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Billy Sullivan

William Joseph Sullivan Sr.

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: February 1, 1875 in Oakland, WI
High School: Fort Atkinson HS (Fort Atkinson, WI) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 13, 1899 (Age 24.224, 2,175th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1900 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Beaneaters/Tigers 1899-1916

Last Game: April 15, 1916 (Age 41.074)   vs. CHW 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: January 28, 1965 in Newberg, OR
Buried: St James Catholic Cemetery, McMinnville, OR
Relatives: Father of Billy Sullivan
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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
1899 24 BSN NL 22 78 74 10 20 2 0 2 12 2 1 8 .270 .308 .378 .686 80 28 3 0 2
1900 25 BSN NL 72 251 238 36 65 6 0 8 41 4 9 33 .273 .302 .399 .702 84 95 1 3 2/46
1901 26 CHW AL 98 393 367 54 90 15 6 4 56 12 10 38 .245 .271 .351 .623 73 129 3 13 *2/5
1902 27 CHW AL 76 280 263 36 64 12 3 1 26 11 6 32 .243 .268 .323 .592 66 85 3 8 2/3O
1903 28 CHW AL 32 118 111 10 21 4 0 1 7 3 5 13 .189 .224 .252 .476 46 28 0 2 2
1904 29 CHW AL 108 395 371 29 85 18 4 1 44 11 12 50 .229 .255 .307 .562 80 114 1 11 *2
1905 30 CHW AL 98 349 323 25 65 10 3 2 26 14 13 54 .201 .239 .269 .508 64 87 3 10 2/35
1906 31 CHW AL 118 432 387 37 83 18 4 2 33 10 22 67 .214 .262 .297 .559 77 115 3 20 *2
1907 32 CHW AL 112 363 329 30 59 8 4 0 36 6 21 69 .179 .235 .228 .463 50 75 3 10 *2/4
1908 33 CHW AL 137 476 430 40 82 8 4 0 29 15 22 62 .191 .235 .228 .463 52 98 3 21 *2
1909 34 CHW AL 97 302 265 11 43 3 0 0 16 9 17 50 .162 .226 .174 .400 29 46 5 15 2
1910 35 CHW AL 45 151 142 10 26 4 1 0 6 0 7 26 .183 .227 .225 .452 45 32 1 1 2
1911 36 CHW AL 89 285 256 26 55 9 3 0 31 1 16 47 .215 .266 .273 .540 52 70 2 11 2
1912 37 CHW AL 41 108 91 9 19 2 1 0 15 0 2 9 16 .209 .287 .253 .540 57 23 1 7 2
1914 39 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1916 41 DET AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
16 Yrs 1147 3981 3647 363 777 119 33 21 378 98 2 170 565 .213 .254 .281 .535 63 1025 32 132
162 Game Avg. 162 562 515 51 110 17 5 3 53 14 24 80 .213 .254 .281 .535 63 145 5 19
CHW (13 yrs) 1052 3652 3335 317 692 111 33 11 325 92 2 160 524 .207 .250 .270 .520 60 902 28 129
BSN (2 yrs) 94 329 312 46 85 8 0 10 53 6 10 41 .272 .304 .394 .698 83 123 4 3
DET (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (14 yrs) 1053 3652 3335 317 692 111 33 11 325 92 2 160 524 .207 .250 .270 .520 60 902 28 129
NL (2 yrs) 94 329 312 46 85 8 0 10 53 6 10 41 .272 .304 .394 .698 83 123 4 3

