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Bill Wambsganss    \WHAMS-gans\

William Adolph Wambsganss (Wamby)

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

Born: March 19, 1894 in Cleveland, OH
Schools: Concordia Seminary-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN)(All Transactions)
Debut: August 4, 1914 (Age 20.138)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1914 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/RedSox/Athletics/Naps 1914-1926

Final Game: September 27, 1926 (Age 32.192)
Died: December 8, 1985 in Lakewood, OH
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
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Standard Batting

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
1914 20 CLE AL 43 159 143 12 31 6 2 0 12 2 7 8 24 .217 .277 .287 .564 67 41 4 4 6/4
1915 21 CLE AL 121 423 375 30 73 4 4 0 21 8 9 36 50 .195 .272 .227 .499 49 85 4 8 45
1916 22 CLE AL 136 547 475 57 117 14 4 0 45 13 41 40 .246 .313 .293 .605 78 139 5 30 *64/5
1917 23 CLE AL 141 574 499 52 127 17 6 0 43 16 37 42 .255 .315 .313 .628 86 156 7 27 *4/3
1918 24 CLE AL 87 357 315 34 93 15 2 0 40 16 21 21 .295 .345 .356 .701 103 112 3 17 *4
1919 25 CLE AL 139 588 526 60 146 17 6 2 60 18 32 24 .278 .323 .344 .667 82 181 3 26 *4
1920 26 CLE AL 153 665 565 83 138 16 11 1 55 9 18 54 26 .244 .316 .317 .633 65 179 5 40 *4
1921 27 CLE AL 107 501 410 80 117 28 5 2 47 13 7 44 27 .285 .359 .393 .752 90 161 3 43 *4/5
1922 28 CLE AL 142 642 538 89 141 22 6 0 47 17 10 60 26 .262 .341 .325 .666 73 175 4 42 *46 MVP-21
1923 29 CLE AL 101 419 345 59 100 20 4 1 59 10 9 43 15 .290 .373 .380 .753 98 131 3 27 4/5
1924 30 BOS AL 156 732 636 93 174 41 5 0 49 14 8 54 33 .274 .334 .354 .688 78 225 4 37 *4
1925 31 BOS AL 111 434 360 50 83 12 4 1 41 3 5 52 21 .231 .329 .294 .624 60 106 1 19 *4/3
1926 32 PHA AL 54 66 54 11 19 3 0 0 2 1 1 8 8 .352 .444 .407 .852 119 22 1 3 6/4
13 Yrs 1491 6107 5241 710 1359 215 59 7 521 140 74 490 357 .259 .328 .327 .655 78 1713 47 323
162 Game Avg. 162 664 569 77 148 23 6 1 57 15 53 39 .259 .328 .327 .655 78 186 5 35
CLE (10 yrs) 1170 4875 4191 556 1083 159 50 6 429 122 60 376 295 .258 .326 .325 .650 79 1360 41 264
BOS (2 yrs) 267 1166 996 143 257 53 9 1 90 17 13 106 54 .258 .332 .332 .665 71 331 5 56
PHA (1 yr) 54 66 54 11 19 3 0 0 2 1 1 8 8 .352 .444 .407 .852 119 22 1 3

