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Bill Nicholson

William Beck Nicholson (Swish)

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: December 11, 1914 in Chestertown, MD
High School: Chestertown HS (Chestertown, MD)
School: Washington College (Chestertown, MD)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 13, 1936 (Age 21.185)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Phillies/Athletics 1936-1953

Final Game: September 19, 1953 (Age 38.282)
Died: March 8, 1996 in Chestertown, MD
Buried: Old St. Paul Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chestertown, MD
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1936 PHA AL 21 OF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.40
1936 PHA AL 21 RF 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.20
1939 CHC NL 24 OF 58 58 54 134 123 5 6 0 .955 2.21 .975 2.32
1939 CHC NL 24 RF 58 58 54 134 123 5 6 0 .955 2.21 .973 2.12
1940 CHC NL 25 OF 123 121 115 258 235 10 13 2 .950 1.99 .977 2.32 AS,MVP-20
1940 CHC NL 25 RF 95 94 91 197 179 9 9 2 .954 1.98 .973 2.02 AS,MVP-20
1940 CHC NL 25 LF 29 27 24 61 55 2 4 0 .934 1.97 .974 2.26 AS,MVP-20
1941 CHC NL 26 OF 143 143 138 312 293 10 9 2 .971 2.12 .975 2.31 AS,MVP-16
1941 CHC NL 26 RF 141 141 136 309 291 9 9 2 .971 2.13 .968 1.93 AS,MVP-16
1941 CHC NL 26 LF 2 2 2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .977 2.30 AS,MVP-16
1942 CHC NL 27 OF 151 151 151 350 327 18 5 2 .986 2.28 .981 2.34 MVP-19
1942 CHC NL 27 RF 151 151 151 350 327 18 5 3 .986 2.28 .981 2.07 MVP-19
1943 CHC NL 28 OF 154 154 154 364 340 16 8 2 .978 2.31 .977 2.41 AS,MVP-3
1943 CHC NL 28 RF 154 154 154 366 342 16 8 2 .978 2.32 .976 2.21 AS,MVP-3
1944 CHC NL 29 OF 156 156 156 330 305 18 7 4 .979 2.07 .980 2.47 AS,MVP-2
1944 CHC NL 29 RF 156 156 156 332 306 19 7 3 .979 2.08 .974 2.10 AS,MVP-2
1945 CHC NL 30 OF 151 149 148 315 300 12 3 4 .990 2.07 .978 2.45
1945 CHC NL 30 RF 151 149 148 312 299 10 3 4 .990 2.05 .978 2.13
1946 CHC NL 31 OF 80 75 73 188 179 4 5 1 .973 2.29 .977 2.39
1946 CHC NL 31 RF 80 75 73 184 175 4 5 1 .973 2.24 .976 2.08
1947 CHC NL 32 OF 140 140 138 291 281 7 3 1 .990 2.06 .977 2.42
1947 CHC NL 32 RF 140 140 138 282 273 6 3 2 .989 1.99 .978 2.10
1948 CHC NL 33 OF 136 135 134 256 244 7 5 1 .980 1.85 .978 2.39
1948 CHC NL 33 RF 136 135 134 257 246 6 5 1 .981 1.85 .976 2.00
1949 PHI NL 34 RF 92 79 76 198 188 9 1 1 .995 2.14 .977 2.06
1949 PHI NL 34 OF 91 79 76 196 185 10 1 1 .995 2.14 .977 2.48
1950 PHI NL 35 OF 15 10 9 93.0 21 20 0 1 0 .952 1.94 1.33 .978 2.34 2.31
1950 PHI NL 35 RF 15 10 9 93.0 21 20 0 1 0 .952 1.94 1.33 .976 1.86 1.84
1951 PHI NL 36 OF 41 33 32 325.0 77 75 1 1 0 .987 2.10 1.85 .981 2.42 2.41
1951 PHI NL 36 RF 41 33 32 325.0 77 75 1 1 0 .987 2.10 1.85 .981 2.03 2.03
1952 PHI NL 37 OF 19 13 13 144.0 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 2.06 1.74 .981 2.31 2.29
1952 PHI NL 37 RF 19 13 13 144.0 32 32 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 1.68 .980 2.07 2.05
1953 PHI NL 38 OF 12 10 10 93.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 1 8 1.26 1.08 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 PHI NL 38 RF 12 10 10 93.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 1 8 1.26 1.08 .981 2.00 1.96
16 Seasons OF 1471 1427 1401 655.0 3139 2954 118 67 20 .979 1 1 1.95 2.09 .978 2.38 2.39
16 Seasons RF 1442 1398 1375 655.0 3065 2890 112 63 21 .979 1 1 1.94 2.08 .976 2.01 2.07
2 Seasons LF 31 29 26 64 58 2 4 0 .938 1.94 .974 2.26
16 Seasons TOT 1471 1427 1401 655.0 3139 2954 118 67 20 .979 1 1 1.95 2.09 .978 2.38 2.39
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
1936 PHA AL 21 RF
1939 CHC NL 24 RF
1940 CHC NL 25 RF
1940 CHC NL 25 LF
1941 CHC NL 26 RF
1941 CHC NL 26 LF
1942 CHC NL 27 RF
1943 CHC NL 28 RF
1944 CHC NL 29 RF
1945 CHC NL 30 RF
1946 CHC NL 31 RF
1947 CHC NL 32 RF
1948 CHC NL 33 RF
1949 PHI NL 34 RF
1950 PHI NL 35 RF
1951 PHI NL 36 RF
1952 PHI NL 37 RF
1953 PHI NL 38 RF 1 8 1 0 0 0
16 Seasons RF 1 1 1 0 0 0
2 Seasons LF
16 Seasons TOT 1 1 1 0 0 0
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1936 PHA AL 21 11 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 10 0
