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Bill Salkeld

William Franklin Salkeld

Positions: Catcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: March 8, 1917 in Pocatello, ID (All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1945 (Age 28.041)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Braves/WhiteSox 1945-1950

Final Game: April 21, 1950 (Age 33.044)
Died: April 22, 1967 in Los Angeles, CA
Buried: Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Relatives: Grandfather of Roger Salkeld
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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
1945 28 PIT NL 95 317 267 45 83 16 1 15 52 2 50 16 .311 .420 .547 .966 163 146 8 0 0 2 MVP-24
1946 29 PIT NL 69 200 160 18 47 8 0 3 19 2 39 16 .294 .432 .400 .832 134 64 1 0 1 2
1947 30 PIT NL 47 68 61 5 13 2 0 0 8 0 6 8 .213 .284 .246 .529 40 15 2 0 1 2
1948 31 BSN NL 78 250 198 26 48 8 1 8 28 1 42 37 .242 .378 .414 .792 115 82 3 1 9 2
1949 32 BSN NL 66 210 161 17 41 5 0 5 25 1 44 24 .255 .417 .379 .796 120 61 5 1 3 2
1950 33 CHW AL 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 -31 0 0 0 0 /2
6 Yrs 356 1049 850 111 232 39 2 31 132 6 0 182 101 .273 .402 .433 .835 128 368 19 2 14
162 Game Avg. 162 477 387 51 106 18 1 14 60 3 83 46 .273 .402 .433 .835 128 167 9 1 6
PIT (3 yrs) 211 585 488 68 143 26 1 18 79 4 95 40 .293 .408 .461 .869 138 225 11 0 2
BSN (2 yrs) 144 460 359 43 89 13 1 13 53 2 86 61 .248 .396 .398 .794 117 143 8 2 12
CHW (1 yr) 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 -31 0 0 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 355 1045 847 111 232 39 2 31 132 6 181 101 .274 .403 .434 .837 129 368 19 2 14
AL (1 yr) 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 -31 0 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
1945 28 PIT NL 95 317 24 -0 0 0 3 26 2.7 10 36 3.7 .528 .516 3.7 0.3 36 2 MVP-24
1946 29 PIT NL 69 200 9 -0 0 -1 2 9 1.0 8 17 1.8 .515 .506 1.9 0.1 18 2
1947 30 PIT NL 47 68 -5 0 0 0 1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .490 .497 -0.2 0.1 -2 2
1948 31 BSN NL 78 250 5 0 1 1 2 9 0.9 10 19 1.9 .512 .506 1.8 0.3 18 2
1949 32 BSN NL 66 210 7 -1 0 0 2 8 0.8 8 17 1.7 .513 .505 1.7 0.2 17 2
1950 33 CHW AL 1 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .449 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
6 Seasons 356 1049 39 -1 1 0 9 48 4.9 39 86 8.8 .514 .507 8.8 1.0 86
PIT (3 yrs) 211 585 27 -0 0 -1 5 31 3.3 20 51 5.3 .515 .509 5.4 0.5 52
BSN (2 yrs) 144 460 12 -1 1 1 4 17 1.7 18 35 3.6 .512 .505 3.5 0.5 34
CHW (1 yr) 1 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .449 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0

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
1948 31 BSN NL WS CLE L 5 15 9 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 .222 .500 .556 1.056 5 0 0 1 0 0
1 WS 5 15 9 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 .222 .500 .556 1.056 5 0 0 1 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1945 PIT NL 28 C 86 73 57 328 279 40 9 8 .973 3.71 .978 4.57 3 3 46 20 30% 40% 0 MVP-24
1946 PIT NL 29 C 51 47 31 213 176 31 6 3 .972 4.06 .980 5.01 6 3 24 18 43% 43% 0
1947 PIT NL 30 C 15 7 5 34 29 4 1 0 .971 2.20 .981 4.96 1 3 3 2 40% 44% 0
1948 BSN NL 31 C 59 59 43 289 254 32 3 5 .990 4.85 .980 5.15 5 3 28 16 36% 40% 2
1949 BSN NL 32 C 63 55 39 256 230 21 5 3 .980 3.98 .982 4.98 4 8 19 9 32% 43% 0
1950 CHW AL 33 C 1 1 1 8.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 4.00 .985 4.95 4.80 0 0 0 0 0
6 Seasons C 275 242 176 8.0 1124 972 128 24 19 .979 4.50 4.00 .980 4.95 4.89 19 20 120 65 35% 41% 2
6 Seasons TOT 275 242 176 8.0 1124 972 128 24 19 .979 4.50 4.00 .980 4.95 4.89 19 20 120 65 35% 41% 2
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1945 NL (24, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1945 NL  15 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1945 NL  25 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1945 NL  2.5 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1948 NL  9 (8th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1945 NL  86 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1945 NL  40 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1945 NL  9 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1945 NL  8 (2nd)
1948 NL  5 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1946 NL  6 (3rd)
1948 NL  5 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1945 NL  46 (1st)
1948 NL  28 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1948 NL  4.85 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1900), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Catcher (187th), 8.8 career WAR/8.8 7yr-peak WAR/8.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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