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Bill Swift

William Vincent Swift

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 192 lb.

Born: June 19, 1908 in Elmira, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1932 (Age 23)
Rookie Status: Lost 1932 [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/WhiteSox/Dodgers/Bees 1932-1943

Final Game: September 29, 1943 (Age 35)
Died: February 23, 1969 in Bartow, FL
Buried: Oakhill Burial Park, Lakeland, FL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #607. Jeff Suppan… #608. Ed Seward… #609. Woodie Fryman… #610. BILL SWIFT… #611. Steve Stone… #612. Hal Carlson… #613. Dan Casey… 

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
1932 24 PIT NL 14 10 .583 3.61 39 23 14 11 0 4 214.1 205 97 86 15 26 64 2 0 1 865 104 3.72 1.078 8.6 0.6 1.1 2.7 2.46
1933 25 PIT NL 14 10 .583 3.13 37 29 6 13 2 0 218.1 214 96 76 11 36 64 4 0 1 910 106 3.42 1.145 8.8 0.5 1.5 2.6 1.78
1934 26 PIT NL 11 13 .458 3.98 37 25 7 13 1 0 212.2 244 107 94 15 46 81 8 0 1 923 104 4.04 1.364 10.3 0.6 1.9 3.4 1.76
1935 27 PIT NL 15 8 .652 2.70 39 22 16 11 3 1 203.2 193 76 61 6 37 74 1 1 0 830 152 3.27 1.129 8.5 0.3 1.6 3.3 2.00
1936 28 PIT NL 16 16 .500 4.01 45 31 13 17 0 2 262.1 275 132 117 18 63 92 5 0 3 1123 101 4.23 1.288 9.4 0.6 2.2 3.2 1.46
1937 29 PIT NL 9 10 .474 3.95 36 17 12 9 0 3 164.0 160 79 72 14 34 84 3 0 3 676 97 3.80 1.183 8.8 0.8 1.9 4.6 2.47
1938 30 PIT NL 7 5 .583 3.24 36 9 20 2 0 4 150.0 155 65 54 9 40 77 4 0 0 633 117 3.56 1.300 9.3 0.5 2.4 4.6 1.93
1939 31 PIT NL 5 7 .417 3.89 36 8 18 2 1 4 129.2 150 60 56 6 28 56 3 0 0 559 99 3.43 1.373 10.4 0.4 1.9 3.9 2.00
1940 32 BSN NL 1 1 .500 2.89 4 0 2 0 0 1 9.1 12 7 3 0 7 7 0 0 0 46 132 3.59 2.036 11.6 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
1941 33 BRO NL 3 0 1.000 3.27 9 0 4 0 0 1 22.0 26 9 8 4 7 9 0 0 1 97 115 5.16 1.500 10.6 1.6 2.9 3.7 1.29
1943 35 CHW AL 0 2 .000 4.21 18 1 7 0 0 0 51.1 48 25 24 3 27 28 6 0 1 229 79 4.01 1.461 8.4 0.5 4.7 4.9 1.04
11 Yrs 95 82 .537 3.58 336 165 119 78 7 20 1637.2 1682 753 651 101 351 636 36 1 11 6891 108 3.74 1.241 9.2 0.6 1.9 3.5 1.81
162 Game Avg. 13 11 .537 3.58 46 22 16 11 1 3 222 228 102 88 14 48 86 5 0 1 935 108 3.74 1.241 9.2 0.6 1.9 3.5 1.81
PIT (8 yrs) 91 79 .535 3.57 305 164 106 78 7 18 1555.0 1596 712 616 94 310 592 30 1 9 6519 108 3.72 1.226 9.2 0.5 1.8 3.4 1.91
BSN (1 yr) 1 1 .500 2.89 4 0 2 0 0 1 9.1 12 7 3 0 7 7 0 0 0 46 132 3.59 2.036 11.6 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
BRO (1 yr) 3 0 1.000 3.27 9 0 4 0 0 1 22.0 26 9 8 4 7 9 0 0 1 97 115 5.16 1.500 10.6 1.6 2.9 3.7 1.29
CHW (1 yr) 0 2 .000 4.21 18 1 7 0 0 0 51.1 48 25 24 3 27 28 6 0 1 229 79 4.01 1.461 8.4 0.5 4.7 4.9 1.04
NL (10 yrs) 95 80 .543 3.56 318 164 112 78 7 20 1586.1 1634 728 627 98 324 608 30 1 10 6662 109 3.74 1.234 9.3 0.6 1.8 3.4 1.88
AL (1 yr) 0 2 .000 4.21 18 1 7 0 0 0 51.1 48 25 24 3 27 28 6 0 1 229 79 4.01 1.461 8.4 0.5 4.7 4.9 1.04

