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Bill Donovan

William Edward Donovan (Wild Bill)

Positions: Pitcher, Outfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: October 13, 1876 in Lawrence, MA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1898 (Age 21)
Rookie Status: Lost 1898 [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Superbas/Senators/Yankees 1898-1918

Final Game: September 2, 1918 (Age 41)
Died: December 9, 1923 in Forsyth, NY
Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #183. John Tudor… #184. George Mullin… #185. Hal Schumacher… #186. BILL DONOVAN… #187. Chris Carpenter… #188. Jack Taylor… #189. Dutch Leonard… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1898 21 WHS NL 1 6 .143 4.30 17 7 10 6 0 0 88.0 88 74 42 0 69 36 7 0 12 416 86 4.54 1.784 9.0 0.0 7.1 3.7 0.52
1899 22 BRO NL 1 2 .333 4.32 5 2 2 2 0 1 25.0 35 22 12 0 13 11 0 0 1 119 91 3.62 1.920 12.6 0.0 4.7 4.0 0.85
1900 23 BRO NL 1 2 .333 6.68 5 4 1 2 0 0 31.0 36 23 23 0 18 13 3 0 1 145 58 4.02 1.742 10.5 0.0 5.2 3.8 0.72
1901 24 BRO NL 25 15 .625 2.77 45 38 7 36 2 3 351.0 324 151 108 1 152 226 8 0 10 1490 121 3.04 1.356 8.3 0.0 3.9 5.8 1.49
1902 25 BRO NL 17 15 .531 2.78 35 33 2 30 4 1 297.2 250 122 92 1 111 170 7 0 7 1214 98 2.76 1.213 7.6 0.0 3.4 5.1 1.53
1903 26 DET AL 17 16 .515 2.29 35 34 1 34 4 0 307.0 247 104 78 3 95 187 5 0 7 1223 126 2.64 1.114 7.2 0.1 2.8 5.5 1.97
1904 27 DET AL 16 16 .500 2.46 34 34 0 30 3 0 293.0 251 111 80 5 94 137 10 0 11 1184 104 2.77 1.177 7.7 0.2 2.9 4.2 1.46
1905 28 DET AL 18 15 .545 2.60 34 32 2 27 5 0 280.2 236 111 81 2 101 135 10 0 4 1137 105 2.84 1.201 7.6 0.1 3.2 4.3 1.34
1906 29 DET AL 9 15 .375 3.15 25 25 0 22 0 0 211.2 221 92 74 4 72 85 8 0 2 893 87 2.94 1.384 9.4 0.2 3.1 3.6 1.18
1907 30 DET AL 25 4 .862 2.19 32 28 4 27 3 1 271.0 222 96 66 3 82 123 8 0 2 1073 118 2.41 1.122 7.4 0.1 2.7 4.1 1.50
1908 31 DET AL 18 7 .720 2.08 29 28 1 25 6 0 242.2 210 78 56 2 53 141 6 0 3 967 115 1.78 1.084 7.8 0.1 2.0 5.2 2.66
1909 32 DET AL 8 7 .533 2.31 21 17 4 13 4 2 140.1 121 50 36 0 60 76 6 0 4 580 110 2.54 1.290 7.8 0.0 3.8 4.9 1.27
1910 33 DET AL 17 7 .708 2.44 26 23 3 20 3 0 206.2 184 74 56 4 61 107 7 0 2 825 108 2.53 1.185 8.0 0.2 2.7 4.7 1.75
1911 34 DET AL 10 9 .526 3.31 20 19 1 15 1 0 168.1 160 83 62 4 64 81 3 0 3 707 104 3.31 1.331 8.6 0.2 3.4 4.3 1.27
1912 35 DET AL 1 0 1.000 0.90 3 1 2 0 0 0 10.0 5 2 1 0 2 6 1 0 0 37 380 2.55 0.700 4.5 0.0 1.8 5.4 3.00
1915 38 NYY AL 0 3 .000 4.81 9 1 7 0 0 0 33.2 35 18 18 1 10 17 1 0 0 137 62 2.77 1.337 9.4 0.3 2.7 4.5 1.70
1916 39 NYY AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 5.32 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1918 41 DET AL 1 0 1.000 1.50 2 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 5 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 23 193 2.40 1.000 7.5 0.0 1.5 1.5 1.00
18 Yrs 185 139 .571 2.69 378 327 49 289 35 8 2964.2 2631 1212 886 30 1059 1552 90 0 69 12175 106 2.77 1.245 8.0 0.1 3.2 4.7 1.47
162 Game Avg. 18 13 .571 2.69 36 32 5 28 3 1 286 254 117 85 3 102 150 9 0 7 1174 106 2.77 1.245 8.0 0.1 3.2 4.7 1.47
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
DET (11 yrs) 140 96 .593 2.49 261 242 19 213 29 3 2137.1 1862 802 591 27 685 1079 64 0 38 8649 109 2.62 1.192 7.8 0.1 2.9 4.5 1.58
BRO (4 yrs) 44 34 .564 3.00 90 77 12 70 6 5 704.2 645 318 235 2 294 420 18 0 19 2968 104 2.99 1.333 8.2 0.0 3.8 5.4 1.43
NYY (2 yrs) 0 3 .000 4.67 10 1 8 0 0 0 34.2 36 18 18 1 11 17 1 0 0 142 65 2.84 1.356 9.3 0.3 2.9 4.4 1.55
WHS (1 yr) 1 6 .143 4.30 17 7 10 6 0 0 88.0 88 74 42 0 69 36 7 0 12 416 86 4.54 1.784 9.0 0.0 7.1 3.7 0.52
AL (13 yrs) 140 99 .586 2.52 271 243 27 213 29 3 2172.0 1898 820 609 28 696 1096 65 0 38 8791 108 2.62 1.194 7.9 0.1 2.9 4.5 1.57
NL (5 yrs) 45 40 .529 3.15 107 84 22 76 6 5 792.2 733 392 277 2 363 456 25 0 31 3384 102 3.16 1.383 8.3 0.0 4.1 5.2 1.26

