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Bill Merritt

William Henry Merritt

Positions: Catcher and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: July 30, 1870 in Lowell, MA
School: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) (All Transactions)
Debut: August 8, 1891 (Age 21.009)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1892 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Reds/Beaneaters/Colonels/Colts 1891-1899

Final Game: October 14, 1899 (Age 29.076)
Died: November 17, 1937 in Lowell, MA
Buried: St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, MA
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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
1891 20 CHC NL 11 44 42 4 9 1 0 0 4 0 2 2 .214 .250 .238 .488 40 10 0 2/3
1892 21 LOU NL 46 179 168 22 33 4 2 1 13 3 11 15 .196 .246 .262 .508 59 44 0 2
1893 22 BSN NL 39 154 141 30 49 6 3 3 26 3 13 13 .348 .403 .496 .899 132 70 0 2/O
1894 23 TOT NL 76 289 252 38 74 8 3 2 46 6 33 10 .294 .380 .373 .753 81 94 2 2 2/3O5
1894 23 BSN NL 10 36 26 3 6 1 0 0 6 0 8 0 .231 .412 .269 .681 60 7 0 2 /2O
1894 23 PIT NL 36 124 109 18 30 1 2 1 18 2 15 7 .275 .363 .349 .712 73 38 0 0 2/3O
1894 23 CIN NL 30 129 117 17 38 6 1 1 22 4 10 3 .325 .388 .419 .806 92 49 2 0 2/53O
1895 24 TOT NL 89 351 318 41 82 7 1 0 39 4 24 21 .258 .314 .286 .600 57 91 2 7 2/34
1895 24 CIN NL 22 88 79 9 14 2 0 0 12 2 6 5 .177 .235 .203 .438 12 16 0 3 2/4
1895 24 PIT NL 67 263 239 32 68 5 1 0 27 2 18 16 .285 .340 .314 .654 73 75 2 4 2/3
1896 25 PIT NL 77 311 282 26 82 8 2 1 42 3 18 10 .291 .336 .344 .680 82 97 1 10 2/5346
1897 26 PIT NL 62 225 209 21 55 6 1 1 26 2 9 11 .263 .297 .316 .613 64 66 1 6 2/3
1899 28 BSN NL 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 -9 0 1 0 /2
8 Yrs 401 1556 1414 182 384 40 12 8 196 21 110 82 .272 .327 .334 .661 75 472 7 25
162 Game Avg. 162 629 571 74 155 16 5 3 79 8 44 33 .272 .327 .334 .661 75 191 3
PIT (4 yrs) 242 923 839 97 235 20 6 3 113 9 60 44 .280 .331 .329 .660 74 276 4 20
BSN (3 yrs) 50 193 169 33 55 7 3 3 32 3 21 13 .325 .403 .456 .859 117 77 1 2
CIN (2 yrs) 52 217 196 26 52 8 1 1 34 6 16 8 .265 .327 .332 .659 61 65 2 3
LOU (1 yr) 46 179 168 22 33 4 2 1 13 3 11 15 .196 .246 .262 .508 59 44 0
CHC (1 yr) 11 44 42 4 9 1 0 0 4 0 2 2 .214 .250 .238 .488 40 10 0

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
1891 20 CHC NL 11 44 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 2/3
1892 21 LOU NL 46 179 -8 -0 0 0 3 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .489 .497 0.1 0.3 1 2
1893 22 BSN NL 39 154 6 -0 0 1 2 8 0.6 5 14 1.2 .517 .504 1.1 0.3 13 2/O
1894 23 BSN NL 10 36 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .496 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2O
1894 23 PIT NL 36 124 -5 -0 0 1 2 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .496 .499 0.2 0.2 1 2/3O
1894 23 CIN NL 30 129 -1 -0 0 2 2 2 0.1 4 7 0.6 .505 .501 0.4 0.3 5 2/53O
1895 24 CIN NL 22 88 -12 -0 0 -1 1 -12 -1.0 3 -9 -0.7 .457 .494 -0.6 0.0 -8 2/4
1895 24 PIT NL 67 263 -9 -0 0 -1 4 -6 -0.5 9 3 0.4 .493 .497 0.5 0.2 4 2/3
1896 25 PIT NL 77 311 -6 -1 0 -1 4 -4 -0.3 11 7 0.8 .496 .498 0.9 0.3 8 2/5346
1897 26 PIT NL 62 225 -11 -0 0 1 3 -7 -0.6 8 1 0.1 .491 .496 0.1 0.4 -0 2/3
1899 28 BSN NL 1 3 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 0.0 .485 .500 0.0 0.0 -0 /2
8 Seasons 401 1556 -51 -2 0 2 23 -29 -2.6 53 24 2.7 .494 .498 2.7 2.0 23
PIT (4 yrs) 242 923 -31 -1 0 0 14 -18 -1.6 32 13 1.6 .494 .498 1.6 1.1 13
BSN (3 yrs) 50 193 4 -0 0 1 3 8 0.6 7 14 1.2 .512 .503 1.2 0.3 13
CIN (2 yrs) 52 217 -13 -1 0 1 3 -10 -0.8 7 -2 -0.1 .485 .498 -0.1 0.3 -3
LOU (1 yr) 46 179 -8 -0 0 0 3 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .489 .497 0.1 0.3 1
CHC (1 yr) 11 44 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1

