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Bill Serena    \suh-REE-nuh\

William Robert Serena

Positions: Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: October 2, 1924 in Alameda, CA
High School: Alameda HS (Alameda, CA)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 16, 1949 (Age 24)
Team: Cubs 1949-1954

Final Game: August 7, 1954 (Age 29)
Died: April 17, 1996 in Hayward, CA
Cremated
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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
1949 24 CHC NL 12 44 37 3 8 3 0 1 7 0 7 9 .216 .341 .378 .719 96 14 1 0 0 5
1950 25 CHC NL 127 503 435 56 104 20 4 17 61 1 65 75 .239 .339 .421 .760 99 183 10 1 2 *5 RoY-5
1951 26 CHC NL 13 51 39 8 13 3 1 1 4 0 2 11 4 .333 .490 .538 1.029 174 21 0 1 0 5
1952 27 CHC NL 122 435 390 49 107 21 5 15 61 1 0 39 83 .274 .345 .469 .814 123 183 14 3 3 54
1953 28 CHC NL 93 317 275 30 69 10 5 10 52 0 0 41 46 .251 .350 .433 .783 101 119 9 1 2 45
1954 29 CHC NL 41 79 63 8 10 0 1 4 13 0 0 14 18 .159 .316 .381 .697 81 24 2 1 0 1 5/4
6 Yrs 408 1429 1239 154 311 57 16 48 198 2 2 177 235 .251 .348 .439 .787 108 544 36 7 7 1
162 Game Avg. 162 567 492 61 123 23 6 19 79 1 70 93 .251 .348 .439 .787 108 216 14 3 3

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
1949 24 CHC NL 12 44 -0 -0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .489 .499 0.2 -0.1 1 $5,000 5
1950 25 CHC NL 127 503 -1 1 -0 -1 0 -1 -0.2 19 18 1.7 .499 .499 1.9 -0.2 19 $6,000 *5 RoY-5
1951 26 CHC NL 13 51 5 -0 0 -1 0 4 0.4 2 6 0.6 .530 .502 0.7 -0.1 7 $8,000 5
1952 27 CHC NL 122 435 10 -0 -1 -3 2 8 0.8 16 24 2.5 .507 .505 2.9 -0.1 27 $8,000 54
1953 28 CHC NL 93 317 2 -0 -1 -5 2 -1 -0.2 12 11 1.0 .499 .499 1.5 -0.3 15 $10,500 45
1954 29 CHC NL 41 79 -2 -0 -0 0 0 -2 -0.3 3 0 0.0 .494 .498 -0.0 0.0 0 $11,000 5/4
6 Seasons 408 1429 14 -1 -2 -10 5 6 0.3 54 60 5.8 .502 .501 7.1 -0.7 70 $48,500

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 Awards
1949 CHC NL 24 3B 11 11 11 26 9 15 2 0 .923 2.18 .952 3.18
1950 CHC NL 25 3B 125 125 117 1102.1 419 122 274 23 24 .945 3.23 3.17 .948 3.31 3.27 RoY-5
1951 CHC NL 26 3B 12 12 12 103.0 34 15 17 2 1 .941 2.80 2.67 .953 3.37 3.36
1952 CHC NL 27 3B 58 57 51 509.2 175 70 100 5 5 .971 3.00 2.93 .954 3.15 3.12
1952 CHC NL 27 2B 49 46 46 412.0 265 128 134 3 25 .989 5.72 5.35 .975 5.48 5.43
1953 CHC NL 28 2B 49 46 40 399.1 230 106 120 4 24 .983 -3 -10 5.09 4.61 .972 5.44 5.33
1953 CHC NL 28 3B 28 27 22 217.0 72 29 40 3 7 .958 -1 -7 2.86 2.46 .951 3.04 2.98
1954 CHC NL 29 3B 12 11 10 90.2 30 3 25 2 0 .933 1 12 2.78 2.33 .952 3.17 3.15
1954 CHC NL 29 2B 2 1 1 11.0 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -55 2.45 1.50 .977 5.56 5.55
6 Seasons 3B 246 243 223 2022.2 756 248 471 37 37 .951 -0 -0 3.09 2.92 .950 3.24 3.20
3 Seasons 2B 100 93 87 822.1 498 236 255 7 49 .986 -4 -6 5.37 4.91 .974 5.46 5.38
6 Seasons TOT 346 336 310 2845.0 1254 484 726 44 86 .965 -4 -2 3.75 3.50 .959 3.88 3.83
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 s c a p y
1950 NL  75 (6th)
1952 NL  83 (5th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1952 NL  26.0 (10th)**

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  125 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  122 (5th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  274 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  23 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  24 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  3.17 (4th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1950 NL  .945 (5th)

                                         
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 10 (1613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (259th), 5.8 career WAR/5.8 7yr-peak WAR/5.8 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
194924Chicago Cubs$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195025Chicago Cubs$6,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195126Chicago Cubs$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195227Chicago Cubs$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195328Chicago Cubs$10,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195429Chicago Cubs$11,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$48,500
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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