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Billy Cowan

Billy Rolland Cowan

Positions: Outfielder, Pinch Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: August 28, 1938 in Calhoun City, MS
High School: East Bakersfield HS (Bakersfield, CA)
School: University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1961. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1963 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Angels/Cubs/Mets/Phillies/Yankees/... 1963-1972

Final Game: April 24, 1972 (Age 33)
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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
1963 24 CHC NL 14 36 36 1 9 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 11 .250 .250 .417 .667 84 15 0 0 0 0 0 /897
1964 25 CHC NL 139 520 497 52 120 16 4 19 50 12 3 18 128 .241 .268 .404 .673 84 201 6 1 2 2 5 *8
1965 26 TOT NL 101 189 183 20 33 9 2 3 9 3 2 4 54 .180 .202 .301 .503 42 55 2 1 1 0 1 87/46
1965 26 NYM NL 82 162 156 16 28 8 2 3 9 3 2 4 45 .179 .205 .314 .519 47 49 2 1 1 0 1 8/746
1965 26 MLN NL 19 27 27 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .185 .185 .222 .407 14 6 0 0 0 0 0 /78
1967 28 PHI NL 34 66 59 11 9 0 0 3 6 1 0 4 14 .153 .203 .305 .508 43 18 1 0 2 1 0 7/945
1969 30 TOT AL 60 111 104 15 25 1 0 5 13 0 0 6 18 .240 .288 .394 .683 94 41 4 1 0 0 1 79/83
1969 30 NYY AL 32 51 48 5 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 9 .167 .216 .229 .445 27 11 3 0 0 0 0 /789
1969 30 CAL AL 28 60 56 10 17 1 0 4 10 0 0 3 9 .304 .350 .536 .886 152 30 1 1 0 0 1 /9387
1970 31 CAL AL 68 146 134 20 37 9 1 5 25 0 1 11 29 .276 .336 .470 .806 124 63 2 1 0 0 2 93/758
1971 32 CAL AL 74 182 174 12 48 8 0 4 20 1 1 7 41 .276 .304 .391 .695 103 68 2 0 1 0 1 7/39
1972 33 CAL AL 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Yrs 493 1253 1190 131 281 44 8 40 125 17 8 50 297 .236 .269 .387 .656 84 461 17 4 6 3 10
162 Game Avg. 162 412 391 43 92 14 3 13 41 6 3 16 98 .236 .269 .387 .656 84 151 6 1 2 1 3
CAL (4 yrs) 173 391 367 42 102 18 1 13 55 1 2 21 81 .278 .321 .439 .759 117 161 5 2 1 0 4
CHC (2 yrs) 153 556 533 53 129 17 5 20 52 12 4 18 139 .242 .267 .405 .672 84 216 6 1 2 2 5
NYM (1 yr) 82 162 156 16 28 8 2 3 9 3 2 4 45 .179 .205 .314 .519 47 49 2 1 1 0 1
PHI (1 yr) 34 66 59 11 9 0 0 3 6 1 0 4 14 .153 .203 .305 .508 43 18 1 0 2 1 0
MLN (1 yr) 19 27 27 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .185 .185 .222 .407 14 6 0 0 0 0 0
NYY (1 yr) 32 51 48 5 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 9 .167 .216 .229 .445 27 11 3 0 0 0 0
AL (4 yrs) 205 442 415 47 110 18 1 14 58 1 2 24 90 .265 .308 .414 .723 107 172 8 2 1 0 4
NL (4 yrs) 288 811 775 84 171 26 7 26 67 16 6 26 207 .221 .247 .373 .620 71 289 9 2 5 3 6

