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Steve Bilko

Stephen Thomas Bilko

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 230 lb.

Born: November 13, 1928 in Nanticoke, PA
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1945. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 22, 1949 (Age 20.313)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Angels/Tigers/Dodgers/Cubs/... 1949-1962

Final Game: August 23, 1962 (Age 33.283)
Died: March 7, 1978 in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Buried: St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Nanticoke, PA
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1949 STL NL 20 1B 5 4 2 45 42 3 0 1 1.000 9.00 .991 9.62
1950 STL NL 21 1B 9 9 7 80.1 89 81 7 1 8 .989 9.86 9.78 .990 9.70 9.61
1951 STL NL 22 1B 19 19 19 166.2 186 170 13 3 18 .984 9.88 9.63 .989 9.76 9.72
1952 STL NL 23 1B 20 20 19 174.0 202 177 24 1 14 .995 10.40 10.05 .990 9.89 9.81
1953 STL NL 24 1B 154 153 146 1338.2 1585 1446 124 15 145 .991 1 1 10.56 10.19 .990 9.88 9.68
1954 TOT NL 25 1B 28 25 18 210.0 238 203 35 0 20 1.000 4 20 10.20 8.50 .991 9.81 9.75
1954 STL NL 25 1B 6 4 2 34.1 28 21 7 0 3 1.000 1 24 7.34 4.67 .991 9.80 9.75
1954 CHC NL 25 1B 22 21 16 175.2 210 182 28 0 17 1.000 3 19 10.76 9.55 .991 9.81 9.75
1958 TOT NL 29 1B 46 46 26 359.0 375 345 28 2 39 .995 1 5 9.35 8.11 .990 9.54 9.49
1958 CIN NL 29 1B 21 21 14 174.0 184 172 11 1 19 .995 -1 -5 9.47 8.71 .990 9.54 9.49
1958 LAD NL 29 1B 25 25 12 185.0 191 173 17 1 20 .995 2 14 9.24 7.60 .990 9.54 9.49
1960 DET AL 31 1B 62 59 39 497.1 542 501 36 5 47 .991 4 10 9.72 8.66 .991 9.58 9.56
1961 LAA AL 32 1B 86 72 62 653.1 645 577 61 7 56 .989 1 2 8.79 7.42 .990 9.45 9.34
1961 LAA AL 32 OF 3 3 1 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 0.78 0.67 .975 2.27 2.23
1961 LAA AL 32 RF 3 3 1 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 0.78 0.67 .975 2.07 2.03
1962 LAA AL 33 1B 50 43 30 378.1 401 371 28 2 36 .995 -0 -0 9.49 7.98 .990 9.44 9.41
10 Seasons 1B 479 450 368 3857.2 4308 3913 359 36 384 .992 12 4 9.86 8.92 .990 9.68 9.57
1 Season RF 3 3 1 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 0.78 0.67 .975 2.07 2.03
1 Season OF 3 3 1 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 0.78 0.67 .975 2.27 2.23
10 Seasons TOT 482 453 369 3880.2 4310 3915 359 36 384 .992 11 3 9.81 8.87 .990 9.64 9.52
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1949 STL NL 20 1B
1950 STL NL 21 1B
1951 STL NL 22 1B
1952 STL NL 23 1B
1953 STL NL 24 1B 1 1 1 0 1 0
1954 STL NL 25 1B 1 24 1 0 0 0
1954 CHC NL 25 1B 3 19 3 2 1 0
1958 CIN NL 29 1B -1 -5 -1 1 -2 0
1958 LAD NL 29 1B 2 14 2 1 1 0
1960 DET AL 31 1B 4 10 4 3 2 0
1961 LAA AL 32 1B 1 2 1 3 -2 0
1961 LAA AL 32 RF -1 -52 -1 -1 0 0
1962 LAA AL 33 1B -0 -0 -0 -1 1 0
10 Seasons 1B 12 4 12 9 3 0
1 Season RF -1 -52 -1 -1 0 0
10 Seasons TOT 11 3 11 8 3 0 0

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1949 STL NL 20 6 4 6 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1950 STL NL 21 10 8 10 9 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1951 STL NL 22 21 19 21 19 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1952 STL NL 23 20 20 20 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 STL NL 24 154 153 154 154 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1954 CHC NL 25 47 21 47 22 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
1954 STL NL 25 8 4 8 6 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1958 LAD NL 29 47 25 47 25 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
1958 CIN NL 29 31 21 31 21 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1960 DET AL 31 78 59 78 62 0 0 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1961 LAA AL 32 114 75 114 88 0 0 86 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 33 0
1962 LAA AL 33 64 43 64 49 0 0 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
10 Seasons 600 452 600 480 0 0 478 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 135 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 STL NL 20 143 82% 76% 23% 14 93% 1 32 5 27 0 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 67%
1950 STL NL 21 286 76% 81% 28% 14 100% 0 68 3 64 1 7 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 6 1 1 0 1 1 100%
1951 STL NL 22 586 63% 81% 28% 27 89% 0 131 7 122 2 7 11 8 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 15 0 0 0 13 0 2 0 2 1 100%
1952 STL NL 23 463 70% 82% 29% 32 94% 0 111 9 102 0 12 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 10 1 1 0 1 2 50%
1953 STL NL 24 4378 65% 81% 29% 254 92% 0 1062 72 974 19 82 91 56 24 2 2 12 4 7 1 7 112 5 1 1 99 8 12 6 6 9 100%
1954 CHC NL 25 746 62% 82% 29% 46 100% 1 174 8 164 2 16 24 15 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 1 0 1 15 2 4 0 4 4 100%
1954 STL NL 25 154 65% 80% 20% 10 100% 0 21 0 20 1 3 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 100%
1958 LAD NL 29 798 66% 75% 29% 50 98% 1 175 9 162 3 24 17 12 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 20 1 0 0 19 1 1 0 1 4 100%
1958 CIN NL 29 738 64% 82% 27% 38 97% 0 172 6 163 4 23 11 8 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 17 0 2 0 2 2 100%
1960 DET AL 31 2109 67% 81% 27% 122 93% 2 499 32 461 6 51 35 21 9 1 2 5 0 5 0 3 46 0 0 2 43 2 3 0 3 9 78%
1961 LAA AL 32 2822 63% 76% 24% 131 95% 1 557 36 519 5 35 58 45 9 0 1 7 4 3 0 3 56 1 0 0 52 1 4 1 3 7 100%
1962 LAA AL 33 1625 67% 80% 27% 77 94% 0 369 15 346 8 30 29 23 5 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 36 1 0 0 33 1 2 1 1 12 92%
10 Seasons 14848 65% 79% 27% 815 94% 6 3371 202 3124 51 296 299 204 65 5 7 31 10 20 1 17 344 11 1 4 309 17 33 8 25 55 91%
MLB Averages 63% 81% 27% 93% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1961 LAA AL 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 25.0% 3 0 0.0% 0 101 70% 80% 22% 7 29%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 25.0% 3 0 0.0% 0 101 70% 80% 22% 7 29%
MLB Averages 42.2% 3.2% 63% 81% 30% 54%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Putoutss c a p y
1953 NL  1,446 (1st)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  154 (2nd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  1,446 (1st)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  124 (1st)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  15 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  145 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1960 AL  4 (3rd)
Career  12 (71st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1953 NL  10.56 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  10.19 (1st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1953 NL  .991 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1949 NL  born 1928-11-13 (5th)

             

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