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Pop Williams

Walter Merrill Williams

Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: May 19, 1874 in Bowdoinham, ME
School: Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 14, 1898 (Age 24.118)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1902 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orphans/Beaneaters/Senators/Phillies/Cubs 1898-1903

Final Game: September 15, 1903 (Age 29.119)
Died: August 4, 1959 in Topsham, ME
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Topsham, ME
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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
1898 24 WHS NL 0 2 .000 8.47 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 32 18 16 0 7 3 0 0 0 88 44 3.65 2.294 16.9 0.0 3.7 1.6 0.43
1902 28 CHC NL 11 16 .407 2.49 32 32 0 27 1 0 263.1 267 112 73 1 63 99 10 1 3 1089 107 2.80 1.253 9.1 0.0 2.2 3.4 1.57
1903 29 TOT NL 5 7 .417 3.99 13 13 0 12 1 0 106.0 127 74 47 3 43 30 10 0 3 473 81 4.05 1.604 10.8 0.3 3.7 2.5 0.70
1903 29 CHC NL 0 1 .000 5.40 1 1 0 1 0 0 5.0 9 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 64 1.95 1.800 16.2 0.0 0.0 3.6
1903 29 PHI NL 1 1 .500 3.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 18.0 21 11 6 0 6 8 1 0 0 76 106 3.03 1.500 10.5 0.0 3.0 4.0 1.33
1903 29 BSN NL 4 5 .444 4.12 10 10 0 9 1 0 83.0 97 60 38 3 37 20 9 0 3 375 79 4.40 1.614 10.5 0.3 4.0 2.2 0.54
3 Yrs 16 25 .390 3.17 47 47 0 41 2 0 386.1 426 204 136 4 113 132 20 1 6 1650 91 3.18 1.395 9.9 0.1 2.6 3.1 1.17
162 Game Avg. 12 18 .390 3.17 34 34 0 30 1 0 279 308 148 98 3 82 95 14 1 4 1194 91 3.18 1.395 9.9 0.1 2.6 3.1 1.17
CHC (2 yrs) 11 17 .393 2.55 33 33 0 28 1 0 268.1 276 115 76 1 63 101 10 1 3 1111 105 2.78 1.263 9.3 0.0 2.1 3.4 1.60
BSN (1 yr) 4 5 .444 4.12 10 10 0 9 1 0 83.0 97 60 38 3 37 20 9 0 3 375 79 4.40 1.614 10.5 0.3 4.0 2.2 0.54
PHI (1 yr) 1 1 .500 3.00 2 2 0 2 0 0 18.0 21 11 6 0 6 8 1 0 0 76 106 3.03 1.500 10.5 0.0 3.0 4.0 1.33
WHS (1 yr) 0 2 .000 8.47 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 32 18 16 0 7 3 0 0 0 88 44 3.65 2.294 16.9 0.0 3.7 1.6 0.43
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
1898 24 WHS NL 17.0 2 2 18 9.53 4.99 -0.55 0.00 101.0 5.59 -7 -0.5 -0.0 -0.4 -6 .249 .497
1902 28 CHC NL 263.1 32 32 112 3.83 4.01 0.18 0.00 97.0 3.71 -2 -0.2 -0.3 1.8 18 .493 .499
1903 29 CHC NL 5.0 1 1 3 5.40 4.74 0.12 0.00 96.0 4.44 -0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .453 .500
1903 29 PHI NL 18.0 2 2 11 5.50 4.82 -0.28 0.00 95.0 4.85 -1 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 0 .446 .499
1903 29 BSN NL 83.0 10 10 60 6.51 4.87 -0.32 0.00 98.0 5.09 -12 -1.1 -0.1 -0.4 -5 .389 .493
3 Seasons 386.1 47 47 204 4.75 4.29 0.02 0.00 97.3 4.15 -23 -2.0 -0.4 1.0 7 .458 .497
CHC (2 yrs) 268.1 33 33 115 3.86 4.02 0.18 0.00 97.0 3.73 -2 -0.3 -0.3 1.8 17 .492 .499
BSN (1 yr) 83.0 10 10 60 6.51 4.87 -0.32 0.00 98.0 5.09 -12 -1.1 -0.1 -0.4 -5 .389 .493
PHI (1 yr) 18.0 2 2 11 5.50 4.82 -0.28 0.00 95.0 4.85 -1 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 0 .446 .499
WHS (1 yr) 17.0 2 2 18 9.53 4.99 -0.55 0.00 101.0 5.59 -7 -0.5 -0.0 -0.4 -6 .249 .497

