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Bill Dickey

William Malcolm Dickey (The Man Nobody Knows)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: June 6, 1907 in Bastrop, LA
High School: Searcy HS (Searcy, AR)(All Transactions)
Debut: August 15, 1928 (Age 21)
Team: Yankees 1928-1946

Final Game: September 8, 1946 (Age 39)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1954 (202/252 ballots).
   View Bill Dickey Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: November 12, 1993 in Little Rock, AR
Buried: Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock, AR
Relatives: Brother of George Dickey
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Standard Fielding

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
1928 NYY AL 21 C 6 0 0 8 6 2 0 0 1.000 1.33 .976 4.72 1 2 2 50% 41%
1929 NYY AL 22 C 127 106 96 583 476 95 12 13 .979 4.50 .976 4.69 4 57 44 44% 44%
1930 NYY AL 23 C 101 91 72 480 418 51 11 5 .977 4.64 .984 4.88 5 46 27 37% 42%
1931 NYY AL 24 C 125 121 106 751 670 78 3 6 .996 5.98 .981 4.92 0 55 46 46% 42%
1932 NYY AL 25 C 108 107 89 701 639 53 9 6 .987 6.41 .982 4.90 7 43 28 39% 43% MVP-14
1933 NYY AL 26 C 127 127 120 809 721 82 6 15 .993 6.32 .988 4.88 10 28 36 56% 46% AS,MVP-12
1934 NYY AL 27 C 104 101 97 584 527 49 8 13 .986 5.54 .981 4.99 7 48 22 31% 36% AS
1935 NYY AL 28 C 118 114 104 601 536 62 3 7 .995 5.07 .984 4.75 8 30 30 50% 41%
1936 NYY AL 29 C 107 104 88 574 499 61 14 10 .976 5.23 .979 4.78 6 27 31 53% 36% AS,MVP-5
1937 NYY AL 30 C 137 137 123 779 692 80 7 11 .991 5.64 .980 5.04 5 38 36 49% 37% AS,MVP-5
1938 NYY AL 31 C 126 126 110 600 518 74 8 7 .987 4.70 .983 4.88 7 35 31 47% 38% AS,MVP-2
1939 NYY AL 32 C 126 125 115 635 571 57 7 8 .989 4.98 .981 4.92 6 36 27 43% 37% AS,MVP-6
1940 NYY AL 33 C 102 96 92 483 425 55 3 9 .994 4.71 .982 5.27 5 6 28 25 47% 41% 1 AS
1941 NYY AL 34 C 104 95 83 470 422 45 3 11 .994 4.49 .983 5.00 2 16 20 21 51% 41% 1 AS,MVP-13
1942 NYY AL 35 C 80 72 59 375 322 44 9 7 .976 4.58 .979 4.93 1 4 16 24 60% 42% 1 AS,MVP-17
1943 NYY AL 36 C 71 67 60 361 322 37 2 5 .994 5.06 .981 5.23 2 2 15 19 56% 42% 0 AS,MVP-8
1946 NYY AL 39 C 39 38 33 233 201 29 3 4 .987 5.90 .982 5.52 0 0 9 16 64% 46% 0 AS
17 Seasons C 1708 1627 1447 9027 7965 954 108 137 .988 5.22 .982 4.94 76 28 533 465 47% 41% 3
17 Seasons TOT 1708 1627 1447 9027 7965 954 108 137 .988 5.22 .982 4.94 76 28 533 465 47% 41% 3
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1928 NYY AL 21 C
1929 NYY AL 22 C
1930 NYY AL 23 C
1931 NYY AL 24 C
1932 NYY AL 25 C
1933 NYY AL 26 C
1934 NYY AL 27 C
1935 NYY AL 28 C
1936 NYY AL 29 C
1937 NYY AL 30 C
1938 NYY AL 31 C
1939 NYY AL 32 C
1940 NYY AL 33 C
1941 NYY AL 34 C
1942 NYY AL 35 C
1943 NYY AL 36 C
1946 NYY AL 39 C
17 Seasons C
