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Billy Sullivan

William Joseph Sullivan Jr.

Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: October 23, 1910 in Chicago, IL
Schools: University of Portland (Portland, OR), University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 9, 1931 (Age 20.229)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1931 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Browns/Indians/Tigers/Reds/... 1931-1947

Final Game: September 3, 1947 (Age 36.315)
Died: January 4, 1994 in Sarasota, FL
Relatives: Son 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
1931 20 CHW AL 92 392 363 48 100 16 5 2 33 4 4 20 14 .275 .315 .364 .679 83 132 1 8 5/O93
1932 21 CHW AL 93 328 307 31 97 16 1 1 45 1 3 20 9 .316 .358 .384 .742 98 118 0 1 35/2O97 MVP-24
1933 22 CHW AL 54 140 125 9 24 0 1 0 13 0 0 10 5 .192 .252 .208 .460 26 26 0 5 3/2
1935 24 CIN NL 85 265 241 29 64 9 4 2 36 4 19 16 .266 .324 .361 .685 87 87 5 2 3 35/4
1936 25 CLE AL 93 339 319 39 112 32 6 2 48 5 2 16 9 .351 .382 .508 .890 115 162 0 4 2/537O9
1937 26 CLE AL 72 190 168 26 48 12 3 3 22 1 4 17 7 .286 .355 .446 .801 102 75 1 4 2/35
1938 27 SLB AL 111 401 375 35 104 16 1 7 49 8 5 20 10 .277 .316 .381 .697 74 143 1 5 2/3
1939 28 SLB AL 118 374 332 53 96 17 5 5 50 3 3 34 18 .289 .362 .416 .778 97 138 10 4 4 O792/3
1940 29 DET AL 78 256 220 36 68 14 4 3 41 2 0 31 11 .309 .399 .450 .849 112 99 2 2 3 2/5
1941 30 DET AL 85 269 234 29 66 15 1 3 29 0 3 35 11 .282 .375 .393 .769 96 92 5 0 0 2
1942 31 BRO NL 43 115 101 11 27 2 1 1 14 1 12 6 .267 .345 .337 .682 98 34 1 0 2 2
1947 36 PIT NL 38 61 55 1 14 3 0 0 8 1 6 3 .255 .328 .309 .637 68 17 1 0 0 2
12 Yrs 962 3130 2840 347 820 152 32 29 388 30 24 240 119 .289 .346 .395 .742 92 1123 24 11 39
162 Game Avg. 162 527 478 58 138 26 5 5 65 5 40 20 .289 .346 .395 .742 92 189 2 7
CHW (3 yrs) 239 860 795 88 221 32 7 3 91 5 7 50 28 .278 .322 .347 .669 80 276 1 14
CLE (2 yrs) 165 529 487 65 160 44 9 5 70 6 6 33 16 .329 .372 .487 .859 111 237 1 8
DET (2 yrs) 163 525 454 65 134 29 5 6 70 2 3 66 22 .295 .387 .421 .808 104 191 7 2 3
SLB (2 yrs) 229 775 707 88 200 33 6 12 99 11 8 54 28 .283 .338 .397 .736 85 281 10 5 9
PIT (1 yr) 38 61 55 1 14 3 0 0 8 1 6 3 .255 .328 .309 .637 68 17 1 0 0
BRO (1 yr) 43 115 101 11 27 2 1 1 14 1 12 6 .267 .345 .337 .682 98 34 1 0 2
CIN (1 yr) 85 265 241 29 64 9 4 2 36 4 19 16 .266 .324 .361 .685 87 87 5 2 3
AL (9 yrs) 796 2689 2443 306 715 138 27 26 330 24 24 203 94 .293 .349 .403 .752 92 985 17 9 34
NL (3 yrs) 166 441 397 41 105 14 5 3 58 6 37 25 .264 .330 .348 .678 87 138 7 2 5

