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Will Foley

William Brown Foley

Positions: Third Baseman, Catcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: November 15, 1855 in Chicago, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: August 23, 1875 (Age 19.281)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1876 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Grays/Chicago/Pittsburgh/Wolverines/WhiteStockings 1875-1884

Final Game: May 22, 1884 (Age 28.189)
Died: November 12, 1916 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL
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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
1875 19 CHI NA 3 12 12 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .333 .583 98 4 0 /5
1876 20 CIN NL 58 221 221 19 50 3 2 0 9 0 14 .226 .226 .258 .484 74 57 *52
1877 21 CIN NL 56 220 216 23 41 5 1 0 18 4 13 .190 .205 .222 .427 41 48 *5
1878 22 MLG NL 56 236 229 33 62 8 5 0 22 7 14 .271 .292 .349 .642 104 80 *5/2
1879 23 CIN NL 56 220 218 22 46 5 1 0 25 2 16 .211 .218 .243 .461 53 53 5O/4
1881 25 DTN NL 5 17 15 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 .133 .235 .133 .369 17 2 /5
1884 28 CPI UA 19 76 71 15 20 1 1 0 5 .282 .329 .324 .653 120 23 5
7 Yrs 253 1002 982 112 224 23 10 0 76 0 0 20 62 .228 .244 .272 .515 72 267 0
162 Game Avg. 162 642 629 72 143 15 6 0 49 13 .228 .244 .272 .515 72 171
CIN (3 yrs) 170 661 655 64 137 13 4 0 52 6 43 .209 .216 .241 .458 56 158
CPI (1 yr) 19 76 71 15 20 1 1 0 5 .282 .329 .324 .653 120 23
CHI (1 yr) 3 12 12 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .333 .583 98 4 0
DTN (1 yr) 5 17 15 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 .133 .235 .133 .369 17 2
MLG (1 yr) 56 236 229 33 62 8 5 0 22 7 14 .271 .292 .349 .642 104 80
NL (5 yrs) 231 914 899 97 201 21 9 0 75 15 60 .224 .236 .267 .503 68 240
UA (1 yr) 19 76 71 15 20 1 1 0 5 .282 .329 .324 .653 120 23
NA (1 yr) 3 12 12 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .333 .583 98 4 0

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
1875 19 CHI NA 3 12 -0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .524 .500 0.0 0.1 0 /5
1876 20 CIN NL 58 221 -4 0 0 -2 3 -3 -0.3 8 5 0.5 .496 .498 0.7 0.1 7 *52
1877 21 CIN NL 56 220 -12 0 0 -2 2 -12 -1.2 8 -5 -0.4 .480 .493 -0.2 -0.0 -3 *5
1878 22 MLG NL 56 236 1 0 0 -9 2 -6 -0.6 8 2 0.2 .490 .496 1.1 -0.7 11 *5/2
1879 23 CIN NL 56 220 -10 0 0 1 -1 -9 -0.9 8 -2 -0.2 .484 .494 -0.2 0.0 -3 5O/4
1881 25 DTN NL 5 17 -2 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -2 -0.2 .454 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /5
1884 28 CPI UA 19 76 2 0 0 -1 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2 5
7 Seasons 253 1002 -25 0 0 -13 7 -30 -3.0 32 1 0.3 .489 .496 1.6 -0.6 14
CIN (3 yrs) 170 661 -25 0 0 -3 4 -24 -2.4 23 -2 -0.1 .487 .495 0.3 0.0 1
CPI (1 yr) 19 76 2 0 0 -1 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2
CHI (1 yr) 3 12 -0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .524 .500 0.0 0.1 0
DTN (1 yr) 5 17 -2 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -2 -0.2 .454 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1
MLG (1 yr) 56 236 1 0 0 -9 2 -6 -0.6 8 2 0.2 .490 .496 1.1 -0.7 11

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1875 CHI NA 19 3B 3 16 4 9 3 1 .813 4.33 .764 3.67
1876 CIN NL 20 3B 46 209 67 101 41 4 .804 3.65 .807 3.75
1876 CIN NL 20 C 20 102 70 10 22 1 .784 4.00 .805 5.81 19 0 0
1877 CIN NL 21 3B 56 268 94 130 44 9 .836 4.00 .841 3.69
1878 MLG NL 22 3B 53 191 68 87 36 8 .812 2.92 .864 3.54
1878 MLG NL 22 C 7 52 33 16 3 0 .942 7.00 .891 7.09 20 0 0
1879 CIN NL 23 3B 29 122 46 54 22 8 .820 3.45 .830 3.41
1879 CIN NL 23 OF 25 55 38 9 8 0 .855 1.88 .838 1.89 0-0-25
1879 CIN NL 23 2B 3 19 6 9 4 0 .789 5.00 .897 6.83
1881 DTN NL 25 3B 5 13 5 5 3 3 .769 2.00 .860 3.56
1884 CPI UA 28 3B 19 51 18 23 10 2 .804 2.16 .777 3.02
7 Seasons 3B 211 870 302 409 159 35 .817 3.37 .831 3.56
2 Seasons C 27 154 103 26 25 1 .838 4.78 .834 6.14 39 0 0
1 Season OF 25 55 38 9 8 0 .855 1.88 .838 1.89 0-0-25
1 Season 2B 3 19 6 9 4 0 .789 5.00 .897 6.83
7 Seasons TOT 266 1098 449 453 196 36 .821 3.39 .833 3.70 0-0-25 39 0 0
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

Triples s c a p y
1878 NL  5 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1876 NL  14 (8th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  56 (2nd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  94 (2nd)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  130 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  44 (2nd)
1878 NL  36 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  9 (1st)
1878 NL  8 (2nd)
1879 NL  8 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1877 NL  4.00 (3rd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1876 NL  .804 (5th)
1877 NL  .836 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1875 NA  born 1855-11-15 (8th)
1876 NL  born 1855-11-15 (10th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2443), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Third Base (500th), 0.3 career WAR/0.3 7yr-peak WAR/0.3 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Bill Brown Will william Foley

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