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Bill Burns

William Thomas Burns (Sleepy Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: January 27, 1880 in San Saba, TX (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1908 (Age 28.082)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1908 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Senators/WhiteSox/Phillies/Tigers 1908-1912

Final Game: May 23, 1912 (Age 32.117)
Died: June 7, 1953 in Ramona, CA
Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego, CA
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1908 28 WSH AL 6 11 .353 1.70 23 19 1 11 2 0 164.0 135 58 31 3 18 55 4 0 1 612 134 2.07 0.933 7.4 0.2 1.0 3.0 3.06
1909 29 TOT AL 8 14 .364 1.92 29 23 3 11 3 0 197.1 186 71 42 2 41 63 11 4 5 770 124 2.50 1.150 8.5 0.1 1.9 2.9 1.54
1909 29 WSH AL 1 1 .500 1.23 6 4 2 1 0 0 29.1 25 7 4 0 7 13 3 0 0 119 204 2.35 1.091 7.7 0.0 2.1 4.0 1.86
1909 29 CHW AL 7 13 .350 2.04 23 19 1 10 3 0 168.0 161 64 38 2 34 50 8 4 5 651 116 2.53 1.161 8.6 0.1 1.8 2.7 1.47
1910 30 TOT MLB 8 13 .381 3.47 32 21 8 13 2 0 179.0 183 103 69 3 50 57 12 1 3 734 84 2.94 1.302 9.2 0.2 2.5 2.9 1.14
1910 30 CHW AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 11.32 3.000 0.0 0.0 27.0 0.0 0.00
1910 30 CIN NL 8 13 .381 3.48 31 21 8 13 2 0 178.2 183 103 69 3 49 57 12 1 3 732 84 2.93 1.299 9.2 0.2 2.5 2.9 1.16
1911 31 TOT NL 7 10 .412 3.38 27 17 9 8 3 2 138.2 149 70 52 6 29 52 9 1 1 565 102 3.40 1.284 9.7 0.4 1.9 3.4 1.79
1911 31 CIN NL 1 0 1.000 3.06 6 3 3 0 0 1 17.2 17 11 6 1 3 5 3 0 0 73 112 3.96 1.132 8.7 0.5 1.5 2.5 1.67
1911 31 PHI NL 6 10 .375 3.42 21 14 6 8 3 1 121.0 132 59 46 5 26 47 6 1 1 492 100 3.32 1.306 9.8 0.4 1.9 3.5 1.81
1912 32 DET AL 1 4 .200 5.35 6 5 0 2 0 0 38.2 52 29 23 0 9 6 2 1 1 165 62 3.39 1.578 12.1 0.0 2.1 1.4 0.67
5 Yrs 30 52 .366 2.72 117 85 21 45 10 2 717.2 705 331 217 14 147 233 38 7 11 2846 101 2.73 1.187 8.8 0.2 1.8 2.9 1.59
162 Game Avg. 10 18 .366 2.72 39 29 7 15 3 1 242 237 111 73 5 49 78 13 2 4 958 101 2.73 1.187 8.8 0.2 1.8 2.9 1.59
WSH (2 yrs) 7 12 .368 1.63 29 23 3 12 2 0 193.1 160 65 35 3 25 68 7 0 1 731 142 2.11 0.957 7.4 0.1 1.2 3.2 2.72
CIN (2 yrs) 9 13 .409 3.44 37 24 11 13 2 1 196.1 200 114 75 4 52 62 15 1 3 805 86 3.02 1.284 9.2 0.2 2.4 2.8 1.19
CHW (2 yrs) 7 13 .350 2.03 24 19 1 10 3 0 168.1 161 64 38 2 35 50 8 4 5 653 116 2.54 1.164 8.6 0.1 1.9 2.7 1.43
PHI (1 yr) 6 10 .375 3.42 21 14 6 8 3 1 121.0 132 59 46 5 26 47 6 1 1 492 100 3.32 1.306 9.8 0.4 1.9 3.5 1.81
DET (1 yr) 1 4 .200 5.35 6 5 0 2 0 0 38.2 52 29 23 0 9 6 2 1 1 165 62 3.39 1.578 12.1 0.0 2.1 1.4 0.67
AL (4 yrs) 15 29 .341 2.16 59 47 4 24 5 0 400.1 373 158 96 5 69 124 17 5 7 1549 113 2.42 1.104 8.4 0.1 1.6 2.8 1.80
NL (2 yrs) 15 23 .395 3.43 58 38 17 21 5 2 317.1 332 173 121 9 78 109 21 2 4 1297 91 3.13 1.292 9.4 0.3 2.2 3.1 1.40
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1908 28 WSH AL 164.0 23 19 58 3.18 3.50 -0.06 0.00 96.0 3.41 4 0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.9 17 .520 .503
1909 29 WSH AL 29.1 6 4 7 2.15 3.59 -0.09 0.00 98.0 3.60 5 0.7 1.0 -0.0 1.0 7 .617 .504
1909 29 CHW AL 168.0 23 19 64 3.43 3.49 0.29 0.00 95.0 3.04 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.2 0.9 6 .474 .496
1910 30 CHW AL 0.1 1 0 0 0.00 3.75 0.13 0.00 95.0 3.43 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.0 0 .516 .500
1910 30 CIN NL 178.2 31 21 103 5.19 4.04 -0.15 0.00 97.0 4.06 -23 -2.4 1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -9 .422 .485
1911 31 CIN NL 17.2 6 3 11 5.60 4.44 -0.06 0.00 98.0 4.41 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .463 .499
1911 31 PHI NL 121.0 21 14 59 4.39 4.44 0.08 0.00 101.0 4.40 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.0 10 .506 .501
1912 32 DET AL 38.2 6 5 29 6.75 4.40 -0.06 0.00 98.0 4.37 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -6 .350 .494
5 Seasons 717.2 117 85 331 4.15 3.86 0.02 0.00 97.1 3.74 -30 -2.8 1.0 -0.7 3.1 23 .476 .496
WSH (2 yrs) 193.1 29 23 65 3.03 3.51 -0.06 0.00 96.3 3.44 9 1.2 1.0 -0.2 2.9 24 .540 .503
CIN (2 yrs) 196.1 37 24 114 5.23 4.08 -0.14 0.00 97.1 4.09 -25 -2.6 1.0 -0.2 -1.1 -10 .429 .487
CHW (2 yrs) 168.1 24 19 64 3.42 3.49 0.29 0.00 95.0 3.04 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.2 0.9 6 .476 .496
PHI (1 yr) 121.0 21 14 59 4.39 4.44 0.08 0.00 101.0 4.40 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.0 10 .506 .501
DET (1 yr) 38.2 6 5 29 6.75 4.40 -0.06 0.00 98.0 4.37 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -6 .350 .494

