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Birdie Cree

William Franklin Cree

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 6", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: October 23, 1882 in Khedive, PA
Schools: California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA), Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1908 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Highlanders/Yankees 1908-1915

Final Game: September 21, 1915 (Age 32)
Died: November 8, 1942 in Sunbury, PA
Buried: Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 16, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1289. Max West… #1290. George Gibson… #1291. Harry Walker… #1292. BIRDIE CREE… #1293. Earl Smith… #1294. Jim McTamany… #1295. Jimmie Hall… 

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 25 NYY AL 21 88 78 5 21 0 2 0 4 1 7 12 .269 .345 .321 .665 116 25 2 1 O
1909 26 NYY AL 104 395 343 48 90 6 3 2 27 10 30 31 .262 .338 .315 .653 105 108 9 13 O/645
1910 27 NYY AL 134 527 467 58 134 19 16 4 73 28 40 48 .287 .353 .422 .775 137 197 8 12 *O
1911 28 NYY AL 137 588 520 90 181 30 22 4 88 48 56 61 .348 .415 .513 .928 152 267 3 9 *O/64 MVP-6
1912 29 NYY AL 50 216 190 25 63 11 6 0 22 12 19 20 25 .332 .409 .453 .862 140 86 5 1 O
1913 30 NYY AL 145 605 534 51 145 25 6 1 63 22 50 51 .272 .338 .346 .685 100 185 4 17 *O
1914 31 NYY AL 77 321 275 45 85 18 5 0 40 4 9 30 24 .309 .389 .411 .800 140 113 6 9 8O
1915 32 NYY AL 74 246 196 23 42 8 2 0 15 7 8 36 22 .214 .353 .276 .628 88 54 6 5 O89
8 Yrs 742 2986 2603 345 761 117 62 11 332 132 36 269 274 .292 .368 .398 .766 125 1035 43 67
162 Game Avg. 162 652 568 75 166 26 14 2 72 29 59 60 .292 .368 .398 .766 125 226 9 15

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 25 NYY AL 21 88 1 -0 0 -1 -1 -0 -0.0 3 3 0.3 .498 .500 0.4 -0.2 4 O
1909 26 NYY AL 104 395 3 -1 0 -2 -3 -3 -0.4 14 12 1.1 .497 .498 1.5 -0.7 13 O/645
1910 27 NYY AL 134 527 18 0 0 -9 -5 5 0.4 20 25 2.6 .504 .503 3.8 -1.8 34 *O
1911 28 NYY AL 137 588 35 3 0 1 -7 32 3.3 22 54 5.5 .523 .520 5.3 -0.5 53 $4,500 *O/64 MVP-6
1912 29 NYY AL 50 216 10 -4 0 2 -3 5 0.5 8 13 1.3 .510 .503 1.1 -0.1 11 O
1913 30 NYY AL 145 605 1 -1 0 -2 -8 -10 -1.2 23 12 1.2 .492 .493 1.5 -1.1 14 *O
1914 31 NYY AL 77 321 14 -1 0 4 -2 14 1.6 12 26 3.0 .522 .510 2.6 0.2 22 8O
1915 32 NYY AL 74 246 -1 -1 0 -2 -2 -6 -0.7 9 4 0.3 .491 .496 0.5 -0.4 6 $6,000 O89
8 Seasons 742 2986 80 -6 0 -9 -29 37 3.4 111 148 15.3 .505 .503 16.6 -4.6 157 $10,500

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 Awards
1908 NYY AL 25 OF 21 39 35 4 0 2 1.000 1.86 .954 1.84 0-21-0
1909 NYY AL 26 OF 79 137 121 9 7 2 .949 1.65 .951 1.85 24-32-25
1909 NYY AL 26 SS 6 30 7 21 2 2 .933 4.67 .925 5.35
1909 NYY AL 26 2B 4 13 6 7 0 0 1.000 3.25 .953 4.90
1909 NYY AL 26 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.40
1910 NYY AL 27 OF 134 223 202 11 10 3 .955 1.59 .954 1.83 49-85-0
1911 NYY AL 28 OF 132 274 245 19 10 2 .964 2.00 .950 1.99 122-7-3 MVP-6
1911 NYY AL 28 SS 4 24 7 13 4 1 .833 5.00 .926 5.58 MVP-6
1911 NYY AL 28 2B 2 2 0 1 1 0 .500 0.50 .950 5.15 MVP-6
1912 NYY AL 29 OF 50 135 123 5 7 1 .948 2.56 .951 2.04 50-0-0
1913 NYY AL 30 OF 144 259 239 17 3 5 .988 1.78 .953 2.01 144-0-0
1914 NYY AL 31 CF 76 75 73 205 190 10 5 4 .976 2.63 .955 2.35
1914 NYY AL 31 OF 76 75 73 205 190 10 5 4 .976 2.63 .956 2.00
1915 NYY AL 32 OF 53 49 49 109 97 6 6 1 .945 1.94 .958 2.05
1915 NYY AL 32 CF 37 34 34 76 69 3 4 0 .947 1.95 .954 2.45
1915 NYY AL 32 RF 16 15 15 31 27 2 2 1 .935 1.81 .957 1.60
8 Seasons OF 689 124 122 1381 1252 81 48 20 .965 1.93 .953 1.95 389-258-44
2 Seasons (incomplete) CF 113 109 107 281 259 13 9 4 .968 2.41 .955 2.38
1 Season (incomplete) RF 16 15 15 31 27 2 2 1 .935 1.81 .957 1.60
2 Seasons SS 10 54 14 34 6 3 .889 4.80 .925 5.44
2 Seasons 2B 6 15 6 8 1 0 .933 2.33 .953 4.98
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.40
8 Seasons TOT 706 124 122 1450 1272 123 55 23 .962 1.98 .952 2.03 389-258-44
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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1911 AL (6, 25%)
0.25 Career Shares (685th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1911 AL  5.5 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1911 AL  5.3 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1911 AL  .348 (5th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1911 AL  .415 (6th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1910 AL  .422 (8th)
1911 AL  .513 (4th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1910 AL  .775 (6th)
1911 AL  .928 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1911 AL  181 (8th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1911 AL  267 (5th)

Doubles s c a p y
1911 AL  30 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1910 AL  16 (4th)
1911 AL  22 (2nd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1910 AL  4 (6th)
1911 AL  4 (8th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1910 AL  73 (7th)
1911 AL  88 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1911 AL  48 (3rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1910 AL  137 (8th)
1911 AL  152 (6th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1911 AL  110 (5th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1910 AL  19 (10th)
1911 AL  36 (6th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1910 AL  2.2 (10th)
1911 AL  3.7 (6th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1911 AL  56 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1911 AL  240 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1910 AL  .716 (8th)
1911 AL  .788 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1909 AL  9 (9th)
1910 AL  8 (9th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1910 AL  7.0 (7th)
1911 AL  7.4 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1910 AL  116.8 (6th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1914 AL  4 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1911 AL  .964 (4th)
1913 AL  .988 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 35 (714), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1958), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1413), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (152nd), 15.3 career WAR/15.0 7yr-peak WAR/15.2 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
191128New York Highlanders$4,5002/12/58 TSN
191532New York Yankees$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
191633New York Yankees$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$16,500
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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Name and misspellings: William Birdie Franklin Cree

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