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Billy Werber

William Murray Werber

Positions: Third Baseman, Shortstop and Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: June 20, 1908 in Berwyn, MD
High School: McKinley HS (Berwyn, MD)
School: Duke University (Durham, NC) (All Transactions)
Debut: June 25, 1930 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Reds/Athletics/Giants/Yankees 1930-1942

Final Game: September 5, 1942 (Age 34)
Died: January 22, 2009 in Charlotte, NC
Buried: Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, NC
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 18, 2014 4:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #526. Ben Oglivie… #527. Earl Torgeson… #528. Marty McManus… #529. BILLY WERBER… #530. Benny Kauff… #531. Luis Castillo… #532. Raul Mondesi… 

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
1930 22 NYY AL 4 17 14 5 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 .286 .412 .286 .697 83 4 0 0 /65
1933 25 TOT AL 111 472 427 64 110 30 6 3 39 15 5 33 39 .258 .311 .377 .688 80 161 0 13 65/49
1933 25 NYY AL 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /59
1933 25 BOS AL 108 470 425 64 110 30 6 3 39 15 5 33 39 .259 .312 .379 .691 81 161 0 13 65/4
1934 26 BOS AL 152 714 623 129 200 41 10 11 67 40 15 77 37 .321 .397 .472 .868 120 294 1 15 *56 MVP-12
1935 27 BOS AL 124 549 462 84 118 30 3 14 61 29 7 69 41 .255 .357 .424 .781 97 196 4 14 *5
1936 28 BOS AL 145 639 535 89 147 29 6 10 67 23 13 89 37 .275 .382 .407 .790 90 218 4 11 5O7/94
1937 29 PHA AL 128 576 493 85 144 31 4 7 70 35 13 74 39 .292 .386 .414 .799 103 204 1 8 *5/O87
1938 30 PHA AL 134 599 499 92 129 22 7 11 69 19 15 93 37 .259 .377 .397 .774 97 198 2 5 *5
1939 31 CIN NL 147 707 599 115 173 35 5 5 57 15 91 46 .289 .388 .389 .777 108 233 12 6 11 *5 MVP-22
1940 32 CIN NL 143 663 584 105 162 35 5 12 48 16 68 40 .277 .361 .416 .777 113 243 7 8 3 *5 MVP-10
1941 33 CIN NL 109 477 418 56 100 9 2 4 46 14 53 24 .239 .328 .299 .627 77 125 9 2 4 *5 MVP-28
1942 34 NYG NL 98 429 370 51 76 9 2 1 13 9 51 22 .205 .308 .249 .557 63 92 11 4 4 5
11 Yrs 1295 5842 5024 875 1363 271 50 78 539 215 68 701 363 .271 .364 .392 .756 98 1968 39 32 88
162 Game Avg. 162 731 628 109 171 34 6 10 67 27 88 45 .271 .364 .392 .756 98 246 4 11
BOS (4 yrs) 529 2372 2045 366 575 130 25 38 234 107 40 268 154 .281 .367 .425 .792 99 869 9 53
CIN (3 yrs) 399 1847 1601 276 435 79 12 21 151 45 212 110 .272 .362 .375 .738 102 601 28 16 18
PHA (2 yrs) 262 1175 992 177 273 53 11 18 139 54 28 167 76 .275 .381 .405 .786 100 402 3 13
NYY (2 yrs) 7 19 16 5 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 .250 .368 .250 .618 64 4 0 0
NYG (1 yr) 98 429 370 51 76 9 2 1 13 9 51 22 .205 .308 .249 .557 63 92 11 4 4
AL (7 yrs) 798 3566 3053 548 852 183 36 56 375 161 68 438 231 .279 .372 .418 .789 99 1275 12 66
NL (4 yrs) 497 2276 1971 327 511 88 14 22 164 54 263 132 .259 .352 .352 .704 95 693 39 20 22

