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Willard Nixon

Willard Lee Nixon

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: June 17, 1928 in Taylorsville, GA
High School: McHenry HS (Rome, GA)
School: Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 7, 1950 (Age 22.020)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Team: RedSox 1950-1958

Final Game: July 4, 1958 (Age 30.017)
Died: December 10, 2000 in Rome, GA
Buried: East View Cemetery, Rome, GA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 16, 2014 12:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1177. Harry McIntire… #1178. Tom Gorzelanny… #1179. Mark Redman… #1180. WILLARD NIXON… #1181. Jersey Bakley… #1182. Kip Wells… #1183. Jack Fisher… 

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
1950 22 BOS AL 8 6 .571 6.04 22 15 3 2 0 2 101.1 126 75 68 7 58 57 2 0 2 476 82 4.13 1.816 11.2 0.6 5.2 5.1 0.98
1951 23 BOS AL 7 4 .636 4.90 33 14 9 2 1 1 125.0 136 79 68 12 56 70 7 0 4 551 91 4.12 1.536 9.8 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25
1952 24 BOS AL 5 4 .556 4.86 23 13 6 5 0 0 103.2 115 64 56 12 61 50 4 1 4 468 81 4.81 1.698 10.0 1.0 5.3 4.3 0.82
1953 25 BOS AL 4 8 .333 3.93 23 15 2 5 1 0 116.2 114 57 51 6 59 57 1 0 1 516 106 3.83 1.483 8.8 0.5 4.6 4.4 0.97
1954 26 BOS AL 11 12 .478 4.06 31 30 1 8 2 0 199.2 182 102 90 16 87 102 9 0 2 850 102 3.86 1.347 8.2 0.7 3.9 4.6 1.17
1955 27 BOS AL 12 10 .545 4.07 31 31 0 7 3 0 208.0 207 102 94 10 85 2 95 3 0 4 903 106 3.35 1.404 9.0 0.4 3.7 4.1 1.12
1956 28 BOS AL 9 8 .529 4.21 23 22 0 9 1 0 145.1 142 79 68 9 57 2 74 8 0 6 631 110 3.50 1.369 8.8 0.6 3.5 4.6 1.30
1957 29 BOS AL 12 13 .480 3.68 29 29 0 11 1 0 191.0 207 86 78 10 56 3 96 7 0 5 809 108 3.12 1.377 9.8 0.5 2.6 4.5 1.71
1958 30 BOS AL 1 7 .125 6.02 10 8 0 2 0 0 43.1 48 30 29 7 11 0 15 0 0 1 187 67 4.64 1.362 10.0 1.5 2.3 3.1 1.36
9 Yrs 69 72 .489 4.39 225 177 21 51 9 3 1234.0 1277 674 602 89 530 7 616 41 1 29 5391 98 3.77 1.464 9.3 0.6 3.9 4.5 1.16
162 Game Avg. 12 12 .489 4.39 38 30 4 9 2 1 209 216 114 102 15 90 104 7 0 5 912 98 3.77 1.464 9.3 0.6 3.9 4.5 1.16
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
1950 22 BOS AL 101.1 22 15 75 6.66 4.89 -0.06 0.00 107.6 5.33 -15 -1.4 1.2 -0.1 -0.6 -5 .437 .491
1951 23 BOS AL 125.0 33 14 79 5.69 4.49 0.01 0.00 111.2 4.98 -11 -1.1 .6 -0.1 -0.1 1 .468 .493
1952 24 BOS AL 103.2 23 13 64 5.56 4.12 0.08 0.00 110.1 4.44 -13 -1.4 1.1 -0.1 -0.6 -5 .440 .491
1953 25 BOS AL 116.1 23 15 57 4.41 4.31 0.28 0.00 107.8 4.35 -2 -0.2 .8 -0.1 0.8 9 .493 .499
1954 26 BOS AL 199.2 31 30 102 4.60 4.28 0.04 0.00 110.5 4.68 2 0.3 .1 -0.1 1.8 17 .508 .502
1955 27 BOS AL 208.0 31 31 102 4.41 4.66 0.27 0.00 107.3 4.71 5 0.5 -0.1 2.1 24 .516 .503
1956 28 BOS AL 145.1 23 22 79 4.89 5.06 0.25 0.00 110.1 5.30 5 0.5 .1 -0.1 1.7 19 .524 .503
1957 29 BOS AL 191.0 29 29 86 4.05 4.17 0.16 0.00 103.6 4.16 3 0.3 -0.1 1.9 17 .512 .502
1958 30 BOS AL 43.1 10 8 30 6.23 4.48 0.04 0.00 106.9 4.74 -7 -0.7 1.9 -0.1 -0.4 -4 .427 .495
9 Seasons 1233.2 225 177 674 4.92 4.49 0.14 0.00 108.3 4.71 -33 -3.1 .9 -0.8 6.5 73 .486 .498

