 1 0 .929 2.42 2.17 .946 3.28 3.25
1908 SLB AL 20 P 22 106.2 29 0 26 3 0 .897 2.19 1.18 .946 3.20 3.19
1909 SLB AL 21 P 32 199.0 58 4 52 2 1 .966 2.53 1.75 .942 3.19 3.15
1909 SLB AL 21 OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .950 1.87 0-0-3
1910 SLB AL 22 P 34 192.1 70 7 57 6 0 .914 2.99 1.88 .942 3.29 3.28
1911 SLB AL 23 P 7 31.2 14 2 11 1 1 .929 3.69 1.86 .938 2.87 2.86
1912 SLB AL 24 P 3 10.2 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.84 0.33 .940 2.95 2.90
1914 BAL FL 26 P 19 18 10 128.2 52 5 45 2 0 .962 3.50 2.63 .947 3.04 3.00
1915 TOT FL 27 P 41 28 14 223.2 77 9 61 7 2 .909 2.82 1.71 .956 3.08 3.05
1915 BAL FL 27 P 36 23 11 190.1 65 9 49 7 1 .892 2.74 1.61 .956 3.08 3.05
1915 CHI FL 27 P 5 5 3 33.1 12 0 12 0 1 1.000 3.24 2.40 .956 3.08 3.04
1918 DET AL 30 P 8 4 1 37.2 15 1 14 0 0 1.000 3.58 1.88 .952 2.82 2.84
1921 STL NL 33 P 19 6 3 74.0 31 2 26 3 1 .903 3.41 1.47 .953 2.68 2.66
1922 STL NL 34 P 12 0 0 31.2 14 2 11 1 0 .929 3.69 1.08 .957 2.39 2.36
11 Seasons P 203 56 28 1084.1 375 34 315 26 5 .931 2.90 1.72 .948 3.09 3.03
1 Season OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .950 1.87 0-0-3
11 Seasons TOT 206 56 28 1084.1 376 35 315 26 5 .931 2.90 1.70 .948 3.09 3.01 0-0-3
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.
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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

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1909 AL  5.156 (5th)
1915 FL  4.909 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1915 FL  122 (8th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1915 FL  5 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1915 FL  9 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1909 AL  75 (9th)
1910 AL  97 (4th)
1915 FL  125 (2nd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
Career  0.166 (114th)

Losses s c a p y
1910 AL  18 (3rd)
1915 FL  20 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1910 AL  71 (7th)
1915 FL  106 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1909 AL  9 (8th)
1910 AL  8 (7th)
1914 FL  9 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1910 AL  10 (9th)
1915 FL  9 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1909 AL  12 (3rd)
1910 AL  9 (9th)
1915 FL  12 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
Career  3.16 (190th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1915 FL  7 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1907 AL  born 1888-04-12 (1st)
1908 AL  born 1888-04-12 (6th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2060), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1298), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1758th), -2.5 career WAR/4.2 7yr-peak WAR/0.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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