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Frank Isbell

William Frank Isbell (Bald Eagle)

Positions: First Baseman, Second Baseman and Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: August 21, 1875 in Delevan, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1898 (Age 22.253)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1898 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Orphans 1898-1909

Final Game: October 3, 1909 (Age 34.043)
Died: July 15, 1941 in Wichita, KS
Buried: Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, KS
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 23, 2014 5:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1371. Jim Tabor… #1372. Art Howe… #1373. Mike Gallego… #1374. FRANK ISBELL… #1375. Gregg Zaun… #1376. Alex Gonzalez… #1377. Rick Reichardt… 

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
1898 22 CHC NL 45 169 159 17 37 4 0 0 8 3 3 13 .233 .252 .258 .509 46 41 1 6 O1/456
1901 25 CHW AL 137 612 556 93 143 15 8 3 70 52 36 37 .257 .311 .329 .640 79 183 7 13 *3/4516
1902 26 CHW AL 137 555 515 62 130 14 4 4 59 38 14 28 .252 .276 .318 .595 68 164 3 23 *3/621
1903 27 CHW AL 138 586 546 52 132 25 9 2 59 26 12 65 .242 .266 .332 .597 82 181 6 22 *35/4O6
1904 28 CHW AL 96 351 314 27 66 10 3 1 34 19 16 37 .210 .255 .271 .526 69 85 3 18 34/O6
1905 29 CHW AL 94 389 341 55 101 21 11 2 45 15 15 28 .296 .335 .440 .775 149 150 5 28 4O/36
1906 30 CHW AL 143 617 549 71 153 18 11 0 57 37 30 34 .279 .324 .352 .676 114 193 7 31 *4O/21
1907 31 CHW AL 125 536 486 60 118 19 7 0 41 22 22 36 .243 .281 .311 .592 91 151 4 24 *4/O16
1908 32 CHW AL 84 360 320 31 79 15 3 1 49 18 19 40 .247 .297 .322 .619 103 103 4 17 34
1909 33 CHW AL 120 477 433 33 97 17 6 0 33 23 23 34 .224 .265 .291 .556 78 126 1 20 3/O4
10 Yrs 1119 4652 4219 501 1056 158 62 13 455 253 190 352 .250 .289 .326 .616 89 1377 41 202
162 Game Avg. 162 673 611 73 153 23 9 2 66 37 28 51 .250 .289 .326 .616 89 199 6 29
CHW (9 yrs) 1074 4483 4060 484 1019 154 62 13 447 250 187 339 .251 .291 .329 .620 90 1336 40 196
CHC (1 yr) 45 169 159 17 37 4 0 0 8 3 3 13 .233 .252 .258 .509 46 41 1 6
AL (9 yrs) 1074 4483 4060 484 1019 154 62 13 447 250 187 339 .251 .291 .329 .620 90 1336 40 196
NL (1 yr) 45 169 159 17 37 4 0 0 8 3 3 13 .233 .252 .258 .509 46 41 1 6

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
1898 22 CHC NL 45 169 -12 -0 0 -2 -1 -15 -1.5 6 -9 -0.9 .467 .491 -0.7 -0.3 -7 O1/456
1901 25 CHW AL 137 612 -16 6 0 9 -3 -3 -0.3 21 18 1.8 .498 .498 0.9 0.6 9 *3/4516
1902 26 CHW AL 137 555 -22 4 0 7 -3 -14 -1.5 20 5 0.4 .489 .491 -0.1 0.4 -2 *3/621
1903 27 CHW AL 138 586 -11 1 0 4 -3 -9 -1.2 21 11 1.1 .493 .494 0.8 -0.0 7 *35/4O6
1904 28 CHW AL 96 351 -10 2 0 3 -2 -7 -1.0 13 6 0.4 .491 .495 0.1 0.1 3 34/O6
1905 29 CHW AL 94 389 18 0 0 5 -2 21 2.4 14 35 4.0 .526 .515 3.3 0.3 30 4O/36
1906 30 CHW AL 143 617 9 2 0 -1 -0 9 1.1 21 31 3.4 .508 .507 3.5 -0.1 32 *4O/21
1907 31 CHW AL 125 536 -4 1 0 4 -0 0 0.0 19 19 2.0 .500 .500 1.4 0.5 15 *4/O16
1908 32 CHW AL 84 360 1 1 0 3 -2 2 0.3 12 15 1.6 .504 .502 1.2 0.1 12 34
1909 33 CHW AL 120 477 -9 1 0 5 -4 -7 -1.0 17 10 0.9 .493 .495 0.4 0.1 5 3/O4
10 Seasons 1119 4652 -57 18 0 37 -21 -23 -2.6 164 141 14.8 .498 .499 10.8 1.5 104
CHW (9 yrs) 1074 4483 -45 18 0 39 -20 -8 -1.1 158 150 15.7 .499 .499 11.5 1.8 111
CHC (1 yr) 45 169 -12 -0 0 -2 -1 -15 -1.5 6 -9 -0.9 .467 .491 -0.7 -0.3 -7

