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Bill Phillips

William B. Phillips

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 202 lb.

Born: April, 1857 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1879 (Age 22)
Rookie Status: Lost 1879 [*]
Teams (by GP): Blues/Grays/Cowboys 1879-1888

Final Game: October 14, 1888 (Age 31)
Died: October 7, 1900 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 25, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1474. Neil Walker… #1475. Curt Blefary… #1476. Mike LaValliere… #1477. BILL PHILLIPS… #1478. Bill Wambsganss… #1479. Jim Morrison… #1480. Gerardo Parra… 

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1879 22 CLV NL 81 367 365 58 99 15 4 0 29 2 20 .271 .275 .334 .609 98 122 *32/O
1880 23 CLV NL 85 340 334 41 85 14 10 1 36 6 29 .254 .268 .365 .633 114 122 *3
1881 24 CLV NL 85 362 357 51 97 18 10 1 44 5 19 .272 .282 .387 .668 112 138 *3
1882 25 CLV NL 78 342 335 40 87 17 7 4 47 7 18 .260 .275 .388 .663 113 130 *3/2
1883 26 CLV NL 97 390 382 42 94 29 8 2 40 8 49 .246 .262 .380 .641 92 145 *3
1884 27 CLV NL 111 482 464 58 128 25 12 3 46 18 80 .276 .303 .401 .704 117 186 *3
1885 28 BRO AA 99 429 391 65 118 16 11 3 63 27 .302 .364 .422 .786 146 165 11 *3
1886 29 BRO AA 141 619 585 68 160 26 15 0 72 13 33 .274 .313 .369 .683 113 216 1 *3
1887 30 BRO AA 132 584 533 82 142 34 11 2 101 16 45 30 .266 .330 .383 .713 96 204 6 *3
1888 31 KCC AA 129 543 509 57 120 20 10 1 56 10 27 50 .236 .284 .320 .604 90 163 7 *3
10 Yrs 1038 4458 4255 562 1130 214 98 17 534 39 178 295 .266 .299 .374 .673 108 1591 25
162 Game Avg. 162 696 664 88 176 33 15 3 83 28 .266 .299 .374 .673 108 248
CLV (6 yrs) 537 2283 2237 290 590 118 51 11 242 46 215 .264 .279 .377 .655 108 843
BRO (3 yrs) 372 1632 1509 215 420 76 37 5 236 29 105 30 .278 .333 .388 .720 115 585 18
KCC (1 yr) 129 543 509 57 120 20 10 1 56 10 27 50 .236 .284 .320 .604 90 163 7
NL (6 yrs) 537 2283 2237 290 590 118 51 11 242 46 215 .264 .279 .377 .655 108 843
AA (4 yrs) 501 2175 2018 272 540 96 47 6 292 39 132 80 .268 .320 .371 .691 109 748 25

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
1879 22 CLV NL 81 367 0 0 0 -7 1 -6 -0.7 12 6 0.6 .493 .496 1.3 -0.6 13 *32/O
1880 23 CLV NL 85 340 5 0 0 2 -0 7 0.6 12 18 1.9 .508 .504 1.7 0.2 16 *3
1881 24 CLV NL 85 362 6 0 0 0 -0 6 0.5 12 18 1.8 .507 .503 1.9 -0.0 18 *3
1882 25 CLV NL 78 342 6 0 0 6 0 12 1.0 11 23 2.2 .514 .507 1.7 0.5 17 *3/2
1883 26 CLV NL 97 390 -6 0 0 -2 -0 -8 -0.8 13 6 0.6 .493 .496 0.9 -0.2 8 $1,250 *3
1884 27 CLV NL 111 482 5 0 0 -11 -0 -6 -0.7 16 10 0.9 .495 .497 2.1 -1.2 21 *3
1885 28 BRO AA 99 429 22 0 0 -1 -0 21 1.9 9 30 2.9 .519 .512 3.0 -0.1 31 *3
1886 29 BRO AA 141 619 7 -2 0 -3 -0 2 0.1 13 15 1.5 .501 .501 1.7 -0.3 18 *3
1887 30 BRO AA 132 584 -6 -4 0 -4 -0 -14 -0.9 13 -1 0.4 .492 .494 0.6 -0.2 3 *3
1888 31 KCC AA 129 543 -8 -3 0 -7 -0 -19 -1.7 12 -7 -0.5 .486 .489 0.0 -0.6 -0 *3
10 Seasons 1038 4458 31 -9 0 -27 -0 -5 -0.7 123 118 12.3 .500 .499 14.9 -2.5 145 $1,250
CLV (6 yrs) 537 2283 16 0 0 -12 0 4 -0.1 77 81 8.0 .501 .500 9.7 -1.4 93 $1,250
BRO (3 yrs) 372 1632 23 -6 0 -8 -0 9 1.1 35 44 4.8 .503 .501 5.2 -0.5 52
KCC (1 yr) 129 543 -8 -3 0 -7 -0 -19 -1.7 12 -7 -0.5 .486 .489 0.0 -0.6 -0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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
1879 CLV NL 22 1B 75 784 726 22 36 23 .954 9.97 .953 11.13
1879 CLV NL 22 C 11 76 48 10 18 2 .763 5.27 .889 6.45 26 0 0
1879 CLV NL 22 OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .840 1.90 0-1-1
1880 CLV NL 23 1B 85 900 842 25 33 37 .963 10.20 .959 10.55
1881 CLV NL 24 1B 85 859 806 24 29 51 .966 9.76 .960 10.52
1882 CLV NL 25 1B 78 876 827 24 25 55 .971 10.91 .958 10.37
1882 CLV NL 25 C 1 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 4.00 .910 6.80 0 0 0
1883 CLV NL 26 1B 97 1008 953 22 33 53 .967 10.05 .961 10.58
1884 CLV NL 27 1B 111 1185 1107 30 48 59 .959 10.24 .962 10.47
1885 BRO AA 28 1B 99 1165 1109 24 32 40 .973 11.44 .966 10.63
1886 BRO AA 29 1B 141 1460 1395 33 32 65 .978 10.13 .968 10.27
1887 BRO AA 30 1B 132 1369 1299 46 24 62 .982 10.19 .971 9.88
1888 KCC AA 31 1B 129 1563 1476 55 32 66 .980 11.87 .976 10.65
10 Seasons 1B 1032 11169 10540 305 324 511 .971 10.51 .965 10.47
2 Seasons C 12 80 51 11 18 2 .775 5.17 .890 6.48 26 0 0
1 Season OF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .840 1.90 0-1-1
10 Seasons TOT 1046 11250 10592 316 342 513 .970 10.43 .964 10.40 0-1-1 26 0 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 Position Playerss c a p y
1885 AA  2.9 (9th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1885 AA  3.0 (9th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1885 AA  .302 (7th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1885 AA  .364 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1885 AA  .422 (8th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1885 AA  .786 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1880 NL  85 (9th)
1881 NL  85 (1st)
1886 AA  141 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1879 NL  365 (6th)
1881 NL  357 (7th)
1886 AA  585 (3rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1879 NL  367 (10th)
1886 AA  619 (7th)

