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Jack Billingham

John Eugene Billingham

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: February 21, 1943 in Orlando, FL
Signed
by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1961. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 11, 1968 (Age 25.050, 10,277th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Astros/Tigers/Dodgers/RedSox 1968-1980

Final Game: June 20, 1980 (Age 37.120)
Relatives: Cousin of Christy Mathewson and Cousin of Henry Mathewson
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1968 LAD NL 25 P 50 1 0 71.1 21 5 15 1 1 .952 2.52 0.40 .958 2.01 2.02 6 4 40% 40% 0
1969 HOU NL 26 P 52 4 1 82.2 16 3 12 1 1 .938 1.63 0.29 .958 1.95 1.94 6 4 40% 40% 1
1970 HOU NL 27 P 46 24 8 187.2 45 13 30 2 1 .956 2.06 0.93 .951 1.85 1.84 3 4 57% 33% 0
1971 HOU NL 28 P 33 33 8 228.1 56 20 32 4 3 .929 2.05 1.58 .954 1.90 1.90 9 7 44% 35% 0
1972 CIN NL 29 P 36 31 8 217.2 43 14 28 1 0 .977 1.74 1.17 .950 1.78 1.78 5 6 55% 37% 0
1973 CIN NL 30 P 40 40 16 293.1 73 18 53 2 3 .973 2.18 1.78 .950 1.88 1.88 12 11 48% 36% 1 AS,CYA-4,MVP-23
1974 CIN NL 31 P 36 35 8 212.1 50 14 35 1 1 .980 2.08 1.36 .944 1.88 1.88 7 12 63% 33% 1 CYA-6,MVP-16
1975 CIN NL 32 P 33 32 5 208.0 32 8 24 0 5 1.000 1.38 0.97 .946 1.86 1.86 8 7 47% 32% 0
1976 CIN NL 33 P 34 29 5 177.0 36 10 25 1 1 .972 1.78 1.03 .950 1.88 1.87 12 5 29% 33% 1
1977 CIN NL 34 P 36 23 3 161.2 47 12 34 1 2 .979 2.56 1.28 .950 1.85 1.85 10 8 44% 35% 0
1978 DET AL 35 P 30 30 10 201.2 40 9 30 1 0 .975 1.74 1.30 .954 1.90 1.88 14 10 42% 38% 1
1979 DET AL 36 P 35 19 2 158.0 29 6 21 2 3 .931 1.54 0.77 .949 1.92 1.89 12 11 48% 36% 0
1980 TOT AL 37 P 15 4 0 31.2 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 1.71 0.40 .957 1.85 1.85 4 1 20% 35% 0
1980 DET AL 37 P 8 0 0 7.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.45 0.25 .955 1.84 1.85 0 0 0
1980 BOS AL 37 P 7 4 0 24.1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.48 0.57 .958 1.85 1.86 4 1 20% 35% 0
13 Seasons P 476 305 74 2231.1 494 133 344 17 21 .966 1.92 1.00 .951 1.88 1.89 108 90 45% 36% 5
13 Seasons TOT 476 305 74 2231.1 494 133 344 17 21 .966 1.92 1.00 .951 1.88 1.89 108 90 45% 36% 5
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
1968 LAD NL 25 P
1969 HOU NL 26 P
1970 HOU NL 27 P
1971 HOU NL 28 P
1972 CIN NL 29 P
1973 CIN NL 30 P
1974 CIN NL 31 P
1975 CIN NL 32 P
1976 CIN NL 33 P
1977 CIN NL 34 P
1978 DET AL 35 P
1979 DET AL 36 P
1980 DET AL 37 P
1980 BOS AL 37 P
13 Seasons P
13 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1968 LAD NL 25 50 1 50 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 HOU NL 26 52 4 52 52 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 HOU NL 27 46 24 46 46 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 HOU NL 28 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 CIN NL 29 36 31 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 CIN NL 30 40 40 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 CIN NL 31 36 35 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 CIN NL 32 33 32 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 CIN NL 33 34 29 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 CIN NL 34 36 23 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 DET AL 35 30 30 0 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 DET AL 36 35 19 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 DET AL 37 8 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 BOS AL 37 7 4 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Seasons 476 305 396 476 476 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1968 LAD NL 25 285 78% 25% 17 88% 0 5 1 3 14 12 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4 75%
1969 HOU NL 26 351 73% 28% 14 93% 0 4 1 2 12 7 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1970 HOU NL 27 796 76% 33% 36 89% 0 14 2 10 29 26 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 100%
1971 HOU NL 28 889 79% 33% 37 89% 1 16 0 16 34 27 2 4 0 3 1 3 3 1 2 1 4 75%
1972 CIN NL 29 901 79% 34% 38 89% 0 14 4 9 30 26 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 100%
1973 CIN NL 30 1205 81% 37% 64 92% 0 18 3 11 54 44 4 2 0 1 1 0 3 2 2 1 7 86%
1974 CIN NL 31 899 83% 36% 42 93% 0 14 1 10 36 29 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 7 100%
1975 CIN NL 32 891 84% 37% 27 93% 0 8 0 7 25 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 5 0 4 100%
1976 CIN NL 33 762 85% 35% 24 100% 0 10 1 7 24 18 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 8 100%
1977 CIN NL 34 723 84% 29% 35 94% 1 12 0 10 33 26 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 9 100%
1978 DET AL 35 857 89% 33% 33 91% 0 8 1 7 30 25 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1979 DET AL 36 668 86% 33% 23 91% 0 6 2 4 19 15 4 2 1 1 0 1 3 3 3 0 5 100%
1980 DET AL 37 37 78% 19% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1980 BOS AL 37 128 89% 26% 4 100% 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
13 Seasons 9392 82% 34% 396 92% 2 130 17 96 345 275 27 17 1 9 7 9 21 13 18 3 65 95%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 90% 87%



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1986 BBWAA ( 0.2%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1973 NL (23, 2%)
1974 NL (16, 1%)
0.03 Career Shares (1298th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1973 NL (4, 25%)
1974 NL (6, 7%)
0.32 Career Shares (144th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1973 NL  53 (2nd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1971 NL  4 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1975 NL  1.000 (1st)

             

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