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Shorty Fuller

William Benjamin Fuller

Positions: Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 6", Weight: 157 lb.

Born: October 10, 1867 in Cincinnati, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: July 19, 1888 (Age 20.283)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Browns/Nationals 1888-1896

Final Game: June 2, 1896 (Age 28.236)
Died: April 11, 1904 in Cincinnati, OH
Buried: St. Joseph Old Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH
Relatives: Brother of Harry Fuller
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 1, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1826. Jimmy Cooney… #1827. Wilson Betemit… #1828. Bill Cissell… #1829. SHORTY FULLER… #1830. Joe Sommer… #1831. Mike McGeary… #1832. Willy Taveras… 

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
1888 20 WHS NL 49 181 170 11 31 5 2 0 12 6 10 14 .182 .232 .235 .467 53 40 1 6/4
1889 21 STL AA 140 574 517 91 117 18 6 0 51 38 52 56 .226 .303 .284 .587 60 147 5 *6
1890 22 STL AA 130 610 526 118 146 9 9 1 40 60 73 .278 .377 .335 .712 97 176 11 *6
1891 23 STL AA 135 647 576 105 122 14 7 2 61 42 67 28 .212 .298 .271 .569 58 156 4 *64
1892 24 NYG NL 141 560 508 74 116 11 4 1 48 37 52 24 .228 .300 .272 .572 74 138 0 *6
1893 25 NYG NL 130 536 474 78 112 14 8 0 51 26 60 21 .236 .325 .300 .624 66 142 2 *6
1894 26 NYG NL 95 431 377 82 104 14 4 2 47 32 52 16 .276 .367 .350 .717 74 132 2 0 *6/5O4
1895 27 NYG NL 126 531 458 82 103 11 3 0 32 15 64 34 .225 .323 .262 .585 53 120 2 7 *6
1896 28 NYG NL 18 87 72 10 12 0 0 0 7 4 14 5 .167 .310 .167 .477 29 12 1 0 6
9 Yrs 964 4157 3678 651 863 96 43 6 349 260 444 198 .235 .322 .289 .611 67 1063 28 7
162 Game Avg. 162 699 618 109 145 16 7 1 59 44 75 .235 .322 .289 .611 67 179 5
NYG (5 yrs) 510 2145 1889 326 447 50 19 3 185 114 242 100 .237 .326 .288 .614 65 544 7 7
STL (3 yrs) 405 1831 1619 314 385 41 22 3 152 140 192 84 .238 .326 .296 .622 72 479 20
WHS (1 yr) 49 181 170 11 31 5 2 0 12 6 10 14 .182 .232 .235 .467 53 40 1
NL (6 yrs) 559 2326 2059 337 478 55 21 3 197 120 252 114 .232 .318 .284 .602 64 584 8 7
AA (3 yrs) 405 1831 1619 314 385 41 22 3 152 140 192 84 .238 .326 .296 .622 72 479 20