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
1930 22 NYY AL 4 17 -0 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 0.0 .483 .500 0.1 -0.1 1 $2,700 /65
1933 25 NYY AL 3 2 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .482 .500 -0.0 0.0 -1 $3,500 /59
1933 25 BOS AL 108 470 -13 2 0 -8 6 -14 -1.3 18 4 0.3 .488 .492 1.1 -0.2 12 65/4
1934 26 BOS AL 152 714 20 2 0 7 4 33 3.0 25 58 5.4 .520 .519 4.9 1.0 51 *56 MVP-12
1935 27 BOS AL 124 549 -2 3 0 4 2 7 0.6 21 28 2.6 .506 .504 2.3 0.6 24 *5
1936 28 BOS AL 145 639 -6 -1 0 -1 -0 -8 -0.7 23 15 1.4 .495 .496 1.5 -0.1 16 5O7/94
1937 29 PHA AL 128 576 6 2 0 5 2 14 1.3 20 35 3.2 .510 .508 2.8 0.6 30 $9,000 *5/O87
1938 30 PHA AL 134 599 2 -3 0 -4 2 -3 -0.2 21 18 1.7 .498 .498 2.1 -0.1 22 $10,000 *5
1939 31 CIN NL 147 707 10 -1 0 5 1 16 1.5 21 36 3.7 .511 .510 3.3 0.6 31 *5 MVP-22
1940 32 CIN NL 143 663 12 -0 0 10 1 23 2.3 21 44 4.5 .517 .515 3.5 1.2 34 *5 MVP-10
1941 33 CIN NL 109 477 -10 -0 0 7 1 -2 -0.3 16 14 1.3 .498 .498 0.6 0.8 7 *5 MVP-28
1942 34 NYG NL 98 429 -14 -0 0 10 0 -4 -0.6 13 9 0.8 .495 .497 -0.3 1.2 -1 5
11 Seasons 1295 5842 3 3 0 34 20 60 5.4 200 260 25.1 .505 .505 21.8 5.5 226 $25,200
BOS (4 yrs) 529 2372 -1 6 0 2 12 18 1.6 86 105 9.8 .503 .504 9.8 1.3 102
CIN (3 yrs) 399 1847 12 -1 0 22 4 36 3.4 58 94 9.5 .509 .509 7.4 2.6 72
PHA (2 yrs) 262 1175 8 -1 0 1 4 11 1.1 42 53 5.0 .504 .503 4.8 0.5 52 $19,000
NYY (2 yrs) 7 19 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 -1 -0.0 .483 .500 0.1 -0.1 0 $6,200
NYG (1 yr) 98 429 -14 -0 0 10 0 -4 -0.6 13 9 0.8 .495 .497 -0.3 1.2 -1

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
1939 31 CIN NL WS NYY L 4 18 16 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 .250 .333 .250 .583 4 0 0 0 0 0
1940 32 CIN NL WS DET W 7 31 27 5 10 4 0 0 2 0 1 4 2 .370 .452 .519 .970 14 1 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 11 49 43 6 14 4 0 0 4 0 2 6 2 .326 .408 .419 .827 18 1 0 0 0 0
2 WS 11 49 43 6 14 4 0 0 4 0 2 6 2 .326 .408 .419 .827 18 1 0 0 0 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
1930 NYY AL 22 SS 3 3 3 22 12 9 1 3 .955 7.00 .940 5.13
1930 NYY AL 22 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
1933 TOT AL 25 3B 39 36 29 109 39 63 7 7 .936 2.62 .954 2.92
1933 NYY AL 25 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.90
1933 NYY AL 25 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.10
1933 BOS AL 25 SS 71 62 61 354 128 194 32 36 .910 4.54 .942 5.34
1933 BOS AL 25 3B 38 36 29 109 39 63 7 7 .936 2.68 .954 2.92
1933 BOS AL 25 2B 2 1 0 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .970 6.00
1934 BOS AL 26 3B 130 130 129 488 136 323 29 25 .941 3.53 .943 3.09 MVP-12
1934 BOS AL 26 SS 22 22 22 126 43 69 14 14 .889 5.09 .951 5.24 MVP-12
1935 BOS AL 27 3B 123 122 122 465 174 264 27 20 .942 3.56 .947 3.05
1936 BOS AL 28 3B 101 99 98 292 112 161 19 16 .935 2.70 .946 3.13
1936 BOS AL 28 OF 45 44 41 98 90 6 2 0 .980 2.13 .968 2.38
1936 BOS AL 28 LF 38 37 36 87 80 5 2 0 .977 2.24 .963 2.12
1936 BOS AL 28 RF 7 7 5 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 1.57 .967 2.19
1936 BOS AL 28 2B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.80
1937 PHA AL 29 3B 125 125 121 409 132 260 17 25 .958 3.14 .946 3.15
1937 PHA AL 29 OF 3 1 1 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .969 2.33
1937 PHA AL 29 CF 2 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .975 2.85
1937 PHA AL 29 LF 2 1 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 2.50 .966 2.15
1938 PHA AL 30 3B 134 134 131 464 168 266 30 21 .935 3.24 .941 3.14
1939 CIN NL 31 3B 147 147 145 507 165 308 34 32 .933 3.22 .942 3.00 MVP-22
1940 CIN NL 32 3B 143 143 140 443 139 287 17 24 .962 2.98 .948 3.01 MVP-10
1941 CIN NL 33 3B 107 106 106 392 120 256 16 30 .959 3.51 .949 3.33 MVP-28
1942 NYG NL 34 3B 93 90 89 330 79 227 24 14 .927 3.29 .940 3.19
11 Seasons 3B 1143 1132 1110 3899 1264 2415 220 214 .944 3.22 .945 3.10
3 Seasons SS 96 87 86 502 183 272 47 53 .906 4.74 .944 5.31
2 Seasons OF 48 45 42 107 99 6 2 0 .981 2.19 .968 2.38
2 Seasons LF 40 38 37 92 85 5 2 0 .978 2.25 .963 2.12
2 Seasons RF 8 7 5 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 1.38 .967 2.18
2 Seasons 2B 3 2 0 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 1.33 .970 5.93
1 Season CF 2 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .975 2.85
11 Seasons TOT 1290 1266 1238 4512 1548 2695 269 267 .940 3.29 .945 3.25
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
1949 BBWAA ( 0.7%)
1950 BBWAA ( 0.6%)
1952 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1958 BBWAA ( 1.1%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1934 AL (12, 10%)
1939 NL (22, 2%)
1940 NL (10, 11%)
1941 NL (28, 2%)
0.25 Career Shares (685th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1934 AL  5.4 (7th)
1940 NL  4.5 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1934 AL  4.8 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1934 AL  1.0 (9th)
1940 NL  1.2 (7th)
1942 NL  1.2 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1939 NL  .388 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1934 AL  152 (10th)

