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Bill Werle    \WHIRL\

William George Werle (Bugs)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: December 21, 1920 in Oakland, CA
Schools: Modesto Junior College (Modesto, CA), University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1949 (Age 28.122)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1949 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/RedSox/Cardinals 1949-1954

Final Game: June 20, 1954 (Age 33.181)
Died: November 27, 2010 in San Mateo, CA
Buried: Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, CA
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

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
1949 28 PIT NL 12 13 .480 4.24 35 29 2 10 2 0 221.0 243 117 104 23 51 106 8 0 4 945 99 3.71 1.330 9.9 0.9 2.1 4.3 2.08
1950 29 PIT NL 8 16 .333 4.60 48 22 18 6 0 8 215.1 249 127 110 25 65 78 6 0 4 940 95 4.36 1.458 10.4 1.0 2.7 3.3 1.20
1951 30 PIT NL 8 6 .571 5.65 59 9 24 2 0 6 149.2 181 102 94 20 51 57 6 3 2 665 74 4.60 1.550 10.9 1.2 3.1 3.4 1.12
1952 31 TOT NL 1 2 .333 5.23 24 0 6 0 0 1 43.0 49 28 25 7 16 24 1 0 0 189 72 4.58 1.512 10.3 1.5 3.3 5.0 1.50
1952 31 PIT NL 0 0 9.00 5 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 9 5 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 22 48 5.89 2.500 20.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 1.00
1952 31 STL NL 1 2 .333 4.85 19 0 6 0 0 1 39.0 40 23 21 6 15 23 1 0 0 167 77 4.44 1.410 9.2 1.4 3.5 5.3 1.53
1953 32 BOS AL 0 1 .000 1.54 5 0 2 0 0 0 11.2 7 3 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 42 278 3.28 0.686 5.4 0.8 0.8 3.1 4.00
1954 33 BOS AL 0 1 .000 4.38 14 0 8 0 0 0 24.2 41 13 12 5 10 14 2 0 0 125 96 5.36 2.068 15.0 1.8 3.6 5.1 1.40
6 Yrs 29 39 .426 4.69 185 60 60 18 2 15 665.1 770 390 347 81 194 283 23 3 10 2906 90 4.23 1.449 10.4 1.1 2.6 3.8 1.46
162 Game Avg. 8 11 .426 4.69 51 17 17 5 1 4 185 214 108 96 22 54 79 6 1 3 807 90 4.23 1.449 10.4 1.1 2.6 3.8 1.46
PIT (4 yrs) 28 35 .444 4.76 147 60 44 18 2 14 590.0 682 351 312 69 168 242 20 3 10 2572 90 4.18 1.441 10.4 1.1 2.6 3.7 1.44
BOS (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 3.47 19 0 10 0 0 0 36.1 48 16 14 6 11 18 2 0 0 167 122 4.69 1.624 11.9 1.5 2.7 4.5 1.64
STL (1 yr) 1 2 .333 4.85 19 0 6 0 0 1 39.0 40 23 21 6 15 23 1 0 0 167 77 4.44 1.410 9.2 1.4 3.5 5.3 1.53
NL (4 yrs) 29 37 .439 4.76 166 60 50 18 2 15 629.0 722 374 333 75 183 265 21 3 10 2739 89 4.20 1.439 10.3 1.1 2.6 3.8 1.45
AL (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 3.47 19 0 10 0 0 0 36.1 48 16 14 6 11 18 2 0 0 167 122 4.69 1.624 11.9 1.5 2.7 4.5 1.64
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

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
1949 28 PIT NL 221.0 35 29 117 4.76 4.67 -0.05 0.00 104.5 4.93 4 0.4 1.2 -0.1 2.6 29 .511 .502
1950 29 PIT NL 215.1 48 22 127 5.31 4.80 -0.10 0.00 106.7 5.22 -1 -0.1 2.1 -0.2 1.9 21 .497 .499
1951 30 PIT NL 149.2 59 9 102 6.13 4.41 -0.15 0.00 107.7 4.91 -20 -2.1 1.1 -0.3 -0.8 -5 .465 .487
1952 31 PIT NL 4.0 5 0 5 11.25 4.78 -0.23 0.00 111.5 5.58 -3 -0.3 .4 0.1 -0.2 -2 .447 .498
1952 31 STL NL 39.0 19 0 23 5.31 4.32 0.19 0.00 97.7 4.04 -6 -0.6 .8 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .469 .496
1953 32 BOS AL 11.2 5 0 3 2.31 5.22 0.25 0.00 102.2 5.08 4 0.4 .5 -0.1 0.4 5 .577 .502
1954 33 BOS AL 24.2 14 0 13 4.74 4.28 0.05 0.00 113.7 4.81 0 0.0 .9 -0.1 0.2 2 .502 .500
6 Seasons 665.1 185 60 390 5.28 4.63 -0.06 0.00 105.9 4.97 -22 -2.2 1.2 -0.7 4.0 48 .488 .496
PIT (4 yrs) 590.0 147 60 351 5.35 4.65 -0.09 0.00 106.2 5.04 -20 -2.1 1.4 -0.5 3.7 43 .486 .495
BOS (2 yrs) 36.1 19 0 16 3.96 4.59 0.12 0.00 110.0 4.90 4 0.4 .8 -0.2 0.6 7 .522 .501
STL (1 yr) 39.0 19 0 23 5.31 4.32 0.19 0.00 97.7 4.04 -6 -0.6 .8 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .469 .496

