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Bill Holbert

William Henry Holbert

Positions: Catcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Weight: 197 lb.

Born: March 14, 1855 in Baltimore, MD (All Transactions)
Debut: September 5, 1876 (Age 21.175, 347th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1878 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Metropolitans/Trojans/Stars/Grays/Bridegrooms 1876-1888

Final Game: July 12, 1888 (Age 33.120)
Died: March 20, 1935 in Laurel, MD
Buried: Union Cemetery, Burtonsville, MD
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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
1876 21 LOU NL 12 43 43 3 11 0 0 0 5 0 3 .256 .256 .256 .512 61 11 2
1878 23 MLG NL 45 176 173 10 32 2 0 0 12 3 14 .185 .199 .197 .395 27 34 O2
1879 24 TOT NL 63 245 244 12 50 0 0 0 23 1 21 .205 .208 .205 .413 43 50 *2/O
1879 24 SYR NL 59 230 229 11 46 0 0 0 21 1 20 .201 .204 .201 .405 40 46 *2/O
1879 24 TRO NL 4 15 15 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 .267 .267 .267 .533 80 4 /2
1880 25 TRO NL 60 221 212 18 40 5 1 0 8 9 18 .189 .222 .222 .443 48 47 *2/O
1881 26 TRO NL 46 183 180 16 49 3 0 0 14 3 13 .272 .284 .289 .573 77 52 2/O
1882 27 TRO NL 71 262 251 24 46 5 0 0 23 11 22 .183 .218 .203 .421 39 51 *25/O
1883 28 NYP AA 73 300 299 26 71 9 1 0 1 .237 .240 .274 .514 60 82 *2/O4
1884 29 NYP AA 65 264 255 28 53 5 0 0 7 .208 .235 .227 .462 51 58 2 2/O6
1885 30 NYP AA 56 210 202 13 35 3 0 0 13 8 .173 .205 .188 .393 34 38 0 2O/5
1886 31 NYP AA 48 177 171 8 35 4 2 0 13 4 6 .205 .232 .251 .483 55 43 0 2/O6
1887 32 NYP AA 69 262 255 20 58 4 3 0 32 12 7 23 .227 .248 .267 .515 46 68 0 2/364
1888 33 BRO AA 15 53 50 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 2 8 .120 .170 .140 .310 -0 7 1 2
12 Yrs 623 2396 2335 182 486 41 7 0 144 16 58 122 .208 .228 .232 .460 47 541 3
162 Game Avg. 162 623 607 47 126 11 2 0 37 15 .208 .228 .232 .460 47 141
NYP (5 yrs) 311 1213 1182 95 252 25 6 0 58 16 29 23 .213 .233 .245 .478 50 289 2
TRO (4 yrs) 181 681 658 59 139 13 1 0 47 23 54 .211 .238 .234 .472 53 154
BRO (1 yr) 15 53 50 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 2 8 .120 .170 .140 .310 -0 7 1
SYR (1 yr) 59 230 229 11 46 0 0 0 21 1 20 .201 .204 .201 .405 40 46
LOU (1 yr) 12 43 43 3 11 0 0 0 5 0 3 .256 .256 .256 .512 61 11
MLG (1 yr) 45 176 173 10 32 2 0 0 12 3 14 .185 .199 .197 .395 27 34
NL (6 yrs) 297 1130 1103 83 228 15 1 0 85 27 91 .207 .226 .222 .448 47 245
AA (6 yrs) 326 1266 1232 99 258 26 6 0 59 16 31 31 .209 .231 .240 .471 48 296 3