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
1908 28 WSH AL 23 56 54 1 8 2 0 0 0 1 2 16 .148 .179 .185 .364 23 10 0 0 1
1909 29 TOT AL 29 76 70 3 12 3 0 0 3 0 5 14 .171 .227 .214 .441 42 15 0 1 1
1909 29 WSH AL 6 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .273 .273 .273 .545 75 3 0 0 /1
1909 29 CHW AL 23 65 59 3 9 3 0 0 3 0 5 12 .153 .219 .203 .422 36 12 0 1 1
1910 30 TOT MLB 33 65 61 5 16 1 0 0 2 0 2 12 .262 .297 .279 .576 71 17 1 1 1
1910 30 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1910 30 CIN NL 32 65 61 5 16 1 0 0 2 0 2 12 .262 .297 .279 .576 71 17 1 1 1
1911 31 TOT NL 27 50 47 3 9 0 1 0 2 0 3 15 .191 .240 .234 .474 33 11 0 0 1
1911 31 CIN NL 6 8 7 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 .429 .500 .714 1.214 242 5 0 0 /1
1911 31 PHI NL 21 42 40 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 14 .150 .190 .150 .340 -4 6 0 0 1
1912 32 DET AL 6 16 13 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 .231 .375 .385 .760 120 5 0 0 /1
5 Yrs 118 263 245 12 48 8 1 0 7 1 0 15 63 .196 .245 .237 .482 48 58 1 2
162 Game Avg. 162 361 336 16 66 11 1 0 10 1 21 86 .196 .245 .237 .482 48 80 1 3
WSH (2 yrs) 29 67 65 1 11 2 0 0 0 1 2 18 .169 .194 .200 .394 32 13 0 0
CIN (2 yrs) 38 73 68 6 19 1 1 0 3 0 3 13 .279 .319 .324 .643 90 22 1 1
CHW (2 yrs) 24 65 59 3 9 3 0 0 3 0 5 12 .153 .219 .203 .422 36 12 0 1
PHI (1 yr) 21 42 40 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 14 .150 .190 .150 .340 -4 6 0 0
DET (1 yr) 6 16 13 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 .231 .375 .385 .760 120 5 0 0
AL (4 yrs) 59 148 137 4 23 7 0 0 3 1 0 10 36 .168 .224 .219 .443 44 30 0 1
NL (2 yrs) 59 115 108 8 25 1 1 0 4 0 5 27 .231 .272 .259 .531 54 28 1 1

