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William Fischer

William Charles Fischer

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 174 lb.

Born: March 2, 1891 in New York, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: June 9, 1913 (Age 22.099, 3,911th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Whales/Cubs/Superbas/Robins 1913-1917

Last Game: September 29, 1917 (Age 26.211)
Died: September 4, 1945 in Richmond, VA
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, NY
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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
1913 22 BRO NL 62 178 165 16 44 9 4 1 12 0 1 10 5 .267 .313 .388 .700 98 64 1 2 2
1914 23 BRO NL 43 116 105 12 27 1 2 0 8 1 8 12 .257 .310 .305 .614 82 32 0 3 2
1915 24 CHI FL 105 328 292 30 96 15 4 4 50 5 24 19 .329 .384 .449 .832 150 131 2 11 2
1916 25 TOT NL 107 324 292 26 64 16 3 2 20 3 21 11 .219 .276 .315 .591 77 92 2 9 2
1916 25 CHC NL 65 196 179 15 35 9 2 1 14 2 11 8 .196 .246 .285 .531 56 51 1 5 2
1916 25 PIT NL 42 128 113 11 29 7 1 1 6 1 10 3 .257 .323 .363 .685 110 41 1 4 2
1917 26 PIT NL 95 277 245 25 70 9 2 3 25 11 27 19 .286 .359 .376 .734 122 92 1 4 2/3
5 Yrs 412 1223 1099 109 301 50 15 10 115 20 1 90 66 .274 .332 .374 .706 110 411 6 29
162 Game Avg. 162 481 432 43 118 20 6 4 45 8 35 26 .274 .332 .374 .706 110 162 2 11
PIT (2 yrs) 137 405 358 36 99 16 3 4 31 12 37 22 .277 .348 .372 .719 119 133 2 8
BRO (2 yrs) 105 294 270 28 71 10 6 1 20 1 1 18 17 .263 .311 .356 .667 92 96 1 5
CHI (1 yr) 105 328 292 30 96 15 4 4 50 5 24 19 .329 .384 .449 .832 150 131 2 11
CHC (1 yr) 65 196 179 15 35 9 2 1 14 2 11 8 .196 .246 .285 .531 56 51 1 5
NL (4 yrs) 307 895 807 79 205 35 11 6 65 15 1 66 47 .254 .314 .347 .661 96 280 4 18
FL (1 yr) 105 328 292 30 96 15 4 4 50 5 24 19 .329 .384 .449 .832 150 131 2 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
1913 22 BRO NL 62 178 -0 0 0 -1 3 2 0.2 5 7 0.8 .503 .501 0.9 0.2 8 2
1914 23 BRO NL 43 116 -2 -0 0 0 2 -0 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .499 .500 0.3 0.2 3 2
1915 24 CHI FL 105 328 18 -0 0 0 5 22 2.6 5 28 3.1 .524 .516 3.0 0.7 28 2
1916 25 CHC NL 65 196 -8 -0 0 -1 3 -6 -0.8 6 -0 -0.2 .488 .495 -0.0 0.3 1 2
1916 25 PIT NL 42 128 2 -0 0 0 2 4 0.5 4 8 0.9 .512 .503 0.9 0.3 8 2
1917 26 PIT NL 95 277 7 -0 0 0 4 11 1.3 9 19 2.2 .514 .508 2.2 0.5 19 2/3
5 Seasons 412 1223 15 -1 0 -2 20 33 3.7 33 65 7.0 .509 .506 7.2 2.2 68
PIT (2 yrs) 137 405 9 -0 0 0 6 15 1.8 12 27 3.1 .513 .507 3.1 0.8 27
BRO (2 yrs) 105 294 -2 0 0 -1 5 1 0.1 9 11 1.1 .502 .501 1.2 0.4 12
CHI (1 yr) 105 328 18 -0 0 0 5 22 2.6 5 28 3.1 .524 .516 3.0 0.7 28
CHC (1 yr) 65 196 -8 -0 0 -1 3 -6 -0.8 6 -0 -0.2 .488 .495 -0.0 0.3 1

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1913 BRO NL 22 C 51 265 193 65 7 2 .974 5.06 .970 6.29 6 57 43 43% 44%
1914 BRO NL 23 C 30 25 23 189 136 45 8 6 .958 6.03 .970 6.31 4 35 29 45% 44%
1915 CHI FL 24 C 80 70 60 436 324 100 12 9 .972 5.30 .975 6.29 7 75 65 46% 45%
1916 TOT NL 25 C 91 81 72 563 429 119 15 8 .973 6.02 .974 6.30 8 109 78 42% 44%
1916 CHC NL 25 C 56 47 42 328 246 73 9 3 .973 5.70 .974 6.30 7 61 47 44% 44%
1916 PIT NL 25 C 35 34 30 235 183 46 6 5 .974 6.54 .974 6.30 1 48 31 39% 44%
1917 PIT NL 26 C 69 65 56 363 272 77 14 8 .961 5.06 .975 5.98 4 70 45 39% 44%
1917 PIT NL 26 1B 2 1 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 3.50 .989 10.90
5 Seasons C 321 241 211 1816 1354 406 56 33 .969 5.48 .973 6.23 29 346 260 43% 44%
1 Season 1B 2 1 1 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 3.50 .989 10.90
5 Seasons TOT 323 242 212 1823 1361 406 56 33 .969 5.47 .973 6.26 29 346 260 43% 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.
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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1915 FL  3.1 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1915 FL  3.0 (6th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1915 FL  .329 (2nd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1915 FL  .384 (7th)
1917 NL  .359 (10th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1915 FL  .449 (4th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1915 FL  .832 (4th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1915 FL  150 (3rd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1915 FL  .743 (4th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1916 NL  26.5 (1st)

AB per HR s c a p y
1915 FL  73.0 (8th)
1917 NL  81.7 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1916 NL  91 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1916 NL  429 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1916 NL  119 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1916 NL  15 (3rd)
1917 NL  14 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1913 NL  6 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1916 NL  109 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1916 NL  78 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1914 NL  45.3 (5th)
1915 FL  46.4 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1916 NL  6.02 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1916 NL  .973 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 7 (1654), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (231st), 7.0 career WAR/7.0 7yr-peak WAR/7.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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