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
1931 20 CHW AL 92 392 -8 -0 0 -4 2 -11 -1.0 15 4 0.4 .489 .494 0.8 -0.2 8 5/O93
1932 21 CHW AL 93 328 1 -1 0 -1 -2 -2 -0.2 12 10 0.9 .498 .499 1.0 -0.3 11 35/2O97 MVP-24
1933 22 CHW AL 54 140 -13 0 0 -1 -1 -14 -1.4 5 -9 -0.9 .474 .491 -0.8 -0.2 -8 3/2
1935 24 CIN NL 85 265 -3 -0 0 2 -1 -3 -0.3 8 5 0.5 .496 .498 0.3 0.1 3 35/4
1936 25 CLE AL 93 339 8 0 0 -1 2 9 0.8 12 21 1.9 .508 .505 2.0 0.1 22 $6,000 2/537O9
1937 26 CLE AL 72 190 1 -2 0 -3 1 -3 -0.2 7 4 0.4 .497 .499 0.7 -0.2 7 $8,000 2/35
1938 27 SLB AL 111 401 -15 -0 0 2 3 -10 -0.9 14 4 0.4 .492 .494 0.2 0.5 2 $8,500 2/3
1939 28 SLB AL 118 374 -1 -0 0 2 -2 -1 -0.1 13 12 1.1 .499 .499 0.9 0.0 10 $6,500 O792/3
1940 29 DET AL 78 256 6 1 0 0 2 8 0.8 9 17 1.6 .510 .505 1.6 0.2 17 $6,500 2/5
1941 30 DET AL 85 269 -0 -1 0 -1 2 -0 -0.0 9 9 0.9 .500 .500 1.0 0.1 10 $12,500 2
1942 31 BRO NL 43 115 0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 4 5 0.5 .503 .501 0.5 0.1 5 2
1947 36 PIT NL 38 61 -2 -0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .499 0.0 0.2 1 2
12 Seasons 962 3130 -27 -4 0 -4 7 -27 -2.6 111 84 8.0 .497 .499 8.3 0.6 88 $48,000
CHW (3 yrs) 239 860 -20 -1 0 -6 -1 -27 -2.6 32 5 0.5 .489 .495 1.0 -0.6 11
CLE (2 yrs) 165 529 8 -1 0 -4 3 7 0.6 19 25 2.3 .503 .502 2.7 -0.1 29 $14,000
DET (2 yrs) 163 525 5 -0 0 -1 4 8 0.8 18 26 2.5 .505 .502 2.6 0.3 27 $19,000
SLB (2 yrs) 229 775 -15 -1 0 4 1 -11 -1.0 28 16 1.6 .495 .497 1.2 0.5 12 $15,000
PIT (1 yr) 38 61 -2 -0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .499 0.0 0.2 1
BRO (1 yr) 43 115 0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 4 5 0.5 .503 .501 0.5 0.1 5
CIN (1 yr) 85 265 -3 -0 0 2 -1 -3 -0.3 8 5 0.5 .496 .498 0.3 0.1 3

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
1940 29 DET AL WS CIN L 5 18 13 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 .154 .389 .154 .543 2 0 0 0 2
1 WS 5 18 13 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 .154 .389 .154 .543 2 0 0 0 2