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1898 21 WHS NL 88.0 17 7 74 7.57 4.99 -0.42 0.00 101.0 5.47 -18 -1.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.8 -11 .405 .490
1899 22 BRO NL 25.0 5 2 22 7.92 5.18 0.23 0.00 102.0 5.05 -7 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -5 .380 .496
1900 23 BRO NL 31.0 5 4 23 6.68 5.14 0.05 0.00 104.0 5.29 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .427 .498
1901 24 BRO NL 351.0 45 38 151 3.87 4.52 -0.01 0.00 101.0 4.57 31 3.3 1.0 -0.5 5.9 59 .573 .520
1902 25 BRO NL 297.2 35 33 122 3.69 3.98 0.18 0.00 99.0 3.76 4 0.5 1.0 -0.3 2.7 26 .513 .503
1903 26 DET AL 307.0 35 34 104 3.05 4.09 0.05 0.00 97.0 3.92 35 4.2 1.0 -0.3 6.9 58 .619 .526
1904 27 DET AL 293.0 34 34 111 3.41 3.60 0.03 0.00 98.0 3.50 7 0.8 -0.3 3.4 26 .524 .505
1905 28 DET AL 280.2 34 32 111 3.56 3.74 -0.08 0.00 103.0 3.93 13 1.6 1.0 -0.2 4.2 34 .548 .510
1906 29 DET AL 211.2 25 25 92 3.91 3.70 -0.42 0.00 103.0 4.24 8 1.0 -0.2 2.9 25 .540 .506
1907 30 DET AL 271.0 32 28 96 3.19 3.53 -0.17 0.00 102.0 3.78 18 2.3 1.0 -0.2 4.7 40 .571 .514
1908 31 DET AL 242.2 29 28 78 2.89 3.34 -0.23 0.00 101.0 3.61 18 2.5 1.0 -0.2 4.6 38 .585 .515
1909 32 DET AL 140.1 21 17 50 3.21 3.33 0.22 0.00 102.0 3.17 1 0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.4 10 .509 .501
1910 33 DET AL 206.2 26 23 74 3.22 3.54 0.03 0.00 104.0 3.65 11 1.4 1.0 -0.2 3.3 27 .555 .509
1911 34 DET AL 168.1 20 19 83 4.44 4.49 -0.22 0.00 104.0 4.90 8 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.5 27 .544 .505
1912 35 DET AL 10.0 3 1 2 1.80 4.40 -0.04 0.00 98.0 4.36 3 0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.4 4 .608 .502
1915 38 NYY AL 33.2 9 1 18 4.81 3.99 0.14 0.00 100.0 3.85 -3 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .458 .498
1916 39 NYY AL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.07 0.20 0.00 102.0 2.92 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.1 0 .541 .500
1918 41 DET AL 6.0 2 1 1 1.50 3.59 -0.44 0.00 92.7 3.74 1 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .596 .501
18 Seasons 2964.2 378 327 1212 3.68 3.90 -0.06 0.00 100.9 4.00 127 16.2 1.0 -2.8 41.8 358 .543 .510
Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
DET (11 yrs) 2137.1 261 242 802 3.38 3.71 -0.09 0.00 101.2 3.85 125 15.4 1.0 -1.8 34.5 290 .559 .511
BRO (4 yrs) 704.2 90 77 318 4.06 4.34 0.08 0.00 100.3 4.28 23 2.8 1.0 -0.9 8.2 79 .531 .511
NYY (2 yrs) 34.2 10 1 18 4.67 3.96 0.14 0.00 100.1 3.82 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .466 .498
WHS (1 yr) 88.0 17 7 74 7.57 4.99 -0.42 0.00 101.0 5.47 -18 -1.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.8 -11 .405 .490

