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Billy Klaus

William Joseph Klaus

Positions: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: December 9, 1928 in Spring Grove, IL
High School: Grant HS (Fox Lake, IL)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1952 (Age 23.129)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Orioles/Phillies/Senators/Braves 1952-1963

Final Game: May 17, 1963 (Age 34.159)
Died: December 3, 2006 in Sarasota, FL
Cremated
Relatives: Brother of Bobby Klaus
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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
1952 23 BSN NL 7 5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000 .200 -39 0 0 0 0 /6
1953 24 MLN NL 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
1955 26 BOS AL 135 610 541 83 153 26 2 7 60 6 0 60 44 .283 .351 .377 .729 90 204 4 0 4 5 0 *6/5 MVP-13,RoY-2
1956 27 BOS AL 135 620 520 91 141 29 5 7 59 1 0 90 43 .271 .378 .387 .764 94 201 7 1 6 3 0 *56
1957 28 BOS AL 127 537 477 76 120 18 4 10 42 2 0 55 53 .252 .326 .369 .695 86 176 12 0 1 4 0 *6
1958 29 BOS AL 61 93 88 5 14 4 0 1 7 0 0 5 16 .159 .204 .239 .443 19 21 2 0 0 0 0 6
1959 30 BAL AL 104 377 321 33 80 11 0 3 25 2 4 51 38 .249 .350 .312 .662 86 100 6 0 3 2 1 65/4
1960 31 BAL AL 46 53 43 8 9 2 0 1 6 0 0 9 9 .209 .346 .326 .672 84 14 1 0 1 0 0 46/5
1961 32 WSA AL 91 287 251 26 57 8 2 7 30 2 2 30 34 .227 .311 .359 .670 84 90 1 2 1 3 3 56/47
1962 33 PHI NL 102 283 248 30 51 8 2 4 20 1 1 29 43 .206 .290 .302 .593 62 75 4 1 4 1 3 564
1963 34 PHI NL 11 20 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .056 .105 .056 .161 -52 1 0 0 1 0 0 /65
11 Yrs 821 2887 2513 357 626 106 15 40 250 14 7 331 285 .249 .335 .351 .686 83 882 37 4 21 18 7
162 Game Avg. 162 570 496 70 124 21 3 8 49 3 1 65 56 .249 .335 .351 .686 83 174 7 1 4
BOS (4 yrs) 458 1860 1626 255 428 77 11 25 168 9 0 210 156 .263 .346 .370 .716 86 602 25 1 11 12 0
PHI (2 yrs) 113 303 266 31 52 8 2 4 20 1 1 30 47 .195 .279 .286 .564 55 76 4 1 5 1 3
MLN (2 yrs) 9 7 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .000 .143 .000 .143 -57 0 0 0 0
BAL (2 yrs) 150 430 364 41 89 13 0 4 31 2 4 60 47 .245 .350 .313 .663 86 114 7 0 4 2 1
WSA (1 yr) 91 287 251 26 57 8 2 7 30 2 2 30 34 .227 .311 .359 .670 84 90 1 2 1 3 3
AL (7 yrs) 699 2577 2241 322 574 98 13 36 229 13 6 300 237 .256 .342 .360 .702 86 806 33 3 16 17 4
NL (4 yrs) 122 310 272 35 52 8 2 4 21 1 1 31 48 .191 .275 .279 .555 52 76 4 1 5 1 3

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
1952 23 BSN NL 7 5 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .490 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 /6
1953 24 MLN NL 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .480 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1955 26 BOS AL 135 610 -7 6 4 -7 8 3 0.3 18 20 2.1 .502 .502 2.8 0.1 28 *6/5 MVP-13,RoY-2
1956 27 BOS AL 135 620 -4 1 2 6 2 8 0.8 18 26 2.5 .506 .505 1.8 0.9 20 *56
1957 28 BOS AL 127 537 -12 3 -0 13 7 11 1.1 16 27 2.8 .509 .507 1.4 2.1 14 *6
1958 29 BOS AL 61 93 -10 1 0 -5 1 -14 -1.6 3 -11 -1.3 .475 .490 -0.7 -0.5 -6 6
1959 30 BAL AL 104 377 -5 -2 0 4 4 2 0.1 12 13 1.2 .502 .501 0.8 0.9 9 65/4
1960 31 BAL AL 46 53 -1 -1 -0 2 1 2 0.2 2 4 0.3 .504 .501 0.1 0.3 1 46/5
1961 32 WSA AL 91 287 -5 -1 2 3 2 0 -0.1 9 9 0.8 .501 .500 0.6 0.4 7 56/47
1962 33 PHI NL 102 283 -13 0 2 -3 3 -11 -1.2 11 -1 -0.1 .488 .493 0.2 0.1 3 564
1963 34 PHI NL 11 20 -4 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.3 .469 .498 -0.3 0.0 -2 /65
11 Seasons 821 2887 -63 7 9 12 29 -5 -0.8 89 84 8.0 .499 .501 6.7 4.4 72
BOS (4 yrs) 458 1860 -33 11 5 6 18 7 0.6 55 62 6.1 .501 .503 5.3 2.6 56
PHI (2 yrs) 113 303 -17 0 2 -3 4 -14 -1.5 11 -3 -0.4 .486 .493 -0.1 0.1 0
MLN (2 yrs) 9 7 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .488 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1
BAL (2 yrs) 150 430 -6 -3 0 7 6 3 0.2 13 17 1.6 .502 .501 0.9 1.2 10
WSA (1 yr) 91 287 -5 -1 2 3 2 0 -0.1 9 9 0.8 .501 .500 0.6 0.4 7