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
1950 22 BOS AL 22 44 36 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 .139 .244 .139 .383 -4 5 1 0 3 1
1951 23 BOS AL 34 49 45 7 13 3 0 1 8 0 0 3 9 .289 .333 .422 .756 95 19 3 0 1 1
1952 24 BOS AL 33 57 53 3 11 3 0 0 7 0 0 4 8 .208 .263 .264 .527 43 14 0 0 0 1
1953 25 BOS AL 23 48 42 4 8 1 0 0 3 0 0 5 9 .190 .277 .214 .491 32 9 0 0 1 1
1954 26 BOS AL 31 78 68 6 18 3 0 1 3 0 0 8 17 .265 .342 .353 .695 83 24 4 0 2 0 1
1955 27 BOS AL 31 81 69 7 18 4 1 0 7 0 0 8 20 .261 .338 .348 .685 79 24 2 0 4 0 0 1
1956 28 BOS AL 23 60 54 4 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 3 6 .204 .241 .222 .464 18 12 1 0 2 1 0 1
1957 29 BOS AL 32 81 75 7 22 1 0 0 4 0 0 6 16 .293 .346 .307 .652 76 23 1 0 0 0 0 1
1958 30 BOS AL 10 17 17 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 .294 .294 .353 .647 74 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
9 Yrs 239 515 459 42 111 17 1 2 41 0 0 42 97 .242 .305 .296 .601 58 136 13 0 13 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 349 311 28 75 12 1 1 28 0 0 28 66 .242 .305 .296 .601 58 92 9 0 9

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
1950 22 BOS AL 22 44 -6 -1 0 0 5 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
1951 23 BOS AL 34 49 -1 -0 -0 0 5 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .511 .502 0.4 0.0 4 1
1952 24 BOS AL 33 57 -4 -0 0 0 6 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .508 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1953 25 BOS AL 23 48 -3 0 1 0 5 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .513 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1
1954 26 BOS AL 31 78 -2 -1 -1 0 9 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .519 .504 0.6 -0.0 6 1
1955 27 BOS AL 31 81 -2 0 -0 0 8 6 0.7 0 6 0.7 .521 .504 0.6 0.0 6 1
1956 28 BOS AL 23 60 -5 -0 0 0 7 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1957 29 BOS AL 32 81 -3 -0 -0 0 9 5 0.6 0 5 0.6 .518 .504 0.6 -0.0 5 1
1958 30 BOS AL 10 17 -1 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .512 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
9 Seasons 239 515 -27 -2 0 0 56 28 2.9 0 28 2.9 .512 .502 2.9 0.0 28

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
1950 BOS AL 22 P 22 15 2 101.1 22 7 14 1 3 .955 1.87 0.95 .950 2.02 1.99 7 3 30% 0
1951 BOS AL 23 P 33 14 2 125.0 26 2 23 1 1 .962 1.80 0.76 .953 2.07 2.06 1 4 80% 45% 0
1952 BOS AL 24 P 23 13 5 103.2 25 7 18 0 4 1.000 2.17 1.09 .966 2.10 2.10 2 5 71% 46% 2
1953 BOS AL 25 P 23 15 5 116.2 27 7 18 2 1 .926 1.93 1.09 .957 1.95 1.93 4 1 20% 51% 0
1954 BOS AL 26 P 31 30 8 199.2 52 17 34 1 6 .981 2.30 1.65 .959 2.01 1.99 5 6 55% 48% 0
1955 BOS AL 27 P 31 31 7 208.0 62 18 43 1 3 .984 2.64 1.97 .956 1.99 1.97 10 5 33% 47% 0
1956 BOS AL 28 P 23 22 9 145.1 39 7 31 1 4 .974 2.35 1.65 .950 1.92 1.91 7 4 36% 44% 0
1957 BOS AL 29 P 29 29 11 191.0 36 8 28 0 4 1.000 1.70 1.24 .963 1.99 2.00 5 7 58% 47% 1
1958 BOS AL 30 P 10 8 2 43.1 9 1 8 0 1 1.000 1.87 0.90 .963 1.95 1.93 0 0 0
9 Seasons P 225 177 51 1234.0 298 74 217 7 27 .977 2.12 1.29 .957 2.00 1.99 41 35 46% 41% 3
9 Seasons TOT 225 177 51 1234.0 298 74 217 7 27 .977 2.12 1.29 .957 2.00 1.99 41 35 46% 41% 3
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

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 AL  2.639 (8th)

Games Started s c a p y
1955 AL  31 (6th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1957 AL  11 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1955 AL  3 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1954 AL  16 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1955 AL  207 (6th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1955 AL  0.433 (2nd)
1957 AL  0.471 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
1957 AL  13 (7th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1954 AL  90 (5th)
1955 AL  94 (3rd)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1951 AL  4 (10th)
1956 AL  6 (7th)
1957 AL  5 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1951 AL  7 (5th)
1954 AL  9 (2nd)
1956 AL  8 (4th)
1957 AL  7 (7th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1955 AL  3.35 (6th)
1957 AL  3.12 (6th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1954 AL  17 (5th)
1955 AL  18 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1955 AL  43 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1955 AL  2.64 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1955 AL  1.97 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1957 AL  1.000 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 6 (1819), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 2 (1927), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (880th), 9.3 career WAR/10.4 7yr-peak WAR/9.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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