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
1963 24 CHC NL 14 36 -0 -0 0 -1 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.1 .485 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 /897
1964 25 CHC NL 139 520 -9 2 2 -4 -1 -10 -1.1 20 9 0.9 .491 .493 1.3 -0.5 14 *8
1965 26 NYM NL 82 162 -9 0 -0 -3 -0 -12 -1.3 6 -6 -0.7 .484 .492 -0.4 -0.3 -3 $11,000 8/746
1965 26 MLN NL 19 27 -3 -0 0 -2 -0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.5 .469 .496 -0.3 -0.2 -3 /78
1967 28 PHI NL 34 66 -2 0 1 -1 -1 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.2 .488 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -0 7/945
1969 30 NYY AL 32 51 -4 -0 -1 -1 -1 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.5 .478 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -3 $16,000 /789
1969 30 CAL AL 28 60 4 -1 0 0 -1 3 0.3 2 5 0.6 .513 .502 0.5 -0.1 5 /9387
1970 31 CAL AL 68 146 3 0 -0 -1 -2 0 -0.0 5 5 0.5 .500 .500 0.7 -0.4 6 $16,000 93/758
1971 32 CAL AL 74 182 2 -0 1 3 -2 3 0.4 6 10 1.0 .505 .502 0.6 0.1 6 7/39
1972 33 CAL AL 3 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .472 .499 -0.1 0.0 -0
8 Seasons 493 1253 -19 1 3 -10 -8 -33 -3.7 46 12 0.9 .492 .496 2.0 -2.0 23 $43,000
CAL (4 yrs) 173 391 9 -1 1 2 -5 6 0.6 13 19 2.0 .504 .501 1.8 -0.4 17 $16,000
CHC (2 yrs) 153 556 -9 1 2 -6 -1 -12 -1.3 21 9 0.9 .491 .493 1.4 -0.6 14
NYM (1 yr) 82 162 -9 0 -0 -3 -0 -12 -1.3 6 -6 -0.7 .484 .492 -0.4 -0.3 -3 $11,000
PHI (1 yr) 34 66 -2 0 1 -1 -1 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.2 .488 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -0
MLN (1 yr) 19 27 -3 -0 0 -2 -0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.5 .469 .496 -0.3 -0.2 -3
NYY (1 yr) 32 51 -4 -0 -1 -1 -1 -6 -0.7 2 -4 -0.5 .478 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -3 $16,000

