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Billy Hitchcock

William Clyde Hitchcock

Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: July 31, 1916 in Inverness, AL
High School: Union Springs HS (Union Springs, AL)
School: Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1942 (Age 25.257)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1942 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Tigers/RedSox/Senators/Browns 1942-1953

Final Game: August 27, 1953 (Age 37.027)
Died: April 9, 2006 in Opelika, AL
Buried: Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika, AL
Relatives: Brother of Jim Hitchcock
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Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1942 25 DET AL 85 309 280 27 59 8 1 0 29 2 2 26 21 .211 .280 .246 .527 44 69 8 1 3 6/5
1943 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 29 TOT AL 101 389 357 27 75 8 3 0 25 2 4 27 52 .210 .268 .249 .517 49 89 10 1 4 65/4
1946 29 DET AL 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 -28 0 0 0 0 /4
1946 29 WSH AL 98 385 354 27 75 8 3 0 25 2 4 26 52 .212 .268 .251 .519 49 89 10 1 4 65
1947 30 SLB AL 80 302 275 25 61 2 2 1 28 3 0 21 34 .222 .277 .255 .532 47 70 9 0 6 45/63
1948 31 BOS AL 49 134 124 15 37 3 2 1 20 0 0 7 9 .298 .341 .379 .720 87 47 4 1 2 45
1949 32 BOS AL 55 170 147 22 30 6 1 0 9 2 3 17 11 .204 .291 .259 .549 41 38 7 1 5 3/4
1950 33 PHA AL 115 447 399 35 109 22 5 1 54 3 1 45 32 .273 .347 .361 .708 83 144 30 0 3 *4/6
1951 34 PHA AL 77 249 222 27 68 10 4 1 36 2 0 21 23 .306 .371 .401 .772 108 89 2 2 4 54/3
1952 35 PHA AL 119 460 407 45 100 8 4 1 56 1 1 39 45 .246 .318 .292 .610 66 119 8 4 10 *53
1953 36 DET AL 22 41 38 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .211 .268 .211 .479 32 8 4 0 0 5/46
9 Yrs 703 2501 2249 231 547 67 22 5 257 15 11 206 230 .243 .310 .299 .609 65 673 82 10 37
162 Game Avg. 162 576 518 53 126 15 5 1 59 3 3 47 53 .243 .310 .299 .609 65 155 19 2 9
PHA (3 yrs) 311 1156 1028 107 277 40 13 3 146 6 2 105 100 .269 .341 .342 .683 82 352 40 6 17
DET (3 yrs) 110 354 321 35 67 8 1 0 29 2 2 30 24 .209 .278 .240 .518 42 77 12 1 3
BOS (2 yrs) 104 304 271 37 67 9 3 1 29 2 3 24 20 .247 .313 .314 .627 62 85 11 2 7
WSH (1 yr) 98 385 354 27 75 8 3 0 25 2 4 26 52 .212 .268 .251 .519 49 89 10 1 4
SLB (1 yr) 80 302 275 25 61 2 2 1 28 3 0 21 34 .222 .277 .255 .532 47 70 9 0 6

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
1942 25 DET AL 85 309 -20 -0 0 -6 5 -21 -2.3 9 -12 -1.4 .473 .486 -0.8 -0.1 -6 6/5
1946 29 DET AL 3 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .484 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /4
1946 29 WSH AL 98 385 -22 -1 0 -8 4 -27 -3.1 12 -16 -1.9 .469 .481 -1.0 -0.5 -7 65
1947 30 SLB AL 80 302 -19 1 0 -3 2 -19 -2.2 9 -10 -1.2 .474 .487 -0.9 -0.1 -7 45/63
1948 31 BOS AL 49 134 -2 0 -1 0 1 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .495 .499 0.1 0.1 2 45
1949 32 BOS AL 55 170 -13 0 -1 -1 -1 -16 -1.6 5 -11 -1.1 .471 .490 -1.0 -0.2 -10 3/4
1950 33 PHA AL 115 447 -9 -0 -3 -4 5 -12 -1.1 14 2 0.3 .491 .493 0.6 0.1 6 *4/6
1951 34 PHA AL 77 249 3 0 -0 -1 1 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .503 .502 1.0 0.0 11 54/3
1952 35 PHA AL 119 460 -18 -0 -0 0 -0 -18 -2.1 14 -4 -0.7 .483 .487 -0.7 -0.0 -4 *53
1953 36 DET AL 22 41 -2 1 -1 -2 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .481 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 5/46
9 Seasons 703 2501 -104 1 -6 -25 17 -117 -12.7 75 -42 -5.3 .482 .490 -2.8 -0.8 -17
PHA (3 yrs) 311 1156 -24 -0 -3 -5 6 -28 -2.9 35 8 0.6 .491 .493 0.9 0.1 13
DET (3 yrs) 110 354 -23 1 -1 -8 5 -26 -2.7 10 -15 -1.7 .475 .489 -0.9 -0.2 -7
BOS (2 yrs) 104 304 -15 0 -2 -1 -0 -18 -1.8 9 -9 -1.0 .482 .494 -0.9 -0.1 -8
WSH (1 yr) 98 385 -22 -1 0 -8 4 -27 -3.1 12 -16 -1.9 .469 .481 -1.0 -0.5 -7
SLB (1 yr) 80 302 -19 1 0 -3 2 -19 -2.2 9 -10 -1.2 .474 .487 -0.9 -0.1 -7

