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Bill Sweeney

William John Sweeney

Positions: Second Baseman, Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: March 6, 1886 in Covington, KY
High School: St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 14, 1907 (Age 21.100, 2,930th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1907 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Doves/Braves/Rustlers/Cubs 1907-1914

Final Game: October 5, 1914 (Age 28.213)
Died: May 26, 1948 in Cambridge, MA
Buried: St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 24, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1265. Jerry Grote… #1266. Luis Polonia… #1267. Leo Durocher… #1268. BILL SWEENEY… #1269. Les Mann… #1270. Ned Hanlon… #1271. Vic Saier… 

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
1907 21 TOT NL 61 227 201 25 51 2 0 0 19 9 16 15 .254 .309 .264 .572 80 53 0 10 56O/43
1907 21 CHC NL 3 12 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 .100 .182 .100 .282 -14 1 0 1 /6
1907 21 BSN NL 58 215 191 24 50 2 0 0 18 8 15 15 .262 .316 .272 .588 85 52 0 9 56O/43
1908 22 BSN NL 127 481 418 44 102 15 3 0 40 17 45 25 .244 .317 .294 .612 97 123 0 18 *5/64
1909 23 BSN NL 138 539 493 44 120 19 3 1 36 25 37 22 .243 .296 .300 .596 82 148 0 9 *56
1910 24 BSN NL 150 579 499 43 133 22 4 5 46 25 61 28 .267 .349 .357 .705 103 178 2 17 *653
1911 25 BSN NL 137 613 523 92 164 33 6 3 63 33 77 26 .314 .404 .417 .820 124 218 2 11 *4 MVP-21
1912 26 BSN NL 153 699 593 84 204 31 13 1 100 27 68 34 .344 .416 .445 .861 135 264 5 33 *4 MVP-6
1913 27 BSN NL 139 584 502 65 129 17 6 0 47 18 18 66 50 .257 .347 .315 .662 90 158 3 13 *4 MVP-13
1914 28 CHC NL 134 540 463 45 101 14 5 1 38 18 53 15 .218 .298 .276 .575 72 128 0 24 *4
8 Yrs 1039 4262 3692 442 1004 153 40 11 389 172 18 423 215 .272 .349 .344 .693 102 1270 12 135
162 Game Avg. 162 665 576 69 157 24 6 2 61 27 66 34 .272 .349 .344 .693 102 198 2 21
BSN (7 yrs) 902 3710 3219 396 902 139 35 10 350 153 18 369 200 .280 .356 .354 .711 106 1141 12 110
CHC (2 yrs) 137 552 473 46 102 14 5 1 39 19 54 15 .216 .296 .273 .569 70 129 0 25

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
1907 21 CHC NL 3 12 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .421 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /6
1907 21 BSN NL 58 215 -3 -0 0 -5 1 -7 -0.9 7 0 -0.2 .485 .495 0.5 -0.5 5 56O/43
1908 22 BSN NL 127 481 0 -1 0 3 4 7 0.8 16 23 2.5 .507 .506 2.2 0.9 20 *5/64
1909 23 BSN NL 138 539 -9 0 0 -8 6 -11 -1.3 18 6 0.5 .490 .492 1.4 -0.2 14 *56
1910 24 BSN NL 150 579 4 -1 0 -13 8 -2 -0.2 18 16 1.5 .498 .498 3.0 -0.5 29 *653
1911 25 BSN NL 137 613 20 -1 0 -14 0 5 0.4 18 24 2.3 .504 .503 3.9 -1.5 38 *4 MVP-21
1912 26 BSN NL 153 699 33 -2 0 2 0 33 3.2 20 53 5.3 .522 .520 5.2 0.2 51 *4 MVP-6
1913 27 BSN NL 139 584 -4 -1 0 -8 0 -14 -1.5 18 4 0.3 .489 .491 1.2 -0.9 13 *4 MVP-13
1914 28 CHC NL 134 540 -13 -1 0 11 0 -2 -0.4 17 14 1.3 .498 .498 0.2 1.2 3 *4
8 Seasons 1039 4262 27 -6 0 -33 19 7 -0.1 131 139 13.5 .500 .501 17.4 -1.4 172
BSN (7 yrs) 902 3710 41 -5 0 -43 19 11 0.6 114 126 12.3 .501 .501 17.3 -2.5 169
CHC (2 yrs) 137 552 -14 -0 0 10 0 -4 -0.6 17 13 1.1 .496 .498 0.1 1.1 3