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
1891 CHC NL 20 C 11 44 31 11 2 1 .955 3.82 .926 5.79 5 12 10 45% 37%
1891 CHC NL 20 1B 1 11 10 0 1 1 .909 10.00 .978 10.70
1892 LOU NL 21 C 46 248 175 58 15 6 .940 5.07 .936 5.87 24 87 48 36% 37%
1893 BSN NL 22 C 37 163 129 25 9 6 .945 4.16 .936 4.78 14 49 21 30% 37%
1893 BSN NL 22 OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .920 2.20 2-0-0
1894 TOT NL 23 C 61 259 175 69 15 6 .942 4.00 .924 4.60 14 108 77 42% 37%
1894 TOT NL 23 1B 5 26 25 0 1 0 .962 5.00 .976 9.80
1894 TOT NL 23 OF 4 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1.25 .914 2.30 2-1-1
1894 BSN NL 23 C 8 42 30 7 5 1 .881 4.63 .924 4.60 1 13 8 38% 37%
1894 BSN NL 23 OF 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .913 2.30 0-1-0
1894 PIT NL 23 C 28 126 85 35 6 5 .952 4.29 .924 4.60 9 50 39 44% 37%
1894 PIT NL 23 1B 4 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 .976 9.80
1894 PIT NL 23 OF 2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .915 2.30 2-0-0
1894 CIN NL 23 C 25 91 60 27 4 0 .956 3.48 .924 4.60 4 45 30 40% 37%
1894 CIN NL 23 3B 3 13 2 10 1 2 .923 4.00 .878 3.47
1894 CIN NL 23 1B 1 8 7 0 1 0 .875 7.00 .976 9.80
1894 CIN NL 23 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30 0-0-1
1895 TOT NL 24 C 83 412 310 77 25 10 .939 4.66 .938 4.63 26 160 81 34% 37%
1895 CIN NL 24 C 20 88 65 19 4 3 .955 4.20 .938 4.63 6 33 20 38% 37%
1895 CIN NL 24 2B 1 7 5 1 1 0 .857 6.00 .933 5.70
1895 PIT NL 24 C 63 324 245 58 21 7 .935 4.81 .938 4.63 20 127 61 32% 37%
1895 PIT NL 24 1B 2 29 27 1 1 2 .966 14.00 .978 10.10
1896 PIT NL 25 C 62 337 242 75 20 5 .941 5.11 .943 4.59 14 141 85 38% 37%
1896 PIT NL 25 3B 5 16 3 9 4 0 .750 2.40 .892 3.46
1896 PIT NL 25 1B 3 35 33 2 0 2 1.000 11.67 .980 10.47
1896 PIT NL 25 2B 3 12 4 8 0 1 1.000 4.00 .940 5.53
1896 PIT NL 25 SS 2 6 4 1 1 0 .833 2.50 .903 5.60
1897 PIT NL 26 C 53 259 202 43 14 6 .946 4.62 .948 4.73 8 102 39 28% 37%
1897 PIT NL 26 1B 7 73 68 4 1 4 .986 10.29 .980 10.23
1899 BSN NL 28 C 1 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 4.00 .952 4.60 1 1 2 67% 44%
8 Seasons C 354 1726 1266 360 100 40 .942 4.59 .938 4.85 106 660 363 35% 37%
5 Seasons 1B 18 174 163 7 4 9 .977 9.44 .979 10.16
2 Seasons 3B 8 29 5 19 5 2 .828 3.00 .886 3.46
2 Seasons OF 6 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .915 2.27 4-1-1
2 Seasons 2B 4 19 9 9 1 1 .947 4.50 .937 5.58
1 Season SS 2 6 4 1 1 0 .833 2.50 .903 5.60
8 Seasons TOT 392 1960 1453 396 111 52 .943 4.72 .940 5.03 4-1-1 106 660 363 35% 37%
Lg 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
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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1895 NL  83 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1895 NL  310 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1896 NL  75 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1895 NL  25 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1895 NL  10 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1895 NL  26 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1895 NL  160 (3rd)
1896 NL  141 (5th)
Career  660 (91st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1895 NL  81 (5th)
1896 NL  85 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1896 NL  5.11 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (397th), 2.7 career WAR/3.0 7yr-peak WAR/2.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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