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Bill Sweeney

William Joseph Sweeney

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: December 29, 1904 in Cleveland, OH
School: John Carroll University (University Heights, OH) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1928 (Age 23.106)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1928 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Tigers 1928-1931

Final Game: September 27, 1931 (Age 26.272)
Died: April 18, 1957 in San Diego, CA
Buried: Resurrection Cemetery, San Gabriel, CA
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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
1928 23 DET AL 89 329 309 47 78 15 5 0 19 12 8 15 28 .252 .287 .333 .620 61 103 0 5 3/7O
1930 25 BOS AL 88 255 243 32 75 13 0 4 30 5 3 9 15 .309 .333 .412 .745 92 100 0 3 3/5
1931 26 BOS AL 131 528 498 48 147 30 3 1 58 5 12 20 30 .295 .322 .373 .696 87 186 0 10 *3
3 Yrs 308 1112 1050 127 300 58 8 5 107 22 23 44 73 .286 .314 .370 .685 80 389 0 18
162 Game Avg. 162 585 552 67 158 31 4 3 56 12 12 23 38 .286 .314 .370 .685 80 205 0 9
BOS (2 yrs) 219 783 741 80 222 43 3 5 88 10 15 29 45 .300 .326 .386 .712 89 286 0 13
DET (1 yr) 89 329 309 47 78 15 5 0 19 12 8 15 28 .252 .287 .333 .620 61 103 0 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
1928 23 DET AL 89 329 -18 -0 0 3 -4 -19 -2.0 12 -7 -0.7 .478 .488 -1.0 -0.1 -10 $3,000 3/7O
1930 25 BOS AL 88 255 -3 0 0 3 -3 -2 -0.2 10 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.4 0.0 4 $4,200 3/5
1931 26 BOS AL 131 528 -9 -4 0 6 -6 -12 -1.1 20 8 0.8 .491 .493 0.2 0.1 2 $5,500 *3
3 Seasons 308 1112 -30 -4 0 12 -12 -34 -3.3 42 8 0.8 .489 .493 -0.4 0.1 -4 $12,700
BOS (2 yrs) 219 783 -11 -4 0 9 -8 -14 -1.3 29 15 1.5 .494 .495 0.6 0.1 6 $9,700
DET (1 yr) 89 329 -18 -0 0 3 -4 -19 -2.0 12 -7 -0.7 .478 .488 -1.0 -0.1 -10 $3,000

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
1928 DET AL 23 1B 75 72 60 737 677 55 5 51 .993 9.76 .990 10.42
1928 DET AL 23 LF 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .973 2.30
1928 DET AL 23 OF 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .973 2.37
1930 BOS AL 25 1B 56 51 50 573 541 30 2 49 .997 10.20 .989 10.00
1930 BOS AL 25 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
1931 BOS AL 26 1B 124 121 117 1384 1283 92 9 89 .993 11.09 .991 10.03
3 Seasons 1B 255 244 227 2694 2501 177 16 189 .994 10.50 .990 10.14
1 Season LF 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .973 2.30
1 Season OF 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .973 2.37
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
3 Seasons TOT 259 246 228 2697 2504 177 16 189 .994 10.35 .990 10.02
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

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1931 AL  10 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1931 AL  12 (6th)

Putoutss c a p y
1931 AL  1,283 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1931 AL  1,283 (4th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1931 AL  92 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1931 AL  11.09 (1st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1931 AL  .993 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (391st), 0.8 career WAR/0.8 7yr-peak WAR/0.8 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • October 7, 1929: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox from Toronto (International) in the 1929 rule 5 draft.
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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
1928 23 Detroit Tigers $3,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1930 25 Boston Red Sox $4,200 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1931 26 Boston Red Sox $5,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$12,700
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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