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
1899 24 BSN NL 22 78 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .494 .499 0.1 0.1 1 2
1900 25 BSN NL 72 251 -8 -0 0 2 4 -2 -0.2 9 6 0.6 .497 .499 0.5 0.6 4 2/46
1901 26 CHW AL 98 393 -16 0 0 3 6 -6 -0.6 14 8 0.8 .494 .496 0.5 0.9 5 $2,800 *2/5
1902 27 CHW AL 76 280 -13 0 0 2 4 -6 -0.6 10 4 0.4 .492 .496 0.2 0.6 2 2/3O
1903 28 CHW AL 32 118 -7 -0 0 0 2 -5 -0.6 4 -0 -0.1 .484 .497 -0.1 0.2 -0 2
1904 29 CHW AL 108 395 -8 0 0 0 7 -1 -0.2 14 13 1.3 .499 .499 1.4 0.8 13 *2
1905 30 CHW AL 98 349 -13 1 0 1 6 -5 -0.7 13 7 0.7 .494 .496 0.6 0.8 6 2/35
1906 31 CHW AL 118 432 -11 -0 0 3 7 -1 -0.1 15 15 1.6 .499 .499 1.2 1.2 12 *2
1907 32 CHW AL 112 363 -18 -0 0 4 6 -8 -1.0 13 5 0.4 .491 .494 -0.2 1.2 1 *2/4
1908 33 CHW AL 137 476 -21 -0 0 4 8 -9 -1.2 17 8 0.6 .491 .493 0.1 1.5 4 *2
1909 34 CHW AL 97 302 -20 -0 0 1 5 -14 -1.9 11 -3 -0.7 .482 .489 -0.7 0.7 -4 2
1910 35 CHW AL 45 151 -8 0 0 0 3 -6 -0.7 6 0 -0.1 .484 .496 -0.1 0.3 -0 2
1911 36 CHW AL 89 285 -17 0 0 3 5 -9 -0.9 11 2 0.2 .489 .494 -0.2 0.8 -1 2
1912 37 CHW AL 41 108 -5 -1 0 1 2 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .493 .498 0.0 0.3 0 2
1914 39 CHW AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
1916 41 DET AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /2
16 Seasons 1147 3981 -168 -0 0 24 66 -77 -9.2 143 65 6.0 .492 .496 3.3 10.0 42 $2,800
CHW (13 yrs) 1052 3652 -157 0 0 22 61 -74 -8.8 132 58 5.2 .492 .495 2.7 9.3 36 $2,800
BSN (2 yrs) 94 329 -11 -0 0 2 6 -4 -0.4 11 8 0.8 .496 .499 0.6 0.7 6
DET (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1906 ❍ 31 CHW AL WS CHC W 6 22 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1 0
1 WS 6 22 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1 0

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 G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1899 BSN NL 24 C 22 196.0 126 94 26 6 3 .952 5.51 5.45 .952 4.81 4.60 6 28 23 45% 44%
1900 BSN NL 25 C 66 508.0 306 227 71 8 10 .974 5.28 4.52 .949 5.15 4.98 21 87 60 41% 45%
1900 BSN NL 25 2B 1 11.0 6 3 3 0 1 1.000 4.91 6.00 .938 5.40 5.30
1900 BSN NL 25 SS 1 9.0 6 2 3 1 0 .833 5.00 5.00 .922 6.10 5.90
1901 CHW AL 26 C 97 850.0 517 396 104 17 13 .967 5.29 5.15 .950 5.13 4.97 13 108 93 46% 44%
1901 CHW AL 26 3B 1 4.0 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .900 3.60 3.60
1902 CHW AL 27 C 70 587.0 334 242 81 11 8 .967 4.95 4.61 .957 5.01 4.90 10 60 61 50% 44%
1902 CHW AL 27 1B 2 10.0 11 11 0 0 2 1.000 9.90 5.50 .980 11.16 10.95
1902 CHW AL 27 OF 2 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 0.50 .940 2.10 2.05 1-0-1
1903 CHW AL 28 C 31 271.0 160 123 35 2 1 .988 5.25 5.10 .971 6.19 6.07 8 29 26 47% 44%
1904 CHW AL 29 C 107 942.0 615 463 130 22 10 .964 5.67 5.54 .969 6.25 6.15 10 75 82 52% 44%
1905 CHW AL 30 C 92 751.0 506 389 104 13 8 .974 5.91 5.36 .971 6.48 6.40 10 71 68 49% 45%
1905 CHW AL 30 1B 2 12.0 15 15 0 0 2 1.000 11.25 7.50 .982 10.95 10.80
1905 CHW AL 30 3B 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.15 3.10
1906 CHW AL 31 C 118 1000.0 625 475 134 16 7 .974 5.48 5.16 .961 6.08 5.98 11 96 103 52% 45%
1907 CHW AL 32 C 108 869.0 604 477 117 10 12 .983 6.15 5.50 .968 6.18 6.11 11 94 81 46% 44%
1907 CHW AL 32 2B 1 7.0 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 5.14 4.00 .955 5.53 5.40
1908 CHW AL 33 C 137 1127.0 720 553 156 11 11 .985 5.66 5.18 .969 6.32 6.28 9 122 107 47% 45%
1909 CHW AL 34 C 97 762.0 581 452 119 10 6 .983 6.74 5.89 .969 6.55 6.46 10 110 86 44% 45%
1910 CHW AL 35 C 45 397.0 370 290 71 9 5 .976 8.18 8.02 .968 6.90 6.88 7 46 44 49% 45%
1911 CHW AL 36 C 89 695.0 569 447 114 8 13 .986 7.26 6.30 .965 6.88 6.80 13 75 82 52% 45%
1912 CHW AL 37 C 41 255.0 204 147 52 5 4 .975 7.02 4.85 .961 6.87 6.78 1 44 36 45% 42%
1914 CHW AL 39 C 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .970 6.75 6.70 0 0 0
1916 DET AL 41 C 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 6.30 6.30 0 0 0
16 Seasons C 1122 0 0 9214.0 6238 4776 1314 148 111 .976 5.95 5.43 .964 6.09 6.01 140 1045 952 48% 45%
2 Seasons 1B 4 22.0 26 26 0 0 4 1.000 10.64 6.50 .981 11.05 10.88
2 Seasons 2B 2 18.0 10 5 5 0 2 1.000 5.00 5.00 .945 5.45 5.35
2 Seasons 3B 2 6.0 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 0.00 .900 3.45 3.35
1 Season OF 2 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 0.50 .940 2.10 2.05 1-0-1
1 Season SS 1 9.0 6 2 3 1 0 .833 5.00 5.00 .922 6.10 5.90
16 Seasons TOT 1133 0 0 9278.0 6283 4810 1322 151 117 .976 5.95 5.41 .964 6.10 6.02 1-0-1 140 1045 952 48% 45%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP 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.
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

