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Bill Kennedy

William Aulton Kennedy (Lefty)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: March 14, 1921 in Carnesville, GA
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 26, 1948 (Age 27.043, 8,071st in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Browns/WhiteSox/RedSox/Redlegs/Indians 1948-1957

Last Game: September 29, 1957 (Age 36.199)
Died: April 9, 1983 in Seattle, WA
Buried: Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, WA
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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
1948 27 TOT AL 8 8 .500 5.21 32 23 5 3 0 0 143.1 148 96 83 10 117 89 5 0 5 686 87 4.88 1.849 9.3 0.6 7.3 5.6 0.76
1948 27 CLE AL 1 0 1.000 11.12 6 3 0 0 0 0 11.1 16 14 14 0 13 12 0 0 0 62 38 3.98 2.559 12.7 0.0 10.3 9.5 0.92
1948 27 SLB AL 7 8 .467 4.70 26 20 5 3 0 0 132.0 132 82 69 10 104 77 5 0 5 624 97 4.95 1.788 9.0 0.7 7.1 5.3 0.74
1949 28 SLB AL 4 11 .267 4.69 48 16 11 2 0 1 153.2 172 97 80 12 73 69 3 0 5 697 97 4.11 1.594 10.1 0.7 4.3 4.0 0.95
1950 29 SLB AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 9 4.58 1.500 4.5 0.0 9.0 4.5 0.50
1951 30 SLB AL 1 5 .167 5.79 19 5 4 1 0 0 56.0 76 37 36 4 37 29 1 0 1 272 77 4.41 2.018 12.2 0.6 5.9 4.7 0.78
1952 31 CHW AL 2 2 .500 2.80 47 1 24 0 0 5 70.2 54 27 22 4 38 46 1 0 1 294 131 3.48 1.302 6.9 0.5 4.8 5.9 1.21
1953 32 BOS AL 0 0 3.70 16 0 9 0 0 2 24.1 24 13 10 2 17 14 1 0 0 116 114 4.73 1.685 8.9 0.7 6.3 5.2 0.82
1956 35 CIN NL 0 0 18.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 6 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 26 8.87 3.000 27.0 4.5 0.0 0.0
1957 36 CIN NL 0 2 .000 6.39 8 0 6 0 0 3 12.2 16 9 9 1 5 1 8 1 0 0 60 66 3.64 1.658 11.4 0.7 3.6 5.7 1.60
8 Yrs 15 28 .349 4.73 172 45 61 6 0 11 464.2 497 284 244 34 289 1 256 12 0 13 2145 92 4.33 1.692 9.6 0.7 5.6 5.0 0.89
162 Game Avg. 5 9 .349 4.73 54 14 19 2 0 3 146 156 89 76 11 91 80 4 0 4 672 92 4.33 1.692 9.6 0.7 5.6 5.0 0.89
SLB (4 yrs) 12 24 .333 4.84 94 41 21 6 0 1 343.2 381 217 185 26 216 176 9 0 12 1602 94 4.49 1.737 10.0 0.7 5.7 4.6 0.81