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
1908 28 WSH AL 23 56 -4 -0 0 0 4 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 1
1909 29 WSH AL 6 11 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .511 .500 0.1 0.0 0 /1
1909 29 CHW AL 23 65 -4 0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .506 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1910 30 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1910 30 CIN NL 32 65 -2 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1911 31 CIN NL 6 8 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .533 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /1
1911 31 PHI NL 21 42 -6 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .490 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1912 32 DET AL 6 16 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .526 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /1
5 Seasons 118 263 -15 0 0 0 20 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .505 .500 0.5 -0.0 5
WSH (2 yrs) 29 67 -4 0 0 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0
CIN (2 yrs) 38 73 -1 0 0 0 5 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .512 .502 0.5 0.0 4
CHW (2 yrs) 24 65 -4 0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .506 .501 0.1 -0.0 1
PHI (1 yr) 21 42 -6 0 0 0 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .490 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
DET (1 yr) 6 16 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .526 .501 0.2 0.0 2

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 Awards
1908 WSH AL 28 P 23 164.0 77 2 69 6 2 .922 3.90 3.09 .946 3.20 3.19
1909 TOT AL 29 P 29 197.1 87 6 74 7 0 .920 3.65 2.76 .942 3.19 3.15
1909 WSH AL 29 P 6 29.1 14 2 10 2 0 .857 3.68 2.00 .942 3.19 3.15
1909 CHW AL 29 P 23 168.0 73 4 64 5 0 .932 3.64 2.96 .942 3.19 3.15
1910 TOT MLB 30 P 32 179.0 66 3 57 6 2 .909 3.02 1.88 .945 2.82 2.82
1910 CHW AL 30 P 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.30
1910 CIN NL 30 P 31 178.2 66 3 57 6 2 .909 3.02 1.94 .945 2.82 2.80
1911 TOT NL 31 P 27 138.2 59 7 50 2 3 .966 3.70 2.11 .943 2.76 2.74
1911 CIN NL 31 P 6 17.2 11 1 10 0 0 1.000 5.60 1.83 .943 2.75 2.73
1911 PHI NL 31 P 21 121.0 48 6 40 2 3 .958 3.42 2.19 .943 2.77 2.74
1912 DET AL 32 P 6 38.2 15 1 12 2 1 .867 3.03 2.17 .940 2.96 2.90
5 Seasons P 117 717.2 304 19 262 23 8 .924 3.52 2.40 .944 3.00 2.96
5 Seasons TOT 117 717.2 304 19 262 23 8 .924 3.52 2.40 .944 3.00 2.96
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.
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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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1908 AL  1.70 (6th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1908 AL  0.933 (4th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1908 AL  0.988 (2nd)
1909 AL  1.870 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1911 NL  3 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1908 AL  3 (7th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1908 AL  3.056 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1909 AL  14 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1909 AL  11 (9th)
1910 NL  12 (3rd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1908 AL  134 (8th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1908 AL  3.90 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 9 (1578), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 8 (1118), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 16 (460), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1346th), 3.7 career WAR/3.7 7yr-peak WAR/3.7 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Sleepy William Bill billy Thomas Will William Burns

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