Fan EloRater

Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 7, 2015 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1812. Jerry Royster… #1813. Kazuo Matsui… #1814. Jeff Reed… #1815. BILLY SULLIVAN… #1816. Cory Snyder… #1817. Don Kolloway… #1818. Yuniesky Betancourt… 

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 BBWAA ()
1937 BBWAA ( 0.5%)
1946 Nominating Vote ( 0.5%)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1901 AL  0.9 (9th)
1906 AL  1.3 (6th)
1907 AL  1.2 (7th)
1908 AL  1.5 (7th)
1911 AL  0.8 (9th)
Career  10.0 (215th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1900 NL  8 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1906 AL  67 (8th)
1907 AL  69 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
Career  132 (234th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1901 AL  97 (3rd)
1904 AL  107 (1st)
1905 AL  92 (3rd)
1906 AL  118 (1st)
1907 AL  108 (2nd)
1908 AL  137 (1st)
1909 AL  97 (2nd)
1911 AL  89 (3rd)
Career  1,122 (87th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1901 AL  396 (2nd)
1904 AL  463 (4th)
1905 AL  389 (4th)
1906 AL  475 (2nd)
1907 AL  477 (2nd)
1908 AL  553 (2nd)
1909 AL  452 (3rd)
1911 AL  447 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1904 AL  130 (1st)
1906 AL  134 (2nd)
1907 AL  117 (4th)
1908 AL  156 (3rd)
1909 AL  119 (2nd)
1911 AL  114 (3rd)
Career  1,314 (19th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1904 AL  22 (2nd)
1905 AL  13 (5th)
Career  148 (76th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1900 NL  10 (3rd)
1901 AL  13 (1st)
1902 AL  8 (2nd)
1904 AL  10 (4th)
1905 AL  8 (3rd)
1906 AL  7 (2nd)
1907 AL  12 (2nd)
1908 AL  11 (3rd)
1911 AL  13 (2nd)
Career  111 (35th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1904 AL  10 (4th)
1905 AL  10 (5th)
1906 AL  11 (2nd)
1907 AL  11 (3rd)
1909 AL  10 (4th)
1911 AL  13 (3rd)
Career  140 (76th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1901 AL  108 (5th)
1906 AL  96 (5th)
1907 AL  94 (4th)
1908 AL  122 (2nd)
1909 AL  110 (2nd)
Career  1,045 (28th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1901 AL  93 (3rd)
1904 AL  82 (1st)
1906 AL  103 (1st)
1907 AL  81 (4th)
1908 AL  107 (2nd)
1909 AL  86 (2nd)
1911 AL  82 (4th)
Career  952 (11th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1902 AL  50.4 (2nd)
1904 AL  52.2 (1st)
1905 AL  48.9 (5th)
1906 AL  51.8 (2nd)
1910 AL  48.9 (5th)
1911 AL  52.2 (1st)
Career  47.7 (44th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1901 AL  5.29 (5th)
1907 AL  6.15 (5th)
1911 AL  7.26 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1901 AL  5.15 (4th)
1906 AL  5.16 (5th)
1907 AL  5.50 (5th)
1911 AL  6.30 (5th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1901 AL  .967 (2nd)
1902 AL  .967 (3rd)
1905 AL  .974 (3rd)
1906 AL  .974 (1st)
1907 AL  .983 (2nd)
1908 AL  .985 (1st)
1909 AL  .983 (2nd)
1911 AL  .986 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1911 AL  born 1875-02-01 (8th)
1914 AL  born 1875-02-01 (5th)
1916 AL  born 1875-02-01 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1924), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 11 (1145), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 20 (769), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (266th), 6.0 career WAR/6.1 7yr-peak WAR/6.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1901 26 Chicago White Sox $2,800 ? 5/20/01 Dayton Herald, per 1995 BRJ 24
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,800
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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Name and misspellings: William Joseph billie Billy Sr. Sullivan

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