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Willie Ramsdell

James Willard Ramsdell (Willie the Knuck)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 4, 1916 in Williamsburg, KS (All Transactions)
Debut: September 24, 1947 (Age 31.173)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Dodgers/Cubs 1947-1952

Final Game: July 15, 1952 (Age 36.102)
Died: October 8, 1969 in Wichita, KS
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Kiowa, KS
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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
1947 31 BRO NL 1 1 .500 6.75 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.2 4 6 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 17 69 4.75 2.625 13.5 0.0 10.1 10.1 1.00
1948 32 BRO NL 4 4 .500 5.19 27 1 14 0 0 4 50.1 48 35 29 6 41 34 3 0 2 241 78 5.48 1.768 8.6 1.1 7.3 6.1 0.83
1950 34 TOT NL 8 14 .364 3.68 32 22 7 8 1 1 163.2 158 80 67 17 77 85 3 0 6 699 115 4.36 1.436 8.7 0.9 4.2 4.7 1.10
1950 34 BRO NL 1 2 .333 2.84 5 0 5 0 0 1 6.1 7 3 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 27 153 3.37 1.421 9.9 0.0 2.8 2.8 1.00
1950 34 CIN NL 7 12 .368 3.72 27 22 2 8 1 0 157.1 151 77 65 17 75 83 2 0 5 672 114 4.40 1.436 8.6 1.0 4.3 4.7 1.11
1951 35 CIN NL 9 17 .346 4.04 31 31 0 10 1 0 196.0 204 103 88 18 70 88 8 1 9 857 101 3.97 1.398 9.4 0.8 3.2 4.0 1.26
1952 36 CHC NL 2 3 .400 2.42 19 4 8 0 0 0 67.0 41 22 18 5 24 30 5 0 2 271 160 3.76 0.970 5.5 0.7 3.2 4.0 1.25
5 Yrs 24 39 .381 3.83 111 58 30 18 2 5 479.2 455 246 204 46 215 240 20 1 19 2085 107 4.24 1.397 8.5 0.9 4.0 4.5 1.12
162 Game Avg. 10 16 .381 3.83 45 23 12 7 1 2 193 183 99 82 19 87 97 8 0 8 839 107 4.24 1.397 8.5 0.9 4.0 4.5 1.12
BRO (3 yrs) 6 7 .462 5.01 34 1 20 0 0 5 59.1 59 44 33 6 46 39 5 0 3 285 82 5.22 1.770 8.9 0.9 7.0 5.9 0.85
CIN (2 yrs) 16 29 .356 3.90 58 53 2 18 2 0 353.1 355 180 153 35 145 171 10 1 14 1529 107 4.16 1.415 9.0 0.9 3.7 4.4 1.18
CHC (1 yr) 2 3 .400 2.42 19 4 8 0 0 0 67.0 41 22 18 5 24 30 5 0 2 271 160 3.76 0.970 5.5 0.7 3.2 4.0 1.25
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
1947 31 BRO NL 2.2 2 0 6 20.25 4.37 0.32 0.00 99.2 4.02 -5 -0.4 1.5 -0.1 -0.5 -5 .301 .498
1948 32 BRO NL 50.1 27 1 35 6.26 4.49 0.12 0.00 100.5 4.39 -11 -1.1 1.7 -0.4 -0.9 -5 .461 .493
1950 34 BRO NL 6.1 5 0 3 4.26 4.70 0.21 0.00 103.3 4.65 0 0.0 4.3 0.0 0.1 1 .506 .500
1950 34 CIN NL 156.2 27 22 77 4.42 4.67 -0.17 0.00 101.7 4.93 9 1.0 .4 -0.1 2.5 26 .536 .506
1951 35 CIN NL 196.0 31 31 103 4.73 4.59 -0.01 0.00 103.0 4.74 0 0.0 -0.1 1.9 20 .501 .500
1952 36 CHC NL 67.0 19 4 22 2.96 4.27 0.04 0.00 101.9 4.31 10 1.1 .9 -0.1 1.7 17 .560 .507
5 Seasons 479.0 111 58 246 4.62 4.56 -0.04 0.00 102.1 4.70 5 0.7 1.6 -0.7 5.0 54 .506 .501
BRO (3 yrs) 59.1 34 1 44 6.67 4.50 0.14 0.00 100.7 4.40 -15 -1.4 2.1 -0.4 -1.2 -9 .458 .495
CIN (2 yrs) 352.2 58 53 180 4.59 4.63 -0.08 0.00 102.4 4.82 10 1.0 .4 -0.2 4.4 46 .517 .503
CHC (1 yr) 67.0 19 4 22 2.96 4.27 0.04 0.00 101.9 4.31 10 1.1 .9 -0.1 1.7 17 .560 .507