1939 CHC NL 24 58 58 58 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 58 0 0 0
1940 CHC NL 25 135 121 135 123 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0 95 123 0 12 0
1941 CHC NL 26 147 143 147 143 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 141 143 0 4 0
1942 CHC NL 27 152 151 152 151 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 151 151 0 1 0
1943 CHC NL 28 154 154 154 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 154 154 0 0 0
1944 CHC NL 29 156 156 156 156 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 156 156 0 0 0
1945 CHC NL 30 151 149 151 151 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 151 151 0 0 0
1946 CHC NL 31 105 75 105 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 80 80 0 25 0
1947 CHC NL 32 148 140 148 140 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 140 140 0 8 0
1948 CHC NL 33 143 135 143 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 136 0 7 0
1949 PHI NL 34 99 79 99 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 92 92 0 10 0
1950 PHI NL 35 41 10 41 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 15 0 27 0
1951 PHI NL 36 85 33 85 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 41 0 48 0
1952 PHI NL 37 55 13 55 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 19 0 38 0
1953 PHI NL 38 38 10 38 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 0 26 1
16 Seasons 1678 1427 1678 1472 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0 1442 1472 0 216 1
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 -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1940 CHC NL 25 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 6 1 0 6 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 16 3 18.8% 13 0 0.0% 2 921 68% 85% 29% 71 63%
1941 CHC NL 26 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 3 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 4 2 0 12 10 0 24 17 70.8% 7 0 0.0% 1 1249 58% 85% 29% 85 84%
1942 CHC NL 27 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 6 2 0 6 1 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 9 9 0 28 13 46.4% 14 0 0.0% 4 1205 54% 84% 28% 104 81%
1943 CHC NL 28 4 0 4 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 7 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 11 10 1 26 10 38.5% 15 1 3.8% 2 1476 51% 86% 30% 104 80%
1944 CHC NL 29 2 0 2 0 0 7 0 1 1 2 16 6 2 9 0 0 2 0 1 6 2 0 14 14 0 47 22 46.8% 22 3 6.4% 4 1787 63% 86% 28% 147 77%
1945 CHC NL 30 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 18 6 2 7 0 0 6 4 0 3 1 0 10 10 0 44 21 47.7% 21 2 4.5% 0 1778 55% 85% 31% 176 64%
1946 CHC NL 31 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 12 4 1 5 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 25 6 24.0% 17 2 8.0% 1 957 60% 81% 29% 89 58%
1947 CHC NL 32 2 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 60 22 1 18 2 1 14 8 0 14 2 0 22 14 0 128 48 37.5% 78 2 1.6% 1 3900 68% 81% 27% 361 53%
1948 CHC NL 33 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 43 12 0 16 0 0 9 4 1 8 1 0 22 19 0 98 36 36.7% 61 1 1.0% 2 2883 66% 81% 27% 246 57%
1949 PHI NL 34 1 0 1 0 0 7 0 1 3 1 24 13 1 15 2 1 13 3 1 5 2 0 11 8 0 68 28 41.2% 37 3 4.4% 4 2377 65% 85% 36% 246 57%
1950 PHI NL 35 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 11 9 81.8% 2 0 0.0% 0 392 73% 83% 33% 33 61%
1951 PHI NL 36 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 11 5 0 4 0 0 7 3 0 3 0 0 4 2 0 29 10 34.5% 19 0 0.0% 1 1218 69% 82% 35% 131 53%
1952 PHI NL 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 2 0 13 5 38.5% 8 0 0.0% 0 531 59% 82% 33% 46 57%
1953 PHI NL 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 9 3 33.3% 6 0 0.0% 0 358 61% 81% 34% 32 38%
14 Seasons 26 0 25 1 5 36 0 9 12 6 218 81 7 95 7 2 66 29 3 60 13 0 127 101 2 566 231 40.8% 320 14 2.5% 22 21032 63% 83% 30% 1871 62%
MLB Averages 43.3% 3.3% 61% 83% 31% 57%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1940 CHC NL 25 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6 3 50.0% 3 0 0.0% 2 462 70% 83% 30% 30 60%
1 Season 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6 3 50.0% 3 0 0.0% 2 462 70% 83% 30% 30 60%
MLB Averages 57.7% 2.7% 61% 83% 31% 54%



