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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1910 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Robins 1910-1914

Final Game: October 1, 1914 (Age 27.361)
Died: October 19, 1949 in Clayton, MO
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
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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
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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -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 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -8 .386 .494

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
1910 23 STL NL 9 31 31 3 8 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 .258 .258 .355 .613 81 11 0 0 /1
1911 24 STL NL 43 116 101 8 21 2 2 0 15 0 11 21 .208 .292 .267 .559 59 27 1 3 1
1912 25 STL NL 41 71 61 5 11 2 1 0 8 0 9 15 .180 .286 .246 .532 47 15 0 1 1
1913 26 STL NL 12 21 18 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 .056 .150 .056 .206 -39 1 0 1 1
1914 27 TOT NL 25 25 20 3 6 3 0 0 3 0 2 3 .300 .364 .450 .814 143 9 0 2 1
1914 27 STL NL 17 20 17 2 5 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 .294 .333 .412 .745 123 7 0 1 1
1914 27 BRO NL 8 5 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 .333 .500 .667 1.167 244 2 0 1 /1
5 Yrs 130 264 231 20 47 8 4 0 30 0 0 24 47 .203 .281 .273 .554 58 63 1 7
162 Game Avg. 162 329 288 25 59 10 5 0 37 0 30 59 .203 .281 .273 .554 58 79 1 9
STL (5 yrs) 122 259 228 19 46 7 4 0 28 0 0 23 46 .202 .278 .268 .545 55 61 1 6
BRO (1 yr) 8 5 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 .333 .500 .667 1.167 244 2 0 1

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
1910 23 STL NL 9 31 -1 0 0 0 2 1 0.2 0 1 0.2 .516 .501 0.2 0.0 1 /1
1911 24 STL NL 43 116 -6 0 0 0 10 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .512 .503 0.5 -0.0 5 1
1912 25 STL NL 41 71 -5 0 0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.2 -0.0 1 1
1913 26 STL NL 12 21 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .487 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1914 27 STL NL 17 20 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .515 .502 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1914 27 BRO NL 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .516 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
5 Seasons 130 264 -13 1 0 0 22 9 1.0 0 9 1.0 .508 .502 1.0 -0.0 9
STL (5 yrs) 122 259 -14 1 0 0 22 8 0.8 0 8 0.8 .507 .502 0.9 -0.0 8
BRO (1 yr) 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .516 .501 0.1 0.0 1

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1910 STL NL 23 P 9 71.2 26 2 24 0 0 1.000 3.27 2.89 .945 2.83 2.80
1911 STL NL 24 P 43 287.1 104 14 88 2 5 .981 3.19 2.37 .943 2.77 2.74
1912 STL NL 25 P 40 194.0 78 10 66 2 2 .974 3.53 1.90 .948 2.54 2.52
1913 STL NL 26 P 12 54.0 14 5 9 0 2 1.000 2.33 1.17 .955 2.62 2.60
1914 TOT NL 27 P 25 3 0 69.2 27 1 24 2 0 .926 3.23 1.00 .943 2.69 2.66
1914 STL NL 27 P 17 2 0 53.1 22 1 20 1 0 .955 3.54 1.24 .943 2.68 2.66
1914 BRO NL 27 P 8 1 0 16.1 5 0 4 1 0 .800 2.20 0.50 .944 2.70 2.66
5 Seasons P 129 3 0 676.2 249 32 211 6 9 .976 3.23 1.88 .945 2.69 2.65
5 Seasons TOT 129 3 0 676.2 249 32 211 6 9 .976 3.23 1.88 .945 2.69 2.65
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

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)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1911 NL  14 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1911 NL  88 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1912 NL  3.53 (2nd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1911 NL  .981 (3rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 17 (1199), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1472), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 2 (1928), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (3320th), -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: Big William Bill billy Mitchell Will William Steele

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