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Bill Piercy

William Benton Piercy (Wild Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: May 2, 1896 in El Monte, CA (All Transactions)
Debut: October 3, 1917 (Age 21.154)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1921 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Cubs/Yankees 1917-1926

Final Game: September 6, 1926 (Age 30.127)
Died: August 28, 1951 in Long Beach, CA
Cremated
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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
1917 21 NYY AL 0 1 .000 3.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 9 3 3 0 2 4 0 0 0 37 95 2.04 1.222 9.0 0.0 2.0 4.0 2.00
1921 25 NYY AL 5 4 .556 2.98 14 10 3 5 1 0 81.2 82 40 27 4 28 35 7 1 3 354 142 4.17 1.347 9.0 0.4 3.1 3.9 1.25
1922 26 BOS AL 3 9 .250 4.67 29 12 10 7 1 0 121.1 140 77 63 2 62 24 6 0 4 554 87 4.51 1.665 10.4 0.1 4.6 1.8 0.39
1923 27 BOS AL 8 17 .320 3.41 30 24 4 11 0 0 187.1 193 105 71 5 73 51 14 0 6 815 119 4.13 1.420 9.3 0.2 3.5 2.5 0.70
1924 28 BOS AL 5 7 .417 5.95 23 18 4 3 0 0 121.0 156 87 80 4 66 20 10 0 4 569 73 5.02 1.835 11.6 0.3 4.9 1.5 0.30
1926 30 CHC NL 6 5 .545 4.48 19 5 10 1 0 0 90.1 96 52 45 1 37 31 6 0 4 401 87 3.80 1.472 9.6 0.1 3.7 3.1 0.84
6 Yrs 27 43 .386 4.26 116 70 31 28 2 0 610.2 676 364 289 16 268 165 43 1 21 2730 96 4.31 1.546 10.0 0.2 3.9 2.4 0.62
162 Game Avg. 10 16 .386 4.26 42 26 11 10 1 0 223 247 133 106 6 98 60 16 0 8 998 96 4.31 1.546 10.0 0.2 3.9 2.4 0.62
BOS (3 yrs) 16 33 .327 4.48 82 54 18 21 1 0 429.2 489 269 214 11 201 95 30 0 14 1938 93 4.49 1.606 10.2 0.2 4.2 2.0 0.47
NYY (2 yrs) 5 5 .500 2.98 15 11 3 6 1 0 90.2 91 43 30 4 30 39 7 1 3 391 137 3.96 1.335 9.0 0.4 3.0 3.9 1.30
CHC (1 yr) 6 5 .545 4.48 19 5 10 1 0 0 90.1 96 52 45 1 37 31 6 0 4 401 87 3.80 1.472 9.6 0.1 3.7 3.1 0.84
AL (5 yrs) 21 38 .356 4.22 97 65 21 27 2 0 520.1 580 312 244 15 231 134 37 1 17 2329 98 4.40 1.559 10.0 0.3 4.0 2.3 0.58
NL (1 yr) 6 5 .545 4.48 19 5 10 1 0 0 90.1 96 52 45 1 37 31 6 0 4 401 87 3.80 1.472 9.6 0.1 3.7 3.1 0.84
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
1917 21 NYY AL 9.0 1 1 3 3.00 3.50 -0.01 0.00 102.0 3.58 1 0.1 -0.0 0.2 1 .570 .500 $2,400
1921 25 NYY AL 81.2 14 10 40 4.41 4.62 0.21 0.00 97.3 4.29 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.6 9 .489 .499 $3,500
1922 26 BOS AL 120.2 29 12 77 5.74 4.91 0.00 0.00 99.8 4.90 -11 -1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.2 2 .464 .494 $3,500
1923 27 BOS AL 186.2 30 24 105 5.06 5.06 -0.23 0.00 102.1 5.41 7 0.7 1.0 -0.1 2.5 28 .523 .504 $3,500
1924 28 BOS AL 119.1 23 18 87 6.56 5.05 -0.33 0.00 102.4 5.52 -15 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 0 .440 .492 $4,700
1926 30 CHC NL 89.1 19 5 52 5.24 4.67 0.26 0.00 101.5 4.48 -8 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 0 .459 .495
6 Seasons 606.2 116 70 364 5.40 4.89 -0.07 0.00 101.0 5.01 -28 -2.6 1.0 -0.3 3.2 40 .478 .497 $17,600
BOS (3 yrs) 426.2 82 54 269 5.67 5.02 -0.19 0.00 101.5 5.29 -19 -1.7 1.0 -0.2 2.5 30 .479 .497 $11,700
NYY (2 yrs) 90.2 15 11 43 4.27 4.51 0.19 0.00 97.8 4.22 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 0.8 10 .494 .499 $5,900
CHC (1 yr) 89.1 19 5 52 5.24 4.67 0.26 0.00 101.5 4.48 -8 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 0 .459 .495