At Bats s c a p y
1934 AL  623 (3rd)
1939 NL  599 (7th)
1940 NL  584 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1934 AL  714 (1st)
1939 NL  707 (3rd)
1940 NL  663 (5th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1934 AL  129 (2nd)
1939 NL  115 (1st)
1940 NL  105 (3rd)

Hits s c a p y
1934 AL  200 (6th)
1940 NL  162 (9th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1934 AL  294 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1934 AL  41 (8th)
1939 NL  35 (8th)
1940 NL  35 (6th)

Triples s c a p y
1934 AL  10 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1936 AL  89 (10th)
1938 AL  93 (7th)
1939 NL  91 (4th)
1940 NL  68 (10th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1933 AL  15 (5th)
1934 AL  40 (1st)
1935 AL  29 (1st)
1936 AL  23 (3rd)
1937 AL  35 (1st)
1938 AL  19 (3rd)
1939 NL  15 (3rd)
1940 NL  16 (4th)
1941 NL  14 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1934 AL  138 (5th)
1939 NL  128 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1934 AL  118 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1934 AL  278 (5th)
1939 NL  270 (3rd)
1940 NL  238 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1935 AL  4 (7th)
1936 AL  4 (10th)
1939 NL  6 (3rd)
1940 NL  8 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1933 AL  13 (8th)
1934 AL  15 (2nd)
1935 AL  14 (8th)
1936 AL  11 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1934 AL  15 (2nd)
1935 AL  7 (9th)
1936 AL  13 (2nd)
1937 AL  13 (1st)
1938 AL  15 (1st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1934 AL  17.3 (3rd)
1935 AL  18.9 (1st)
1936 AL  13.9 (8th)
1937 AL  11.7 (10th)
1938 AL  13.9 (5th)
1939 NL  7.5 (8th)
1940 NL  13.7 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1934 AL  453 (3rd)
1939 NL  449 (5th)
1940 NL  432 (4th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1940 NL  0.9 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1934 AL  43 (1st)
1939 NL  34 (3rd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  130 (4th)
1937 AL  125 (5th)
1939 NL  147 (3rd)
1940 NL  143 (2nd)
Career  1,143 (79th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  136 (4th)
1935 AL  174 (1st)
1937 AL  132 (5th)
1938 AL  168 (2nd)
1939 NL  165 (2nd)
1940 NL  139 (2nd)
Career  1,264 (61st)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  323 (1st)
1935 AL  264 (2nd)
1937 AL  260 (4th)
1939 NL  308 (1st)
1940 NL  287 (3rd)
1941 NL  256 (5th)
1942 NL  227 (4th)
Career  2,415 (67th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  29 (3rd)
1935 AL  27 (2nd)
1937 AL  17 (5th)
1938 AL  30 (3rd)
1939 NL  34 (1st)
1941 NL  16 (5th)
1942 NL  24 (4th)
Career  220 (73rd)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  25 (4th)
1935 AL  20 (2nd)
1937 AL  25 (5th)
1939 NL  32 (1st)
1940 NL  24 (2nd)
1941 NL  30 (2nd)
Career  214 (66th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  3.53 (1st)
1935 AL  3.56 (1st)
1937 AL  3.14 (4th)
1938 AL  3.24 (2nd)
1939 NL  3.22 (1st)
1940 NL  2.98 (4th)
1941 NL  3.51 (2nd)
1942 NL  3.29 (2nd)
Career  3.22 (45th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1934 AL  .941 (3rd)
1935 AL  .942 (5th)
1937 AL  .958 (3rd)
1938 AL  .935 (5th)
1939 NL  .933 (5th)
1940 NL  .962 (1st)
1941 NL  .959 (3rd)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 9 (260), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 52 (492), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 32 (586), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 22 (644), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (86th), 25.1 career WAR/22.6 7yr-peak WAR/23.8 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
193022New York Yankees$2,700Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193123New York Yankees$3,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193325New York Yankees$3,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
193729Philadelphia Athletics$9,0001937 N.O. Times-Picayune clip
193830Philadelphia Athletics$10,0003/23/39 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$28,200
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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