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
1898 24 WHS NL 2 9 8 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .444 .500 .944 170 4 1 0 /1
1902 28 CHC NL 39 137 120 14 25 2 2 0 13 0 11 13 .208 .291 .258 .549 72 31 3 3 1/O
1903 29 TOT NL 18 53 51 4 12 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 .235 .250 .235 .485 41 12 1 1 1/O
1903 29 CHC NL 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 -1 0 1 0 /1
1903 29 PHI NL 2 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571 68 2 0 0 /1
1903 29 BSN NL 14 43 42 4 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 .238 .238 .238 .476 38 10 0 1 1/O
3 Yrs 59 199 179 21 40 3 2 0 18 0 11 14 .223 .287 .263 .550 68 47 5 4
162 Game Avg. 162 546 491 58 110 8 5 0 49 0 30 38 .223 .287 .263 .550 68 129 14 11
CHC (2 yrs) 41 140 122 14 25 2 2 0 13 0 11 13 .205 .292 .254 .546 71 31 4 3
BSN (1 yr) 14 43 42 4 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 .238 .238 .238 .476 38 10 0 1
PHI (1 yr) 2 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571 68 2 0 0
WHS (1 yr) 2 9 8 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .444 .500 .944 170 4 1 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
1898 24 WHS NL 2 9 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .563 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
1902 28 CHC NL 39 137 -3 0 0 0 9 7 0.7 0 7 0.7 .519 .505 0.7 -0.1 7 1/O
1903 29 CHC NL 2 3 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .505 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1903 29 PHI NL 2 7 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .517 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1903 29 BSN NL 14 43 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1/O
3 Seasons 59 199 -6 0 0 0 14 9 0.9 0 9 0.9 .516 .503 0.9 -0.1 9
CHC (2 yrs) 41 140 -3 0 0 0 10 7 0.7 0 7 0.7 .518 .504 0.7 -0.1 7
BSN (1 yr) 14 43 -3 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0
PHI (1 yr) 2 7 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .517 .500 0.0 0.0 0
WHS (1 yr) 2 9 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .563 .501 0.1 0.0 1

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
1898 WHS NL 24 P 2 17.0 3 0 2 1 0 .667 1.06 1.00 .917 2.65 2.55
1902 CHC NL 28 P 32 263.1 96 14 78 4 1 .958 3.14 2.88 .933 2.72 2.68
1902 CHC NL 28 OF 6 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1.33 .944 1.97 0-0-6
1903 TOT NL 29 P 13 106.0 38 7 28 3 2 .921 2.97 2.69 .924 2.87 2.81
1903 CHC NL 29 P 1 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 1.00 .920 2.88 2.80
1903 PHI NL 29 P 2 18.0 12 3 8 1 0 .917 5.50 5.50 .924 2.85 2.80
1903 BSN NL 29 P 10 83.0 25 4 19 2 2 .920 2.49 2.30 .924 2.87 2.81
1903 BSN NL 29 OF 2 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 2.50 .942 1.95 2-0-0
3 Seasons P 47 386.1 137 21 108 8 3 .942 3.01 2.74 .930 2.76 2.71
2 Seasons OF 8 14 12 1 1 0 .929 1.63 .944 1.96 2-0-6
3 Seasons TOT 55 386.1 151 33 109 9 3 .940 3.01 2.58 .931 2.76 2.60 2-0-6
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

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1902 NL  0.034 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1902 NL  16 (8th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1902 NL  2.88 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1902 NL  .958 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2038), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1564th), 1.9 career WAR/1.9 7yr-peak WAR/1.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Walter Merrill Pop wiliams willaims willams Williams

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