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Wild Bill Widner

William Waterfield Widner

Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: June 3, 1867 in Cincinnati, OH (All Transactions)
Debut: June 8, 1887 (Age 20.005)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1888 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Solons/Nationals/RedStockings/Kelly'sKillers 1887-1891

Final Game: July 23, 1891 (Age 24.050)
Died: December 10, 1908 in Cincinnati, OH
Buried: Wesleyan Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH
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Standard Pitching

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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
1887 20 CIN AA 1 0 1.000 5.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 11 8 5 2 2 0 1 0 1 43 90 7.17 1.444 11.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.00
1888 21 WHS NL 5 7 .417 2.82 13 13 0 13 0 0 115.0 111 69 36 7 22 33 6 0 4 478 99 3.53 1.157 8.7 0.5 1.7 2.6 1.50
1889 22 COL AA 12 20 .375 5.20 41 34 7 25 2 1 294.0 368 241 170 11 85 63 18 0 12 1342 69 4.11 1.541 11.3 0.3 2.6 1.9 0.74
1890 23 COL AA 4 8 .333 3.28 13 10 3 8 1 0 96.0 103 52 35 3 24 14 3 0 3 414 111 3.87 1.323 9.7 0.3 2.3 1.3 0.58
1891 24 CKK AA 0 1 .000 7.88 1 1 0 1 0 0 8.0 13 7 7 0 4 0 2 0 0 43 53 4.78 2.125 14.6 0.0 4.5 0.0 0.00
5 Yrs 22 36 .379 4.36 69 59 10 48 3 1 522.0 606 377 253 23 137 110 30 0 20 2320 79 4.00 1.423 10.4 0.4 2.4 1.9 0.80
162 Game Avg. 12 19 .379 4.36 37 31 5 26 2 1 277 322 200 134 12 73 58 16 0 11 1233 79 4.00 1.423 10.4 0.4 2.4 1.9 0.80
COL (2 yrs) 16 28 .364 4.73 54 44 10 33 3 1 390.0 471 293 205 14 109 77 21 0 15 1756 76 4.05 1.487 10.9 0.3 2.5 1.8 0.71
WHS (1 yr) 5 7 .417 2.82 13 13 0 13 0 0 115.0 111 69 36 7 22 33 6 0 4 478 99 3.53 1.157 8.7 0.5 1.7 2.6 1.50
CIN (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 5.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 11 8 5 2 2 0 1 0 1 43 90 7.17 1.444 11.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.00
CKK (1 yr) 0 1 .000 7.88 1 1 0 1 0 0 8.0 13 7 7 0 4 0 2 0 0 43 53 4.78 2.125 14.6 0.0 4.5 0.0 0.00
AA (4 yrs) 17 29 .370 4.80 56 46 10 35 3 1 407.0 495 308 217 16 115 77 24 0 16 1842 76 4.14 1.499 10.9 0.4 2.5 1.7 0.67
NL (1 yr) 5 7 .417 2.82 13 13 0 13 0 0 115.0 111 69 36 7 22 33 6 0 4 478 99 3.53 1.157 8.7 0.5 1.7 2.6 1.50
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
1887 20 CIN AA 9.0 1 1 8 8.00 6.58 0.42 0.00 101.0 6.22 -2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .384 .499
1888 21 WHS NL 115.0 13 13 69 5.40 4.68 -0.10 0.00 98.0 4.68 -7 -0.7 -0.1 0.3 2 .446 .496
1889 22 COL AA 294.0 41 34 241 7.38 6.14 -0.20 0.00 94.0 5.96 -42 -3.3 1.0 -0.2 -1.7 -24 .421 .480
1890 23 COL AA 96.0 13 10 52 4.88 5.54 0.76 0.00 93.0 4.45 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.2 0.4 3 .495 .500
1891 24 CKK AA 8.0 1 1 7 7.88 5.90 -0.19 0.00 110.0 6.69 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .420 .500
5 Seasons 522.0 69 59 377 6.50 5.71 0.01 0.00 95.1 5.41 -52 -4.2 1.0 -0.5 -1.1 -20 .439 .487
COL (2 yrs) 390.0 54 44 293 6.76 5.99 0.04 0.00 93.8 5.58 -43 -3.3 1.0 -0.4 -1.3 -21 .438 .485
WHS (1 yr) 115.0 13 13 69 5.40 4.68 -0.10 0.00 98.0 4.68 -7 -0.7 -0.1 0.3 2 .446 .496
CIN (1 yr) 9.0 1 1 8 8.00 6.58 0.42 0.00 101.0 6.22 -2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .384 .499
CKK (1 yr) 8.0 1 1 7 7.88 5.90 -0.19 0.00 110.0 6.69 -1 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .420 .500

