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Cliff Bolton

William Clifton Bolton

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: April 10, 1907 in High Point, NC (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1931 (Age 24.010, 6,163rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Tigers 1931-1941

Last Game: September 24, 1941 (Age 34.167)
Died: April 21, 1979 in Lexington, NC
Buried: Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Thomasville, NC
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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
1931 24 WSH AL 23 42 43 3 11 1 1 0 6 0 0 1 5 .256 .273 .326 .598 56 14 0 0 2
1933 26 WSH AL 33 46 39 4 16 1 1 0 6 0 0 6 3 .410 .500 .487 .987 165 19 1 0 /2O9
1934 27 WSH AL 42 160 148 12 40 9 1 1 17 2 0 11 9 .270 .321 .365 .686 80 54 0 1 2
1935 28 WSH AL 110 436 375 47 114 18 11 2 55 0 1 58 13 .304 .399 .427 .825 116 160 1 2 *2
1936 29 WSH AL 86 315 289 41 84 18 4 2 51 1 2 25 12 .291 .349 .401 .751 90 116 1 0 2
1937 30 DET AL 27 65 57 6 15 2 0 1 7 0 0 8 6 .263 .354 .351 .705 77 20 0 0 2
1941 34 WSH AL 14 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .000 .083 -76 0 0 0 0 /2
7 Yrs 335 1076 962 113 280 49 18 6 143 3 3 110 50 .291 .366 .398 .764 98 383 0 3 3
162 Game Avg. 162 520 465 55 135 24 9 3 69 1 1 53 24 .291 .366 .398 .764 98 185 1 1
WSH (6 yrs) 308 1011 905 107 265 47 18 5 136 3 3 102 44 .293 .366 .401 .767 99 363 0 3 3
DET (1 yr) 27 65 57 6 15 2 0 1 7 0 0 8 6 .263 .354 .351 .705 77 20 0 0

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
1931 24 WSH AL 23 42 -3 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 2 -1 -0.1 .490 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 2
1933 26 WSH AL 33 46 4 0 0 0 0 5 0.4 2 6 0.6 .513 .503 0.6 0.0 6 /2O9
1934 27 WSH AL 42 160 -4 1 0 1 1 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.4 .497 .499 0.3 0.2 4 2
1935 28 WSH AL 110 436 12 0 0 -2 4 14 1.2 16 30 2.8 .512 .508 3.0 0.1 32 *2
1936 29 WSH AL 86 315 -4 -0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 11 10 0.9 .498 .499 0.9 0.2 10 2
1937 30 DET AL 27 65 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .495 .499 0.1 0.0 1 2
1941 34 WSH AL 14 12 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 0 -2 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 /2
7 Seasons 335 1076 1 0 0 -1 9 9 0.7 40 48 4.5 .502 .502 4.7 0.7 49
WSH (6 yrs) 308 1011 3 0 0 -1 8 10 0.8 37 47 4.4 .503 .503 4.6 0.6 48
DET (1 yr) 27 65 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .495 .499 0.1 0.0 1

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1933 26 WSH AL WS NYG L 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0

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
1931 WSH AL 24 C 13 4 2 19 15 3 1 0 .947 1.38 .981 4.92 1 5 2 29% 42%
1933 WSH AL 26 C 9 3 2 18 14 2 2 1 .889 1.78 .988 4.88 1 3 1 25% 46%
1933 WSH AL 26 OF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.40
1933 WSH AL 26 RF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.10
1934 WSH AL 27 C 39 39 31 157 134 20 3 4 .981 3.95 .981 4.99 1 12 11 48% 36%
1935 WSH AL 28 C 106 101 90 420 356 52 12 8 .971 3.85 .984 4.75 9 41 21 34% 41%
1936 WSH AL 29 C 83 76 65 338 287 44 7 4 .979 3.99 .979 4.78 5 31 20 39% 36%
1937 DET AL 30 C 13 13 11 57 47 9 1 2 .982 4.31 .980 5.04 1 11 3 21% 38%
1941 WSH AL 34 C 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .985 5.00 0 0 0 0 0
7 Seasons C 266 236 201 1011 855 130 26 19 .974 3.70 .982 4.82 18 0 103 58 36% 39% 0
1 Season OF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 2.40
1 Season RF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .960 2.10
7 Seasons TOT 267 236 201 1013 857 130 26 19 .974 3.70 .982 4.81 18 0 103 58 36% 39% 0
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

Triples s c a p y
1935 AL  11 (8th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1935 AL  28.8 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1935 AL  52 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1935 AL  12 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1935 AL  8 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1935 AL  9 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1935 AL  41 (3rd)
1936 AL  31 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1936 AL  39.2 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1936 AL  .979 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2441), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Catcher (323rd), 4.5 career WAR/4.5 7yr-peak WAR/4.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Cliff Clifton Bolton

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