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Bill Killefer

William Killefer (Reindeer Bill)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: October 10, 1887 in Bloomingdale, MI
High School: Paw Paw HS (Paw Paw, MI)
Schools: Sacred Heart College (Watertown, WI), St. Edward's University (Austin, TX) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 13, 1909 (Age 21.338)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1910 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cubs/Browns 1909-1921

Final Game: October 1, 1921 (Age 33.356)
Died: July 3, 1960 in Elsmere, DE
Buried: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw, MI
Relatives: Brother of Red Killefer
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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
1909 21 SLB AL 11 29 29 0 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .138 .138 .138 .276 -10 4 0 0 2
1910 22 SLB AL 74 215 193 14 24 2 2 0 7 0 12 31 .124 .184 .155 .339 9 30 2 8 2
1911 23 PHI NL 6 18 16 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .188 .188 .188 .375 5 3 0 2 /2
1912 24 PHI NL 85 289 268 18 60 6 3 1 21 6 4 14 .224 .241 .280 .521 39 75 2 15 2
1913 25 PHI NL 120 375 360 25 88 14 3 0 24 2 4 4 17 .244 .255 .300 .555 55 108 1 10 *2/3
1914 26 PHI NL 98 323 299 27 70 10 1 0 27 3 8 17 .234 .261 .274 .536 55 82 3 10 2
1915 27 PHI NL 105 346 320 26 76 9 2 0 24 5 3 18 14 .238 .287 .278 .565 70 89 4 3 *2
1916 28 PHI NL 97 305 286 22 62 5 4 3 27 2 8 14 .217 .246 .294 .539 62 84 3 10 2
1917 29 PHI NL 125 437 409 28 112 12 0 0 31 4 15 21 .274 .306 .303 .609 84 124 4 9 *2/7O
1918 30 CHC NL 104 364 331 30 77 10 3 0 22 5 17 10 .233 .276 .281 .557 69 93 3 13 *2
1919 31 CHC NL 103 344 315 17 90 10 2 0 22 5 15 8 .286 .322 .330 .652 96 104 2 13 *2
1920 32 CHC NL 62 212 191 16 42 7 1 0 16 2 2 8 5 .220 .280 .267 .547 57 51 8 5 2
1921 33 CHC NL 45 144 133 11 43 1 0 0 16 3 3 4 4 .323 .357 .331 .688 83 44 3 4 2
13 Yrs 1035 3401 3150 237 751 86 21 4 240 39 12 113 159 .238 .273 .283 .555 63 891 35 102
162 Game Avg. 162 532 493 37 118 13 3 1 38 6 18 25 .238 .273 .283 .555 63 139 5 16
PHI (7 yrs) 636 2093 1958 149 471 56 13 4 156 22 7 57 99 .241 .268 .289 .557 62 565 17 59
CHC (4 yrs) 314 1064 970 74 252 28 6 0 76 15 5 44 27 .260 .303 .301 .604 77 292 16 35
SLB (2 yrs) 85 244 222 14 28 2 2 0 8 2 12 33 .126 .178 .153 .331 7 34 2 8
NL (11 yrs) 950 3157 2928 223 723 84 19 4 232 37 12 101 126 .247 .280 .293 .573 67 857 33 94
AL (2 yrs) 85 244 222 14 28 2 2 0 8 2 12 33 .126 .178 .153 .331 7 34 2 8

