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Bill North

William Alex North

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: May 15, 1948 in Seattle, WA
High School: Garfield HS (Seattle, WA)
School: Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)
Drafted
by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the 1969 amateur draft.
Signed June 18, 1969. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 3, 1971 (Age 23)
Rookie Status: Lost 1972 [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Giants/Dodgers/Cubs 1971-1981

Final Game: June 11, 1981 (Age 33)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #889. Ellis Valentine… #890. Harold Reynolds… #891. Damion Easley… #892. BILL NORTH… #893. Royce Clayton… #894. Sam Wise… #895. Ken Oberkfell… 

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
1971 23 CHC NL 8 21 16 3 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 6 .375 .524 .375 .899 147 6 0 1 0 0 1 /97
1972 24 CHC NL 66 142 127 22 23 2 3 0 4 6 0 13 33 .181 .262 .244 .507 40 31 2 1 1 0 1 89/7
1973 25 OAK AL 146 642 554 98 158 10 5 5 34 53 20 78 89 .285 .376 .348 .725 110 193 7 3 7 0 5 *8/D9 MVP-29
1974 26 OAK AL 149 630 543 79 141 20 5 4 33 54 26 69 86 .260 .347 .337 .684 104 183 9 5 11 2 1 *8/D
1975 27 OAK AL 140 624 524 74 143 17 5 1 43 30 12 81 80 .273 .373 .330 .703 103 173 8 4 13 2 3 *8/7D
1976 28 OAK AL 154 675 590 91 163 20 5 2 31 75 29 73 95 .276 .356 .337 .693 109 199 8 2 6 4 3 *8/D9
1977 29 OAK AL 56 223 184 32 48 3 3 1 9 17 13 32 25 .261 .376 .326 .702 97 60 1 2 5 0 2 8/D
1978 30 TOT MLB 134 442 356 59 82 14 0 0 15 30 10 74 61 .230 .367 .270 .637 83 96 5 4 6 2 4 *8/7
1978 30 OAK AL 24 65 52 5 11 4 0 0 5 3 2 9 13 .212 .344 .288 .632 85 15 1 2 1 1 2 8
1978 30 LAD NL 110 377 304 54 71 10 0 0 10 27 8 65 48 .234 .371 .266 .637 82 81 4 2 5 1 2 8/7
1979 31 SFG NL 142 561 460 87 119 15 4 5 30 58 24 96 84 .259 .386 .341 .727 107 157 5 1 1 3 3 *8
1980 32 SFG NL 128 500 415 73 104 12 1 1 19 45 19 81 78 .251 .373 .292 .665 91 121 4 1 2 1 5 *8
1981 33 SFG NL 46 161 131 22 29 7 0 1 12 26 8 26 28 .221 .354 .298 .652 89 39 1 1 3 0 0 8
11 Yrs 1169 4621 3900 640 1016 120 31 20 230 395 162 627 665 .261 .365 .323 .688 100 1258 50 25 55 14 28
162 Game Avg. 162 640 540 89 141 17 4 3 32 55 22 87 92 .261 .365 .323 .688 100 174 7 3 8 2 4
OAK (6 yrs) 669 2859 2447 379 664 74 23 13 155 232 102 342 388 .271 .364 .336 .700 105 823 34 18 43 9 16
SFG (3 yrs) 316 1222 1006 182 252 34 5 7 61 129 51 203 190 .250 .377 .315 .692 98 317 10 3 6 4 8
CHC (2 yrs) 74 163 143 25 29 2 3 0 4 7 1 17 39 .203 .296 .259 .555 53 37 2 2 1 0 2
LAD (1 yr) 110 377 304 54 71 10 0 0 10 27 8 65 48 .234 .371 .266 .637 82 81 4 2 5 1 2
AL (6 yrs) 669 2859 2447 379 664 74 23 13 155 232 102 342 388 .271 .364 .336 .700 105 823 34 18 43 9 16
NL (6 yrs) 500 1762 1453 261 352 46 8 7 75 163 60 285 277 .242 .368 .299 .667 90 435 16 7 12 5 12