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1907 30 DET AL WS L CHC 0 1 .000 1.71 2 2 0 2 0 0 21.0 17 9 4 0 5 0 16 3 0 0 86 1.048 7.3 0.0 2.1 6.9 3.20
1908 31 DET AL WS L CHC 0 2 .000 4.24 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 17 8 8 1 4 0 10 0 0 1 67 1.235 9.0 0.5 2.1 5.3 2.50
1909 32 DET AL WS L PIT 1 1 .500 3.00 2 2 0 1 0 0 12.0 7 4 4 0 8 0 7 1 0 0 51 1.250 5.3 0.0 6.0 5.3 0.88
3 Yrs (3 Series) 1 4 .200 2.88 6 6 0 5 0 0 50.0 41 21 16 1 17 0 33 4 0 1 204 1.160 7.4 0.2 3.1 5.9 1.94
3 WS 1 4 .200 2.88 6 6 0 5 0 0 50.0 41 21 16 1 17 0 33 4 0 1 204 1.160 7.4 0.2 3.1 5.9 1.94

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
1898 21 WHS NL 39 110 103 11 17 2 2 2 8 2 4 28 .165 .211 .282 .493 41 29 2 1 O1/46
1899 22 BRO NL 5 13 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .231 .231 .308 .538 46 4 0 0 /1
1900 23 BRO NL 5 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1901 24 BRO NL 46 151 135 16 23 3 0 2 13 1 8 27 .170 .217 .237 .454 30 32 0 8 1
1902 25 BRO NL 48 174 161 16 28 3 2 1 16 7 9 26 .174 .227 .236 .463 43 38 2 2 1/3O4
1903 26 DET AL 40 137 124 11 30 3 2 0 12 3 4 34 .242 .266 .298 .564 72 37 0 9 1/64O
1904 27 DET AL 46 148 140 12 38 2 1 1 6 2 3 41 .271 .287 .321 .608 94 45 0 5 1/3O
1905 28 DET AL 44 156 130 16 25 4 0 0 5 8 12 28 .192 .266 .223 .489 55 29 1 13 1/O4
1906 29 DET AL 28 96 91 5 11 0 1 0 0 6 1 32 .121 .130 .143 .273 -15 13 0 4 1/4O
1907 30 DET AL 37 119 109 20 29 7 2 0 19 4 6 34 .266 .304 .367 .671 111 40 0 4 1
1908 31 DET AL 30 93 82 5 13 1 0 0 2 2 10 26 .159 .250 .171 .421 35 14 0 1 1
1909 32 DET AL 22 53 45 6 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 .200 .250 .200 .450 39 9 1 5 1
1910 33 DET AL 26 76 69 6 10 1 0 0 2 0 5 24 .145 .203 .159 .362 10 11 0 2 1
1911 34 DET AL 24 72 60 11 12 3 1 1 6 1 11 20 .200 .324 .333 .657 80 20 0 1 1
1912 35 DET AL 6 14 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .077 .143 .077 .220 -36 1 0 0 /13O
1915 38 NYY AL 10 13 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .083 .154 .083 .237 -29 1 0 0 /1
1916 39 NYY AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1918 41 DET AL 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 208 1 0 0 /1
18 Yrs 459 1440 1302 142 251 30 11 7 93 36 0 77 342 .193 .241 .249 .490 49 324 6 55
162 Game Avg. 162 508 460 50 89 11 4 2 33 13 27 121 .193 .241 .249 .490 49 114 2 19
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
DET (11 yrs) 305 966 865 96 179 21 7 2 54 26 0 55 249 .207 .256 .254 .510 58 220 2 44
BRO (4 yrs) 104 351 322 34 54 7 2 3 31 8 17 59 .168 .214 .230 .444 31 74 2 10
NYY (2 yrs) 11 13 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .083 .154 .083 .237 -29 1 0 0
WHS (1 yr) 39 110 103 11 17 2 2 2 8 2 4 28 .165 .211 .282 .493 41 29 2 1
AL (13 yrs) 316 979 877 97 180 21 7 2 54 26 0 56 255 .205 .255 .252 .507 57 221 2 44
NL (5 yrs) 143 461 425 45 71 9 4 5 39 10 21 87 .167 .213 .242 .456 34 103 4 11

