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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, 8,230th in MLB history)
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 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
1949 20 STL NL 6 22 17 3 5 2 0 0 2 0 5 6 .294 .455 .412 .866 130 7 0 0 0 /3
1950 21 STL NL 10 37 33 1 6 1 0 0 2 0 4 10 .182 .270 .212 .482 27 7 1 0 0 /3
1951 22 STL NL 21 82 72 5 16 4 0 2 12 0 0 9 10 .222 .309 .361 .670 79 26 1 0 1 3
1952 23 STL NL 20 78 72 7 19 6 1 1 6 0 0 4 15 .264 .303 .417 .719 98 30 2 0 2 3
1953 24 STL NL 154 642 570 72 143 23 3 21 84 0 1 70 125 .251 .334 .412 .746 93 235 17 1 0 *3
1954 25 TOT NL 55 120 106 12 24 8 1 4 13 0 0 14 25 .226 .317 .434 .751 93 46 8 0 0 0 3
1954 25 STL NL 8 17 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 .143 .294 .143 .437 19 2 2 0 0 0 /3
1954 25 CHC NL 47 103 92 11 22 8 1 4 12 0 0 11 24 .239 .320 .478 .799 105 44 6 0 0 0 3
1958 29 TOT NL 78 210 188 25 44 5 4 11 35 0 0 18 57 .234 .295 .479 .774 97 90 9 0 0 4 0 3
1958 29 CIN NL 31 100 87 12 23 4 2 4 17 0 0 10 20 .264 .330 .494 .824 110 43 5 0 0 3 0 3
1958 29 LAD NL 47 110 101 13 21 1 2 7 18 0 0 8 37 .208 .264 .465 .729 85 47 4 0 0 1 0 3
1960 31 DET AL 78 251 222 20 46 11 2 9 25 0 1 27 31 .207 .292 .396 .688 82 88 6 0 0 1 0 3
1961 32 LAA AL 114 354 294 49 82 16 1 20 59 1 1 58 81 .279 .395 .544 .940 139 160 9 0 0 2 2 3/9
1962 33 LAA AL 64 199 164 26 47 9 1 8 38 1 1 25 35 .287 .374 .500 .874 136 82 5 2 0 7 0 3
10 Yrs 600 1995 1738 220 432 85 13 76 276 2 4 234 395 .249 .336 .444 .780 103 771 58 3 3 14 2
162 Game Avg. 162 539 469 59 117 23 4 21 75 1 63 107 .249 .336 .444 .780 103 208 16 1 1
STL (6 yrs) 219 878 778 89 191 36 4 24 107 0 1 95 167 .246 .328 .395 .723 89 307 23 1 3 0
LAA (2 yrs) 178 553 458 75 129 25 2 28 97 2 2 83 116 .282 .388 .528 .916 138 242 14 2 0 9 2
LAD (1 yr) 47 110 101 13 21 1 2 7 18 0 0 8 37 .208 .264 .465 .729 85 47 4 0 0 1 0
CIN (1 yr) 31 100 87 12 23 4 2 4 17 0 0 10 20 .264 .330 .494 .824 110 43 5 0 0 3 0
CHC (1 yr) 47 103 92 11 22 8 1 4 12 0 0 11 24 .239 .320 .478 .799 105 44 6 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 78 251 222 20 46 11 2 9 25 0 1 27 31 .207 .292 .396 .688 82 88 6 0 0 1 0
NL (7 yrs) 344 1191 1058 125 257 49 9 39 154 0 1 124 248 .243 .322 .417 .739 92 441 38 1 3 4 0
AL (3 yrs) 256 804 680 95 175 36 4 37 122 2 3 110 147 .257 .358 .485 .843 121 330 20 2 0 10 2

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
1949 20 STL NL 6 22 1 -0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .515 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 /3
1950 21 STL NL 10 37 -4 0 -0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .458 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -3 /3
1951 22 STL NL 21 82 -2 0 0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .489 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 3
1952 23 STL NL 20 78 -1 0 -0 2 -1 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .505 .501 0.2 0.1 2 3
1953 24 STL NL 154 642 -6 -0 -2 1 -7 -14 -1.5 24 10 0.9 .491 .492 0.9 -0.6 9 *3
1954 25 STL NL 8 17 -1 0 -0 1 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 0.0 .491 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 /3
1954 25 CHC NL 47 103 0 -0 -1 3 -1 1 0.1 4 5 0.5 .502 .501 0.2 0.2 2 3
1958 29 CIN NL 31 100 1 1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .495 .499 0.3 -0.2 3 3
1958 29 LAD NL 47 110 -3 -0 0 2 -1 -2 -0.3 4 2 0.1 .494 .498 -0.1 0.1 -0 3
1960 31 DET AL 78 251 -7 -0 -0 4 -3 -7 -0.9 8 1 -0.1 .490 .495 -0.4 0.0 -4 3
1961 32 LAA AL 114 354 17 -0 -1 0 -5 12 1.0 11 22 2.1 .510 .507 2.2 -0.5 22 3/9
1962 33 LAA AL 64 199 8 -2 -1 -0 -2 3 0.2 6 9 0.9 .505 .502 0.9 -0.3 9 3
10 Seasons 600 1995 3 -2 -5 13 -23 -14 -2.0 70 55 4.9 .498 .499 4.2 -1.4 43
STL (6 yrs) 219 878 -13 0 -2 4 -9 -19 -2.1 33 14 1.2 .491 .494 1.0 -0.6 10
LAA (2 yrs) 178 553 25 -2 -2 0 -7 15 1.3 17 32 3.0 .508 .505 3.2 -0.9 31
LAD (1 yr) 47 110 -3 -0 0 2 -1 -2 -0.3 4 2 0.1 .494 .498 -0.1 0.1 -0
CIN (1 yr) 31 100 1 1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .495 .499 0.3 -0.2 3
CHC (1 yr) 47 103 0 -0 -1 3 -1 1 0.1 4 5 0.5 .502 .501 0.2 0.2 2
DET (1 yr) 78 251 -7 -0 -0 4 -3 -7 -0.9 8 1 -0.1 .490 .495 -0.4 0.0 -4

Standard Fielding

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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 OF 3 3 1 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -52 0.78 0.67 .975 2.27 2.23
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
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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Games Played s c a p y
1953 NL  154 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1953 NL  125 (1st)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1962 AL  7 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1953 NL  17 (9th)

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 (72nd)

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)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2441), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (265th), 4.9 career WAR/5.2 7yr-peak WAR/5.1 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

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