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Billy Hamilton

William Robert Hamilton (Sliding Billy)

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 6", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: February 15, 1866 in Newark, NJ (All Transactions)
Debut: July 31, 1888 (Age 22.167, 1,282nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1889 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Beaneaters/Cowboys 1888-1901

Final Game: September 16, 1901 (Age 35.213)
Died: December 15, 1940 in Worcester, MA
Buried: Eastwood Cemetery, Lancaster, MA
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1961.
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 22, 2014 3:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #71. Brooks Robinson… #72. Ryne Sandberg… #73. Barry Larkin… #74. BILLY HAMILTON… #75. Reggie Jackson… #76. George Sisler… #77. Carlton Fisk… 

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 22 KCC AA 35 137 129 21 34 4 4 0 11 19 4 13 .264 .307 .357 .663 108 46 4 O
1889 23 KCC AA 137 635 534 144 161 17 12 3 77 111 87 41 .301 .413 .395 .808 126 211 14 *O
1890 24 PHI NL 123 588 496 133 161 13 9 2 49 102 83 37 .325 .430 .399 .829 139 198 9 *O
1891 25 PHI NL 133 636 527 141 179 23 7 2 60 111 102 28 .340 .453 .421 .874 155 222 7 *O
1892 26 PHI NL 139 643 554 132 183 21 7 3 53 57 81 29 .330 .423 .410 .833 152 227 8 *O
1893 27 PHI NL 82 431 355 110 135 22 7 5 44 43 63 7 .380 .490 .524 1.014 167 186 13 O
1894 28 PHI NL 132 702 558 198 225 25 15 4 90 100 128 19 .403 .521 .523 1.044 157 292 9 7 *O
1895 29 PHI NL 123 629 517 166 201 22 6 7 74 97 96 30 .389 .490 .495 .985 154 256 7 9 *O
1896 30 BSN NL 131 642 524 153 192 24 10 3 55 83 110 29 .366 .478 .468 .946 145 245 2 6 *O
1897 31 BSN NL 127 622 507 152 174 17 5 3 61 66 105 30 .343 .461 .414 .875 127 210 6 4 *O
1898 32 BSN NL 110 508 417 110 154 16 5 3 50 54 87 30 .369 .480 .453 .933 162 189 2 2 *O
1899 33 BSN NL 84 375 297 63 92 7 1 1 33 19 72 16 .310 .446 .350 .796 111 104 1 5 O
1900 34 BSN NL 136 635 520 103 173 20 5 1 47 32 107 22 .333 .449 .396 .845 124 206 3 5 *O
1901 35 BSN NL 102 425 348 71 100 11 2 3 38 20 64 31 .287 .404 .356 .760 113 124 4 9 *O
14 Yrs 1594 7608 6283 1697 2164 242 95 40 742 914 1189 362 .344 .455 .432 .888 141 2716 89 47
162 Game Avg. 162 773 639 172 220 25 10 4 75 93 121 37 .344 .455 .432 .888 141 276 9
BSN (6 yrs) 690 3207 2613 652 885 95 28 14 284 274 545 158 .339 .456 .413 .868 132 1078 18 31
PHI (6 yrs) 732 3629 3007 880 1084 126 51 23 370 510 553 150 .360 .468 .459 .927 154 1381 53 16
KCC (2 yrs) 172 772 663 165 195 21 16 3 88 130 91 54 .294 .394 .388 .781 124 257 18
NL (12 yrs) 1422 6836 5620 1532 1969 221 79 37 654 784 1098 308 .350 .462 .438 .900 143 2459 71 47
AA (2 yrs) 172 772 663 165 195 21 16 3 88 130 91 54 .294 .394 .388 .781 124 257 18