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
1898 21 WHS NL 39 110 -10 0 0 -1 -1 -12 -1.2 4 -8 -0.8 .470 .493 -0.7 -0.2 -7 O1/46
1899 22 BRO NL 5 13 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1900 23 BRO NL 5 13 -4 0 0 0 1 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .447 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 /1
1901 24 BRO NL 46 151 -13 0 0 0 11 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .495 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1902 25 BRO NL 48 174 -11 0 0 1 12 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .507 .502 0.2 0.0 2 1/3O4
1903 26 DET AL 40 137 -5 -0 0 0 11 5 0.6 0 5 0.6 .515 .504 0.6 -0.0 5 1/64O
1904 27 DET AL 46 148 -2 -0 0 -2 9 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .512 .504 0.8 -0.3 7 1/3O
1905 28 DET AL 44 156 -7 1 0 0 11 5 0.6 0 5 0.6 .513 .504 0.6 -0.1 5 1/O4
1906 29 DET AL 28 96 -12 1 0 0 6 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .477 .496 -0.6 0.0 -5 1/4O
1907 30 DET AL 37 119 -0 -0 0 0 8 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .525 .506 0.9 0.0 8 1
1908 31 DET AL 30 93 -6 -0 0 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1909 32 DET AL 22 53 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1910 33 DET AL 26 76 -7 0 0 0 5 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .490 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 1
1911 34 DET AL 24 72 -2 -0 0 0 6 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .517 .502 0.4 0.0 4 1
1912 35 DET AL 6 14 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /13O
1915 38 NYY AL 10 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1916 39 NYY AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1918 41 DET AL 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .521 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
18 Seasons 459 1440 -88 2 0 -2 93 5 0.6 4 8 1.0 .502 .501 1.2 -0.6 10
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
DET (11 yrs) 305 966 -47 1 0 -2 68 20 2.1 0 20 2.1 .507 .502 2.3 -0.4 22
BRO (4 yrs) 104 351 -29 1 0 1 25 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .498 .500 -0.3 0.0 -3
NYY (2 yrs) 11 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .490 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
WHS (1 yr) 39 110 -10 0 0 -1 -1 -12 -1.2 4 -8 -0.8 .470 .493 -0.7 -0.2 -7

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1907 30 DET AL WS CHC L 2 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1908 31 DET AL WS CHC L 2 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000 .200 0 0 0 1 0 0
1909 32 DET AL WS PIT L 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 6 18 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 .000 .059 .000 .059 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 WS 6 18 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 .000 .059 .000 .059 0 0 0 1 0 0