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
1888 20 WHS NL 49 181 -8 -1 0 -2 3 -7 -0.8 6 -1 -0.1 .485 .495 0.2 0.1 1 6/4
1889 21 STL AA 140 574 -31 1 0 14 9 -7 -0.6 12 5 0.7 .496 .496 -0.6 2.0 -9 *6
1890 22 STL AA 130 610 -1 3 0 -4 9 6 0.4 14 20 1.9 .504 .503 2.3 0.3 24 *6
1891 23 STL AA 135 647 -32 2 0 1 7 -22 -1.8 14 -7 -0.3 .486 .489 -0.5 0.8 -8 *64
1892 24 NYG NL 141 560 -13 2 0 0 9 -2 -0.3 19 17 1.7 .498 .499 1.8 0.8 17 *6
1893 25 NYG NL 130 536 -23 -0 0 13 9 -2 -0.2 18 16 1.6 .499 .499 0.6 1.7 3 *6
1894 26 NYG NL 95 431 -15 1 0 1 6 -6 -0.5 15 8 0.9 .495 .497 0.9 0.5 7 *6/5O4
1895 27 NYG NL 126 531 -32 -2 0 17 8 -8 -0.7 18 10 1.1 .495 .496 -0.2 2.0 -7 *6
1896 28 NYG NL 18 87 -7 -0 0 -1 1 -7 -0.6 3 -4 -0.3 .469 .497 -0.2 0.0 -3 6
9 Seasons 964 4157 -162 7 0 39 61 -55 -5.1 120 65 7.1 .495 .497 4.1 8.1 26
NYG (5 yrs) 510 2145 -90 1 0 30 33 -26 -2.3 73 47 5.0 .496 .498 2.8 5.0 18
STL (3 yrs) 405 1831 -65 6 0 11 25 -22 -2.1 40 18 2.2 .495 .496 1.2 3.1 7
WHS (1 yr) 49 181 -8 -1 0 -2 3 -7 -0.8 6 -1 -0.1 .485 .495 0.2 0.1 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 G Awards
1888 WHS NL 20 SS 47 245 67 140 38 14 .845 4.40 .881 4.47
1888 WHS NL 20 2B 2 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 2.50 .920 5.65
1889 STL AA 21 SS 140 766 240 459 67 46 .913 4.99 .873 5.13
1890 STL AA 22 SS 130 702 222 389 91 39 .870 4.70 .885 4.90
1891 STL AA 23 SS 102 551 165 307 79 36 .857 4.63 .879 5.12
1891 STL AA 23 2B 38 206 81 109 16 21 .922 5.00 .914 5.34
1892 NYG NL 24 SS 141 820 294 434 92 44 .888 5.16 .897 5.37
1893 NYG NL 25 SS 130 795 260 464 71 48 .911 5.57 .897 5.54
1894 NYG NL 26 SS 91 579 213 297 69 40 .881 5.60 .897 5.75
1894 NYG NL 26 3B 2 9 2 4 3 1 .667 3.00 .878 3.50
1894 NYG NL 26 OF 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .915 2.30 0-0-2
1894 NYG NL 26 2B 1 8 2 5 1 0 .875 7.00 .928 5.80
1895 NYG NL 27 SS 126 842 270 499 73 59 .913 6.10 .899 5.65
1896 NYG NL 28 SS 18 119 42 62 15 8 .874 5.78 .903 5.58
9 Seasons SS 925 5419 1773 3051 595 334 .890 5.22 .890 5.30
3 Seasons 2B 41 219 85 117 17 21 .922 4.93 .915 5.37
1 Season OF 2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .915 2.30 0-0-2
1 Season 3B 2 9 2 4 3 1 .667 3.00 .878 3.50
9 Seasons TOT 970 5651 1864 3172 615 356 .891 5.19 .891 5.29 0-0-2
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
1889 AA  2.0 (2nd)
1893 NL  1.7 (3rd)
1895 NL  2.0 (2nd)

Games Played s c a p y
1889 AA  140 (2nd)

At Bats s c a p y
1890 AA  526 (9th)
1891 AA  576 (3rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1890 AA  610 (4th)
1891 AA  647 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1890 AA  118 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1890 AA  73 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1890 AA  60 (7th)
Career  260 (213th)

Singles s c a p y
1890 AA  127 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1890 AA  230 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1890 AA  11 (8th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1891 AA  20.6 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1890 AA  380 (10th)
1891 AA  454 (1st)

Assistss c a p y
1889 AA  459 (3rd)
1890 AA  389 (4th)
1891 AA  416 (5th)
1893 NL  464 (3rd)
1895 NL  499 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1890 AA  91 (2nd)
1891 AA  95 (3rd)
1892 NL  92 (3rd)
Career  615 (43rd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  140 (2nd)
1890 AA  130 (2nd)
1892 NL  141 (4th)
1893 NL  130 (1st)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  240 (2nd)
1890 AA  222 (2nd)
1892 NL  294 (5th)
1893 NL  260 (3rd)
1895 NL  270 (5th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  459 (3rd)
1890 AA  389 (3rd)
1893 NL  464 (3rd)
1895 NL  499 (2nd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  67 (5th)
1890 AA  91 (2nd)
1891 AA  79 (4th)
1892 NL  92 (3rd)
1893 NL  71 (4th)
1895 NL  73 (4th)
Career  595 (15th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  46 (5th)
1890 AA  39 (1st)
1891 AA  36 (5th)
1895 NL  59 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  4.99 (5th)
1895 NL  6.10 (4th)
Career  5.22 (42nd)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1889 AA  .913 (1st)
1890 AA  .870 (5th)
1893 NL  .911 (4th)
1895 NL  .913 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1888 NL  born 1867-10-10 (7th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 10 (1436), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1454), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (217th), 7.1 career WAR/7.7 7yr-peak WAR/7.4 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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