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Bill Donovan

Willard Earl Donovan

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 198 lb.

Born: July 6, 1916 in Maywood, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1942 (Age 25.287, 7,329th in MLB history)   vs. NYG 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Team: Braves 1942-1943

Last Game: June 20, 1943 (Age 26.349)   vs. PHI 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER
Died: September 25, 1997 in Maywood, IL
Buried: Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
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Career Home Runs Allowed

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Bill Donovan: 2 Career Home Runs Allowed

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 0 tying, 0 go ahead, 2 lacking some details (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
1 Tm
vs LHB2
1 Opp
2 Batters
Mel Ott1
Johnny Mize1
1 Park
Polo Grounds2
Where Hit
General field locations
when available.
Game Totals
2·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
3 Runs
0 on1
1 on1
Any on1
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1942 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1942-09-26 (1) Johnny Mize NYG BSN b 1 --- 2 3
2 2 2 2 1942-09-26 (1) Mel Ott NYG BSN b 3 --- 1 3 9

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1913 to 2016, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.