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
1898 WHS NL 21 OF 20 45 38 4 3 3 .933 2.10 .937 2.08 6-6-8
1898 WHS NL 21 P 17 88.0 26 6 17 3 2 .885 2.35 1.35 .918 2.65 2.55
1898 WHS NL 21 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.60
1898 WHS NL 21 SS 1 4 1 1 2 1 .500 2.00 .912 5.70
1899 BRO NL 22 P 5 25.0 7 1 5 1 0 .857 2.16 1.20 .910 2.66 2.56
1900 BRO NL 23 P 5 31.0 12 0 12 0 0 1.000 3.48 2.40 .921 2.67 2.60
1901 BRO NL 24 P 45 351.0 96 14 75 7 5 .927 2.28 1.98 .934 2.75 2.72
1902 BRO NL 25 P 35 297.2 96 20 71 5 2 .948 2.75 2.60 .933 2.72 2.68
1902 BRO NL 25 1B 8 95 87 7 1 3 .989 11.75 .981 10.58
1902 BRO NL 25 OF 4 9 8 0 1 0 .889 2.00 .944 1.98 2-0-2
1902 BRO NL 25 2B 1 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 5.00 .948 5.40
1903 DET AL 26 P 35 307.0 96 25 65 6 2 .938 2.64 2.57 .948 3.19 3.13
1903 DET AL 26 SS 2 5 0 3 2 1 .600 1.50 .912 5.30
1903 DET AL 26 2B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .940 5.10
1903 DET AL 26 OF 1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .953 2.00 0-1-0
1904 DET AL 27 P 34 293.0 121 28 89 4 2 .967 3.59 3.44 .952 3.45 3.39
1904 DET AL 27 1B 8 53 52 0 1 1 .981 6.50 .982 11.02
1904 DET AL 27 OF 1 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 .955 1.90 0-0-1
1905 DET AL 28 P 34 280.2 89 16 67 6 3 .933 2.66 2.44 .942 3.25 3.21
1905 DET AL 28 OF 8 14 10 4 0 0 1.000 1.75 .953 1.86 7-0-1
1905 DET AL 28 2B 2 5 2 2 1 0 .800 2.00 .952 5.00
1906 DET AL 29 P 25 211.2 76 11 62 3 1 .961 3.10 2.92 .948 3.22 3.17
1906 DET AL 29 2B 3 9 5 3 1 0 .889 2.67 .954 5.30
1906 DET AL 29 OF 1 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .965 1.90 0-1-0
1907 DET AL 30 P 32 271.0 73 13 56 4 0 .945 2.29 2.16 .946 3.28 3.25
1908 DET AL 31 P 29 242.2 60 16 39 5 0 .917 2.04 1.90 .946 3.20 3.19
1909 DET AL 32 P 21 140.1 39 9 29 1 1 .974 2.44 1.81 .942 3.19 3.15
1910 DET AL 33 P 26 206.2 44 9 33 2 2 .955 1.83 1.62 .942 3.29 3.28
1911 DET AL 34 P 20 168.1 31 4 25 2 0 .935 1.55 1.45 .938 2.88 2.85
1912 DET AL 35 P 3 10.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.90 0.33 .940 2.97 2.90
1912 DET AL 35 1B 2 6 5 0 1 0 .833 2.50 .983 10.40
1912 DET AL 35 OF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.05 0-0-2
1915 NYY AL 38 P 9 1 0 33.2 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 2.14 0.89 .938 3.02 3.00
1916 NYY AL 39 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1918 DET AL 41 P 2 1 0 6.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 0.50 .950 2.85 2.85
18 Seasons P 378 2 0 2964.2 876 173 654 49 20 .944 2.51 2.19 .942 3.09 3.04
7 Seasons OF 37 75 58 10 7 3 .907 1.84 .943 2.01 15-8-14
3 Seasons 1B 18 154 144 7 3 4 .981 8.39 .981 10.76
5 Seasons 2B 8 20 9 9 2 0 .900 2.25 .952 5.25
2 Seasons SS 3 9 1 4 4 2 .556 1.67 .912 5.43
18 Seasons TOT 444 2 0 2964.2 1134 385 684 65 29 .943 2.51 2.41 .947 3.09 3.32 15-8-14
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

