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Bill Keister

William Hoffman Keister (Wagon Tongue)

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 5", Weight: 168 lb.

Born: August 17, 1871 in Baltimore, MD (All Transactions)
Debut: May 20, 1896 (Age 24.277, 1,936th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1899 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Cardinals/Senators/Phillies/Beaneaters 1896-1903

Last Game: August 25, 1903 (Age 32.008)
Died: August 19, 1924 in Baltimore, MD
Buried: Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 22, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1381. John Clapp… #1382. Candy Nelson… #1383. Jamey Carroll… #1384. BILL KEISTER… #1385. Mike Gallego… #1386. Ossee Schrecongost… #1387. Alex Gonzalez… 

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
1896 24 BLN NL 15 63 58 8 14 3 0 0 5 4 3 5 .241 .302 .293 .595 56 17 2 0 /45
1898 26 BSN NL 10 30 30 5 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 3 .167 .167 .233 .400 12 7 0 0 /46O
1899 27 BLN NL 136 563 523 96 172 22 16 3 73 33 16 16 .329 .368 .449 .817 119 235 16 8 64/O
1900 28 STL NL 126 539 497 78 149 26 10 1 72 32 25 15 .300 .347 .398 .745 107 198 11 6 *4/65
1901 29 BLA AL 115 472 442 78 145 20 21 2 93 24 18 23 .328 .365 .482 .847 129 213 8 4 *6
1902 30 WSH AL 119 515 483 82 145 33 9 9 90 27 14 22 .300 .329 .462 .791 117 223 7 11 O45/6
1903 31 PHI NL 100 429 400 53 128 27 7 3 63 11 14 32 .320 .352 .445 .797 133 178 6 9 *O
7 Yrs 621 2611 2433 400 758 133 63 18 400 131 90 116 .312 .349 .440 .789 117 1071 50 38
162 Game Avg. 162 681 635 104 198 35 16 5 104 34 23 30 .312 .349 .440 .789 117 279 13 10
BLN (2 yrs) 151 626 581 104 186 25 16 3 78 37 19 21 .320 .361 .434 .795 112 252 18 8
WSH (1 yr) 119 515 483 82 145 33 9 9 90 27 14 22 .300 .329 .462 .791 117 223 7 11
PHI (1 yr) 100 429 400 53 128 27 7 3 63 11 14 32 .320 .352 .445 .797 133 178 6 9
BSN (1 yr) 10 30 30 5 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 3 .167 .167 .233 .400 12 7 0 0
STL (1 yr) 126 539 497 78 149 26 10 1 72 32 25 15 .300 .347 .398 .745 107 198 11 6
BLA (1 yr) 115 472 442 78 145 20 21 2 93 24 18 23 .328 .365 .482 .847 129 213 8 4
NL (5 yrs) 387 1624 1508 240 468 80 33 7 217 80 58 71 .310 .350 .421 .771 114 635 35 23
AL (2 yrs) 234 987 925 160 290 53 30 11 183 51 32 45 .314 .347 .471 .818 123 436 15 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
1896 24 BLN NL 15 63 -4 0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .475 .498 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /45
1898 26 BSN NL 10 30 -4 0 0 2 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .487 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2 /46O
1899 27 BLN NL 136 563 12 0 0 0 6 19 1.7 19 38 3.7 .513 .511 3.7 0.6 38 64/O
1900 28 STL NL 126 539 6 1 0 -10 2 -2 -0.2 18 17 1.7 .499 .499 2.6 -0.8 27 *4/65
1901 29 BLA AL 115 472 16 0 0 -24 7 -1 -0.1 17 16 1.6 .499 .500 3.7 -1.5 40 *6
1902 30 WSH AL 119 515 10 2 0 -5 -3 4 0.3 18 22 2.1 .503 .502 2.7 -0.7 27 $2,000 O45/6
1903 31 PHI NL 100 429 16 -1 0 -4 -5 6 0.6 14 20 2.0 .506 .504 2.4 -0.9 24 *O
7 Seasons 621 2611 52 3 0 -42 8 21 1.8 90 111 10.8 .503 .503 14.8 -3.1 153 $2,000
BLN (2 yrs) 151 626 8 1 0 -1 7 15 1.3 21 36 3.5 .509 .509 3.6 0.5 37
WSH (1 yr) 119 515 10 2 0 -5 -3 4 0.3 18 22 2.1 .503 .502 2.7 -0.7 27 $2,000
PHI (1 yr) 100 429 16 -1 0 -4 -5 6 0.6 14 20 2.0 .506 .504 2.4 -0.9 24
BSN (1 yr) 10 30 -4 0 0 2 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .487 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2
STL (1 yr) 126 539 6 1 0 -10 2 -2 -0.2 18 17 1.7 .499 .499 2.6 -0.8 27
BLA (1 yr) 115 472 16 0 0 -24 7 -1 -0.1 17 16 1.6 .499 .500 3.7 -1.5 40

