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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, 4,209th in MLB history)
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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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 28, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1498. Ethan Allen… #1499. Eric Byrnes… #1500. Sandy Alomar… #1501. BILL WAMBSGANSS… #1502. Tim Naehring… #1503. Otto Knabe… #1504. Jerry Browne… 

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
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

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 1 0
1 WS 7 29 26 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .154 .214 .154 .368 4 0 1 0

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
1914 CLE AL 20 SS 36 32 32 189 65 109 15 16 .921 4.83 .937 5.35
1914 CLE AL 20 2B 4 6 6 18 7 8 3 0 .833 3.75 .953 4.92
1915 CLE AL 21 2B 78 78 74 400 138 237 25 24 .938 4.81 .956 5.14
1915 CLE AL 21 3B 35 32 31 110 31 69 10 4 .909 2.86 .925 3.16
1916 CLE AL 22 SS 106 106 105 576 208 325 43 38 .925 5.03 .938 5.18
1916 CLE AL 22 2B 24 23 23 120 39 76 5 11 .958 4.79 .964 5.06
1916 CLE AL 22 3B 5 2 2 18 5 9 4 4 .778 2.80 .939 3.40
1917 CLE AL 23 2B 137 135 132 783 304 441 38 70 .951 5.44 .959 5.14
1917 CLE AL 23 1B 3 3 3 30 28 2 0 0 1.000 10.00 .989 11.07
1918 CLE AL 24 2B 87 86 85 478 204 251 23 35 .952 5.23 .958 5.48
1919 CLE AL 25 2B 139 139 139 808 342 436 30 64 .963 5.60 .961 5.35
1920 CLE AL 26 2B 153 153 151 941 414 489 38 81 .960 5.90 .962 5.70
1921 CLE AL 27 2B 103 102 100 543 268 255 20 54 .963 5.08 .956 5.55
1921 CLE AL 27 3B 2 2 2 11 3 8 0 0 1.000 5.50 .952 3.40
1922 CLE AL 28 2B 125 122 117 700 297 376 27 78 .961 5.38 .966 5.70 MVP-21
1922 CLE AL 28 SS 16 16 15 78 29 42 7 6 .910 4.44 .946 5.20 MVP-21
1923 CLE AL 29 2B 88 88 87 547 252 275 20 47 .963 5.99 .965 5.68
1923 CLE AL 29 3B 4 0 0 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 1.50 .945 3.45
1924 BOS AL 30 2B 156 156 155 994 463 494 37 100 .963 6.13 .966 5.76
1925 BOS AL 31 2B 103 97 90 606 254 326 26 60 .957 5.63 .962 5.76
1925 BOS AL 31 1B 6 6 5 52 47 4 1 5 .981 8.50 .988 10.47
1926 PHA AL 32 SS 17 3 2 39 10 26 3 5 .923 2.12 .944 5.01
1926 PHA AL 32 2B 8 0 0 9 4 5 0 0 1.000 1.13 .967 5.62
13 Seasons 2B 1205 1185 1159 6947 2986 3669 292 624 .958 5.52 .962 5.53
4 Seasons SS 175 157 154 882 312 502 68 65 .923 4.65 .939 5.20
4 Seasons 3B 46 36 35 145 42 89 14 8 .903 2.85 .930 3.22
2 Seasons 1B 9 9 8 82 75 6 1 5 .988 9.00 .988 10.67
13 Seasons TOT 1435 1387 1356 8056 3415 4266 375 702 .953 5.35 .959 5.45
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
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 (1298th)

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)

Assistss c a p y
1917 AL  443 (5th)
1919 AL  436 (2nd)
1920 AL  489 (4th)
1924 AL  494 (2nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1916 AL  52 (2nd)
1920 AL  38 (5th)
1924 AL  37 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1917 AL  137 (4th)
1919 AL  139 (3rd)
1920 AL  153 (2nd)
1924 AL  156 (1st)
Career  1,205 (79th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1917 AL  304 (3rd)
1918 AL  204 (5th)
1919 AL  342 (2nd)
1920 AL  414 (2nd)
1923 AL  252 (5th)
1924 AL  463 (1st)
1925 AL  254 (5th)
Career  2,986 (60th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1917 AL  441 (2nd)
1919 AL  436 (2nd)
1920 AL  489 (2nd)
1924 AL  494 (1st)
Career  3,669 (69th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1915 AL  25 (4th)
1917 AL  38 (1st)
1918 AL  23 (2nd)
1919 AL  30 (1st)
1920 AL  38 (1st)
1922 AL  27 (4th)
1923 AL  20 (4th)
1924 AL  37 (1st)
1925 AL  26 (3rd)
Career  292 (35th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1917 AL  70 (1st)
1918 AL  35 (5th)
1919 AL  64 (3rd)
1920 AL  81 (3rd)
1922 AL  78 (5th)
1924 AL  100 (1st)
1925 AL  60 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  43 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1917 AL  5.44 (2nd)
1918 AL  5.23 (5th)
1919 AL  5.60 (3rd)
1920 AL  5.90 (3rd)
1923 AL  5.99 (2nd)
1924 AL  6.13 (1st)
1925 AL  5.63 (4th)
Career  5.52 (51st)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1918 AL  .952 (5th)
1920 AL  .960 (5th)
1921 AL  .963 (2nd)
1924 AL  .963 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  5.03 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 9 (1504), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1456), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1103), 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

Transactions

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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
1920 26 Cleveland Indians $5,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 27 Cleveland Indians $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 28 Cleveland Indians $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 29 Cleveland Indians $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 30 Boston Red Sox $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 31 Boston Red Sox $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 32 Philadelphia Athletics $7,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$49,000
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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