17 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1928 NYY AL 21 10 0 10 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1929 NYY AL 22 130 106 130 127 0 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1930 NYY AL 23 109 91 109 102 0 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1931 NYY AL 24 130 121 130 125 0 125 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1932 NYY AL 25 108 107 108 108 0 108 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1933 NYY AL 26 130 127 130 127 0 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1934 NYY AL 27 104 101 104 104 0 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 NYY AL 28 120 114 120 118 0 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1936 NYY AL 29 112 104 112 107 0 107 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1937 NYY AL 30 140 137 140 137 0 137 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1938 NYY AL 31 132 126 132 126 0 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1939 NYY AL 32 128 125 128 126 0 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1940 NYY AL 33 106 96 106 102 0 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1941 NYY AL 34 109 96 109 104 0 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1942 NYY AL 35 82 72 82 80 0 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1943 NYY AL 36 85 67 85 71 0 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
1946 NYY AL 39 54 38 54 39 0 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
17 Seasons 1789 1628 1789 1709 0 1709 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 92 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1940 NYY AL 33 969 3.90 4.10 20 100% 0 0 110 13 1 9 87 14 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
1941 NYY AL 34 3434 3.17 3.71 82 99% 0 0 420 57 1 20 342 44 12 2 0 6 3 1 1 1 1 11 0 0 2 6 100%
1942 NYY AL 35 1234 3.03 3.39 31 94% 0 0 142 19 0 5 118 29 9 1 0 2 3 0 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 7 71%
1943 NYY AL 36 1140 3.20 3.53 25 100% 0 0 146 15 1 8 122 16 5 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 100%
1946 NYY AL 39 270 3.29 3.57 8 100% 0 0 41 6 1 0 34 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 100%
5 Seasons 7047 3.26 3.67 166 98% 0 0 859 110 4 42 703 109 30 3 1 14 7 1 3 3 2 22 0 1 3 16 88%
MLB Averages 3.68 4.28 96% 87%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1940 NYY AL 33 2 6 347 5 9 9 64% 4 7 0 1 1 1 1 0 19 11 0.53 1.15
1941 NYY AL 34 2 16 1319 19 23 23 55% 17 21 0 2 2 0 1 0 52 25 1.00 1.53
1942 NYY AL 35 0 4 476 6 15 15 71% 6 13 0 1 0 1 1 0 12 20 1.08 1.53
1943 NYY AL 36 0 2 417 10 8 7 44% 9 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 12 9 1.01 1.35
1946 NYY AL 39 0 0 103 0 2 2 100% 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1.06
5 Seasons 4 28 2662 40 57 56 59% 36 48 1 6 3 3 3 0 95 68 0.96 1.43
MLB Averages 45% 1.17 1.18