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
1896 BLN NL 24 2B 8 26 10 14 2 1 .923 3.00 .940 5.52
1896 BLN NL 24 3B 6 25 6 13 6 1 .760 3.17 .892 3.47
1898 BSN NL 26 2B 4 13 4 9 0 1 1.000 3.25 .943 5.62
1898 BSN NL 26 SS 4 9 3 6 0 1 1.000 2.25 .913 5.65
1898 BSN NL 26 OF 1 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 4.00 .938 2.10 0-0-1
1899 BLN NL 27 SS 90 505 169 283 53 25 .895 5.02 .910 5.66
1899 BLN NL 27 2B 46 224 94 117 13 11 .942 4.59 .941 5.56
1899 BLN NL 27 OF 1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .943 2.20 1-0-0
1900 STL NL 28 2B 116 562 206 315 41 26 .927 4.49 .938 5.27
1900 STL NL 28 SS 7 43 14 21 8 1 .814 5.00 .922 5.87
1900 STL NL 28 3B 3 14 4 9 1 0 .929 4.33 .895 3.83
1901 BLA AL 29 SS 112 650 231 322 97 30 .851 4.94 .898 5.34
1902 WSH AL 30 OF 65 136 115 9 12 3 .912 1.91 .944 2.07 0-12-53
1902 WSH AL 30 2B 40 229 97 121 11 9 .952 5.45 .948 5.36
1902 WSH AL 30 3B 14 52 14 28 10 1 .808 3.00 .912 3.57
1902 WSH AL 30 SS 2 12 3 8 1 1 .917 5.50 .928 5.75
1903 PHI NL 31 OF 100 168 136 22 10 1 .940 1.58 .942 1.94 0-0-100
5 Seasons SS 215 1219 420 640 159 58 .870 4.93 .904 5.50
5 Seasons 2B 214 1054 411 576 67 48 .936 4.61 .941 5.37
4 Seasons OF 167 311 256 33 22 4 .929 1.73 .943 1.99 1-12-154
3 Seasons 3B 23 91 24 50 17 2 .813 3.22 .904 3.58
7 Seasons TOT 619 2675 1111 1299 265 112 .901 3.89 .923 4.44 1-12-154
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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
1901 AL  .328 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1901 AL  .482 (6th)
1902 AL  .462 (8th)
1903 NL  .445 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1901 AL  .847 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1902 AL  223 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1900 NL  26 (8th)
1902 AL  33 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1899 NL  16 (6th)
1901 AL  21 (1st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1902 AL  9 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1901 AL  93 (7th)
1902 AL  90 (8th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1901 AL  129 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1901 AL  43 (9th)
1902 AL  51 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1901 AL  .679 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1899 NL  16 (8th)
1900 NL  11 (10th)
1901 AL  8 (9th)
1902 AL  7 (8th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1902 AL  13.5 (1st)

AB per SO s c a p y
1900 NL  33.1 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1902 AL  53.7 (8th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1901 AL  97 (1st)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1900 NL  116 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1900 NL  41 (3rd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1901 AL  112 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1901 AL  231 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1901 AL  97 (1st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1903 NL  22 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 31 (784), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 22 (780), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (698), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (169th), 10.8 career WAR/10.8 7yr-peak WAR/10.8 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
1902 30 Washington Senators $2,000 ? S. Povich, The Washington Senators, 245
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,000
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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Name and misspellings: Wagon William Bill billy Hoffman Tongue Will William Keister

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