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Bill Bergen

William Aloysius Bergen

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 184 lb.

Born: June 13, 1878 in North Brookfield, MA (All Transactions)
Debut: May 6, 1901 (Age 22.327)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1901 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Superbas/Reds/Dodgers 1901-1911

Final Game: September 20, 1911 (Age 33.099)
Died: December 19, 1943 in Worcester, MA
Buried: St. John Cemetery, Worcester, MA
Relatives: Brother of Marty Bergen
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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
1901 23 CIN NL 87 326 308 15 55 6 4 1 17 2 8 40 .179 .199 .234 .433 29 72 0 10 2
1902 24 CIN NL 89 342 322 19 58 8 3 0 36 2 14 47 .180 .214 .224 .438 31 72 0 6 2
1903 25 CIN NL 58 218 207 21 47 4 2 0 19 2 7 22 .227 .252 .266 .518 41 55 0 4 2
1904 26 BRO NL 96 347 329 17 60 4 2 0 12 3 9 49 .182 .204 .207 .411 28 68 0 9 2/3
1905 27 BRO NL 79 265 247 12 47 3 2 0 22 4 7 36 .190 .213 .219 .431 33 54 0 11 2
1906 28 BRO NL 103 372 353 9 56 3 3 0 19 2 7 43 .159 .175 .184 .359 16 65 0 12 *2
1907 29 BRO NL 51 143 138 2 22 3 0 0 14 1 1 22 .159 .165 .181 .347 12 25 0 4 2
1908 30 BRO NL 99 320 302 8 53 8 2 0 15 1 5 31 .175 .189 .215 .404 31 65 0 13 2
1909 31 BRO NL 112 372 346 16 48 1 1 1 15 4 10 50 .139 .163 .156 .319 1 54 0 16 *2
1910 32 BRO NL 89 273 249 11 40 2 1 0 14 0 6 39 .161 .180 .177 .357 6 44 0 18 2
1911 33 BRO NL 84 250 227 8 30 3 1 0 10 2 14 42 .132 .183 .154 .337 -3 35 0 9 2
11 Yrs 947 3228 3028 138 516 45 21 2 193 23 88 421 .170 .194 .201 .395 21 609 0 112
162 Game Avg. 162 552 518 24 88 8 4 0 33 4 15 72 .170 .194 .201 .395 21 104 0 19
BRO (8 yrs) 713 2342 2191 83 356 27 12 1 121 17 59 312 .162 .184 .187 .372 16 410 0 92
CIN (3 yrs) 234 886 837 55 160 18 9 1 72 6 29 109 .191 .218 .238 .456 33 199 0 20

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
1901 23 CIN NL 87 326 -27 0 0 3 5 -18 -2.0 11 -8 -0.8 .478 .488 -1.0 0.8 -11 2
1902 24 CIN NL 89 342 -27 0 0 0 6 -21 -2.5 11 -10 -1.2 .473 .485 -1.2 0.6 -10 $2,700 2
1903 25 CIN NL 58 218 -17 0 0 0 4 -13 -1.3 7 -6 -0.6 .477 .492 -0.6 0.4 -6 2
1904 26 BRO NL 96 347 -26 -0 0 0 6 -21 -2.4 11 -9 -1.2 .475 .485 -1.2 0.7 -9 2/3
1905 27 BRO NL 79 265 -19 -0 0 -2 4 -17 -1.9 9 -8 -1.0 .476 .488 -0.8 0.3 -6 2
1906 28 BRO NL 103 372 -31 -0 0 2 6 -22 -2.9 12 -10 -1.5 .473 .483 -1.7 0.9 -12 *2
1907 29 BRO NL 51 143 -12 -0 0 -1 2 -11 -1.4 5 -6 -0.9 .472 .491 -0.8 0.2 -5 2
1908 30 BRO NL 99 320 -21 0 0 3 5 -12 -1.7 10 -2 -0.5 .484 .490 -0.9 1.1 -5 2
1909 31 BRO NL 112 372 -37 -0 0 4 6 -27 -3.3 12 -15 -2.1 .470 .479 -2.6 1.3 -19 *2
1910 32 BRO NL 89 273 -30 0 0 3 5 -22 -2.5 8 -13 -1.7 .472 .485 -2.0 0.9 -16 2
1911 33 BRO NL 84 250 -31 -0 0 3 4 -24 -2.6 8 -16 -1.8 .469 .484 -2.1 0.7 -19 2
11 Seasons 947 3228 -278 1 0 15 54 -209 -24.4 104 -104 -13.5 .474 .486 -15.0 7.9 -120 $2,700
BRO (8 yrs) 713 2342 -207 0 0 12 39 -156 -18.7 75 -81 -10.9 .474 .485 -12.1 6.1 -93
CIN (3 yrs) 234 886 -71 1 0 3 15 -53 -5.7 29 -24 -2.6 .476 .488 -2.9 1.8 -27 $2,700