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
1932 24 PIT NL 214.1 39 23 97 4.07 4.53 0.05 0.00 97.8 4.38 7 0.8 1.0 -0.1 2.5 26 .519 .505
1933 25 PIT NL 218.1 37 29 96 3.96 3.88 0.03 0.00 100.1 3.85 -2 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 1.5 14 .493 .498
1934 26 PIT NL 212.2 37 25 107 4.53 4.72 -0.21 0.00 100.7 4.96 9 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.6 29 .524 .505
1935 27 PIT NL 203.2 39 22 76 3.36 4.54 -0.10 0.00 102.8 4.77 30 3.2 1.0 -0.1 4.8 50 .583 .520
1936 28 PIT NL 261.2 45 31 132 4.54 4.69 -0.05 0.00 100.9 4.79 6 0.7 1.0 -0.1 2.8 32 .515 .504
1937 29 PIT NL 164.0 36 17 79 4.34 4.51 0.10 0.00 99.2 4.37 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.5 15 .502 .500
1938 30 PIT NL 149.2 36 9 65 3.91 4.46 0.27 0.00 98.4 4.13 4 0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.7 17 .512 .503
1939 31 PIT NL 129.2 36 8 60 4.16 4.45 -0.16 0.00 97.1 4.47 5 0.5 1.0 -0.1 1.6 16 .515 .503
1940 32 BSN NL 9.1 4 0 7 6.75 4.53 0.06 0.00 100.0 4.47 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .441 .499
1941 33 BRO NL 22.0 9 0 9 3.68 4.02 0.37 0.00 101.5 3.70 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .502 .500
1943 35 CHW AL 51.1 18 1 25 4.38 3.94 0.07 0.00 101.2 3.91 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.0 1 .481 .498 $5,000
11 Seasons 1636.2 336 165 753 4.14 4.45 -0.01 0.00 99.9 4.46 55 5.7 1.0 -0.8 19.1 199 .517 .504 $5,000
PIT (8 yrs) 1554.0 305 164 712 4.12 4.48 -0.02 0.00 99.8 4.49 60 6.3 1.0 -0.7 19.0 197 .521 .505
BSN (1 yr) 9.1 4 0 7 6.75 4.53 0.06 0.00 100.0 4.47 -2 -0.2 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .441 .499
BRO (1 yr) 22.0 9 0 9 3.68 4.02 0.37 0.00 101.5 3.70 0 0.0 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .502 .500
CHW (1 yr) 51.1 18 1 25 4.38 3.94 0.07 0.00 101.2 3.91 -3 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 0.0 1 .481 .498 $5,000

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
1932 24 PIT NL 39 82 78 4 15 1 0 0 6 0 1 15 .192 .203 .205 .408 11 16 0 3 1
1933 25 PIT NL 37 83 82 10 20 4 0 0 4 0 0 14 .244 .253 .293 .546 55 24 3 1 0 1
1934 26 PIT NL 37 86 84 3 18 3 3 0 8 0 1 23 .214 .224 .321 .545 42 27 5 0 1 1
1935 27 PIT NL 39 83 78 11 19 5 0 0 11 0 3 8 .244 .272 .308 .579 53 24 5 0 1 1
1936 28 PIT NL 45 109 105 6 31 10 0 2 15 0 2 16 .295 .315 .448 .762 101 47 1 1 1 1
1937 29 PIT NL 36 59 54 0 9 1 0 0 2 0 3 15 .167 .211 .185 .396 9 10 2 0 2 1
1938 30 PIT NL 36 54 50 3 10 3 0 1 6 0 2 10 .200 .231 .320 .551 50 16 1 0 2 1
1939 31 PIT NL 36 48 42 6 10 0 0 0 2 0 4 9 .238 .304 .238 .542 49 10 3 0 2 1
1940 32 BSN NL 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 /1
1941 33 BRO NL 9 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 11 1 0 0 0 /1
1943 35 CHW AL 18 13 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .100 .308 .100 .408 22 1 0 0 0 1
11 Yrs 336 625 591 43 134 27 3 3 54 0 0 19 113 .227 .253 .298 .551 49 176 20 2 12
162 Game Avg. 162 301 285 21 65 13 1 1 26 0 9 54 .227 .253 .298 .551 49 85 1 6
PIT (8 yrs) 305 604 573 43 132 27 3 3 54 0 16 110 .230 .254 .304 .557 50 174 20 2 12
BSN (1 yr) 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0
BRO (1 yr) 9 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 11 1 0 0 0
CHW (1 yr) 18 13 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .100 .308 .100 .408 22 1 0 0 0
NL (10 yrs) 318 612 581 43 133 27 3 3 54 0 16 110 .229 .252 .301 .553 49 175 20 2 12
AL (1 yr) 18 13 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .100 .308 .100 .408 22 1 0 0 0