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
1947 31 BRO NL 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 425 1 0 0 0 /1
1948 32 BRO NL 27 12 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .091 .182 -51 1 0 0 0 1
1950 34 TOT NL 32 64 53 1 10 0 0 0 2 0 5 9 .189 .259 .189 .447 20 10 0 0 6 1
1950 34 BRO NL 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1950 34 CIN NL 27 61 50 1 10 0 0 0 2 0 5 8 .200 .273 .200 .473 27 10 0 0 6 1
1951 35 CIN NL 31 65 58 4 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 15 .155 .183 .172 .356 -4 10 2 0 5 1
1952 36 CHC NL 19 19 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .056 .105 .111 .216 -40 2 0 0 0 1
5 Yrs 111 161 141 5 22 2 0 0 4 0 0 8 35 .156 .201 .170 .372 0 24 2 0 11
162 Game Avg. 162 235 206 7 32 3 0 0 6 0 12 51 .156 .201 .170 .372 0 35 3 0 16
BRO (3 yrs) 34 16 15 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 .133 .133 .133 .267 -29 2 0 0 0
CIN (2 yrs) 58 126 108 5 19 1 0 0 3 0 0 7 23 .176 .226 .185 .411 11 20 2 0 11
CHC (1 yr) 19 19 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .056 .105 .111 .216 -40 2 0 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
1947 31 BRO NL 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .528 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1948 32 BRO NL 27 12 -3 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .495 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1950 34 BRO NL 5 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1950 34 CIN NL 27 61 -6 0 0 0 7 2 0.1 0 2 0.1 .506 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1951 35 CIN NL 31 65 -9 -1 -0 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .487 .498 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1
1952 36 CHC NL 19 19 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
5 Seasons 111 161 -21 -0 -0 0 17 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .496 .499 -0.4 -0.0 -4
BRO (3 yrs) 34 16 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
CIN (2 yrs) 58 126 -15 -0 -0 0 14 -2 -0.3 0 -2 -0.3 .496 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2
CHC (1 yr) 19 19 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1

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
1947 BRO NL 31 P 2 0 0 2.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 6.75 1.00 .965 2.02 2.05 0 0 0
1948 BRO NL 32 P 27 1 0 50.1 17 4 13 0 0 1.000 3.04 0.63 .963 2.11 2.08 1 0 0% 2
1950 TOT NL 34 P 32 22 8 163.2 33 8 24 1 0 .970 1.76 1.00 .961 2.12 2.10 13 2 13% 43% 1
1950 BRO NL 34 P 5 0 0 6.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 4.26 0.60 .960 2.13 2.10 0 0 0
1950 CIN NL 34 P 27 22 8 157.1 30 7 22 1 0 .967 1.66 1.07 .961 2.12 2.10 13 2 13% 43% 1
1951 CIN NL 35 P 31 31 10 196.0 39 7 29 3 3 .923 1.65 1.16 .962 2.14 2.14 12 7 37% 43% 2
1952 CHC NL 36 P 19 4 0 67.0 20 6 10 4 1 .800 2.15 0.84 .953 2.18 2.16 8 2 20% 44% 0
5 Seasons P 111 58 18 479.2 111 26 77 8 4 .928 1.93 0.93 .960 2.14 2.12 34 11 24% 42% 5
5 Seasons TOT 111 58 18 479.2 111 26 77 8 4 .928 1.93 0.93 .960 2.14 2.12 34 11 24% 42% 5
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

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1950 NL  4.674 (8th)

Saves s c a p y
1948 NL  4 (7th)

Losses s c a p y
1951 NL  17 (1st)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1950 NL  6 (5th)
1951 NL  9 (1st)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1951 NL  8 (3rd)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1950 NL  115 (10th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1951 NL  3 (5th)
1952 NL  4 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 3 (2177), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1275th), 4.5 career WAR/4.5 7yr-peak WAR/4.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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