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Bones Ely

William Frederick Ely

Positions: Shortstop and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: June 7, 1863 in North Girard, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: June 19, 1884 (Age 21.012)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1890 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Browns/Stars/Senators/Athletics/... 1884-1902

Final Game: September 24, 1902 (Age 39.109)
Died: January 10, 1952 in Imola, CA
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 21, 2014 11:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1578. Gary Disarcina… #1579. Geovany Soto… #1580. Franklin Gutierrez… #1581. BONES ELY… #1582. Jack Warner… #1583. Roy Howell… #1584. Miguel Cairo… 

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
1884 21 BUF NL 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 /O1
1886 23 LOU AA 10 34 32 5 5 0 0 0 6 1 2 .156 .206 .156 .362 12 5 0 /1O
1890 27 SYR AA 119 529 496 72 130 16 6 0 64 44 31 .262 .308 .319 .627 92 158 2 O6/3451
1891 28 BRO NL 31 118 111 9 17 0 1 0 11 4 7 9 .153 .203 .171 .375 11 19 0 6/54
1893 30 STL NL 44 195 178 25 45 1 6 0 16 2 17 13 .253 .318 .326 .644 71 58 0 6
1894 31 STL NL 127 553 510 85 156 20 12 12 89 23 30 34 .306 .344 .463 .807 94 236 0 13 *6/41
1895 32 STL NL 118 503 471 68 122 16 2 1 47 29 19 18 .259 .288 .308 .596 54 145 0 13 *6
1896 33 PIT NL 128 598 537 85 153 15 9 3 77 18 33 33 .285 .326 .363 .689 85 195 0 28 *6
1897 34 PIT NL 133 557 516 63 146 20 8 2 74 10 25 24 .283 .317 .364 .682 83 188 1 15 *6
1898 35 PIT NL 148 556 519 49 110 14 5 2 44 6 24 34 .212 .247 .270 .517 49 140 0 13 *6
1899 36 PIT NL 139 582 526 67 146 18 6 3 72 8 22 31 .278 .313 .352 .665 82 185 5 29 *6/4
1900 37 PIT NL 130 503 475 60 116 6 6 0 51 6 17 29 .244 .272 .282 .554 53 134 1 10 *6
1901 38 TOT MLB 110 435 411 29 87 12 5 0 44 11 9 42 .212 .232 .265 .497 39 109 2 13 *6/5
1901 38 PIT NL 65 253 240 18 50 6 3 0 28 5 6 28 .208 .234 .258 .492 40 62 2 5 6/5
1901 38 PHA AL 45 182 171 11 37 6 2 0 16 6 3 14 .216 .230 .275 .505 37 47 0 8 6
1902 39 WSH AL 105 417 381 39 100 11 2 1 62 3 21 23 .262 .301 .310 .611 69 118 0 15 *6
14 Yrs 1343 5584 5167 656 1333 149 68 24 657 165 257 292 .258 .295 .327 .622 69 1690 11 149
162 Game Avg. 162 674 623 79 161 18 8 3 79 31 .258 .295 .327 .622 69 204
PIT (6 yrs) 743 3049 2813 342 721 79 37 10 346 53 127 179 .256 .291 .321 .612 68 904 9 100
STL (3 yrs) 289 1251 1159 178 323 37 20 13 152 54 66 65 .279 .318 .379 .696 75 439 0 26
WSH (1 yr) 105 417 381 39 100 11 2 1 62 3 21 23 .262 .301 .310 .611 69 118 0 15
LOU (1 yr) 10 34 32 5 5 0 0 0 6 1 2 .156 .206 .156 .362 12 5 0
BUF (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0
PHA (1 yr) 45 182 171 11 37 6 2 0 16 6 3 14 .216 .230 .275 .505 37 47 0 8
SYR (1 yr) 119 529 496 72 130 16 6 0 64 44 31 .262 .308 .319 .627 92 158 2
BRO (1 yr) 31 118 111 9 17 0 1 0 11 4 7 9 .153 .203 .171 .375 11 19 0
NL (11 yrs) 1064 4422 4087 529 1061 116 58 23 509 111 200 255 .260 .296 .333 .629 69 1362 9 126
AA (2 yrs) 129 563 528 77 135 16 6 0 70 45 33 .256 .302 .309 .611 87 163 2
AL (2 yrs) 150 599 552 50 137 17 4 1 78 9 24 37 .248 .280 .299 .578 59 165 0 23

