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Ron Willis

Ronald Earl Willis

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: July 12, 1943 in Willisville, TN
School: Lambuth University (Jackson, TN)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1961. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 20, 1966 (Age 23.070, 10,144th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1967 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Padres/Astros 1966-1970

Last Game: September 29, 1970 (Age 27.079)
Died: November 21, 1977 in Memphis, TN
Buried: Zion Cemetery, Obion, TN
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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
1966 22 STL NL 0 0 0.00 4 0 1 0 0 1 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 11 2.22 0.667 3.0 0.0 3.0 6.0 2.00
1967 23 STL NL 6 5 .545 2.67 65 0 24 0 0 10 81.0 76 27 24 3 43 20 42 3 0 5 350 124 3.69 1.469 8.4 0.3 4.8 4.7 0.98
1968 24 STL NL 2 3 .400 3.39 48 0 15 0 0 4 63.2 50 25 24 4 28 11 39 1 0 1 270 86 3.34 1.225 7.1 0.6 4.0 5.5 1.39
1969 25 TOT NL 1 2 .333 3.89 29 0 14 0 0 0 34.2 29 16 15 4 19 3 25 1 0 6 152 94 4.30 1.385 7.5 1.0 4.9 6.5 1.32
1969 25 STL NL 1 2 .333 4.18 26 0 12 0 0 0 32.1 26 16 15 4 19 3 23 1 0 4 141 86 4.55 1.392 7.2 1.1 5.3 6.4 1.21
1969 25 HOU NL 0 0 0.00 3 0 2 0 0 0 2.1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 0.79 1.286 11.6 0.0 0.0 7.7
1970 26 SDP NL 2 2 .500 4.02 42 0 20 0 0 4 56.0 53 33 25 4 28 5 20 4 0 1 254 100 4.57 1.446 8.5 0.6 4.5 3.2 0.71
5 Yrs 11 12 .478 3.32 188 0 74 0 0 19 238.1 209 101 88 15 119 40 128 9 0 13 1037 103 3.87 1.376 7.9 0.6 4.5 4.8 1.08
162 Game Avg. 4 4 .478 3.32 68 0 27 0 0 7 86 76 37 32 5 43 14 46 3 0 5 375 103 3.87 1.376 7.9 0.6 4.5 4.8 1.08
STL (4 yrs) 9 10 .474 3.15 143 0 52 0 0 15 180.0 153 68 63 11 91 35 106 5 0 10 772 103 3.70 1.356 7.7 0.6 4.6 5.3 1.16
SDP (1 yr) 2 2 .500 4.02 42 0 20 0 0 4 56.0 53 33 25 4 28 5 20 4 0 1 254 100 4.57 1.446 8.5 0.6 4.5 3.2 0.71
HOU (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 3 0 2 0 0 0 2.1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 0.79 1.286 11.6 0.0 0.0 7.7
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
1966 22 STL NL 3.0 4 0 0 0.00 4.29 0.25 -0.18 99.5 3.84 1 0.1 2.4 0.1 0.3 2 .536 .501
1967 23 STL NL 81.0 65 0 27 3.00 3.80 0.05 -0.16 98.5 3.54 4 0.4 1.7 -0.0 1.2 12 .507 .503
1968 24 STL NL 63.2 48 0 25 3.53 3.56 -0.02 -0.16 101.0 3.45 -1 -0.2 1.3 -0.1 0.3 4 .496 .499
1969 25 STL NL 32.1 26 0 16 4.45 4.03 -0.03 -0.17 98.9 3.84 -3 -0.3 .9 -0.0 0.0 1 .489 .498
1969 25 HOU NL 2.1 3 0 0 0.00 3.96 -0.59 -0.17 96.9 4.24 1 0.1 .2 -0.1 0.1 1 .541 .501
1970 26 SDP NL 56.0 42 0 33 5.30 4.61 -0.18 -0.19 99.0 4.55 -5 -0.6 1.4 -0.2 -0.2 1 .487 .497
5 Seasons 238.1 188 0 101 3.81 3.96 -0.04 -0.17 99.3 3.80 -3 -0.3 1.4 -0.3 1.7 20 .498 .500
STL (4 yrs) 180.0 143 0 68 3.40 3.76 0.02 -0.16 99.5 3.57 1 0.1 1.4 -0.1 1.8 18 .501 .501
SDP (1 yr) 56.0 42 0 33 5.30 4.61 -0.18 -0.19 99.0 4.55 -5 -0.6 1.4 -0.2 -0.2 1 .487 .497
HOU (1 yr) 2.1 3 0 0 0.00 3.96 -0.59 -0.17 96.9 4.24 1 0.1 .2 -0.1 0.1 1 .541 .501

