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Lefty Johnson

William F. Johnson (Sleepy Bill)

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Weight: 167 lb.

Born: September 28, 1961 in New Jersey (All Transactions)
Debut: June 27, 1884 (Age 77.093)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1892 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Hoosiers/Keystones 1884-1892

Final Game: April 27, 1892 (Age 69.154)
Died: July 17, 1942 in Chester, PA
Buried: Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, 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
1884 -- PHK UA 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 /O
1887 -- IND NL 11 43 42 3 8 0 0 0 3 5 0 6 .190 .209 .190 .400 14 8 1 O
1890 -- BAL AA 24 103 95 15 28 2 3 0 6 8 7 .295 .350 .379 .728 108 36 1 O
1891 -- BAL AA 129 573 480 101 130 13 14 2 79 32 89 55 .271 .389 .369 .758 117 177 4 *O
1892 -- BLN NL 4 17 15 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .133 .235 .133 .369 11 2 0 /O
5 Yrs 169 740 636 121 168 15 17 2 90 45 98 61 .264 .368 .351 .718 105 223 6
162 Game Avg. 162 709 610 116 161 14 16 2 86 94 .264 .368 .351 .718 105 214
BLN (3 yrs) 157 693 590 118 160 15 17 2 87 40 98 55 .271 .380 .364 .744 113 215 5
IND (1 yr) 11 43 42 3 8 0 0 0 3 5 0 6 .190 .209 .190 .400 14 8 1
PHK (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0
AA (2 yrs) 153 676 575 116 158 15 17 2 85 40 96 55 .275 .383 .370 .754 115 213 5
NL (2 yrs) 15 60 57 5 10 0 0 0 5 5 2 6 .175 .217 .175 .392 13 10 1
UA (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 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
1884 -- PHK UA 1 4 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .420 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /O
1887 -- IND NL 11 43 -5 0 0 -2 -1 -8 -0.7 1 -6 -0.5 .442 .496 -0.3 -0.2 -4 O
1890 -- BAL AA 24 103 0 0 0 1 -1 0 -0.0 2 3 0.2 .500 .500 0.2 -0.1 2 O
1891 -- BAL AA 129 573 14 -1 0 2 -8 7 0.6 14 21 2.0 .505 .504 1.8 -0.4 19 *O
1892 -- BLN NL 4 17 -1 0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .458 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /O
5 Seasons 169 740 7 -1 0 1 -10 -3 -0.3 18 15 1.6 .498 .503 1.4 -0.8 14
BLN (3 yrs) 157 693 13 -1 0 3 -10 5 0.4 17 22 2.2 .503 .503 1.9 -0.5 19
IND (1 yr) 11 43 -5 0 0 -2 -1 -8 -0.7 1 -6 -0.5 .442 .496 -0.3 -0.2 -4
PHK (1 yr) 1 4 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .420 .500 -0.1 -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 G Awards
1884 PHK UA -- OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.50 1-0-0
1887 IND NL -- OF 11 17 11 2 4 0 .765 1.18 .883 1.97 0-0-11
1890 BAL AA -- OF 24 52 39 6 7 3 .865 1.88 .916 1.82 0-0-24
1891 BAL AA -- OF 129 300 235 28 37 5 .877 2.04 .908 1.88 60-24-46
1892 BLN NL -- OF 4 6 4 0 2 0 .667 1.00 .912 1.90 1-0-3
5 Seasons OF 169 375 289 36 50 8 .867 1.92 .908 1.88 62-24-84
5 Seasons TOT 169 375 289 36 50 8 .867 1.92 .908 1.88 62-24-84
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
1891 AA  14 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1891 AA  89 (5th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1891 AA  28 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1891 AA  37 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 3 (2111), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1825), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Right Field (400th), 1.6 career WAR/1.6 7yr-peak WAR/1.6 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

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