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Bill Steele

William Mitchell Steele (Big Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: October 5, 1886 in Milford, PA(All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1910 (Age 23.340, 3,394th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1910 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Robins 1910-1914

Last Game: October 1, 1914 (Age 27.361)   vs. PHI 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: October 19, 1949 in Clayton, MO
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
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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
1910 23 STL NL 4 4 .500 3.27 9 8 1 8 0 1 71.2 71 35 26 1 24 25 6 0 2 299 91 3.06 1.326 8.9 0.1 3.0 3.1 1.04
1911 24 STL NL 18 19 .486 3.73 43 34 8 23 1 3 287.1 287 153 119 8 113 115 10 0 7 1189 90 3.61 1.392 9.0 0.3 3.5 3.6 1.02
1912 25 STL NL 9 13 .409 4.69 40 25 10 7 0 2 194.0 245 143 101 5 66 67 7 0 6 870 73 3.62 1.603 11.4 0.2 3.1 3.1 1.02
1913 26 STL NL 4 4 .500 5.00 12 9 1 2 0 0 54.0 58 31 30 3 18 10 3 0 1 230 65 4.07 1.407 9.7 0.5 3.0 1.7 0.56
1914 27 TOT NL 2 3 .400 3.36 25 3 12 0 0 1 69.2 72 46 26 4 14 19 3 0 1 293 85 3.37 1.234 9.3 0.5 1.8 2.5 1.36
1914 27 STL NL 1 2 .333 2.70 17 2 7 0 0 0 53.1 55 30 16 3 7 16 3 0 1 219 104 3.13 1.163 9.3 0.5 1.2 2.7 2.29
1914 27 BRO NL 1 1 .500 5.51 8 1 5 0 0 1 16.1 17 16 10 1 7 3 0 0 0 74 53 4.15 1.469 9.4 0.6 3.9 1.7 0.43
5 Yrs 37 43 .463 4.02 129 79 32 40 1 7 676.2 733 408 302 21 235 236 29 0 17 2881 82 3.57 1.431 9.7 0.3 3.1 3.1 1.00
162 Game Avg. 12 14 .463 4.02 42 26 10 13 0 2 221 240 133 99 7 77 77 9 0 6 942 82 3.57 1.431 9.7 0.3 3.1 3.1 1.00
STL (5 yrs) 36 42 .462 3.98 121 78 27 40 1 6 660.1 716 392 292 20 228 233 29 0 17 2807 83 3.56 1.430 9.8 0.3 3.1 3.2 1.02
BRO (1 yr) 1 1 .500 5.51 8 1 5 0 0 1 16.1 17 16 10 1 7 3 0 0 0 74 53 4.15 1.469 9.4 0.6 3.9 1.7 0.43
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
1910 23 STL NL 71.2 9 8 35 4.40 4.01 -0.25 0.00 98.0 4.18 -2 -0.2 1.00 -0.1 0.3 4 .476 .499
1911 24 STL NL 287.1 43 34 153 4.79 4.44 0.28 0.00 99.0 4.12 -19 -1.9 1.00 -0.2 0.2 2 .456 .488
1912 25 STL NL 194.0 40 25 143 6.63 4.66 -0.09 0.00 101.0 4.80 -39 -3.6 1.00 -0.2 -2.2 -23 .409 .478
1913 26 STL NL 54.0 12 9 31 5.17 4.24 0.00 0.00 101.0 4.29 -5 -0.6 1.00 -0.0 -0.2 -1 .453 .496
1914 27 STL NL 53.1 17 2 30 5.06 3.88 0.22 0.00 100.0 3.66 -8 -0.9 1.00 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .448 .495
1914 27 BRO NL 16.1 8 1 16 8.82 3.81 -0.08 0.00 102.0 3.96 -9 -0.9 1.00 -0.0 -0.8 -8 .386 .494
5 Seasons 676.2 129 79 408 5.43 4.38 0.08 0.00 99.8 4.29 -81 -8.1 1.00 -0.6 -3.0 -30 .437 .488
STL (5 yrs) 660.1 121 78 392 5.34 4.40 0.09 0.00 99.7 4.30 -73 -7.2 1.00 -0.6 -2.2 -23 .440 .487
BRO (1 yr) 16.1 8 1 16 8.82 3.81 -0.08 0.00 102.0 3.96 -9 -0.9 1.00 -0.0 -0.8 -8 .386 .494