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
1887 20 CIN AA 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 38 1 0 /1
1888 21 WHS NL 15 60 60 4 12 0 0 0 6 1 0 8 .200 .200 .200 .400 31 12 0 1/O
1889 22 COL AA 41 136 133 16 28 3 0 2 10 5 2 31 .211 .228 .278 .506 48 37 1 1/3O
1890 23 COL AA 13 43 41 3 8 0 0 0 2 2 2 .195 .233 .195 .428 28 8 0 1
1891 24 CKK AA 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 39 1 0 /1
5 Yrs 71 247 242 23 50 3 0 2 19 8 4 42 .207 .223 .244 .466 40 59 1
162 Game Avg. 162 564 552 52 114 7 0 5 43 18 9 .207 .223 .244 .466 40 135 2
COL (2 yrs) 54 179 174 19 36 3 0 2 12 7 4 31 .207 .229 .259 .488 44 45 1
WHS (1 yr) 15 60 60 4 12 0 0 0 6 1 0 8 .200 .200 .200 .400 31 12 0
CIN (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 38 1 0
CKK (1 yr) 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 39 1 0
AA (4 yrs) 56 187 182 19 38 3 0 2 13 7 4 34 .209 .230 .258 .488 43 47 1
NL (1 yr) 15 60 60 4 12 0 0 0 6 1 0 8 .200 .200 .200 .400 31 12 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
1887 20 CIN AA 1 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1888 21 WHS NL 15 60 -4 -0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1/O
1889 22 COL AA 41 136 -12 -0 0 0 11 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1/3O
1890 23 COL AA 13 43 -4 -0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1
1891 24 CKK AA 1 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .490 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
5 Seasons 71 247 -21 -1 0 0 18 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .496 .499 -0.3 -0.0 -3
COL (2 yrs) 54 179 -15 -0 0 0 14 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2
WHS (1 yr) 15 60 -4 -0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .493 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1
CIN (1 yr) 1 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .493 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
CKK (1 yr) 1 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .490 .500 -0.0 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 G Awards
1887 CIN AA 20 P 1 9.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 3.00 3.00 .883 2.30 2.20
1888 WHS NL 21 P 13 115.0 39 13 21 5 0 .872 2.66 2.62 .895 2.36 2.30
1888 WHS NL 21 OF 2 6 3 0 3 0 .500 1.50 .907 1.90 0-1-2
1889 COL AA 22 P 41 294.0 83 13 61 9 3 .892 2.27 1.80 .905 2.13 2.05
1889 COL AA 22 1B 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 5.00 .972 10.10
1889 COL AA 22 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1890 COL AA 23 P 13 96.0 40 7 30 3 2 .925 3.47 2.85 .907 2.23 2.14
1891 CKK AA 24 P 1 8.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.25 2.00 .910 2.59 2.50
5 Seasons P 69 522.0 167 33 117 17 5 .898 2.59 2.17 .903 2.21 2.12
2 Seasons OF 3 6 3 0 3 0 .500 1.00 .907 1.93 0-1-3
1 Season 1B 1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 5.00 .972 10.10
5 Seasons TOT 73 522.0 178 41 117 20 5 .888 2.59 2.16 .905 2.21 2.22 0-1-3
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
1889 AA  2.602 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1889 AA  1 (3rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1889 AA  2 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1889 AA  11 (7th)

Losses s c a p y
1889 AA  20 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1889 AA  170 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1889 AA  18 (7th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1889 AA  7 (2nd)
1890 AA  3 (9th)

Youngest s c a p y
1887 AA  born 1867-06-03 (7th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 6 (1819), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1443), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (3234th), -1.4 career WAR/-1.4 7yr-peak WAR/-1.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Wild William Bill billy Waterfield Will William Widner

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