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Hoyt Wilhelm

James Hoyt Wilhelm (Old Sarge)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, NC
High School: Cornelius HS (Cornelius, NC)(All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1952 (Age 29.267)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Giants/Orioles/Braves/Angels/... 1952-1972

Final Game: July 10, 1972 (Age 49.350)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1985 (331/395 ballots).
   View Hoyt Wilhelm Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, FL
Buried: Palms Memorial Park, Sarasota, FL
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Standard Fielding

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
1952 NYG NL 29 P 71 0 0 159.1 43 9 32 2 0 .953 2.32 0.58 .953 2.18 2.16 6 7 54% 44% 4 MVP-4,RoY-2
1953 NYG NL 30 P 68 0 0 145.0 31 11 19 1 1 .968 1.86 0.44 .956 2.06 2.02 8 7 47% 0 AS
1954 NYG NL 31 P 57 0 0 111.1 30 5 25 0 0 1.000 2.43 0.53 .960 2.07 2.06 1 0 0% 45% 1 MVP-15
1955 NYG NL 32 P 59 0 0 103.0 35 6 28 1 2 .971 2.97 0.58 .950 2.04 2.02 9 4 31% 44% 1
1956 NYG NL 33 P 64 0 0 89.1 24 4 20 0 2 1.000 2.42 0.38 .966 2.05 2.03 8 6 43% 41% 0
1957 TOT MLB 34 P 42 0 0 58.2 11 3 8 0 0 1.000 1.69 0.26 .962 2.06 2.08 3 0 0% 39% 0
1957 STL NL 34 P 40 0 0 55.0 11 3 8 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.28 .962 2.06 2.08 3 0 0% 39% 0
1957 CLE AL 34 P 2 0 0 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.96 2.00 0 0 0
1958 TOT AL 35 P 39 10 4 131.0 31 9 22 0 0 1.000 2.13 0.79 .963 1.95 1.93 9 4 31% 47% 3
1958 CLE AL 35 P 30 6 1 90.1 24 8 16 0 0 1.000 2.39 0.80 .963 1.95 1.93 7 3 30% 47% 2
1958 BAL AL 35 P 9 4 3 40.2 7 1 6 0 0 1.000 1.55 0.78 .963 1.95 1.93 2 1 33% 47% 1
1959 BAL AL 36 P 32 27 13 226.0 45 13 32 0 1 1.000 1.79 1.41 .955 2.05 2.03 12 12 50% 40% 1 AS
1960 BAL AL 37 P 41 11 3 147.0 33 4 28 1 2 .970 1.96 0.78 .967 1.96 1.95 19 3 14% 40% 1
1961 BAL AL 38 P 51 1 0 109.2 30 6 22 2 1 .933 2.30 0.55 .954 2.05 2.02 9 3 25% 36% 0 AS,MVP-24
1962 BAL AL 39 P 52 0 0 93.0 22 10 12 0 0 1.000 2.13 0.42 .958 2.08 2.07 11 7 39% 36% 0 AS
1963 CHW AL 40 P 55 3 0 136.1 29 4 24 1 1 .966 1.85 0.51 .955 1.99 2.00 9 5 36% 33% 0
1964 CHW AL 41 P 73 0 0 131.1 21 5 16 0 2 1.000 1.44 0.29 .957 1.90 1.89 8 1 11% 37% 1 MVP-19
1965 CHW AL 42 P 66 0 0 144.0 27 7 20 0 2 1.000 1.69 0.41 .951 2.04 2.03 9 1 10% 34% 1
1966 CHW AL 43 P 46 0 0 81.1 12 2 10 0 1 1.000 1.33 0.26 .952 1.99 1.98 9 1 10% 38% 0
1967 CHW AL 44 P 49 0 0 89.0 14 2 11 1 1 .929 1.31 0.27 .957 1.96 1.96 8 6 43% 41% 0
1968 CHW AL 45 P 72 0 0 93.2 13 3 10 0 1 1.000 1.25 0.18 .957 1.89 1.88 12 5 29% 37% 1
1969 TOT MLB 46 P 52 0 0 78.0 14 3 10 1 0 .929 1.50 0.25 .952 1.89 1.89 10 4 29% 36% 1
1969 CAL AL 46 P 44 0 0 65.2 12 3 8 1 0 .917 1.51 0.25 .951 1.88 1.88 9 4 31% 36% 0
1969 ATL NL 46 P 8 0 0 12.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.46 0.25 .960 1.97 1.94 1 0 0% 40% 1
1970 TOT NL 47 P 53 0 0 82.0 21 4 16 1 0 .952 2.20 0.38 .951 1.85 1.84 12 1 8% 33% 0 AS
1970 ATL NL 47 P 50 0 0 78.1 18 4 13 1 0 .944 1.95 0.34 .951 1.85 1.84 12 1 8% 33% 0
1970 CHC NL 47 P 3 0 0 3.2 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 7.36 1.00 .950 1.96 1.83 0 0 0
1971 TOT NL 48 P 12 0 0 20.0 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.80 0.33 .955 1.89 1.90 1 3 75% 36% 1
1971 ATL NL 48 P 3 0 0 2.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 7.71 0.67 .955 1.93 1.90 0 0 1
1971 LAD NL 48 P 9 0 0 17.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.02 0.22 .955 1.88 1.90 1 3 75% 36% 0