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
1914 20 CLE AL 43 159 -6 -2 0 -2 2 -7 -0.9 6 -1 -0.2 .481 .495 0.1 0.0 1 6/4
1915 21 CLE AL 121 423 -22 -1 0 -6 1 -28 -3.3 16 -12 -1.6 .473 .480 -0.9 -0.6 -6 45
1916 22 CLE AL 136 547 -12 -1 0 -6 7 -11 -1.5 21 9 0.7 .490 .492 1.5 0.1 15 *64/5
1917 23 CLE AL 141 574 -8 -1 0 7 1 -2 -0.2 22 20 2.1 .499 .499 1.2 0.9 13 *4/3
1918 24 CLE AL 87 357 1 0 0 -7 1 -5 -0.6 13 8 0.8 .493 .496 1.6 -0.7 15 *4
1919 25 CLE AL 139 588 -12 -1 0 0 2 -10 -1.1 22 12 1.2 .492 .493 1.1 0.3 12 *4
1920 26 CLE AL 153 665 -28 -4 0 -1 3 -30 -3.0 25 -5 -0.6 .480 .481 -0.5 0.2 -4 $5,500 *4
1921 27 CLE AL 107 501 -6 1 0 -12 3 -15 -1.4 18 3 0.4 .487 .491 1.4 -0.9 15 $6,500 *4/5
1922 28 CLE AL 142 642 -20 0 0 -11 5 -26 -2.7 23 -3 -0.3 .482 .484 0.8 -0.7 8 $6,500 *46 MVP-21
1923 29 CLE AL 101 419 1 -1 0 -2 3 1 0.1 16 17 1.7 .501 .501 1.9 0.1 19 $7,500 4/5
1924 30 BOS AL 156 732 -21 1 0 -14 5 -29 -2.7 26 -3 -0.1 .482 .483 1.1 -0.8 11 $7,500 *4
1925 31 BOS AL 111 434 -21 -1 0 -6 3 -25 -2.3 16 -9 -0.7 .479 .485 -0.2 -0.3 -3 $8,000 *4/3
1926 32 PHA AL 54 66 2 -0 0 0 1 3 0.3 2 6 0.6 .506 .502 0.6 0.1 6 $7,500 6/4
13 Seasons 1491 6107 -152 -8 0 -60 38 -183 -19.2 226 43 3.8 .487 .490 9.9 -2.1 103 $49,000
CLE (10 yrs) 1170 4875 -112 -9 0 -40 28 -133 -14.5 181 49 4.0 .488 .490 8.3 -1.2 89 $26,000
BOS (2 yrs) 267 1166 -42 0 0 -20 8 -54 -5.0 42 -12 -0.9 .481 .484 0.9 -1.0 8 $15,500
PHA (1 yr) 54 66 2 -0 0 0 1 3 0.3 2 6 0.6 .506 .502 0.6 0.1 6 $7,500

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1914 20 CLE AL 159 123 9 2.0 85 .261 .217 .260 .277 .334 .287 .340 .564 .674 67 .282 -6.0 -0.7 .403 .091 .070 .0
1915 21 CLE AL 423 319 22 1.8 84 .225 .195 .256 .272 .335 .227 .337 .499 .671 49 .244 -24.1 -2.8 .399 .125 .032 .0
1916 22 CLE AL 547 388 43 3.0 86 .269 .246 .262 .313 .337 .293 .343 .605 .680 78 .436 -13.1 -1.5 .553 .160 .046 .0
1917 23 CLE AL 574 399 48 3.3 85 .278 .255 .263 .315 .335 .313 .340 .628 .675 86 .482 -9.1 -1.1 .581 .164 .058 .0
1918 24 CLE AL 357 239 38 4.3 89 .316 .295 .272 .345 .344 .356 .346 .701 .691 103 .596 0.9 0.1 .685 .178 .060 .0
1919 25 CLE AL 588 406 58 3.8 100 .288 .278 .283 .323 .350 .344 .381 .667 .731 82 .473 -14.0 -1.5 .616 .162 .067 3.6
1920 26 CLE AL 665 485 52 2.9 110 .255 .244 .296 .316 .362 .317 .407 .633 .768 65 .299 -30.0 -3.0 .515 .152 .073 1.8
1921 27 CLE AL 501 343 57 4.5 116 .302 .285 .302 .359 .368 .393 .424 .752 .793 90 .440 -5.6 -0.5 .713 .229 .107 3.5
1922 28 CLE AL 642 449 59 3.5 111 .275 .262 .296 .341 .361 .325 .415 .666 .776 73 .366 -20.7 -2.0 .604 .188 .063 .0
1923 29 CLE AL 419 281 47 4.5 108 .301 .290 .290 .373 .360 .380 .401 .753 .761 98 .480 0.7 0.1 .701 .217 .090 1.8
1924 30 BOS AL 732 507 74 3.9 111 .289 .274 .297 .334 .366 .354 .407 .688 .773 78 .398 -20.3 -2.0 .615 .175 .080 .0
1925 31 BOS AL 434 301 34 3.0 115 .243 .231 .298 .329 .368 .294 .418 .624 .787 60 .276 -21.4 -2.0 .557 .203 .064 1.5
1926 32 PHA AL 66 39 9 6.2 114 .413 .352 .296 .444 .368 .407 .415 .852 .783 119 .622 2.2 0.2 .861 .204 .056 .0
13 Yrs 6107 4279 550 3.4 102 .277 .259 .284 .328 .354 .327 .384 .655 .738 78 .403 -160.6 -16.7 .585 .174 .068 13.3
162 Game Avg. 664 465 60 3.4 102 .277 .259 .284 .328 .354 .327 .384 .655 .738 78 .403 -160.6 -16.7 .585 .174 .068 1
CLE (10 yrs) 4875 3432 433 3.4 99 .277 .258 .280 .326 .350 .325 .377 .650 .728 79 .413 -121.1 -12.9 .580 .171 .066 11.4
BOS (2 yrs) 1166 808 108 3.6 112 .272 .258 .297 .332 .367 .332 .411 .665 .778 71 .353 -41.7 -4.0 .593 .185 .074 1.9
PHA (1 yr) 66 39 9 6.1 114 .413 .352 .296 .444 .368 .407 .415 .852 .783 119 .622 2.2 0.2 .861 .204 .056 .0

