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Bill Howerton

William Ray Howerton (Hopalong)

Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 12, 1921 in Lompoc, CA
School: St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 11, 1949 (Age 27.273)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Pirates/Giants 1949-1952

Final Game: June 29, 1952 (Age 30.200)
Died: December 18, 2001 in Blakely, PA
Buried: St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, PA
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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
1949 27 STL NL 9 13 13 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .308 .308 .385 .692 82 5 0 0 0 /O879
1950 28 STL NL 110 364 313 50 88 20 8 10 59 0 47 60 .281 .375 .492 .867 122 154 3 0 4 O879
1951 29 TOT NL 104 320 284 39 77 16 3 12 41 1 1 36 56 .271 .353 .475 .828 119 135 11 0 1 89/75
1951 29 STL NL 24 75 65 10 17 4 1 1 4 0 1 10 12 .262 .360 .400 .760 104 26 2 0 0 O9/7
1951 29 PIT NL 80 245 219 29 60 12 2 11 37 1 0 26 44 .274 .351 .498 .849 124 109 9 0 1 O89/57
1952 30 TOT NL 24 49 40 5 9 2 1 0 5 0 0 9 7 .225 .367 .325 .692 92 13 1 0 0 /985
1952 30 PIT NL 13 31 25 3 8 1 1 0 4 0 0 6 5 .320 .452 .440 .892 146 11 1 0 0 /O985
1952 30 NYG NL 11 18 15 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .067 .222 .133 .356 0 2 0 0 0 /O98
4 Yrs 247 746 650 95 178 39 12 22 106 1 1 92 125 .274 .364 .472 .836 118 307 15 0 5
162 Game Avg. 162 489 426 62 117 26 8 14 70 1 60 82 .274 .364 .472 .836 118 201 10 0 3
STL (3 yrs) 143 452 391 61 109 25 9 11 64 0 1 57 74 .279 .371 .473 .844 118 185 5 0 4
PIT (2 yrs) 93 276 244 32 68 13 3 11 41 1 0 32 49 .279 .362 .492 .854 126 120 10 0 1
NYG (1 yr) 11 18 15 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .067 .222 .133 .356 0 2 0 0 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
1949 27 STL NL 9 13 -0 -0 0 0 -0 -0 -0.0 1 0 0.0 .495 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 $5,000 /O879
1950 28 STL NL 110 364 9 1 2 -3 -2 7 0.6 14 20 2.0 .506 .504 2.4 -0.6 23 $5,000 O879
1951 29 STL NL 24 75 0 0 -0 0 -1 -0 -0.0 3 3 0.2 .499 .500 0.3 -0.1 3 $7,500 O9/7
1951 29 PIT NL 80 245 6 1 -0 -5 -1 1 0.0 9 10 1.0 .501 .500 1.6 -0.6 15 O89/57
1952 30 PIT NL 13 31 2 0 -0 -1 -0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .505 .500 0.3 -0.1 3 $9,000 /O985
1952 30 NYG NL 11 18 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.2 .481 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -1 /O98
4 Seasons 247 746 15 2 1 -9 -4 5 0.4 28 34 3.3 .502 .502 4.4 -1.5 43 $26,500
STL (3 yrs) 143 452 9 1 2 -3 -3 6 0.5 17 23 2.3 .504 .503 2.6 -0.7 26 $17,500
PIT (2 yrs) 93 276 8 1 -0 -6 -1 1 0.1 10 12 1.2 .502 .500 1.9 -0.7 18 $9,000
NYG (1 yr) 11 18 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.2 .481 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -1

