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Bill Craver

William H. Craver

Positions: Second Baseman, Shortstop and Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: June, 1844 in Troy, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: May 9, 1871 (Age 26)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1872 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Canaries/Grays/Mutuals/Whites/Athletics/... 1871-1877

Final Game: October 5, 1877 (Age 33)
Died: June 17, 1901 in Troy, NY
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
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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
1871 27 TRO NA 27 121 118 26 38 8 1 0 26 6 3 3 0 .322 .339 .407 .746 110 48 3 4/623O
1872 28 BAL NA 35 183 178 55 50 3 3 0 24 9 1 5 2 .281 .301 .331 .632 91 59 3 *2/4O5
1873 29 BAL NA 41 199 197 45 57 9 3 0 26 5 4 2 3 .289 .296 .365 .662 94 72 1 26/O3
1874 30 PHI NA 55 269 265 68 91 19 11 0 56 11 3 4 2 .343 .353 .498 .851 167 132 2 *4/23
1875 31 TOT NA 68 331 325 79 101 15 13 2 45 9 4 6 9 .311 .323 .455 .779 162 148 1 *4/6523
1875 31 CEN NA 14 67 65 8 18 4 2 0 5 1 0 2 4 .277 .299 .400 .699 147 26 1 /653
1875 31 ATH NA 54 264 260 71 83 11 11 2 40 8 4 4 5 .319 .330 .469 .799 166 122 0 *4/25
1876 32 NYU NL 56 248 246 24 55 4 0 0 22 2 7 .224 .230 .240 .470 60 59 42/6
1877 33 LOU NL 57 243 238 33 63 5 2 0 29 5 11 .265 .280 .303 .582 72 72 *6
7 Yrs 339 1594 1567 330 455 63 33 2 228 40 15 27 34 .290 .302 .377 .679 112 590 10
162 Game Avg. 162 762 749 158 217 30 16 1 109 13 16 .290 .302 .377 .679 112 282
BAL (2 yrs) 76 382 375 100 107 12 6 0 50 14 5 7 5 .285 .298 .349 .648 92 131 4
PHI (1 yr) 55 269 265 68 91 19 11 0 56 11 3 4 2 .343 .353 .498 .851 167 132 2
ATH (1 yr) 54 264 260 71 83 11 11 2 40 8 4 4 5 .319 .330 .469 .799 166 122 0
CEN (1 yr) 14 67 65 8 18 4 2 0 5 1 0 2 4 .277 .299 .400 .699 147 26 1
TRO (1 yr) 27 121 118 26 38 8 1 0 26 6 3 3 0 .322 .339 .407 .746 110 48 3
NYU (1 yr) 56 248 246 24 55 4 0 0 22 2 7 .224 .230 .240 .470 60 59
LOU (1 yr) 57 243 238 33 63 5 2 0 29 5 11 .265 .280 .303 .582 72 72
NA (5 yrs) 226 1103 1083 273 337 54 31 2 177 40 15 20 16 .311 .324 .424 .747 132 459 10
NL (2 yrs) 113 491 484 57 118 9 2 0 51 7 18 .244 .255 .271 .525 66 131

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
1871 27 TRO NA 27 121 3 -1 0 -1 1 1 0.1 4 5 0.4 .502 .500 0.5 -0.0 6 4/623O
1872 28 BAL NA 35 183 -2 2 0 -2 2 -1 -0.1 6 5 0.4 .498 .500 0.6 -0.0 7 *2/4O5
1873 29 BAL NA 41 199 -2 -2 0 1 2 -1 -0.1 7 6 0.6 .499 .500 0.5 0.2 5 $1,200 26/O3
1874 30 PHI NA 55 269 21 1 0 -4 1 19 1.4 9 28 2.2 .525 .509 2.5 -0.2 32 *4/23
1875 31 CEN NA 14 67 3 0 0 -3 1 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .506 .501 0.6 -0.2 6 /653
1875 31 ATH NA 54 264 16 -0 0 -1 1 16 1.4 8 25 2.2 .526 .509 2.3 -0.0 26 *4/25
1876 32 NYU NL 56 248 -9 0 0 -16 2 -23 -2.1 8 -15 -1.2 .464 .488 0.2 -1.2 1 42/6
1877 33 LOU NL 57 243 -9 0 0 4 4 -1 -0.2 8 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.3 0.7 3 *6
7 Seasons 339 1594 21 -0 0 -22 13 12 0.4 53 65 5.6 .502 .501 7.6 -0.8 87 $1,200
BAL (2 yrs) 76 382 -5 0 0 -1 4 -2 -0.2 13 11 1.0 .499 .500 1.1 0.2 12 $1,200
PHI (1 yr) 55 269 21 1 0 -4 1 19 1.4 9 28 2.2 .525 .509 2.5 -0.2 32
ATH (1 yr) 54 264 16 -0 0 -1 1 16 1.4 8 25 2.2 .526 .509 2.3 -0.0 26
CEN (1 yr) 14 67 3 0 0 -3 1 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .506 .501 0.6 -0.2 6
TRO (1 yr) 27 121 3 -1 0 -1 1 1 0.1 4 5 0.4 .502 .500 0.5 -0.0 6
NYU (1 yr) 56 248 -9 0 0 -16 2 -23 -2.1 8 -15 -1.2 .464 .488 0.2 -1.2 1
LOU (1 yr) 57 243 -9 0 0 4 4 -1 -0.2 8 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.3 0.7 3