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
1909 21 SLB AL 11 29 -3 0 0 -1 0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .463 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -1 $1,200 2
1910 22 SLB AL 74 215 -18 0 0 -1 4 -16 -2.0 8 -8 -1.1 .474 .488 -0.9 0.3 -6 $1,500 2
1911 23 PHI NL 6 18 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.2 .467 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,500 /2
1912 24 PHI NL 85 289 -23 -0 0 3 5 -16 -1.7 9 -7 -0.8 .481 .490 -1.0 0.8 -10 $3,200 2
1913 25 PHI NL 120 375 -20 -0 0 5 6 -9 -0.9 12 3 0.2 .492 .494 -0.4 1.3 -2 $3,200 *2/3
1914 26 PHI NL 98 323 -16 -0 0 3 5 -8 -1.0 10 2 0.1 .491 .495 -0.2 0.9 -1 $6,500 2
1915 27 PHI NL 105 346 -10 1 0 -1 6 -4 -0.6 11 6 0.6 .495 .497 0.8 0.5 7 $6,500 *2
1916 28 PHI NL 97 305 -11 -0 0 3 5 -3 -0.4 9 6 0.6 .496 .498 0.2 1.0 3 $6,500 2
1917 29 PHI NL 125 437 -7 -0 0 3 7 3 0.3 13 16 1.7 .503 .502 1.4 1.2 13 *2/7O
1918 30 CHC NL 104 364 -11 -0 0 1 5 -5 -0.7 11 6 0.4 .494 .496 0.4 0.7 5 *2
1919 31 CHC NL 103 344 -1 -0 0 3 4 6 0.6 11 17 1.8 .507 .505 1.5 0.8 14 *2
1920 32 CHC NL 62 212 -9 0 0 1 2 -6 -0.7 7 1 0.0 .490 .496 -0.1 0.4 0 2
1921 33 CHC NL 45 144 -2 -0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 4 4 0.3 .498 .499 0.4 0.1 3 2
13 Seasons 1035 3401 -133 -0 0 19 52 -63 -7.7 106 44 3.5 .493 .497 1.7 8.0 25 $31,100
PHI (7 yrs) 636 2093 -89 0 0 16 35 -38 -4.4 65 26 2.2 .493 .496 0.6 5.8 11 $28,400
CHC (4 yrs) 314 1064 -23 -1 0 5 14 -6 -0.9 33 27 2.6 .498 .499 2.2 2.0 22
SLB (2 yrs) 85 244 -21 0 0 -2 4 -19 -2.4 9 -10 -1.4 .473 .489 -1.1 0.2 -8 $2,700

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
1915 27 PHI NL WS BOS L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1918 30 CHC NL WS BOS L 6 19 17 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 .118 .211 .176 .387 3 1 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 7 20 18 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 .111 .200 .167 .367 3 1 0 0 0 0
2 WS 7 20 18 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 .111 .200 .167 .367 3 1 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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1909 SLB AL 21 C 11 63 36 21 6 2 .905 5.18 .969 6.46 0 11 15 58% 45%
1910 SLB AL 22 C 73 464 311 124 29 16 .938 5.96 .968 6.88 4 96 85 47% 45%
1911 PHI NL 23 C 6 40 29 10 1 1 .975 6.50 .966 6.43 1 8 8 50% 44%
1912 PHI NL 24 C 85 556 407 134 15 17 .973 6.36 .969 6.31 5 112 97 46% 44%
1913 PHI NL 25 C 118 745 570 166 9 16 .988 6.24 .970 6.29 5 127 130 51% 44%
1913 PHI NL 25 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .990 10.40
1914 PHI NL 26 C 90 84 71 632 464 154 14 11 .978 6.87 .970 6.31 2 131 94 42% 44%
1915 PHI NL 27 C 104 101 80 684 539 126 19 6 .972 6.39 .975 6.20 8 65 77 54% 46%
1916 PHI NL 28 C 91 85 76 540 443 89 8 15 .985 5.85 .974 6.30 11 78 66 46% 44%
1917 PHI NL 29 C 120 116 102 765 615 138 12 14 .984 6.28 .975 5.98 8 80 76 49% 44%
1917 PHI NL 29 LF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.20
1917 PHI NL 29 OF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.20
1918 CHC NL 30 C 104 103 84 608 487 110 11 12 .982 5.74 .974 5.25 7 77 73 49% 44%
1919 CHC NL 31 C 100 100 85 610 478 124 8 7 .987 6.02 .972 5.39 3 91 76 46% 44%
1920 CHC NL 32 C 61 61 45 393 304 80 9 6 .977 6.30 .968 5.31 2 30 46 61% 46%
1921 CHC NL 33 C 42 38 27 197 147 43 7 6 .964 4.52 .971 4.87 2 29 27 48% 49%
13 Seasons C 1005 688 570 6297 4830 1319 148 129 .976 6.12 .972 5.98 58 935 870 48% 44%
1 Season 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .990 10.40
1 Season LF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.20
1 Season OF 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.20 1-0-0
13 Seasons TOT 1007 688 570 6300 4833 1319 148 129 .977 6.11 .972 5.98 1-0-0 58 935 870 48% 44%
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

