Ken Williams

Left Field

1915—1929

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Left Field RANK
#31

Player Detail

Kenneth Roy
GIVEN NAME
Williams
SURNAME
June 28, 1890, in Grants Pass, OR
BORN
January 22, 1959, in Grants Pass, OR, USA
DIED
1915—1929
Playing Career
Played from 25-39
PLAYING AGE
Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Browns
Boston Red Sox
Teams Played For
Left Field
PRIMARY POSITION
St. Louis Browns
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
none
UNIFORM NUMBER
#4 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Right
BATTED / THREW
July 14, 1915
Major League Debut
August 10, 1929
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Ken Williams?

Left fielder in one of baseball’s most famous outfields, with Baby Doll Jacobson (center) and Johnny Tobin (right) for St. Louis Browns in 1920s.

60

HITTING

70

POWER

60

RUNNING

40

FIELDING

40

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Years before teams used a defensive scheme against Ted Williams, “The Williams Shift” was used by American League clubs against Browns’ slugger Ken Williams.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1397
1552
196
916
.319

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1922 St. Louis Browns

32 Years Old

.332
AVG
39
HR
155
RBI
128
RUNS
.413
OBP
194
HITS
34
2B
11
3B
.627
SLG
74
BB
37
SB
7.9
WAR
Narrowly missed first 40/40 season (by one HR and three SB)

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.319
.393
.530

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.924
.811
113.9

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
39.5
55.9

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Ken Williams Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Williams
519
166
92
30
8
21
98
60
31
16
276
229
.319
.393
.530
924
AVG LF
529
159
82
28
9
10
85
51
43
13
235
214
.302
.367
.444
.811

Ken Williams Rankings

AT Left Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
31
40
25
37
63
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Left Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
37
23
15
13
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Ken Williams PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
42.5
36.5
29.3
20.9
4.92
68.6
43.2
31.4
22.4
4.81
BLUE = Ken Williams
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
201.9
159.3
123.7
85.3
23.4
368.7
208.0
151.6
101.2
26.4
BLUE = Ken Williams
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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