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 22 KCC AA 35 137 1 1 0 -1 -2 -2 -0.1 3 2 0.2 .496 .499 0.2 -0.3 2 O
1889 23 KCC AA 137 635 28 6 0 -6 -8 20 1.6 13 33 3.0 .512 .510 3.3 -1.1 39 *O
1890 24 PHI NL 123 588 32 7 0 0 -8 32 2.5 18 50 4.4 .522 .517 4.6 -0.9 50 *O
1891 25 PHI NL 133 636 49 8 0 6 -9 55 4.5 20 75 6.6 .536 .529 6.2 -0.4 69 *O
1892 26 PHI NL 139 643 42 2 0 9 -9 44 4.0 21 65 6.1 .529 .525 5.4 -0.0 56 $3,400 *O
1893 27 PHI NL 82 431 45 2 0 6 -5 48 3.7 13 61 5.0 .545 .523 4.5 0.1 55 $1,800 O
1894 28 PHI NL 132 702 82 8 0 6 -7 89 6.1 21 110 8.2 .547 .538 7.8 -0.1 104 $2,100 *O
1895 29 PHI NL 123 629 58 8 0 -2 -7 57 4.2 19 76 6.2 .535 .526 6.4 -0.7 78 *O
1896 30 BSN NL 131 642 47 7 0 0 -7 46 3.7 20 66 5.8 .529 .523 5.8 -0.6 66 *O
1897 31 BSN NL 127 622 32 5 0 6 -6 36 2.9 19 55 4.9 .524 .518 4.4 -0.1 49 *O
1898 32 BSN NL 110 508 40 3 0 -6 -5 32 2.9 16 48 4.6 .527 .518 5.2 -1.1 54 *O
1899 33 BSN NL 84 375 11 -2 0 2 -4 8 0.6 12 20 1.9 .508 .504 1.8 -0.2 18 $2,400 O
1900 34 BSN NL 136 635 27 -2 0 6 -6 25 2.2 20 45 4.2 .516 .514 3.7 0.0 39 *O
1901 35 BSN NL 102 425 10 -1 0 4 -3 9 0.9 14 23 2.4 .509 .506 2.1 0.0 19 *O
14 Seasons 1594 7608 501 53 0 30 -86 498 39.6 230 728 63.3 .526 .520 61.4 -5.2 698 $9,700
BSN (6 yrs) 690 3207 166 9 0 12 -31 156 13.2 102 258 23.8 .520 .515 23.0 -1.9 246 $2,400
PHI (6 yrs) 732 3629 307 36 0 25 -44 324 24.9 112 436 36.4 .535 .527 34.9 -1.9 411 $7,300
KCC (2 yrs) 172 772 29 7 0 -7 -11 18 1.4 16 34 3.1 .509 .508 3.6 -1.4 41

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 KCC AA 22 OF 35 51 45 4 2 0 .961 1.40 .907 1.83 3-0-32
1889 KCC AA 23 OF 137 259 202 20 37 6 .857 1.62 .903 2.00 7-0-130
1890 PHI NL 24 OF 123 289 232 23 34 4 .882 2.07 .914 1.91 123-0-0
1891 PHI NL 25 OF 133 335 287 17 31 7 .907 2.29 .912 1.92 133-0-0
1892 PHI NL 26 OF 139 345 291 26 28 7 .919 2.28 .912 1.89 138-1-0
1893 PHI NL 27 OF 82 252 228 8 16 6 .937 2.88 .915 2.18 19-63-0
1894 PHI NL 28 OF 132 400 370 15 15 4 .963 2.92 .915 2.30 0-132-0
1895 PHI NL 29 OF 123 355 313 11 31 5 .913 2.63 .917 2.18 3-120-0
1896 BSN NL 30 OF 131 304 276 8 20 2 .934 2.17 .933 2.16 6-125-0
1897 BSN NL 31 OF 126 318 296 10 12 0 .962 2.43 .936 2.10 0-126-0
1898 BSN NL 32 OF 110 218 189 8 21 2 .904 1.79 .937 2.08 0-110-0
1899 BSN NL 33 OF 81 186 166 11 9 2 .952 2.19 .944 2.15 2-78-1
1900 BSN NL 34 OF 136 359 326 14 19 6 .947 2.50 .940 2.17 0-136-0
1901 BSN NL 35 OF 99 253 232 7 14 4 .945 2.41 .942 2.06 0-98-1
14 Seasons OF 1587 3924 3453 182 289 55 .926 2.29 .923 2.07 434-989-164
14 Seasons TOT 1587 3924 3453 182 289 55 .926 2.29 .923 2.07 434-989-164
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