Hall of Fame
1946 Nominating Vote ( 0.5%)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1912 NL  0.8 (10th)
1913 NL  1.3 (4th)
1916 NL  1.0 (8th)
1917 NL  1.2 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1920 NL  8 (3rd)

AB per SO s c a p y
1913 NL  21.2 (5th)
1914 NL  17.6 (7th)
1915 NL  22.9 (3rd)
1916 NL  20.4 (2nd)
1917 NL  19.5 (9th)
1918 NL  33.1 (2nd)
1919 NL  39.4 (3rd)
Career  19.8 (124th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1913 NL  118 (1st)
1915 NL  104 (4th)
1916 NL  91 (5th)
1917 NL  120 (1st)
1918 NL  104 (1st)
1919 NL  100 (1st)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1913 NL  570 (2nd)
1914 NL  464 (3rd)
1915 NL  539 (3rd)
1916 NL  443 (4th)
1917 NL  615 (1st)
1918 NL  487 (1st)
1919 NL  478 (1st)

Assists as C s c a p y
1910 AL  124 (5th)
1912 NL  134 (4th)
1913 NL  166 (1st)
1914 NL  154 (1st)
1915 NL  126 (4th)
1917 NL  138 (2nd)
1918 NL  110 (4th)
1919 NL  124 (1st)
Career  1,319 (18th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1910 AL  29 (1st)
1912 NL  15 (5th)
1915 NL  19 (2nd)
1918 NL  11 (2nd)
Career  148 (76th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1910 AL  16 (2nd)
1912 NL  17 (2nd)
1913 NL  16 (1st)
1914 NL  11 (4th)
1916 NL  15 (2nd)
1917 NL  14 (1st)
1918 NL  12 (4th)
Career  129 (27th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1917 NL  8 (4th)
1918 NL  7 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1912 NL  112 (4th)
1913 NL  127 (2nd)
1914 NL  131 (1st)
1916 NL  78 (5th)
1917 NL  80 (4th)
1918 NL  77 (3rd)
1919 NL  91 (1st)
Career  935 (43rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1910 AL  85 (5th)
1912 NL  97 (4th)
1913 NL  130 (1st)
1914 NL  94 (1st)
1915 NL  77 (5th)
1917 NL  76 (2nd)
1918 NL  73 (3rd)
1919 NL  76 (1st)
Career  870 (18th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1912 NL  46.4 (5th)
1913 NL  50.6 (1st)
1915 NL  54.2 (2nd)
1916 NL  45.8 (5th)
1917 NL  48.7 (4th)
1918 NL  48.7 (5th)
1920 NL  60.5 (1st)
Career  48.2 (35th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1912 NL  6.36 (1st)
1913 NL  6.24 (1st)
1914 NL  6.87 (1st)
1915 NL  6.39 (2nd)
1917 NL  6.28 (1st)
1918 NL  5.74 (1st)
1919 NL  6.02 (1st)
1920 NL  6.30 (1st)
Career  6.12 (88th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1912 NL  .973 (5th)
1913 NL  .988 (2nd)
1914 NL  .978 (2nd)
1916 NL  .985 (1st)
1917 NL  .984 (1st)
1918 NL  .982 (1st)
1919 NL  .987 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1201), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 20 (763), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (319th), 3.5 career WAR/5.6 7yr-peak WAR/4.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1909 21 St. Louis Browns $1,200 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393 $200/month
1910 22 St. Louis Browns $1,500 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
1911 23 Philadelphia Phillies $2,500 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
1912 24 Philadelphia Phillies $3,200 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
1913 25 Philadelphia Phillies $3,200 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
1914 26 Philadelphia Phillies $6,500 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393 Jumped back after signing FL contract
1915 27 Philadelphia Phillies $6,500 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
1916 28 Philadelphia Phillies $6,500 ? Celler Committee transcript at 1393
Career to date (may be incomplete)$31,100
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: Reindeer Bill billy Will William Killefer

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