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Bill McGee

William Henry McGee (Fiddler Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: November 16, 1909 in Batchtown, IL (All Transactions)
Debut: September 29, 1935 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Giants 1935-1942

Final Game: September 22, 1942 (Age 32)
Died: February 11, 1987 in St. Louis, MO
Buried: St. Norbett Catholic Cemetery, Hardin, IL
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1935 25 STL NL 1 0 1.000 1.00 2.94 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 3 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 30 427 0.444 3.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.00
1936 26 STL NL 1 1 .500 7.88 5.45 7 2 1 0 0 0 16.0 23 14 14 3 4 8 0 0 2 70 51 1.688 12.9 1.7 2.3 4.5 2.00
1937 27 STL NL 1 0 1.000 2.57 3.76 4 1 0 1 0 0 14.0 13 4 4 1 4 9 1 0 0 57 158 1.214 8.4 0.6 2.6 5.8 2.25
1938 28 STL NL 7 12 .368 3.21 3.30 47 25 11 10 1 5 216.0 216 101 77 4 78 104 1 0 2 932 123 1.361 9.0 0.2 3.3 4.3 1.33
1939 29 STL NL 12 5 .706 3.81 4.56 43 17 9 5 4 0 156.0 155 68 66 14 59 56 0 0 2 660 108 1.372 8.9 0.8 3.4 3.2 0.95
1940 30 STL NL 16 10 .615 3.80 4.25 38 31 1 11 3 0 218.0 222 108 92 13 96 78 2 2 9 955 105 1.459 9.2 0.5 4.0 3.2 0.81
1941 31 TOT NL 2 10 .167 4.95 4.73 26 17 4 1 0 0 120.0 134 77 66 10 67 43 1 0 1 546 76 1.675 10.1 0.8 5.0 3.2 0.64
1941 31 STL NL 0 1 .000 5.14 6.31 4 3 1 0 0 0 14.0 17 9 8 1 13 2 1 0 0 71 76 2.143 10.9 0.6 8.4 1.3 0.15
1941 31 NYG NL 2 9 .182 4.92 4.52 22 14 3 1 0 0 106.0 117 68 58 9 54 41 0 0 1 475 76 1.613 9.9 0.8 4.6 3.5 0.76
1942 32 NYG NL 6 3 .667 2.94 4.00 31 8 11 2 1 1 104.0 95 50 34 8 46 40 1 0 0 447 114 1.356 8.2 0.7 4.0 3.5 0.87
8 Yrs 46 41 .529 3.74 4.10 197 102 37 31 9 6 853.0 861 423 354 53 355 340 6 2 16 3697 104 1.426 9.1 0.6 3.7 3.6 0.96
162 Game Avg. 10 9 .529 3.74 4.10 45 23 8 7 2 1 194 196 96 81 12 81 77 1 0 4 841 104 1.426 9.1 0.6 3.7 3.6 0.96
STL (7 yrs) 38 29 .567 3.67 4.05 144 80 23 28 8 5 643.0 649 305 262 36 255 259 5 2 15 2775 109 1.406 9.1 0.5 3.6 3.6 1.02
NYG (2 yrs) 8 12 .400 3.94 4.27 53 22 14 3 1 1 210.0 212 118 92 17 100 81 1 0 1 922 90 1.486 9.1 0.7 4.3 3.5 0.81

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
1935 25 STL NL 9.0 1 1 1 1.00 5.50 0.08 0.00 104.0 5.64 5 0.4 -0.0 0.5 5 .928 .503
1936 26 STL NL 15.2 7 2 14 8.04 4.77 -0.17 0.00 98.3 4.86 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -4 .425 .497
1937 27 STL NL 13.2 4 1 4 2.63 4.38 -0.16 0.00 111.8 5.08 4 0.4 1.0 -0.0 0.5 5 .602 .503
1938 28 STL NL 216.1 47 25 101 4.20 4.48 -0.12 0.00 104.1 4.79 15 1.6 1.0 -0.1 3.4 33 .534 .510
1939 29 STL NL 155.2 43 17 68 3.93 4.51 0.10 0.00 105.2 4.63 13 1.4 1.0 -0.1 2.7 26 .532 .509
1940 30 STL NL 217.2 38 31 108 4.47 4.30 -0.19 0.00 103.4 4.63 5 0.5 1.0 -0.1 2.4 24 .514 .503
1941 31 STL NL 14.1 4 3 9 5.65 4.06 0.32 0.00 104.4 3.90 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .431 .498
1941 31 NYG NL 106.1 22 14 68 5.76 4.29 -0.10 0.00 101.5 4.46 -15 -1.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.6 -6 .432 .491
1942 32 NYG NL 104.1 31 8 50 4.31 3.87 0.15 0.00 101.6 3.78 -5 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 0.2 2 .480 .496
8 Seasons 853.0 197 102 423 4.46 4.35 -0.05 0.00 103.5 4.56 12 1.4 1.0 -0.4 8.7 83 .507 .503
STL (7 yrs) 642.1 144 80 305 4.27 4.43 -0.08 0.00 104.1 4.70 33 3.5 1.0 -0.3 9.1 88 .525 .506
NYG (2 yrs) 210.2 53 22 118 5.04 4.08 0.02 0.00 101.6 4.12 -20 -2.1 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -4 .460 .494