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
1884 21 BUF NL 1 4 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .388 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /O1
1886 23 LOU AA 10 34 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .479 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 /1O
1890 27 SYR AA 119 529 -4 2 0 8 -3 3 0.2 13 16 1.5 .502 .502 0.9 0.4 8 O6/3451
1891 28 BRO NL 31 118 -13 -0 0 1 2 -10 -0.9 4 -6 -0.5 .472 .495 -0.6 0.2 -7 6/54
1893 30 STL NL 44 195 -9 -0 0 -2 3 -8 -0.6 7 -1 0.0 .486 .496 0.2 0.1 1 6
1894 31 STL NL 127 553 -13 -1 0 5 8 -0 -0.1 19 18 1.7 .500 .500 1.4 0.9 13 *6/41
1895 32 STL NL 118 503 -36 1 0 -2 8 -29 -2.3 17 -12 -0.6 .481 .486 -0.4 0.4 -10 *6
1896 33 PIT NL 128 598 -14 -2 0 5 8 -3 -0.2 19 17 1.7 .498 .499 1.3 1.1 12 *6
1897 34 PIT NL 133 557 -14 -1 0 2 9 -5 -0.4 19 14 1.5 .497 .498 1.3 0.9 12 *6
1898 35 PIT NL 148 556 -35 0 0 14 9 -12 -1.2 19 7 0.8 .492 .493 -0.5 2.2 -7 *6
1899 36 PIT NL 139 582 -15 -0 0 11 9 5 0.4 20 25 2.4 .503 .503 1.5 1.8 14 *6/4
1900 37 PIT NL 130 503 -31 0 0 19 8 -4 -0.4 17 13 1.4 .497 .498 -0.4 2.5 -6 *6
1901 38 PIT NL 65 253 -19 -0 0 9 4 -6 -0.6 8 3 0.3 .491 .496 -0.6 1.3 -6 6/5
1901 38 PHA AL 45 182 -16 0 0 -1 3 -14 -1.3 7 -8 -0.7 .471 .492 -0.6 0.2 -7 6
1902 39 WSH AL 105 417 -15 0 0 -10 7 -18 -1.8 15 -3 -0.3 .483 .489 0.7 -0.3 7 $2,800 *6
14 Seasons 1343 5584 -239 -1 0 59 77 -104 -9.8 184 80 8.8 .493 .496 3.9 11.7 21 $2,800
PIT (6 yrs) 743 3049 -128 -3 0 60 48 -24 -2.6 103 79 8.0 .497 .498 2.6 9.8 19
STL (3 yrs) 289 1251 -58 0 0 1 19 -38 -3.1 43 5 1.2 .490 .494 1.2 1.4 4
WSH (1 yr) 105 417 -15 0 0 -10 7 -18 -1.8 15 -3 -0.3 .483 .489 0.7 -0.3 7 $2,800
LOU (1 yr) 10 34 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .479 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
BUF (1 yr) 1 4 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .388 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1
PHA (1 yr) 45 182 -16 0 0 -1 3 -14 -1.3 7 -8 -0.7 .471 .492 -0.6 0.2 -7
SYR (1 yr) 119 529 -4 2 0 8 -3 3 0.2 13 16 1.5 .502 .502 0.9 0.4 8
BRO (1 yr) 31 118 -13 -0 0 1 2 -10 -0.9 4 -6 -0.5 .472 .495 -0.6 0.2 -7

