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Willie Smith

Willie Smith
Wonderful Willie

Positions: Leftfielder, Pinch Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: February 11, 1939 in Anniston, AL
High School: Carbon Hill HS (Carbon Hill, AL)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1960. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 18, 1963 (Age 24.127)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Angels/Cubs/Indians/Reds/Tigers 1963-1971

Final Game: September 30, 1971 (Age 32.231)
Died: January 16, 2006 in Anniston, AL
Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Anniston, AL
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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
1963 24 DET AL 17 8 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 -30 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1964 25 LAA AL 118 373 359 46 108 14 6 11 51 7 5 8 39 .301 .317 .465 .782 125 167 8 2 1 3 1 791/8
1965 26 CAL AL 136 498 459 52 120 14 9 14 57 9 8 32 60 .261 .308 .423 .731 109 194 5 1 1 5 10 *7/39
1966 27 CAL AL 90 216 195 18 36 3 2 1 20 1 0 12 37 .185 .239 .236 .475 39 46 0 3 2 3 2 79
1967 28 CLE AL 21 33 32 0 7 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 10 .219 .242 .281 .524 53 9 1 0 0 0 0 /73
1968 29 TOT MLB 88 204 184 14 45 10 2 5 28 0 0 15 47 .245 .305 .402 .708 108 74 2 2 1 2 4 73/1
1968 29 CLE AL 33 47 42 1 6 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 14 .143 .213 .190 .403 24 8 1 1 0 1 2 /317
1968 29 CHC NL 55 157 142 13 39 8 2 5 25 0 0 12 33 .275 .333 .465 .798 131 66 1 1 1 1 2 7/31
1969 30 CHC NL 103 223 195 21 48 9 1 9 25 1 0 25 49 .246 .330 .441 .771 104 86 3 0 2 1 3 73/9
1970 31 CHC NL 87 182 167 15 36 9 1 5 24 2 1 11 32 .216 .267 .371 .638 62 62 2 1 2 1 0 3/7
1971 32 CIN NL 31 58 55 3 9 2 0 1 4 0 0 3 9 .164 .207 .255 .461 33 14 4 0 0 0 0 3
9 Yrs 691 1795 1654 171 410 63 21 46 211 20 16 107 284 .248 .295 .395 .689 94 653 25 9 9 15 20
162 Game Avg. 162 421 388 40 96 15 5 11 49 5 4 25 67 .248 .295 .395 .689 94 153 6 2 2 4 5
CHC (3 yrs) 245 562 504 49 123 26 4 19 74 3 1 48 114 .244 .311 .425 .735 97 214 6 2 5 3 5
CAL (3 yrs) 344 1087 1013 116 264 31 17 26 128 17 13 52 136 .261 .298 .402 .699 101 407 13 6 4 11 13
CLE (2 yrs) 54 80 74 1 13 4 0 0 5 0 2 4 24 .176 .225 .230 .455 37 17 2 1 0 1 2
CIN (1 yr) 31 58 55 3 9 2 0 1 4 0 0 3 9 .164 .207 .255 .461 33 14 4 0 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 17 8 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 -30 1 0 0 0 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 415 1175 1095 119 278 35 17 26 133 17 15 56 161 .254 .291 .388 .680 96 425 15 7 4 12 15
NL (4 yrs) 276 620 559 52 132 28 4 20 78 3 1 51 123 .236 .301 .408 .709 91 228 10 2 5 3 5