Hall of Fame
1937 BBWAA ( 1.5%)
1938 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1939 BBWAA ( 0.7%)
1945 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 2.0%)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1903 AL  7.4 (4th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1901 NL  5.9 (7th)
1903 AL  6.9 (4th)
1907 AL  4.7 (8th)
1908 AL  4.6 (7th)
1910 AL  3.3 (10th)
Career  41.9 (154th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1901 NL  2.77 (9th)
1903 AL  2.29 (9th)
Career  2.69 (78th)

Wins s c a p y
1901 NL  25 (1st)
1902 NL  17 (9th)
1907 AL  25 (3rd)
1908 AL  18 (6th)
1910 AL  17 (9th)
Career  185 (152nd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1901 NL  .625 (7th)
1907 AL  .862 (1st)
1908 AL  .720 (2nd)
1910 AL  .708 (4th)
Career  .571 (222nd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1903 AL  1.114 (10th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1901 NL  8.308 (6th)
1902 NL  7.559 (4th)
1903 AL  7.241 (2nd)
1907 AL  7.373 (5th)
Career  7.987 (112th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1901 NL  5.795 (4th)
1902 NL  5.140 (3rd)
1903 AL  5.482 (2nd)
1908 AL  5.229 (5th)
1910 AL  4.660 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1901 NL  45 (1st)
1902 NL  35 (9th)

Saves s c a p y
1899 NL  1 (7th)
1901 NL  3 (1st)
1902 NL  1 (5th)
1909 AL  2 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1901 NL  351.0 (3rd)
1902 NL  297.7 (6th)
1903 AL  307.0 (6th)
Career  2,964.7 (138th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1901 NL  226 (2nd)
1902 NL  170 (4th)
1903 AL  187 (2nd)
1907 AL  123 (10th)
1908 AL  141 (9th)
Career  1,552 (174th)

Games Started s c a p y
1901 NL  38 (3rd)
1902 NL  33 (7th)
1903 AL  34 (8th)
Career  327 (248th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1901 NL  36 (3rd)
1902 NL  30 (7th)
1903 AL  34 (1st)
1907 AL  27 (9th)
1908 AL  25 (6th)
Career  289 (49th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1901 NL  2 (10th)
1902 NL  4 (7th)
1903 AL  4 (6th)
1905 AL  5 (6th)
1908 AL  6 (3rd)
1909 AL  4 (9th)
Career  35 (71st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1906 AL  4 (10th)
1907 AL  3 (6th)
1910 AL  4 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1901 NL  152 (1st)
1902 NL  111 (2nd)
1903 AL  95 (2nd)
1904 AL  94 (3rd)
1905 AL  101 (4th)
Career  1,059 (92nd)

Hits s c a p y
1901 NL  324 (6th)
Career  2,631 (203rd)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1908 AL  2.660 (7th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1901 NL  0.026 (1st)
1902 NL  0.030 (4th)
1903 AL  0.088 (6th)
1905 AL  0.064 (7th)
Career  0.091 (22nd)

Losses s c a p y
1903 AL  16 (6th)
Career  139 (208th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1901 NL  108 (9th)
1902 NL  92 (7th)
1905 AL  81 (10th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1898 NL  12 (6th)
1901 NL  10 (4th)
1902 NL  7 (7th)
1903 AL  7 (5th)
1904 AL  11 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
Career  90 (112th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1901 NL  1,490 (3rd)
1902 NL  1,214 (6th)
1903 AL  1,223 (9th)
Career  12,175 (150th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1898 NL  10 (2nd)
1901 NL  7 (4th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1901 NL  121 (9th)
1903 AL  126 (10th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1903 AL  2.64 (8th)
1908 AL  1.78 (7th)
Career  2.77 (63rd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1901 NL  23 (9th)
1903 AL  23 (6th)
1907 AL  12 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1901 NL  2.3 (9th)
1903 AL  2.5 (6th)
1907 AL  1.4 (10th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1901 NL  45 (1st)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1902 NL  20 (2nd)
1903 AL  25 (2nd)
1904 AL  28 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1901 NL  7 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1915 AL  born 1876-10-13 (5th)
1916 AL  born 1876-10-13 (7th)
1918 AL  born 1876-10-13 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 13 (175), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 110 (191), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 90 (128), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 34 (107), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (152nd), 42.8 career WAR/35.0 7yr-peak WAR/38.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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