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1960 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

All-Star Games
1940 *
1941 (RF)
1943 (RF)
1944 *
1945--not played

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1940 NL (20, 4%)
1941 NL (16, 5%)
1942 NL (19, 4%)
1943 NL (3, 54%)
1944 NL (2, 56%)
1.23 Career Shares (192nd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  141 (2nd)
1942 NL  151 (2nd)
1943 NL  154 (1st)
1944 NL  156 (1st)
1945 NL  151 (2nd)
1947 NL  140 (4th)
1948 NL  136 (4th)
1949 NL  92 (5th)
Career  1,442 (29th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  291 (1st)
1942 NL  327 (1st)
1943 NL  342 (1st)
1944 NL  306 (1st)
1945 NL  299 (2nd)
1947 NL  273 (3rd)
1948 NL  246 (4th)
1949 NL  188 (4th)
Career  2,890 (27th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 NL  9 (2nd)
1941 NL  9 (4th)
1942 NL  18 (1st)
1943 NL  16 (3rd)
1944 NL  19 (2nd)
1945 NL  10 (5th)
1949 NL  9 (3rd)
Career  112 (34th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 NL  6 (2nd)
1940 NL  9 (1st)
1941 NL  9 (2nd)
1942 NL  5 (2nd)
1943 NL  8 (2nd)
1944 NL  7 (2nd)
1948 NL  5 (3rd)
Career  63 (31st)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 NL  2 (4th)
1942 NL  3 (2nd)
1944 NL  3 (3rd)
1945 NL  4 (2nd)
1947 NL  2 (5th)
Career  21 (56th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1941 NL  143 (5th)
1942 NL  151 (2nd)
1943 NL  154 (3rd)
1944 NL  156 (1st)
1945 NL  151 (5th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1942 NL  327 (3rd)
1943 NL  340 (5th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1942 NL  18 (2nd)
1943 NL  16 (5th)
1944 NL  18 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1940 NL  13 (2nd)
1943 NL  8 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1944 NL  4 (4th)
1945 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1940 NL  1.98 (4th)
1941 NL  2.13 (1st)
1942 NL  2.28 (1st)
1943 NL  2.32 (2nd)
1944 NL  2.08 (2nd)
1945 NL  2.05 (4th)
1946 NL  2.24 (1st)
1947 NL  1.99 (4th)
1949 NL  2.14 (2nd)
Career  2.08 (31st)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1941 NL  .971 (1st)
1942 NL  .986 (3rd)
1943 NL  .978 (4th)
1944 NL  .979 (4th)
1945 NL  .990 (2nd)
1947 NL  .989 (1st)
1948 NL  .981 (3rd)
Career  .979 (97th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1945 NL  .990 (5th)
1947 NL  .990 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1951 NL  born 1914-12-11 (8th)
1952 NL  born 1914-12-11 (4th)
1953 NL  born 1914-12-11 (3rd)

                                         

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