1972 LAD NL 49 P 16 0 0 25.1 8 3 5 0 0 1.000 2.84 0.50 .950 1.78 1.78 2 0 0% 37% 0
21 Seasons P 1070 52 20 2254.1 498 114 373 11 17 .978 1.94 0.46 .956 2.01 1.99 175 80 31% 36% 16
21 Seasons TOT 1070 52 20 2254.1 498 114 373 11 17 .978 1.94 0.46 .956 2.01 1.99 175 80 31% 36% 16
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1952 NYG NL 29 P
1953 NYG NL 30 P
1954 NYG NL 31 P
1955 NYG NL 32 P
1956 NYG NL 33 P
1957 STL NL 34 P
1957 CLE AL 34 P
1958 CLE AL 35 P
1958 BAL AL 35 P
1959 BAL AL 36 P
1960 BAL AL 37 P
1961 BAL AL 38 P
1962 BAL AL 39 P
1963 CHW AL 40 P
1964 CHW AL 41 P
1965 CHW AL 42 P
1966 CHW AL 43 P
1967 CHW AL 44 P
1968 CHW AL 45 P
1969 CAL AL 46 P
1969 ATL NL 46 P
1970 ATL NL 47 P
1970 CHC NL 47 P
1971 ATL NL 48 P
1971 LAD NL 48 P
1972 LAD NL 49 P
21 Seasons P
21 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1952 NYG NL 29 71 0 71 71 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 NYG NL 30 68 0 68 68 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NYG NL 31 57 0 57 57 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 NYG NL 32 59 0 59 59 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 NYG NL 33 63 0 63 63 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 STL NL 34 40 0 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 CLE AL 34 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 CLE AL 35 30 6 30 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 BAL AL 35 9 4 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 BAL AL 36 32 27 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 BAL AL 37 41 11 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 BAL AL 38 51 1 51 51 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 BAL AL 39 52 0 52 52 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CHW AL 40 55 3 55 55 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 CHW AL 41 73 0 73 73 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 CHW AL 42 66 0 66 66 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 CHW AL 43 46 0 46 46 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 CHW AL 44 49 0 49 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 CHW AL 45 72 0 72 72 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 CAL AL 46 44 0 44 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 ATL NL 46 8 0 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 ATL NL 47 50 0 50 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 CHC NL 47 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 LAD NL 48 9 0 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 ATL NL 48 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 LAD NL 49 16 0 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Seasons 1069 52 1069 1069 1069 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1952 NYG NL 29 588 80% 26% 31 90% 1 8 4 3 28 22 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 100%
1953 NYG NL 30 614 81% 28% 27 81% 0 11 2 7 20 14 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 7 71%
1954 NYG NL 31 439 78% 31% 24 96% 1 5 0 4 24 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1955 NYG NL 32 342 83% 22% 23 96% 0 6 1 4 23 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 8 88%
1956 NYG NL 33 353 80% 21% 17 94% 1 3 0 2 17 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 6 100%
1957 STL NL 34 231 82% 29% 10 90% 0 3 0 2 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1957 CLE AL 34 7 86% 43% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 CLE AL 35 371 83% 27% 17 82% 0 8 1 7 15 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 83%
