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Billy Johnson

William Russell Johnson (Bull)

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 30, 1918 in Montclair, NJ
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1943 (Age 24.235)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1943 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Cardinals 1943-1953

Final Game: May 10, 1953 (Age 34.253)
Died: June 20, 2006 in Augusta, GA
Buried: Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, GA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 22, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1213. Steve Henderson… #1214. Glenn Wilson… #1215. Don Hurst… #1216. BILLY JOHNSON… #1217. Melky Cabrera… #1218. Rey Sanchez… #1219. Lee Maye… 

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
1943 24 NYY AL 155 655 592 70 166 24 6 5 94 3 5 53 30 .280 .344 .367 .710 107 217 27 4 6 *5 MVP-4
1946 27 NYY AL 85 335 296 51 77 14 5 4 35 1 0 31 42 .260 .334 .382 .716 99 113 5 2 5 5
1947 ★ 28 NYY AL 132 545 494 67 141 19 8 10 95 1 2 44 43 .285 .351 .417 .768 114 206 21 6 3 *5 AS,MVP-19
1948 29 NYY AL 127 493 446 59 131 20 6 12 64 0 0 41 30 .294 .358 .446 .805 114 199 22 4 1 *5
1949 30 NYY AL 113 383 329 48 82 11 3 8 56 1 0 48 44 .249 .348 .374 .722 91 123 15 2 4 53/4
1950 31 NYY AL 108 372 327 44 85 16 2 6 40 1 0 42 30 .260 .346 .376 .722 87 123 12 1 2 5/3
1951 32 TOT MLB 139 550 482 57 128 26 1 14 68 5 4 53 49 .266 .346 .411 .756 103 198 14 6 9 *5
1951 32 NYY AL 15 48 40 5 12 3 0 0 4 0 1 7 0 .300 .404 .375 .779 115 15 2 0 1 5
1951 32 STL NL 124 502 442 52 116 23 1 14 64 5 3 46 49 .262 .340 .414 .754 102 183 12 6 8 *5
1952 33 STL NL 94 320 282 23 71 10 2 2 34 1 0 34 21 .252 .339 .323 .661 84 91 9 3 1 5
1953 34 STL NL 11 6 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .400 .733 90 2 0 0 0 5
9 Yrs 964 3659 3253 419 882 141 33 61 487 13 11 347 290 .271 .346 .391 .737 102 1272 125 28 31
162 Game Avg. 162 615 547 70 148 24 6 10 82 2 2 58 49 .271 .346 .391 .737 102 214 21 5 5
NYY (7 yrs) 735 2831 2524 344 694 107 30 45 388 7 8 266 219 .275 .349 .395 .743 104 996 104 19 22
STL (3 yrs) 229 828 729 75 188 34 3 16 99 6 3 81 71 .258 .339 .379 .718 95 276 21 9 9
AL (7 yrs) 735 2831 2524 344 694 107 30 45 388 7 8 266 219 .275 .349 .395 .743 104 996 104 19 22
NL (3 yrs) 229 828 729 75 188 34 3 16 99 6 3 81 71 .258 .339 .379 .718 95 276 21 9 9

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
1943 24 NYY AL 155 655 6 -1 0 11 0 16 1.8 19 35 3.8 .512 .511 2.5 1.3 24 *5 MVP-4
1946 27 NYY AL 85 335 -1 1 0 5 0 5 0.5 10 15 1.5 .507 .503 1.0 0.6 10 5
1947 ★ 28 NYY AL 132 545 9 -0 0 -5 0 4 0.3 16 20 2.0 .503 .503 2.5 -0.6 24 *5 AS,MVP-19
1948 29 NYY AL 127 493 8 0 -2 -2 0 4 0.4 14 19 1.8 .503 .503 2.0 -0.2 21 *5
1949 30 NYY AL 113 383 -4 0 -2 0 -1 -7 -0.7 11 4 0.4 .494 .496 0.4 -0.1 4 53/4
1950 31 NYY AL 108 372 -6 -0 -2 0 -0 -8 -0.7 11 4 0.4 .493 .495 0.3 0.0 4 5/3
1951 32 NYY AL 15 48 1 -1 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .504 .500 0.2 0.0 2 5
1951 32 STL NL 124 502 2 -1 -1 15 0 15 1.5 19 34 3.5 .513 .510 2.0 1.6 19 *5
1952 33 STL NL 94 320 -5 -1 0 5 0 0 0.0 12 12 1.2 .500 .500 0.7 0.6 7 5
1953 34 STL NL 11 6 -0 -0 0 1 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .500 0.0 0.1 0 5
9 Seasons 964 3659 10 -2 -6 30 -1 31 3.4 114 146 14.9 .504 .503 11.7 3.2 116
NYY (7 yrs) 735 2831 13 -1 -6 9 -1 15 1.8 83 98 10.1 .503 .502 8.9 1.0 90
STL (3 yrs) 229 828 -3 -1 -0 21 0 16 1.6 31 47 4.8 .507 .505 2.7 2.2 27

