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Willie Mitchell

William Mitchell

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 176 lb.

Born: December 1, 1889 in Pleasant Grove, MS
School: Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 22, 1909 (Age 19.295)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1910 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Naps/Tigers/Indians 1909-1919

Final Game: May 31, 1919 (Age 29.181)
Died: November 23, 1973 in Sardis, MS
Buried: Rose Hill Cemetery, Sardis, MS
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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 30, 2014 7:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #805. Joakim Soria… #806. Phil Douglas… #807. Ross Grimsley… #808. WILLIE MITCHELL… #809. Ray Burris… #810. Vic Sorrell… #811. Lloyd Brown… 

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1909 19 CLE AL 1 2 .333 1.57 3 3 0 3 0 0 23.0 18 6 4 0 10 8 4 1 0 94 168 3.35 1.217 7.0 0.0 3.9 3.1 0.80
1910 20 CLE AL 12 8 .600 2.60 35 18 16 11 1 0 183.2 155 77 53 2 55 102 15 0 2 726 100 2.50 1.143 7.6 0.1 2.7 5.0 1.85
1911 21 CLE AL 7 14 .333 3.76 30 22 7 9 0 0 177.1 190 102 74 1 60 78 13 3 9 742 91 3.20 1.410 9.6 0.1 3.0 4.0 1.30
1912 22 CLE AL 5 8 .385 2.80 29 15 9 8 0 1 163.2 149 88 51 0 56 94 7 1 10 685 123 2.86 1.253 8.2 0.0 3.1 5.2 1.68
1913 23 CLE AL 14 8 .636 1.91 35 22 6 14 4 0 217.0 153 62 46 1 88 141 8 0 6 854 159 2.64 1.111 6.3 0.0 3.6 5.8 1.60
1914 24 CLE AL 11 17 .393 3.19 39 32 5 16 3 1 257.0 228 127 91 3 124 179 7 0 9 1088 89 2.72 1.370 8.0 0.1 4.3 6.3 1.44
1915 25 CLE AL 11 14 .440 2.82 36 30 4 12 1 1 236.0 210 103 74 1 84 149 2 1 5 958 107 2.29 1.246 8.0 0.0 3.2 5.7 1.77
1916 26 TOT AL 9 10 .474 3.78 35 23 11 8 2 1 171.1 174 88 72 2 67 84 5 0 5 720 77 2.75 1.407 9.1 0.1 3.5 4.4 1.25
1916 26 CLE AL 2 5 .286 5.15 12 6 5 1 0 1 43.2 55 35 25 1 19 24 0 0 3 197 58 2.82 1.695 11.3 0.2 3.9 4.9 1.26
1916 26 DET AL 7 5 .583 3.31 23 17 6 7 2 0 127.2 119 53 47 1 48 60 5 0 2 523 86 2.72 1.308 8.4 0.1 3.4 4.2 1.25
1917 27 DET AL 12 8 .600 2.19 30 22 7 12 5 0 185.1 172 66 45 2 46 80 13 0 0 747 121 2.49 1.176 8.4 0.1 2.2 3.9 1.74
1918 28 DET AL 0 1 .000 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 3 4 4 0 5 2 0 0 0 20 34 4.98 2.000 6.8 0.0 11.3 4.5 0.40
1919 29 DET AL 1 2 .333 5.27 3 2 0 0 0 0 13.2 12 8 8 2 10 4 1 0 1 58 63 6.22 1.610 7.9 1.3 6.6 2.6 0.40
11 Yrs 83 92 .474 2.88 276 190 65 93 16 4 1632.0 1464 731 522 14 605 921 75 6 47 6692 103 2.71 1.268 8.1 0.1 3.3 5.1 1.52
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .474 2.88 40 28 9 14 2 1 238 214 107 76 2 88 134 11 1 7 977 103 2.71 1.268 8.1 0.1 3.3 5.1 1.52
CLE (8 yrs) 63 76 .453 2.89 219 148 52 74 9 4 1301.1 1158 600 418 9 496 775 56 6 44 5344 105 2.70 1.271 8.0 0.1 3.4 5.4 1.56
DET (4 yrs) 20 16 .556 2.83 57 42 13 19 7 0 330.2 306 131 104 5 109 146 19 0 3 1348 98 2.77 1.255 8.3 0.1 3.0 4.0 1.34
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1909 19 CLE AL 23.0 3 3 6 2.35 3.48 0.17 0.00 103.0 3.41 3 0.4 -0.0 0.6 4 .639 .503
1910 20 CLE AL 183.2 35 18 77 3.77 3.68 0.03 0.00 103.0 3.75 1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.8 15 .504 .501
1911 21 CLE AL 177.1 30 22 102 5.18 4.63 0.06 0.00 102.0 4.66 -10 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.6 9 .465 .494
1912 22 CLE AL 163.2 29 15 88 4.84 4.45 -0.02 0.00 103.0 4.60 -3 -0.4 1.0 -0.2 1.2 13 .488 .498
1913 23 CLE AL 217.0 35 22 62 2.57 3.91 0.09 0.00 103.0 3.93 34 4.2 1.0 -0.2 6.3 53 .621 .526
1914 24 CLE AL 257.0 39 32 127 4.45 3.68 -0.23 0.00 105.0 4.11 -7 -0.8 1.0 -0.2 1.6 12 .479 .495
1915 25 CLE AL 236.0 36 30 103 3.93 4.03 -0.09 0.00 104.0 4.29 10 1.2 1.0 -0.2 3.4 31 .534 .507
1916 26 CLE AL 44.0 12 6 35 7.16 3.77 0.04 0.00 103.5 3.86 -16 -1.7 1.0 -0.0 -1.3 -12 .360 .490
1916 26 DET AL 126.2 23 17 53 3.77 3.54 -0.03 0.00 100.4 3.59 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 0.9 8 .489 .498
1917 27 DET AL 185.1 30 22 66 3.21 3.58 -0.01 0.00 99.4 3.56 7 0.8 1.0 -0.1 2.6 23 .528 .505
1918 28 DET AL 4.0 1 1 4 9.00 3.52 -0.41 0.00 98.0 3.85 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .281 .499
1919 29 DET AL 13.2 3 2 8 5.27 3.91 -0.19 0.00 102.3 4.19 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -0 .437 .499
11 Seasons 1631.1 276 190 731 4.03 3.92 -0.03 0.00 102.7 4.06 12 2.3 1.0 -1.4 17.5 153 .508 .503
CLE (8 yrs) 1301.2 219 148 600 4.15 4.01 -0.03 0.00 103.5 4.18 12 2.1 1.0 -1.2 14.2 125 .510 .503
DET (4 yrs) 329.2 57 42 131 3.58 3.58 -0.03 0.00 99.9 3.60 1 0.2 1.0 -0.2 3.3 29 .503 .502