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
1963 24 DET AL 17 8 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 1
1964 25 LAA AL 118 373 11 0 2 1 -4 10 0.9 11 21 2.0 .509 .507 2.1 -0.5 20 $6,300 791/8
1965 26 CAL AL 136 498 4 -4 2 6 -6 3 0.2 15 18 1.8 .502 .502 1.2 -0.1 12 $15,000 *7/39
1966 27 CAL AL 90 216 -12 1 1 -3 -3 -16 -2.0 7 -9 -1.2 .479 .488 -0.8 -0.8 -6 $16,000 79
1967 28 CLE AL 21 33 -2 -1 -0 -2 -0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.5 .472 .496 -0.3 -0.3 -2 /73
1968 29 CLE AL 33 47 -4 -0 0 -0 -0 -5 -0.6 2 -3 -0.5 .481 .496 -0.4 -0.2 -3 /317
1968 29 CHC NL 55 157 7 -1 0 -3 -2 0 0.1 5 5 0.6 .500 .500 1.0 -0.6 9 7/31
1969 30 CHC NL 103 223 2 -1 -0 -5 -3 -7 -0.8 8 0 -0.0 .492 .495 0.5 -0.8 5 73/9
1970 31 CHC NL 87 182 -8 1 1 -2 -2 -10 -1.0 6 -4 -0.4 .488 .494 -0.2 -0.4 -1 $11,250 3/7
1971 32 CIN NL 31 58 -4 0 -1 1 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .483 .497 -0.4 0.0 -3 3
9 Seasons 691 1795 -8 -5 5 -9 -20 -36 -4.4 58 22 1.4 .494 .498 2.6 -3.6 30 $48,550
CHC (3 yrs) 245 562 0 -1 1 -11 -7 -18 -1.7 19 2 0.2 .492 .496 1.3 -1.8 12 $11,250
CAL (3 yrs) 344 1087 3 -2 5 4 -13 -4 -0.9 34 30 2.6 .499 .500 2.5 -1.4 26 $37,300
CLE (2 yrs) 54 80 -6 -1 -0 -2 -1 -10 -1.2 3 -7 -1.0 .478 .496 -0.7 -0.4 -5
CIN (1 yr) 31 58 -4 0 -1 1 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .483 .497 -0.4 0.0 -3
DET (1 yr) 17 8 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0

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
1963 24 DET AL 1 0 1.000 4.57 11 2 4 0 0 2 21.2 24 13 11 2 13 2 16 0 1 0 99 83 4.00 1.708 10.0 0.8 5.4 6.6 1.23
1964 25 LAA AL 1 4 .200 2.84 15 1 3 0 0 0 31.2 34 13 10 5 10 1 20 1 0 2 134 118 4.44 1.389 9.7 1.4 2.8 5.7 2.00
1968 29 TOT MLB 0 0 0.00 3 0 3 0 0 0 7.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 25 1.99 0.391 2.3 0.0 1.2 3.5 3.00
1968 29 CLE AL 0 0 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 5.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 2.58 0.600 3.6 0.0 1.8 1.8 1.00
1968 29 CHC NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8 0.88 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.8
3 Yrs 2 4 .333 3.10 29 3 10 0 0 2 61.0 60 26 21 7 24 3 39 1 1 3 258 114 3.98 1.377 8.9 1.0 3.5 5.8 1.63
162 Game Avg. 4 9 .333 3.10 62 6 21 0 0 4 130 128 55 45 15 51 6 83 2 2 6 548 114 3.98 1.377 8.9 1.0 3.5 5.8 1.63
CHC (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8 0.88 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.8
CLE (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 5.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 2.58 0.600 3.6 0.0 1.8 1.8 1.00
LAA (1 yr) 1 4 .200 2.84 15 1 3 0 0 0 31.2 34 13 10 5 10 1 20 1 0 2 134 118 4.44 1.389 9.7 1.4 2.8 5.7 2.00
DET (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 4.57 11 2 4 0 0 2 21.2 24 13 11 2 13 2 16 0 1 0 99 83 4.00 1.708 10.0 0.8 5.4 6.6 1.23
AL (3 yrs) 2 4 .333 3.24 28 3 9 0 0 2 58.1 60 26 21 7 24 3 37 1 1 2 250 108 4.12 1.440 9.3 1.1 3.7 5.7 1.54
NL (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8 0.88 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.8
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
1963 24 DET AL 21.2 11 2 13 5.40 4.14 0.22 -0.06 103.6 4.00 -3 -0.3 1.4 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .469 .498
1964 25 LAA AL 31.2 15 1 13 3.69 4.34 0.34 -0.13 93.4 3.61 0 0.0 .9 -0.1 0.2 2 .502 .500 $6,300
1968 29 CLE AL 5.0 2 0 0 0.00 3.73 0.24 -0.16 100.0 3.33 2 0.3 .0 -0.1 0.2 2 .632 .502
1968 29 CHC NL 2.2 1 0 0 0.00 3.65 -0.03 -0.16 100.0 3.52 1 0.1 .0 -0.1 0.1 1 .640 .501
3 Seasons 61.0 29 3 26 3.84 4.19 0.27 -0.11 97.9 3.72 0 0.1 .9 -0.3 0.3 4 .503 .499 $6,300
CHC (1 yr) 2.2 1 0 0 0.00 3.65 -0.03 -0.16 100.0 3.52 1 0.1 .0 -0.1 0.1 1 .640 .501
CLE (1 yr) 5.0 2 0 0 0.00 3.73 0.24 -0.16 100.0 3.33 2 0.3 .0 -0.1 0.2 2 .632 .502
LAA (1 yr) 31.2 15 1 13 3.69 4.34 0.34 -0.13 93.4 3.61 0 0.0 .9 -0.1 0.2 2 .502 .500 $6,300
DET (1 yr) 21.2 11 2 13 5.40 4.14 0.22 -0.06 103.6 4.00 -3 -0.3 1.4 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .469 .498

