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Billy Gardner

William Frederick Gardner (Whitey or Shotgun)

Positions: Second Baseman, Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: July 19, 1927 in Waterford, CT
Signed
by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent in 1945. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1954 (Age 26.277)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Senators/Giants/RedSox/Yankees/... 1954-1963

Final Game: September 11, 1963 (Age 36.054)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 25, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1834. John McDonald… #1835. Jimmy McAleer… #1836. Jay Gibbons… #1837. BILLY GARDNER… #1838. Ricky Gutierrez… #1839. Oscar Stanage… #1840. Jimmy Bloodworth… 

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
1954 26 NYG NL 62 115 108 10 23 5 0 1 7 0 1 6 19 .213 .261 .287 .548 43 31 1 1 0 0 54/6
1955 27 NYG NL 59 207 187 26 38 10 1 3 17 0 0 13 19 .203 .261 .316 .577 52 59 2 2 4 1 0 65/4
1956 28 BAL AL 144 560 515 53 119 16 2 11 50 5 5 29 53 .231 .281 .334 .615 69 172 15 7 8 1 1 *46/5
1957 29 BAL AL 154 718 644 79 169 36 3 6 55 10 7 53 67 .262 .325 .356 .681 92 229 13 8 11 2 2 *4/6 MVP-12
1958 30 BAL AL 151 607 560 32 126 28 2 3 33 2 3 34 53 .225 .271 .298 .569 61 167 11 3 6 4 4 *46
1959 31 BAL AL 140 452 401 34 87 13 2 6 27 2 1 38 61 .217 .284 .304 .589 64 122 12 1 8 3 9 *4/56
1960 32 WSH AL 145 649 592 71 152 26 5 9 56 0 4 43 76 .257 .313 .363 .676 81 215 13 6 7 1 0 *46
1961 33 TOT AL 86 280 253 24 57 14 0 2 13 0 0 16 32 .225 .279 .304 .584 56 77 11 3 8 0 1 45
1961 33 MIN AL 45 171 154 13 36 9 0 1 11 0 0 10 14 .234 .280 .312 .592 55 48 7 0 7 0 1 4/5
1961 33 NYY AL 41 109 99 11 21 5 0 1 2 0 0 6 18 .212 .278 .293 .571 57 29 4 3 1 0 0 5/4
1962 34 TOT AL 57 213 200 23 54 9 2 0 12 0 1 10 40 .270 .308 .335 .643 71 67 4 1 2 0 0 4/56
1962 34 NYY AL 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /45
1962 34 BOS AL 53 212 199 22 54 9 2 0 12 0 1 10 39 .271 .310 .337 .646 72 67 4 1 2 0 0 4/56
1963 35 BOS AL 36 89 84 4 16 2 1 0 1 0 0 4 19 .190 .236 .238 .474 32 20 1 1 0 0 1 4/5
10 Yrs 1034 3890 3544 356 841 159 18 41 271 19 22 246 439 .237 .292 .327 .619 70 1159 83 33 54 12 18
162 Game Avg. 162 609 555 56 132 25 3 6 42 3 3 39 69 .237 .292 .327 .619 70 182 13 5 8 2
BAL (4 yrs) 589 2337 2120 198 501 93 9 26 165 19 16 154 234 .236 .293 .325 .618 73 690 51 19 33 10 16
MIN (2 yrs) 190 820 746 84 188 35 5 10 67 0 4 53 90 .252 .306 .353 .659 76 263 20 6 14 1 1
NYG (2 yrs) 121 322 295 36 61 15 1 4 24 0 1 19 38 .207 .261 .305 .566 49 90 3 3 4 1 0
NYY (2 yrs) 45 110 100 12 21 5 0 1 2 0 0 6 19 .210 .275 .290 .565 55 29 4 3 1 0 0
BOS (2 yrs) 89 301 283 26 70 11 3 0 13 0 1 14 58 .247 .288 .307 .595 61 87 5 2 2 0 1
AL (8 yrs) 913 3568 3249 320 780 144 17 37 247 19 21 227 401 .240 .295 .329 .624 72 1069 80 30 50 11 18
NL (2 yrs) 121 322 295 36 61 15 1 4 24 0 1 19 38 .207 .261 .305 .566 49 90 3 3 4 1 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
1954 26 NYG NL 62 115 -9 0 0 5 1 -2 -0.3 4 2 0.2 .496 .498 -0.3 0.6 -3 54/6
1955 27 NYG NL 59 207 -11 0 0 -4 3 -11 -1.3 8 -3 -0.5 .480 .493 -0.0 -0.2 0 65/4
1956 28 BAL AL 144 560 -21 0 -1 -6 6 -22 -2.2 17 -5 -0.6 .485 .486 0.0 0.1 2 *46/5
1957 29 BAL AL 154 718 -2 -1 -1 14 6 16 1.6 20 36 3.7 .512 .511 2.2 2.1 22 *4/6 MVP-12
1958 30 BAL AL 151 607 -23 -1 0 1 6 -17 -2.0 19 2 -0.1 .488 .488 -0.2 0.8 0 *46
1959 31 BAL AL 140 452 -21 -0 -1 16 4 -3 -0.4 14 11 0.9 .498 .498 -0.7 2.0 -5 *4/56
1960 32 WSH AL 145 649 -14 -0 -1 -1 5 -10 -1.4 19 9 0.5 .492 .493 0.8 0.4 9 *46
1961 33 MIN AL 45 171 -12 0 -0 -3 1 -14 -1.5 5 -9 -1.0 .467 .491 -0.7 -0.2 -6 4/5
1961 33 NYY AL 41 109 -6 -1 -0 3 1 -3 -0.4 3 0 -0.1 .491 .498 -0.3 0.3 -3 5/4
1962 34 NYY AL 4 1 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 -0.0 0.1 -0 /45
1962 34 BOS AL 53 212 -7 0 -0 3 1 -2 -0.3 6 4 0.3 .495 .498 0.1 0.4 1 4/56
1963 35 BOS AL 36 89 -8 -1 -0 2 1 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.5 .479 .495 -0.7 0.2 -6 4/5
10 Seasons 1034 3890 -135 -3 -4 32 35 -76 -8.9 119 43 2.9 .492 .496 -0.0 6.6 11
BAL (4 yrs) 589 2337 -67 -3 -3 25 22 -25 -3.0 70 45 4.0 .496 .496 1.3 4.9 19
MIN (2 yrs) 190 820 -26 -0 -1 -3 6 -24 -2.9 24 -0 -0.5 .486 .493 0.1 0.2 3
NYG (2 yrs) 121 322 -20 0 1 2 4 -14 -1.5 12 -2 -0.3 .488 .496 -0.4 0.4 -3
NYY (2 yrs) 45 110 -6 -1 -0 3 1 -3 -0.4 3 0 -0.0 .493 .498 -0.4 0.4 -3
BOS (2 yrs) 89 301 -15 -0 -1 5 2 -9 -1.1 9 0 -0.2 .488 .497 -0.7 0.7 -5