Hall of Fame
1936 Veterans ( 2.6%)
1942 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1961 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1961
by Veteran's Committee

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1891 NL  6.5 (8th)
1894 NL  8.2 (6th)
Career  63.3 (146th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1890 NL  4.3 (10th)
1891 NL  6.5 (1st)
1892 NL  6.1 (4th)
1893 NL  5.0 (4th)
1894 NL  8.2 (1st)
1895 NL  6.2 (3rd)
1896 NL  5.7 (7th)
1897 NL  4.8 (9th)
1898 NL  4.6 (10th)
1900 NL  4.2 (7th)
Career  63.3 (99th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1889 AA  3.4 (7th)
1890 NL  4.6 (6th)
1891 NL  6.2 (1st)
1892 NL  5.3 (5th)
1893 NL  4.5 (8th)
1894 NL  7.8 (1st)
1895 NL  6.4 (2nd)
1896 NL  5.7 (6th)
1897 NL  4.4 (9th)
1898 NL  5.2 (5th)
1900 NL  3.7 (10th)
Career  61.4 (88th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1890 NL  .325 (2nd)
1891 NL  .340 (1st)
1892 NL  .330 (2nd)
1893 NL  .380 (1st)
1894 NL  .403 (5th)
1895 NL  .389 (6th)
1896 NL  .366 (6th)
1898 NL  .369 (2nd)
1900 NL  .333 (9th)
Career  .344 (7th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1889 AA  .413 (5th)
1890 NL  .430 (2nd)
1891 NL  .453 (1st)
1892 NL  .423 (3rd)
1893 NL  .490 (1st)
1894 NL  .521 (1st)
1895 NL  .490 (2nd)
1896 NL  .478 (1st)
1897 NL  .461 (6th)
1898 NL  .480 (1st)
1900 NL  .449 (3rd)
1901 NL  .404 (7th)
Career  .455 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1891 NL  .421 (8th)
1893 NL  .524 (5th)
1898 NL  .453 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1889 AA  .808 (10th)
1890 NL  .829 (6th)
1891 NL  .874 (2nd)
1892 NL  .833 (7th)
1893 NL  1.014 (1st)
1894 NL  1.044 (6th)
1895 NL  .985 (7th)
1896 NL  .946 (10th)
1898 NL  .933 (1st)
1900 NL  .845 (10th)
Career  .888 (73rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1894 NL  132 (8th)

At Bats s c a p y
1894 NL  558 (8th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1889 AA  635 (7th)
1891 NL  636 (5th)
1894 NL  702 (1st)
1895 NL  629 (5th)
1896 NL  642 (2nd)
1897 NL  622 (5th)
1900 NL  635 (5th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1889 AA  144 (4th)
1890 NL  133 (3rd)
1891 NL  141 (1st)
1892 NL  132 (2nd)
1894 NL  198 (1st)
1895 NL  166 (1st)
1896 NL  153 (2nd)
1897 NL  152 (1st)
Career  1,697 (27th)

Hits s c a p y
1890 NL  161 (6th)
1891 NL  179 (1st)
1892 NL  183 (4th)
1894 NL  225 (2nd)
1895 NL  201 (5th)
1896 NL  192 (7th)
1900 NL  173 (10th)
Career  2,164 (196th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1891 NL  222 (8th)
1894 NL  292 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1889 AA  12 (7th)
Career  95 (183rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1889 AA  87 (4th)
1890 NL  83 (5th)
1891 NL  102 (1st)
1894 NL  128 (1st)
1895 NL  96 (1st)
1896 NL  110 (1st)
1897 NL  105 (1st)
1898 NL  87 (3rd)
1899 NL  72 (5th)
1900 NL  107 (2nd)
1901 NL  64 (5th)
Career  1,189 (62nd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1889 AA  111 (1st)
1890 NL  102 (1st)
1891 NL  111 (1st)
1892 NL  57 (6th)
1894 NL  100 (1st)
1895 NL  97 (1st)
1896 NL  83 (3rd)
1897 NL  66 (3rd)
1898 NL  54 (2nd)
Career  914 (3rd)