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
1876 21 LOU NL 12 43 -2 0 0 2 1 0 0.0 1 2 0.2 .503 .500 0.0 0.2 -0 2
1878 23 MLG NL 45 176 -14 0 0 1 -0 -13 -1.4 6 -7 -0.8 .470 .492 -0.8 0.0 -8 O2
1879 24 SYR NL 59 230 -12 0 0 4 3 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .492 .497 -0.0 0.7 -1 *2/O
1879 24 TRO NL 4 15 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1880 25 TRO NL 60 221 -11 0 0 7 3 -1 -0.1 8 7 0.7 .499 .500 0.0 1.0 -0 *2/O
1881 26 TRO NL 46 183 -5 0 0 4 3 2 0.1 6 8 0.8 .504 .501 0.5 0.6 4 2/O
1882 27 TRO NL 71 262 -15 0 0 0 4 -11 -1.1 9 -2 -0.2 .485 .494 -0.1 0.3 -2 *25/O
1883 28 NYP AA 73 300 -15 0 0 10 4 -1 -0.1 6 6 0.6 .499 .500 -0.3 1.3 -4 *2/O4
1884 29 NYP AA 65 264 -13 0 0 8 4 -2 -0.3 6 4 0.3 .498 .499 -0.3 1.0 -4 2/O6
1885 30 NYP AA 56 210 -12 0 0 2 2 -8 -0.7 5 -3 -0.2 .487 .495 -0.4 0.4 -5 2O/5
1886 31 NYP AA 48 177 -9 -0 0 5 3 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.3 .497 .499 -0.2 0.7 -3 2/O6
1887 32 NYP AA 69 262 -20 -1 0 7 4 -10 -0.8 6 -5 -0.2 .488 .495 -0.8 0.9 -12 2/364
1888 33 BRO AA 15 53 -6 -0 0 1 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .475 .498 -0.4 0.2 -4 $2,500 2
12 Seasons 623 2396 -135 -2 0 51 32 -54 -5.3 66 12 1.7 .492 .497 -2.7 7.4 -39 $2,500
NYP (5 yrs) 311 1213 -69 -2 0 32 17 -22 -2.0 26 4 0.8 .494 .498 -2.0 4.2 -28
TRO (4 yrs) 181 681 -31 0 0 11 10 -10 -1.1 23 13 1.4 .495 .498 0.4 2.0 2
BRO (1 yr) 15 53 -6 -0 0 1 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .475 .498 -0.4 0.2 -4 $2,500
SYR (1 yr) 59 230 -12 0 0 4 3 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .492 .497 -0.0 0.7 -1
LOU (1 yr) 12 43 -2 0 0 2 1 0 0.0 1 2 0.2 .503 .500 0.0 0.2 -0
MLG (1 yr) 45 176 -14 0 0 1 -0 -13 -1.4 6 -7 -0.8 .470 .492 -0.8 0.0 -8