Starting Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1913 26 STL NL 12 9 4 4 1 0 1 5 4 .556 2 0 5 56% 48.1 77 17 3 5 4.3 5.3
1914 27 TOT NL 25 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 .333 0 0 0 0% 33.3 36 32 0 3 4.7 3.9
1914 27 STL NL 17 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 .500 0 0 0 0% 34.0 36 32 0 2 3.6 3.2
1914 27 BRO NL 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0% 32.0 32 32 0 1 7.0 5.3
2 Yrs 37 12 4 5 3 0 1 6 6 .500 2 0 5 42% 44 77 17 3 8 4.4 5.0
MLB Averages .500 62% 55 117 -56 4.0 7.2

Reliever Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1913 26 STL NL 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6.0
1914 27 TOT NL 25 22 12 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 14 2 1 8.4
1914 27 STL NL 17 15 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 1 10.1
1914 27 BRO NL 8 7 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 4.7
2 Yrs 37 25 13 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 17 2 1 8.1

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1913 26 STL NL 230 1.3% 4.4% 7.8% 1.7% 7% 82%
1914 27 TOT NL 309 1.3% 6.2% 4.5% 84%
1914 27 STL NL 235 1.3% 6.8% 3.0% 83%
1914 27 BRO NL 74 1.4% 4.1% 9.5% 84%
2 Yrs 539 1.3% 5.4% 5.9% 0.7% 3% 83%
MLB Averages 0.5% 10.6% 8.0% 2.5% 11% 60%

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+
1910 23 4 4 .500 3.27 9 8 1 8 0 1 71.2 71 35 26 1 24 25 6 0 2 299 91 1.326 8.9 0.1 3.0 3.1 1.04 91
1911 24 22 23 .489 3.64 52 42 9 31 1 4 359.0 358 188 145 9 137 140 16 0 9 1488 90 1.379 9.0 0.2 3.4 3.5 1.02 90
1912 25 31 36 .463 4.00 92 67 19 38 1 6 553.0 603 331 246 14 203 207 23 0 15 2358 83 1.458 9.8 0.2 3.3 3.4 1.02 83
1913 26 35 40 .467 4.09 104 76 20 40 1 6 607.0 661 362 276 17 221 217 26 0 16 2588 81 1.453 9.8 0.3 3.3 3.2 0.98 81
1914 27 37 43 .463 4.02 129 79 32 40 1 7 676.2 733 408 302 21 235 236 29 0 17 2881 82 1.431 9.7 0.3 3.1 3.1 1.00 82

Neutralized Pitching

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

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 688 total runs (4.25 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
1910 23 4 4 .500 4.32 75.0 81 40 36 1 27 26 7 1.440 9.7 3.2 3.1 0.96 0.1 9
1911 24 15 18 .455 4.20 298.0 304 154 139 8 120 119 11 1.423 9.2 3.6 3.6 0.99 0.2 43
1912 25 9 14 .391 5.49 205.0 251 139 125 5 68 71 7 1.556 11.0 3.0 3.1 1.04 0.2 40
1913 26 3 3 .500 4.82 56.0 63 33 30 3 20 10 3 1.482 10.1 3.2 1.6 0.50 0.5 12
1914 27 3 5 .375 6.00 72.0 80 53 48 4 16 20 3 1.333 10.0 2.0 2.5 1.25 0.5 25
5 Yrs 34 44 .436 4.82 706.0 779 419 378 21 251 246 31 1.459 9.9 3.1 0.98 0.3 129



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins s c a p y
1911 NL  18 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1911 NL  43 (8th)

Saves s c a p y
1911 NL  3 (8th)
1912 NL  2 (10th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1911 NL  287.3 (8th)

Games Started s c a p y
1911 NL  34 (7th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1911 NL  23 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1911 NL  113 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1911 NL  287 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1911 NL  19 (1st)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1911 NL  119 (2nd)
1912 NL  101 (6th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1911 NL  7 (7th)
1912 NL  6 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1911 NL  10 (7th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1911 NL  1,189 (7th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 17 (1212), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1421), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 2 (1964), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (3358th), -2.0 career WAR/-2.0 7yr-peak WAR/-2.0 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 62) = 73.9 career WAR/50.3 7yr-peak WAR/62.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Big William Bill billy Mitchell Will William Steele

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