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1963 DET AL 24 P 11 2 0 21.2 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 2.08 0.45 .956 1.99 2.00 2 0 0% 32% 0
1964 LAA AL 25 OF 87 80 72 717.1 133 128 2 3 0 .977 1 2 1.63 1.49 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 LAA AL 25 LF 57 50 44 449.2 83 79 2 2 0 .976 -0 -0 1.62 1.42 .975 1.81 1.80
1964 LAA AL 25 RF 31 28 26 251.2 49 49 0 0 0 1.000 2 7 1.75 1.58 .984 1.88 1.87
1964 LAA AL 25 P 15 1 0 31.2 7 1 6 0 1 1.000 1.99 0.47 .957 1.90 1.89 0 1 100% 37% 0
1964 LAA AL 25 CF 3 2 2 16.0 4 3 0 1 0 .750 -0 -30 1.69 1.00 .980 2.48 2.43
1965 CAL AL 26 OF 123 108 97 977.0 201 187 10 4 1 .980 6 8 1.81 1.60 .978 2.04 2.03
1965 CAL AL 26 LF 122 108 97 976.0 210 196 10 4 1 .981 6 8 1.90 1.69 .979 1.87 1.86
1965 CAL AL 26 1B 2 1 1 12.0 12 9 2 1 1 .917 -0 -30 8.25 5.50 .991 9.52 9.55
1965 CAL AL 26 RF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80
1966 CAL AL 27 OF 52 40 16 341.0 77 71 4 2 1 .974 -3 -12 1.98 1.44 .982 2.10 2.10
1966 CAL AL 27 LF 32 26 11 219.0 39 36 2 1 1 .974 -1 -8 1.56 1.19 .980 1.83 1.82
1966 CAL AL 27 RF 22 14 5 122.0 26 23 2 1 0 .962 -2 -19 1.84 1.14 .979 1.94 1.94
1967 CLE AL 28 LF 4 3 2 27.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -1 -62 1.33 1.00 .976 1.87 1.88
1967 CLE AL 28 OF 4 3 2 27.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -1 -62 1.33 1.00 .980 2.03 2.05
1967 CLE AL 28 1B 3 1 0 10.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 7.20 2.67 .991 9.54 9.53
1968 TOT MLB 29 LF 39 37 19 289.1 42 41 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -16 1.31 1.08 .963 1.65 1.65
1968 TOT MLB 29 OF 39 37 19 289.1 44 43 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -16 1.37 1.13 .975 2.02 2.03
1968 TOT MLB 29 1B 11 5 3 58.1 70 67 3 0 5 1.000 -0 -2 10.80 6.36 .990 9.70 9.75
1968 TOT MLB 29 P 3 0 0 7.2 5 3 2 0 1 1.000 5.87 1.67 .956 1.88 1.93 0 0 0
1968 CLE AL 29 1B 7 4 2 43.1 53 51 2 0 5 1.000 -0 -14 11.01 7.57 .989 9.57 9.54
1968 CLE AL 29 P 2 0 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 3.60 1.00 .955 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1968 CLE AL 29 LF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.12 1.00 .980 1.80 1.80
1968 CLE AL 29 OF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.12 1.00 .980 2.02 2.10
1968 CHC NL 29 LF 38 36 18 281.1 41 40 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -16 1.31 1.08 .963 1.64 1.65
1968 CHC NL 29 OF 38 36 18 281.1 43 42 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -16 1.38 1.13 .975 2.02 2.03
1968 CHC NL 29 1B 4 1 1 15.0 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 0 32 10.20 4.25 .992 10.08 10.12
1968 CHC NL 29 P 1 0 0 2.2 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 10.12 3.00 .957 2.02 2.00 0 0 0
1969 CHC NL 30 OF 33 30 7 212.1 28 26 0 2 0 .929 -5 -29 1.10 0.79 .973 2.02 2.01
1969 CHC NL 30 LF 32 30 7 212.0 31 29 0 2 0 .935 -5 -29 1.23 0.91 .963 1.69 1.68