Hits s c a p y
1886 AA  160 (5th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1886 AA  216 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1884 NL  25 (10th)
1886 AA  26 (9th)
1887 AA  34 (6th)

Triples s c a p y
1880 NL  10 (5th)
1881 NL  10 (2nd)
1884 NL  12 (5th)
1886 AA  15 (6th)
Career  98 (166th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1882 NL  4 (8th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1885 AA  63 (9th)
1886 AA  72 (9th)
1887 AA  101 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1883 NL  49 (10th)
1884 NL  80 (4th)

Singles s c a p y
1886 AA  119 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1885 AA  146 (8th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1885 AA  57 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1885 AA  22 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1885 AA  2.4 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1881 NL  29 (8th)
1886 AA  41 (9th)
1887 AA  47 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1885 AA  .708 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1885 AA  11 (2nd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1879 NL  266 (5th)
1881 NL  260 (6th)
1884 NL  336 (10th)
1886 AA  425 (7th)

Putoutss c a p y
1879 NL  775 (3rd)
1880 NL  842 (3rd)
1881 NL  806 (4th)
1882 NL  830 (3rd)
1884 NL  1,107 (4th)
1885 AA  1,109 (1st)
1886 AA  1,395 (2nd)
1887 AA  1,299 (2nd)
1888 AA  1,476 (1st)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1879 NL  75 (1st)
1880 NL  85 (1st)
1881 NL  85 (1st)
1882 NL  78 (5th)
1883 NL  97 (5th)
1884 NL  111 (3rd)
1885 AA  99 (3rd)
1886 AA  141 (1st)
1887 AA  132 (2nd)
1888 AA  129 (2nd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1879 NL  726 (4th)
1880 NL  842 (3rd)
1881 NL  806 (4th)
1882 NL  827 (3rd)
1884 NL  1,107 (4th)
1885 AA  1,109 (1st)
1886 AA  1,395 (2nd)
1887 AA  1,299 (2nd)
1888 AA  1,476 (1st)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1879 NL  22 (2nd)
1880 NL  25 (2nd)
1881 NL  24 (4th)
1882 NL  24 (2nd)
1884 NL  30 (5th)
1885 AA  24 (4th)
1886 AA  33 (5th)
1887 AA  46 (3rd)
1888 AA  55 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1879 NL  36 (3rd)
1880 NL  33 (2nd)
1881 NL  29 (4th)
1882 NL  25 (5th)
1884 NL  48 (3rd)
1885 AA  32 (5th)
1886 AA  32 (4th)
1887 AA  24 (5th)
1888 AA  32 (4th)
Career  324 (11th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1880 NL  37 (1st)
1881 NL  51 (1st)
1882 NL  55 (1st)
1883 NL  53 (3rd)
1884 NL  59 (2nd)
1886 AA  65 (3rd)
1887 AA  62 (2nd)
1888 AA  66 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1882 NL  10.91 (3rd)
1885 AA  11.44 (1st)
1886 AA  10.13 (4th)
1887 AA  10.19 (5th)
1888 AA  11.87 (1st)
Career  10.51 (32nd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1879 NL  .954 (2nd)
1880 NL  .963 (3rd)
1881 NL  .966 (3rd)
1882 NL  .971 (3rd)
1883 NL  .967 (2nd)
1885 AA  .973 (1st)
1886 AA  .978 (2nd)
1887 AA  .982 (1st)
1888 AA  .980 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (621), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 42 (605), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1813), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2246), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (168th), 12.3 career WAR/11.8 7yr-peak WAR/12.1 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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
188326Cleveland Blues$1,250Contract at HOF
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,250
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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Name and misspellings: William B. Bill billy Will William philips Phillips

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