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
1952 BSN NL 23 SS 4 0 0 7.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.29 0.25 .960 5.01 5.00
1955 BOS AL 26 SS 126 121 118 1099.2 626 207 391 28 55 .955 -9 -10 4.89 4.75 .959 4.93 4.89 MVP-13,RoY-2
1955 BOS AL 26 3B 8 8 5 68.0 30 7 20 3 0 .900 2 35 3.57 3.38 .950 3.18 3.14 MVP-13,RoY-2
1956 BOS AL 27 3B 106 105 100 944.0 383 120 242 21 18 .945 6 8 3.45 3.42 .949 3.22 3.19
1956 BOS AL 27 SS 26 25 25 228.2 105 35 64 6 8 .943 -1 -3 3.90 3.81 .960 4.98 4.94
1957 BOS AL 28 SS 118 116 112 1026.0 646 204 417 25 93 .961 13 15 5.45 5.26 .963 5.11 5.13
1958 BOS AL 29 SS 27 8 8 115.1 60 18 35 7 2 .883 -5 -56 4.14 1.96 .964 4.96 4.91
1959 BAL AL 30 SS 59 41 34 407.0 231 77 147 7 21 .970 5 15 4.95 3.80 .959 4.87 4.84
1959 BAL AL 30 3B 49 45 22 362.1 133 43 84 6 7 .955 -1 -2 3.15 2.59 .952 3.21 3.19
1959 BAL AL 30 2B 1 0 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -45 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
1960 BAL AL 31 2B 30 3 2 85.2 50 19 29 2 9 .960 1 11 5.04 1.60 .979 5.46 5.45
1960 BAL AL 31 SS 12 5 1 47.0 27 10 17 0 5 1.000 1 36 5.17 2.25 .960 5.11 5.10
1960 BAL AL 31 3B 2 2 1 15.0 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 0 16 3.60 3.00 .952 3.12 3.15
1961 WSA AL 32 3B 51 43 43 406.0 153 40 107 6 3 .961 2 6 3.26 2.88 .950 3.18 3.15
1961 WSA AL 32 SS 18 16 15 141.0 73 24 47 2 8 .973 1 5 4.53 3.94 .956 4.84 4.78
1961 WSA AL 32 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 1 1.000 0 60 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.20
1961 WSA AL 32 LF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.00
1961 WSA AL 32 OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1962 PHI NL 33 3B 53 39 25 345.1 117 43 72 2 4 .983 -1 -4 3.00 2.17 .949 2.95 2.92
1962 PHI NL 33 SS 30 8 8 131.0 85 29 49 7 11 .918 -1 -13 5.36 2.60 .963 5.05 5.01
1962 PHI NL 33 2B 11 7 5 67.0 42 21 21 0 6 1.000 -1 -14 5.64 3.82 .974 5.31 5.25
1963 PHI NL 34 SS 5 0 0 12.0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 -0 -20 2.25 0.60 .960 4.80 4.82
1963 PHI NL 34 3B 3 2 1 17.0 5 0 5 0 1 1.000 0 14 2.65 1.67 .940 2.91 2.93
10 Seasons SS 425 340 321 3214.2 1858 606 1169 83 203 .955 3 1 4.97 4.18 .961 4.99 4.96
7 Seasons 3B 272 244 197 2157.2 827 253 536 38 33 .954 9 5 3.29 2.90 .950 3.16 3.12
4 Seasons 2B 43 10 7 157.1 93 40 51 2 16 .978 0 0 5.21 2.12 .977 5.39 5.39
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1 Season LF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.00
11 Seasons TOT 741 594 525 5530.0 2778 899 1756 123 252 .956 12 3 4.32 3.58 .958 4.29 4.31
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1955 AL (13, 8%)
0.08 Career Shares (990th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1957 AL  2.1 (3rd)

Doubles s c a p y
1955 AL  26 (9th)
1956 AL  29 (4th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1956 AL  90 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1955 AL  118 (10th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1955 AL  12.3 (8th)
1956 AL  12.1 (9th)

Assistss c a p y
1955 AL  411 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1955 AL  31 (2nd)
1956 AL  27 (4th)
1957 AL  25 (3rd)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  120 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  242 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  21 (2nd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1955 AL  126 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1955 AL  207 (5th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1955 AL  391 (3rd)
1957 AL  417 (2nd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1955 AL  28 (3rd)
1957 AL  25 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1957 AL  93 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1956 AL  3.45 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  3.42 (2nd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1956 AL  .945 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1957 AL  13 (1st)
1959 AL  5 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1955 AL  4.89 (5th)
1957 AL  5.45 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1955 AL  4.75 (3rd)
1957 AL  5.26 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 6 (1733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2263), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (192nd), 8.0 career WAR/9.7 7yr-peak WAR/8.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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