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1961 ❍ 33 NYY AL WS CIN W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1954 NYG NL 26 3B 30 21 18 204.2 75 18 56 1 2 .987 3 16 3.25 2.47 .952 3.17 3.15
1954 NYG NL 26 2B 13 5 3 62.0 35 17 17 1 1 .971 1 27 4.94 2.62 .976 5.57 5.54
1954 NYG NL 26 SS 5 0 0 24.0 16 7 9 0 1 1.000 1 40 6.00 3.20 .959 5.14 5.12
1955 NYG NL 27 SS 38 37 36 333.0 199 65 122 12 28 .940 -4 -13 5.05 4.92 .964 5.02 4.98
1955 NYG NL 27 3B 10 5 3 51.0 20 7 13 0 1 1.000 0 9 3.53 2.00 .951 3.12 3.10
1955 NYG NL 27 2B 4 2 2 22.0 9 4 4 1 0 .889 -0 -16 3.27 2.00 .974 5.48 5.42
1956 BAL AL 28 2B 132 127 100 1058.2 621 274 331 16 76 .974 -8 -9 5.14 4.58 .973 5.44 5.40
1956 BAL AL 28 SS 25 8 7 118.2 72 24 46 2 1 .972 1 11 5.31 2.80 .960 4.98 4.94
1956 BAL AL 28 3B 6 3 2 33.0 12 3 9 0 0 1.000 0 18 3.27 2.00 .949 3.22 3.18
1957 BAL AL 29 2B 148 148 142 1338.0 828 393 424 11 96 .987 13 12 5.50 5.52 .980 5.39 5.41 MVP-12
1957 BAL AL 29 SS 9 6 6 66.0 40 13 26 1 7 .975 1 18 5.32 4.33 .963 5.11 5.13 MVP-12
1958 BAL AL 30 2B 151 151 131 1301.2 710 349 350 11 113 .985 2 1 4.83 4.63 .978 5.26 5.21
1958 BAL AL 30 SS 13 0 0 32.0 11 5 6 0 0 1.000 -0 -8 3.09 0.85 .964 4.95 4.91
1959 BAL AL 31 2B 139 129 99 1114.1 743 333 392 18 104 .976 16 18 5.86 5.22 .976 5.29 5.25
1959 BAL AL 31 3B 1 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -72 1.80 1.00 .950 3.24 3.20
1959 BAL AL 31 SS 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .960 4.50 4.80
1960 WSH AL 32 2B 145 145 121 1250.1 783 355 407 21 101 .973 -1 -1 5.48 5.26 .979 5.46 5.45
1960 WSH AL 32 SS 13 0 0 28.0 16 5 11 0 2 1.000 0 17 5.14 1.23 .960 5.11 5.10
1961 TOT AL 33 2B 47 44 38 398.1 203 95 103 5 34 .975 -3 -8 4.47 4.21 .978 5.24 5.18
1961 TOT AL 33 3B 35 24 19 222.1 89 26 57 6 6 .933 3 16 3.36 2.37 .950 3.18 3.15
1961 MIN AL 33 2B 41 41 36 365.2 187 86 96 5 32 .973 -2 -7 4.48 4.44 .978 5.24 5.18
1961 MIN AL 33 3B 2 2 2 16.0 5 0 3 2 0 .600 -0 -30 1.69 1.50 .950 3.21 3.15
1961 NYY AL 33 3B 33 22 17 206.1 84 26 54 4 6 .952 3 19 3.49 2.42 .950 3.18 3.15
1961 NYY AL 33 2B 6 3 2 32.2 16 9 7 0 2 1.000 -0 -15 4.41 2.67 .978 5.23 5.18
1962 TOT AL 34 2B 39 38 32 326.0 164 67 91 6 21 .963 1 4 4.36 4.05 .980 5.25 5.24
1962 TOT AL 34 3B 8 4 4 49.1 29 7 19 3 1 .897 1 22 4.74 3.25 .952 3.06 3.08
1962 NYY AL 34 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.20
1962 NYY AL 34 3B 1 0 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 0 600 18.00 2.00 .950 2.70 3.10
1962 BOS AL 34 2B 38 38 32 324.0 163 66 91 6 21 .963 1 4 4.36 4.13 .980 5.25 5.24
1962 BOS AL 34 3B 7 4 4 48.1 27 7 17 3 1 .889 0 10 4.47 3.43 .952 3.07 3.07
1962 BOS AL 34 SS 4 4 3 34.0 22 6 15 1 1 .955 2 64 5.56 5.25 .962 4.84 4.82
1963 BOS AL 35 2B 21 18 13 162.2 91 36 54 1 13 .989 2 15 4.98 4.29 .980 5.08 5.09
1963 BOS AL 35 3B 2 0 0 2.0 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 27.00 3.00 .947 3.15 3.00
10 Seasons 2B 839 807 681 7034.0 4187 1923 2173 91 559 .978 24 4 5.24 4.88 .978 5.35 5.33
8 Seasons SS 108 55 52 636.2 377 125 236 16 40 .958 1 2 5.10 3.34 .963 5.02 4.99
7 Seasons 3B 92 57 46 567.1 232 63 159 10 10 .957 7 15 3.52 2.41 .951 3.16 3.14
10 Seasons TOT 1039 919 779 8238.0 4796 2111 2568 117 609 .976 32 5 5.11 4.50 .975 5.17 5.10
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1957 AL (12, 7%)
0.07 Career Shares (1036th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1957 AL  3.7 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1957 AL  2.1 (4th)
1959 AL  2.0 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1957 AL  154 (2nd)
1958 AL  151 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1957 AL  644 (1st)
1958 AL  560 (9th)
1960 AL  592 (5th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1957 AL  718 (1st)
1960 AL  649 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1957 AL  169 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1957 AL  36 (1st)
1958 AL  28 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1957 AL  10 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1957 AL  124 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1957 AL  230 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (9th)
1957 AL  8 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1956 AL  8 (7th)
1957 AL  11 (5th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1959 AL  9 (2nd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1956 AL  5 (9th)
1957 AL  7 (7th)

