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Bill Knickerbocker

William Hart Knickerbocker

Positions: Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: December 29, 1911 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Roosevelt HS (Los Angeles, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1933 (Age 21.104)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1933 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Browns/Yankees/WhiteSox/Athletics 1933-1942

Final Game: September 17, 1942 (Age 30.262)
Died: September 8, 1963 in Sebastopol, CA
Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 20, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1741. Emilio Bonifacio… #1742. Ryan Theriot… #1743. Don Zimmer… #1744. BILL KNICKERBOCKER… #1745. Brian Schneider… #1746. Chad Tracy… #1747. Peter Bourjos… 

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
1933 21 CLE AL 80 303 279 20 63 16 3 2 32 1 4 11 30 .226 .255 .326 .581 50 91 0 13 6
1934 22 CLE AL 146 632 593 82 188 32 5 4 67 6 6 25 40 .317 .347 .408 .755 93 242 2 12 *6 MVP-19
1935 23 CLE AL 132 577 540 77 161 34 5 0 55 2 12 27 31 .298 .332 .380 .711 82 205 0 10 *6
1936 24 CLE AL 155 687 618 81 182 35 3 8 73 5 14 56 30 .294 .354 .400 .754 84 247 1 11 *6
1937 25 SLB AL 121 530 491 53 128 29 5 4 61 3 2 30 32 .261 .303 .365 .668 67 179 0 9 *6/4
1938 26 NYY AL 46 143 128 15 32 8 3 1 21 0 0 11 10 .250 .309 .383 .692 72 49 0 4 4/6
1939 27 NYY AL 6 13 13 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .154 .154 .231 .385 -3 3 1 0 0 /46
1940 28 NYY AL 45 145 124 17 30 8 1 1 10 1 1 14 8 .242 .333 .347 .680 80 43 3 3 4 65
1941 29 CHW AL 89 397 343 51 84 23 2 7 29 6 5 41 27 .245 .329 .385 .714 89 132 4 2 10 4
1942 30 PHA AL 87 328 289 25 73 12 0 1 19 1 2 29 30 .253 .323 .304 .627 78 88 11 1 9 4/6
10 Yrs 907 3755 3418 423 943 198 27 28 368 25 46 244 238 .276 .326 .374 .700 79 1279 19 9 82
162 Game Avg. 162 671 610 76 168 35 5 5 66 4 8 44 43 .276 .326 .374 .700 79 228 2 15
CLE (4 yrs) 513 2199 2030 260 594 117 16 14 227 14 36 119 131 .293 .333 .387 .719 81 785 3 46
NYY (3 yrs) 97 301 265 34 64 17 4 2 32 1 1 25 18 .242 .314 .358 .672 72 95 4 3 8
PHA (1 yr) 87 328 289 25 73 12 0 1 19 1 2 29 30 .253 .323 .304 .627 78 88 11 1 9
SLB (1 yr) 121 530 491 53 128 29 5 4 61 3 2 30 32 .261 .303 .365 .668 67 179 0 9
CHW (1 yr) 89 397 343 51 84 23 2 7 29 6 5 41 27 .245 .329 .385 .714 89 132 4 2 10

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
1933 21 CLE AL 80 303 -22 -1 0 0 5 -18 -1.8 11 -7 -0.8 .477 .489 -0.8 0.5 -7 $3,600 6
1934 22 CLE AL 146 632 -6 -1 0 3 10 5 0.4 24 29 2.7 .503 .503 2.5 1.2 26 $4,500 *6 MVP-19
1935 23 CLE AL 132 577 -15 -4 0 9 9 -2 -0.3 22 20 1.8 .499 .499 1.0 1.6 11 $7,000 *6
1936 24 CLE AL 155 687 -16 -5 0 -4 10 -15 -1.3 25 10 1.0 .492 .492 1.4 0.6 14 $8,500 *6
1937 25 SLB AL 121 530 -25 0 0 -10 8 -27 -2.5 19 -8 -0.7 .479 .484 0.2 -0.2 2 $9,000 *6/4
1938 26 NYY AL 46 143 -6 0 0 0 1 -4 -0.4 5 1 0.1 .491 .497 0.1 0.2 1 4/6
1939 27 NYY AL 6 13 -2 0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .488 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 $9,000 /46
1940 28 NYY AL 45 145 -3 -0 0 3 1 1 0.1 5 6 0.6 .503 .501 0.3 0.4 3 $9,000 65
1941 29 CHW AL 89 397 -5 -1 0 -1 4 -3 -0.3 13 11 1.0 .497 .498 1.1 0.3 12 $9,500 4
1942 30 PHA AL 87 328 -8 -0 0 -7 4 -12 -1.2 9 -2 -0.3 .486 .492 0.4 -0.3 5 $8,000 4/6
10 Seasons 907 3755 -109 -13 0 -6 52 -75 -7.3 134 58 5.4 .492 .495 6.1 4.3 64 $68,100
CLE (4 yrs) 513 2199 -59 -12 0 8 34 -30 -3.0 81 51 4.7 .495 .496 4.2 3.8 44 $23,600
NYY (3 yrs) 97 301 -11 0 0 4 3 -4 -0.3 11 7 0.7 .496 .499 0.2 0.7 3 $18,000
PHA (1 yr) 87 328 -8 -0 0 -7 4 -12 -1.2 9 -2 -0.3 .486 .492 0.4 -0.3 5 $8,000
SLB (1 yr) 121 530 -25 0 0 -10 8 -27 -2.5 19 -8 -0.7 .479 .484 0.2 -0.2 2 $9,000
CHW (1 yr) 89 397 -5 -1 0 -1 4 -3 -0.3 13 11 1.0 .497 .498 1.1 0.3 12 $9,500