Standard Pitching

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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
1884 21 BUF NL 0 1 .000 14.40 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 17 15 8 1 5 4 0 1 39 24 7.27 4.400 30.6 1.8 9.0 7.2 0.80
1886 23 LOU AA 0 4 .000 5.32 6 4 2 4 0 1 44.0 53 47 26 0 26 28 0 0 7 215 69 3.60 1.795 10.8 0.0 5.3 5.7 1.08
1890 27 SYR AA 0 0 22.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 19 2.92 3.500 31.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
1894 31 STL NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 6 12.82 3.000 0.0 0.0 27.0 0.0 0.00
4 Yrs 0 5 .000 6.75 9 5 4 4 0 1 52.0 77 67 39 1 34 32 0 0 9 273 55 4.11 2.135 13.3 0.2 5.9 5.5 0.94
162 Game Avg. 0 24 .000 6.75 44 24 19 19 0 5 253 374 325 189 5 165 155 0 44 1326 55 4.11 2.135 13.3 0.2 5.9 5.5 0.94
SYR (1 yr) 0 0 22.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 19 2.92 3.500 31.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
LOU (1 yr) 0 4 .000 5.32 6 4 2 4 0 1 44.0 53 47 26 0 26 28 0 0 7 215 69 3.60 1.795 10.8 0.0 5.3 5.7 1.08
BUF (1 yr) 0 1 .000 14.40 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 17 15 8 1 5 4 0 1 39 24 7.27 4.400 30.6 1.8 9.0 7.2 0.80
STL (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 6 12.82 3.000 0.0 0.0 27.0 0.0 0.00
AA (2 yrs) 0 4 .000 6.07 7 4 3 4 0 1 46.0 60 52 31 0 26 28 0 0 7 228 61 3.57 1.870 11.7 0.0 5.1 5.5 1.08
NL (2 yrs) 0 1 .000 12.00 2 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 17 15 8 1 8 4 0 0 2 45 33 8.20 4.167 25.5 1.5 12.0 6.0 0.50
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1884 21 BUF NL 5.0 1 1 15 27.00 5.42 0.18 0.00 105.0 5.50 -12 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -11 .054 .497
1886 23 LOU AA 44.0 6 4 47 9.61 5.63 -0.08 0.00 106.0 6.05 -17 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -14 .301 .493
1890 27 SYR AA 2.0 1 0 5 22.50 5.61 -0.19 0.00 91.0 5.28 -4 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -4 .251 .498
1894 31 STL NL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 7.52 -0.05 0.00 102.0 7.73 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .566 .500
4 Seasons 52.0 9 5 67 11.60 5.64 -0.06 0.00 105.2 6.00 -32 -1.8 1.0 -0.1 -1.6 -28 .297 .495
SYR (1 yr) 2.0 1 0 5 22.50 5.61 -0.19 0.00 91.0 5.28 -4 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -4 .251 .498
LOU (1 yr) 44.0 6 4 47 9.61 5.63 -0.08 0.00 106.0 6.05 -17 -1.2 1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -14 .301 .493
BUF (1 yr) 5.0 1 1 15 27.00 5.42 0.18 0.00 105.0 5.50 -12 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -11 .054 .497
STL (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 7.52 -0.05 0.00 102.0 7.73 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .566 .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
1884 BUF NL 21 OF 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .870 1.80 0-0-1
1884 BUF NL 21 P 1 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 1.00 .890 2.34 2.20
1886 LOU AA 23 P 6 44.0 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 2.05 1.67 .885 2.00 1.95
1886 LOU AA 23 OF 5 8 7 0 1 0 .875 1.40 .878 1.80 4-1-0
1890 SYR AA 27 OF 78 210 179 13 18 1 .914 2.46 .916 1.82 70-8-0
1890 SYR AA 27 SS 36 216 81 123 12 14 .944 5.67 .885 4.90
1890 SYR AA 27 1B 4 36 34 0 2 5 .944 8.50 .973 10.30
1890 SYR AA 27 2B 2 5 2 2 1 0 .800 2.00 .924 5.45
1890 SYR AA 27 3B 1 6 2 4 0 0 1.000 6.00 .863 3.70
1890 SYR AA 27 P 1 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .910 2.25 2.10
1891 BRO NL 28 SS 28 184 54 106 24 9 .870 5.71 .889 5.25
1891 BRO NL 28 3B 2 12 3 7 2 0 .833 5.00 .881 3.65
1891 BRO NL 28 2B 1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 5.00 .928 5.90
1893 STL NL 30 SS 44 262 98 139 25 16 .905 5.39 .897 5.54
1894 STL NL 31 SS 126 794 273 442 79 51 .901 5.67 .897 5.75
1894 STL NL 31 2B 1 9 3 4 2 0 .778 7.00 .928 5.80
1894 STL NL 31 P 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.10
1895 STL NL 32 SS 118 709 248 408 53 52 .925 5.56 .899 5.65
1896 PIT NL 33 SS 128 752 258 432 62 52 .918 5.39 .903 5.58
1897 PIT NL 34 SS 133 819 308 451 60 41 .927 5.71 .907 5.78
1898 PIT NL 35 SS 148 889 311 527 51 58 .943 5.66 .913 5.66
1899 PIT NL 36 SS 133 811 277 476 58 46 .928 5.66 .910 5.66
1899 PIT NL 36 2B 6 44 15 28 1 2 .977 7.17 .941 5.57
1900 PIT NL 37 SS 130 797 242 503 52 62 .935 5.73 .922 5.87
1901 TOT MLB 38 SS 109 621 197 371 53 42 .915 5.21 .914 5.57
1901 PIT NL 38 SS 64 357 112 215 30 23 .916 5.11 .925 5.73
1901 PIT NL 38 3B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .890 3.20
1901 PHA AL 38 SS 45 264 85 156 23 19 .913 5.36 .898 5.34
1902 WSH AL 39 SS 105 637 238 350 49 31 .923 5.60 .928 5.74
12 Seasons SS 1238 7491 2585 4328 578 474 .923 5.58 .908 5.66
3 Seasons OF 84 219 186 13 20 1 .909 2.37 .914 1.82 74-9-1
4 Seasons 2B 10 63 21 38 4 2 .937 5.90 .937 5.60
4 Seasons P 9 52.0 12 2 10 0 0 1.000 2.08 1.33 .888 2.04 2.01
1 Season 1B 4 36 34 0 2 5 .944 8.50 .973 10.30
3 Seasons 3B 4 19 5 12 2 0 .895 4.25 .876 3.55
14 Seasons TOT 1349 52.0 7840 2833 4401 606 482 .923 2.08 5.36 .909 2.04 5.40 74-9-1
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1894 NL  0.9 (8th)
1896 NL  1.1 (8th)
1898 NL  2.2 (2nd)
1899 NL  1.8 (4th)
1900 NL  2.5 (1st)
1901 NL  1.3 (4th)
Career  11.7 (168th)