SB % s c a p y
1957 AL  58.82 (8th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1956 AL  425 (10th)
1957 AL  508 (1st)
1958 AL  458 (4th)
1960 AL  465 (4th)

Assistss c a p y
1957 AL  450 (3rd)
1959 AL  393 (4th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1957 AL  14 (4th)
1959 AL  16 (5th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  132 (3rd)
1957 AL  148 (2nd)
1958 AL  151 (3rd)
1959 AL  139 (2nd)
1960 AL  145 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  274 (3rd)
1957 AL  393 (3rd)
1958 AL  349 (2nd)
1959 AL  333 (2nd)
1960 AL  355 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  331 (3rd)
1957 AL  424 (2nd)
1958 AL  350 (3rd)
1959 AL  392 (2nd)
1960 AL  407 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  16 (3rd)
1957 AL  11 (3rd)
1959 AL  18 (1st)
1960 AL  21 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  76 (4th)
1957 AL  96 (3rd)
1958 AL  113 (2nd)
1959 AL  104 (1st)
1960 AL  101 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1957 AL  13 (2nd)
1959 AL  16 (2nd)
Career  24 (60th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1956 AL  5.14 (5th)
1957 AL  5.50 (3rd)
1959 AL  5.86 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1957 AL  5.52 (2nd)
1959 AL  5.22 (3rd)
1960 AL  5.26 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  .974 (4th)
1957 AL  .987 (1st)
1958 AL  .985 (4th)
1959 AL  .976 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1954 NL  3 (3rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 3 (537), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 14 (1251), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (2215), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1422), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (305th), 2.9 career WAR/5.1 7yr-peak WAR/4.0 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William billie Billy Frederick Shotgun Whitey Whitey,Shotgun Gardner

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