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
1909 19 CLE AL 3 8 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286 .375 .286 .661 105 2 0 0 /1
1910 20 CLE AL 35 67 63 1 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 15 .159 .172 .159 .331 3 10 1 3 1
1911 21 CLE AL 32 67 64 2 7 1 0 0 3 0 1 21 .109 .123 .125 .248 -31 8 0 2 1
1912 22 CLE AL 29 58 53 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 2 4 11 .113 .175 .113 .289 -18 6 0 1 1
1913 23 CLE AL 35 79 70 7 10 2 0 0 3 0 3 25 .143 .178 .171 .350 1 12 0 6 1
1914 24 CLE AL 39 97 81 5 7 1 0 0 4 0 1 8 22 .086 .169 .099 .267 -20 8 0 8 1
1915 25 CLE AL 36 89 79 3 10 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 20 .127 .169 .139 .308 -8 11 0 6 1
1916 26 TOT AL 35 56 47 3 9 0 0 0 3 0 6 10 .191 .296 .191 .488 44 9 1 2 1
1916 26 CLE AL 12 13 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .083 .000 .083 -75 0 0 1 1
1916 26 DET AL 23 43 36 3 9 0 0 0 3 0 5 6 .250 .357 .250 .607 80 9 1 1 1
1917 27 DET AL 31 66 59 3 7 0 0 0 4 0 1 11 .119 .148 .119 .266 -19 7 1 4 1/8O
1918 28 DET AL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /1
1919 29 DET AL 3 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 53 1 0 0 /1
11 Yrs 279 595 530 29 69 5 0 0 27 0 3 29 138 .130 .180 .140 .319 -6 74 3 32
162 Game Avg. 162 345 308 17 40 3 0 0 16 0 17 80 .130 .180 .140 .319 -6 43 2 19
CLE (8 yrs) 221 478 428 23 52 5 0 0 19 0 3 22 119 .121 .166 .133 .299 -12 57 1 27
DET (4 yrs) 58 117 102 6 17 0 0 0 8 0 7 19 .167 .234 .167 .401 21 17 2 5