Singles s c a p y
1889 AA  129 (8th)
1890 NL  137 (1st)
1891 NL  147 (1st)
1892 NL  152 (1st)
1894 NL  181 (1st)
1895 NL  166 (4th)
1896 NL  155 (4th)
1897 NL  149 (9th)
1900 NL  147 (6th)
Career  1,787 (87th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1890 NL  139 (8th)
1891 NL  155 (2nd)
1892 NL  152 (6th)
1893 NL  167 (1st)
1894 NL  157 (6th)
1895 NL  154 (7th)
1896 NL  145 (10th)
1898 NL  162 (1st)
Career  141 (69th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1889 AA  84 (9th)
1890 NL  83 (8th)
1891 NL  99 (3rd)
1892 NL  94 (7th)
1894 NL  150 (3rd)
1895 NL  124 (5th)
1896 NL  117 (5th)
1900 NL  92 (7th)
Career  1,225 (189th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1890 NL  30 (6th)
1891 NL  46 (1st)
1892 NL  40 (4th)
1893 NL  40 (5th)
1894 NL  67 (2nd)
1895 NL  51 (3rd)
1896 NL  43 (7th)
1897 NL  29 (9th)
1898 NL  42 (4th)
1900 NL  27 (7th)
Career  461 (58th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1890 NL  3.1 (6th)
1891 NL  4.7 (1st)
1892 NL  4.3 (4th)
1893 NL  3.7 (5th)
1894 NL  5.6 (2nd)
1895 NL  4.6 (3rd)
1896 NL  4.1 (7th)
1897 NL  2.8 (9th)
1898 NL  4.3 (4th)
1900 NL  2.7 (7th)
Career  44.4 (57th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1889 AA  262 (4th)
1890 NL  253 (2nd)
1891 NL  288 (1st)
1892 NL  272 (4th)
1894 NL  362 (1st)
1895 NL  304 (2nd)
1896 NL  304 (1st)
1897 NL  285 (1st)
1900 NL  283 (2nd)
Career  3,442 (107th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1889 AA  .656 (10th)
1890 NL  .716 (6th)
1891 NL  .766 (1st)
1892 NL  .750 (6th)
1893 NL  .804 (1st)
1894 NL  .767 (6th)
1895 NL  .767 (6th)
1896 NL  .757 (5th)
1898 NL  .814 (1st)
1900 NL  .703 (9th)
Career  .731 (45th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1889 AA  14 (6th)
1890 NL  9 (6th)
1893 NL  13 (6th)
Career  89 (119th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1893 NL  50.7 (10th)
Career  17.4 (183rd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1889 AA  137 (4th)
1891 NL  133 (5th)
1894 NL  132 (5th)
1896 NL  131 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1891 NL  287 (2nd)
1892 NL  291 (4th)
1894 NL  370 (1st)
1897 NL  296 (5th)
1900 NL  326 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
Career  182 (68th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1889 AA  37 (2nd)
1890 NL  34 (1st)
1891 NL  31 (2nd)
Career  289 (11th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1891 NL  7 (2nd)
1892 NL  7 (3rd)
1900 NL  6 (3rd)
Career  55 (24th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1891 NL  2.29 (3rd)
1893 NL  2.88 (3rd)
1894 NL  2.92 (1st)
1901 NL  2.41 (4th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1894 NL  .963 (3rd)
1897 NL  .962 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1901 NL  born 1866-02-15 (10th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 43 (34), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 133 (132), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 154 (82), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 51 (80), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (13th), 63.3 career WAR/42.6 7yr-peak WAR/53.0 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1892 26 Philadelphia Phillies $3,400 ? I Seymour, p. 269
1893 27 Philadelphia Phillies $1,800 ? I Seymour, p. 269
1894 28 Philadelphia Phillies $2,100 ? 3/23/1895 Sporting Life
1899 33 Boston Beaneaters $2,400 ? 2/4/1899 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$9,700
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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