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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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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 27, 2014 12:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #675. Dick Ruthven… #676. Jeremy Guthrie… #677. Bill Hallahan… #678. BILL HOFFER… #679. Steve Busby… #680. Jim Bibby… #681. Todd Worrell… 

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1895 24 BLN NL 31 6 .838 3.21 41 38 3 32 4 0 314.0 296 146 112 9 124 80 19 0 3 1349 149 4.81 1.338 8.5 0.3 3.6 2.3 0.65
1896 25 BLN NL 25 7 .781 3.38 35 35 0 32 3 0 309.0 317 151 116 1 95 93 12 0 7 1311 127 3.77 1.333 9.2 0.0 2.8 2.7 0.98
1897 26 BLN NL 22 11 .667 4.30 38 33 4 29 1 0 303.1 350 188 145 5 104 62 17 0 4 1342 97 4.32 1.497 10.4 0.1 3.1 1.8 0.60
1898 27 TOT NL 3 4 .429 4.68 8 7 1 7 0 0 65.1 88 51 34 0 31 16 1 0 2 307 78 3.75 1.821 12.1 0.0 4.3 2.2 0.52
1898 27 BLN NL 0 4 .000 7.34 4 4 0 4 0 0 34.1 62 44 28 0 16 5 1 0 1 177 50 3.96 2.272 16.3 0.0 4.2 1.3 0.31
1898 27 PIT NL 3 0 1.000 1.74 4 3 1 3 0 0 31.0 26 7 6 0 15 11 0 0 1 130 208 3.51 1.323 7.5 0.0 4.4 3.2 0.73
1899 28 PIT NL 8 10 .444 3.63 23 19 4 15 2 0 163.2 169 98 66 5 64 44 10 0 3 709 105 4.15 1.424 9.3 0.3 3.5 2.4 0.69
1901 30 CLE AL 3 8 .273 4.55 16 10 6 10 0 3 99.0 113 78 50 2 35 19 1 1 3 435 78 3.90 1.495 10.3 0.2 3.2 1.7 0.54
6 Yrs 92 46 .667 3.75 161 142 18 125 10 3 1254.1 1333 712 523 22 453 314 60 1 22 5453 113 4.22 1.424 9.6 0.2 3.3 2.3 0.69
162 Game Avg. 21 10 .667 3.75 36 32 4 28 2 1 281 299 160 117 5 102 70 13 0 5 1224 113 4.22 1.424 9.6 0.2 3.3 2.3 0.69
BLN (4 yrs) 78 28 .736 3.76 118 110 7 97 8 0 960.2 1025 529 401 15 339 240 49 0 15 4179 117 4.29 1.420 9.6 0.1 3.2 2.2 0.71
PIT (2 yrs) 11 10 .524 3.33 27 22 5 18 2 0 194.2 195 105 72 5 79 55 10 0 4 839 114 4.05 1.408 9.0 0.2 3.7 2.5 0.70
CLE (1 yr) 3 8 .273 4.55 16 10 6 10 0 3 99.0 113 78 50 2 35 19 1 1 3 435 78 3.90 1.495 10.3 0.2 3.2 1.7 0.54
NL (5 yrs) 89 38 .701 3.68 145 132 12 115 10 0 1155.1 1220 634 473 20 418 295 59 0 19 5018 116 4.25 1.418 9.5 0.2 3.3 2.3 0.71
AL (1 yr) 3 8 .273 4.55 16 10 6 10 0 3 99.0 113 78 50 2 35 19 1 1 3 435 78 3.90 1.495 10.3 0.2 3.2 1.7 0.54
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1895 24 BLN NL 314.0 41 38 146 4.18 6.48 0.50 0.00 100.0 5.98 72 6.0 1.0 -0.3 8.7 107 .647 .537
1896 25 BLN NL 309.0 35 35 151 4.40 5.90 0.15 0.00 98.0 5.63 50 4.4 -0.3 7.1 82 .627 .527
1897 26 BLN NL 303.1 38 33 188 5.58 5.77 0.38 0.00 97.0 5.23 -4 -0.3 1.0 -0.2 2.3 27 .491 .498
1898 27 BLN NL 34.1 4 4 44 11.53 4.86 0.44 0.00 99.0 4.37 -26 -1.5 -0.0 -1.2 -24 .134 .491
1898 27 PIT NL 31.0 4 3 7 2.03 5.03 0.07 0.00 99.0 4.90 11 1.2 1.0 -0.0 1.4 13 .789 .507
1899 28 PIT NL 163.2 23 19 98 5.39 5.22 0.07 0.00 99.0 5.10 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.3 13 .497 .500
1901 30 CLE AL 99.0 16 10 78 7.09 5.42 -0.17 0.00 97.0 5.42 -17 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.4 -6 .413 .491
6 Seasons 1254.1 161 142 712 5.11 5.84 0.26 0.00 98.4 5.48 85 8.3 1.0 -1.1 19.3 213 .552 .514
BLN (4 yrs) 960.2 118 110 529 4.96 6.01 0.35 0.00 98.4 5.57 91 8.6 1.0 -0.8 16.9 193 .573 .520
PIT (2 yrs) 194.2 27 22 105 4.85 5.19 0.07 0.00 99.0 5.07 10 1.1 1.0 -0.2 2.8 26 .540 .501
CLE (1 yr) 99.0 16 10 78 7.09 5.42 -0.17 0.00 97.0 5.42 -17 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.4 -6 .413 .491

