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Bill Traffley

William Franklin Traffley

Positions: Catcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: December 21, 1859 in Staten Island, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: July 27, 1878 (Age 18.218, 390th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/RedStockings/WhiteStockings 1878-1886

Last Game: July 29, 1886 (Age 26.220)
Died: June 23, 1908 in Des Moines, IA
Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, IA
Relatives: Brother of John Traffley
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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
1878 18 CHC NL 2 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .111 .111 .111 .222 -29 1 /2
1883 23 CIN AA 30 109 105 17 21 5 0 0 8 4 .200 .229 .248 .477 50 26 2/6
1884 24 BAL AA 53 214 210 25 37 4 6 0 3 .176 .192 .252 .444 41 53 1 2/O3
1885 25 BAL AA 69 274 254 27 39 4 5 1 20 17 .154 .215 .220 .436 38 56 3 2O/4
1886 26 BAL AA 25 95 85 15 18 0 1 0 7 8 10 .212 .295 .235 .530 69 20 0 2
5 Yrs 179 701 663 85 116 13 12 1 36 8 34 1 .175 .220 .235 .455 45 156 4
162 Game Avg. 162 634 600 77 105 12 11 1 33 31 .175 .220 .235 .455 45 141
BAL (3 yrs) 147 583 549 67 94 8 12 1 27 8 30 .171 .220 .235 .455 45 129 4
CIN (1 yr) 30 109 105 17 21 5 0 0 8 4 .200 .229 .248 .477 50 26
CHC (1 yr) 2 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .111 .111 .111 .222 -29 1
AA (4 yrs) 177 692 654 84 115 13 12 1 35 8 34 .176 .221 .237 .458 46 155 4
NL (1 yr) 2 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .111 .111 .111 .222 -29 1

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
1878 18 CHC NL 2 9 -1 0 0 -2 0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .353 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /2
1883 23 CIN AA 30 109 -6 0 0 -3 2 -7 -0.7 2 -5 -0.4 .478 .496 -0.1 -0.1 -2 2/6
1884 24 BAL AA 53 214 -14 0 0 -2 3 -14 -1.4 5 -9 -0.9 .476 .492 -0.6 -0.0 -7 2/O3
1885 25 BAL AA 69 274 -18 0 0 -7 4 -21 -1.9 6 -15 -1.3 .472 .488 -0.7 -0.3 -8 2O/4
1886 26 BAL AA 25 95 -2 1 0 -1 2 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .499 0.2 0.1 2 2
5 Seasons 179 701 -42 1 0 -15 10 -46 -4.4 15 -31 -2.7 .476 .492 -1.3 -0.5 -16
BAL (3 yrs) 147 583 -34 1 0 -10 8 -36 -3.4 13 -24 -2.1 .477 .491 -1.1 -0.3 -13
CIN (1 yr) 30 109 -6 0 0 -3 2 -7 -0.7 2 -5 -0.4 .478 .496 -0.1 -0.1 -2
CHC (1 yr) 2 9 -1 0 0 -2 0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .353 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1

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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
1878 CHC NL 18 C 2 10 7 3 0 0 1.000 5.00 .891 7.10 10 0 0
1883 CIN AA 23 C 29 181 121 33 27 2 .851 5.31 .890 6.68 36 0 0
1883 CIN AA 23 SS 2 2 0 1 1 0 .500 0.50 .835 3.95
1884 BAL AA 24 C 47 408 321 57 30 6 .926 8.04 .913 7.44 65 0 0
1884 BAL AA 24 OF 6 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .847 1.63 0-0-6
1884 BAL AA 24 1B 1 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 .958 10.60
1885 BAL AA 25 C 61 490 357 105 28 6 .943 7.57 .908 6.94 104 0 0
1885 BAL AA 25 OF 10 4 2 1 1 0 .750 0.30 .880 1.87 0-5-5
1885 BAL AA 25 2B 3 15 6 6 3 1 .800 4.00 .901 6.10
1886 BAL AA 26 C 25 208 163 35 10 4 .952 7.92 .910 7.19 42 0 0
5 Seasons C 164 1297 969 233 95 18 .927 7.33 .907 7.08 257 0 0
2 Seasons OF 16 10 8 1 1 0 .900 0.56 .860 1.78 0-5-11
1 Season 2B 3 15 6 6 3 1 .800 4.00 .901 6.10
1 Season SS 2 2 0 1 1 0 .500 0.50 .835 3.95
1 Season 1B 1 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 .958 10.60
5 Seasons TOT 186 1333 992 241 100 19 .925 6.63 .907 6.59 0-5-11 257 0 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

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1885 AA  61 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1885 AA  357 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1885 AA  105 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1884 AA  6 (3rd)
1885 AA  6 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1884 AA  65 (5th)
1885 AA  104 (1st)
Career  257 (27th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1885 AA  7.57 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1885 AA  .943 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1878 NL  born 1859-12-21 (2nd)

Transactions

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