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 Awards
1907 TOT NL 21 SS 18 75 21 44 10 3 .867 3.61 .932 5.18
1907 CHC NL 21 SS 3 14 2 6 6 0 .571 2.67 .932 5.17
1907 BSN NL 21 3B 23 101 36 52 13 5 .871 3.83 .928 3.36
1907 BSN NL 21 SS 15 61 19 38 4 3 .934 3.80 .932 5.18
1907 BSN NL 21 OF 11 20 13 3 4 0 .800 1.45 .960 1.98 9-1-1
1907 BSN NL 21 2B 5 30 14 13 3 1 .900 5.40 .952 5.24
1907 BSN NL 21 1B 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .985 10.60
1908 BSN NL 22 3B 123 485 174 277 34 14 .930 3.67 .932 3.31
1908 BSN NL 22 SS 3 4 0 3 1 0 .750 1.00 .930 5.30
1908 BSN NL 22 2B 1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .953 5.10
1909 BSN NL 23 3B 112 442 156 243 43 14 .903 3.56 .930 3.31
1909 BSN NL 23 SS 26 158 66 83 9 12 .943 5.73 .926 5.33
1910 BSN NL 24 SS 110 589 232 300 57 52 .903 4.84 .924 5.20
1910 BSN NL 24 3B 21 97 39 53 5 2 .948 4.38 .932 3.17
1910 BSN NL 24 1B 17 188 168 16 4 19 .979 10.82 .984 10.40
1911 BSN NL 25 2B 136 828 372 410 46 61 .944 5.75 .952 5.21 MVP-21
1912 BSN NL 26 2B 153 974 459 475 40 76 .959 6.10 .955 5.33 MVP-6
1913 BSN NL 27 2B 137 737 301 391 45 42 .939 5.05 .955 5.27 MVP-13
1914 CHC NL 28 2B 134 134 129 762 301 426 35 40 .954 5.43 .949 5.21
6 Seasons 2B 566 134 129 3334 1448 1717 169 220 .949 5.59 .953 5.26
4 Seasons 3B 279 1125 405 625 95 35 .916 3.69 .931 3.30
4 Seasons SS 157 826 319 430 77 67 .907 4.77 .925 5.22
2 Seasons 1B 18 192 172 16 4 19 .979 10.44 .984 10.41
1 Season OF 11 20 13 3 4 0 .800 1.45 .960 1.98 9-1-1
8 Seasons TOT 1031 134 129 5497 2357 2791 349 341 .937 4.99 .945 4.78 9-1-1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

Hall of Fame
1945 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1911 NL (21, 5%)
1912 NL (6, 25%)
1913 NL (13, 9%)
0.39 Career Shares (536th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1912 NL  5.3 (10th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1912 NL  5.3 (4th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1911 NL  3.9 (9th)
1912 NL  5.2 (3rd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1914 NL  1.2 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1911 NL  .314 (6th)
1912 NL  .344 (3rd)

On-Base% s c a p y
1911 NL  .404 (5th)
1912 NL  .416 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1912 NL  .861 (7th)

Games Played s c a p y
1912 NL  153 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1912 NL  593 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1912 NL  699 (1st)

Hits s c a p y
1911 NL  164 (8th)
1912 NL  204 (2nd)

Total Bases s c a p y
1912 NL  264 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1911 NL  33 (4th)
1912 NL  31 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1912 NL  13 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1910 NL  5 (7th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1912 NL  100 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1911 NL  77 (8th)
1912 NL  68 (10th)
1913 NL  66 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1911 NL  122 (7th)
1912 NL  159 (1st)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1912 NL  135 (5th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1911 NL  88 (9th)
1912 NL  109 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1911 NL  21 (9th)
1912 NL  31 (3rd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1911 NL  2.2 (9th)
1912 NL  3.2 (3rd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1911 NL  243 (8th)
1912 NL  277 (1st)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1911 NL  .702 (6th)
1912 NL  .708 (6th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1912 NL  33 (3rd)
1914 NL  24 (7th)
Career  135 (222nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1910 NL  8.3 (7th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1909 NL  22.4 (4th)
1911 NL  20.1 (3rd)
1914 NL  30.9 (1st)
Career  17.2 (192nd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1910 NL  99.8 (8th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1912 NL  422 (8th)

Assistss c a p y
1912 NL  475 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1909 NL  52 (3rd)
1910 NL  66 (1st)
1912 NL  40 (5th)
1913 NL  45 (4th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  136 (4th)
1912 NL  153 (1st)
1913 NL  137 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  372 (1st)
1912 NL  459 (1st)
1913 NL  301 (5th)
1914 NL  301 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  410 (4th)
1912 NL  475 (1st)
1913 NL  391 (4th)
1914 NL  426 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  46 (1st)
1912 NL  40 (1st)
1913 NL  45 (1st)
1914 NL  35 (4th)
Career  169 (89th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  61 (4th)
1912 NL  76 (1st)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1908 NL  174 (5th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1908 NL  277 (4th)
1909 NL  243 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1908 NL  34 (3rd)
1909 NL  43 (1st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1910 NL  57 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1910 NL  52 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1911 NL  5.75 (1st)
1912 NL  6.10 (1st)
1914 NL  5.43 (2nd)
Career  5.59 (43rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1912 NL  .959 (4th)
1914 NL  .954 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1908 NL  3.67 (1st)
1909 NL  3.56 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 35 (712), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 13 (1061), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1012), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (154th), 13.5 career WAR/13.8 7yr-peak WAR/13.6 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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