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
1909 19 CLE AL 3 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .528 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1910 20 CLE AL 35 67 -7 0 0 0 5 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .492 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -2 1
1911 21 CLE AL 32 67 -12 0 0 0 6 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .481 .496 -0.6 0.0 -6 1
1912 22 CLE AL 29 58 -8 -1 0 0 5 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .485 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1913 23 CLE AL 35 79 -10 0 0 0 7 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .491 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
1914 24 CLE AL 39 97 -12 -0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1915 25 CLE AL 36 89 -11 0 0 0 7 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1916 26 CLE AL 12 13 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .486 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1916 26 DET AL 23 43 -1 0 0 0 3 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .514 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1
1917 27 DET AL 31 66 -8 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .486 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 1/8O
1918 28 DET AL 1 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .460 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1919 29 DET AL 3 6 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .507 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
11 Seasons 279 595 -72 -0 0 0 47 -25 -2.9 0 -25 -2.9 .490 .498 -2.9 -0.1 -25
CLE (8 yrs) 221 478 -62 -0 0 0 39 -24 -2.7 0 -24 -2.7 .488 .497 -2.7 -0.0 -24
DET (4 yrs) 58 117 -10 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -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 Awards
1909 CLE AL 19 P 3 23.0 10 2 7 1 1 .900 3.52 3.00 .942 3.21 3.13
1910 CLE AL 20 P 35 183.2 59 9 46 4 1 .932 2.70 1.57 .942 3.29 3.28
1911 CLE AL 21 P 30 177.1 62 9 47 6 0 .903 2.84 1.87 .938 2.88 2.85
1912 CLE AL 22 P 29 163.2 44 8 30 6 0 .864 2.09 1.31 .940 2.96 2.90
1913 CLE AL 23 P 35 217.0 58 10 44 4 3 .931 2.24 1.54 .938 3.01 2.98
1914 CLE AL 24 P 39 32 16 257.0 56 4 46 6 1 .893 1.75 1.28 .936 2.96 2.93
1915 CLE AL 25 P 36 30 12 236.0 59 3 48 8 1 .864 1.94 1.42 .937 3.01 3.00
1916 TOT AL 26 P 35 23 8 171.1 39 5 30 4 1 .897 1.84 1.00 .945 2.95 2.96
1916 CLE AL 26 P 12 6 1 43.2 15 3 9 3 0 .800 2.47 1.00 .945 2.95 2.96
1916 DET AL 26 P 23 17 7 127.2 24 2 21 1 1 .958 1.62 1.00 .945 2.95 2.96
1917 DET AL 27 P 30 22 12 185.1 55 11 40 4 2 .927 2.48 1.70 .947 3.04 3.05
1917 DET AL 27 CF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1917 DET AL 27 OF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1918 DET AL 28 P 1 1 0 4.0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 6.75 3.00 .953 2.92 2.80
1919 DET AL 29 P 3 2 0 13.2 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 3.29 1.67 .948 2.83 2.83
11 Seasons P 276 110 48 1632.0 450 63 344 43 10 .904 2.24 1.47 .940 3.01 3.00
1 Season CF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1 Season OF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20 0-1-0
11 Seasons TOT 277 111 48 1632.0 450 63 344 43 10 .904 2.24 1.47 .940 3.01 2.99 0-1-0
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
1913 AL  6.3 (6th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1913 AL  1.91 (5th)
Career  2.88 (131st)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1910 AL  .600 (9th)
1913 AL  .636 (10th)
1917 AL  .600 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1913 AL  1.111 (6th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1913 AL  6.346 (2nd)
Career  8.073 (142nd)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 AL  2.234 (8th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1910 AL  4.998 (8th)
1912 AL  5.169 (6th)
1913 AL  5.848 (2nd)
1914 AL  6.269 (2nd)
1915 AL  5.682 (2nd)
1916 AL  4.413 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1913 AL  141 (8th)
1914 AL  179 (2nd)
1915 AL  149 (5th)

Games Started s c a p y
1914 AL  32 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1913 AL  4 (5th)
1917 AL  5 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1913 AL  88 (7th)
1914 AL  124 (2nd)

Hits s c a p y
1914 AL  228 (9th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1913 AL  1.602 (10th)
1915 AL  1.774 (9th)
1917 AL  1.739 (4th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1911 AL  0.051 (4th)
1912 AL  0.000 (1st)
1913 AL  0.042 (5th)
1915 AL  0.038 (6th)
Career  0.077 (15th)

Losses s c a p y
1911 AL  14 (9th)
1914 AL  17 (5th)
1915 AL  14 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1914 AL  91 (2nd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1911 AL  9 (6th)
1912 AL  10 (5th)
1914 AL  9 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1910 AL  15 (4th)
1911 AL  13 (6th)
1917 AL  13 (3rd)
Career  75 (183rd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1914 AL  1,088 (8th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1910 AL  16 (3rd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1913 AL  159 (3rd)
1917 AL  121 (10th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1912 AL  2.86 (8th)
1913 AL  2.64 (10th)
1915 AL  2.29 (4th)
1917 AL  2.49 (7th)
Career  2.71 (52nd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1913 AL  26 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1913 AL  2.9 (6th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1915 AL  8 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1909 AL  born 1889-12-01 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 32 (764), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 8 (1118), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 13 (637), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (665th), 14.6 career WAR/15.0 7yr-peak WAR/14.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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