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1876 LOU NL 21 C 12 102 62 24 16 3 .843 7.17 .805 5.81 7 0 0
1878 MLG NL 23 OF 30 66 35 19 12 1 .818 1.80 .834 1.77 0-0-30
1878 MLG NL 23 C 21 114 72 28 14 1 .877 4.76 .891 7.09 17 0 0
1879 TOT NL 24 C 60 408 293 73 42 5 .897 6.10 .889 6.45 63 0 0
1879 SYR NL 24 C 56 380 277 64 39 4 .897 6.09 .889 6.45 57 0 0
1879 SYR NL 24 OF 4 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0.75 .837 1.90 0-3-1
1879 TRO NL 24 C 4 28 16 9 3 1 .893 6.25 .889 6.45 6 0 0
1880 TRO NL 25 C 58 404 261 107 36 6 .911 6.34 .894 6.88 45 0 0
1880 TRO NL 25 OF 3 8 7 0 1 0 .875 2.33 .855 1.87 0-0-3
1881 TRO NL 26 C 43 294 201 69 24 10 .918 6.28 .912 6.21 30 0 0
1881 TRO NL 26 OF 3 8 5 1 2 0 .750 2.00 .871 2.07 0-0-3
1882 TRO NL 27 C 58 416 247 124 45 13 .892 6.40 .909 6.75 54 0 0
1882 TRO NL 27 3B 12 60 19 28 13 1 .783 3.92 .843 3.53
1882 TRO NL 27 OF 3 4 3 0 1 0 .750 1.00 .855 1.93 0-3-0
1883 NYP AA 28 C 68 723 527 138 58 8 .920 9.78 .890 6.68 40 0 0
1883 NYP AA 28 OF 5 6 3 1 2 0 .667 0.80 .852 1.80 0-5-0
1883 NYP AA 28 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.10
1884 NYP AA 29 C 59 561 374 142 45 7 .920 8.75 .913 7.44 36 0 0
1884 NYP AA 29 OF 5 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 .847 1.64 4-0-1
1884 NYP AA 29 SS 1 6 1 4 1 0 .833 5.00 .862 4.30
1885 NYP AA 30 C 39 341 227 80 34 3 .900 7.87 .908 6.94 35 0 0
1885 NYP AA 30 OF 13 28 23 5 0 2 1.000 2.15 .879 1.87 8-5-0
1885 NYP AA 30 3B 5 27 6 11 10 2 .630 3.40 .860 3.00
1886 NYP AA 31 C 45 396 265 100 31 6 .922 8.11 .910 7.19 39 0 0
1886 NYP AA 31 OF 3 5 4 1 0 1 1.000 1.67 .876 1.80 0-3-0
1886 NYP AA 31 SS 1 8 1 5 2 1 .750 6.00 .854 4.60
1887 NYP AA 32 C 60 379 237 102 40 9 .894 5.65 .893 6.26 30 0 0
1887 NYP AA 32 1B 8 81 72 6 3 4 .963 9.75 .971 9.88
1887 NYP AA 32 SS 2 8 2 6 0 1 1.000 4.00 .857 4.50
1887 NYP AA 32 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.00
1888 BRO AA 33 C 15 108 74 26 8 2 .926 6.67 .914 7.13 7 0 0
12 Seasons C 538 4246 2840 1013 393 73 .907 7.16 .899 6.75 403 0 0
9 Seasons OF 69 137 91 28 18 4 .869 1.72 .850 1.81 12-19-38
2 Seasons 3B 17 87 25 39 23 3 .736 3.76 .848 3.38
1 Season 1B 8 81 72 6 3 4 .963 9.75 .971 9.88
3 Seasons SS 4 22 4 15 3 2 .864 4.75 .857 4.47
2 Seasons 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.05
12 Seasons TOT 638 4573 3032 1101 440 86 .904 6.48 .898 6.15 12-19-38 403 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1880 NL  1.0 (8th)
1883 AA  1.3 (4th)
1887 AA  0.9 (6th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1879 NL  60 (4th)
1882 NL  58 (4th)
1883 AA  68 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1879 NL  293 (4th)
1883 AA  527 (1st)

Assists as C s c a p y
1879 NL  73 (4th)
1880 NL  107 (4th)
1882 NL  124 (1st)
1883 AA  138 (1st)
1884 AA  142 (1st)
Career  1,013 (44th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1879 NL  42 (5th)
1882 NL  45 (2nd)
1883 AA  58 (2nd)
1884 AA  45 (2nd)
1885 AA  34 (4th)
Career  393 (8th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1876 NL  3 (3rd)
1879 NL  5 (3rd)
1880 NL  6 (2nd)
1881 NL  10 (1st)
1882 NL  13 (1st)
1883 AA  8 (2nd)
1884 AA  7 (2nd)
1887 AA  9 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1879 NL  63 (3rd)
1882 NL  54 (4th)
Career  403 (10th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1878 NL  19 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1881 NL  6.28 (5th)
1883 AA  9.78 (1st)
1884 AA  8.75 (4th)
Career  7.16 (14th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1879 NL  .897 (5th)
1880 NL  .911 (3rd)
1881 NL  .918 (3rd)
1883 AA  .920 (2nd)

Oldest s c a p y
1888 AA  born 1855-03-14 (9th)

             

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
1888 33 Brooklyn Bridegrooms $2,500 ? 11/5/87 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,500
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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