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Bill Lee

William Crutcher Lee (Big Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: October 21, 1909 in Plaquemine, LA
School: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)(All Transactions)
Debut: April 29, 1934 (Age 24.190, 6,430th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1934 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Phillies/Braves 1934-1947

Last Game: June 29, 1947 (Age 37.251)
Died: June 15, 1977 in Plaquemine, LA
Buried: Protestant Cemetery, Plaquemine, LA
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Standard Fielding

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
1934 CHC NL 24 P 35 29 16 214.1 67 15 48 4 2 .940 2.65 1.80 .960 2.27 2.24
1935 CHC NL 25 P 39 32 18 252.0 71 12 52 7 4 .901 2.29 1.64 .959 2.31 2.28 MVP-24
1936 CHC NL 26 P 43 33 20 258.2 80 12 61 7 5 .913 2.54 1.70 .950 2.32 2.31
1937 CHC NL 27 P 42 34 17 272.1 95 20 70 5 5 .947 2.97 2.14 .958 2.39 2.36
1938 CHC NL 28 P 44 37 19 291.0 84 18 61 5 3 .940 2.44 1.80 .964 2.21 2.19 AS,MVP-2
1939 CHC NL 29 P 37 36 20 282.1 100 15 80 5 3 .950 3.03 2.57 .960 2.19 2.16 AS,MVP-19
1940 CHC NL 30 P 37 30 9 211.1 58 10 42 6 3 .897 2.21 1.41 .962 2.22 2.22 4 3 43% 0
1941 CHC NL 31 P 28 22 12 167.1 55 10 39 6 3 .891 2.64 1.75 .965 2.23 2.21 2 1 33% 0
1942 CHC NL 32 P 32 30 18 219.2 67 10 55 2 2 .970 2.66 2.03 .968 2.35 2.35 0 1 100% 0
1943 TOT NL 33 P 26 19 6 139.0 33 9 21 3 1 .909 1.94 1.15 .961 2.25 2.25 1 1 50% 0
1943 CHC NL 33 P 13 12 4 78.1 17 4 12 1 0 .941 1.84 1.23 .961 2.25 2.25 0 0 0
1943 PHI NL 33 P 13 7 2 60.2 16 5 9 2 1 .875 2.08 1.08 .961 2.25 2.25 1 1 50% 0
1944 PHI NL 34 P 31 28 11 208.1 68 17 47 4 2 .941 2.76 2.06 .961 2.14 2.13 5 1 17% 0
1945 TOT NL 35 P 29 26 8 183.2 52 5 46 1 2 .981 2.50 1.76 .963 2.18 2.17 2 5 71% 0
1945 PHI NL 35 P 13 13 2 77.1 21 1 19 1 1 .952 2.33 1.54 .963 2.18 2.17 1 0 0% 0
1945 BSN NL 35 P 16 13 6 106.1 31 4 27 0 1 1.000 2.62 1.94 .963 2.18 2.17 1 5 83% 0
1946 BSN NL 36 P 25 21 8 140.0 42 6 35 1 2 .976 2.64 1.64 .960 2.24 2.22 3 0 0% 0
1947 CHC NL 37 P 14 2 0 24.0 11 4 5 2 0 .818 3.38 0.64 .966 2.10 2.07 5 0 0% 0
14 Seasons P 462 379 182 2864.0 883 163 662 58 37 .934 2.59 1.79 .961 2.26 2.24 22 12 35% 0
14 Seasons TOT 462 379 182 2864.0 883 163 662 58 37 .934 2.59 1.79 .961 2.26 2.24 22 12 35% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1934 CHC NL 24 P
1935 CHC NL 25 P
1936 CHC NL 26 P
1937 CHC NL 27 P
1938 CHC NL 28 P
1939 CHC NL 29 P
1940 CHC NL 30 P
1941 CHC NL 31 P
1942 CHC NL 32 P
1943 CHC NL 33 P
1943 PHI NL 33 P
1944 PHI NL 34 P
1945 PHI NL 35 P
1945 BSN NL 35 P
1946 BSN NL 36 P
1947 CHC NL 37 P
14 Seasons P
14 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1934 CHC NL 24 40 29 40 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
1935 CHC NL 25 39 32 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 CHC NL 26 43 33 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 CHC NL 27 42 34 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 CHC NL 28 44 37 44 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 CHC NL 29 37 36 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 CHC NL 30 37 30 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CHC NL 31 28 22 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1942 CHC NL 32 32 30 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 CHC NL 33 13 12 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 PHI NL 33 13 7 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1944 PHI NL 34 31 28 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 BSN NL 35 16 13 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 PHI NL 35 13 13 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 BSN NL 36 25 21 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 CHC NL 37 14 2 14 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons 467 379 467 462 462 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1940 CHC NL 30 321 86% 27% 18 83% 1 2 0 1 15 9 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 2 3 0 3 100%
1941 CHC NL 31 220 87% 26% 12 100% 0 3 0 2 12 9 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1942 CHC NL 32 220 86% 23% 13 85% 0 3 0 2 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1943 PHI NL 33 64 89% 30% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 CHC NL 33 28 93% 36% 2 100% 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1944 PHI NL 34 472 90% 33% 32 94% 0 7 1 4 28 27 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 100%
1945 BSN NL 35 210 92% 24% 12 83% 0 3 0 2 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 100%
1945 PHI NL 35 74 88% 27% 4 25% 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1946 BSN NL 36 131 89% 32% 16 88% 0 2 0 2 14 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1947 CHC NL 37 108 84% 31% 7 71% 0 4 0 4 5 5 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0%
8 Seasons 1848 88% 28% 118 86% 1 26 1 19 98 83 7 8 2 6 0 4 7 5 7 0 15 87%
MLB Averages 84% 27% 91% 87%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1935 NL (24, 1%)
1938 NL (2, 49%)
1939 NL (19, 2%)
0.52 Career Shares (443rd)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1938 NL  44 (5th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1937 NL  20 (2nd)
1938 NL  18 (2nd)
1939 NL  15 (3rd)
1944 NL  17 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1937 NL  70 (3rd)
1939 NL  80 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1934 NL  4 (2nd)
1935 NL  7 (1st)
1936 NL  7 (2nd)
1937 NL  5 (2nd)
1938 NL  5 (2nd)
1939 NL  5 (3rd)
1940 NL  6 (2nd)
1941 NL  6 (1st)
1944 NL  4 (5th)
Career  58 (72nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1939 NL  3.03 (2nd)
1944 NL  2.76 (5th)
1945 NL  2.50 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1937 NL  2.14 (5th)
1939 NL  2.57 (2nd)
1944 NL  2.06 (3rd)
1945 NL  1.76 (5th)

                                         

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