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
1971 23 CHC NL 8 21 2 -0 0 -1 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.2 -0.2 2 /97
1972 24 CHC NL 66 142 -10 2 1 -1 -1 -9 -1.0 5 -4 -0.6 .484 .493 -0.5 -0.2 -3 $11,000 89/7
1973 25 OAK AL 146 642 12 3 3 25 -1 43 4.8 22 65 7.0 .532 .529 4.1 2.8 40 $20,000 *8/D9 MVP-29
1974 26 OAK AL 149 630 11 -1 0 6 -1 16 1.9 23 39 4.2 .512 .511 3.5 0.7 32 *8/D
1975 27 OAK AL 140 624 9 1 2 21 -0 33 3.7 21 54 5.7 .525 .522 3.4 2.3 33 $55,000 *8/7D
1976 28 OAK AL 154 675 9 2 1 -10 -1 2 0.3 23 25 2.5 .501 .501 3.7 -1.2 35 *8/D9
1977 29 OAK AL 56 223 2 -2 1 -8 -0 -7 -0.6 8 1 0.1 .488 .496 0.9 -0.8 9 $75,000 8/D
1978 30 OAK AL 24 65 1 -0 -0 2 0 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .508 .501 0.2 0.2 3 8
1978 30 LAD NL 110 377 -0 2 1 2 0 5 0.6 12 17 1.8 .505 .504 1.5 0.2 15 $65,000 8/7
1979 31 SFG NL 142 561 9 1 2 -5 0 7 0.7 18 25 2.5 .505 .504 3.0 -0.5 29 *8
1980 32 SFG NL 128 500 0 1 0 3 0 6 0.6 17 23 2.3 .505 .504 1.9 0.3 19 *8
1981 33 SFG NL 46 161 1 1 0 -2 0 1 0.1 6 6 0.6 .502 .501 0.8 -0.2 8 8
11 Seasons 1169 4621 45 11 12 34 -5 98 11.2 158 256 26.7 .509 .509 22.6 3.5 222 $226,000
OAK (6 yrs) 669 2859 44 3 7 37 -3 89 10.3 100 189 20.0 .515 .513 15.9 4.0 151 $150,000
SFG (3 yrs) 316 1222 9 3 3 -3 0 13 1.4 41 53 5.5 .504 .504 5.6 -0.3 56
CHC (2 yrs) 74 163 -8 2 1 -2 -2 -9 -1.0 5 -4 -0.5 .486 .494 -0.3 -0.4 -1 $11,000
LAD (1 yr) 110 377 -0 2 1 2 0 5 0.6 12 17 1.8 .505 .504 1.5 0.2 15 $65,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1974 26 OAK AL ALCS BAL W 4 18 16 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 .063 .167 .125 .292 2 0 0 0 0 0
1974 26 OAK AL WS LAD W 5 20 17 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 .059 .158 .059 .217 1 1 0 1 0 0
1975 27 OAK AL ALCS BOS L 3 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 30 LAD NL NLCS PHI W 4 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1978 30 LAD NL WS NYY L 4 9 8 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .125 .222 .250 .472 2 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (5 Series) 20 67 59 8 3 2 0 0 3 3 1 7 7 .051 .152 .085 .236 5 2 0 1 0 0
2 ALCS 7 30 26 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 .038 .167 .077 .244 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 4 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 WS 9 29 25 5 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 3 5 .080 .179 .120 .299 3 1 0 1 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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
1971 CHC NL 23 OF 6 5 4 45.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -32 0.80 0.67 .980 2.20 2.18
1971 CHC NL 23 RF 5 5 4 44.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -33 0.61 0.60 .983 2.07 2.06
1971 CHC NL 23 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1972 CHC NL 24 OF 48 26 24 273.1 67 61 3 3 1 .955 -1 -5 2.11 1.33 .978 2.18 2.19
1972 CHC NL 24 CF 26 15 13 156.0 41 39 1 1 0 .976 -1 -11 2.31 1.54 .980 2.60 2.61
1972 CHC NL 24 RF 15 9 9 92.1 17 15 1 1 1 .941 -1 -9 1.56 1.07 .979 2.02 2.03
1972 CHC NL 24 LF 9 2 2 25.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 1 48 2.52 0.78 .974 1.91 1.93
