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Bill Hoffer

William Leopold Hoffer (Chick or Wizard)

Positions: Pitcher and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: November 8, 1870 in Cedar Rapids, IA(All Transactions)
Debut: April 26, 1895 (Age 24.169)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1895 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Pirates/Blues 1895-1901

Final Game: July 4, 1901 (Age 30.238)
Died: July 21, 1959 in Cedar Rapids, IA
Buried: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1895 BLN NL 24 P 41 314.0 72 15 55 2 2 .972 2.01 1.71 .918 2.52 2.42
1896 BLN NL 25 P 35 309.0 107 15 83 9 6 .916 2.85 2.80 .916 2.72 2.62
1897 BLN NL 26 P 38 303.1 90 22 64 4 4 .956 2.55 2.26 .920 2.54 2.44
1897 BLN NL 26 OF 4 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.75 .936 2.10 2-1-1
1898 TOT NL 27 P 8 65.1 16 3 13 0 0 1.000 2.20 2.00 .918 2.64 2.55
1898 BLN NL 27 OF 4 5 4 0 1 0 .800 1.00 .936 2.08 2-2-0
1898 BLN NL 27 P 4 34.1 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 2.10 2.00 .918 2.65 2.55
1898 PIT NL 27 P 4 31.0 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 2.32 2.00 .918 2.64 2.55
1899 PIT NL 28 P 23 163.2 55 13 37 5 2 .909 2.75 2.17 .910 2.68 2.56
1899 PIT NL 28 OF 6 21 17 2 2 0 .905 3.17 .944 2.15 6-0-0
1899 PIT NL 28 2B 1 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .940 5.60
1901 CLE AL 30 P 16 99.0 35 5 29 1 1 .971 3.09 2.13 .930 2.99 2.90
1901 CLE AL 30 SS 1 7 3 2 2 0 .714 5.00 .899 5.30
6 Seasons P 161 1254.1 375 73 281 21 15 .944 2.54 2.20 .918 2.64 2.54
3 Seasons OF 14 33 28 2 3 0 .909 2.14 .941 2.11 10-3-1
1 Season SS 1 7 3 2 2 0 .714 5.00 .899 5.30
1 Season 2B 1 2 0 1 1 0 .500 1.00 .940 5.60
6 Seasons TOT 177 1254.1 417 104 286 27 15 .935 2.54 2.20 .919 2.64 2.54 10-3-1
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

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1895 BLN NL 24 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1896 BLN NL 25 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1897 BLN NL 26 42 42 38 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 0
1898 BLN NL 27 8 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0
1898 PIT NL 27 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1899 PIT NL 28 33 33 23 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 6 0
1901 CLE AL 30 17 17 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 Seasons 180 180 161 0 0 1 0 1 10 3 1 14 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1896 NL  2.80 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1895 NL  .972 (3rd)

                           

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Name and misspellings: William Bill William Will Leopold Chick,Wizard Chick billy Wizard Hoffer

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