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
1943 ❍ 24 NYY AL WS STL W 5 20 20 3 6 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 .300 .300 .450 .750 9 2 0 0 0
1947 ❍ 28 NYY AL WS BRO W 7 30 26 8 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 3 4 .269 .367 .500 .867 13 1 1 0 0
1949 ❍ 30 NYY AL WS BRO W 2 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 0 0 0 0
1950 ❍ 31 NYY AL WS PHI W 4 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 18 63 59 11 14 1 4 0 5 1 0 3 12 .237 .286 .390 .676 23 3 1 0 0
4 WS 18 63 59 11 14 1 4 0 5 1 0 3 12 .237 .286 .390 .676 23 3 1 0 0

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
1943 NYY AL 24 3B 155 155 155 527 183 326 18 32 .966 3.28 .951 3.17 MVP-4
1946 NYY AL 27 3B 74 71 68 245 71 163 11 15 .955 3.16 .948 3.06
1947 NYY AL 28 3B 132 129 128 357 136 204 17 12 .952 2.58 .959 3.01 AS,MVP-19
1948 NYY AL 29 3B 118 116 113 380 147 213 20 25 .947 3.05 .958 3.04
1949 NYY AL 30 3B 81 68 65 224 77 136 11 16 .951 2.63 .960 3.15
1949 NYY AL 30 1B 21 16 13 142 130 10 2 10 .986 6.67 .989 9.77
1949 NYY AL 30 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.50
1950 NYY AL 31 3B 100 82 73 764.1 262 82 169 11 20 .958 2.96 2.51 .960 3.25 3.20
1950 NYY AL 31 1B 5 2 2 21.0 15 14 0 1 1 .933 6.00 2.80 .989 9.56 9.36
1951 TOT MLB 32 3B 137 132 130 1190.2 450 107 332 11 32 .976 3.32 3.20 .953 3.35 3.34
1951 NYY AL 32 3B 13 11 11 103.0 25 8 16 1 0 .960 2.10 1.85 .950 3.17 3.15
1951 STL NL 32 3B 124 121 119 1087.2 425 99 316 10 32 .976 3.43 3.35 .953 3.37 3.36
1952 STL NL 33 3B 89 80 74 712.0 245 56 177 12 10 .951 2.95 2.62 .954 3.15 3.12
1953 STL NL 34 3B 11 0 0 22.0 9 1 8 0 1 1.000 1 38 3.68 0.82 .951 3.03 2.98
9 Seasons 3B 897 833 806 2689.0 2699 860 1728 111 163 .959 1 0 3.12 2.89 .955 3.27 3.14
2 Seasons 1B 26 18 15 21.0 157 144 10 3 11 .981 6.00 5.92 .989 9.56 9.69
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.50
9 Seasons TOT 924 851 821 2710.0 2856 1004 1738 114 174 .960 1 0 3.14 2.97 .957 3.32 3.33
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))
1943 AL (4, 40%)
1947 AL (19, 3%)
0.43 Career Shares (498th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1943 AL  1.3 (6th)
1951 NL  1.6 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1943 AL  155 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1943 AL  592 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1943 AL  166 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1947 AL  8 (10th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1943 AL  94 (3rd)
1947 AL  95 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
1943 AL  131 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1943 AL  4 (9th)
1947 AL  6 (2nd)
1948 AL  4 (10th)
1951 NL  6 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1943 AL  27 (2nd)
1947 AL  21 (4th)
1948 AL  22 (4th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1943 AL  19.7 (9th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1943 AL  464 (6th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1943 AL  16.84 (3rd)
1946 AL  8.43 (10th)
1947 AL  17.70 (10th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.6 (6th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1943 AL  0.8 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1943 AL  1.8 (3rd)
1946 AL  0.9 (10th)
1947 AL  1.8 (10th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  155 (1st)
1947 AL  132 (5th)
1951 NL  124 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  183 (1st)
1946 AL  71 (4th)
1947 AL  136 (5th)
1948 AL  147 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  326 (1st)
1946 AL  163 (4th)
1951 NL  316 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  18 (5th)
1946 AL  11 (5th)
1947 AL  17 (3rd)
1948 AL  20 (2nd)
1950 AL  11 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  32 (1st)
1948 AL  25 (4th)
1951 NL  32 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1951 NL  3.43 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  3.28 (2nd)
1948 AL  3.05 (1st)
1951 NL  3.35 (2nd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1943 AL  .966 (3rd)
1951 NL  .976 (1st)
Career  .959 (68th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 14 (1251), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1095), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 8 (1841), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (145th), 14.9 career WAR/14.5 7yr-peak WAR/14.7 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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