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
1920 ❍ 26 CLE AL WS BRO W 7 29 26 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .154 .214 .154 .368 4 0 0 1 0 0
1 WS 7 29 26 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .154 .214 .154 .368 4 0 0 1 0 0

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1914 20 CLE AL 159 0.0% 15.1% 5.0% 5.0% 26% 3.00 6.0 11.9 75%
1915 21 CLE AL 423 0.0% 11.8% 8.5% 1.9% 11% 1.39 7.5 17.9 77%
1916 22 CLE AL 547 0.0% 7.3% 7.5% 3.3% 15% 0.98 11.9 10.6 80%
1917 23 CLE AL 574 0.0% 7.3% 6.5% 4.0% 18% 1.14 11.9 11.6 80%
1918 24 CLE AL 357 0.0% 5.9% 5.9% 4.8% 18% 1.00 15.0 7.9 82%
1919 25 CLE AL 588 0.3% 4.1% 5.4% 4.3% 17% 0.75 21.9 263.0 8.8 85%
1920 26 CLE AL 665 0.2% 3.9% 8.1% 4.2% 20% 0.48 21.7 565.0 10.3 81%
1921 27 CLE AL 501 0.4% 5.4% 8.8% 7.0% 30% 0.61 15.2 205.0 8.7 76%
1922 28 CLE AL 642 0.0% 4.1% 9.4% 4.4% 20% 0.43 20.7 11.4 80%
1923 29 CLE AL 419 0.2% 3.6% 10.3% 6.0% 25% 0.35 23.0 345.0 5.8 79%
1924 30 BOS AL 732 0.0% 4.5% 7.4% 6.3% 26% 0.61 19.3 13.0 82%
1925 31 BOS AL 434 0.2% 4.8% 12.0% 3.9% 21% 0.40 17.1 360.0 8.8 78%
1926 32 PHA AL 66 0.0% 12.1% 12.1% 4.6% 16% 1.00 6.8 27.0 70%
13 Yrs 6107 0.1% 5.9% 8.0% 4.6% 21% 0.73 14.7 748.7 10.1 80%
MLB Averages 0.7% 8.4% 7.7% 5.7% 24% 1.09 10.6 123.3 9.0 79%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1914 20 43 159 143 12 31 6 2 0 12 2 7 8 24 .217 .277 .287 .564 67 41 4 4
1915 21 164 582 518 42 104 10 6 0 33 10 16 44 74 .201 .274 .243 .517 54 126 8 12
1916 22 300 1129 993 99 221 24 10 0 78 23 16 85 114 .223 .292 .267 .559 66 265 13 42
1917 23 441 1703 1492 151 348 41 16 0 121 39 16 122 156 .233 .300 .282 .582 72 421 20 69
1918 24 528 2060 1807 185 441 56 18 0 161 55 16 143 177 .244 .308 .295 .603 78 533 23 86
1919 25 667 2648 2333 245 587 73 24 2 221 73 16 175 201 .252 .311 .306 .617 79 714 26 112
1920 26 820 3313 2898 328 725 89 35 3 276 82 34 229 227 .250 .312 .308 .620 76 893 31 152
1921 27 927 3814 3308 408 842 117 40 5 323 95 41 273 254 .255 .318 .319 .636 78 1054 34 195
1922 28 1069 4456 3846 497 983 139 46 5 370 112 51 333 280 .256 .321 .320 .641 77 1229 38 237
1923 29 1170 4875 4191 556 1083 159 50 6 429 122 60 376 295 .258 .326 .325 .650 79 1360 41 264
1924 30 1326 5607 4827 649 1257 200 55 6 478 136 68 430 328 .260 .327 .328 .655 79 1585 45 301
1925 31 1437 6041 5187 699 1340 212 59 7 519 139 73 482 349 .258 .327 .326 .653 77 1691 46 320
1926 32 1491 6107 5241 710 1359 215 59 7 521 140 74 490 357 .259 .328 .327 .655 78 1713 47 323

