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Boileryard Clarke

William Jones Clarke

Positions: Catcher and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: October 18, 1868 in New York, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1893 (Age 24.195)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1893 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Orioles/Beaneaters/Giants 1893-1905

Final Game: October 7, 1905 (Age 36.354)
Died: July 29, 1959 in Princeton, NJ
Buried: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, MD
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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
1893 24 BLN NL 49 208 183 23 32 1 3 1 24 2 19 14 .175 .274 .230 .504 34 42 6 23
1894 25 BLN NL 28 122 100 18 24 8 0 1 19 2 16 14 .240 .361 .350 .711 69 35 3 3 2/3
1895 26 BLN NL 67 267 241 38 70 15 3 0 35 8 13 18 .290 .350 .378 .727 85 91 9 4 2/3
1896 27 BLN NL 80 330 300 48 89 14 7 2 71 7 14 12 .297 .345 .410 .755 97 123 8 8 23
1897 28 BLN NL 64 259 241 32 65 7 1 1 38 5 9 12 .270 .320 .320 .640 69 77 9 0 2/3
1898 29 BLN NL 82 308 285 26 69 5 2 0 27 2 4 14 .242 .289 .274 .563 60 78 15 4 23
1899 30 BSN NL 60 243 223 25 50 3 2 2 32 2 10 17 .224 .270 .283 .553 46 63 4 6 2
1900 31 BSN NL 81 291 270 35 85 5 2 1 30 0 9 16 .315 .344 .359 .703 86 97 3 9 2/3
1901 32 WSH AL 110 465 422 58 118 15 5 3 54 7 23 32 .280 .335 .360 .695 93 152 12 8 *2/3
1902 33 WSH AL 87 323 291 31 78 15 0 6 40 1 23 15 .268 .330 .381 .712 96 111 4 5 2
1903 34 WSH AL 126 494 465 35 111 14 6 2 38 12 15 28 .239 .273 .308 .581 73 143 7 7 32
1904 35 WSH AL 85 301 275 23 58 8 1 0 17 5 17 21 .211 .269 .247 .517 65 68 5 4 23
1905 36 NYG NL 31 56 50 2 9 0 0 1 4 1 4 5 .180 .241 .240 .481 42 12 0 2 32
13 Yrs 950 3667 3346 394 858 110 32 20 429 54 176 218 .256 .310 .326 .637 75 1092 85 60
162 Game Avg. 162 625 571 67 146 19 5 3 73 9 30 37 .256 .310 .326 .637 75 186 14
BLN (6 yrs) 370 1494 1350 185 349 50 16 5 214 26 75 84 .259 .321 .330 .652 72 446 50 19
WSH (4 yrs) 408 1583 1453 147 365 52 12 11 149 25 78 96 .251 .302 .326 .628 83 474 28 24
BSN (2 yrs) 141 534 493 60 135 8 4 3 62 2 19 33 .274 .310 .325 .635 67 160 7 15
NYG (1 yr) 31 56 50 2 9 0 0 1 4 1 4 5 .180 .241 .240 .481 42 12 0 2
NL (9 yrs) 542 2084 1893 247 493 58 20 9 280 29 98 122 .260 .316 .326 .643 70 618 57 36
AL (4 yrs) 408 1583 1453 147 365 52 12 11 149 25 78 96 .251 .302 .326 .628 83 474 28 24

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
1893 24 BLN NL 49 208 -19 -0 0 -4 2 -21 -1.7 7 -14 -1.0 .466 .490 -0.7 -0.1 -10 23
1894 25 BLN NL 28 122 -6 -0 0 -2 1 -7 -0.5 4 -3 -0.1 .482 .497 0.0 -0.0 -1 2/3
1895 26 BLN NL 67 267 -6 -1 0 2 4 -1 -0.1 9 8 0.8 .499 .499 0.7 0.5 6 2/3
1896 27 BLN NL 80 330 -2 -1 0 -2 4 -1 -0.1 11 10 1.0 .499 .500 1.2 0.2 12 23
1897 28 BLN NL 64 259 -11 -1 0 -1 4 -8 -0.7 9 0 0.2 .489 .496 0.2 0.2 2 2/3
1898 29 BLN NL 82 308 -14 0 0 -1 5 -10 -1.0 11 0 0.1 .488 .494 0.2 0.3 1 $2,250 23
1899 30 BSN NL 60 243 -19 0 0 -1 4 -16 -1.5 8 -7 -0.6 .476 .491 -0.5 0.3 -6 2
1900 31 BSN NL 81 291 -6 1 0 -2 4 -2 -0.2 10 8 0.8 .498 .499 1.0 0.2 10 2/3
1901 32 WSH AL 110 465 -3 -0 0 3 7 7 0.6 17 24 2.3 .506 .504 2.0 0.9 21 *2/3
1902 33 WSH AL 87 323 -0 1 0 4 5 10 0.9 12 21 2.0 .511 .506 1.7 0.9 17 $2,123 2
1903 34 WSH AL 126 494 -13 -1 0 -6 -0 -20 -2.4 18 -2 -0.4 .482 .486 0.4 -0.8 4 32
1904 35 WSH AL 85 301 -9 -0 0 0 3 -7 -0.9 11 4 0.3 .490 .495 0.4 0.3 4 23
1905 36 NYG NL 31 56 -3 -0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.5 2 -2 -0.3 .485 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -1 32
13 Seasons 950 3667 -112 -2 0 -11 44 -81 -8.1 128 47 5.1 .492 .496 6.4 2.7 58 $4,373
BLN (6 yrs) 370 1494 -59 -2 0 -8 21 -49 -4.1 51 2 1.0 .489 .496 1.7 1.1 10 $2,250
WSH (4 yrs) 408 1583 -25 -1 0 1 14 -10 -1.8 57 46 4.2 .496 .497 4.4 1.3 45 $2,123
BSN (2 yrs) 141 534 -24 1 0 -3 8 -18 -1.7 18 1 0.2 .488 .496 0.5 0.5 4
NYG (1 yr) 31 56 -3 -0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.5 2 -2 -0.3 .485 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -1