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
1932 24 PIT NL 39 82 -10 0 0 0 9 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1933 25 PIT NL 37 83 -5 0 0 0 8 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .511 .502 0.4 -0.0 4 1
1934 26 PIT NL 37 86 -8 0 0 0 10 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1935 27 PIT NL 39 83 -5 0 0 0 8 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1
1936 28 PIT NL 45 109 -0 0 0 0 13 12 1.2 0 12 1.2 .527 .507 1.2 0.0 12 1
1937 29 PIT NL 36 59 -7 0 0 0 6 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 1
1938 30 PIT NL 36 54 -4 0 0 0 6 3 0.2 0 3 0.2 .507 .502 0.3 -0.0 3 1
1939 31 PIT NL 36 48 -3 0 0 0 5 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 1
1940 32 BSN NL 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .489 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1941 33 BRO NL 9 5 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1943 35 CHW AL 18 13 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $5,000 1
11 Seasons 336 625 -44 1 0 0 67 25 2.4 0 25 2.4 .507 .502 2.4 -0.1 25 $5,000
PIT (8 yrs) 305 604 -42 1 0 0 65 25 2.4 0 25 2.4 .508 .502 2.4 -0.1 25
BSN (1 yr) 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .489 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
BRO (1 yr) 9 5 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0
CHW (1 yr) 18 13 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $5,000

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1932 PIT NL 24 P 39 23 11 214.1 37 8 27 2 1 .946 1.47 0.90 .957 2.29 2.29
1933 PIT NL 25 P 37 29 13 218.1 52 11 39 2 1 .962 2.06 1.35 .964 2.36 2.33
1934 PIT NL 26 P 37 25 13 212.2 48 8 38 2 0 .958 1.95 1.24 .960 2.27 2.24
1935 PIT NL 27 P 39 22 11 203.2 27 4 23 0 2 1.000 1.19 0.69 .959 2.31 2.28
1936 PIT NL 28 P 45 31 17 262.1 42 4 36 2 3 .952 1.37 0.89 .950 2.32 2.31
1937 PIT NL 29 P 36 17 9 164.0 23 2 21 0 3 1.000 1.26 0.64 .958 2.39 2.36
1938 PIT NL 30 P 36 9 2 150.0 29 1 26 2 1 .931 1.62 0.75 .964 2.21 2.19
1939 PIT NL 31 P 36 8 2 129.2 16 2 14 0 0 1.000 1.11 0.44 .960 2.19 2.16
1940 BSN NL 32 P 4 0 0 9.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.93 0.50 .960 2.22 2.22 1 0 0% 0
1941 BRO NL 33 P 9 0 0 22.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.23 0.33 .967 2.25 2.21 2 1 33% 0
1943 CHW AL 35 P 18 1 0 51.1 4 1 2 1 0 .750 0.53 0.17 .962 2.26 2.30 0 1 100% 0
11 Seasons P 336 165 78 1637.2 283 41 231 11 11 .961 1.49 0.81 .959 2.30 2.27 3 2 40% 0
11 Seasons TOT 336 165 78 1637.2 283 41 231 11 11 .961 1.49 0.81 .959 2.30 2.27 3 2 40% 0
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

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1935 NL  5.2 (10th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1935 NL  4.8 (6th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1935 NL  2.70 (2nd)

Wins s c a p y
1936 NL  16 (8th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1935 NL  .652 (7th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1932 NL  1.078 (2nd)
1933 NL  1.145 (3rd)
1935 NL  1.129 (2nd)
1937 NL  1.183 (6th)
Career  1.241 (248th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1932 NL  8.608 (6th)
1935 NL  8.529 (4th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1932 NL  1.092 (1st)
1933 NL  1.484 (3rd)
1934 NL  1.947 (7th)
1935 NL  1.635 (7th)
1936 NL  2.161 (9th)
1937 NL  1.866 (6th)
Career  1.929 (72nd)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1937 NL  4.610 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1936 NL  45 (5th)

Saves s c a p y
1932 NL  4 (5th)
1937 NL  3 (8th)
1938 NL  4 (8th)
1939 NL  4 (8th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1936 NL  262.3 (6th)

Games Started s c a p y
1936 NL  31 (9th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1936 NL  17 (6th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1935 NL  3 (6th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1932 NL  15 (8th)
1933 NL  11 (9th)
1934 NL  15 (8th)
1936 NL  18 (3rd)
1937 NL  14 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1936 NL  275 (4th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1932 NL  2.462 (2nd)
1933 NL  1.778 (4th)
1935 NL  2.000 (10th)
1937 NL  2.471 (4th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1935 NL  0.265 (3rd)

Losses s c a p y
1936 NL  16 (5th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1936 NL  117 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1934 NL  8 (1st)
1936 NL  5 (9th)
1943 AL  6 (2nd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1936 NL  1,123 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1935 NL  16 (9th)
1938 NL  20 (9th)
1939 NL  18 (9th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1935 NL  152 (2nd)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1933 NL  3.42 (10th)
1935 NL  3.27 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1935 NL  30 (3rd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1935 NL  3.0 (3rd)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1936 NL  45 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1935 NL  1.000 (1st)
1937 NL  1.000 (1st)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 2 (781), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 47 (556), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1345), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 12 (697), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (460th), 21.5 career WAR/20.0 7yr-peak WAR/20.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
194335Chicago White Sox$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$5,000
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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