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Chicken Wolf

William Van Winkle Wolf (Chicken)

Positions: Rightfielder, Shortstop and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: May 12, 1862 in Louisville, KY (All Transactions)
Debut: May 2, 1882 (Age 19.355, 517th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1882 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Colonels/Eclipse/Browns 1882-1892

Final Game: August 21, 1892 (Age 30.101)
Died: May 16, 1903 in Louisville, KY
Buried: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
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Fine Details  · Last updated Nov 26, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1024. Tony Clark… #1025. Bruce Campbell… #1026. Phil Bradley… #1027. CHICKEN WOLF… #1028. Patsy Dougherty… #1029. Jim Eisenreich… #1030. Bill Virdon… 

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
1882 20 LOU AA 78 327 318 46 95 11 8 0 9 .299 .318 .384 .702 141 122 *O/631
1883 21 LOU AA 98 394 389 59 102 17 9 1 5 .262 .272 .360 .631 108 140 *O2/64
1884 22 LOU AA 110 493 486 79 146 24 11 3 73 4 .300 .310 .414 .724 139 201 3 *O2/356
1885 23 LOU AA 112 495 483 79 141 23 17 1 52 11 .292 .309 .416 .725 126 201 1 *O/251
1886 24 LOU AA 130 575 545 93 148 17 12 3 61 23 27 .272 .310 .363 .673 107 198 3 *O/3241
1887 25 LOU AA 137 611 569 103 160 27 13 2 102 45 34 19 .281 .331 .385 .715 96 219 8 *O3
1888 26 LOU AA 128 565 538 80 154 28 11 0 67 41 25 30 .286 .320 .379 .700 127 204 2 O6/523
1889 27 LOU AA 130 580 546 72 159 20 9 3 57 18 29 34 .291 .333 .377 .710 105 206 5 O346/5
1890 28 LOU AA 134 598 543 100 197 29 11 4 98 46 43 .363 .421 .479 .900 166 260 12 *O5
1891 29 LOU AA 136 578 528 67 135 16 8 1 81 13 42 36 .256 .320 .322 .642 87 170 8 *O/35
1892 30 STL NL 3 14 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 -15 2 0 /O
11 Yrs 1196 5230 4959 779 1439 212 109 18 592 186 229 120 .290 .327 .388 .715 118 1923 42
162 Game Avg. 162 708 672 106 195 29 15 2 80 31 .290 .327 .388 .715 118 260
LOU (10 yrs) 1193 5216 4945 778 1437 212 109 18 591 186 229 119 .291 .327 .388 .716 119 1921 42
STL (1 yr) 3 14 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 -15 2 0
AA (10 yrs) 1193 5216 4945 778 1437 212 109 18 591 186 229 119 .291 .327 .388 .716 119 1921 42
NL (1 yr) 3 14 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 -15 2 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
1882 20 LOU AA 78 327 14 0 0 1 -4 11 1.0 7 18 1.8 .514 .507 1.8 -0.2 17 $216 *O/631
1883 21 LOU AA 98 394 5 0 0 8 -3 10 0.8 8 18 1.8 .509 .505 1.0 0.4 10 *O2/64
1884 22 LOU AA 110 493 20 0 0 6 -5 21 1.6 10 31 2.7 .517 .512 2.4 -0.1 25 *O2/356
1885 23 LOU AA 112 495 12 0 0 4 -7 10 0.9 10 20 2.0 .508 .506 1.6 -0.2 16 $1,800 *O/251
1886 24 LOU AA 130 575 1 -1 0 8 -7 0 -0.0 12 12 1.3 .500 .500 0.5 0.1 4 *O/3241
1887 25 LOU AA 137 611 -6 1 0 6 -8 -7 -0.4 13 6 0.9 .496 .497 0.4 -0.0 0 *O3
1888 26 LOU AA 128 565 16 1 0 -8 -2 6 0.6 12 18 1.8 .504 .503 2.4 -0.9 26 O6/523
1889 27 LOU AA 130 580 6 -3 0 0 -4 -2 -0.2 12 10 1.1 .499 .499 1.0 -0.3 10 O346/5
1890 28 LOU AA 134 598 46 -1 0 7 -7 45 3.7 14 59 5.2 .529 .524 4.7 -0.1 52 *O5
1891 29 LOU AA 136 578 -6 -2 0 -2 -8 -18 -1.5 14 -5 -0.1 .488 .490 -0.0 -0.8 -3 *O/35
1892 30 STL NL 3 14 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .399 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 /O
11 Seasons 1196 5230 106 -6 0 29 -56 72 6.3 113 186 18.3 .506 .504 15.7 -2.3 157 $2,016
LOU (10 yrs) 1193 5216 108 -6 0 30 -56 76 6.6 113 188 18.5 .506 .504 15.9 -2.2 158 $2,016
STL (1 yr) 3 14 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .399 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2

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
1890 28 LOU AA WS BRO T 0 28 25 4 9 3 1 0 8 2 3 0 .360 .429 .560 .989 14 0
1 WS 0 28 25 4 9 3 1 0 8 2 3 0 .360 .429 .560 .989 14 0