1973 OAK AL 25 OF 138 136 128 1209.1 452 429 14 9 5 .980 25 25 3.30 3.21 .979 2.29 2.27 MVP-29
1973 OAK AL 25 CF 136 135 127 1199.1 451 427 15 9 6 .980 26 26 3.32 3.25 .983 2.78 2.77 MVP-29
1973 OAK AL 25 DH 6 6 MVP-29
1973 OAK AL 25 RF 2 1 1 10.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -48 0.90 0.50 .980 2.07 2.05 MVP-29
1974 OAK AL 26 CF 138 134 122 1166.1 440 427 9 4 2 .991 6 7 3.36 3.16 .986 2.93 2.92
1974 OAK AL 26 OF 138 134 122 1166.1 450 437 9 4 2 .991 6 7 3.44 3.23 .980 2.41 2.40
1974 OAK AL 26 DH 8 7
1975 OAK AL 27 OF 138 134 118 1174.0 441 420 10 11 1 .975 21 22 3.30 3.12 .979 2.37 2.36
1975 OAK AL 27 CF 133 131 116 1145.0 433 414 9 10 1 .977 22 23 3.32 3.18 .983 2.84 2.83
1975 OAK AL 27 LF 4 3 2 29.0 6 4 1 1 0 .833 -1 -41 1.55 1.25 .977 2.17 2.17
1975 OAK AL 27 DH 1 0
1976 OAK AL 28 OF 144 142 121 1240.1 414 397 8 9 1 .978 -10 -9 2.94 2.81 .981 2.47 2.48
1976 OAK AL 28 CF 137 135 118 1187.1 405 388 8 9 1 .978 -9 -9 3.00 2.89 .984 2.98 2.99
1976 OAK AL 28 DH 8 8
1976 OAK AL 28 RF 7 7 3 53.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -18 1.36 1.14 .980 2.21 2.21
1977 OAK AL 29 CF 52 50 32 395.2 115 112 1 2 0 .983 -8 -24 2.57 2.17 .983 2.83 2.81
1977 OAK AL 29 OF 52 50 32 395.2 115 112 1 2 0 .983 -8 -24 2.57 2.17 .978 2.34 2.32
1977 OAK AL 29 DH 1 1
1978 TOT MLB 30 OF 120 95 88 876.2 272 263 3 6 1 .978 4 5 2.73 2.22 .980 2.33 2.31
1978 TOT MLB 30 CF 119 95 88 875.0 268 259 3 6 1 .978 4 5 2.69 2.20 .983 2.82 2.79
1978 OAK AL 30 CF 17 13 11 113.0 33 32 1 0 0 1.000 2 17 2.63 1.94 .984 2.97 2.94
1978 OAK AL 30 OF 17 13 11 113.0 32 31 1 0 0 1.000 2 17 2.55 1.88 .979 2.47 2.45
1978 LAD NL 30 OF 103 82 77 763.2 240 232 2 6 1 .975 2 3 2.76 2.27 .980 2.31 2.29
1978 LAD NL 30 CF 102 82 77 762.0 235 227 2 6 1 .974 2 3 2.70 2.25 .983 2.80 2.77
1978 LAD NL 30 LF 1 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -72 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.00
1979 SFG NL 31 OF 130 126 76 994.1 312 300 8 4 2 .987 -5 -6 2.79 2.37 .979 2.33 2.32
1979 SFG NL 31 CF 129 126 76 994.1 314 302 8 4 2 .987 -5 -6 2.81 2.40 .986 2.82 2.81
1980 SFG NL 32 CF 115 108 90 928.1 320 307 7 6 1 .981 3 4 3.04 2.73 .984 2.83 2.83
1980 SFG NL 32 OF 115 108 90 928.1 325 313 6 6 1 .982 3 4 3.09 2.77 .980 2.31 2.31
1981 SFG NL 33 CF 37 35 30 301.0 88 84 1 3 1 .966 -2 -6 2.54 2.30 .987 2.80 2.81
1981 SFG NL 33 OF 37 35 30 301.0 88 84 1 3 1 .966 -2 -6 2.54 2.30 .980 2.33 2.34
11 Seasons OF 1066 991 833 8604.1 2940 2820 63 57 15 .981 34 5 3.02 2.70 .980 2.35 2.34
10 Seasons CF 1022 964 812 8348.1 2875 2759 62 54 15 .981 37 5 3.04 2.76 .984 2.85 2.84
4 Seasons RF 29 22 17 199.1 29 27 1 1 1 .966 -3 -19 1.26 0.97 .980 2.08 2.08
4 Seasons LF 15 5 4 56.2 13 10 2 1 0 .923 -0 -2 1.91 0.80 .975 2.05 2.00
11 Seasons TOT 1066 991 833 8604.1 2940 2820 63 57 15 .981 34 5 3.02 2.70 .980 2.35 2.34
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1973 AL (29, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1973 AL  7.0 (10th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1973 AL  7.0 (5th)
1975 AL  5.8 (9th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1973 AL  2.8 (4th)
1975 AL  2.3 (6th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1973 AL  .376 (7th)
1979 NL  .386 (9th)
1980 NL  .373 (7th)**