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1967 ❍ 23 STL NL WS W BOS 0 0 27.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 4 3 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 9 6.000 18.0 0.0 36.0 9.0 0.25
1968 24 STL NL WS L DET 0 0 8.31 3 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 2 4 4 0 4 1 3 1 0 0 18 1.385 4.2 0.0 8.3 6.2 0.75
2 Yrs (2 Series) 0 0 11.81 6 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 4 8 7 0 8 3 4 1 0 0 27 2.250 6.8 0.0 13.5 6.8 0.50
2 WS 0 0 11.81 6 0 1 0 0 0 5.1 4 8 7 0 8 3 4 1 0 0 27 2.250 6.8 0.0 13.5 6.8 0.50

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
1966 22 STL NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1967 23 STL NL 65 8 8 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 .375 .375 .500 .875 150 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
1968 24 STL NL 48 12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .083 .000 .083 -73 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
1969 25 TOT NL 29 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 463 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1969 25 STL NL 26 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 463 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1969 25 HOU NL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1970 26 SDP NL 42 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 Yrs 188 26 25 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 8 .160 .192 .200 .392 14 5 1 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 22 22 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 7 .160 .192 .200 .392 14 4 1 0 0 0 0
STL (4 yrs) 143 21 20 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 6 .200 .238 .250 .488 44 5 1 0 0 0 0
SDP (1 yr) 42 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
HOU (1 yr) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1966 22 STL NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1967 23 STL NL 65 8 0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.2 0 1 0.2 .502 .501 0.2 0.1 1 1
1968 24 STL NL 48 12 -1 -0 -0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 1
1969 25 STL NL 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1
1969 25 HOU NL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1970 26 SDP NL 42 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
5 Seasons 188 26 -2 -0 -0 0 3 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .500 .500 0.0 0.2 0
STL (4 yrs) 143 21 -1 -0 -0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.2 1
SDP (1 yr) 42 5 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1
HOU (1 yr) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1967 ❍ 23 STL NL WS BOS W 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 24 STL NL WS DET L 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 WS 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
1966 STL NL 22 P 4 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.10 1.95 0 0 0
1967 STL NL 23 P 65 0 0 81.0 28 8 20 0 5 1.000 3.11 0.43 .960 2.00 2.00 4 5 56% 40% 0
1968 STL NL 24 P 48 0 0 63.2 17 2 15 0 0 1.000 2.40 0.35 .958 2.01 2.02 2 2 50% 40% 0
1969 TOT NL 25 P 29 0 0 34.2 13 5 8 0 0 1.000 3.38 0.45 .958 1.95 1.94 1 0 0% 40% 0
1969 STL NL 25 P 26 0 0 32.1 13 5 8 0 0 1.000 3.62 0.50 .958 1.95 1.94 1 0 0% 40% 0
1969 HOU NL 25 P 3 0 0 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.93 1.93 0 0 0
1970 SDP NL 26 P 42 0 0 56.0 22 9 13 0 1 1.000 3.54 0.52 .951 1.85 1.84 0 0 0
5 Seasons P 188 0 0 238.1 80 24 56 0 6 1.000 3.02 0.43 .957 1.96 1.96 7 7 50% 40% 0
5 Seasons TOT 188 0 0 238.1 80 24 56 0 6 1.000 3.02 0.43 .957 1.96 1.96 7 7 50% 40% 0
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

Games Played s c a p y
1967 NL  65 (3rd)

Saves s c a p y
1967 NL  10 (7th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1967 NL  65 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 4 (2033), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 7 (1199), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (1114th), 1.8 career WAR/1.8 7yr-peak WAR/1.8 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: Ronald Earl Ron ronnie Willis

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