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Billy Hunter

Gordon William Hunter

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: June 4, 1928 in Punxsutawney, PA
High School: Indiana HS (Indiana, PA)
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1953 (Age 24.314)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/Athletics/Yankees/Orioles/Indians 1953-1958

Final Game: September 27, 1958 (Age 30.115)
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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
1953 ★ 25 SLB AL 154 604 567 50 124 18 1 1 37 3 1 24 45 .219 .253 .259 .512 37 147 12 2 11 *6 AS
1954 26 BAL AL 125 451 411 28 100 9 5 2 27 5 4 21 38 .243 .281 .304 .585 66 125 14 2 13 4 *6
1955 27 NYY AL 98 279 255 14 58 7 1 3 20 9 2 15 18 .227 .269 .298 .567 54 76 7 0 8 1 2 6
1956 28 NYY AL 39 79 75 8 21 3 4 0 11 0 1 2 4 .280 .299 .427 .725 93 32 3 0 2 0 0 6/5
1957 29 KCA AL 116 359 319 39 61 10 4 8 29 1 2 27 43 .191 .259 .323 .581 58 103 5 3 7 3 2 465
1958 30 TOT AL 98 280 248 27 46 11 3 2 20 5 2 22 44 .185 .254 .278 .532 47 69 4 1 8 1 1 6/45
1958 30 KCA AL 22 66 58 6 9 1 1 2 11 1 1 5 7 .155 .222 .310 .533 44 18 1 0 3 0 0 6/45
1958 30 CLE AL 76 214 190 21 37 10 2 0 9 4 1 17 37 .195 .263 .268 .532 48 51 3 1 5 1 1 6/5
6 Yrs 630 2052 1875 166 410 58 18 16 144 23 12 111 192 .219 .264 .294 .559 53 552 45 8 49 9 5
162 Game Avg. 162 528 482 43 105 15 5 4 37 6 3 29 49 .219 .264 .294 .559 53 142 12 2 13
KCA (2 yrs) 138 425 377 45 70 11 5 10 40 2 3 32 50 .186 .253 .321 .574 56 121 6 3 10 3 2
NYY (2 yrs) 137 358 330 22 79 10 5 3 31 9 3 17 22 .239 .276 .327 .603 62 108 10 0 10 1 2
BAL (2 yrs) 279 1055 978 78 224 27 6 3 64 8 5 45 83 .229 .265 .278 .543 49 272 26 4 24 4
CLE (1 yr) 76 214 190 21 37 10 2 0 9 4 1 17 37 .195 .263 .268 .532 48 51 3 1 5 1 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
1953 ★ 25 SLB AL 154 604 -51 2 0 18 9 -22 -2.4 19 -3 -0.4 .485 .485 -2.4 2.8 -21 $6,000 *6 AS
1954 26 BAL AL 125 451 -17 1 -1 -11 7 -22 -2.4 14 -8 -1.0 .481 .485 0.2 -0.5 3 $9,000 *6
1955 27 NYY AL 98 279 -14 0 -1 10 5 -0 -0.0 9 8 0.9 .500 .500 -0.2 1.6 -2 $11,000 6
1956 28 NYY AL 39 79 -2 -1 -1 1 1 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .499 0.0 0.3 0 $11,000 6/5
1957 29 KCA AL 116 359 -19 -0 0 -5 5 -20 -2.2 11 -9 -1.1 .481 .487 -0.5 -0.1 -4 $11,000 465
1958 30 KCA AL 22 66 -5 -0 -0 0 1 -4 -0.5 2 -2 -0.3 .479 .497 -0.3 0.1 -2 $11,000 6/45
1958 30 CLE AL 76 214 -9 0 0 -2 4 -7 -0.8 7 -0 -0.1 .490 .495 0.1 0.2 1 6/5
6 Seasons 630 2052 -119 2 -2 11 32 -76 -8.4 63 -13 -1.9 .487 .490 -3.1 4.5 -24 $59,000
KCA (2 yrs) 138 425 -24 -1 0 -5 6 -24 -2.7 13 -11 -1.4 .481 .488 -0.8 0.0 -6 $22,000
NYY (2 yrs) 137 358 -17 -1 -2 11 6 -1 -0.1 11 10 1.0 .499 .500 -0.2 1.9 -1 $22,000
BAL (2 yrs) 279 1055 -68 2 -1 7 16 -44 -4.8 32 -11 -1.4 .483 .485 -2.2 2.4 -18 $15,000
CLE (1 yr) 76 214 -9 0 0 -2 4 -7 -0.8 7 -0 -0.1 .490 .495 0.1 0.2 1