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
1871 TRO NA 27 2B 18 123 57 50 16 11 .870 5.94 .824 5.76
1871 TRO NA 27 SS 4 22 6 12 4 3 .818 4.50 .781 5.40
1871 TRO NA 27 C 3 15 10 4 1 0 .933 4.67 .842 4.57 7 0 0
1871 TRO NA 27 1B 2 20 18 1 1 1 .950 9.50 .929 10.40
1871 TRO NA 27 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1872 BAL NA 28 C 27 218 166 25 27 4 .876 7.07 .847 5.45 17 0 0
1872 BAL NA 28 2B 5 20 5 10 5 0 .750 3.00 .826 5.52
1872 BAL NA 28 OF 4 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .820 1.95 0-0-4
1872 BAL NA 28 3B 2 9 2 2 5 0 .444 2.00 .758 4.45
1873 BAL NA 29 C 22 105 77 21 7 2 .933 4.45 .841 5.06 11 0 0
1873 BAL NA 29 SS 15 87 24 45 18 5 .793 4.60 .779 5.06
1873 BAL NA 29 OF 7 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1.43 .803 2.00 0-7-0
1873 BAL NA 29 1B 3 19 18 0 1 1 .947 6.00 .925 10.77
1874 PHI NA 30 2B 54 388 175 138 75 27 .807 5.80 .805 5.51
1874 PHI NA 30 C 5 24 12 4 8 0 .667 3.20 .801 5.48 5 0 0
1874 PHI NA 30 1B 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .930 10.50
1875 TOT NA 31 3B 5 26 10 11 5 0 .808 4.20 .764 3.68
1875 CEN NA 31 SS 9 66 12 39 15 2 .773 5.67 .816 4.63
1875 CEN NA 31 3B 4 25 10 10 5 0 .800 5.00 .764 3.68
1875 CEN NA 31 1B 1 17 13 0 4 2 .765 13.00 .936 10.90
1875 ATH NA 31 2B 54 341 140 152 49 28 .856 5.41 .837 5.89
1875 ATH NA 31 C 2 7 4 1 2 0 .714 2.50 .823 5.70 3 0 0
1875 ATH NA 31 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .760 3.70
1876 NYU NL 32 2B 42 220 95 84 41 7 .814 4.26 .864 5.70
1876 NYU NL 32 C 11 104 57 21 26 2 .750 7.09 .805 5.81 8 0 0
1876 NYU NL 32 SS 6 28 6 17 5 1 .821 3.83 .866 4.57
1877 LOU NL 33 SS 57 272 71 175 26 15 .904 4.32 .865 4.58
5 Seasons 2B 173 1092 472 434 186 73 .830 5.24 .829 5.70
5 Seasons SS 91 475 119 288 68 26 .857 4.47 .839 4.70
6 Seasons C 70 473 326 76 71 8 .850 5.74 .834 5.36 51 0 0
3 Seasons OF 12 11 10 0 1 0 .909 0.83 .805 1.98 0-7-5
4 Seasons 1B 7 58 50 2 6 4 .897 7.43 .930 10.64
2 Seasons 3B 7 35 12 13 10 0 .714 3.57 .762 3.90
7 Seasons TOT 360 2144 989 813 342 111 .840 5.01 .834 5.32 0-7-5 51 0 0
Lg 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
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1874 NA  2.2 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1874 NA  2.6 (4th)
1875 NA  2.9 (7th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1877 NL  0.7 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1874 NA  .343 (6th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1874 NA  .353 (7th)
1875 NA  .323 (10th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1874 NA  .498 (2nd)
1875 NA  .455 (3rd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1874 NA  .851 (3rd)
1875 NA  .779 (5th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1874 NA  68 (9th)
1875 NA  79 (8th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1874 NA  132 (6th)
1875 NA  148 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1874 NA  19 (3rd)
1875 NA  15 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1874 NA  11 (2nd)
1875 NA  13 (1st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1875 NA  2 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1874 NA  56 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1872 NA  9 (8th)
1874 NA  11 (2nd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1874 NA  167 (3rd)
1875 NA  162 (5th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1874 NA  47 (5th)
1875 NA  48 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1874 NA  19 (3rd)
1875 NA  20 (6th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1874 NA  2.0 (3rd)
1875 NA  2.3 (6th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1874 NA  30 (1st)
1875 NA  30 (3rd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1874 NA  .735 (4th)
1875 NA  .726 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1871 NA  3 (1st)
1872 NA  3 (3rd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1871 NA  3 (9th)
1873 NA  4 (9th)
1874 NA  3 (8th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1875 NA  3.3 (6th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1875 NA  162.5 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1874 NA  83 (4th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1872 NA  27 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1872 NA  166 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1872 NA  27 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1872 NA  4 (2nd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  54 (1st)
1875 NA  54 (4th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1871 NA  57 (5th)
1874 NA  175 (1st)
1875 NA  140 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1871 NA  50 (5th)
1874 NA  138 (3rd)
1875 NA  152 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  75 (1st)
1875 NA  49 (4th)
1876 NL  41 (4th)
Career  186 (75th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1871 NA  11 (1st)
1874 NA  27 (2nd)
1875 NA  28 (2nd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  57 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  71 (3rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  175 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  26 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  15 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1872 NA  7.07 (1st)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1872 NA  .876 (3rd)
1873 NA  .933 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1871 NA  5.94 (4th)
1874 NA  5.80 (3rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1874 NA  .807 (5th)
1875 NA  .856 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  4.32 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1877 NL  .904 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1874 NA  born 1844-06-32 (10th)
1875 NA  born 1844-06-32 (10th)
1876 NL  born 1844-06-32 (7th)
1877 NL  born 1844-06-32 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 34 (733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 1 (2301), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 10 (1627), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (266th), 5.6 career WAR/5.6 7yr-peak WAR/5.6 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1873 29 Baltimore Canaries $1,200 ? Preston Orem 161
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,200
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.

Name Translations

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