1969 CHC NL 30 1B 24 16 10 152.2 169 159 9 1 14 .994 0 2 9.90 7.00 .992 9.83 9.76
1969 CHC NL 30 RF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -360 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.80
1970 CHC NL 31 1B 43 32 30 302.1 331 318 11 2 32 .994 -2 -10 9.79 7.65 .992 9.68 9.64
1970 CHC NL 31 LF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80
1970 CHC NL 31 OF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.10
1971 CIN NL 32 1B 10 9 8 80.0 89 80 9 0 10 1.000 1 9 10.01 8.90 .992 9.88 9.87
7 Seasons OF 339 298 213 2566.0 488 459 17 12 2 .975 -6 -3 1.67 1.40 .979 2.04 2.04
7 Seasons LF 287 254 180 2175.0 410 385 15 10 2 .976 -6 -3 1.66 1.39 .975 1.81 1.80
6 Seasons 1B 93 64 52 615.1 679 641 34 4 62 .994 -2 -4 9.87 7.26 .992 9.74 9.70
4 Seasons RF 55 42 31 375.0 75 72 2 1 0 .987 -0 -2 1.78 1.35 .982 1.90 1.90
3 Seasons P 29 3 0 61.0 17 5 12 0 2 1.000 2.51 0.59 .956 1.93 1.94 2 1 33% 34% 0
1 Season CF 3 2 2 16.0 4 3 0 1 0 .750 -0 -30 1.69 1.00 .980 2.48 2.43
9 Seasons TOT 461 365 265 3242.1 1184 1105 63 16 66 .986 -9 -3 3.24 2.53 .986 3.50 3.58 2 1 33% 34% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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.
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  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Triples s c a p y
1964 AL  6 (9th)
1965 AL  9 (4th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1965 AL  10 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1965 AL  8 (6th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  122 (5th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  196 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  10 (3rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  4 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1966 AL  1 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  6 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1965 AL  1.90 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  1.69 (3rd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 AL  .981 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1965 AL  6 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1977), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (395th), 1.4 career WAR/3.1 7yr-peak WAR/2.3 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1964 25 Los Angeles Angels $6,300 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1965 26 California Angels $15,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1966 27 California Angels $16,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 31 Chicago Cubs $11,250 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$48,550
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.

Name Translations

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Japanese: ウィリー・スミス 統計

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