Games Played s c a p y
1897 NL  133 (10th)

At Bats s c a p y
1896 NL  537 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1896 NL  28 (2nd)
1899 NL  29 (1st)
Career  149 (177th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1896 NL  412 (1st)

Saves s c a p y
1886 AA  1 (1st)

Games Finished s c a p y
1886 AA  2 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1897 NL  451 (3rd)
1898 NL  527 (2nd)
1899 NL  504 (3rd)
1900 NL  503 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1894 NL  81 (2nd)
Career  606 (47th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  126 (5th)
1896 NL  128 (5th)
1897 NL  133 (1st)
1898 NL  148 (4th)
1899 NL  133 (4th)
1900 NL  130 (3rd)
Career  1,238 (93rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  273 (3rd)
1897 NL  308 (4th)
Career  2,585 (68th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  442 (3rd)
1896 NL  432 (5th)
1897 NL  451 (2nd)
1898 NL  527 (2nd)
1899 NL  476 (3rd)
1900 NL  503 (2nd)
Career  4,328 (70th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  79 (1st)
1899 NL  58 (5th)
1900 NL  52 (5th)
1902 AL  49 (5th)
Career  578 (18th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  51 (5th)
1895 NL  52 (5th)
1900 NL  62 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1894 NL  5.67 (5th)
1900 NL  5.73 (5th)
Career  5.58 (13th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1895 NL  .925 (2nd)
1896 NL  .918 (4th)
1897 NL  .927 (2nd)
1898 NL  .943 (1st)
1899 NL  .928 (5th)
1900 NL  .935 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1890 AA  2.46 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1899 NL  born 1863-06-07 (7th)
1900 NL  born 1863-06-07 (3rd)
1901 AL  born 1863-06-07 (3rd)
1901 NL  born 1863-06-07 (2nd)
1902 AL  born 1863-06-07 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (569), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Pitching - 3 (2178), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1977), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Pitching - 1 (2053), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1103), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (178th), 8.8 career WAR/11.0 7yr-peak WAR/9.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1902 39 Washington Senators $2,800 ? S. Povich, The Washington Senators, 245
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,800
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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