CIN (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 7.98 9 0 7 0 0 3 14.2 22 13 13 2 5 1 8 1 0 0 71 53 4.35 1.841 13.5 1.2 3.1 4.9 1.60
CLE (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 11.12 6 3 0 0 0 0 11.1 16 14 14 0 13 12 0 0 0 62 38 3.98 2.559 12.7 0.0 10.3 9.5 0.92
BOS (1 yr) 0 0 3.70 16 0 9 0 0 2 24.1 24 13 10 2 17 14 1 0 0 116 114 4.73 1.685 8.9 0.7 6.3 5.2 0.82
CHW (1 yr) 2 2 .500 2.80 47 1 24 0 0 5 70.2 54 27 22 4 38 46 1 0 1 294 131 3.48 1.302 6.9 0.5 4.8 5.9 1.21
AL (6 yrs) 15 26 .366 4.62 163 45 54 6 0 8 450.0 475 271 231 32 284 248 11 0 13 2074 95 4.33 1.687 9.5 0.6 5.7 5.0 0.87
NL (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 7.98 9 0 7 0 0 3 14.2 22 13 13 2 5 1 8 1 0 0 71 53 4.35 1.841 13.5 1.2 3.1 4.9 1.60
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
1948 27 CLE AL 11.1 6 3 14 11.12 4.17 0.51 0.00 93.0 3.41 -10 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -9 .359 .495
1948 27 SLB AL 132.0 26 20 82 5.59 4.85 -0.29 0.00 105.9 5.44 -2 -0.2 1.3 -0.1 0.8 9 .491 .499
1949 28 SLB AL 153.2 48 16 97 5.68 4.81 -0.69 0.00 107.6 5.91 4 0.4 .8 -0.2 1.5 17 .509 .503
1950 29 SLB AL 2.0 1 0 1 4.50 5.47 -0.49 0.00 116.0 6.91 1 0.1 .2 -0.0 0.1 1 .552 .500
1951 30 SLB AL 56.0 19 5 37 5.95 4.69 -0.37 0.00 108.2 5.48 -3 -0.3 .7 -0.1 0.1 2 .483 .498
1952 31 CHW AL 70.2 47 1 27 3.44 4.36 0.07 0.00 100.2 4.30 7 0.7 1.4 0.0 1.3 12 .515 .504
1953 32 BOS AL 24.1 16 0 13 4.81 5.02 0.28 0.00 96.8 4.59 -1 -0.1 1.7 -0.1 0.1 1 .495 .500
1956 35 CIN NL 2.0 1 0 4 18.00 3.85 0.14 0.00 102.0 3.78 -3 -0.3 .0 0.1 -0.1 -3 .249 .498
1957 36 CIN NL 12.2 8 0 9 6.39 4.45 0.07 0.00 105.5 4.62 -2 -0.3 1.6 -0.1 -0.2 -1 .469 .498
8 Seasons 464.2 172 45 284 5.50 4.72 -0.31 0.00 105.1 5.31 -10 -0.8 1.2 -0.4 2.7 29 .495 .501
SLB (4 yrs) 343.2 94 41 217 5.68 4.81 -0.48 0.00 107.1 5.67 -1 -0.1 .8 -0.3 2.4 28 .499 .501
CIN (2 yrs) 14.2 9 0 13 7.98 4.37 0.08 0.00 105.0 4.51 -6 -0.5 1.4 0.0 -0.3 -4 .444 .498
CLE (1 yr) 11.1 6 3 14 11.12 4.17 0.51 0.00 93.0 3.41 -10 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -9 .359 .495
BOS (1 yr) 24.1 16 0 13 4.81 5.02 0.28 0.00 96.8 4.59 -1 -0.1 1.7 -0.1 0.1 1 .495 .500
CHW (1 yr) 70.2 47 1 27 3.44 4.36 0.07 0.00 100.2 4.30 7 0.7 1.4 0.0 1.3 12 .515 .504

