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Bill Gleason

William G. Gleason (Will)

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: November 12, 1858 in St. Louis, MO (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1882 (Age 23.171, 517th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1882 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Athletics/BrownStockings/Colonels 1882-1889

Final Game: June 18, 1889 (Age 30.218)
Died: July 21, 1932 in St. Louis, MO
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Relatives: Brother of Jack Gleason
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 28, 2014 7:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1587. Tim Jordan… #1588. Tommy Dowd… #1589. Eddie Milner… #1590. BILL GLEASON… #1591. Jiggs Donahue… #1592. Brandon Belt… #1593. Bill Hall… 

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
1882 23 STL AA 79 353 347 63 100 11 6 1 6 .288 .300 .363 .663 119 126 *6
1883 24 STL AA 98 440 425 81 122 21 9 2 42 15 .287 .311 .393 .704 120 167 *6
1884 25 STL AA 110 511 472 97 127 21 7 1 27 .269 .325 .350 .674 116 165 12 *6/5
1885 26 STL AA 112 516 472 79 119 9 5 3 53 29 .252 .316 .311 .627 94 147 15 *6
1886 27 STL AA 125 574 524 97 141 18 5 0 61 19 43 .269 .333 .323 .655 103 169 7 *6
1887 28 STL AA 135 647 598 135 172 19 1 0 76 23 41 23 .288 .342 .323 .664 78 193 8 *6
1888 29 PHA AA 123 520 499 55 112 10 2 0 61 27 12 27 .224 .256 .253 .508 64 126 9 *6/35
1889 30 LOU AA 16 63 58 6 14 2 0 0 5 1 4 1 .241 .302 .276 .577 67 16 1 6
8 Yrs 798 3624 3395 613 907 111 35 7 298 70 177 51 .267 .313 .327 .640 96 1109 52
162 Game Avg. 162 736 689 124 184 23 7 1 60 36 .267 .313 .327 .640 96 225
STL (6 yrs) 659 3041 2838 552 781 99 33 7 232 42 161 23 .275 .324 .341 .664 102 967 42
LOU (1 yr) 16 63 58 6 14 2 0 0 5 1 4 1 .241 .302 .276 .577 67 16 1
PHA (1 yr) 123 520 499 55 112 10 2 0 61 27 12 27 .224 .256 .253 .508 64 126 9

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
1882 23 STL AA 79 353 6 0 0 -1 5 10 1.0 7 18 1.8 .512 .506 1.9 0.4 19 *6
1883 24 STL AA 98 440 8 0 0 7 6 22 1.9 9 31 2.9 .520 .512 2.3 1.2 24 *6
1884 25 STL AA 110 511 9 0 0 3 7 20 1.5 10 29 2.6 .516 .511 2.6 0.8 26 $1,800 *6/5
1885 26 STL AA 112 516 -3 0 0 -6 7 -1 -0.1 10 9 1.0 .499 .499 1.6 0.2 15 *6
1886 27 STL AA 125 574 2 -2 0 -4 8 4 0.3 12 16 1.6 .503 .502 1.9 0.4 20 $1,900 *6
1887 28 STL AA 135 647 -20 -5 0 -1 9 -18 -1.2 13 -5 0.1 .490 .492 0.1 0.8 -4 *6
1888 29 PHA AA 123 520 -20 -2 0 5 8 -8 -0.8 11 3 0.3 .493 .495 -0.2 1.2 -2 *6/35
1889 30 LOU AA 16 63 -2 -0 0 -2 1 -3 -0.2 1 -2 -0.1 .485 .498 0.1 -0.1 0 6
8 Seasons 798 3624 -18 -9 0 1 52 26 2.3 73 99 10.2 .503 .502 10.2 4.8 98 $3,700
STL (6 yrs) 659 3041 3 -8 0 -2 43 37 3.4 61 98 10.0 .505 .503 10.3 3.7 100 $3,700
LOU (1 yr) 16 63 -2 -0 0 -2 1 -3 -0.2 1 -2 -0.1 .485 .498 0.1 -0.1 0
PHA (1 yr) 123 520 -20 -2 0 5 8 -8 -0.8 11 3 0.3 .493 .495 -0.2 1.2 -2

