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Wilbur Howard

Wilbur Leon Howard

Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: January 8, 1949 in Lowell, NC
High School: Holbrook HS (Lowell, NC)
Drafted
by the Seattle Pilots in the 19th round of the 1968 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 4, 1973 (Age 24.239)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Astros/Brewers 1973-1978

Final Game: September 30, 1978 (Age 29.265)
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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
1973 24 MIL AL 16 42 39 3 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 10 .205 .244 .205 .449 30 8 0 0 1 0 1 /97D
1974 25 HOU NL 64 116 111 19 24 4 0 2 5 4 5 5 18 .216 .250 .306 .556 59 34 3 0 0 0 0 7/89
1975 26 HOU NL 121 419 392 62 111 16 8 0 21 32 11 21 67 .283 .324 .365 .689 98 143 2 3 2 1 3 789
1976 27 HOU NL 94 201 191 26 42 7 2 1 18 7 5 7 28 .220 .245 .293 .538 59 56 5 0 1 2 1 798/4
1977 28 HOU NL 87 199 187 22 48 6 0 2 13 11 1 5 30 .257 .276 .321 .597 67 60 4 0 7 0 1 78/94
1978 29 HOU NL 84 158 148 17 34 4 1 1 13 6 2 5 22 .230 .268 .291 .558 62 43 3 3 1 1 0 7/8924
6 Yrs 466 1135 1068 149 267 37 11 6 71 60 25 45 175 .250 .283 .322 .605 74 344 17 6 12 4 6
162 Game Avg. 162 395 371 52 93 13 4 2 25 21 9 16 61 .250 .283 .322 .605 74 120 6 2 4 1 2
HOU (5 yrs) 450 1093 1029 146 259 37 11 6 70 60 24 43 165 .252 .285 .327 .611 76 336 17 6 11 4 5
MIL (1 yr) 16 42 39 3 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 10 .205 .244 .205 .449 30 8 0 0 1 0 1
NL (5 yrs) 450 1093 1029 146 259 37 11 6 70 60 24 43 165 .252 .285 .327 .611 76 336 17 6 11 4 5
AL (1 yr) 16 42 39 3 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 10 .205 .244 .205 .449 30 8 0 0 1 0 1

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
1973 24 MIL AL 16 42 -4 -0 0 2 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.4 0.2 -3 $9,000 /97D
1974 25 HOU NL 64 116 -6 -2 -0 1 -1 -8 -0.9 4 -4 -0.6 .486 .494 -0.7 -0.1 -5 $10,500 7/89
1975 26 HOU NL 121 419 1 2 2 1 -3 3 0.3 14 17 1.7 .503 .502 1.5 -0.2 16 789
1976 27 HOU NL 94 201 -9 -1 0 2 -2 -10 -1.1 7 -3 -0.5 .488 .493 -0.8 -0.0 -5 798/4
1977 28 HOU NL 87 199 -8 1 0 6 -2 -3 -0.4 6 3 0.2 .496 .498 -0.4 0.4 -3 $35,000 78/94
1978 29 HOU NL 84 158 -7 0 0 -5 -1 -13 -1.5 5 -8 -1.0 .482 .491 -0.4 -0.7 -3 7/8924
6 Seasons 466 1135 -34 1 3 7 -10 -33 -3.8 37 4 -0.2 .492 .496 -1.1 -0.4 -3 $54,500
HOU (5 yrs) 450 1093 -29 1 3 5 -9 -30 -3.5 35 5 -0.1 .492 .496 -0.8 -0.6 0 $45,500
MIL (1 yr) 16 42 -4 -0 0 2 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.4 0.2 -3 $9,000