Standard Fielding

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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 Awards
1953 SLB AL 25 SS 152 150 140 1325.0 821 284 512 25 99 .970 18 16 5.41 5.24 .966 5.11 5.08 AS
1954 BAL AL 26 SS 124 121 101 1037.2 614 249 333 32 76 .948 -11 -13 5.05 4.69 .960 5.00 4.97
1955 NYY AL 27 SS 98 91 54 712.0 380 115 249 16 60 .958 10 17 4.60 3.71 .959 4.93 4.89
1956 NYY AL 28 SS 32 19 14 175.0 107 49 58 0 20 1.000 2 12 5.50 3.34 .960 4.98 4.94
1956 NYY AL 28 3B 4 2 2 21.0 8 2 6 0 2 1.000 -0 -23 3.43 2.00 .949 3.21 3.20
1957 KCA AL 29 2B 64 58 44 508.2 270 111 152 7 40 .974 -0 -0 4.65 4.11 .980 5.39 5.41
1957 KCA AL 29 SS 35 23 18 230.2 144 46 89 9 19 .938 -5 -24 5.27 3.86 .963 5.11 5.13
1957 KCA AL 29 3B 17 10 6 96.0 42 18 22 2 2 .952 -0 -1 3.75 2.35 .951 3.23 3.24
1958 TOT AL 30 SS 87 65 47 609.0 350 134 197 19 51 .946 -2 -5 4.89 3.80 .964 4.96 4.91
1958 TOT AL 30 3B 3 0 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -150 2.25 0.33 .950 2.92 3.10
1958 KCA AL 30 SS 12 9 9 89.1 45 10 32 3 4 .933 -1 -13 4.23 3.50 .964 4.96 4.91
1958 KCA AL 30 2B 8 8 7 66.0 32 14 18 0 6 1.000 1 18 4.36 4.00 .978 5.26 5.21
1958 KCA AL 30 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.10
1958 CLE AL 30 SS 75 56 38 519.2 305 124 165 16 47 .948 -1 -3 5.01 3.85 .964 4.96 4.91
1958 CLE AL 30 3B 2 0 0 3.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -200 3.00 0.50 .950 3.00 3.10
6 Seasons SS 528 469 374 4089.1 2416 877 1438 101 325 .958 11 3 5.09 4.38 .963 5.02 4.99
2 Seasons 2B 72 66 51 574.2 302 125 170 7 46 .977 1 2 4.62 4.10 .980 5.38 5.39
3 Seasons 3B 24 12 8 121.0 51 20 29 2 4 .961 -1 -10 3.64 2.04 .951 3.22 3.22
6 Seasons TOT 624 547 433 4785.0 2769 1022 1637 110 375 .960 11 3 5.00 4.26 .964 5.02 4.96
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
1953 AL  2.9 (1st)
1955 AL  1.6 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1953 AL  154 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1955 AL  9 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1954 AL  13 (4th)
1958 AL  8 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1953 AL  467 (6th)

Assistss c a p y
1953 AL  512 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1953 AL  25 (2nd)
1954 AL  32 (2nd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1953 AL  18 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  152 (2nd)
1954 AL  124 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  284 (2nd)
1954 AL  249 (4th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  512 (1st)
1954 AL  333 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  25 (1st)
1954 AL  32 (1st)
1958 AL  19 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  99 (3rd)
1954 AL  76 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  18 (1st)
1955 AL  10 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1953 AL  5.41 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  5.24 (1st)
1954 AL  4.69 (5th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  .970 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 3 (2112), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1316), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Shortstop (1080th), -1.9 career WAR/-1.9 7yr-peak WAR/-1.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1953 25 St. Louis Browns $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1954 26 Baltimore Orioles $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1955 27 New York Yankees $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1956 28 New York Yankees $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1957 29 Kansas City Athletics $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1958 30 Kansas City Athletics $11,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts KCA/CLE
Career to date (may be incomplete)$59,000
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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