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Billy Gilbert

William Oliver Gilbert

Positions: Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 4", Weight: 153 lb.

Born: June 21, 1876 in Tullytown, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 25, 1901 (Age 24.308)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1901 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Orioles/Brewers/Cardinals 1901-1909

Final Game: June 27, 1909 (Age 33.006)
Died: August 8, 1927 in New York, NY
Buried: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY
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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
1901 25 MLA AL 127 543 492 77 133 14 7 0 43 19 31 40 .270 .320 .327 .647 84 161 5 15 *4
1902 26 BLA AL 129 519 445 74 109 12 3 2 38 38 45 32 .245 .327 .299 .626 72 133 9 20 *6
1903 27 NYG NL 128 500 413 62 104 9 0 1 40 37 41 28 .252 .348 .281 .629 77 116 20 26 *4
1904 28 NYG NL 146 557 478 57 121 13 3 1 54 33 46 32 .253 .340 .299 .639 94 143 17 16 *4
1905 29 NYG NL 115 437 376 45 93 11 3 0 24 11 41 44 .247 .331 .293 .624 85 110 6 14 *4
1906 30 NYG NL 104 372 307 44 71 6 1 0 27 22 42 32 .231 .341 .257 .598 85 79 9 14 4
1908 32 STL NL 89 307 276 12 59 7 0 0 10 6 20 20 .214 .274 .239 .513 68 66 3 8 4
1909 33 STL NL 12 36 29 4 5 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 .172 .333 .172 .506 62 5 3 0 4
8 Yrs 850 3271 2816 375 695 72 17 4 237 167 270 229 .247 .328 .289 .617 81 813 72 113
162 Game Avg. 162 623 537 71 132 14 3 1 45 32 51 44 .247 .328 .289 .617 81 155 14 22
NYG (4 yrs) 493 1866 1574 208 389 39 7 2 145 103 170 136 .247 .340 .285 .625 85 448 52 70
STL (2 yrs) 101 343 305 16 64 7 0 0 11 7 24 21 .210 .281 .233 .513 67 71 6 8
BLA (1 yr) 129 519 445 74 109 12 3 2 38 38 45 32 .245 .327 .299 .626 72 133 9 20
MLA (1 yr) 127 543 492 77 133 14 7 0 43 19 31 40 .270 .320 .327 .647 84 161 5 15
NL (6 yrs) 594 2209 1879 224 453 46 7 2 156 110 194 157 .241 .331 .276 .607 83 519 58 78
AL (2 yrs) 256 1062 937 151 242 26 10 2 81 57 76 72 .258 .323 .314 .637 78 294 14 35

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
1901 25 MLA AL 127 543 -10 -1 0 -4 1 -14 -1.2 19 6 0.7 .490 .492 1.0 -0.3 10 *4
1902 26 BLA AL 129 519 -16 3 0 -24 9 -29 -2.8 19 -10 -1.0 .479 .483 1.4 -1.5 14 *6
1903 27 NYG NL 128 500 -9 2 0 -3 0 -10 -1.0 16 6 0.6 .492 .494 0.9 -0.2 9 *4
1904 28 NYG NL 146 557 -0 1 0 12 0 12 1.4 18 30 3.3 .510 .509 1.9 1.5 18 *4
1905 29 NYG NL 115 437 -6 -1 0 10 0 3 0.4 14 18 1.8 .503 .502 0.7 1.1 8 *4
1906 30 NYG NL 104 372 -3 0 0 2 0 -1 -0.1 12 12 1.2 .499 .500 1.0 0.2 9 4
1908 32 STL NL 89 307 -8 -0 0 -7 0 -15 -2.0 10 -5 -0.9 .478 .488 -0.0 -0.9 2 4
1909 33 STL NL 12 36 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.1 .484 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 4
8 Seasons 850 3271 -52 3 0 -15 9 -55 -5.6 110 55 5.6 .494 .496 7.0 -0.2 70
NYG (4 yrs) 493 1866 -18 2 0 21 0 5 0.7 61 65 6.9 .501 .501 4.5 2.6 44
STL (2 yrs) 101 343 -8 -1 0 -8 0 -17 -2.2 11 -6 -1.0 .478 .489 0.0 -1.0 2
BLA (1 yr) 129 519 -16 3 0 -24 9 -29 -2.8 19 -10 -1.0 .479 .483 1.4 -1.5 14
MLA (1 yr) 127 543 -10 -1 0 -4 1 -14 -1.2 19 6 0.7 .490 .492 1.0 -0.3 10

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
1905 ❍ 29 NYG NL WS PHA W 5 17 17 1 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 .294 .294 .294 .588 5 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 5 17 17 1 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 .294 .294 .294 .588 5 0 0 0 0 0

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 Awards
1901 MLA AL 25 2B 127 763 319 395 49 66 .936 5.62 .935 5.71
1902 BLA AL 26 SS 129 837 349 410 78 72 .907 5.88 .928 5.74
1903 NYG NL 27 2B 128 727 314 366 47 42 .935 5.31 .938 5.19
1904 NYG NL 28 2B 146 815 305 466 44 48 .946 5.28 .942 5.35
1905 NYG NL 29 2B 115 646 245 367 34 41 .947 5.32 .943 5.20
1906 NYG NL 30 2B 98 582 223 324 35 32 .940 5.58 .947 5.02
1908 STL NL 32 2B 89 500 222 254 24 23 .952 5.35 .954 5.13
1909 STL NL 33 2B 12 51 19 28 4 1 .922 3.92 .938 4.87
7 Seasons 2B 715 4084 1647 2200 237 253 .942 5.38 .942 5.28
1 Season SS 129 837 349 410 78 72 .907 5.88 .928 5.74
8 Seasons TOT 844 4921 1996 2610 315 325 .936 5.46 .940 5.35
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
1904 NL  1.5 (6th)
1905 NL  1.2 (8th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1902 AL  38 (4th)
1903 NL  37 (6th)
1904 NL  33 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1902 AL  9 (3rd)
1903 NL  20 (2nd)
1904 NL  17 (2nd)
Career  72 (208th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1901 AL  15 (8th)
1902 AL  20 (5th)
1903 NL  26 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1902 AL  78 (1st)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1903 NL  128 (2nd)
1904 NL  146 (4th)
1905 NL  115 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1903 NL  314 (2nd)
1904 NL  305 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1903 NL  366 (3rd)
1904 NL  466 (3rd)
1905 NL  367 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  49 (5th)
1903 NL  47 (2nd)
1904 NL  44 (5th)
1905 NL  34 (4th)
1906 NL  35 (4th)
Career  237 (51st)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  66 (3rd)
1903 NL  42 (3rd)
1904 NL  48 (3rd)
1905 NL  41 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1902 AL  129 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1902 AL  349 (2nd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1902 AL  78 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1902 AL  72 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1903 NL  5.31 (4th)
1905 NL  5.32 (3rd)
1906 NL  5.58 (1st)
1908 NL  5.35 (3rd)
Career  5.38 (70th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1901 AL  .936 (3rd)
1903 NL  .935 (4th)
1904 NL  .946 (3rd)
1905 NL  .947 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1902 AL  5.88 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 6 (1733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1310), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2805), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (254th), 5.6 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.1 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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