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 Awards
1933 CLE AL 21 SS 80 75 70 409 151 233 25 37 .939 4.80 .942 5.34
1934 CLE AL 22 SS 146 146 143 741 262 451 28 106 .962 4.88 .951 5.24 MVP-19
1935 CLE AL 23 SS 128 128 124 732 247 453 32 82 .956 5.47 .957 5.35
1936 CLE AL 24 SS 155 155 155 839 313 486 40 97 .952 5.15 .950 5.35
1937 SLB AL 25 SS 115 115 112 598 205 368 25 59 .958 4.98 .955 5.23
1937 SLB AL 25 2B 6 5 4 27 15 11 1 5 .963 4.33 .972 5.63
1938 NYY AL 26 2B 34 31 31 167 78 86 3 23 .982 4.82 .967 5.52
1938 NYY AL 26 SS 3 0 0 7 4 3 0 2 1.000 2.33 .953 5.17
1939 NYY AL 27 2B 2 1 1 11 5 6 0 1 1.000 5.50 .965 5.55
1939 NYY AL 27 SS 2 0 0 7 1 6 0 0 1.000 3.50 .950 5.15
1940 NYY AL 28 SS 19 11 10 66 22 43 1 12 .985 3.42 .949 4.85
1940 NYY AL 28 3B 17 17 17 50 11 34 5 6 .900 2.65 .937 3.21
1941 CHW AL 29 2B 88 87 80 438 204 221 13 58 .970 4.83 .967 5.47
1942 PHA AL 30 2B 81 77 69 413 178 220 15 45 .964 4.91 .969 5.62
1942 PHA AL 30 SS 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .950 5.00
9 Seasons SS 649 630 614 3400 1205 2043 152 395 .955 5.00 .952 5.29
5 Seasons 2B 211 201 185 1056 480 544 32 132 .970 4.85 .968 5.54
1 Season 3B 17 17 17 50 11 34 5 6 .900 2.65 .937 3.21
10 Seasons TOT 877 848 816 4506 1696 2621 189 533 .958 4.92 .955 5.31
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))
1934 AL (19, 3%)
0.03 Career Shares (1281st)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1934 AL  1.2 (7th)
1935 AL  1.6 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1936 AL  155 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1934 AL  593 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1934 AL  188 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1934 AL  147 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1940 AL  3 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1933 AL  13 (8th)
1934 AL  12 (8th)
1936 AL  11 (8th)
1941 AL  10 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1935 AL  12 (2nd)
1936 AL  14 (1st)

Outs Made s c a p y
1936 AL  461 (5th)

Assistss c a p y
1936 AL  486 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1935 AL  32 (4th)
1936 AL  40 (3rd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1934 AL  146 (3rd)
1935 AL  128 (4th)
1936 AL  155 (1st)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1934 AL  262 (2nd)
1935 AL  247 (5th)
1936 AL  313 (4th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1934 AL  451 (4th)
1935 AL  453 (3rd)
1936 AL  486 (2nd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1935 AL  32 (3rd)
1936 AL  40 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1934 AL  106 (2nd)
1935 AL  82 (4th)
1936 AL  97 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1935 AL  5.47 (3rd)
1936 AL  5.15 (5th)
Career  5.00 (67th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1934 AL  .962 (2nd)
1935 AL  .956 (4th)
1936 AL  .952 (4th)
1937 AL  .958 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1933 AL  born 1911-12-29 (8th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 5 (1818), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1770), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2427), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (238th), 5.3 career WAR/7.1 7yr-peak WAR/6.2 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
1933 21 Cleveland Indians $3,600 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1934 22 Cleveland Indians $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 23 Cleveland Indians $7,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 24 Cleveland Indians $8,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 25 St. Louis Browns $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 27 New York Yankees $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 28 New York Yankees $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 29 Chicago White Sox $9,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1942 30 Philadelphia Athletics $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$68,100
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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