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1942 DET AL 25 SS 80 76 70 377 157 199 21 39 .944 4.45 .949 5.01
1942 DET AL 25 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.20
1946 DET AL 29 2B 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 5.50
1946 WSH AL 29 SS 53 52 48 263 112 142 9 27 .966 4.79 .954 4.97
1946 WSH AL 29 3B 46 45 41 152 53 87 12 7 .921 3.04 .948 3.06
1947 SLB AL 30 2B 46 42 41 260 127 127 6 31 .977 5.52 .978 5.46
1947 SLB AL 30 3B 17 17 17 72 25 42 5 5 .931 3.94 .959 3.01
1947 SLB AL 30 SS 7 5 5 32 12 19 1 5 .969 4.43 .964 5.13
1947 SLB AL 30 1B 5 3 3 49 45 2 2 4 .959 9.40 .990 9.64
1948 BOS AL 31 2B 15 15 15 82 31 47 4 12 .951 5.20 .976 5.62
1948 BOS AL 31 3B 15 13 12 58 23 35 0 3 1.000 3.87 .958 3.04
1949 BOS AL 32 1B 29 28 28 273 256 15 2 28 .993 9.34 .989 9.77
1949 BOS AL 32 2B 8 8 8 37 21 15 1 5 .973 4.50 .974 5.49
1950 PHA AL 33 2B 107 105 102 917.2 637 297 319 21 105 .967 6.04 5.76 .976 5.86 5.76
1950 PHA AL 33 SS 1 0 0 6.0 3 2 0 1 0 .667 3.00 2.00 .960 5.10 5.00
1951 PHA AL 34 3B 45 38 34 356.2 155 45 99 11 14 .929 3.63 3.20 .950 3.17 3.15
1951 PHA AL 34 2B 23 15 14 143.1 101 47 51 3 16 .970 6.15 4.26 .978 5.72 5.69
1951 PHA AL 34 1B 1 1 1 9.0 8 8 0 0 1 1.000 8.00 8.00 .990 9.70 9.70
1952 PHA AL 35 3B 104 101 97 895.0 347 105 222 20 26 .942 3.29 3.14 .953 3.29 3.29
1952 PHA AL 35 1B 13 11 11 108.0 112 97 13 2 8 .982 9.17 8.46 .988 9.63 9.62
1953 DET AL 36 3B 12 6 6 65.1 28 9 17 2 1 .929 -2 -37 3.58 2.17 .957 3.38 3.36
1953 DET AL 36 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.60
1953 DET AL 36 SS 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 9.00 2.00 .965 4.95 5.10
7 Seasons 3B 240 220 207 1317.0 812 260 502 50 56 .938 -2 -2 3.40 3.18 .953 3.26 3.19
7 Seasons 2B 201 185 180 1062.0 1120 524 561 35 169 .969 0 0 6.05 5.40 .977 5.84 5.66
5 Seasons SS 142 133 123 8.0 677 284 361 32 72 .953 0 0 4.50 4.54 .952 5.06 5.00
4 Seasons 1B 48 43 43 117.0 442 406 30 6 41 .986 9.08 9.08 .989 9.64 9.71
9 Seasons TOT 631 581 553 2504.0 3051 1474 1454 123 338 .960 -2 -1 4.79 4.64 .966 4.66 4.88
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

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1952 AL  10 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1950 AL  30 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1952 AL  22 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1950 AL  21 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1950 AL  105 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1946 AL  12 (3rd)
1952 AL  20 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1952 AL  26 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1950 AL  6.04 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1950 AL  5.76 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1952 AL  3.29 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1952 AL  3.14 (4th)

             

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