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Bill Sarni

William Florine Sarni

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: September 19, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Los Angeles HS (Los Angeles, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: May 9, 1951 (Age 23.232, 8,392nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Giants 1951-1956

Last Game: September 18, 1956 (Age 28.365)
Died: April 15, 1983 in Creve Coeur, MO
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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
1951 23 STL NL 36 97 86 7 15 1 0 0 2 1 0 9 13 .174 .253 .186 .439 20 16 4 0 2 2
1952 24 STL NL 3 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 11 1 0 0 0 /2
1954 26 STL NL 123 415 380 40 114 18 4 9 70 3 3 25 42 .300 .337 .439 .776 101 167 10 0 2 8 *2
1955 27 STL NL 107 362 325 32 83 15 2 3 34 1 1 27 33 .255 .313 .342 .654 75 111 13 1 7 2 0 2
1956 28 TOT NL 121 424 386 28 98 16 5 10 45 1 1 28 46 .254 .305 .399 .704 89 154 8 2 4 4 4 *2
1956 28 STL NL 43 159 148 12 43 7 2 5 22 1 0 8 15 .291 .329 .466 .795 112 69 4 1 1 1 2 2
1956 28 NYG NL 78 265 238 16 55 9 3 5 23 0 1 20 31 .231 .290 .357 .647 74 85 4 1 3 3 2 2
5 Yrs 390 1303 1182 107 311 50 11 22 151 6 5 89 135 .263 .313 .380 .693 84 449 35 3 15 14 4
162 Game Avg. 162 541 491 44 129 21 5 9 63 2 2 37 56 .263 .313 .380 .693 84 187 15 1 6
STL (5 yrs) 312 1038 944 91 256 41 8 17 128 6 4 69 104 .271 .319 .386 .704 86 364 31 2 12 11 2
NYG (1 yr) 78 265 238 16 55 9 3 5 23 0 1 20 31 .231 .290 .357 .647 74 85 4 1 3 3 2

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
1951 23 STL NL 36 97 -9 0 -0 0 1 -9 -0.9 4 -5 -0.6 .474 .494 -0.6 0.1 -5 2
1952 24 STL NL 3 5 -1 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .480 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1954 26 STL NL 123 415 -4 -2 0 1 4 -1 -0.2 16 15 1.4 .499 .499 1.3 0.5 14 *2
1955 27 STL NL 107 362 -6 -1 -2 -2 4 -7 -0.9 14 6 0.4 .493 .495 0.8 0.0 8 2
1956 28 STL NL 43 159 2 -1 -0 0 2 3 0.2 6 9 0.9 .508 .502 1.0 0.1 9 2
1956 28 NYG NL 78 265 -10 -1 0 4 3 -4 -0.6 10 6 0.5 .495 .498 0.2 0.7 2 2
5 Seasons 390 1303 -27 -5 -3 3 14 -18 -2.4 49 31 2.5 .495 .498 2.7 1.4 28
STL (5 yrs) 312 1038 -17 -4 -3 -1 11 -14 -1.9 39 25 2.0 .495 .498 2.5 0.7 26
NYG (1 yr) 78 265 -10 -1 0 4 3 -4 -0.6 10 6 0.5 .495 .498 0.2 0.7 2

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1951 STL NL 23 C 35 22 15 218.2 122 107 13 2 3 .984 4.94 3.43 .981 5.18 5.16 1 2 6 6 50% 42% 0
1952 STL NL 24 C 3 2 1 18.0 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 9.50 6.33 .984 5.50 5.47 0 0 1 0 0% 44% 0
1954 STL NL 26 C 118 96 88 904.0 529 486 41 2 12 .996 1 1 5.25 4.47 .986 5.36 5.33 4 19 15 19 56% 44% 0
1955 STL NL 27 C 99 84 78 780.1 528 482 39 7 8 .987 -2 -3 6.01 5.26 .987 5.65 5.60 5 13 25 21 46% 46% 0
1956 TOT NL 28 C 119 110 97 976.0 652 586 61 5 10 .992 4 5 5.97 5.44 .985 5.83 5.77 11 18 29 24 45% 40% 1
1956 STL NL 28 C 41 40 37 356.2 246 219 25 2 1 .992 0 0 6.16 5.95 .985 5.83 5.77 3 7 18 8 31% 40% 1
1956 NYG NL 28 C 78 70 60 619.1 406 367 36 3 9 .993 4 8 5.86 5.17 .985 5.83 5.77 8 11 11 16 59% 40% 0
5 Seasons C 374 314 279 2897.0 1850 1680 154 16 33 .991 3 1 5.70 4.90 .986 5.58 5.53 21 52 76 70 48% 43% 1
5 Seasons TOT 374 314 279 2897.0 1850 1680 154 16 33 .991 3 1 5.70 4.90 .986 5.58 5.53 21 52 76 70 48% 43% 1
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

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1954 NL  8 (9th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1954 NL  118 (2nd)
1956 NL  119 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1954 NL  486 (3rd)
1955 NL  482 (5th)
1956 NL  586 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1956 NL  61 (1st)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1955 NL  7 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1954 NL  12 (1st)
1955 NL  8 (3rd)
1956 NL  10 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1956 NL  11 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1955 NL  25 (5th)
1956 NL  29 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1956 NL  24 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1954 NL  55.9 (3rd)
1956 NL  45.3 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1956 NL  4 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1954 NL  5.25 (5th)
1955 NL  6.01 (5th)
1956 NL  5.97 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1955 NL  5.26 (5th)
1956 NL  5.44 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1954 NL  .996 (1st)
1955 NL  .987 (5th)
1956 NL  .992 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1980), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (422nd), 2.5 career WAR/2.5 7yr-peak WAR/2.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Bill billy Florine Will William Sarni

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