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1906 ❍ 30 CHW AL WS CHC W 6 26 26 4 8 4 0 0 4 1 0 6 .308 .308 .462 .769 12 0 0 0
1 WS 6 26 26 4 8 4 0 0 4 1 0 6 .308 .308 .462 .769 12 0 0 0

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
1898 22 CHC NL 4 7 .364 3.56 13 9 4 7 0 0 81.0 86 54 32 0 42 16 7 1 4 367 102 4.19 1.580 9.6 0.0 4.7 1.8 0.38
1901 25 CHW AL 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 56 2.93 2.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1902 26 CHW AL 0 0 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 54 3.67 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
1906 30 CHW AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 0.37 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 9.0
1907 31 CHW AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.18 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
5 Yrs 4 7 .364 3.59 17 10 7 7 0 1 85.1 92 57 34 0 43 19 7 1 5 387 102 4.07 1.582 9.7 0.0 4.5 2.0 0.44
162 Game Avg. 10 18 .364 3.59 43 25 18 18 0 3 215 232 144 86 0 108 48 18 3 13 975 102 4.07 1.582 9.7 0.0 4.5 2.0 0.44
CHW (4 yrs) 0 0 4.15 4 1 3 0 0 1 4.1 6 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 1 20 104 1.86 1.615 12.5 0.0 2.1 6.2 3.00
CHC (1 yr) 4 7 .364 3.56 13 9 4 7 0 0 81.0 86 54 32 0 42 16 7 1 4 367 102 4.19 1.580 9.6 0.0 4.7 1.8 0.38
AL (4 yrs) 0 0 4.15 4 1 3 0 0 1 4.1 6 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 1 20 104 1.86 1.615 12.5 0.0 2.1 6.2 3.00
NL (1 yr) 4 7 .364 3.56 13 9 4 7 0 0 81.0 86 54 32 0 42 16 7 1 4 367 102 4.19 1.580 9.6 0.0 4.7 1.8 0.38
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
1898 22 CHC NL 81.0 13 9 54 6.00 4.91 0.15 0.00 99.0 4.71 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -3 .433 .495
1901 25 CHW AL 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 5.26 0.28 0.00 95.0 4.72 -0 -0.0 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .460 .500
1902 26 CHW AL 1.0 1 1 2 18.00 4.89 0.36 0.00 95.0 4.30 -2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .369 .499
1906 30 CHW AL 2.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.66 0.23 0.00 95.0 3.26 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.1 1 .593 .501
1907 31 CHW AL 0.1 1 0 0 0.00 3.65 0.22 0.00 95.0 3.27 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.0 0 .515 .500
5 Seasons 85.1 17 10 57 6.01 4.88 0.16 0.00 98.8 4.67 -11 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -4 .445 .496
CHW (4 yrs) 4.1 4 1 3 6.23 4.31 0.27 0.00 95.0 3.84 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -1 .484 .500
CHC (1 yr) 81.0 13 9 54 6.00 4.91 0.15 0.00 99.0 4.71 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -3 .433 .495

