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Bill Sowders

William Jefferson Sowders (Little Bill)

Positions: Pitcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: November 29, 1864 in Louisville, KY(All Transactions)
Debut: April 24, 1888 (Age 23.147)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Beaneaters/PittsburghAlleghenys 1888-1890

Final Game: June 19, 1890 (Age 25.202)
Died: February 2, 1951 in Indianapolis, IN
Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN
Relatives: Brother of John Sowders and Brother of Len Sowders
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Standard Pitching

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
1888 23 BSN NL 19 15 .559 2.07 36 35 1 34 2 0 317.0 278 155 73 3 73 132 9 0 14 1311 140 2.65 1.107 7.9 0.1 2.1 3.7 1.81
1889 24 TOT NL 7 7 .500 6.37 20 15 5 12 0 3 94.2 147 90 67 4 52 43 6 0 7 485 61 4.48 2.102 14.0 0.4 4.9 4.1 0.83
1889 24 BSN NL 1 2 .333 5.14 7 4 3 3 0 3 42.0 53 35 24 3 23 10 2 0 2 202 81 5.24 1.810 11.4 0.6 4.9 2.1 0.43
1889 24 PIT NL 6 5 .545 7.35 13 11 2 9 0 0 52.2 94 55 43 1 29 33 4 0 5 283 50 3.88 2.335 16.1 0.2 5.0 5.6 1.14
1890 25 PIT NL 3 8 .273 4.42 15 11 4 9 0 0 106.0 117 77 52 1 24 30 2 0 7 458 75 3.21 1.330 9.9 0.1 2.0 2.5 1.25
3 Yrs 29 30 .492 3.34 71 61 10 55 2 3 517.2 542 322 192 8 149 205 17 0 28 2254 95 3.10 1.335 9.4 0.1 2.6 3.6 1.38
162 Game Avg. 15 15 .492 3.34 37 31 5 28 1 2 267 279 166 99 4 77 106 9 0 14 1161 95 3.10 1.335 9.4 0.1 2.6 3.6 1.38
PIT (2 yrs) 9 13 .409 5.39 28 22 6 18 0 0 158.2 211 132 95 2 53 63 6 0 12 741 64 3.43 1.664 12.0 0.1 3.0 3.6 1.19
BSN (2 yrs) 20 17 .541 2.43 43 39 4 37 2 3 359.0 331 190 97 6 96 142 11 0 16 1513 125 2.95 1.189 8.3 0.2 2.4 3.6 1.48
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
1888 23 BSN NL 317.0 36 35 155 4.40 4.49 0.08 0.00 102.0 4.50 9 0.9 1.0 -0.3 3.6 33 .526 .506 $3,000
1889 24 BSN NL 42.0 7 4 35 7.50 5.79 0.29 0.00 104.0 5.71 -8 -0.6 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .411 .496
1889 24 PIT NL 52.2 13 11 55 9.40 5.90 0.12 0.00 93.0 5.37 -23 -1.7 1.0 -0.1 -1.3 -17 .366 .489
1890 25 PIT NL 106.0 15 11 77 6.54 5.76 -0.73 0.00 92.0 5.97 -3 -0.2 1.0 -0.2 0.6 6 .484 .499
3 Seasons 517.2 71 61 322 5.60 5.00 -0.06 0.00 99.2 4.99 -25 -1.7 1.0 -0.6 2.6 19 .477 .500 $3,000
PIT (2 yrs) 158.2 28 22 132 7.49 5.81 -0.44 0.00 92.3 5.77 -26 -2.0 1.0 -0.2 -0.7 -11 .429 .494
BSN (2 yrs) 359.0 43 39 190 4.76 4.64 0.11 0.00 102.2 4.64 1 0.3 1.0 -0.4 3.3 30 .507 .504 $3,000

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1888 23 19 15 .559 2.07 36 35 1 34 2 0 317.0 278 155 73 3 73 132 9 0 14 1311 140 1.107 7.9 0.1 2.1 3.7 1.81 140
1889 24 26 22 .542 3.06 56 50 6 46 2 3 411.2 425 245 140 7 125 175 15 0 21 1796 102 1.336 9.3 0.2 2.7 3.8 1.40 102
1890 25 29 30 .492 3.34 71 61 10 55 2 3 517.2 542 322 192 8 149 205 17 0 28 2254 95 1.335 9.4 0.1 2.6 3.6 1.38 95

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1888 23 22 20 .524 3.79 378.0 323 177 159 3 85 157 10 1.079 7.7 2.0 3.7 1.85 0.1 36
1889 24 5 8 .385 6.03 115.0 155 86 77 4 55 52 6 1.826 12.1 4.3 4.1 0.95 0.3 20
1890 25 6 8 .429 4.96 127.0 128 78 70 1 26 36 2 1.213 9.1 1.8 2.6 1.38 0.1 15
3 Yrs 33 36 .478 4.44 620.0 606 341 306 8 166 245 18 1.245 8.8 3.6 1.48 0.1 71

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1888 NL  2.07 (5th)

Wins s c a p y
1888 NL  19 (9th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1888 NL  .559 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1888 NL  1.107 (10th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 NL  7.893 (10th)

Saves s c a p y
1889 NL  3 (1st)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1888 NL  73 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1888 NL  0.085 (1st)

Games Finished s c a p y
1888 NL  1 (9th)
1889 NL  5 (4th)
1890 NL  4 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1888 NL  140 (5th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1888 NL  2.65 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1888 NL  18 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1888 NL  1.8 (7th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (569), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 16 (1237), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1251), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 8 (1063), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1563rd), 2.0 career WAR/2.0 7yr-peak WAR/2.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Little William Bill billy Jefferson Will William Sowders

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