Runs Scored s c a p y
1973 AL  98 (2nd)
1976 AL  91 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1973 AL  78 (9th)
1979 NL  96 (4th)
1980 NL  81 (8th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1973 AL  53 (2nd)
1974 AL  54 (1st)
1975 AL  30 (8th)
1976 AL  75 (1st)
1979 NL  58 (2nd)
1980 NL  45 (9th)
1981 NL  26 (4th)
Career  395 (78th)

Singles s c a p y
1973 AL  138 (4th)
1976 AL  136 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1973 AL  239 (10th)
1976 AL  238 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1974 AL  11 (7th)
1975 AL  13 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1973 AL  20 (1st)
1974 AL  26 (1st)
1976 AL  29 (1st)
1979 NL  24 (1st)
1980 NL  19 (3rd)
Career  162 (19th)

SB % s c a p y
1973 AL  72.60 (8th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1976 AL  474 (7th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1973 AL  25 (3rd)
1975 AL  21 (3rd)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  136 (5th)
1974 AL  138 (4th)
1975 AL  133 (5th)
1976 AL  137 (4th)
Career  1,022 (83rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  427 (1st)
1974 AL  427 (3rd)
1975 AL  414 (1st)
1976 AL  388 (3rd)
Career  2,759 (72nd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  15 (1st)
1974 AL  9 (3rd)
1975 AL  9 (4th)
Career  62 (89th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  9 (1st)
1975 AL  10 (1st)
1976 AL  9 (2nd)
1978 NL  6 (4th)
1980 NL  6 (4th)
1981 NL  3 (4th)
Career  54 (57th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  6 (1st)
1978 NL  1 (5th)
Career  15 (93rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  429 (1st)
1974 AL  437 (3rd)
1975 AL  420 (1st)
1976 AL  397 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  14 (1st)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  9 (3rd)
1975 AL  11 (2nd)
1976 AL  9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  5 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  26 (1st)
1975 AL  22 (1st)
Career  37 (40th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1973 AL  3.32 (1st)
1974 AL  3.36 (1st)
1975 AL  3.32 (1st)
1980 NL  3.04 (2nd)
Career  3.01 (8th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1973 AL  3.25 (1st)
1974 AL  3.16 (1st)
1975 AL  3.18 (1st)
1976 AL  2.89 (5th)
1980 NL  2.73 (4th)
Career  2.76 (29th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1974 AL  .991 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  25 (1st)
1975 AL  21 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1973 AL  3.30 (1st)
1974 AL  3.44 (1st)
1975 AL  3.30 (1st)
1980 NL  3.09 (2nd)
Career  3.02 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1973 AL  3.21 (1st)
1974 AL  3.23 (1st)
1975 AL  3.12 (1st)
1976 AL  2.81 (5th)
1980 NL  2.77 (4th)
Career  2.70 (21st)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1974 AL  .991 (3rd)

A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (432), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 26 (898), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (888), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1087), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (90th), 26.7 career WAR/26.4 7yr-peak WAR/26.6 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
197224Chicago Cubs$11,000Noll/Fort/Hylan database
197325Oakland Athletics$20,000Noll/Fort/Hylan database
197527Oakland Athletics$55,0003/15/75 TSN
197729Oakland Athletics$75,000TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
197830Los Angeles Dodgers$65,0002/10/79 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$226,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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