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
1882 20 LOU AA 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 6.0 11 11 6 0 3 1 0 2 33 30 3.93 2.333 16.5 0.0 4.5 1.5 0.33
1885 23 LOU AA 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 53 0.88 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0
1886 24 LOU AA 0 0 15.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 7 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 28 3.10 2.333 21.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
3 Yrs 0 0 10.80 3 0 2 0 0 0 10.0 19 21 12 0 3 2 0 0 2 58 31 3.38 2.200 17.1 0.0 2.7 1.8 0.67
162 Game Avg. 0 0 10.80 68 0 45 0 0 0 227 431 476 272 0 68 45 0 45 1315 31 3.38 2.200 17.1 0.0 2.7 1.8 0.67
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
1882 20 LOU AA 6.0 1 0 11 16.50 5.13 0.02 0.00 93.0 4.76 -8 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.4 -7 .109 .498 $216
1885 23 LOU AA 1.0 1 0 2 18.00 5.55 -0.13 0.00 100.0 5.69 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .388 .499 $1,800
1886 24 LOU AA 3.0 1 0 8 24.00 5.63 -0.15 0.00 106.0 6.12 -6 -0.3 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -6 .169 .498
3 Seasons 10.0 3 0 21 18.90 5.32 -0.05 0.00 97.6 5.26 -15 -0.8 1.0 -0.0 -0.8 -14 .222 .498 $2,016

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1882 LOU AA 20 OF 70 102 71 21 10 2 .902 1.31 .848 1.83 3-0-67
1882 LOU AA 20 SS 9 47 14 24 9 1 .809 4.22 .859 4.91
1882 LOU AA 20 1B 1 15 13 0 2 0 .867 13.00 .957 10.50
1882 LOU AA 20 P 1 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3.45 3.30
1883 LOU AA 21 OF 78 209 157 29 23 6 .890 2.38 .851 1.80 0-1-77
1883 LOU AA 21 C 20 120 84 25 11 1 .908 5.45 .890 6.68 21 0 0
1883 LOU AA 21 SS 5 23 3 12 8 2 .652 3.00 .836 3.94
1883 LOU AA 21 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.10
1884 LOU AA 22 OF 101 225 173 26 26 4 .884 1.97 .847 1.64 0-1-101
1884 LOU AA 22 C 11 56 37 13 6 0 .893 4.55 .913 7.44 20 0 0
1884 LOU AA 22 1B 1 16 16 0 0 0 1.000 16.00 .958 10.60
1884 LOU AA 22 3B 1 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 .850 3.00
1884 LOU AA 22 SS 1 6 1 4 1 0 .833 5.00 .862 4.30
1885 LOU AA 23 OF 111 217 180 19 18 4 .917 1.79 .879 1.87 0-0-111
1885 LOU AA 23 C 2 4 2 1 1 1 .750 1.50 .908 6.95 1 0 0
1885 LOU AA 23 3B 1 5 1 3 1 0 .800 4.00 .860 3.00
1885 LOU AA 23 P 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .880 1.80 1.90
1886 LOU AA 24 OF 122 241 197 28 16 5 .934 1.84 .877 1.79 5-0-119
1886 LOU AA 24 1B 8 72 64 3 5 7 .931 8.38 .968 10.28
1886 LOU AA 24 C 3 13 6 3 4 1 .692 3.00 .910 7.20 13 0 0
1886 LOU AA 24 2B 1 5 0 4 1 0 .800 4.00 .908 6.10
1886 LOU AA 24 P 1 3.0 3 0 2 1 0 .667 6.00 2.00 .887 2.10 2.00
1887 LOU AA 25 OF 128 249 207 27 15 5 .940 1.83 .898 2.04 8-1-120
1887 LOU AA 25 1B 11 108 95 4 9 6 .917 9.00 .971 9.88
1888 LOU AA 26 OF 85 149 113 19 17 4 .886 1.55 .907 1.83 1-0-84
1888 LOU AA 26 SS 39 234 62 131 41 9 .825 4.95 .863 4.61
1888 LOU AA 26 3B 4 24 7 15 2 0 .917 5.50 .867 3.45
1888 LOU AA 26 C 3 10 4 3 3 0 .700 2.33 .914 7.13 3 0 0
1888 LOU AA 26 1B 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .977 10.60
1889 LOU AA 27 OF 88 185 159 16 10 2 .946 1.99 .903 2.00 0-0-88
1889 LOU AA 27 1B 16 143 135 5 3 14 .979 8.75 .972 10.09
1889 LOU AA 27 2B 13 82 34 40 8 3 .902 5.69 .917 5.65
1889 LOU AA 27 SS 10 58 27 23 8 4 .862 5.00 .873 5.13
1889 LOU AA 27 3B 7 25 7 12 6 0 .760 2.71 .857 3.56
1890 LOU AA 28 OF 123 229 199 16 14 5 .939 1.75 .916 1.82 0-0-123
1890 LOU AA 28 3B 12 37 11 22 4 1 .892 2.75 .864 3.68
1891 LOU AA 29 OF 131 230 185 27 18 5 .922 1.62 .908 1.87 0-0-131
1891 LOU AA 29 1B 5 37 35 1 1 4 .973 7.20 .976 10.28
1891 LOU AA 29 3B 1 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 4.00 .872 3.60
1892 STL NL 30 OF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 .910 1.90 0-0-3
11 Seasons OF 1040 2037 1642 228 167 42 .918 1.80 .885 1.85 17-3-1024
5 Seasons SS 64 368 107 194 67 16 .818 4.70 .862 4.68
7 Seasons 1B 43 394 361 13 20 31 .949 8.70 .970 10.13
5 Seasons C 39 203 133 45 25 3 .877 4.56 .899 6.98 58 0 0
6 Seasons 3B 26 97 28 54 15 2 .845 3.15 .863 3.56
3 Seasons 2B 15 87 34 44 9 3 .897 5.20 .916 5.71
3 Seasons P 3 10.0 4 1 2 1 0 .750 2.70 1.00 .885 2.88 2.40
11 Seasons TOT 1230 10.0 3190 2306 580 304 97 .905 2.70 2.35 .894 2.88 2.54 17-3-1024 58 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1890 AA  5.2 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1882 AA  1.8 (9th)
1890 AA  5.2 (2nd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1882 AA  1.8 (8th)
1890 AA  4.7 (3rd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1882 AA  .299 (5th)
1884 AA  .300 (10th)
1890 AA  .363 (1st)