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
1948 27 TOT AL 32 55 47 6 13 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 4 .277 .333 .298 .631 67 14 1 0 4 1
1948 27 CLE AL 6 5 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417 283 2 0 0 1 /1
1948 27 SLB AL 26 50 44 5 11 1 0 0 4 0 0 3 4 .250 .298 .273 .571 51 12 1 0 3 1
1949 28 SLB AL 48 45 40 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 12 .150 .209 .150 .359 -6 6 3 0 2 1
1950 29 SLB AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1951 30 SLB AL 19 16 16 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 .125 .125 .125 .250 -33 2 0 0 0 1
1952 31 CHW AL 47 14 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .231 .231 .231 .462 28 3 0 0 1 1
1953 32 BOS AL 16 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 166 1 0 0 1 1
1956 35 CIN NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1957 36 CIN NL 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
8 Yrs 172 136 120 9 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 8 31 .208 .258 .217 .474 26 26 4 0 8 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 128 113 8 24 1 0 0 6 0 0 8 29 .208 .258 .217 .474 26 24 4 0 8
SLB (4 yrs) 94 111 100 8 19 1 0 0 6 0 0 6 24 .190 .236 .200 .436 15 20 4 0 5
CIN (2 yrs) 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 16 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 166 1 0 0 1
CLE (1 yr) 6 5 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417 283 2 0 0 1
CHW (1 yr) 47 14 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .231 .231 .231 .462 28 3 0 0 1
AL (6 yrs) 163 133 118 9 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 7 30 .212 .256 .220 .476 26 26 4 0 8
NL (2 yrs) 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 -2 0 0 0 0 0 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
1948 27 CLE AL 6 5 1 -1 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .514 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1948 27 SLB AL 26 50 -3 0 -0 0 5 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1949 28 SLB AL 48 45 -7 -0 -0 0 5 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
1950 29 SLB AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1951 30 SLB AL 19 16 -3 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1952 31 CHW AL 47 14 -1 -1 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1953 32 BOS AL 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1956 35 CIN NL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1957 36 CIN NL 8 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 /1
8 Seasons 172 136 -13 -2 -0 0 15 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 -0.0 -0
SLB (4 yrs) 94 111 -13 0 -0 0 12 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .498 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
CIN (2 yrs) 9 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 -0.0 0
BOS (1 yr) 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 1
CLE (1 yr) 6 5 1 -1 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .514 .501 0.1 0.0 1
CHW (1 yr) 47 14 -1 -1 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1948 TOT AL 27 P 32 23 3 143.1 24 3 21 0 0 1.000 1.51 0.75 .963 2.02 1.99 9 4 31% 48% 2
1948 CLE AL 27 P 6 3 0 11.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.59 0.33 .965 1.99 1.98 0 0 0
1948 SLB AL 27 P 26 20 3 132.0 22 3 19 0 0 1.000 1.50 0.85 .963 2.02 1.99 9 4 31% 48% 2
1949 SLB AL 28 P 48 16 2 153.2 30 4 23 3 0 .900 1.58 0.56 .962 2.12 2.09 2 3 60% 46% 1
1950 SLB AL 29 P 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .950 2.25 2.00 0 0 0
1951 SLB AL 30 P 19 5 1 56.0 18 3 14 1 2 .944 2.73 0.89 .953 2.07 2.06 3 0 0% 45% 2
1952 CHW AL 31 P 47 1 0 70.2 14 5 8 1 1 .929 1.66 0.28 .966 2.10 2.10 1 1 50% 46% 2
1953 BOS AL 32 P 16 0 0 24.1 7 2 3 2 0 .714 1.85 0.31 .957 1.96 1.93 5 1 17% 50% 0
1956 CIN NL 35 P 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.00 0 0 0
1957 CIN NL 36 P 8 0 0 12.2 3 0 3 0 1 1.000 2.13 0.38 .963 2.06 2.08 0 0 0
8 Seasons P 172 45 6 464.2 97 17 72 8 4 .918 1.72 0.52 .961 2.07 2.05 20 9 31% 48% 7
8 Seasons TOT 172 45 6 464.2 97 17 72 8 4 .918 1.72 0.52 .961 2.07 2.05 20 9 31% 48% 7
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

Games Played s c a p y
1949 AL  48 (4th)
1952 AL  47 (1st)

Saves s c a p y
1952 AL  5 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1948 AL  117 (5th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1948 AL  5 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1948 AL  5 (8th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1952 AL  24 (4th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1949 AL  48 (4th)
1952 AL  47 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 1 (856), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2060), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (883rd), 2.7 career WAR/2.9 7yr-peak WAR/2.8 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Aulton Bill billy Lefty Will William Kennedy

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