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1963 CHC NL 24 OF 10 8 4 70.0 12 10 1 1 1 .917 -1 -19 1.41 1.10 .977 2.01 2.00
1963 CHC NL 24 CF 7 5 2 45.0 7 6 0 1 0 .857 -1 -21 1.20 0.86 .981 2.38 2.36
1963 CHC NL 24 RF 2 2 1 16.0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 0 15 2.25 2.00 .975 1.86 1.80
1963 CHC NL 24 LF 1 1 1 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -67 1.00 1.00 .970 1.80 1.80
1964 CHC NL 25 CF 134 128 120 1142.0 315 302 2 11 0 .965 -4 -5 2.40 2.27 .977 2.35 2.33
1964 CHC NL 25 OF 134 128 120 1142.0 309 297 2 10 0 .968 -4 -5 2.36 2.23 .973 1.99 1.98
1965 TOT NL 26 OF 71 39 35 395.0 90 88 2 0 2 1.000 -4 -12 2.05 1.27 .975 2.00 2.00
1965 TOT NL 26 CF 62 36 33 350.2 76 75 1 0 1 1.000 -2 -9 1.95 1.23 .981 2.29 2.29
1965 TOT NL 26 LF 10 3 2 44.1 9 8 1 0 1 1.000 -2 -41 1.83 0.90 .966 1.71 1.71
1965 NYM NL 26 OF 61 35 32 346.2 82 80 2 0 2 1.000 -2 -9 2.13 1.34 .975 2.00 2.00
1965 NYM NL 26 CF 59 34 32 334.2 75 74 1 0 1 1.000 -2 -7 2.02 1.27 .981 2.29 2.29
1965 NYM NL 26 LF 3 1 0 12.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -60 1.50 0.67 .965 1.72 1.70
1965 NYM NL 26 2B 2 0 0 3.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 40 6.00 1.00 .975 5.40 5.30
1965 NYM NL 26 SS 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -480 18.00 2.00 .965 4.50 4.90
1965 MLN NL 26 OF 10 4 3 48.1 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -37 1.49 0.80 .975 1.99 2.00
1965 MLN NL 26 LF 7 2 2 32.1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -33 1.95 1.00 .966 1.70 1.71
1965 MLN NL 26 CF 3 2 1 16.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -45 0.56 0.33 .980 2.31 2.30
1967 PHI NL 28 OF 20 16 7 122.2 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -12 1.39 0.95 .976 2.03 2.03
1967 PHI NL 28 LF 16 13 5 99.0 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -12 1.27 0.88 .969 1.74 1.74
1967 PHI NL 28 RF 4 3 2 23.2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -10 1.52 1.00 .975 2.02 2.02
1967 PHI NL 28 2B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.30
1967 PHI NL 28 3B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1969 TOT AL 30 OF 27 13 10 157.0 35 31 4 0 0 1.000 -1 -7 2.01 1.30 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 TOT AL 30 LF 12 6 5 65.0 16 14 2 0 0 1.000 2 30 2.22 1.33 .978 1.99 1.99
1969 TOT AL 30 RF 11 3 1 49.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -49 1.29 0.64 .974 1.91 1.91
1969 TOT AL 30 CF 7 4 4 43.0 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -14 2.72 1.86 .982 2.51 2.50
1969 NYY AL 30 OF 14 7 6 83.0 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -16 1.84 1.21 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 NYY AL 30 LF 9 5 4 51.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 0 7 1.76 1.11 .978 1.99 1.99
1969 NYY AL 30 CF 4 2 2 28.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -56 2.25 1.75 .981 2.51 2.50
1969 NYY AL 30 RF 2 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1969 CAL AL 30 OF 13 6 4 74.0 18 15 3 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.19 1.38 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 CAL AL 30 RF 9 3 1 45.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -51 1.40 0.78 .974 1.92 1.91
1969 CAL AL 30 1B 6 4 2 30.0 33 32 1 0 3 1.000 0 0 9.90 5.50 .992 9.63 9.62
1969 CAL AL 30 CF 3 2 2 15.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1 64 3.60 2.00 .982 2.52 2.50
1969 CAL AL 30 LF 3 1 1 14.0 6 4 2 0 0 1.000 1 111 3.86 2.00 .978 1.99 2.00
1970 CAL AL 31 OF 27 18 5 154.2 28 26 0 2 0 .929 -1 -11 1.51 0.96 .980 2.14 2.13
1970 CAL AL 31 RF 23 17 5 143.2 28 26 0 2 0 .929 -1 -10 1.63 1.13 .975 1.98 1.97
1970 CAL AL 31 1B 14 9 4 74.2 75 69 6 0 7 1.000 0 5 9.04 5.36 .991 9.59 9.56
1970 CAL AL 31 LF 3 1 0 10.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 0.90 0.33 .980 1.80 1.80
1970 CAL AL 31 3B 2 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -72 1.80 0.50 .950 3.06 3.05
1970 CAL AL 31 CF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .980 2.70 2.60
1971 CAL AL 32 OF 40 32 20 296.1 70 69 1 0 0 1.000 4 17 2.13 1.75 .982 2.24 2.22
1971 CAL AL 32 LF 38 32 20 294.1 67 66 1 0 0 1.000 4 16 2.05 1.76 .981 1.93 1.92
1971 CAL AL 32 1B 5 4 1 28.0 34 32 1 1 8 .971 -1 -43 10.61 6.60 .992 9.58 9.52
1971 CAL AL 32 RF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 120 4.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.05
7 Seasons OF 329 254 201 2337.2 563 540 10 13 3 .977 -9 -5 2.12 1.67 .975 2.04 2.04
5 Seasons CF 211 173 159 1581.2 412 396 4 12 1 .971 -8 -6 2.28 1.90 .978 2.34 2.33
6 Seasons LF 80 56 33 521.2 108 104 4 0 1 1.000 2 5 1.86 1.35 .978 1.88 1.86
5 Seasons RF 42 25 9 234.1 44 40 2 2 0 .955 -3 -15 1.61 1.00 .975 1.96 1.95
3 Seasons 1B 25 17 7 132.2 142 133 8 1 18 .993 -1 -6 9.57 5.64 .991 9.60 9.56
2 Seasons 2B 3 0 0 3.1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 36 5.40 0.67 .975 5.40 5.30
2 Seasons 3B 3 0 0 5.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -64 1.59 0.33 .950 3.02 3.03
1 Season SS 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -480 18.00 2.00 .965 4.50 4.90
8 Seasons TOT 361 271 208 2480.1 710 677 19 14 21 .980 -10 -5 2.53 1.93 .978 2.46 2.61
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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.
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  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Strikeouts s c a p y
1964 NL  128 (2nd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1964 NL  12 (9th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1964 NL  14.7 (7th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  1 (2nd)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  134 (5th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  302 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  11 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  1 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1964 NL  10 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1965 NL  2 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1971 AL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1964 NL  2.40 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 NL  2.27 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1964 NL  2.23 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2217), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2413), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (414th), 0.9 career WAR/2.1 7yr-peak WAR/1.6 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
196526New York Mets$11,0002/6/65 TSN
196930New York Yankees$16,000Noll/Fort/Hylan database
197031California Angels$16,000Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$43,000
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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