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1931 CHW AL 20 3B 83 82 75 272 96 152 24 9 .912 2.99 .944 3.08
1931 CHW AL 20 OF 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.40
1931 CHW AL 20 RF 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .965 2.10
1931 CHW AL 20 1B 1 0 0 6 6 0 0 1 1.000 6.00 .992 10.00
1932 CHW AL 21 1B 52 51 46 525 485 35 5 42 .990 10.00 .989 10.12 MVP-24
1932 CHW AL 21 3B 17 14 12 50 14 30 6 4 .880 2.59 .950 2.96 MVP-24
1932 CHW AL 21 C 5 2 1 15 12 1 2 0 .867 2.60 .982 4.90 1 3 1 25% 43% MVP-24
1932 CHW AL 21 OF 3 3 2 5 3 0 2 0 .600 1.00 .968 2.43 MVP-24
1932 CHW AL 21 RF 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 .960 2.10 MVP-24
1932 CHW AL 21 LF 1 1 1 4 2 0 2 0 .500 2.00 .965 2.20 MVP-24
1933 CHW AL 22 1B 22 22 20 227 211 12 4 22 .982 10.14 .989 10.27
1933 CHW AL 22 C 8 6 4 28 21 3 4 0 .857 3.00 .988 4.88 1 4 0 0% 46%
1935 CIN NL 24 1B 40 40 38 384 350 31 3 35 .992 9.53 .989 9.93
1935 CIN NL 24 3B 15 14 14 49 18 30 1 5 .980 3.20 .941 2.86
1935 CIN NL 24 2B 6 5 5 36 15 17 4 1 .889 5.33 .963 5.77
1936 CLE AL 25 C 72 66 63 376 324 40 12 8 .968 5.06 .979 4.78 7 27 18 40% 36%
1936 CLE AL 25 3B 5 5 4 15 6 9 0 1 1.000 3.00 .946 3.12
1936 CLE AL 25 1B 3 3 3 28 25 3 0 4 1.000 9.33 .991 9.93
1936 CLE AL 25 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1936 CLE AL 25 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1936 CLE AL 25 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1937 CLE AL 26 C 38 36 34 175 146 20 9 1 .949 4.37 .980 5.04 4 20 12 38% 37%
1937 CLE AL 26 1B 5 4 4 53 52 1 0 3 1.000 10.60 .991 9.84
1937 CLE AL 26 3B 1 1 1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .947 3.20
1938 SLB AL 27 C 99 88 83 511 441 65 5 10 .990 5.11 .983 4.88 3 48 30 38% 38%
1938 SLB AL 27 1B 6 5 5 47 43 4 0 7 1.000 7.83 .990 9.77
1939 SLB AL 28 OF 59 59 53 153 139 7 7 3 .954 2.47 .969 2.44
1939 SLB AL 28 LF 30 30 27 77 69 5 3 2 .961 2.47 .966 2.38
1939 SLB AL 28 RF 29 29 26 76 70 2 4 1 .947 2.48 .962 2.08
1939 SLB AL 28 C 19 15 15 100 88 8 4 4 .960 5.05 .981 4.92 0 17 5 23% 37%
1939 SLB AL 28 1B 4 2 2 27 24 2 1 5 .963 6.50 .990 9.65
1940 DET AL 29 C 57 51 48 329 292 29 8 4 .976 5.63 .982 5.27 2 1 15 17 53% 41% 1
1940 DET AL 29 3B 6 6 6 20 4 14 2 1 .900 3.00 .937 3.22
1941 DET AL 30 C 63 59 57 381 339 33 9 7 .976 5.90 .983 5.00 6 0 30 12 29% 41% 0
1942 BRO NL 31 C 41 29 16 159 140 13 6 2 .962 3.73 .979 4.95 0 5 10 6 38% 46% 0
1947 PIT NL 36 C 12 8 6 46 42 4 0 1 1.000 3.83 .981 4.96 0 1 5 2 29% 44% 0
10 Seasons C 414 360 327 2120 1845 216 59 37 .972 4.98 .982 4.96 24 7 179 103 37% 39% 1
8 Seasons 1B 133 127 118 1297 1196 88 13 119 .990 9.65 .989 10.04
6 Seasons 3B 127 122 112 409 139 237 33 20 .919 2.96 .944 3.05
4 Seasons OF 65 64 57 160 144 7 9 3 .944 2.32 .969 2.44
4 Seasons RF 34 33 29 79 73 2 4 1 .949 2.21 .962 2.09
3 Seasons LF 32 31 28 81 71 5 5 2 .938 2.38 .966 2.37
1 Season 2B 6 5 5 36 15 17 4 1 .889 5.33 .963 5.77
12 Seasons TOT 745 678 619 4022 3339 565 118 180 .971 5.24 .980 5.33 24 7 179 103 37% 39% 1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1932 AL (24, 4%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1939 AL  4 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1938 AL  37.5 (1st)
Career  23.9 (67th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1938 AL  99 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1938 AL  441 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1938 AL  65 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1936 AL  12 (4th)
1937 AL  9 (3rd)
1941 AL  9 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1936 AL  8 (4th)
1938 AL  10 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1936 AL  7 (3rd)
1941 AL  6 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1938 AL  48 (2nd)
1941 AL  30 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1938 AL  30 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1936 AL  40.0 (4th)
1940 AL  53.1 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1931 AL  24 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1939 AL  2 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1939 AL  3 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1936 AL  5.06 (2nd)
1938 AL  5.11 (4th)
1941 AL  5.90 (1st)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1938 AL  .990 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1931 AL  2.99 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1931 AL  born 1910-10-23 (8th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (211th), 8.0 career WAR/7.5 7yr-peak WAR/7.7 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
1936 25 Cleveland Indians $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 26 Cleveland Indians $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 27 St. Louis Browns $8,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 28 St. Louis Browns $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 29 Detroit Tigers $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 30 Detroit Tigers $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$48,000
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 Jr. Sullivan

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