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Josh Billings

John Augustus Billings

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: November 30, 1891 in Grantville, KS
School: Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1913 (Age 21.283, 3,993rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1917 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Indians/Naps 1913-1923

Final Game: August 24, 1923 (Age 31.267)
Died: December 30, 1981 in Santa Monica, CA
Buried: Body donated to UCLA Medical School,
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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
1913 21 CLE AL 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1914 22 CLE AL 11 9 8 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .250 .333 .375 .708 110 3 0 0 /2
1915 23 CLE AL 8 21 21 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 .190 .190 .238 .429 28 5 0 3 /28O
1916 24 CLE AL 22 35 31 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 11 .161 .212 .161 .373 10 5 0 2 2
1917 25 CLE AL 66 152 129 8 23 3 2 0 9 2 8 21 .178 .243 .233 .475 41 30 3 7 2
1918 26 CLE AL 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 93 1 0 0 /2
1919 27 SLB AL 38 82 76 9 15 1 1 0 3 0 1 12 .197 .218 .237 .455 27 18 1 4 2/3
1920 28 SLB AL 66 179 155 19 43 5 2 0 11 1 0 11 10 .277 .353 .335 .688 81 52 7 5 2
1921 29 SLB AL 20 47 46 2 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 .217 .217 .217 .435 9 10 0 1 2
1922 30 SLB AL 5 7 7 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .429 .429 .571 1.000 154 4 0 0 /2
1923 31 SLB AL 4 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
11 Yrs 243 547 488 45 106 12 5 0 29 5 0 23 73 .217 .268 .262 .530 47 128 11 22
162 Game Avg. 162 365 325 30 71 8 3 0 19 3 15 49 .217 .268 .262 .530 47 85 7 15
CLE (6 yrs) 110 223 195 15 35 5 2 0 10 4 0 11 42 .179 .234 .226 .460 36 44 3 12
SLB (5 yrs) 133 324 293 30 71 7 3 0 19 1 0 12 31 .242 .291 .287 .577 53 84 8 10

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
1913 21 CLE AL 1 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .406 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1914 22 CLE AL 11 9 0 0 0 -1 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .494 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 /2
1915 23 CLE AL 8 21 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .480 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /28O
1916 24 CLE AL 22 35 -4 0 0 0 1 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.2 .484 .498 -0.2 0.1 -2 2
1917 25 CLE AL 66 152 -10 -0 0 0 2 -7 -0.9 6 -2 -0.3 .486 .494 -0.3 0.3 -2 2
1918 26 CLE AL 2 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
1919 27 SLB AL 38 82 -7 0 0 0 1 -6 -0.7 3 -3 -0.4 .481 .496 -0.4 0.1 -3 2/3
1920 28 SLB AL 66 179 -3 1 0 -1 2 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.5 .498 .499 0.6 0.1 6 $3,600 2
1921 29 SLB AL 20 47 -7 0 0 0 1 -6 -0.6 2 -4 -0.4 .470 .496 -0.4 0.1 -4 $4,350 2
1922 30 SLB AL 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .512 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $4,350 /2
1923 31 SLB AL 4 9 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.2 .434 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 $4,500 /2
11 Seasons 243 547 -35 2 0 -2 7 -29 -3.2 21 -8 -1.2 .487 .497 -0.9 0.6 -6 $16,800
CLE (6 yrs) 110 223 -16 0 0 -1 4 -13 -1.6 8 -5 -0.7 .486 .496 -0.6 0.3 -4
SLB (5 yrs) 133 324 -20 1 0 -1 4 -16 -1.6 12 -4 -0.5 .487 .498 -0.4 0.3 -3 $16,800

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1913 CLE AL 21 C 1 7 4 2 1 0 .857 6.00 .967 6.60 0 1 1 50% 44%
1914 CLE AL 22 C 3 2 1 16 10 3 3 0 .813 4.33 .967 6.70 2 0 2 100% 46%
1915 CLE AL 23 C 7 4 4 35 29 6 0 0 1.000 5.00 .965 6.46 0 3 3 50% 42%
1915 CLE AL 23 CF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 2.40
1915 CLE AL 23 OF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.00
1916 CLE AL 24 C 12 6 4 52 38 13 1 3 .981 4.25 .974 6.33 3 9 5 36% 42%
1917 CLE AL 25 C 48 32 22 190 134 51 5 2 .974 3.85 .971 5.71 1 43 33 43% 45%
1918 CLE AL 26 C 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 5.50 0 1 0 0% 44%
1919 SLB AL 27 C 26 21 11 111 76 33 2 3 .982 4.19 .974 5.57 1 16 17 52% 45%
1919 SLB AL 27 1B 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .990 10.70
1920 SLB AL 28 C 40 38 37 180 138 36 6 1 .967 4.35 .973 5.11 3 25 15 38% 48%
1921 SLB AL 29 C 12 8 8 55 45 9 1 3 .982 4.50 .971 4.89 0 6 1 14% 45%
1922 SLB AL 30 C 3 1 1 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .977 4.80 0 0 1 100% 43%
1923 SLB AL 31 C 4 1 1 12 8 3 1 1 .917 2.75 .975 4.82 1 1 1 50% 45%
11 Seasons C 157 113 89 666 489 157 20 13 .970 4.11 .972 5.54 11 105 79 43% 45%
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .990 10.70
1 Season CF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 2.40
1 Season OF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 2.00 0-1-0
11 Seasons TOT 159 113 89 669 490 158 21 13 .969 4.08 .972 5.55 0-1-0 11 105 79 43% 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

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1920 AL  7 (6th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1919 AL  51.5 (2nd)

                           

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
1920 28 St. Louis Browns $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 29 St. Louis Browns $4,350 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 30 St. Louis Browns $4,350 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 31 St. Louis Browns $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$16,800
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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