1958 BAL AL 35 155 75% 21% 9 89% 1 1 1 0 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1959 BAL AL 36 903 82% 32% 37 95% 0 12 3 7 32 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 9 89%
1960 BAL AL 37 602 82% 28% 30 90% 1 4 1 2 27 20 5 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 5 80%
1961 BAL AL 38 457 77% 30% 34 85% 1 6 2 2 26 23 1 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 7 57%
1962 BAL AL 39 373 80% 27% 17 94% 1 10 2 7 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CHW AL 40 544 78% 28% 27 96% 1 4 1 3 25 21 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 8 100%
1964 CHW AL 41 510 81% 27% 21 90% 0 5 0 3 19 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 5 100%
1965 CHW AL 42 550 81% 29% 20 95% 0 7 0 5 20 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 4 100%
1966 CHW AL 43 306 82% 27% 12 100% 0 2 0 2 12 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1967 CHW AL 44 360 76% 26% 12 92% 1 2 0 2 11 9 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
1968 CHW AL 45 369 79% 27% 10 90% 0 3 0 3 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 100%
1969 CAL AL 46 257 82% 31% 12 67% 1 3 0 3 9 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1969 ATL NL 46 44 66% 27% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 ATL NL 47 323 73% 24% 17 88% 0 3 0 3 15 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1970 CHC NL 47 18 83% 17% 2 100% 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1971 LAD NL 48 59 80% 29% 1 100% 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 ATL NL 48 13 100% 31% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 LAD NL 49 112 87% 31% 7 86% 0 3 0 3 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
21 Seasons 8900 80% 28% 419 90% 10 112 18 77 376 303 28 10 1 7 2 5 18 12 17 1 86 86%
MLB Averages 80% 27% 90% 83%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1978 BBWAA (41.7%)
1979 BBWAA (38.9%)
1980 BBWAA (54.3%)
1981 BBWAA (59.4%)
1982 BBWAA (56.9%)
1983 BBWAA (65.0%)
1984 BBWAA (72.0%)
1985 BBWAA (83.8%)
Selected to HOF in 1985 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1952 NL (4, 40%)
1954 NL (15, 5%)
1961 AL (24, 0%)
1964 AL (19, 3%)
0.48 Career Shares (469th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1952 NL  71 (1st)
1953 NL  68 (1st)
1954 NL  57 (4th)
1955 NL  59 (2nd)
1956 NL  64 (2nd)
1964 AL  73 (3rd)
1968 AL  72 (2nd)
Career  1,070 (6th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1959 AL  1.000 (1st)
Career  .978 (34th)

Oldest s c a p y
1959 AL  born 1922-07-26 (9th)
1960 AL  born 1922-07-26 (8th)
1961 AL  born 1922-07-26 (8th)
1962 AL  born 1922-07-26 (4th)
1963 AL  born 1922-07-26 (3rd)
1964 AL  born 1922-07-26 (2nd)
1965 AL  born 1922-07-26 (2nd)
1966 AL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1967 AL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1968 AL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1969 AL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1969 NL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1970 NL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1971 NL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)
1972 NL  born 1922-07-26 (1st)

             

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Name and misspellings: James Old Hoyt Sarge wilham Wilhelm wilhem

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