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Bill Stemmyer

William Stemmyer (Cannon Ball)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: May 6, 1865 in Cleveland, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: October 3, 1885 (Age 20.150)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1886 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Beaneaters/Blues 1885-1888

Final Game: June 15, 1888 (Age 23.040)
Died: May 3, 1945 in Cleveland, OH
Buried: Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River, OH
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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
1885 20 BSN NL 1 1 .500 0.00 2 2 0 2 1 0 11.0 7 7 0 0 11 8 0 2 47 4.43 1.636 5.7 0.0 9.0 6.5 0.73
1886 21 BSN NL 22 18 .550 3.02 41 41 0 41 0 0 348.2 300 218 117 11 144 239 0 63 1520 104 3.38 1.273 7.7 0.3 3.7 6.2 1.66
1887 22 BSN NL 6 8 .429 5.20 15 14 1 14 0 1 119.1 138 107 69 4 41 41 2 0 12 547 76 4.11 1.500 10.4 0.3 3.1 3.1 1.00
1888 23 CLE AA 0 2 .000 9.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 16.0 37 42 16 0 9 7 1 0 2 95 35 3.58 2.875 20.8 0.0 5.1 3.9 0.78
4 Yrs 29 29 .500 3.67 60 59 1 59 1 1 495.0 482 374 202 15 205 295 3 0 79 2209 91 3.59 1.388 8.8 0.3 3.7 5.4 1.44
162 Game Avg. 17 17 .500 3.67 34 34 1 34 1 1 283 275 214 115 9 117 169 0 45 1262 91 3.59 1.388 8.8 0.3 3.7 5.4 1.44
BSN (3 yrs) 29 27 .518 3.49 58 57 1 57 1 1 479.0 445 332 186 15 196 288 2 0 77 2114 95 3.59 1.338 8.4 0.3 3.7 5.4 1.47
CLE (1 yr) 0 2 .000 9.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 16.0 37 42 16 0 9 7 1 0 2 95 35 3.58 2.875 20.8 0.0 5.1 3.9 0.78
NL (3 yrs) 29 27 .518 3.49 58 57 1 57 1 1 479.0 445 332 186 15 196 288 2 0 77 2114 95 3.59 1.338 8.4 0.3 3.7 5.4 1.47
AA (1 yr) 0 2 .000 9.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 16.0 37 42 16 0 9 7 1 0 2 95 35 3.58 2.875 20.8 0.0 5.1 3.9 0.78
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
1885 20 BSN NL 11.0 2 2 7 5.73 4.99 -0.32 0.00 95.0 5.05 -1 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 0 .473 .500
1886 21 BSN NL 348.2 41 41 218 5.63 5.19 -0.14 0.00 97.0 5.18 -10 -0.9 -0.4 1.9 21 .477 .494 $1,600
1887 22 BSN NL 119.1 15 14 107 8.07 6.02 0.14 0.00 97.0 5.70 -27 -2.0 1.0 -0.2 -1.0 -16 .368 .488
1888 23 CLE AA 16.0 2 2 42 23.63 5.24 -0.60 0.00 101.0 5.90 -32 -0.9 -0.0 -0.9 -30 .029 .494
4 Seasons 495.0 60 59 374 6.80 5.39 -0.09 0.00 97.1 5.32 -69 -3.9 1.0 -0.6 0.1 -26 .435 .493 $1,600
BSN (3 yrs) 479.0 58 57 332 6.24 5.39 -0.08 0.00 97.0 5.30 -38 -3.0 1.0 -0.6 0.9 5 .449 .493 $1,600
CLE (1 yr) 16.0 2 2 42 23.63 5.24 -0.60 0.00 101.0 5.90 -32 -0.9 -0.0 -0.9 -30 .029 .494

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1885 20 BSN NL 2 7 7 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .429 .429 .571 1.000 226 4 /1
1886 21 BSN NL 41 160 148 24 41 3 2 0 20 3 12 17 .277 .331 .324 .656 104 48 1
1887 22 BSN NL 15 51 47 5 12 0 2 1 9 0 3 9 .255 .314 .404 .718 99 19 1 1
1888 23 CLE AA 3 12 10 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 .400 .500 .500 1.000 226 5 1 /13
4 Yrs 61 230 212 32 60 5 4 1 32 3 16 27 .283 .339 .358 .698 112 76 2
162 Game Avg. 162 611 563 85 159 13 11 3 85 42 72 .283 .339 .358 .698 112 202
BSN (3 yrs) 58 218 202 30 56 4 4 1 31 3 15 26 .277 .330 .351 .682 107 71 1
CLE (1 yr) 3 12 10 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 .400 .500 .500 1.000 226 5 1
NL (3 yrs) 58 218 202 30 56 4 4 1 31 3 15 26 .277 .330 .351 .682 107 71 1
AA (1 yr) 3 12 10 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 .400 .500 .500 1.000 226 5 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
1885 20 BSN NL 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .559 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1886 21 BSN NL 41 160 2 -0 0 0 7 8 0.7 0 8 0.7 .518 .505 0.8 -0.0 8 $1,600 1
1887 22 BSN NL 15 51 -1 -0 0 0 4 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .516 .501 0.2 -0.0 3 1
1888 23 CLE AA 3 12 2 -0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .570 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /13
4 Seasons 61 230 4 -1 0 0 12 15 1.2 0 15 1.2 .521 .504 1.3 -0.0 15 $1,600
BSN (3 yrs) 58 218 2 -1 0 0 11 12 1.0 0 12 1.0 .519 .504 1.1 -0.0 12 $1,600
CLE (1 yr) 3 12 2 -0 0 0 1 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .570 .501 0.2 0.0 2

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1885 BSN NL 20 P 2 11.0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 3.27 2.00 .900 2.45 2.35
1886 BSN NL 21 P 41 348.2 84 6 61 17 0 .798 1.73 1.63 .915 2.26 2.16
1887 BSN NL 22 P 15 119.1 20 1 16 3 0 .850 1.28 1.13 .902 2.02 1.96
1888 CLE AA 23 P 2 16.0 5 0 3 2 0 .600 1.69 1.50 .890 2.48 2.40
1888 CLE AA 23 1B 1 9 6 2 1 1 .889 8.00 .976 10.60
4 Seasons P 60 495.0 113 7 84 22 0 .805 1.65 1.52 .911 2.21 2.12
1 Season 1B 1 9 6 2 1 1 .889 8.00 .976 10.60
4 Seasons TOT 61 495.0 122 13 86 23 1 .811 1.65 1.62 .916 2.21 2.26
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

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1886 NL  7.744 (4th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1886 NL  6.169 (1st)

Saves s c a p y
1887 NL  1 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1886 NL  239 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1886 NL  11 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1886 NL  144 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
1886 NL  18 (10th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1886 NL  63 (1st)
Career  79 (195th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1887 NL  1 (10th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1886 NL  17 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (572), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 9 (1577), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 9 (1048), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1665th), 1.3 career WAR/1.3 7yr-peak WAR/1.3 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1886 21 Boston Beaneaters $1,600 ? Preston Orem 252
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,600
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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