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Bob Will

Robert Lee Will (Butch)

Positions: Pinch Hitter and Rightfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: July 15, 1931 in Berwyn, IL
High School: Morton HS (Berwyn, IL)
Schools: Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, MN)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1954. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1957 (Age 25)
Rookie Status: Lost 1960 [*]
Team: Cubs 1957-1963

Final Game: June 12, 1963 (Age 31)
Died: August 11, 2011 in Woodstock, IL
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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
1957 25 CHC NL 70 123 112 13 25 3 0 1 10 1 0 5 21 .223 .254 .277 .531 44 31 2 0 5 1 0 8
1958 26 CHC NL 6 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 .250 .750 108 1 0 0 0 0 0 /9
1960 28 CHC NL 138 534 475 58 121 20 9 6 53 1 5 47 54 .255 .321 .373 .694 92 177 10 1 8 3 3 *9/7
1961 29 CHC NL 86 130 113 9 29 9 0 0 8 0 1 15 19 .257 .341 .336 .677 81 38 1 0 1 1 0 9/73
1962 30 CHC NL 87 108 92 6 22 3 0 2 15 0 0 13 22 .239 .327 .337 .664 76 31 1 0 1 2 2 /9
1963 31 CHC NL 23 24 23 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .174 .208 .174 .382 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 /3
6 Yrs 410 925 819 87 202 35 9 9 87 2 6 83 119 .247 .314 .344 .659 80 282 14 1 15 7 5
162 Game Avg. 162 365 324 34 80 14 4 4 34 1 2 33 47 .247 .314 .344 .659 80 111 6 0 6 3 2

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
1957 25 CHC NL 70 123 -7 1 0 -0 -0 -6 -0.7 5 -2 -0.2 .491 .496 -0.2 -0.1 -1 8
1958 26 CHC NL 6 6 0 -0 0 -0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .496 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 /9
1960 28 CHC NL 138 534 -4 -2 1 -2 -5 -12 -1.5 20 8 0.6 .490 .492 0.9 -0.8 10 *9/7
1961 29 CHC NL 86 130 -4 -1 1 -4 -1 -8 -0.9 5 -3 -0.4 .490 .495 0.0 -0.5 0 9/73
1962 30 CHC NL 87 108 -3 -1 0 -1 -0 -5 -0.6 4 -1 -0.1 .494 .497 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /9
1963 31 CHC NL 23 24 -3 -0 0 -0 -0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .484 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 /3
6 Seasons 410 925 -20 -3 2 -8 -7 -36 -4.0 35 -1 -0.4 .491 .494 0.5 -1.6 7

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1957 CHC NL 25 CF 30 17 16 172.0 53 50 1 2 1 .962 -0 -3 2.67 1.70 .985 2.81 2.83
1957 CHC NL 25 OF 30 17 16 172.0 54 51 1 2 0 .963 -0 -3 2.72 1.73 .980 2.29 2.31
1958 CHC NL 26 OF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1958 CHC NL 26 RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
1960 CHC NL 28 OF 121 112 108 1027.2 236 224 10 2 2 .992 -2 -2 2.05 1.93 .978 2.20 2.20
1960 CHC NL 28 RF 117 110 106 1007.2 229 217 10 2 2 .991 -2 -2 2.03 1.94 .979 1.99 1.99
1960 CHC NL 28 LF 4 2 2 20.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -6 2.25 1.25 .974 1.98 2.00
1961 CHC NL 29 OF 30 13 13 142.2 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -24 2.08 1.10 .977 2.16 2.14
1961 CHC NL 29 RF 22 13 13 129.2 29 29 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -29 2.01 1.32 .974 1.93 1.91
1961 CHC NL 29 LF 9 0 0 13.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 18 2.08 0.33 .973 1.87 1.86
1961 CHC NL 29 1B 1 1 0 6.0 4 3 0 1 1 .750 -1 -140 4.50 3.00 .990 9.75 9.70
1962 CHC NL 30 OF 9 6 6 65.0 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -20 1.94 1.56 .974 2.06 2.04
1962 CHC NL 30 RF 9 6 6 65.0 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -20 1.94 1.56 .975 1.90 1.88
1963 CHC NL 31 1B 1 1 0 7.0 10 10 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -69 12.86 10.00 .989 9.77 9.80
5 Seasons OF 191 148 143 1409.1 337 322 11 4 2 .988 -7 -6 2.13 1.74 .978 2.20 2.20
4 Seasons RF 149 129 125 1204.1 272 260 10 2 2 .993 -6 -6 2.02 1.81 .978 1.98 1.97
1 Season CF 30 17 16 172.0 53 50 1 2 1 .962 -0 -3 2.67 1.70 .985 2.81 2.83
2 Seasons LF 13 2 2 33.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 0 4 2.18 0.62 .974 1.94 1.90
2 Seasons 1B 2 2 0 13.0 14 13 0 1 2 .929 -1 -102 9.00 6.50 .989 9.76 9.75
6 Seasons TOT 193 150 143 1422.1 351 335 11 5 4 .986 -8 -7 2.19 1.79 .979 2.27 2.28
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

Triples s c a p y
1960 NL  9 (8th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1957 NL  1 (5th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  117 (4th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  217 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  2 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1960 NL  2.03 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  1.94 (4th)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1960 NL  .991 (1st)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1960 NL  .992 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2458), Average HOFer ≈ 144
JAWS Right Field (950th), -0.4 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-0.4 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

Transactions

  • May 16, 1954: Signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent.
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Name and misspellings: Robert Bob bobby Butch Lee robert Bill Will william

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