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1921 25 NYY AL WS L NYG 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 2.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0
1 WS 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 2.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0

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
1917 21 NYY AL 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 2 0 0 0 /1
1921 25 NYY AL 14 31 28 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .214 .290 .286 .576 46 8 2 0 1
1922 26 BOS AL 29 40 34 2 5 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 9 .147 .194 .206 .400 5 7 0 4 1
1923 27 BOS AL 30 63 53 2 7 2 1 0 4 0 0 1 16 .132 .148 .208 .356 -7 11 0 8 1
1924 28 BOS AL 23 45 39 1 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 12 .154 .195 .179 .375 -3 7 0 5 1
1926 30 CHC NL 19 35 35 2 9 3 0 0 3 0 0 2 .257 .257 .343 .600 60 12 0 0 1
6 Yrs 116 217 191 9 33 10 1 0 14 0 0 7 46 .173 .210 .236 .446 16 45 2 17
162 Game Avg. 162 303 267 13 46 14 1 0 20 0 10 64 .173 .210 .236 .446 16 63 3 24
BOS (3 yrs) 82 148 126 5 18 5 1 0 9 0 0 5 37 .143 .176 .198 .374 -2 25 0 17
NYY (2 yrs) 15 34 30 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 .200 .294 .267 .561 44 8 2 0
CHC (1 yr) 19 35 35 2 9 3 0 0 3 0 0 2 .257 .257 .343 .600 60 12 0 0
AL (5 yrs) 97 182 156 7 24 7 1 0 11 0 0 7 44 .154 .200 .212 .412 7 33 2 17
NL (1 yr) 19 35 35 2 9 3 0 0 3 0 0 2 .257 .257 .343 .600 60 12 0 0

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
1917 21 NYY AL 1 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .506 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $2,400 /1
1921 25 NYY AL 14 31 -2 0 0 0 3 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $3,500 1
1922 26 BOS AL 29 40 -5 0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 $3,500 1
1923 27 BOS AL 30 63 -10 0 0 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .486 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 $3,500 1
1924 28 BOS AL 23 45 -7 0 0 0 4 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .488 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $4,700 1
1926 30 CHC NL 19 35 -2 0 0 0 3 2 0.1 0 2 0.1 .508 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
6 Seasons 116 217 -27 0 0 0 21 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .495 .499 -0.6 -0.0 -6 $17,600
BOS (3 yrs) 82 148 -23 0 0 0 14 -8 -0.8 0 -8 -0.8 .490 .498 -0.8 -0.0 -8 $11,700
NYY (2 yrs) 15 34 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $5,900
CHC (1 yr) 19 35 -2 0 0 0 3 2 0.1 0 2 0.1 .508 .501 0.2 -0.0 2

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
1921 25 NYY AL WS NYG L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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 Awards
1917 NYY AL 21 P 1 1 1 9.0 4 0 3 1 0 .750 3.00 3.00 .948 3.00 3.00
1921 NYY AL 25 P 14 10 5 81.2 27 3 20 4 2 .852 2.53 1.64 .956 2.70 2.68
1922 BOS AL 26 P 29 12 7 121.1 46 4 42 0 2 1.000 3.41 1.59 .963 2.60 2.59
1923 BOS AL 27 P 30 24 11 187.1 79 10 65 4 3 .949 3.60 2.50 .959 2.72 2.70
1924 BOS AL 28 P 23 18 3 121.0 47 5 38 4 0 .915 3.20 1.87 .959 2.53 2.49
1926 CHC NL 30 P 19 5 1 90.1 31 5 23 3 1 .903 2.79 1.47 .958 2.57 2.53
6 Seasons P 116 70 28 610.2 234 27 191 16 8 .932 3.21 1.88 .959 2.64 2.60
6 Seasons TOT 116 70 28 610.2 234 27 191 16 8 .932 3.21 1.88 .959 2.64 2.60
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

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1923 AL  0.240 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1923 AL  17 (4th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1923 AL  6 (4th)
1924 AL  4 (9th)
1926 NL  4 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1923 AL  14 (3rd)
1924 AL  10 (5th)
1926 NL  6 (8th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1923 AL  119 (10th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1924 AL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1923 AL  3.60 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1923 AL  2.50 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2051), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1490th), 2.6 career WAR/2.6 7yr-peak WAR/2.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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 ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1916 20 New York Yankees $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1917 21 New York Yankees $2,400 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 25 New York Yankees $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 26 Boston Red Sox $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 27 Boston Red Sox $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 28 Boston Red Sox $4,700 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$20,600
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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