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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
1935 25 STL NL 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 77 1 0 0 0 /1
1936 26 STL NL 7 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 35 1 0 0 0 /1
1937 27 STL NL 4 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 8 1 0 0 0 /1
1938 28 STL NL 47 75 67 4 14 2 0 0 2 0 3 7 .209 .254 .239 .492 33 16 1 1 4 1
1939 29 STL NL 43 58 55 2 8 1 0 0 2 0 1 13 .145 .161 .164 .324 -15 9 0 0 2 1
1940 30 STL NL 38 84 73 5 13 3 0 0 11 0 1 17 .178 .189 .219 .408 10 16 3 0 10 1
1941 31 TOT NL 26 37 35 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 .143 .143 .143 .286 -20 5 2 0 2 1
1941 31 STL NL 4 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 /1
1941 31 NYG NL 22 32 31 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 .161 .161 .161 .323 -10 5 2 0 1 1
1942 32 NYG NL 31 31 29 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 11 .103 .103 .103 .207 -40 3 1 0 2 1
8 Yrs 197 297 271 13 46 6 0 0 20 0 5 56 .170 .188 .192 .380 3 52 7 1 20
162 Game Avg. 162 244 223 11 38 5 0 0 16 0 4 46 .170 .188 .192 .380 3 43 6 1 16
STL (7 yrs) 144 234 211 12 38 6 0 0 15 0 5 40 .180 .203 .209 .411 10 44 4 1 17
NYG (2 yrs) 53 63 60 1 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 16 .133 .133 .133 .267 -24 8 3 0 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
1935 25 STL NL 1 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .523 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1936 26 STL NL 7 4 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1937 27 STL NL 4 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1938 28 STL NL 47 75 -6 0 0 0 9 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .502 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1939 29 STL NL 43 58 -9 0 0 0 6 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
1940 30 STL NL 38 84 -10 0 0 0 9 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1941 31 STL NL 4 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
1941 31 NYG NL 22 32 -4 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .495 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1942 32 NYG NL 31 31 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 1
8 Seasons 197 297 -38 0 0 0 33 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .497 .500 -0.6 -0.1 -5
STL (7 yrs) 144 234 -28 0 0 0 26 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .499 .500 -0.2 -0.1 -2
NYG (2 yrs) 53 63 -10 0 0 0 7 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .493 .499 -0.4 -0.0 -3

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1935 STL NL 25 P 1 1 1 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.30 2.30
1936 STL NL 26 P 7 2 0 16.0 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 2.81 0.71 .950 2.31 2.31
1937 STL NL 27 P 4 1 1 14.0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 2.57 1.00 .958 2.38 2.35
1938 STL NL 28 P 47 25 10 216.0 53 11 39 3 2 .943 2.08 1.06 .964 2.21 2.19
1939 STL NL 29 P 43 17 5 156.0 36 3 33 0 3 1.000 2.08 0.84 .960 2.19 2.16
1940 STL NL 30 P 38 31 11 218.0 43 8 33 2 1 .953 1.69 1.08 .962 2.22 2.22 5 8 62% 0
1941 TOT NL 31 P 26 17 1 120.0 20 3 17 0 0 1.000 1.50 0.77 .965 2.24 2.21 1 1 50% 0
1941 STL NL 31 P 4 3 0 14.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.93 0.75 .967 2.25 2.20 0 0 0
1941 NYG NL 31 P 22 14 1 106.0 17 3 14 0 0 1.000 1.44 0.77 .965 2.23 2.21 1 1 50% 0
1942 NYG NL 32 P 31 8 2 104.0 23 6 16 1 1 .957 1.90 0.71 .968 2.35 2.35 2 3 60% 0
8 Seasons P 197 102 31 853.0 184 31 147 6 7 .967 1.88 0.90 .963 2.24 2.23 8 12 60% 0
8 Seasons TOT 197 102 31 853.0 184 31 147 6 7 .967 1.88 0.90 .963 2.24 2.23 8 12 60% 0
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

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1938 NL  3.4 (6th)

Wins s c a p y
1940 NL  16 (4th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1939 NL  .706 (5th)
1940 NL  .615 (7th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1939 NL  8.942 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1938 NL  4.333 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1938 NL  47 (3rd)
1939 NL  43 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1938 NL  5 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1938 NL  104 (7th)

Games Started s c a p y
1940 NL  31 (8th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1939 NL  4 (4th)
1940 NL  3 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1938 NL  78 (10th)
1940 NL  96 (2nd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1938 NL  0.167 (1st)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1940 NL  92 (9th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1940 NL  9 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1938 NL  123 (9th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1938 NL  3.30 (1st)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1938 NL  47 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1939 NL  1.000 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 24 (971), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1455), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1276), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (941st), 8.1 career WAR/9.0 7yr-peak WAR/8.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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