On-Base% s c a p y
1882 AA  .318 (6th)
1890 AA  .421 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1882 AA  .384 (8th)
1885 AA  .416 (9th)
1890 AA  .479 (4th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1882 AA  .702 (7th)
1890 AA  .900 (3rd)

Games Played s c a p y
1882 AA  78 (8th)
1883 AA  98 (1st)
1884 AA  110 (6th)
1885 AA  112 (1st)
1887 AA  137 (4th)
1890 AA  134 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1884 AA  486 (1st)
1885 AA  483 (4th)
1887 AA  569 (6th)
1890 AA  543 (5th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1884 AA  493 (9th)
1885 AA  495 (9th)
1887 AA  611 (10th)
1890 AA  598 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1882 AA  95 (7th)
1884 AA  146 (6th)
1885 AA  141 (7th)
1890 AA  197 (1st)

Total Bases s c a p y
1882 AA  122 (10th)
1884 AA  201 (7th)
1885 AA  201 (7th)
1890 AA  260 (1st)

Doubles s c a p y
1884 AA  24 (6th)
1885 AA  23 (5th)
1888 AA  28 (2nd)
1890 AA  29 (2nd)

Triples s c a p y
1882 AA  8 (5th)
1883 AA  9 (10th)
1885 AA  17 (3rd)
1890 AA  11 (9th)
Career  109 (128th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1890 AA  4 (9th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1884 AA  73 (5th)
1887 AA  102 (7th)
1890 AA  98 (2nd)

Singles s c a p y
1882 AA  76 (7th)
1884 AA  108 (2nd)
1885 AA  100 (10th)
1889 AA  127 (10th)
1890 AA  153 (2nd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1882 AA  141 (6th)
1890 AA  166 (3rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1882 AA  39 (7th)
1884 AA  62 (9th)
1885 AA  62 (8th)
1890 AA  106 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1882 AA  13 (6th)
1890 AA  44 (2nd)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1882 AA  1.5 (6th)
1890 AA  4.6 (2nd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1882 AA  19 (10th)
1884 AA  38 (9th)
1885 AA  41 (5th)
1888 AA  39 (7th)
1890 AA  44 (3rd)

Times On Base s c a p y
1882 AA  104 (7th)
1890 AA  252 (2nd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1882 AA  .665 (6th)
1890 AA  .795 (3rd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1890 AA  12 (6th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1890 AA  7.4 (8th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1887 AA  29.9 (9th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1884 AA  340 (8th)
1885 AA  342 (5th)
1887 AA  409 (6th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1882 AA  1 (9th)
1886 AA  1 (9th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1885 AA  111 (4th)
1891 AA  131 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1884 AA  173 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1882 AA  21 (1st)
1883 AA  29 (2nd)
1884 AA  26 (5th)
1886 AA  28 (3rd)
1887 AA  27 (4th)
1891 AA  27 (4th)
Career  228 (30th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
Career  167 (53rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1882 AA  2 (3rd)
1883 AA  6 (1st)
1886 AA  5 (5th)
Career  42 (58th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1883 AA  2.38 (1st)
1884 AA  1.97 (4th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1882 AA  .902 (3rd)
1883 AA  .890 (4th)
1885 AA  .917 (4th)
1886 AA  .934 (2nd)
1887 AA  .940 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1882 AA  born 1862-05-12 (3rd)
1883 AA  born 1862-05-12 (10th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 10 (241), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 71 (351), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 26 (696), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1012), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (129th), 18.3 career WAR/16.6 7yr-peak WAR/17.4 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1882 20 Louisville Eclipse $216 ? Preston Orem 172
1885 23 Louisville Colonels $1,800 ? Preston Orem 172
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,016
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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