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
1885 26 STL AA WS CHC T 0 27 26 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .231 .259 .308 .567 8 0
1886 ❍ 27 STL AA WS CHC W 0 25 24 3 5 0 0 0 5 0 1 3 .208 .240 .208 .448 5 0
1887 28 STL AA WS DTN L 0 52 49 3 8 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 .163 .212 .163 .375 8 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 0 104 99 11 19 2 0 0 6 1 5 5 .192 .231 .212 .443 21 0
3 WS 0 104 99 11 19 2 0 0 6 1 5 5 .192 .231 .212 .443 21 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
1882 STL AA 23 SS 79 510 131 294 85 23 .833 5.38 .859 4.91
1883 STL AA 24 SS 98 433 120 257 56 22 .871 3.85 .836 3.94
1884 STL AA 25 SS 110 502 119 316 67 23 .867 3.95 .862 4.28
1884 STL AA 25 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
1885 STL AA 26 SS 112 481 115 303 63 18 .869 3.73 .879 4.69
1886 STL AA 27 SS 125 563 128 352 83 37 .853 3.84 .854 4.56
1887 STL AA 28 SS 135 663 169 411 83 27 .875 4.30 .858 4.48
1888 PHA AA 29 SS 121 562 112 370 80 32 .858 3.98 .863 4.61
1888 PHA AA 29 1B 1 8 5 1 2 0 .750 6.00 .976 10.60
1888 PHA AA 29 3B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .870 3.50
1889 LOU AA 30 SS 16 101 26 57 18 4 .822 5.19 .873 5.13
8 Seasons SS 796 3815 920 2360 535 186 .860 4.12 .859 4.50
2 Seasons 3B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .870 3.25
1 Season 1B 1 8 5 1 2 0 .750 6.00 .976 10.60
8 Seasons TOT 799 3824 926 2361 537 186 .860 4.11 .860 4.51
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
1882 AA  1.8 (10th)
1883 AA  2.9 (7th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1882 AA  1.9 (5th)
1883 AA  2.3 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1883 AA  1.2 (7th)
1888 AA  1.2 (6th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1882 AA  .288 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1882 AA  .663 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1882 AA  79 (3rd)
1883 AA  98 (1st)
1884 AA  110 (6th)
1885 AA  112 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1882 AA  347 (3rd)
1883 AA  425 (6th)
1884 AA  472 (8th)
1885 AA  472 (8th)
1887 AA  598 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1882 AA  353 (4th)
1883 AA  440 (8th)
1884 AA  511 (3rd)
1885 AA  516 (3rd)
1887 AA  647 (2nd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1882 AA  63 (6th)
1884 AA  97 (10th)
1887 AA  135 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1882 AA  100 (5th)
1883 AA  122 (8th)
1887 AA  172 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1882 AA  126 (7th)
1883 AA  167 (5th)

Doubles s c a p y
1883 AA  21 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1882 AA  6 (9th)
1883 AA  9 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1882 AA  82 (5th)
1885 AA  102 (8th)
1886 AA  118 (10th)
1887 AA  152 (2nd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1882 AA  119 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1882 AA  38 (8th)
1883 AA  52 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1882 AA  6 (10th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1882 AA  0.7 (10th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1883 AA  32 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1882 AA  106 (6th)
1884 AA  166 (7th)
1885 AA  163 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1882 AA  .612 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1884 AA  12 (4th)
1885 AA  15 (1st)
1886 AA  7 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1882 AA  247 (6th)
1883 AA  303 (10th)
1884 AA  345 (6th)
1885 AA  353 (2nd)
1887 AA  426 (3rd)

Assistss c a p y
1882 AA  294 (1st)
1887 AA  411 (4th)
1888 AA  371 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1882 AA  85 (1st)
1888 AA  82 (5th)
Career  537 (66th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  79 (1st)
1883 AA  98 (1st)
1884 AA  110 (1st)
1885 AA  112 (1st)
1886 AA  125 (3rd)
1887 AA  135 (2nd)
1888 AA  121 (2nd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  131 (1st)
1883 AA  120 (3rd)
1886 AA  128 (5th)
1887 AA  169 (4th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  294 (1st)
1883 AA  257 (3rd)
1886 AA  352 (5th)
1887 AA  411 (3rd)
1888 AA  370 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  85 (1st)
1883 AA  56 (5th)
1885 AA  63 (5th)
1886 AA  83 (4th)
1887 AA  83 (5th)
1888 AA  80 (4th)
Career  535 (21st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  23 (1st)
1883 AA  22 (2nd)
1886 AA  37 (3rd)
1888 AA  32 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  5.38 (1st)
1883 AA  3.85 (5th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1882 AA  .833 (3rd)
1883 AA  .871 (3rd)
1884 AA  .867 (5th)
1886 AA  .853 (4th)
1887 AA  .875 (2nd)
1888 AA  .858 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (619), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 35 (712), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 19 (853), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (171st), 10.2 career WAR/10.3 7yr-peak WAR/10.3 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1884 25 St. Louis Browns $1,800 ? 7/2/1884 Sporting Life
1886 27 St. Louis Browns $1,900 ? 12/2/85 Sporting Life
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,700
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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