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1945 BBWAA ( 6.9%)
1946 Final Ballot (12.2%)
1946 Nominating Vote (19.8%)
1948 BBWAA (32.2%)
1949 BBWAA (42.5%)
1949 Run Off (20.9%)
1950 BBWAA (46.4%)
1951 BBWAA (52.2%)
1952 BBWAA (59.4%)
1953 BBWAA (67.8%)
1954 BBWAA (80.2%)
Selected to HOF in 1954 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1933
1934 (C)
1936 *
1937 (C)
1938 (C)
1939 (C)
1940 (C)
1941 (C)
1942
1943
1946 *

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1932 AL (14, 10%)
1933 AL (12, 11%)
1936 AL (5, 36%)
1937 AL (5, 28%)
1938 AL (2, 57%)
1939 AL (6, 33%)
1941 AL (13, 5%)
1942 AL (17, 4%)
1943 AL (8, 17%)
2.02 Career Shares (88th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1929 AL  127 (2nd)
1930 AL  101 (2nd)
1931 AL  125 (2nd)
1932 AL  108 (3rd)
1933 AL  127 (5th)
1934 AL  104 (4th)
1935 AL  118 (3rd)
1936 AL  107 (5th)
1937 AL  137 (1st)
1938 AL  126 (2nd)
1939 AL  126 (1st)
1941 AL  104 (4th)
Career  1,708 (17th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1929 AL  476 (2nd)
1930 AL  418 (2nd)
1931 AL  670 (1st)
1932 AL  639 (2nd)
1933 AL  721 (1st)
1934 AL  527 (2nd)
1935 AL  536 (1st)
1936 AL  499 (2nd)
1937 AL  692 (1st)
1938 AL  518 (1st)
1939 AL  571 (1st)
1941 AL  422 (4th)
Career  7,965 (28th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1929 AL  95 (1st)
1930 AL  51 (4th)
1931 AL  78 (2nd)
1933 AL  82 (2nd)
1934 AL  49 (4th)
1935 AL  62 (4th)
1936 AL  61 (4th)
1937 AL  80 (1st)
1938 AL  74 (1st)
1939 AL  57 (5th)
Career  954 (58th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1929 AL  12 (3rd)
1930 AL  11 (1st)
1932 AL  9 (3rd)
1933 AL  6 (2nd)
1934 AL  8 (4th)
1936 AL  14 (2nd)
1938 AL  8 (3rd)
1942 AL  9 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1929 AL  13 (1st)
1930 AL  5 (5th)
1933 AL  15 (2nd)
1934 AL  13 (2nd)
1935 AL  7 (5th)
1936 AL  10 (3rd)
1937 AL  11 (4th)
1938 AL  7 (5th)
1939 AL  8 (4th)
1940 AL  9 (2nd)
1941 AL  11 (4th)
1942 AL  7 (4th)
Career  137 (20th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1930 AL  5 (4th)
1932 AL  7 (2nd)
1933 AL  10 (1st)
1934 AL  7 (3rd)
1935 AL  8 (3rd)
1936 AL  6 (5th)
1937 AL  5 (5th)
1938 AL  7 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1929 AL  57 (2nd)
1930 AL  46 (2nd)
1931 AL  55 (1st)
1932 AL  43 (4th)
1934 AL  48 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1929 AL  44 (2nd)
1930 AL  27 (5th)
1931 AL  46 (1st)
1933 AL  36 (4th)
1935 AL  30 (2nd)
1936 AL  31 (3rd)
1937 AL  36 (2nd)
1938 AL  31 (2nd)
1939 AL  27 (4th)
1940 AL  25 (5th)
Career  465 (75th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1931 AL  45.5 (5th)
1933 AL  56.3 (4th)
1935 AL  50.0 (2nd)
1936 AL  53.4 (2nd)
1937 AL  48.6 (1st)
1938 AL  47.0 (2nd)
1939 AL  42.9 (5th)
1941 AL  51.2 (1st)
1942 AL  60.0 (1st)
1943 AL  55.9 (3rd)
Career  46.6 (63rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1929 AL  4.50 (5th)
1930 AL  4.64 (3rd)
1931 AL  5.98 (1st)
1932 AL  6.41 (1st)
1933 AL  6.32 (1st)
1934 AL  5.54 (1st)
1935 AL  5.07 (1st)
1936 AL  5.23 (1st)
1937 AL  5.64 (2nd)
1938 AL  4.70 (5th)
1939 AL  4.98 (3rd)
1942 AL  4.58 (5th)
1943 AL  5.06 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1929 AL  .979 (4th)
1931 AL  .996 (1st)
1932 AL  .987 (3rd)
1933 AL  .993 (3rd)
1934 AL  .986 (5th)
1935 AL  .995 (1st)
1936 AL  .976 (5th)
1937 AL  .991 (2nd)
1938 AL  .987 (4th)
1939 AL  .989 (1st)
1940 AL  .994 (2nd)
1941 AL  .994 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1928 AL  born 1907-06-06 (9th)

             

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