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
1893 BLN NL 24 C 38 198 135 45 18 3 .909 4.74 .936 4.78 17 74 39 35% 37%
1893 BLN NL 24 1B 11 102 97 3 2 5 .980 9.09 .978 10.58
1894 BLN NL 25 C 23 113 80 22 11 1 .903 4.43 .924 4.63 5 38 24 39% 37%
1894 BLN NL 25 1B 5 41 40 0 1 5 .976 8.00 .976 9.88
1895 BLN NL 26 C 60 259 176 67 16 8 .938 4.05 .938 4.65 9 69 69 50% 37%
1895 BLN NL 26 1B 6 46 43 2 1 5 .978 7.50 .978 10.13
1896 BLN NL 27 C 67 270 203 53 14 5 .948 3.82 .943 4.59 14 102 58 36% 37%
1896 BLN NL 27 1B 14 123 116 2 5 11 .959 8.43 .980 10.48
1897 BLN NL 28 C 59 244 191 38 15 2 .939 3.88 .948 4.74 8 84 32 28% 37%
1897 BLN NL 28 1B 4 37 35 2 0 4 1.000 9.25 .980 10.25
1898 BLN NL 29 C 70 372 289 69 14 6 .962 5.11 .953 4.82 19 67 58 46% 44%
1898 BLN NL 29 1B 10 92 87 2 3 4 .967 8.90 .977 10.33
1899 BSN NL 30 C 60 300 213 69 18 4 .940 4.70 .952 4.60 8 74 62 46% 44%
1900 BSN NL 31 C 67 377 246 104 27 8 .928 5.22 .949 4.98 22 101 88 47% 45%
1900 BSN NL 31 1B 8 64 60 4 0 1 1.000 8.00 .979 10.55
1901 WSH AL 32 C 107 504 358 122 24 11 .952 4.49 .950 4.97 10 131 108 45% 44%
1901 WSH AL 32 1B 3 25 24 0 1 1 .960 8.00 .974 10.77
1902 WSH AL 33 C 87 396 288 97 11 8 .972 4.43 .957 4.90 8 103 82 44% 44%
1903 WSH AL 34 1B 88 953 891 44 18 44 .981 10.63 .981 10.79
1903 WSH AL 34 C 37 208 148 46 14 1 .933 5.24 .971 6.07 2 53 35 40% 44%
1904 WSH AL 35 C 52 308 229 72 7 9 .977 5.79 .969 6.15 6 67 49 42% 44%
1904 WSH AL 35 1B 29 308 288 14 6 15 .981 10.41 .982 11.03
1905 NYG NL 36 1B 15 113 106 4 3 4 .973 7.33 .981 10.76
1905 NYG NL 36 C 12 34 31 2 1 0 .971 2.75 .963 6.20 0 3 2 40% 45%
13 Seasons C 739 3583 2587 806 190 66 .947 4.59 .951 4.98 128 966 706 42% 42%
11 Seasons 1B 193 1904 1787 77 40 99 .979 9.66 .980 10.70
13 Seasons TOT 932 5487 4374 883 230 165 .958 5.64 .961 6.16 128 966 706 42% 42%
Lg 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
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1901 AL  0.9 (7th)
1902 AL  0.9 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1902 AL  6 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1898 NL  15 (10th)
1901 AL  12 (4th)
1903 AL  7 (7th)
Career  85 (138th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1903 AL  16.6 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1902 AL  48.5 (3rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1901 AL  107 (2nd)
1902 AL  87 (1st)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1901 AL  358 (3rd)
1902 AL  288 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1900 NL  104 (5th)
1901 AL  122 (2nd)
1902 AL  97 (5th)
Career  806 (75th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1900 NL  27 (2nd)
1901 AL  24 (3rd)
1903 AL  14 (5th)
Career  190 (46th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1900 NL  8 (5th)
1901 AL  11 (2nd)
1902 AL  8 (2nd)
1904 AL  9 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1898 NL  19 (5th)
1900 NL  22 (5th)
Career  128 (91st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1900 NL  101 (5th)
1901 AL  131 (2nd)
1902 AL  103 (3rd)
Career  966 (40th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1901 AL  108 (2nd)
1902 AL  82 (2nd)
Career  706 (31st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1895 NL  50.0 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1898 NL  5.11 (4th)
1899 NL  4.70 (5th)
1900 NL  5.22 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1896 NL  .948 (5th)
1901 AL  .952 (3rd)
1902 AL  .972 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1903 AL  born 1868-10-18 (10th)
1904 AL  born 1868-10-18 (9th)
1905 NL  born 1868-10-18 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (259th), 5.1 career WAR/7.4 7yr-peak WAR/6.2 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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
1898 29 Baltimore Orioles $2,250 ? 1/14/1899 Sporting Life
1902 33 Washington Senators $2,123 ? S. Povich, The Washington Senators, 245
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,373
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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