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Bill James

William Lawrence James (Seattle Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 196 lb.

Born: March 12, 1892 in Iowa Hill, CA
High School: Union HS (Oroville, CA)
School: St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1913 (Age 21.036)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Team: Braves 1913-1919

Final Game: June 4, 1919 (Age 27.084)
Died: March 10, 1971 in Oroville, CA
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, Oroville, CA
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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
1913 21 BSN NL 6 10 .375 2.79 24 14 7 10 1 0 135.2 134 75 42 4 57 73 7 1 8 590 117 3.28 1.408 8.9 0.3 3.8 4.8 1.28
1914 22 BSN NL 26 7 .788 1.90 46 37 9 30 4 3 332.1 261 91 70 7 118 156 13 1 6 1316 150 2.95 1.140 7.1 0.2 3.2 4.2 1.32 MVP-3
1915 23 BSN NL 5 4 .556 3.03 13 9 3 4 0 0 68.1 68 28 23 3 22 23 2 0 3 287 90 3.36 1.317 9.0 0.4 2.9 3.0 1.05
1919 27 BSN NL 0 0 3.38 1 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 6 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 24 91 3.24 1.500 10.1 0.0 3.4 1.7 0.50
4 Yrs 37 21 .638 2.28 84 60 20 44 5 3 541.2 469 196 137 14 199 253 22 2 17 2217 129 3.09 1.233 7.8 0.2 3.3 4.2 1.27
162 Game Avg. 17 10 .638 2.28 40 28 9 21 2 1 256 221 93 65 7 94 119 10 1 8 1047 129 3.09 1.233 7.8 0.2 3.3 4.2 1.27
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
1913 21 BSN NL 135.2 24 14 75 4.98 4.14 -0.12 0.00 102.0 4.35 -10 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.0 1 .457 .494 $2,400
1914 22 BSN NL 332.1 46 37 91 2.46 3.79 0.26 0.00 102.0 3.60 44 5.6 1.0 -0.2 8.2 66 .621 .534 $4,000 MVP-3
1915 23 BSN NL 68.1 13 9 28 3.69 3.61 0.07 0.00 97.0 3.43 -1 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.4 3 .488 .499 $6,000
1919 27 BSN NL 5.1 1 0 2 3.38 3.58 -0.09 0.00 96.0 3.53 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.1 0 .513 .500
4 Seasons 541.2 84 60 196 3.26 3.86 0.14 0.00 101.3 3.77 33 4.4 1.0 -0.3 8.6 70 .552 .517 $12,400

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1914 ❍ 22 BSN NL WS W PHA 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 1 1 0 11.0 2 0 0 0 6 1 9 0 0 0 37 0.727 1.6 0.0 4.9 7.4 1.50
1 WS 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 1 1 0 11.0 2 0 0 0 6 1 9 0 0 0 37 0.727 1.6 0.0 4.9 7.4 1.50

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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
1913 21 BSN NL 24 50 47 5 12 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 12 .255 .271 .298 .569 62 14 0 2 1
1914 22 BSN NL 49 135 129 9 33 3 0 0 9 0 0 20 .256 .262 .279 .541 58 36 1 5 1 MVP-3
1915 23 BSN NL 14 23 21 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 .048 .091 .048 .139 -57 1 0 1 1
1919 27 BSN NL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
4 Yrs 88 210 199 18 46 5 0 0 9 2 0 2 44 .231 .243 .256 .499 46 51 1 8
162 Game Avg. 162 387 366 33 85 9 0 0 17 4 4 81 .231 .243 .256 .499 46 94 2 15

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
1913 21 BSN NL 24 50 -3 1 0 0 4 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .510 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $2,400 1
1914 22 BSN NL 49 135 -7 0 0 0 12 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .511 .503 0.6 -0.0 5 $4,000 1 MVP-3
1915 23 BSN NL 14 23 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .481 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 $6,000 1
1919 27 BSN NL 1 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .464 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
4 Seasons 88 210 -14 1 0 0 18 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .506 .502 0.5 -0.0 5 $12,400

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
1914 ❍ 22 BSN NL WS PHA W 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
1913 BSN NL 21 P 24 135.2 49 7 35 7 2 .857 2.79 1.75 .955 2.61 2.60
1914 BSN NL 22 P 46 37 30 332.1 99 4 85 10 7 .899 2.41 1.93 .943 2.68 2.66 MVP-3
1915 BSN NL 23 P 13 9 4 68.1 27 2 25 0 0 1.000 3.56 2.08 .952 2.71 2.71
1919 BSN NL 27 P 1 0 0 5.1 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 5.06 3.00 .960 2.87 2.90
4 Seasons P 84 46 34 541.2 178 13 148 17 9 .904 2.68 1.92 .948 2.67 2.65
4 Seasons TOT 84 46 34 541.2 178 13 148 17 9 .904 2.68 1.92 .948 2.67 2.65
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1914 NL (3, 52%)
0.52 Career Shares (441st)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1914 NL  8.7 (2nd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1914 NL  8.2 (2nd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1914 NL  1.90 (2nd)

Wins s c a p y
1914 NL  26 (2nd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1914 NL  .788 (1st)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1914 NL  1.140 (8th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 NL  7.068 (5th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1914 NL  4.225 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1914 NL  46 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1914 NL  3 (6th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1914 NL  332.3 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1914 NL  156 (5th)

Games Started s c a p y
1914 NL  37 (5th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1914 NL  30 (3rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1914 NL  4 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1914 NL  118 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1914 NL  261 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1913 NL  8 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1914 NL  13 (3rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1914 NL  1,316 (3rd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1914 NL  150 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1914 NL  37 (1st)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1914 NL  4.2 (1st)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1914 NL  46 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1913 NL  7 (3rd)
1914 NL  10 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (569), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 28 (857), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 24 (557), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 27 (181), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (924th), 9.0 career WAR/9.0 7yr-peak WAR/9.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 24, 1912: Purchased by the Boston Braves from Seattle (Northwestern).
  • July 2, 1919: Purchased by Oakland (PCL) from the Boston Braves.
The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.

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
1913 21 Boston Braves $2,400 ? Celler committee, p. 52
1914 22 Boston Braves $4,000 ? 2/18/15 TSN 1942 TSN Guide 163: $3,000
1915 23 Boston Braves $6,000 ? Celler committee, p. 52 2/18/15 TSN: 3 years at $4,000 per, 1914-16
Career to date (may be incomplete)$12,400
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 Seattle Bill Will Lawrence William billy jimmie jim James jimmy

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