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1949 28 PIT NL 35 84 77 3 9 1 0 0 2 0 5 11 .117 .171 .130 .301 -19 10 1 0 2 1
1950 29 PIT NL 48 74 67 4 13 1 1 0 0 0 6 22 .194 .260 .239 .499 31 16 1 0 2 1
1951 30 PIT NL 59 43 40 5 12 4 0 0 6 0 0 2 13 .300 .333 .400 .733 95 16 1 0 1 1
1952 31 TOT NL 24 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .111 .222 -38 1 0 0 0 1
1952 31 PIT NL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1952 31 STL NL 19 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .111 .222 -38 1 0 0 0 1
1953 32 BOS AL 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 -5 0 0 0 0 /1
1954 33 BOS AL 14 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000 .200 -44 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 Yrs 185 218 199 13 35 6 1 0 8 0 0 15 50 .176 .234 .216 .450 20 43 3 0 5 0
162 Game Avg. 162 191 174 11 31 5 1 0 7 0 13 44 .176 .234 .216 .450 20 38 3 0 4
PIT (4 yrs) 147 201 184 12 34 6 1 0 8 0 0 13 46 .185 .239 .228 .467 24 42 3 0 5
BOS (2 yrs) 19 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 -29 0 0 0 0 0
STL (1 yr) 19 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .111 .222 -38 1 0 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 166 210 193 13 35 6 1 0 8 0 0 13 49 .181 .233 .223 .456 21 43 3 0 5
AL (2 yrs) 19 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 -29 0 0 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
1949 28 PIT NL 35 84 -13 0 0 0 9 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .489 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1950 29 PIT NL 48 74 -7 -0 -0 0 9 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1951 30 PIT NL 59 43 -1 0 0 0 4 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .507 .503 0.4 -0.0 4 1
1952 31 PIT NL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1952 31 STL NL 19 9 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1953 32 BOS AL 5 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1954 33 BOS AL 14 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
6 Seasons 185 218 -24 -0 0 0 24 1 0.0 0 1 0.0 .500 .501 0.0 -0.0 1
PIT (4 yrs) 147 201 -21 0 0 0 22 2 0.1 0 2 0.1 .501 .501 0.1 -0.0 2
BOS (2 yrs) 19 8 -1 0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
STL (1 yr) 19 9 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1

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
1949 PIT NL 28 P 35 29 10 221.0 52 7 43 2 3 .962 2.04 1.43 .953 2.04 2.02 3 4 57% 43% 0
1950 PIT NL 29 P 48 22 6 215.1 71 11 58 2 4 .972 2.88 1.44 .961 2.12 2.10 7 1 13% 43% 0
1951 PIT NL 30 P 59 9 2 149.2 52 10 42 0 3 1.000 3.13 0.88 .962 2.14 2.14 3 0 0% 43% 2
1952 TOT NL 31 P 24 0 0 43.0 20 4 14 2 3 .900 3.77 0.75 .953 2.18 2.16 4 1 20% 44% 0
1952 PIT NL 31 P 5 0 0 4.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 4.50 0.40 .955 2.25 2.16 0 0 0
1952 STL NL 31 P 19 0 0 39.0 18 4 12 2 3 .889 3.69 0.84 .953 2.17 2.16 4 1 20% 44% 0
1953 BOS AL 32 P 5 0 0 11.2 6 0 6 0 1 1.000 4.63 1.20 .957 1.93 1.92 0 1 100% 51% 0
1954 BOS AL 33 P 14 0 0 24.2 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 1.46 0.29 .960 2.01 1.99 2 1 33% 48% 0
6 Seasons P 185 60 18 665.1 205 32 167 6 14 .971 2.69 1.08 .958 2.09 2.09 19 8 30% 44% 2
6 Seasons TOT 185 60 18 665.1 205 32 167 6 14 .971 2.69 1.08 .958 2.09 2.09 19 8 30% 44% 2
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

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1949 NL  2.077 (3rd)
1950 NL  2.717 (9th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1949 NL  4.317 (6th)

Games Played s c a p y
1950 NL  48 (3rd)
1951 NL  59 (2nd)

Saves s c a p y
1950 NL  8 (2nd)
1951 NL  6 (5th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1949 NL  106 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1949 NL  23 (4th)
1950 NL  25 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1949 NL  243 (6th)
1950 NL  249 (9th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1949 NL  2.078 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
1950 NL  16 (5th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1949 NL  104 (6th)
1950 NL  110 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1949 NL  8 (2nd)
1950 NL  6 (6th)
1951 NL  6 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1950 NL  18 (7th)
1951 NL  24 (7th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1950 NL  48 (3rd)
1951 NL  59 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1950 NL  58 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1950 NL  2.88 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 16 (1235), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 4 (1601), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (706th), 4.0 career WAR/4.0 7yr-peak WAR/4.0 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: William Bill billy Bugs George Will William Werle

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