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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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1973 MIL AL 24 OF 12 9 9 92.0 32 29 2 1 0 .969 2 29 3.03 2.58 .979 2.29 2.27
1973 MIL AL 24 RF 6 5 5 51.0 17 15 1 1 0 .941 1 26 2.82 2.67 .976 2.08 2.07
1973 MIL AL 24 LF 5 4 4 41.0 14 13 1 0 0 1.000 1 32 3.07 2.80 .977 2.00 2.00
1973 MIL AL 24 DH 2 0
1974 HOU NL 25 OF 50 23 19 268.1 68 65 3 0 1 1.000 1 4 2.28 1.36 .979 2.27 2.27
1974 HOU NL 25 LF 41 18 15 214.1 50 47 3 0 1 1.000 1 7 2.10 1.22 .976 1.99 1.99
1974 HOU NL 25 CF 6 3 3 35.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -17 3.34 2.17 .985 2.78 2.77
1974 HOU NL 25 RF 4 2 1 19.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 6 1.89 1.00 .975 2.04 2.02
1975 HOU NL 26 OF 95 81 74 769.0 202 194 7 1 0 .995 1 2 2.35 2.12 .978 2.29 2.28
1975 HOU NL 26 LF 53 40 37 381.2 88 83 5 0 0 1.000 4 11 2.08 1.66 .973 2.10 2.10
1975 HOU NL 26 CF 36 30 29 290.0 92 89 2 1 0 .989 0 1 2.82 2.53 .984 2.72 2.72
1975 HOU NL 26 RF 12 11 8 97.1 18 17 1 0 0 1.000 -3 -36 1.66 1.50 .974 2.02 2.03
1976 HOU NL 27 OF 63 35 29 370.0 102 96 2 4 1 .961 3 11 2.38 1.56 .979 2.34 2.33
1976 HOU NL 27 LF 37 17 16 190.2 48 45 0 3 0 .938 -1 -6 2.12 1.22 .976 2.02 2.01
1976 HOU NL 27 RF 20 13 8 116.1 37 34 2 1 0 .973 4 37 2.79 1.80 .974 2.15 2.15
1976 HOU NL 27 CF 11 5 5 63.0 22 20 2 0 1 1.000 1 13 3.14 2.00 .984 2.86 2.84
1976 HOU NL 27 2B 2 2 1 14.0 9 2 6 1 1 .889 -1 -94 5.14 4.00 .976 5.46 5.45
1977 HOU NL 28 OF 62 33 30 382.1 103 100 2 1 1 .990 6 19 2.40 1.65 .978 2.26 2.26
1977 HOU NL 28 LF 46 22 22 251.2 63 62 0 1 0 .984 6 27 2.22 1.35 .972 1.93 1.93
1977 HOU NL 28 CF 15 7 7 96.2 29 28 1 0 1 1.000 -2 -25 2.70 1.93 .986 2.73 2.74
1977 HOU NL 28 RF 5 4 1 34.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 2 81 3.18 2.40 .974 2.12 2.10
1977 HOU NL 28 2B 4 0 0 9.0 8 5 3 0 0 1.000 0 0 8.00 2.00 .978 5.20 5.25
1978 HOU NL 29 OF 38 21 19 219.1 41 39 2 0 0 1.000 -4 -24 1.68 1.08 .980 2.31 2.29
1978 HOU NL 29 LF 30 14 13 156.1 26 25 1 0 0 1.000 -3 -26 1.50 0.87 .978 1.99 1.97
1978 HOU NL 29 CF 5 3 3 27.1 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -4 2.63 1.60 .982 2.80 2.76
1978 HOU NL 29 RF 4 4 3 35.2 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -30 1.51 1.50 .977 2.12 2.10
1978 HOU NL 29 C 3 0 0 9.2 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -124 4.66 1.67 .984 6.14 6.13 1 0 2 0 0% 32% 0
1978 HOU NL 29 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
6 Seasons OF 320 202 180 2101.0 548 523 18 7 3 .987 9 5 2.32 1.69 .979 2.29 2.28
6 Seasons LF 212 115 107 1235.2 289 275 10 4 1 .986 7 7 2.08 1.34 .974 2.02 2.01
5 Seasons CF 73 48 47 512.0 164 157 6 1 2 .994 -2 -4 2.87 2.23 .984 2.75 2.75
6 Seasons RF 51 39 26 353.1 94 88 4 2 0 .979 3 11 2.34 1.80 .975 2.09 2.09
3 Seasons 2B 7 2 1 24.0 17 7 9 1 1 .941 -1 -55 6.00 2.29 .976 5.36 5.30
1 Season C 3 0 0 9.2 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -124 4.66 1.67 .984 6.14 6.13 1 0 2 0 0% 32% 0
6 Seasons TOT 330 204 181 2134.2 570 534 28 8 4 .986 7 4 2.37 1.70 .979 2.35 2.38 1 0 2 0 0% 32% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1975 NL  32 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1975 NL  11 (8th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 NL  6 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2201), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Left Field (943rd), -0.2 career WAR/-0.2 7yr-peak WAR/-0.2 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1973 24 Milwaukee Brewers $9,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1974 25 Houston Astros $10,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1977 28 Houston Astros $35,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$54,500
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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