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 Awards
1949 STL NL 27 OF 6 3 2 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1.50 .977 2.48
1949 STL NL 27 CF 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .977 2.83
1949 STL NL 27 LF 2 1 1 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .973 2.35
1949 STL NL 27 RF 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .980 2.10
1950 STL NL 28 OF 94 84 62 726.0 191 183 2 6 0 .969 2.29 1.97 .978 2.34 2.31
1950 STL NL 28 CF 57 53 37 441.0 123 119 2 2 0 .984 2.47 2.12 .980 2.76 2.73
1950 STL NL 28 LF 31 23 19 204.0 58 56 0 2 0 .966 2.47 1.81 .977 2.29 2.27
1950 STL NL 28 RF 12 8 6 81.0 12 10 0 2 0 .833 1.11 0.83 .976 1.86 1.84
1951 TOT NL 29 OF 70 65 56 571.1 140 128 5 7 1 .950 2.10 1.90 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 TOT NL 29 RF 24 22 22 201.0 45 37 4 4 1 .911 1.84 1.71 .981 2.03 2.03
1951 TOT NL 29 LF 8 8 6 66.0 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 2.45 2.25 .977 2.32 2.30
1951 STL NL 29 OF 17 16 15 143.0 39 35 2 2 1 .949 2.33 2.18 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 STL NL 29 RF 13 12 12 111.0 32 28 2 2 1 .938 2.43 2.31 .981 2.03 2.03
1951 STL NL 29 LF 4 4 3 32.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.69 1.50 .977 2.31 2.30
1951 PIT NL 29 OF 53 49 41 428.1 101 93 3 5 0 .950 2.02 1.81 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 PIT NL 29 CF 38 35 28 304.1 74 70 1 3 0 .959 2.10 1.87 .983 2.88 2.87
1951 PIT NL 29 RF 11 10 10 90.0 13 9 2 2 0 .846 1.10 1.00 .981 2.03 2.03
1951 PIT NL 29 3B 4 1 0 17.2 8 2 5 1 0 .875 3.57 1.75 .952 3.36 3.35
1951 PIT NL 29 LF 4 4 3 34.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 3.18 3.00 .977 2.33 2.30
1952 TOT NL 30 OF 8 7 7 64.0 16 15 0 1 0 .938 2.11 1.88 .981 2.31 2.29
1952 TOT NL 30 RF 5 4 4 40.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1.80 1.60 .980 2.07 2.04
1952 TOT NL 30 CF 3 3 3 24.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 2.62 2.33 .984 2.74 2.70
1952 PIT NL 30 OF 5 5 5 43.0 10 9 0 1 0 .900 1.88 1.80 .981 2.30 2.28
1952 PIT NL 30 RF 3 3 3 26.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 1.38 1.33 .980 2.08 2.03
1952 PIT NL 30 CF 2 2 2 17.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 2.65 2.50 .984 2.75 2.70
1952 PIT NL 30 3B 1 1 1 9.0 3 0 1 2 0 .333 1.00 1.00 .953 3.20 3.10
1952 NYG NL 30 OF 3 2 2 21.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 2.57 2.00 .982 2.31 2.30
1952 NYG NL 30 RF 2 1 1 14.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.57 2.00 .980 2.06 2.05
1952 NYG NL 30 CF 1 1 1 7.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.57 2.00 .985 2.70 2.70
4 Seasons OF 178 159 127 1361.1 357 335 7 15 1 .958 2.20 1.92 .979 2.37 2.35
4 Seasons CF 101 93 69 769.1 207 199 3 5 0 .976 2.33 2.00 .981 2.81 2.79
4 Seasons RF 42 34 32 322.0 67 55 4 8 1 .881 1.65 1.40 .980 1.99 1.98
3 Seasons LF 41 32 26 270.0 82 80 0 2 0 .976 2.47 1.95 .977 2.30 2.28
2 Seasons 3B 5 2 1 26.2 11 2 6 3 0 .727 2.70 1.60 .953 3.31 3.30
4 Seasons TOT 183 161 128 1388.0 368 337 13 18 1 .951 2.21 1.91 .979 2.39 2.38
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% 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

Triples s c a p y
1950 NL  8 (6th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 NL  4 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2441), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Center Field (354th), 3.3 career WAR/3.3 7yr-peak WAR/3.3 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1949 27 St. Louis Cardinals $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 28 St. Louis Cardinals $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 29 St. Louis Cardinals $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts STL/PIT
1952 30 Pittsburgh Pirates $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts PIT/NYG
Career to date (may be incomplete)$26,500
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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Name and misspellings: William Bill billy Hopalong Ray Will William Howerton

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