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1914 20 44 166 149 14 34 7 2 0 14 2 9 25 .228 .290 .302 .592 12 43
1915 21 126 449 397 35 81 4 4 0 24 9 40 52 .204 .283 .234 .518 26 121
1916 22 141 587 504 68 132 16 5 0 54 15 46 42 .262 .331 .313 .644 51 136
1917 23 146 605 528 61 142 19 7 0 51 18 41 44 .269 .331 .331 .662 56 141
1918 24 111 463 409 48 126 20 3 0 56 22 28 27 .308 .358 .372 .730 54 87
1919 25 161 682 611 71 171 20 7 2 71 21 37 28 .280 .325 .345 .670 68 139
1920 26 161 685 585 79 136 16 11 1 52 9 53 27 .232 .302 .303 .604 53 153
1921 27 113 509 419 71 111 27 5 2 42 12 42 28 .265 .336 .368 .704 50 107
1922 28 148 663 555 85 140 22 6 0 45 17 60 27 .252 .330 .314 .643 56 142
1923 29 106 433 359 58 101 20 4 1 58 10 43 16 .281 .363 .368 .731 47 101
1924 30 164 754 658 88 172 41 5 0 46 14 53 35 .261 .320 .339 .659 70 156
1925 31 117 442 371 45 80 12 4 1 37 3 50 22 .216 .310 .278 .588 32 111
1926 32 57 68 56 11 19 3 0 0 2 1 8 8 .339 .431 .393 .824 9 54
13 Yrs 1595 6506 5601 734 1445 227 63 7 552 153 510 381 .258 .326 .325 .650 584 1491
162 Game Avg. 162 661 569 75 147 23 6 1 56 16 52 39 .258 .326 .325 .650 59 1491

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1942 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1950 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1953 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1954 BBWAA ( 1.6%)
1955 BBWAA ( 2.0%)
1956 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1922 AL (21, 3%)
0.03 Career Shares (1281st)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1917 AL  0.9 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1919 AL  139 (9th)
1920 AL  153 (8th)
1924 AL  156 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1919 AL  526 (8th)
1924 AL  636 (2nd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1924 AL  732 (1st)

Doubles s c a p y
1924 AL  41 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1922 AL  17 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1917 AL  7 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1916 AL  30 (5th)
1920 AL  40 (5th)
1921 AL  43 (1st)
1922 AL  42 (1st)
1923 AL  27 (7th)
1924 AL  37 (2nd)
Career  323 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1920 AL  18 (4th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1919 AL  406 (5th)
1920 AL  485 (1st)
1922 AL  449 (6th)
1924 AL  507 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 9 (1503), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1452), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1104), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (270th), 3.8 career WAR/7.4 7yr-peak WAR/5.6 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Adolph Bill billy Wamby Will William Wambsganss

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