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
1898 CHC NL 22 OF 28 45 40 3 2 0 .956 1.54 .937 2.08 4-12-11
1898 CHC NL 22 P 13 81.0 32 7 19 6 2 .813 2.89 2.00 .918 2.64 2.55
1898 CHC NL 22 2B 3 15 2 8 5 0 .667 3.33 .943 5.63
1898 CHC NL 22 3B 3 12 2 7 3 1 .750 3.00 .902 3.47
1898 CHC NL 22 SS 2 12 3 6 3 2 .750 4.50 .913 5.65
1901 CHW AL 25 1B 137 1519 1387 101 31 79 .980 10.86 .974 10.77
1901 CHW AL 25 2B 2 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.50 .933 5.70
1901 CHW AL 25 3B 1 3 0 2 1 0 .667 2.00 .900 3.60
1901 CHW AL 25 P 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .930 2.70 2.90
1901 CHW AL 25 SS 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .900 5.30
1902 CHW AL 26 1B 133 1515 1401 93 21 97 .986 11.23 .980 10.94
1902 CHW AL 26 SS 4 12 4 7 1 3 .917 2.75 .928 5.75
1902 CHW AL 26 C 1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .955 4.90 0 0 2 100% 44%
1902 CHW AL 26 P 1 1.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 27.00 3.00 .927 2.70 3.00
1903 CHW AL 27 1B 117 1287 1180 87 20 57 .984 10.83 .981 10.79
1903 CHW AL 27 3B 19 89 25 49 15 1 .831 3.89 .922 3.15
1903 CHW AL 27 2B 2 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 3.00 .943 5.10
1903 CHW AL 27 OF 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .953 2.00 0-0-1
1903 CHW AL 27 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.30
1904 CHW AL 28 1B 57 656 599 48 9 22 .986 11.35 .982 11.03
1904 CHW AL 28 2B 27 144 53 80 11 6 .924 4.93 .954 5.11
1904 CHW AL 28 OF 5 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .954 1.86 0-0-5
1904 CHW AL 28 SS 4 28 6 17 5 1 .821 5.75 .934 5.30
1905 CHW AL 29 2B 43 195 76 112 7 18 .964 4.37 .952 5.00
1905 CHW AL 29 OF 41 74 65 5 4 1 .946 1.71 .953 1.86 2-5-34
1905 CHW AL 29 1B 9 83 68 14 1 4 .988 9.11 .982 10.78
1905 CHW AL 29 SS 2 16 10 5 1 2 .938 7.50 .931 5.25
1906 CHW AL 30 2B 132 690 292 363 35 36 .949 4.96 .954 5.31
1906 CHW AL 30 OF 14 18 17 0 1 0 .944 1.21 .963 1.89 4-7-3
1906 CHW AL 30 C 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .960 6.00 0 1 0 0% 45%
1906 CHW AL 30 P 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.15 3.20
1907 CHW AL 31 2B 119 690 276 384 30 41 .957 5.55 .954 5.43
1907 CHW AL 31 OF 5 10 9 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .959 1.84 5-0-0
1907 CHW AL 31 P 1 0.1 1 0 1 0 1 1.000 27.00 1.00 .950 2.70 3.20
1907 CHW AL 31 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.70
1908 CHW AL 32 1B 65 879 824 46 9 30 .990 13.38 .984 11.36
1908 CHW AL 32 2B 18 107 40 58 9 0 .916 5.44 .951 5.22
1909 CHW AL 33 1B 101 1278 1204 66 8 48 .994 12.57 .985 11.13
1909 CHW AL 33 OF 9 10 7 1 2 0 .800 0.89 .951 1.86 0-9-0
1909 CHW AL 33 2B 5 30 15 13 2 3 .933 5.60 .953 4.92
7 Seasons 1B 619 7217 6663 455 99 337 .986 11.50 .980 10.95
9 Seasons 2B 351 1880 758 1023 99 104 .947 5.07 .953 5.29
7 Seasons OF 103 165 146 10 9 1 .945 1.51 .950 1.92 15-33-54
3 Seasons 3B 23 104 27 58 19 2 .817 3.70 .919 3.21
5 Seasons P 17 85.1 37 7 24 6 3 .838 3.27 1.82 .920 2.66 2.68
7 Seasons SS 15 70 24 36 10 8 .857 4.00 .928 5.49
2 Seasons C 2 6 4 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .958 5.45 0 1 2 67% 45%
10 Seasons TOT 1130 85.1 9479 7629 1608 242 455 .974 3.27 8.17 .973 2.66 8.01 15-33-54 0 1 2 67% 45%
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

Batting Average s c a p y
1905 AL  .296 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1905 AL  .440 (2nd)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1905 AL  .775 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1901 AL  137 (9th)
1902 AL  137 (6th)
1903 AL  138 (9th)

At Bats s c a p y
1901 AL  556 (7th)
1903 AL  546 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1901 AL  612 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1905 AL  11 (9th)
1906 AL  11 (7th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1903 AL  65 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1901 AL  52 (1st)
1902 AL  38 (4th)
1906 AL  37 (3rd)
Career  253 (224th)

Singles s c a p y
1906 AL  124 (10th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1905 AL  149 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1905 AL  17 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1905 AL  2.0 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1905 AL  .694 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1903 AL  6 (10th)
1906 AL  7 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1902 AL  23 (3rd)
1903 AL  22 (9th)
1905 AL  28 (9th)
1906 AL  31 (5th)
1907 AL  24 (10th)
Career  202 (82nd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1901 AL  426 (3rd)
1902 AL  408 (2nd)
1903 AL  436 (1st)

Putoutss c a p y
1901 AL  1,389 (1st)
1902 AL  1,405 (2nd)
1909 AL  1,226 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  137 (1st)
1902 AL  133 (2nd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  1,387 (1st)
1902 AL  1,401 (2nd)
1909 AL  1,204 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  101 (1st)
1902 AL  93 (1st)
1903 AL  87 (4th)
1909 AL  66 (5th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  31 (3rd)
1902 AL  21 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  79 (2nd)
1902 AL  97 (1st)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1906 AL  132 (2nd)
1907 AL  119 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1907 AL  276 (5th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1906 AL  363 (4th)
1907 AL  384 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1906 AL  35 (3rd)
1907 AL  30 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1907 AL  41 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  10.86 (4th)
1902 AL  11.23 (3rd)
1903 AL  10.83 (5th)
1909 AL  12.57 (1st)
Career  11.50 (2nd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1901 AL  .980 (2nd)
1902 AL  .986 (2nd)
1903 AL  .984 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1907 AL  5.55 (3rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1907 AL  .957 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (619), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 20 (1045), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 7 (1393), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1966), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (141st), 14.8 career WAR/14.8 7yr-peak WAR/14.8 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Bald William Eagle Frank frankie Isbell

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