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
1895 24 BLN NL 41 142 126 22 27 3 1 0 9 0 8 15 .214 .288 .254 .542 39 32 5 3 1
1896 25 BLN NL 35 143 125 23 38 7 4 0 15 8 12 12 .304 .379 .424 .803 110 53 3 3 1
1897 26 BLN NL 42 149 139 20 33 8 1 1 16 2 6 20 .237 .279 .331 .610 60 46 2 2 1/O
1898 27 TOT NL 12 39 35 2 6 1 1 0 4 0 4 6 .171 .256 .257 .514 47 9 0 0 /1O
1898 27 BLN NL 8 28 24 2 5 1 0 0 4 0 4 3 .208 .321 .250 .571 63 6 0 0 /O1
1898 27 PIT NL 4 11 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .273 .364 4 3 0 0 /1
1899 28 PIT NL 33 97 91 12 18 2 0 0 2 1 1 14 .198 .247 .220 .467 28 20 5 0 1/O4
1901 30 CLE AL 17 48 44 3 6 0 2 0 2 0 3 11 .136 .208 .227 .436 23 10 1 0 1/6
6 Yrs 180 618 560 82 128 21 9 1 48 11 34 78 .229 .292 .304 .595 58 170 16 8
162 Game Avg. 162 556 504 74 115 19 8 1 43 10 31 70 .229 .292 .304 .595 58 153 14 7
BLN (4 yrs) 126 462 414 67 103 19 6 1 44 10 30 50 .249 .315 .331 .646 69 137 10 8
PIT (2 yrs) 37 108 102 12 19 2 1 0 2 1 1 17 .186 .231 .225 .457 26 23 5 0
CLE (1 yr) 17 48 44 3 6 0 2 0 2 0 3 11 .136 .208 .227 .436 23 10 1 0
NL (5 yrs) 163 570 516 79 122 21 7 1 46 11 31 67 .236 .299 .310 .609 61 160 15 8
AL (1 yr) 17 48 44 3 6 0 2 0 2 0 3 11 .136 .208 .227 .436 23 10 1 0

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
1895 24 BLN NL 41 142 -14 0 0 0 10 -4 -0.3 0 -4 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 0.0 -4 1
1896 25 BLN NL 35 143 2 -0 0 0 11 12 1.0 0 12 1.0 .528 .506 1.0 0.0 12 1
1897 26 BLN NL 42 149 -10 -0 0 0 11 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1/O
1898 27 BLN NL 8 28 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .486 .499 -0.0 -0.0 -0 /O1
1898 27 PIT NL 4 11 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .478 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1899 28 PIT NL 33 97 -9 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1/O4
1901 30 CLE AL 17 48 -5 0 0 -1 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .487 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -2 1/6
6 Seasons 180 618 -39 0 0 -1 43 3 0.1 1 4 0.2 .501 .500 0.3 -0.2 4
BLN (4 yrs) 126 462 -23 0 0 0 32 8 0.7 1 9 0.8 .505 .501 0.8 -0.0 9
PIT (2 yrs) 37 108 -11 0 0 0 8 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .492 .499 -0.3 -0.0 -3
CLE (1 yr) 17 48 -5 0 0 -1 4 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .487 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -2

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
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 on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1895 NL  8.4 (6th)
1896 NL  8.0 (6th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1895 NL  8.7 (4th)
1896 NL  7.1 (7th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1895 NL  3.21 (3rd)
1896 NL  3.38 (7th)

Wins s c a p y
1895 NL  31 (2nd)
1896 NL  25 (5th)
1897 NL  22 (6th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1895 NL  .838 (1st)
1896 NL  .781 (1st)
1897 NL  .667 (7th)
Career  .667 (12th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1895 NL  1.338 (4th)
1896 NL  1.333 (7th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1895 NL  8.484 (2nd)
1896 NL  9.233 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1895 NL  41 (10th)

Saves s c a p y
1901 AL  3 (1st)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1895 NL  314.0 (10th)

Games Started s c a p y
1895 NL  38 (9th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1895 NL  32 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1895 NL  4 (1st)
1896 NL  3 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1895 NL  124 (6th)
1897 NL  104 (10th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1896 NL  0.979 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1896 NL  0.029 (1st)
Career  0.158 (110th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1897 NL  145 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1895 NL  19 (5th)
1897 NL  17 (10th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1901 AL  6 (5th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1895 NL  149 (3rd)
1896 NL  127 (9th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1896 NL  3.77 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1895 NL  60 (4th)
1896 NL  37 (5th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1895 NL  5.1 (4th)
1896 NL  3.3 (5th)

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)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 10 (247), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 45 (578), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 39 (359), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 18 (378), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (502nd), 19.5 career WAR/19.5 7yr-peak WAR/19.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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

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