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1901 CIN NL 23 C 87 539 406 117 16 8 .970 6.01 .971 6.20 4 98 90 48% 44%
1902 CIN NL 24 C 89 566 406 137 23 13 .959 6.10 .965 6.05 13 88 90 51% 45%
1903 CIN NL 25 C 58 343 251 85 7 3 .980 5.79 .967 6.10 10 66 68 51% 45%
1904 BRO NL 26 C 93 589 414 151 24 10 .959 6.08 .964 6.01 8 116 110 49% 46%
1904 BRO NL 26 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 10.70
1905 BRO NL 27 C 76 522 371 127 24 8 .954 6.55 .963 6.20 12 115 99 46% 45%
1906 BRO NL 28 C 103 649 485 149 15 9 .977 6.16 .970 6.25 10 129 107 45% 45%
1907 BRO NL 29 C 51 250 175 67 8 3 .968 4.75 .971 5.98 4 56 50 47% 45%
1908 BRO NL 30 C 99 614 470 137 7 9 .989 6.13 .971 5.92 7 121 94 44% 46%
1909 BRO NL 31 C 112 756 536 202 18 18 .976 6.59 .965 6.27 5 144 138 49% 45%
1910 BRO NL 32 C 89 534 373 151 10 15 .981 5.89 .973 6.30 5 104 94 47% 44%
1911 BRO NL 33 C 84 476 346 121 9 10 .981 5.56 .966 6.44 6 115 94 45% 44%
11 Seasons C 941 5838 4233 1444 161 106 .972 6.03 .968 6.16 84 1152 1034 47% 45%
1 Season 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .980 10.70
11 Seasons TOT 942 5839 4234 1444 161 106 .972 6.03 .968 6.17 84 1152 1034 47% 45%
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1901 NL  0.8 (10th)
1906 NL  1.0 (8th)
1909 NL  1.3 (9th)
1910 NL  0.9 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1901 NL  87 (2nd)
1902 NL  89 (3rd)
1904 NL  93 (3rd)
1906 NL  103 (2nd)
1908 NL  99 (5th)
1909 NL  112 (3rd)
1910 NL  89 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1901 NL  406 (3rd)
1902 NL  406 (4th)
1904 NL  414 (3rd)
1906 NL  485 (2nd)
1908 NL  470 (5th)
1909 NL  536 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1901 NL  117 (2nd)
1902 NL  137 (3rd)
1904 NL  151 (1st)
1905 NL  127 (5th)
1906 NL  149 (1st)
1908 NL  137 (4th)
1909 NL  202 (1st)
1910 NL  151 (4th)
1911 NL  121 (4th)
Career  1,444 (9th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1901 NL  16 (4th)
1902 NL  23 (3rd)
1904 NL  24 (3rd)
1905 NL  24 (2nd)
1906 NL  15 (4th)
Career  161 (65th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1901 NL  8 (3rd)
1902 NL  13 (2nd)
1904 NL  10 (4th)
1906 NL  9 (2nd)
1909 NL  18 (1st)
1910 NL  15 (3rd)
1911 NL  10 (5th)
Career  106 (44th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1902 NL  13 (3rd)
1903 NL  10 (5th)
1906 NL  10 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1901 NL  98 (4th)
1902 NL  88 (5th)
1904 NL  116 (3rd)
1905 NL  115 (5th)
1906 NL  129 (2nd)
1908 NL  121 (2nd)
1909 NL  144 (2nd)
1911 NL  115 (4th)
Career  1,152 (18th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1901 NL  90 (2nd)
1902 NL  90 (4th)
1904 NL  110 (2nd)
1905 NL  99 (4th)
1906 NL  107 (1st)
1908 NL  94 (4th)
1909 NL  138 (1st)
1910 NL  94 (4th)
1911 NL  94 (3rd)
Career  1,034 (8th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1902 NL  50.6 (3rd)
1903 NL  50.7 (2nd)
1910 NL  47.5 (5th)
Career  47.3 (51st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1901 NL  6.01 (5th)
1902 NL  6.10 (3rd)
1904 NL  6.08 (5th)
1905 NL  6.55 (2nd)
1906 NL  6.16 (5th)
1908 NL  6.13 (2nd)
1909 NL  6.59 (3rd)
1910 NL  5.89 (4th)
Career  6.03 (99th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1901 NL  .970 (2nd)
1902 NL  .959 (4th)
1906 NL  .977 (2nd)
1908 NL  .989 (1st)
1909 NL  .976 (3rd)
1910 NL  .981 (3rd)
1911 NL  .981 (1st)

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1902 24 Cincinnati Reds $2,700 ? 8/23/02 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,700
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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